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It makes me so incredibly happy to be here today. It makes me think about the moment I decided that I wanted to be a career author. That moment happened at the very first book signing I ever attended in 2009. It was Jaye Wells’ signing for her second book, The Mage in Black. I was already writing for fun at that point. The idea that I could have done it as a career was so far off in the future. But I remember watching her talk, and seeing her handle a crowd of people who loved her books, and thinking, “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool…?”
Something flipped on in my brain that day. The part of me that loved writing and creating realized that someday, I could be like Jaye. So, I took a hobby and I applied my own particular brand of stubbornness to it. In late 2012, I learned about self-publishing, and I decided to try it myself. I published my first book, O Christmas Three at the end of 2012, and it started an amazing journey.
2013 was a year of learning for me. Learning how to write better. Learning how to be a businessperson. Learning how to manage my time and meet the expectations of my readers. I made mistakes. I made some good decisions. And I grew as a writer. I got faster, I got better. But it wasn’t until I wrote No Strings Attached that I realized that military romance was where my home was. It was personal and perfect, and it was where I belonged. I’m in the military, so writing about military folks just came naturally, and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t thought of it before. So I wrote a short story about a SEAL coming home to his wife and submitted it to an anthology call. It was rejected, so I tore it apart and expanded it and it turned into Killing Honor. It published in March 2014.
Killing Honor was a book of firsts for me. It was the first SEAL romance I ever wrote. It was the first in the Lucky Thirteen series. It was the first book I put out under the S.M. Butler name and it was in the SEALs of Summer superbundle (my first multi-author box set) that hit the New York Times and the USA Today lists. It launched my career as an author and it made 2014 an amazing year of firsts for me.
Speaking of firsts… I finally got my book signing a few months ago. It was a local signing, just me and a few other romance authors that were also local to the area. I’d done a few book signings before, but this time was the first time that there were people that had come just for me.
I sat there and I remembered that first signing with Jaye, and I remembered how flustered I’d been to talk to her because I loved her books so much. Authors are my rockstars, you know? And that day, I got to be on the other side of the table, and I signed a book for a woman so giddy she couldn’t speak to me. I got to feel like a rockstar that day. I’ll never forget that feeling. It’s even better than I’d thought it could be. It was perfect.
P.S. Keep an eye out for my newest release. SCORING HIS HEART releases on 3/17!
Zoe Logan has always believed that those she loves will always leave her. It’s why she fights so hard against anyone getting close, but when sexy defense Gavin Ferrara zeroes in on her, she finds herself falling hard and exploring the hidden parts of herself that he brings out in her.
Gavin’s always trusted that playing hockey is the most important thing to him. But when a strange encounter from months ago leads to more between him and the local bar owner’s daughter, he’s torn between what he wants and what’s best.
WARNING: This book contains a threesome hot enough to scorch the sheets, a dirty talking Russian, a bisexual Italian, the college virgin who brings both of them to their knees, and the best anatomy and physiology study session ever.
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