Leon and Roman Blackthorne: father and son are locked in a game, but unsure of who all the players are, band together to protect not only their business interests but their freedom as well.

A surprise revelation from Leon ups the stakes, forcing Roman into action, finally pushing him face to face with his tormentors.



New Covers for The Weight of the Badge Series

Life changes in a matter of seconds.

For Kellie Bryant it came in the form of her niece Rory.

Kellie knew raising a three-year-old came with big responsibilities, but she never thought she’d lose herself in parenthood.

However, Deputy Lance Malloy, the officer who helped in the change of guardianship with Rory made mental notes that fateful day.

His ex-girlfriend couldn’t handle life with an officer, but something about Kellie made an impression that officer Malloy can’t shake.

Could Kellie be the answer to his dream–a partner who understands the weight of the badge?

When life is one obstacle after another, it’s time for Deputy Lance Malloy to change direction.

Spending one night in the sanctuary of Kellie Bryant’s arms, Lance believes she is the woman he is destined to spend the rest of his life with.

In her, he sees someone who understands his law enforcement career and is strong enough to accept all that comes with it.

But the universe has other ideas and throws the good and bad when least expected, turning Lance’s world upside down.

Kellie Bryant always believed in the happily-ever-after.

All that changed the day Lance Malloy left their small town, taking her hopes and dreams with him.

Falling in love with a man she barely knew wasn’t planned but ruled by her heart, she gambled her future, and that of her niece, Rory.

With her world spun on its axis, Kellie can’t afford to hold on to a man who isn’t able to love her back.

**Forever Blue is the second book in The Weight of the Badge series and is meant to be read in order.

A Day with Ethel Review of For the Love of us; Fighting to Keep Our Love Alive

I was thrilled to wake up and watch this fantastic review from blogger, A Day with Ethel.
While writing For the Love of Us, my hope was for readers to relate with Callie’s story and think, “Wow, this could be me.” The response has been just that.

For the Love of Us is now available on Audiobook.
Written by Kaylee Rose – Narrated by Vera Lynn Floyd.

2019 My Year in Review, part 2

It’s September 9, 2019 and my book, For the Love of Us, is out there for anybody to read, judge and review. Oh no, the reviews.

Actually the reviews weren’t something I focused on beyond using the details, positive and negative to get better.

Relatable was the common theme amongst the reviews and messages I’ve received. They could see their own relationship and struggles in Callie’s story. An empty nester wanting to be desired by her husband again. That right there gave me a sense of satisfaction I never felt before. I hoped readers would be able to connect with my characters and story, but you never know until you put it out for the world to see. I’ve done just that, and it feels great.

The rush of release week passed and now promoting and sharing my book is moving along. What’s next? Write another book of course. Sounds easy, but writing is anything but easy.

Whereas Callie and Brad had a piece of my life floating within the pages, my new story is 100% fiction. This means creating characters from scratch and many new techniques to learn before this book can get off the ground.

Unfortunately, the impatient person that I am thought this would be a breeze and I got way ahead of myself. I dove in and sent 2 chapters to my editor without having any real structure or plan. Silly newbie author move. Thankfully my editor has the patience I’ll never have and told me to slow down. Slow way down and get it right. That’s exactly what I’ve done.

Moving through the final days of 2019 weren’t anything special on the book front. I wrote, rewrote and started again. I will concede to many mistakes during my indie publishing process. However, each mistake is a learning experience which I will use to get better with each chapter of my life.

I’m only in the prologue of my writing adventure. I have a long way to go before I must type The End. I plan to enjoy the journey for a long long time.

2019 My Year in Review, part 1

Thinking back on 2019 and all the emotional ups and downs has me analyzing the details, searching for pieces I can use to make myself better in all parts of my life.

January- My personal life was normal and moving forward as expected with 28 years of marriage under my belt, 3 adult sons and a pre-teen son all growing and learning how to navigate the world. This was a great way to begin the year. Next step was to dive into my goal for the new year, write the story that’s been inside my head and share it with the world.

I was two months deep into writing my first book, had just received my first critique and realized I had a lot to learn before I would even come close to publishing my book. This is where my new personal tagline came from.
I believe in my story, but writing it is hard.

