Coming Tomorrow!

About three years ago, I read a newspaper article that ignited the spark for the book that eventually became Nothing Hidden Ever Stays. When the story idea first introduced itself to me, I promptly decided to ignore it. You see, I had already established myself in the Romance genre. I had already coined myself, “Author of Your Next Happily Ever After.” My readers knew what to expect from me, and to be honest, I was afraid to rock the boat.

The story that was brewing inside my brain was different. It was darker, creepier, and would force me to go places and explore ideas that I never had with my writing. But the story refused to be ignored. Instead, it grew and changed, and before I knew what was happening, it became a living, breathing thing that couldn’t be silenced.

Moving into a new genre was terrifying. I didn’t know if I could do it. I doubted my ability to write anything other than what I had always written, but something told me that I had to at least try. Nothing Hidden Ever Stays turned out to be the easiest book I’ve written to date. Everything flowed so easily as soon as I gave the story permission to come alive.

I realized that I had put myself into a box, believing I was only capable of one type of writing. I took a leap of faith and followed where the story led me, and in doing so, I learned a lot about myself. I discovered that I enjoy writing about the darker truths that live inside all of us. I found that exploring the creepier side of things appealed to me more than I could have imagined. I realized that I love the thrill that comes from diving into the mind of the villain. I was also able to incorporate my love for old houses and family history into my writing in a way I had never before done.

In allowing myself to venture into new territory, I’ve finally found the place where I belong. With the birth of my seventh novel, I feel as if I’ve finally hit my writing stride. I hope you love this book as much as I do, and I can’t wait for you to get your hands on it tomorrow.

If you haven’t already pre-ordered it, please do!


Why Pre-Order?

Have you ever wondered why pre-order sales are so crucial to a book’s success? This is a great article explaining it.

Why pre-orders are so important – Kim Hooper


And because it’s so important, it would be awesome if you would consider pre-ordering Nothing Hidden Ever Stays. There are options below for both e-book and paperback pre-orders. It would mean a lot to me! ❤️😊

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#gothicsuspense #gothicthriller #preorder



The “Magic Age”

When I was younger, I always heard that there was a time in life when women ceased to care what people thought of them. Supposedly there was this magical age when others’ opinions weren’t quite as important anymore. Apparently during this time of life, women grew to love themselves and somehow came into a sort of self-acceptance.

I’ll be honest and say that I laughed it all off as craziness. As a people-pleasing, self-conscious, never-felt-good-enough kind of girl, I thought the idea was a fairy tale. There was no way I would see a day when I was comfortable in my own skin. There was no way the time would come when I wasn’t riddled with anxiety-inducing thoughts of what people thought of me. There was no way I would ever look at myself and think I was anything but a gigantic failure. That might happen for some women, but it would never happen for me.

I’m going to take a few minutes to be absolutely transparent. For anyone who knows me, you understand that being vulnerable is way outside of my comfort zone. I’m a fabulous listener. I’ll listen to your entire life story, but I talk very little about myself. I’ve spent my life hiding my feelings and trying to make people not see me. My goal for as long as I can remember was to be invisible. I’ve become a master at putting on a smile and showing the world that I have it all together, when the reality is that I’ve always felt anything but.

You see, my self-image has always been a problem for me. I’ve lived my whole life wishing I could change nearly every facet of myself. People always told me I was pretty and talented. The problem was, there was usually a “but” attached to those compliments. People complimented my hair, my eyes, my smile, but never my body. That was always second best, something that needed to be changed, and oh, how I longed to change it. I longed for it so much that I flirted with eating disorders for the majority of my teenage years. When I was younger, I was scouted by a modeling agency. The words, “you have such a pretty face… but you should lose a little weight” reverberated in my head for a long time. Words hurt. I lived my life basing my entire worth on words like those, and I always came up short.

Somehow I was convinced that I would be happier, that all of my issues would magically disappear when I lost those extra pounds. So I did that. The problem was, the voices were still there. Those extra pounds didn’t make a difference after all. The real problem was the way I saw myself. I slowly began to realize that my view of myself wasn’t necessarily the most accurate one. Maybe it wasn’t me that was flawed, maybe it was my perception of me.

I feel as if I’ve gone through some sort of transformation over the past couple of years. I’ve noticed that somewhere along the way the soundtrack in my brain changed from constantly hearing voices saying, “everyone is judging you” to “maybe you’re okay after all.” I’m not sure when it happened, but somehow the image in the mirror was no longer enough to reduce me to tears when no one was around. Somewhere along the way I looked in the mirror and heard the words, “you’re okay.” Somewhere along the way I figured out how to be accepting of the body and skin I’m in. Somewhere along the way I began to understand that I needed to look at myself through different eyes.

I haven’t banished those voices altogether. If I were to say that, it would be a lie. I’ve spent most of my life hating everything about myself, always convinced I could do better. Old habits die hard, as they say. That kind of mindset doesn’t go away overnight. It may never go away completely. But I can say that the narrative in my brain has changed. When negative thoughts begin to creep in, I work really hard to counteract them with positive ones. When I don’t like the way my body looks in something, I remind myself that my body has grown three human beings. I remind myself that parts of my body may be larger than I want them to be, but that my body works well and gets me around every day. My body may never be runway perfect, but it’s healthy and it’s strong, and it’s perfectly imperfect.

I was reminded today of those words I always heard about the time in your life when you finally accept yourself. It made me smile, because now I understand that it isn’t a fairy tale. Women really do reach that “magic age” where we realize that it’s time to let those negative thoughts go. It’s time to show ourselves some grace. It’s time to appreciate all of the amazing things we contribute to the world.

