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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...

Goodbye Year of Detox. Hello Year of Habit.

2017 wasn't bad. It was actually a pretty good year, though it started rather rough. In February I learned I needed a pacemaker, and that mentally rocked me. But after I got my robot in April, most of my anxiety issues have disappeared. In other words, the pacemaker...

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My Year in Books (2017)

I love the year end summary Goodreads gives its readers (you can view mine here). It always surprises me to see how long ago I read a book, or how many pages I read in a year, or how few books I got around to reading. Last year, I read 21 books. Not great, but...

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A Kindle Clean Out Win!

Why did I put off reading this book for so long! It's been on my Kindle since it's Bookbub ad, which was a million months ago. I just never felt like I was in the mood for a Young Adult novel. A Young Adult novel. After reading this book, I had to jump...

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Kindle Clean Up #1

I've been in the mood to read lately, but am at a total loss as to what book to pick up. I'm not sure what my mood is, and every new book online seems just like another. So I decided to read some of the novels that have been sitting on my Kindle for a while. I'm...

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Spreadsheet Guy and the Secret Coffee Club

A day dedicated to coffee? Yes, please! It's hard to believe that I once turned up my nose at coffee. Always loved the way it smelled, but despised the way it tasted. Until Spreadsheet Guy stumbled upon the Secret Coffee Club. It was at his old work place, a former...

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One of my few auto-buy authors

I know I'm a sci-fi and fantasy romance author, but I also read a wee bit of historical romance on occasion. One of those occasions is when Joanna Bourne releases a new book. Joanna Bourne. Man! I don't know whether to love her or hate her. Okay. I do know. I love...

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Progress

It's been a month since my pacemaker surgery, and I finally feel like I'm getting things under control. Most days, I've been writing first thing. This is huge because I've barely written at all these last two months. I have an extreme amount of mental clutter. Much of...

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