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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...
Reviews and Giveaways!

Reviews and Giveaways!

I can't even begin to tell you how surreal it is to read reviews of THE SHADOW READER. I still feel like this whole publishing thing is just a dream. It's something that happens to other people, not to me. I'm just me, a girl with stories in her head. The stories...

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Goals Update

Geez. I'm already behind this week, and it's only Tuesday! (The husband just came in with Boy #1 saying, "Look how cute he is!" He is pretty darn adorable, which is why it's so hard to get work done sometimes. 🙂  ) I need to get some more writing done today, so I'm...

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Weekly Goals

I mentioned a few weeks ago in my I'm Back post that I experienced a mini life crisis the other day after spending over $100 at Target on a week's worth of diapers and baby formula. Since them, I've been reading up on how to save money, namely, I've discovered the...

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September 11th

Others have already posted their memories of September 11th. They've written about their thoughts and feelings more eloquently than I ever could, so instead of writing out my memories, I'm posting the thoughts I wrote several days after the attacks. I don't think I've...

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I’m Back!

I can't believe it's been over three weeks since I last posted. Major writer fail on my part! But I'm back and I think I'm at a point where I have time somewhat under control again. Since it's been so long since I've been around, I thought I'd do a quick summary of...

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I’m Working Today!

My in laws are in town helping out this week. They were here yesterday, but I didn't get hardly anything accomplished, writing wise. I kept helping out with diaper changes and feedings and baby holding, etc. I just feel so guilty if I don't. But I have 81 days until...

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Posting at the Magic & Mayhem Blog Today

Hi guys, Just stopping by to say my Monday post is up over at the Magic & Mayhem Blog today. I ask the question, What's Starred on Your RSS Feeder? and list my five most recently starred items. I'll be back here with a new post on Wednesday. Well, that's the plan...

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Winners!

Yes, yes. I know. I'm a day late with this post. To make up for that, here. Have a bonus baby pic:   Now, on to the real reason yall are reading: we have two winners for THE SHADOW READER galleys! One winner is a blog commentator and the other is a newsletter...

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I made my bed! And give away reminder.

Remember last Friday when I said I would update this blog twice a week? At the time, I intended to post on Wednesdays and Fridays. With my Monday posts over at the Magic & Mayhem blog, it would be a nice schedule. Obviously, though, I didn't get a post up. But it...

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