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New Prices!

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful day. I'm posting to let you know about the new ebook prices for the Bold as Love series.

Sweetness is now 99 cents.
I'm Yours is now $1.99.
Whatever It Takes is now $2.99.

All of the books in the series that will come after Whatever It Takes will be priced at $2.99 as well. The prices are already in effect on Amazon and should change on the other sites soon as well. For a full list of sites that sell my books, visit my website.

A Sneak Peek Into My Mind

First, let me give you a little teaser to show you a bit of what was happening when this little conversation occurred.

How wrong would it be for me to be disappointed? I honestly expected him to be awake and waiting for me, ready to spend time with me before he leaves tomorrow. I thought we would stay up for a while and talk about everything and nothing. None of what we said would have mattered much because we were with each other and loving every second before he takes flight. Yet he was asleep and couldn't wake up enough to even kiss me goodnight. 

Then this happened:

Me: Jake, seriously. WTH is wrong with you right now? I honestly don't know what's happening from my thought process to my fingers on the keyboard. It's like you're taking over and writing yourself. Well, YOU'RE BEING AN ASS. Take THAT, Jake!

Jake: *looks on calmly* I'm part of your imagination, so technically, you are calling yourself an ass. 

Me: Take your hockey stick and shove it. But really? What's going on?

Jake: I don't feel like cooperating today.

Me: You realize that you acting out doesn't directly bother me, right? You're messing with Emily, not me. Do you want that?

Jake: No...


Jake: Why can't I be an ass every now and then? *says so like being an ass is a good thing*

Me: You know what comes next in this scene. Do you truly want to pick this instance to be a jackwad?

Jake: *his green eyes soften and he shakes his head slowly*

Me: That's what I thought. Now, get back out there and be the man I know you are.

Jake: *rolls his eyes, smiling, and I can see a little bit of Drake just then* Alright, alright. Let's get back to work so I can go be her man.

Claire and those photos: EXTRA SCENE

If you have read Sweetness, you immediately know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, then I suggest that you read no further because it's about to get spoilerly.

A lot of people who have read Sweetness wonder how Claire got her hands on those pictures. Well, I'm here to tell you how.

Claire decided she was going to dig into Emily's past and see what she could find. Thanks to having to do an introduction in each class, Emily shared what town she moved from. Claire did a little research and found Judy, Emily's mom.

Read the following extra scene to learn how it happened:

Claire knocks on the door of the home of Emily's mother. A dishelved woman opens the door, straggering. Claire notes that her hand tightens on the door knob as Judy struggles to stand.

"What do you want," Judy slurs.

"I'm a friend of Emily's. Can I come in and talk to you?"

"That little whore. C'mon in, I guess."

Claire wrinkles her nose at the smell of a house that hasn't been cleaned in a while. Dirty dishes are scattered about. Rotten food is left in the dishes and flies are buzzing around. Carefully, as if she might catch a disease, Claire takes a seat on the couch.

"Did you know my daughter is a whore? She convinced my husband to divorce me and then she goes sleeping around!"

Claire watches Judy carefully as the older woman moves about, obviously searching for something.

"You don't believe me, do you? You want proof?"

Claire perks up and nods, never speaking a word because she was a bit afraid to inhale. Judy begins the search, shoving papers and dishes aside until she pulls out a dusty envelope. Curtly, Judy hands them over to Claire.

Jackpot. Claire finds several naked picture of Emily. This is her chance to expose Emily for what she really is: a good-for-nothing whore. Maybe, after she posted the pictures all over school, Jake would finally see that Emily is not the right girl for him.

"Do you mind if I take these?"

"I don't care!"

"Who are you again," Judy asks. "Why are you here? Get out of my house!"

With that, Claire quickly leaves.

Major Update on the Bold As Love series

For me, this is a major update on the series. Last night, I decided it was time to hunker down and decide the future of these books. I began to outline the main happenings in for each book. This allows me to know how I'm going to get to the point where I want Jake and Emily's story to end.

Man. Typing that was hard. *sigh*

It has to be done though. I outlined and outlined until I came to where I know the story is going to end. Therefore, it is time to answer the question:
How many books are going to be in the series?
The answer to that is this.

There will be 9 books total in the Bold As Love series.

Character Creation

Ever wonder how a writer creates their character's personalities? Lifestyles? I know that I sometimes wonder that. Today, I thought I would share how I create my characters.

