This has been a long time coming, hasn't it? But it's here! Love Always, Damian, the hit companion novel to Love Always, Kate, is finally FREE! For a limited time only, January 27-30, so don't delay. Fall in love with second chances.
It's been awhile since my last contemporary book release. So I'm happy to announe that The Story of Us, an NA contemporary, will release on February 9, 2017! I can't wait to share Maverick and Alieya's story with you!
Every life is made of thousands of them, each one strung together with the next. Some are yellow and happy, some are blue and sad, and some…
Some wipe out color altogether.
“I love you,” is what I should have told Maverick.
“I’m still fighting.”
Instead I just watched him leave.
Now my husband, my everything is battling for each breath, and all I can do is stare at the machines as the clock ticks off precious minutes.
The doctors said the first twenty-four hours are critical—but every moment is critical.
You never know which will be your last.
This is our story, and I’m not ready for it to end.
FINALLY!!! The wait is over, y'all. The Soul (Spirit Trilogy #3) is here!
I hope you enjoy it! Happy reading!
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When you hear the name Stephanie Meyer you automatically think Twilight, the #1 New York Times bestselling paranormal novel. You may think other things as well, depending on your opinion of the book. Like it or not, Stephanie Meyer is one of those authors readers and authors alike love to hate. E. L. James is another one.
But this post isn't about my opinion of Twilight or Ms. Meyer's writing style. It's about what she did for the writing community by taking the publishing leap of faith. It's about what she did for me.
True, I cannot speak for all authors and this post won't apply to some, but I can guarantee I'm not alone in my assessment. You see, I've always been an avid reader, losing myself in books of every genre. I couldn't get enough of Lurlene McDaniel, R.L. Stine, Stephen King, Danielle Steele, and Mary Higgins Clark just to name a few. I looked up to those authors, awed by how they could take 26 letters, mix them up, and create a story. As a young person, I tried my hand at the craft and felt the sting of disappointment that what I wrote didn't hold a candle to what they wrote. It was clear to me from that moment that writing was for people much smarter than me. Grammar Nazis with Literature degrees.
But then in walks Stephanie Meyer. A stay-at-home mom with no writing background except a degree in English. Like me, she felt that becoming an author was a long shot, an unachievable dream. We all know what happened next.
Stephanie Meyer inspired writers, including me, to write. To take the plunge, regardless of the possible outcome. Maybe we'd hit the top like she did. Maybe we'd fall on our faces. It didn't matter, because we tried. We swallowed our fears, our ideas of not being good enough, and wrote anyway.
Some people wrote because they wanted to be like her. They loved Twilight, and with the authors' success, they dove into writing their own worlds. Other people hated Twilight, and thought "I can write better than that!" And so they set out to write.
See, the point isn't about whether you loved or hated Twilight. It's that Twilight inspired these authors to do something they only dreamed about and turn it into reality.
I've had many inspirations to write, and Stephanie Meyer is certainly on that list. Thank you, Stephanie.
It feels like forever ago I started my first book, The Spirit. Now, finally, I finished the series. In a previous blog post I talked about how bittersweet this is, but on the flip side, I'm excited to start some new projects and meet new characters! I hope you are too! So, without further ado, I give you the release date for The Soul (Spirit Trilogy #3)!
Music has power. An incredible amount of power to make us fall in love, feel sorrowful, and remember the past. It grips you, and when you find that perfect song, that grip on you doesn't let go. Just like a good book.
I don't think I'm alone when I say music inspires me in my writing. I'm constantly listening to it and building playlists. I absolutely love Spotify's Discover Weekly. I've found so many great songs I may not have heard otherwise. My newest find is "Heads/Tails" by Hotspur. I'd never heard of Hotspur until three days ago.
I have a great appreciation for music. I listen to everything, and by everything, I mean EVERYTHING! My playlists has music from today, yesterday, and 200 years ago. I like rock, emo, country, pop, classical, you name it. Yep, even boy bands. (Sorry, Kata!) It depends on the mood of the scene I'm writing.
