New Year – New Stories

I gauge time by my schedule. I’m a planner. Deadlines. Deadlines. Deadlines. My survival depends on it. No. Really.

  • Deadlines for books
  • Deadlines for edits.
  • Deadlines for covers
  • Deadlines for newsletters
  • Deadlines for ARCS
  • Deadlines for EVERYTHING

A new year means new stories. Yay! So many of you have written to me and asked if any of the characters from COUNTRY CHRISTMAS will receive their own story. The answer is YES!

You met Dalton and the members of Peach Logic as well as Sara’s best friend, Luke. All will receive their own stories this year. Release date information is included in my monthly newsletter coming out January 15th.

If you aren’t a newsletter subscriber, you can join here.

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While you are waiting for Dalton’s story, I did announce this week a surprise novella coming February 14th. Be sure to add HEARTS DISGUISED to your TBR list.

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Happy New Year!

XOXO,

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‘Tis the season for joy and pain

‘Tis the season to be merry. I’ve witnessed much love, joy and giving. Just this weekend as I shopped with my teenage daughter, I witnessed a chain reaction of paying it forward at a mall Starbucks. It was rewarding. It was fun. It filled me with joy to watch others pass it on by buying the person’s coffee standing in line behind them.

Amidst all the joy and hustle and bustle, I have also witnessed the many heartaches people are suffering. The joy is lost to them – the impending empty chair at the Christmas meal dinner table, sickness, financial hardship, natural disasters, loss of a job, addictions.

My own life has changed much this past year…mostly financially. While we have what we need, the lifestyle my family has been accustomed to was dramatically impacted.  We started our own business, and well, it has NOT been easy. We have certainly been humbled. Honestly, I think that has been a very good thing for us. I am so very thankful we have what we need. We are warm in the cold. We are fed in hunger. We have a place to call home.

I have seen many author friends go through loss and life-changing struggles. So many people stepped up to help and show love. In other instances, I saw many attacked for sharing their opinions or for just being different. So much hate. It was heartbreaking and alarming at times.

I have found myself wishing my grandchildren were growing up in a world more like when I was a child. Freedom. We had such freedom to be innocent. I know we can’t go back, but I also know only by each one of us acting can we make a difference.

Fear can paralyze us or mobilize us. I don’t believe it is complicated. My heart hurts for so many reasons tonight as I reflect on the few situations I am aware of going on in people’s lives right now. If I asked each of you if you knew of someone struggling, I am confident each one of you would answer yes.

God commands us to love one another. I believe it is that simple. Love can build a bridge that helps one person at a time and grows as we hopefully pass it on.

Give someone a hug that needs it. Offer someone a ride. Help your neighbor rake their yard. Eat lunch with someone at work. Pack an extra sandwich in your child’s lunch to share with someone new. Give the mailman a Christmas card. Tell a teacher thank you.

Time and effort can mean more to someone than gold. I know I have been reminded this week to be kind. Show love. Offer friendship. Maybe it sounds cheesy, but I write romance. I have a tendency to be cheesy. 🙂

I challenge you to look around and not miss the opportunity to shower someone with a little extra love as we approach the birth of Christ. I think that is the greatest birthday gift he could receive.

I wish you all a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.

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Warmest Regards,

Savanna

Hot Monkey Sex

Got your attention? I’m literally snorting as I type right now. I just listened to Susan Mallery give advice on character development. I spit coffee when she said we all want the guy we can fall in love with and have “hot monkey sex”.

She can provide a visual, can’t she? Love her.

I spend an hour a day on growth time to invest in me. I learn so much from fellow writers. Their experiences are priceless. I read articles, watch interviews…I soak it in to find tidbits to help me grow in my development.

I’m currently plotting out the next book in the S L Michael’s #StoneWall series as well as writing the first #PeachLogic book. The audiences are very different for these two books. Character development is crucial.

Writing about drug addiction versus a sweet with heat love story are two very different worlds. Sometimes the multiple personalities make my head spin, and I love it!

