September 25, 2014

Kicking the Bucket List

I was challenged by writing buddies Jody Sparks and Julie Cross to share my Author Bucket List – a set of goals and/or aspirations specific to my life as an author. As I examined fellow authors' lists, however, something occurred to me: I’ve hit several objectives that would have made such a list just a few years ago when I was querying agents, attending writing conferences, and writing a sequel to that book I still hadn’t found an agent to represent.

In my thirties, I was a SAHM of three and a non-traditional college student who intended to graduate with honors if it killed me. Believe me, there were days when I was overwhelmed by all the things. I developed a little fortitude-building trick for days like that: I began my to-do list with chores and errands I'd already completed... and then I crossed them off. Cheating? Maybe. But it left me feeling efficient and capable - the perfect mindset to tackle a list of goals, no matter how big or small they are.

So I decided to imagine what my Author Bucket List might have been on March 3, 2011 – the day I received my last rejection letter. The day I could have given up trying to advance from writer to author. The day I decided to self-publish my novel so I could move on to my next writing project. My list includes several goals - desires of my heart - that would have been lost if I’d thrown in the towel instead of thinking outside the box:
  1. Get an agent.
  2. Get a publishing contract.
  3. See a book I wrote on a shelf at Barnes & Noble.
  4. Hear from a reader who tells me they loved and/or were helped by what I wrote.
  5. Sign novels at a book signing, even if I shake and stammer the whole time.
  6. Have a novel make the NYT Bestseller list.
  7. Be quoted.
  8. See a book I wrote turned into a movie or adapted for television.
  9. Write a book outside the romance genre, probably under a pseudonym.
  10. Be in a position to mentor young writers when I retire and/or have more free time. 
What's on your life's-work Bucket List? What might have made your list two, five, ten years ago, and which of those goals have you already achieved? Sometimes it's good to remind ourselves of those forgotten accomplishments, especially when battling feelings of inadequacy or exhaustion.

I'm challenging the smart and adorable Ava Jae to share her author bucket list. She and I joined Twitter the same month (April 2011), and we've known each other online ever since. I was thrilled to finally meet her this year at the RT 2014 in New Orleans, and I urge you to check out her fabulous writing blog.

September 16, 2014

BRAZIL - Here I Come!

My Brazilian publisher, Verus Editora, is arranging multiple signings in November - less than two months from now. If you live in or near any of these cities, please grab your copy of Easy and make plans to join me - I'd love to meet you!

São Paulo (
Rio de Janeiro (
Belo Horizonte (

July 30, 2014

Vegas Valley Book Festival

My last US appearance of 2014 will be at the Vegas Valley Book Festival!

Mark your calendars for this huge annual event, to be held October 16-18, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The festival will feature over 165 authors and 100 events, including panel discussions, keynote speakers, readings, book signings, workshops, vendor exhibits, art exhibitions, spoken word performances and other special programs for a diversity of genres, ages and cultural backgrounds. Most of these events are FREE and open to the public!

I'm scheduled to sign books on Saturday, October 18th at 2:00 pm in YA Signing Tent 2, along with several other fabulous NA authors such as Sophie Jordan and Cora Cormack. Hope to see you there!