Happy…

So this past Saturday, I attended the Houston Author Bash, hosted by Wines & Labels Productions. This was my first signing and I met some wonderful people! I’m still exhausted from the whole thing…but in the best way possible.

RS & ME

RS & Me

I was table buddies with RS Grey, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting before. She’s so stinkin’ cute and about the nicestest person one could meet. And her boyfriend, Lance is a genuinely nice and funny guy. These two together…magic! (LOL, cheesy, I know!) RS and I are not only FB buddies, but we sprint and text and vent; I love this girl!

Icing on the cake? This weekend, I got to meet Penny Reid. Have you read her books?? AMAZING!! Have you met her in person?? AMAZING-ER!! I was terribly nervous to meet her, especially after having read an ARC of Love Hacked. This book was intelligent, witty, sexy and just plain awesome. So…what if my newest hero didn’t match up to her work???

Penny Reid, RS & Me

Penny Reid, RS & Me

Crisis averted, because…duh, said it above – AMAZING-ER! She had a crowd around her that was mesmerized and entertained by her stories, love of knitting and whatever else she wanted to talk about.

The other person I was dying to meet was Erin of Southern Belle Book Blog. Let me tell you a little story:

Back in October, I went to the Austin Author Event with RS, where we eagerly awaited meeting Colleen Hoover and Molly McAdams, among others. While I was waiting for RS, I was standing in line behind a girl with a HUGE….H-U-G-E bag of books. She was with a man, who I assumed was her husband, and they moved aside to sort her books. I left the gap open so she could resume her place because, well, anyone with that many books deserves her spot! 🙂 She ended up meeting up with some friends and joined them in line and that was the end of it. Or so I thought….

RS, Erin & Me

RS, Erin & Me

Cut to about a week or two later, I get a message on my FB author account from someone that went something like this:
ERIN: “…..If I ask you this crazy question, will you promise not to think I’m like a stalker? Lol So I had seen somewhere (who knows where) that a few authors would be at the Austin signing as fans…..” “Were you near the end of the line around…say 11:45ish? Next to a girl with a large VS pink tote?”

ME: “LOL! That’s hilarious!! I was there….and that sounds like the girl I was in line behind. Was that you???”

And the rest is history! Erin is one of my dear, lovely friends who texts or messages me daily, and I love it! So, we FINALLY got to meet IRL, and hug and be silly and laugh hysterically for, well…..a ton of hours!

Erin, RS, Penny and I, along with Lance, my mom and Angie (Penny’s assistant) went to dinner with some of Penny’s fabulous fans after the event was over and we had so much fun. The entire experience was surreal and overwhelming, but I’m so glad I was with all of these people to experience it firsthand. I loved meeting new people like, Stacy Borel, Vicki Green, Nikki Narvaez, Danielle Jamie & Erin Noelle, and chatting with bloggers and readers. Here are a few more pics from the day.

Have a great Hump Day!!
XO
~T
😎 Happy….You know the one. Pharrell!

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Our Table Setup!

AUTHOR-(S) SPOTLIGHT – HAB Edition!

On February 22, at the Harmony Science Academy of West Houston, Wines & Labels Productions will be hosting the Houston Author Bash! There will be over 70 authors from all over he country, signing at this event and I will be one of them. I’m beyond excited, albeit scared, to participate, but really excited about the people who are also attending!

Since I usually have a weekly spot where I feature an author and promote a book and get to know them better, I decided to do it a little differently this week. I sent several of the awesome ladies I’m looking forward to meeting this weekend, a list of questions to answer about HAB and their pending visit to Houston (for those who are not from here).

So here it goes:
Author Spotlight: HAB Edition THANK YOU to:
Penny Reid = PR
RS Grey = RS
Stacy Borel = SB
Danielle Jamie = DJ
Vicki Green = VG
for taking the time to answer my odd questions.
(Click on any of the names above to visit their site!)

