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Out Now: The Magician (The Lincolns 11)

Hi lovelies,

I hope you’re well at this time. Here in the UK, we’re still in lockdown. I think this is week 5. The days have all started to blend together. It’s amazing that I know it’s Thursday today, but that’s only because I have a new release 🙂

The Magician

Xy Lincoln has no idea his life is about to change as he takes the stage to premiere a brand new line of tricks.

Everything is going perfectly until the climax of the show when he tries to levitate the whole audience and his power vanishes.

Then he senses her.

In the audience, a woman is praying. And Xy is powerless to continue his show if she doesn’t stop.

That woman is Sian Michaels. Beautiful, famous and pretty much perfect. But most of Xy’s brothers have followed Christian women out of the occult and he’s determined it won’t happen to him. He will pull out all the stops to make Sian lose her faith rather than let her make him lose his craft.

Then the Lincoln family is thrown into chaos when a powerful Practitioner kidnaps Xy’s favorite nephew, Paul (Saul’s son). Xy’s power is no match for this invisible enemy. But Sian has all these ideas about God’s power being supreme. Dangerous ideas that Xy doesn’t even want to consider.

Follow Xy Lincoln as he tries to save his nephew, grapples with what it means to truly be powerful, and discovers a shocking secret about his ‘deceased’ brother, Junior.

Get your copy today:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

I hope you enjoy it.

God bless & stay safe xx

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Stop Auditioning

In life there are times when we have to submit ourselves to be judged by others. This is just the way the world works. If you want a job you have to report for an interview where you will be questioned and your answers evaluated.

If you want an educational qualification you have to submit yourself to be tested and assessed.

If you’re an athlete you have to compete against other people and there can be only one winner.

If you’re an actress, singer, or anything similar, you have to audition and you may or may not be rejected.

But we’re not supposed to have what I call an ‘auditioning mindset’ in day to day life. We’re not supposed to measure our lives by what other people think of us and how they score us.

You’ll never be able to impress everybody anyway. It doesn’t matter how amazing, talented, beautiful, or Godly you are, there’ll still be someone out there who isn’t impressed and for whom you don’t make the cut.

But that’s all good because life isn’t supposed to be an audition.

Only God’s criteria matters.

You have nothing to prove!!

So many of us compare ourselves to other people and feel like we don’t measure up and that we have to do something to prove our value, to show that we are worthy, that we are deserving.

We don’t.

So many of us are waiting to be ‘enough’. Good enough. Smart enough. Talented enough. Pretty enough. Slim enough. And we think that when we are ‘enough’ then we will be happy, or we’ll finally do what we know we were called to do.

But guess what?? You are already enough!

Image result for auditionAn auditioning mindset is dangerous because:

  1. It means you base your decisions on what other people will say rather than God’s will.
  2. It has you looking for validation externally, and other people’s validation is fleeting and fickle, easily withdrawn.
  3. It puts control for your life in other people’s hands rather than God’s.

At the root of this mindset is a fear of judgment and a fear of rejection.

But isn’t it better to be rejected for who you are than loved for who you are not?

We need to:

  1. Accept ourselves for who God made us to be.
  2. Define success in each sphere of life for ourselves rather than accepting other people’s definitions.
  3. Be secure enough to let people have their opinions about us without trying to prove why they should think we are ‘nice’, well-meaning and spiritual.

God doesn’t judge us based on the world’s criteria. A good or ‘successful’ life, by His standards, will look different for each of us.

With God, there is no audition.

He loves you. He calls whoever He wants to call and it often isn’t who people expect.

And when God has called you (He has called us all in one way or another) there is absolutely no need to wonder whether you are worthy. None of us is any more worthy than anybody else and no less worthy than anybody else. God just loves us and that’s that.

Do we need to improve in some areas? We’re human, so yes. But that doesn’t detract from our worthiness or ‘enoughness’.

It’s only normal to feel hurt when someone looks at you and doesn’t see your worth. When someone demands that you audition for them and please them and gets mad when you decide to start being your authentic self and living according to God’s will. Yeah, it sucks, but give God’s opinion of you more weight than anybody else’s.

