It’s Been a While

I haven’t written anything for quite a while. It’s been years, actually. I let my inner critic and the judgement of others get the best of me. One thing led to another and I just quit, telling myself this path–writing books and publishing them for others to read–wasn’t for me. I allowed myself to believe I didn’t have a thick enough skin, and worse, that I wasn’t that good at it.

But the writing bug never left me and a few weeks ago, despite the aforementioned setbacks, I decided to give it one more shot. Why? Because I never stopped thinking about they way hours pass like minutes when I’m deep in the “writing zone”, living the lives of the characters that I dream up and writing their experiences.

I remembered that writing is FUN!!!

It may be a while before I publish anything. And I may use a pen name moving forward if or when I do.

But, you guys, I AM writing.

Thank You. No Strings Attached.

Dear friend,

Today is Thanksgiving in the US…a time to reflect on what we’re grateful for and what’s most important in our lives.

As I think about the most important parts of my life, YOU come to mind.  And I want to extend to you, my deepest THANK YOU.  No selling, no strings, just THANK YOU.

THANK YOU for the time you have invested in reading what I’ve written.  THANK YOU for supporting me in all the many ways you have whether it be sharing my stuff, leaving reviews, or personally reaching out to me. THANK YOU for encouraging me to keep writing.

And if you are someone whom I’ve been blessed enough to know personally, THANK YOU for your friendship.

You mean the world to me.

Love,

Alicia

Happy New Year! Here’s Something to Keep You Warm!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2017 has been a blast!  Now it’s time for a new year, which means new goals and a fresh start!  What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?  Leave a comment to let me know!  One of mine, of course, is to write you all some more heart-pounding love stories!

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Year in Review

Upcoming Event

Chloe’s Spiked Cider Recipe

THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me this year.  You INSPIRE me!  I appreciate you for being with me on this crazy, wonderful “authoring” journey!

Love, Alicia


Alicia’s Year in Review:

2017: The Year of Book Signings!
This year, I had so many wonderful opportunities to meet some pretty darn awesome readers and authors during the following book signings! A HUGE thank you to the organizers of these incredible events!
Wicked in the Quad Cities, North Iowa Book Bash, Wisconsin Author Festival, New Berlin Local Author Fair, Writers on the River, Brew City Book Signing

My husband and I completed some home renovations over the summer, including our front porch. Our little cleaning project turned into something much bigger when the power washer chipped away all the paint on the porch! It was hard work, but definitely a blessing in disguise because a power washer would’ve never given us this end result.

My 12-year-old son read about the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse in one of his science books a couple of years ago, and ever since, he’s been determined to see it in full totality. How could I say no? So, we set off to St. Louis, Missouri this summer to see the eclipse and the gateway arch! It was definitely a fantastic experience that we’ll never forget!

My BFF got married in Playa del Carmen, Mexico last month! It was such an honor to be a part her wedding day. We had some super fun times, and although I missed my kids, I definitely didn’t mind leaving the cold Wisconsin weather behind!


Upcoming Book Signing Event:

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My next signing event will be at the North Iowa Book Bash in Clear Lake, IA on April 7th. I hope to see you there!


Chloe’s Spiked Cider Recipe:

If you’ve read The Fragile Line Series, you know that Chloe made some delicious spiked cider to take to Matt’s family’s house on Christmas.

Here’s her recipe to keep you warm this winter!

SPIKED SPICED APPLE CIDER

prep time: 5 mins
cook time: 6 hours
total time: 6 hours 5 mins

This semi-homemade spiked apple cider uses store-bought apple cider infused with cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and citrus. Right before serving it’s topped off with your favorite whiskey or bourbon for the perfect comforting winter cocktail!

Serves: 20

INGREDIENTS

1 gallon apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
4 star anise
4 tsp. whole cloves
2 oranges, sliced (plus more for garnish)
2 lemons, sliced (plus more for garnish)
1 liter of good whiskey or bourbon (Chloe uses Cherry Whiskey 😉 )

INSTRUCTIONS

Add apple cider, cinnamon sticks, star anise, whole cloves, oranges, and lemons into the slow-cooker. Turn the heat on low and cook for 6-7 hours.

Before serving, take out all of the whole spices, oranges, and lemons. Pour whiskey or bourbon in. Stir and serve.

End of Summer News + Incredible Book-lover Giveaways!

The summer is coming to a close!

My kiddos go back to school this week and I’ll be back to writing. To be honest, I’m torn between feeling excited about getting back into a writing routine, and missing my kids while they’re at school!

We’ve done a lot this summer, including water park & beach trips, campfires & smores, picnics & park visits, fairs & festivals, and more (see below for pics from our eclipse trip!)

