My interview as a GIRL BOSS over at ThatMoxieChickStudio


Hey, friends!

Past few weeks have been a whirlwind, as you know and I’ve been playing catch up! One thing I missed sharing with y’all was a really cool opportunity I had a couple week’s back. Vanessa from That Moxie Chick Studio approached me about being interviewed for their feature, Social Sunday. So far, their guest hosts have been fellow GIRL BOSSES, like Vanessa. The interview touches on starting and running a small business.

This is the first time I’ve done anything like this and having to sit down and contemplate this last year as a small business owner was a real treat. I realized I hadn’t really taken a moment to take it all in. You compare yourself to others and their level of success and don’t even notice that you’re negating your own.

This was a random dream of mine, years ago. In just one year, we have a running, growing small business. That’s something to celebrate. We have almost eight thousand instagram followers which is crazy to me. And again, sure, in light of others whose numbers are FAR greater than ours, that still doesn’t cancel out where we are at. We’re still in the ‘everything goes back into the business’ phase, but we’re still here. We’re still growing. We’re connecting to many in the reading/writing communities which is a huge element I desired for the company. Not to just provide a product for this audience but to create a community as well.

I’m so grateful to my business partner and everything she provides to the business. I’m beyond grateful to all who have supported us.

Anyway, let me stop with the rambling mush. Feel free to hop on over to their site and read my interview!


Also, are you a lover of planners and all the stickers and wonderful accessories that add and build your planners and to-do lists? Moxie Chick Studio has the cutest merch! Check out their shop here! 

NEW TEASER: Pre-order ‘Four Letter Word’ by J. Daniels

“Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.  Which four letter word will change their lives forever?”

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Hey friends!

I’m here today with a new bookish nugget that I’m happy to share with y’all! I have been a huge J. Daniels fan for a few years now. I stumbled one day on her SWEET ADDICTION series by accident one night a few years back and was hooked. Luckily, after I delved in and fell in love with Reese Carroll, I wasn’t left deprived of more man goodness. She had the Bama Boys waiting for me in her other series, ALABAMA SUMMER SERIES. Oh, boy, was I glad I stumbled upon her books.

From there on, J. Daniels became an instant one-click author for me. Suffice to say, when I saw her promoting a new series, I became amped for it’s arrival so I can get my hands on it and escape into reading wonderland.

‘FOUR LETTER WORD’ already seems like it’s gonna be a wild, whirlwind of a read and I. CAN. NOT. WAIT! Definitely recommend a looksies! You can pre-order this baby now!
Until it’s release next month, if you haven’t read J. Daniels and you love flirty, sexy, sweet, swoon-worthy, antsy, fun reads, then get on that, ASAP!

Until next time, friends! HAPPY READING❤

ROAD TRIPS & TRAVEL: My Week in Georgia

Happy Tuesday, friends!

For my American folks, hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend. Mine was very chill but what made it extra special was that I’m not home in Florida, I’m in Georgia!


One of my closest friends since childhood has picked up her life and moved to Georgia. Her original moving date got bumped up an entire month and I was told literally two days before, “Hey, want to come road trip with me to Georgia?”

Road trip out of Florida to somewhere new? Sign me up!

I gathered a luggage and prepped for the unknown. It was a nice twelve hours in total driving, including stops. I drove a good portion of that in the second car we took with her mom. Not gonna lie, we were definitely pushing no sleep and pushing through those last couple hours that felt like an ETERNITY!

Once we arrived, I was marveled by MOUNTAINS! I have never seen mountains before. I’ve barely traveled. As we’ve driven around, purposely getting lost, I have been awestruck by some of the views here. STUNNING houses hidden within large trees up curvy, steep hills.


Parts of me wish we did come in October. I lived in Missouri for a few years and what I miss most is Fall. I love the trees changing colors, the crisp, cool smell in the air that occasionally holds that burned leaves aroma that lingers. Oh, to wear boots and scarves! I could live in those. I’m definitely a cold-weather baby. How I have lived in a tropical state most of my life baffles me.

