Yesterday, as most of you already know, I released my debut novel, Everything I Need. It’s the first in my debut series, The Everything Series. It’s the story of Charley and Wes.
Many of you also know that I’ve already completed the second book, Everything I Have, in that series. This book will be released sometime this summer and will be Emme and Zane’s story.
If you’ve been following along with me over the past month, you also know that I’ve been cranking away at the third book in that series, Everything I Want. I’m expecting a winter release for this novel, which will bring you the story of Monroe and Stone.
So here’s the deal – when I’m in the middle of writing a story I don’t like to read other novels. I like to stay focused on the story I’m telling and getting involved in someone else’s world prevents me from keeping my focus.
But yesterday, I broke my rule. Why?
Well, ever since it was released I’ve been dying to read Rock Chick Reawakening by one of my absolute favorite contemporary romance authors, Kristen Ashley. Rock Chick Reawakening is a novella (especially when we talk about KA books) and is the prequel to the Rock Chick series. If you haven’t read this series, or anything else Kristen Ashley, you need to do that right now (or, after you read Everything I Need since I’m sure you’re already in the middle of that).
With the release of my novel yesterday, I decided to celebrate a little and finally get to reading Rock Chick Reawakening. I read the book in a couple hours. IT. FREAKING. ROCKED. There were so many great elements to the story and I could sit here and gush over all of them, but I think it’s worth reading yourself to experience the beauty of Daisy and Marcus’ story all on your own. I’ll give you one of my favorite parts, though (it was difficult to choose one, but this one stuck with me).
“Your life starts now,” he said all gentle and still in my ear. “The one you’re meant to be leading. The one you’ve always deserved. I thought it best to mark that occasion in a way you’d never forget.”
I twisted my neck to look at his handsome face.
“I would never have forgotten, sugar.”
“It’s my job to be sure.”
“I love you so much, I don’t even know what to do with all of it,” I whispered.
So yeah, I didn’t write yesterday. And you know what? I’m not even mad about it because that book was so totally worth giving up a little bit of my focus. You amaze me, Ms. Ashley. You get me every single time, every single story. I’ll say it again — if you haven’t read Rock Chick Reawakening, the Rock Chick Series, or anything else by KA — get on that because you’re missing out!
Now, I’m back at it and working on finishing up Stone and Monroe’s story.
Happy reading, loves!