October 1, 2015

Currently (October)

Outside:  we're finally turning the page on all this triple digit weather and I couldn't be happier. While summer does bring about a feeling of freedom that you don't experience at any other time, I also find the season stifling. I'm ready for fall. My favorite. I've already started sorting through my sweaters and trying to decide what else - if anything - I need for the upcoming season.

Inside:  I'm filling all the spaces with books and words and love and memories.

Hoping:   that people will continue to read my novella and find even an ounce of comfort in it, be intrigued by it, or simply enjoy it. As Ksenia Anske said, "Are you willing to strip in public? Are you willing to show all that you are and were and will be? Because your books are your guts on paper, nothing more." I know what she means.

Wanting:   more time. To do it all. To read and write and play with my son and relax with my husband. I'm busier than I can ever remember being and it is beginning to weigh on me. I don't fall asleep as quickly as I used to and I wake with a swarm of thoughts in my head that won't leave me alone until I climb out of bed in the darkness.

Eating:   so little. With the business and stress comes a decreased appetite. It always happens.

Listening:   to Elizabeth Gilbert's new podcast, Magic Lessons, which continues to fill up my tank with each and every episode. It's well worth a listen.

Remembering:   the sense of calm that washed over me as I got off the plane in Nashville last week. Surrounded by greenery and music and newness... I felt more alive than I had in months.

Writing:   Fixing Tanner, the sequel to Finding Lily. This one has been moving slower, taking its time. But I'm feeling okay about that as I can already feel myself growing and learning as a writer. Finding Lily was my baby, but this one... this book has my heart.
September 23, 2015
"All I know for certain is that this is how I want to spend my life - collaborating to the best of my ability with forces of inspiration that I can neither see, nor prove, nor command, nor understand.

It's a strange line of work, admittedly.

I cannot think of a better way to pass my days."

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
September 22, 2015

Finding Lily Book Release

Let me just begin by saying that I can't believe this day is here. My contemporary romance novella, Finding Lily, is now officially for sale on Amazon!

The Synopsis:

Lily Gardner thought she'd found her soul mate when she met and married the handsome and well-off Thomas Gardner. But six years later, with a two-year-old in tow, she finds herself wading through the messy waters of divorce, and crying herself to sleep at night wondering if she's lost her chance at love... and herself in the process. When she's assigned the task of working with Nathan Trainor to reel in a popular author who is seeking new representation, she must put her troubles aside and do whatever it takes to get the job done.

At once touching and hopeful, FINDING LILY captures what it feels like to be given a second chance at life... and love.


You can purchase the ebook here and the paperback copy is also available. If you're interested in a signed copy, let me know: I may sell them in my etsy shop.

Cheers everyone, and thank you for joining me on this journey. It's about to get really interesting.
September 15, 2015

Project Life 2015 | August (including a glance at #weekinthelife)

I have to tell you that I'm currently two weeks behind in my 2015 album and it is really rubbing me the wrong way. There was a part of me that wanted to panic, but then I decided that I'm simply going to combine the two weeks into one spread, especially since they weren't the most photo-heavy weeks. Done is better than perfect, friends. Remember that one.

Now, read on to see my August pages!

September 12, 2015
"I think of writing simply in terms of pleasure. It's the most important thing in my life: making things. Much as I love my husband and children, I love them only because I am the person who makes these things. And because that person does that all the time, that person is able to love all these people."
- A.S. Byatt
September 9, 2015

The Half-Up Knot: Yay or Nay?

I'm really not a trendy person. There may be some styles that come and go that I fall in love with (hellloooo super flared jeans I will always love you!), but overall, I dress in clothes that make me feel good and do my hair in ways that hopefully make me look more put together than I really am.

The half-up knot. I've gone back and forth with this one, friends. I see some women who can absolutely rock in, and then see it look terrible on others. Look it up on pinterest and you'll see a lot of photos of women that fall in to both camps.

