You're born into a world with expectations. The moment your eyes open, your parents, family, all project their hopes and dreams onto you.
Become a doctor, a school teacher, an astronaut. From that first breath, you're living your life for someone else.
Now, here, as you sit on your tablet, phone or whatever other device your connected too reading these words---I ask you---when was the last time you lived for you? When was the last time you opened your eyes and basked in the sun, feeling its warmth radiate around you and said-"This day is mine..."
I've got a secret, everyday can be like that. You can make choices that guide you towards your deepest hidden desires.
My challenge for you is to live-today-as if it's your last because tomorrow's never promised.
Open your eyes and see your potential. I see it, right there beneath the pain and self-doubt.
Take it-it's yours.
I LOVE getting messages from my readers. I've got a few over the weekend and thought I'd do a post to answer the common questions I keep getting.
1) Fix you was my first m/m romance but definitely, won't be my last! Brad (remember the hunky, cutie from Fix you?) has his own story that has already been finished and sent off! Also, Melanie is getting her own story, Full-length novel titled Three Empty Words! I'm about 16,000 words into this. They can all be read as standalone's but obviously, reading the others would be helpful and make you most invested in the characters.
2) The last book (que my tears) in the Thin Red Lines series is Desiree Garcia's story. I'm about 7000 words in. She is speaking too me now-thank goodness!
Pretty much I'm a writing machine. I also have another standalone that was finished this summer titled Skin Deep, that holds a special place in my heart. It deals with segregation and racism in the deep south from 1940-1960's. This is in the hands of Hot Tree and I will let you know any updates as soon as I get them.
I'm taking my time with the two WIPS right now and enjoying them. I am trying to work on my dissertation (Goal was to have done before I'm 30 which not sure this will happen) and teach at two different universities and enjoy my favorite time of year-Fall. It's even more exciting this year with the new house!
As far as 2017 signings, right now all I have confirmed in the RT2017. I will be there for the entire week and cannot wait to meet all the lovely ladies that have become such good friends from Hot Tree. I will update if I add anymore (which I hope too)!
I'm super blessed with all the releases one of which, Fix you, hit the best seller list. I stepped out of my comfort zone with that one and it has been received well so far. Thanks to everyone who's been reading it and leaving reviews.
Here are the buy links for what is out currently:
Be sure to grab the anthology that I'm apart of that is being released Tuesday!
Feel free to ask questions or what not! I love chatting!
Love and happy reading,
I gave him all of me.
Parts left untouched.
Places never explored.
His body isn't mine.
All the woman who came before me.
All of the woman who'd come after me.
But I don't care.
Push it aside.
Pretend that I'm his.
For this one moment,
To feel what's it's like to be with the one I've always loved.
My heart felt the choices he had to make.
Ah, Liam. Is he the villain or the man that we all secretly want to date? He has that bad boy appeal, but just enough warmth and love that keeps you drawn in.
I wrote him in a way that readers wouldn’t hate him, but rather hate the things he chose to do, and ultimately the person he becomes. Being a forensic psychologist, I love getting into the heads of serial killers, the mentally ill, and trying to figure out how they would think, what they would do. I did that with Liam, trying to peel apart his layers. He had his demons, just like other characters in the book, but he was unable to see beyond his painful past to fight through them.
I did that with Liam, trying to peel apart his layers.
This is another reason why I write in shifting POVs. It makes it easier for me to get “into the heads” of my characters. I cried writing Liam. My heart felt the choices he had to make, because each act he did, I did. I felt it. I struggled with the decisions I made with him but they all made sense in who he was as a person and the love he felt for Madison. I know sometimes we read novels, especially romance, and wonder how these characters fall in love so quickly. That insta-love can be annoying at times but with Liam, and his love and care for Madison, from the beginning just seemed to make sense. He saw in her what he saw in himself: a past that he’d rather forget; a father who failed at his job in many ways; and a radiation for a career where he could save people and try to repent from the thoughts that plagued him.
He saw in her what he saw in himself: a past that he’d rather forget.
