“Bee” Calm

It’s been five months since I’ve blogged. Talk about slacking. 🤨 I’m so sorry, guys. I’ve been juggling a lot since the release of On the Other Side last September/October. 2020 has been an eye-opener for many of us, and we’re just three months in. I hope and pray that things only get better from here.

At the time of this blog post, many of us are in full social-distancing mode. Personally, I’ve decided to take two PTO days from my full-time job this week in order to take a breather from all the craziness and to work on my fifth next book. Yes, I’m on book #5 right now! 🤪 Let’s talk about the next release, the one before that, and the book I’m working on right now…

Bernadette

I’m in the process of preparing for the April 24th launch of my fourth release, “Bernadette.”

I’ve already shared this collage/mood board and several teasers on my Instagram and Facebook fan page, with more to come. This story is unique, so I hope you keep an open mind going into it. I’ve received feedback from my beta readers and I can’t wait until “Bee” gets out into the world. You can preorder it here. By the way, I just realized that my crazy butt already shared the blurb 🤣! No worries, it’s a kickass blurb. I’m so proud of it. I’ll keep it on the preorder site, but won’t pimp it until the cover reveal and giveaway in two weeks.

When signed paperbacks go up for sale, here’s what you can expect along with your book: A coaster, a magnet, and two hologram stickers (which relate to the story). You’ll also be getting a TKC standard bookmark and pen (not shown). Signed paperbacks will be ready a week before launch, so be sure to check the order form around that time.

As the image shows, the cover reveal happens at the end of the month. If you are on my snail mail list as a result of signing up for a 2020 California Love calendar refrigerator magnet, you will be getting a physical copy of that reveal! Those in Cherryville will see the cover a day before everyone else. ☺️

California Love

Speaking of California Love, I failed to promote that release as I should have. Since it came out two days after Christmas, the lack of promo was intentional.

I hope you had a chance to read Quen and Drew’s story. California Love is FREE on Amazon Kindle Unlimited, as is my first release, A Nocturnal Rendezvous. I hope these reads will get you through the social distancing mandates that are widespread all over the world.

Keeping Our Heads Up

I believe we’ll get through this trying time. Things may seem crazy now, but we’ve endured through much worse (i.e. terrorism, wars, natural disasters, and deaths of loved ones). We need to keep an eye on our elderly, our very young, and those who are high risk (those with pre-existing medical issues). Keep aware of what’s going on, but don’t overwhelm yourself with all the talking heads on television. Many of them are ringing up the cash register based on how much fear they can generate. I recommend you only pay attention to reliable medical experts, many who are being shared all around on social media. I highly recommend this interview with infectious diseases expert, Michael Osterholm, which aired last week on Joe Rogan’s podcast. Also, the CDC has a site that covers symptoms and how to best prepare your family.

What’s Next For Me?

As I mentioned, I’m in the process of writing my fifth book. It’s a romcom biracial office romance. (Say that three times fast, haha!) Make sure you’re in my Cherryville reader group. I’ve already shared a short excerpt of the tale that I’m calling “THIF” for the time being. I’ll also be doling out more sneak peaks as we draw nearer to promo and release time. In addition to Cherryville, I’ll be teasing long excerpts of book #5 in my newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up for that. By the way, signing up for the Cherry Picking newsletter gets you access to a FREE copy of Nate’s Fate: An On the Other Side Novella!

Other than writing, I’ve been going through so many audiobooks. If you follow me on Goodreads, you’ll see that I’m twenty books in so far in 2020! (Btw, I will be sharing my top recommendation in the next newsletter!) Audiobooks are my crack, seriously. I even have a bluetooth speaker in my shower, smh. I had to put the Audible app and headphones down until I finish this next book. NanoWriMo camp is also coming up in April, so I’ve gotta get geared up for that.

Bernadette ARCs will be ready the second week of April. In the backmatter, you will see the list of all the releases I have planned for 2020. My lineup for 2021 is set as well. I will be a writing fool between now and the middle of next year, but things will eventually slow down. I still have so much to learn about the world of indie publishing. Once I have a solid backlist under my belt, I plan on taking my time and soaking up as much knowledge as I can—whether it’s taking classes or participating in writing contests. I am learning a lot as I go, but I really want to cool my jets after next year. Maybe I’ll put out a book or two a year until I feel that I have this idie thing licked. Or maybe that’ll never happen, haha! Regardless, I will have fun trying. I truly love telling stories, so that will never change.

I hope you’re having a wonderful day. I look forward to chatting with you in Cherryville. I’ve shared lists of free books in the group from fantastic authors such as Colleen Hoover, LJ Shen, and Meghan March—just to name a few. I get tons of free books alerts on a daily basis and I love sharing them with fellow lovers of love stories, so make sure you’re in my group!

I will do my best not to wait so long in between blog posts. It took a day off from work for me to finally get my ish together!

Stay sweet, loves! – TK🍒

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