NaNoWriMo novel announcement!

I did NaNoWriMo for two years in a row (before my two year writing block took over) where I completed The Island and started another novel titled The Lost Boy. The Island got finished, The Lost Boy is something on the back burner for me as it doesn’t fit my genre-however, I will finish it one day.

I’ve decided to participate this year, to motivate me to write the novel I hope to publish around February! Without further ado-drumroll please:

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The Beautiful and The Broken.

I haven’t written a proper blurb for it yet. But it’s a classic opposites attract, with a little forbidden fruit of an ex-best friend’s little sister, and of course my own little twists. Dean is the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Emma is the good girl who grew up sheltered on her family apple orchard. Dean strives to be a professional boxer, and does underground (ie illegal) fights to make enough money to support his ailing grandmother while all Emma wants to do is leave the ranch to get back to college and get her degree in fine arts so she can open a dance studio. Insert family drama, money woes and heart ache – not to mention some heat hot enough to start a fire between Emma and Dean.

So what are you writing for NaNo?

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Meet Autumn – Character Interview

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Name: Autumn Jane Brooks, or AJ as my friends call me

Place of birth: Hood River, Oregon

Parents: Steve and Cheryll Brooks

Siblings: I was an only child

Places lived: I lived in Hood River until I was eleven, then my family moved to Walla Walla. I took off at nineteen to live in LA, but I came back a couple of years later.

Favorite subject in school: Art. Always art!

Jobs: I run Brooks Books and Patisserie with the help of my bestie, Hadley

Do you like yourself: Yeah, I guess. I mean…sure. I like myself. I’m a nice person.

What, if anything, would you like to change in your life: Nothing really. I have a great job. Great friends and a cute little condo. Maybe a nicer car? The Subaru is kind of a soccer mom car.

How much self-control and self-discipline do you have: Usually a lot. Except when it comes to one person…

Best way to spend a weekend: Grabbing a cocktail with Hadley at PH 124, snuggling with Jasper my cat and binging on Netflix shows, doing some yoga and maybe going for a hike.

What do you carry in your pockets/purse/backpack, etc.?  Oh my gosh, what don’t I carry? Wallet, about six lipglosses, sunglasses, rosewater spray for my skin, lotion, tons of old receipts that need to be thrown out. It’s just a mess.

What emotion/feeling are you afraid to experience? Love….

Rocking Autumn is available now! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075KPTYMG

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Meet Jax – Character Interview

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Name: Jaxon Anthony West. Everyone calls me Jax.

Sex: Is this the set up for a cheesy fucking joke? I’m male.

Age: Twenty eight

Interesting physical characteristics: Define interesting. Like do I have a second head or three arms? I’m tall-if that’s interesting.

Background:

Where and when were you born? Twenty eight years ago in Walla Walla, Washington.

Where have you lived? Walla Walla and Chicago.

Interview:

1.    What do you carry in your pockets/purse/backpack, etc.? A notebook and tons of pens and pencils for writing. My iPad, phone charger, gym clothes-pretty basic shit really.

2.    How do you feel about your home/living space? It’s pretty small. It’s a six hundred square foot studio. But it works for me and Buzz, my cat.

3.    What early event shaped you the most? My uncle Kenny teaching me how to play guitar and introducing me to rock and roll. Led Zeppelin, The Stones. All the good shit.

4.    Where is your favorite place and why? I have a few. The gazebo at the park in Walla Walla is one of them. But nothing beats the stage, it’s a fucking rush.

5.    What are your most important values? I’ve never really thought about it. I guess that I never give up, and I give everything a hundred and fifty percent.

6.    What emotion/feeling are you afraid to experience? Failure. Is that a feeling? I’m my own worst critic so failure might mean something different to me.

Rocking Autumn is available now! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075KPTYMG

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What I Love About My Town Walla Walla (Day 5 Slow Down Plan)

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Walla Walla, the town so nice they named it twice. It’s my town. I wasn’t born here, but the second I saw it, I knew it was home. Walla Walla has community spirit, and it was voted one of the friendliest cities AND one of the most charming small towns in America. It’s no wonder I chose Walla Walla as the location for Rocking Autumn!

So why do I love Walla Walla?

  1. Food Truck Night!

Every first Monday of the month from spring until late summer, all the food trucks converge to one beautiful location. It’s a feast you cannot miss out on! Expect to see everyone you know there!

