Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Little Author Reading For You :)

I just recorded this short video in which I read to you the blurb and a short excerpt of my new novel (from my publisher's newsletter). Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


I'm happy to announce that my new contemporary romance novel has released a couple of days early!

When Leilani finds herself at a major crossroads in her life, she takes a chance by reaching out to her old lover, JC. Although JC still holds a grudge about the way their relationship ended, she agrees to go on a road trip with Leilani. While they travel together, Leilani desperately hopes to repair their friendship. She also secretly hopes to rekindle their old college romance. But the primary reason for the road trip, which is to deliver three sets of boxes as part of honoring her late mother’s last wishes, may be the very thing that ends up tearing the two apart again.

Friday, July 7, 2017

One Shade of Grey

Ever since late last year, I've been noticing intruders on my head.

They appear without warning, showing up overnight.

I'll be fixing my hair, looking in the mirror and thinking about the day ahead, when BOOM: I see the sparkly little fuckers up there. All smug and stubborn and waving me the finger.

Grey hairs!

I'll admit, in a way, they are kind of pretty. It's that bright, shiny silver kind of grey that looks like Christmas tinsel. But seriously? What the hell? I'm only 33 years old! I'm too young for this.

Then again, there is no official age when we all start going grey, is there? Some of us turn silver or go bald sooner or later in life than others. Then there are other factors like genes. And the amount of stress we endure in life can make us grey, which is pretty evident whenever you see before and after pictures of US Presidents.

This time when I came across the shiny bastards, I found two of them. One was the same one I yanked out last time, and one was in a new place.

But this time, I didn't pluck them out.

Yes, I'm actually going to leave them. I figure they're a badge of honor in a way. On the one hand, it's a terrifying reminder of my mortality. But on the other hand, it's proof that I've survived life long enough to even get grey hairs. After all, we can make it to old age or suffer the alternative. When you think about it that way, getting old isn't so bad, is it?


Friday, June 30, 2017

Stop It With The Damn Automated Private Messages Already

If you have any sort of social media account, you've probably received an automated private message at some point. If you have a Twitter account, you probably get them all the damn time. But do they actually work? Do you read them and then go "like" people's pages, visit their website, click on their song, etc?

I don't!

In this world of social media, there are countless voices crying out for attention. And for the most part, these voices are just one gigantic ego trip. Look at me! Buy my book! Listen to my track! Check out my marketing strategy package! 

Why the heck should I?

It's one thing to sign up for a newsletter to receive content that I sought out and asked for. It's another to get private messages that are basically the digital equivalent of junk mail, which is what these automated direct messages are. Frankly, I don't think it works as a marketing strategy. I think it's annoying and a waste of people's time.

You know what I really love? Actual, real conversations with people! I have met some amazing people online, people with whom I share certain interests and hobbies, people I admire, and people whose products I have actually bought. But those friendships did not start off with an automated message. They started with a real connection, person to person, not spam to person. Some of these people have even become some of my best friends. I take social media seriously when it comes to connecting with people. It's called "social" media for a reason! It's not supposed to be "junk mail" media!

I get that not everyone actually wants to make friends online. I get that people are trying to run businesses and sell their art or their product or whatever, but I just think that sending direct messages that are so impersonal is a lame way to go about marketing; however, if a person takes the time to have a real conversation with me, treat me like a person and not just a number, I'd be much more inclined to check out their writing, their music, or their Etsy page.

I welcome your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Little Harry Styles Appreciation Post

Former member of One Direction Harry Styles has gone solo, and I have a hunch that his career is going to take off like wildfire. My favorite song of the year is his single "Sign of the Times." Not only has he grown into a fine singer, he's also grown into a fine-looking man...

So in appreciation of his handsomeness and his musical talent, I've gathered some pics I found especially yummy for you to admire with me (source: Pinterest) and have posted the link to "Sign of the Times" at the end for you to watch and listen to. Enjoy!

And here's the music video:

Saturday, May 20, 2017


I'm excited to share the cover art for my forthcoming contemporary lesbian romance novel from Painted Hearts Publishing! Mark your calendars - the release date is July 27!



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Old Title, New Reviews

One of the coolest things about having books in e-book format is they never go out of print. Back titles are able to get little boosts in their popularity from time to time.

My first novel-length romantic fiction, Coffee Beans and Rose Petals, has seen some attention lately even though it was published in 2015. I'm really grateful for the recent interest because this little book was very enjoyable to write!

If you're curious about what the new reviews said, click the cover art to open a link to Amazon. You can view the readers' kind words there, and you can also read the book's blurb to see if it might be something you're interested in adding to your e-reader device.

XoXo -SK