You can now read all about Brayden!

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The wait is long over, y'all! Brayden's book, Attached to You, in the Carolina Rebels series released yesterday! I made cookies to celebrate. Sorry, I can't share. :(

But I can share all the info of his book with you!

Brayden Hayes is all work and no play. Meeting one woman is all it takes to finally force himself to find a balance between work on the ice and relationships away from it. If there’s one thing Brayden is sure of, it’s that he wants to keep her around and make their time together worthwhile.

Deanna Mitchell hops from guy to guy because she doesn’t want to settle for just anyone. She has made a lot of mistakes, but deciding to see Brayden is not one of them. She thinks. What she feels around him makes her think he could be the one.

While Deanna remains unsure, Brayden is going all in and he’s ready to face whatever problems arise. Together, they discover that finding a balance isn’t hard when you’re with the right person.

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google Play

Have you heard about my new series?

My new Hearts in Carolina series starts off on January 4, 2018 with Steady! And, if you've been reading the Carolina Rebels series, it's with a character you're already familiar with: Logan (Sydney's stepbrother) from It's Our Time

Steady is a New Adult Romance.

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A chance meeting and a spontaneous marriage proposal leads Logan Archer on a first date that turns his dull, unhappy life around. With her help, he finally lands his dream job. But what Logan really wants is his dream girl to spend his time with.

He’s certain that girl is Kayla. He’ll do whatever is necessary to secure a future with her.

Kayla Murphy might be able to turn down Logan’s many proposals, but she can’t resist his charm, his many nicknames for her, or his ability to make her laugh when it’s the last thing she wants to do.

But unwanted distractions threaten what these two are building together.

 

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

About the series: The novels will be set in North Carolina, loosely connected to one another, and can be read in any order. There will also be some crossover with my Carolina Rebels series on occasion, as seen with Steady.

Lindsay's (Mis)Adventures in Sewing & Quilting: My Nephew's Baby Quilt

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As I've mentioned in the past, I couldn't exactly say what this project was, but now I can because it's done and I've told and shown my brother that I made a baby quilt for his son. This has been quite the experience, but it has only solidified that I want to continue learning and exploring this new hobby of mine.

So, the last time I posted, it was time to start sewing the rows together. Once that was done, it was like steamrolling to the finish line!

There was laying out the batting (after cutting it), making my quilt sandwich, pinning it all together, sewing that, trimming the excess, turning it inside out, closing the opening, doing the topstitch, doing the ties with the yarn, and THEN...making and stitching on the label. After all of that? TA-DA! I was finished! Lindsay had a baby quilt! My first finished project!

The front of the baby quilt.

The front of the baby quilt.

The back of the quilt.

The back of the quilt.

This has been SO satisfying. I can't wait to use the same pattern and make one for Bartley. If I wasn't hooked and invested in this new hobby before, I definitely am now!

What I Learned:

- Next time, I'm buying 3 charm packs instead of 2. This way I can have more options when making my layout for the quilt top. Yes, that is still haunting me and that was from the very first step.

- Those yarn ties? So much faster to do when two people are working on them. Thanks for helping, Mom!

- I had an appreciation for quilts before, but WAY more now. These things take LOTS of time and effort and money. Getting something handmade should not be taken lightly! Heart, soul, and lots of effort goes into it!

Okay, enough learning, haha! That's all for this project. Check out the photos below to see those last few steps.

Three Terrific Reads

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Hey, y'all! We're all readers here, and I thought y'all might want to know what I've been reading and loving. I love sharing my love of reading and good books, so this is how I've decided to do it. At the end of every month, I'll share the top three books I read and would recommend during that month!

I read a few books this month, and some I really want to recommend! Read on for three terrific reads! :)


I finished a great series. Ever heard of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series by Krista and Becca Ritchie? It's really good! Here's info on the first book, Addicted to You:

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She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.

Get it on AmazoniBooks | NookKobo 


Then, I read another series about a siren that was really cool. Rachel Higginson has always been a sure bet for good reads, so I knew these books would be awesome, and they were! Here's info on book one, The Rush:

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A life not her own—A future already decided.

Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into. 

She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life unimpressed and untouched by her and the life she lives. He’s an enigma to her. A gorgeous, frustrating, sincere mystery and a complete phenomenon in the ugly world she lives in. 

