A note from Kaylee


Happy Holidays.
I hope everyone is finding time to enjoy life and spending time with friends and family.

Generally, my emails are updates about my writing, sales, or other publishing related content, but today it’s about something much more important.

Today my post is about how the indie book community is full of some of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Sure, many people I’ve never met in person, but the interactions I have with them are far beyond those of passing acquaintances.

Many have become friends and some close enough to call family. Sure we don’t share the same DNA, but these are the people I’ve trusted and chosen to hold a piece of my heart.

These are the friends who would go to battle with me. Protect and support me through the difficult times. Celebrate with me when life treats me right. Cry alongside me when something tragic or heartbreaking rears it’s ugly head. I do my best to make sure they know I am here for them too.

A perfect example of this togetherness came when I received the news a fellow author announced her cancer battle was in full force.

Author Luna Lopez is one of those special people who have entered my life and is more than a friend. She’s part of my family from across the pond. I’d do anything to take away the days she has felt pain. Luna has assured me feeling pain is better than feeling nothing.

Another round of treatment will begin soon. My hope is this will do its job, allowing this feisty, beautiful woman to be with her children for many years to come. No mom should face the thought of leaving her family, yet I have no doubt those fears have filled Luna’s thoughts from the day she was first diagnosed. I’ve been asked what I want for Christmas and my answer has remained the same. The gift I want the most is for Luna to spend an unforgettable holiday with her kids and come out on the winning side of this battle for her life.

Our indie community has rallied around Luna and her family, offering emotional and financial support. This past October, we came together for an online Facebook auction. Donations from all corners of the world were provided the Stronger Together fund. Our book community raised over $3100 with even more private contributions sent directly to Luna.

With the upcoming new treatments, comes new expenses. This new procedure has taken Luna and her family away from their home for the holidays. The are together and for that I know they are grateful.

Fortunately, the medical fees have been paid. However, #TEAMLUNA has plans to help ease some of the everyday financial burdens ahead, especially during Christmas. We want Luna to focus on healing and making unforgettable memories with her children.

Keeping in mind Luna is a proud woman who has never asked for assistance, #TEAMLUNA has taken it upon themselves to run an online raffle. Signed paperback, custom items using Luna’s book covers, ebooks, and more have been donated for this special raffle. (See image below.)

How can you help?
By purchasing a raffle ticket you will helping to raise funds for Luna and her family and you will be entered into the random drawing for the prizes listed below. FULL DETAILS HERE
or
You can also send a gift directly to Luna Lopez here – PAYPAL STRONGER TOGETHER


RAFFLE PRIZE DESCRIPTION

  • Grand Prize (1) Winner 5 signed paperbacks from Zane Michaelson, 30cm stuffed toy, custom phone case, coffee mug, and tote bag.
  • Second Prize (1) Winner 3 signed paperbacks from Zane Michelson, 20cm stuffed toy, custom coffee mug.
  • Third Prize (1) Winner 2 signed paperbacks from Zane Michaelson, 10cm stuffed toy, custom coffee mug.

WHO IS #TEAMLUNA?

Friends Kaylee Rose (aka Red from The Redheads Book Blog) and Gloria Nuckols have collaborated to support and raise funds for author Luna Lopez and her family. Along with a long list of supporters from the indie book community, they have been able to raise over $3400 to date (12/17/2020).

About Luna Lopez

Late in 2019, after believing the odd ache and pain meant nothing more than old age creeping in, our friend, author Luna Lopez was given the devastating news none of us ever want to hear.

In the blink of an eye, cancer turned her world upside down.

Diagnosed with breast cancer she waded into battle with all the vigour of an Army general leading his troops to victory. She was determined to win the fight and after countless chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions, surgery followed, and for a time, she kicked cancers arse into submission.

Sadly, cancer had other ideas and returned, metastasizing in other parts of her body. Still, she is resolved to fight and to this day continues to do so if only for her five young children who spur her on.

Right now, the world is in a mess, and nothing is certain. But for Luna, the happiness of her children is paramount, and for them, her fight continues. Sadly, her beloved youngest son is unable to comprehend the possibility of mummy no longer being there and while this does not bear thinking about, his love for her reignites her desire to never give up.

Today, her battle is a rollercoaster, but she has waded through single parenthood, losing her job and surgeries with a smile clinging to the belief opportunities are waiting just around the corner for her.

As her friends, we want to believe this to be true, but we also know the strain she is under as a single mother of five.

Too proud to accept charity, let’s get together and show the world what the book community has in abundance, a great big heart.

