I started the year with incredibly ambitious goals. I knew they were ambitious even as I shared them with my street team. (And I did warn them as much.) It’s just that after years of being dormant, there are so many books I want to write. And then I got hit with inspiration for yet another series—in a new genre, no less—and things quickly got complicated.
After making myself crazy for a couple of months, I pushed the pause button and reevaluated. In perfect timing, a friend posted something on social media with a much-needed message: It’s okay to write for you.
The reality is that I’ve been so wrapped up in doing things “correctly” this time around that I was pushing myself too hard to rapid release an entire series (or two!) because that helps market books. But there are other books in my brain demanding to be released—and I’m under an enormous amount of stress in my non-bookish world.
I’m in a really weird place personally at the moment, burnt out and weary but hopeful for the future. I’m stressed out but still happier than I have been in a while. I’m lonely but deeply in love with the people who are in my life—and my dogs. I adore my dogs. Everyone needs someone as happy to see them in the morning as Frederick is when I open my eyes each day.
So, in effort to balance all of the things, some of the writing goals for this year will have to go, which just means I’ll be ahead of the game in 2022! Everything below is either the beginning of a new series or part of an existing series. Really, I see these as laying the foundation for a new universe because most of them at very least intertwine.
Everything on my bookish wish list is still happening, just at a slightly more reasonable pace.
As of now, here’s what’s making the cut for 2021:
Tails, California: A Lakeport Romance Novel
Available June 2021 for free to newsletter subscribers
Available to purchase July 2021
Being an outsider in a small town is challenging enough. Being an outsider who moved on a coin toss is guaranteed to make you the talk of the town.
She faces it all with the help of her new friend, Corinne McTavish, owner of the local inn. Too bad Corinne’s twin brother Callum is so appealing, even if he can be a grumpy bear of a man at times. Of course, his mood could be due to Eve nearly running him over with her car her first night in town—or the fact that she’s a total klutz and keeps accidentally injuring him.
Will Eve be able to overcome past hurt and navigate Callum’s pesky mother, small town gossips, and a bevy of unwanted suitors to build a new life in this cozy little hamlet?
Escape to Lakeport, California with all its small-town charm in this lighthearted clean romance that’s the first in the Lakeport Romance series.
Body in the Books: A Nora Jones Mystery
Available Summer 2021
Sometimes, owning a bookstore can be murder.
When Nora Jones inherits a dusty old bookshop from her estranged uncle, she moves to St. Augustine to tie up loose ends and maybe learn a bit about the man she never knew.
Only what first appeared to be a heart attack turns out to be murder, and there’s no shortage of suspects. The detective assigned to the case might be handsome and charming, but Nora’s convinced he’s chasing down the wrong lead.
With her newly-inherited Greyhound named Margo and a quirky band of friends in tow, Nora decides to track down the killer herself. She finds herself in a race to solve the murder before she becomes the next body in the books.
Body in the Books is the first installment of the Nora Jones cozy mystery series. You won’t want to miss this humorous whodunit that’s being likened to Scooby Doo for grownups.
Available Fall 2021
Never let reality get in the way of a perfectly good dream.
Josie Novak has everything she ever wanted: a house by the ocean, a thriving business, and the man of her dreams.
The only problem: Sometimes, reality bites. Living with a celebrity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when he neglects to mention that he already has a 150-pound drool machine for a roommate.
Having moved across the country to follow her heart—and to open a specialty restaurant—Josie finds herself navigating life in a strange town with her closest friends scattered. Margarita night just isn’t the same via video chat.
Finding a partner to share your life with might be elusive magic, but learning to live with, and love, the human behind the dream is what makes the everyday magic in life.
Available Winter 2021
Somewhere along the way, Violet’s vibrant dreams gave way to the gray walls of corporate America, and she found herself going through the motions on a ride she had no desire to be on without the faintest clue how to get off.
That changed the day she answered the tug in her soul to spend a weekend camping in the ancient woods of the Pacific Northwest. Deep in the belly of a cave, she found a magic portal to a new world, one she was destined to tumble through.
With her way home closed to her, Violet explores the magical land where trees talk, the sky is purple, and a race of catlike men called Felesans are at odds with man.
Violet was only concerned with whether or not this new land had indoor plumbing; she didn’t expect to find out the people in this strange place believe her to be a savior prophesied to unite the lands. And she certainly didn’t expect to fall in love with the handsome man who offered her refuge when he found her wandering alone in the woods.
As much as Violet would love to make a home in this beautiful new place, there are darker forces at work, forces that don’t like the idea of the people being united.
Can a pencil pusher from Portland really lead a rebellion, forge a peace between warring civilizations, and find love?
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