I’m new at this whole author business.
My debut novel has been out all of two weeks. So I’m working. And learning. This marketing thing? Strange and terrifying. Professional edits were so intimidating the first time around. Strangely enough, these books don’t actually write themselves. Or publish themselves. You have to sit down, put your head down, and make it happen. It’s hard. And it can be stressful.
But the thing is, even though writing is a solitary venture (and introvert me likes it that way), it’s also not. And that’s what I’m really thankful for this year in both my career and my personal life.
I have an amazing support group.
My alpha reader is a constant source of ideas, improvements, and happy squees of delight over my characters.
My editor pushes me to go that one next step in my writing, to move outside my comfort zone, and to take something good and make it great.
My writing group friends will answer any question, listen to any complaint, share posts, share their own stories, struggles, and triumphs, and just generally be wonderful, supportive people.
My friends buy paperback copies of my books and excitedly run up to me asking me to autograph them. Even though some of them don’t really read romance.
My husband fully supports my writing career, reads my books, and never complains about my overflowing bookshelf and the crazy piles of romance novels I keep bringing home even when I haven’t yet read all the ones I have.
My kids get excited about my books and love to tell people that I’m a writer, even though the younger girls don’t really know what the books are about. And my oldest keeps telling all her teachers to buy my book. She even arranged and photographed a series of flatlays for me that I could use as promo.
Not once has anyone said, “Don’t you have something better to do with your time?” or, “Why do you write that nonsense?” or anything of that sort. Everyone I know has been positive, helpful, encouraging, and supportive.
So, thank you for that. Thank you for every kind word, every positive review, every request for an autograph, every “like” on social media. It gives me hope. It keeps me doing the writing that I love. Thank you for all of you. You mean so much to me.
And a very happy holiday season to all of you and to all readers and writers everywhere. Chase your dreams. I’ll support you.
How to Seduce a Spy
Historical Romance ~ Fantasy ~ Paranormal ~ Victorian ~ Steampunk
Where potions run technology and passions run deep.
A barmaid with a rare talent.
Paris, 1882. Barmaid and potions expert Elle Deschamps knows a worrying secret: the supply of the magic serum that gives her potions their potency is running dangerously low. When a mysterious gentleman hires her to help search out new sources for serum, she jumps at the chance to earn her way to a life of less drudgery.
A spy on a mission.
Agent of the British crown Henry Ainsworth has a simple directive: end the potions crisis, by any means necessary. Posing as a bodyguard, he joins the beguiling potions expert on her continent-hopping expedition, determined to protect her from the unknown foes who wish to thwart her.
A love neither can resist.
With time of the essence, Elle and Henry must rely on one another to avert disaster. As enemies close in, they find the greatest danger of all may not be to their their lives, but to their hearts.
All About Catherine
Catherine Stein started reading at age two, when her mother noticed that she could tell the difference between words that started with the same letter. Ever since, she has wandered around with a book in her hand, her backpack, her purse, or even tucked down the back of her pants. A few years after she began to read, she also began to write, spending the majority of her school career writing non-school-related stories in her notebooks. Now she writes sassy, sexy stories set during the Victorian and Edwardian eras and full of action, adventure, magic, and fantastic technologies.
Catherine lives in Michigan with her husband and three rambunctious girls. She can often be found dressed in clothing that was purchased at a Renaissance Festival, drinking copious amounts of tea.
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