February, March, April and May- While continuing to plug away on the keyboard, I did a pretty good job of balancing the other parts of the book world I love. My blog was a priority and took a lot of my time but didn’t interfere too much with the new author hat I donned proudly. It was still a secret to most everyone that I was adding the title to my name. Those who knew supported and guided me with a firm and loving hand. I needed both.

Speaking of names, I decided a pen name was needed to give my husband and sons some anonymity. With my genre of choice, romance, I didn’t think my sons would be thrilled about my career choice. I was wrong.  They are my biggest cheerleaders, telling me how proud they are of me. I think watching me struggle, cry, learn, fail, and succeed at something I believed I would never be able to do was a great example of how to reach a goal through hard work and determination.

June- Everything appeared normal. I was moving forward with writing, blogging and regular life at what I thought was a great pace. I still had a lot to do, but I was set on cruise control, not in any hurry to reach the finish line. That’s when I got the biggest shove of a lifetime, forcing me to make some hard decisions. A message came asking me what I was waiting for. Are you going to finish this book and publish it or what? The question hung in the air for about two seconds.

That’s the moment it became real. Suddenly I had a beautiful cover, a solid pen name, and an editor. To say it was a whirlwind doesn’t do it justice. Especially when I was planning to leave on a long road trip in 30 days.

July- I spent time on my vacation relaxing and writing. The calm of waking early, walking to grab my coffee and sitting down to the view of the Grand Canyon fueled my brain with clean air, filtering the doubt from my mind. I wrote and wrote, letting the creativity fly.

August- Although I would have loved to extend my time away, life called, and I returned home and picked up where I left off. My regular coffee shop was my favorite place to write. Sunday mornings gave me my biggest word count. On one memorable Sunday, I wrote a few words at the bottom of the page and froze. With super quick fingers I messaged a friend and said, “I think I just wrote the last line of my book. It’s done.” I was stunned.

You can read more about my editing process in earlier posts. It wasn’t a pretty experience but one of the biggest moments in my life. I grew as a person and found parts of who I truly am, which have been buried within my soul for as long as I can remember.

September- My first book released. I was scared, elated, dumbfounded and humbled.


Learning is a Lifelong Process

If you’ve been following my journey, you know writing my first book wasn’t an easy process.

I still have a lot to learn. Ugh, forty-nine years old and I feel like I’m back in school. The place I hated the most while growing up and did everything I could to avoid.

Let me backup a bit. Growing up a multi-sport athlete, I was more concerned with playing a game than was with my schoolwork. I’m positive I was capable of being an ‘A’ student, but never put forth the effort necessary to be successful in the classroom. My claim to fame was being the top athlete in my school.

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So you wrote a book. Now what?

Simple answer for me. I start writing the next story that’s been floating around and talking to me for the last year.

But just writing is only part of the answer as I learned while writing, For the Love of Us.

My check list for book 2

1) Have an idea. Ok, I have that one covered and I hope it’s a story you’ll enjoy.

2) Write it, Ok, I’m doing that too.

3) Don’t forget I need an editor. Better get on that now since her schedule will fill up quickly and I don’t want just any editor. I want my editor.

4) Figure out how to pay for the publishing expenses again because earning royalties from that first book is not easy and may never bring me into an actual profit. This is where the love of what I doing comes in.

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With a little help from my friends

In November 2018, I made the big decision to write a book with the intention of publishing it.

The stories I’ve been writing for years are very rough. I wrote them for my enjoyment, not worrying about grammar, punctuation or anything you need to correct prior to publishing.

While writing For the Love of Us, I paid attention to the rules of writing as best I could. Correcting as I went and getting advice from anyone willing to give it.

The entire writing process has opened my eyes to everything authors do to publish a book. It’s unlike anything I’ve tried before with a learning curve that seemed impossible to climb.

I was ready to give up, feeling as if writing a book was more than I was able to accomplish.

The fear of failure is not something I’m familiar with. I am a competitor through and through. Nothing can stop me once I set a goal. I’ll never quit until I reach the finish line. I attack life knowing I will win… but not this time.

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