2020 Goals

It’s coming up on the end of the old year and beginning of the new, and you know what that means… Goals.

Look at how you did on the old ones and set some new ones to keep that forward momentum. I do this every year for personal and professional goals. As Kristen McKanagh is a new pen name for me, with my first book out in 2020, I’ve got a list of goals to hit. Let’s take a look at those author ones.

2020 GOALS

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My goals this year surround completing contracts already signed and releasing my first book under this name!

  • PUBLISH BOOKS
    • Snowball’s Christmas – Oct
  • WRITE BOOKS – Contracts to fulfill means a ton of words to write as well as go through the editing process on…
    • Finish editing process and/or rewrites on Snowball’s Christmas
    • Write and submit
      • A Gift of Hope (Unexpected Gifts #1)
      • Untitled Snowball’s Christmas #2
  • AOAD – Authors On A Dime
    • Continue as a Virtual Personal Assistant for author Alyssa Day.
    • Continue to design covers for The Wild Rose Press
  • FUN & FRIENDS – Great times with fellow authors
    • VP of Programs on Board of Directors for Austin RWA (local chapter)
    • Spending time with my awesome readers/authors/editors/agent/and friends. One of the best parts of what I do!
  • TRAVEL & EVENTS
    • Still working on my conference schedule for the year. Known events
    • A writing retreat with bestie Nicole.
    • RWA Nationals – July
    • Buns & Roses Romance Tea for Literacy – Oct
  • EDUCATION – Get Better
    • It’s a goal of mine every single year to continue to improve as an author by attending lots of workshops.

New Contract with Berkley!!!

In Publisher’s Marketplace:

It’s official!

I am over the moon to have been offered a fabulous three-book deal with the amazing Kristine Swartz at @BerkleyRomance (an imprint of Penguin Random House) with my fantastic agent Evan Marshall for my brand new Amish romance series, UNEXPECTED GIFTS, starting with A GIFT OF HOPE!

If you haven’t read Amish romance yet, try them. I devour them! The faith, heart, beauty and sweetness in this subgenre of romance novels is something the world could use more of, in my opinion.

As these books will be set in the contemporary and actively growing world of the Amish. You’d better believe that I will put (and have already been putting) my heart in soul into researching extensively. I want to honor and respect this culture (which is not my own) with beautiful stories.

A huge thank you to Kristine Swartz for seeing the potential in this series, and to my agent Evan Marshall for everything! So excited to join the Berkley family!

Readers…look for more information on the first book later in 2020…

My Awesome Nerds



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JOIN THE AWESOME NERDS

For my superfans who want to interact with me more and don’t want to miss a thing, I have a Facebook fan group. This group is for readers who share a love for romance novels, happily ever afters, and, in particular, my books (under the following pen names / genres)!

AWESOME NERDS RULES:To make sure this is a welcoming, inclusive, lovely place to be in a social media world that seems to be getting increasingly nasty, please be aware of the following group rules: 

YOU ARE AWESOME! 💋

Please know how much I appreciate you!The fact that you loved one of my books enough to read another one, let alone bother to follow me in any way, let alone want to hang out online, blows my mind. Seriously!As every author does, I pour my heart and soul into my books, and anyone who loves them, is touched by them in some way, and is happy to join in that passion is a friend indeed!

PLAY NICE AND BE RESPECTFUL 🤗

This is a fun group filled with fun-loving folks. Because I write a variety of romance genres and heat levels, I expect that we’ll have a variety of romance readers in here who also have a variety of experiences, backgrounds, preferences, opinions, and so forth. We are HUMAN awesome nerds, and that is a cool thing.Respectful disagreement is allowed. Bickering, name-calling, condescension, discrimination and/or any other behavior along those lines will not be tolerated. Be kind and respectful. If you can’t be kind or respectful, do not comment. 

TYPES OF POSTS 📰

This is a place for folks to come together and share and nerd out. I will be posting regularly, of course. BUT I hope you will feel free to post any time you want. Funny memes, questions for me, comments for me, interactions with other group members, and so forth. Posts do not always have to be about my books, either. There are some specific restrictions below, but otherwise, have fun and make friends! 

GROUP APPROPRIATENESS – PG to R 🔥

If you are under 18, get permission from your parent/guardian to be in this group.Be forewarned, while I write sweet contemporaries and adore that world (and will definitely be posting about that in here with PG posts), I also write adult books, written for and enjoyed by adults.While the goal is that the overall atmosphere of the group will hang around a PG-13 rating, it will occasionally slide into R rated territory. That includes the occasional hard swear word, sexy teasers or excerpts, provocative pictures, and sexually suggestive jokes or innuendos. This is all intended in a spirit of fun and not to make anyone uncomfortable. By the same token, do NOT post anything X-rated. No private parts that are fully revealed. No porn.

