Status Update: Sigh.

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am writing. I promise 😉

In fact, I’m in the middle of finishing a chapter.

Life has just sort of gotten in the way these last few weeks…and months…and I figured I should explain. First things first, I started a new full-time job at the end of October. Before that, I’d been working part-time, which really did give me lots of writing time in between shifts, until my part-time job became more of a full-time job without full-time benefits.

Don’t get me wrong – I love my new day job. It’s new and different and allows me to tap into skills I used as a teacher, but just didn’t want to use anymore as a teacher, if that makes any sense. It’s been a life adjustment, though, that’s for sure. Transitioning from retail hours to normal-people hours has been easy, at least in terms of my personal life, because I have weekends again. I can’t even tell you how life-altering weekends are when you go a full year without really having them. That old saying about not knowing what you’ve got ’til it’s gone is no joke. My author life, on the other hand, has taken a bit of a backseat since October.

Then, I got engaged in December. Talk about a serious life change. Everything suddenly became wedding, wedding, wedding. And then, my fiance and I bought a house, which we’re moving into at the end of April, and suddenly everything became house, house, house.

We’d previously had an accepted offer on a different house last June, which fell apart for reasons I’ll save for a different blog post because that in itself is worthy of a whole book. I think this one’ll take. We’re tentatively making moving plans and buying a few little things here and there (like the picture at the top), and now, that’s just yet another life distraction that’s been keeping me away from my author life for too long.

My point is this: I’ve been slacking, and I know it. I may have some legitimate excuses, but that’s still no real excuse for putting something so important to me on the back burner for so long. I’m going to knock it off and get my ass on my computer, okay?

I can’t wait to share True Love Way with you, and I’m getting ready to start posting teasers very soon. I’d like to get a little further along before I even think about setting a release date, but that doesn’t mean I can’t share little bits and pieces along the way, starting with a blurb.

 I’m working on a project that I’m passionate about, that I’m proud of, and that I’m excited about, and I won’t take that for granted. Thank you to everyone that’s continued to stick with me – to every blogger who continues to keep my books alive and to every reader who finds them. Hopefully, I’ll have something new for you very, very soon.

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Happy reading!

 

 

Lazy Sunday: My Skincare Heroes

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A long, long time ago when I first published Finding Emma, a reader asked me if the blog Emma writes in that book “Northern Chic” was actually a thing and if any of the products I’d mentioned were ones I’ve actually used and enjoyed. Since then, I’ve always wanted to write a series of beauty-related blog posts, but just never really got around to it.

Now that I feel like the craziness that was the last few months (new job, engagement, the holidays, etc.) has finally settled down, I’d like to start adding some more lifestyle and beauty posts–I’m planning on posting about my wedding planning too!

I should preface the below details by first saying my skin is really strange and reactive. Things like lavender oil, in particular, make me breakout like crazy, and I’ve discovered that certain hair products give me those pesky little bumps around my hairline and cheeks. Because of these issues, I’m a firm believer that you get what you pay for, and while some of these products are on the pricey side, they’re worth every penny to me because they work. So, through serious trial and massive error, I’ve finally nailed down a skincare routine that solves most of my problems.

Everyone’s skin is different, so what works for me might not necessarily work for you. These are just my personal heroes 😉

  1. Kate Somerville Anti Bac Lotion. This stuff works. I don’t use it all over my face because it can be pretty drying if you do it that way, but the 5% benzoyl peroxide, combined with whatever other magic ingredients are in this, is just enough to clear up my adult acne without causing nasty flakes or irritation. I’ve used other products similar to this, like La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, but I always come back to this one.
  2. Clinique Clarifying Toner 2. My mom has used this for years and swears by it, but I’d always been terrified because it has menthol in it. I’ve used other products with menthol (ahem, Origins Checks and Balances) with disastrous results, so I think my terror was warranted. She finally talked me into trying it, and I’ve never looked back. It tingles, sure, but it actually feels nice, and it’s never irritated me. In fact, since I started using this in December, combined with the cleansing balm below, my skin has never looked better. It’s clearer, smoother, softer…all the things you want in a toner.
  3. Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with cleansing balms. I want to love them, but end up hating them. This one, though, checks all my boxes for what a cleansing balm is supposed to do: takes off all my makeup, gets rid of the oil and grease, softens, and clarifies. It has a nice, gentle cocoa butter smell that helps, too.
  4. Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan OilLiquid gold. That’s all I really need to say. During these crazy Wisconsin winters, I tend to get some painful dry spots, and this oil zaps it away. I also use this under my eyes at night. Crow’s feet? What crow’s feet? 😉
  5. Philosophy Fresh Cream. I’m a sucker for anything vanilla-scented, and this smells like heaven in a bottle.
  6. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face CreamI’ve used, and loved, this brand’s Lotus cream before, but as I’ve gotten a little older (sigh) this one is just more moisturizing, still packed with anti-aging benefits, and smells better, too. Win-win.
  7. & 8. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Serum and T.L.C. Glycolic Night SerumI got this brand’s AHA kit for Christmas (you can find it at Sephora), and oh. my. God. The hype is real. It’s insanely-expensive, at least for me, but when I run out of either of these, I’ll be buying them, that’s for sure. I wish they smelled a little better, but that’s a small price to pay for products that do what they say they will. Let’s just say that I used to have tiny little lines in my forehead. Used to.

