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Fantastic Release Week + Giveaways

Happy Monday, everyone! Are Mondays anyone else's favorite day of the week? I love them. It means my twins are back in daycare and I get to work. I freaking love my job, and since I haven't written anything since Thanksgiving (I am so not kidding here), I'm dying to...

5 Days Until The Sharpest Blade!

Early reviews for The Sharpest Blade have been fantastic. I love this book so much, and I'm so excited you all will be able to read it soon. To celebrate the release, my publisher has lowered the price on The Shadow Reader ebook to $1.99 for a limited time. If you...

Dear Readers:

The finishing touches will be made soon to The Sharpest Blade, the last book in The Shadow Reader series. I’m incredibly happy with how this story turned out, and I hope you all will be, too. I know it’s been a long wait, but I really think – no, I know - it will be...

Wanted: Book People

I've decided I need to do more writing oriented events. Not exactly big conferences and signings, but I need to be around writers and enthusiastic readers more often. Every time I am, I feel rejuvenated afterwards. The last time I felt rejuvenated was at the RT...

Catching Up

I'm finally - FINALLY - able to breath again. Last week was crazy/busy, and I had practically zero time to write. My boys turned two over the weekend, so I was prepping for their birthday. I also had a number of appointments to run around to. Turns out, I've broken a...

Movie Review: White House Down

(First: why is there no Goodreads for movies? I’d love to follow people who like the same movies as I do, and I love GR’s interface. Somebody please create this site STAT! (Pretty sure I’ve already made this request several times.) Second: do any of you have...

Secret Identities. Everyone Has One.

In early May, I flew out to Kansas City for the RT Booklovers Convention. I had a great time. I was on a panel, got to mingle with readers and authors, and I learned a lot from the panels I attended. What was the most surprising thing I learned? Everyone has a secret...

It’s an Awesome Time to be a Reader

I stumbled across this on Pinterest today.   Watch the video. It's exciting! Five years ago, it would have been impossible to turn a book into a good, well produced, and widely distributed TV series outside of Hollywood, but Kickstarter and enthusiastic fans have made...

Kansas City, Here I Come!

Took the twins halfway to the grandparents' house today then came home and frantically prepared for the RT Booklovers Convention! I think I have everything packed. *crosses fingers* I have two "official" appearances this week. FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am...

If I Wasn’t a Writer…

There’s something you don’t know about me. I am - or I used to be - a news junkie. It started in high school, maybe a little earlier. My family has always paid attention to the news and politics. We’re informed citizens and we love our country and want what’s best for...

One Author’s Writing Expenses for 2013

This week, I sat down to calculate my writing expenses for 2013. This is the first year I've had a separate bank account for my business, and it made it so much easier to keep track of my expenses. I used my debit card for everything except for tips and vending...

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Five Things on Friday

1. Worldbuilding is hard. Like, really hard. One of the things readers like about my Shadow Reader books is the worldbuilding, but the Realm and fae came easily to me in those books. Not so much with this sci-fi project. I'm having to make up names for weapons, ships,...

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It’s my birthday! Wanna give me a present?

Yep. That's right folks. I was born today a not-so-few years ago. Right now, I'm home with a sick boy, but tonight, my parents will be watching the twins (I really think sick boy isn't so sick anymore), and the husband and I are going to get our geek on - playing...

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Killing Chapters and Weekly Goals

I haven't worked on my sci-fi book today. I'm avoiding it. I'm avoiding it because I think I need to delete two chapters. On the surface, that doesn't sound too bad, but I've already deleted and rewritten this section of the book a dozen times, and one of those...

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Friday Five

One. So tired. One of the toddlers was up half the night vomiting. Poor guy. He's perfectly fine this morning, but we kept him home because... well, he was up half the night. He's going on five hours of sleep and I'm sure he would have been cranky at school. Sidenote:...

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Pray for me.

The husband and I will be attempting potty practice this week. Potty practice. We can't call it potty training. If we do, Toddler B will think we're going on a train ride. There will be tantrums if we tell him he is wrong. That's my big, stinky plan for this weekend....

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A Business-y Post

(If you're not interested in the business side of publishing, you might want to skip this post. You might want to skip it anyway because I'm such a newbie at publishing, and there are so many more experienced, more business-savvy authors out there than I am. ) ETA: I...

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