Work in the eight days I’ve been here has taken a major backseat due to the craziness of helping my friend get settled here. I’ve had a couple good reading nights before bed which have been wonderful. This week is the week to catch up on all the things. I’d love to sit somewhere and get some writing done as well. We shall see.


It’s going to feel surreal and break my heart a little to return home. Not because of HOME. I love and miss my room and my family; it’s Florida I have no desire returning to. I’m been ready to explore and live elsewhere for years so, having a taste of it now is such a tease.

Life’s circumstances haven’t allowed me to make that move yet, but here’s to hoping it can be soon.


Well, there it is, friends! I just wanted to hop on here and share my little venture. Almost like journaling about this week with y’all. Here’s to creating our futures with a little more doing, a little less wishing.❤

~ I leave y’all with these quotes ~



WRITING BLOG: Why I Psych Myself Out Before Writing

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Some of you have been following my little blog here for some time and in turn, know about my writing journey. It’s been a long journey of trial and error. It’s been season after season of learning what works for me, discovering my writing style and preferences, and finding the right story as my hopefully soon to be debut novel. *gulps*

In recent months, I shared about my current work in progress. My main character–let’s call her ‘G’–and I have gotten to know each other and she wanted her crazy story told sooner than I had anticipated. Upon building her story up throughout the outlining phase and then beginning the drafting process, I realized that her story was who I wanted to present to the world first. I immediately got sucked into her world, friends, and adorable surprise pet.

In the last three months, I had determined to fervently work on G’s story and gave myself a deadline of sorts. I am choosing to aim for an early 2017 release. Self-publishing, of course.

Unfortunately, when that decision was made, that is when life decided to be a punk and dump loads and loads of unexpected manure over my personal and my family’s life. Between those fun events, add to that, still running and growing a small business, working a part-time ‘day’ job, and well, my poor G and her friends took a back seat which made my soul weepy.


With those lulls between writing sessions, something else was happening that was infuriating me. Every time I had determined a day of writing, I’d set all my things in front of me, I’d get cozy and create the perfect atmosphere and then….well, then I’d just sit there. Sit and wait. Wait to put my fingers on the damn keyboard and start typing.


On my business YouTube channel, Coffee Reading Writing, we focus a lot on videos about writing. A few videos back, I spoke on two subjects; Procrastination and Writer’s Being Perfectionists.

Both of those things are killers to writers. They are the ultimate cock-blockers.

Today, is one of those days. Luckily, I attempted for the first time this whole Hemingway prescribed, ‘WRITE DRUNK. EDIT SOBER’ method and let me tell you…it works! Well, perhaps, you want to aim for Buzzed Writing. I can’t imagine being flat out Drunk and attempting to even turn on my computer, less write actual, relevant words.


Yesterday, my final word count at 3am was 4,090. More than I thought I’d write so, yay me!


Today, I’m attempting to get another chunk done. Only, as the day has gone by, I’ve been PROCRASTINATING. Like a MoFo! Sure, it probably didn’t help that after my drinking the night before I woke up, clutching the covers, refusing to get out of bed.

Suddenly, I had an epiphany.


Yes, procrastination is a nasty little parasite. Sure, the desire to string the perfect combination of words keeps me paralyzed over the keyboard (ie. Writer’s shouldn’t be perfectionists). But, there was something else nudging at my productivity and I couldn’t put my finger on it.

Then. BAM!

I was watching a YouTube video and it’s a long one. It’s a GamePlay of Hitman. I’m a nerd. I love watching people play cool games. Anyway, I’m watching and not wanting to stop yet. My friend texts me just at that time with this little motivation, good vibes message for me in regards to writing.

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I laughed about how I’m having trouble with the whole, “May the internet not distract you,” part. Then she encouraged me further and said, take internet breaks.

Well, duh, Desiree…Right?

Eureka. Moment.


