Today is a special day for me because it’s the 4th anniversary of my very first blog and the announcement of my first published short story. Today’s milestone is even more exciting because it also marks the announcement of my first self published short story. It’s amazing to see how I’ve grown when I look at that first blog. It’s even more amazing to look at my book catalogue (I feel fancy just saying that) as I make this announcement. Four years ago, I was sitting on my couch in my now old home thinking about where my life needed to be. I’d hit all of these markers professionally and was settling in quite nicely personally into what life should look like. Yet, I still felt as if something was missing. When I thought long and hard about it, that “something” was the creative outlet I experienced with writing.
I’ve always been an avid reader and around this time I’d become aware of this great sub-genre of romance that highlighted relationship pairings like my own. My penchant for finding a person attractive for many more attributes than the color of their skin was reflected in the tales these authors crafted. I was inspired and I was energized, so I wrote a short little fairytale of sorts where the boy meets girl wasn’t different from the romances I read growing up, except for the fact he was white and she was black. It was fun, exciting, and any number of adjectives given to whispering life into a Dream. Now, I could have held that dream, tucked closely to me, never allowing it to live beyond the confines of my imagination, but Hope is a tricky thing, because it will often whisper sweetly to you, “This dream you hold, it can be a reality.”
I took the advice of Hope and sent my little Dream out into the world to Beautiful Trouble Publishing and they gave it Life. I can’t begin to describe how grateful I am they had the courage to allow me to tell that story and many others over the years. It was their faith and the faith of my subsequent publishers Shara Azod and Mocha Memoirs Press that has inspired me to step out on my own and let Hope’s whispered words of, “This dream you hold, it can be a reality” come true.
So without further ado, I give you Book 2 in the Destined for Love Series: More Than My Everything
Blake Channing has been dubbed the Bad Boy of Country, and for the last several years has lived up to that moniker with pleasure, until recently. His career is where it needs to be but a chance encounter with two friends turned lovers shows him his personal life is lacking. Shelby Jackson, his childhood best friend, is that piece he’s been missing to have it all. He’s arranged a vacation just for the two of them, where he hopes his next love song will be written.