Christmas is meant for new beginnings…

Surprise! The Christmas novella I’ve been trying to publish for three or four years is finally here! I’ve—mostly—gotten over my fear and published Christmas Beginnings.

Even as a “seasoned” author, I still get nervous pushing publish on anything!

Anyway, it’s here, so I just wanted to let you all know that you if you’re looking for a quick, Christmas romance, you might want to check out Christmas Beginnings!


Christmas is meant for new beginnings, and Megan Whitehead is in desperate need of one.

Jobless, homeless, and divorced, Megan returns home to her small town in Mississippi and gets a job working for her former high school sweetheart, Ryan McKinley, at his pet store. Falling for him again was never supposed to happen, but as Megan has to face who and what she ran from and the whole sad truth comes out, Megan must face why she ran. And Ryan is offering to help each step of the way—along with her faithful Basset Hound companion, George. Will Megan find love and healing in time for Christmas?


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To Read a Novella or Not To Read (or write one for that matter)

With the popularity of self-publishing and Indie authors, I’ve noticed that shorter reads, i.e. short stories, novelettes and novellas, have risen in popularity. It’s also gaining traction in the traditional world, as well. Think Keira Cass and the chick who wrote Dorothy Must Die. (I cannot for the life of me remember her name at the moment.) They have been writing prequels and follow-up stories to their ever so popular series. I, for one, love them!

Let me explain from two different point of views. The writer and the reader. I’ll start with the reader perspective.

As a reader, I love them because we get to see more of the world that we’ve fallen in love with when otherwise we might not have. Sure, they’re short, but it’s more than what we had, and I think that’s something to be grateful for.

Also, when you’re pressed for time, it’s nice to have something that you can devour rather quickly. I mean, short stories can take only thirty minutes to read, if you’re a fast reader, and you can read it during a break or something, to get in a little more reading.

So, they’re pretty convenient, and we get to see more of the worlds we fell in love with.

As a writer, they’re really convenient to write. Like with my short story, Before We Say I Do, I got to visit Mads and Chase and tell something I would have skipped over in book two. I was happy to spend a little more time with them, and I hope my readers are, too! I thoroughly enjoyed sharing their union when I wouldn’t have gotten to write it.

They’re, also, pretty quick to write. If you know where you’re going and you can sit down and write, you can have a novella written in less than a month. You know, if you have the time.

So basically, there you have it. It’s pretty much the same as a writer and reader as to why I like shorter reads. What about you? Are you adverse to either reading or writing them? Do you think that we should leave the market open for novels? Or do you like them? Prefer them, even? I’d like to know considering I have plans to write a few novellas! 😉