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The Perils of Being a One-Book-at-a-Time Woman

The wonderful thing about being part of the romance community is how supportive it is. When I mentioned my worries about sending Surprise Baby, Second Chance out to reviewers, Rosanna Leo kindly reached out and offered to read my book. Today, I’m thrilled to have her on my blog! I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did!

The Perils of Being a One-Book-at-a-Time Woman

Thanks so much to Therese for hosting me today! I’m thrilled to be here.

We are deep in the holiday season now, and for me, that usually means one thing…you know, aside from shopping and planning family events. One thing I always look forward to at this time of year is having some free time to read, and possibly even more time to write.

Although I try to always have a book on the go (both for reading and writing,) life sometimes gets in the way. However, the holidays usually provide me with the time I need to catch up if I’ve fallen behind.

I wish I could say I was one of those readers who can read more than one book at a time. I am in awe when I hear others say they have several books on the go. My brain just doesn’t work that way. I guess I can only handle one book boyfriend, instead of several. 😉

Sadly, it doesn’t work that way for my writing either.

I know writers who can tackle multiple projects. Again, this is amazing to me. Some days, I can barely tackle finding my shoes in the closet, never mind managing various plots!

I can only imagine how much one could accomplish by being able to work on several books simultaneously! I have visions of being as prolific as Danielle Steel, but perhaps that isn’t the reality for me.

I’ve learned to accept I am a one-book-at-a-time woman. It used to annoy me but now I’m going with the flow. When I’m writing, I am consumed with the story in my head. And because I am a pantster who only gives herself a basic outline, I can’t allow myself to get confused by additional facts. I am too easily distracted by fresh plot bunnies, so I can’t afford to surround myself with them until I am done with the current one.

The down side? Things tend to move a little more slowly, at least it sometimes feels that way. Case in point, I’ve been hard at work on my second book in my Handymen series of contemporary romances. It has taken many months to get the story into shape, and I’m still not done.

The upside? I stay focused.

I’m calling it focused. You wouldn’t dare argue with me, would you? 😉

As far as I’m concerned, my books get finished when they get finished. I’ve had years in which I have released up to four romances, and that was draining. I know writers who thrive on this sort of schedule but I’ve learned I’m not a happy person when I push myself too hard, and I wouldn’t want my stories to reflect that. Mental health is important. Work/life balance is important. We all have to find what works for us.

And so, I continue, one story at a time. One day at a time. One breath at a time.

Thank you so much to Rosanna for sharing this post today! You can find her on Twitter or Facebook, or on her website. You can get her latest release, Covet (which I loved!), on Amazon or Barnes & Noble now!

Covet by Rosanna Leo


Alex just acquired Sin City’s hottest casino hotel, and he’s determined to make Vice the ultimate pleasure palace—along with the mind-blowing new club, Covet.

But behind the successful entrepreneur façade, Alex struggles with a past that continues to haunt him, day in and day out.

After a surprise hookup with a beautiful stranger, he thinks he’s found the perfect distraction…until she walks out, leaving him with an unfamiliar ache which the pulse-pounding nights of excess at Covet can’t soothe.

When their paths cross once again, Alex realizes Dana is so much more than a mere distraction. He wants her—all of her.

But having her means he needs to face both her demons…and his own.

“Warning: This book contains discussion of infertility, which may be difficult for some readers.”

4 thoughts on “The Perils of Being a One-Book-at-a-Time Woman

  1. This post spoke to me, Rosanna 🙂 I too can only do one thing at a time and honestly thought something was wrong with me! I read one book at a time, write one novel at a time and I live by the motto of one day at a time 🙂 Balance is how I run my life and I protect it whole-heartedly. Thank you for this post, I loved it in every way.

    1. Thank you, Sumi! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I always think back to the year I released those 4 books. It was exciting, but so stressful. And for many of us, we don’t just write. We have other commitments too. We can only do so much, right?
      Happy reading and writing!