Usually, they are already formed when I think of the idea. I know exactly how they will behave. Other times, I must give them personalities. There are three ways that these characters are formed.

Family, friends, and myself. Those who know me personally and have read Sweetness say that they can see a lot of me in Emily. Why? Because I gave Emily a lot of similar traits, as you may have noticed in the comparisons I did. Drake has a lot of characteristics as my nephews, one in particular. Jake was formed partially from the traits I liked in previous love interests. Therefore, a certain part of all my characters derive from those I know.*

Imagination. Isn't this where it really boils down to? Actually, I believe fantasy is a better word. As you may know, most of my books come from where I daydream to fall asleep. I create different lives that, even with the bad, I could see myself living. It's like imaginary friends that exist in a world in my head. You may as well say that I write to place myself in different situations to see how it turns out and the different choices one could make. However, once I get started, the characters sometimes go in a completely different direction than I originally planned.

Magic. As I've said, sometimes the personalities are just there. I can't change too many traits that a character has because, in my head, they are already who they are meant to be and if I change that, then everything else could be altered in their story.

*Note: That is not always the case. Sometimes, my characters form completely on their own based on their life experiences.

When I Need Inspiration I...

Inspiration is hard to come by sometimes. I have a couple of different techniques to help me become inspired. Today, I'm going to share those with you.

  • Listen to music. Pretty much any kind of music. My favorites range from country to R&B to rap to rock to the oldies.
  • My family. Sometimes, I get inspired by what is happening in our lives.
  • Reading. This should be first. Reading is the best way to get inspired. When I read a wonderful book, motivation sets in and I'm off to my laptop.
  • Quotes. Quotes are a fantastic source of inspiration. They really get my mind going.
  • Pictures. What a great way to wonder what the story is behind a picture and then creating it.
These are my top five resources for inspiration. What inspires you?

Ask the Characters

It's Monday and a question has been submitted for Emily. If you have a question for one of the characters, click on the tab above and submit it. It could be answered next Monday. Hopefully, everyone will have a merry Monday instead of a moody Monday.

Q: Why do you keep worrying over your mom? I understand how she treated you better than you think but Jake loves you why didnt you trust him?
A: It was hard to not worry over my mom. It was even harder to trust someone that I just met after experiencing what I did. I'm sorry that you understand so well how she treated me. I've come to learn that trust is earned over time. Hope this answers your questions.

Update Time!

Hey y'all! I hope y'all experienced a sunny day. It's been storming on and off here all day. It's one nasty storm! A couple things have occurred since the last time I did an update post. Therefore, I know it is that time again.

Sweetness is in the works of getting translated into Spanish and French. If that gets successful sales, then I'm Yours will be translated as well.

If you are looking for a sweet deal on the paperback for Sweetness, then send me an email for a special link and coupon code to purchase Sweetness for only $5! Limited number will be given out so hurry up and email me at

My birthday was a huge success. I spent the day with my brother's girlfriend. I renewed my license, registered to vote, bought a lottery ticket (won two bucks!), and bought a can of air. Those ultra duster's for the computer...yeah, you have to be 18 to buy those. My friend and I went to the Adam and Eve store (not much there really) and Victoria's Secret. The ladies at Victoria's Secret were fabulous! They were extremely helpful and sweet. They even sang happy birthday to me!

After that, I went and got a tattoo. Yup. The girl who faints from a shot or drawn blood went and got a tattoo. No worries. As long as I'm laying down or leaning forward, resting on something, I am fine. My tattoo is special to me because it has the colors and popular symbol (puzzle pieces) of the National Autism Society.

This is an image that was taken right after the guy finished. It's on my left shoulder. Isn't it adorable?

Sweetness and I'm Yours will be available on various e-formats (other than Kindle) the second week of March. (I think that's right.) Whatever It Takes is a bit behind schedule. I've got a couple of things to wrap up and then it's back to editing. I've got roughly 50 more pages to write before I can start editing.

As for my other projects, I haven't worked on them much. I haven't been in the mood, but that's no excuse, right? No worries. I'm putting my butt back to work tonight.

That's it for this update post. Have a lovely weekend folks.

Happy Valentine's Day-Part One

It's Valentine's Day and to share my love for you, I decided to write an extra scene of Emily and Jake's first Valentine together. This scene is going to be the first half of their date from Emily's point of view. I'm going to share Jake's half later today. I do hope you enjoy reading this.

