Friday, September 23, 2016

The Seal Island Trilogy Has a New Look!







I'm so excited to reveal a brand new look for the Seal Island Trilogy! I've been wanting to change the covers to look more like the Wind Chime Novels for a while now, and I'm so happy with the way they turned out. Thank you to my design team, Blue Harvest Creative, for helping me come up with the concept, and for being so patient with me while we worked to get everything just right.

I know it's been quiet around here for the past several months, but I've been very busy behind the scenes. Rest assured, I am still writing. I am still working on Wind Chime Summer. I am still researching story lines and dreaming up ideas for future books. I had to take some time off earlier this year to restore some much-needed balance to my life, but I am back at the keyboard now, writing full speed ahead.

I am very excited about the two main characters in Wind Chime Summer and I promise you’re going to love the next book as much as you loved the first two books in the series. In the meantime, if you haven't read any of my Irish fairy tale romances, I hope you'll give one a chance. After the summer we've had here in Maryland, I know I'm ready to escape to the cool, moody Irish coast!

Lastly, my five-year anniversary of being a published author is coming up in November. To celebrate, I’ll be running several giveaways over the next few months on my Facebook and Instagram pages. Please stop by for a chance to win some fun prizes.



Monday, March 14, 2016

Wind Chime Wedding on sale for #99cents!


For the first time since its release, Wind Chime Wedding will be on sale from March 14th-20th for only $0.99!



Here's what readers are saying about Wind Chime Wedding

"A beautifully written story, full of emotionally charged moments, powerful descriptions, and a feel good vibe that will reach your heart from the start and never let go." ~ Roberta's Dreamworld

"A gripping, beautiful story. Full of hope, love, family, and second chancesThe words flow like poetry. Every turn of the page made me want more. The friendships and love that these characters share, the feel of being home when you read of Heron Island, the emotions Becca and Colin express, make for such a gripping read." ~ Jordan's Book Reviews

"Wow. This story resonated with absolute sweetness and beauty. It isn't just a romance or a starting over story. It's about finding where you belong and learning to listen, really listen, to your heart." ~ Written Love Reviews

"There is just something so magical about Sophie’s books. [This story] shines with love. With joy. With hope and home and happiness. It’s about two characters who start to want more for themselves and who have found in each other someone who will stick by their side through anything." ~ The Fox's Hideaway

"Wind Chime Wedding is the perfect summer read! Sophie’s words magically transport you right to the middle of the island where you can actually hear the boats in the water and smell the salty air.  Each and every member of this complex community of characters will steal your heart and you'll never want to leave…" ~ Agents of Romance

"I want to go live on this Island. The way Sophie Moss describes the place, the people, and the wonderful magical wind chimes makes me want to live in a place so full of family, friends and peace." ~ Kimmie Sue's Book Reviews

"This is a story about finding yourself, following your heart and standing up for what you believe in. It feels like a real community with the different stories crossing paths. You become not only invested in Becca and Colin hopefully realizing they are made for each other but in the entire community. Beautifully written with a high sweetness factor." ~ Life, Books, and More...

"This was a wonderful story about finding your true passion and fighting for what is truly important in your life." ~ Sleep Deprived Book Lovers


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

All the What Ifs by Angela Lynn - A Book Review


I picked up a book written by an online friend recently. Her name is Angela Lynn and I think we met on Twitter back in 2012. Honestly, I'm not really sure when we "met", but at some point we connected and stayed connected so I consider her a friend. She released her first indie novel in December and since it was the holidays and I had some extra time on my hands, I thought I would give it a try. I'm going to admit right now that I went in with low expectations. First, because I don't usually read young adult fiction, and second, because there are a lot of books out there now that are not ready to be published. But this particular friend had been very supportive of my own work, and whenever a writer friend who's been kind to me releases a book of their own with no publisher to back them and has the courage to put themselves out there for all their friends and family and the world to judge, I try to do what I can to support them. Because I remember what that felt like. And it was scary as hell.