I am such a freaking extremist in every aspect of my life. I’ve learned this about myself more and more in recent years. Desiree, you can write some, then stop, watch the video as a reward, then go back to writing, then have another break.

In fact, I actually mentioned this in the procrastination video; ideas to overcome it and how to use small tasks, every ten minutes followed by a short break reward. So, why is it so hard for me to just follow that tip myself?!!

Cause Desiree doesn’t know how not to throw herself into something 100%. Sure, that’s not always a bad trait to have, but sometimes, that sucker can shoot you in the foot. When I write, I tend to open that document and when I finally begin putting words to a page, I will go at it for HOURS. I’ll go till the wee hours of the night–because I’m definitely nocturnal. I don’t know how to break up my work periods. When I give myself to a project, I go all in with blinders.

Unfortunately, that is why I psych myself out before writing. Subconsciously, it’s like I’m telling my brain,

“Once we start working, no more fun or playtime. Get ready for HOURS of brain crunching.”

Now, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE WRITING! I love my story, my characters, the events to come. Writing is fun for me. I just need to pull back on the crazy a bit and allow myself to delegate timeframes during my writing for breaks. I’ll start a writing sprint and go hard for hours. But getting to the actual starting point of writing will sometimes take me ALL DAY because I’m in my head.

Anyone else having this, “Light.Bulb” moment about themselves?

So right now, I will go and post this. Then I am going to get back into my document. I will finish the scene I left off on last night. After that, I’ll give myself a 5 min. reward break and watch more of the Hitman Gameplay. (I know. I’m random.)

Well, I just had to get that off my chest. I hope my ramble felt relatable to any of you writers out there. Actually, it can be relevant stuff for just about anyone doing any sort of project out there. The more you know, right? Once you do, you’re aware of it and can take actions to improve the circumstance.

Alright, enough rambling. Off to write! Till next time, friends!


COVER REVEAL: The First Full-length Novel by Alexa Riley!


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Coming December 27th, 2016

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Let’s talk about Alexa Riley’s books for a minute, shall we? I discovered randomly ‘her’ (recently found out it’s actually two awesome women under the pen name) books a couple years ago and on occasion escaped into their short story world full of cheesy, insta-lovey, alpha sexy, sweet, hot stories. It’s a delicious guilty pleasure! Where there’s an Alexa Riley story, there’s a disclaimer, warning readers what they’re about the get into and confirming that yes, the style of writing and story is on purpose. And we love it! By now, if you’re a fan, you know what you’re jumping into. And she always has fun with these quirky disclaimers and dedications.

Warning: This is hot and fast insta-love that ignites the pages. It’s burning heat that combusts into an inferno of lava. Okay, that’s all the fire words I could come up with. Now insert a pun about a big hose. It’s quick, dirty, and ridiculously over the top. (Disclaimer for, HOLDING HIS FOREVER)

One thing I admire about Alexa Riley’s writing is that she knows how to give you a full, well-written story even within such a short word count. Many authors who write short stories sometimes leave you at the end feeling like so many moments were missing. It didn’t feel like a complete beginning, middle, and end experience. Somehow, Alexa Riley has mastered this and does it time and time again.

Now, hearing that she’s coming out with a full-length novel, I am beyond excited to see all the goodness we’re going to get in this one story. Here’s the synopsis and cover reveal for this upcoming novel, EVERYTHING FOR HER!

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 USA TODAY bestselling author Alexa Riley’s first full-length novel shows just what happens when a strong, possessive man finds the woman of his dreams.

I’ll never forget the way she looked, so confident and sure of herself. I watched her from a distance. She wasn’t ready for me yet. I didn’t approach her and I didn’t disturb her, but I never once took my eyes off her.  

Mallory Sullivan is ready to start her new life. After graduating at the top of her class, she’s landed one of the most coveted internships in the United States. Hard work and determination have gotten her to this moment of living the life she only dreamed of while growing up in foster care.

From the start, I knew that she would be my greatest achievement, so the day I let her go, I set down a path for her. A path to me. 