1. The Houston Author Bash is this weekend (duh!) Will this be your first signing, or have you done others before?
PR – Houston will take my signing V-card. I can’t decide if I want it gentle or rough… probably rough. (TMI?)
RS – This will be my first signing and I can’t believe I actually signed up to do it! The plan is to start the day off with mimosas so that the whole experience is much easier to handle! 😉
SB – No, this isn’t my first signing. I had done one in Arkansas in October, which was a lot of fun. But this is my first one for the 2014 year.
DJ – This is my first signing and I am filled with a million emotions!! I can’t wait to experience my first signing in the town from my Savannah Series and I’m going to spend one evening in Galveston to take pics at places from my books which is super exciting!
VG – This will be my second. I attended my first one in Springdale, Arkansas October 26, 2013.

2. Are you a local author or will you be flying in (from what state)?
PR – I’m flying in from Florida (so there better be snow!!!!)
RS – I’m sort-of local J I grew up in Houston, but now I live in Austin. I’ll be driving in and staying with family for the weekend!
SB – I am a local author. I live in Southeast Texas near Beaumont.
DJ – I’m from NY so flying in 🙂

VG – No, I will be driving from Olathe, Kansas which is about a 12 hour drive for me but I have a friend coming with me. ROAD TRIP!

3. What are you most looking forward to this weekend?
PR – Meeting actual strangers who have read my books. This whole “author thing” still feels like some sort of cosmic joke. Maybe once I meet the people who have read my books, it will start to feel real.
RS – Meeting so many authors that I’ve grown to love over the internet! The first few moments will super awkward I’m sure— It’s hard pairing people with their profile pictures! It’s like we’ve all been paired on eHarmony and how we’re meeting for the first time. (I hope they like me! 😉 )
SB – Honestly, the fans/readers. The very first item I signed in Arkansas was a book a reader had made that had my book covers in them. I completely lost it and started weeping at my table while I wrote my name. Haha. I would have been worried that I scared her off, but turns out she’s my new editor. Lol As far as other events and happenings for the signing, meeting my fellow authors and learning new things from their experiences is always something I look forward too. And of course fangirling some of the authors.
DJ – Meeting my readers in person! & Experiencing the town I fell in love with while writing the Savannah books.

VG – Really I’m looking forward to meeting all the other Authors as well as the readers. Can’t wait!

4. What are you most nervous about?
PR – Meeting actual strangers who have read my books.
RS – Behind His Lens! If only I could bring Jude with me…
SB – I think there’s always going to be an underlying fear that nobody will approach my table. What if I go, and nobody knows who I am or hasn’t read my books?
DJ – The signing! I am nervous and excited.
VG – Tripping or falling over something in front of everyone. Lol No, actually there’s always a little bit of nervousness being in front of a ton of people but the excitement helps to overcome it.

5.Which books will you have with you for the signing?
PR – Neanderthal Seeks Human; Friends Without Benefits; Love Hacked
RS – Inevitable defeat. HAH! Luckily I’m sharing a table with you, aka T.K. Rapp, and we’ll both be diving in head first together.
SB – I will have all three of my novels, Ever Enough, Always Enough, and Touching Scars.
DJ – 4 Savannah Novels we have in paperback for the signing along with some really awesome swag!

VG – I will have all 4 of my books with me, swag items, and will be doing a raffle for a chance to win breakfast with myself and my cover model, who will be sitting next to me by the way.

6. What books are you most excited to share with fans this weekend? Why?
PR –  Love Hacked!! It comes out March 11. Therefore, I’m excited to give attending readers a sneak peek. 
RS – Behind His Lens is my answer by default, hah, but I’m still excited to share it with everyone!
SB – Honestly, I don’t know. All three of my books are special to me. Ever Enough is a personal novel, and it was my first. But Touching Scars was truly my baby. This is a tough question.
DJ – The Savannah Series, one reason being it’s based in Houston and the other being that I have so many amazing fans who love my series I can’t wait to meet them in person to sign their books.

VG – My newest release, Soul-Mates Forever. Why? Because it has sold better than all my books, has hit the bestselling in the Contemporary Romance and Erotica categories and because my cover model, Rob Anthony, will be with me to sign them as well. 