I picked up her book, All the What Ifs, a few days ago and was totally caught off guard. Right away, I cared about the main character. I cared about her struggles, her fears, whether or not she was going to be able to escape the situation she was in. I wanted her to win. I needed her to win. It's been a while since I was so absorbed in a book that I could not stop thinking about it when I had to put it down to do other things. In my mind, that is the mark of true talent in commercial fiction. Everything else in writing can be taught, but the ability to pull a reader into a story, to get them to turn the page, to get them to care, is what really matters. If you have me, as a reader, thinking about your character after I put that book down, you have done your job. You have succeeded. But that is not why I am writing this post.

I'm writing this post because I think I finally understand young adult fiction, or at least the romance part of it. Young adult love stories represent that first uncomplicated love where anything is possible. It brings you back, as a reader, to that time in your life when you had no fears--about love, at least. I write adult romance. I write stories about men and women in their late twenties and early thirties who have already loved and lost, who have been heartbroken and wounded by love. That is a very different story to tell. When you have been wounded by love, you can never see it the same way as you could when you were a teenager. It will never be that easy, that simple, that fearless again.


Reading this book made me want to love again, fearlessly, as if I were seventeen and the boy of my dreams had just pulled me into his arms for the first time, and the only thing in the world that mattered was the two of us. What would it be like to love like that again? To be that free of all the wounds and the heartbreaks and the fears? What would it be like to trust again, like a seventeen-year-old girl with her first love? I don't know... But suddenly it seems like the most important thing in the world to find my way back to that place. Thank you, Angela Lynn, for writing a book that made me feel so deeply and remember so well a time in my life when I was free of my wounds. When I was free of my fear. If I do nothing else in 2016, I want to try to find that girl again. And if I do, I will do everything in my power to reclaim her.


What if...we could be fearless in love again?

Sunday, September 6, 2015

A Few Words on Writing...



I’m sitting down to write my sixth book. You’d think it would get easier, right?

It doesn’t.

It gets harder.

People actually read my books now. A lot of people. WHICH I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR, by the way. :)

But it’s an added pressure. Because I want to please them. I want to satisfy them. I want to make them happy so they’ll KEEP reading my books. So they’ll tell all their friends about my books. So they’ll come find me on social media so that WE can be friends and chat about my books.

Of course, for any of that to happen, every new book needs to be good. Damn good. At least as good as, if not better than, the last book.

And here’s where the fear comes in…

What if I can’t write a book that’s better than the last book? What if I can’t finish on time? What if something happens in my personal life that sets me back unexpectedly? What if…? What if…? What if…?

Whenever I start a new book, I have the same fears. It helps to write them down, to face them, to stare them down in print and recognize them for what they are. Little paralyzing demons that want nothing more than to kill my creativity.

I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately—journaling as much as story writing. Just about everything that comes into my head these days ends up on paper. I carry a notebook wherever I go in case I need to vent or if inspiration strikes at an inconvenient time, as it always seems to, like in the produce section at the grocery store.

A friend recently suggested that I carry two notebooks around: a pretty journal for all the good positive thoughts and story ideas, and a boring legal pad or basic spiral notebook for all the negative rants so I can rip those pages out and burn them each night.

While I loved this idea at first, and it worked well for about a week, I noticed that I felt nervous when I wrote in the pretty journal. Like my words had to be good enough to live up to the prettiness of the journal. Like I couldn’t just write them down without judging them first.

What if I couldn’t think of anything positive to say that day? What if I couldn’t think of any story ideas for the new book? What if I couldn’t think of anything to be thankful for? What if… What if…? What if…?

But when I wrote in the other notebookthe boring oneI found I wrote more. I wrote longer. I wrote faster. I wrote harder. There were no boundaries. No judgments. No expectations. I figured, hey, there’s a good chance I’m going to burn all this crap anyway so why not just write it down?

This is what my other notebook looks like.


There’s not even a picture of a cute puppy or a vase of flowers on the front. I chose it because it was the least expensive notebook in the school supplies section at Target that day. There’s nothing sexy about it, but I gotta say, I kind of love it.

Because, right now, to me, it holds everything.

