Some Very Bookish Updates ;)

Some Very Bookish Updates ;)

Guys, I’m getting more and more excited by the day. 😍 It finally hit me today, after a video call with my fellow anthology authors, that this is real!

AHHHHHHHH!!! I’m here to spill all the details. πŸ˜‰

First off, we have a blurb…

Nyree moves when she loses her job, hoping to reconnect with herself and her grandmother in time for Easter, but when she stumbles upon a hidden garden, she discovers just how much she’s been missing.
The Prayer Garden by Kelsey Bryant, inspired by The Secret Garden

Felicity goes out of her comfort zone and invites Adam Moore to Easter service, but their business rivalry has him ready to prove her evangelization wrong.
Lilies and Thorns by Abigayle Claire, inspired by Romeo and Juliet

Samuel is haunted by his past and unsettled by the present, but as the Easter season begins, Ellie could show him what his future could be.
An Easter Canticle by Sarah Holman, inspired by A Christmas Carol

Addie hopes for a fresh start when she and her family move to the mountains to live with Grandfather, but some wounds seem too deep to heal, even at Easter.
Addie’s Mountain by Kate Willis, inspired by Heidi

Four classic-inspired Easter stories full of hope, faith, and the miracle of resurrection.

And we have a release date–March 1st, 2023–which also means it’s AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER! *happy dance* We’ll have some pre-order goodies available soon to boot. πŸ˜‰

And if you’d like to be part of the launch team (maybe get an ARC of one of the stories? πŸ‘€), you can sign up here.

Wow, that was a lot. I hope your week (and this new month!) is going well. πŸ˜‰

*disappears back into cave* *temporarily*

Kiera Giveaway Winner!

Kiera Giveaway Winner!

Thanks so much everyone for entering! Your support throughout this blog tour has been so encouraging. πŸ’™

By the power vested in Google’s random number generator, KylieHuntFilmDirectorsWife has won the giveaway! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Congrats, Kylie! I will send your prize soon.

I hope you all have a good week, and I’ll be back soon with a review and some (very exciting) writing updates. ❀️

Kiera Release Day!!!

Kiera Release Day!!!

IT’S HERE!

KIERA IS HERE, Y’ALL!

πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ’™πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ€©πŸ˜βœ¨

I think my unofficially official author picture sums up how I’m feeling perfectly.

One eye smiling and the other just a little bit crazy. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

This book has taken a lot. A lot of time, stamina, criticism, and creativity. But it’s also given me so much, and one of my favorites is you all. πŸ’™

Thank you for all your enthusiasm and support!

Just Kiera chilling with some other real books. πŸ’™


Buy on Amazon // Order hardcover

Bloggers we’re celebrating with today…

Kristina Hall

Autumn

Saraina Whitney

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

New Words, Old Friends

New Words, Old Friends

Editing Kiera was an interesting experience, diving back into a book I’d started six years ago, reliving my writing style and characters, getting a new dose of imposter syndrome…

But this past week, I’ve experienced the fun side of revisiting these characters–a brand new story!

I’ve had ideas brewing in my mind for so long but never quite enough for a whole sequel, so a hardcover exclusive short story was just the chance I needed.

I. Absolutely. Loved. It.

Getting to hang out with “old friends” and progressing the worldbuilding just slightly as time passes and “the dystopia thickens”? A very happy author moment. 😁

Operation Robin includes…

  • Lots of Jade antics ❀️
  • An unexpected visitor
  • Ian on his way to being his epic self in Crossroads 😎
  • Kiera and Brennan texting πŸ₯°
  • A resolution of THAT storyline you all have been asking about πŸ‘€

My heart crew of beta-readers volunteered to read it on very short notice (have to get it in to the formatter ASAP), and I truly couldn’t have done it without them.

Just for fun, here’s an excerpt…

Jade popped around the kitchen corner and giggled.

“Are you ready?” Kiera widened her eyes and raised her eyebrows, sending Jade shrieking and giggling back into the kitchen.

“One… two…” Better count slowly. Jade only knew up to ten. “Three…”

Kiera cleared the table as she counted. “Six… seven…” She doled out her morning supplements and took the injection the doctors had prescribed.

“Ten! Ready or not, here I come!”

Giggles, definitely from one of the lower cabinets brought a grin to her face, but she pretended not to hear.

I can’t wait for you all to read this one. ❀️

(“Operation Robin” will be available as part of the limited edition hardcover. Pre-order now.)

Something Old, New, and Very Blue (Kiera Cover Reveal!)

Something Old, New, and Very Blue (Kiera Cover Reveal!)

3/16. Today’s date. I chose it for the cover reveal before I really looked at the number written out, but when I did, I was kinda delighted.

