Letting Go of Your Babies
There's some advice that more established authors give to newer writers - don't read your reviews, and once your book is out, move on.

Easier said than done, especially when you have a vivid imagination and wild curiosity. Of course you want to see what people thought about the book you've worked so hard on! The problem is, as Joe Konrath recently put it, it's a bit like walking through a line of people, shaking hands. 100 of those people think you're great and like you, and they tell you so. The 101st girl punches you in the mouth, knocking out all your teeth. It's so wonderful to have a hundred people saying nice things, but is it worth it if in the end you wind up toothless?

Especially when they start to have complaints that you feel like are addressed in the book (maybe too subtly?). Take Nico, for example. I've seen some reviews that he's too perfect/good/unbelievable. Nico is not perfect. Nico has a bit of a past that he's trying to overcome, so that he can get ready to be the someday king he has to be. He doesn't do commitment. He's very jealous and has a bit of a temper. He's not perfect. Is he trying to be a better man? Absolutely. Is he taking things slow with Kat because he understands her and her situation and is willing to be patient and woo her? Yes. Is he gorgeous, charming, fun, intelligent and kind? Yes. But those people exist in real life too. I know they do, because I married a man who is gorgeous, charming, fun, intelligent and kind. :)

But not everyone wants a good guy hero. There are lots of stories with lots of fans who like dark, bitter bad boys. And awesome for them, and for a market that lets everyone find the kind of story they want to read! But I like nice guys. I like heroic guys. I like charming, fun guys who have to work a bit to get what they want. I don't want to focus solely on people's flaws in real life, and I don't want to do that in my books, either. People are more than their mistakes or bad choices or vices. That isn't to say that I won't ever write a moodier hero, but I like fun stories. I like reading them, and I like writing them.

I'm also not worried about giving a reader every single little detail. Like, I'm not going to tell you about the heroine using the bathroom. But just because I'm not giving you the details about every bowel movement, that doesn't mean it isn't happening for her. I mean, she's not spending weeks in the story constipated and miserable! Kat, while unconscious, did have a catheter and an IV. It was something Lemon did without her knowledge. So Kat wouldn't bring it up because 1) she's never been unconscious before and doesn't know what happened and 2) Lemon hasn't told her. Since the story is being told solely from Kat's viewpoint, how is she supposed to talk about it?

But you can't say anything or respond, because to do so often makes an author look crazypants and gives you an eternal reputation as a deranged person (google authors behaving badly).

I write the way I write. And hopefully, I have a voice/style that people will either LOVE or HATE. I don't want someone to read a book I've written and say, "Meh. It was okay." I'd much rather move people all the way to either end of the scale, than to have them being lukewarm in the middle. Problem is, when people hate you, it hurts your writerly feelings and you want to curl up in a ball and eat chocolates all day (which sounds awesome, but is really not productive). It's a process to learn to let go once it's out in the world. If people think my baby is ugly, there's really nothing I can do about it.

So I'm resolving to not read any negative reviews, and to focus on what I like doing and hope that readers who like what I'm doing will find me.

Amazon Contract!
So, I am pleased to announce that I have signed a two-book contract with Montlake Romance, which is Amazon Publishing's romance line. I have wanted to work with Amazon for a while now, and I am very happy and excited to have this opportunity. I haven't had the easiest time with publicity and marketing, so I'm glad to be in a partnership with a company that is so good at it.

For everyone that's been wondering when a sequel to Royal Date would come out - there's a tentative release date of January 2016, and it will be about Lemon and Dante's time together on a reality show that's designed to make them fall in love -- but there's just one problem.

Lemon's already engaged. :)

Didn't get your free copy?
I've received a couple of emails from people who say that they didn't get their Kindle Scout free copy even though they voted for my book. My suggestion is this -

Go to the Kindle Scout website.


Check the top right corner to make sure you're logged in. If you aren't logged in, then log in (should be the same as your Amazon.com log-in).

