I can’t believe it finally happened.
Let me see…How many years has it been?
I think when I wrote and completed the first draft, it was in 2003 or something crazy like that. That draft was an absolute dumpster fire. It was contrived, I was trying to write romance (not for me), and it was just bad.
But I liked the characters, I liked Tiltonsville, West Virginia, and I loved that title.
I decided to give it another shot.
Then…I decided to give it another go during a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I took some of the ideas that I had in the original, dumped everything else, and discovery wrote everything else. And from there it was a tale of writing, editing, and rewriting. Each rewrite got it closer to what I was picturing in my mind. With each rewrite, I learned more about my writing process, what it’s like to tell a story, and how freaking hard it is to tell a story.
But it’s so much fun, y’all. It’s an incredibly good time. Everything has solidified that I want to publish books for a living. I loved creating the cover with Dee from DA studios, even though I’m sure I drove her crazy with my indecision and constant questions. Finding an editor was a learning experience, but it was necessary. I found a few betas who gave me their views, which was fun.
And now…finally…blood roses & honeysuckles is here. It exists! For you. Right now it’s available for Kindle, Kobo, and Google Play. I’m going to put it out for Nook and a few other places as well. I’ll also be publishing the print edition later this month. To find out those updates when they happen, join my newsletter.
Thanks for being along with me for this journey. It’s been quite the ride, but I’m ready for more. How are you doing? Let me know in the comments. And if you pick up a copy of #BloodRoses, leave a review. It helps so much.