Any Happy Little Thought

Hello friends, I hope your Thanksgivings celebrations were lovely and safe.

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned my plan to write a trilogy of fairy tale retellings that will take place in the world of Dalthia. So I figured I’d give you a little more info.

Whose story will be first? Cecily’s. We met her in Saving Marilee.

What fairy tale will I be retelling? Peter Pan.

You probably expected me to say Snow White or Sleeping Beauty. Maybe Beauty and the Beast? And I’ll be honest, that was my original plan. But when that idea just wasn’t panning out (har har. Panning out), I switched to a Peter Pan retelling, and I’m LOVING it!

I’m surprised by how much I enjoy finding little details from the original tale to include in my story in a fun new way. But I’m also having to strike a careful balance between honoring the original story and really making it new. Plus I have to honor the characters I have created, because if I can’t do that, I’ve utterly failed.

So, wish my luck!

And just for fun, here’s a text that I sent to two of my sisters (who are also writers). I had sent them a random note that I’d made about a scene I needed to write, which included the phrase, “and it’s all moonlit and romantic and they kiss.” So after I had written most of the scene, I sent them this:

So at least I’ve got that going for me. 🙂

Sweet Romance Highlights

Melodies and Mistletoe by Kasey Stockton is a brand new release!

She dreams of becoming a famous musician, and he has the ability to make her dreams come true.

Songs for Libby on KU

For those of you who are part of the Kindle Unlimited program, I’ve enrolled Songs for Libby in the Kindle Lending Library. Have at it.

What are you all planning for Thanksgiving? Are you able to join with family or friends? Or are you sticking close to home and keeping it small? Whatever your plans are, I hope that you eat delicious food and get a chance to relax and have some downtime.

I also hope you all stay warm. My dog just got groomed and is hunkering down to avoid the cold weather. The children are helping her in this endeavor.

I wish you all warmth, love and good reading!

Clean Romance Highlights:

Tis the Season! So it’s all about Christmas Romance this week.

Love in a Blizzard by Britney M Mills

His heart is closed off, her life is mapped out, and the snowstorm that forces them off course.

The Billionaire’s Holidays by Gigi Marlow. It’s only $.99.

The renowned matchmaker sees a spark between the billionaire and upcoming artist, and makes it her mission to bring them together.

Christmas Caralyn by Jenny Rabe.

A Christmas Carol with a splash of romance
The world’s most wonderful time of year can rot as far as Caralyn Benzer is concerned.

Dalthia Spin-off?

Another Tuesday. Another newsletter from yours truly.

So, here’s a snippet of news.

My next project will be a spin-off from the Dalthia series. It takes place in the same world. We’ll see some of the princesses. My main characters will be familiar to you because they appeared in the Books of Dalthia.

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Masculinity in Movies

I usually get my newsletters posted and sent out by noon on Tuesdays, but this day got away from me. And while I usually have my post written or at least started long before Tuesday rolls around, that wasn’t the case this week.

And I’m kind of glad. I ran across a series of video essays today, and I’ve been thinking about how I really want to share them with people, because they’re brilliant and well done and vital to the genre of romance.

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The Finished Product

When writing a book, there are a lot of different levels of finished. With Just Ella, the first time that I “finished” it, it wasn’t really finished at all. I’d completed the plot. There was a beginning, a middle, and an end. That’s good. It’s a huge step in the process, but it’s so far from being the end.

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It’s Here! It’s Here!

Songs for Libby is out there in the world, waiting to be consumed.

Let the nervous, fluttering, heart-pounding suspense begin!

For me.

Because that’s how I feel—every time I release a book. Waiting on pins and needles to see if people will buy it. Then to see if people will review it. Then to see if people actually like my precious little book baby that I poured my heart and soul into! The characters I shaped. The words I bled for.

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Libby’s Songs

I’ve accumulated a pretty hefty list of songs that feel like they speak to my characters, so this time, instead of just doing one playlist, I’m going to divide it into two. This week I’m focusing on the songs that seem like they could be from Libby’s point of view, or have the dual point of view of both characters. And next week I’ll share Sean’s songs.

So, in celebration of Songs for Libby being released in only NINE DAYS, here are their songs.

Lest I scare you off with the angst and heaviness of the rest of the songs, I’ll start with the song that I associate with the end of the book. 🙂

♪♫♪ Lover—Taylor Swift

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Counting Down


Sixteen days, my friends, until Songs for Libby is released.

Here’s the thing.

This indie-author thing that I’m doing—it’s hard. And frustrating. And I seriously don’t know what I’m doing sometimes. All my marketing and launch ideas feel like one giant crapshoot. Will they work? Won’t they?

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