Living Happily Ever After…Sort of.

It’s taken me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted to say with this post.

A long, long while. Happily-Ever-After

Like…a year-ish.

Whenever someone has the type of career that invites criticism of one’s work, life, behavior, and so on, it can get complicated when it comes to how much is appropriate to share. Deciding what’s personal and what’s professional and where that very thin and sometimes very blurry line is can be overwhelming to say the least. With that in mind, you may notice that this is not my very pretty, very bright and flashy website ( Here’s why: that website is smarter than me and I can’t figure out how to work it. It’s beautiful and I am so thankful to Brea at Utterly Chaotic for her hard work. But I am a writer and not being able to post on my blog for a year now has been frustrating and stifling. That being said, until I can figure out how to make that website bend to my will, you can find the thoughts from my very messy mind right here. Which leads me to another tidbit I wanted to share. I have a new motto when it comes to my life and my career and pretty much everything.


I have worked very, very hard on defining and establishing my brand. While I will continue to work very hard publishing books both independently and traditionally, I have decided to scale back a bit on the marketing and promo and things like complicated websites that I can’t seem to figure out.  My energy will be henceforth dedicated to my daughter, my family, my faith, my career, and my friends.

In the interest of keeping it simple, here is a quick run down of reasons why 2015 has been topsy turvy in CQland. 

1. I got a traditional publishing contract with HarperCollins (Avon/William Morrow). The Neon Dreams series is now complete and available on most retailers.

2. I got a divorce. There is a lot I could share about this but in keeping with my new motto I will just say that it was unpleasant.

3. I moved. My daughter and I moved from Birmingham, Alabama to Franklin, Tennessee and we literally couldn’t be happier. No, I have not completely unpacked yet. 😉

4. I have rediscovered my VOICE, my STRENGTH, and my love of READING, which, I have to admit, I had lost to some degree. I will be blogging often and posting updates on both my career and my personal journey as a single mom regularly. I will also be sharing the books I love in a weekly feature called #CQReads.

I am looking forward to so much as this year ends and a new one prepares to begin. Just the fact that I am still standing after this past year reminds me of how capable I am to survive even the toughest challenges. I have several indie novels planned for the coming months and am pitching ideas to traditional publishers. As soon as I have news, I promise I will share.


Thank you all so much for bearing with me during this amazing and amazingly difficult year.


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