7. Are there any authors you looking forward to meeting this weekend? Who?
PR – TK Rapp and RS Grey J Because we’ve become Facebook friendly and they seem like my brand of normal. Of note, I’m also excited to meet other authors in general. I don’t know (personally) any other authors. 
RS – I can’t wait to meet Penelope Reid, Vicki Green, and Stacy Borel!! Also I’ve recently read a few books by Maya Banks so, of course, I’ll fangirl over her!
SB – Absolutely! The biggest one being, Maya Banks. I’ve been reading her novels for some time now, and I very much look up to her as a writer. As far as other authors go, I’ve made several friends in the Indie community, so I am excited to see again/meet my “colleagues”.
DJ – A TON! To name a few Hilary Storm, Vicki Green my table partner! And to meet Erin Noelle again I met her in Vegas but can’t wait to meet her as a fellow author instead of as a fan ha.

VG – I’m excited to meet all of them but Stacy Borel, TK Rapp, RS Grey, Maya Banks stick out but then to see my friend from the Arkansas signing, Julie Bailes is an added bonus and Danielle Jamie is my table partner so I’m very excited to meet her in person.

8. Do you plan on doing anything special while you’re in Houston?
PR – I’m arranging a dinner with a bunch of readers who have given me a heads up about attending (Saturday night). That feels pretty special. Also, I might sleep (that is also special). 
RS – Hanging out with as many fellow authors as I can! I’ll be staying with family, so some time will be devoted to them— but I’m planning on taking full advantage of having some of my favorite authors all together!
SB – If by special you mean, enjoy my time without my kids, then yes! Haha! I’m bringing my husband with me so he can see my writing world, and just how nuts it can be, but we live a little too close to Houston to really consider it an excursion, so there isn’t much in the way of plans.
DJ – I’m going to Crave Cupcakes which I wrote in my novels to take pics and get cupcakes to bring to my signing for fans! & I’m really excited to go to Galveston it’s been a dream of mine to go there and now I get to! I’m going to take pics at all Savannah and Kayden’s favorite places!

VG – Well, I won’t have a ton of time but I found the nearest Starbucks, good and drink places so I’m set but I’m game for just about anything.

9. Any “warning” for your fans? 🙂
PR – Hmm… I’m perpetually distracted and often think/say the same thing as the same time. It’s a problem.
RS – I’m not sure if I’m established enough as an author to have fans. At this point, I feel like every reader who ends up liking my book, and contacting me, turns into a friend! So they don’t need a warning! They know how loud I am already 🙂 !!
SB – Ummm…I’m a hugger. I seriously get just as excited to see you, as you do me, except I probably am a little bit more than you.
DJ – Throw your diets out the window b/c I have cupcakes! Haa

VG – The only *warning* I can give is to watch out for my cover model, Rob Anthony. He’s gonna blow your socks off with his charm and sexiness.

10. Lightning Round!!! (Twitter-sized answer):
* Favorite Book:
PR – Persuasion, by Jane Austen
RS – The Fault in Our Stars
SB – Crow’s Row
DJ – Bared to You
VG – This Man Series

* Favorite Author:
PR – David Sedaris 
RS – Mindy Kaling
SB – S.E. Hall
DJ – Samantha Towle
VG – Jodi Ellen Malpas

* Ultimate Book Boyfriend:
PR – … hm. Captain Wentworth?
RS – Christian Grey (Sorry, I just can’t get over all the Jamie Dornan photos!)
SB – Jesse Ward & Archer Hale
DJ – Kayden Knox 🙂
VG – Jesse – This Man

* Boxers or Briefs:
PR – Commando
RS – Boxers!
SB – Briefs
DJ – Briefs
VG – Briefs

* Wine, Beer, Cocktail, Virgin:
PR – Wine
RS – I don’t drink alcohol much, can I swap for dessert? 🙂
SB – Beer
DJ – Virgin. I hate the taste of alcohol haa
VG – Beer

* Where’s Waldo:
PR – In jail
RS – Que? lol
SB – Still haven’t found him
DJ – Hiding in Houston? Haa
VG – Ummmmm

