A note from the desk of
Toni Aleo

Hi all!!

I haven’t done an update in a really long time and felt that I am long overdue for one.

So, a lot has been going on lately. My kids have gone back to school, Overtime came out and life is busy and good. I’m very, very blessed. When I’m not writing, I’m working out and I’m proud to announce that I have lost a grand total of 110lbs in the last two years. That’s ten pants sizes, a lot of body fat and I’m rocking this fit life. I love it. IMG_8993

When I started this exercise journey two years ago, I never thought that I would love spinning so much, that I’d decide to become an instructor. I honestly owe most of my weight loss to that exercise and the other day, I made the decision to begin training to become an instructor. I am excited to announce that I have passed my test and I am now a certified Indoor Cycling Instructor! I’m so excited to start teaching but don’t worry: writing is my passion; cycle instructing is my jobby ☺ Job/Hobby! Hehe.IMG_8896

I’ve been traveling a lot lately. I had a great time in both Nashville and Pittsburgh and I will be going to Philadelphia, in November. I love seeing you gals and spending time with y’all! It’s been awesome. So thank you all for coming out to see me.

Oh, yeah, did you know HOCKEY IS ALMOST HERE?!?! Who’s excited? THIS GIRL! If you come to a Preds game, look for me! I have season tickets and you’ll be able to find me. I’ll be the girl screaming uncontrollably while Mr. Aleo tries to hide…hehe.

Also, something else that is new with me is that I cut off all my hair. Every bit of it! Haha. I love short hIMG_6890air and with how I’m in the gym 24/7, it made sense. I love my snazzy hair cut and I feel like I have lost five more pounds from getting it all cut off!


Okay, so not that’s I’ve updated you on my personal life, I figure it’s time to update you on my writing life. So, I have some bad news and I figured if I threw all the good at you, maybe it would soften the blow…probably not, but I tried. Anyways, as y’all know, I was writing You Got Me, which was to be the first in my cowboy series. A little background on this book, I started it about two years ago, after I had written Taking Shots. I stopped because the characters weren’t talking to me and Fallon and Lucas wanted my attention. I’ve said this time and time again, I write what I do because my characters talk to me.

Unfortunately, these characters stopped talking to me again.

I know, I’m heartbroken over this also. I feel like a failure, a quitter and those two words aren’t in my vocabulary on a regular basis. I feel like I was faking it to make it. I was pushing through, trying so hard to make it work, but most of the time I just stared blankly at my computer and cried because it wasn’t coming to me. I have been working on You Got me since right after Overtime came out in early August, and I’m not even halfway done. That is so unlike me. I usually write a book a month, so this is pretty traumatizing for me.

I know I said that I wanted this book out in November and I did, but I’ve decided, after talking to my husband, my editor and my friend, Chelle, that this is not going anywhere. So I’ve decided to put it on the back burner, and maybe I’ll come revisit it another time. I think the biggest problem is that the characters from Hooked by Love, the next and last Bullies series, have been talking to me like mad, demanding my attention. Since I’m one of those authors that has to work on one thing at a time, I’ve tried ignoring them, but it isn’t working.

So today, I typed this:

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And I feel so damn good. I feel back on track, I’ve had a smile on my face all day and I’m ready. I’m ready to write this book and then the next Assassins Series novel. Am I saying that I wont go back to You Got Me, no, I’m not, but right now, I’m gonna go to what I know.

My hockey boys.

I hope you still love me and are patient. That you’ll wait till December when I plan to have Hooked by Love released. I figured another birthday release is a good idea. They are fun! Hehe.

Again, I’m sorry. But thank you, thank you for being the best readers a girl could have and I love you dearly.

Thank you.

Love, Toni

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