Five Years of Publishing

It’s official, I’m an old hat at this. Five years of ups and downs and all craziness. So, let’s start from the beginning. December 5th, 2011, How to Date an Alien (now called Defy The Stars) was published. I literally had no idea what I was doing. I published alongside GP Ching, Karly Kirkpatrick, Megg Jensen, and Angela Carlie in the Darkside Publishing Co-Op. This book was unedited (the first round, it’s gone through many more edits since then), had a cartoonish cover made by a blogger, I did my own blog tour, and literally sat in GP Ching’s office with a bottle of wine while she walked me through how to publish. That first month I’m pretty sure I sold something like 22 copies total. I remember it being my daughter’s first Christmas and making her take pictures with my book under the tree and having absolutely no idea what I was doing to […]

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On a rare afternoon break between lunch and dinner, I stood in the back with Sammy and the guys, frying up the arancia balls for dinner. 
“Sonny Conti comes to help with the ristorante and meets the femmina,” Sammy said, slapping me on the back.
I laughed. "Did you really expect anything different?"
Sammy shrugged then shook his head. "Of course, I knew you'd have the girls molding like dough in your hands with that Southern drawl and your Sicilian good looks, but I didn't expect you to fall in love."
"What? I'm not in love. I just met her," I scoffed.
But even as I said the words, I knew I was lying to myself. I hadn't even been in Sicily a month, but after meeting Virginia, I knew my life was never going to be the same