It’s been nearly a year of sheltering in place with four young children, and I’ve hit a new level of tired (the kind that no amount of sleep can fix) and a new level of stir crazy. I can’t wait for things to return to normal (or at least some semblance of normal).
How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? When I was young I loved the class parties and valentine exchanges, but as I got older it lost its allure. Now, because my kids are so excited about it, I’m back to enjoying the holiday. We’re still sheltering at home, but we are going all out this year with decorations, candy, and our own little valentine exchange. It should be fun!
I hope this new year finds you healthy and hopeful.
As much as I try to remind myself how lucky we are (having food, shelter, and our health), there are some days when it’s a real struggle. Arizona currently holds the dubious reputation of being the top coronavirus hot spot in the country (if not the world). Because of this, we’ve made the difficult decision to continue sheltering at home and virtual schooling to protect our high-risk family members. 😢
One thing keeping me sane (after being stuck at home 24-7 with four young children for so long) has been writing. I’ve been making some headway on Claiming Her Beasts Book Two which you can preorder now. Book two will follow Lee and her sexy beasts in the aftermath of the apocalypse (it’s going to be explosive and steamy 🔥). I also have plans to release books three and four in the series this year.
Another thing keeping me sane is my wonderful reader group on facebook (Dia’s Hellraisers). If you haven’t checked the group out, you should! We have fun discussions and weekly giveaways.
Speaking of giveaways, I’ve tracked down some fabulous book deals, giveaways, and freebies and included these in my January newsletter (click here).
2020 has been a hell of a year for many of us, and as we close the book on it, I find myself filled with hope that next year will be so much better. I’m also very touched by the support of readers like you who’ve bought or borrowed my books and left encouraging reviews this year.
Because of you, the release of Claiming Her Beasts Book One far exceeded my expectations =) Thank you! If you haven’t had time to get your copy of this steamy reverse harem paranormal series starter, please check it out (it’s free on kindle unlimited).
To express my thanks, I’m having a $40 giveaway in my facebook reader’s group! Join Dia’s Hellraisers and comment on the giveaway post for a chance to win. Additionally, I’ve tracked down some fabulous book deals, giveaways, and freebies and included them in my Special Holiday Newsletter.
Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy, and relaxing holiday and New Year’s!
It’s release day for Claiming Her Beasts Book One and I’m so excited to launch this book into the world! I hope you will download a copy =) I’ll leave it at its discounted 99 cent price through the weekend so snap this steamy paranormal romance up for less than a cup of coffee!
In celebration of release day, I’ve made Claiming the Nanny free through the weekend as well. Don’t miss this super steamy prequel to the the Claiming Her Mates series!
Also, I’ve tracked down some extra amazing book deals, giveaways, and freebies (see my newsletter).
Are you a big fan of the holidays? Normally, I’m not. I usually skip over the Hallmark holiday movies and only begrudgingly put up decorations. In my defense, it’s hard to summon holiday joy when the production of that joy takes so much time and effort (decorating, shopping, wrapping, planning, baking, cleaning, and hosting events for family members who don’t always get along).
But 2020 is different. And, with how difficult this year has been, we all need some of that holiday joy. I’ve already got the decorations up and holiday music is playing non-stop. 🤣 In between Hallmark movies, I’ve been finalizing edits to Claiming Her Beasts Book One (be sure to preorder it at 99 cents before the price goes up to 3.99)!
I’m also building up my review teams. If you are interested in reading and reviewing advanced copies of my books please fill out this form.
For book deals, giveaways, and freebies to bring you some holiday joy, click on my November newsletter.
Normally, by this time of year I’d be in full Halloween mode. The house would be covered in ghoulish decorations and the front yard would have become a graveyard so terrifying the neighbor’s kids would cross the street to avoid it *bwahaha*
But not this year =( This year, I’m not so comfortable turning our house into a lightning rod for trick or treaters (especially since I still haven’t come up with a plan for what we’re doing yet). If you have any creative ideas for celebrating safely, please send them my way!
Since I can’t channel my love for monsters into decorating, I’ve been writing them into my new series—Claiming Her Beasts. The first book of this steamy reverse harem paranormal romance series is now up for preorder and I’m making it only 99 cents (for a limited time) because I know times are tough for everyone.
Since having to cancel my pre-orders (due to the demands of helping my kiddos through distance learning) I’ve been struggling with how to best use the tiny bit of writing time I have in a day.
