Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Hello My People,

I’m here letting you al know I am still pushing forward with my New Year’s decision to write every day! I have. Every day in January I wrote SOMETHING! Books don’t write themselves, but they can feel like they do when the words are just there. Like boom! How did I write 100,000 words? Well, um, let’s see… you WROTE EVERY DAY! There is something to be said about consistency and that is what this year is about. I want to be consistent. And if I write consistently, then by default I will have more consistent releases. It isn’t about writing FASTER as much as writing instead of binge watching Dexter. (Or Grey’s Anatomy, Vampire Diaries, etc.) TV is a killer.

My current concerns revolve around BOOK 4 in the JOCK series. It is about Rob McAvoy. (Do you remember him?) He has a much larger role in book 3 so it will refresh readers for his starring role in book 4. My problems have to do with ANGST. You know I write angst. How do I write angst in a light-hearted series and keep the overall feel consistent? I don’t know. Rob’s struggles are huge for him. I suppose I will have to gloss over some of the intense emotion in order to make this book less gut wrenching. We know Rob is a religious man, but this book doesn’t have to be Misplaced Affection. I will have to remember Rob is also funny.

I am also up against my own personal deadlines and trying to prove to myself I CAN write books in less than a year! In 2015, I wrote 2.86 books and a total of 297k words. AND that year lacked consistent writing. This year’s goal is 300k, but really that should be easy if I write every day. 300k = 3 novels. I think that is a reasonable amount given what I’ve written in the past. I can do this!

My next novel comes out in March. We still haven’t had too many people GUESSING the pub date. Did I bore you  already with that game? Comment below to win a copy. Guess which day in March Bankers’ Hours will release. I’ll announce the winner Friday, February 5th.

I will also have a cover reveal post on Prism Alliance in February. I’ll announce that date also on Friday. Please, guess they pub date J

Don’t forget, coming up in 2 weeks, I’ll be at Ashcombe Farms Greenhouse for a Romance Author signing with 17 other authors. There are prizes to win there and an offer for buy one get one 50% off of lunch at the little café there. J If you are in the area, come up to Mechanicsburg, PA to visit me and Andrew Grey from the M/M scene, and Taryn Plendl from the F/M side of romance, plus many more. It will be fun. Romance is in the air! <3

 Meet The Authors...
Natalie J. Damschroder writes high-stakes romantic adventure, sometimes with a paranormal bent. She’s published 22 novels, 8 novellas, and 15 short stories, and has launched a young adult series as NJ Damschroder. Learn more about her at her website, www.nataliedamschroder.com, follow her on Twitter @NJDamschroder, or like her 
Facebook page at /NJDamschroder.

A USA Today bestselling author, Roz Lee is a displaced Texan who lives in New Jersey with her husband and dog. She has two grown daughters, collects antique glass, and has never met a piece of chocolate she didn’t like. When Roz isn’t writing, she can be found traipsing around the country on one adventure or another. Learn more at 

Susan Kelley is a full-time writer from Central Pennsylvania. She’s multi-published in space opera romance and in epic fantasy as Susan Gourley. One of the administrators of the Insecure Writers’ Support Group, she has worked as an editor to publish a non-fiction writing manual and an upcoming short story anthology. Find her at 

Misty Simon loves a good story and decided one day that she would try her hand at it. Eventually she got it right. There’s nothing better in the world than making someone laugh, and she hopes everyone at least snickers in the right places when reading her books. Find her at www.mistysimon.com.

Amazon bestselling and multi-published author Sara Walter Ellwood writes sexy contemporary western romances about cowboys and the women strong enough to love them that will pull on your heartstrings. Although she grew up on a farm in Western Pennsylvania, she now jokes she’s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia. Find her at www.sarawalterellwood.com.

Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He is blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Learn more at http://andrewgreybooks.com/.

Cate Masters made beautiful Pennsylvania her home, but she’ll always be a Jersey girl at heart. When not spending time with her family, she’s in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company. 
Visit her at http://catemasters.blogspot.com.

