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Stories...health...baby J...

Hello, hello!!! I hope that everyone is doing well and staying healthy!  This crap going around is definitely a scary thing and we are doing our utmost best to make sure that it doesn't find its way into our home. So far, Hubby, me, and Baby J have managed to not get it. I'm writing again, at least a little bit. I haven't managed to write much, but something is better than nothing. It's probably going to be slow going, as school starts back up in just a few short weeks. When I do find
 

Time Flies.... Renee update!

Wow, it's been a while since I wrote a blog that wasn't for the various GA staff blogs. Things are still super crazy here, some good and some bad. Unfortunately, I have become pretty lax in keeping up on GA, and I'm afraid that's meant the loss of some close friendships, hopefully they can rebuilt. It sucks, but real life has been about all I've been able to handle for the last year or so. Hopefully that will change and I'll be around more, but I can't promise anything at the moment. It's b
 

Crazy Life!

Wow, how the time flies. It's hard to believe that Baby J is just under 2 months shy of celebrating his first birthday! He is so active and is crawling, pulling himself up, and walking along the couch (or anywhere else as long as he has something or someone to hold onto!) We have baby gates all over the house, and so far they seem to be keeping the little guy mostly contained. And we now adapt whatever we're having for meals so that the little man can eat it too, with his 4 little teeth! Being a

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Anything New?

So much has happened in the last year. There's so much I wanted to do, that I never actually managed to accomplish. Of course, a lot of that pales in comparison to my biggest accomplishment yet...Baby J. We waited so long for him, and at times I still feel like maybe we're living in a dream, or that something is going to happen that will take it all away. I try my best not to focus on the negatives, but sometimes it's hard. Then I look at that little boy's smiling face, or hear his little giggle

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

What's New with Renee!

Hiya all!!!!   I hope everyone is doing well and had a wonderful Christmas!  This blog is going to be somewhat of a review of this past year and a look forward to what I'm hoping to accomplish in 2018!   In April, I published my story "Barbed Wire Cowboy" (the pre-revision copy can be found in Premium under the name Studly Ranch Hands). It did okay, but not as well as I had hoped. Got some good reviews, and some bad, but over all I think it was well received.   In O

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

GRL 2017

Hiya, all.   So, I've been asked a few times about my trip to Denver for GayRomLit 2017. I thought it might just be easier to post a blog about it. There were a few disappointments related to my trip, but I'm trying not to focus on those too much.   Overall, it was a rewarding trip and I met a lot of people over the 5 days that I was in Denver. Everyone I met was very welcoming and the organizers checked on us newbies quite often to make sure we were okay and weren't too over

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

In Denver? Come say Hi!!!

If you've read the weekly wrap up, you now know that I will be attending the GRL (GayRomLit) Retreat this week. However, I just learned that while most of the retreat you have to be registered for, the Author signings are open to the public!  So.... if you are in or around Denver this coming Thursday, from 10 am until 12 pm, come say hi!  GRL is being held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center!

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

The Trap

Well, things seem to be on an upswing for me lately, most of the time. I'm hoping that applies to my writing as well. While I've had some health issues, they seem to be getting under control. I've had a lot on my mind lately as well, but those things finally seem to be getting worked out, and in some ways, I'm happier than I have been in a long time. That's not to say I don't still have some issues. While I have been mostly happy, my anxiety occasionally rears it's ugly head, and there are times

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

A Writing Slump

Yep. I'm so frustrated at this point. I have so many writing projects on my computer at the moment, but I can't seem to make any progress on anything. I don't know if it's simply because the depression has reared its ugly head, if it's stress, or what is causing my issues. All I know is that I "want" to write, I just can't seem to make anything work the way I want it to. I don't think this is writer's block, at least not in the traditional sense of the word. Writer's block to me usually means th

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Now Available in eBook: Barbed Wire Cowboy

Well, it's here! Barbed Wire Cowboy (formerly known as Studly Ranch Hands) is now available in eBook! It has been re-edited, new scenes have been added, and there has been a bit of tweaking here and there. Here in the next couple of weeks, Barbed Wire Cowboy will also be available in paperback. If you want to be kept up to date, make sure to visit my website, friend me on facebook, or follow me on Twitter or Google+. I'll also be doing giveaways soon, so keep an eye on my site and facebook! 

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Distractions Abound

So, as some might have noticed, I've been a bit distracted lately. The site news blog sometimes appears late, and/or I forget something that I'm supposed to include in the blog. Or maybe you have sent me a PM and it takes longer than usual for me to respond. And let's not talk about me being way behind in answering reviews for my premium story "Rough Stock Wranglers". Unfortunately, there's so much going on right now, that my mind is going a million miles an hour in so many different directions.

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

One Pulse Anthology Collection

I've struggled with how to introduce this eBook, but I guess the simplest way is to just come out and say it. After the Pulse shooting in Orlando, many publishers and authors set about doing benefit stories. Dreamspinner Press was no different. The first of these benefit anthologies is One Pulse. The overall theme is that Love Wins. The stories found in the One Pulse anthology show that love wins over any obstacle. At least three GA Authors participated: Renee Stevens, Alicia Nordwell, and MA Ch

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Wide Open Spaces - Available Now!

