I’m the first to admit that I’m a total fraud. I’ve got degrees in psychology and sociology, and was a class away from finishing the pre-med track as well, but all that really means is that 1) If it were possible to get paid to go to school I would have been a professional student for life because I LOVE LEARNING and 2) I’m much more comfortable in a role as an observer. People are fascinating! But they’re also completely draining.
I spent over fifteen years in luxury retail and although I won awards in customer service and moved up multiple times in the management ranks, I was never fulfilled. In fact I excelled at what I did, and I was miserable. I left the crowds and neon of the Las Vegas Strip every day feeling overstimulated, and had to lock myself away in a quiet room with a book and my cat to normalize. I was so good at being outgoing and exuberant in my interactions with employees and clients that I still have friends who refuse to believe I’m an introvert at heart, which is perhaps proof that I should have stuck with my dreams of being a professional actress.
I never really understood the depths of my split personality until I read Quiet by Susan Cain a few years ago (which I recommend for everyone – not just the introverts of the world) and it was a total light bulb moment. All those years of accolades and exhaustion made sense!
We live in a society that celebrates the loud and outgoing, and some people are forcing themselves into that mold just to succeed. Kids can’t get perfect marks if they don’t raise their hands and participate. Teenagers have to post incessantly to various social media platforms just to stay relevant to each other. Do you want to advance in your workplace? Try doing that while being the only person NOT going out for happy hour with the boss.
I’m not whining. I played the game. Hell, I crushed the game. I still do, because my husband’s work requires many social occasions with many different clients, and I will always put on my happy face and worry about recharging my batteries later for him. Mostly I’m just putting it out there that sometimes I need to hibernate occasionally. But if my sweet sensitive niece ever decides she wants to give up the cookie sales so she can bury her head in the books she loves, I’ll go to bat for her anytime.
It’s finally live!
Beautifully Executed, an Alyssa novella, is a frisky thrill ride. Underground battles to the death weren’t enough for you? Try this tale of a supernatural serial killer being hunted by a two thousand year old Amazonian vamp!
Available for FREE for KU and KOLL members, and only $2.99 in the Kindle store. If you don’t have a kindle, you can still download the app for free and check it out on your mobile devices.
Ever wondered what life in the 21st century is like for someone born thousands of years ago? The next offering in the Sin City Supernaturals series (1.5) is almost out and answers will be had! “Beautifully Executed” Alyssa’s novella, will be published at the beginning of April as a KDP Select title. Blurb and links to buy are right around the corner.
I researched and considered many times this past week about pushing the little button (twice) and making “Conflict” in ebook form exclusively available on Amazon for the next three months. And today I did it. If you are a Prime member (which gives you Lending Library access) or a Kindle Unlimited member, you can now download for free at Amazon!
Conflict has launched in the Amazon Kindle store! Available for download as of January 27, 2017 for $7.99. I’m still waiting for the other platforms to become live and working on the details for a POD paperback version.
Publishing January 2017
Blood usually only means one thing to vampires – dinnertime. Not true for Vivien di Rossi, vamp ruler of Nevada. For Viv blood means family first, from her undead children down to her friends.
Life has been pretty quiet in Las Vegas, but that sort of thing doesn’t last long when you’re running the supernatural operations of an entire state. Vivien finds out the Mortal Conflicts are coming, scheduled to happen right under her very nose. The Conflicts are an underground Vampire-Consul-approved battle to the death, and she’s already lost one of her children to the twisted games. With the help of her closest allies she devises a plan to kick them out of her territory for good, but she’ll have to do it from the inside. Unfortunately, as if the impending arrival of some of her greatest enemies isn’t enough, her youngest child goes missing. How will she prioritize one of the things she hates most in the world against one of the people she loves most?