book birthdays, book trailers, book publishing deals: Oh My!

My blogs for the last two months have been depressing, I know. That’s because I’ve been depressed. Sorry 😦  Despite continuing to cope with sadness over losing my closest friend, there are some wonderful things happening on the book front. My friend would chastise me if I was too busy missing him to properly celebrate the positive in my life. He was constantly urging me to smile more and be happy. As a result, my blog this week will focus on all good things. Hooray!

First off, my debut novel Just Friends with Benefits is celebrating two birthdays this month. You might be asking how one book can have two birthdays. The answer is that the book was originally published by Wings ePress on September 1, 2010.  After requesting the rights back, it was re-released by my current publisher Booktrope on September 2, 2013. Woila—two birthdays! I’m thrilled to report that since being re-published, it has sold over 12,000 copies! In honor of the birthday(s), my publisher is reducing the price of the ebook to 99 cents on all platforms from September 8th to September 13th. Spread the word if you can.

Happy Birthday to my Book Baby!

Happy Birthday to my Book Baby!

Secondly, my friend and fellow author Erin Cawood created this adorable trailer for Blogger Girl with her production company On the Edge Fiction and it’s currently live on Youtube:

Check it out!

Thirdly, we have a publication date for my fourth novel—December 2, 2014! I’ve already been through the first round of edits with my editor, Ally Bishop. At the same time, my cover artist, Loretta Matson, is working tirelessly on creating an amazing cover with the input of my rockstar book manager, Jennifer Gilbert. I’m offering comments and opinions as well, but with those two on my team, I know my cover is in the best possible hands. I can probably reveal the title of the book at this point, but I think I’ll wait for a future blog post. I need to give you a reason to keep reading 🙂

Finally, I have big, huge, COLOSSAL news to share. Last week my publisher, Booktrope entered into a new business relationship with Amazon, beginning with a mutual licensing deal that deepens Booktrope’s ties with Amazon to a much more significant degree. As a result of this deal, Amazon will reissue the ebook versions of A State of Jane and Blogger Girl under Amazon’s Imprint.  I’m so honored that two of my books were included in this deal that also affects 13 other Booktrope titles, including Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin, Next Year I’ll Be Perfect by Laura Kilmartin, and Pulled Beneath by Marni Mann—three books I adored. I hope this new development will mean big things for all involved and, of course, more book sales! If you would like to learn more about this new relationship, here is the link to the official Booktrope announcement:

That’s all for now. Thank you for your continued support of my writing and I will keep you posted as this unfolds!

Booktrope Books and Bubbles Binge Giveaway!


Together with fellow Booktrope authors Gale Martin and Laura Kilmartin, I’m excited to offer this fantastic giveaway to one lucky winner:

A signed paperback copy of my novel Blogger Girl, Gale’s novel, Grace Unexpected  and Laura’s novel, Next Year I’ll be Perfect (a brief synopsis for each book can be found below), lavender chamomile bubble bath, relaxing lavender foam bath, and patchouli and sweet orange foam bath, a lush lavender bath scrubbie, and a $10 Amazon gift card. Total value is $95–all mailed to you by December 25th.


Instructions on how to enter follow my post below on my favorite ways to unwind!  

I get stressed out often. I think I might have been born with anxiety! When I was younger, I worried about my grades in school, whether the mean girls would be nice to me in class, if a certain guy would talk to me etc. These days, I stress over how much I need to do and how little time I have to do it. How can I keep up with my full time job while trying to write a fourth novel and promote three others?  When am I going to have time to exercise, spend time with friends, catch up on sleep, run my errands etc.?  And I’m single and very much hoping to find that special someone to spend my life with and I worry that I never will or that I already did and lost him. Calgon, take me away!

Ok, I probably just gave away my age, but let’s just agree that I do not live a stress-free existence. But, really, who does? It’s just not possible in this day and age and so all we can do is manage our stress and take time to decompress whenever we can. These are some of my favorite ways to wind down:

Sleeping – Sometimes the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning is when I will be able to get back in bed! I cherish those nights when I get cozy under my sheets, curl myself into the fetal position and close my eyes for as long as my body requires it without the necessity of setting my alarm.  There is something so special about having nowhere to be in the morning and knowing that I can stay in bed the entire next day if I want. I usually don’t, but having the option is simply fantastic!

Writing – believe it or not, writing is my best escape from my real life issues. I get so lost in my characters that I truly forget my troubles.

Running – Running truly clears my head and when I get in my groove and achieve a runner’s high, it’s glorious.

The above are some of the ways I like to unwind but my absolute favorite is a “me night” involving me, a glass (or 2) of wine, take-out or delivery from my neighborhood sushi restaurant and “girly” television/movies. I particularly enjoy watching the series finale of Sex and the City on DVD or a marathon of Felicity or one of my favorite chick flicks like Bridget Jones’s  Diary, When Harry Met Sally or 13 Going on 30.  It’s especially awesome after writing 1000 words of my WIP, running 11 miles and knowing that I don’t have to wake up early the next morning  🙂



For your chance to win the amazing prize described above, enter the Rafflecopter drawing here:

The contest is open from December 5th-December 15th!

About the books:

Blogger Girl – Kimberly Long has two passions: her successful chick lit blog and Nicholas, her handsome colleague down the hall. But when her high school nemesis pops onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book and eyes for Nicholas, Kim has to make some quick revisions to her own life story.

Grace Unexpected – When her longtime boyfriend dumps her instead of proposing, Grace vows the sexless Shaker ways. She appears to be on the fast track to a marriage proposal…until secrets revealed deliver a death rattle to the Shaker Plan.

Next Year I’ll be Perfect – Sarah’s discovery of a list her younger self put together outlining what she wanted to achieve by the age of 30 turns her world upside down.