I’m sure you’ve noticed I didn’t include a traditional face wash on here (I’m not counting the cleansing balm because that’s functions a little differently), and that’s because I’m a fickle bitch when it comes to cleansers. I get bored so easily. I’ve basically tried everything at Sephora, and none of them are anything to write home about. And honestly, face wash literally just goes down the drain. As long as it doesn’t aggravate your issues and takes your makeup off, I think it’s more important to invest in the products that stay on your skin for longer.

So, that’s it for now. I’m planning a post on the hair products that have and haven’t worked for me, so keep an eye out for that next. Which skincare products are your personal heroes? Leave me a comment below–I’d love to chat!

*I purchased all the products I mentioned and none of the brands are sponsoring me in any way*

All of the Lights Blog Tour

Today kicks off the blog tour for All of the Lights!

All of the Lights is currently on sale for $2.99 for the tour–>buy it here.

Release week was such a rush–it hit #83 on Amazon in its category and is officially a bestseller. I never expected this kind of response for any of my books (you can hope for it, but never plan on it, you know?) and this has been such an amazing experience as an author, especially an indie one.

To celebrate my blog tour, hosted by Indie Sage, I’m giving away a signed paperback, two e-copies, and a $10 gift card. You can enter right here–>Giveaway Link

If you want to follow along, you can find all the info about my tour here.

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Preorder for All of the Lights is Live!

Announcement time!

preorder and regular saleThe preorder for All of the Lights is now live–>Link

It’s on sale for just 99 cents until release date, August 22. AND the cover reveal is happening on Monday, August 1, so make sure you look out for that because I’m going to be giving away some fun things!

To help celebrate my new release, all my other books are currently on sale for $1.99 for a limited time. If you haven’t gotten to them yet, now’s your chance!

You can get them all here: K. Ryan’s Amazon page

Happy one-clicking!

 

All of the Lights: Prologue

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Here is an exclusive look at my new book, All of the Lightscoming this summer!

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Prologue

March 19th

27 Years Ago

   She waits at the bench just like he told her to. Her eyes flick down to the postcard in her hand, his messy handwriting detailing this long-awaited meeting, and her stomach flutters in anticipation.

   The crisp, spring air rushes around her and she pulls her sweater closer around her shoulders, tucking some stray auburn hair behind her ear. Her eyes fall on the peaceful water in front of her and for the first time in too long, her lips lift into a smile. She’s happy again. She’s hopeful again.

   Things will be different, she tells herself. Nothing will get in their way because they have so much more to fight for this time. So much more at stake.

   She has to believe he’ll come. She has to believe he’ll tell her what she’s wanted to hear for years. She has to believe that all of their suffering, all of their pain, and all of their heartbreak wasn’t for nothing.

   The familiarity of this scene at Carson Beach spikes painful shards of hope in her chest that she just can’t shake. He’s always shown up. Always kept his promises.

   So she waits. And she waits. And she waits. Even when the sun’s rays color the water crimson and rust, she still waits.

   Finally, the postcard drifts to the ground and the wind catches it, twirling it away from the broken, defeated woman sobbing on the bench.

 

#TeaserTuesday: All of the Lights

Hey Everyone!

I’m still in a little bit of a fog from the success of Carry You Home‘s release, but here it goes–I’m officially at work on book number four, All of the Lights.

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Full Blurb: AotL teaser 1

Two households. One secret that will change everything.

I was raised to believe his family was nothing but trash.

I was raised to believe her family was the root of all evil.

I sent his brother to prison.

I should hate her for what she did.

I’ve never fought a day in my life.

I’ve fought every day of my life.

I need him to help me find answers.

I need her to set the record straight.

I should stay away from him.

I should walk away from her.

But I can’t.

But I can’t.

It’s so different from anything I’ve ever written before, but that’s the exciting part about this new adventure I’m on. The scale of this story is huge (at least compared to my other three books) and there’s a lot more going on than just the story between the two main leads. In a way, it already has everything I love in a good story: intrigue, mystery, enemies-to-friends-to-lovers romance, an awesome best friend/sidekick, tragedy, family drama on all sides, and political issues. You probably noticed that the blurb sounds a little bit like a certain famous play revolving around a certain famous, albeit doomed couple and that angle is definitely there, just maybe not the way you think 😉

Taking on this kind of project is a little terrifying, but it’s challenging and it’s different and it feels just as real to me as Caleb, Isabelle, Finn, and Emma were. I’m still digesting letting go of Caleb and Isabelle and focusing on a new couple in a new setting with new drama and I’m planning on writing a post soon about that process (if you’re interested).

