A little over two years ago I wrote a short story that was never supposed to see the light of day. I’d been writing for as long as I could remember but I’d never shown any of my stories to anyone. Hell, my best friend in the world didn’t even know I wrote stories and I pretty much tell her everything. To be blunt, writing keeps me sane. I actually have a t-shirt that says that, by the way. 🙂 If I’m down, I write. If I’m up, I write. If I’m in between? Well, you get the picture.
What inspired this particular story that I wrote almost two years ago was a bad book I’d just read. I had to get it out of my head. The only way to do that was to either jump into another book or write something of my own. I decided to write something of my own. That story turned out to be a bi-erotica short about a young man who hooks up with his mother’s husband. If you’ve not read Taking Lance, I have to say it’s not simply some older guy cheating on his wife with her son. There’s quite a bit more to it than that.
I mentioned to my friend that I wrote it. Of course, she asked to read it. I’d never allowed anyone to read anything I’d written before and here was someone asking – who I respected more than most? I was terrified at the thought of her seeing it. Thankfully, she persisted and I gave in. My writing had always been mine and mine alone, you know? She loved the story and pushed me to publish it.
It needs to be noted very strongly that my friend is not the type of person who’ll tell me what I want to hear. She’s very honest and will tell me in a heartbeat if something I’ve written isn’t my best work. And, she has… thank God! Authors need honesty and I’m blessed beyond measure to have that from her.
Fast-forward a few weeks and April 5th, 2014 came. That was the day. I was going to put myself out there and hope for the best… all because one person believed in me and said I was good enough. Oh, my husband has always supported me, but he’s not much of a reader. That one story has now become ten, with several more in the works. I’m even playing around with another pen name for different types of genres and sub-genres. If someone would’ve told me in March of 2014 this would be happening I’d have called them a liar.
I’m extremely happy to finally be able to live my dream. There are no words for how much I appreciate every single person who has taken the time to read one of my books. From the Lance world, to the Willy the Kinky Elf world, to everything in between… you guys have shown me support from day one. I never dreamed anyone would actually read that short story two years ago. Not only have you read that (and my others) but you’ve asked me for more. That’s the greatest compliment an author can receive.
To celebrate my 2nd publishing anniversary, every book I’ve published to date, with the exception of my .99 stories – The Guy in the Coffee Shop, Being Karen, My Son’s Friends & My Son’s Girl, and Trusting Lance – will be marked down half-price at AllRomanceEbooks.com, or ARe, from April 5th through April 9th. This applies to every book I’ve published in the past two years, other than those mentioned. It’s not just the Taking Lance series.
My apologies for doing it solely on ARe, but Amazon is kind of difficult when it comes to having sales, as are the other e-tailers. I also wanted everyone to be able get the format of their choice (ePub, mobi or pdf). You can only get .mobi from Amazon.
To celebrate my anniversary, I’ve written another story in the Taking Lance universe. It’s titled Trusting Lance and it takes place a few months after Saving Travis and two weeks before Rick and Lance are to be married. Rick’s old doubts and insecurities rear their ugly head about the age difference between him and Lance. What if Lance decides later that he wants somebody younger? It’s up to Lance to set things straight. All the characters from the others in the series (Marc, Travis, Dean, Alex, and there’s even a Karen and Aaron cameo) will make an appearance. It also opens the door for Finding Alex so I can finally get their story written and put the series to bed.
It was a total blast revisiting Rick and Lance. It’s been awhile since I’ve given them their own story and I loved being inside their heads (and, um, bedroom) again. I’ll be sad to see them go when I close out the series in a few months but everything must come to an end. I hope you’ve enjoyed their ride as much as I have.
On Top Down Under Book Reviews is hosting a new release/anniversary giveaway from Tuesday, April 5th through Sunday, April 10th. I will be giving away the first two e-books in the Taking Lance series – Taking Lance and Keeping Lance. You can find all the info about the series here.
Pop in, say hi, and leave a comment for a chance to discover where it all began. I send my huge thanks to On Top Down Under for the continued support.
Note that Taking Lance and Keeping Lance are bi-erotic romance.
To my best friend in the world – I love you dearly and will forever credit you for every single story I publish. You have no idea how much I appreciate your friendship, support, and that big push I needed two years ago – and continue to get daily.
To my husband – You may not understand it but you damn sure support it. I couldn’t do this without you. I love you.
To everyone who reads my books – Again, there are no words for how much I appreciate every single one of you. Thank you for becoming part of my world. You’re the reason I keep doing what I do… what I love.
I hope you’ll celebrate my publishing anniversary with me. As you can see, I’ve officially made my new website live. What better day than on my publishing anniversary? I’m eager to know what you guys think. Can you tell I like red? 😉
Also, if you subscribe to this site via email (see bottom of page for instructions) I’ll send you an e-book of your choice from my catalog. I just need to know what book and what format. You can let me know at the bottom of this post in comments (you don’t have to publicly list your email address… I’ll have it when you subscribe) what book and what e-format and I’ll send it your way. Or you can shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I promise not to spam you, and your email addresses and info will never be made public.
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My Blogger site will remain active but any future posts will be reminders of this one.
Another thing that has to be noted is that I often publish photos and GIFs that would not be considered safe for work. If you’re under eighteen or offended in any way by nudity this won’t be the website for you.
Until next time,