Maybe this time of our lives is a simple gift. Maybe it’s God smiling down on us, saying, “Good job, girl. You finally see yourself the way I’ve seen you all along.” I don’t know what the reason is. I can’t even pinpoint the moment it occurred, but I can say I’m glad it did. I’ve spent far too much time disliking myself. I’m ready to love myself now.

Cover Reveal!

I have been anxiously awaiting the day when I could share this amazing cover with you, and here it is! Be sure to pre- order by following the link below, and add it to your list on Goodreads. 💜👻


H.R. Mason-Author’s gothic suspense ‘Nothing Hidden Ever Stays’ releases October 29th.

Available for preorder ➙

A two-hundred-year-old curse. A tangled thread of mental illness. A growing list of Ross family women dying young. The house where it all began, Desolate Ridge, holds all the secrets.

Abandoned at a hospital when she was only three years old, Aubrey Ross grew up as a ward of the state, passed from one foster family to the next. Having endured years of abuse and neglect, she’s become hardened to the world around her.

She’s flirted with depression and anxiety, and she’s haunted by premonitions. When a strange man approaches Aubrey with information about her past, she knows her life is about to change. Inside the envelope is the deed to a house in Ohio—her ancestral home.

When Aubrey arrives in Rossdale, the town named after her family, she immediately experiences situations she cannot explain. She hears voices, sees apparitions, and has vivid visions of tragedies she can scarcely comprehend. Aubrey comes to realize she is reliving events which have happened to those who came before her.

Then she meets Hank Metzger, the town’s sheriff, whose family has an eerie connection to her own. As the secrets of Desolate Ridge are unearthed, Aubrey begins to understand her destiny is tied to Hank’s in a way she cannot escape.

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2019 News and Updates

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this site, and a lot has happened in that time. I’ve written a new book in an entirely different genre, gothic suspense, and I’m so excited that it will be published later this year. I’ve also been busy working on my romance novels, and I have three that will be out by the end of 2019.

I’ve been busy in my writing cave, and I have FOUR books releasing before the end of this year. To avoid any confusion, I am now writing my books under two different names. I would like to explain and streamline it a bit for you here.

July 20: To Have and To Hold (Book 1 of The Vows trilogy)

August 10: For Better or For Worse (Book 2 of The Vows trilogy)

September 7: ‘Til Death Do Us Part (Book 3 of The Vows trilogy)

October 29: Nothing Hidden Ever Stays (my debut Gothic Suspense novel)

Links for pre-order sales info can be found on my two Facebook pages, linked below. Please like both pages so you can get the latest information.

The Vows trilogy is a rewritten and rebranded version of my Follow Your Heart series, which is now out of print. It is written under the name Heidi Renee Mason-Author

Nothing Hidden Ever Stays is my first Gothic Suspense work, and it is written under the name H.R. Mason-Author

Be sure to follow my pages to keep up. It’s going to be a great few months!


Just Double the Recipe


With the wonderful success of Heidi Renee Mason-Author’s Love at First Crepe, we have more exciting news. A book 2 is on its way. 𝑱𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝑫𝒐𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒑𝒆 will release November 2018!


𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐤 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐞.

Free-spirited, eccentric Willow Simpson is content with her life. She’s living her passion as the owner of The Dancing Crepe, Portland’s hottest food truck, has agreed to marry her life-long best friend, firefighter Tate Randall, and she loves showering attention on her finicky cat, Omelet. Things are perfect and she wouldn’t change a thing.

Unfortunately, change is the name of the game for Willow. Tate is rushing to set a wedding date, and although she loves him, she’s in no hurry to take a trip down the aisle. In an attempt to ignore her pending nuptials, she puts her focus on expanding her business. Just when her life seems to be cooking at a comfortable simmer, the heat is increased and she must douse the flames before everything goes up in smoke.

As new connections enter her life, unexpected chaos ensues. Will she be able to protect those she loves the most? Will she realize that everything she has ever wanted has been right in front of her all along? Love is twice the risk when you double the recipe!

Book News!

Book News:

I have some book news to report! My Romantic Suspense series, the Follow Your Heart trilogy (Investigating the Heart, Goodnight Sweetheart, and Steadfast Heart), is officially out of print. My contract has expired, and I’ve decided to go in a different direction. Don’t worry! This is good news, not bad news.

This was my first published work, and it has a special place in my heart. I’m far from finished with it!
I am currently in the process of rewriting the entire trilogy, so be sure to stay tuned for more information on the future of this wonderful series!


What Are My Books About?


Yes, I write Romance novels of several varieties, but have you ever wondered what my books are really about? Well, let me tell you…

In real life, few things end the way that we wish they would. Love doesn’t always happen the way it’s supposed to, and relationships are hard. We often believe that finding the right person will be like some sort of fairy tale, and when it isn’t, we think it’s not the real thing. Normal, everyday love is what you will find in my books, because the truth of the matter is this- journeying through the joys and pains of life together is what true love is all about. I write about the hard things that couples face, but in the end, I write about the happily ever afters that come from weathering the storms together.

Are you interested? I hope so! Check out my website at!

My Daughter, The Author

I’m proud to announce that my 10 year old daughter, Averi, is now a published author! She wrote a short story which we self-published as a homeschool project to see what goes into a book from start to finish. 

It’s available in both e-book and paperback versions on Amazon. Be sure to give it a look! (The e-book version won’t be updated until later today, but the paperback is ready to go now!)

This was an interesting project for both of us. For her, it was surprising to see how much work goes into creating a book. For me, since this was my first stab at self-publishing (and I’m not tech-savvy at all), it was a practice in patience! 

P.S. The cutest part of the whole thing was when she asked me if she would get to sign the books. 💜😊