In last month’s newsletter, I mentioned experiencing (what I thought was) burnout. Unfortunately, it appears much more is going on and I’m currently riding the medical merry-go-round (moving from specialist to specialist) trying to figure it out.
As someone who used to be energetic, active, and on top of things, it’s frustrating and bewildering to always feel completely drained (barely enough energy to get my oldest kiddo off to school in the morning), be in constant physical pain (my seventy-year-old mother can run laps around me) and have such frequent memory/focus issues that I’m avoiding conversations with friends so I don’t embarrass myself 😢.
I won’t bore you with the rest of my symptoms, but they’ve greatly impacted my writing and are forcing me to pull out of collaborative projects and cancel the pre-order for Claiming Her Mates Book Four. I hope fans of the series will understand. As soon as I’m able, I’ll complete and release the story and (as followers of my newsletter) you’ll be first to know when it is out.
One of the silver linings of this journey has been the readers and authors reaching out to offer their support and share their own experiences with chronic health and autoimmune issues. I’m in such awe of their strength and how much they’ve endured to get answers and manage their conditions. It’s inspired me to keep pushing for better medical care and even given me ideas for future books 😉.
I’ve written this update several times, but the prior versions were too depressing. The take-home message is I’ve hit such an extreme level of burnout/exhaustion (because of health issues/increasing family responsibilities/work deadlines) that while filling out medical forms at the doctor’s office yesterday, I completely blanked on the date. And it wasn’t just the day and month.
I couldn’t remember what year it was…
It was a gut punch I couldn’t ignore. I’ve never been good at prioritizing self-care, but it’s not optional at this point.
Going on a no-kid vacation with my hubby should help. Although we’ve had to cancel the last three of our previously planned getaways, we’re boarding that plane in two weeks come hell or high water!
I didn’t do a January update, but I have a valid excuse! A few weeks ago, I had to have emergency surgery (not fun). I’m incredibly grateful that everything worked out, but it was a powerful reminder life can turn on a dime and health shouldn’t be taken for granted.
My recovery has been a bit of a roller coaster as I can’t follow the surgeon’s restrictions (being the primary caregiver of four young kiddos makes that impossible). As a result, I had to extend the preorder of the next book in the Claiming Her Beasts series. But you’ll be happy to know I’ve been working hard on the story as well as a secret novella that will be coming soon.
I’m also hosting three exciting holiday giveaways! The one in my reader group is for a $30 gift card and having a character in my next book named after you. The other two giveaways are for $25 gift cards. Entering is simple! Just provide proof that you are following me in some form of social media in the giveaway posts (following my blog counts 😉)!
I hope you and your family are healthy and doing well. The past few weeks have thrown mine some curveballs. My four kiddos have been sick four times in the past six weeks and one of my twins required some pretty extensive (and expensive) neurological procedures/testing. Then yesterday, I was notified that my oldest must quarantine due to a Covid exposure in his class 😩
Sometimes it feels as if the hits keep coming, but I’m trying to stay positive and get into the holiday spirit. That’s why I’ve got several exciting giveaways coming up including a special holiday giveaway in my reader group. I hope you’ll join the group and enter for a chance to win a $30 amazon gift card and have a character in my next book (Claiming Her Beasts Book Four) named after you!
Happy November. Can you believe 2021 is nearly over? Wow! Where does the time go?
Last month was a crazy blur with the release of Claiming Her Beasts Book Three. It’s exciting the book got such a warm reception from readers (it even earned a new release best seller tag 🎉).
Book Four is already up for preorder (see bottom of newsletter)! I hope you’ll check out the steamy paranormal reverse harem Claiming Her Beasts series if you haven’t already (it’s free in kindle unlimited).
If you are still on the fence, let me introduce you to the guys in the series =)
Dominic: The brutal sergeant who demands complete control in all things.
Reed: The devoted best friend who would sacrifice his soul for the woman he loves.
Avi: A tormented shifter who risks everything to protect his mate.
Hunter: An inhuman creature who crosses every line (including possessing a human) to claim his woman.
Sai: A sexy as sin rockstar who has mastered the art of seduction and is down for anything in and out of the bedroom.
My reader group helped pick the male models (as inspiration) for the yummy alphas in the series! What do you you think of them?
I’d love for you to become a member of my reader group. There are fun games and weekly giveaways (the one this week is for a $25 amazon gift card).
In celebration of the book release, Claiming Her Beasts Book One will be FREE (10/6 – 10/10) so be sure to pick up a copy of the series starter!
Additionally, I’ve partnered with some amazing authors for the Apocalypse Reverse Harem Giveaway! Enter now for a chance of winning 6 Post-Apocalyptic Reverse Harem paperbacks as well as a $20 amazon gift card!
Fore even more giveaways, new releases, and awesome book deals, please check out my October newsletter.
September means back to school for my oldest kiddo and back to the office for my hubby (he’s been working from home for the past year). Guess which family member is most upset by the change?
If you guessed the dog, you win. Poor girl is depressed not to have her favorite lap to sit on all day. 😢
It’s definitely been an adjustment for us all. I miss having an extra hand around when the little ones go nuclear, being able to run errands without three small children in tow, and not having to figure out how I’ll get kids to different places at the same time. I also miss the extra bits of writing time I could squeeze in throughout the day.
But I’m burning the midnight oil to churn through the final edits of Claiming Her Beasts Book Three. I hope you have preordered your copy. I can’t wait for you to read it! It is jam-packed with chills, thrills, and more steam than any book I’ve written to date (if you’ve read my previous books, you know that’s saying something). 😂
I’ll have some exciting announcements and book deals for you when it releases next month. Until then, enjoy the awesome new releases and giveaways in my September Newsletter!
Since my last newsletter, life has gotten very challenging for many of us again. Sadly, I recently lost an extended family member. It was a sobering reminder of how priorities can shift in an instant and how important it is to put family (and health) first.
Although I pushed the release date for Claiming Her Beasts Three to October 5th. I promise it will be worth the wait. There are thrills, chills, and scenes so steamy they will melt your kindle. Be sure to preorder your copy now as the price may increase upon release.
This month I’m hosting a Fated Mates Giveaway to give readers a chance to win a paperback of Claiming the Nanny and a $25 amazon gift card. Get your entries in before the giveaway ends August 26th.
For more giveaways, new releases, freebies, and awesome book deals, please check out my August 2021 newsletter.
The weather is heating up. Quarantine is over! Who’s ready to party???
Count me in! Hubby and I are even thinking of taking a vacation without the kids (something we’ve never done before). Nothing too crazy. Just a long weekend somewhere (not sure if it will be at the hotel down the street, or if we will be daring enough to fly off to Vegas or California), but I’m already so excited.