Dancing With Monsters Series

Dancing With Monsters

After a series of life-altering missteps, Sawyer Everett decided it was time for a new start. Moving across the country to Los Angeles seemed like a great idea at the time, but sometimes the things we mean to leave behind have a way of following us, and Sawyer soon realizes that he’s still battling his old demons in his new life. But he’s determined to get his life back on track no matter what, and when he meets Haley, his new roommate, a part of him starts to think that maybe she’s the person to help him do just that.

Haley Brecken isn’t sure what she wants to do with her life, but she does know that putting off college graduation for another year isn’t an option. She’d always intended to move home to Colorado after graduating from UCLA, but her lease isn’t up until August. At least it’ll give her some more time to figure out what’s next. But then a cute, dark-haired, southern boy named Sawyer knocks on her door, and for the first time she thinks that maybe staying in L.A. a little longer won’t be so bad.

Sawyer and Haley quickly realize that sometimes you need someone in your life who’ll help you get through the bad times and laugh with you through the good times. But what happens when that person is keeping a secret that could ruin everything you have together – especially when the friendship you once had turns into love?

Published, June 16, 2014

Published, October 16, 2014

Monsters in the Closet

Life got in the way.


It was a phrase I’d heard before, but I never understood it until I experienced it for myself. For twenty-three years I’d been in control of my life and my decisions. I’d made my own way, carved my own path, created my own happiness. But life’s a funny thing. Just when you feel like you have it all figured out, it drops a bomb on you that you never saw coming.


In my case, that bomb was named Shana Lane, a name that still grates on my ears nearly four years later whenever I hear it on the radio or see it on the cover of a magazine at the grocery store. Shana Lane is someone I despise, because everything in my life was great until the day she came into it.


Sometimes things just don’t work out. Sometimes you can’t find a way around the obstacles you face in life. And sometimes you lose the one person you ever truly loved because of things that are out of your control.


Haley Brecken and Sawyer Everett understand this all too well. They were happy and in love until one day it all became too much. Life got in the way.


It’s been more than three years since they’ve seen each other. When Haley finds out that Sawyer’s going to be spending three months in her town and staying at the inn she runs, an array of emotions run through her, but one is stronger than all the others. She still loves Sawyer, and she wants him back. But old anger, the ever-present distance in their lives, and the things neither of them can change are just as prevalent as they were years earlier. Haley soon realizes that no matter how badly she wants to be with the man she loves, it might not be possible.


As much as it pains Sawyer to see Haley again because his feelings for her haven’t changed, he knows being with her isn’t an option. Nothing has changed for them. Nothing can solve the problems that surfaced years earlier. No matter if he has to see her day in and day out because his boss is filming a movie in her town, he’s determined to keep his distance.


But feelings like they had don’t just go away, and staying away from each other might be harder than they ever thought. Some people are just meant to be together – if they can find a way past everything that tore them apart once before.