Life, Review & ARC News

August 18, 2020

Today…drumroll…my kids return to school.

Normally I’d post happy pics (me possibly happier than them) holding a sign with their grade and age, both at home and in front of the school. But this year, right after a breakfast of champs, we have to do temp checks and double-check they have masks. Who’d have ever thought we’d have to do that???

I’m nervous. Filled with self-doubt. Maybe I shouldn’t be taking this risk. The what-if scenarios run rampant. It’s a just-breathe-and-push-forward moment. I suppose it’s similar to when I watched my tiny kindergartener board the yellow bus for the first time. Similar but different.

That’s not the only thing that has my nerves flaring. Reviews are starting to come in on Lost on the Way. This is the part of writing that, I’ll be honest…it’s the worst. Waiting to see if someone likes what you’ve written. I mean, I have beta readers and editors who I hope would tell me if it needed work. But, publishing is putting a piece of yourself out there. And as an introvert, I’d rather pull a paper bag over my head and hide in a closet.

Good news though…..first review came in from Brandie DeRusha, a writer at BookRiot: Highly Recommended!

YES!!! If I was at all techno-savvy, I’d insert a dancing girl GIF here.

“Finally a romance with complicated characters- with really complicated relationships- that recognize their toxic traits and WORK to get better.

This book- was so good. It was so refreshing to see people work through their issues and come out on the other side.

If you like to write reviews and have an interest in receiving an ARC copy, please email me and I’ll send you a free copy (ARC = advanced reader copy) in exchange for your honest review. I haven’t yet built an ARC team (can anyone say never-ending to-do list?). If you’re interested, please email me and let me know. If you get my newsletter, you can just hit reply to that.

The current book description (still a work in progress) is below. Lost on the Way releases September 21.

Chasing Frost, the fifth and final book in the West Side series, goes to my editor on September 5th, and the as-yet-untitled first book of my second series goes to my development editor right around then.

I’m not entirely sure September could get any busier. It’s almost like a guarantee there’s going to be a COVID outbreak at school and my kids will go virtual…sometime in… drumroll… SEPTEMBER.

Stay positive, stay safe, stay soapy, and be kind. My mantra is getting longer and longer these days.

-Izzy

 

Lost on the Way

They were friends—just friends. Now they’re something else entirely…

 

Jason

When I think back, on almost any given day, I see Maggie. In college, she was my best friend’s girlfriend. But, as they say, time changes things. I suppose the funeral was the turning point, when we began depending on each other. Sometime around then, our friendship deepened. Adam asked me to watch out for her, and I did. When bad news hit, she got me through rough days. 

If luck fell on my side, I’d make her mine in every way. But, she deserves so much more from life than my prognosis.

A decade of history binds us. One drunken night and we’re fighting. Christ, she’s telling me to go see a therapist. If I can’t figure out how to go back to the way things were, I’ll lose the most important relationship of my life. The only one that truly matters.

 

Maggie

Last night, we shared tequila. I found myself hoping, like I always do.

I’d replay last night a thousand times if I could. It’s the morning after that needs erasing.

Our problem? His love for me isn’t the more kind of love. He’s made that abundantly clear. And that’s okay. Some part of me knows Jason will always see me as his best friend’s girl. Because of our past, he prefers me in the just-a-friend role.

I can’t lose our friendship. If he wants to stay in the friend zone, I need to accept that. Move on. Find someone else to love. Rationally, I do know this.

But convincing my heart…well, that’s another story entirely.