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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...
Book rec and new author alert!

Book rec and new author alert!

Over the weekend, I read PIRATE BOUND by new author Carysa Locke, and I LOVED it. I did my whole I-found-a-new-sci-fi-author-to-love happy dance, something that I honestly don’t do too much in this genre (I’m very, very picky.) But I was also super happy for another...

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Drugs, Habits, and Movies

Drugs: Sorry (again!) for the long silence, but it's been a rough couple of months. I finally got in to see a new neurologist, had an EEG--that test where they put electrodes on your head then flash lights in your eyes--and apparently I had multiple complex seizures...

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I broke my face, Upgrading, and Happy Labor Day!

(Sorry, this post got kind of long and medical-y. Wasn't sure I had the energy in me to type at all, but maybe this is a good sign that I can get some real writing done tomorrow.) I broke my face Yes, literally. Early last Monday, I got out of bed and went to the...

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INTERSTELLAR Movie Review

(WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. BUT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS MOVIE, YOU REALLY AREN'T MISSING MUCH. SO MAYBE YOU WANT TO READ THE SPOILERS ANYWAY. 🙂 ) (This review can also be found on Letterboxd. If you're on Letterboxd, leave me a link to your profile in the comments....

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A Video!

Thought it might be fun (or weird?) to record myself signing the very first print copy of Shades of Treason. I've got videographer skillz. Not. Watch me totally geek out over a pen, and find out who gets the very first copy. WARNING: Do not watch this in full screen...

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I’m Back! Blog Tour, and Giveaway (and a secret!)

I’m Back! Blog Tour, and Giveaway (and a secret!)

I’m Back! (And note to self: never again schedule a long vacation the week before a book release.) Yep, that’s right folks. I was on vacation last week. In Alaska. It was just as beautiful and relaxing as everyone says it is. Spreadsheet Guy and two other couples who...

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