So June has been a big month. I’ve released two books, I’ve been writing my butt off with about three projects on the go, plus there’s a lot of other stuff happening behind the scenes. And June’s not over yet.
This has been the best month I’ve had both personally and professionally for a long time. Don’t get me wrong, this year has been pretty darn epic as a whole, but this month I’ve finally felt like I’ve got my groove back. After finishing Deadline to Damnation and doyenne, the tank was empty. They are two hugely personal stories. I put my heart and soul into them. And for awhile, I didn’t have anything left in me to even look at a Word Doc, let alone write anything. But I’m writing now and it feels GREAT (I’ll have news about upcoming projects soon).
I want to talk about doyenne here for a sec. Just in case you didn’t know, I released a standalone yesterday, on all platforms. This is a book that I’ve been writing for a while. It was a couple of chapters in the belly of my laptop for the longest time, until I found courage to write it. This year, I knew it was time. I knew that I needed to write a book like this. That I needed to share a different part of myself with my readers.
Just in case you were wondering about the title, doyenne means: the most respected or prominent woman in a particular field. If you’ve read it, then you’ll understand why that title called out to me. This book is about a strong woman, a powerful woman. Ruthless. In control of everything and everyone in her life. I almost hesitate to call it a romance because it’s that dark. It’s more about delving into the twisted minds of two broken people. It’s more about me finding peace with my demons.
I knew releasing this was a risk, especially when I know so many of you are waiting on other books (Sophie is coming, I promise). When so many of you would never expect this from me. But I needed to write it. My main priority when writing is to make sure I’m writing authentically, for myself, and then to make sure I represent women correctly. I write strong women, always. They’re not always conventionally ‘strong’, but they all have some sort of power. Charlotte is different. She wears her power as well as she wears couture. She’s cold. Abrasive. Unapologetic about getting to where she needs to be. I know a lot of you might have trouble connecting with her. But I hope you try to understand who she is. What she is.
I’m so very proud of this book, at writing something I was very afraid to write. I was afraid to share this piece of myself with the world. I’m so glad I did.
I hope you are too.
If you haven’t snatched doyenne yet, here’s the link…
Thank you so much for all the love I’ve gotten so far for both doyenne and Deadline to Damnation, it means so much to me. I know I say it all the time, but I would not be here without you. My readers have given me everything, and I want to continue to make you all proud and give you books that you’ll love.