Happy Anniversary Blog and Book!

This month, maybe even this very day, marks exactly one year since the day I wrote the first sentence to SLAMMED.

What a damn year it’s been!

When I wrote that first sentence, I never in a million years expected what has come of it.  I certainly never expected the book to ever get finished, much less make the New York Time’s and then sell the film options for it!  I would say that my dreams came true, but the things that have happened to me this year have been too outlandish for me to even dream up!

This month also marks a year since I started this blog.  Going through my old posts, I wanted to pick my favorites from each month.  However, I noticed the last few months have all been shitty, boring posts about my books.  I’m making a promise to stop being so BORING and get back to the fun stuff.  I picked my faves of each month from the past year and linked them here.  You should check them out. No, really.  Check them out.  Click on them.  Read them.

The first one was my very first post exactly one year ago.  I started this blog before I even got the idea to write a book.  It’s interesting.  November 2011 (Moose)

This one was what happened AFTER my first post in November.  :/December 2011 (Christmas Tree)

This one was from January, my very first month to actually have a book on Amazon for sale.  As you can see, I sort of gave up on my blog during the month of December because I was too busy writing, but January I came back full force.  Here’s my fave, because it was so embarrassing. January 2012

This post was when I was writing Point of Retreat and was still trying to title the book. February 2012

This one isn’t a fun memory. March 2012 (Death)

Love this one.  I miss my job. April 2012 (Boss)

This is me leaving the job I miss. Wait, let me rephrase that.  I don’t miss my job…I miss the people I worked with.  Talk about some of the greatest friends I will ever have.  May 2012


June 2012 (sucked) This one doesn’t have a link because my posts for June…sucked.

This one is me showing my true colors as to the style of parenting I have. July 2012 (Bastard)

Things got busy and went downhill from there.  I can’t even find a blog since summer that I like.  So, I’m using this as a good kick in the ass to start blogging more fun stuff and less boring stuff.

Okay, so here’s the deal with the BIG GIVEAWAY I promised for the blog today.  I really had big plans to give away lots of stuff. But then something happened today that really put things into perspective for me, and I ended up giving all the money away to someone who needed it more than this blog did.  I don’t feel bad.  Christmas is coming around the corner and I know for a fact they needed it more than anyone needs a new kindle or nook.  With that said, I apologize for giving away your giveaway prizes.

But if you are one of the people who have been, whatever you want to call it…blessed, fortunate, given good karma, good luck, good year…whatever.  It’s Christmas!  Give!  Go buy an Angel or donate some food.  It will make your heart feel really, really good.

What I do have to giveaway isn’t as fun, but I have some signed copies of the Slammed and POR, and even some audiobook giveaways for both books.  So just comment and I’ll pick winners in a few days.  I think to celebrate the past year, I’ll give away 9 signed sets of books and 3 people will win audiobooks.  :D

And from the bottom of my heart…I can’t thank every single one of you for everything. This past year has changed not only my life, but so many other people’s lives in my family.  We all thank you immensely.  I thank you for spreading the word, for your nominations in the Goodreads awards, for your kind words, emails, fb posts, etc.  Just thank you!

Oh, and in case you missed it…the full jacket reveal, blurb and release date for my next book were announced today.  Check it out HERE!



222 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary Blog and Book!

  1. Telling everyone I know to read your books. They were refreshing and fantastic reads. I can’t express to you how excited I am to share with anyone who will listen. I look forward to being a loyal follower. Thank you so much for sharing your talent!

  2. I didn’t know if you had picked any winners yet but I thought maybe I’d get lucky and you didn’t. But I would absolutely love to win a signed copy of your book Slammed. I really want to read it, it sounds like an awesome book and I think I would love it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. Aww…how sweet of you. I think we all agree that you did the right thing giving it to people who need it more than we need a kindle. I’m definitely down for signed books though!!! Very generous…thank you for the chance! Good luck everyone:)

  4. Congratulations on an amazing year! I’m so glad I found your books; they are amazing and i recommend them to everyone! :) It is a good feeling to know that, albeit in a tiny way, by buying you books I have contributed to the success of someone who truly seems to deserve it. Happy holidays and here’s hoping next year is even better!!!!

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