The Fulfillment Series

The Fulfillment Series

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Let's Talk Books!

It's time to talk about those little packages that transport us away from this world, introduce us to new friends, and leave a permanent impression on our hearts--books!

Let me start by introducing you to a story that does all three. It's called She Laughs In Pink, and it's written by my good friend Jessica Calla.


Four years after her twin is murdered, Juliet Anderson still struggles with guilt, her parents, and her relationships. Two things keep her from falling into a deep, dark place—dancing and her best friend, Ben. So when Ben decides to play football for New Jersey University, Juliet doesn’t hesitate. She follows. Finally away from her past, there is nothing to stand in the way. Juliet will win Ben's heart.

Then she meets Ben's roommate, Chase.

On probation and hell-bent on adhering to a “new life plan,” aspiring artist Chase leaves his New York City home for New Jersey University and meets Juliet before even stepping foot on campus. For him, their connection is instant. She’s the most vibrant girl he's ever seen. Her colors explode on his canvas, and he's never been more inspired in his life. 

Too bad she’s madly in love with his seemingly perfect, good guy roommate.

About my buddy, Jessica Calla


Jessica Calla is a lawyer by day, author by night. Her favorite time is the kids’ bedtime, when she's free to open the laptop, battle with the blinking cursor, and pour out the contents of her heart. 

Jessica is a member of Romance Writers of America, involved in the Contemporary, Young Adult, and New Jersey Chapters, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She recently became the oldest marketing intern ever at BookFish Books, and was named a Team Member for the inaugural FicFest writing contest. She also mentors unpublished writers as part of the Young Adult Romance Writers' mentoring program.

Besides reading and writing, Jessica enjoys movies, yoga, coffee, and chocolate, but has a serious addiction problem when it comes to Diet Coke, Twitter, and Netflix. Always a Jersey Girl, she lives in the central part of the state with her husband, two sons, and her dog. 

Jessica's first book, The Love Square, an adult contemporary romance, was published by Limitless Publishing in January of 2016 and continues to receive positive reviews. She can't wait for Book 2 of the Sheridan Hall Series, She Runs Away, to be released in November 2016 by BookFish Books.



Now, for some exciting updates about the books Deek and I are working on!

Deek: He FINISHED 122 Rules Redemption (Book 2 in the 122 Rules Series)!! This weekend was rainy and yucky, so we couldn't do the adventuring we'd been hoping to do. Instead of chalking up the weekend to a loss, we spent it writing. And at the end of the day on Sunday, Deek turned to me with a HUGE grin on his face. He pointed to the words "The End" at the bottom of his manuscript and said, "It's finished!" 

If you want to jump on the 122 Rules train in preparation for the second book, here's a link to the first book-- 122 Rules



In case you missed it, here's Deek's 122 tattoo!!


Me: So, I finished my revision on Restore to Me and turned it in to Anya to edit. I also sent copies to my Dream Team members to get their thoughts. And I got really great feedback--not in the "pat me on the back" sense but in the "here are great thoughts to make your work better" sense. I am happily incorporating their suggestions, and I'm loving the direction of the story now. After seven years of research and rewrites, it's easy to get lost in all that. These notes gave me back my clarity regarding the characters. 

So, my biggest advice: utilize beta readers, critique partners, and professional editors! And be prepared for MAJOR notes, even if you think your piece is perfect like it is. They'll offer you excellent suggestions, and it WILL make your work better. 

The Dream Team

My critique partner turned husband. <swoon>

Anya Kagan at Touchstone-Editing


I hope to finish the edits for Restore to Me in time for #PitMad on June 9! I'm really keeping my fingers crossed for an agent on this one. 

Fun factoid: One year ago, Deek and I started our cross country trip by train. If you missed out on that adventure, check it out here!

Oh, in other happy news, a fan sent us this picture of 122 Rules at the beach! WOOT! 


Until next time, friends! Happy reading! Live and love out loud!

