When life gives you oranges...

Friday, May 11, 2018 No comments
We all know the phrase "When life gives you lemons,  make lemonade", but life doesn't always give you lemons. Sometimes it gives you oranges. "Is that a bad thing?" you may ask. And, no, it isn't a bad thing if you don't mind having orange juice. But if you wanted lemonade then, well, you're outta luck.

What's the point of this analogy?


It's no secret that the last two and a half years have been a struggle for me when it comes to writing. My last official published book was Can't Stay Away on February 29th 2016 (I'm not counting the poetry book I published under my married name or the re-release of Here All Along with bonus epilogue). Back then I didn't expect it to take long to get a new book released. I thought I'd have a new one out by summer or fall 2016. When that didn't happen, I figured I'd get something out in 2017. And when that didn't happen, I had high hopes that I could publish in early 2018.

Then that didn't happen either.


Life wasn't handing me lemons like it used to. It was handing me oranges. Limes. Grapefruit. Things that were still good, but just weren't what I needed.

What does this all mean?


After a great deal of soul searching and talking things over with a couple friends, I've come to the decision to go on hiatus for a few months. What kind of hiatus? I'll be taking a step back from the professional aspect of my writing: no planned releases, no deadlines, no publishing.

For the last two years I've been talking about what I'm working on and what I'm planning on publishing next. And every single one of these stories I've mentioned hasn't come close to getting published. It's frustrating to me that I haven't been able to follow through, but I'm sure it's even more frustrating to my readers who have been anxiously awaiting a new story from me. I don't want to be one of those authors who makes release promises they can't keep.

As of right now, I'm taking a breather. I need to get everything about my author career sorted as well as new stories written. I have to do it at my own pace, without any pressure of completing anything by a self imposed deadline that I might not meet. I don't want to fall into a habit of rushing the process and publishing something that isn't good quality.


How long will this hiatus last?



At the very least I'll be taking the summer off, but there's a good chance I'll take the fall off as well. It all depends on how the first few months go and how much I'm able to handle and accomplish.

I'll still be around of course! On Facebook, in my FB group, on Twitter, and Instagram (see links in my signature below to follow), as well as a possible blog post when inspiration happens. I don't want to just seem like I've fallen off the face of the earth. So, follow me everywhere and stay in touch. As soon as I have things back on track, you better believe I'll let you all know.


Thank you so much for reading, for listening, and for being awesome! Love you!



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Shaded With Love Volume Five Coloring Book is LIVE

Friday, March 16, 2018 No comments


I'm in the latest Shaded With Love coloring book and it's now available for purchase!

US: http://amzn.to/2FSLsiO
UK: http://amzn.to/2HvQcrA
 

Thank you for your support of Shaded with Love: Coloring Books for a Cause! 100% of proceeds from this volume will be directly donated to RAINN - The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. For more information visit www.rainn.org.

If you would like more information about Shaded with Love Coloring Books, or if you want information on participating in an upcoming volume, please visit us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/shadedwithlove/ Participants included in this volume are all a part of the indie book industry. I hope you enjoy coloring their pages, and further hope you find some new amazing authors, blogs, editors and companies to check out!

Participants: 2 One-Click Addicts A Page to Turn Reviews Amanda Leigh Amber Addison Amber Lacie Amelia Wilde Andrea Johnston Ashlynn Monroe Barb Shuler Betty Shreffler Blooming Books Brandi Aga Bree Dahlia C.J. Lazar Cassie Graham Cayce Poponea Chelle C. Craze Cheryl McMahan Cora Kenborn D. M. Earl Dani René Danielle Wright Darlene Tallman Deneale K. Williams Diana Marie DuBois Dirty Fairytales DL Gallie Dylan Allen Dyllan J. Erikson Eden Rose Elizabeth York H.M. Sholander Harloe Rae Jack Jameson Jaime Russell Jas T. Ward Jennifer Vester Jiffy Kate Jo-Anne Joseph Jordan Bates K. Renee Kaitlyn Ashley Kathleen Kelly Kathryn Kelly Kay Maree KC Enders Kelsey Elise Sparrow Kenzie Rose Kim Deister Kristie Leigh L.A. Ozz Lane Martin Lauren Firminger Leddy Harper Lexi C. Foss Lilly Avalon Lisa Shelby Little Shop of Readers LK Farlow M.A. Foster M.C. Webb M.E. Carter M.R. Leahy Mareta L. Miller Martina Marie Michele Shriver Mila Waters Misha Elliott Mitzi Carroll Nicky Fox Nicole Banks Nikki Ash Phoebe Alexander Reading After Dark Reagan Hollow Rebecca Gallo Renee Dyer Roux Cantrell S. Van Horne S.N. Garza Samantha A. Cole Scott Hildreth Socially Awkward Book Nerd Steffy Rogers Susan's Books I Like Sylvie Stewart Taryn Steele The Bookworm Box Tracie Douglas Tracy Millosovich V.P. Ortiz Verlene Landon Vicki Green Vivian Wood Xana Jordan


HAPPY COLORING!

