I’m Back, and With Big News!

Hello, friends! I’m so sorry once again for disappearing on you for such a long time. I know that many of you who’ve been with me for a while have been anxiously waiting for the next installment of The Loft as well as High Risk. I’m sure a lot of you were starting to wonder if I was ever going to come back to my unfinished business, and for that, I apologize. 2019 was not a good year for me for many reasons, in terms of my mental health, and in dealing with some family shakeups including the passing of my grandfather and uncle, both of whom I was very close to. I try not to get too uncomfortably personal on my blog or social media in my author persona, but considering it’s been ages in Romancelandia time since I’ve published anything, I feel as though I owe it to all of you to at least give you somewhat of an idea as to what’s been going on with me.

Admittedly, I’ve struggled a lot with feeling like a disappointment, sometimes wondering if I should simply let my romance pen name die a quiet death since it’s been so long. But writing these stories has meant so much to me, and despite the many, many setbacks, moments of self-doubt, and all the drafts they’ve been through before I felt confident I could share them with you, I know I can’t simply give this up. 

And with all that being said, I do finally have some exciting news for you! At long last, the wait has paid off (for me, at least), and starting early next month you can expect a flurry of new books coming your way! Well, maybe not a flurry, but I’m feeling impatient with this backlog of finished and mostly-finished books I’ve been working on but haven’t been ready to publish for various reasons, so now you can expect at least a couple in rapid-fire succession over the next two months, starting with Tangled Love! Yes, I know I’ve gone back and forth over whether or not it or High Risk would come out first, but now book three of The Loft definitely will be, in just over a week! Not to worry, though High Risk will be here shortly, towards the end of February. 

I would like to emphasize, though, that these are estimated dates, despite my confidence that Tangled Love, at the very least, will be hitting Amazon and other stores in about a week. But I recognize that at various points in the past I’ve made overly-optimistic promises to have books out on certain dates, only to be forced to push back the deadline and then slip a bit into a self-defeating depressive funk over my disappointment. I’m trying as best I can to avoid that now, both for my own sake, and for the sake of giving you guys the best book possible. 

That being said, though, I have yet more good news! The Loft series is finally coming to audio, with audiobook versions of the first three books currently in production! I’m anticipating a mid-March release for Whip Smart, which will be available through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. I’ve really started to get into audiobooks in the past few months, so I’ve been pretty excited about this, and I can’t wait for you to hear the fantastic pair of narrators I’me working with bring Tera and Eric to life. So, if audiobooks are your thing, look for updates on that in the coming weeks/months. 

Thank you so much again for sticking with me through thick and thin. It means the world to me to know that there are those of you out there eager to find out what happens next with Eric and Tera, to fall in love with Kiera and Caleb, and to just explore the world I’ve created through my stories. These characters might be fictional, but writing their stories and spending time with them is often very cathartic for me and gets me through the tough times, and it’s a wonderful feeling being able to share that with others. I can’t wait to share the next story with all of you. Until then, stay classy, and happy reading… 😉

In the meantime, though, Whip Smart and Strictly Business are currently on sale, and in celebration of the upcoming release of book three, both books are included in the BIG WEEKEND BLAST sale, courtesy of Bookfunnel. Looking for a great new romance read to tide you over until Tangled Love is out? Well, look no further, because this fabulous multi-author sale has all the free and discounted romance you could ever want in just about every subgenre! 

An Excerpt from Tangled Love!

Hello, lovely readers! Just a quick announcement first: unfortunately, the release of Tangled Love will be postponed for just a few days, until Sept. 18th. Sorry to do this, but I did an oops and accidentally planned the release when I’m supposed to be going away for a wedding, and I’d rather be around to make sure release day goes off without a hitch (since I’ll be busy and probably won’t be around my laptop very much). I know I’m pushing it pretty close to the release of High Risk at the end of the month, but I hope it won’t be too annoying. Actually, considering there are things (particularly a certain character) that will be introduced or revisited in Tangled Love that will later become significant in the Risky Business Duet, I’m pretty pleased releasing then in quick succession looks like it’ll work out okay, even though I probably should’ve planned for a bit more breathing room between the two.