What blooms between them is a fiercely intense attraction that cannot be ignored. Even though they would both be better off without each other—Even if both their lives depend on staying apart.

Get it on Amazon


To finish off my top three of the month, I have a children's book to recommend. I bought a book to gift to a little girl and I, of course, gave it a read before passing it on. I love the Pout-Pout Fish books, and this one was just as great!

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Mr. Fish wants to help his friend Ms. Clam when she loses's her pearl, but though he's fast as a sailfish, as smart as dolphin, and as strong as a shark, Mr. Fish has a secret: he's scared of the dark!

Very young children will swim along with Mr. Fish as he journeys deep into the ocean to new and mysterious places. They will discover, as Mr. Fish does, the power of friendship to light the way through the big-big dark.

Get it on AmazoniBooks | NookKobo 

Back to Me is FREE!

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Hey, y'all! Guess what?! You can now start the Carolina Rebels series for free! That's because Back to Me doesn't cost even one penny right now! So, go, go, go and download your copy!

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google Play

Noah Ramsey has a great hockey career, a wonderful family, and a good best friend, but what he wants most is to be with the love of his life who walked away from him years ago. When he finds her at the airport, he realizes she's changed, and she's struggling with things she doesn't want to tell him about. Noah also realizes just how much she scarred him when she left.

Meredith Quick always plans everything out. She chose her tennis career over love in order to better succeed, but her plan dissolves when an injury threatens her career and her fiancé leaves her. Struggling through pain and the uncertainty of her future, she realizes her first misstep was walking away from Noah. She impulsively decides to go back to him while she attempts to put her life back together.

Reacquainting isn't easy when Noah doesn't quite trust Meredith to stay and Meredith struggles with overcoming the pain she's endured without him. Can they work through their issues and move forward, or will their past ruin things between them forever?

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google Play

Lindsay's (Mis)Adventures in Sewing & Quilting (#3)

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It's been since June since I posted one of these, too, but I have a good reason, I promise! 

I started a new project, deciding to set the (cursed) table runner off to the side. I haven't posted because it's a gift, but since my deadline has passed and it's been so long, I'm going to make it work.

My new project is like a 40x40 inch quilt and I have made loads of progress, but like I said, I missed my deadline and have a new one.

Since this is a gift, there are some photos I'm not including on the off chance that the recipient reads this post. But they will be shared once it's finished and they have the little quilt (hopefully by Christmas).

Picking out fabric is hard. There are loads of cute fabric, but geez! Finding the perfect fabric for this seemed impossible. But I did find some while I was Row by Row shopping in both Raleigh and in Morehead City. Score!

Then came something that was even HARDER! I had to lay out the fabric the way I wanted it. I spent at least four hours moving pieces of fabric around and just standing and staring at the layout to see if I liked it and was perfectly happy with it.

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With this particular project, the top of the quilt is charm squares, so there is no cutting involved, which I really enjoyed. After I had my layout, I was able to label my 9 rows and start sewing the squares together until I had 9 rows.

After that? Mom pressed the seams and then I pinned two rows together before I began sewing them together. I still have two rows left before I then have to start sewing the rows together again until I have a quilt top. EEK!

This, compared to my (cursed) table runner, has been a seamless process. (There is a sewing joke in there somewhere, haha!) Well, except for a few things, which you'll learn about in the What I Learned Section. There are more photos below as well!

What I Learned:

- Not all charm squares are created equally. At least, that's what I'm assuming. Because my seams can be perfect and somehow, it still turns out wrong. Plus, some of them do look bigger.

- My machine hates me every other time I work on it. I was only able to work on it for an hour yesterday because this black ooze/gunk started running down the needle and I couldn't wipe it all off. I'm hoping I have better luck fixing things today.

- The longer I do this, the more things I find I want to do. Like a bookshelf quilt. A rag quilt. A little quilt for Bartley (using the same pattern I'm using for this current project). And the list goes on and on and on!

That's it for this edition of my (Mis)Adventures, which surprsingly doesn't have too many oopsies. I promise not to wait so long until I post again. I'm actually hoping to start sewing 30 minutes to an hour (almost) every day in the mornings. That seems to be the best way to make consistent progress, especially when I'm in the middle of a project.

Do you sew? What are you currently working on?

