I’m still here.

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated the site, so here goes nothing.

My life turned upside down mid-2015. My relationship dissolved and so did many friendships. Depression overcame as I was stuck in probably one of the worst circumstances a person could ever face.

While I’d like to keep said circumstances private, there is one thing I can most certainly state about it: I lost my way in the literary sense.

I was one of the few who could brag about not suffering from writer’s block—I mean, I’ve been writing since I was seven years old.

Writing to me is as essential as drinking water for proper metabolic function.

Not being able to write has hit me hard.

Like stubbing your toe against a jagged edge.

Like a bag of rocks falling from a truck on the highway.

Like trying to breathe in space. (Not that I’ve ever tried, but I’ve seen it movies, right?)

I guess what I’m trying to say is that not writing makes me utterly sad. I feel as though I have lost my gift.

In everything I do, whether I’m driving or working on a project, there is always something that reminds me of SAFELIGHT.

And lately, there’s a community I drive by every day on my way into work that bears the name “Catalina”. For the briefest of moments I can smile and look back at the memories I created with the Trifecta.

During 2015–2016 I was in a position that I vow to never be in again. I fought long and hard for myself and my daughter, and so far 2017 has been the year where we’ve both picked up the pieces, turned our backs on hardships, and we’ve slowly started rebuilding our lives. It hasn’t come without its own set of frustrations, but every day we give it new go.

While I’m unsure when I’ll be able to resume publishing all nine (yes, 9) pending projects (single motherhood is no joke), I just wanted to let you guys know that I’m still here. I haven’t forgotten about you.

Just like Sia declares, “I’m alive!

Much love to you all, and thank you for your patience while I get my shit together. It means the world to me.



Well I’ll be damned. I actually managed to write something! This! Thank goodness.


Paperback Sale #Alert

IMG_0958Hey World Wide Web!

For a limited time only I will be offering signed paperbacks of chasing Reese. & finding Reese. at trade show/author signing prices! I have LIMITED COPIES to liquidate so it will be first come, first serve only.

  • chasing Reese. $11 USD plus shipping and handling (Regularly priced for $15 USD via website, $15 USD UNSIGNED via Amazon/Createspace/Barnes & Noble)*
  • finding Reese. $11 USD plus shipping and handling (Regularly priced for $15 USD via website, $15 USD UNSIGNED via Amazon/Createspace/Barnes & Noble)*
  • chasing Reese. & finding Reese. Combo $20 USD plus shipping and handling (Regularly priced for $25 USD via website)*

Order your copies while supplies last.

*Make sure to select “Author Signing Event” option when ordering. Standard shipping and handling rates apply. Please see order form for more details.

Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before Self-Publishing

Several weeks ago I was approached by Inks and Scratches Literary Magazine, and its fearless leader, Diana Nixon, to write an #article geared towards peers and up-and-coming #writers and #authors. I wrote a small piece titled “Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before Self-Publishing“. I’m pleased to announce the #February Edition of Inks and Scratches is now #LIVE! You can ‪#‎OneClick‬ now.

Kindle Edition
Paperback Edition

I’m immensely humbled and honored. Thank you, Author Diana Nixon, for the incredible opportunity. ♥

Make sure to like Inks and Scratches Literary Magazine on Facebook for more details and for information on this edition as well as past editions.

Sneak Peek of saving Reese.

This is raw and unedited, COPYRIGHTED material from saving Reese. (SAFELIGHT #3) coming in 2016.

I hope you like it. 🏂💙😎

“There was a time I believed in fairytales. But that’s just what they were, fairytales. Later on I understood that believing in them was an act that only a fool would do.

I was that fool.

With life came misery, and with misery came disappointment, and along with disappointment came heartbreak. Those were the things I vowed to never allow to happen again.

Or so I thought.

I promised to not make the same mistakes again, but the things we plan seldom ever come to fruition…that there’s a greater plan in life—no matter what we do there are things we can’t control.

In the midst of change you have to take a seat and allow life to run its fated course. The biggest mistake I ever made was to say never.

