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Ever wonder what it’s like to edit a book? Your book? The one you slaved over for months, only to turn around and have to go through it all over again with a painstaking attention to detail? I’m here to tell say it turns you into Jack Nicholson.

Because if you’re like me, you start out a normal person… more or less. In your daily life, you’re well-liked. People laugh at your jokes. They invite you to shit. You never go, but you’re invited. That has to count for something, right? Okay, so maybe you’re a teeny bit anti-social. And maybe you’re not that funny. And, fine, you’re awkward around crowds, but the point is you look normal, like Jack here before the crazy happens.

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So you sit at your desk, put all of your shit at right angles to your laptop, grab several shiny new pens, and wonder why you’ve been procrastinating editing your book. It’s probably fantastic. It’s literary genius. The shit dreams are made of. You pat yourself on the back and head forth bravely.

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And then you get a few chapters in and all that coffee starts to make you jittery and a little on edge. Did someone steal your post-its? Internally, you snarl at the mere thought of someone coming close to your desk.

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You really have to pee. But you’re in the middle of a long scene, and if you get up now, it’ll break the momentum. So you tell yourself to wait until you’re done, kidney function be damned.

Eventually, the long hours catch up to you, and you have to give in and take a nap. But even when you’re sleeping, you’re thinking about your story.

By the weekend, everyone in your life knows to leave you the fuck alone. Because you’re grumpy. And you smell. Because it’s been a few days of you planted in that chair, the one that still has the imprints of your ass cheeks in it when you get up.

When you can’t stand the smell of yourself any longer, you finally duck into the bathroom for a quick shower. While this sucks up precious time, you figure you can probably go another 48 without another one if no one gets too close. But showering means you should treat yourself for making the effort to conform to polite societal standards, so you forego a bra because that fucker is binding. Can underwire constrict blood flow? It might affect brain function, so you decide against it.

Mid-way through your work of genius, you can’t decide if this is the best thing you’ve ever written or the worst. It could be crap. Utter crap. Total shit.

Why does the pizza guy eye you with such judgment when he drops off dinner tonight? Didn’t you give him a good tip last night? Pizza guys shouldn’t judge your dinner. Cheese is dairy, and milk does the body good. Fuck off, asshole. Hand over the pizza.

Damn it. This is crap. And you suck balls, loser.

You’re crying. This is wrong. Everything. Is. All. Wrong. Why didn’t you listen to your mother and go to dental school? You could be drilling in someone’s mouth right now and battling gum disease instead of writing crappy books.

Wait a sec. This is pretty good. You like it. No, you love it. Have you ever loved anything more? No! Okay, not true. You love Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall more.

Oh my god. Your book is funny. It’s so funny, you’re going to spell it with a ph, like phunny because now it’s fucking hysterical.

Why is there shit all over your desk? Who put that there? Don’t people know you’re trying to work? You’re in such a foul mood, you even hate that cute little dog next door. Fucking dog, shut up.

Oh, you put that shit there. Because you were in a rush to get back to editing, so you just shoved those bills and that that half-eaten slice of pizza there in a rush. Really, you were being efficient. Now you can get back to your story.

Jesus, what day is it? Is today a holiday? Do you have to go back to your day job and live among sane people? Is that even possible at this point? When was the last time you changed your clothes? You’re disgusted with yourself but too tired to do anything about it. Besides, you’re achieving your editing goal, so fuck good hygiene. Finishing the book comes first.

Your loved ones poke you with a stick. They bring you coffee because they’re afraid if you stop drinking it, you will lose your shit. They’re right. Already, you can feel your eye twitching at the thought of an empty coffee mug. When you reach for it to take one more sip, pain shoots up your arm. Oh, hell. You might have scurvy from only consuming coffee and pizza all week.

After starving and forgoing human contact, you get to those two beautiful words: The end.

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Cue the rock anthem because you’re done. You dance around in your pajamas and kiss your children who are surprised to see you this month. You pet that cute dog next door when you emerge outside for the first time in days. God, he’s a cute little fucker.

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You wake up the next morning and stare at your computer screen. Dear baby Jesus, you need to send this to your editor today so you can start this process all over again in a few weeks. But you can do this. You shadow box in your hell hole of an office and blast Rocky-theme music to pump yourself up. Because you are a champion. A motherfucking gangsta. *side glance to the family members who look at you like you’re crazy* After an uncomfortable silence, they pat you on the head, make one more pot of coffee and prepare to be ignored all over again.

