Summer break is finally here! It's a time when I rejuvenate my body and mental health. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll clean every nook and cranny in my house, get a full eight hours of sleep every night, take a nap every day, catch up on my to be read list, and finish as many writing projects as possible! Can you tell I love having summers off? Two summers ago, I gathered my courage and sent two stories off to three publishers. I had anticipated three rejection letters because becoming a published author was just a childhood dream that most likely would never come true. I've told the story often about getting the email from Rebel Ink Press but I can't help myself...I have to tell it again. I woke up one morning in July and decided to check my email before I started the cleaning project for the day. When I saw an email from RIP, I prepared myself for my first rejection. I opened and read the email (twice) before it sank in that Elizabeth was interested in publishing my stories. I began shouting, "I'm going to be a published author," as I ran around the house. My kids thought I was injured and jumped out of bed to come help. Apparently my words weren't understandable, probably because I'm terribly out of shape and I was breathing heavily, because my kids asked me what was wrong. I won't bore you with the rest of the story but suffice it to say I was so excited that I told everyone I know. Fast forward to today and I can honestly say that I've loved every minute of being an author. Rebel Ink Press still publishes my books and puts up with my tendency to overanalyze everything. My 8th book will come out sometime this summer. I'm currently working on my 9th book which will be my 2nd historical romance. New ideas for stories come to me faster than I can possibly write, so I carry around a notebook to jot them down. I'll celebrate my second anniversary of my first contract in July. Rebel Ink Press is also celebrating a milestone this summer. They started the company five years ago which is incredibly impressive with the explosion of self publishing. Congratulations to everyone at RIP for being a part of the company's success! I want to thank E from RIP for guiding me through the process of publishing and for answering my endless questions. A big thanks goes to everyone who took a chance on an obscure author and bought my books!!!!!