Thankful

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This has been an amazing year for me. Besides my wonderful family and good health, I’ve really pushed myself to take a chance on getting my career off the ground. Every time I’ve encountered an obstacle or a challenge, I’ve forced myself to meet it and rise to the occasion.

I’m so excited for the progress I’m seeing and thrilled that you’ve taken this journey with me. The ideas keep coming and the words are flowing. I’ve finished On the Rocks, Eric’s story (True North Book 3), and am nearing the end of the novella Off the Dock, (True North 3.5). I’ll be sending these off to my editor and will be posting links for pre-order after the new year. Now I’m thinking and dreaming and starting work on Across the Lake (True North Book 4), the conclusion of the series.

Also, a huge thanks for following along with me during #sytycw15, Harlequin’s annual contest. Making the top 55 (the first round as selected by editors) was thrilling. Getting to the top 25, with YOUR help, flabbergasting. I could not be here, writing and learning and improving my craft to tell these stories, without the help and support of so many people. I am blessed that I have never heard a negative comment from anyone I have opened up to about this little passion project of mine. Thank you!

Anchored in the Bay (True North Book 1)

Tiny Island Summer (True North Book 2)

15 facts about… Eric, Jen, & On the Rocks

I’ve (nearly) done it! The first draft of On the Rocks (True North Book 3) has been completed and I’m working on the edits now. I’ve been loving these 15 facts posts and thought I’d continue the trend with this book, Eric’s story.

  1. Jen drinks coffee with so much milk (and sometimes cream) in it, her best friend calls it a milkshake

2. Eric’s tattoos are all…words. And it all started with a Walt Whitman quote he got (and modified) to honor his mom

3. This book is set at my alma mater, Indiana University, during the most glorious time of year–Autumn

4. Jen hasn’t worn (or even owned) jeans in nearly ten years

5. Eric and Jen are both only children

6. At 5’2,” Jen is always in heels and rounds her height up (she’ll tell you she’s 5’2 3/4″ so practically 5’3″)

7. Eric, the über confident (but never cocky) and smooth guy from Anchored in the Bay and Tiny Island Summer, has been knocked off his game after losing the girl and struggling to get his book published

8. Jen, the seemingly pulled together and polished branding expert, is also off her game after some sneaky moves by an ex (you’ll have to read more to find out!)

9.  Jen’s favorite author is Danielle Steel and taking a tour of Ms. Steel’s hometown, San Francisco, is on her bucket list

10. Jen and Eric share mutual friends, married couple Tom and Rebecca, and have a history that Eric can’t remember

11. Jen is a size 12, redhead, over 30; because you can’t send a girl in to win a man’s heart (at least not Eric’s)

12. Eric loves to bike ride

13. …which is good because he’s also susceptible to apple-flavored desserts and in Indiana during the autumn, these are plentiful

14. But…he drinks his coffee black (to counter #1.)

15. Jen loves the crunch of leaves underfoot as she walks through the trails and paths around campus and in the Hoosier National Forest

On the Rocks coming Spring 2016. Get caught up on the True North Series from the beginning. Anchored in the Bay (True North Book 1) and Tiny Island Summer (True North Book 2) available now on Amazon.com. Kindle Unlimited subscribers can check out the whole series for free.

Progress?

I’m working behind the scenes on the final 2 1/2 books of True North. This series is my passion project and I’ve loved the opportunity to release these books on Amazon. I work with a wonderful freelance editor and some amazing CPs (critique partners), but at the end of the day, this series is from my heart and is my vision. Delivering these books without any other opinions has been both challenging and exhilarating.

What’s next is always a lingering thought for me, when I’m writing or publishing or promoting. For the time being, I don’t have any other series in mind. I have a lot of ideas for “stand alone” novels, but none that tie in together. The True North series really developed organically. I never intended to give Ryan a book, but that felt like the way to make the series wrap up. And, as I’ve mentioned before, my heart has changed towards him. (I hope yours will too!)

I have a few favorite characters; book 3.5 was fun because I got to revisit Darcy, Emily, and Francois. Revisiting Rose from Tidal Patterns is an idea I’m playing around with but haven’t settled on. For the time being, I’m working on finishing the series (pre-order here!) and am looking into getting these books out in paperback form. (I’ll update when/if that moves forward)