About T.L. Nicholas

I am a mother of two human kids, four fur kids, and wife to one inspiringly amazing husband. I am blessed to be living the dream - coffee always in hand, laundry in the washer, and dishes in the sink - in beautiful upstate NY. I have been an avid reader of all things written (even shampoo bottles when I was really desperate) for as long as I can remember and have been writing nearly as long. I'm an animal lover, a quilter, a knitter, a baker - you get the idea. I'm not a gardener though. Things die rapidly when I try to garden (thankfully the hubby is an excellent gardener). I am a cancer survivor, just in case you've read that somewhere, but I don't mention it often. I am always happy to hear from my fans, my not-so-fanish-fans, and anyone who just wants to say hi, so feel free to comment or email me anytime. I can't wait to hear from you! If you'd like a more well-rounded T.L. experience be sure to follow me in the social media realm.

Updates and a NEW COVER for #Faith

 

 

updates new coverHellooo!! It’s been awhile!! Grab a cup of coffee (tea, soda, sparkling water, wine, whatever you’re into) and hang out with me, will ya?

First, let me say that I’ve had a lot going on (as I’m sure you can relate to) so I haven’t been as present as I would’ve liked. Life gets a little hectic, and I went under for a bit. I dropped some balls (like updating social media), I broke some stuff (my favorite coffee mug – may she rest in peace), and I fell apart a time or two maybe. It’s okay though, it happens to everyone, right? RIGHT? Yeah, I thought so. It’s okay, I’m juggling again and the super glue is handy (for broken cups and me) 😀

HOPE, book 3 in the Strength Series, is still in the works. Yes, Ben and Toni are going to steam up the windows in your house a bit (okay, a lot) later than originally scheduled, but they are really excited to tell their story. I’m shooting for a release this summer, and there will be updates as we go along. I have SOOOO many exciting things (reveals, excerpts, giveaways, and more!) coming up and I can’t wait for you to see them all!

 

Paperbacks of Courage and Faith will be up very soon (and of course they are still free on Kindle Unlimited)! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about this! It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time, but that life thing gets in the way, robbing me of #writingtime and #lifegoals . Ironic I know, that life is robbing me of life goals, but, you know, welcome to my world.

Welcome to my world

I got my first round of proofs yesterday, and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to do this! I completely underestimated the joy of holding a book, a physical copy with that glorious new book smell, in my hands. The excitement of flipping through it.  Having two of them is just double the pleasure.

Now for the sad part – I hate the way Faith’s cover looks in actual book form. I really do. It just… bugs me. I can’t even pinpoint what it is, it’s just a combination of everything – the fonts, the colors, the image – I’m just over it. I decided to change it up and I am SO HAPPY with this new cover. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do and I would love to hear what you think (good or bad) in the comments if you have a minute.

Do you want to see it?

Do you?

Are you sure?

Okay, okay, I hear you. Here it is, the new cover of Faith! Continue reading

Faith (Book 2)

 

 

     Faith 7       Faith (Book 2 of the Strength Series) is all set to roll out tomorrow!

In celebration, I have decided to post a few pages for your reading enjoyment, because I’m a nice person, but mostly because I hope once you read it, you’ll feel compelled to go and buy it. If you haven’t read Courage (Book 1) yet, you should probably pick that up too, though you can read Faith without it. (but then you’ll be missing some good stuff, and you don’t want to do that, do you? Do you? No, I didn’t think you did.) And… if you have Kindle Unlimited you don’t even have to buy it – it’s free.

Okay, I’m shutting up. Here’s the promised beginning.

(By reading the first chapter you are agreeing to go and get the full book, we run on the honesty program here, so be honest.) Just kidding. Kinda. 

 

                                                       Faith

Chapter 1

Walking down the stairs is easier now than it was a week ago, but it’s still not a pleasant experience. Sleeping on the couch downstairs would be easier on my muscles, but I feel bad enough about taking up a room in Chance’s house, I would feel much worse if I took over his living room too. Actually, it’s Chance and Alex’s house. That still feels weird to say, or really, even think.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Alex was living with me and Mike. Pregnant, abused, and alone. I still can’t quite believe how quickly our roles in each other’s lives have switched. Now I’m the one that needs help, and my reasons for needing it aren’t nearly as noble as hers.

Alex has always been a little wounded, a little broken. She’s the kind of girl that most days you’re amazed she found the will to get out of bed. That’s how it used to be, anyway. These days she’s an entirely different person. And so am I.

“Good morning, Sunshine!” Alex’s voice carries up the last couple of stairs from the kitchen.

“How can you be so happy this early?” I ask, irritated that even speaking makes my head hurt worse than it did a minute ago, and it didn’t feel good then.

She’s sitting at the breakfast counter, long red hair in a ponytail. Her smile still surprises me every time I see it. The Alex I knew before was a tough girl. She was smart, pretty, and no matter what happened to her, she just kept going, but I would never have described her as happy. This new, happy, life-loving Alex is taking a lot of getting used to.

She looks up from Cadan in his bouncy seat, the tiny spoon in her hand hovering above a jar of pureed peaches. “Early?” she laughs. “It’s not early, Bay. It’s almost eleven o’clock. This is Cadan’s lunch.” Her smile fades to concern. “Still having trouble sleeping?”

I consider my answer. She deserves the truth of course, but I don’t want this to turn into another long conversation about how I should go back to the doctor again. “It’s getting better,” I say. Not the complete truth, but not a lie either.

She nods and spoons more peaches into Cadan’s smiling mouth. He’s such a cute baby. I feel a small pang of jealousy and tamp it down. I’m not jealous, I’m happy for her. Continue reading