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2. Downtown Farmers Market. Fresh local produce and handcrafted items. Score! (expect to see everyone you know here too)

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3. The picturesque Blue Mountains. In spring when the rolling hills are covered in grass, it looks like something straight out of Middle Earth. (expect to see no one here)

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4. Balloon Stampede Night Glow. It’s magical. (more than half the town will be there)

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6. Downtown Walla Walla, Main Street. Quaint charm meets upscale. Amazing food, eclectic bars, and wineries. Local businesses and upscale shopping.  Swing by Public House 124 for some truffle fries, stroll main street lined with trees wrapped in sparkling white lights, browse through vinyl records at Hot Poop and maybe even grab a giant ice cream cone at Brights. (Everyone you know is here – probably at Starbucks or Coffee Perk)

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7. Macy’s Parade of Lights! It’s a holiday festivity that you can’t miss out on! (half the town will be here)

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8. Walla Walla Public Transportation. Repurposed cable cars. Score! They’re cute…and they ding!

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9. The gazebo at Pioneer Park. It’s simply beautiful and peaceful.

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10. The Walla Walla Sweets!

An amateur but professionally managed baseball team in the West Coast League located in Walla Walla. It’s an absolute blast to take in a baseball game on a warm summer night with the family!

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60 Before 60

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Have you ever really sat back and thought about the things you want to do and accomplish in your life? Really take stock of all the adventures and goals you have and made them into a tangible list?

The bucket list. There are all kinds of them. Summer bucket lists. Fall bucket lists. Before I die bucket lists.

Mine is the sixty things I would like to do before I turn 60 list. So here we go.

  1. Go skydiving (super cliche, but it’s true)
  2. Zipline through the jungle
  3. Find the person I want to grow old with and/or have an epic romance
  4. Eat a deep-fried Twinkie
  5. Visit Bali
  6. Eat pasta in Italy
  7. Take a photography class
  8. Write a best-selling novel
  9. Visit a hot spring  with the love of my life and sit in it unabashedly naked together
  10. Take a cooking class
  11. Have a picnic in Central Park
  12. See the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York
  13. Listen to jazz in the French Quarter
  14. Vacation alone
  15. Live on the beach
  16. Befriend a complete stranger
  17. Visit a castle
  18. Go clam digging
  19. Eat Boston Baked Beans in Boston
  20. Eat pizza in Chicago
  21. Kiss a beautiful man on top of The Empire State Building
  22. Spend an entire week in a cabin unplugged from the internet and cell service
  23. Learn how to make soap
  24. Be on someone’s bucket list and help them make it happen
  25. Build a Habitat For Humanity House
  26. Go vegan for a year
  27. Go to a silent retreat
  28. Attend a book signing, as an author
  29. Order one of everything off a menu
  30. Have a super fancy dinner party
  31. Watch a play on Broadway
  32. Learn to homestead
  33. Perform at a slam poetry reading
  34. Be a bridesmaid
  35. Learn to sew
  36. Kiss in the rain
  37. Hold an otter
  38. Learn how to make candles
  39. Eat something bizarre in a foreign country
  40. See Manchester Orchestra perform live
  41. Visit Greece
  42. Visit Ireland
  43. Visit Germany
  44. Get my palm read
  45. Try fire cupping
  46. Stay in a 5-star resort
  47. Eat a meal cooked by a celebrity chef
  48. Enter a food challenge at a restaurant
  49. Learn how to make a killer cocktail
  50. Cuddle a koala bear
  51. Hold a monkey
  52. Watch my boys turn into men
  53. Plant a thriving garden
  54. Press my own apple cider
  55. Make a completely home-grown meal
  56. Go to a floating lantern festival
  57. Name a star
  58. Go ghost hunting
  59. Pay for a stranger’s groceries
  60. Own a home

So that’s it. That’s my 60 before 60 list. What’s on yours?

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Thank You Rocking Autumn Purchasers

THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased Rocking Autumn this week! It’s staying solid at its ranking, and I’m so happy! As a romance writer who doesn’t read much romance – I think sometimes I break a lot of rules in romance. Or at least I don’t always follow the trends associated with romance. Writing this book was a journey for me – I love creating relatable, loveable and tangible characters – so the response to Jax, Autumn, and even Hadley has warmed my heart. I’d already begun plotting out the next book in the series…and while these covers are not set in stone, they are a little peek. And I’ve also become inspired to write Hadley’s story! Show her behind the snarky, hilarious, ass kicking best friend of Autumn. (2018ish…after Broken)

Rocking Autumn sequel: Rocking Fame

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Rocking Autumn finale: Rocking Forever

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Hadley’s story

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