Almost there!

The Haven 2 Scene Board: HOW TO HEAL A LIFE

I’m doing a final post-edits review and then it’s off to formatting. Once the cover and a few other things are finalized, it’ll be up for pre-order. Have I mentioned I can’t wait?!

Blurb for HOW TO HEAL A LIFE (The Haven Book 2)

Here’s the official blurb for my upcoming release HOW TO HEAL A LIFE (The Haven Book #2). I can’t wait to share Vargas and Seth’s story with everyone!

HOW TO HEAL A LIFE

Seth Fisher’s been to hell and back, but he has no intention of letting the torment of his past destroy his future. He thinks he’s doing good. He’s working again, talking, laughing, living. But everyone else still sees him as broken.

Except for one man. Raymond Vargas.

If only Seth could leave his apartment alone without a panic attack, then he could prove to everyone he’s going to be okay and that he won’t fall apart if he tells the one man who has never let him down that he wants him.

Raymond Vargas has spent the past two years trying to make up for what happened to six young men who were tortured at the hands of a member of his club. He’d do anything to keep them safe, to help them heal and move on, to help them forget they ever set foot inside the Haven.

If only he hadn’t fallen in love with one of them.

If only Seth wasn’t still in danger.

Coming October 24th!

French Release of BREATHE coming in December!

I’m thrilled to share that my first foreign translation will be out later this year from MxM Bookmark. BREATHE will be released in French on December 13, 2017. It’s currently available for pre-order now at AmazonKobo, and 7switch. Check out the gorgeous cover.

French Cover for Breathe

Coming This Fall: HOW TO HEAL A LIFE

I’m just about to get started with the last read-through of HOW TO HEAL A LIFE before it’s off to a couple of beta readers, then formal edits. As soon as it’s farther through the editing process we’ll set a release date and hopefully have it up for pre-sale. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter for more announcements on this release and other news. I can’t wait for you guys to come along on this journey with Seth and Vargas. And what a journey it is!

HOW TO HEAL A LIFE (The Haven Book 2) Coming this Fall 2017

Writing Life: The Rewards of Patience

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“That’s the magic of revisions – every cut is necessary, and every cut hurts, but something new always grows.”  ― Kelly Barnhill

“The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising.” ― Stephen King

“The best advice I can give on this is, once it’s done, to put it away until you can read it with new eyes. When you’re ready, pick it up and read it, as if you’ve never read it before. If there are things you aren’t satisfied with as a reader, go in and fix them as a writer: that’s revision.” ― Neil Gaiman

I recently hit the point in revising HOW TO HEAL A LIFE where I’m even more connected to the story and the characters. I’m adding those extra little touches that allow for deeper meaning and emotional impact. I’m learning far more than I knew I was missing about who these characters are. At the same time, I’ve been strengthening their interactions, tweaking the overall story arc, and filling in any plot holes.

It feels really good to be at this point. I wanted to wrap this book up MONTHS ago, but I’m so very glad I stuck it out and kept on plugging away at the revision phase instead of calling it “quits” too early. I would’ve been seriously disappointed in myself. Especially when it came to this book. Seth’s journey is a difficult one, but I always hoped that would make the book all the more emotional and powerful for the reader. I wanted to give his story the attention it deserved. 

Now it’s coming together to be what I’d always envisioned for his story, and I couldn’t be happier.

I have a bit more to go with the revisions, but for me, this is one of the most rewarding parts of the writing process. I can’t wait to do my next read-through and see the full effect.