WIP Progress Report

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- Title: Untitled
- Genre: Hockey Romance
- Word Count/Goal: 49,409/80,000
- Release Date: Spring 2018
- Series? Carolina Rebels 

It's been a LONG time since I posted my last WIP progress report, which was back in mid-June. I've been slacking, and I apologize.

There is a lot to catch up on, but I'll start with my current WIP. 

So, Scott & Sylvia's An Unexpected Life released last month. Brayden's book, Attached to You, releases next month. We've already met Rebels Noah, Marc, and Ian as well.

Up next and the Rebel starring in this WIP?

EJ!

His story has been flowing so smoothly! I can't wait to get this first draft done. I've had his story in my head for a very long time and it feels so good to finally write it. I can't wait to share it with you next year!

Now that you're all caught up on my current project, let me catch you up on my others.

Other Projects:
The first book in my New Adult Romance series, Hearts in Carolina, goes to edits and gets a cover soon! More details to come. (If you liked Logan from It's Our Time, then you'll be excited about this book!)

- As soon as my secret project (a newsletter exclusive) is ready, it'll be shared with my newsletter subscribers

- As I mentioned above, the next Carolina Rebels book, Attached to You, releases October 19, 2017.

WIP Progress Report

- Title: Untitled
- Genre: New Adult Romance
- Word Count/Goal: 33,410/80,000
- Release Date: Early 2018? Maybe.
- Series? Yes. Book 1 of new series. 

Yes, you read all of the above correctly.

No, I'm not working on a Carolina Rebels book. 

Yes, I'm going back to NA.

Yes, it's a new series.

What else can I tell you? Well, the female main character? Her name is Kayla. She's pretty awesome. The male? I can't tell you his name because you may have met him already in another book. I am telling my readers in Lindsay's League next week who he is, and they'll be the first to know. 

I can tell you that I'm having so much fun with these two. I'm so happy I decided to go on this new adventure with this new series. (And don't worry Carolina Rebels fans, I haven't abandoned that series at all!) 

The main point of this progress report is to let you know that I've started a new project/series. I don't want to say too much just yet since it is in the early stages, but I can say that I've worked it in such a way that there is loads of possibilities available. I don't know about you, but that makes me squeal with excitement! 

The future looks brighter than ever and I'm so excited for it! 

As y'all know, I'm always juggling multiple projects, so read on for more updates.

Other Projects:
- A Carolina Rebels WIP is with betas.

- One WIP (a secret project) is on hold because I keep getting caught up in the current WIP.

- The first secret project is with betas and eventually, I'll have my plan finalized for this.

Lindsay's (Mis)Adventures of Sewing & Quilting (#2)

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First attempt at chain piecing

Oh, boy, y'all. The things I have to tell you! My latest adventures? Well, they're a doozy. And not in a good way.

I thought things were going well. Of the past two times I've sat down to sew, I've only had to take apart my machine 3 times because of missing the thread coming out and it getting caught inside. I consider that a success.

My lines were getting better and straighter.

I tried chain piecing for about ten seconds.

But then, yesterday happened.

All lined up! EEK!

All lined up! EEK!

 I had to take apart three things because I accidentally did them backward (Mom actually took them apart while I kept sewing). 

One had to be taken apart because it wasn't quite straight, so the seam wouldn't be right.

I started sewing my little blocks together to create bigger blocks, getting all excited when things lined up, BUT...

It hit us that it was looking mighty small for a table runner. We began to investigate. 

And this is where things really start to suck.

Somehow, of all the fabric, it seems I didn't cut all of the fabric I needed for the patterned fabric. That's why it was so short. I only had half of it.

Mom started laughing, and I did, too, at first. Here we were, thinking we were halfway done, but looks like I made a HUGE oops.

We read the instructions (again) and I still can't understand how I didn't cut enough, because in one way, it makes complete sense that I should I have that fabric (and just don't), while in another way, it doesn't. But I also know that the day I was cutting the patterned fabric, a Penguins game was coming on, so I stopped once I thought I was done. It's totally possible I didn't pay enough attention to realize I only cut half and was more "done for the day" and not "done completely" because of that. That's what we're going with anyway. ;)

But we still had a problem. We thought we were going to have to UNDO all that hard work I just did. All of those accomplishments! So that when I cut up the rest of the fabric, it would make sense in how it looked.

