As stated in my previous update, this post is regarding something deeply personal that’s happening with my family. On my birthday, my biological father went to the ER for excruciating pain, and he was diagnosed the following day with cancer in several vital organs throughout the body. After he went to the VA, the doctors determined the type of cancer he has is Esophageal.
Most of the people in my life, and those who have been following my writing career and personal journey on A Few Beautiful Moments, know I’ve lost several family members to cancer, including my stepdad, baby brother and an early childhood friend. The news on my father’s health has been incredibly devastating to me and all our family on both sides.
If you click the picture above, or if you click here, you’ll see all the updates going on with my dad’s health, and if you can, please share the campaign, pray for our family, and keep us all in your thoughts. Also, if you are able to donate, we’d be eternally grateful. No amount is too small!
It goes without saying that all my writing, with the exception of Collide — which is dedicated to my dad — has temporarily been put on hold. Even working on that project has been a struggle for me. It’s taking every ounce of energy to keep everything I need to do in my life aligned and in order. I’ve been crying myself awake and losing a lot of sleep, and I’ve been fighting back the bitter anger and fear that’s bubbling beneath the surface.
At this time, I am not accepting any emails or DMs on social media. I cannot do much of anything more, not right now, and I hope you’ll all be understanding of this. Thank you for taking the time to read this message, and I hope you have a good Memorial Day weekend. I encourage all to spend time with their loved ones, as time can be cruel, and you never know when your last moment with your loved ones will be. Keep making those precious immeasurable moments, but please don’t forget this holiday’s true meaning either.
All My Love,
Hey, everyone! I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. I wanted to provide an update with the Broken series.
The contract with Page Publishing for Broken will end around the end of August 2022, and since I won’t be voluntarily renewing the contract, that means Broken will no longer be unavailable for purchase by the end of the following month. Whatever you see now online to buy will be the final copies of the first edition.
As you may have already figured out, I am no longer advertising the Broken series on this site or any affiliate social media pages. The entire series will be undergoing a second edition makeover. For those of you who love this series, I appreciate you following my work, and I hope you will stick with me through this as I give this series a fresh new look.
For the time being, for anyone else interested in any of my other works, feel free to browse my website, see the works I have available for free online, or if you haven’t already, head on over to my newest book release, Finding Dakota. I’ve put way over a decade of love, passion, commitment, and hard work into that novel, and if you give it a chance, I think you’ll really like it.
That’s all I have to say for now in this particular update, but I will be posting a personal update in just a few minutes, so please stay tuned!
All My Love,
Ciao, folks, and Happy Monday!
Just a short little update here. I’d been waiting for Finding Dakota to hit the Google Book platform shelves before announcing that every platform was up and running for sale. However, there is a partnership error with Google Books and my bank, which cannot be resolved, as my bank will not accept the partnership; therefore, I am cancelling my partnership with the Google Books platform and none of my books will be available to purchase in the Google Book store. For now, you will see that Broken is still an available option, but that is because Broken was published with another publisher. As of September 2022, Broken will be pulled from the shelves everywhere to undergo a second edition print, and I will be publishing it directly.
For those of you who have been waiting for an update about the final publication news for Finding Dakota, I am pleased to announce that it’s now available on all the major retail platforms. Feel free to head on over to the Finding Dakota dedication page to learn more about it, such as pricing, and special links on where to buy the book. I had initially intended on publishing the Hardcover format with the price of $24.99 but due to the huge increase in printing costs, I unfortunately had to change the final price to $29.99. I sincerely apologize for the price hike in that regard, but I can tell you that with the exception of Amazon, every other retailer (like Barnes & Noble) will sell the book with the dust jacket. Amazon is the exception because their printers don’t currently print with dust jackets.
I will be changing the landing page book trailer to Finding Dakota once I update the seller page of the video to remove the Google Books retail icon. You should see this change automatically when you first visit this website by this evening at approximately 7 PM EST. This will be my final announcement about the finalized publication details for Finding Dakota. If you’re just tuning into my website for the first time, and you’re not sure what this book is about, please feel free to check out the dedicated page for all kinds of information. If you purchase my book, reviews are greatly appreciated on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc. Thank you all for being so patient with me throughout this season.
All My Love,
I’m thrilled to announce that the Paperback and Hardcover versions of Finding Dakota are now available for you to purchase on Amazon. Click on the respective title if you want more information, though if you want to head straight over to Amazon, you can check out the direct link here. Before you click anywhere else, I’d like to share a little information with you.
The Paperback version qualifies for Amazon Prime’s 2-day shipping, so you can get it as early as 2 days! However, if you’ve got your eyes on purchasing the Hardcover, it doesn’t qualify for Amazon Prime at this time (Amazon’s decision). It also doesn’t come with a dust jacket, though the other retailers will.
I’m still keeping an eye on IngramSpark’s release of the book, so it may take another week or so. I will send out another update as soon as I see anything new to share. If you do your shopping on Amazon, then now would be the perfect opportunity to get yourself a copy!