Live for Him and not for the approval of others.

Let go of that need to please. Get sober from the addiction to human praise.

Stop auditioning.

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In what ways have you been auditioning?

How has it affected you?

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Update: Why I haven’t been publishing anything.

Dear Highly Valued Reader,

Since I wrapped up my Crystal series back in 2016, I’ve been promising a season 2. Alas, I got side-tracked by other ideas and other series.

But I knew it was time to start writing more Crystal books when snippets of banter between Alejandro and Max kept popping into my mind!!!

To make this happen, I decided to hibernate and focus on finishing the two series that I was midway through (Saints and Sinners & The Lincolns). I’ve been pretty quiet since I released Unholy Ground (Saints and Sinners 3) back in January. That’s because I’ve been doing just that: hibernating and writing NONSTOP.

Need proof? The books I’ve written so far this year are:

  1. Irredeemable (Saints and Sinners 4)
  2. Curveball (Saints and Sinners 5)
  3. Justice (Saints and Sinners 6)
  4. Untitled (The Lincolns 10) – Salem Lincoln (it isn’t really untitled but if I mention the title you’ll all guess what’s wrong with him 😃)
  5. The Magician (The Lincolns 11) – Xy Lincoln
  6. The Televangelist (The Lincolns 12) – Hades Lincoln
  7. The Red Robe (The Lincolns 13) – Jared Lincoln
  8. Prophecy (Crystal 10)
  9. Untitled (Crystal 11)
  10. Untitled (Crystal 12)

Currently writing: Untitled (Crystal 13)

Please note: all titles listed are tentative.

You may be wondering how I’ve managed to write that many books this year. Well, I’ve been writing like I’m on drugs. My husband has been sniffing my breath just to make sure I’m sober, ha ha. But guess what? I’m LOVING this level of productivity.

However, writing so fast is hard work. It means I have to plot books in intricate detail so that writing is mindless and I don’t have to stop to think. I have to have each scene outlined and I have to know exactly where the book is going. It also means that in my spare time I’m reading lots of other books as reading awesome literature keeps me fresh and sparks my own creativity. I’m also watching movies, reading books/listening to podcasts about story-structure and storytelling devices/techniques, and other things that only obsessed storytellers bother with.

It also means trying to edit and publish isn’t realistic 😭😭😭

I’ve been trying to edit ‘Untitled’ (Salem’s book) and I’m about 60% through the first edit (2 more rounds of editing to go) and it’s affecting my writing.

Image result for wonder womanI initially thought I’d be able to edit/publish while writing this fast but I always think I’m Wonder Woman. I’m not.

Besides being an author, I’m also supposed to be a wife and a mother to two kids that I should really spend time with. Also, praying and reading my bible are habits that I just have to keep up. I can’t negotiate on that. I’m waking up at 4am each morning as it is. (5.30am is the absolute latest I can allow) or I won’t get everything done that I need to.

Creativity takes time. But don’t feel sorry for me, guys. I’m enjoying this so much. It’s my calling and it energizes rather than drains me. My goal is to publish 100 books before age 40. I’m in my early thirties and decided in January, when I had my birthday, that I don’t have to let this drag out until I’m forty. I’m a motivational video/personal development junkie and I heard a quote that you should take your 10-year goal and see what you can do to achieve it in 6 months!!! I cannot hit book 100 in 6 months. But I could possibly hit it by this time next year. I’m currently writing my 57th book so 43 left. Woohoo!!! 💃💃💃

I gave myself this ‘100 books by 40’ goal because I currently have 180 books on my ‘to be written’ list. The thought of getting to the end of my life and not writing them all troubles me. But I’ve decided that if I can write 100 of them, that’ll be pretty cool.

Really Sorry…

Image result for pleadingSoo…I’m asking for your forgiveness if you’re one of the people who has emailed me this year to ask when my next book will be out and I told you it’ll be out in the summer. It won’t. At the moment I’m thinking it’ll be next year. But who knows, I could burn out within a few months and decide to stop writing and start editing/publishing, or I might stay focused and make it to book 100 by this time next year (that’s the target).