Yeah, time management isn’t one of my strong suits…

But if it’s any consolation for the postponement, how about an exclusive excerpt? This one’s just a quickie and there will be more where this came from in the next few days, but I hope it gets you intrigued for what’s going on between Eric and Tera. Just so you know, it is mildly NSFW and obliquely references past abuse.

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The Countdown to Tangled Love Begins… so how about a new cover?

Hello, lovely readers! The release of Tangled Love is just two weeks away! Keep a lookout for some exclusive excerpts and a few other exciting things over the next week as the countdown to it going live begins. In the meantime, though, I’m excited to share its sexy brand-new cover with all of you!

Pretty, isn’t it? I actually originally had a whole set of covers made up for all of the planned books in the series around the time that Whip Smart came out, but after revamping the covers for the first two books, I figured that this one might be due for a makeover as well. Want to send my new book baby out into the wide world (literally, this time; planning my very first wide book release is kinda daunting) looking it’s hottest, after all. And be sure to keep an eye on this blog or on my newsletter in about a month or so, because you might just get to choose the cover for the next installment of The Loft…

Aaaaand of course, don’t forget, there’s still time to pre-order Tangled Love for $2.50 (that’s 50% off!) with the coupon code BNPLOFT50 at barnesandnoble.com. (Side note: if for whatever reason the product page says it’s not available for coupon codes beneath the book cover, don’t worry, it does actually work when you put the code in at checkout)

Just a quick aside before you peace out: I know that this blog has been a little bare-bones as far as author blogs go, mainly just a place to keep you updated on my book releases and such. And while I may not get to it right away, I’m hoping to spice things up a bit in the near future with some more entertaining content that’s actually worth hanging around for. There’s probably a few of you who already know this about me, but I actually used to run a small book review/movie review/writing/whatever blog. I say “used to” hesitantly and not without a mountain of regret, because while it’s technically on an extended hiatus and I’m still hoping to get back to blogging eventually, the sad truth is that between my day job, romance novel-ing, and grad school-ing, I simply haven’t had time for it.

One of these days I might actually learn to manage my time better, but until then, I think I might try posting the occasional snarky movie review or long-overdue Game of Thrones rant or whatever on here, and hey, maybe you’ll finally find some actual book reviews on my Goodreads author profile as well, because honestly the fact that it currently gives off the impression that I’m a writer who never reads or has opinions makes me a little uncomfortable.

I don’t know… maybe it’ll all just be a failed experiment. I am curious as to what kind of content all of you would like to see on this blog, though. Would you be interested in the occasional book review, or seeing me pick apart weird/bad movies while trying to be funny? Honestly, while I’d like to do a few more movie live-tweets of movies like I did for Darc a while back and Eyes Wide Shut even longer ago, live-tweeting to me is a bit of a drain (I sit down to watch a 1.5 hour movie and decide to start tweeting, but I have to pause the movie each time to concentrate and before I know it 3 hours have disappeared) and just writing a review after sitting through the whole film is more my style. So, let me know in the comments or feel free to reach out to me on Twitter or Facebook if you’d be into content like that!

The Big Late-2019 Publishing Schedule Update/Announcement Post

Hello once again, my lovely readers. I know it’s been a long time since you last heard from me, and if I had to guess what your most burning questions for me are (that is, assuming you remember me), I’d have to guess 1) “Where’s High Risk“? 2)”Are you ever going o get back to The Loft”? and 3) “Are you… okay, Siena? Like, do you need to talk about anything?” And my answers to those would be: 1)It’s complicated, but I promise it’s still coming; 2) Yes, more on that in a bit; and 3) It’s… complicated.

