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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...

Late Update and 1,000 Goodreads Ratings!

Sometime between Sunday and Monday, I passed the 1,000 rating mark on Goodreads. Whoohoo! Thank you everyone who's read and rated The Shadow Reader. You all totally rock! I really wanted to have a swag giveaway when I reached the 1k milestone - and when I reached the...

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Exciting News and Even More Exciting News

Exciting News and Even More Exciting News

I'm wearing my pre-pregnancy jeans! And I can still breath! Whoop! That's super exciting, but I have even more super exciting news. Guess who's story is going to be made into an audiobook? McKenzie's story!!!* Yes, that's right. Tantor Audio will be producing the...

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Newsletter Contest Winner and Monday Update!

My second quarterly newsletter went out last week. The contest question was "What is your favorite scene from The Shadow Reader?" I loved reading your responses! Since I had more than one person interested in everyone else's answers, I thought I'd share them here. If...

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Monday Update

Posting late today, so this will be quick. Had a good but busy weekend. I was able to get some writing done, thanks to my wonderful husband who watched the boys and kicked me out of the house so I could work. Also was able to do some fun stuff, like hang out with...

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Amazon Taxes, Aggie Sippy Cups, and Emails

Amazon Taxes: I discovered last weekend that, since June of 2011, every Kindle book purchase I've made has been charged a sales tax. As I said on Twitter, I'm not exactly upset at being taxed - I think Amazon will have to tax all purchases soon - but I am annoyed...

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Which Big Convention Should I Go To This Year?

One of my resolutions this year is to go to a big conference. The two that I’m considering are the RT Booklovers Convention in Rosemont, Illinois and the Romance Writers of America Convention in Anaheim, California. Right now, I have to say I’m leaning toward the RWA...

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Weekly Goals

Last week wasn't the greatest productivity-wise. It took a while for me to get back in the swing of things. The three days I had someone watching the babies were great, though. Got lots done then. 🙂 I know most of you following this blog are readers, but for the few...

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2011 Reading Round-Up

Sandy's 2011 book montage Sandy Williams's favorite books » Share book reviews and ratings with Sandy, and even join a book club on Goodreads. } Typically, when a new year starts, I list my top books of the previous year, but I read so few books in 2011 that I...

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Weekly Goals

Weekly Goals

I hope everybody had a fun and safe holiday! I certainly did. But I'm so glad the new year is here. I'm ready to get into a routine and be more organized and productive in 2012! And for the first time ever, I've made New Year's Resolutions. I wrote about my writing...

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