Sunday, February 16, 2020

My Journey Went Full Circle...

I've been gone for a long time. I'm sorry for my absense. Here's what happened. I started teaching again because the majority of my experience fell into that arena of the work world. It was so draining on me that I wasn't available to create. I was physically and emotionally exhausted.

I did write A Ring for Christmas (A Ringside Novella) during that time and published it. (Check it out on Amazon! Who said you need to wait for Christmas to read it?). That is all I could produce to completion even though I was writing when the mood struck. When you are an author, writing is in your soul. You just don't feel complete without it.

Teaching was wearing on me a few years into the new journey of navigating through the corporate preschool world. I knew my days teaching were coming to an end soon. It was hard though because I loved teaching, just didn't like the extra crap that came with it. I was in an emotional place while trying to make the decision. I won an award at the last school and felt like I had achieved something great...finally decided to let teaching go.

I switched over into customer service in the coporate world. I started writing again but slowly. One thing is for sure, once you are out of the practice of writing, it gets hard to redevelope the habit. I had to force myself to write every day. I didn't like that feeling at all.

I published Kisses for Christmas (A Desert Secrets Novella) at this time. Super excited to see this series coming to a close with only one more book to go.

Two weeks out of training in the new career I was invited to apply for a managment position. I applied even though I didn't think I would get it. Surprise! I got the position. I loved the challenge of being a trainer. I started working overtime every single week. I averaged about 50 hours. I tried writing on days off but had other things to do. Writing slipped through the cracks and I was writing less and less. In the the summer, I was given the opportunity to help launch the department at the corporate level. Of course I jumped at the chance, ready for the change. Okay, they told me to do it. The opportunity turned out to be really stressful but stress builds character, right? By now I worked even more. My world was work and sleep. Nothing in between besides my 2 vacations a year. I loved my job and the people I worked worth though. I kept pushing forward. They gave me the position of being the director's assistant in my department. How awesome was that? I did all of that in one year. The bad side? They never gave me my raise as promised so it was time to part ways with the company.

I was given an opportunity for more pay and no managment duties for a streaming company. Ohhh yes!
I jumped at the chance to go. More money, 40 hour week, and only being responsible for myself? I was looking forward to writing again. It was harding to get started again than I'd thought, but I'm pushing through!

Now I'm back in the land of books, authors, and most importantly, READERS! A lot has changed in the writing world. There's a lot for me to learn now and people to meet. I'm ready!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

My Sexy Saturday- Split Decision

A few feet away from her, Rally grabbed a mat and tossed it on the floor. He lowered down onto his stomach to do a series of push-ups. Another great view of his back, ass, and legs as his chest lowered to the floor and pushed back up. The muscles in his legs tightened, his back sleek and taut. Grace squirmed on the bench, the uncomfortable tension building between her legs as she watched him flip onto his back with his knees bent for several fast crunches.
Pecs tightened. The ridges across his stomach became more pronounced. Sweat dampened his shorts. He sat up and returned his attention to her. His face was soft as he stared, but his gaze burn her all the way to her soul.  With his chest rising and falling in an attempt to catch his breath, he kept her locked on him.  He put his hands on his knees and slowly shook his head, his mouth turning down in a frown.
            “Grace?” Ajay said, snapping her back to him.
            “Um, yeah?”
            Ajay darted a glare between Rally and Grace. “Would you rather talk to Rally?”
            Her voice rose up a notch. “I’m not interested in interviewing Rally Brewer.”
Rally flinched at her remark and rolled back to his stomach. Giving herself the opportunity to regain her focus, Grace went to the cooler, poured some water, and took the seat on the other side of Ajay, keeping her back to Rally. Yes, she wanted that man more than anything. Yes, she wanted to interview him for the magazine, too. But this was part of her plan. She was going to hurt his ego a little and make him yearn for her attention once he decided he didn’t matter to her.
“I’m sorry that Rally has distracted me. Things should be better now.” Geez, that guy shook her to the core. Hopefully he’d see things her way soon, so her head could go back to normal and regain her professionalism.

Did you enjoy Split Decision? Grab your copy here! Also available for Kobo and other ebook devices. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Author Blog Hop

Welcome to the hop! I'm giving away a $15 Starbucks gift card... but first...