She never expected Oz to be the greatest culmination of those dreams. But sometimes fate determines who you fall in love with. Who makes you lose control. Who owns your soul.

And then you realize it wasn’t fate at all…

I’ve wanted to care for and protect her since the first moment I saw her. I’ve constructed everything in our lives so that at the perfect moment, I could have her, could give her the life she deserves.


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Alexa Riley is two sassy friends who got together and wrote some dirty books. They are both married moms of two who love football, donuts, and obsessed book heroes.

They specialize in insta-love, over-the-top, sweet, and cheesy love stories that don’t take all year to read. If you want something SAFE, short, and always with a happily ever after, then Alexa Riley is for you!

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From the moment you begin reading, Anne Jolin ropes deep emotions around your heart as you hold your breath through an intense prologue that sets the path for our main heroine, Rayne, aka. Ray.

A single mom to an adorable, spunky girl (Riley), Ray comes home to be the new veterinarian and has sworn off cowboys. Enter sexy and persistent cowboy, Owen Daniels. Rodeo bronco rider is coming back home to check on his leading lady in his life, Remington’s Lady, his injured horse who he left in the care of Ray Brookes, trusted family vet. It just turns out, he wasn’t expecting a woman; a beautiful woman who looked nothing like the old man Ray he remembers. This was Rayne “Ray” Brookes, the daughter.

These two begin a game of cat and mouse. Owen is denied a date but he’s not used to being told no. He likes a challenge. But, ladies, this isn’t some brooding alpha who aggressively tries to get what he wants; nope, this man is all cowboy gentleman and oh, my word, did he make me swoon. He pursued the woman he wanted to get to know. He instantly took a liking to her daughter and their growing friendship was one of the most precious things ever.

I fell in love with these three together.

Then….then, Ray finally had her walls pulled down and she became owned by Owen and it was wonderful!

“Every kiss we shared before was rivaled by this kiss, because with this kiss, he owned me. I was owned by Owen.”

This story has so much heart. You’ll start with a lump in your throat, you’ll laugh at the wonderful antics at the Willow Bay Stables family dinner table, you’ll swoon, you’ll get teary eyed and you’ll find yourself smiling with a happy sign in the end. Another Anne Jolin book that I loved. Her characters suck me in and stay in my heart. I loved reading Ray, Owen, and Riley’s story and I can’t wait for Rhys and Aurora’s next which we get a sneak peek of at the end of this book.

I highly recommend this! Snuggle up with cozy socks, a warm drink in hand and get lost in the Canadian countryside for a bit. Get Owned by Owen! <3 



Owen Daniels lives his life eight seconds at a time. The thrill of anticipation that comes with sitting on twelve hundred pounds of untamed power is unparalleled. The adrenaline rush that floods his system when the chute opens is one of life’s most unique and natural highs.

Ride eight seconds bareback on a bucking bronco—that’s his life.

When Owen’s stock horse, Remington’s Lady, is injured midway through the rodeo circuit, he trailers her back home to Willow Bay, Alberta, to remain in the care of the local vet, Ray Brookes.

Months later, with a truck bed full of buckles, Owen comes home to collect his Lady from the man he trusted to help her recover. Only Ray happens to be short for Rayne, and Rayne happens to be a woman.

And this woman wants nothing to do with a cowboy fresh off the circuit. As far as she’s concerned, he can take his buckles, boots, and spurs right back on out of her life.

Will Rayne keep them from holding on to their eight-second ride? Or will love buck out of the chute in time for a perfect score?

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Title: An Act of Obsession (Acts of Honor Series – Book 3)

Author: KC Lynn

Release Date: July 20, 2016

TBR Link: Goodreads

Oh man, friends, I’ve been waiting for this book! I follow K.C. Lynn’s group on facebook (and you should too) and when she gave us little hints and teasers of Sophie and Kolan, I knew I NEEDED this book, asap! It has been a torturous wait but worth every second.