3/16 happens to be the address for one of the most famous Bible passages on love, and since that’s really what my book is all about, I thought it was a pretty fun nod from God. πŸ˜‰

I seriously have been sooooo chomping at the bit to get to share this cover with you all. My designer (Perry Kirkpatrick who also designed the first edition) did an amazing job, and I really think she captured the spirit of the book perfectly. πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

(It’s also going to look SO GOOD in hardcover. 😍)

*rubs hands together* *tries not to look crazy* *fails*

Ready, set?

EEEeeeeeeek! The birds, the fonts, the whispy bangs, the TEXTURE, that little hint of dystopian grunge… 😁😁🀩 I’m. In. LOVE.

Just for fun, here are two quote graphics I made to celebrate.

(New) Synopsis:

Kiera’s life is pretty simpleβ€”garden, hang out with her best friend, babysit little Jade, and finish up homeschool highschool. But a global war and mandatory draft turn her eighteenth birthday into a nightmare.

Brennan, Jade’s adoptive dad, offers his last name and exemption status, leaving Kiera to question everything she’s ever thought about love. Even worse, she might actually be starting to have feelings for him.

Life settles into a routine before shattering again, and Kiera is left with only one question… If God truly loves her, why is this happening?

Limited edition hardcover includes exclusive bonus content.

Releasing in hardcover and ebook on 5/11/2022!

Hardcovers bundles are available for pre-order here.

So there you go! That’s all the deets. 😁 Thanks for sharing this moment with me. πŸ’™

Another Second Edition (What?) + Cover Reveal Sign-Ups!

Another Second Edition (What?) + Cover Reveal Sign-Ups!

Publishing my novel Kiera was a dream come true, and lately, I’ve been dreaming up more for it again. πŸ’—

I already mentioned a sequel idea, but I’m ready to share the project that’s been in the “research and development” stage for a couple months now.

Ready, set?

Kiera, second edition with minor edits (it seriously needs a character guide #lessonlearned), limited edition HARDCOVER FORMAT (complete with dust jackets *chef’s kiss*), new bonus content, and a really, really gorgeous cover which I happen to be finalizing today. πŸ’—

I’ve been having fun learning the ins and outs of hardcovers, a.k.a. watching YouTube videos and messaging veteran authors (you know who you are, and thank you!) and reading numerous articles.

I’ve written my author’s note, added the second edition to Goodreads, and will soon be marking up a copy for edits. πŸ˜‰

I’m absolutely obsessed with the work my cover designer is doing, and I think you all are going to LOVE it. 😍😍 I’m sharing the cover on March 16th, and if you’d like to help out, you can sign up here.

It’s getting reallll! Thanks for being a part of this journey with me, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

I (Sort Of) Published!

I (Sort Of) Published!

Y’ALL. 😳😳😳

I’ve been very accidentally working on a new project.

Remember my short story “Enjoy the Poodle Skirt”? And how much fun we had with free copies when it was first released?

Well, good news for my newer readers (and longtime ones too), it’s now permanently free with an updated cover and interior files. 🀩🀩

Behold the cuteness…

While I’ve always adored the original cover by Victoria Lynn, late night insomnia decided it was time for a fresh one, and I started experimenting with my newfound confidence from designing for Sincerely, Jem.

This idea was born, and I couldn’t love it more.

It didn’t stop at the cover bug, though. πŸ˜¬πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‚ I’d always thought this story was too short for a paperback edition, but with the trim size (and template!) of my medieval stories, I had to see if it could work.

And work it did! 😍 There was a learning curve for sure, and Perry was an amazing Jedi master. πŸ‘πŸ‘ I’m especially excited about the cute details like quirky fluerons and the most darling back cover. (Committee Canva projects can get pretty hilarious. πŸ˜‚)

I could not believe how little and cute it was when I got my copy. πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜

I’m so excited to give an old story a fresh new face, and I hope you enjoy. ❀️

FREE on Amazon // Read reviews on Goodreads

Street Team Sign-Ups Open!

Street Team Sign-Ups Open!

I’m planning out my writing (and publishing! πŸ™πŸ™) schedule for next year, and I’ve decided it’s time to start up a Street Team! 🀩

Street Team — noun. A group of supportive readers who hear about things first and hype up what they want to.

My brain, 2021

I have space for you, and you’re invited to join!

You’ll have opportunities to beta-read, review ARCs, help with cover reveals, blog tours, and book launches, and I’ll send periodic updates on my writing in general. πŸ˜‰

For those who like to use Instagram, we also have a lowkey group chat.

Nothing is required–you can pass on all opportunities until there’s one you like or you can participate in them all. It’s completely up to you. 😁

SIGN-UP HERE

Thank you so much for your support!

UPDATE: Your response has been overwhelming and amazing! Thank you. ❀️ Sign-ups are now closed, but will reopen at a later date.