Sunday, August 18, 2013

Grief.


"Grief fills the room up of my absent child,

Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,

Puts on his pretty look, repeats his words,

Remembers me of his gracious parts,
Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form."


William Shakespeare

My creativity has taken a major shot to the gut this past week or so. We lost a foster child that we intended to adopt, after exactly nine months in our care, with not a glance in our direction by her biological family. I cared for that little girl like she were my own flesh and blood. The adoption papers were drawn up. I was as in love with her as I am with my own biological children, and now that we're without her, our house feels broken. When I sent her away with the social worker, I sent away a piece of my heart, and the simple fact that I will never see her again cripples me.

I know that all of my readers are waiting with baited breath for book 3 of the This & That Series (Candace's story,) and I vow that I will write it...eventually. But right now, it is all I can do to keep from falling apart at the seams. Grief is a fickle b*tch, people. It rears it's ugly head right when you least expect it, and it sucker punches when you think you've got it all figured out.

I consider myself a fairly strong person. I grew up in a tumultuous home, got married young, got divorced young, raised two kids by myself before remarrying. I've faced having a child diagnosed with Autism, and the challenges that raising a special needs child can present. I've seen hard times, and I've seen pain. But nothing--I mean nothing--compares to losing a child. And though I've never lost a child to death...losing a child to an uncertain and potentially dangerous and detrimental future from which I am banished feels as close to death as I can get without a damned coffin.

I will write book 3 in the This & That Series. I promise you, my dear, loyal readers. I will never let down all of you--because, simply put: without each of you, I would be a basket case by now. It is your reviews (good and bad,) comments, and messages via Twitter and Facebook that have kept me going through what I will forever refer to as the hardest experience of my entire life. And I won't leave you (and my brilliant editor) hanging. Candace's story will be told. I promise. I just need to take some time for both of us (Candace and I) to grieve a little bit.

I promise to keep you all posted. And please share your thoughts on Baby & Bump and Apples & Oranges with your friends. Help spread the word about these books that have meant so much to me, and have gotten me though the last few months of my life without climbing into a clock tower with a rifle. In the meantime, I am going to do some soul searching. Find whatever helps me heal this ache in my heart. Once I've done that, back to writing I'll be.

Thanks for everything. <3


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A note to my awesome readers....

As an author, I strive to write stories that are not only heartwarming and romantic, but are also somewhat true to life. As most of you know, life is messy.

 People make mistakes, use poor judgment, do the opposite of what others (their families, their friends, etc) would prefer them to do, and sometimes they even screw up. My characters are purposefully the same. I work hard at making them as "human" as possible, and that's why they often make judgment calls that are infuriating for my readers.

They find love in inconvenient places, during the "wrong time" of their lives, they love the wrong person, and sometimes they screw up relationships. My hope is that by reading my books, my readers will not only feel a kinship with my characters, but will also find themselves connecting with them through their ups and downs. Find a reason to see a little bit of themselves in a character purposefully written to be flawed.

Because nobody makes the right choice every time, am I right, or am I right? I know that reading a book that is taken in a direction I didn't appreciate is frustrating as a reader, and I've lost count of how many times I've read books by my favorite authors that have left me aggravated. But that's the joy of reading. You can experience story after story, ending after ending, and be left reeling from all sorts of emotions. Anger, sadness, joy, confusion. It's all part of the journey.

I love all feedback, my dear readers, it is priceless, and every word of it--good and bad--helps build my craft as an author. But just know as you read my stories that I don't ever intend to write stories that are made up of perfect characters, who make perfect choices, and lead perfect lives. Brooke Moss books will always be based on real life. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

It is absolutely my privilege to share them with all of you.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Marisol's story is LIVE, Baby!

Wheeeeeeeee!!!

Book 2 in the This & That Series, Apples & Oranges, went live today! You can grab your Kindle copy by clicking HERE.



