2 years…

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July 2, marked 2 years since I published my first book, Being There. If you’ve read my blog before, you know that it was a “bucket list” item that I added when I turned 35. And here I am, two years later with 4 books out. 🙂

These two years have been filled with personal growth and, I hope, professional growth. I’ve made some wonderful friends and learned things along the way. It’s been both challenging and rewarding, but it’s also given me something to do…something I’ve always wanted to do but never thought possible.

So…I thought I’d share some things I’ve learned in the last two years:

  1. Allowing yourself to pursue your dreams is one of the most empowering feelings ever. No matter how outlandish it may seem at the time, why not dream big? If you fall flat on your face, you still tried! So yeah, I continue to dream big…and sometimes fail bigger, but that’s all part of it. I learn something every time, and more importantly, my girls see that I’m at trying. Seeing their pride and interest what I do inspires me. Daily.
  2. Support comes in all forms. It may be your family who have known you your entire life. It may be someone who has recently come into your life. And it may even be someone that you have never met. Don’t underestimate the power of supportive people. First step, believe you can do it, second, letting others believe it with you.
  3. Not everyone is going to love you or the things you do. This is true in every. aspect. of life. And it’s totally okay. And guess what, you’re not going to love everyone. If you can accept this, I believe you will be a much more content person. How exhausting it must be to try to please people all the time. 😛
  4. Be open to criticism. And no, I’m not talking about vicious, hateful words that make you crawl into a corn and rocking yourself as you cry. I’m talking about people who you respect and who respect you. The ones that take the time to care about you and what you’re doing. The ones who see mistakes or where you can better yourself and offer their opinion. This is how your improve as a person and a professional.
  5. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Ever! The moment you do, you’re bound to fall. You have to have a sense of humor. The tagline on my email has been the same for years…and it’s a line from one of my favorite band, Tripping Daisy – “Laugh at what you did today, it’s all been done before.”
  6. Be humble! OMG….PLEASE.BE.HUMBLE! I’ve said numerous times that the people who are successful, but don’t it let go to their head are my heroes. I’ve not had the success of those around me, but I’m so excited for those who have found it. Many of those have far exceeded their own expectations, but they don’t have an air of superiority about them. If I ever find success, those are the ones I would want to emulate. (I’m talking to you Colleen, Molly, and Abbi. I ❤ you so much!) There are others who have forgotten their roots, the people that were with them in the beginning…I don’t ever want to be that.
  7. Remember that you don’t know everything. Wow…I’m serious. I don’t know everything, but I want to learn. A lot of times, it’s hit or miss for me, there is no “formula” that I know of to be successful. What works for one person will not necessarily work for another, but that’s okay, try anyway. Those that are willing to share their experience and knowledge are invaluable. *Note – It’s important to pay it forward. Do unto others…

I’m sure there are more lessons that I’ve learned, but these are the ones that come to mind at the moment. If you’ve gotten this far in this post….you’re kind of awesome. 😉 As school is starting up again soon, I’m excited to continue working on 5 different books that I’ve started. The 3 month hiatus has been just what I needed…the time with the family is priceless.

My point for this entire thing is both a “thank you” and “how did I get here?” post. This journey hasn’t been the easiest, but I can’t imagine any other that would bring so much joy, tears, frustration, and absolute fulfillment. My husband and kids aside, this is the best part of my daily life. ❤

XO
~T

2014 TK Rapp Year in Review

2014 – the Year in Review

2014 has been an absolutely fantastic year! It truly seems to have gone past in a blur and as I sit here, I can’t help but wonder if I missed something. Some parts of it seem to have happened years ago, not just eleven short months ago.

My second book, Mine to Lose, came out and so January started with a bang. I had so much support and love from bloggers, authors and readers and before I knew it, I was working on book #2 in the Mine to Love Series, Mine to Steal. There is another story there – Jett’s – but it’s on the back burner for a little while.

Amidst the book releases, there were the book signings. In February, I attended my first as an author and shared a table with R.S. Grey and sat next to PEN-NNNNNAAAAAYYYY Reid. (I love yelling that at her!) It was a first for all three of us, and I was lucky enough to have dinner with Penny and her assistant, Angie, the night before the signing. I was terribly nervous about meeting her…what if she doesn’t like me? What if she thinks I’m weird? What if I have nothing cool to say? Okay, none of that mattered because we hit it off and I enjoyed her so much.

