Love to Win: Releasing Saturday, July 30th!
Happy Wednesday, buttercup! This is an exciting and busy week for me, and a little sad, too.
First, the exciting and busy part. LOVE TO WIN, book 3 in the Fireflies series, releases this Saturday, July 30th. This is Brenna and Dante’s story, and it was a long time coming. Their relationship simmered in books 1 and 2, so by the time my fingers tapped the keyboard to share the details of their romance, those two were more than ready. There are several things that occur in the book—their first kiss, for instance—that were not part of the original plot. The kiss happened and I ran with it, but it changed several subsequent scenes. I had other plans for their first smoochie, but Dante got tired of waiting for me and took matters into his own hands. It was wonderful! I love when that happens. In my experience, it makes for a better book.
The release of a novel is often compared to childbirth, and there’s a good reason for that. The gestation period varies from author to author, but make no mistake—from inception to completion, novel writing is a jumbled combination of excitement, misery, emotional distress, and total elation, often all at the same time. Add the bouts of paralyzing self-doubt—I’ve yet to meet a writer who doesn’t experience this—and it’s a recipe for, as Dante would say, “batshit crazy,” like you’ve never seen. Kudos to all those spouses and significant others who love, feed, and water their authors through it all. I salute you. (Joe Claro, my love, you deserve a medal.)
If you’re interested, there are giveaways going on exclusively for my newsletter members. Sign up for my newsletter HERE and you’ll be offered:
1) The .pdf ARC (advance reader copy) of LOVE TO WIN.
2) Three winners will receive signed copies of all three books — LOVE BUILT TO LAST, LOVE TO BELIEVE, and LOVE TO WIN. Names will be chosen at random and winners will be notified via email on Monday, August 1st.
3) Five winners will receive a signed copy of LOVE TO WIN. Names will be chosen at random and winners will be notified via email on Monday, August 1st.
If you’re already a newsletter member, then you received the newsletter yesterday detailing these offers. If you haven’t signed up, please do! I only send a newsletter 2-4 times a year, so you don’t have to worry about your inbox being blown up with spam.
Now for the sad . . .
The 16th anniversary of my mother’s death is August 5th. Sixteen years and I miss her still, have things I want to share with her, every single day. I’m envious of everyone who still has their mother, especially in this era of instant communication. I moved away from my parents in 1985. Those were the days of landlines and snail mail. I look back and wish I’d worried less about my long distance phone bill and more about talking to my parents. If there is one thing I regret in my life, it’s that I didn’t talk to them as often as I might have when I still had the chance. Oh, what I’d give to hear their voices just one more time.
So this is a bittersweet time for me. I’m feeling the loss of my parents keenly, but I’m excited, too. The Fireflies series has had a hold of me for a long time, and with the release of LOVE TO WIN I’m able to blow kisses to my three book babies and move on to the next challenge.
Many of you have asked if I’ll continue the series now that the stories of the three main couples have been told. The answer is, yes, it is likely. While I’m busy at work on a different series, there are several Bright Hills characters that aren’t through with me yet. So it may be a while, but the book hasn’t yet been closed on Fireflies.
Thanks for hanging with me! See you next week for more of the Naked Truth.
Romance is good for your heart! To purchase your copy of Love Built to Last or Love to Believe in eBook or print, go to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Black Opal Books, Kobo, or AllRomance. And remember, Love to Win releases on July 30th!
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