Cover reveal for An Irresistible Force, Handymen 2!

I adore cover reveals! Is there anything more exciting than seeing beloved characters come to life in a hot cover?
Okay, reading the book is good too. Wink wink.
But seeing new covers is still such a rush, and that’s why I’m so excited to reveal the cover for An Irresistible Force, Handymen 2!

Eli and Bernie are so dear to my heart and I’m absolutely thrilled with the cover that Totally Bound Publishing has created for me.

What can you expect from this story?

– Another hot Handymen hero. Eli Zorn is the landscaping specialist on the show, and he’s a total sweetheart.
– Heroine Bernadette “Bernie” Nolan is about to throw a monkey wrench into his plans to demolish an old cottage for the show…but he can’t help rooting for her and her lost cause.
– This is a story that discusses the aftermath of bullying, an issue that has impacted my own family. However, in this case, both Eli and Bernie were bullied as teens, so they have that in common. There will be lots of emotions here, and lots of passion.

I can’t wait to bring it to you! Stay tuned for more.
Preorders will begin August 18. Add it to your wishlist here!

And if you haven’t had a chance to check out A Good Man, Handymen 1, please do!

One-click A Good Man here!

Re-releasing a book…or Stress 2.0.

Releasing a book into the world can be a dream come true. However, I don’t think I need to conduct a poll to determine that most authors also find it stressful. I don’t think I’ve met an author yet who has come to their release day without some level of stress. There’s a lot of pressure, no matter how you publish. People always ask me, “How do you celebrate those occasions?” Celebrate? I probably should celebrate, but I’m usually glued to the computer, making sure everything goes smoothly. That was the case when A Good Man, Handymen 1, released on June 9.

What I never anticipated was that re-releasing a book would be twice as stressful as the first time around. Now, I should make it clear, that stress has been self-induced. No one stood over me, hands on hips, making outrageous demands. In fact, everyone involved in my re-release of A Good Man has been encouraging and supportive.

But the stress still lives in my brain. It’s quite comfortable there, picking at my insides, and it’ll take some effort to force it out.

Why? Well, the book has a new publisher now, and if you follow me here, you’ll know there were times when I wasn’t sure I’d find a new publisher for the story.  When I saw my beloved book disappear from retail outlets, it broke my heart, so I came into this with a measure of fear and worry. I want to do well for my new publisher. I want them to be happy they took me on and I’d like for them to be pleased with my sales. So, yeah, it’s stressful.

Finding new readers can be a challenge for authors at the best of times, and in my case, there were some other concerns as well. After all, my book originally came out in 2017. People read it then. Would I be able to create enough interest that new readers would want to snag a copy? Yes, the book has been re-edited, rebranded and polished, and it’s my hope that new readers will want to take it home with them.

And then there’s the whole rollercoaster of promotion. Would I be able to craft promotions that were distinct from what I did back in 2017? Would I be shouting into the wilderness? I’m fortunate in that lots of good people in the romance community shared the news of my re-release, but I never took that for granted. A part of me always wondered if they’d look at my re-release and think, “Meh.”  Luckily, that didn’t happen, and I’m appreciative of every share, mention and review. (Really appreciative, I can’t even tell you how much.)

All in all, it’s going well, and the book is getting some wonderful new reviews. Has my stress disappeared? Not by a long shot. I try very hard to let it go and concentrate on writing the next book, but I check sales every day. I check my mentions every day. When I’m tagged in a review, I read it and I send blogger reviews to my publisher so they will appear on my author page on their site. (Okay, I also do it so they’ll like me, so they’ll really, really like me.) I don’t go looking for reviews, though. I learned not to indulge in that nonsense ages ago.

What has this blog post proven? Probably nothing more than the fact that I have the nerves of an injured squirrel. My hope is that anyone going through the process of republishing a book will experience a lot less pressure. Hopefully, I’m the only one living with a case of Stress 2.0. Have you ever re-released a book? What emotions did you experience? I’d love to hear your thoughts and any helpful tips for dealing with stress. Drop a comment here!

And if you haven’t picked up your copy of A Good Man, Handymen 1, you can do so here:

This nervous squirrel appreciates every nut that comes her way.

A Good Man, Handymen 1, release day!

It’s here! And what a journey it has been.

I’m so excited to announce the release of A Good Man, Handymen 1.

He tears down walls for a living. She’ll tear down the ones around his heart.

A Good Man first began its journey a few years ago. Since then, it won the Northern Hearts Contest 2018 in Contemporary Romance. It is now revamped and re-edited, and I am thrilled to see it join the roster of awesome romances at Totally Bound Publishing.

So if you’re on the lookout for a new book boyfriend, look no further.

There are some great new reviews coming in. Check out some of the latest here on Bookbub!

And don’t forget to one-click your own copy today. Find it here:

I appreciate all your reviews and shares on social media. Thank you, friends, for staying with me on this journey.