Once you're logged in, on the top right corner there is a link that says "Your Nominations." Click on that. It will pop up a box, and at the bottom of that box there is a button that says "Past Nominations." Click on that.

My book should appear on that screen, and there should be a button underneath that says something like "get your free copy." Click on that, and it should take you to Amazon where you can get your free copy of "Royal Date!"

If you're still having trouble, you may want to contact Amazon's customer service and I know that they will help you.

I've been nominated for a Swoony!
Swoonys are a reader's choice award over on Goodreads. If you have a Goodreads account (and if you loved "Royal Date," which, let's be honest here, you loved more than Kat loves Battlestar Galactica, right? ;) ), you can go to this site:

Swoony Awards

and vote for my book. You may have to do a search or scroll looking for it. Right now I'm #21, I think.

You can also nominate me for a Whitney Award (this one's more labor intensive).

Whitney Awards

I don't think I've ever actually won a writing award. I've been nominated and finaled a few times, but never a win. I'm afraid I'll become Susan Lucci. (Daytime soap actress who was nominated for a Best Actress Daytime Emmy NINETEEN TIMES before she won. Can you even imagine how depressing it must have been every year to get dressed up and go to a ceremony feeling like you'd never, ever win?)

My website designer (AKA my husband) keeps promising he'll create comments on these blog posts sometime soon so that it isn't just me talking to myself. (Although, let's be honest, even with comments on here it will still probably just be me talking to myself. Which I'm surprisingly okay with.)

Exciting news! Amazon has decided to launch "Royal Date" early. They had originally told me that they were planning on releasing it late March/early April. Then I got a surprise phone call yesterday letting me know that they had decided to move the release up. It is currently available RIGHT NOW for pre-order at Amazon!


If you voted for "Royal Date" during the Kindle Scout process, then you should be receiving your FREE copy of the book this morning in your email! Keep an eye out for it!

Amazon did a press release this morning about the launch. It was pretty awesome being mentioned in an official Amazon press release!


If you get a chance to read it, I'd love for you to leave a review (good or bad) on Amazon and Goodreads.

Thanks again to everyone for all the support. I'm very excited to see where this all leads!

Here's the back copy for the book - does it make you want to read more?

This Cinderella didn’t plan on a prince . . .

Kat MacTaggart is a girl who has a plan for everything—including her holiday ski trip to Monterra with her best friend. Everything is going according to plan until she finds herself careening out of control down a mountainside and being rescued by a guy who looks like Superman’s hotter Italian cousin.

HRH Prince Nico is intrigued by the woman he saved on the slopes and her refusal to date him. He offers Kat a deal—let him show her his country and he’ll pay her to write articles that will help Monterra’s tourism industry. Kat agrees, but given her past and lingering distrust of men, she has one condition—absolutely no kissing.

Thanks to the claims of a jealous British noblewoman and the schemes of a meddling paparazzo, Kat’s rule doesn’t seem to be a problem at first. But the more Kat gets to know Nico and the people around him, the harder it is to remember her keep-your-distance plan. Should she stick to it or risk everything for a chance at happily ever after?

Contest Winners Announced!
Thanks to everyone who entered my sweepstakes and who helped me spread the word.

The first winner of a $100 Amazon gift card is ...


The second winner of a $100 Amazon gift card in my second chance referral sweepstakes is...


Congrats, ladies! Enjoy your prizes!

I WON!!!
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who nominated my book and helped get it in front of Amazon's publishing imprints. They contacted me a couple of days ago to let me know that I had won! I'm in the process now of getting my manuscript ready and I will submit it to them. Once they go through it and make changes/edits, then we'll be publishing in the near future (hopefully).

I really am grateful for everyone's help. I know I'm a writer, but I just can't put into words what this all means to me.

Thank you.

Last Day!
Today is the last day to nominate my book, "Royal Date," for the Amazon Kindle Scout program. You can find instructions here -


Thanks so much to everyone who has helped me out with this!

This is my new website, created by my hunky husband. What do you think?

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