Hi everyone! I am beyond excited to welcome our guest today. Our fabulous reviewer Crissy has her first published work out under the name Kenzie Cade! I am so incredibly proud of her and so happy for all she has achieved!
The story is called Son of a Fish and is part of the Dreamspinner Daily Dose. It is available for purchase starting today if you are buying it individually, and released at some point this month if you have purchased the entire Daily Dose series.
So please join me in showing Crissy some love and help me give a big welcome to author Kenzie Cade!
Hi guys! And thanks JJ! I’m so excited to be here in this capacity. It’s so different to be on this side of the review blog. You guys probably know me as Crissy, reviewer here at Joyfully Jay. And I count myself lucky every day to be here, working with JJ. It’s been almost two years since I was asked to join this fabulous group of reviewers, and I’ve been so fortunate to be here for the addition of several more after me. They are wonderful group of fellow readers and friends.
I would say I wear lots of hats, but that’s not true. Mostly I wear one really big, Pharrell-sized hat. And in there I carry the titles of reader, reviewer, and author. Because without one role I’m not sure there would be another. First and foremost, I label myself a reader. I’ve always loved to read, and once I found m/m romance about four years ago, I never looked back. I found my love, my niche and it continues to grow and develop every day.
Two years ago, JJ found me. I’m pretty sure it was because I left so many comments about the books I’d read or the books I loved… or didn’t love. But one day she asked me if I would think about putting those words into a review. And here I am.
I’ve had the desire to write for most of my life. I loved English and Literature in school. My teachers started free writing when I was in high school, and there I excelled. But when it came to actually putting my ideas on paper with the purpose of writing a story—short, novella, novel, or otherwise—I froze. Then I found m/m and ideas flowed galore, but by that time, I was so out of practice and afraid to do something about it that I let those ideas fade away. Until I mentioned it to a friend of mine who encouraged me to write. About anything. Just write. And keep writing.
So I did.
Then another friend encouraged me to complete a short story for Dreamspinners Daily Dose. It’s a good step, they said. It’ll build your confidence, give you a foundation to write even more. And what truth that was—is. Since I received my first contract—this very one for my short, Son of a Fish, in the Daily Dose— I’ve received another contract for an anthology coming out in July through Less than Three Press, Everyone Deserves a Home. Right now, I’m working on a full-length novel, the first of a series and my first Advent story. I have a more and more ideas and inspiration coming to me constantly. I keep notebooks with me at all times. They litter my house and office.
My point is: If you have a dream, a desire, a need to do something, don’t give up. Most likely you’ll regret turning your back on it. And if you have given up or been afraid to pursue it, don’t be surprised if it finds you and pursues you right back. I was lucky. I still am. And that luck starts with the day JJ found me. Thankfully, my luck has continued to change and grow from that moment.
So, yes, don’t give up. And if your dream is to write. Do it. Write, write, and keep writing.
Sam Crowe lives a quiet life. He’s a freelance journalist and sometimes fiction writer. His world is turned upside down when love lands on his doorstep—literally, while cursing up a G-rated storm. Son of a fish, indeed. Casey Sanders doesn’t know whether it’s good luck or bad when he slips and falls on the icy steps of his apartment building, but the hero who comes to his rescue is worth the discomfort.
Their attraction is instant, but Sam is certain Casey’s flirtation and kind words are a result of the pain medication. But Casey is persistent and won’t give up until he has what he wants. And what he wants is Sam.
Kenzie Cade was born and raised in the South where she spends her days in the sometimes stressful field of private medicine observing interesting people and committing them to memory for later use. When she isn’t reading, experimenting with recipes, or being distracted by social media, Kenzie spends time with her family, friends, and the Pomeranian/long-haired Chihuahua mix who likes to keep her company while she writes. As a young girl, Kenzie dreamed of princesses and their white knights. As an adult (or sort of adult), she dreams of princes and their proverbial white knights, which she attributes to fellow Arkansan S.E. Hinton and her novel The Outsiders. Writing to keep the fictional voices at bay, Kenzie enjoys the journeys her characters travel to find their happy endings, and she loves the challenge of writing a great love story.
Contact Kenzie at email@example.com. You can also find her online at her blog: http://kenziecade.wordpress.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kenziecade.author; and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/thekenziecade.
Kenzie has brought a copy of Son of a Fish to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Thursday, June 5th at 11:59 pm EST.
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