Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dream come true ...

The last few weeks since the launch of FINDING HOME have been a whirlwind.  I am still in shock that I am finally published, that all that hard work really was for something.  Today I got a large shipment of books, for the purpose of book signings or prizes in contests or whatever.  It was the first time I've seen the completed copy.  With the exception of one error (Chapter Eighteen doesn't start on a new page), I am over the moon with it.  My father laughed off the error saying Patricia Cornwell does the same thing and so did the Bible. I guess if it's ok in either of those then people can forgive me for the booboo. 

Holding the final copy in my hands, seeing my face on the back cover, well it finally sunk in for me that I had reached my goal.  Of course I won't stop at just one book.  I have over a dozen more to write and then some once I am through with those.  But for this moment, I am in awe of my accomplishment.  The Virginia Slims slogan is true, "I've come a long way, Baby!"

These characters have almost become real to me.  I can see them so vividly and relate to them so much.  Maybe it helps that when I was writing  I tried picturing the story as an ABC Family/Lifetime style movie.  The contemporary romantic comedy that makes you laugh at the funny moments and tugs at your heart in the difficult ones.  The story that gives you hope to trust and love.  And it gives those single women a chance to fantasize about someone like Damien coming into their lives.  Of course when I picture Damien I see Denny from Grey's Anatomy, which really helps the visualizing ;).

For now I am moving onto the next book (TAKING CHANCES), but my time with Avery and Damien on the beaches of La Jolla isn't over just yet.  In the coming year I will return to help my favorite Latin Lothario (Officer Trent Torres) find his own flame.  And a year after that the tough loving lawyer (Mitch) will find his own happiness.   All these men fall for Mid-western girls starting anew on the West Coast, hence the name of this book series California Dreaming.

I hope you enjoy FINDING HOME and stay with me on this journey as this is not the end but just another day to live my dreams and make them come true!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

FINDING HOME now available in paperback!!!

You know it's meant to be when things fall right in place.  The paperback proof arrived 5 days early and after a few tweaks I can finally say it is ready!

You can purchase FINDING HOME HERE at Createspace.  It will be available for sale on Amazon within the next 5-7 days.  Though Amazon is great (and it's where I do all my Christmas shopping) I highly encourage you to check out Createspace since they are the company that actually prints the book - it will get to you faster!
Remember, FINDING HOME is also available on Amazon for Kindle and can be purchased for other e-readers HERE on Smashwords.

Thanks again for all your support!  Time to get back to writing book #2 - Taking Chances.  I'm hoping for a December release date!  Now that I'm on a roll I don't see me stopping any time soon!

Monday, September 19, 2011


FINDING HOME is now available on Amazon for Kindle users! 

And paperback lovers - it should be available on Amazon for sale starting next week as well!


Friday, September 16, 2011

FINDING HOME Now Available in Limited Capacity


I am overjoyed and near tears to announce that FINDING HOME is now available through some outlets!!

Click on the link below to see if its available for your e-reader today!  In the coming days it will be released to more outlets so if you don’t see it yet please be patient.

I am still working on (and deciding if I will even pursue) paperback publishing.  Stay posted.

Thank you again to everyone who has supported me through this, I can’t thank you enough!!

Love Amy!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Speak to Me

We all have something that speaks to us, something that touches a place deep in our hearts and souls.  I have a lot of things that speak to me: The peacefulness of sitting on the shores of the lake while the wind blows through the trees, the tranquility speaks to me.  The pure laughter of children as they sing and dance to their favorite song on the radio, the joy speaks to me.

Something else that also speaks to me is seeing others express themselves.  Maybe it is the artistic creative side of me that is drawn or I think more so it is the humanitarian in me (all part of being an Aquarian).   

I have a work friend who is a huge supporter of artists in and around Detroit.  I have seen the different artists work and I can tell you that you can hear them speak through their lens and on their canvases. Some say Detroit has nothing to give, but for those who know better, that is the farthest from the truth.  To some it may seem like a shell of a city, but through their lens and on their canvases, one can see the beauty under the dimness. It would be like telling a diamond dealer that the lump of dirt is worthless when really it is a magnificent diamond in need of polish.

Sure there are those who try to polish by throwing on new paint, bringing in big business, and planting a few trees.  Others, those who come from a humanitarian perspective, know that the only way to really clean something up is to see it for what it truly is, to feel it so deeply that they can’t help but be moved to make a difference.  It is feeling the heartbreak, fear, determination, perseverance, and faith, among other things.  It is seeing Detroit (or any community) as a place of hidden opportunity, second chances, redemption, and pride. 

My friend told me about a new exhibit in Ferndale called The Face of Detroit.  You can click the link HERE for more information on the exhibit.  I hope you will take time to look at the pictures not only with your eyes but with your heart and mind.  Let them speak to you.  See that we are all small parts of something far greater than us.  We are all connected by the human spirit.  This spirit searches for tranquility, joy, and acceptance. 

I pray the images move you.  I hope that you will take time out today to connect with something that touches your soul. Find artists in your area that speak to you, become involved in a charity to give back, listen to the uplifting sounds that move, or delight in the joy of having the freedom to follow your heart.

Every day is a blessing and a chance to make a difference.  How will you speak to the world?

P.S. I highly recommend you check out this artist as well!

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