All My Love,
Merry Christmas, everyone!
My household is feeling a little under the weather for yet another Christmas but we’re okay with keeping things low-key. As for my latest book, Finding Dakota, I’m thrilled to announce this book is now available for purchase as an eBook in the Kindle store on Amazon. I had problems initially with uploading the print files and had to go back to my graphic designer for a change in file types for the cover to the book. I sincerely apologize for the delay in this, as it wasn’t something I had anticipated. However, I’ve gotten resolutions implemented.
It may be a week or so before everything starts to show up for Paperback and Hardcover purchases. Also, I know there have been delays with printing on the global scale through IngramSpark platforms that feed to most Print-on-Demand retail platform services due to staffing shortages in both of the industries of printing and shipping. However, that is something no author has any control over. Regardless, though, I will remain vigilant on a daily basis and update you when there is an update to share. If you’re interested in purchasing the digital format in the Kindle store, feel free to check out the dedicated page for Finding Dakota. The first of the reputable retail links (for Amazon Kindle) has been listed there for your convenience.
Also, it’s been brought to my attention in the writing community that some authors are experiencing scams going on with the sales of their books. That being said, I’ve decided to add an actual price expectancy to my dedicated book pages. Previously, I had it simply listed as prices being varied, depending on the preference of format and retail shopping. Going forward, I will be listing the prices that are registered with the ISBNs of my books. It’s common to see a difference in a few dollars due to shipping costs, taxes, etc. However, when there’s a substantial price hike that’s double, triple, or more, then please note the ones charging those price hikes are likely to be scams. I, personally, have not seen any scams going around with my books, though I also want my readers to be careful of where they purchase my books, or books of other authors they love.
That will be all for now. Stay tuned for another update soon! Thank you so much for your patience, support, and understanding. Merry Christmas and may peace be with you and yours.
All My Love,
Hello, everyone, and thank you so much for checking out my corner of the web. As you can tell by the title, I have an exciting announcement for you. The manuscript for my upcoming novel, Finding Dakota, has been completed and is now undergoing editing through the remainder of 2021. I anticipate its release date for publication to come sometime between January and March 2022, so please stay tuned for more updates. In the meantime, I have a special surprise for you, which is a chapter reading that’s been hosted by Luna Willows and yours truly on our podcast, The Flow of Ink. For your convenience, I’ve loaded the episode just below this message. Feel free to check it out and enjoy!
(Please Note: Subtitles don’t match the entire audio. Characters listed in order of appearance in Chapter 13 are: Kaelyn, Daniel & Jacob Denner, Dr. Denner & Alice, and Matthew & Vinessa Denner. Characters listed in order of appearance in Chapter 16 are: Denver Knight, Amber, as well as Mrs. Knight, and Rori & CJ Knight.)
Hello, everyone, and thank you so much for checking out my corner of the web. I’m thrilled to announce two totally awesome podcast channels that I’ll be hosting. One is a solo host and has already started a few days ago, and then one will start this day next week, which I’ll be co-hosting with one of my best friends on a weekly basis. Allow me to tell you what they’re about.
A Year of Positivity Podcast
As you may have already noticed on my personal blog, A Few Beautiful Moments (linked in the menu above as well), I have been actively writing a daily post in my project, A Year of Positivity. Every time I’d publish a new post, it would ask me if I wanted to convert it into a podcast. Well, I’d been thinking about it, and have come to realize that not everyone has the time to sit down and read my daily posts of positivity but they may still want to hear what I have to say.
That’s where my podcast comes into play. Right now, the podcast only has 7 episodes, which have also been uploaded to their corresponding post in my A Year of Positivity blog. There are 52 days total so far that are on the blog, including today (I will upload Day #52 this evening), so please bear with me as I get caught up in the podcast episodes. As for the actual podcast channel, you can check it out on Anchor, which automatically sends the feed out to Spotify. Feel free to follow A Year of Positivity on Spotify. I really hope you enjoy the show!
The Flow of Ink with Willows & Pierce Podcast
I’m incredibly excited to share another brand-new podcast, The Flow of Ink with Willows and Pierce (Official Facebook Page). I will be co-hosting this podcast channel with one of my best friends, a fellow writer, Luna Willows. This podcast will mainly be a once a week chat between us about reviews on the latest books we’ve read, poetry readings, as well as a wide variety of other writing-related topics. We even have plans to implement guests on the show, such as other authors, with interviews about them and their latest projects.
The link in the main menu up top will lead you directly to the YouTube channel where the podcast will be hosted. However, you can also view it here. The first episode will be uploaded on Wednesday September 15th at 7PM EST. As an added bonus, if anyone ever has any questions for us, whether it’s about the episode in question, or for writing tips in general, etc., feel free to leave a comment on each episode, and we’ll address all your questions at the beginning of the following episode. If you check out our show and enjoy it, please go to the YouTube channel and hit the subscribe button, so that you never miss an episode. We can’t wait to see you there!
