March 11, 2018

Updates and Such

I haven’t posted here in a long time. I’m sorry about that. I always say I’m going to be a better blogger and then I … don’t blog, lol.

Many of you know I’m sure that Covet got put on hold. It was frustrating for me, knowing where the story needed to go, but not being able to get the words out. Right now I’m working on a new novel. I decided I didn’t want to force Covet and that’s exactly what would’ve happened if I’d kept at it.

The new novel I’m working on is The Other Side of Tomorrow. It deals with what I’m going through, kidney disease/failure, dialysis, and transplant. It’s fictional, but there’s a lot of me in it and I think that’s what makes this novel so raw and real. I’ve said this a lot, and I always do think it when I say it because I grow so much as a writer with every book, but I feel like this is my best novel yet. I think this is the kind of book that everyone should read, not just because people need to be more educated about this disease (which they do) but because the thoughts and feelings apply to so many other things. In my opinion this is the kind of story that stays with you forever. I know this is one book I won’t ever forget even though I’m writing it. It’s leeched into my soul and it’s not going anywhere. This book beats with my heart. It’s incredibly special so I sincerely hope you will all give it a chance when it releases and help me spread the word. Your likes, shares, comments, and reviews will help drive the power of this book. Without YOU me and my books are nothing. You guys give wings to my words. You help my dreams soar. I truly mean that. I wouldn’t be anywhere without my readers, and I’m begging you to help me spread the word about this book far and wide. It would mean the world to me to see this book do well–to see people learn about my disease and maybe think about what they can do to help people. People not just suffering from kidney disease but anything. Be it grief, or depression, or anxiety, or an illness. I believe whole heartedly that we should help our fellow human beings. What you think is a small gesture can have a big impact on someone else’s life.

I’m attending Apollycon this month for fun so if you see me say hi! I won’t be signing, but if you see me in a line and want to talk to me don’t be shy. Seriously.

I also might have some changes coming up health wise. No, I’m not getting a transplant yet. But I’m taking control of my health and taking things in a different direction that will hopefully make me feel better and have more control over my life. I miss writing all the time. I know you guys understand and so many people have told me to not worry about writing and releasing, but not writing and releasing makes me miserable. I MISS writing. I write for ME and not being able to write like normal has sucked. I miss it. I need that escape now more than ever. I haven’t decided if I’m going to announce exactly what this change is, I’ve been really open about my journey but this might be one thing I keep to myself for now, but I’ll decide for sure once it’s actually happening.

I want to thank you guys for always being there for me. I truly think I have the best readers out there (not that I’m biased or anything) and I can’t thank you enough for staying by my side during this time. We’re coming up on a year since my diagnosis. I never thought I’d make it a year without a transplant but here we are. That’s been a hard pill to swallow. Dialysis is … sucky, and being told I’ll be waiting 3-4 years for a deceased donor transplant is daunting. Don’t worry, I’m still advocating for a living donor. Finding a match is very difficult. There’s this preconceived notion that it’s matching blood type and boom you have a match. It’s not like that AT ALL. They have to make sure they’re taking the kidney from someone who’s at minimum risk for kidney failure and that they’re giving ME the best possible kidney that will last a long time. Because guess what? I’m 24 so that means in my lifetime I’ll have to have 2-3 more transplants most likely or live on dialysis, which I can tell you from experience is not a life.

Again, I can’t wait for you guys to read The Other Side of Tomorrow and learn more about this. I promise I didn’t do it in a sad way. I didn’t want to turn people away from reading this book. I wanted it to be real, but with the promise of happy, with laughter and tears. I don’t have a release date, I’m still writing, but I’m really hoping to have it out in April. No promises though. My health slows me down so I’m taking things a day at a time.

Enjoy a teaser though. I’ll be back on Tuesday with another.


And if you missed the Covet cover reveal here it is.


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Micalea SmeltzerHi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point.

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