Stretching, a smile lights up my face with the thoughts of today's events. Jake said the day would be full of surprises. I can't wait to see what he has in store for me. Rolling over in Jake's arms wakes him up. A bright smile gleams back.
"Good morning Sweetness. Time to sneak home already?"

"Yeah," I say as Jake burrows into my neck.

"Your hair smells so good. You always smell good," he breathes into my neck as his arms wrap tighter around me.

"I got to go Jake."

"I'm only letting you go because I'll see you again soon."

His arms loosen and I reluctantly crawl over him and out of bed. He grabs my wrist as I start to walk away and pulls me back to him.

"I know you aren't about to leave?" He pulls me down for a sweet kiss. "I'll see you later," his lips brush over mine as the kiss ends.

Happiness overflows in my veins and it hits me. I love him. In a dazed state, I slip on my shoes. With a small wave, I leave Jake's room and sneak back to my house. The happiness dispersed and terror now fills me. Terror might be an overstatement. It's really giddiness, excitement, and terror. This realization is huge. I wish I could ask if I'm ready to let Jake have my heart, but that would be a stupid question. He already has it. The question is am I ready to admit this?

To myself, sure. To Jake? Nope. Not yet. I am not about to open that can of worms.

Back in my room, I fall back asleep. I'm supposed to be getting ready for my day with Jake. When Dad knocks on my door and tells me Jake is here, saying that I panicked is an understatement. I sped to the shower and in a record timing, I dressed in black dress jeans and a baby blue top. Rushing into the living room, I see Jake sitting on the couch with this hands grasped between his knees.

"Sorry to keep you waiting," I say in one breath.

Jake stands and he takes my breath away dressed in black slacks and a blood red button up shirt.

"Don't worry about it," he says as he leans in to kiss my cheek. "You are beautiful," he whispers in my ear. My neck heats up and I immediately know that I'm blushing.

"Thank you," I quietly reply. He holds out his arm and I link mine through his.

"Y'all have fun now, ya hear," Dad says as we walk to the door.

"Will do Dad."

Jake opens the door to his Mustang and I slide inside. My eyes track his movements as he makes his way around the car and in beside me. He takes a second to look over at me and smile.

"Where are we going," I ask to fill the silence.

"You just sit back and relax."


After a few minutes, it's apparent that we are going to Wilmington. With a glance at the clock, I realize I made us an hour late. Goodness, I hope reservations aren't involved in our plans. Worry crawls over my skin and I give in.

"I haven't made us late to some place, have I?"

Jake reaches over and takes my hand. "You haven't affected our plans one bit."

With this morning's enlightenment, I'm on the edge. However, Jake's thumb swirling atop the skin of my hand drift me away into a world where worries don't exist. It's Jake and me. I come so close to blurting it out right then and there. It doesn't happen, though. My lips are zipped tightly. It's 'round one o'clock when we arrive downtown at one restuarant that I've always hear fantastic things about.

"Are you sure I haven't made us late?" I ask, remembering that there are reservations at this place.

Jake quietly chuckles. "We aren't going there."


Jake gets out of the car and comes over to open my door. I step out and follow him past the equiste restuarant and down to a dainty restuarant. The place is bustling about with people and busy waitresses. An elderly woman greets us.

"Table for two?"

"Yes," Jake answers.

She grabs two menus and leads us to a booth behind a young couple with the girl feeding a baby. Jake and I sit down across from one another. The energy of this place is amazing. I feel as if I'm in the comfort of my home for supper. My stomach growls as I read the menu. This cozy, active place is working its way into my heart.

"Whatcha going to get," I ask Jake.

"I've been thinking that we should have dessert for lunch."

He looks up from his menu at me. That sly smile gleams at me from across the table.

"How about we share a sundae?"

"Sounds good to me," I say.

The elderly lady returns to our table and takes our order. That smile is still plastered across Jake's face. He has something up his sleeve. I need to figure out what. I squint my eyes at him and a laugh escapes his lips.


I lean forward and put on my best smile. "What do you have planned Jake? You've been wearing a mischevious smile since we got here. Go on and tell me what it is."

With a small laugh, Jake shakes his head. "You just sit your pretty little head over there and relax."

I don't take my eyes off of him as our sundae is placed in between us. Jake takes one of the spoons, dips it in the ice cream, and holds it in front of my lips. Slowly, I part my lips as the spoon slips inside. My mouth instantly cools as the ice cream melts. It is delicious. I'm lost in my world of two as Jake and I feed each other ice cream. All too soon, the ice cream is gone and Jake has lost his mind. Hanging fron his forefinger is a blindfold.


