January 1, 2020

Happy New Year! My 2020 Resolutions!

Happy New Year!!


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As a proud dog mom who did kiss her pup at midnight...I adore this gif! 😂😂If you missed my year-end wrap-up for 2019, you can go read it now :) Today, I want to look ahead because 2020 is shaping up to be an incredible year! The excitement is already mounting for The Raven and the Dove, and I have so much more planned. I'm so ready to roll full-steam ahead into the new decade!

Without further ado...

My Top 5 Author Resolutions of 2020!



I've been talking about this book so much recently, I'm not sure what more there is to say except it goes on sale on March 9th, and I can't wait! Early reviews have been fabulous, and I'm so excited for everyone to read it! I'm deep into the manuscript for book two, and I've got so much more in store for these characters. This series is going to be a wild ride and I can't wait for you all to join me on the journey :)

Ebooks, paperbacks, and hardcovers are available to pre-order now. If you live in the US, you might want to check out the pre-order giveaway I'm hosting. And it'd be wonderful if you would add the book on Goodreads to help me spread the word :) Stay tuned for teasers and more reveals in the next few weeks!

2) Publish more audiobooks!


I absolutely love producing audiobooks! Listening to a narrator bring my characters to life is the most amazing experience—I can't get enough! I've heard so much talk that audiobooks are on the rise, and that they're the way of the future, converting more of my books into this format is a win-win. First, I'm planning to publish an audio edition of The Raven and the Dove, and then I'll return to my backlist :)

3) Sell more translation rights!


If you saw my 2019 round-up, you may have read that I sold my first foreign translation rights to Eksmo, a Russian publishing house. As an indie author, seeing my books translated and sold across the globe isn't something I ever imagined achieving. BUT now that I have, I want to sell more! I'm currently in negotiations with another foreign house, and I'm hoping to land a few more deals in 2020. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

4) Publish more hardcovers!



The Raven and the Dove is the first book of mine that has been available to pre-order as a hardcover, and holding that edition in my hands is so special. I'll never go back to paperback-only again! I'm in the process of publishing hardcovers of my Once Upon a Curse series (Gathering Frost is currently available). My goal for 2020 is to release hardcover editions of my entire backlist! 

5) Launch a new romantic comedy series!

This is my stretch goal for the year! Most of my time will be spent working on The Raven and the Dove (these books are so long!), but I don't want to forget my pseudonym. I have a fun idea percolating that's a play on The Bachelor—definitely a guilty pleasure of mine! I might not get a new book published this year, but I'm hoping to launch a cover and pre-order before the end of year!

Phew! Those are my top five resolutions!

It'll definitely be a busy year, but hopefully in the best way possible :) Like every year, I'm sure 2020 will hold its own surprises, and I can't wait to see what they'll be.

Since I'm a reader as well as an author, I also want to include my...


Top 5 TBR Books of 2020!

1) King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo


I'm a huge fan of the Grishaverse books and Nikolai was one of my favorite characters from the original trilogy, so I can't wait to read his new duology! I've heard amazing things!

2) Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


This cover...need I say more? I've wanted to read this ever since the reveal. The reviews have been fabulous, so I'm eager dive in!

3) Well Met by Jen DeLuca


Enemies-to-lovers? Renaissance fair? What's not to love? The cover is so cute, and all the reviews I've read have said wonderful things. I'm so excited for a new rom com to fly through!

4) Regretting You by Colleen Hoover


Colleen Hoover is one of my favorites, so it's a no brainer I'm going to read (slash devour) her new release. It's on my kindle, so I'm picking this one up next!

5) House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas


I'm super curious about Sarah J Maas's first official adult release. The cover is stunning, and all of her books always manage to draw me in. I can't wait to give this one a try!

And a few more because these covers are to die for!!

   
   

What books are you most excited to read in the new year?! Leave a comment below!




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December 31, 2019

A look back at 2019...

The end of 2019 marks the end of an incredible decade for me! 

 

Ten years ago, I was a college student dreaming of becoming an author, hoping to land some sort of job in publishing after graduation, and unsure of my place in the world. Flash forward to now, and I'm a full-time author with 20 novels and 6 novellas under my belt. My books have been reviewed by USA Today and Publishers Weekly, featured on a B&N end cap, and turned into audiobooks. One was selected as a Top Kindle Book of its year by Amazon, and one is currently being translated into a foreign language. I've sold hundreds of thousands of copies, and have interacted with so many amazing readers. Not to mention I got married to the love of my life, we bought our first home, and we became doggie parents. I truly feel so blessed! 