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Surprise! New(ish) Book Covers! (and a quickie update)

As those of you who have seen my brand-new FAQ page already know, The Loft Series will be going wide at the end of next month. To celebrate, I present you with the shiny new covers for Whip Smart and Strictly Business! Well, mostly new; essentially, just the photos/models have been updated, but overall I think it’s a sexy improvement over the old covers.

In other news… well, I’m sure what you were all really hoping for was some news on High risk, right? Well, fear not, while there was another slight–if frustrating–delay this week, it should be live on Amazon by Monday. So, yay!

So, I Fell off the Face of the Earth, But I’m Back Now

Greetings once again, dearest readers. First off, I wanted to apologize for ghosting you all like that, particularly after I’d said about two weeks ago that High Risk would be available in a matter of days after it unfortunately had to be delayed again. I’m sure a few of you noticed my Twitter thread on the subject yesterday:

Sadly, things have been very hectic and stressful for me, starting around the time of the family death I mentioned a few weeks back and partially relating to that. I’m sorry that I can’t go into more detail, but I hope you can all understand my desire to keep a lot of things in my personal life separate from my author life. Emotionally, things are getting better after a lot of recent ups and downs; the loss of one of my close family members was definitely one of those low points but things are looking up. Unfortunately, that death happened to coincide with a lot of other things being dropped into my lap all at once, and yet again I found myself in the position of having to put off a book release to take care of other things.

I can’t express how guilty I feel and how sad and frustrated it makes me to have done this more than once at this point. But ultimately in most cases it felt like the best choice to put it off until I could devote the proper time and energy to that new release, and I do believe I made the right call this time. I am still confident that 2019 (or at least the latter half of it) will be “my year” as an author; the sequel to High Risk is still on track to come out in late July, book three of The Loft series will finally be out in August, and I have big plans for both book four and something new this fall.

As for High Risk itself, you can all breathe a huge sigh of relief along with me, because it’ll be here next week!

Oh! And before you go, be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions page I just added to the site. I’ll be updating it with more relevant info in the coming months as my next few books are released.

As always, thank you guys for continuing to support me. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Stay classy, and happy reading. 😉

Merry (early) Christmas! Some Sweet Book Deals and News

Merry Almost Christmas, my lovely readers! I know, I know, you’re all still waiting for High Risk to finally come out. Unfortunately, the release date had to be pushed back until January 28th, after the insanity of the holiday season. (I’ve also updated my previous blog post to reflect this, because I’m just that pedantic.)

I know, I know. Believe me, the wait is killing me, too.
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At Long Last, High Risk is Almost Here!

Long time no see, my lovelies! I ‘m very sorry for the unscheduled hiatus. For those of you who don’t know (which is probably most… I don’t think I’ve actually mentioned it in my blog before), I recently went back to grad school. Long story short, this past semester I went from being a part-time student to adding a few more courses onto my workload to hopefully earn my degree faster. It was a tough call, given both the handful of other issues I’ve been dealing with in my personal life in the past year or so, and how difficult it’s been to find the right balance between going to school and building my career as an author. But I’m hoping that in the end it’ll all work out for the best. I want to thank you all for your patience, since I know this book and the next installment of The Loft have been a long time coming, and your continuing support during this difficult time in my life means a lot to me.

However, that does not mean that I’ve forgotten about my writing, far from it! While I was initially disappointed that I wasn’t able to meet my initial goal of having High Risk published in September, I am happy to announce that I now have an official release date: January 28th! 

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at High Risk! Plus, Some Other News

Hey there, book nerds! Whew, it’s been a pretty thrilling/nervewracking week after finally releasing Strictly Business. I hope those of you who were eagerly anticipating how Tera and Eric’s continuing story would play out are enjoying reading it unfold just as much as I enjoyed writing it. Just a heads up, if you haven’t gotten your copy yet, there’s still time to get both it and Whip Smart on sale for only $0.99 on Amazon. And for those of you who tore through it and are already wondering where Tera and Eric’s story goes from here, I can confirm that Tangled Love is still on track to be released by the end of September. So, yay!

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