Here's the blurb:

Marisol Vargas had life all figured out. Having fun without strings attached was good. Commitment and monogamy was bad. That is, until both of her best friends got married and had kids. Now all of the sudden, instead of being envied for her footloose and fancy-free lifestyle, Marisol finds herself on the outside looking in. Suddenly her home feels like a big, empty house. And her heart feels like the last kid picked for kickball.

Then her car breaks down.

When Marisol meets the owner of Triple D's Garage, Demetrious Antonopolous, she pegs him a bitter, blue collar grunt. They're complete opposites, like apples and oranges, yet beneath the aggravation lies some serious passion.

Little does Marisol know that Demo might be exactly what she needs, and it has nothing to do with cars or the kitchen. 

When tragedy strikes, will Marisol be able to let Demo in, or will she push him away? And how can two complete opposites finally learn how to make great recipes together?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Book #2!!

BIG NEWS! BIG NEWS! 



Book 2 of the This & That Series, APPLES & ORANGES (Marisol's story) will debut on FRIDAY, AUGUST 9th!! Squeeeee! 



I'm so, incredibly excited to share this second book with you all....

To celebrate this release....BABY & BUMP (This & That Series, book 1) will be FREE on Amazon Wednesday August 7th, Thursday August 8th, AND Friday August 9th



That's THREE days of FREE reading, peeps! Mark your calendars, and spread the word...let's get everyone ready for book 2! 

Here's where to get Baby & Bump FREE!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Join the Baby & Bump revolution!


I am so pleased that my readers are enjoying the first book in the This & That Series, Baby & Bump!



Writing Lexie & Fletcher's story was so much fun...a laugh out loud experience I'll never forget. So was Marisol's story, Apples & Oranges, which will be coming out soon. Here's hoping her book will be as well received as Lexie's. :)

In the meantime, why not grab a copy of BABY & BUMP today, & I'll give you a FREE copy of one of my other books!

Let me help you pass the time until Marisol's story drops...

Email me at brooke@brookemoss.com me for deets... :D


BABY & BUMP!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Grab UNDERWATER now!!

Hip, hip hooray!!

Underwater is officially available for purchase! Check it out here: ETOPIA PRESS.

This is my first YA, and to make it extra fancy pants, it is a fantasy. No kidding! I'd had a story about mer folk brewing in my mind for a while before I put pen to paper (or fingers to laptop) so this was a purely experimental book. The good news is, my incredible friend and CP, Rachel Firasek, was also an editor with eTopia Press, and she helped to get me signed.

When I sat down to write this book, I decided to base it at a nearby lake that terrifies me. No really, it does. It's over 1200 feet deep and nobody really knows what the crap is at the bottom of it, so whenever we go there, I am petrified of drowning. Or losing my wedding ring. Or drowning. Or losing a kid. Or drowning. Or losing a shoe or my iPad mini in the water. Or drowning. Basing this story in the Sandpoint/Pend Oreille area just came naturally to this colossal chicken...

I am especially proud of the heroines of this book. They're two sisters named Luna and Evey, and they're loosely based on my nieces, Ryann and Eedy, who are about as wonderful as two nieces can get. It was my honor to base these characters on two kids that mean the universe to me. :)

Plus....Luna and Saxon. Le sigh. Oh, how very much they love each other, and how much the belong together, even if they are from two different species, and the odds are stacked up against them. I'm excited to share their story with you. I hope you like it.



Here is what Underwater is all about....


The secrets of Pend Oreille are best left beneath the surface…

After being partially paralyzed in a car accident, wheelchair-bound Luna Prosser is struggling to keep her head above water. Fighting for independence from her over-protective parents and determined to seem normal as she wheels down the halls of her high school, Luna can’t believe the hot new guy on campus actually talks to her—and looks at her with more than just pity in his haunted, aquamarine eyes. But Luna has no idea how different Saxon really is, or what responsibilities he faces. For there are secrets in the dark waters of Pend Oreille—secrets that could drown them both…