As I work through All of the Lights, I’ll be posting teasers, including more info about the characters soon. I’m planning a summer release and as soon as I have a cover and a definite release, I’ll share those with you guys ASAP.

As always, thank you so much for all the support you’ve given along the way. I love hearing from you, so don’t be shy!

#TeaserTuesday: Christmas Comes A Little Early

Hey Everyone!

I hope this holiday season finds you well! I’m finally getting into the spirit after a long month of work and that being said, I finally have an announcement for you about the status of Carry You Home, the sequel to Carry Your Heart.Cover-Reveal-New-Graphic-e1438055607608-259x400

Here we go…

The cover reveal will be Tuesday, January 6.

Pre-order sale start Monday, January 25 on Amazon at a special price (grab it before the price goes up on release day).

And it will officially be released on Tuesday, February 9!

Add Carry You Home to Goodreads here:   Carry Your Heart (Carry Your Heart, #1)

To celebrate, I’m giving away two e-copies of Carry Your Heart or a $10 Amazon gift card (winners’ choice). I’ll have more info on that tomorrow when I post my first teaser pic (I’ve had it finished for a few weeks and I’ve been itching to post it).

Also, if you read and loved Carry Your Heart and are interested in receiving an ARC, just drop me a line at authorkryan@gmail.com or send me a message on Twitter to @authorkryan. The only requirement is that you post a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads by the release date. I won’t have ARCS ready for another couple of weeks, but if you’re interested, let me know and I’ll get in touch with you to set it up.

Thank you all for you patience and your support (and your little nudges along the way to keep me going). Finishing Carry You Home has been a labor of love, that’s for sure, but I can’t wait to share it with you.

Happy holidays and look for your early Christmas present tomorrow (AKA the giveaway info)!

 

 

Goodreads #Giveaway!

Today is the last day you can enter my giveaway on Goodreads for a signed paperback copy of Finding Emma. As of this posting, there’s still about 12 hours left, so you’ve got lots of time! You can enter using the widget below or through the Goodreads link here.

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Giveaway ends November 16, 2015.

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#TeaserTuesday: Hey! Look what’s on Goodreads now!

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Just wanted to drop a few updates your way…the sequel to Carry Your Heart (and the last book in the series) is officially on Goodreads. You can add Carry You Home here:  Carry You Home (Carry Your Heart, #2)

And, if you haven’t picked up Finding Emma yet, you can do that here: Amazon

So, after taking a little time to put a solid outline together, I’m back to work on Carry You Home. You might remember I said in September that I’m basically taking the plots I had outlined for books 2 and 3 and combined them into just one book, and that’s still happening. Right now, I’m almost finished with part one (which is where book 2 would’ve ended) and getting ready to start part two (which is obviously where book 3 would’ve picked up). Given where part 1 ends, I feel really confident in the decision to combine the stories into one book. I can’t even imagine the flood of panicked emails I’d get about when the next book would be out, so the good news is this: part 1 will probably rip your heart out, but part 2 will put everything back together again.

I don’t have an official cover reveal or release date yet, but I’m hoping to release Carry You Home at the end of December or very early January. I will definitely keep you all posted so you can take advantage of pre-ordering!

That being said…since it’s #TeaserTuesday and all, here’s an exclusive sneak peek at the prologue to Carry You Home:

Hey Iz,

I honestly have no idea if you’ve been getting my letters. I think I just want to believe you’re reading them, so I just keeping writing. It’s weird being in here, where time pretty much stands still, and knowing that life just keeps moving forward without you. Honestly, writing these letters to you is the only thing that keeps me sane. The only thing that makes me feel normal. The only thing that makes me feel close to you.

If you’re not reading this, I guess I can’t blame you. If I were you, I don’t know if I’d be reading this either. I’m such an idiot, Iz. I know I’ll never be able to say that enough. I don’t deserve you and I deserve to be exactly where I am. Hell, I’m not even worth this piece of paper I’m writing on right now. I’m kinda surprised they even gave me a pencil.

I miss you, Iz. I miss your smile. I miss your laugh. I miss the way you always bite down on your bottom lip when you get nervous. I miss how soft your hair is when I touch it. I miss your lips. I miss your eyes. I miss the way you used to look at me. I miss everything, Iz.

I wish you would visit, but I get why you won’t. I wouldn’t want to visit me either. I think if we could see each other face to face, maybe we’d be able to talk this through, and I’d be able to explain better than I’ve been able to in my letters. You know I’m shit with words, but this is all I’ve got right now. I wish there was another way I could reach out to you, to talk to you, but since you won’t take my calls and you won’t visit, you’re just going to have to get used to me sending you these letters.

I know what I did. I know how much I hurt you. I know there’s nothing I can say or do that will ever make it better, but I’m going to keep trying. Please don’t give up on me.

Love you always,

Caleb


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