NOW AVAILABLE: Inspired By You

It’s RELEASE DAY! Whitley and Maxton have been released out into the wild for your pleasure! I know it took me longer than normal to come out with this latest Love in the City novel, and I just want to thank you so much for being patient with me! I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you’ll leave me some feedback in the form of a review no matter how you feel about the story! Inspired By You’s soundtrack and awareness page are now up on my website! I’ve also unlocked the Pinterest board for Inspired By You! Please be sure to check out my Nuss’ Navy group for exclusive giveaways, as well as my Facebook page for another release day giveaway! Thank you again for your love and support of the Love in the City series! It means so much to me! Happy reading!

Fame made him selfish.

Hollywood heartthrob, Maxton Waters, has just been named the World’s Sexiest Man Alive. Women fantasize about him. Men want to be him. The paparazzi continuously follow him. His ego is definitely larger than his heart.

Poverty made her grateful.

Whitley Gonzalez has made a life for herself after growing up in and out of homeless shelters. Now a hardworking nurse, she spends her spare time raising her son alone and giving back to the community that helped raise her.

But when Max is sentenced to hours of community services and placed under the single mom’s thumb, working together proves harder than they ever expected, inspiring an unlikely love in the city.

*Can be read as a standalone*

Candy at Prisoners of Print – “Love. Adore. Smitten for. Crazy about. Infatuated with.”

Author Kelly Siskind – “The chemistry between Whitley and Max was stellar. Fun banter.”

Britt Red Hatter Book Blog – “If you’re looking for something that gives you pure heartfelt sweetness with the perfect amount of heat, look no further!”


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Inspired By You: Coming Soon

Yes, you read that title right! Inspired By You (Love in the City, #6) is releasing on May 10th, 2018! I’m so excited for you all to read Max and Whitley’s story! A single mom and the world’s Sexiest Man Alive. I love a great single parent story, and Whitley’s is so inspiring. As for Max, I think his story is the perfect redemption from when we first met him in Fantasized By You.

Fame made him selfish.

Hollywood heartthrob, Maxton Waters, has just been named the World’s Sexiest Man Alive. Women fantasize about him. Men want to be him. The paparazzi continuously follow him. His ego is definitely larger than his heart.

Poverty made her grateful.

Whitley Gonzalez has made a life for herself after growing up in and out of homeless shelters. Now a hardworking nurse, she spends her spare time raising her son alone and giving back to the community that helped raise her.

But when Max is sentenced to hours of community services and placed under the single mom’s thumb, working together proves harder than they ever expected, inspiring an unlikely love in the city.

*TEASER*

*SOUNDTRACK SNEAK PEEK*

Once I have preorder links, I will post them here! For now, please be sure to add Inspired By You to your To-Be-Read list on Goodreads by clicking here!

If you’re a book blogger and would like to help promote Inspired By You as well as read an advanced reader copy (ARC), please click here to signup! Enticing Journey Book Promotions is hosting the release day blitz and blog tour! I’d love all the help I can get in reminding readers about the Love in the City series!

Thank you so much for being so incredibly patient with me! I cannot tell you how grateful I am for all of you who have continuously shared my work with others and cheered me on! I’ve made a deal with my editors that I’ll never take such a long time to write a book again, and now you know, so I’m definitely keeping that promise!

I seriously can’t wait for May 10th! I hope you’re as excited as I am! Comment below if you’d like an excerpt from the story!

xo,
Steph

Blog Hop, Hooray!

I’ve been tagged in this fun author blog hop by the amazing Amanda Aksel, author of The Man Test, which I absolutely loved! I’m so happy to call her a friend and can’t wait for more books from her! Thanks, girl!

So, here’s to keeping the hop alive with my interview:

1) What am I working on?

I’m currently working on the second book in my Love in the City series, Fantasized By You. The series is about a group of friends trying to find love in the city, and each book is about a different couple. The first book in the series, Wanted By You, released at the end of February, and I’m hoping to have book two out in the summer of 2014!

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

In my Love in the City series, every book has a love story and a message of awareness. The covers of the books will be a different color representing an awareness referenced in each book. I think it’s important to not only tell a great love story, but also share a meaningful message along with it. That’s what I hope my work achieves.

3) Why do I write what I do?

This quote by Cyril Connolly sums up why I write: “Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” I write because writing is something I have to do. I have these voices in my head begging me to tell their story, and I enjoy doing so. When I read, I’m constantly falling in love with the secondary characters along with the main characters, so I love book series where the secondary characters get their own story. I’m a sucker for series and sequels, so you’ll probably never see a standalone from me. I write what I love to read.

4) How does your writing process work?

Outlining is a must for me. I’m not one of those writers who can just sit down and let the voices in my head do the writing. I’m super organized and have notes about each of the books in my series on my computer, my email, a notebook, the notes app on my iPhone, etc. I need peace and quiet to write, and I usually write in bed. I also make a playlist for each book that I listen to when I’m not writing. So, when I take my dog on a walk or work out, I’ll listen to songs that go along with my story or my characters. I feel like that’s a way to stay in “writing mode” even when I’m not actually writing.

To continue the blog hop, I’m tagging three authors (I couldn’t pick just two)…

Elle Jefferson (author of At Death It Begins series), JC Emery (author of Bayonet Scars series), and Katrina Vore (author of The Dark Lotus series)! Tag, you’re it! I can’t wait to meet you girls in Phoenix next year at the Indie Mashup signing!

The Art of Writing

Last night, I finished up with a few tweaks and edits on WANTED BY YOU. It’s headed to the copy editor now which means we’re getting closer and closer to publication! 

*throws confetti!*

Let’s talk about the art of writing for a moment…

I think some people think writing a book is like taking a crap. You just sit down and write, and boom, a masterpiece is formed. No. That’s not how it works. There’s anxiety involved. A lot of anxiety and edits and rewrites. And the voices in your head never shut up. And they’re begging you to tell their story, but you can’t write fast enough to get everything down at once so you have notes all over the place. Inside your old college notebooks. On your Notes app on your iPhone. On your laptop’s sidebar sticky notes. It’s a mess of notes all over the place; sometimes in places you can’t even remember putting them. It’s exhausting and time consuming but completely magical all at the same time.

All of the anxiety and edits and perfecting is totally worth it because writing a book is not like taking a dump. It’s not an everyday occurrence that everybody does. It’s a big deal. It’s crossing off a bucket list item. It’s chasing after the dream you’ve had since you were a little girl. A dream of one day becoming that author who inspires others to write because being a writer is their dream, too.

So, as I get closer to publishing my first book and think about all the excitement and nerves that will come with release day, I can’t help but smile and think, bring it on! I’m not going to let anything or anyone bring me down. I’ve worked hard to get where I am as a writer, and I’m not going to let one person’s opinion or a bad review or whatever bring me down because writing a book is not like taking a poop. If it was, everybody would do it and nobody would judge anybody on how they do it because nobody would care.

I’m thankful for the people who care about me and my book and the Love in the City series, the people who have taken the time to help me through the writing and editing process and given me sound advice, and to the people who read my book early on and gave me their honest opinions.

I will forever be grateful for people’s honesty and feedback, but honestly, writing a book is nothing like taking a shit. Not everybody can do it. Not everybody has the guts to do it. So, cheers to all of us who have the courage to put ourselves out there, and to all the people who continuously support and encourage us to pursue our dreams and who care enough to share their thoughts with us.

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