* What is your favorite word:
PR – Babaganoush
RS – Wow. You’re trying to make me think here. Can my favorite word be “haha”? Does that even count? Well. That’s what I’m picking so it’ll have to work!
SB – Fuck
DJ – AWESOME haaa
VG – Awesomeness

* Hidden Talent:
PR – I knit
RS – I’m pretty sure if I attempted to, I could still do a backflip. Maybe.
SB – I can sound like a goat & pig
DJ – I make a kick ass bow!
VG – I play the piano 🙂

* Books or Movies:
PR – Bitch, please
RS – BOOKS
SB – Books, always books
DJ – Both. I love to read a great book, but I love to watch a great movie too.
VG – Books

* Is Kermit right? Is it not easy being green:
PR – I was once painted green; I was the wicked witch in a production of The Wizard of Oz. It wasn’t easy because you couldn’t scratch your nose (or any other part of your face).
RS – You are so ridiculous and I can’t wait to sit by you for 9 hours.
SB – Kermit is right
DJ – I suppose? But I’m not green so who knows? haa
VG – Sure

* Ninjas or Pirates:
PR – NINJAS!!
RS – Pirates
SB – lol Pirates
DJ – Pirates! Especially if they look like Jonny Depp haa
VG – Pirates

* If You Could Change Your Name, What Would it Be:
PR – Penny Reid
RS – I love the name Emma or Kate.
SB – Ava Ward (Jesse Ward’s wige muahaha)
DJ – IDK I like Danielle but I guess Gabrielle? My Confirmation name haaa
VG – Jade

UPCOMING SIGNINGS by Author:

PRPenny Reid:
Wicked Book Weekend, Ft. Lauderdale, 3/7/2014
Authors in the City, NYC, 3/15/2014
Authors Under the Lights, LA, 3/22/2014
Georgia Author Signing, Atlanta, 4/5/3014
Cleveland Author Signing, Cleveland OH, 4/26/2014
The Great Author Escape, LA, August 2014
Penned Con, St. Louis MO, September 2014
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RSR.S. Grey:
Indie Mashup, Houston, Texas, August 15-16, 2014

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SB Stacy Borel:
Arkansas
Tennessee
North Carolina
Houston
Indianapolis
Oklahoma
and I think I’m  missing one or two more.

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DJDanielle Jamie:
NYC March 15th
Knoxville July 12th 

Houston again Aug 15-16th 
Alabama Sept 27th!

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VGVicki Green:
Indie Mashup, Springdale, Arkansas, July 24-26, 2014
Indie Mashup, Houston, Texas, August 15-16, 2014
Red Dirt BoCo, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, August 30, 2014
Penned Con 2014, St. Louis, MO, September 12-13, 2014

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Thank you again, Ladies, for answering my questions and I can’t wait to see you this weekend!! Y’all are all so fabulous!! 😀

XO
~T

1 Year…

20130806-232125.jpg1 year ago today, I sat down and started drafting a story. I went old-school and pulled out a pen and paper and starting to plot out what would become, Being There. The main character’s names changed, the plot shifted and it took many twists and turns before it became what it is.

When I decided to do it, I had no real expectations in mind. The only thing I knew was that I was having so much fun writing Cass’ story and that’s all that mattered. I’ve said it many times, I had no plans to self-publish, but I did want to know if it was good enough. That’s where my friend Naomi came in. She’s incredibly blunt and honest, so when I sent the story to her, I knew that’s what I would get. My critique partners and betas know I LOVE constructive criticism…I need it. That’s what Naomi gave me. She told me things that I needed to fix, and things she felt I needed to scratch. Funny thing…she was right.

Back to the drawing board…

My printed manuscript and the bottle of wine my friend Kim brought me. Super Sweet!!

My printed manuscript and the bottle of wine my friend Kim brought me when I finished.

The second draft was hard for me to proceed with, because I loved the story as it was, even though I knew it needed adjustments. Once I got into it, it started clicking and I couldn’t stop writing. My house became messy, we ate whatever I was able to throw together last minute and I got no sleep. When i finished the book, I sent it to a few others that I trusted, so I could get their feedback. The best was from my friend David who sent me 5 pages of notes, edits and storyline suggestions that made it all come together. When I compiled all of these changes, I had a book that was staring me in the face with no where to go.

