The Bed She Made Got a Makeover!

So…funny story.

Amazon said the old cover for The Bed She Made was “too racy” for advertising. LOL So the whole series got a makeover! I’m loving these new covers. What do you think??

For a limited time, The Bed She Made and To Be Her First are available as part of the Kindle Unlimited Library. Subscribers can read them for free as part of their subscription! This is only for a limited time! Continue reading “The Bed She Made Got a Makeover!”

My Bookiversary during the Barbara Vey Weekend 2016 – #giveaway

It’s been two weeks, and my head is still spinning from my experience at the Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Weekend in Milwaukee, WI. I’ve got pictures and a GIVEAWAY (Amazon Gift Card) to celebrate, so hang with me while I tell you a little story. Telling stories is what I do after all… Continue reading “My Bookiversary during the Barbara Vey Weekend 2016 – #giveaway”

The Bed She Made – The Back Story

Ever since The Bed She Made was released for publication, I’ve gotten a LOT of questions. The most prominent question has been, “Is this about you?”

Well…

Yes. And no.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

The Bed She Made is probably the closest thing I will ever write to an autobiographical novel without it being autobiographical at all. If you know much about my personal history, you will easily be able to spot the similarities between the protagonist and myself. Let’s go over a few:

  • Just like the story’s protagonist, Journey, I was a wild child in high school. My hair was short, always colorful, and sometimes shaved. I wore tie-dye and combat boots and opted for a skin-tight leopard print for my high school prom. (Not that I do any of those things anymore, *ahem.)
  • My best friend was the high school quarterback, and we went our separate ways because he wanted to be a cop and I was into the drug/party scene. This is our picture together at his graduation (aren’t we adorable?):

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  • I spent nine months in rehab when I was eighteen as opposed to Journey’s 30-day program.
  • My best girlfriend has really been 6’1 since middle school. She’s still my BFF after all these many years.

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  • My first husband died when he was 25 years old, but he was not a police officer. He was killed TEXTING AND DRIVING. Please, please, please don’t text and drive!
  • Steven’s character is sort of a hodge-podge of all the dysfunctional boyfriends I had when I was young.
  • I still live in Nashville, TN. My sister is here as well.
  • My father never shot and killed any of my old boyfriends, though I’m sure he considered it.
  • I married that high school quarterback in 2012, and we are living happily ever after. He’s a cop and he’s still in the military.
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The biggest similarity is the relationship between Journey and her parents. Like Journey’s parents, my mom and dad are ‘staunch Republicans, successful small business owners, and devout Southern Baptists’. We had a very strained relationship when I was younger. Thankfully, our relationship has been restored and my parents are now my closest allies.

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The story found in Chapter 7 “Daddy Issues” is very much a true story. I had been in trouble with the police and I was forced to return home with my parents. My dad “made my bed” that night.

The Bed She Made is close enough to my real life that it was very painful but therapeutic to write. Most of it, however, is straight-up fiction and the majority of the characters were birthed out my crazy imagination.

Oh… and yes, I have a phoenix tattoo, but I didn’t draw it myself. I have the artistic ability of a giraffe with a set of Crayola markers:

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To Be Her First – A New Novel

To Be Her First – The Prequel to The Bed She Made
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To Be Her First is the highly anticipated PREQUEL to The Bed She Made. It is available ONLY on Wattpad for the amazing community of readers who have boosted The Bed She Made to the top of the charts!

Thanks to Wattpad…

THE BED SHE MADE is averaging around 2,000 reads PER DAY!

Out of 100 MILLION books, it has been jumping around the top 10 in ChickLit all week!

It has been downloaded in all these countries:
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But… about the NEW BOOK!!!

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At sixteen, Journey Durant hasn’t yet experienced her first anything. No first boyfriend. No first date. No first kiss. But, that’s all about to change. Two boys at West Emerson High are vying for her attention: the MVP quarterback and the school’s reigning bad boy.

David Britton is the sensible choice. He’s attractive, responsible, and every mother’s dream—including hers. But, David and Journey are from two different social universes where David is the sun in his, and Journey is a moon rock in hers. He’s the most popular guy in school, and Journey is just background noise. She has a hard enough time accepting that he truly wants to be her friend, much less anything more.

And then there’s Steven Drake. Steven has dominated Journey’s fantasy life for as long as she can remember. He has a short list of things he cares about and school, the future, and what anyone thinks of him aren’t on it. Journey finds the element of rebellion he emanates to be intoxicating. But as much as Steven excites her, she knows there’s trouble down that road.

So, who will be her first? Mr. Most Likely to Succeed or Mr. Most Likely to Go to Jail?

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