All my thoughts. All my to-do lists. All my gratitude lists. All my horrible, negative rants. It holds all my story ideas. All the random snippets of dialogue that pop into my head during the day. It holds quotes from books I’m reading that I want to save and read again later. It holds names of songs I hear on the radio that I want to look up on iTunes later.

My friend’s two-year-old daughter even created some art in there last week. (Go wild, Audrey.)


It comes with me to town. It comes with me when I run my errands. It comes with me to the yoga studio, to my friends' houses, to the park. It even comes with me to bed at night.

I think I like this other notebook so much more because it’s honest. Because it’s a real reflection of who I am right now. And, really, aren’t we all just a rumbling, fumbling mass of positivity, negativity, confusion, hopes, dreams, joys, successes, failures, happy memories, sad memories, and regrets? Maybe the less seriously we take ourselves, the easier it will be to be honest, to be authentic, to be true.

I don’t know…

All I DO know is that this other notebook makes me feel free. It drops all the pressure, all the “specialness” that cripples my creativity and stunts my writing. It helps me forget about the task ahead—the daunting task of writing a new novel—and focus instead on writing. About anything. And everything. Every day. As much as I can.

In a few weeks, when the notebook’s full, I’ll go through it. I’ll rip out the gratitude lists and the quotes and the songs and put them in a box so I can look back one day and remember what I was doing then. I’ll burn all the negative stuff and let it go. I’ll sit down at the computer and begin transcribing all the random story ideas I came up with and, as I sort through all the madness, I’ll pray that there’s some stuff I can build on.

I’m planting seeds, folks. Some of them will sprout. Some of them will grow into something beautiful. A lot of them will die. But I’m not judging them yet. And neither is my boring, spiral notebook.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wind Chime Wedding is available now!



I'm so excited to announce that Wind Chime Wedding, the follow-up to the USA Today bestselling and multi-award winning novel, Wind Chime Ca, is available now!


To celebrate the release of Wind Chime Wedding, I'm throwing a PARTY! Swing by the Sophie Moss Author Fan Page on Facebook and join in the fun! I'll be giving out prizes every day throughout the rest of the week. Prizes will include gift cards to Amazon, signed paperbacks, ebooks, handmade wind chimes, and a secret grand prize that I'll announce on July 4th!

I would also like to invite you to visit my new online home at sophiemossauthor.com, where you'll find the most up-to-date information on upcoming releases (including audiobooks), the complete collection of Wind Chime Café recipes, and a place to submit your own recipes.

Thank you all so much for your support and for giving me the chance to do what I love. I hope you enjoy Colin and Becca's story as much as I enjoyed writing it!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wind Chime Wedding is Available Now for Pre-order!


Wind Chime Wedding is available now for pre-order!


Official Release Date: June 30th, 2015

Second-grade teacher, Becca Haddaway, is weeks away from walking down the aisle with her high school sweetheart when she learns that the Heron Island Elementary School is about to be shut down. In the midst of a whirlwind of wedding planning, she launches into a last-ditch effort to save it. But the one man who can help her is determined to make her question every decision she has ever made--including the man she's about to marry.

Former Navy SEAL and son of the current Maryland governor, Colin Foley, is finally starting to feel whole again after losing his leg on a career-ending deployment in Afghanistan. After struggling for months to figure out what to do with his post-military life, he's found a new mission--opening a rehab center for wounded veterans on the peaceful Chesapeake Bay island. All he needs now is a woman to share his new life with...and he knows exactly who he wants. With a little help from the island's magical wind chimes, can Colin convince Becca to change her mind before it's too late?


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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wind Chime Café Audiobook is Available Now!


Happy New Year! I'm super excited to share that Wind Chime Café is now available as an audiobook! Hollis McCarthy did an amazing job narrating this story. I can't wait for you to hear how she brings all the characters of Heron Island to life. :)


I'm still hard at work on Wind Chime Wedding. Becca and Colin's story is coming along great, and I'm tentatively planning to release it this spring. As soon as I have a firm date, I'll post the news everywhere. Thanks so much for your patience while I give this book the time it needs to really shine.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the audiobook version of Wind Chime Café. When you get a chance to listen, I'd love to hear what you think!