One very early morning, Allison B. Hanson woke up with a conversation going on in her head. Unable to go back to sleep, she went to her computer and began writing. It still hasn’t stopped. Her romances include paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery suspense. Visit her at http://www.allisonbhanson.com/.

Almost as long as she’s been enjoying great books, Elizabeth Andrews has been attempting to write her own. She found her mother’s romance stash as a teenager and was hooked. She loves a variety of genres, mostly hot. You can find out more at www.elizabethandrewswrites.com.

Award-winning author Delynn Royer pens historical fiction for the light of heart. Whether it be romance, mystery, western, or adventure, two essentials are guaranteed: A strong hero and a fetchingly troublesome heroine who gets in his way. Aside from the research that inspires her novels, Delynn adores classic movies. Visit her at www.delynnroyer.com.

A genealogy search led Julie Doherty to the Celtic countries, where her love of all things Irish/Scottish blossomed into outright passion. She came home with a handful of beach pebbles, a husband, and an overwhelming urge to write historical fiction that’s plaid to the bone. Visit her at www.juliedoherty.com and www.facebook.com/juliedohertywrites.

Wade Kelly lives in conservative, small-town America where it’s not easy to live open in one’s beliefs. She writes passionately about controversial issues and strives to make a difference in the world by bringing hope and making people think. She likes snakes, can’t spell, and has a tendency to make people cry. Her online home is http://www.writerwadekelly.com/.

Taryn Plendl has always had a love affair with reading, but writing has been a way for her to step away from reality and live a bit through her fun and sometimes damaged characters. You will almost always find a Happy Ever After at the end of her stories. Learn more at www.tarynplendl.com. 

Victoria Smith lives in Central PA with her high school sweetheart and way too many animals. She writes paranormal, urban fantasy, and dystopian—all with romance, because who doesn’t love a happy ending? She publishes with Liquid Silver Books and coming soon from Soul Mate Publishing. 
Visit her at http://vickismith.blogspot.com.

A U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former Naval Intelligence Officer, Geri Krotow has lived in such far-flung places as Whidbey Island, Washington State, and Moscow, Russia. She creates powerful love stories with settings she’s personally experienced. Her books include bestselling Whidbey Island Series for Harlequin Superromance and Silver Valley Series with Harlequin Romantic Suspense. Her website is http://gerikrotow.com/. 

Holly Bush writes historical romance set in the U.S. in the late 1800s and in Victorian England, and recently released her first women’s fiction title. Her books are described as emotional with heartfelt, sexy romance. She and her husband live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com and on Twitter @hollybushbooks and Facebook at Holly Bush.

A former innkeeper and radio talk show host, Heidi Hormel has always been a writer. She spent years as a small-town newspaper reporter and as a PR flunky before settling into penning romances with a wink and a wiggle. Heidi has trotted around the globe from Death Valley to Loch Ness in Scotland. 
Visit her at www.heidihormel.net.

Gerri Bowen lives in south Pennsylvania with her family, dogs, and cats. She loves to read, write her stories and travel. Medieval, Regency and Contemporary are some of the eras visited in her books while maybe Time Travel, always romance, fantasy, paranormal and humor are what you get. Check out her website: www.gerribowen.com


  1. I'm not going to guess because I won the last contest (Thank you!) but I wanted to stop by for a minute and cheer you on. I think that your 2016 goal is awesome and even though those pesky t.v. gorging days try to trip you up, I'm sure you'll have a fantastic writing year. I can't wait for book 3 and 4 of Jock. I adore Rob even though logically I shouldn't since religion absolutely turns me off. You deserve props for that.

    1. I hope you like it. It WILL have religion. Sorry. Part of the character

    2. Don't apologize, it's part of who Rob is and your ability to make that good for me as a reader is what makes me appreciate the books. :)

  2. No, I love this game! I've been thinking about what to put for the publication date. I'm going with March 11th. I'm so glad you are continuing the Jock series. I love it :). I love your New Year's decision! I can't wait to read Bankers' Hours :)

    1. I put your guess down!
      I hope you like Bankers' Hours. It's cute. Should I post an except? Maybe soon.

    2. Yay! I'm sure I will :). It sounds great. Yes, if you have time soon. I would love to read an excerpt.

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