My first blog entry on my first website! Thanks to the amazing efforts of my friend, K, KaiaBennett.com is up and running and I hope you’re as thrilled as I am with my new home base.
There’s been a lot of firsts this year. For those of you new to my work, I just republished my first erotic romance novel, Sunday, this past May. It was briefly published back in 2008, but when that publisher folded I found myself searching for what to do next. Self-publishing crossed my mind, but I barely knew how things worked the traditional route. I didn’t know what the right decision was and I was getting ready to transition from civilian to service member. There wasn’t a lot of time to think about what to do with my book.
I sat on the book for a long while, and in the interim finished up what would become a prequel called Gabriel, and started a follow-up called Loose Ends under the name TangledinYou on Literotica. I joined the U.S. Army, moved around, occasionally checked in with those still following my work and managed to finish Loose Ends. I talked to some agents that had a lukewarm interest in my work. I sent out query letters. But I did none of this with consistency or urgency. I was afraid of making the wrong choice and revisiting that brief and ultimately unfulfilled brush with publication. That is, until it was time to move on from the military and I asked myself ‘what next?’. Well, what was next was my decision to stop ‘waiting’ and start ‘doing’.
So, I self-published Sunday and the response has been amazing! I never expected there to be continued interest in my work, and I was proved wrong by the wonderful readers who purchased, reviewed and spread the word. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of your support and kindness. It’s made me feel like my old writing self again!
There will be more to come, and this site will be the place to find it. Reviews, excerpts, works in progress, playlists! A whole bunch of goodies await you and I can’t wait to get more books out there for you guys. I hope you continue to enjoy my work and that you know I’m forever grateful for the warm welcome I received into the world of a published author.
Thanks for stopping by, for reading and for being so wonderfully kind. I love you guys to pieces!