After about fifteen minutes, we decided to keep what we had, though it wouldn't exactly match the eventual table runner, and use those for the placemats I'm supposed to do after this. 

Problem seemingly solved. We stopped for the night after that. I'm still a little irked at myself for somehow missing this, frustrated with the process, and yet, somehow I still want to keep on chugging. 

I'm starting to think I need to stick to my quilt boards because this is stressful work haha! But it takes practice and patience, right? That's that I keep telling myself anyway.

So, there you have it. There's my (mis)adventures. Maybe in the next post, I'll be able to pat myself on the back more than I've done with these first two posts. :) 

Thanks for reading and letting me share my experiences with you! 

Lindsay's (Mis)Adventures of Sewing & Quilting (#1)

My History & The Beginning of a New Hobby

So, y'all have heard me mention at some point in the past that I wanted to learn how to sew and quilt, whether it be on Facebook, in Lindsay's LeagueInstagram, or in my newsletter. Let me first announce that I am not crafty. I've known from the get-go this would be an uphill battle, as this is simply not an area I'm even remotely skilled in. There are no hidden sewing instincts within me.

For example, I think my sister would probably rock at this. She can decorate cakes, make a cute wreath for Christmas, re-cover a chair/upholstery, and she turned an old door into a headboard for her bed. She's one of those people; she has whatever magical instinct I feel like I should have to be able to do this. She could totally pick this up, I'd bet.

I can't do any of that stuff. My brain doesn't work in those areas. I'm pretty sure it doesn't work in this area either, but I want to learn so badly (even if I'm terrible and never improve), that I don't care. I'm prepared to be irritated all the time from my errors (there's already been many, you'll see), have hardly no patience sometimes, definitely have no clue what I'm doing, but most certainly persevere through it all. Because damn it, I'm doing this. (Not to mention, I'd like a hobby other than reading.)

Hence, my new series of erratic blog posts: Lindsay's (Mis)Adventures of Sewing and Quilting.

So, that's my history. Let's move on to how my new hobby is going so far. Because I LOVE doing this, I will start by saying my only "experience" and what I used to delay the start of my learning were no-sew quilt boards. Those things are awesome and fun.

Moving on because I know you're dying to see all my (mis)adventures. Feel free to giggle. I did. 

For the first project, I'm doing a table runner. I feel like I should've chosen something else at this point, just because, but I'm here and I'm committed, so...

I didn't have hardly any problems cutting the fabric. That part was easy, but what I didn't quite expect was that it was going to take half of my life to do it. There was cutting and the subcutting and the subcutting AGAIN. Like, OMG! I was cutting fabric for HOURS! Not even kidding. That's a day's work right there.

And then, my next step was to layer squares onto rectangles. Okay, that's easy. 

The next step was more daunting.

I had to sew. DIAGONALLY! 

Like, come on! Maybe I've been overthinking this, but that just seems ridiculous for little ol' newbie me. Not that my instructions knew that or cared.

But I'm brave and I'm doing this no matter what, so I got started.

Boy, oh boy. Diagonal lines were the LEAST of my worries. I did get ten of those squares and rectangles sewn together, but it was not an easy process. Just look at the photos if you need evidence.

There you have it! Those were my (mis)adventures.

Let's end on a positive.

What I Learned:

- How to REALLY use that seam ripper! 

- I really need to pay more attention to when that pesky thread comes out. (I feel like there is a lot to pay attention to when sewing.)

- I learned this before when cutting fabric, but it should be repeated. This is a time-consuming hobby. Those ten pieces took me an hour.

- I can efficiently take my machine apart. ;)

That's all I have! If you're still reading this, like wow. You're awesome. See ya next time!

Happy Release Day, Us at First!

Those are some delicious banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in the corner. :)

Those are some delicious banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in the corner. :)

I am SO EXCITED to share with y'all that Us at First has released! TODAY! I love Ian and Sydney. They hold a special little place in my heart, like all of my characters do, I guess, haha! But with them, things were a little different.

I've been trying to think of the last time I was so obsessed with a couple that I carried my laptop EVERYWHERE with me because I simply would NOT stop writing. I knew if I stopped, I would constantly think about it, so why stop writing? 