As much as I swam against the current, the waves of destiny sucked me under, and like a weightless leaf I floated helplessly adrift towards destination unknown. Sometimes you need to lose all control in order to get a grip on life. I embraced anarchy—a mix of wild and reckless, that also brought me goodness amongst the chaos.

I was foolish and adventurous. But like all water currents there’s a great divide, and the path you chose would be the one that defined you, shaped you into who you’d eventually become.

For years I drifted. For years I made mistakes, but now it’s time to take ahold of my life and make something meaningful from it.

My name is Jackson Reese. Reformed alcoholic and Olympic badass. All it took was for her to look at me once through her glasses. And that’s how I fell, and for her love I’m going to fight against the odds like hell.

If I survived Kicking Horse there’s nothing I can’t face, but what do you do when the odds are stacked against you? I’ve learned from my mistakes, but can she from hers?”

Copyright ©Imy Santiago, 2016–All rights reserved.


☆★☆Happy Birthday, chasing Reese. Sale, Blog Hop & #Giveaway! ☆★☆

Happy 1st Birthday, chasing Reese.!

chasing Reese. a SAFELIGHT novel vol.1 by Imy Santiago originally published on January 5, 2015

chasing Reese. a SAFELIGHT novel vol.1 by Imy Santiago originally published on January 5, 2015

On January 5, 2015, I published my debut novel chasing Reese. On its release day, chasing Reese. peaked #32 on Amazon’s Bestselling List in the Romance/Action & Adventure category, and most recently it was awarded the distinction of Best Action & Adventure novel over at JoandIsaLovesBooks Blog Reader’s Choice Awards 2015.

Winter is upon us, and what better time than to read this action-packed heartfelt Sports Romance novel in the deep of winter! You can #OneClick chasing Reese. for only $0.99 on all major eBook platforms.


for a limited time only

eFormat Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Apple | Kobo

You can also order your Signed LIMITED First Edition Paperback copy of chasing Reese. via Direct Order

To add to your TBR, visit chasing Reese. on Goodreads

To celebrate this incredible milestone, a group of esteemed colleagues and bloggers have joined forces to throw a virtual blog party in which you can visit twenty five (25) pages on Facebook, and enter twenty five giveaways! Yes, twenty five! You will not only learn a little about chasing Reese., but discover new authors and blogs along the way.

Master List of Participating Authors & Blogs

Soho, NYC, STOP #1 Terra Kelly

Xsports, Manhattan, STOP #2 AJ Matthews

West Village, NYC, STOP #3 Mandy Bee

The Velvet Box, STOP #4 M. C. Rohweder

The Long Island Railroad, Penn Station, NYC, STOP #5 J. Lea

The Mackenzie Estate, Long Island North Shore, STOP #6 L A Cotton

The Meat-Packing District, Manhattan, STOP #7 The Pleasure of Reading Today

JFK Airport, NYC, STOP #8 Courtney Lane

The Flight, STOP #9 Indie Impressions

Vancouver International Airport, STOP #10 S.H. Timmins

The SUV, STOP #11 Obsessive Reading Disorder

Whistler Lodge, STOP #12 Allaina Daniels

The Lobby Bar, STOP #13 Amazeballs Book Addicts

The Corridor, STOP #14 Addison Kline

The Ballroom Press Mixer, STOP #15 Watz Books and Teasers

The Restaurant, STOP #16 Theresa Sederholt

The Elevator Bet, STOP #17 JaM Book Blog

The Ski Lift, STOP #18 C.A. Tibbitts

Tiny Twist, Whistler Mountain, STOP #19 Love Infinity Book Blog

The Snowmobile Ride, Whistler Mountain, STOP #20 www.brianagaitan.info

The First Shred, STOP #21 A Book Lover’s Emporium

The Jam-Packed Lobby Bar, STOP #22 Courtney Shockey

Catalina’s Suite, STOP #23 Amber Lacie Author

The Wrong Door, STOP #24 Sweet & Spicy Reads

The Naked Truth, STOP #25 Imy Santiago<—Signed Paperbacks Giveaway! Say WHAT?!

