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 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 😉)!
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.
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!
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!