Talk about an eventful month.
Since I posted in May, my life has changed dramatically!
Two days before my last post was published – I went into labor with my third son a full 4 weeks before his due date! Due to some complications, he spent 9 days in the NICU for respiratory distress, an infection, and then to improve his eating.
But, as soon as it was clear my little early bird was going to be just fine… There was the less critical (but still important!) fact that my book was due to release in two weeks. I was still waiting on the final proofreaders comments!
Here I thought I was ahead of the game, giving myself a full month of buffer. (Back story: I pressed publish on a novella the morning I went into labor with my second child!) But, apparently my newest babe had a different timeline.
With a little help from my friends, I was able to finalize the manuscript, distribute it to my ARC readers, and upload the final version from my son’s room at the hospital. It was surprisingly helpful, in fact, to have those tasks in order to keep myself occupied while my son had to sit under the phototherapy lights. I even got to add a note to “Little L” in the acknowledgements of the book.
Three days after we brought my son home, Resisting Rose was released into the world. I hardly noticed between the diaper changes and cuddles! Not to mention adjusting to life as a mother of 3 boys, which is just constant chaos so far.
However — in the two weeks since then, I’ve been thrilled to receive the notes of feedback from readers letting me know that they enjoyed the story. Here is one review that had me grinning from ear to ear.
This book was charming! I loved the chemistry between the characters! This was an absolutely enjoyable friends to more story that had the perfect amount of humor sprinkled onto the pages…The first kiss in this book was a fabulous surprise and was done so perfectly for these characters. I enjoyed that these characters knew themselves well and were comfortable in their own skin! Their friendship shined through even after hints of their romance started to spark…Resisting Rose was a light and sweet refreshing story that had me smiling and I would definitely recommend it!
And here is more about the story:
Working with your best friend is great.
Falling in love with her is definitely not.
Rose Bloom has never wanted anything more than to take over the family farm and care for the animals she loves. The goats make better company than men in her experience, anyway. She’s determined to prove to her father that despite being the youngest, she’s the best person for the job.
Tate Russell left Montana desperate to buck his own family’s expectations. Landing on Bloom’s Farm four years ago was a stroke of pure luck. He knows more about animals than farming, but he’s learned to love it. Plus, Rose lets him exercise the horses whenever he needed time to think. If only so much of his thinking wasn’t about her.
They want totally different things out of life, but their friendship grows stronger every day. As friendship slowly evolves into something more, they both struggle to maintain the status quo. When Tate’s past comes calling and Rose’s ambitions are on the line, will their relationship survive?
Now that this book is out, I’ve got a break in my publishing schedule for maternity leave. This summer promises to be one full of sleepless nights, sweet baby snuggles, and lots of fun with my boys.
What are you excited about this summer? Let me know in the comments!
Lastly, here is a picture of my little bundle of joy! :)