I wrote Liam with qualities and faults that an everyday person would have, but yet, we still get love, don’t we? We still have people feel bad for something that has happened to us or feel for us when we make a poor choice or do something wrong. I wanted to bring light to the fact that not all those individuals who struggle with mental illness, struggle from pasts that haunt them, can just forget, especially without help. While Liam was very much made up, the power of love was not. Liam loved Madison so much that he was able to see snip-its of what he was destined to become. He was able to make a choice, a choice that allowed him to take control, where he often believed he couldn’t.
It's a new day and another cover reveal for me! I mentioned on FB and Twitter that I was trying out writing a m/m romance for the Trade Me Collection at Hot Tree Publishing. I know what you're thinking..a romantic suspense/thriller author writing a m/m romance? I thought the same thing when I wrote for the anthology but my story, Always and Forever, was chosen so I figured, what did I have to lose with giving it a try?
Fix You will be released August 23rd and Beautiful Sacrifice, the 2 in the Thin Red Lines Series will be released August 27th (Que my anxiety)-just kidding-kind of. I've been editing two books at once and writing two others (The 3rd book in the Thin Red lines series and another for the Trade Me Collection because I fell in love with writing m/m romance). This is on top of writing my Literature Review for my dissertation ( I must admit this isn't as fun). I'm trying to find balance and think I've gotten a routine down enough where I'm not glued to my laptop all day. Although, my laptop is still an extension of my body between teaching and writing.
Also, I will be posting my signing schedule for 2017. I'm only scheduled for one so far due to some personal things this upcoming year which I will share in another post. :) No, I am not having another baby (haha).
Be sure to follow the releases. I loved the BETA feedback and so glad they all loved the stories. Thank you to all of them for making sure my stories are the best they can be!
Beautiful Sacrifice is going to be released August 27th! I can't believe it's next month. I am so excited to share Avery and Evan's story with you as well as more crazy suspense stories from my brain.
Here's all the prettiness...
Title: Beautiful Sacrifice
Author: Gen Ryan
Series: Thin Red Lines/ Book 2
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Thriller, Crime
Release Date: August 27, 2016
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Designer: Claire Smith
Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/
Avery Grant has only known a life of fighting crime. Following in her father's footsteps, she graduates top of her FBI class and plans to move quickly up the ranks. She has her entire life planned out until she meets Detective Evan Bradley.
Evan is everything that Avery vowed to avoid. Married to his job, Evan fights every day to do what's right, whatever the cost.
Faced with a satanic cult that is sacrificing the innocent, Avery and Evan must work together to apprehend the criminals before any more innocent lives are lost. As they both struggle to navigate through their pasts and growing affection, Avery and Evan fight against a ticking clock and their own feelings.
Will they be able to solve the case and avoid another beautiful sacrifice?
*Squeal* If you read Beautiful Masterpiece, Avery Grant was a character introduced towards the end. This is her story. Don't worry, Madison and Scott are in there as well! This is just Avery's time to shine. I highly suggest reading Beautiful Masterpiece before Beautiful Sacrifice.
I have a ton of other news as well. The friends to lovers anthology will be out soon! I'm not sure the line-up yet and specific dates but I will share as soon as I do. There are so many amazing authors involved. I can't wait! It's a brief look into my contemporary romance writing! Not sure I have it in me to write a whole novel that focuses on contemporary romance, I sure love suspense and psychology, but I thoroughly enjoyed Hadley and Todd!
I have some other news but I will announce once it's all official. :) Ekk. I must say I am especially excited to share this one with you all. I took a chance on something different and hell, it worked!
I also have another story I finished, Skin Deep, that I am just reading through one last time before sending it over to Hot Tree Publishing. It's shorter than the Thin Red Line Series novels so far (each are about 75-85,00 words.) this is only 52,000 words but it doesn't need to be any longer. Sometimes you just know when it's done and you've written all you can write. As it is, it is a standalone.
