Blog, Novel, reading, Romance

When words aren’t enough

krispy_wideweb__470x376,0This past week has been one of the craziest and most surreal experiences of my life. Having a book out in the world that people can read, love, hate, debate, praise, rip apart, and analyze feels like standing naked beneath florescent lighting holding a box of cheap wine and Krispy Kremes and asking people to judge me. It was terrifying and completely liberating.

There are certain things that happen when–and only when–you publish a book. These things are mostly positive and can make a normal person feel like the center of the universe. People that you haven’t seen or spoken to in years come out of the woodwork to wish you well. Complete strangers spend their hard earned money to acquire something you wrote. This alone is enough to make any person’s head spin. Your friends and family become your biggest cheerleaders, the best salespeople, and aren’t afraid to tell anyone about your book. Your grandparents think you have instantly reached the J. K. Rowling level of fame and your nepjkhews want to be cast in the movie version. In general, everyone you meet is super impressed with your accomplishment and genuinely happy for your success.

So, how do you thank all these people? How do you express your most sincere appreciation? Here’s the rotten, terrible, awful part. You can’t. It’s impossible. Even if I could afford a billboard in Times Square, or a commercial during the Super Bowl, I could not reach everyone who has brought joy, love, and support to my life.

All I have are my words. They are humble and not nearly enough. They fall short, but are completely necessary. So, here they are.

Thank you.

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Book Birthday!

Happy Book Birthday to Me! Beautiful Addictions is finally here!

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Beautiful Addictions is now available in stores. Let’s sit and marinate in that statement for a moment. As of today, you can go into a bookstore (and Target stores in July–SQUEE!) and find my book on the shelf. You can hold it and flip through pages and stick your nose between the pages to inhale that intoxicating scent of ink and paper. No? Is that just me? Having already gotten my hands on it, I can tell you that it’s a gorgeous book. The matte paper and lovely cover art make my designer side happy and all the words inside make my writer side happy.

For those of of you who have loved and supported me through this process, today is the best day to say thank you. Thanks for sharing Facebook posts and retweeting tweets. Thanks for entering giveaways, wearing Beautiful Addictions t-shirts, blogging, reviewing, pimping, and telling your friends about my book. I appreciate everything you give and know that I can never give enough back. Without a support system like I have, I doubt I’d be able to continue my publishing journey.

So, today we dance in the aisles of bookstores. We take selfies with Beautiful Addictions wearing big goofy grins. We hold 275 pages between our fingers and know that it took a village to get this done.

If you are still celebrating this evening, come on over to my VIRTUAL BOOK RELEASE PARTY on Facebook. It’s from 7-10 PM Eastern time. There will be lots of fun and some party favors too!

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Ask me anything!

ask-me-anythingThis weekend the New Adult Book Club is hosting a Q&A for me and my debut novel, Beautiful Addictions. Have questions about Tristan’s brain or Alex’s future? Want to know more about Josie’s art or Monica’s love of faux accessories? Maybe you want to ask about my writing space, my work in progress, or my corgi, Chap?

Come on over and ask away. I’ll answer anything (within reason). Looking forward to hearing from you guys. Just follow the link below and hit me up.

NEW ADULT BOOK CLUB Q&A

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It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN!

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The countdown has begun. Today marks ONE MONTH until the digital release of my debut novel, BEAUTIFUL ADDICTIONS. I can’t put into words how excited and terrified I am. I know what you’re thinking. I’m a writer. I should be able to put anything into words. Well, okay. I’ll try.

The ebook will be released by St. Martin’s Griffin on January 28, 2014. This is three years from the day that I started a rough outline (really just a list of characters and their purpose) for this story. It still blows me away how this story formed, and with the help of pre-readers and so many kind folks, evolved into the tale it is now. I cannot honestly tell you how many versions there are of this story. I have no idea how many words were cut or rewritten. As a new writer, I didn’t have the foresight to save each version. Instead, I deleted sentences without a second thought. Those words are gone forever, each of them chipped off and carved away to leave the very best story I could write.

I grew so much during that time and even more so during the publication process. The thing about this career is you never stop learning. You can always practice and improve. I strive to do that as much as possible.

No matter how ready I think I am, I know nothing can prepare me for the moment BEAUTIFUL ADDICTIONS is put out into the world. I imagine ten thousand pairs of eyes on me, all at once, waiting for me to say something clever and dissecting every move. Instead, I’ll keep my mouth closed and hand over this book–this very personal part of me, this voice inside my head. Imagine yourself naked in front of supermodels in florescent lighting after a day of binge drinking. That’s the thrilling, sick feeling that I fear may plague me for the rest of my career.

So, with a month to go, I’m going to dig in and work my ass off. I’ll guest blog, do interviews, promote giveaways and tell my story to anyone who wants to hear it. I hope you don’t get tired of hearing from me. Because no matter what happens, I am proud of this novel. If it does well, I’ll have earned it. If not, I’ll have earned that too. Write on!