2015 has been a whirlwind of a year! Thank you for your love and support, and for embracing these characters like your friends and family. You sure know how to make this girl smile and feel incredibly special. Cheers to this new year. Great things are coming. I promise you that! And if you haven’t #OneClicked chasing Reese., what are you waiting for?! ♥

Love you all very madly,



Unlinking social media from Amazon…Does it actually work?

I know it has been a while since I’ve written a blog post, but recent news has taken me out of my literary slumber to talk a little about a blog post that is causing quite a stir on social media, especially on Facebook: Amazon’s New Review Policy.

We are no strangers to Amazon’s never-ending quest to eradicate unethical reviews from reaching their market sites. And that is okay. The more honest and transparent a company is, the better its customers will trust the products sold on their site, and the better their profit return will be.

But that isn’t always the case…

Last July, Amazon implemented changes to their system—specifically to the Kindle Direct Publishing Select Program (also known to readers as Kindle Unlimited), of how payment disbursements are made. Pages read versus their previous business model where an author was paid for the total cost of the eBook once the reader reached ten percent (10%)…but don’t quote me on that, as I have never enrolled my back list titles into KDP Select so…

These changes caused uproar in the self-publishing community, but that, as we all know is old news. As part of their changes to KDP Select, Amazon rolled out new algorithms which, in essence, search for patterns and associations, predominately between an author and reviewer. Due to blatant unethical behavior of buying both verified and un-verified reviews by the hundreds by authors—both traditionally and self-pubbed—Amazon had no choice but to crack down on the legitimacy of reviews that are posted on their market sites. Imagine having a large company with billions of customers, who love or hate a product, and are ready to write a review…it would be impossible for a group of people to manually review every recorded word in a product review (sorry for the redundancy there)…

To make it easier, these algorithms enabled Amazon to determine whether or not a review is legitimate. Sadly, legitimate reviews I’ve written for products I have purchased, were either rejected, or deleted due to a disconcerting notion that “I know the author personally”. When it first happened, I was in complete shock. I didn’t understand how Amazon was coming to that determination. Then it dawned on me, I was following the authors whose books I was reviewing on Amazon on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, tsu, Goodreads etc.).  In my blog post, I didn’t argue the fact that my review was rejected, but more so on the basis as to why it wasn’t allowed to upload. How did they know I was following and/or connecting with authors on social media? It concerned me that Amazon had easy access to my social media profiles which all have privacy settings…

Since writing my blog post, Amazon did come forward and admit they were, in fact, using data mining to curb the amount of unethical reviews from reaching their site, and bravo to them for stepping up to the plate. If our social media activity is being monitored, we deserve to know it—call it a fair business practice if you will. Now, what still weighs on my mind, and that of others, is that just because we follow, or even “friend” authors on social media, it doesn’t mean we know them personally, and thus not allowing us to continue to write unbiased, honest, and fair reviews is ludicrous…but that is subject for another blog post for another day…

As far as my own personal experience goes—in my blogger capacity—since July 2015, eight out of ten reviews I compose for eBooks I have purchased are rejected, and in the rare instances that they aren’t, they are swiftly deleted from their website within twenty-four hours. When I wrote about my issues with this back in July, I wasn’t able to share screenshots due to not having an application to blur out sensitive information. And this is where I want to go back to the blog post that hit the waves recently and is causing uproar within the publishing community today.

I, for one, never link my social media accounts to any consumer websites, including but not limited to, Amazon. Why? I don’t think a website should have access to my information other than my payment method and shipping address. Sounds fair, right? They don’t need to know I have successfully managed to pop a zit, or know why I haven’t brushed my hair in two days…you get where I’m going with this. And what is more concerning is that despite not having social media accounts linked to Amazon, associations are still being made, and reviews are still rejected, or worse, deleted. Many are clamoring to unlink your social media accounts from Amazon, but I’ll show you that despite doing that, Amazon still has a way to track your “friendships and follows” on social media. And how they do this we will never know. Some say cookies, others say clear your cache etc. I’ve done it all, and still, I’m struggling with the same problem.

Here goes.

The below image shows *gasps* my review for an eBook made it through! Hooray!