Well. I gave it a shot yesterday and honestly, I can't make a decision either way, which is where you come in. Yay, or nay to my version of the half-up knot?

September 8, 2015

New "Finding Lily" Scene: Nathan spills coffee on Lily

Happy Tuesday! I've been wanting to share more glimpses into my novel, available now for pre order, and I thought it might be fun to share a few scenes here. Below the scene I'm going to give you a few choices for the next scene you'd like to read.

This scene is where we first find out that Nathan has been harboring feelings for Lily. Without further adieu...

Nathan spills coffee on Lily

With one last look at himself in his rear view mirror, and a quick tussle of his hair, Nate stepped out of his car and into the morning air. With long strides he headed towards his office building, adjusting and then smoothing out his tie.

“Regan & Wiley Publishing, please hold. Good morning, Nate,” the perky receptionist said as he approached her sprawling desk.

“And to you. You’re looking beautiful as always.”

The fifty-year-old woman smiled. Seeing Nathan each morning and evening was the highlight of her day.

“How some woman hasn’t snatched you up for herself yet, I’ll never know.”

Nate simply smiled and continued on down the hallway towards his office.

After booting up his computer, he turned and headed for the break room, desperate for his first coffee of the day. Caffeine before his workouts made him too jittery.

With his UNLV coffee mug now full of the steaming, black liquid gold, Nathan turned to head back into his office.


Before he could stop himself, he had turned and run right into Lily, his coffee spilling all over her blouse. Even with the dark stains all over her, he noticed, she still looked sexy as hell.

“I don’t even know what to say for myself.” He grabbed some napkins and handed them to her. Her blouse was a damn mess.

Lily wanted to curse at him, but held her tongue.

“The good news is, I’ve learned my lesson about these kinds of things and always carry an extra outfit in my car. I can’t tell you how many times my kid has messed up a good outfit with—” Lily stopped herself, unsure as to why she was sharing so much.

Nathan looked slightly amused by the conversation. “Great then. Sorry about that, Lily.”

He loved the way her name rolled off his tongue; he could imagine what it would sound like when it crossed his lips with her writhing beneath him in bed.

With that thought, a surge of energy passed through his body. He flicked his tongue across his dry lips.

“How about you let me make it up to you?”

 “Don’t worry about it.”

“No, really. How about I take you to dinner this weekend?”

It took every ounce of strength in Lily’s body not to agree on the spot, but despite her ever growing attraction, she just couldn’t imagine what kind of complications would arise from her starting to date this quickly after her separation. Still, the thought of sitting across from Nathan and chatting over a hot plate of Chicken Parmesan was pretty tempting. However, as far as everyone knew, she was happily married, and she intended to keep it that way.

“It’s ok, Nathan. Really, it’s no big deal. Besides, I’m married.”

“Who says it has to be anything romantic?”

Lily stared at him for a few moments, embarrassment washing over her. “I’m going to go get changed.”

Nathan watched her walk away, focusing on the gentle swing of her hips and the sound of her heels hitting the linoleum floor.

Back in his office, he sank down into his chair, lost in thought. While it was true that he wasn’t great at dating, he had been lucky enough to have never been told no. Until now. The fact that Lily had said no drove him nuts… and only made her that much more appealing. Married or not, she had been someone he had his eyes on from the moment he met her.


What scene would you like to read next?
  1.  Lily talks to Nate about her marriage
  2.  Nathan signs Tanner to their publishing company
  3.  Lily comforts her husband 
Let me know by commenting below.
September 6, 2015

Writing Update | September 2015

That's right, it's time for another writing update. Last month I was updating you on my debut novella, Finding Lily (which comes out on Amazon Kindle on Sept 22, and is available for pre order now). This month, I'm working on the sequel, Fixing Tanner.
September 4, 2015

This is: September (a video)

You can always count on me to take a photograph. I'll take thirty if you let me.

But lately, I have felt a tugging at my bones to try something new, and to open myself up in a different way. This is: my attempt at a beginning. This is: September.