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Here All Along Bonus Epilogue, Shiny New Cover, AND Giveaway!

Thursday, February 15, 2018 2 comments

Hello lovelies!

I haven't shared a blog post in A WHILE and I feel bad about that because I had every intention of posting at least a couple/few times a month. I've been fairly busy since the start of 2018. But I'm here! And I'm excited to share with you the Here All Along re-release!

I designed a new cover and wrote a bonus epilogue to share around the FOUR YEAR anniversary of Here All Along. I originally wanted to write a whole sequel for Adrian and Hazel, but it wasn't happening. The furthest I could get was, you guessed it, this epilogue. I read over it not long ago and knew I needed to add it to this book for everyone to read. So I revised and edited it and here we are!


Every time Hazel Bell goes on a date, she returns home unhappy and disenchanted about love. At least her best friend Adrian Williams is always there for her, even more so now that they're roommates. After both of them have a bad night out, they decide to just relax and forget the world for awhile. It's been a long time since they've been alone together. They certainly weren't counting on the close quarters bringing out hidden desires. Now it appears their platonic friendship is being put to the test—one that neither can resist.

By the end of the night, will it be the end for Hazel and Adrian—or a new beginning?



Also, good news: Here All Along will be made into paperback in the near future! I have the inside part formatted and just need to get the full-wrap cover done. Once I have that, it'll be available for purchase. :)

Giveaway

A new cover and bonus epilogue deserves a giveaway, right??? At least I think it does. So, to celebrate the re-release, I'm giving away a special Valentine's themed gift (featuring a Valentine's box, scarf, socks, and chocolates) and Here All Along swag! This giveaway is US only, but there is a secondary giveaway of Here All Along swag for international entrants.


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What's new in 2018!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 No comments

Hello lovelies!

Welcome to 2018 and the first post in the new year!

Let's get down to business. ^_^

Surprise Giveaways


I decided to start monthly surprise giveaways for everyone! These surprises consist of several little goodies like washi tape, notebooks, lotions, etc. I'll even be throwing in a few bits of swag as well.

Every month there will be a Rafflecopter with one main entry and then five other entries. The first one is to determine whether you're US or International for shipping, then the rest are for visiting my FB page, following on Twitter, subscribing to my newsletter, joining my FB group, and a special bonus entry. This bonus entry is a secret word that can be found in the monthly newsletter, which will be sent in the first few days of the year. This month's newsletter has already been sent, so if you're a subscriber, you can gain double entries with the word of the month!

Want to enter? Follow this link for your chance to win the monthly surprise giveaway for January. Aren't a subscriber to my newsletter yet? Subscribe here!

Facebook Group


After much deliberation, I decided to delete my Patreon account. I had a love-hate relationship with it, but when I really thought about it, I realized it wasn't the way for me to go. It was unfair to my loyal fans who have received special tidbits in my Facebook group, Lilly's Lovelies. I didn't want to do that to them anymore, so Patreon is no more.

If you've enjoyed my books and are interested in getting exclusive teasers and looks at covers early, join Lilly's Lovelies! I would love to see you on there.



Thanks for reading! I'll be posting again soon about more exciting developments. :)

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2017 is ending... but it's only the beginning...

Sunday, December 31, 2017 No comments

2017 wasn't the greatest year.

Neither was 2016 for that matter.

But as 2017 comes to a close, I've been soul-searching and figuring out where I want to be in 2018 and beyond. And in this soul-searching, my goals and desires are coming to the fore. I have been planning out what I want to publish next year, not to mention a bunch of other things.

There are lots of things in store for Lilly in 2018 and I can't wait to share them with you. I'm working on several projects, but only have one of them actually set in stone. The rest are... well... I'm still figuring that out.

The one you already know about: the Here All Along re-release. I'm excited to share these new chapters with you and I hope you love them. The bonus content will be uploaded a few days before the book's anniversary on February 14th, but you can stay up-to-date on when it's live by subscribing to my newsletter and joining my reader group, Lilly's Lovelies. Links are below under my signature!

I'll be sure to blog as much as possible in the new year to keep everyone in-the-know about what's coming soon. Thank you so much for following me all this time and...


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