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NEWS on KISSING MADELINE and staying connected…

If you’re wondering when the hell Kissing Madeline is coming out, pencil it in your TBR for April. *high fives and ass slaps*

Want an email alert when my next release comes out? Subscribe to my newsletter. I promise never to send you stupid shit: SUBSCRIBE

For an exclusive KISSING MADELINE teaser, join my reader group. I’ll be giving away ARCS and signed copies in here soon. We sext on Wednesdays. Yes, really. —> Dearest Series Fans Facebook Group Link 

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I wanted to give my readers something special this Valentine’s Day to thank you for picking up my books when I know there are a ton of great reads out there. Since I can’t snuggle you in person (I’m a great snuggler, by the way), I whipped up a giveaway to show my appreciation. I especially want to thank the girls in my Facebook group, the Dearest Series Fans. You guys get extra tackle hugs and ass slaps for being so fucking awesome. And if you’re wondering what the hell happened to KISSING MADELINE, I apologize for the delay! Look for it this April! *insert awkward twerk here*

In my giveaway, which is international, you could win one of the following:

* A signed set of books (Dearest Clementine & Finding Dandelion) – 1 winner
* An Arc of Kissing Madeline – 2 winners
* A “My Dearest” custom-made necklace – 1 winner
* Gavin’s mug (The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense.) – 1 winner
* “I like big books” tote bag – 1 winner
 * A Dearest Series swag pack (signed bookmarks, magnets, chaptick, and stylus pen) – 3 winners
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One person will win this custom-made necklace! *pats it gently* Click on the rafflecopter link below to see pics of all the other prizes.

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If you want to join me for more awkward twerking, some perving on hot guys, and an ***exclusive*** KISSING MADELINE teaser, join my reader group. I’ll be giving away additional ARCS and signed copies in there soon, so check it out. —> Dearest Series Fans Facebook Group Link 

Be My Dearest Valentine GIVEAWAY link:
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To say thanks to all the readers who have showered me with encouragement these last few months, I have a special giveaway for you! Click on the link below for a chance to win a SIGNED copy of Dearest Clementine and Finding Dandelion, a hand crafted My Dearest necklace, or Gavin’s coffee mug (The Past, the Present and the Future walked into a bar. It was tense.) Thank you so much for reading my books. I can’t hug you in person, but I would if I could. xoxo

—> a Rafflecopter giveaway <—

And I have to give a big shout out to the girls in the Dearest Series Fan Group. YOU ARE THE BEST! If you’d like to join our shenanigans, here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dearestseriesfans/

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Title: Falling: A 7-Novel New Adult Anthology

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 14, 2014

PURCHASE:

Amazon: US | UK | AU | CA
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Falling never felt so good . . . Seven best-selling stories of love, heartbreak, and redemption.

***These full-length novels are either stand-alones or the first in a series.***

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SPIN MY LOVE by Chantal Fernando, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author

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World renowned DJ Tane Miller returns to his hometown after leaving when he was eighteen and never looking back. When he runs into his beloved childhood friend Giselle, his life takes a turn he could never have anticipated.

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DEAREST CLEMENTINE by Lex Martin

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Clementine Avery doesn’t date. Not after her ex cheated and a professor stalked her. But when she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class, she has a hard time resisting hot RA Gavin Murphy, who volunteers to help her find a little “inspiration.”

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DEEP BLUE by Jules Barnard

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Recent college grad Cali Morgan thinks she has her life all figured out, until she returns to Lake Tahoe and runs into an old crush she barely recognizes. A serious accident pushes Jaeger’s life in a new direction, but he’s hotter than ever, his presence rocking the foundation Cali staked her future on.

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DAZZLED by Jane Harvey-Berrick

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Young London actor Miles Stephens gets a chance to star in a big-time Hollywood movie, but when the dream of a lifetime doesn’t match reality he turns to Clare, lifelong friend and girl next door. Clare knows two important facts: when you break chocolate, the calories fall out; and that she’s totally in love with clueless Miles.

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HE FOUND ME by Whitney Barbetti

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Andra disappeared from an abusive environment when she was seventeen, choosing to build a new life, full of secrets. But when she met Julian, everything changed. And the moment she let her guard down, a threat from her past caught up to her.

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THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG by Jade Eby

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Kara Pierce and Vince Gage have a tumultuous past. As in – he almost ruined Kara’s life. When they’re forced to work together on a final college project, Kara must learn how to do the hardest thing she’s ever done: forgive.

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THE YEAR WE FELL DOWN by Sarina Bowen

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Corey Callahan thought she’d start college playing varsity ice hockey. But she’ll start it in a wheelchair instead. The only perk? Her too-delicious-to-be-real neighbor, Adam Hartley. They’re just friends, until one crazy night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

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Grab your copy of this limited-time anthology featuring a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, along with some of the hottest debuts of 2014 for ONLY 99 cents!

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 PURCHASE:
Amazon: US | UK | AU | CA

 

Giveaway!

(Open Internationally)

ONE ten dollar gift card
Signed Copy of MAYBE THIS TIME by Chantal Fernando
Two ecopies of SAXON by Chantal Fernando
Signed Copy of FINDING DANDELION by Lex Martin
Signed Copy of BLUE CRUSH by Jules Barnard
Signed Copy of DAZZLED with swag by Jane Harvey-Berrick
eBook Copy of SUMMER OF SEVENTEEN by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Signed Copy of TEN BELOW ZERO with swag by Whitney Barbetti
Signed Copy of HE FOUND ME by Whitney Barbetti
Signed Copy of THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG by Jade Eby
Signed Copy of THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR by Sarina Bowen
—> a Rafflecopter giveaway <—

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I’m so honored to have DEAREST CLEMENTINE in this amazing box set! You can grab this 7-novel collection of New Adult romances for just 99 cents! I hope you’ll pre-order a copy. And be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see our fantastic giveaway. xoxo

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Title: Falling: A 7-Novel New Adult Anthology

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Cover Design by Najla Qamber Designs

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Falling never felt so good . . . Seven best-selling stories of love, heartbreak, and redemption.

