I was a Writer before I Knew I was a Writer…

I was a writer before I knew I was a writer. Confusing? Let me explain.
I was writing stories from the moment I could hold a pencil and spell more than just my name. I would tell stories constantly. Tall tales at the dinner table. At school. When our family bought our first word processor (am I aging myself here??), I plunked myself down between my siblings writing their research papers and tapped out my first book—the story of a flying pig and a greedy man who wanted to capitalize on it. I started a family “newspaper” called the Katana Crier where I would summarize the week’s events in a packet that I literally printed out five times and stapled together, then delivered to each member of my family while I danced around the house singing Carrying the Banner! (I was also a huge Newsies freak, if you can’t tell)

I started writing my first novel at age 28. I finished it when I was 29. I sold it to my first publisher a month and a half after I typed The End. And I was published before I turned 30 with my first novel, SOUL STRIPPER.

So when did I know I wanted to be a writer? I always knew. It was a part of me for as long as I can remember. I should have paid attention more to my gut. I should have listened to that little whisper in my soul that told me I should be writing long before I started that book when I was 28.

November Gratitude

Happy November, everyone! I can’t believe we’re here already! Halloween FLEW by in a whirlwind of costumes and candy and parties. The air has turned crisp (we even had our first snowfall here in Maine last night!) and as Thanksgiving nears, I’m filled with more and more with gratitude.

November is always a solid reminder to be thankful for all we have. And as hard as I try to extend that gratitude the whole year around, somehow, it always manages to slip away–ebbs and flows throughout the twelve months. I’ve always loved Thanksgiving. I loved that there were no gifts; it wasn’t filled with hours upon hours of wrapping presents or stressing about who you forgot to get something for this year (side note: two years in a row, I forgot to get my brother’s girlfriend a Christmas gift! OOPS.) Thanksgiving is about togetherness. It’s about sharing a meal and sharing love.

This year, I’ve been doing a lot more yoga. And for the month of November (and perhaps beyond), as I sit still on my mat, breathing deeply, I tell myself one thing I’m grateful for that day. But more importantly, I ask myself, how will I show that gratitude in my actions?

Today, I wanted to say THANK YOU to you! Because you, my readers, were in my thoughts today as I practiced yoga. Thank you for being here. Thank you for reading. Thank you for your support, encouragement, and feedback. Without you all, I’m simply a writer. But with you and because of you? I’m an author.

And for that, I will be eternally grateful.

Capturing You is Coming down from Kindle Unlimited~1/28/18!

Hello Bookworms!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that Capturing You is going to be leaving the Kindle Unlimited world in a couple of months! So… what does that mean for you?

Well, if you are a KU {Kindle Unlimited} subscriber, it means you have until January 28th, 2018 to read it for FREE. That’s plenty of time for this steamy, small town read!

If you are a Kindle reader, but NOT KU subscriber, then it doesn’t affect you at all! The book will still be available through Amazon–now and after January 2nd.

If you are a Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, or other type of ereader, then this is great news for you! It means that on January 28th, Capturing You will once again be available to all readers! =)

Let me know if you have any questions and as always… HAPPY READING!

Get it HERE on Amazon!

After discovering she can’t have children, Lydia Ryder has all but convinced herself that she doesn’t need a family to be happy. But when her job as a magazine photographer lands her in the small town of Maple Grove, NH, a precocious ten year old and her single father barge into Lydia’s life, turning what she thinks she wants onto its head. In this town full of happily ever afters, Lydia finds herself wishing for things she had sworn off long ago…


When Cameron Tripp’s wife passed away from heart disease, he thought he’d never find love again. He certainly never would have expected a woman like Lydia Ryder to waltz into his life and awaken his dormant heart and libido. But despite his better judgment, Cam finds himself drawn to the vivacious and argumentative outsider. He quickly learns that, like him, she knows all about misplaced trust, heartbreak, and how quickly a family can fall apart if you let it.

Clinging to those last days of Summer…

I don’t know about you, but even though I LOVE Autumn, I am clinging to these last days of summer (even if they’ve been rainy and chilly). Usually by this time of year, I’m ready for the change of leaves. Sweater weather. Maple lattes. But this year? It just didn’t feel long enough. So, tonight after work, I am whipping up my favorite summer cocktail, this Strawberry Pineapple Punch, and sitting out on my porch as the sun sets.

Anyone feel like joining me???

Strawberry Pineapple Punch
(This recipe makes a WHOLE bunch. Like… for a party!)


