Camp NaNoWriMo Midpoint Check-in – personal life update


I just love NaNoWriMo. I don’t know if it’s the looming deadline or my competitive nature, but NaNoWriMo kicks my writing butt into gear. As with NaNo in the fall, I used the time to complete The Space Between Us, and I am using Camp NaNo to complete How We Fall, book two in the Men of Evansdale County series.

I am just shy of 40,000 words in my 80,000 word goal!

My cabin mates and I have been keeping tabs on our goals and word counts daily, and last weekends “write in” was quite a success. One of the things that I’ve been doing a little differently this go around is listening to rain sounds instead of music, and it’s been really working for me. THIS ONE  and THIS ONE have been my favorites so far.

My goal is to have this book published and in your hands by the end of July!

In other news, I am now a homeschooling mama.

If you know me, you know my youngest son is on the autism spectrum as well as a host of many other issues. This school year has been progressively worse to the point he was recently expelled for nine days. Upon the advice of a teacher and many friends, I found a group called Parent 2 Parent who provided me with two advocates. We spent hours on the phone talking the night before his re-entry meeting. And boy was I glad. When we arrived that morning, it was myself, my two advocates and eleven school board members including the superintendent of schools. It was intimidating to say the least.

I held strong, remained poised and called on my advocates when I needed to.

In the end, I had them change some wording on a bunch of paperwork that kind of “blamed” certain behaviors on me (that I would not have noticed had I not had my advocates) and we fought to have him finish the school year from home. An aid will be coming for an hour or two a day to help him out, and he and I will work on some schoolwork together as well. I think my binder full of school work is more intimidating than that meeting.


How We Fall: Cover Tease

Y’all I’m getting excited about this book!
How We Fall: The Men of Evansdale County Vol 2
Releasing Summer 2018.
Cover Reveal Coming Soon!
Photographer: Reggie Deanching
Finn King. Sexy. Single. And hotter than anything that comes out of his kitchen. He’s focused on becoming a celebrity chef, not women. Until Hailee Ferris walks into his restaurant and life and turns his world upside down with one accidental kiss…Now more than his cooking is heating up the kitchen.
Bon Appetit…

The Space Between Us Audio Book Now LIVE! And other updates ♥


The Space Between Us audiobook is now live on Audible! I teamed up with producer Logan McAllister who worked diligently to make this title available so quickly. He was incredible to work with, and his voice – ladies and gents – get ready to swoon! Grab your copy and start listening today! —-> HERE <—-

Some other exciting news to share about The Space Between Us – Last week The Space Between Us broke the US top 100 charts on Amazon in the Sports Fiction category! And hit #1 in the UK, Canada and Australia!

Thank you so much to everyone who has purchased this story. I put a lot of heart into it, and I hope Emma and Dean capture your heart the way they did mine!


The Space Between Us


She’s His Best Friends Little Sister. Well, Ex-Best Friend Now…

The Space Between Us is a Gritty and Emotional Second Chance, Bad Boy Boxer Romance. The first book in a four-book contemporary romance series.

He didn’t expect to see her again. He didn’t expect to want her the way that he does.
He never expected to peel back all of her perfectly controlled layers. Or for her to see through his.

Emma freaking Winchester 

She’s the little sister of his ex-best friend, Forrest. She’s off limits like tempting forbidden fruit, and he’s the snake slithering through the grass.
She ignites a fire in him. One he can’t explain and one he sure as hell can’t control. It’s raw and primal.
She’s sweet, and he is not.
She’s pure, and he’s broken.
When Dean King came back to the town and past he’d left behind ten years ago to make it big in the world of underground fighting – it was for one reason, and one reason only. To take care of his Grandma Rose, and he’ll do it by any means necessary. Even if it means selling his soul to the devil…

Fate brings them together. Burning passion binds them. When the fires get too hot, can love save them?




Sitting Down With Author Kara Liane: and a FREE Novella!

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I met Kara last year in May on Twitter. We had both just released our debut novels and were overwhelmed by just about everything. I reposted a bunch of her stuff, she reposted a bunch of mine and then we started talking.

We’ve been friends ever since. Through every new release, through every trial and hard day. Through every win and celebration. We are part of each other’s tribe.

What I love most about Kara is her humor. She claims to not be a funny person, but she makes me laugh all the time. She loves puns and plays on words, and she can write some swoon-worthy men and some damn hot love scenes. So let’s get right to this, shall we?

  1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I am a military spouse of sixteen years. I married my childhood friend, and we’ve known each other for twenty-five years. We have two adorable twin sons; they keep me incredibly busy since they both have special needs…and they’re boys! I am an environmental scientist by day, and write steamy, contemporary romance stories by night. I also do a lot of volunteer work on our local base in supporting military families.