Grab your copy of this limited-time anthology featuring a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, along with some of the hottest debuts of 2014 for ONLY 99 cents!

***These full-length novels are either stand-alones or the first in a series.***

✦ ✦✦ ✦✦ ✦✦ ✦

Pre-Order:
Amazon |  iBooks |  Kobo | Nook

✦ ✦✦ ✦✦ ✦✦ ✦

SPIN MY LOVE by Chantal Fernando, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author

Facebook | Goodreads | Website

World renowned DJ Tane Miller returns to his hometown after leaving when he was eighteen and never looking back. When he runs into his beloved childhood friend Giselle, his life takes a turn he could never have anticipated.

DEAREST CLEMENTINE by Lex Martin

Facebook | Goodreads | Website

Clementine Avery doesn’t date. Not after her ex cheated and a professor stalked her. But when she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class, she has a hard time resisting hot RA Gavin Murphy, who volunteers to help her find a little “inspiration.”

DEEP BLUE by Jules Barnard

Facebook | Goodreads | Website

Recent college grad Cali Morgan thinks she has her life all figured out, until she returns to Lake Tahoe and runs into an old crush she barely recognizes. A serious accident pushes Jaeger’s life in a new direction, but he’s hotter than ever, his presence rocking the foundation Cali staked her future on.

DAZZLED by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Facebook | Goodreads | Website

Young London actor Miles Stephens gets a chance to star in a big-time Hollywood movie, but when the dream of a lifetime doesn’t match reality he turns to Clare, lifelong friend and girl next door. Clare knows two important facts: when you break chocolate, the calories fall out; and that she’s totally in love with clueless Miles.

HE FOUND ME by Whitney Barbetti

Facebook | Goodreads | Website

Andra disappeared from an abusive environment when she was seventeen, choosing to build a new life, full of secrets. But when she met Julian, everything changed. And the moment she let her guard down, a threat from her past caught up to her.

THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG by Jade Eby

Facebook | Goodreads | Website

Kara Pierce and Vince Gage have a tumultuous past. As in – he almost ruined Kara’s life. When they’re forced to work together on a final college project, Kara must learn how to do the hardest thing she’s ever done: forgive.

THE YEAR WE FELL DOWN by Sarina Bowen

Facebook | Goodreads | Website

Corey Callahan thought she’d start college playing varsity ice hockey. But she’ll start it in a wheelchair instead. The only perk? Her too-delicious-to-be-real neighbor, Adam Hartley. They’re just friends, until one crazy night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

Pre-Order:
Amazon |  iBooks |  Kobo | Nook

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 Giveaway!
Signed Copy of MAYBE THIS TIME by Chantal Fernando
Signed Copy of SAXON by Chantal Fernando
Signed Copy of FINDING DANDELION by Lex Martin
Signed Copy of BLUE CRUSH with swag by Jules Barnard
Signed Copy of DAZZLED with swag by Jane Harvey-Berrick
eBook Copy of SUMMER OF SEVENTEEN by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Signed Copy of TEN BELOW ZERO with swag by Whitney Barbetti
Signed Copy of HE FOUND ME by Whitney Barbetti
Two Signed Copies of THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG by Jade Eby
Two Signed Copies of WHISKEY AND A GUN by Jade Eby
Signed Copy of THE YEAR WE FELL DOWN by Sarina Bowen
Signed Copy of THE YEAR WE HID AWAY by Sarina Bowen

(Open Internationally)

—->a Rafflecopter giveaway <—-

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You can now have Gavin Murphy in person! Well, almost in person. DEAREST CLEMENTINE is now available in paperback on Amazon! 

DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a New Adult contemporary romance. Although it’s the first book in the series, it’s a stand-alone. (No cliffhangers!) Book 2, FINDING DANDELION, is now available as an ebook, and book 3, KISSING MADELINE, will be available in December. xoxo

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Here are the links:

DEAREST CLEMENTINE PAPERBACK:

DEAREST CLEMENTINE ebook:

FINDING DANDELION ebook:

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Grab DEAREST CLEMENTINE and FINDING DANDELION for 99 cents each this weekend only! The sale ends Monday night.
DEAREST CLEMENTINE:

 

FINDING DANDELION:

 

If you haven’t met the men of the Dearest Series, now is your chance! In book 1, Clementine falls for the hot RA named Gavin, who helps her find a little “inspiration” for her romance writing class. In book 2, Dani hooks up with a hot guy named Jax, only to learn he’s her new roommate’s twin brother. Hope you’ll check them out!

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