I've been thinking a lot about courage these days. As a writer, it takes a bit of that to put your stories out there for others to read and critique. Some people will love them, others will hate them, and there's nothing you can do to change that. All you can do is write the best story you can.
Writing romance stories through these tumultuous times take courage. It's easy to allow yourself to become distracted by the news or by Twitter or Facebook, or even retreat to the pretty pictures in Instagram. So much going on, and I can't think of another time in my adult lifetime when the world needed uplifting stories more. So I write, and I read, and lose myself in mindless television and music and nature. Acts of creation and enjoyment and wishing I had the magic thing that would make the insanity stop. Of course I don't. I'm only human. As are we all.
Once upon a time, several years ago, I was terrified of public speaking. I decided ENOUGH and contacted every writing group within two hours of me and booked myself as a speaker at their meetings. I traveled around, gave my talks, and by the time I'd finished six months of this, I was no longer scared to speak to groups. I tackled that fear head on. Unfortunately, I cannot do that with what's going on today.
I, like so many others, wrestle with dealing with reality these days, I feel powerless. Broken. Devastated by the state of our country today. Unable to help, unable to make much of a difference. But then, as I put my thoughts together for this blog today, I realized small things CAN help too. Many small things add up to one big thing. I can support authors of color - heck, I already do that, but I will do it more. I will write more reviews when I love a book, and I'll put the word out via social media, so that others can read the book too. A small gesture, but if enough of us do it, surely it will help bring some light to beat back the shadows.
And I can share my own good news. In the middle of Covid-19, I received a new 4 book contract from Harlequin Romantic Suspense. I get to work with my favorite editor Patience Bloom and write stories I love.
June is also a book birthday for me. My book Colton's Last Stand is out now. Check it out HERE
If you read it and like it, please consider leaving me a review. While it is book 12 in the series, it's also a stand-alone story.
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