Get It While It’s Hot!

For all my readers, Potholes of Hope on Kindle is free today 2/26/16 through tomorrow 2/27/16. It’s such a great read that I am giving it away for free but only for these two days. So get your copy today and, if you please, leave a review. Honesty is always good and, as a new author, there is still a lot for me to learn 🙂

Happy reading!

Read Potholes of Hope’s First Chapter!

Hello to all my awesome readers and supporters. Have you been on the fence about whether or not to give Potholes of Hope a try? Well now you can have a sneak peek with the whole first chapter! I know are going to love it so here is the link on Amazon so that you can keep reading it 🙂

Potholes of Hope Chapter Sneak Peek

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Potholes Of Hope Is Available For Preorder!!!

Hello everyone! I am so happy to announce that my book “Potholes of Hope is now available for preorder on Amazon! It has been a long five months since I had to pull it from the market but now it is ready go and looks better than ever! The cover is new and the book has had a total face lift inside. All those tricky logistics, fixed! 🙂

The only thing right now is that Amazon is still selling copies of the old edition. Please don’t be confused with the new one. The old edition isn’t bad but it isn’t as awesome as this new edition. This was the old edition:

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This is the new one that has had all the work done to it:

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Looks so much better right? I am super happy with the new cover. So I am not sure what Amazon is going to do with the new cover and the 5 left that they have of the old edition. I am hoping they will just disappear but I guess I will find out 🙂

So ahead and preorder “Potholes of Hope” today! The official release is Tuesday but you can be an early bird and get your copy at half price for $0.99! How awesome is that? A totally awesome and clean book for $0.99? I just know you are going to love going on this journey with Nora Clark as she goes through her life learning how to navigate the potholes that are put in front of her.

Happy reading!

Super Exciting Book News!

So everyone knows that I made the biggest rookie mistake in publishing and had to suffer the embarrassment of having to pull Potholes on Hope of the market. Well, I am SUPER excited to say that it is almost done and will be available again really soon.

It looks really awesome! I redid the cover and updated the text so that there are (hopefully) no more mistakes and the contextual stuff has been reworked. So to all who have read the book, all those places like Mike being gone for four years straight, Cheryl wanting gun licenses all over the place, Nora having brain surgery and stuff – gone, updated, and fixed. The little mention of an old fashion term that is considered a cuss word today – gone and fixed. All the missing words – there now and fixed. Everything is back up to par and ready to see the world in the way I wanted to Potholes of Hope to be seen.

My proofreader did a great job and I really appreciate her. She was truthful for all the areas that needed to be fixed and kicked my butt when things didn’t work. I should have used her in the beginning.

I will be posting a picture of the new cover soon once I get the proof. I think you will all love it and I can’t wait to share it with you.

p.s. To all who read the first edition, when I release the new edition, would you consider leaving a review on Amazon.com? Ignore all the issues you saw and just do it about the story line. All the contextual stuff has been fixed. Just review on the story and the characters. I would really appreciate it. 🙂

The Journey of “Potholes of Hope”

Boy! This has been a journey. I wanted to give a little background to the process it took for me to write “Potholes of Hope” and how it came out to be what it is today. The book almost wasn’t written since at the time I was in the dumps about writing. It was the winter of 2007.

I was 16 years old and had been writing for pleasure for about 4 years but nothing was coming out of it. I was depressed since I had all these ideas running through my head but I didn’t want to now be ‘wasting my time’ if there was nothing at the end of the tunnel. Then I had the idea of a story that was originally titled “Potholes” with the slogan of ‘a few potholes make for a smoother road’. I had no idea what to do with it. I knew it was a broad topic and needed to bring it to a focused point. Then it seemed like over night my characters appeared in my head with a story line and I just started writing.

Then the next thing that was my own pothole was that I was writing a story that had too much to be put into one book. In the original manuscript the end of “Potholes of Hope” was chapter 3 of “Potholes”. This wasn’t working out until it was suggested that I break it up. (Heads up: there are 4 total books in the series. So if you like this book there is more to come.) So that is what I did and a whole new road was laid out for me. I finished the first draft rather quickly but then I lost total interest in writing.

I was in college by then and had better things to do than sit at a computer for hours at a time writing things that no one was going to see any way. But the idea of writing and publishing a book never left my mind. My college professors were impressed by my writing skills and asked if I would ever consider publishing a book? I told them “yes but I don’t feel like the books [were] any good”. It wasn’t until I took a creative writing class at Sierra College in Rocklin Ca that I realized that I did have some talent as a fiction writer. We were in a class where the classmates would submit their short stories and we would critique them in class. I had an idea right way and started writing. I was surprised at all the positive feed back I got on style and story development that I decided to pull out my beloved story “Potholes” and edit it once again.

That was back in 2011. Now 4 years later and several set backs with finding a publishing house and someone who would take me seriously, I have now gotten the courage to self publish the story that I know I had the biggest connection with writing. I am not sure how it will be received but I hope readers will enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.