It’s RELEASE DAY!!!! Woo hoo!!! Felt like today was never going to come. Wide Open Spaces is a never been seen before story written for the Dreamspinner Press' States of Love series.   AVAILABLE NOW   WIDE OPEN SPACES States of Love – Wyoming Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Cover Artist: Maria Fanning Genre: Contemporary Length: 35,659 Words Rating: Adult/Mature   BUY NOW Dreamspinner Press Amazon: US I CA I AU I UK I DE A

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Studly Ranch Hands ~ Coming Soon To Gay Authors Premium

Keep your eyes out, I'll have a new story coming to Gay Authors Premium in the very near future!   Marc got what he’d wanted for years, but it’s enough to tear apart his friendship with Casey. Marc tries to avoid Casey, but that’s not always possible. A series of incidents puts both of their jobs on the line and Marc and Casey have to decide whether or not the resulting consequences are worth continuing their feud. Or can they put the past behind them and learn to work together as

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

No More Hiding - Ebook Available

Back in June 2015, my book No More Hiding was published by Dreamspinner Press. I realized that I'd never done my single blog post about the publication. Even if you read it in Premium, there are a couple extra scenes from that which is posted in Premium, plus this is your chance to have a copy for on your eBook reader. If you'd like to be able to have it on multiple platforms (epub, mobi, pdf, etc) then I'd suggest the Dreamspinner Press site.   Dreamspinner Press Barnes & Nobl

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Comparing Past And Present

So, I've been doing a lot of thinking about my writing lately. I was curious to see how I've changed and grown as an author over the years. The best way for me to figure that out, was to look at my earlier works, primarily Eternity.   Eternity was only the second novel I ever wrote, and the first M/M novel. Looking back at it now, I can't help but cringe. There are so many things with it that I'd change if I was rewriting it now. Back then, I didn't know any different. I've been considering re

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Joined by Blood & Other Story News

First off, thank you to all my readers for being so patient as I try to get story chapters out! It's been a struggle to write lately, though I'm not sure why, but I am still writing. I wanted to update everyone who follows my work on a couple things that are going on in regards to my stories, but especially the completed story, Joined by Blood.   As of February 1st, I will be unpublishing Joined by Blood from GA Stories. It is NOT going away permanently, but I have been slowly working on so

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

No More Hiding *posting complete*

Wow. It’s hard to believe that No More Hiding has finished posting in Premium. I first started writing about Phillip and Vance all the way back in 2009. I completed it and ran it by a few of my friends and, after a bunch of corrections, submitted it to a publisher in February of 2010.   In April 2010, I heard back that it was being rejected. It was probably the nicest rejection letter I could have gotten. Not only did the publisher tell me they liked the characters and the storyline, they told

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Here We Go Again....

I had so hoped that 2014 would prove to be better than 2013.... So far, it's not looking promising.   First my Mother-In-Law was hospitalized. She was in the hospital for 5 days (I think) before she was finally released. They essentially determined that she had diverticulitis. It was quite the scare because at first they couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. She's doing much better now, so that's a definitely plus.   Less than a week later my sister-in-law was hospitalized. Since

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

2014 Story News

As many already know, 2013 hit me and my family hard. It made it difficult to do much writing and I did the one thing I hate doing, I put some "In Progress" stories on hold. I have some big plans with my stories for 2014, so I'm really hoping that this year goes better than last. Some of my plans for 2014 include:   [sharedmedia=stories:stories:3540] Thwarted has been "In Progress" since May 2013. It is currently at 24 chapters and I'm still not sure how many chapters it will be, but it will

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

2013 Be Gone

I know it’s a little before the new year, but considering recent events, it seems fitting to reflect on the events of the past year. It has been quite a rough year for my family and I will be so glad when 2013 is behind me and I hope for a much better 2014.   There have been major gaps in posting this year and there have seriously been times that I had considered giving up on writing as I wasn’t in the frame of mind where I could compose a story. There have been times where I wanted to go f

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Apologies

As an update to my reflections blog...   It has been confirmed that my grandmother is terminal. Honestly, it is expected, but suspecting and being faced with that reality are two different things. She has been told that she is terminal and chances are, even as stubborn as she is, she will quit fighting to stay with us. This is evidenced by her most recent decision. She has changed her living will so that she now has a DNR and nothing will be done to prolong life. Anything, including antib

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Reflections

I have done a lot of thinking lately about the things that have happened over the last year or so. It hasn't even been a full year, though with everything that has gone on, it sure feels like it should have been well over a year. Now, let me make it perfectly clear, this blog entry isn't meant to be a "poor me" blog entry. I hope it doesn't come out that way, but if it does, I apologize in advance. A lot of what I am sharing has been shared in more detail in some of my previous blog entries over

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

CANCER SUCKS! More story delays...

First off, let me say that the title of this blog says it all....   CANCER SUCKS!!!!   If I never know someone else who has cancer, it will be WAY TOO SOON!!!!   On July 8th, my grandmother was told she had cancer, only they didn't know what kind or even exactly where it was. This came right on top of the news that the chemotherapy worked and my brother was currently cancer free (despite one five day stint in the hospital after getting an infection of some sort). My grandmother was then

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Health Update #2 & Story News!

So, I just realized I never updated my blog after receiving the results of my a1c test. The results from that pretty much came back like we had thought and showed me as being pre-diabetic (type 2). I've tried to be a good girl and lay off a lot of the sugars, but that is easier said than done.   Now, to add another level to my health issues. Sunday morning, I woke my hubby up at 4 am (not purposely) by sitting up in bed, my arms pulled in close to my body, my entire body tense, my mouth op

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

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