POSITIVE POST ALERT!
The state of our country right now is depressing me. Not just the things I disagree with but the divide is saddening most of all. I have MANY conservative friends and we disagree in a big way on most all things political. This includes most of my family as well. So you can imagine how hard it is for me to keep things balanced. 9 times out of 10 I'm the oddball when it comes to political matters because I am surrounded by mostly conservatives on a daily basis at home and in my community. Of course I don't allow that to silence me but I do recognize the need for respecting the opposing opinions.
Lately I've grown exhausted with the divide. I want to do something that people on ALL sides can join together on. So, in an effort to give back and support a cause I regularly advocate for (year round not just around election times) I'm heading up a giving back project. If you would like to do a little something to help please join my group for more info. There will be ZERO politics within this group. All parties are welcome. This is about love and support and making a difference. Nothing else. This is a cause near and dear to my heart. And even though it's a small way of giving back I believe it's the small things that can make the biggest impact a lot of the time! #stopchildsexualabuse #stopchildabuse#itsonus #giveback
Just request to join my #GIVINGBACK group on FB for more info or contact me directly! GROUP LINK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/334744513592743/
I just wanted to make a little announcement for anyone who may be interested to know.
I'll be taking a break from writing for the public and from publishing. I don't have a timeline for this hiatus but I can say for certain that it will be on the longer side rather than the shorter one. All of my Wattpad stories have been put on hold and I have no plans to publish again anytime in the foreseeable future. Writing never was and never will be about anything more than my love for it. Writing for myself with no expectations from anyone else is freeing and right now that's what I want. Maybe one day in the far future I will crack open my notebooks full of stories, type them up and share them with the world. And maybe I won't. I have no idea.
I only want to do what makes me happiest and at this time this is it. No matter what any writer may tell you, when you're writing to publish there's always that small part of you that's focused on the expectations associated with the process. Right now, I only want to write organically grown words and stories for the sole purpose of feeding my soul. Writing wasn't my career before and it isn't now. It's something I can't go without doing because it's a part of me. I was happy to share it with so many lovely readers in the past and I'm grateful for the support and love.
Life changes are like seasons and for each season we must acclimate and adjust accordingly. Change isn't bad even though it can be uncomfortable to accept. I hope my readers, even though uncomfortable with this news, can accept it and try to understand my position. Along with changing my writing process and goals I've started several new endeavors that are fulfilling and I'm excited about them. I'm currently in the process of becoming a CASA volunteer and I'm writing the occasional column for my local newspaper. In addition to that, I've returned to a healthier way of living and eating. I'm happy to report that I've already lost 15lbs. I'm also connecting with several advocacy programs that are close to my heart and will be adding more volunteer work to my schedule. Giving back and helping people is important to me. I want to put some of my newly found free-time to work for causes that I'm passionate about.
I don't predict that I'll be actively returning to Facebook anytime soon either. For now, Instagram and Twitter will be the only places you'll see me but it won't be book related unless it's about a book I'm reading and loving. I hope to see you there, on my flip-side of life. I think we learn each and everyday more about who we are and what makes us fulfilled as a person. I hope I never stop questioning, evolving, and growing. Perspective is powerful. Change is inevitable. It's all about how you respond to it. I've chosen to embrace it and hopefully learn a bit more about myself in the process.
Never allow life's challenges to stunt your growth as a human being. Just when you think you've been knocked down, you may very well have been catapulted into one of the most rewarding life lessons of all.
I'm finicky when it comes to reading. I lose interest easily and I have a ton of pet peeves when it comes to writing styles and plot-lines. In addition, don't even get me started on how picky I am when it comes to sex scenes in a romance novel. I'm no longer a huge fan of the typical asshole alpha male either. So you can only imagine how many books I DNF these days. For many of these reasons, I've almost fallen out of love with romance novels. Maybe I'm just burned out? I don't know. Thrillers and YA are my new obsession. Still, it makes me sad to buy a book with excitement only to give up on it before the 50% mark. I guess that's why I get so incredibly happy when I find a book that holds my attention and calls my name when I have no choice but to put it down.
So Much More by Kim Holden did that for me. It held me captive. I missed the characters when I didn't have time to read. When I was too exhausted to stay up reading. When I was cooking dinner or doing laundry. LIFE GOT IN MY WAY so many times while reading this book. But when I finally was able to sit down and devote my time to finishing it I was warmed from the inside out.
Chicken Soup. That's what this book was for me. When I'm sick and it's cold outside I always want my mom's chicken soup. It gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling from the inside out. It kind of hugs my soul just like Seamus and Faith did. Just like Kim Holden does every single time I'm with her.
Did this book anger me? Yes. There's a character in this book who will most likely have your blood boiling. Especially if you're a parent. On the flipside, you'll fall deeply in love with Seamus. His love for his children made my cup runneth over. His devotion and faithfulness to being a dad were one of the biggest turn-ons about him. This man loves hard. Unconditionally. Completely. You'll want your very own Seamus after finishing this book. I promise. He's the kind of man I love to read.
I won't give away the details of the storyline but I will tell you how much I loved these characters. (Except the one I hated.) Seamus and Faith taught me why I fell for romance novels in the first place. Kim Holden wrote me back in love with love stories. So Much More than I even thought possible.
I'm giving a Kindle copy of this beautiful book on my Instagram account today. Follow me and enter to win @KathrynP_Author And you all get #FreeHugs ;)
Letters Written In White now has its own official website. The closer it gets to release more and more things will be posted on the site. All of the most up to date information about the book can be found there along with some really amazing features such as a forum where you can share your own personal story.
Be sure to check the site out here:
Have you tried Wattpad yet? You should! I love it and the best part is...it's free. You can follow me there using @AuthorKathrynPerez
Hope to see you there. <3