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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...

Goal Met and Decluttering my Brain

October was a 25,000 word month! The first in, like, forever. I'm feeling pretty good about myself. lol But it's not lost on me that many authors do this much in a week. I just...can't. I don't even want to do more. I mean, sure, it would be nice to double that...

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Lost Time

I've maintained a decent word count since returning from the writing retreat this weekend. I've been listening to music more, deliberately blocking news/media from my consciousness, and timing my writing time. I'm working in 30 minute blocks, and once I start a block,...

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Back from my Writing Retreat!

Happy Monday, everyone! I had a FANTASTIC weekend! Got about 6,800 words written on Kennedy Rain's book, which is about what I write during a good week (I need a lot more "good" writing weeks!). I've come to terms with my slow deliberate writing, thanks to Becca Syme....

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T-minus 1 Day

Writing retreat starts tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yall, I can't tell you how much I love these retreats. This is the third one, and I cannot wait. I drive about an hour north of my home to meet up with writers from the Dallas Area Romance Authors, and we stay in a house...

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Sandy Recommends: Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker

I found the book of my dreams, guys! I am so freaking in love with it. With EVERYTHING in it! It's perfect. So perfect! Everything I want to happens happens. Things I didn't know I wanted to happen happen too. And the characters are all amazing. I'm in love! The first...

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On Cokes and Cars and Chucking It

If you're born in the south, or at least in Texas, there's a good chance you refer to any can of soda as a coke. If we're at a restaurant and I tell Spreadsheet Guy to order me a coke, he knows I don't mean Coke. I hate straight-up Coke. When I say coke, it means Diet...

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An Apology and a Beginning

Today I looked up the date that I published Shades of Honor. I couldn't quite remember when it was, but I was still shocked that it's almost been two years. Two years! It felt like one, and it's just crazy that it's taking me so long to write the third anomaly novel....

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Want to know what Rykus smells like?

I know. That's, like, the weirdest headline ever, right? But I'm serious! I've been playing around with essential oils for almost a year (it was part of my need-to-get-healthier kick). I recently bought Vetiver because I read somewhere that it can help with focus, and...

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Nonfiction Review: How to Break up with Your Phone

How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life by Catherine Price My rating: 3 of 5 stars I'll give this one 3.5.I really enjoyed the first half of the book. I find brain science fascinating, and the changes that phones/screens can make to our...

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