What was the highlight of your summer? Are there any books that you’ve read recently that you can’t stop thinking about? Leave a comment to let me know!

And if you’re looking for something sexy, fun, heartbreaking, heart-mending, and sweet, I invite you to give The Fine Line, or The Fragile Line Series a try (if you haven’t already)!

Until next time,
Alicia

PS, Keep scrolling for the giveaways!

The highlight of the summer was hands down the 2017 Great American Eclipse. My (science-loving) son had been talking about this for 2 years, ever since reading about it in one of his science books. So glad he was able to experience it!

We traveled to the St. Louis, Missouri area for the eclipse trip…about a 6-hour drive from Milwaukee. It was just going to be me and the kids, but I was delighted when my mom asked to join us. We had a great time!


Books by Alicia Kobishop

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UPCOMING EVENT!

Join Me and 30+ Authors at the Brew City Book Signing in my hometown of Milwaukee, WI on October 7th. I hope to see you there!

Have You Heard? The Series is Now Complete!

THE FRAGILE LINE: PART THREE
IS AVAILABLE NOW!!!

Please note!  The Fine Line, and The Fragile Line series will be getting a cover overhaul soon!  If you’d like to make sure you get a book with the current cover, now’s the time!  The current covers won’t be available much longer!

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Fragile (2)

 “When love is real, you stop being selfish.”

When Logan spoke those words to Chloe months ago, she didn’t understand them. But she gets it now.  She’s in love with Matt and will do anything to make sure he has the life he deserves.  After making one of the hardest decisions of her life, Chloe tries to start fresh.  She wants to be the person that Matt needs but she’s got a long way to go.  Change is never easy.

Matt knows the facts when it comes to his relationship with Chloe.  The timing sucks.  It’s all moving way too fast.  And they’re not ready for it.  But he loves her like crazy anyway.

If Chloe and Matt have learned anything from their pasts, it’s that love isn’t always enough to hold a relationship together.  Will the love they have for each other be strong enough to last?

*It is necessary to read The Fragile Line: Parts One and Two before starting Part Three of this invigorating, three-part, New-Adult Romance series.

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The Fragile Line: Part Three has been re-edited as of December 21, 2016, by Eda Price Editing.  This is a newly enhanced, revised version.



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The Fine Line

What’s it about?  The Fine line is a coming of age story about a girl with a jaded past, who has written off relationships for good.  Boys are fun, but she’s happy being single and independent, and is determined to keep it that way.  When she meets and forms an unexpected bond with Logan Tanner, an illegal street racer with his own trust issues, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about life, and love, and asks the question: Can love have a future?  Or is history destined to repeat itself?

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Prologue

Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves.  I learned a long time ago that preserving one’s heart means keeping it protected.  Sheltered.  My heart is hidden deep within the secure layers of my soul, where it rests easy with the knowledge that nothing can penetrate its everlasting impervious shell.

Twelve Years Ago

Yelling.  Always yelling.  The hardwood floor in my bedroom chilled my toes as I slid out of my bed to see what was going on.  I wouldn’t dare leave my room, though.  I knew better.  As I tip-toed to the bright crack in the door, something crashed to pieces, and I squeezed Mama Bear tight.

Is Mommy crying?

My hand found a place on the cool metal door knob as I peeked through the crack.  I brought Mama Bear up to my chin so she could see too.  Her soft, fuzzy fur tickled me.  Mommy sat on the floor with her back against the hallway wall, her head in her hands while Daddy stood tall above her.  Her shoulders lifted up and down as she wept.

No, Mommy, don’t cry!

“I want a divorce,” she whispered.

What was a divorce?  Whatever it was, Daddy didn’t seem too happy about it.  He crouched down so that his eyes were across from hers.  Fisting her t-shirt, he yanked her close to him.  With the other hand, he pointed his finger at her, jabbing her as he spoke.  His voice stayed quiet, and I couldn’t hear what he said, but I knew it was something scary.

The door knob made a noise as I accidentally let go of it, and both of their heads turned to look at me.  My eyes widened, and I gasped.  I ran back to bed as fast as I could, quickly covering myself in my blankie.  Oh no, I dropped Mama Bear!  My door creaked as it opened, and light came through the seams of my blankie.

“Olivia?” Daddy said softly.

I didn’t answer.  Mommy was always telling me to make smart choices.  I chose to stay perfectly still and not to breathe too loudly, but it wasn’t easy because my heart was pounding hard.  It was a smart choice, though, because after a few seconds, the door creaked closed. I was safe.  Mommy would be very proud of me.

