Novels, Publications, Writing

“A Second Chance” Alternative Epilogue

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR

“A SECOND CHANCE”

Well, hopefully that warning was obvious enough!

I wanted to share a little outtake from “A Second Chance”. For those of you who have read my contemporary romance know how it ends. But…that wasn’t the first ending! Below is the original ending I wrote for the story.

I ultimately decided to take out the epilogue for two reasons. One, not everyone’s happy ending involves marriage and kids. I wanted this to be a story all could enjoy! Second, I was actually thinking of making this a little “series”, one book for each brother. I’m still on the fence about it, so if you have an opinion one way or another, let me know!

Anyway, as a special thank you to all of you for your support and encouragement during this chaotic year and during publication, I wanted to share this little epilogue that wasn’t in the book. I hope you enjoy it!

Just please note it is unedited! XD


“A Second Chance” Alternate Epilogue

Five years on and the one gift only rule was still in play. Both of them agreed it made for the best Christmases.

Their second Christmas, Lucian’s gift to Raina had been an engagement ring. As she’d opened the box, he’d gotten down on one knee, asking her to be his wife.

To date, it was Raina’s favorite gift. Just like this year was going to be Lucian’s favorite; Raina was certain of it. She sat on the couch as she heard him thump down the stairs. To draw it out, she had sent him on a scavenger hunt. He ran from room to room, searching for the clues. They were little pieces of paper that would fit together like a jigsaw puzzle for a final clue that would lead him to the gift.

In hindsight, she should’ve made it less complicated, but the game seemed to be going well.

“No more scavenger hunts!” he called out, making her laugh.

“Oh, come on, Luce! I promise it’ll be worth your while!” she shouted back to him encouragingly. He only had a couple more clues left; he could do it. Just a few more hints, and she would be able to see his reaction.

Not to toot her own horn, but…toot toot!

At that thought, Lucian came in and gave a deep sigh. “I’m never going to figure this out.” He pouted. “Come on, babe.”

Giggling, she asked, “Which clue are you on?”.

“The one that was on the back of all the others.”

Raina thought for a moment before she got up and read the clue. “Come on, Luce. This is easy. The final clue is hidden in the place you hate to go…”

He mumbled something about the laundry room.

“There ya go!” She gave his butt a playful slap as he moved towards the laundry room.

When he was out of the room, she made sure that his gift was still in her back pocket. Yep, best gift ever.

“Raina? This doesn’t make sense,” he whined as he returned to her, holding a small piece of paper. “Is this another clue?”

Raina nodded.

Sighing, Lucian pulled her close. “You are so infuriating, woman, you know that?”

“You know you love me for it,” she said lovingly as she leaned up to kiss him. “So how about you figure out that last clue so you can get your gift, and if you want…I can give you another type of gift?” She gave him a playful wink.

He turned his attention to the paper. “All right, it says, ‘If your present you want to see, you must first get down on one knee. With hands cradled, just like so, you will find it. You’ll just know.’” Lucian paused for a second. “I don’t get it.”

Raina rolled her eyes. “Let’s take this one line at a time. What’s the first line?”

“‘If your present you want to see.’”

“So…if you want your present, you have to follow the directions.” She giggled, giving him a playful shove.

He then read the next line. “‘You must first get down on one knee.’” He knelt in front of her.

Raina’s heart started to pound.

“‘With hands cradled, just like so…’”

Raina reached down and moved his hands into a cradling position up in the air.

Confused, he read over the last line. “‘You will find it. You’ll just know.’” Lucian stayed still for a moment, his hands still held up, down on one knee. He looked around for a second and then frowned. “I still don’t get it.”

“Lucian!” she groaned and hung her head. “The headlines are going to read, ‘Lucian Pereli mocked to death by his wife because he couldn’t take a hint!’” She then let out a lighthearted laugh and took his hands, guiding them to her abdomen. She gave his hands a little squeeze as Lucian’s annoyance melted away into shock.

He glanced up at Raina for a second and then back to her stomach. “Raina…are you?”

Raina reached in her back pocket. “Merry Christmas,” she murmured as she pulled the positive pregnancy test out of her back pocket.

Lucian’s face lit up as he jumped to his feet and wrapped his arms around Raina, going in for a kiss. Unfortunately, the speed with which he stood caught Raina off-guard, making her tumble to the floor. “Luce!” she shouted in surprise as she fell.

“Oh, god! Raina, I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry, baby,” he said as he pushed the hair from her face, giving her a deep kiss. After a moment, he pulled away with a huge grin on his face and looked down at her stomach. “I’m sorry to you too, baby.” He lifted up Raina’s shirt and laid a soft kiss on her belly. Tears filled Lucian’s eyes. “I can’t believe I’m going to be a dad. Raina, you’re going to be a mom! I love you, Raina. I love you, so much. And I will love our baby with everything I have.”

“I know you will, Lucian. I know.” She wrapped her arms around his neck, holding him close as they both cried tears of joy.

Their relationship had ups and downs, days of pure joy and pure frustration, but they worked for their little slice of happiness. And now this was just another piece of that sweet pie.

Novels, Publications

Signed Book Sale (Online-US Only)

I realize that with the pandemic and such, many people were unable to attend events to purchase a signed copy of my book. With that in mind, I’ve put together a google form so you could do just that!