I sat on it…

My husband, having read none of the book, pushed me to publish. But I wasn’t ready. I was too scared and insecure. The idea of publishing terrified me to no end, but at the same time, the book was complete…why stop now? For a month, my finger hovered over the “publish” button, but I always found an excuse NOT to do it. Laundry, school, kids, practices, TV, other books. You name it, I probably used it as an excuse. But it was Molly McAdams who gave me the final push. She knew I was writing and was so supportive. I asked her how do you do it? I was so scared that I wasn’t sure I could go through with it. Her words to me: “Jump.”

When I finally did exactly that, I messaged her and I got the BEST response. One that I took a screen shot of and made my wallpaper for a couple of months. LOL! 

The NEW cover of Being There.

Being There ~ 2nd Cover

Because 1 year ago, I pushed myself to start something that I’ve wanted to do for so long, an entire new world has been opened to me. One where ANYTHING is possible, dreams come true, love always wins, best friends never leave, men are perfect, and imperfect women win them. That world, that I get to create, makes me smile. This writing-gig is pretty awesome. I have met some great people, and some I will get to meet others soon. I hope this roller coaster…this exciting, scary, twisty, angsty, painful, amazing…roller coaster never ends. I hope I ride it until I’m old and grey and there are no more stories for me to tell. 

Thank you for reading about my writing anniversary. 😉 I’ve got to get back to writing….someone won’t stop nagging me with what he’s going to do next. 😛

You are the best!! 

XO
~T

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – Kahlen Aymes

As promised, the weekly Author Spotlight is back! I’m very excited about this week’s spotlight because she is a very busy woman and I am honored that she took some time out to answer my questions. In chatting with Kahlen, I have discovered a few things about her: 1. She is incredibly articulate and intelligent (not that I suspected otherwise). 2. She is a huge support of fellow authors. 3. Her integrity, hard work and talent have resulted in her becoming an Amazon, B&N and Smashwords Best Seller! Her most recent book, Angel After Dark, released on January 16.

Synopsis of Angel After Dark:

***This book is for Mature Audiences of 18+ for steamy love scenes***

Angel After Dark

Angel After Dark

Dr. Angeline Hemming is a beautiful, sassy, no-nonsense type of girl who has risen from a difficult past to become one of Chicago’s most successful and respected criminal profilers. In exchange for free commercials to promote her favorite charitable causes, Angel answers calls and gives relationship advice on a Friday night radio program.Alexander Avery is a gorgeous and successful corporate genius who doesn’t believe in love. When his girlfriend-of-convenience calls into Angel’s program, he is furious with the show’s host who doles out (what he considers) blind advice, without knowing all the facts… and he decides to give her a piece of his mind, and his side of the story!When Angel informs Alex he’s the one in need of a much-deserved lesson, all hell breaks loose as these two type-A personalities battle it out for control over minds and hearts, and yes, in bed. Not only are they fighting each other at every turn, but they are also struggling to uphold the convictions they each live by.It’s unclear who is stronger, but both must discover that to get what they desperately want, they may have to give a little… or a lot.

