Once Upon a One Night Mistake Has Been Published!

Once Upon a One Night Mistake Has Been Published!

I will tell you all straight off the bat: I never expected this to happen.

Once Upon a One Night Mistake (previously titled Once Upon a One Night Stand) was just a silly little story I started writing for fun—and escape—at 14 in 2007 on a website called FictionPress. It was my first foray into writing original fiction on the internet, an exercise in creativity for a teenager who really never thought she’d go anywhere with writing.

But more than 60 million reads later, that silly little story has changed the trajectory of my entire life. It would be funny to go back in time and tell 14 year old Simone, “Hey, you know that story you’re writing right now just for kicks? Yeah, it’s going to be the start of your entire writing career. Surprise!”

When I sold The Fairytale Series (Once Upon a One Night Mistake, Arabian Nights, Dryland, and Roses & Thorns) to Radish Fiction in 2019, I never thought this would be a step along that journey. I always thought this series would only exist in its little, sheltered corners of the internet, but Radish decided its reach was going to go further than that. It’s both exciting and terrifying, simply for the fact that I never intended this story to have any sort of reach, and now it’s going to be available for a much wider audience. Cool? Very. But also a little scary!

Again, this is a book I wrote as a young teenager. It has been lightly edited a few times since then, yes, but its plot, its characters, and its essence have never changed. It is a marker for who I was as a writer at that age. And I will say, it no longer represents me as a writer and storyteller today, but it’s where I started. I think that’s important to acknowledge.

As many of you know, OUAONM has been continued on Radish and is currently in its 13th season there. This published book is Season 1, aka the original Once Upon a One Night Mistake that I wrote years ago. Currently, only the ebook is available, but hopefully we’ll have physical copies in the future!

Here are all the links where you can buy a copy:

Amazon

Apple Books

Barnes & Noble

Google Play Books

Kobo

Scribd

Indigo

Or you can use this link to see all the places it’s available! And of course, OUAONM will always be available on Radish.

If you’d like to leave a review on any of those sites, please feel free! The book is also listed on Goodreads if you’d like to add it there as well.

Thanks for joining me on this journey, and you’ll be seeing Arabian Nights, Dryland, and Roses & Thorns published too in the near future.

Here’s to more books!

Once Upon a One Night… – New Title, Same Story!

Once Upon a One Night… – New Title, Same Story!

How many people here can claim that they got their publisher (temporarily) banned from advertising on Facebook? Anyone? No?

Well, I can!

Let me start by saying it was an absolute accident. I didn’t mean it, I swear! But as it turns out, a lot of advertising companies and sites don’t like promoting anything that they believe to be “mature content.” And with a title like Once Upon a One Night Stand, I can see why they’d think my book was mature and want to pump the brakes. The thing is though, that book is Young Adult and non-mature—yes, there are mentions and discussions of sex and sexuality, but all mature scenes are fade-to-black and no acts are discussed in detail. Thus, making it a non-mature story.

But…not all advertisers see it that way—which is why I and the team at Radish decided it was time to change the title to something a little less, well, provocative.

Let me start by saying that its original title was just the first thing that popped into my mind when I needed a title for a story that was a Cinderella retelling with a one-night stand thrown in there. So why not Once Upon a One Night Stand? It combined both of those things and, hey, it made me laugh! What more could teenage Simone want? I still think it’s a fun title that really encompasses the story, but if changing it to something that didn’t include the words “one night stand” in it means that I can reach a wider audience and more readers, I’m more than happy to change it!

Which is why today we’re rolling out the new title…

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The Return of All That is Gold

The Return of All That is Gold

Back in January 2020, I removed one of my most popular stories from Wattpad. That story was called All That is Gold. I wrote a post about why I was removing it, but the gist of it was this: it no longer made me happy to have it posted online. So I took it down.

I’ve gotten hundreds of messages asking me why I took it down and if it would ever come back. For the longest time, I directed people to that post where I said I wasn’t sure if it would ever be back. And for a year, I really wasn’t sure if it would ever return to the internet. I didn’t want to open the document. I didn’t want to go back to that world. For an entire year, I wanted nothing to do with that story or those characters. It had all been tainted for me.

And then, one day, I realized I was ready to go back to it. The bad taste had finally left my mouth and I was ready to tackle that project again. I missed the story and those characters—a lot.

So here we are: All That is Gold will be coming to Radish on May 1st, 2021! Keep reading for all the details about its return!

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My (Updated) TBR List

My (Updated) TBR List

I have a problem. And that problem is that I keep buying books. I can’t help myself! I love books! I love supporting authors! I love looking at all their beautiful covers on my shelves! They bring me joy!

Okay, maybe that isn’t really a problem. But what is an issue is the fact that it takes me forever to even read most of the books I buy. Most of my shelves at this point consist of unread books. I can tell you for certain that I wouldn’t have hundreds of books if I’d actually read all of these already, because if I don’t absolutely love a book and either a) plan to reread it, b) loan it out to all of my friends because I think they should read it too, or c) am just so obsessed with the cover that I absolutely cannot part with it, I don’t keep books.

Every year, I buy a lot of books. But I also donate a lot of books. My local librarians undoubtedly let out a groan every time they see me hauling bags upon bags of books inside. Plus, more recently, I’ve started giving away boxes of books to people who follow me on my various social media. I’m extremely privileged because I can afford to buy all of these books, but it’s not the same for everyone. And if I can give people the ability to discover new (to them) traditionally published books, I absolutely will.

It seems like one of my lingering “new year, new me!” goals is to make a dent in my physical TBR pile, one that just keeps growing and growing and growing. In 2019 I made a list of all the unread books in my house, and let me tell you… a lot of those books still haven’t been read. You’ll probably see a majority of them on this list. Whoops.

Anyway, if you want to know what’s in my physical TBR pile, read on!

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My Favorite Reads of 2020

My Favorite Reads of 2020

Ah, 2020. What a year, one I’d rather not ever have to relive! Please don’t send time machines back there, it’s not worth it!

I set lofty goals for myself on January 1, hoping I’d be able to read 60 books in 365 days. I’d read 50 the year before, so what was 10 more? Plus, with as much as I was traveling at the end of 2019, I had plenty of uninterrupted reading time on planes and trains. I assumed that would carry over into 2020.

Ha. Right. I think we all know how that turned out.

In the end, I read 45 books. Which, all things considered, is a pretty incredible feat. There were years when I only read 20 books, and worse years where I only read 5. To me, managing to read more than 1 book a month is amazing, so I’m still proud that I read anything at all. Sure, I would have loved to hit my Goodreads goal, but it’s not the end of the world.

What did disappoint me, though, was the quality of a lot of the books I read. It wasn’t hard to pick my top 5 of 2020 because… well, there were only 5 books out of the 45 that I really enjoyed.

Anyway, here’s everything I read in 2020 and my favorites of the bunch!

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