Ultimately, I’ve decided to rewrite an older series of mine (Heaven in Hell) as a reverse harem paranormal romance for a couple reasons. One, because the series is my all time favorite (I adore the characters). Two, I always envisioned the story as a reverse harem. Three, because the story wasn’t yet finished and the ending is going to epic!
This post-apocalyptic series is set in the same world as the Claiming Her Mates series and the main characters of both series (Lee and Havana) are both dancers at the same club. In fact, readers first met Lee in Claiming the Nanny.
Expect high heat, sexy Alpha (and beta) males, shifters, and some paranormal creatures you’ve never seen before! The picture in the header above is a sneak peak at what will be the new cover for the first book in the series. I don’t have a release date, but you all will be the first to know!
That simple casual greeting seems a loaded question these days. I never answer honestly. Either I dodge the question or I answer, “fine,” in a strained voice that begs the asker not to delve any deeper.
But the truth is, I’m overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, and relate to the picture in the header a little too much.
I know I’m not alone. My situation (doing virtual school with three kiddos with special needs while keeping their toddler sister out of mischief and sheltering at home and trying to meet my writing deadlines) may be unique to me, but everyone has stressors these days. They might be financial-related, health-related, child-related or relationship-related (or a soul-wrenching mixture of all of the above). I think we owe it to ourselves to recognize what a hard time this is and give ourselves grace.
To that end, I requested amazon move the deadline for my next book (Claiming Her Consorts) back. Unfortunately (since I’ve already moved the pre-order date once already), they refused. Therefore, I have no choice but to cancel the pre-order for this book which breaks my heart. I hate to disappoint readers, but there is no way I can write this story with all that I’m dealing with right now. I hope you will understand.
I’m trying to think of creative ways I can still be productive (and just maybe get another book out before the end of the year). In the interim, please check out my newsletter for new releases from other authors that will keep you entertained along with some freebies and giveaways.
How are you holding up? Some days I struggle to remember what normal used to be.
Since I have high risk family members and Arizona is a hot spot for the virus right now, we have been sheltering in place since early March. That means, other than escaping to the backyard before it hits 100+ degrees, we don’t go anywhere.
Before too long my house began to feel like a prison and my kiddos seemed like other (crazier) inmates. So, it comes as no surprise my new book takes place in the Lost Soul’s Penitentiary (LOL).
Speaking of my new book… Claiming the Wardens released today!!! It’s the origin story for Sydney (Havana’s best friend in the Claiming Her Mates series). I promise, her story will blow your mind =)
I’ve been hearing wonderful things from early readers:
“This story was amazing, so engrossing!!! I loved it!”
“I love, Love, LOVE this book!”
“This seriously is a new favorite book.”
“OMG! I need the next book like right now!”
“Absolutely loved it.”
“I loved this book!! This was such a fun ride.”
I hope you’ll download this steamy paranormal reverse harem romance today and let me know your thoughts!
I hope you are safe and well in these trying times. My family is on nearly a hundred days of social distancing and I’ve almost forgotten what “normal” looks like.
To cope with all the craziness, I’ve been reading new series. I always rejoice when I find the series has been completed (completed series are like gold)!
To make it easier for readers to find my completed paranormal romance series, I’ve decided to release the Claiming Her Mates Box Set!
For a limited time only, the prequel (Claiming the Nanny) will be included in the boxed set along with all three books in the Claiming Her Mates series as well as a never published super sexy bonus scene =) I’ve also discounted the price because I know times are tough.
Next month, I’ll be releasing Claiming the Wardens (previously titled Reforming the Witch), the prequel to another steamy reverse harem paranormal romance series. You can find more about it (along with some giveaways, new releases, and freebies) below: https://preview.mailerlite.com/f2x5a3
How are you surviving this crazy world we are living in?
I’d like to say that life stuck at home with four kiddos is peachy, but I’d be lying. My eldest is fighting homeschooling every step of the way (is it summer yet), my three year olds have given up their naps (noooo!) and the one year is walking and into EVERYTHING. Additionally, I’ve been battling chronic pain that is going to necessitate surgery this summer =(
In more positive news, the audio book for Claiming the Nanny is out and the audio book for Claiming Her Mates Book One should be coming soon. Additionally, I’m working with some skilled designers on new covers for upcoming series (see the new cover for Claiming the Witch above)! The covers are gorgeous and I can’t wait until they are finished so I can share them with you.