“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
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This year taught me a lot about myself. I learned to trust my decisions, step back from things that consumed me negatively, embrace true friends who have supported, loved, and comforted me…and I have allowed myself to grieve my father’s passing…
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has faced adversity and obstacles these past few years, but I can only say one thing, all those elements that tore at my self-confidence and spirit…did not break me.
My outlook has changed, my goals have transformed, and I’ve begun to value those things I’ve inadvertently taken for granted. I’ve tried to carve out more time for myself and I’ve cut back on a lot of my workload in order to heal. I know it will take a bit longer but everyday I’m in a better mental space. I’m learning to embrace my flaws and work at making myself an even better person.
There are certainly days that are more trying than others, yet I’ve made it a mission to make 2014 the beginning of something beautiful. There’s so much I want to do, places to visit, things to accomplish and I’m going to put all my passion and focus into these desires. Life is too short to simply dream, it should be about taking risks and making them happen.
Although my father passed a little over six months ago…today, Christmas Eve..my family and I will still celebrate and honor him on his birthday. I hope I’ve made him proud…and I hope that he’ll continue to look down from the heavens and see me accomplish all those goals I’ve set out to conquer…
I love you, daddy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
*I’m giving away 3 autographed copies of BRUSH WITH DESIRE! (International winners will receive eBook copies) All you have to do is comment on my Facebook Fan Page. Winners will be picked at random on Saturday, October 6th*
SQUEE! I’m totally excited about this release which includes eBook versions, in addition to print!
I wrote this book for Parker Publishing in 2008. It was at the beginning of my career when I was a totally wide-eyed new author. It’s always been a project that remained in my heart no matter how many years have passed. Now ART OF SENSUALITY is re-titled and re-released…during the editing process of this book, and after much thought, I realized I shouldn’t mess with something so special to me. Yes, I did make minor changes and even added an excerpt at the end, but otherwise I chose to leave it virtually the same.
I know it’s a risk because most authors who have re-releases usually make major changes…but I felt strongly about my decision to keep the original version. I hope that those who have not read my work will give it a chance. I’d like for you to discover my voice for the first time and see my love of storytelling through this sensual love story. I hope you’ll take a chance, and experience the emotional ride alongside the characters, as they reach their Happily-Ever-After.
This book has received very awesome reviews when it was initially released―From the RT Book Reviews (4 Stars), Affaire De Coeur (5 Stars), to The Romance Studio (4.5 Stars)…you can see that’s why I made the decision I did. As I pen new romances in all the different genres, I hope you’ll see my growth as a writer and will continue to support me. Also, the best way to help me reach a wider audience to further support me and my books is for you to leave a review on one of the online venues, if you’ve purchased a copy of my book in the past (many thanks in advance). Reviews are what truly helps writers!
For my readers, a BIG THANK YOU for staying with me through the years and for being the reason why I push myself to become a better writer!
Sometimes writing makes you dig deep down inside to the very part of you that hurts the most, makes you pull out everything that you’ve tried to bury and bring it to surface… makes you face your demons… conquer your fears… and although the scars are still raw, you can’t help but better understand yourself. Trust me, you can’t leave the past behind even if you try because it haunts your very existence and shapes the person you are now. It’s also what makes you a better writer and a kind of therapy that will get you through those hard times.
I’m working on a proposal that’s been rather challenging. The characters are damaged and while I write their story, I can’t help but be sucked in. I’m transported back to a time when I felt their happiness, their loss, their pain. I suppose a good storyteller is able to suck readers into the same world to experience the H/H journey. This story is very dear to me because it’s extremely dark yet the underlying message is beautiful. After I write each scene I can’t shake out of it. It stays with me for longer than usual but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I want it to be the beginning of something much deeper, more meaningful for me as a writer. I want it to be a stepping stone that will someday take me to the next level as a writer.