As far as WIPS go, I have one novella I started and another full length. I am taking my time with these though. I need to focus a bit of my writing mojo on my dissertation for my PhD. My goal was to have that my PhD before I'm 30-I turn 29 on Tuesday. So I've got to push it. Not sure even knows but my PhD is in Forensic Psychology (hence my love for the darker side of fiction). My dissertation is on maternal filicide (mothers who kill their children) and researching/finding commonality in risk factors so these crimes can be committed. The majority of woman who commit these crimes have severe mental defects that could have been detected earlier. I aim to confirm that, along with other factors.
Okay, I'm done rambling. I'll share more soon.
So, last weekend I had the opportunity to attend my first book signing, MASE16. It was was at Foxwoods Casino in CT and I can't express how awesome it was. It was my first "Bigger" signing so I didn't have many expectations, just to meet people and have a good time. Well, I want to go back!
I had a blogger, from Amazeballs Books, come to my table to meet me and get a signed copy of my book. I gave her the biggest hug and probably seemed like a creep but I was so excited to meet her! Another writer, who I fan girl over and read EVERYTHING of hers, came and bought my book because she "heard about it". Yeah, I think I was shaking I was so excited. (haha)
So, sometimes, I know authors wonder if it's worth going to book signings, especially when you're a newer writer. I'd say yes. Even if you don't sell all your books, you network, exchange books with other authors. I met and hung out with some amazingly supportive people that I know will be lifelong friends and help me with my craft.
Us authors aren't in competition with each other. We need to support each other, and that is exactly what last weekend showed me. I look forward to future events, hopefully getting to meet the lovely ladies at Hot Tree Publishing in 2017. I have some other updates but I'll save that for another day.
Thanks for reading!
..and it's not why you think. Before, I used to stay up at night worrying just about anything I could worry about. Last night was different. I got a notification on my phone as I was laying in bed. It was the announcement that my short story, Always and Forever, is going to be published by Hot Tree. Amazing right?
It got me to thinking. This time last year I was secretly writing Beautiful Masterpiece, Book One in the Thin Red Lines Series. I just didn't think my writing was good enough. So why share it with anyone? How quickly that all changed. Since then, Beautiful Masterpiece was picked up by Hot Tree Publishing and released February 20. The second book, Beautiful Sacrifice comes out late summer and now, I have the short story being publishing this summer as well. So last night, I wasn't up worrying, I was up smiling and trying to fight off some stories in my head that since I gained some self-confidence, seem to speak to me on the regular.
I guess I just wanted people to know that all you need to succeed is belief in yourself, the rest falls into place. It might not happen right away, but it will eventually-and boy is it worth the wait.
I can't dream of a time when I didn't write, didn't escape into a world I've built in my head. This is my new constant. The life of a writer.
I apologize for not keeping up with this website but social media is so exhausting! Twitter, Facebook, websites..it can all get to be a lot. BUT I am trying and I will get better, promise!
So, I've been asked what I've got in the works. Well, a few weeks ago I signed the contract for Beautiful Sacrifice, Book 2 in the Thin Red Lines Series. I am so excited to share with you Avery and Evan's story <3 Once again this will be published with Hot Tree Publishing. I have nothing but amazing things to say about these ladies who have supported me and believed in me from the beginning. I love working with them.
I have another WIP (work in progress), titled Skin Deep. It'll be a stand a lone novel and I HOPE to have the rough draft done by the end of July. I'd love to have it published by late winter. This is different than the others I've written, it's based in the 1950's and deals with some tough topics. Yes, It is Romantic Suspense.
I have a few other exciting things in the works but I can't announce just yet. In the next week or so I should be able to share!
I was a finalist in the Indie Author Book Awards. I really wish I could have gone to go to the award ceremony however, it was such short notice I just couldn't swing it. I hope this is just the first of many and I can go next time!
Here's the website if you're curious: http://www.indiebookawards.com/2016_winners_and_finalists.php
I'm gearing up for my first "bigger" book signing. I am nervous for lots of reasons but this is my hobby turned dream come true so I want to put my all into it.
Anyways, drop me a line and I'll be sure to update soon.
So it's cover release day! Which means,
1) You get to see the wonderful cover and
2) Only 2 more weeks until Beautiful Masterpiece is released. How cool is that?
But anyways, take a look at the cover and leave your thoughts!