If you’re thinking that writing that many books in twelve months is crazy. It is. But it’s not as crazy as you think if you consider the fact that I’m dictating the books (not typing. Typing forty-something books before now has pretty much ruined my wrists). I’m also a full-time author so this is my ‘day job’. Also, none of these books will be the finished article by any stretch of the imagination. Each one of them is a very messy first draft that I will need to later mold into something readable, and they will each have to go through three rounds of editing (It’ll probably take me like five years to actually publish them all). I’m literally just blitzing out my first drafts since the mood to do so has taken me.

Stay in Touch

Image result for stay in touchAnyhow, I need your prayers. Also, I invite you to email me whenever you want and keep me accountable, check on my progress, ask me what book I’m currently writing and how it’s going. I will happily tell you.

If you’ve been dying to know what’s wrong with Salem, let me know and I’ll tell you. It isn’t really a spoiler as the book focuses more on how he gets his freedom, rather than on his problem.

If you’re not on my mailing list, whyever not? Sign up here so that you’ll know the minute I publish a new book. I honestly can’t wait to share all these books I’m writing with you!!!

You’re always on my mind as I write.

In closing, here’s a quick encouragement from me: If you have a goal. Go for it. Even if it means single-minded focus for a season. Even if other people don’t get it and think you’re obsessed (#DedicatedNotObsessed). If you have lots of goals and don’t know which one to focus on first, I encourage you to pick out the goal that will make it easier for you to achieve all your other goals and go after it with so much savage tenacity that people think you’re on drugs 😂😂😂

Thanks for listening and for patiently accepting that I won’t be publishing any books this year (😀😀😀). You’re the best.

Dayo xx

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Out Now: Unholy Ground (Saints & Sinners 3)

Hey guys,

Happy New Year!! I hope your first two weeks of 2019 have been awesome 🙂

So, my first book of the year is out today: Unholy Ground (Saints and Sinners 3).

Get your copy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | All other Amazon storesB&N | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords.

I’m super excited because this is the book in which Chloe and Colby actually get into the Saints and Sinners mansion and the competition begins. If you’ve been following the series, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t been following you have so much catching up to do!!!

From the Back Cover

Saints and Sinners is a reality TV show like none other…

Chloe: What happens when you take a sheltered Christian girl and lock her in a house with a random mix of self-professing sinners?

Especially when one of those sinners is Colby Carter, a man whose soulful brown eyes have tripped me up before.

The whole aim of the show is to ‘turn good girls bad and make nice boys nasty’. But I’m determined to stand strong and do Christians everywhere proud. Any kind of failure will not only get me evicted but will lock me in a personal prison of shame.

That cannot happen.

Colby: They think I’m just a dirty sinner. They don’t know I’m simply trying to survive.

Saints and Sinners is supposed to be my ticket to freedom. But the danger I’m trying to escape follows me into the competition.

It seems I’ll never get free.

I never used to care so much about freedom, or cleaning up my life. But now I have an incentive. She has an electric smile and a penchant for inserting ‘Jesus’ into every other sentence.

But my enemies are close.

Maybe, for me, freedom will only ever be an illusion.

A captivating Christian romance series from Amazon Bestselling author Dayo Benson.

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I can’t wait for you guys to read this book and see what happens. Here are the links again: Amazon UK | Amazon US | All other Amazon storesB&N | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords.

Hope you enjoy it 🙂

Dayo x

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Out Now: The Player (The Lincolns 9)

Hi guys,

The Player, Solomon Lincoln’s book, released yesterday!!!

Since so many of you pre-ordered, a lot of you have already read it. I really wish I could write as fast as some of you guys read 🙂 I’d like to say a huge thank you for the sweet messages you’ve sent me about The Player.

I’m so glad that those of you who have already read it have enjoyed it.

Get your copy @ Amazon UKAmazon USAmazon CAAmazon AU | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

 

From the Back Cover

Everyone knows that good girls love bad boys…
But what happens when the bad boy crosses paths with the dangerous woman?