Anyway, that's how it was for the duration of writing both Us at First and It's Our Time. And now, *squee*, you get to read Us at First! I sure hope y'all like it. You can check out a handful of teasers on Pinterest if you missed them when I shared on social media.

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

Ian Rhett is seventeen when he meets Sydney. She's gorgeous, blushes easily, and has a southern accent. Ian can't help but talk to her and get to know her while she's in town.

When Sydney goes home, they keep in touch by texting and talking over of the phone, becoming closer and closer.

Sydney Jarvis can't believe a chance encounter at sixteen led her to a guy she talks to every single day. Ian's her best friend, who is somehow more than just a friend.

They're young, in love, and the one person they want most, they can't have. Not yet, at least.

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

WIP Progress Report (#18)

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- Title: I have two possibilities, but haven't decided yet!
- Genre: Hockey Romance
- Release Date: Late 2017
- Series? Carolina Rebels

It took two days longer than expected because...well, the reason isn't important. BUT WOOHOO THIS BOOK IS DONE!

And by done, I mean the first draft is complete.

It's now time for me to do revisions.

And dance! 

You're probably thinking, "Damn, Lindsay. You seem more excited than usual about finishing this book. What's up with that? I'm highly suspicious here."

I see your point. Let me explain. As you can see above, this book is set to release late this year. It's May and my first draft is done (ahead of schedule). Which means, I'm ahead of schedule in general.

Which is good because I'm changing up my schedule and I needed a window in order to assess things, plan things, plot things, and finishing this book meant reaching the much needed time slot to do all of those things. Finishing it early? Tickles me to death because that means I can do all of that this month and pick right up on my schedule on June 1st and not be behind! 

That feels worthy of another one these.

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So, that's what's next, plus what's in my other projects section below. It's still a heavy workload this month, but reaching this point means I'll be dancing like Carlton while I work. ;)

Other Projects:
The couple after Ian was edited last month, but I now have to go through it and make the changes, and get it ready until the final version is complete! This novella also got a cover, which I'll reveal soon. (If you're in Lindsay's League, you'll see it first!)

- This month, one of my secret projects is resting before it undergoes final revisions and edits. My timeline for this is still too tentative to announce anything definite yet.

- I'm also working to finish writing the second secret project this month.

My Semester in Books

The semester is nearly over, and I had to read 19 short stories, picture books, and novels for one class this semester. I thought it would be fun if I shared some of my favorites with y'all. 

I am so happy I chose Literature for Children as an elective. I haven't read some of these genres since I was a kid, and some of them, I had never read at all. I definitely went out of my reading comfort zone and I was pleasantly surprised.

I don't know why because good things normally come when I venture out of my reading comfort zone. Unlike when I try new things at favorite restaurants, but that's another topic altogether, so let's keep moving forward.

We had four modules in this class. The first module was all about picture books. I didn't have a lot of expectations, I'll be honest. I almost thought that since I hadn't read a picture book since like kindergarten or so, then what are the chances I'll enjoy it? How am I going to relate to whatever is happening? 

I had to read six picture books. One of them swept me off my feet. It was The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen and Pictures by Dan Hanna. It was simply adorable with illustrations that paid attention to all the little details. I was ridiculously tempted to find more of these books and read them while I was at the library that day.

In the second module, we had to read 4 books: a Modern Fantasy, a Multicultural Literature, and 2 types of Traditional Literature. My favorite of these was Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. What a better class than one that gives you an excuse to read books that have been on your TBR for forever? This was a book where I got attached to the characters and was left wanting to see more of them. Always a good thing in my book (haha!).

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Next, we had to read books that were award winners (or honor books) for the Belpre, King, Newbery, Printz, Caldecott, and one from either the NC Children's Book Award or the NC Young Adult Book Award.

Let me get a favorite out of the way first. I loved The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. This was a book I had in my own personal collection that was waiting to be read and this gave me a reason to bump it up. Everyone needs to read this book. Just so good.

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The other book I'll mention from this module was one that took me by surprise. It was Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. I was kinda worried because I couldn't remember the last middle grade novel I read, so how do I know I'll enjoy this one? (This class made me realize while I'm generally openminded, I'm also SO skeptical, which I don't like.) This book was really good. It was funny, set in NC, and had a good little mystery. This is another one that made me want to keep reading the others in the series.

