My Quiet Year

Thursday, December 31, 2015

It's that time of year where people recount the last twelve months, everyone on social media is using a new app to see their most liked pictures/posts, and readers and bloggers post their favorite books of 2015.

And for the first time in a long time I didn't publish a book the entire year. Don't get me wrong, I was writing. I poured my heart and soul into BEDMATES which will be out next year. I outlined other projects, but I also did something different. I took my time. I took my time writing. I spent time crafting a book that I'm proud of and can't wait to share. I took my time while hanging out with my family, cuddling, and playing with my daughter and husband. There have been adventures in crafting and reading.I did things just for me. And I'm so much happier and healthier for that time.

In a world where some authors put out twelve to twenty books a year, I didn't put out a single title. Instead I just wrote. And wrote, and wrote, and wrote. There were times where I thought that I might get lost in the sea of authors and new books, that I might end up forgotten, and decided that it didn't matter. It was scary but liberating. I wanted to write books in my own time, write books that I love.

And I'm doing just that.

(You'll be happy to know though, that I do have books coming in 2016.)

In the coming year, remember to take time for yourself, to take your time with those people you love, and don't forget that you are important and deserve to be happy.

I wish you all the happiest of New Years.


Monday, November 9, 2015

It's fall and that means it's time for a huge YA giveaway. I've teamed up with several YA authors to bring you a bunch of great prizes.

(It's true, I have entire YA trilogy out there in the world!)

First, here are the participating authors:

Now for the prizes. There will be a winner for each prize. Yes, that means there are a ton of chances to win!


2 $40 gift cards
eBook of PERFECT FOR YOU by Ashelyn Drake
eBook of FINE ART OF PRE-TENDING by Rachel Harris
eBook of SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE by Elana Johnson
eBook of ELEVATED by Elana Johnson
eBook of PLAYING WITH FIRE by Sherry Ficklin
One of the GUARDIANS OF GAL-AXY books by Ednah Walters
RITE OF REJECTION by Sarah Negovetich
4 copies of THE TROUBLE WITH DESTINY by Lauren Morrill
eBook set of THE DARK BETRAYAL Trilogy by Nichole Chase

eBook of TOUCHING SMOKE by Airicka Phoenix

You can enter on Ashelyn Drake's Facebook page or on the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway is international and will run from November 9th to November 15th. Good luck!

Giveaway hosted by Ashelyn Drake. 

More info about Ashelyn can be found below: 

Ashelyn is a pen name for Kelly Hashway. Kelly grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

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#RealRomance Day Three

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

This week I'm spending a lot of time talking about what #RealRomance means to me and trying to find out what it means to everyone else.

As I've mentioned, I met my husband in high school, but we didn't start dating until college. In the last fourteen years, we've had a lot of moments I would classify as #RealRomance. Some of them have been hilarious, serious, sad, and happy. It's that combination of all those things that makes love amazing.

Here is one of my #RealRomance moments:

My husband and I had been dating for a month or two when we decided to watch Pearl Harbor. Do you remember that movie? It's the one with Kate Beckinsale, Jash Hartnett, and Ben Affleck. I had been in class all morning and then at work the rest of the day. On top of that I hadn't been feeling wonderful so took some Nyquil. Now, being young and in love, I didn't let a little cold stop me from kissing my boyfriend during a romantic movie. It was all going great...

...until I fell asleep and drooled all over his chest.

I fell asleep while making out with my hot boyfriend and then drooled all over him.

When I woke up, his t-shirt was stuck to my face and I was covered with one of the throw blankets from the couch. He hadn't moved or pushed me off of him in disgust. Instead he chuckled, made sure I was comfortable, and held me during my Nyquil coma. Needless to say I was horrified but he only chuckled and tucked my head back against his chest.

That was when I knew that I loved him...and had an inkling that he just might love me too.

A bunch of really great authors are participating in the #RealRomance theme today and we have a bunch of goodies to giveaway! So check them out and be sure to enter for your chance to win some awesome things!

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