I consider myself an optimist who can find joy in any situation so it is not entirely out of character to say that this past year has been one of the best. Each year brings different challenges, joys, problems, and triumphs and at any point in time the current year is my favorite. But 2019 brought my husband and I are wonderful, smiley, talkative son and so I think 2019 will remain my favorite for quite some time.
Some personal highlights of 2019:
-we bought our first house and while we love it, we had NO idea how much work it is
-we both love our day jobs and are approaching our third and fourth years there
-we handled pregnancy during a move, the Phoenix heat, and got through a pretty traumatic birth
-we welcomed our son!
-I survived maternity leave and going back to work full-time. It is difficult being a working mom and trying to find any time for myself and it's a struggle still--but I'm giving myself time to adapt to the new role and hope for the best.
-we hosted Christmas for the first time ever
Some author highlights of 2019:
-I finished writing three books despite the pregnancy/no sleep/baby thing
-My final book from my Cleat Chasers Series went through edits and is releasing January 2020 (this was hard because edits were due right around my due date!)
-I got a new contract with City Owl Press! INTERNSHIP WITH THE DEVIL is a personal favorite story of mine because it is a slowwww burn romance. I love writing the first kiss scene and it takes these characters a while so there is SO much tension. This book also was a therapeutic way to cope with losing my grandma and feeling helpless at my mom's sadness. The main character talks about how roses remind her of her mom and that is a based off my own mom--she LOVES roses and has this rose smelling lotion that will make me think of her every time I smell it.
-My young adult romance got a like during #pitmad and it ended with a contract! (The best happy ending for a twitter contest) OUR LAST CHANCE is coming out in 2020 with an awesome publisher with lots of energy and it is different than my other books because it is young adult, high school characters and doesn't have a lot of steam. It features two student athletes desperate for scholarships and fun fact: the coach's name in the story is a tribute to one of my coaches who made softball a wonderful sport for me.
-My books are available in paperback for the first time and there is NOTHING like the feeling of holding your own works that you created. Nothing. (Except maybe my son...) I got to mail out copies to readers and had a stupid smile on my face while at the UPS store. I got an odd look but I didn't care.
2020 and Beyond:
-Writing looks different now for me but I'm hoping to finish a couple of manuscripts and get them out into the world!
-I'm hoping to continue writing relationships with some awesome writers. Writing a book is never a single person journey so I am thankful.
-What I'm working on:
-the second book in Out of the Park Series feature Michelle and her mystery guy
-copy edits for my two 2020 releases
-the second book in my enemies-to-lovers series with City Owl Press. It is my favorite trope to write and I'm already planning how to make these two characters love to hate each other.
I wish you all the best for 2020. Happy New Year!
There a million reasons to be grateful but it's crazy how that list changes once you have a kid. Yes, I'm still grateful for Netflix and breweries, but now...it's hard to not think about how grateful and blessed I am when it comes to my kiddo. So, I wanted to compile a list of all the things I am thankful for so I can revisit it when I've had 3 hours of sleep total and crave an 8 hour a night sleep more than oxygen.
I'm incredibly grateful for:
-snuggles with my baby boy (so. many. snuggles.)
-that I could take 12 weeks off work to spend time with my little dude
-every smile our guy gives us because it erases the memory of how little sleep I get
-the brief, fleeting sleeps I get from time to time
-the delicious cold beer I can have on occasion
-the 300 mg of caffeine I'm allowed
-my husband, who has been the best teammate in life and parenthood
-our fur babies who took three sniffs of our son and decided he was in the wolf pack
-our family members--who traveled all across the US to come see our little guy and bring us food and take care of us
-our friends, who decided to do a two week meal train for us because they knew how hard being a new parent could be
-the doctors who saw our dude and were so kind and patient
-all the romance books out there because they allow the perfect escape for a couple of hours
I'm even grateful for the final adorable picture I got of this onesie, before our dog decided he wanted to eat it because it had some spilled milk on it. #RIPtomyfavoriteonesie