The reviews are rolling in for Open Home, Closed Heart, and I’m thrilled with the reception! I’m sitting pretty with a 4.7/5 rating on Goodreads so far, and that’s before it even releases.
But this review has to be one of my favourites. To have a reviewer say it was written flawlessly, that it grabbed her attention and wouldn’t let go – that’s about as good as it gets for us authors!
Don’t forget, it’s $0.99, only until it releases on Monday.
It’s here! It’s finally here! I know, I’m sorry, the cliffhanger was mean, but now you can have your answers. Hawaiian Healing has just gone live on Amazon, and you can check it out here http://www.amazon.com/Hawaiian-Healing-Heartbreak-Book-ebook/dp/B017QBKHS0/
There’s already some lovely reviews on Goodreads, so thank you to my advance readers who took the time to share their thoughts. There’s even a review that’s already been posted to Amazon – super quick!
If you’re an advance reader and for some reason haven’t got your copy yet, please tell me. I don’t want to leave anyone out in the cold, and every now and then the mailing list develops a few kinks. Not the fun kind 😉
For now… I’ve had my break, and it’s on to writing the third and final book. 8,000 words down, several thousand more to go.
Kayla came to Hawaii to heal her broken heart. Not to get it smashed all over again.
Jay took over her mind and body, consumed her, and then he was gone.
All she has left are the questions she can’t run from any longer. Can she survive without him? What’s more important, love, or the life she’s built at home? And why does it suddenly seem like Jay’s hiding something?
The second book of three in the Hawaiian Heartbreak trilogy. This book is recommended for readers over the age of 18 due to explicit sexual content.
Writing is a wonderful career choice in many ways, but in other ways it can hurt the ones you love.
Not because you have to choose to be solitary for long stretches. I love taking a break for coffee dates or a movie, and the rest of the time they’re probably relieved I’m out of their hair.
Not because you compare your husband to your book boyfriend, because hey, who do you think helps with inspiration.
It’s because you constantly rabbit on to them about details from the book, such as, I don’t know, the time you spent in Hawaii. You might ask your husband what he remembers the air feeling like, what the people were like, what you did, what you ate.
And then one day your husband wakes up, rolls over, and says sadly: “I think… I think I was just dreaming. And now I have this keen awareness that I’m not in Hawaii.”
Me too, babe. Me too.
We’ve all been there. I feel like I’m there most days! I swear, one of life’s little tricks is learning to wing it without breaking a sweat, or anyone else working out that you’re making it up as you go along…
The biggest thing I struggled with when I first started writing was finishing the story. A simple, but fairly important, hurdle. Granted, most of these were short snippets when I was a teenager. I had the attention span of a gnat. But it was my struggle, and it was difficult. It’s easy to be excited about the concept of a story. It’s another thing entirely to put in repeated hours pulling a story into reality.
The best thing I’ve found for beating this is celebrating every little moment. Write 3,000 words a day, even if you have to delete them all tomorrow, because they’re terrible. Finished your 3,000? Time for a cup of hot chocolate. Made the decision to delete them? Maybe time for a chocolate biscuit, because that’s gotta sting.
This time I’ve hit a slightly bigger milestone: I’ve finished the first draft of a book. It’s very exciting to finally see it all down on paper, to know how it takes shape outside of my head. I’m proud of it. I know it’s a good story.
At the same time, there’s no need to get too excited. It’s the first draft, and will need many edits before I even send it to the official editor. It’s also the first in a two-part story, so technically, the story isn’t finished yet! But the book is, and I’m happy with it.
Have you hit any milestones recently, in writing or otherwise? What keeps you motivated?