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Starting the Journey: Self-Publishing

By an overwhelming majority, it looks as though the final book title will be Secret Scars. Thanks to everyone who voted, emailed and discussed this title with me. It’s been quite a process. This particular book is the first I ever wrote, and I started when I was 16…that said this book has undergone quite a facelift since the first time I began to write it. I’m really

excited about where it ended up and hope you’ll be too.

So the million dollar question is…when will it be published? Great question! I have never self-published anything, so I thought I’d chronicle that process on the blog and get your opinions and feedback as I go. That way, I’m not in it alone. There are many reasons why I decided to go the self-publishing road, but at the forefront is because of a vision God gave me last year. This is just one step in that vision and I will keep you posted as I continue down that path!

In the meantime, my current goal is to have the book PUBLISHED by October! So mark it on your calendars–we will see where it ends up.

My next step is to set up the LLC for my self-publishing process. If anyone is familiar with this process I’d love to buy you coffee as  I pick your brain a bit. Just send me a shout out :). I’ll be tip-toeing my way through this process because 1) it’s new and 2) I want to do it right.

The second step is to design a book cover. Again, not in my storehouse of skills, so if anyone has suggestions for the cover, I’m HAPPY to hear them! The original design I have doesn’t work for the title or for the final content.

Thanks for joining me on this journey! My next “write it” post will be all about my process of setting up the LLC.

Vote for My Next Book Title1

Hey, ya’ll! It’s that time! Time to vote for my next book title. Let me know what you think! I’ll keep you posted on the results 🙂 


“It’s just because you’re a new face,” he explained. “In a town like Bentenville you’re a novelty. That building you’re in has been many things, but mostly over the past few decades it’s been abandoned. In a town with two stoplights, a bank building that dates to the 1890s, and only three school buildings, all within walking distance—well, anyone new will turn a few heads.”

“Atlanta is too big for eyes to follow you down the street,” Andi mused. “But my world was very small. There were people you knew, people who knew you and people who wished they knew you. At least that’s what my mother used to say.”

“What about people you wished you knew?”

“A Cartier knew everyone important,” Andi muttered. “According to my mother.”

“She sounds real,” he paused. “Confident.”

Andi laughed, a harsh sounding bark she’d never heard from her own mouth before. Clearing her throat, she explained. “According to my confident mother, Cartiers are to be envied. Only those we select know us and everyone else wishes they did.” The bitter aftertaste of the words clung to her tongue.

“And what would you say?” Garrick asked as he opened the door to the restaurant for her.

 “That those who get to know the Cartiers wish they didn’t.”



At 22, Andrea Cartier has experienced her fair share of the world’s injustices. Born into a wealthy family, her parents always expected perfection from their only daughter–to admit flaws is weakness, and Cartiers are strong. Invincible. So Andrea learned to keep her flaws hidden, and the secret scars she carries with her, she knows can never come out in the open. When she opens a bookstore in Bentenville, Texas to escape her past, she learns she can’t divorce her past as Andrea from her present as Andi, because no matter where she goes, she will always be a Cartier.

Garrick MacMillan, the most eligible bachelor in Bentenville, Texas, believes he has life figured out. All he needs now is a woman who can keep up with him–his lifestyle and his goals. But he’s not worried. God has the perfect woman for him, he just needs to keep his eyes and ears open.

Bryce Calhoun moved to Bentenville as a teenager, but never truly found a place to belong. Caught between his father’s, girlfriend’s, and his own expectations, he isn’t prepared for life to turn upside down when an old friend comes back into his life.

For a small town, Bentenville has big problems.



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