Transitions & Blog Close


Sometimes life transitions usher you into unfamiliar territory. Territories that can change the trajectory of your life.

This year started out with the harsh reality of losing my mom in February. After this devastation, things weren’t the same anymore.


The sun didn’t shine as bright, my heart didn’t beat as fast, and my inner purpose didn’t energize my soul.

There were other transitions like career changes and redirection for both myself and my husband, my first born son leaving for college (the house feels weird without him), and the fact I haven’t been writing or working on my novel since my mom moved to heaven (I can’t seem to get into the creative groove).


I’ve been ushered into new territories and I’m in the process of trying to reclaim my path, chart new roads, and make peace with the broken pieces.

Therefore, I’ve decided to suspend this blog indefinitely (since I haven’t been showing up for it anymore) and make peace with my absence here.

However, regardless of the detours thrown my way, I’ll still be publishing more novels. And you can still find me here and here, and also here if you want to stay updated on all my author shenanigans. 🙂

Sending you love and light. Shine on!


Year End Shout Out: Author “Reese Ryan” Brings the Heat

My good friend and author Reese Ryan is steaming up the place. Her second novel Love Me Not releases TODAY! I’m excited for Reese and thrilled to give her this year-end shout out!

Here’s what people are saying about the book:

“I’ve waited impatiently for this book since I learned it was going to be Jamie’s story and it far surpassed anything I was hoping for…Miles was sexy, romantic, sensitive and an incredible lover (be prepared for some serious, serious steam) and had enough imperfections to keep him real. I loved how Jamie’s transformation unfolded and developed, as well as the realism regarding her romance with Miles.” ~ Jonetta (ejaygirl), The Book Nympho

“I really enjoyed this story and all the multiple layers to both Jamie and Miles… I don’t want to give too much away because I think that Reese Ryan reveals elements of her characters so beautifully. You really need to read the book to appreciate who these characters are and what they go through in order to be together. At the end, you will believe that they are meant to be.” ~ Contemporary Romance Writers

Read a summary and an excerpt here.

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About the Author:
Reese Ryan is a novelist, freelance journalist, and hopeless romantic. She writes sexy, contemporary romance featuring a multi-cultural cast of flawed, but lovable characters. Born and raised in the Midwest, she now resides in Central North Carolina with her husband and young adult son who tolerates her propensity to sing and dance badly.
Visit Reese online at

Marathon Writer

Okay, call me crazy because I certainly am, but I’m going to do it. I’m going to write a novel in one month (50,000 words or more requirement). No way, that’s crazy talk, right? Right. But we all know life comes with a side of crazy.

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and a few days ago I registered for this event, so there’s no turning back now. Last year, over 200,000 writers participated and only 30,000 of them actually finished by November 30th. The goal is to start your novel on November 1 and have a completed first-draft by midnight on November 30th.

For years I wouldn’t join because I was a chicken, or as we call it here in my house, a bawk bawk bawk (the sound a chicken makes). Whenever someone in my house is afraid of something; like me afraid of spiders, or my husband running from snakes in the backyard, or the kids screaming about bees, we’re always saying to each other, “Stop being a bawk, bawk, bawk.”

But now I’ve decided to face the challenge head on because I’ve already written a novel (read an excerpt from it here), and I’m currently trying to finish another (it’s been a thorn in my side for several, several months). So what better way to continue the insanity than by starting a whole new novel—from scratch—during NaNoWriMo. On average, it takes an author six months to a year to write a book. That’s about how long it takes me (the year part).

So, yes, come November 1, 2011, I’m running the writer’s marathon. My purpose for doing so is simple: challenge myself to go beyond what I think I can do; build a workable first-draft in a month; and to write, non-stop, without obsessing over quality. With NaNoWriMo it’s not about quality, it’s about quantity. It’s about running a race and making it to the finish line. The quality comes later when the event is over and the critiques, editing, and rewrites begin. That’s when you turn your quantity into a quality piece of writing. And yes, I may fail miserably, but I also might succeed.

Wish me well. I’ll need it—that, and a whole lot of therapy. And by now, you should know my kind of therapy (see blog post Dazed and Confused).

Photo by Renjith Krishnan