So, I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like to over the last few months. Life tends to interfere with my favorite hobby more often than not, but I’m taking off the week of the Fourth in the hopes of finishing “Used Goods.” Wish me luck!!!
I’m considering doing an e-mail announcement when I have a new release coming out. If y’all are interested in being added to an e-mail list for releases (or if you just have a question or comment), then shoot me a line here:
So, I’m currently focused on writing Used Goods which is the third book in my Black Sheets series, but I’ve also been dabbling some on a novella called Broken that tells the backstory of Colton Foster (Cade’s idol who he meets in Shattered Dreams Book 3). I originally intended it to be a MMF, but I’m considering a rewrite as a MMM. Any thoughts? I know that I only briefly mentioned Colt in Shattered Heart, so you might not have an opinion one way or the other, but I always appreciate suggestions.
I will have 3 $10 Amazon gift cards up for grabs on Facebook today February 4, 2017. Life is scary for a lot of people right now, so buy a book or two and escape for awhile. It’s on me. My first question will be up at 1:00p EST.
So, I’ve been pretty stressed lately. I’m sure that a lot of my fellow Americans (along with the rest of the world) can relate. I just thought I would give away an Amazon gift card or two Saturday afternoon to spread a little cheer. I will have a book-related question to answer (no crazy details, I promise). I don’t know when I will have my next novel out, so don’t get too excited. This isn’t a promo; although, I still plan on doing a giveaway for my next release as a thank you to my readers who have stuck with me. Y’all are great.
Hey y’all! I’m still working on Used Goods, Shattered Dreams, and Broken. Used Goods should be my next published title, though. Broken should be done in the next few months as well; although, it’s a MMF romance. It tells the backstory of Colton Foster, Caden Everett/Montgomery’s rock star idol who will be a character in Shattered Dreams. I’m considering some sort of giveaway on Facebook for my next release, but I’m not a big fan of swag. Maybe Amazon gift cards or something related to the story that would have special meaning to the reader (like a necklace of a character’s tattoo, a journal with something from the story on the cover, a mug or tote bag). Do y’all have any thoughts on this?
I realized that I haven’t posted a teaser for Used Goods in a while, so I put one up on Facebook. Enjoy! I’ll try to be better, I promise.
I’ve read a lot of books in my life, but these are the ones that I loved and that really meant something to me. I’ve added an actual page for these on my blog, and I’ll add more as I think of them.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I read this book a countless number of times as a child. There is absolute magic in this story. It doesn’t gloss over the trauma and pain of the main characters, and it really highlights the healing power of friendship and nature.
Favorite Quote: “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
This book was my first real experience with government paranoia. Once you read it, you can never go back.
Favorite Quote: “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”
Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
This book is an incredibly entertaining science fiction novel, but it also has a lot to say about humanity, societal responsibility, and the evolution of mankind.
Favorite Quote: “Now I understand,” said the last man.”
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
My dad first read this story to me when I was a child, and I loved the fantastical nature of the setting and characters. When I reread it as an adult, it was an entirely different experience revolving around language, war, and the balance of everything.
Favorite Quote: “Happy endings must come at the end of something,’ the Walrus pointed out. ‘If they happen in the middle of a story, or an adventure, or the like, all they do is cheer things up for a while.”
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
This book revolves around a 30-something-year-old, educated, lazy, and self-involved man who still lives at home with his mother. He is not a lovable character at all, and yet, for some odd reason, you find yourself fascinated by his delusional worldview. The story takes place in the 1960s in the south and does delve into some of the societal issues of the era, including the blatant racial discrimination and exploitation that was so common during that time.
Favorite Quote: “Stop!’ I cried imploringly to my god-like mind.”
Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson
This book chronicles a journalist’s interviews with various extremists groups. It is hilarious, which seems so wrong, but sometimes you need a little humor to coat the bitterness in the world so you can actually swallow it down and digest what’s happening.
Favorite Quote: “They can’t shit on us,” said Alex. “That’s really what I’m saying. You can’t shit on us anymore.” There was a silence. “I just want them to stop shitting on us,” said Alex. “OK,” I said. “Sorry.”
The Giver by Lois Lowry
This is another book that I read several times as a child. It takes place in a world of sameness where everyone is at peace, but at the cost of being stripped of feeling and individuality. It has an important message about not blindly conforming to society and how significant memory and history is to progress, and it stresses the importance of individual expression and emotion.
Favorite Quote: “The worse part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
My first teaser for Used Goods is up on Facebook. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this book yet, but I love my characters so far. Enjoy!