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Let It Go...

The end of the year is fast approaching and it's time to put things into perspective. You never realize how much stuff you've accumulated until you have to pack everything up into moving boxes. In an unexpected turn of events, I moved from my condo in with my mother. At first, I was apprehensive. Goodbye, privacy. Little did I know that moving in would become something really good.

Who knew moving one floor up was harder than moving from one place to another? Maybe it's my age. Man, I've never been this tired. 

This brings me to the concept of letting go. One thing you need to know about my family is we live a nomadic lifestyle. We move a lot. So moving in with my mom was just another chapter in the journey of going from point A to B. 

As I filled boxes with my things, thoughts of moving into a smaller space dawned on me. How was everything going to fit? That was when I realized I had to let go of a few things. 

The biggest had to be my books. With the digital age, I've finally given in to switching from physical to electronic. I've also gotten used to listening to my books rather than actually reading them. Although, I do plan on sitting down and reading again. One of these days. 

Some books I sold. Most I gave away. I kept a few. Mostly signed copies from authors I love. I even put out a call to my FB friends who might be interested in my complete collections of Lisa Kleypas, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Ramond E. Feist. I love each these authors to bits, but I couldn't lug around all their books forever. They have given me great joy. Now is the time for them to bring joy to new readers.

I thought the pain of losing my books would be intense. Mostly I feel relieved. I knew they will all go to good homes. Holding on too tightly to things isn't healthy. I learned to slowly let go when Sweetie came into my life and she gifted me with five rambunctious kittens. They may all be grown up now, but that doesn't mean they don't break things.  

Now we're all moved in and we're happier than ever. Letting go is like taking off that thick coat when the weather gets suddenly warmer. That sense of relief is real.

Tidbit Thursday

Happy October, Everyone!

It's Tidbit Thursday and boy do I have a tidbit for you. My first YA novel in hardcover with a Filipina main character is coming out from Swoon Reads on July 3, 2018. I know that is still a ways away, but there are things you can do today to stay updated.

First, you can add TBB to your Goodreads TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35796027-the-boyfriend-bracket

Second, you can read the excerpt that I have published on Wattpad. The Boyfriend Bracket is the perfect "big brother's best friend" love story. Here is the full description:

Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother's best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she's always dreamed of—starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket.

Or it seems like the perfect plan...right up until Will starts showing up again. How is she supposed to find the perfect boyfriend when none of her dates measure up to the one boy she can never have?

This TBB has a strong fashion designer main character and a swoonworthy online comic book artist. The story has something for everyone. Please help me spread the word about this book by telling your friends.

If you have any questions or just want to connect, hit me up.

Also, please stay tuned for a pre-order giveaway exclusive and an ARC giveaway coming your way.

Best,
Kate

Short Story Anthology Covers

When I'm not writing, I teach creative writing to Grade 11 and 12 students. It's been a revelation. To be exposed to such talent brought my writing back to life. The enthusiasm of my students is catching.

For my Grade 11 Creative Writing class, we have put together a short story anthology that celebrates first love. Every aspect of this anthology was voted for and written by the students. I merely facilitated their journey.

Because of this, I wanted to share with all of you what my students have been up to. The anthology is coming, so expect pictures of the final product. But, for now, I want to share with you the covers I created for the anthology. There are six in all and the students got to vote. The winner will be revealed when the finished product arrives from the printer.

Let me know which one you would vote for in the comments.

Cover 1


Cover 2


Cover 3


Cover 4


Cover 5


Cover 6


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