Hello, everyone, and welcome back to my corner of the web! I wanted to inform you that I received an email this morning from IngramSpark. IngramSpark is the Print-on-Demand service and global distributor for a lot of retailers likes Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Apple Books, and millions of brick and mortar stores.
The email I received talks about how the book industry is now experiencing COVID-19’s negative logistic impacts due in large part to labor and supply shortages and transportation issues. They are expecting that in the coming autumn season, there will be disruptions in the global publishing business with shipping (which will increase costs throughout the supply chain), shortages in consumables used for packing and shipping, and shortages in manufacturing supplies for books and printed matter.
Their email also states, “Like many other companies that rely on warehouses, trucking, and manufacturing, IngramSpark expects to be challenged by labor shortages and transportation challenges. We expect to have difficulty finding available workers in many of our warehouse locations and manufacturing plants. We may also lack enough transportation assets to keep books moving at our typical speed.” Basically, what this means is, if you order any of my books through retailers like the ones I mentioned above (Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Apple Books), you may end up experiencing delays in shipping and possibly face increases in shipping costs.
As for Amazon, Amazon can do one of two things: they can put in orders to IngramSpark to print books, or they could print the books themselves. Like IngramSpark, Amazon has its own Print-on-Demand service (meaning, they have their own printers). I do not know if Amazon will end up having the same issues as IngramSpark when it comes to transportation and sufficient labor to meet the demands of what customers are purchasing directly from Amazon, though it’s not a bad idea to keep an eye out for this as well.
The email from IngramSpark continues on to say, “Here is what we are doing to prepare for these challenges:
That being said, if you’re interested in purchasing any of my written works, I would like to recommend that you strongly consider purchasing the eBook versions rather than the physical paperback copy. I know, I’m a big lover of actually having the physical copy of a book in my hand to read. However, I also don’t want to see you spending more out of pocket in costs for shipping, or experience longer-than-normal delays in getting my books in which you order.
With the eBook formats, there won’t be any shipping costs, the price of the book itself is cheaper, and you’ll have instant access to the eBook, as it will be delivered right to your preferred electronic reading device. If you still decide to order the paperback copy, that’s okay too. Just keep in mind the book industry may need a little patience in delivering the books to you, and also keep in mind that you may possibly have to pay higher costs in shipping. That is all I have for now.
Thank you so much for your time and happy reading!
All my love,
Greetings, everyone, and welcome back to my corner of the web. I hope and pray this message finds you all well and in good health. September is just around the corner, and as you can see by the title of this update, I’m announcing a special project for September which, if you didn’t know, is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. My family and closest friends will understand why this project means something to me, though I also want to share that with you as well.
I lost my baby brother in January of 1997 to Neuroblastoma, an incurable childhood cancer of the adrenal gland. Most children with this disease will succumb to it before they reach the age of ten. My baby brother, Kristopher, was only two years old, just two months shy of his third birthday, when he lost his war on this awful disease. I’m also sad to say I lost an early childhood friend to the same disease. She was just a little older than Kristopher, although her name was Rachael. Kristopher lost a friend to a different kind of cancer which took out his lungs. This little boy’s name was Tyler.
None of them got a chance to live and enjoy a normal childhood, and none of them got the chance to grow up. Instead, they suffered day in and day out with their diseases. Children are supposed to be the future, yet so many of them are suffering and dying from these childhood cancers. The grief of losing a child like this affected my mother in ways I saw but couldn’t even begin to tell you, and the grief of losing my little baby brother like this is still as strong today as it was back in 1997. This brings me to why I’m sharing all this, why I want to be an advocate for Childhood Cancer Awareness.
So, for the month of September, I will be sharing statistical facts about seven of the most common childhood cancers, including Neuroblastoma. I’ll be sharing four posts on each of the diseases, and one post will be shared every day. They’ll be shared on Instagram and on my Official Facebook Author Page. At the end of the month, I’ll be adding a special page that will be a dedicated collection of facts and resources on each of the cancers discussed on social media, and more. In addition to this, I will be sharing a special surprise to an upcoming novel I’m writing, Rachael’s Voice, which will be a novel dedicated to my late, special friend.
This is all I have for now, but thank you for taking the time to read my message. If you’re new to my site, and you’re interested in following me for the month of September on this Childhood Cancer Awareness Project, then feel free to follow me on Instagram, or hit the ‘Like’ button on my official Facebook author page, so that you can stay up to date on all my latest news. Stay tuned, folks, and I’ll see you in September.
All My Love,
Good afternoon and welcome back to my corner of the web!
I’m still in recovery with my left wrist, and I have a long road ahead of me as far as occupational therapy goes, so my writing is still out of question, because I can only write so much of something before the pain and discomfort becomes intolerable. For now, as a trial to see how I fare in typing, I’m resuming A Year of Positivity, starting today. I’m considering doing podcast episodes, so if the pain of typing on a keyboard becomes too much, I may go that route. With that said, please feel free to head on over to A Year of Positivity and check out today’s quote of positivity!
Ciao for now!