Hey there:

So I didn't make it to the third level of the 2014 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.  But that's okay.  I got some very useful feedback from the Amazon.com Vine Reviewers that will enable me to make my novel “False Love” that much better.  I'm thrilled to have made it as far as I did in the contest – further than I've ever gotten before.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my life has recently undergone some major transitions.  Among other things, I resigned from my job and started two new businesses: my own law practice and my own self-publishing company.  If there was ever a time for me to take a chance and start living the dream, it would be now.  So I'm going for it.

My debut novel – “Just Dreams” – will be out in a few weeks.  The cover is already complete. I've just got to implement the revisions suggested by my outside editor and get it formatted for publication.

I can't tell you how excited and nervous I am about the book and everything else.  I'm walking around feeling terrified yet strangely liberated at the same time.

It's crazy but, despite the fact I don't have to report in to the office every day anymore, I still find myself struggling to find the balance between taking care of the marketing and logistical aspects of starting two businesses and finding the time to write.  Who knew that ordering business and announcement cards, mastering the art of marketing on social media, and running around to train and network and properly register the businesses with the appropriate authorities would be so time consuming? I've spent hours reassuring friends, family and colleagues that I haven't lost my mind or suffered some sort of midlife crisis. And we won't even talk about all the time I've been spending with the relatively new (it will be a year in August) and much younger boyfriend.  Oh well, at least he made himself useful by providing me with inspiration for the romantic suspense novels and designing and creating the book covers.   I think he did a great job with the covers.  I hope you think so too.  I'm going to reveal the cover art soon so you can tell me what you think.

It's going to be a little crazy around here over the next few weeks with me editing the book while figuring out how to set up blog tours, format and upload the book to Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble, and the logistics of running a law practice, and attending writers and law conferences.  But we'll get it done.

Thank you so much for your support during these transitions.  You'll be hearing from me again soon.