The Final Week of 2020

hello 2021Dear 2021,

You could not come soon enough. I’m not one to linger on the past, so I won’t lay blame or tell you all the ways you could’ve really improved things by arriving sooner. Your evil stepsibling, 2020, was wholly irresponsible and honestly, a lot of us are wary now of what dangers you might be hiding. I think it prudent for me to outline my expectations for the coming year.

  1. Only nice surprises, please
  2. Kindness is the law of the land–and this means: no name-calling, no physical violence
  3. Allow us to heal
  4. I want reason and order
  5. Give those who need it an extra kick of Empathy Cocktail
  6. End poverty and hunger
  7. Bring together friends and family who’ve been separated too long
  8. Let artists do their art
  9. Let scientists do their science
  10. Let activists bring about awareness and positive change
  11. Let every person have a voice
  12. Give us lots of great books
  13. Bring us inspiration
  14. Bring laughter

And finally, let 2021 be like a romance novel, where good triumphs, and love wins.

Thank you, 2020, for whatever small mercies we were given (because I realize it could’ve been worse, although that’s hard to imagine). And thank you, 2021, for ushering in a new year and allowing me to hope for and envision something better.

Happy Holidays

happy holidays

Whether you finished celebrating Chanukah last week, or you’re about to dive into Christmas or Kwanzaa this week, or none of the above, I’m wishing you happy holidays–past, present, future. ❤

What this week looks like for me is last-minute gift-wrapping, phone calls and Facetime with friends and family, doing puzzles and baking with the kiddos, assembling my 2021 reading journal, and then collapsing at the end of each day with Mr. Street, each of us on opposite sides of the couch and either quietly reading our own separate books, or watching a show on Netflix. Nice and peaceful.

I hope you’re able to find peace and happiness despite the strange closing to a strange year.

Looking Ahead to 2021!

Last week, I mentioned being more of a futuristic-thinking kind of person, and that really is me 100%. I dutifully marked the books published in 2020, and don’t get me wrong, I love all those books! But I’m also way more energetic when I think about the books to come!

Here’s the plan so far (which is, as all things in the future, subject to change):

January 11th: Filthy Cowboy

February 16th: Blood Beast

February 24th: Exes and Exorcisms (with Keira Blackwood)

April 3rd: Lullaby of Death (with Skye MacKinnon)

April 26th: Forbidden Fangs #3 (no title yet) (with Keira Blackwood)

May 10th: Filthy Prince

August 16th: Spellcaster Embraced (with Keira Blackwood)

2021 books

Do I have more planned in 2021 than what’s discussed here? You betcha. But past a few months, things get a little fuzzy, so we’ll stop with these seven books. (Only five are pictured, because I ran out of room in my little graphic, and it’s late at night as I write this so…this is all for now.)

I absolutely want to write more Charmslinger books (I even have a title picked out for Book 3!) and at least one more Junkyard Shifters book beyond Filthy Prince. There are other projects I desperately want to tackle, also, and I struggle daily with the essential pain that I can’t fit more writing hours into each day. Trust me, I’ve tried to write more. The result is migraines and a stiff body and no time with my family. So, slow(ish) and steady is how I have to roll.

Thanks for letting me blather on about the future, because this is my jam! ❤

2020 in Review

I’m much more of a look-forward than a look-back kind of gal, but it is important to celebrate accomplishments, so I’m gonna force my ass to sit down and recount all the books I published this year. Ready?

I’m including a universal link for each book, so if you haven’t snagged it yet, you can now!

Claimed in Forbidden (with Keira Blackwood)

Ruthless Knight

Fated in Forbidden (with Keira Blackwood)

Bound to Forbidden (with Keira Blackwood)

Filthy Beast

Caught in Forbidden (with Keira Blackwood)

Mated in Forbidden (with Keira Blackwood)

Filthy Wolf

Forever in Forbidden (with Keira Blackwood)

Blood Bounty

Filthy Vandal

Destined in Forbidden (with Keira Blackwood)

Filthy Alpha

Song of Blood (with Skye MacKinnon)

Billionaires and Bodybags (with Keira Blackwood)

2020 a year of books

(Oh, and I’m leaving out boxed sets and anthologies because…I’m tired, hahaha.)

Sooooo that’s 2020! Book-wise, it’s been great. Everything-else-wise, not so much. I am so looking forward to 2021, and that’s what next week’s post will cover! ❤

Giving Thanks…

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For the past couple of years, I’ve been really trying to focus on gratitude.  My default demeanor is cranky and pessimistic, so I started making an effort to write three things I’m thankful for in my diary every morning. It got very boring until my friend Ona told me I wasn’t allowed to repeat the same things from day to day. WUT. Then it got a lot more challenging–and more fun.

Sometimes I’m grateful for a general thing, like my children’s health, or pleasant weather. But that’s hard to do without repetition. I mean, I’m sure I’ve repeated those once or twice–after two years, it’s impossible to remember every thing I’ve mentioned.

But the most fun I have is when I find something very small and specific. I’m thankful for my cat’s aggressive purr as she sits in my lap while I write. I’m thankful for the way that scene in Filthy Cowboy just flowed out of my fingertips and onto the computer screen. I’m thankful for my spouse’s support while I try to keep this book business afloat.

2020 is a hard year to be thankful for. I won’t recall all the hardship; it’s in the news every damn day, so what’s the point? But I can zero in on some of the better things if I get really specific.

I’m grateful for every single one of my readers–those who interact with me on social media, email, or elsewhere, as well as those who don’t. I’m grateful for the chance to write something different from my shifter books–I departed into alternate history/fantasy this year, and it was a blast. I’m grateful for a new desk that has space for a notebook on the side after working on something that was only as wide as my laptop for so long.

I could go on and on, because when I lift the magnifying glass to examine the small joys, I find so many more.

So, whether or not you’re celebrating Thanksgiving (or if you celebrated it in October!), I’m curious what small things you might be thankful for. Feel free to share in the comments, or shoot me a message on Facebook, Shifter Central, or via email. Or just hold it in your heart and let it be an ember of happiness, glowing quietly.