  • 4 cups pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1/2 cup white rum (or coconut rum)
  • 1 bottle (750mL) Prosecco, chilled
  • Frozen pineapple (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup frozen, pureed strawberries


~Puree 1 cup of diced strawberries into the chilled pineapple juice
~Run through a strainer to remove most of the seeds
~ Pour pineapple juice, rum, and prosecco into a pitcher
~ Add frozen pineapple to keep it chilled. Serve the same day it’s made.
~Garnish with strawberry and pineapple slices

Sexy Smiles – Charcoal Toothpaste

Sexy Smiles with Katana Collins & Danielle Eaton – Charcoal Toothpaste

Hey Bookworms! So, my girl Danielle Eaton and I decided to experiment with different (ie – disgusting) ways to whiten our teeth in this new Sexy Smiles Series… because nothing is as sexy as a beautiful smile. Am I right or am I right? 😉

In this first video, we try our hands at Activated Charcoal Powder toothpaste. It’s a bit like brushing with… well, watch to find out.

Organize Your Office: 5 Easy DIY Projects

As most of you know… I work from home. And as some of you may know… my husband and I are also renovating a new home and about to move (May 1st, EEK!). Renovating is fun but sooooo stressful and there’s a lot out of my control. For example… I can’t hang dry wall or fix cracked plaster ceilings! But, I CAN be planning my office here from the comfort of my clean kitchen and begin some small DIY projects that I know will be a HUGE payoff once we move in!

I found these various ideas on Pinterest and so I highly suggest you pop on over to the original sites (Which I will link here) and see the full how to DIYs!

These first two ideas all come from one place: The genius people at Life Hack. I highly recommend checking out their whole article.

1. Binder Clips to Organize cords
This. Is. Genius. And frankly… it doesn’t even freaking count as DIY because you’re LITERALLY JUST CLIPPING THEM TO YOUR DESK. 










2. Mason Jar Organizers.
I LOVE mason jars. I’m not kidding when I say, I usually have a pack of 12 at any given time in my home just WAITING for an awesome DIY. I also love that this is SUPER simple. I would maybe paint them as well, just for fun, but that’s just me. Basically, the directions just say to hot glue them together. That’s all!










3. Old Book Mail Organizer

I found this project on Pinterest from Beyond the Picket Fence and I’m literally (NO JOKE) going to a flea market tomorrow to try to find old hard cover books for this! You can find the full tutorial at the link above.















4. Oversized Message Board
This might be my favorite project here. It comes from Better Homes and Gardens blog. Basically, all it is is a large piece of glass (so you can use dry erase markers on it) with the back painted. The tricky part is it looks like they custom built a frame around it. That’s a bit much for MY DIY heart. However, I BET I could find a large picture frame from Michael’s when sale time comes and paint the back of the glass… Hmmmm. But overall, this board? It would be PERFECT for plotting my novels!











5. DIY Chalkboard Calendar
Okay, I lied. THIS is my favorite piece. This chalkboard calendar is so cute and                            would be so helpful in keeping me on top of my deadlines! It comes from
Sincerely Sara’d. I will say that of all the DIY listed here, it seems like the most                            complicated. While not impossible, it would take a bit of time and precise painting                    necessary for that beautiful script she has in the picture. BUT MAN would it be                            worth it!


You guys!!! I just realized that while I announced this news on Twitter and Facebook, I completely overlooked the announcement on my blog!

So, here it is…drum roll, please……

I officially signed with Louise Fury of the L.Perkins Agency!!!! Louise is fabulous and I honestly cannot imagine anyone better to be my advocate in this crazy world we call publishing.  Louise reps some amazing other authors including but not limited to Hope Tarr, Lisa Renee Jones and Megan Frampton among MANY others. Check out her list and her client’s books. Seriously, they’re amazing.

That is all for now!

Style Files – Craving

Contrary to popular belief ::ehem:: I am not suddenly a millionaire now that I’ve sold my first book. (For the record…I’m not sure many people actually believe that writers are millionaires anymore, but it felt like a good way to start…)

I love to shop. But I don’t necessarily have the money to shop as much as I would like. Hence the reason pinterest and online window shopping are amazing things. I would like to add this look to my style files…It’s the perfect casual outfit in my opinion!

::sigh:: who wants to go to Uniqlo with me??

I love everything about this outfit. The only change I might make is a more dangly earring. I’d put the pearls in my second or third piercing though.


I would wear this coat over top if it was still chilly out. Because…I mean really. Look at it. It’s beautiful. And it’s called the “Coffee Shop Cardigan.” IT’S CLEARLY MEANT FOR ME!


This bag doesn’t necessarily match perfectly, but it is SO CUTE. And I like that extra pop of color it adds. Particularly since this is an outfit I would wear to go write at a cafe. And this bag looks as though it could hold my laptop.





And lastly, this is how I would wear my hair. Because it’s cute. It’s casual and it fits with the whole look.
If anyone wants to buy me ANY of these things I will happily accept said gifts. =0) Happy hump day, my friends!!