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Hello & Welcome!

Well, what a few weeks it's been!

When I set about the process of publishing my first book, I never expected that it would gather the response that it has. Since it's release, its climbed to the #2 position on the US charts for lesbian fiction, and #3 for lesbian romance. In Australia, it reached the top 5, and in my home country #4 in the new release chart. For a newbie author it was overwhelming and unbelievable. And this morning I woke to find it sitting nicely next to the awesome Erin Zak's latest, Guarding Evelyn (which if you haven't read, you must. It's a-maz-ing!)

I wish I could say that deciding to publish was some massive, life-altering decision which took loads of thinking and deliberating. The truth is, once the ball got rolling, it all just kind of happened. One minute I was saying "oh I've finished it at last!" and the next I had an editor, then a cover, then I was posting promos, and creating an ARC team and then WHAM! It was out there for everyone to read.

And I honestly had very low expectations. Feedback from my ARC team was amazing, and gave me a little boost that I wasn't setting myself up for a massive fall, but I couldn't have ever anticipated just how many people were going to pick it up and rate it. But I'm the kind of person who has the motto "if your expectations are low, then you can't be disappointed."

One of the most nerve-wracking things about letting people see my writing was the response to Callie's mental health struggles. I won't say anything here, because, "shh, spoilers Sweetie", but to hear that people resonated and felt with Callie was both inspiring and humbling. To know that they went through every emotion she did, related to how she reacted, recognised the way she was feeling, both physically and emotionally in those moments was so incredibly emotional, for both me as a writer and as a person. They say "write what you know". Callie, in those moments, was very much what I know. Everyone's experiences with their mental health is different, but none is no less valid. Just know you are not alone, and there are people out there who understand you.

Finally, a massive thank you to everyone who has taken the time and chance on this baby author; I appreciate every read, every review and every rating.

And, who knows, Callie and Jackie may be back to continue their story in the future...

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