SPOILER ALERTS 💘

Hell hath no fury like a reader spoiled! I want you to feel free to talk about any and all of my books and series, but be sensitive to the fact that not everyone in the group may be as far along as you are. With that in mind…Please put “SPOILER ALERT FOR (whichever book/series)” at the top of any posts that contain spoilers so other members know they’re reading at their own peril.

  • New Releases – Please avoid posting any spoilers until a few weeks after release.
  • Backlist Books – If a book has been out for a while feel free to post any time, but include the spoiler alert if needed.

 SHARE, BUT WITH DISCRETION 💞

I love shares and love anyone who brings new readers into the group or introduces new readers to my books! That said, please do NOT share anything outside this group if I have specified it as either exclusive content OR as a sneak peek or preview. I’ll let you know when things are ready to go live to the public! 

NO SOLICITATION OR SELF-PROMOTION 🚫

This is not the place to sell or promote anything. If you post a product or service for sale, the post will be deleted and you will be removed from the group. 

NO ADVERTISING FOR OTHER AUTHORS 🚫

This one is a little tricky, because we all love books and want to share when we find good ones. It can be tempting to post about a book you just read, because if you enjoyed it, other Awesome Nerds may too. But there’s a fine line between gushing about a book you love with your friends and actively advertising for another author.Because it’s almost impossible to create a rule that distinguishes enthusiasm from advertisement 100% of the time, there will be no posting about other author’s books or series allowed in this group. Repeated violations of this rule will lead to removal from the group.Exceptions to this rule:

  • Occasionally I will share links to books or authors I personally recommend (not as often as I do on my public FB page). Please feel free to comment on the posts when I do.
  • I will also periodically post asking for group recommendations for excellent romance novels.
  • And, every so often, I may host a guest author into the group to give you a party.

NO BASHING OTHER AUTHORS 🚫

On the flip side from the previous rule, no bashing other authors in this group or leaving dishonest reviews on places like Goodreads or book retailers in a misguided attempt to pump up any of my brands or pen names. We LOVE authors here!

FREEBIE CHASERS – THIS IS NOT FOR YOU 🚫

If you are a freebie chaser and only invite other freebie chasers, this is not the group for you.The point of this group is about loving my books and the characters and worlds I create and sharing that passion and a passion for romance novels and happily ever afters with each other. I am a big fan of giveaways (especially when I know they’re going to readers who actually read my books). I plan to do exclusive and special giveaways just for my Awesome Nerds by offering up some pretty sweet goodies, but that’s not the point. The point is the fantastic books! 

GIVEAWAY & GAMES DISCLAIMERS & RULES 🤪

Facebook is in no way associated with any of my giveaways, games, or posts in this group.All winners will be randomly drawn from participants in the game/giveaway post and announced in the comments of that giveaway/game post by the time I specificy on the post.Winners will have 7 days from the time of the announcement of winner(s) to contact me to claim your prize(s). Otherwise, prizes are forfeit.

WHEN TO CONTACT ME 📧

I want to make sure this group remains fun and easy to be part of. Please contact me at author@abigailowen.com if and/or when…

  • You think someone has posted something inappropriate for the group.
  • You have an issue with something or someone that you aren’t able to resolve.
  • You want to post something but you aren’t sure it’s allowed.
  • Any other questions you might have!

HAVE FUN! 🥂🎇This group is meant to be fun. I want you to feel at home here and to foster friendships with other members (because guess what, you already have something in common)! I want this to be one of the places you look forward to visiting every day.



A New Pen Name

For those who don’t know me, I am a romance author. I’ve been a romance reader since I was twelve, and an author since 2012. Seems kind of appropriate that on December 12th, I’d decide to start a new pen name and a new adventure.

I have always enjoyed every subgenre there is in romancelandia. Now I feel it’s time to try my hand at sweet contemporary romance. I am already an award-winning author in both contemporary romance, as Kadie Scott, and in paranormal romance, as Abigail Owen. Under both those names, my romances fall decidedly to the steamy side.

To make sure my readers are never uncertain about what they’ll get, I’ve decided to write sweet romance and possibly Amish and other inspirational romance under the name Kristen McKanagh.

Already I have some WIPs in progress. I hope you’ll check back for more information as I get things rolling!

Thank you for following!!!