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I’m back and boy does it feel good.

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I haven’t been to a blog conference since 2011. When this happened. I’ve been to a writer’s conference and to some small blogger events with never more than 50 people. So it was with some trepidation that I prepped for this conference, packed my bags, and set out for Atlanta.

I was excited to go. I was going to speak about setting goals and expectations at the start of the conference. I was going to sign books*. And I was going to pitch the new business** I’ve been slowly building over the last few months. Oh yeah, and I was promoting my blog and social media consulting business.

And I think that’s why I was pumped.

Last time I went to a blog conference, I was barely holding on to my purpose for blogging and being there and I was struggling with what was happening at home and the challenge of finding myself in the maelstrom that our lives had become.

I was, in short, a hot mess.

Well, friends, I’m back.

No, but really, that’s what it felt like this weekend.

When people asked me what I was working on, I had things to share, things I was crazy excited to share. When people had conversations about our industry, I had things to share, things I was crazy excited to share and discuss. And when I shared what I was working on, people were receptive and had great advice.

I got on the plane Sunday, exhausted beyond measure, but with my head spinning at a million miles a minute with ideas and plans.

And this morning, when I asked M if he was serious about helping me build my new business, I think I impressed him when I laid out, in detail, the plans that were already mapped out.

Life seriously tried to wallop me out of the game. Life failed.

I’m stronger, more focused, and more determined than ever before. I’ve learned more about myself by making it through the last 4 years, than I ever thought possible. I’ve become a true expert about my chosen industry and about what it takes to start a business and make it thrive than I would have if I’d gone down the path I thought was meant to be mine, back in 2011, before everything went to hell in a hand-basket.

I am back.

I never thought I would be.

I couldn’t be more excited to be proven wrong.


*You can buy Aloha Also Means Goodbye in paperback or for Kindle. Or you can message me and let me know you want a signed copy and buy it directly through me.

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Aloha Also Means Goodbye out in Paperback!

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It’s been a long time coming! But it’s here! It’s here! We had to chase down some errant typos, update the cover with the IPPY silver medal seal,fight the Amazon uploader, but at long last it’s ready and available! And I am SO excited!

I present to you, the award winning Aloha Also Means Goodbye out in paperback! WHOOOT!

Aloha Also Means Goodbye cover

Quick reminder about the story line!

 Jo and Jordan tied the knot five years ago in a mud hut in the middle of Zambia far from all their friends and family. Now they’re in Hawaii for a big wedding vow renewal ceremony elaborately planned by Jo’s mother. There’s just one small issue, something’s wrong with the wedding license issued in Africa and only Jo knows that she wasn’t legally married in Zambia. Enter her old flame, the man she was running from when she met Jordan. He’s on the island and with his two kids, both of whom are named after her. Coming face to face with her past, just as she’s trying to brave her future, forces Jo to make some big decisions. It might even force her to grow up. Luckily she doesn’t have to do any of it on her own; her two best friends are there to hold her hand and help her down the right path. But what path will she choose? Despite all the upheaval and complications, Jo will eventually walk down the aisle to say “I do” to the man who completes her. But will the wedding be the one Jo’s mother planned? Or will it be something much, much better?

With luck the reviews from the Kindle version will soon populate over to the paper version, in the meantime you can see them all by clicking here.

Have you read it yet? Were you just waiting to get it in paper to sink your teeth into the beach read of the year? Lucky you! Your wait is over! Be sure to tell all of your friends!


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$0.99 sale! And what people are saying about the book

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In celebration of the unofficial kick-off of summer, the award winning Aloha Also Means Goodbye is on super sale all weekend! Snag your digital copy for a mere $0.99 and slip off a sunny beach in Hawaii!

Aloha Also Means Goodbye 99c sale

Want to know what people are saying about the book? You can see all the reviews for yourself, but here are some of my favorites:

I loved this book because the plot twists were unexpected and you fell in love with all the characters. They were all flawed, human, and relatable. I highly recommend reading this book. – Barbara Dewey

This book was a great read. It kept me alert, wanting to know what happens next. There is a story for each character and several books I’ve read with many main characters with their own story get confusing. But not this one. Each characters story blended together and keeps you wanting to read to see what will happen next. – S Lane

What a great book. Tugs on the heart strings but shows how saying goodbye to the old and hello to a new life is important. – Jill Johns

This wasn’t just your ordinary romance story! It had a lot of interesting twists and turns that kept your interest throughout the entire story. It was a good, enjoyable read. – M. Jeanne Otterness

Loved being reminded of the islands and our trip as I read this book. The rekindling of a love between two people is a great story. The grass sometimes looks greener on the other side but to see Jo realize her love was great to watch. Loved the twist of other romances and people seeing themselves and others in a different light. The islands are a magical place and a great place to fall in love again. I love when characters are brought to life like Jessica did. Will be looking for more of her books. – P. Matheny

I actually really enjoyed this book! I had no idea of what it would be, and the twists and turns of the characters make it really a good read. Enough romance and excitement to make it fun, and enough ‘mystery’ to keep me wondering just how things were going to turn out. I honestly wasn’t ready for it to end, and hope there is a sequel! – K. Duelfer

Snag the book this weekend and add your own review to the mix!

Award Winning Novel!

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I’m pretty sure that at some point in the last few months I got an email from my publisher letting me know that she’d entered Aloha Also Means Goodbye in some literary contests. I have a vague memory of reading that email and instantly mentally filing it under “information I should care about, but don’t really know what to do with so I’ll just get on with my day.”

Basically, I instantly forgot about it.

So, cue complete and utter surprise this morning when I received an email letting me know that Aloha had just taken silver in the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards. (in the romance/erotica ebooks category)

Over 2500 books from all over the world compete and my little book came second in its category.

I’m quite the proud mama. And an award winning novelist apparently.

Aloha Also Means Goodbye

Award Winning Novel! Oh yeah!