From our second/Southern wedding! 
I love you beyond, beyond, my Deek! <3 <3 <3




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Book Tattoos -- FINALLY!

So, it happened! FINALLY! Deek and I got our long-awaited book tattoos, and I'm here to give you the scoop on it.

I have been planning my book tattoo since 2013. I knew I wanted it to be the Vanguard symbol from my trilogy The Fulfillment Series. My friend and Dream Team member Danielle designed the symbol, and I loved it from the first moment she showed it to me. It's rich with meaning because Danielle spent hours and hours researching and creating the perfect blend of this and that to truly capture the Vanguards. For an explanation behind her choices for the Vanguard symbol, check out this post she wrote.

But...I'm so glad I didn't get it in 2013 because my cover underwent a revamp from the lovely and supremely talented Anita from Race-Point! I knew I wanted to incorporate her design with the blue ball behind the symbol and the swishes of light surrounding it, much like you see here on my work computer (the hubs had this symbol made for my birthday--LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!).

Ah-mazing!

Deek says he's been planning his book tattoo for almost as long as I have, but he had no idea what he wanted it to look like. So, last year, we hired Anita to design him a tattoo that he could also use as a blog banner for his upcoming release 122 Rules (thanks for the Christmas money to do that, Deek's parents!). We gave her the idea for what we wanted, but our drawings were truly atrocious. I mean, they were THAT bad. LOL! Somehow, brilliant Anita took our scribbles and created a visual masterpiece. 


This past Saturday, we went up to the tattoo parlor to discuss our designs and ideas with our tattoo artist, Karla. She's one of the best y'all. If you're in the Pacific Northwest, look her up. She's award-winning and certainly deserving of it! She said she could definitely make these images into amazing tattoos. But when we asked when she could book us, she said she was booked until mid-July. 


OMG! We won't even BE in the Pacific Northwest anymore by then! Karla had done all of our tattoos up to this point, and we didn't want anyone else to do them. Lo and behold, someone called to cancel and appointment while we waited. She looked up and said, "Can you be here Tuesday?" We were like, "Tuesday, Tuesday? As in 3 days from now?" She said we could have the whole day to ourselves, so we agreed. Deek took the day off from work, and we had a date at the tattoo parlor. LOL!

We'd been planning to get these tattoos to celebrate the one year anniversary of our second, Southern wedding, so we just had that celebration about twenty days early! LOL!

Southern Wedding
May 30, 2015

So, we headed to the tattoo parlor on Tuesday, ready to get our long-awaited book tattoos as well as a special message to one another on our shoulders. A whole day dedicated to repeated little bee stings. Nothing quite like that kind of celebration! LOL!

I went first. Deek always lets me go first so I don't have to sit there and anticipate. He's such a thoughtful guy! <3

After several hours, Deek got his turn.

See Anita's design hanging from Karla's station? These tattoos were a group effort from two very talented ladies!

And we FINALLY have our long awaited book tattoos!!!


I love how Karla incorporated the themes of Anita's work while adding her own artistic flare to it. The kick-bootae nature of the tattoo really goes well with my happy socks, don't ya think? Haha!



Deek and I could not be more pleased with his as well. Same thing--Anita made an amazing drawing and Karla added her own interpretation. And we ended up with something inspiring!

That night, Deek and I walked to have an early anniversary dinner at our favorite haunt (and to reward ourselves for enduring a whole day of pain--LOL). As he talked, he kept gesturing with his newly-tattooed arm, and every time he did, I thought how totally awesome it looked on him. 