Then came the Houston Indie Mashup and again I shared a table with R.S. Grey who – by this time – hit the USA Today Best Seller list! I was so excited that I got to congratulate her in person. She, her Lance, my hubs, and a few other writers went out to dinner at a local restaurant. Gabby organized the get together and everyone had a great time. It was a long day filled with smiles, drinks, friends and hugs from Sunshine via Charity. (My Candybabies!)

It was at the Mashup that so much changed with I met Kathryn Falk….THE Kathryn Falk. We started chatting and exchanged phone numbers with plans to talk after the event. And we did. After a visit to her farm, I began working with her and 3 other amazing ladies on her Houston Readers and Writers Roundup – an event that is going to take place in Houston October of next year. (More on this later.)

The pinnacle of the signing year for me came when I attended Penned Con in St. Louis. I signed up for this event a year earlier and I was beyond scared. I mean, I was going to be at an event with the likes of Colleen Hoover, Jasinda Wilder, Abby Glines, Tara Sivec and so many more! Okay, yes, these names terrified me! But what intimidated me even more was meeting the people I had become close with over the last year and a half. People like my wifey, author of the Roam Series – Kimberly Stedronsky, Lisa Karafa of Penny for My Thoughts Book Blog, Word Play author Amalie Silver, Jenn Beach of B.O.M.B., Kahlen Aymes – author of The Remembrance Trilogy. But meeting them all in person felt as if I knew them for years and we hung out like we were old friends. Of course, I got to see PEN-NAAAAYYYY again and flew out with Angie…best flying partner! And I found new friends, too, like the lovely DL Kane, Susan Garwood of Wicked Women Book Blog, Lori Otto – author of the book that has me wrecked in the best possible way – The Emi Lost & Found Series, Simone Chavous – author of the Fate Series Books, Amy Jackson – editor fabuloso and so many more!! The icing on the cake was being joined by my best friend who promoted herself to my Midwest Selling something or another….it was a long title and it fit. 😉 LOL!

There are a few other writers that I got to meet when I attended a pre-signing party in Houston. Hanging out with Stacey Lynn was the HIGHLIGHT….finally getting to meet and hug this woman made me smile. It was here I got to hang with Stacey, her husband, my husband, Erin Noelle, KD Robichaux, Jessica Prince and then I got to meet Jay Crownover…how cool is that?!

This leads us to the fourth book I have coming out – Finding Laila. I started work on it and kept much of it under wraps until it was almost complete. This book is my baby, my heart and soul. I’m so proud of it and can’t wait to release it on January 13. I only hope others love it as much as I do. It’s my first YA novel and I have a feeling it won’t be my last. These characters are a part of me and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Looking ahead at 2015, there is so much I’m excited about:

~Finding Laila
~Book Release Party with Erin Noelle, Sierra Cartwright and KD Robichaux
~HRWR in October
~RT Book Convention in May

And hopefully meeting some of these people:

~Kelsie Leverich
~Claire C. Riley 
~Brittainy C. Cherry
~A. Meredith Walters
~Jean Haus
~Sarahbeth Caplin Stoneburner
~Kirsty-Anne Still

There’s more…I know there is…and I’m going to feel like a jerk for leaving them out. But trust me…I KNOW there is more. And I want to meet every-single-one!

Thank you so much for being a part of my 2014 and I hope you’ll stick around and be part of my 2015 as well. I want to be a part of yours. Happy New Year’s and I wish you so many wonderful things. ❤

Until next year 😉

XO
~T

1 Year Bookiversary…

Bookiversary?

Pubiversary?

Book Birthday?

What in the hell do you call it????

It seems so strange to me that it was over 1 year ago that I hit the publish button on Being There. What started as a challenge to myself in February of last year, turned into a ride that I don’t want to get off any time soon.

July 1, 2013 – I hit that damn publish button that still freaks me out. I was very secretive about having written a book because the whole thing was intimidating. What if the story sucked? What if people didn’t read it? What if I failed?

Only a few people knew about my writing, and even fewer had read it prior to the release. It was a story that I wanted to tell and when I sat down to work on it – the words came in a flood. It took me 6 weeks to finish the first draft but the first draft wasn’t the greatest. 

A friend read it and suggested many changes which I took to heart. The entire story was revamped, while staying true to the focus – Cass. She is still close to my heart, the first character I wrote. My friends and family have told me there are things about her that resemble me so much. Others who know me well have commented that they heard my voice reading to them (which weirds me out a little). But if I reread it – I can’t help but agree, there is a lot of me in that character.

The final story was vastly different from the outline I had:

  • Cass was originally named Savannah.
  • Drew was originally Zane.  
  • The story was dual POV.

(These are only a few of the changes.)

