Launch Day: Spread Happiness

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I’m thrilled to share that my second novel is now available on Amazon. I approved the proof yesterday and got a message that it would be posted online within 3-5 days. I did a quick search this morning, and bam, there it was. It’s a bit surreal that after all the blood, sweat, and tears I’m at the final stage of my journey. And while it hasn’t been an easy road to get here, now comes the hardest part: getting people to read it. There are hundreds of books added to Amazon daily.

As an indie author it’s tough to get noticed and have people take a chance on an unknown. But I hope that they will, and in the end I put out a book that I love and that I’m proud of. So whatever the outcome, I have no regrets.

I’m also nervous for the forthcoming ratings and reviews. Feedback from strangers that can make or break someone else’s decision to buy my book (not to mention the impact on my self-esteem)! It’s a subjective business and I realize you’re never going to please everyone. All I can hope is that people will enjoy it and when they’re done feel uplifted and a sense of satisfaction. Spoiler alert: I will always have a happy ending. The world is a tough place and there is plenty of tragedy to go around. I like to have a resolution that leaves readers feeling happy and hopeful. I want to write books that make people feel good and hopefully add a dash of happiness to their lives—couldn’t we all use more of that? Won’t you spread some happiness today?  🙂

Read on for a sneak peak of I Should Have Said Yes. In a snapshot, it’s a candid and often humorous look at one woman’s journey from consummate singleton to finding the One. My protagonist, Tara Winters, is a blogger extraordinaire and ends each chapter with a summary of her dates. Here is her first blog post. Enjoy!


True or false: I thought I was going to shake my booty on a fun night out, but instead I got my booty kicked at boot camp.

Welcome to Tara’s Adventures in Dating! For those of you who know me, I go on a lot of dates. It’s not because I’m especially gorgeous, rich, or famous, although I wouldn’t mind being any of the above. I’ll let you in on my secret: I say yes to any guy who asks me out. Now you’re probably thinking, “She’s desperate!” But here’s the thing. When I was in high school I had a crush on someone, and in hindsight I think we had a real shot at a relationship. But I let my pride and, above all, fear, get in the way. So when he wanted to discuss our relationship, instead of telling him how I felt, I said no, he didn’t mean anything to me. But what I really wanted to say was yes. I vowed never to make that mistake again. And so my dating pact was born.

Now here I am years later, a serial dater, yet no step closer to finding the One. Hence, I go on a lot of dates. A wise friend of mine suggested I should start documenting my experiences, so my blog was born. I hope that you’ll find my stories entertaining. But I also hope that you’ll learn something. Knowing me, it will probably be a lesson in what not to do. Rule number one: never walk away from a chance at love. Trust me from a girl who’s still searching.

Now that you know my backstory let me tell you about a recent date. Or shall I say, “nondate.” A guy picked me up at the gym earlier this week. Let me preface this by saying I don’t do gyms but went to support a friend of mine so she could land a date with a crush. I was invited back to the gym by Owen, Mr. Nondate, who struck up a conversation with me while I was on the bike. Turns out he was an employee of the gym—a personal trainer, to be specific—and our date was actually boot camp. How I get myself into these situations is beyond me. Oh, and the highlight is that on my way out I ran into my high school crush who inspired this dating pact of mine. Did I happen to mention I don’t do gyms? Let’s just say I had sweat coming out of every pore imaginable and looked like I had spent about five hours too long in the sun. And I could’ve used extra deodorant. I wanted to die of embarrassment. And for the record, he looked good. Really good. Let’s hope things can only get better from here on out. Until the next adventure. Ciao for now!

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