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Get to know…
Kahlen Aymes

Kahlen Aymes

  1. You published your first book in April 2012. What was it that got you into writing? – I lost my job in newspaper advertising when the economy tanked in 2009, and I’m the single breadwinner in our family. I started a coupon website and while it was being designed, I decided that I needed a way to network with women who were my principal target for my website.  My daughter was really into Twilight and even though I hadn’t read the books, I saw it was a big deal and researched it. I found the phenomenon of fan fiction and a light bulb went off; it was how I would network. I started to write a story and was amazed at the response! I discovered I loved writing and became consumed with characters. Soon, the website dream was shelved when my readers encouraged me to publish.
  2. What is your favorite part of creating a story? – Seeing where it goes after the premise is developed; letting the story or characters lead me.
  3. What do you believe is the hardest part of writing? – Pushing through scenes that are hard to write. Some just flow, others are work. And I hate sales. An occasional sale is great, but there is a lot invested if you really care about your book, and it’s hard to put it on sale. (Especially when it’s less than $4 to begin with.)
  4. Did you consider going the traditional publishing route, or was indie the way for you? – Yes, I wanted to be traditionally published. I didn’t know much about indie publishing and I pulled all of my fan fiction down and for two years, I queried agents and publishers. I had some good results, a few rejections, but either way it took months of waiting to find out and readers were constantly asking me when, when, when?  So, I went the indie route. After I did, three NYC literary agencies contacted me and I signed with McIntosh & Otis Literary. My Remembrance Trilogy has been picked up by City Editions, so it’s traditionally published in France, in the French language. I still have hope for North America.  We’ll see. 🙂
  5. How do you feel the publishing landscape has changed since publishing, The Future of Our Past? – There are a lot more writers, millions of books and it’s much harder to compete and be “found” by readers.  Also, traditional publishing has changed, too. Now they seem to be harvesting the most successful indie writers, as much as they find writers through queries, etc.
  6. What do you love most about the indie author community? – There are many indie authors who offer a lot of help and support to each other. For the most part, there is a good camaraderie and I’ve made some good friends! And, I love when new writers trust me enough to ask me for writing and publishing advice. 🙂
  7. Facebook is a huge tool for indie authors. It allows us to stay connected to readers and bloggers. In the last few months, they have made significant changes to how we are able to interact with “fans” and share information. Thoughts? – The reason you follow pages is because you want to know what is going on, with that person, event, etc.  But that isn’t happening anymore. It’s sad. In order for our fans to see everything we post, we have to boost each one. And still, not everyone sees it. (I think “keeping in touch” and “sharing information” was the premise behind why Facebook was created in the beginning, and in part, has fallen by the wayside.)
  8. Has this affected your connection with fans? If so, how? – My connection with my readers? Absolutely. When I post, they may or may not see it. I wish I could afford to boost every post, but I can’t.
  9. You are a best-selling author, with thousands of fans; what is the best compliment you have received from a fan/colleague/blogger? – Wow. I get a lot of PM’s from readers and bloggers after they’ve read my work and I love hearing from all of them! I’ve been told my books helped someone escape their physical pain enough that they didn’t have to take medication, that I saved a marriage, or “OMG! I can’t believe I just found your books!” Or that my series is the best one they’ve ever read. I feel overwhelmed and humbled. My readers are amazing! One and all, and I love their comments.
  10. If there were one misconception about authors that you could correct, what would it be? – Writing is hard. Publishing is harder. It involves more than writing and hitting publish. It’s expensive. If it’s done right, it involves editing, cover art, models and sometimes photo shoots. Cover designers, formatters, beta readers, blog tours, signings, banners, swags, giveaways…it also takes time to write a good story. I wish I could hammer them out every other month, but my editing team is a picky bunch of bitches, and I’m on threat train with them. 🙂
  11. Since 2012, you have written four books, your most recent, Angel After Dark, released mid-January and you have fantastic reviews (Congratulations!) What can you tell us about this story? – It’s the story of two very strong individuals who meet over the phone during a radio talk show because the man is angry that his girlfriend (albeit one he is breaking up with) called into the woman’s radio show to complain about him the week before. He calls in the to defend himself. Alex stereotypes Angel as a homely, frigid shrew and she thinks he’s the epitome of a womanizer. Sparks fly from the first conversation and they fight for control over each other. The attraction is explosive even before they lay eyes on each other. Alex doesn’t believe in love and Angel decides to turn tables on him and “be the man.” She doesn’t bargain on him being sex personified and he is knocked for a loop by her intelligent wit, potty mouth and beautiful face. Her main job as a criminal profiler is dangerous and a lot of other stuff happens in the series as well… but let’s just say, “it’s on.” 🙂  Here is a fan made trailer: VIMEO
  12. Is there any part of your books that you can personally relate to? Do any of the characters have traits that are you? – Yes, and no. I hate writing scenes where I have to make my “perfect” men flail and fail… but it’s real, so I have to do it. And sure, there are parts of me in my characters.  I don’t think any writer, who writes with emotion, can keep pieces of themselves out of the pages.
  13. Are you working on something right now? If so, is there anything you can tell us about it? – I’m working on a few things.  The second book in the After Dark series is completed and going into formatting soon, I’m writing the third book, another series and a stand-alone. I’m trying the stand-alone because I feel sometimes I lose opportunities with new readers because they won’t start a series until it’s complete. That’s hard for me… so I’ll try the other and see.
  14. Who would you consider your inspiration personally? Professionally?  Personally, it’s my daughter and now my readers. Professionally? – I have many authors I read and adore; to list them would be difficult.
  15. Has your family read any of your books? What advice or encouragement have they given you? – Yes. My sister is one of my editors. But she didn’t know I wrote until I had two books completely written. No one in my family knew until I decided to publish. My mother has read my books. My books are sexy so that was a bit awkward at first, but now it’s no biggie. They are all very supportive.
  16. What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment? – Writing wise, I’ve hit #2 on Amazon paid list, #1 on Smashwords, #23 on Barnes & Noble, won awards in the Twilight Fan Fiction world, those mean a lot to me. But mostly, it’s when a reader connects with my books. That’s the most amazing thing! I’m most proud of hitting Amazon’s Highest RATED list because that comes from the reviews. Personally, I’d just like my daughter to grow up with respect for herself and others, and to know that if she wants anything in this life, she better be prepared work her tail off to get it!
  17. If someone asked for your advice about writing a book, what would it be? – It’s your book; your story. Write it from your heart and be true to it. Only make changes if you truly believe they should be made. It’s a tough business that’s very competitive… do it right. Get your book edited, and present a professional product. Price your book fairly, but don’t under price it. You worked your ass off for maybe a year, and your time, money, love, blood, sweat and tears… is worth something. If you want your readers to see the value in your books, YOU have to as well.
  18. Are you reading anything right now? If so, what? – Yes, I’m reading Kelly Elliott’s new book Cherished and not-so-patiently awaiting Raine Miller’s fourth book in the Blackstone Series. Also, Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren is next up.
  19. If you could say anything to your readers, what would you say? – You’re investing hours of your life with me when you read my books and I hope I’m able to place you within the pages with my characters. I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for taking a chance on me. You are my inspiration… The very reason I write!  xo

