2019 My Year in Review, part 1

Thinking back on 2019 and all the emotional ups and downs has me analyzing the details, searching for pieces I can use to make myself better in all parts of my life.

January- My personal life was normal and moving forward as expected with 28 years of marriage under my belt, 3 adult sons and a pre-teen son all growing and learning how to navigate the world. This was a great way to begin the year. Next step was to dive into my goal for the new year, write the story that’s been inside my head and share it with the world.

I was two months deep into writing my first book, had just received my first critique and realized I had a lot to learn before I would even come close to publishing my book. This is where my new personal tagline came from.
I believe in my story, but writing it is hard.

February, March, April and May- While continuing to plug away on the keyboard, I did a pretty good job of balancing the other parts of the book world I love. My blog was a priority and took a lot of my time but didn’t interfere too much with the new author hat I donned proudly. It was still a secret to most everyone that I was adding the title to my name. Those who knew supported and guided me with a firm and loving hand. I needed both.

Speaking of names, I decided a pen name was needed to give my husband and sons some anonymity. With my genre of choice, romance, I didn’t think my sons would be thrilled about my career choice. I was wrong.  They are my biggest cheerleaders, telling me how proud they are of me. I think watching me struggle, cry, learn, fail, and succeed at something I believed I would never be able to do was a great example of how to reach a goal through hard work and determination.

June- Everything appeared normal. I was moving forward with writing, blogging and regular life at what I thought was a great pace. I still had a lot to do, but I was set on cruise control, not in any hurry to reach the finish line. That’s when I got the biggest shove of a lifetime, forcing me to make some hard decisions. A message came asking me what I was waiting for. Are you going to finish this book and publish it or what? The question hung in the air for about two seconds.

That’s the moment it became real. Suddenly I had a beautiful cover, a solid pen name, and an editor. To say it was a whirlwind doesn’t do it justice. Especially when I was planning to leave on a long road trip in 30 days.

July- I spent time on my vacation relaxing and writing. The calm of waking early, walking to grab my coffee and sitting down to the view of the Grand Canyon fueled my brain with clean air, filtering the doubt from my mind. I wrote and wrote, letting the creativity fly.

August- Although I would have loved to extend my time away, life called, and I returned home and picked up where I left off. My regular coffee shop was my favorite place to write. Sunday mornings gave me my biggest word count. On one memorable Sunday, I wrote a few words at the bottom of the page and froze. With super quick fingers I messaged a friend and said, “I think I just wrote the last line of my book. It’s done.” I was stunned.

You can read more about my editing process in earlier posts. It wasn’t a pretty experience but one of the biggest moments in my life. I grew as a person and found parts of who I truly am, which have been buried within my soul for as long as I can remember.

September- My first book released. I was scared, elated, dumbfounded and humbled.


Here is my interview with Kaylee Rose


Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Kaylee Rose 49

Fiona: Where are you from?

I have lived in the same small beach town in Northern California my whole life

 Fiona: A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

Sports have always been a huge part of my life. Playing, coaching or simple watching. I decided to step away from coaching about 6 years ago and it changed my life drastically. My husband recognised the change in my mood and sadness I had from losing something I was fully immersed in for most of my life.  He took me on a three week long road trip, starting in Disneyland, up to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming and back home. That trip brought me back to me…

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Learning is a Lifelong Process

If you’ve been following my journey, you know writing my first book wasn’t an easy process.

I still have a lot to learn. Ugh, forty-nine years old and I feel like I’m back in school. The place I hated the most while growing up and did everything I could to avoid.

Let me backup a bit. Growing up a multi-sport athlete, I was more concerned with playing a game than was with my schoolwork. I’m positive I was capable of being an ‘A’ student, but never put forth the effort necessary to be successful in the classroom. My claim to fame was being the top athlete in my school.

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So you wrote a book. Now what?

Simple answer for me. I start writing the next story that’s been floating around and talking to me for the last year.

But just writing is only part of the answer as I learned while writing, For the Love of Us.

My check list for book 2

1) Have an idea. Ok, I have that one covered and I hope it’s a story you’ll enjoy.

2) Write it, Ok, I’m doing that too.

3) Don’t forget I need an editor. Better get on that now since her schedule will fill up quickly and I don’t want just any editor. I want my editor.

4) Figure out how to pay for the publishing expenses again because earning royalties from that first book is not easy and may never bring me into an actual profit. This is where the love of what I doing comes in.

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With a little help from my friends

In November 2018, I made the big decision to write a book with the intention of publishing it.

The stories I’ve been writing for years are very rough. I wrote them for my enjoyment, not worrying about grammar, punctuation or anything you need to correct prior to publishing.

While writing For the Love of Us, I paid attention to the rules of writing as best I could. Correcting as I went and getting advice from anyone willing to give it.

The entire writing process has opened my eyes to everything authors do to publish a book. It’s unlike anything I’ve tried before with a learning curve that seemed impossible to climb.

I was ready to give up, feeling as if writing a book was more than I was able to accomplish.

The fear of failure is not something I’m familiar with. I am a competitor through and through. Nothing can stop me once I set a goal. I’ll never quit until I reach the finish line. I attack life knowing I will win… but not this time.

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The Journey to Becoming a Published Author Begins

After two years of supporting and learning about the indie romance book world, I‘ve taken another step, deciding to publish my own book.

For the Love of Us releases September 30th.

My story is a contemporary romance novella with some steamy sex scenes I hope you’ll enjoy reading.

Thank you for joining me on this new adventure,


‘For The Love of Us: Fighting to Keep Our Love Alive’

The debut release from Kaylee Rose

Pre-order Link – mybook.to/KRose4thelove

Good reads TBR – https://tinyurl.com/yycmrcye


What happens when the kids leave for college and you remember you’re not just mom, but a woman too?

Simply going through the motions, on autopilot day after day, weighed heavily on me.

The one thing which bonded my husband and me, before the kids came along, was slowly cast aside as their needs grew more demanding.

Intimacy became an act; a performance, without the desire, passion, and lust we once shared.

My need to feel desired and wanted by my husband ate at me and I was determined to make him see the woman he married.

I wasn’t going to give up and hatched a plan, one which would hopefully forge a new beginning for us.

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