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The Shadow Reader is a Barnes & Noble FREE eBOOK FAVORITES this week!

    I love it when my books get extra attention from a retailer. The Shadow Reader is a Barnes & Noble's FREE eBOOK FAVORITES this week! Yes, that means you can read it for free. (Psst: you can also find it free everywhere else this week!) If you know...

I Don’t Like Dystopian Novels

It took me forever to read The Hunger Games. I checked it out from the library probably three or four times. I'd read the first page or two, get bored or distressed, and set it down. Little did I know I needed to make it to page ten to get hooked. lol But The Hunger...

Shades of Allegiance and Fast Reader

Shades of Allegiance is here! Finally! It's only been four years, two months, and twenty-two days since my last book, but let's not dwell on that. Let's celebrate the fact that Ash and Rip are back, and they are freaking awesome in this book. You should read. One of...

A Deleted Scene and 11 Days to go

A deleted scene! This was going to be the opening scene to Shades of Allegiance. I wrote it years ago, and it stayed in the book all the through beta readings and even went to my editor. I like the scene, but it didn't set up the book quite right, and after some deep...

Blueberry Muffins

Forgive me for a post that's totally unrelated to writing. My boys are in 4th grade. They're allowed to bring a snack to school. A few years ago, I started making blueberry muffins to send with them. I figured making them myself was better than buying them, and...

Should I write more Science Fiction? Or get back to Urban Fantasy?

54 days until Shades of Allegiance! I can't wait for you guys to read this. I think it might be your favorite Shades book! I love so much about it. I'm still waiting on a few last comments from my editor, then it's on to the copy editor, then proofreading, then I have...

100 Days of Writing!

I've written for at least 30 minutes for 100 days in a row. That's a HUGE accomplishment for me! My brain is so easily distracted, and when Covid hit, all my extra brain cells were diving down every rabbit hole looking for updates and answers and research and what...

2019 DNFs Part One

Yes, I realize we're 5 months into 2020, but I've started reading again (yay!) and I realized there are a ton of books I've tried in the last year that I haven't recorded or reviewed (I only review books I love). I've tried out so many authors, so many books that just...

Quarantine Home School Day #2

In junior high--sometime in the mid 90s--there was a flood. I have two vivid-for-me memories of this day (my visual memory usually sucks). The first is of my junior high principal. I was a good kid, so I never had anything to do with him. He was just there and someone...

Quarantine Homeschool Day #1

We survived! And I’m exhausted. I’m not sure why. It wasn’t a hard day; I just had to be “on” all day. I expect it to get harder and to meet more resistance from the kids. They pretty much did what I asked today, which I super appreciate. I used this guide from the...

McKenzie Lewis takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I should have had Aren fissure me to some place hot, like Florida or Texas. The cool Colorado air will make this challenge worse than it needs to be, but my clothes – and everything from my normal life – are here at Naito’s house. I’m not worried about being cold,...

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Real Life Stuff

(Please excuse me for this non-writing related post. Sometimes, I just need to write my thoughts out.) My husband and I are evaluating preschools/daycares for our boys again. The school they're currently in, a school which we love and can afford pretty well, has a...

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New Favorite TV Show: JUSTIFIED

I'm super picky about TV and movies. It's hard for me to sit through a two hour show, and even one hour or thirty minute shows have a difficult time catching my attention. This last year, though, we stumbled across the TV superhero show, ARROW, on Netflix. It was...

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Killing Darlings Means You Get a Deleted Scene

 I love the internet. It makes it easier to delete scenes from my books because they don't have to be permanently gone. I'm deleting the scene below from my WIP. It's not a bad scene. I kind of like it, actually, because it shows the type of person Rykus is. But I'm...

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Back from the 2014 RWA National Conference

I flew to San Antonio last week for my very first RWA National Conference. It was awesome. It was packed with authors who love and write romance. The workshops were phenomenal, and so were the keynote speakers. I left San Antonio exhausted, but rejuvenated, too. I...

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Aren’s POV #1

Fighting a cold today and couldn't concentrate on my sci-fi project. So I toyed around with this because it was fun. Also because I miss Aren. 🙂 Warning: First draft and written under the influence of cold meds. Aren's POV #1 The stone in the blacksmith’s hand glows...

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Sleeping Hero Legends

I learned a new bookish term today: sleeping hero legends. I came across a link to this article on Facebook. It's written by Jack Campbell, who writes an awesome military science fiction series. Seriously. Awesome. It holds my attention and keeps me breathless on the...

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Do You Read Multi-Author Bundles?

Around about a year ago, authors started banding together and releasing multi-author ebook bundles together. They priced them super cheap, usually $0.99 for six or more books. It's a great deal, incredibly hard to pass up, and several of these bundles have gone on to...

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