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An Update on Building Courage

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  Hello Dear Readers! I wanted to give all my readers a quick update and another short excerpt from Building Courage. This book has been a long journey for me. My husband was bedfast for eight months. During that time, he required a lot of care. He passed in February 2023.  It took me nearly eight months to regain my writing rhythm, but I've found my feet.  I finished Building Courage May 1st,  and it is currently in my editor's hands.    I want to give Delilah Devlin, editor extraordinaire and fellow author, a shout-out for taking on the editing of the book. She's truly a wonder.  And I want to acknowledge Tracy Hacker my cover artist, who is an amazing graphic artist. She has done all my covers.   And Paul Salvette, who always does a fantastic job formatting my manuscripts so you can read them in print and ebook.  We authors don't work in a bubble, though sometimes it feels that way. None of us could produce a quality product without a team of experts helping us.  If

I'm Still Here!!! And an excerpt from Building Courage

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 It's been a long time since I've posted anything. It's taken longer for me to fight my way back from a year of grief, upheaval, and injury, and it's still a work in progress, but I'm working my way back.  I'm 53,000 words into my next book, and I've finally hit my stride.   I'm posting a short excerpt of my next book Building Courage.  I've tweaked the blurb a tiny bit.  Here it is: Photographer Brynn Barrington spent two years on the road. taking pictures, podcasting about survival, and working through a personal trauma by embracing life. She's taken up surfing, sky diving, and now wants to learn to scuba dive. But when she meets Tucker Giles, she's wary. The handsome SEAL triggers desires she long ago buried deep and never thought to feel again.  Navy SEAL Tucker Giles has been a certified diver for years. After a dangerous encounter with a bull shark during a mission, he decides teaching Brynn to dive is just the ticket to shake off the l

Writing Through

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I thought I could write through anything. I used to turn to my writing to work through anger, frustration, and sadness. I wrote through disappointment, exhaustion, and loneliness. I wrote to remove myself from physical and emotional situations I couldn't escape. I had a very stressful job when I was first published, and my writing was my haven. But I couldn't write through the grief, anxiety, and financial chaos that followed my husband's passing.  It's been a journey to get to the point where I can put my fingers on the computer keys and write a sentence. I had started a book in October before his passing. But at the time, his illness had progressed to the point he needed me 24 hours a day.  I never left the house without my daughter or mother being there. And if I did, it was while he was asleep to go to the grocery store before he ever woke for the day.  I'm now trying to return to my past schedule of writing. But it's still difficult to sustain the schedule

New Release for Cynthia D'Alba Six Days and One Knight

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Christmas is right around the corner and it's shopping season. I love to get books for Christmas because I'm as avid a reader as I am a writer.  My good friend Cynthia D'Alba has a new release coming out December 6th!!! I wanted to encourage everyone to check it out! Six Days and One Knight by Cynthia D'Alba  Being the younger sister of a beautiful, popular, and smart woman makes following behind her in life a tough existence…especially when you’ve always been in love with her childhood boyfriend. The books available on All Platforms https://books2read.com/SixDaysOneKnight Being the younger sister of a beautiful, popular, and smart woman makes following behind her in life a tough existence…especially when you’ve always been in love with her childhood boyfriend. As her sister’s maid of honor, Brianna Treadway can’t wait to help with the wedding planning. The problem is her sister wants to do the wedding planning during a couples snow ski trip for six days, and Brianna is

Hot SEAL, Open Arms is OUT!!!

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 Hot SEAL, Open Arms is released. And I'm so thrilled to have it out.    I've set this book in Texas and I really enjoyed writing it. I love writing about different locations and giving my characters different careers. I love the challenge of writing the circumstances that they'll face in their daily lives and spicing things up by throwing roadblocks in their way in their work and their personal relationships.  Amazon / Apple / B & N / Kobo / Smashwords  Navy SEAL Wyatt Taylor is facing the hardest decision of his life—what the hell to do now he can no longer be a SEAL. Besides his bum arm, he also has a bad attitude, because in his opinion nothing he’ll ever do again will live up to his life as a SEAL. But now his savings are dwindling and his team has deployed without him, he knows he has to move on.  Kinley Green is living her dream.  She’s worked with horses for years, training them, caring for them, and riding them. And now with a grant in hand, she’s finally

Hot SEAL, Open Arms is Finished and due to release October 25th!!

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 Fall is here! And I've finished Hot SEAL, Open Arms.  It has been a journey. Family illness has really made things a struggle since I'm the only caregiver available. Writing the book has been my escape from those difficulties. But it's done and I'm thrilled with it. AMAZON / NOOK / APPLE / KOBO / SMASHWORDS   Navy SEAL Wyatt Taylor is facing the hardest decision of his life—what the hell to do now he can no longer be a SEAL. Besides his bum arm, he also has a bad attitude, because in his opinion nothing he’ll ever do again will live up to his life as a SEAL. But now his savings are dwindling and his team has deployed without him, he knows he has to move on.  Kinley Green is living her dream.  She’s worked with horses for years, training them, caring for them, and riding them. And now with a grant in hand, she’s finally able to put her horses and her expertise with disabled children to use on a working ranch.  When Wyatt Taylor walks in with his killer smile asking f

New Release for Cynthia D'Alba in the SEALS IN Paradise Series and other news

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  Summer is winding down and I’m looking forward to some cooler temperatures and I bet you are too. It’s been hotter than Hades here in Kentucky and then we had horrible floods throughout the southeast. (I’ve experienced this myself growing up. It’s heartbreaking.) But Kentuckians are a tough breed and those affected are digging out and trying to rebuild. My heart and prayers go out to them all.  A wonderful group of 30 authors have come together to raise money for flood victims in an anthology titled Backing the Blue Grass .  Here’s a list:   Chasity Bowlin, Glenna Maynard, Laramie Briscoe, A. Gorman, Andi Jaxon, Jami Denise, Carson Mackenzie, Kallypso Masters, M. Leigh Morhaime, Jessie Lane, Brooke Summers & Stella Bella, Summer Winters, Brandy Munroe, Christine Donovan, Tracy Broemmer, Morgan James, Melissa Filla and Jaime Russell, Shannon O'Connor, AJ Alexander, E.L.Johnson, Jay Leigh Brown, D.M. Earl, Renea Porter, E.S. McMillan, Tiffany Carby, KD Michaels, Jennie L. Morri