Unfortunately, this offer is for US readers only, as there are many complications right now shipping oversees. I am looking into alternative options for oversees readers though, so please give me time!

For those in the US, here is how you can order your own signed copies of my books. Click the link (above) and it will take you to a google form. Fill out the form with which books you would like to purchase, which name you would like them signed to, and your address & email.

Once I have your responses, I will send a square invoice for the cost of the books and shipping. Once that is paid, I will mail out your books!

It’s as easy as that!

I do hope you all will enjoy getting signed copies. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me using the contact forum on my website!


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Events, Novels, Publications

Romance Rendezvous Book Blast (2021)

Thank you to all of you who came out to the Romance Rendezvous Book Blast in Cedar Falls, Iowa this last weekend! It was so amazing to be a part of this amazing local event — especially since I have attended so many times as a reader myself. But it meant even more to be attending as a published author this year!

My table at #RRBB2021

The event itself was so much fun! I got to make new friendships with authors and readers alike. I really hit it off with some special people at the event — particularly my table neighbors and table mate. Originally, I was supposed to only have a half table and share with Victoria Hyla (an AMAZING author) but someone canceled last minute so I got upgraded! And boy am I glad I did, because I may have…over prepared… And it also meant Victoria got her own table as well!

Although I didn’t get to share with Victoria, I still really connected with my table neighbors — Robin Andrews and J.M. Blake. A special shoutout to J.M. Black, who after finding out it was my first signing event, took time to check in with me throughout the event to make sure I was having a good time. It was times like that I felt extra special to have been a part of RRBB.

Not only did I meet some incredible authors (and make new friends) but I also met some fantastic readers as well! I sold multiples of each of my books, which made me feel elated and like I was officially doing this — I was officially a selling author…even typing it now makes me so overwhelmed with joy.

I also want to shout out to my amazing husband (who managed to dodge all chances at a photo) and my amazing best friend (who was also my table assistant) for all they did to help me prepare and be at this event. If you both are reading this, know I honestly and truly couldn’t have done it without you!

Myself and my amazing bestie…and my cat Frey. And before you ask, no, we did not plan to match so completely! XD

As I said, the event was joyous and already has me planning for the next one (which probably won’t be until 2022, sadly). I have more ideas for stories, swag, raffle baskets, and more…assuming it will all fit on my table. I will definitely request a full sized table next year. Having the extra room was nice to spread out and display all the fun things people could grab as giveaways!

By the end, I had not only sold books, but bought many myself. And won a raffle basket from the amazing Ava Cuvay! I can’t wait to go back to the event next year. I will treasure my new friendships and hoard my new pile of books. It was so fun to spend the day with all the readers and get to know everyone better.

It was especially touching for me to get a hug and welcome from one of my favorite authors at this event, Tricia Andersen. She was the first author I bought from (her Gods of DC Series and Hallow Brother Series) when I first attended RRBB all those years ago. I have been a big fan of hers for so long, and to have that special moment where she smiled and welcomed me into the author’s circle, it meant so much to me!

Be sure you put the date on your calendar now for next year’s Romance Rendezvous Book Blast (August 20th, 2022 — Cedar Falls, Iowa), as it is sure to be an amazing time with amazing authors and readers! Until then, be sure to check out my latest novel, “A Second Chance”, and keep an eye out for more updates soon! ❤

Events, Novels, Publications, Writing

Romance Rendezvous Book Blast (August 21st, 2021)

I’m so excited to be getting ready for the Romance Rendezvous Book Blast (RRBB) in August. I have attended many years as a reader and I’m overjoyed to now be one of the attending authors! This event will be taking place in Cedar Falls, Iowa and is FREE TO ATTEND! There will be many romance authors (of a variety of sub-genres) with fun games, raffles, and swag. It’s a great way to find new authors to follow and new books to read.

As you can see, there are MANY authors you could visit and talk with — I’m only one of them! I have been spending the last couple months getting ready for this event and publishing my first contemporary romance novel, “A Second Chance”. I’m so excited that I FINALLY got my copies in and am now ready to go!

In addition to selling “A Second Chance”, I will also be selling my other two publications: “Goodnight, Little Grubb” (Children’s Picture Book) and “Fae Spreads: 2020” (Tarot Spreads Book). In addition, I plan to have lots of fun swag and even a raffle basket for those who purchase a book or sign up for my newsletter!

I hope you all will consider attending the Romance Rendezvous Book Blast. It is sure to be a lot of fun! Until then, happy reading and be sure to follow me on my other social media platforms for more updates and sneak peeks! ❤

Novels, Publications

“A Second Chance” is now Published!

I am so excited to announce that my debut contemporary romance novel, “A Second Chance”, is now available for purchase on Amazon! An ebook will be coming soon — hopefully later today.

I want to thank everyone for your support and love during this journey. It has always been my dream to publish a novel and now I have done it! ❤ I couldn’t have done it without all of you.

Feel free to take a look at “A Second Chance” on Amazon — OR — if you will be in Cedar Falls on August 21st you can stop by the Romance Rendezvous Book Blast and buy a copy in person and get it signed! ❤

I can’t believe I’m officially a published romance author! HOW CRAZY IS THAT?!

As always, I will be doing a giveaway on though this site for my followers. Once I get the print copies in, I will be sending out a FREE, SIGNED copy of “A Second Chance” to one of you! Be sure to follow this blog to be entered to win!

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