Friday, March 21, 2014


Do you want to escape into a book this weekend? Book 2 in this series will be released May 2nd. #1click Book one*

Riley and Josh have many flavors of kissing: sweet, loving, slow, deep, demanding, urgent and desperate.

* His eyes never waver away from mine as his mouth opens and shuts, and then he pulls my body to his and crashes his lips to mine. It’s the kissthe desperate kiss. He pours everything into itthe words he can’t seem to say out loudhe tells me like this, and I take it because I feel the same desperation. -Embrace the Moment

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wearing my hat with a smile

I'm sitting here thinking that it's kind of crazy the way things happen sometimes.
 I used to write for funas a hobbya way to release things I wanted to say but never did (usually poetry or songs). It started in high school when I had one of those moments where I said and did something that I knew I would regret later. You know those moments, right? The ones where you walk away, and then replay it later in your head while you scream into your pillow. The moment when the lightbulb goes off, and all of things you should of said or done flash like a neon sign. Yeah, except you didn't say it, or do it like that. That's where it began. I was the girl that never said or did anything right the first time. I was the girl that opened her mouth and got into trouble. I was a girl with a hard shell, but a sad interiorfragile yet strong. So, I wrote it down. The things I wished I said. The emotion behind why I couldn't. In my writing, I released my regret, escaped the fear of failure and spoke the truth.
It was around this time last year when some things started spiraling out of control. That same fear came. That same dark feeling that this could and might go really, really wrong. Something happened, something personal that I won't share. I don't handle lack of control well. I don't handle insecurity well. I needed that same escape again in my life. So, I wrote it down, this time it was a story. Not a real story, but a story to help me not focus on the real one I was feeling lost in. In the middle of that story, another one came. That is the one that helped me the most. That is the one that let me tap into the girl I was when it all beganback in high school.
I wrote Escape the Doubt (yes, that title is special) for me originally. I pulled out my old poetry/songs and I gave it to my characters. I let it be hers, even his. I didn't expect the story to be embraced with love the way it has been. It was only when the four and five star reviews started being posted that I had faith in my decision to hit publish. I still have to remind myself to believe enough in my wordsin myself. One review helped me more than others, the first with criticismthe one that opened my eyes to cleaning up my craft, which I have.
Now, here I amwriting my third novel (technically fourth) and paying attention to every detail (edits, formatting, flow). I realized my escape was writing it, but someone else's escape may be reading it. I want it to be the best escape it can be.
So, here's to those unexpected (scary as hell) moments that become beautiful, equally unexpected (scary as hell) moments. Sometimes life catapults us into the unknown, into something we didn't even know we wanted, or had been missing. Now, in this destinationwearing this hat as an authorI am so thankful for the past journey.

-Off to my escape now. ;) Love you all!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cover Re-reveal

Escape the Doubt has a new cover...again!
This one is a keeper. I hope you love it as much as I do. 


Is taking a chance with your heart worth the escape, or was it better to have never loved at all? Can forgiveness really set you free?

After the unexpected death of her Dad, and the haunting manner in which he died, Riley Shaw built invisible walls around her heart. Barriers she created to protect her from splintering into broken pieces that couldn’t be repaired. She was unable to move forward from her past letting the guilt of her parent’s mistakes dictate her own choices.

Dean Warren was safe. Being with him was innocent and peaceful, because she didn’t truly love him. His words held her captive in a false sense of security. His eyes were deceptive, and his promises of never pushing her beyond what she was willing to give were broken, leaving Riley in a state of regret and doubt.

Joshua Parker had the power to take what was left of Riley’s splintered pieces and ruin her completely or make her whole again. He was her best friend, her next-door neighbor - everything she wanted and settled on never having. Loving him was as easy as breathing air. The fear of losing him forever was more real to her than the feelings she couldn’t escape.

When faced with the very thing she feared the most, and in the arms she thought were safe, Riley finds herself questioning every decision she has made over the past two years. When she finally escapes the doubt in her head, and accepts the truth in her heart, is it too late?

“I'm so close to the edge of the cliff that I know with one more breath, one more inch, I could fall.” -Riley Shaw

Warning: Not recommended for anyone under the age of 17 due to underage drinking, sexual content and adult language.

*This is book one in a series and is not a stand alone. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014


A boredom creation for Josh and Riley

Once upon a time there was a girl who met two boys.
One boy made her feel cherished, beautiful and strong.
The other boy made her feel lost, confused and weak.
One had her heart, promised to keep it safe forever.
The other wanted it, needed it to make him feel better.
She chose wrong and betrayed her heart out of shame.
Heart in a box, safe until all that was left was pain.
Time after time, fate led her to where she belonged.
Safe in the arms of the boy who made her feel strong.
Embracing firsts and taking risks with love as the bind.
Forever on the horizon, experiencing moments of a lifetime.