A good friend, also a writer, read the story and made suggestions that helped it become what it is now. Without his feedback and guidance, I don’t know how it would have been received.

The last year has been an amazing journey filled with new experiences, new friends, new books and new hurdles. I am so grateful for all the support I have received and to those who have taken a chance and read this story and the ones that have come after. Every story is dear to me, but Being There will always have a special place in my heart because it started it all. Drew and Cass are a permanent part of me and I hope that others find them as special as I do.

Thanks for a great year! I ❤ you and hope you’ll stick around to see what comes next. 😉

XO ❤
~T

P.S. If you would like to purchase Being There,
click the link below and get the book that started it all.

BEING THERE

by T.K. Rapp

Play That Funky Music…

Yeah, that’s about right!

I hit publish on Mine to Steal and when I put my music on random, “Play That Funky Music” popped up. Definitely feeling that right now.

With that out of the way, I have had a very busy few days. I went to the Hill Country with my family, ❤ the T-10 and we spent 5 days on the water, hanging out and sleeping (me). We got together for my dad’s 60th birthday and it was great! (HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!!!)

The kids had so much fun, but how could you not?!

The highlight came yesterday (my dad’s bday) when my husband, our girls and I went zip lining in Wimberley. OMG…absolutely AMAZING. I don’t think I can come up with a better word for it. This has been on my bucket list for a while and I really thought I’d chicken out, but I didn’t. Out of our 4-some, I went first and as soon as I took off, I was awestruck. I rented a GoPro, for the day so we had record of everything! My girls, 10 & 12 did all 10 lines, the longest going 900 ft. Needless to say, they are dying to do it again and maybe get “Chocolate Wasted!!”

The birthday celebration ended with a friendly family Bocci tournament. Finals came down to my brother-in-law and me, but he kinda kicked my ass. That’s probably for the best because I’m an “okay” loser, but I am a TERRIBLE winner. Just ask my husband.

In the words of Peese, “I’m ready to go, but I don’t wanna leave.” This is probably my favorite T-10 vacation ever.

Returning home, I spent the rest of the day, working on last minute fixes to Mine to Steal formatting. But it’s done and now I am off to bed to sleep the nerves away. (Hopefully). This is the reason why this post is somewhat choppy. 😀

SHAMELESS PLUG!!!

Mine to StealIf you are looking for something to read, check out my latest book, Mine to Steal. It is the second book in the Mine to Love series, but NOTE it is written as a standalone, so read both or one…preferably both. LOL! It’s a light, fun, love story with very little drama and no cliffhanger. LOL.

Thanks for checking out this blog post and hope to see your review on GR or Amazon, or B&N or iTunes or wherever you read it. We Indies rely on your reviews. 😉 HAPPY THURSDAY!!!

XO

~T

Pocketful of Sunshine…

I believe I have posted this just about everywhere else, except my blog. I guess it’s time then…

As you know, I completed Mine to Steal  a few weeks back. I sent it to some Beta readers who gave me some awesome feedback. (Yes, I realize I overuse the word awesome, but in this case, the adjective is quite fitting.) Using the suggestions they gave me, I tweaked the manuscript and sent it back out to a few others to read, and they loved it! But you know who didn’t love it?

ME!

I love my characters…all except one. Each of them have different characteristics that I love: funny, charming, strong, obnoxious, caring, smart, quirky and one is inappropriate. But something about this story wasn’t clicking for me. 

My husband read my first book, and let me state here: HE IS NOT A READER! But he loved the first book, Being There. I think he loved it in the way that he has to, because I’m his wife. 😉 He was really busy and never read the second book, which didn’t bother me in the least. Honestly, I was so impressed he read ONE. LOL. Well, cut to my working on Mine to Steal. I’ve never written what I call, “Dude” before and when he found out, he insisted on reading, much to my excitement and dismay. (Really…mixed feelings!!) After talking over the premise and then his reading the first 10 chapters, things started to click and he gave me some great suggestions and helped correct things that weren’t clicking at all. Now, I know what I need to do.

This was a VERY long-winded explanation of justifying the reason I have decided to postpone publishing Mine to Steal for a couple of weeks. My editor has been understanding and encouraging and I plan on getting the completed, revised and best version of the MS to her in the next week or two. 

Currently, I’m pushing to release on June 12. If that changes, I’ll definitely post. But be looking out for more teasers and giveaways that are coming soon!!

😎 Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield. Clicked random and this came on and made me super happy!

BOOM…

I needed to take a short break from finishing up Mine to Steal to write a blog post. 