Let me introduce myself. I live in Arizona with my real life hero, three teenagers, and three cats. When I'm not busy writing I'm out playing in desert with my family, going on an adventure, or swimming. I'm a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

My newest release is up for pre-order. It's part of a boxed set. Check it out here! My book in the set is Split Decision, Ringside Book 1. Here's what it is about: Sports reporter Grace Avery is up for a promotion, but only if she gets an interview with the notoriously private, heavy weight champion, Rally Brewer. Grace discovers who Rally is beyond the boxing ring. Little does anyone know, as Grace gets Rally to open up, a two-year-old secret is in jeopardy. Is revealing his secret worth gaining Grace’s love? 

To be entered in the gift card giveaway: Like my Facebook author page or follow my blog and leave me a comment here so I know you stopped by.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

My Sexy Saturday- Jesse's Girl

I hope you enjoy this little teaser of Jesse's Girl. I sure love the chemistry between them, don't you?"

“You’re so sweet,” his lips only moved off her skin long enough to whisper the words before moving lower. He gently sucked on her neck, and kissed her shoulder. His fingers flicked her nipple once, twice, and on the third time she moaned again.
     “Jesse. I want you.”

     “Do you, Zoey?” He grabbed her 

hand and brought it behind 

her back where she stayed nestled 

against his toned body. Desire 

shot through her as soon as her hand made contact with his skin.


Preorder your copy of Jesse's Girl here! And then check out this other great My Sexy Saturday blogs. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

WHAT? You can PREORDER your copy of Jesse's Girl!

I have exciting news!! You can now preorder your copy of Jesse's Girl. Hop on over to Amazon and grab a copy here!


Jesse Lincoln had tried to give his heart away once. He’d almost devoted his loyalty and his faith in Samantha. Almost. While he was trying to give her those secret and sacred parts of him, she chose to walk on the dark side with Jesse’s enemy, his very own brother. No wonder Jesse had turned to working extra-long hours and one too many drinks when the office closed every day. He’d thought he’d kept this side of his life well hidden. But one person has noticed. His best friend insists on Jesse entering a wellness program for 30 days. Faking his way through while keeping his problem a secret shouldn't be so hard, right? It would be a lot easier if the owner, Zoey, wasn't so alluring. 

Zoey doesn’t know what to do to improve the wellness center’s income, and if her client list keeps dropping, she'll lose her business that she’d worked so hard on building. When Jesse’s best friend approaches Zoey and requests she take Jesse on as a client, Zoey jumps at the chance. Jesse Lincoln is full of anger and isn't afraid to show it, but everyone in town knows Jesse and he holds the power to help boost her business. Her goal at keeping their relationship slowly dissolves when she sees his compassion hidden under his jerk exterior. 

Will Zoey be able to deny him while wrangling him into a position to help her professionally? Can Jesse hand his heart over again with the risk of having it shattered? 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

My Sexy Saturday- Cross the Line

Want to read a hot little novella by the pool this weekend? Grab a copy of Cross the Line here!

Fixated on him, I let myself be sucked into his stare.
I couldn’t touch him even though I wanted to with every part of my body. He had to be given the control in order to avoid scaring him away. His penetrating gaze told me everything I needed to know. I would have him before the end of the night. But he’d be the one doing the taking. And I’d let him.
“A little fun like this?” I yelled and pounced at him to dunk him under the water. The force of my petite figure was nothing compared to his muscled arms wrapped around me.
“Or like this?” And then he flipped me, sending me under again.
When I surfaced, he looked serious. “Leslie.”
“Yes?” I treaded water a few inches in front of him. The wind blew softly over us, the scent of flowers blowing in the breeze, and the sun sunk below the horizon, leaving us in just the glow of the pool lights. My senses heightened. Every part of my body ached for this man. It took all I had not to reach out for him, to slide my hands over his tattoos, or press my lips against his.
“I’ve never thought about being with another woman until now.” He moved toward me then. There were no more playful gestures. No more laughing, splashing, or fun. Instead, he grabbed me by the wrist and pulled me to him. He stared as I slid my tongue over my bottom lip. Would he get the hint?

Friday, July 25, 2014

We did it!

Look who is on the USA Today best-sellers list!! Me and my fellow authors in the Romance Super Bundle II bundle! Let's celebrate!