Lastly, we had to read an informational science book, an informational social studies book, a biography, a historical fiction, and a realistic fiction. Did those first two make you groan? It did me because science and social studies were never my friends in school. Yet, my favorite book from this module was Secrets of a Civil War Submarine by Sally M. Walker.

I'm still thinking about this book. It's just so interesting what happened with this submarine! There's also a museum for it in Charleston, SC, so you can guess where I'll eventually go. There was a compelling story, a mystery, and you get invested. What more do you need?

So, there you have it! Another semester in the books for me. Only one more to go. Have you read any of these books?

P.S. For my last semester, one of my electives is a class on Grimms' Fairy Tales. Should be interesting! 

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, B&N 

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, B&N 

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, B&N 

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, B&N 

Secrets of a Civil War Submarine by Sally M. Walker: AmazonB&N 

HUGE Hockey Romance Giveaway!

I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you today. I'm part of a giveaway with more than 30 fantastic hockey romance authors to give away ALL of those books above.

That huge collection of novels will go to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a Kindle Fire to the Grand Prize winner!  You can win my novel, Because It's You, plus books from authors like Sawyer Bennett and Kate Willoughby. 

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: bit.ly/hockey-romance  

Good luck! 

WIP Progress Report (#17)

- Title: Untitled
- Genre: Hockey Romance
- Word Count/Goal: 42,583/80,000
- Release Date: Unknown at this point
- Series? Carolina Rebels

I'm working on so much this month, I don't even know where to start! Plus, it's been since around late January since I posted a WIP progress report, so there's a lot of catch up on! Let's start with my main WIP.

So, Ian is getting a novella and a book. After that, there will be a couple (I'm announcing soon, I promise!) with a novella, and then there will be another couple with a book. That last couple is my main WIP.

I'm really enjoying these two. There's a bit of an interesting aspect to their story, so that's been fun to deal with. Plus, I've added a dog to the story and that's always fun! I'll even admit that I'm slightly nervous about this story. I can't quite put my finger on exactly why, though. That part isn't so fun, haha!

As you can see by the word count, I'm a little over the halfway mark. That's so good because I will be taking small breaks on it this month. Why? Let's proceed to the Other Projects section.

Other Projects:
The couple after Ian is getting some of my attention this month between revisions and edits. This also needs a title and the cover process will start soon as well.
- If you're a newsletter subscriber, then you saw in the April 1st edition that I mentioned a project that might just be a newsletter exclusive. This month, I'm also working on revisions for this. I don't have a timeline available for this just yet. That's also something I'm hoping to figure out this month, but I'll definitely keep everyone posted! :)

Angels & Sirens Author Event Recap!

Wow. This past weekend was awesome! I'm going to start from the beginning. 

Friday, Mom and I headed to Raleigh because we were flying out of there this time. Our plane was smaller. There were two seats on one side and one seat on the other. The bad part comes when our seats were located on the very last aisle! It seemed bumpier, my ears popped more, it was louder, and I had a touch of motion sickness by the time we landed. I'm hoping I don't have to sit there again. It wasn't that fun.

We had a little time to relax once we checked into the hotel and then we were meeting up with authors Lisa B. Kamps, Samantha Wayland, Stephanie Kay, V.L. Locey, Melody Heck Gatto, Jaymee Jacobs, and a few readers to attend the Penguins/Lightning game. That was an absolute blast! Plus, it was a PengWIN! A get-together like that is something I definitely want to do again.

Saturday was the signing. It was great and it's always nice to meet readers! Thanks to everyone who came!! I also received a really cool bottle from the event organizers and on it is the first page of Back to Me. I love it so much! (There's a picture of it below.) The signing was held in a room at a casino, which was next to a racetrack for horses. We were able to see some horses running around when we took our group photo, so that was really cool since it was a first for me.

Afterward, there was a dinner and a mix and mingle. I got to hang out with the group from the game again and that was a blast. I haven't laughed so much in a long time! I really hope we can all get together again. It was too fun not to!

Friday, we flew home. I have to share one photo from that (it's the last one), which I took from the plane. We actually flew over our hotel. You can see the racetrack in the photo and the skinny white building on the left side is the hotel! How cool?! 

That's my recap! It was a fun event, made better by great readers and fellow authors. I can't wait until the next signing I attend (which is in Raleigh in August)!