When I write, I see the scene play out in my head like a movie...sort of. I think in pictures. So like how movies use music to up the emotional ante of a scene, I use it in very much the same way. For example, The Body has a dark, demonic feel to the book. It has tons of action between supernaturals. So I used a lot of music from the band Red. They set the mood for me. Many of the scenes when Lucas and Carrie are stargazing, I use the classical stylings of Yiruma. For Love Always, Kate, I needed deeply emotional music, so I turned to Rascal Flatts.
On the practical side, I use music to drown out the world around me. Blaring music. I write with my earbuds in, and the sound turned up as loud as I can get it. It helps me to focus and stay focused, especially with four kids, a husband, and pets running rampant around the house.
If you are interested in checking out any of my playlists, I have them on my website. I'd also love if you want to follow me on Spotifiy. I have playlists for the whole Love Always Series and the Spirit Trilogy, as well as for Breaking Through, public on Spotifiy. A fan also made one for Love Always, Kate on YouTube. So make sure to check that out!
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Welcome back! Today I'm going to delve into the names I used in the Love Always Series, why I picked them, what they remind me of, and if they are based on someone I know. I did this with Breaking Through already, so make sure to check out that post. Ready?
Here we go!
Kate Browdy: Oh, Kate. This character has been with me the longest as I started writing her when I myself was only 12. The book when I was 12 was called "Kate's Diary." I don't remember how I came up with the name; it just flowed out of my head one day. Her full first name, Kathryn, was her grandmother's name.
Damian Lowell: For Damian, I needed a name that would encompass him. Damian comes from a Greek word and means "To overcome." To me, this meant he needed something to overcome, and boy he ends up with a lot. He succumbed to grief and guilt, and that weight he couldn't shake off. But if you read to the end of the series, he eventually lives up to his name.
Jackson Lowell: I have no awesome backstory on this one. I liked the name and it sounded like a good doctor name.
Nurse Leslie: This is one of the most compassionate ladies in the world. She has to be to do the job she does. I wanted her name to be soft and gentle and this is what came to mind.
Nurse Tammy: I have a cousin whose name is Tammy. She's older than me and used to babysit me when I was little. She's not a nurse, but when the character showed up in my head, she looked a lot like my cousin. And so I simply adopted the name.
Brennan: Some of you may know this, but my youngest son's name is Brennan. No, he doesn't have cancer. But like my son, the Brennan in the book is shy, adorable, and enjoys video games.
Jason & Marcy Browdy: Again, nothing special here. Just good parent names.
Ellie Van Zee: Or Elizabeth, as is on her birth certificate. Elizabeth is one of the those super common names that seems to span generations. It's always in style. I wanted a cute, shorter version, and Ellie seemed to work perfectly.
Liam Lowell: Nora Lowell is Irish, with strong Celtic roots. So to me, it would make sense that she named her firstborn son Liam, a name with strong Celtic roots. Plus, it's a great name!
Blake: Man, I feel so bad for Blake. The guy did everything right, didn't he? Blake's name is another one of those that just popped into my head and worked right away.
Lia: This one is easy if you read the book. Her name has tons of meaning to it, and because of that, I'll just say if you want to know, you'll need to read the book!
Dylan Akoi: Dylan is very loosely based on my brother. He's definitely my little brother in the looks department. Like my brother and myself, Dylan has a Japanese heritage, hence his last name. His first name is Dylan because it's a great name! (ALERT: Keep a look out for more of Dylan...)
Olivia: This name I simply looked up the most popular names in the last five years, and this one hit the list every time. That and it's adorable!
Cassie: This one I didn't take much time with, mostly because I'm a million percent sure it's not her real name. ;)
And there you have it! The characters of Love Always! I hope you enjoyed this post, and the last What's in a Name will be on The Spirit Trilogy.
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