#TEAMLUNA was organized to support Luna Lopez and help ease the many burdens she faces on a daily basis, to give her the option of spending quality time with her family, to do the things she has always wanted to do, just the little things most families take for granted, but for reasons beyond her control, she is unable to do right now.

Luna is a beautiful lady with real heart and soul who deserves so much more than fate has given her.

A simple act, no matter how small, could make all the difference.

A Day with Ethel Review of For the Love of us; Fighting to Keep Our Love Alive

I was thrilled to wake up and watch this fantastic review from blogger, A Day with Ethel.
While writing For the Love of Us, my hope was for readers to relate with Callie’s story and think, “Wow, this could be me.” The response has been just that.

For the Love of Us is now available on Audiobook.
Written by Kaylee Rose – Narrated by Vera Lynn Floyd.

AVAILABLE NOW- FAMILY OF BLUE: BOOK 1 The Weight of the Badge series

Family of Blue
The Weight of the Badge Book 1

BLURB;
Life changes in a matter of seconds.

For Kellie Bryant it came in the form of her niece Rory.

Kellie knew raising a three-year-old came with big responsibilities, but she never thought she’d lose herself in parenthood.

The only fairy tales she sees in her future now lie between the pages of the picture books she reads to Rory at night.

However, Deputy Lance Malloy, the officer who helped in the change of guardianship with Rory made mental notes that fateful day.

His ex-girlfriend couldn’t handle life with an officer, but something about Kellie made an impression that officer Malloy can’t shake.

Could Kellie be the answer to his dream—a partner who understands the weight of the badge?

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New Cover for Family of Blue

Life changes in a matter of seconds. For Kellie Bryant it came in the form of her niece Rory. Kellie knew raising a three-year-old came with big responsibilities, but she never thought she’d lose herself in parenthood. The only fairy tales she sees in her future now lie between the pages of the picture books she reads to Rory at night.

However, Deputy Lance Malloy, the officer who helped in the change of guardianship with Rory made mental notes that fateful day. His ex-girlfriend couldn’t handle life with an officer, but something about Kellie made an impression that officer Malloy can’t shake. Could Kellie be the answer to his dream—a partner who understands the weight of the badge?

For the Love of Us : Fighting to Keep Our Love Alive

For the Love of Us:
Fighting to Keep Our Love Alive
Available on Amazon
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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 I, 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 had.

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 twenty-two years ago.

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

Fighting to keep our love alive was a risk, but, for us, I was prepared to do anything.

2019 My Year in Review, part 2

It’s September 9, 2019 and my book, For the Love of Us, is out there for anybody to read, judge and review. Oh no, the reviews.

Actually the reviews weren’t something I focused on beyond using the details, positive and negative to get better.

Relatable was the common theme amongst the reviews and messages I’ve received. They could see their own relationship and struggles in Callie’s story. An empty nester wanting to be desired by her husband again. That right there gave me a sense of satisfaction I never felt before. I hoped readers would be able to connect with my characters and story, but you never know until you put it out for the world to see. I’ve done just that, and it feels great.

The rush of release week passed and now promoting and sharing my book is moving along. What’s next? Write another book of course. Sounds easy, but writing is anything but easy.

Whereas Callie and Brad had a piece of my life floating within the pages, my new story is 100% fiction. This means creating characters from scratch and many new techniques to learn before this book can get off the ground.

Unfortunately, the impatient person that I am thought this would be a breeze and I got way ahead of myself. I dove in and sent 2 chapters to my editor without having any real structure or plan. Silly newbie author move. Thankfully my editor has the patience I’ll never have and told me to slow down. Slow way down and get it right. That’s exactly what I’ve done.

Moving through the final days of 2019 weren’t anything special on the book front. I wrote, rewrote and started again. I will concede to many mistakes during my indie publishing process. However, each mistake is a learning experience which I will use to get better with each chapter of my life.

I’m only in the prologue of my writing adventure. I have a long way to go before I must type The End. I plan to enjoy the journey for a long long time.

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

What Amazon reviewers are saying

“I laughed and i cried. This book hits so close to home!”

“This story is very relatable and gave me all the feels.”

“I loved this story, it had me reading with a smile. The author grabs your attention throughout, you can’t help but sympathizing for the characters. The story flows beautifully, it’s a strong debut novel, original in the sense that the themes addressed are new to me and realistic. Well done, Rose. Five encouraging stars. Looking forward to more.”

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.

TO BE CONTINUED…



Here is my interview with Kaylee Rose

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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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