Women are to be enjoyed not understood.

That is Solomon Lincoln’s motto. He isn’t looking for love—especially not with a woman from the Capello family. But there’s something about Nicole Capello, with her stony eyes and badass attitude.

There are many types of woman, but the toughest to crack are the independent woman and the dangerous woman. Nicole is a combination of both. But Solomon has never backed down from a challenge, and he isn’t about to start now.

Men will treat you like dirt—if you let them.

Nicole is not about to fall for Solomon’s charms. Firstly, he’s a Lincoln. Secondly, she’s been ordered to kill him. As an executioner for a shadowy group of powerful practitioners, she has a reputation to uphold. She never fails to deliver.

However, things get complicated when, by some miracle, Solomon gets under her skin.

But sparing him is not an option. If Nicole doesn’t kill him, his enemies will become her enemies and they will both die.

God will get in your way simply because He can.

Neither Solomon nor Nicole believes in God. But it soon becomes clear that God believes in them.

Can this self-proclaimed Alpha male and this fiercely powerful feminist turn to God…and to each other?

Buy now and prepare for an unforgettable ride!

Amazon UKAmazon USAmazon CAAmazon AU | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

The next Lincoln book will be Salem’s. I posted a poll on Facebook about him. Do you think he’s really depressed, or is he faking it? Click Here to have your say.

God bless 😊

Dayo xx

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Out Now: City of Angels (Saints & Sinners 2)

Hey guys,

City of Angels released today!!! Get your copy:

Amazon UK; Amazon US; Amazon CA; Amazon AU; B&N; iBooks; Kobo; Smashwords

I’m so excited about this book and about this series because it’s so different from your usual Christian fiction. I keep telling myself that I need to write ‘typical’ Christian fiction and stop being so on the edge/different, but I can’t seem to help myself. I honestly lose all passion for writing when I try to censor myself or write in a certain ‘more acceptable way’. In the end I always circle back to being me. I’m glad I’ve found a community of readers who like my ‘different’ books.

I like to keep it real and this series is going to be very real. I’m building up to something pretty big with these books. Bombshells are coming; huge revelations that will test the limits of the main characters.

But before we get there, Chloe needs to grow a backbone and Colby needs to take a stand with his bosses. That’s what City of Angels is all about.

From The Back Cover

How do you choose between dangerous freedom and peaceful slavery?

Chloe: Imagine the worst thing that could happen to you. And then multiply it by ten!

Somehow, my family has found out about Colby, and the shame of what I did is unbearable.

Mom orders me to return home and she puts me through bootcamp: all-night prayer meetings, bible lectures from Nana, the works.

Now, I no longer trust myself.

Can the girl who made such a horrendous mistake just last week really be hearing from God this week?

And would God really tell her to go to LA to participate in a reality TV show?

Mom and Nana think not.

Colby will be in the show. We’ll be locked in a mansion for a month with a bunch of other people. I’ll be out in the world all on my own with nobody to keep me in check.

I should stick to the safety of what I’ve always known. Maybe I should even marry the pastor dude that my family wants me to marry. But I think I’m going to listen to these stirrings in my soul.

I risk embarrassing myself and angering the people who love me.

But it’s possible that this could be the beginning of an exciting adventure with God.

Colby: What I fear most is exactly what I need.

I didn’t expect that one week with Chloe to mean so much. Neither did I expect her rejection to hurt this bad.

What she discovered about me is just the tip of the iceberg. She has no idea just how crazy things really are.

But things are going to change.

The dread of my family finding out what I do has kept me in captivity this long.

I’m done hiding.

It’s time to break free.

If Chloe and Colby can just make it to LA, everything might change.

Get your copy now: Amazon UK; Amazon US; Amazon CA; Amazon AU; B&N; iBooks; Kobo; Smashwords

 

Coming Soon

The Player (The Lincolns 9)releases on December 9th. This is Solomon Lincolns book. He’s the light-hearted, take life easy, brother. What does God have in store for him?

