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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...

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...

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I Was Almost a Prepper

Almost five years ago, I had a ton of anxiety. I don’t remember if it was before or after the breaking-my-face issue or if it was triggered by the Ebola virus coming to Dallas, but I started reading prepper blogs. I listened to prepper podcasts and tried to prepare by...

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Sandy Recommends: Wanted and Wired

Have you ever picked up a book, fallen in love with it, and then became mad at the world because why the heck didn't anyone tell you how awesome it is? That's how I feel about Wanted & Wired by Vivien Jackson. I've seen the cover on Amazon a few times. I might...

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Scholastic Books and Super Rabbit Boy!

Summer is here! Which means my time has suddenly become very limited. Boo. I'm waking up a couple of hours before the boys so that I can get work done, but those two hours are pretty much the only focused writing/work time I have. Anyone else looking forward to...

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Whatever happened to the Shadow Reader books?

Yall probably haven’t noticed. After all, if you’re here, it’s likely because you already read the books (unless you’re here because of the anomaly novels, and if you are, I adore you!). But you can’t find an electronic copy of McKenzie’s books online anymore because…...

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Sandy Recommends: Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

I have to apologize, ya'll. I have done no editing or writing in the last twenty-four hours. Instead, I was sucked into Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik. It was so, so good! From beginning to end! The perfect blend of sci-fi romance, which is so freaking hard to find....

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The Urban Fantasy is Done!

Okay. It's not done done, but the first draft is written and it's pretty darn solid. I couldn't be happier! I haven't "finished" a book in a long time. I made my January 20,000 word count goal. I'd like to write that much every month (except December; I've given up on...

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