when it rains

2014 Sum Up and 2015 Preview

2014 has been one heck of a year! I released seven books, four with Mary Smith. I had my first signing in Knoxville, TN at the TN Valley Author Event. I completed my Goodreads reading challenge, woohoo! Some of my favorite reads of the year are below.

Loving Mr. Daniels Me Before You The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years, #1)  The Sea of Tranquility
Left Drowning When It Rains (Rain, #1) Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)

2015 is going to be ah-mazing.

I have two releases in January, the fourth Oh Captain, My Captain book, Let's Be Crazy, and the next Bracing for Love series book, Nepenthe.

I don't have release dates yet, but I can tell you that (if all goes well) I'll release about ten additional books, solos and coauthored books combined. Mary and I have a few things up our sleeves. One you'll learn about soon, and the other is still to be determined.

Plus, in February, I turn 21 and I'll be going on a writing retreat with Mary!

I'll also be attending and signing at Penned Con in St. Louis, MO and Rebels and Readers Author Event in Huntington, WV.

There's no telling what else will happen in 2015 since I can't plan all the awesomeness. :) I can't wait to share it with you, though!

Happy New Year!

Monday's Book Spotlight

I read a book this weekend and I had to share it with y'all. Check out When It Rains by Lisa De Jong and what I thought about it.

When It Rains (Rain, #1)

One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it's more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can't.

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn't care who I used to be, he's simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt.

I’ve been saved.

And I’ve found hope.

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…


My Thoughts As Seen on Goodreads:
I started reading this at about 11pm last night and I didn't stop reading until I finished it. My Kindle warned me at 93% that my battery was low and I seriously almost had a panic attack at the thought it would die before I finished. I would have thrown it across the room if it had. I was too absorbed from something like a stupid battery to die, especially when my charger was in my car. So yeah, I was very addicted to this story. I need this book on my bookshelf so badly that the first thing I did this morning was order a copy.

I was swept away almost immediately and there were SO many times when I just wanted to put it down and stop because I couldn't handle reading anymore. I was crying too much. I cried constantly after a certain point. I felt all the happiness, but I felt all the pain and heartache as well. Just thinking about this book brings me to tears and makes me want to curl up into a ball and just cry.

I absolutely loved it. So much emotion. So much. I already want to reread it, but I'm still emotionally drained from last night, so I'll wait until my paperback comes.

The only other time I've felt so attached to a book, kept wanting to use "perfection" to describe a book, was when I read Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. I have favorites among my favorites that sit in a small, hard to get into, category and When It Rains now sits there too.

Without a doubt, I'll be reading more by Lisa De Jong.