Not. But when you click on the “See your full review” hyperlink, it takes you here.


So yes, the review was deleted.

For all intents and purposes I will show you I don’t have any social media accounts linked to Amazon.





Full disclosure: I still post all of my reviews on Amazon’s sister site, Goodreads. None of my reviews have been rejected, or deleted. Regardless, I refuse to link my social media there as well.


I’ll let you all come to your own determinations. Personally, I think the road ahead of us will be a bumpy one, and sadly, we really don’t have a choice. Amazon is the current market leader for self-published writers like me. Reviews are so hard to come by these days, and with these preventative measures Amazon has set in place, legitimate reviews will be hard to distinguish from unethical ones…and in case you were wondering, to this day there are people out there who buy reviews. Look below.


How can honest writers (who are already struggling for visibility, and to acquire hard-earned reviews written by legitimate readers) shine when there are unethical peers still utilizing the services of people and companies like these?

I get it, Amazon. I get it. Not all self-published writers/authors/artists are dishonest. Take a closer look at your algorithms, and make a fair assessment. It’s hard enough to put your work out there, and you keeping a percentage of our revenue, but to limit how we interact with our favorite writers/authors/artists outside of your “realm” is a bit too much.

Like I mentioned above, make your own determinations. Whether or not you agree with me, this is something that affects us all in the long run.

Thanks for reading, and Seasons Greetings.



★☆Calling ALL Authors and Bloggers☆★

Hello everyone!

It’s been quite sometime since I’ve written a blog post. I’ve been quite busy behind the scenes working on multiple projects and wrangling aspects of my personal life. 2016 is promising to be a fantastic year, and it will also mark my anniversary as a published writer. My first order of business is to relaunch my debut novel chasing Reese. This is where I will need your kind assistance.

I will be hosting a Facebook-Exclusive Blog Hop to celebrate chasing Reese.’s First Anniversary. I want to make this opportunity available to ALL authors and bloggers because with all the imposed restrictions on visibility and reach on Facebook, many of us are finding it incredibly hard to reach new audiences and gain readership. A blog hop is an inventive way to attract readers to your work, and while I’m a Romance Writer, I love discovering new authors and blogs of all genres across the board.

If this idea appeals to you, and would like to know more information about the blog hop, please click here.

Thank you for your love and support during this past year. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Love you all madly,



chasing Reese. featured in RedHot Romance’s magazine!

As an Indie writer, I heavily rely on blogs to help me spread the word about my work. There have been countless blogs who have aided me through my journey to earn the title of author. While I’m a long way from deserving the accolade, blogs like RedHot Romance are definitely helping me get there.

Credit: RedHot Romance Issue 6 10 September 2015

Credit: RedHot Romance Issue 6 10 September 2015

RedHot Romance has featured chasing Reese. in their weekly magazine. I’m thrilled, humbled, and immensely honored for the opportunity to showcase my work. Thank you from the bottom of my swollen heart. Make sure to check out all the authors included in their sixth issue!

Don’t miss a publication! Make sure to subscribe to RedHot Romance’s eMagazine where they feature romance authors and their published work. You will have access to exclusive excerpts, new releases, reviews, and sales, and have it delivered straight to your inbox! If you haven’t liked RedHot Romance on Facebook, or followed their blog, you probably should!

Until later,


P.S. If you are an author or writer, and would like to submit a request to RedHot Romance, whether it be a teaser, share a new release or sale, please visit their submissions page.

The 777 Challenge

777challengeI was tagged on Facebook by Jennifer Bolling-Johnson​ to do The 777 Challenge. The goal is to go to page seven of the manuscript you are currently working on, then scroll down the seventh line, and share seven sentences.

This challenge is kind of a big deal for me because the material I will share comes from saving Reese. I have purposely refrained from sharing anything from this WIP (Work In Progress), but I’ll make an exception for today.

A couple of things. As the the challenge suggests, this is a work in progress. It is unedited and unpolished work therefore it may change at any time, and is my intellectual property protected via Layman’s Copyright.

