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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.

blood roses and honeysuckles is a tale of love and loyalty, self-indulgent carelessness and what happens when intentions are true even in the methods aren’t.

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.

Aloha y’all!


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Indie Author Spotlight: Poet Rheadreah’ Monet

I’ve know Rheadreah’ Monet for years. We first brushed elbows in Morgantown, WV. I thinks she’d came to Tha.Speakeasy- an monthly spoken word even I used to host. When she walked up on that stage, cute dimples and attitude, the things she would say! She stopped the house. She shook the chambers. Her reach felt infinite and I knew before long I would hold her book in my hand.

Days slide quickly in this time, but yet here we stand. Me with my gray hairs shining, and her with that dimple still giving a sly wink. She’s written a book that is as controversial and raw as I knew it would be. She’s gone home to poetry and I don’t think she’ll ever leave. “The Birds, The Bees and the Boudoir” is her 10 years in the making poetry collection that touches on all things carnal, but with a deeper messsage.

But don’t let me tell you.

Watch my video with Rhea and learn more.





And be ready for my part in the first release of another friend of mine’s poetry collection, debuting on Valentine’s Day. So fitting.

Aloha y’all! 

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