Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Speaking of Christmas, we’re right in the middle of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway event. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by yet, it’s not too late! I’m giving away one of my favorite books every day until January 6th on my Facebook page.

My 40th birthday is January 5th! I know, I know, this baby face does not look that old, right? Haha! If you look closely, you’ll find the wrinkles from my laugh lines and freckles from sun exposure – all signs that life is good. God has blessed me so much this year, despite the loss of my precious grandmother last January. He helped me to turn that pain into something productive, and I pushed forward to finish and publish my book, a dream I’d had for as long as I can remember.

I have a not-so-secret birthday wish – 50 Amazon reviews! Magic happens to the algorithms when you hit 50 reviews, so I’ll be reaching out to those who loved the story and setting up a VIP Facebook group. Following in the footsteps of some of my favorite authors, I’ve decided to put together a Review Crew (official name TBD) of fans who read, reviewed, and loved Love on the Edge. The second book in the series, Love on the Rocks, is in the works! The first draft is due to my content editor on March 26th. I’ll be choosing beta readers from the Review Crew, so if you are interested in being one of the first to read the sequel and being part of this exclusive, cozy group, be sure to write a review and let me know where I can find it (Amazon and/or Goodreads). You can post it on my author page, send me the link to it, or message me a screen shot. I’ll be posting tidbits, scenes, maps, pictures, and more from my upcoming story, and I’d love feedback from those who want to know just what is going on between Kat and Easton and the other residents and visitors to Crane’s Cove.

I’m still so full of Christmas spirit, I decided to donate my birthday to Sportsmen for Warriors, a non-profit dreamed up by my friend Cresta Bateman and her husband, Ben. The organization sets up adventurous excursions for active military, veterans, and first responders. Check out their Facebook page to learn about all the wonderful things they are doing to help warriors heal, including their Warrior Guardians Community and partnership with the Veteran Crisis Line. Their motto is “It takes a warrior to heal a warrior.” Much like Lanie and Matt, they have learned that connection between people who have experienced a similar trauma is key to working though that trauma and beginning to live in the “new normal.” I’d love to raise $500 to contribute to their camping trip this April in Ocala, FL. You can donate to my birthday fundraiser until January 31st here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/865325320300226/ or donate to their website anytime. Also, 10% of the profits from Love on the Edge will be donated to this group, so thank you to those who bought the book already! If you haven’t and would like to, you can find it on Amazon!

Wishing you all a fabulous 2018!

 

 

 

Read the full article about Ben & Cresta here:

http://www.ladailypost.com/content/veterans-ben-and-cresta-bateman-continue-serve

 

 

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