We survived January! It's a miracle! And the craziest part is that we're already halfway through February!
Basketball is now done, and while I'm sad not to go to anymore games, Ashley is quite happy to go straight home after school and chill on the couch. She and her two brothers will start club volleyball very soon, but we'll enjoy the quiet for a little while longer!
We also had our very first snow day!! I grew up in Idaho where we'd have a few each year, but here in Utah, they haven't had one since 1994!!!! Let's just say the groundhog was VERY wrong, and we got out the next Monday. It was crazy! I spent the day writing, which is pretty much the best thing ever. My kids enjoyed playing video games—except my poor oldest who was stuck pushing carts at Walmart. But money is money!
And the funnest part about Valentine's Day is all the new romances! Okay, I can think of a few other things. Like the awesome dragon egg bath bomb my husband got me. I can't wait to see what ring I got. Or the Valentine's Day boxes my kids come up with.
But I digress. I wanted to share my newest book with you! My Secret Valentine just released yesterday!
Sigh . . . I love it so much!
And if you're worried that I'm only writing YA romance novels now, don't worry! I have two more mail order bride books coming out along with a few others.
Speaking of my mail order bride series, I just approved the audiobook for The Rancher's Bride! She did such an awesome job with it, and I can't wait to share it with you!
Enchanted Heart was also just finished, and her British accent is amazing!
I'd better get going. My kids may be excited for their various Valentine's Day parties, but it's another workday for me! Have a wonderful weekend!
Christmas has come and gone, and now we're on to preparing ourselves for the new year. It's mind-blowing, really.
This year was awesome, hard, crazy, frustrating, and amazing. I put out eleven books (holy cow!), met the Supernatural cast in Vegas, went to Disneyland with my family, watched my son graduate, leave for what was supposed to be two years but ended up as two months (darn anxiety), watched my daughter play varsity volleyball AND basketball as a freshman, and got a new job at the high school. Not bad!
What about you? I'd love to hear about your year!
I mentioned in last week's email that I would be releasing my first teen romance. Guys, I love it. So much. My betas loved it too, and I'm so happy! It's the start of a new series that will have book two releasing just before Valentine's Day.
So, what's next? I'll be rereleasing The Hopeful Heart as Testing His Heart, and The Blushing Bride as The Farmer's Bride with some new content in each of them. And the new covers?
Sigh ... I love them so much! They will be released as soon as they're ready - hopefully in the next couple of weeks!
I also have the last two books in the Brides of Golden Valley series, and a couple more Cottonwood Ranch books up my sleeve as well. As for new series? Well, those are coming too!
As I get into more of a groove with my new job and life, I'm hoping writing will pick back up again.
Oh, I'd better get going if I'm going to finish this edit and get some sleep before tomorrow morning's basketball game. Who schedules a game so early on a Saturday during Christmas Break??
Have a wonderful week!
It's October! One of my very favorite months! Halloween has always been a favorite holiday of mine, and I always look forward to this month.
This year, things took a slightly different turn. I still look forward to trick-or-treating with my kids and all that fun stuff. But we learned we had to deal with another monster. Anxiety. It's one I've fought for years, and it's been worse over the last few months.
This time it went after my son. It's hard to leave home. Go to a new place where you know no one. My son not only left those things, he left the coping mechanisms he'd created for himself without even realizing it. So in a small town in Indiana, he had to fight anxiety, lack of sleep, and fleas. So many fleas in his house. It was finally decided this last weekend that he needed to come home to heal and get help.
So this October, I got my son back. He came home on Tuesday while I was at my daughter's volleyball game. Oh man, she did awesome. As her game was nearing an end, they showed up and I ran around the track to hug my boy.
Man, he's grown. I'm pretty sure he grew another two inches! And where he was getting 2 hours of sleep max in Indiana, he was able to sleep last night. I haven't heard his voice through the floor yet tonight, so I assume he's sleeping today as well. The flea bites have started healing as well.
And my family is back together. Anxiety is still there. We're going to get him some help. And maybe, just maybe, we'll get me some too. But for now, I'll just enjoy every second of him being home.
So yeah, that's been my week! How has yours gone? Have you read or watched anything lately? I just finished watching Lucifer for the, oh, third time, and I'm back into Supernatural again. Just in time for Halloween. :)
And I'm excited to announced that The Prospector's Bride is out! And I apologize to those who usually review for me. BookFunnel isn't behaving for me right now, so I have no way to send you the file. Sadness! But you can check it out here, and as usual, I could use the reviews!
Minnie's last tie to her hometown is gone, leaving behind her and her two brothers. With all of their possessions being taken by the bank, Minnie knows it's time to move on. When she learns that she could have her own land and a fresh start as a mail order bride, she follows her heart and her mother's dream to head out west.
Matthew loves nothing more than working in the mine, which doesn't leave much time for a family. But time is ticking, and he knows that if he wants to start a family, he'd better do so soon. Following his brother's examples, he decides to take a mail order bride.
What Matthew wasn't expecting was that his new bride would arrive with two young brothers in tow. While their chemistry is immediate, Minnie's desire for a career goes against what Matthew wants for his family. Will they learn to love each other for who they are, or will their differences be too much to overcome?
Remember how I mentioned that I love the Fall but it was still waaaay too hot here? Well, the weather listened because right now it's cold and windy. AND I LOVE IT! I froze tonight at my daughter's soccer game and loved every second of it. :)
Sports are in full swing around here, and this week is our school's Homecoming. My son has a poster waiting for him from the cheerleaders wishing him luck, and he doesn't know what to do with the attention! He'll go on his first date this weekend with a super cute girl, and I'm so excited for him!
Ashley is playing JV volleyball and having the time of her life. Tonight she got three blocks in one play!!!! I missed it so I could be at her sister's soccer game, but luckily her dad got it on video!
Not too much has happened on the writing front. Stress has not been my friend lately and it's my poor writing that has struggled. I DID get to teach a class at a writing conference in Arizona, so that was awesome. SO HOT, but I had a really good time.
I also started a FB group for those who want to hang out on Facebook with me. :)
Check it out here! I better take off. Steve and I are off on a hot date. And by hot date, I mean a trip to the grocery store for food. :) We live glamorous lives!
Have an amazing week!