It's been such a wonderful, tiring, crazy, fulfilling, and unbelievable ride. I can't thank you all enough for coming along with me :) I wouldn't be here without you!

This past decade has been unreal, and 2019 was the perfect way to close it out. Here's my Instagram Top Nine for the year--I'm so happy to see so much love for The Raven and the Dove on there!


Without further ado, here are...

My Top Five Author Moments of 2019!

1) Finishing my To Catch a Thief romantic comedy series!


I launched this series in 2018 with the first book, Hot Pursuit, and in 2019 I published the final two books in the series, Stolen Goods and Off the Grid! I'm so pleased with the wonderful reviews all these books have received :) Romantic suspense was a new genre for me, and I had so much fun crafting these quirky tales filled with a little baking, a little thieving, a little mayhem, and a lot of love!

2) Finishing my Once Upon a Curse series and publishing them in audio!


Okay, okay...the end of this series was a longgggg time comingI know! Gathering Frost went on sale back in 2015, then Withering Rose in 2016, and then I left you all with a cliffhanger until this year. BUT I'm happy I waited! Instead of rushing, I let my inspiration guide me and I was able to finish these stories the way they deserved to be finished, and now these fairy tale retellings have an extremely special place in my heart.

3) Working on multi-author anthology and contributing to the Kingdom of Sand and Wishes boxed set!


I'm an introvert by nature, so it's very easy for me to sit in my home office all day, interact with zero people, and focus on my writing. However, it's been a goal of mine for a few years now to branch out of my comfort zone. When the opportunity rose to join this box set, I pounced! Working with my fellow authors was a fabulous experience, and I would love to do something like this again in the future!

4) Selling my first foreign translation rights to an international publishing house!

This is something I am SO SO SO excited about! I haven't mentioned it very much because I still sort of don't believe it's real, BUT I sold the foreign translation rights to one of my books to Eksmo Publishing in Russia. They're going to translate the book and sell it overseas...AHH! How cool is that?! I don't want to say anything more until I'm holding the book in my hands, but I had to share a little teaser :) I'm currently in talks with a few more international publishers, so hopefully this is just the beginning!

5) Revealing the cover for The Raven and the Dove!


The Instagram cover reveal for The Raven and the Dove is probably my favorite cover reveal ever! The response to the gorgeous art and the book itself were so incredible, I still get overwhelmed just thinking about it! I truly can't wait to share this world and these characters with you in 2020. The story came straight from my heart, it's my most ambitious fantasy series yet, and I think you will all just love it.

And those are my top five moments of the year! :) Like I said, 2019 was a great one!

Since I'm a reader first and a writer second, I also want to include...

My Top Five Reads of 2019!

1) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


My dad recommended this to me ages ago, and I finally got around to reading it this year. All I want to know is...why did I wait so long?! This book is phenomenal! I love ancient mythology, and this book did a better job than any other I've read of bringing the old legends to life. Even though I knew how the story ends, I was breathless in anticipation, hoping somehow the tragedy would be rewritten. I can't recommend this enough!

2) The Wicked King by Holly Black


I enjoyed The Cruel Prince...I LOVED The Wicked King! Wow. This was one of those stay up until 4am sort of reads. I couldn't put it down! Jude and Cardan had me utterly engrossed. Their characters and the whole world of faerie were phenomenal!

3) Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor


Honestly, Laini Taylor could write a grocery list and it would probably be one of my favorite reads of the year. She is an unbelievable writer. I adore everything she's ever written, and this was no different! If you've never read anything of hers, drop what you're doing and go pick up one of her books! You'll thank me later :)

4) Whatever You Do, Don't Run by Peter Allison


I went on safari with my family this year, and this was the perfect book to read before the trip! Peter Allison worked at one of the camps where we stayed, so reading these stories and then seeing the animals/places in real life was a wonderful experience! If you've ever been curious about safaris, I highly recommend this book. It's entertaining, educational, and guaranteed to make you smile.



This is another book that's been on my TBR for a while, and I'm so glad I finally picked it up this year! The old cover really didn't interest me, but when the publisher repackaged it with this amazing art, I had to grab a copy immediately. I'm so glad I did! I'm a total Simon Snow fan and I can't wait to read the second book in the series!

And that's all for 2019!

Happy new year!! See you all in 2020!