  1. When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?

In grade school, I loved to write. I entered essay contests in middle school. In high school, I was the sports editor of our school paper. I was on hiatus in college because of all the research papers I had to develop. But I’ve always had the writing bug in my blood. I’ve especially enjoyed writing poetry over the years. During one of my husband’s deployments, I decided to try my hand at writing a novel, and from that point on I became Author Kara Liane.


  1. What are you working on at the minute?

The fifth and final book in A Tryst of Fate Series entitled Nursing Myself Back; looking to release sometime this year. Also, a novella for a group holiday anthology. And I just started a donation project in which I pair my life in the literary world, with my life being a military spouse. I am raising awareness and funds for veterans that suffer from PTSD and TBI.

  1. What genre are your books and what draws you to that genre?

I love how this genre brings heat and heart together. I gravitate to romance because it is my escape. Contemporary steamy romance offers me a way to tap into genuine feelings about life and love, and to delve into the connections of human beings on all levels. Plus, the steamy scenes are fun to write.


  1. Why do you write?

It is so rewarding knowing that other people can relate to my characters and are moved by my stories, just as much as I am. Being able to connect with people because of your books means everything. Telling your story means everything. I also write for myself and for my family because I want to show them, and prove to myself, I can grab hold of my dreams.

  1. Where do your ideas come from?

Random places. I don’t always plot and plan things out. An idea comes to me and I just run with it. Then the characters take over and tell me how it’s going to go.

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  1. What is the hardest thing about writing?

Being stuck. It’s not necessarily writer’s block. It’s more like character’s block. If a character isn’t speaking to me and relaying their story, then I can’t write it. I prefer to write from dual-POV, so sometimes one talks but the other doesn’t, and then I can’t finish what I’m working on.

  1. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

Writing Book 2 (A Force of Nature) in my series was incredibly difficult. Because there are so many elements that are deep, gritty, and painful. More importantly, I had to get the story right. It is inspired by my real-life hero hubby, and I wanted to do his and stories about our military men and women justice. Talking about certain subjects like PTSD is necessary because it speaks to what they’re truly dealing with, and that needs to be brought to light more; there’s a certain way it can be done even in this genre.


  1. When you aren’t writing, what are you doing?

Working full-time, being a mother, being a wife. We like to go camping as a family. Again, I also volunteer my time to military families and to charities. I love to read, and occasionally get to watch a TV show or two.

  1. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Do your research. This industry is a tough field because there’s so much that goes into it. Know your genre really well, and know your market. Do your homework on things before just jumping in. Make sure you figure out what will work best for you. Sometimes making mistakes are the only way we learn, so just know it is going to happen; however, turn the situation into a positive one and move on.

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A Force of Nature

A Kindle Scout winning eBook and standalone novel. A steamy, contemporary, military, romance that will quake your world. 

TSgt Brenneth “Brent” Peters moves through life like a storm—it’s just his way. From the moment he met captivating and complicated Everly, he moved through her too. His years in the military have shaped him and led to this path of upheaval and turmoil in love and life. What he and Ev share, though, is an unstoppable force. But can he hold onto her, or will he lose her along the way? Find out what happens when the storm rolls in.

For to love is to consume—it’s just the nature of it.

Kara’s novels can all be found on Amazon, and are FREE on Kindle Unlimited. Find here HERE.

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Sitting down with N.D. Jackson

I met Natasha at a FaceBook takeover party. I recognized her from some YouTube videos and basically stalked her. I joined her REALLY fun readers group and basically slobbered all over her like an excited puppy until she slobbered back. Natasha has a wicked, naughty sense of humor, she loves a good cocktail and she can write one hell of a small town romance. Is it any surprise that I absolutely love her?

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Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I was born in Chicago but grew up in a surrounding suburb, if you’re familiar with Scott Peterson then you’ll know which one. 😉 As a child I had dreams of becoming the next Emily Dickinson or Jane Austen, but my family is from the Midwest and we do more practical things for a living so I never stopped writing but I decided to become a lawyer. By the time I’d finished grad school and had to decide where to go to law school…I changed my mind and went to politics. After that I decided, I needed more happy endings.

What are your ambitions for your writing career? I want to write. Stories, screenplays, episodes of my favorite TV shows, short stories, essays…whatever. I just want to write stories that people enjoy, no matter how they’re presented.

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Do you have any interesting writing quirks? I like to put murder documentaries on YouTube and listen to them on low while I write. Surprisingly it is the perfect distraction for me because if it’s too quiet I’ll end up on social media when I should be writing. If I listen to music, it’ll turn into a live concert featuring yours truly. Murder docs, allow me to half-listen or ignore it when I’m finally in the zone.