For those who are unfamiliar with the SAFELIGHT series, it is the story of three adults who experience life one slope at a time. In the case of saving Reese. it is Jackson Reese’s story, which is chronicled from age seven to thirty.

Without further ado, here is a sneak peek at the third installment of the SAFELIGHT series: saving Reese. COMING SOON.

I try to dismiss all of my thoughts. As I puke my guts away, I hear knocks on the door of my hotel room. I flush the toilet and splash cold water on my face. Grabbing the hand towel I wipe beads of water away, and then take a moment to look at my reflection in the mirror. I don’t look a day older from yesterday. I still have the same unruly blonde hair I had as a kid, and my eyes are still the same shade of blue. Not much change there, except I’m a bit taller than I was back then. All my life I’ve been counting down to this day. It’s my eighteenth birthday, and the biggest news of it all is I’m officially an adult. Fuck yeah! ©2015, Imy Santiago−ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

I hope you enjoyed this first glance of saving Reese. If liked it, make sure to let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to catch up with the SAFELIGHT series now available on all platforms.

Find love. Join the adventure.


chasing Reese. a SAFELIGHT novel vol.1  January 5, 2015

finding Reese. a SAFELIGHT novel vol.2 May 26, 2015

saving Reese. a SAFELIGHT novel vol.3 2016

About chasing Reese.

Loss Brings Love…

Everything in life is not permanent but it was perfect. Catalina Pardo had a career in journalism most people could only dream of, a hot, sexy fiancé to call her own and a brilliant future ahead of her. When tragedy struck, the life she once knew fell apart. Four years later, traumatized by the events that ultimately changed her existence, Catalina sets herself on a punishing work schedule, preventing herself from facing the demons of her grief-stricken past. Emotionally shut down, she’s alive but not living because everyone she ever loved leaves her.

Fate intervenes in Catalina’s life in the form of a last minute assignment to a snowy mountain lodge in Whistler, B.C. Sent there to cover the life of the infamous Jackson Reese; an Olympic Snowboarding Champion, she is faced with many challenges bringing to surface the raw emotions of her past. Compelled to work alongside Stryder Martynus, an award winning photographer brought in to document the Reese press tour, tensions and denial run high forcing Catalina to accept the past and face the present with zero regrets.

*Adult Contemporary Sports Romance with Mature Content−Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen.*

Now Available.

eFormat Amazon US  | Amazon UK  | Amazon CA | Amazon AUBarnes and Noble | Apple | Kobo | Page Foundry | Oyster

Paperbacks CreateSpace eStore | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Signed LIMITED First Edition Paperback via Direct Order

To add to your TBR, visit chasing Reese. on Goodreads

About finding Reese.

Hope Breeds Life…

Sometimes destiny and fate have a weird way of reminding us of our inescapable vulnerability, but more importantly our inexorable humanity. Life is fleeting, and what little time we have left in this world, we must make do with what we have, and cherish those whom we love by our side.

Fresh back from the Jackson Reese Press Tour, sports journalist Catalina Pardo rushes back to British Columbia after receiving unexpected and distressing news. With the help of award winning photographer Stryder Martynus, Catalina is determined to prevent the news of tragedy and heartbreak from governing her life again.

Together they will embark on a new journey of introspection to overcome the ghosts and raw emotions of their pasts−on a long and unpredictable road full of complicated circumstances−to find healing, hope and salvation.

The smallest of gifts−like a friendship bracelet−have the power to save your life, and unlike fairy tales, happy endings are seldom guaranteed…

*Adult Contemporary Sports Romance with Mature Content−Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen.*

Now Available.

eFormat Amazon US  | Amazon UK  | Amazon CA | Amazon AUBarnes and Noble | Apple | Kobo | Page Foundry | Oyster

Paperbacks CreateSpace eStore

Signed LIMITED First Edition Paperback via Direct Order

To add to your TBR, visit finding Reese. on Goodreads

In the news…

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to take a moment and share with you all my interview with FUJI TV Japan in regards to my blog post about my inability to post reviews for products and books I legitimately purchased on Amazon.  

During my interview with FUJI TV

Thank you, FUJI TV, for the immense opportunity.