“Do you have new books out?” Every time I heard the question a little piece of me cringed inside. “No. Not yet.” Gilded Lily, my second book with Loose Id, was released in 2013. The dreaded time for any published author is the space in between. That scary void where no new title lists on the seller sites. Readers are drowning in titles and keeping up with the break neck pace of the ereader can be a stressful and creative nightmare.
Then all time stopped. I was in the middle of writing Claiming Dane, the follow up to Gilded Lily when my father died in 2014. All creative thoughts had to take a backseat to taking care of family matters. My dad’s wife died a short six months later and the grief process rolled on. Once all the details had been laid to rest, it was time to get back to the creative outlet that let me breathe. I began to write again. I finished Claiming Dane and began writing In His Bed.
I finally submitted Claiming Dane to my publisher and received feedback from my editor that made my heart drop. My publisher wanted me to change the driving force of Tony, one of the heroes and the Dom from Gilded Lily. I searched my heart and discussed the issue with my mentors and they all agreed to turn down the opportunity to make the changes my publisher wanted and not sign the contract. My heart felt lighter because Tony is a cherished character and I felt I was keeping true to his spirit.
This started the process of research in the self-publishing world.
In His Bed followed and I shelved that book when my health issues escalated. Again, my creative flow had to take a backseat. 2015 was the year of going a thousand miles an hour at work. I’m a registered nurse and work was booming…I take care of mommies and babies. My grief process had lingered and I worked to keep the emotions at bay. It worked for a while, but again my writing suffered.
October brought about change. My brain was finally on track and I was ready to approach my writing in a new light. I made my books a priority and planned for 2016. Schedules, release dates, and writing followed. I cut back at work and wrote Savior in four weeks. The ideas flowed and I was able to map out releases through 2017. I began my publishing firm, jumping through the government process, and Sinful Escapes Publishing was born.
And that brings us up to January. I celebrated the new year with excitement and joy. Writing is my first love and a natural calling. In 2012 I sent See Me into Loose Id with no expectations to get published. I wanted to experience submitting and was shocked when they contracted my book. When I rang in 2016 I felt a fresh start and ready to see where my writing could take me. Just like when I got “the call” in 2012, I felt the thrill of putting out books for people to enjoy.
So…welcome 2016! I now have two jobs. I am a nurse and I am a writer. Damn, it feels so good to say that. On that note, here’s the 2016 line up for this exciting year.
Book titles and release dates:
In His Bed-first installment in the Taboo: Forbidden Fantasy Series-January 26th
Savior-first installment in the Tattered Club Series-February 22nd
Claiming Dane-second installment in the Hot Southern Nights Series-March 21st
Broken Pieces-New Adult-June 7th
Taboo Book 2 (untitled)-second installment in the Taboo: Forbidden Fantasy Series-July 5th
Damaged-second installment in the Tattered Club Series- December 20th
Cheers to an exciting 2016!