Back in 2008, I made the leap to self-publishing my very first book, Cursed Secrets. Independent publishing was hard - like really hard back then. To be taken seriously as an indie author, one had to make it look like the book was published by one of the "Big 6" houses–this meant professional covers, editing, formatting, etc. It took a lot of work, money, blood, sweat, and tears to make an indie book thrive. There were some who made it and were rock stars to the rest of us because it showed we could do it, too. I thought I could. I was well on my way to a career I'd always wanted, but life got in the way big time.
A little over 10 years later, and I've not accomplished nearly what I thought I would, which is okay. I've had a lot happen in 10 years that has made me into who I am, but that also means I have to face the things I didn't get the chance to accomplish before. As in, I need to realize that while I did publish a book, as I'd always dreamt, I didn't fully realize the potential and so I did myself a disservice. Now, I'm taking control over that dream and recreating it into my current reality. So, in the coming months, I'll be releasing new anniversary editions of all the Legacy of Secrets books, including some new titles never before released!
All Legacy of Secrets books will be available for preorder soon! Keep an eye on the upcoming newsletters and social media to learn when you can order your copies of the new versions. Previous versions of LoS have been removed from Amazon and will not be available for purchase/download until the new versions are available.
Rest assured, you'll fall in love with the characters all over again! Are you ready for a new book boyfriend/girlfriend? Be careful what you ask for. ;)
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For many, many years, the world behind Legacy of Secrets has only existed in my mind. I wrote the series long ago, when I was in my early twenties, and decided to publish it since I loved it so much. If I had known then what I do now, it wouldn't quite need a face lift. So, here we are! So what does the world actually look like? What are all the characters? Where do they come from? What do they do? How do they live? How did the world come to pass? What is the legacy of secrets, exactly?
All of these questions will be answered and more! Make sure you subscribe to my newsletter to get exclusive access to these tales. The lore won't be available anywhere else until after the reimagined series is published. The first story takes us back to the very beginning of the world, one of the oldest legends, and perhaps the most popular tale they tell. Want to know more? Click to subscribe and get your lore on!
Well...it sure has been a long time since I've posted a new blog. Sorry y'all. Since my last blog post (last May), life had pretty much decided that I was going to be the next contestant on a special version of Survivor I didn't even know I'd signed up for...boy was that fun. So many things happened so quickly, I think I got whiplash. Luckily, this has slowed down and I'm now able to take a breath, reflect, and regroup.
There has been a measurable amount of that done anyway with this quarantine life at the moment, which is also crazy in and of itself, but it's not altogether bad. I've had the chance to really sit back and determine what steps to take next, how to get myself back on track (personally and professionally), and what my long term vision is. It's not often we get that time. It's been wild, but it's been necessary.
Luckily, I've surrounded myself with some pretty amazing people and I couldn't be more thankful for them. They've been instrumental in my journey to getting back to myself and finding out what exactly that means. I have friends who challenge me on such a profound level and that's been paramount is this phase of my life. If you haven't found friends like these yet, don't worry - you will! Make sure you keep them close when you do.
I have made some big decisions over the last few weeks/months. There will be some major changes coming soon that are equally exciting and terrifying. I welcome you all to join me while I face this challenge. There will be missteps and times I flat out fall on my face, but I promise to keep pushing forward. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.
So, if you would like to join me, you can follow my progress on social media pretty much wherever you are. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and, of course, my newsletter. You'll only receive emails when I post new blogs (which will be weekly) and a monthly newsletter with any important info you may need about the goings on in my world. For subscribers, you all will often receive exclusives not given to the general public. There are TONS of things in the works right now so if you haven't received anything yet, please be patient! I'm working as quickly as I can to take care of my peeps!
I'll see you guys around the web and please don't hesitate to reach out to me!! I love talking to fans and fellow writers!
'til next time
So far, this year has been one to bring about many changes: new jobs, new challenges, new ideas, and new projects. Nothing is without hard work and dedication, but sometimes I wish that wasn't the case because I could sure use a break! But seriously, I've hand to make some calls this year and there's definitely a big one coming down the pipe.
LEGACY OF SECRETS:
I've decided to revamp the series this year as part of the ten year anniversary! The books will be revamped, edited, updated (maybe even extended), and re-released. They will have new covers and all of the current five will be released along with the next installment that I've been working on recently. I will still be adding another two or three books, depending on how the story flows, but they will come out next year.
The current versions will remain available on Amazon for a few months, but I will pull them a few months before release. The old versions will be obsolete and I don't want to cause confusion. I will be looking for some alpha and beta readers, so be on the lookout for those posts. All of those who read for me will get signed ARCs from me and I might even decide to do a few contests. Who knows?!
Book two will be published this year, come hell or high water! My goal is to work on this story next and have it be available before I begin revamping LoS. I've had it buzzing around my head for a while and I'm actually pretty excited about doing something so different from what I'm used to. Fantasy is amazing and I love creating worlds, but the years of binge watching Law & Order: SVU has prepared me for cop drama so I need to cash in on that! XD
A SHIFTER'S TALE:
I will be pull these novellas and instead publishing them on Wattpad! I realized that with the nature of those stories being relatively short, they would be better suited for Wattpad than Amazon. I will be adding Thea's Reawakening this weekend and then I'll add Layla's Vindication probably within the next two-three weeks. I will continue this series as a side project, but will try to post new tales at least three times a year.
I'm pretty excited about some new stories that have come to mind that I are only in the conceptual phase as of the moment. Unfortunately, I won't be getting to writing these new stories until next year, but I will post updates when I have them. If everything is completed sooner than I expect, I'll be able to get crackin' on some new stories!
Well, that's all I've got, I think. I stay the most active on Instagram so be sure to follow me there. Also, sign up for my newsletter so you will be notified of all the new releases and changes before everyone else! I'll be looking for some folks who might want to lend a hand in various capacities this year, so please follow me!
See you around!!
It's been some time since I wrote last, my apologies, as life has managed to get in the way again. I'm in the midst of finding a new job and trying to finish a book during Camp Nanowrimo, so things are H E C T I C! I'm hoping it will start dying down as the month is coming to a close.
I don't have much news, save for Blood Promise being completed soon. I've managed to screw that one up a time or two and had to start over, but I'm on the right track finally. As far as the remaining books in Legacy of Secrets, it's still a toss up, but I'm aiming for only two - hopefully.
I have other WIPs down the pipeline, all hopefully to be completed with relative ease. This year still has many months and I'm looking forward to publishing as many books as I can this year. This book has thrown me off a bit, but I will get back on track as soon as I'm done!
I've also networked/partnered with a new phenomenal group of women - Women Writing Fiction. Each of us is at a different stage of our writing careers, but the group is empowering and supportive and all the things you want in a network! You'll see me sharing and blogging about the group and their books, as well as my own, and I encourage you to read their work! They're oh-so-talented and range from Wattpad writers, to self-published, to traditionally published, and even some hybrids. A good portion of the women are embarking on this publishing journey for the first time and are bringing fresh voices and faces to the indie world. Keep an eye out for some new website content specific to Women Writing Fiction, soon!
I'll be back soon. Read on, my friends!!
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