Moving Forward! 

October 31st, 2013 · 2 Comments


Four years ago, right around the beginning of 2009, I said to myself: I’m going to write a book.

But, hang on. Let me back up a minute.

See, five years ago, I ran a marathon. And you know what running a marathon is the best preparation for, ever?

Everything else you do in life. I don’t run anymore, but the mental toughness and strength that I got from marathon training has stayed with me so much longer than the physical strength ever could. Because here’s how you run a marathon:

You get to the point where every single muscle and bone in your body is telling you to stop running.

And you keep running.

It’s the best thing I ever learned how to do. To take myself to the point where all I wanted to do was quit, and to keep going. To ignore all the excuses and the doubts and the pain and to just push through, and get to the finish line. I didn’t run fast, but I finished. And for me, that was all that mattered.

Running a marathon was training for starting a business, for starting a blog, and for all the challenges and obstacles that I’ve faced since. But the thing that it was the best for, without a doubt? Writing a book.

Because four years after having that thought, I’ve written three books. Casey and Blake started out as little wisps of inspiration in my head, but in these four years with them, they’ve become so much more. They’ve kept me up at night wondering about how to tell their story, they’ve frustrated me to no end, they’ve made me laugh and cry, and they’ve made my life so much richer in so many ways.

So it was a big moment for me yesterday when Moving Forward, the third book in my Moving Neutral series, went on sale! I’ve been pouring blood, sweat and tears into this manuscript for over a year, and it’s an incredible feeling to finally release it into the world.

And what a release it was — in its first 12 hours, Moving Forward hit three Amazon Top New Release lists and two Bestseller lists. I am overwhelmed and so incredibly grateful, and hope that everyone who’s been waiting for this book will love it as much as I do. It took me a while to get it right, but I am so, so thrilled with how it turned out.

And kind of like running a marathon, I’m exhausted and proud and can’t wait to write another. Let’s hope I can get Book Four done before the baby is born!

Moving Forward is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. If you want to start at the beginning, Moving Neutral is available on Amazon here.

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moving neutral in paperback!

August 21st, 2012 · 5 Comments

Many of you probably remember last November (can you believe it’s been that long?!) when I announced the release of my first novel, Moving Neutral!  Or even if you don’t remember the release, you might have noticed the link that’s been on my sidebar for the past nine months or so! 

I get two questions about my book all the time, both of which I am so happy to finally give real answers to today.

First, when is it coming out in paperback? 

Now!  It’s finally out in paperback, as of last week!  I’m so proud of how this book has done so far, and I can’t wait for those of you who don’t have Kindles and iPads to read it too! 

I ordered four copies, and I totally plan to leave them out on random tables in our house so that people can pick them up, and I can say oh-so-casually, ‘oh, yeah, that’s my book.’  That’s one thing you definitely can’t do with an ebook!

Second, is there going to be a sequel?

YES!  This year has been so crazy that the sequel took a lot longer than I was hoping it would, but it’s now done and in the final stage of edits.  I should have a cover to share with you guys soon!

The sequel follows Blake and Casey where Moving Neutral leaves off, so I can’t tell you where that is without giving away the ending!  But I will say that I had such a blast writing more adventures for these characters, I’m so proud of how it turned out, and I am SO excited to share it with all of you!

So stay tuned!

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moving neutral: free today and tomorrow!

February 8th, 2012 · 15 Comments

As many of you know, my first novel came out in November!  And since that first day I posted about it here, I’ve been almost breathless at how much support I’ve gotten.  For all of you who bought the book, left reviews, liked it on Facebook, or sent me an email in the last few months about it, you cannot imagine how excited and grateful I was every time.

So I decided to do something for you guys: for the next two days, Moving Neutral is free to anyone with a Kindle, iPad (with Kindle app) or a computer with the Kindle reader!  If you’ve already downloaded it, tell all your friends.  And if you haven’t, what better time to pick it up?

But what about those of you who already bought it?

Leave a comment below, and for each one of you who bought it when it was a whopping $3.99, I’ll donate the proceeds from your copy to your state’s public library!* Just tell me what library you pick (U.S. only), and if you want, let me know what you thought about the book!

* Yes, that means I’ll happily make 50 separate public library donations for each state.  But if you want to save me some mouse clicks, just choose Texas or New York!

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