State of the Matto

This January we realized that my house had old termite damage that wasn’t disclosed, an active termite infestation, and a lot of water entering the house and causing damage. This significantly impacted the home renovation timeline, and I put a lot of my personal goals on hold. I certainly accomplished a lot in the bulk of 2019, including recovering from elbow surgery, building a 550 square foot stone patio; building a custom, glass and oak banister; replacing damaged siding and millwork; repairing the house’s rim joist and reinforcing floor joists; installing three support beams in the crawlspace; and designing (and…

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All up in that romance

I decided to write some romance, some hot, steamy, contemporary romance. Mmm. I finished the first book–all 80k words of it–and it’s now at the proofer! I wrote the second book’s outline during the ‘let it sit’ phase of the first book, and it’s a beast: 9,500 words… Today, I’m beginning the sequel. I told my pals in the local chapter of the Romance Writers of America that I’m going to write 9,500 additional words this week, and I’ve got 5 full days to make it happen. I’d like to have this book written by the end of September, edited…

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I’m Alive

It’s been a wild year, and I’m glad to say I’m still here fighting the good fight. The last few months I’ve taken a little time for my family, and I’ve stayed a bit out of the spotlight. I did this for them (and for me), because the last year HAS BEEN INSANE. I published a short, illustrated novella and told 10,000 people about it on Facebook. A lot of them told me how much they loved SOPHIA’S JOURNAL. I published my first novel, BLOOD 4 LIFE, then I published my second, QUEEN’S GAMBIT. Then I finished writing my third…

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I Published my First Book

I published Infinite Vampire I: BLOOD 4 LIFE on May 7, 2017. I told about 15k people about it, and had 150 people buy the book! (1%). As of this writing, approximately five weeks after publishing, BLOOD 4 LIFE has 33 reviews and an average rating of 4.8 stars. Next week I’ll be publishing the sequel, Infinite Vampire II: QUEEN’S GAMBIT, and I’m very excited. Each new book–and all the effort put into the launch and marketing–helps boost the first book.    So far, any income generated has paled in comparison to the money spent on actually making professional books,…

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