Preorder Today: Amazon UKAmazon US; Amazon CAAmazon AU (coming soon to the other stores)

I’m getting really excited as I near the end of the Lincolns’ series, because once each brother has his book I’m going back to the Crystal series. I can’t wait to write new Crystal books 🙂

Soo…have a fabulous weekend, guys. Do lots of reading and have lots of fun 🙂

God bless.

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Out Now: Broken Halo (Saints & Sinners 1)

Morning lovelies,

I hope you had an awesome weekend?

I like to release new books on Mondays, when I can, as I want to brighten up your Monday morning 🙂

Broken Halo is out today!!!

Get your Copy @ Amazon, B&NiBooks, KoboSmashwords

Colby is a bundle of secrets packaged as a drop-dead gorgeous, ‘he belongs on movie screens’ man.

I have every reason to walk away and forget that we ever met:

1. He’s out of my league. 
2. He doesn’t seem to want anything to do with me.
3. I’m engaged. To a pastor, no less.

This feels like a disaster waiting to happen.

But it might be just what I need.

Falling from grace was never Chloe’s plan. Finding his way back to God was never Colby’s.

Could God be trying to get their attention?

Get your Copy @ Amazon, B&NiBooks, KoboSmashwords

I hope you enjoy Broken Halo. The Saints and Sinners series is going to be another pretty epic ride. I hope you’ll jump on board for Chloe’s and Colby’s adventure.

God bless & have a fabulous week.

Dayo xx

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Out Now: The Innovator (The Lincolns 8)

Hi lovelies,

The Innovator is finally here!

Buy at Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo or Smashwords.

Thank you to everyone who has already bought it. (I have a question for you guys so make sure to read to the end of this post)

When I released the first book in the Lincolns series, The Lincoln Manifesto, I had no idea that you guys were going to immediately pick on Saul Lincoln as your favorite Lincoln brother. Especially when he spent The Lincoln Manifesto pining for his brother’s fiancé.

Since the Lincoln Manifesto, I have had so many requests for Saul’s book. (In case you were wondering, the other brothers that I get a lot of requests for are Jared and Salem). Saul finally gets his story in The Innovator.

If you pre-ordered, The Innovator will already be on your reading device 😊😊

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She disappeared without a trace and took his heart with her.

A year later, Saul Lincoln is no closer to moving on.

He decides to track her down.

But with her newfound faith and the powerful enemies on their heels, it seems there are just too many obstacles.

What early readers are saying about The Innovator:

“Another winner!”
“It was a joy to read.”
“I love the soap opera ending.”
“Dayo has a great way of hooking you into a love story with a saint, sinner, and Jesus. “

Get The Innovator at Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo or Smashwords.

 

Amazon Exclusivity

I know that many of you who don’t buy from Amazon are already invested in the Lincoln series. Therefore, The Innovator will be available at all online stores for two weeks only. After that, it will be available only on Amazon. Make sure to snap it up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

 

Not yet started this series?

A tale of two brothers, the girl that came between them, and God’s unfailing love.

Book 1, The Lincoln Manifesto, is free today. Grab it before the offer runs out at midnight.

Get your free copy of The Lincoln Manifesto.

The Lincolns series is all stand-alone books, each with a satisfying, heartwarming conclusion. However, book 1 gives a nice introduction to all of the Lincoln brothers

So, guys, we’re getting to the end of the Lincolns. What would you like to see in the following books?
The brothers left to write about are Solomon (he’s next), Salem, Hades, Xy and Jared.
Is there anything, in particular, you would like me to include in their stories? Is there any character you want to see more of?
Let me know in the comments below.
Dayo xx
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Reunite with The Lincolns/Free Book Alert

Hi Guys,

My next Lincoln book, The Innovator, is all set to launch on Saturday, September 15, 2018!

Click Here to Pre-order

This is Saul Lincoln’s book, for those of you who have been requesting that I write his story 😊

Because I know that Saul is most people’s favourite Lincoln brother, I’ve decided to post a free sample of the first few chapters.

Click Here to Read the Free Sample

You first met Saul and Ivy in The Lincoln Manifesto. Unfortunately, their love was forbidden. Will they rekindle things in The Innovator, or go their separate ways?