I peered at the floor, searching for Mama Bear, but she was nowhere to be seen.  Daddy must’ve taken her.  Who’s gonna sleep with me?  I pulled my knees to my chest and held onto them tightly.  Mommy says I’m brave.  Brave girls don’t need silly toys.  Brave girls sleep by themselves.

Eight Years Ago

It’s been a year since Dad told me I wouldn’t be able to spend time at his house anymore.  He said he was leaving to get a new start.  At first, his emails came daily and postcards came weekly, but I haven’t gotten either for at least a month.  Mom says he’s moved on, with his new wife and baby, and that it’s the best thing for all of us.

I was glad to have Kevin.  He loved me and Mom.  Happiness didn’t even begin to describe how I felt when Mom told me he was moving in with us.  If he lived with us, it would mean I would get to see magic tricks and laugh at his stories every day.

Mom told me about the accident last week.  Kevin had gotten hit by a drunk driver.  I knew something was wrong when she dropped the phone on the floor and began sobbing.  I had seen her cry before—but never like that.

I stayed with Nana for five days after that call, and when I returned home, Mom took me into my room, sat me down on my bed, and broke the news.  The funeral service had been the prior day.  Mom thought it would be best if I didn’t attend because it would be too difficult for me.  I cried myself to sleep that night.  I couldn’t get the thought of Kevin, being buried deep in the ground, out of my mind.

The next morning, I thought a lot about the way things work, and I figured out that nothing’s forever.  Nothing.  I had to be strong.  Brave.  I hated being sad.  I hated crying.  I vowed to find a way to make sure I never felt this horrendous feeling ever again.

Three Years Ago 

I looked around our heated garage as Adam poured the amber liquid into our little glasses.   All the tool chests and auto supplies had been packed up and hauled out.  He filled his glass to the brim while mine was only filled a quarter of the way.  He said I couldn’t have a full glass because I was only fourteen.

Hanging out with Adam came naturally.  It was easy.  He was much younger than Mom, but I was under the misguided impression that they were in love, regardless of his age.

Normally, the whiskey we shared was in celebration of an accomplishment.  A new paint job, installing the new engine, fixing the interior.  I had spent most of my evenings and weekends for the last three years watching Adam restore his 1968 Pontiac GTO.  He bragged to people about how much I helped him, but really, I just watched him work and handed him tools as we talked.

Today, we toasted goodbye.  It would be the last time I’d ever see him.  My throat burned as the liquor flowed down it, but I welcomed the feeling.  It reminded me of good times.

“I’m gonna miss you, Sweetie,” he said with tears in his eyes.  “I asked her to marry me, you know.  She said no.”

Anger quickly flooded my system, washing away the heartbreak.  How could she say no?  It had taken me over two years to let my guard down around him.  Two years to break the vow that I had kept for so long and let myself feel again.  She was making him go away.  This was her fault.

I watched as Adam rolled his refurbished car down the driveway and out of my life.  Without thought, my body stormed into the house in search of my mother.  I found her staring blankly out the living room window.

“How could you say no?” I screamed.

“Livie, what are you talking about?”

“He told me, Mom!  He told me he asked you to marry him!”

Her shoulders sunk as she let out a breath.  Her expression turned angry.  “Did he tell you he was seeing another woman?  Did he tell you that he asked me to marry him only after I found out?”

My heart stopped.  My mind barely comprehended what my mother had just told me.  It couldn’t be true.  Adam loved us.  With regret in her eyes, she rushed toward me with open arms.

“No.”  I held out my hand.  “NO!”  Tears spilled out of my eyes as I ran to my bedroom, locked my door, and flopped belly down onto my bed, sobbing uncontrollably into my pillow.

Why does everyone I love have to leave? 

Never again.  I’m done.  This is the last time I will ever have this feeling.

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Cover Reveal!!!

I am so incredibly excited to finally show you the cover of my debut novel, “The Fine Line.”  Mayhem Cover Creations did such an amazing job designing it!  I cried happy tears the first time I saw it…

I will have my manuscript back from my editor by the end of the month.  The expected release date is December 10th, which should give me enough time to approve the edits, do any necessary rewrites, and fine-tune it.  I plan on self-publishing through smashwords, which now has a pre-order feature.  I will keep you posted on when it will be available for pre-order.

The Fine Line

Blurb:

Liv Evans has one rule: No attachments.  She’s lost enough in her life and has vowed to do whatever it takes to make sure she never again feels the emptiness of losing someone she loves.  Boys are a fun distraction, but a serious relationship is something she’d rather live without.  Her determination for a future free of pain and heartbreak is put to the test when she meets–and quickly forms an unexpected bond–with Logan Tanner.

