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Is it Writer's Block or Am I Expending Energy in all the Wrong Places

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For the past six months, every word I type has been painful to pull out. It feels like I have an attention problem and that would explain quite a bit if only I'd had that issue all along.

I write a couple of sentences and that my mind wanders to the television program I have playing in the background or I scroll through facebook or twitter.

Some of you might be wondering why I'm watching television or on facebook while I'm writing anyway. Some of you might think it's a no-brainer just to shut them off while I'm working. The answer to your question is this: I dunno.

The minutes will fly by and before I know it, I'll have watched an entire episode of Oak Island or River Monsters. Or I'll know what's happening with every one of my facebook friends but I'll have two sentences on my current work in progress, which just so happens to be a Saint Lakes book. Saint Lakes is my most popular series by far and all my readers want the next book. Hell, I want th…

Rainbow Advent Calendar - Special Packages (A Saint Lakes Short Story) Free Read!

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Happy Holidays! Here's a free short story from me to you. I hope you enjoy it. Before you dive into the story please take a moment to visit Covenant House's website. 
Covenant House is a nonprofit organization. They provide a shelter to all homeless youth without discrimination. Please donate this holiday season: https://www.covenanthouse.org/
And now without delay:

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Some mates come with very special packages.
As the oldest son of irresponsible, selfish parents, Craig doesn't remember the last time he shifted into his turtle form and took a nice relaxing swim. He's far too busy working two jobs and taking care of his six younger siblings. When Craig's mate comes crashing into the diner kitchen, where he's a cook, his life gets even more complicated.
As the oldest vampire in existence, Zadimus has spent a lot of his years alone and liked it. Zadimus never thought his introverted nature would ever be a problem until he meets his mate’s family.

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Free M/M Books!

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Starting a newsletter subscribers list.

If you're a new author or even if you've established your author brand but haven't started a newsletter yet than this might help you.

(Before I really get started on all the helpful stuff, I want to point out that I don't have the longest subscribers list in the industry nor am I claiming I'm the best at building them. This is just an account of how I built my subscribers.)

I was a year into my career before I even began to start a list of subscribers. Let's call this mistake number one. The great thing about building an email list is there's really no wrong way to go about it, so other than wasting a lot of time, I still have a solid list of people who actually like my books and buy them on a regular basis.

First things first, though. Picking an email marketing site.

Mailchimp, madmimi, and mailerlite are a few that I know about. I'm sure there are others. I don't know if one is better or worse than another. They all have their pros and cons, so yo…

What's with that Roguefalls Series?

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Get all the inside information, including when Book 3 is coming out.

Humans and Paranormals have known about each other and have adapted to a way of life that doesn't always work for everyone. With limited choices and forced seclusion, everyone is looking for a better life, including human and rogue soldiers.


I finished the first draft of the fourth Roguefalls series. I'll be rewriting that closer to the end of the month and submitting it to my editor. There's not much I can say about that book without giving away the plots of the first three so I'll just post the blurbs and release dates of the three before it and leave it at that for now. I'll have a definitely release date on Roguefalls 4 soon and will update you on that.









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A human soldier and an omega wolf shifter find out they’re mates in a world where segregation between humans and paranormals is standard operating procedure.
Dylan Kole knows how to do one thing, and that’s to be a soldier in the…

What I'm working on

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Just taking a moment away from Saint Lakes 5, to let you all know what I'm working on. So yeah, Begin Again is the Fifth installment in the Saint Lakes series. I'm almost finished with it. Without giving spoilers, I can tell you that the story is Ramsey, Saint Lakes' Alpha, and Fane, a very ill vampire shifter who was rescued in book four by Angel and Forrest. He was in the vampire prison for being feral.

The over all series plotline heats up in a big way in this book.

I'm shooting for a mid-August release date but if that changes at all I'll definitely post something on social media for sure. I'll post a blurb soon, so look for that. The book will be available on Amazon and be included in the Kindle Unlimited, along with all the other Saint Lakes books.


If you haven't read the Saint Lakes 1-4, what are you waiting for?

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Blurb A human soldier and an omega wolf shifter find out they’re mates in a world where segregation between humans and paranormals is standard operating procedure. Dylan Kole knows how to do one thing, and that’s to be a soldier in the human army. He doesn’t know how to fit in with a bunch of paranormal beings, and he certainly doesn’t know how to be a mate to Rudy Malone, the only omega wolf shifter on Roguefalls Island. One thing Dylan does have going for him is his ability to follow his instincts.




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