Happy Birthday, Book Birthday, & Release Day!

There is a TON to celebrate today! Let's start with me! ;) 

Today is my birthday! I'm celebrating tomorrow by going to the Penguins/Hurricanes game in Raleigh (thanks to my lovely Mom)! I may also venture out for a banana split blizzard at some point.

Next exciting thing about today is that it's Bending Under Pressure's book birthday. It released on this day last year! If you haven't read this Young Adult Romance, you should check it out. :)

Even crazier is that today my 15th solo releases! Say, what?! As if we needed another reason to celebrate!

And then, the most exciting news of the day is that MARCO IS HERE! 

*faints*

I am unbelievably THRILLED that this book has finally released. I hope y'all love (or at least like) Marc. He's my new favorite at this point. He's definitely my favorite Rebel so far. He's just awesome, and so is Elizabeth.

Check out a ton of teasers on Pinterest, read the first five chapters, or buy the book and dive in already. :)

Y'all should celebrate with me by treating yourself to a book or a tasty dessert! Have a lovely day and happy reading!

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Marc Polinski is known for having fun, always smiling, and being a third wheel for his friends, Noah and Meredith. A rare one night stand at a Halloween party and running into the woman again sets Marc on a path of no return. He can’t walk away from her, even if he wanted to, and he absolutely doesn’t want to do that.

Elizabeth Boyd hasn’t dated in a long time and if it wasn’t for her sister-in-law, she wouldn’t have been pushed toward the seemingly bad idea of Marc Polinski. She’s not sure she wants to date, but she can’t seem to turn Marc down either. Little by little, she lets Marc wiggle past all of her defenses.

Their relationship is rocky from the start, and with both of them having demons and secrets, things between them are a struggle. Will they be able to overcome their pasts, let each other in, and start building a life together or will they find they were doomed from the start?

February's Paperback Pick

This month's pick was Long Way Home by Katie McGarry. I love, love, love the Thunder Road series and really, anything Katie McGarry writes. I've read all her books and I've yet to even feel meh about one of them. I've loved them all. It's like coming home.

This was such a good book. I loved Chevy and Violet and their relationship. I loved their affection and their problems and just everything about them! I can't wait to see what McGarry writes next and you can bet your last dollar that I'll read it! If you haven't read her books yet, I'm ordering you to read them! :) 

So, so, so good.

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Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

WIP Progress Report (#16)

- Title: Untitled
- Genre: Secret project means no details!
- Word Count/Goal: 3943/?
- Release Date: Secret project, remember?
- Series? SECRET! 

Well, I'll be. I'm still ahead of schedule.

 

So much so that I have 3 projects in various parts of the pre-publication stage (stay tuned because I'll announce details soon!) and I have time to work and focus on my secret side projects (there are two, but currently working on only one) before I have to work on the next book.

In the last update, I was working on revisions of Ian's stories and was about to start the next couple as well as the secret projects. Well, the couple after Ian (who is after Marc) is done for the moment. More details to come at a later date. The couple will be announced after Marc's book is released.

Now, I'm working on my secret projects. There are two. I obviously can't tell y'all anything because they are a SECRET. You can't know anything! 

You can know that I'm working on something y'all will hopefully like and want. Once it's done, I'll tell more. I want to make sure I can get these written before I say too much.

Other Projects:
Because It's You releases on 2/20! I share teasers every Tuesday on social media and add all of them to Pinterest, so you can catch up if you've missed any of them. 

- Ian's covers are almost done! I will be sharing them first in Lindsay's League, next in my newsletter, and then everywhere else soon after that. If you want to see them first (and trust me, they look FANTASTIC!), then either join my Facebook group or sign up for my newsletter, or both!

January's Paperback Pick

This year started off great! I've already read the first paperback of the year! And what a good one it was! This month's pick is How to Love by Katie Cotugno

I will definitely be reading more by Cotugno. I liked how the book is told in "before" and "after" chapters. The writing was fantastic. I was sucked in from the start and I loved how the missing pieces of the story were slowly filled in as I read. I wouldn't have minded seeing a little more at the end, but I find myself happy about where it ended as well. It was such a good book.

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Before:  
Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind. 

After:  
Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena's gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she's finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn't want anything to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said Sawyer's being back wasn't stirring something in her. After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.