It’s crazy. It’s frustrating. It’s exciting. It’s heartbreaking. All rolled together to hopefully create a story that pulls at the heartstrings and leaves you wanting more.

My characters are like old friends by the time the book is done. Some I like more than others. That’s true to life too, isn’t it? LOL

While not all of them will leave you wanting to have hot monkey sex, I hope they are characters you’d like to know better and can relate to on some level.

Watch for updates and introductions coming soon.

 

XXXOOO,

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Day of Thanks

As our kitchen is full of wonderful smells wafting through the house, I pause to thank God for our blessings.

2016 has been full of ups and downs…more downs than ups, but we have many things to be thankful for.

We are fortunate to have our four children and two grand children with us as well as my mother and step-father, my husband’s family and extended family. We are surrounded.

It’s a time where we miss the ones who have left us and feel their absence most prominent. We talk more about them on days like today than most, wishing they were here with us.

It a time where our country is so segmented and divided, I pray today gives us all pause to consider, be prayerful and  thankful.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy day filled with food, family and fun.

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

XOXO,

Savanna

Release Day!

RELEASE DAY❤️
Country Christmas
“A Christmas novella to warm your heart and leave you wanting brownies.”

Nate Daniels is taking a much needed two-week break away from his newly found fame to rest, regroup and write new music.
His friend, Dalton, recommends his cousin’s bed and breakfast in the Virginia mountains as the perfect getaway.

Sara Davenport runs Simply Sara’s Bed and Breakfast. She is an independent, fun-loving small town girl unimpressed with Nate’s fortune and fame. He’s more impressed with her and her baking skills. Her chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate are enough to make him promise anything as long as she keeps feeding him.

Spending time with Sara has reawakened Nate’s creative mojo. Lyrics are flowing as sparks ignite between them.
Sara is pushing back, knowing Nate is only passing through, but when the day comes for Nate to go back on the road, will his lifelong dream of performing on the big stage mean more to him than finding lifelong happiness with Sara?

 

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They’re Coming

New Releases

Country Christmas is coming November 15th

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Nate Daniels is taking a much needed two-week break away from his newly found fame to rest, regroup and write new music.
His friend, Dalton, recommends his cousin’s bed and breakfast in the Virginia mountains as the perfect getaway.

Sara Davenport runs Simply Sara’s Bed and Breakfast. She is an independent, fun-loving small town girl unimpressed with Nate’s fortune and fame. He’s more impressed with her and her baking skills. Her chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate are enough to make him promise anything as long as she keeps feeding him.

Spending time with Sara has reawakened Nate’s creative mojo. Lyrics are flowing as sparks ignite between them.
Sara is pushing back knowing Nate is only passing through, but when the day comes for Nate to go back on the road, will his lifelong dream of performing on the big stage mean more to him than finding lifelong happiness with Sara?

Add to your To Be Read list http://bit.ly/2dYvwyn

 

The Choices We Make is releasing November 29th

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Sydney Garrett loves her home town. She’s devoted her life to keeping Garrett’s Point, part of her namesake, a place people are proud to call home. Running for mayor is the next logical step in her career. She doesn’t have time for much of a personal life. She has her friends and her family, and she’s perfectly happy with that…or so she thought.

Her neat and orderly world is turned upside down when Ethan Hawke walks into her office. Five years have past since she last saw him. Now he has shown up in her town to fill in as interim doctor. He seems determined on picking up where they left off.

The reasons they shouldn’t be together haven’t changed. Sydney doesn’t need the distraction of a short romance that could break her heart once again. She doesn’t know if she is strong enough to resist the only love she has ever known.

Add to your To Be Read List  http://bit.ly/2bHyz9A

 

XXXOOO,

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Join Us

Don’t miss our Facebook Live Event where S L Michaels talks about the creation of #OutOfTheAshes Monday November 7th 8:30 p.m.

Meet the characters from Victory High. Listen to S L talk about what led her to start the #StoneWall Series.

Find out how you can get involved.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1184667528280442/

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