It’s Been a Long While

Greetings!

My apologies for not writing to you sooner, but as the old saying goes, life got in the way. On that note, I wanted to express my utmost gratitude to you for being so patient. So many of you have asked when I’ll publish again, and I have good news for you!

But first…a little preface.

A few months ago, I removed January Dreams from sale because she needed work. She should not have been published, and for that I am sorry. There was so much I overlooked, and during that time of my life, it wasn’t a good time to publish anything of quality. It was the last book I published. That being said, I have now had the book re-edited, revised, some of it has been rewritten into a more polished and more exciting book! I finished writing the complete series as well. I am re-releasing January Dreams January 26, 2021. I’ll have links for you soon!

She is still one of my favorite stories, and Megan is one of my favorite characters. I can’t wait to share with you the changes that I’ve made with this novel.

In the first of three novels of this series, Megan begins dreaming of sharing an intensely, visceral love with Casper Truitt, whom she loathes in real life. But in her dreams, they’re in love. She wants nothing to do with him, but that doesn’t stop him from suddenly paying attention to her, claiming he likes her. Trying to ignore them, she meets the brooding and charming Vincent, and falls in love with him quickly. But each time they kiss, she sees vivid visions of another time and place. Consumed by the dreams and visions, Megan’s determined to learn the truth about them, but the more she learns, the more her life is in danger.

I love this story because even though there are fantastical elements to it, there is so much truth to it and I feel a lot of people can relate. I love each and every character as I feel they bring such a large part to the story. As a trend with my novels, Megan is a strong lead. She makes mistakes and is naïve (she’s only seventeen), but she’s smart and listens to her instincts whether she wants to or not. I also love writing villains you love to hate, but also villains you actually feel empathy toward. Every villain has a backstory that makes you ask yourself if they really are a villain or not.

The idea for January Dreams came to me about whether reincarnation actually exists. Have we had previous lives? That was the basis of the idea, but it has grown into something much bigger. I also have a thing about dreams (and if you’ve read anything by me, you’ll see a trend). I love writing about dreams because of how real they feel sometimes and how much they stay with me. Unfortunately, I can’t share too much without giving it away! It has real-life themes, fantasy, action, and plenty of romance.

Here is a sneak peek available only here:

I hate Casper Truitt. Actually, hate is such a nice word for the way I feel about him. He has no regard for anyone but himself and isn’t afraid to let anyone know. He hails from a stupid rich family and probably bathes in hundred dollar bills every night, at least, that’s what Cherry and I joke about.

My room is dark, and I relax a little thinking I have a couple more hours before I have to get up, but when I check my clock, I curse, knowing I forgot to set the antiquated alarm. I’m used to my phone where I program it and not have to worry about it, but Mom took it away.

I kick off the covers and rush through my morning routine. Great way to start the week.

Grabbing my backpack, keys, purse, coat, I breeze by my goodbyes to my dogs, all five of them, and run out the door. Luckily, my old as dirt car starts without too much issue and I carefully speed through the neighborhood to get to school, hoping I can get there before the bottom falls out. A storm is coming, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be brief.

I scramble out of my car and rush to the front office. When I open the door, I see Mrs. McCarthy dressed in a pumpkin outfit. Crap. It’s Halloween and Cherry is going to kill me. I completely forgot.

Mrs. McCarthy looks up, removes her glasses, revealing her brown eyes, and smiles. Her short brown hair makes her look like most of the female teachers around here, something I have always wondered about. Is it a requirement to have such short hair when you become a school administrator? Her makeup always looks like it’s permanently stained on her face.

“Can I help you?” she asks in her Southern drawl.

“I need to sign in for a late pass,” I say, panting.

A tall boy with cropped dark, brown hair fumbles through the door, almost tripping. He’s wearing a long-sleeved shirt and jeans on his lean, muscular body. He is hot. Is he new? This school is huge, but how could I have missed him? He’s not part of the popular crowd.

“I’m so sorry I’m late,” he tells Mrs. McCarthy as he makes his way behind the counter.

“It’s okay, Vincent.” She smiles as she stands. “I’ve got some errands to run so you’ll be at the front desk for the remainder of the block. Oh, and this young lady needs to sign in.” She winks.

Vincent turns around and seems to do a double take. His face turns pale as if he’s seen a ghost. Mrs. McCarthy grabs her purse and is out the door. He drops his backpack on the floor and when he looks up, our eyes lock. His eyes are beautiful. They are the color of the deepest part of the ocean. So blue they almost look black. He looks at me like he’s enamored or something and it makes my heart pound. My stomach starts fluttering like there are butterflies or freaking penguins flapping their wings in there.

I am proud to see how much this series has grown and it’s also a milestone for me in that I’ve gotten back to writing—my true passion. It was a long road to get back, but through all of it, I’ve matured and have only become a stronger person and writer. As with all of my stories, there are bits of truth from events of my life in January Dreams and I wanted to embed those into this series. I am excited to be releasing the series (each book will be released separately) and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

In other news, I wanted to share that I have written another contemporary novel that I am sending off to literary agents currently. I have several other stories in the making as well that I’m excited to bring to light. For so long, I feared I that had lost my writing voice, but I just needed time to heal. That is something that has taken me a long time to realize and that it was okay to take a break from writing. It scared me because that is my true love. How could I possibly take a break from it? But nothing was coming to me and I couldn’t force it. Have any of you ever felt that way?

I hope you all enjoy the newly polished version of January Dreams, or for those who haven’t read it, a new book!

Thank you for your patience and your support over the years. It has truly meant the world to me, and I couldn’t have done this without you. You are by far the best fans a girl could ask for!

Cheers,

Carrigan

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