 

To celebrate this launch, The Lincoln Manifesto, book 1 in the Lincolns series is available free until Saturday.

Free for 4 Days Only!!!

A captivating romance brimming with suspense and biblical truth!

What readers are saying about The Lincoln Manifesto:

“Exciting, entertaining, stimulating, and yet spiritually encouraging” ★★★★★

“I’m going to petition Amazon to extend their star ratings to 10 just for this amazing book!” ★★★★★

“Dayo does it again with this amazing book! I can’t wait to read more about the Lincoln boys!” ★★★★★

This was the perfect introduction to what I know will be another eye-opening series…I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment”  ★★★★★

Click Here for your Free Copy of The Lincoln Manifesto

Already started this series?

Can’t wait to find out if Saul and Ivy overcome their obstacles or go their separate ways?

Pre-order the Innovator today, read the free sample chapters, sign up for my mailing list so that you’ll get an email alert as soon as the book goes live, and maybe even re-read your copy of The Lincoln Manifesto to refresh your memory about what happened between Saul, Ivy and Jared the last time 🙂

See you on Saturday xx

 

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Out Now: Revelations (Paradise Lost 8)

Hi guys,

Revelations, the final installment of Paradise Lost released yesterday. If you pre-ordered, it showed up on your Kindle at midnight. I’m hoping you’ve already read it and loved every word 😊😊😊

If you didn’t pre-order Click Here to Get Your Copy of Revelations

From the Back Cover

Revelations is the gripping conclusion to the Paradise Lost serial. A consuming love story between two messed up preachers’ kids with a powerful message about God’s redeeming power.

Katie: My world has come crashing down

Katie returns home to investigate her mother’s death and uncovers some shocking revelations that force her to face reality and learn one of her biggest life lessons yet.

Hudson: I will be the rock you need

Katie was at the center of a full-scale media storm for trashing Devin Lake’s mansion, and now the journalists stalking her have gotten wind of her family’s drama.

This will either crush Katie or it’ll be the beginning of a brand new phase in her life.

Katie: Do you love me enough to let me go?

Hudson becomes Katie’s rock. So many intensely emotional shared experiences bind them together.

Her nightmare man is turning into the man she pictures when she imagines Mr. Perfect.

There’s no denying that Katie and Hudson share the kind of connection most people only dream about. It’s a powerful, one-in-a-million, type of love that neither of them can ignore.

But is she leaning on him too heavily?

How will Hudson handle it if she breaks free from her brokenness and no longer needs him so much?

A story of brokenness, healing, and God’s mercy that will keep you turning the pages late into the night!

Click Here to Start Reading Revelations Now

 

Not yet started this series?

Then it’s binge-reading time. Yay!!!

It all begins in book 1 when Katie runs into Hudson on a rainy day in New York.

He offers her a ride on his motorcycle.

She won’t get on a stranger’s motorcycle if he paid her–never mind his electric blue eyes.

And the rest…is history.

Click Here to Start Reading Hooked Now

 

What Readers are saying about this series:

“I am loving these stories and the characters…They’re as good as the Crystal series and the Lincolns.” ★★★★★

“Just when you think you can see how the story is going, there is a twist…Highly recommend this addictive series!” ★★★★★

“Dayo has definitely captured the struggle to stay pure that plenty of us deal with…Even when we’ve turned our backs on God, He shows us He’s still there. I’m hooked!” ★★★★★

❤❤A Huge Thank You from Me to You!!!❤❤

I’m really excited that we’ve come to the end of another series. It’s been so much fun for me to try writing a serial and to switch to writing in first person present tense (just ignore that sentence if you don’t know what I’m talking about).

I’m grateful to everyone who followed me as I went in this new direction. You’re awesome. Thank you so much for being so supportive of my writing. I really don’t feel obliged to continually write the same kind of thing, like many authors feel. You guys seem so willing to let me do my thing and you just jump on-board for the ride. My readers are the best 🙂

I’ll give a writing update soon and let you know what to expect next.

In the meantime, have a great rest of the day.

God bless,

Dayo xx