Karla was even amazing enough to post a little promo piece on her Instagram for us. She really does rock! We're starting a new hashtag to add to our #AnitaIsAmazing one. This time, it's #KarlaIsKool! ;) 



Happy early 1 year anniversary of our second, Southern wedding, my Deek! I loved marrying you so much, I just had to do it again. But you know what I love more than marrying you? Being married to you. You're THE most wonderful man I've ever met--kind, thoughtful, funny, hard-working, involved (I could continue, but then this post would wrap around the world a mazillion times). Thanks for celebrating our special day with me, in the unusual way we do things. Thank you for loving me and choosing me to be your wife. And thank you for being you. I can't even begin to express just how much I love you and love our life together. It's a dream from which I hope to never wake. Now and #always, my love. Now and #always! <3 










Thursday, May 5, 2016

Beach Time With Friends!

This past weekend, Deek and I did something we've never done before: we went to the beach with another couple! Neither of us have ever experienced this phenomena before, and we had a TOTAL blast!

Now, you know I'm a warm beach girl. I love the feel of the sun on my face, and the warm breeze. However, one thing we don't have on those warm East Coast beaches is the ability to see the ocean from up high. Since the Pacific Northwest beaches are IN the mountains, you're able to get a unique perspective, and it's breathtaking!



It's so beautiful it's almost surreal. Like we're standing in front of a fake background of something. But it's real. Oh, feast your eyes on the beauty! 



We visited the Tillamook Cheese Factory and Cannon Beach (where the Haystack Rock from Goonies is). 


Goonies Never Say Die!!!

Cheese!

The factory floor


Showin' Bessie some love


Mmmmmm, ice cream!

And we spent plenty of time on the beach, at least until the wind made it impossible. There are two things I can't seem to get used to about the PNW beaches: 1) Wearing a heavy coat. I'm used to wearing bathing suits, shorts, and tank tops at the beach. I can't get used to wearing a coat and sitting there freezing. 2) The wind. Wow, the wind is almost always whipping that sand around like a constant sand storm. No point in fixing your hair!



It warmed up a bit on the second day. We could remove our coats...until the wind picked up.

Our friends really wanted to go to a nearby shopping center to get a caramel covered apple. So, we walked around in some of the stores and goofed off (as we do).

We *may* like selfies

He caught me! 

I'm also on a "trying new brands of coffee" kick, so Deek and I tried The Human Bean. My favorite part is the little chocolate-covered coffee bean they put on top! YUM! 

On way to the beach, I saw this restaurant that looked totally fun. When I pointed it out to Deek, he said he'd always wanted to eat there but never had. So we decided we must give it a go on the way back home. The grounds have a lot of fun statues, topiaries, and old lumber equipment. It made the 20 minute wait for a table fly by! 

We found Big Foot!

Deek is hanging with Sasquatch


I'm so glad we got the opportunity to have beach fun with our friends before we leave to head back East. We're hoping to squeeze in one more fun trip with them, so stay tuned to see if we can make it happen. 

And as always, I loved spending the weekend with my husband. We got up early and went to breakfast, talked, lingered over coffee, and then drove down to the beach to meet our buds. I love every single second I get with Deek. He's fun, lively, compassionate, and a bazillion other wonderful things that wouldn't even fit in the whole of the universe if I tried to write it all. I'm the luckiest woman in the world to have him in my life. He enriches it exponentially. To the beach, the mountains (I learned coming here that the beach can BE in the mountains), the plains, from the Emerald City to New York City, at a fancy restaurant or at home in our PJs, I'd go anywhere and do anything with Deek. He's my best friend, my true partner, and my soul's perfect match!


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A #Free Book #Giveaway!

Okay, friends...Deek's book 122 Rules is FREE on Kindle for today only! So, to sweeten the deal just a bit, we'll do a giveaway. If you download a free copy of Deek's 122 Rules and send us the proof of "purchase," I'll gift you a copy of the first book in my series, The Prophecy. Two free books! WUT? Email us here to claim your prize!

Download this book for free:


122 Rules download for FREE link

And get this one free too:


Today (5/3/16) ONLY!


Stay tuned later this week, I'll be blogging about our couples' vacation at the beach! Neither one of us had ever gone on vacation with friends before, and we had a TOTAL blast! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

We did it! The Rhew 2 Rhew Tour!