"It has to be a surprise, Sweetness. It's only for a little while."

His smile turns my heart into a puddle and relectantly I agree.

Bad Habits-Everybody has some.

Today, I'm talking about bad habits. Everybody has at least one bad habit. Emily, Jake, Drake, Mike, and myself are here today to share our bad habits. Feel free to share your bad habits too!

  • Procrastination. -When it comes to school, I put the pro in procrastination.
  • Impulsive. -Sometimes, I have these impulsive sprees. It's like a shopping spree, but worse. Thinking things through can be a tough task sometimes!
  • What my Dad said: Not keeping my clothes put up. (Lame!)
  • What My Momma said: "I don't know where to start!" Haha, thanks Momma.
Hi everyone! When someone asks about your bad habits, it's hard to come up with some. Here are the ones I have (and a couple of Jake's too!)
  • One of my bad habits is that sometimes, I care too much about what others think.
  • I'm scared to speak my mind when it matters most.
  • I try to handle things on my own instead of asking for help when I need it.
Enough about me. Let's talk about some of Jake's bad habits that really irritate me sometimes.
  • He can be hard to talk to sometimes.
  • The littlest things can make him jealous. Who knew he was the jealous type?
  • Oh, who am I kidding? I love all of his habits- good or bad.
Such kind words, Sweetness. Thanks. :) I'll work on those habits. I, on the other hand, will not list any of Emily's habits. I'm just that nice. (That probably made Sweetness smile.) Let's bad habits?
  • Occasionally, I get my priorities mixed up.
  • I take Sweetness for granted too much. (Thanks for all you do Sweetness!)
  • I have to agree with Emily. Sometimes, I talk when I should keep my mouth shut and listen.
  • I don't always handle things as I should.
Someone thinks I have bad habits? What?! I don't think I have any bad habits.

I can list some for you.
  • Talks too much.
  • Way too hyper early in the morning.
Shall I continue?

Those aren't bad habits. Those are just things that make me Drake. :p

  • Emily is my baby girl. I have to admit that pretty much let her do whatever she wants. I have a hard time saying no to my little girl. That's my biggest bad habit.
Well, I hope you enjoyed everyone sharing their bad habits. Except for Drake that is. :) What are some of your bad habits? Do you share any with us? Please share!

Let's Celebrate!

Sweetness (Bold As Love, #1)
In celebration of  Valentine's Day and my birthday (20th), Sweetness will be on sale for 99 cents until my the day after my birthday. What better way to celebration these two events than with something as sweet as Sweetness. If you purchase a copy, please be sure to write a review! It's very much appreciated.

Emily wished she was invisible. But after moving to a new town with her dad, a charming boy makes it impossible for her to disappear. Despite her feelings of unworthiness, Emily soon finds herself drawn to the safety of Jake's world.

Good looking and the star of the hockey team, Jake has a lot going for him. What most people don't see is the difficult life he has at home. When quiet Emily steals his heart, Jake vows to help her discover she is worthy of love.

Just when the two of them realize the sweetness of their relationship, they are put to the test. Only together can they overcome their haunted pasts to fight for a future together.

Emily and Lindsay Comparisons

Some writers will tell you that there is always a little bit of themselves in their characters. I have to agree with that. Some writers will also tell you to write what you know. That is something I can't argue with. Therefore, I thought this would make an interesting post. Below, I'm going to list the characteristics that are common between myself and Emily.

-Anxiety. Emily suffers from just a little bit of anxiety from the abuse she suffered from her mother. I also have anxiety, but mine is more severe than Emily's. There will be a book with a character like myself this coming year hopefully.

-Our love of hockey and Sidney Crosby. I love going to hockey games and I love Sidney Crosby. A lot of Emily's opinions of Crosby are my own. Emily seems more of a fanatic though.

-Looks. Emily looks a bit like myself in terms of eye color and hair color. Hence, why I am on the cover of my book.

-Ice Cream- In Sweetness, Emily goes to Dairy Queen and orders a banana split. It is Emily's favorite as well as my own. However, I'm not as big of a fan of Cold Stone as Emily. Why? Because their servings are too big for me! Emily's favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry's (Chunky Monkey) is also my favorite.

Those are a few things that Emily and myself have in common. What do you have in common with Emily?