As I said yesterday, the last time I posted was on March 20. There’s been quite a bit that’s happened since then. What, you might ask? Well, I’ll tell you. 🙂

While writing Mine to Steal, I stumbled upon TWO new stories. I have them plotted out and ready to start as soon as I finish Trey’s story. One is another love story, but the other is dark. I have to admit, the darkness scares me, but I feel this pull to go there. We’ll see where it leads. They each have titles, but I’m not revealing them until there’s more to tell…just in case I decide not to tell the story at all. 

Aside from that, I’ve spent five of the last ten working days, in a coffeehouse writing, because it seems that I am unable to write from home. But I’ve knocked out quite a bit there, which makes me incredibly happy. Mine to Steal, more importantly, TREY, is coming along nicely. I had an epiphany last week and the rest of the story unfolded in front of me. Needless to say, HAPPY FACES all around. 🙂 🙂 🙂 This book will be ready for BETA by the middle of next week….at the latest. 😎

GIVEAWAY

While I’m finishing up this book, I decided to run a rare giveaway. It is pinned to the top of my Facebook Page and all entries must be submitted on that post.

Here’s the deal:

1. If you have read Mine to Lose or Being there, Go to Goodreads, Amazon and/or B&N – leave a review for one or both of the books.
2. Go to the Pinned Post and share the link to your review (you should be able to share)
3. Post with “DONE” in the comments.

***WINNERS*** 

When you have done the above, you will be entered into a random giveaway. One winner will receive a signed paperback of Mine to Lose and another will win a signed copy of Being There. Winners will be verified BEFORE notified as a winner. 

*US ONLY
*MUST POST LINK TO PINNED POST TO BE ELIGIBLE
*MUST BE POSTED BY 4/16/14

Winners will be announced on my FB Page 4/17/14 and will have 24hours to claim their prize.

T.K. Rapp is solely responsible for this giveaway. Facebook and/or any of their counterparts have no association with this giveaway.

Don’t own these books yet? Well, here are the buy links 😉

Mine to Lose
AMAZON
BARNES & NOBLE

Being There
AMAZON

As always, thanks for taking the time to read and hope to hear from you soon. ❤

XO,
~T

And now you know why it’s “BOOM!” P.O.D.

Good To You…

WHAT’S UP:

This week, I have made it a point to write. Shouldn’t that be my point/objective every week? Why, yes. Yes it should. BUT, it hasn’t. Which is why I took a FB hiatus. My 2 day Facebook hiatus was set so that I was not available for chat or otherwise posting…okay, I did the occasional check-in.

My mission: Make some progress on Mine to Steal.

Outcome: Success!! I have been able to write so much, and the ideas are flowing.

I love social media, it’s definitely been my friend as I maneuver through the writing world, but it can also get distracting. There is ALWAYS something going on. Whether it’s some new meme, a fellow author who has a new cover to share, or just wasting time scrolling, I find myself in front of Facebook to the point of driving myself crazy. Seriously, the end of the day comes and I can’t help but ask myself, “What did I get done today?” Usually the answer is pretty frustrating.

I may make this a weekly practice, to limit my Facebook time to three days a week, and hopefully I will end up with the same results….an increase in word count!

WHERE I’M AT:

When I wrote Being There, I had an array of songs playing depending on what I was writing. It worked. With Mine to Lose… not so much. Songs were a distraction, and silence was my friend. I was able to write and get thoughts out of my head without interruption…until the silence was too…well, silent. Feeling blocked and annoyed I went to my tried and true….MUSIC. If you’ve seen my playlist on Spotify, or the book trailer for Mine to Lose, you know that A Great Big World, “Say Something,” is a big part of that. BUT, what you might not realize is that the one song that spoke to me like no other, for over 1/2 of the book was “Good To You,” by The Avett Brothers. This song makes me want to cry, gives me hope and makes me sing…poorly. During the course of writing MtL, it played over 461 times. Yep, you read that right, and I love it just as much. Aside from the connection I’ve made between it and MTL, there is the obvious message of this song, which can be applied to any relationship.

Now, as I continue writing Mine to Steal, music has become my inspiration – my friend – once again. I love it. I have a playlist that I add to, whenever the mood strikes. (I’ll share soon) 😉 

In the meantime, thanks for reading, liking, sharing, posting and whatever else it is you can do out there. I hope that if you read Mine to Lose, you loved it and reviewed it (indie authors rely on that 😉 ) and that you are looking as forward to reading Mine to Steal and I am to write it. 

XO
~T

😎 Good to You, by The Avett Brothers from Magpie & the Dandelion