We did it! The Rhew 2 Rhew tour is complete and was a smashing success! Deek and I wrote posts for over 50 blogs each, and we got the word out about us and our books. We'd like to thank all the amazing bloggers who participated. Your support means the world to us! <big round of applause for the bloggers>


via GIPHY

Thank you as well to all the readers, fans, and friends who read our posts and promoted us on social media! We wouldn't be anywhere without our readers! <big round of applause for readers, fans, and friends>



via GIPHY

Deek and I are just stoked with how well the tour and the local signing went. And for the icing on the cake, a magazine editor (who will feature us next month) called us a "writing power couple." OMG! <jumps around and flails>


In other big news, I FINISHED MY HISTORICAL FICTION NOVEL! This beast has been 7 (yes, 7!!!) years in the making. I spent 4 year researching and the other 3 writing and rewriting. Now, it's in the hands of my beta readers, critique partners, and the lovely and talented Anya Kagan. I'm going to try for agents on this one, folks. Eep!!! Regardless of whether or not I get one, I feel a great sense of accomplishment to have this story completed. 


Since I posted last, I've turned another year older. And boy did Deek make the day SO special! I awoke to notes covering our bedroom, telling me things he loves about me. Then, he came home for lunch and cooked me a special birthday meal. That evening, he took me to dinner at one of my favorite spots and presented me with one of the most thoughtful and awesome gifts ever. In other words, he spoiled me rotten. He said he wanted me to know how much he loves me, but I told him he already shows me that every single day! 

One of the notes. <heart eyes>

Men who cook = smexy

Getting silly when we try to do a birthday selfie. 


This weekend, Deek and I headed to Portland to support our friend who's been featured in a children's book! Since the book is about a therapy llama, the event took place at a pet fair! We got to see all kinds of fun things like a pet fashion show!

Rojo the Llama and his adorable sidekick, Napoleon the Alpaca!

Our friend Becky is FEATURED in the book! 
She signed our copy! WOOT! 

Then, we decided to go explore some of the sites featured in the show Portlandia. We haven't watched it yet, but we plan to once we move. Kind of a reminiscing about our old home thing. But we wanted to be able to point to things in the show and say we'd been there.

We already have a pic under the main sign, so we thought we'd take a pic underneath the sign on the side of the building. Plus, I wanted to snoop and get a peak at the Prince doughnuts they'd been making.

Keep Portland Weird-- 'nuff said


The famous Portland food carts (well, one set of them). 
You have to look REALLY hard to see the tiny dots that are us in front of them.

Gorgeous tree-lined streets.

City Hall. We've got our coffee too. So Portland.

Here's the tiniest garden in the world. I'm not even kidding. It's the Guinness Book of World Records! And yes, it's practically in the road! Eep! 


We're still getting prepared for the big move coming up this summer. I moved to the Pacific Northwest during this same week two years ago, and it's been fun looking at pics of our first cross-country trip on Facebook's "On This Day." While I'm sad to leave this area, I'm excited to go on another cross-country adventure. We've almost officially decided to take the Southern route this time and explore places we've never seen but have always wanted to! 

Here are some pics from our last cross-country-by-car adventure: 

My friend decorated my vehicle. While I'll miss the Pacific Northwest--all its beauty and our friends and family here--I'm excited to see my friends and family back in the South too! And go to a WARM beach. I can't get used to the cold beaches here. 

What even are these?

Beautiful bridge

Yes, we went all the way to the top!

Nothing like going three hours of our your way to see the future birthplace of Captain Kirk. LOL!

Colorado

Utah had some dinosaurs.

Snow covered mountains! 


Rhewvians, stay tuned for a message from our fearless leader, Trinity! She's been on more adventures and is anxious to tell you about them! If you're not a member of Rhewination, you can sign up on the site www.rhewination.com. You'll receive secret messages from Trinity and be privy to information the rest of the world isn't! 

Until next time, live out loud!