Logan has always been a free spirit, but ever since a life-changing event took place, which left him doubting the integrity of those who are closest to him, he’s taken that term to a whole new dangerous level.  Learning the hard way that life is too short for worries or work–and that women can’t be trusted–Logan has exchanged steady work for street racing.  When Olivia Evans walks into his world, everything he thought he knew about life and women is challenged.

In The Fine Line, Liv and Logan will discover if it’s possible for true love to have a future, or if history is destined to repeat itself.

Bucket List

I’ve recently had another reminder that our time here is limited, which is why it’s SO incredibly important for each one of us to live each day to the fullest, the way WE want to live it.  That being said, I’ve thought a lot about what I want to have, be, or do before my time is up, and I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 things that I would like to accomplish in the next few years.  I’d love to hear YOUR goals!  Leave a comment below, or on Facebook or Twitter!

1.  (The Obvious) Write and Publish a book that readers will love.  This goal is currently in the works, and I am SO excited about it.  The book is written, and it’s currently in the editing process.  I should have the manuscript back in a couple of weeks, then I will be working very hard to review my editor’s feedback, approve the edits, and do any necessary rewrites based on her feedback.  I want more than anything for my book NOT to suck.  Which means I will be doing everything I can do to make it awesome!

2.  Drive a Racecar.  I like to drive fast.  In the summertime, when the windows are open at my house, I hear the zoom of the race cars from the Milwaukee Mile.  Someday, I WILL enjoy the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience!

3.  Spend more time with kids, husband, family, and friends.  Something happens when you become a parent.  You start to lose touch with friends, and everything you do is in support of your children.  Responsibilities build, and build, and build, until there is no room left for fun.  One thing that was mentioned time and time again, as I was studying how to write, is how incredibly important it is to “show” vs “tell” in your writing.  The same is true in life.  I’ve realized in the last year is that if I want my children grow up happy, I need to show them how.   And happiness for me, is having fun with my loved ones.  Like Ed Foreman says, “Life is for laughing, loving, and living! It’s not just for whining, worrying, and working!”

4.  Visit Europe.  This is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time.  The history and culture over there is intriguing to me.  I don’t even really care which country I visit, to be quite honest, they’re all rich in history and culture.  I think this will be the most difficult of my goals to reach.

5.  Move into a different house.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my home, and I’m grateful to have a roof over my head.  It’s been home for 10 years, and it’s full of wonderful memories!  And honestly, I could live here forever if it means being able to spend money on fun experiences instead.  If/when I ever do move, I’ll probably cry from grief of losing my home.  Let’s just say, 2 bedrooms and 900 square feet can be quite cozy for a 4 person family sometimes, that’s all.  One good thing about a small home though…I know my kids business.  One bad thing…They know my business.

Something Worth Publishing

In my last post, I mentioned that as a new writer, I have not yet written anything worth publishing.

My mother quickly brought to my attention that I have, in fact, written something which has been published.

It was a 5th grade school assignment where we could write a paragraph about anything.

Like any good mother would, mine saved the original piece from the April 4th, 1989 edition of The Milwaukee Journal.  Here it is:

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Little did my poor Mother know at the time, that my need for “independence” would only increase as I hit my teenage years.  Let’s just say, I pushed my limits back then, crossed a line or two, and made some “interesting” choices, for the sake of having a little bit of independence.  Now, as I read this old article, all I think about is that my daughter is mini-me, I have been in this exact same situation with her several times, and from what I hear about Karma, I’ve got some “interesting” teenage years ahead of me!

Progress

When I started writing in April, I had no idea how long it would take me to write a novel.  I had no idea of the research and thought involved, no idea how much it would consume my thoughts, and no idea how nervous I would be to share it with people.

As a new writer, one who has never really written anything worth publishing, the time spent in researching how to actually write a novel (that people will want to read) took up just as much time as actually writing it!  Actually, more…

I find writing to be interesting, fun, and intriguing, and I am learning more and more about it every day.  Regardless of how successful this book is, I plan on continuing to write after this book is finished because I have truly found passion in it.  In fact, I already have a basic plot in mind for my next book!

With my kids spending this coming weekend with the Grandparents, my plan is to hopefully finish my debut novel by the end of the weekend.  I have given what I have written so far to a few key beta readers, and once I get their feedback, I will edit accordingly before sending it out for the final edit.

I am SO happy to say that my old high school friend, who is now a high school English teacher, has agreed to do the final edit!  Thank you so much Angela!

As far as publishing goes, I am still researching the best route for that, but I do know it will either be through Smashwords or Amazon.  Smashwords even has a new pre-order feature which is pretty awesome.

I feel so lucky to have such supportive family and friends and I can’t wait to share the book with you all!

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