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Say Something…

My brain is slightly frozen at the moment because I am so cold. But I’ll refrain from complaining about it too much since I know there are people around much colder! (Stay warm!)

As of today, Mine to Lose has been out for four weeks, and it has been a crazy four weeks. Honestly, I feel like it’s been four months. And I find it funny that I’m counting the weeks as if it were a newborn baby. I suppose in a way it is, only it doesn’t cry through the night, but oddly enough, it does keep me up.

Anyway, I digress.

I have been so appreciative of the reviews I have gotten from bloggers, authors and readers, it truly means so much to me. Since publishing, I’ve taken a little break from writing to do some reading. A luxury I don’t get when writing. Let me just say, most of what I’ve been reading are ARCs, and there have been a few books that I’m just reading because they are on my TBR. The ARCs that I’ve been privileged to read and just breathtaking and I can’t wait for them to be released to everyone!

BUT, Mine to Steal, is still a work in progress. I’m happy to say that I have started writing this story, and even showed a couple of people. I knew, halfway through Mine to Lose, that I was going to write this, and even though there was not a cliffhanger, it is a continuation (of sorts). In the coming weeks, I’ll share some teasers here on the blog. 😉

And hopefully next week, I’ll start the Author Spotlight back up again. I love interviewing fellow writers, they are awesome and the nicest people.

I’m off now to cuddle with the cutest, furry little monster…Wick

Oh! BTW, if you’re planning on attending the Houston Author’s Bash, I hope I get to meet you! RS Grey and I are sharing a table and we’re both kinda goofy, so we plan on having a great time! 🙂

Thanks for reading! Until next time…
XO
~T

😎 Say Something by A Great Big World is BIG TIME on my playlist. And actually on my Mine to Lose Spotify Playlist. Go Check it out.