Which writers inspire you? So many, but at the top of that list is Jane Austen, Christopher Buckley and Jill Shalvis. They are different genres but something about their styles always calls to me and I’m very likely to re-read books by these authors.

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Give us an insight into your favorite main character. What does he/she do that is so special? My favorite is Sadie from Feels Like Love because she’s so strong and sweet. She’s been through hell and back but she still has the same sunny disposition as someone who had a normal, non-traumatic childhood. Maybe a little of it is that I wish I’d been as strong as her, but I just love that she’s so badass. So ready to jump through the fire even when she’s terrified.

What are you working on at the minute? I’m working on the next Mustang Prairie novel and the first book in the Plentiful series. Plentiful is the town next door to Mustang Prairie and besides having more restaurants, it has a unique quirk in that the town has a high number of twins and triplets among its residents.

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What genre are your books and what draws you to that genre? Mostly romance but I do have a political satire out and I’m working on a political thriller that is still without a title. Romance and politics are kind of my great loves, so it made sense that’s what I would write about. It’s what I know and when I can combine the two, I’m twice as happy!

Why do you write? Because otherwise these people just live in my head and make it really hard to do whatever my day job would have been if I’d given up writing.

Where do your ideas come from? My ideas come from literally everywhere. Sometimes an idea will flicker while I’m watching Criminal Minds or while my husband and I are debating what economies of the future will look like. Sometimes I’ll zone out while cooking and then I’ll get a good idea. Feels Like Love came about because the victim on Law & Order SVU was a Julliard student.

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Do you work from an outline or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you? A little bit of both. I try to have a basic outline and bullet points of things I definitely want to take place in the story, but a lot of times the characters have a mind of their own and you just have to let them work it out on the page. Then edit like my life depends on it!

What is the hardest thing about writing? Doing it even when you don’t feel like it or when you’re stuck. Plowing through even when you think it’s crap because you know that crap will give you inspiration later. Oh, and avoiding the trends if it’s not your jam. Just because BDSM or Stepbrother romances are the “in” thing, doesn’t mean you should write it if you’re not feeling it. Writing is already hard, writing what you don’t care about will be even harder.

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When you aren’t writing, what are you doing? Cooking or traveling. I love to cook and try new recipes, or vegan-ize our old favorites. But more than that, I love going to other cities and countries and soaking up the culture. Sometimes we just hop in the car and drive to Switzerland or France for a weekend. If I’m at home and not traveling, cooking and true crime documentaries.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors? I am a voracious reader and some of my go to authors are Jill Shalvis, Marquita Valentine, Christopher Buckley, Ann Rule and Doris K. Goodwin.


Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? I would love to have a dinner party and invite Bob Dylan because he is just everything to me. His music, his poetry and activism. I’d love to pick his brain and really find out more about him as a man because I know a lot about the artist, but not much about what made the artist. Since he takes up the most room in my music collection, I’d say I deserve it hahaha!

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If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Easy, Jane Eyre. It is my go to novel that I read once every year and it’s just so friggin’ well written! The story gives you all of the emotions from anger to outrage, glee and devastation. Jane gets put through it all and she endures at a great cost to her. It is just a magnificent story and I’d love to have my name on it!







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DRE never returned to Emerald Creek after the man she thought she’d marry broke her heart. But a late night phone call from half way around the world brings her right back to her hometown. And face to face with the man she never thought she’d seen again. Summer in Emerald Creek was everything she remembered—endless festivals, picnics in the park and time with her best friend and her favorite little tykes—and Dre is finding it hard to resist the pull of the chemistry she and Erick still have. 

ERICK made the biggest mistake of his life all those years ago but the result, his adorable little girl, was the best thing that ever happened to him. He’d done the right thing, or at least he’d tried to but his marriage hadn’t worked despite all that it had cost him. But now that Dre was back in Emerald Creek the universe had given him a second chance this summer, to put back together what he’d broken. To reclaim the only woman he’s ever truly loved. 

Can one summer recall a lifetime of memories and rekindle a love that never really went away? 




More books by N.D. Jackson:

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Conflict Of Interest (Mustang Prairie Book 1)




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A Little Bit In Love (Mustang Prairie Book 2)




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Feels Like Love (Mustang Prairie Book 3)







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It Must Be Love





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Sweet Tea & Tattoo Ink (Rebel Girlz 1)






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Mint Juleps & Moonlight Melodies





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Sazerac & Sunset Kisses







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Second Chance eX-mas