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To Change

108This year has been difficult, to say the least. I’m sure many people feel that way. It certainly didn’t go the way I wanted it to.

Some things did go well. I put out two books, which is more than I usually put out. Some years I didn’t put out any, which explains quite a bit.

Other things have not gone well. I, like many other authors, felt the challenges of the Dreamspinner situation. For those who don’t know, Dreamspinner has been struggling to pay its authors, editors, and artists, for pretty much the entire year. I am personally not very heavily impacted by this because I don’t have the quantity of books or the amount of success as other authors do. It still, however, has been something that has been on my mind frequently.

Earlier this month I requested the rights back for my four-book Anderson Stables series. I had given Dreamspinner the benefit of the doubt for as long as I was able to. For personal reasons, I chose to pull out.

It wasn’t an easy decision. I haven’t made tons of money off these books. I don’t think they have the following of other series. But Dreamspinner gave me, a baby in the m/m genre, a chance and published my first four books. For that, I will always be grateful. I have no ill will against them, I just did what I felt was right for me because I personally was unhappy with how the situation was being handled.

But I’ve wanted to rewrite those books almost since the day they each came out. I always wished I had written Dustin’s point of view into every book. Now I have the chance to rewrite and rerelease them on my own time. I don’t know when that will be, as I have other books I’m currently working on, but it will happen.

As for 2020, I am planning to release two books again, and I will definitely be starting a newsletter. I got a new job this fall that is less stressful and doesn’t drain me of my creativity as severely, so I’m optimistic and believe I won’t just be setting false goals for myself. I’m feeling good.

The Very Misty Future

016I just wanted to take a moment to clear something up. Some of you may notice that I am self-publishing my writing now, while the Anderson Stables books are published by Dreamspinner.

I want to state that I love Dreamspinner and they are fantastic. Hopefully I’ll be publishing with them again someday in the future.

My decision to self-publish is completely based on my ridiculous schedule. The “real job” has such a chaotic schedule that I struggle with deadlines. Anyone who has worked retail knows how brutal it can be. Constantly being yelled at by people about things you have no control over, working odd hours when no aspect of humanity should be at work, almost being required to work overtime in the busy season, being on your feet all damn day… I could go on.

Long story short, getting the final Anderson Stables book done made me realize that I need flexibility when it comes to deadlines. I can’t work 40+ hours a week and get a novella edited in seven days. It is too stressful for me and the doctor said I need less stress. (She really did.) I don’t know how other people do it.

So know that this is just for me and my time management. I love Dreamspinner and will publish with them in the future if they let me.

Side note, my next book will be out soon! No official announcement yet because I don’t have cover art, but the goal is for the end of July/early August!

So It’s Almost June…

089It’s almost mid-year, so here’s a check on my 2019 goals.

I have, frustratingly, failed the goal of making blog posts monthly.

However! I have been better about Facebook posts. Not perfect, but better. I have also decided to stop using Twitter. It’s just not a platform I enjoy using and I want to do things I enjoy.

There is another book that I will be putting out by the end of the summer. First I just need to get my next fantasy novel out. That is when I also intend to start up a newsletter.

Due to my financial situation, making a career change is not looking possible this year. I am, however, changing to what should be a less stressful position at my current job.

By Heart now on Pre-Order!

ByHeartFS_v1The final book in the Anderson Stables series, By Heart, is now available for pre-order through Dreamspinner Press.

What can you expect in this final installment?

In this final book in the Anderson Stables series, Vince Anderson and Dustin O’Brien are approaching the end of their show jumping journey, and their ride off into the sunset as a married couple is within their grasp.

But they won’t get there without facing challenges both personal and professional.

Vince has been working hard for years to make the Olympic Equestrian team with his horse, Sir Galaxy. Now, with Dustin by his side, his dreams are about to come true as he enters the selection process. But making the team isn’t as easy as simply winning shows, not when a very wealthy and powerful name in the sport is holding a grudge against Vince. Despite attempts to damage Vince’s reputation, Vince pushes on while supporting Dustin, whose past is pushing into his future. And making the team will only be the beginning of an arduous endeavor against elite competitors. But Vince and Dustin will see each other through to the end, through the Olympics and to their wedding, because supporting each other is something they know by heart.


Welcome to the blog of author Sasha Kay Riley. Here you will find info on all the books, free reads, and posts I’ve written sharing my adventures in author life. I don’t follow a regular posting schedule here. Instead, I post content when I have something to write about. For more frequent updates and interactions you can find me on Facebook and Twitter.

Free Read: Dustin’s Book 1, Part 2

I can’t say I’m very happy with how this story turned out, and I intend to redo it when I finish the other stories I have planned. I just wanted to share something with you. The goal of this piece is just to give readers an idea of how Dustin was feeling during the first book.

So here is the first version of Dustin’s Book 1.

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Short Story: Vince and Xander

I promised to have some short stories ready for the release of Book 3, so here is the first installment. I actually wrote this back when I was working on Book 1. It’s a little rough, but, as I’m still working on the other stories I wanted to do, I decided to share it.

Here is the story behind Vince getting Xander.

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Where’d the Weekend Go?

201Things were super crazy for me this weekend, which is why I failed to make a post until now.

Ugh, the joys of looking for a job that gives benefits.

I had considered writing a short story about my characters reacting to the news on Friday about the Supreme Court’s decision regarding same-sex marriage, but decided not to after thinking about it for a while. It just would have given too much of the third (and upcoming) book away. Well, more like the setting would need to much explaining, and that would give away some of the important events of the book.

Better to wait for the fourth book, if the scene fits. Who knows. I haven’t even plotted that one out yet. I’ve been too busy! When I’m not having a hectic life, I’m working on my fantasy novel. Or, rather, worldbuilding. I’m on a serious worldbuilding kick right now.

It’s just so much fun!