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Hey there readers! Happy September!

Boy, this summer has been… something, eh? 

(Note to my Australian and New Zealand peeps: substitute winter for summer)

In many ways, even though the weather has been summer-like, it hasn’t felt much like summer at all. 

Lately, you’ll notice my emails to you have been about food, especially summer foods. I wonder why that is? 🤣

I’m sure it has to do with the fact that it feels like this summer, there’s a lot of things we’re all missing out on. Food is much more than nourishment. It’s tradition, family, friends, fun, seasons… All sorts of emotions are wrapped around the experience of eating. So I think my newsletters about food might be my way of talking about the emotions I’ve been feeling in these very abnormal times.

And those emotions have been running high — and affecting me more than I would like. 2020 has been the hardest year ever for me to write. My concentration is really suffering. And therefore, so is my word count.

I’m what some people call a “discovery writer.” That means that, rather than start a book with a very detailed plot, I prefer to start with a sense of who my characters are, what the main conflict is, and where they’re going to end up… and then I “discover” the rest through the process of writing. It’s much more fun for me that way, and I definitely prefer it for that reason.

But what that means is that sometimes… the words just don’t come. And this year, with all the upheaval due to Covid-19, that’s definitely been more the case for me. 

I apologize to all of you, dear readers, for not publishing as many books this year as I normally do. I am definitely still working, but I can’t release a book until I feel like it’s “right.” And sometimes, the books, and the characters fight me on that. (grrr….)

Anyway… The good news is that I’ve been working on Striker, and I’m happy to say that his book is finally starting to take some good shape. I don’t have a release date for you yet, but I’m hoping that in the next newsletter I send you, I will not only have that, but also a preorder link. Cross your fingers for me, will you???

Striker is Book 11 in the Lords of Carnage series. Striker is a damaged hero, and his story is ripping at my heart a little bit. But he’s going to get one hell of a happy ever after with his lady love (name TBA).

I promise he’ll be worth the wait! 

In the meantime, I’ve put together a two-book box set of the two very first novels I ever wrote. They’re both standalone MC romances, and if you want to get a glimpse of my first steps into creating fictional worlds, these are it! 



You can check that box set out here:
US link
International link




Have a wonderful beginning to your September, and I’ll be in touch again in about two weeks!

xoxoxo
Daphne

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