From the moment I stumbled upon her free book by accident, ‘FIGHTING TEMPTATION’ (MEN OF HONOR SERIES BOOK ONE) I was hooked. I immediately delved into the next one, then the next one and it just continued from there. She’s become one of my favorite adult romance authors. Her characters are so 3-D, her stories always grip you and you walk away with a smile on your heart. You want to be friends with all her female leads and you wish you had the honor of being loved hard by these broken but beautiful men.

If you read the previous stories, you know about Kolan. He’s Katelyn’s brother who has had some rough history that everyone, and I mean, everyone knows about. I was always curious to see what really was going on behind the scenes of all that so I was definitely excited when his book was coming up. Then, K.C. released the prologue of the story which is in Sophie’s POV and MY. HEART. BROKE.

What this young woman went through and the actions she takes after a tragic and horrific experience had a constant squeeze on my heart the entire time I read this book.

I absolutely LOVED Kolan and Sophie together. I love what he provided for her. He was exactly what she needed. You don’t need to have read the previous books to read this one but I’m sure once you read it, you’ll want more and just have to start from book one and meet all these wonderful characters.

I’m never disappointed with a K.C. Lynn book. I love these characters. I love how she’s evolved their circle and I’m so excited that we’re gonna get more. So much more! If you love romance, some suspense, and a beautiful story with tons of heart, lots of laughs, and sexy goodness, definitely check this one out!

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She’s beautiful yet scarred beyond repair. 

He’s powerful and lethal, in and out of the ring. 

One act of kindness brought Sophie Parish far more danger than she could have ever imagined. Now she’s on the run, leaving behind her family and the only dream she’s ever had.  

Retired EFC fighter Kolan Slade’s life has been one endless battle after another. He has a dark past with an even darker desire—the only one he’s ever known. 

Until he meets Sophie. 

Intrigued by her raw beauty and the secrets she’s trying to hide, Kolan craves to know who she is and what she’s running from. 

Protecting her becomes his obsession and he’ll sacrifice it all to save her. But in the end her love will have him questioning himself and everything he thought he knew.



Reaching my SUV, I place her feet on the ground and cage her against the passenger door, bracing both my hands on either side of her head. “And what about you, Lia?” I ask, dipping my head in close to hers. “Hmm? You know my secrets. What about yours?”

She might not know all of mine but she knows enough.

“What is it you want to know?” she asks, a slight tremble in her voice.

“I want to know who you are and where you came from. But more than anything, I want to know what you’re hiding under that scarf.”

The stark pain that enters her eyes strikes me to my fucking core. “Trust me, you don’t want to see what’s under there. I can’t even bear to look at it myself.”

“Nothing scares me.”

It’s a complete lie. She scares the hell out of me.

A heavy silence descends upon us, her pretty eyes wide and fearful.

“What are you so afraid of?” I ask.

Her breath hitches, emotion shining bright in her gaze. “Everything.”

There’s so much despair in that one word that I want to fucking kill whoever put it there. Unable to resist, I gently drop my forehead on hers, my jaw locking as I restrain myself from doing what I really want to do.

“I’m going to respect your privacy…for now. But one day, you’re going to tell me who made you so afraid. And if they’re still breathing—they won’t be for much longer.”

Her eyes fall closed, lip trembling as she tries to shield her pain from me. “Some secrets, Kolan, are best left unknown.”

“Not between us. The day will come when there will be no more secrets between us.”

Her eyes open, locking with mine, but she remains silent. I press my lips to her forehead then reach for the door handle. “Come on. Let’s go home.”



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About the Author



K.C. Lynn is a small town girl living in Western Canada. She married her high school sweetheart and they have four amazing children: two lovely girls and a set of handsome twin boys. It was her love for romance books that gave K.C. the courage to sit down and write her own novel. When she is not in her writing cave, pounding out new characters and stories, she can be found living between the pages of a book, meeting new tattooed, hot alpha males with very big…Hearts.


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