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Thinking About My Next Project

I finished draft 3 of Shades of Treason a couple of weeks ago. I went through the printed manuscript and made some more mark ups, and once I get those into my file, I'll send them to a couple of beta readers. While they're with the betas, I need something new to work...

How a Sad Song is a Lesson in Character Development

A radio guy mentioned this artist and this song the other day. I don't listen to music on the radio often, so everyone and their dog might have heard this already, but it's new to me, and wow. The tears. I sobbed so much I could barely hear the lyrics. But after...

Goodreads and New Book Love

Man, I love GoodReads. A lot of authors don't. A lot of them just don't understand the point of the site, but I do. I get that it's a personal library, a documentation of what readers have read and how they feel about stories. The whole point of it is to collect their...

The Writing is Going Better

I finished (for the third time) one of my favorite chapters from Shades of Treason. My hero and heroine are together and alone, and they've just been through hell. Always a fun moment, right? The rest of the book should move faster. I had to work out a lot of...

The Sharpest Blade is in France!

Say hello to my newest foreign cover - Sidhe 3: Double Vue. French covers are pretty awesome, don't you think? The book has actually been out for a few weeks. I just learned it had sold to France a couple weeks before that. Special thanks to Melliane, who asked me for...

McKenzie Lewis takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I should have had Aren fissure me to some place hot, like Florida or Texas. The cool Colorado air will make this challenge worse than it needs to be, but my clothes – and everything from my normal life – are here at Naito’s house. I’m not worried about being cold,...

Why I Stopped Reading (and How I’m Going to Change)

I've stopped reading. I didn't do it on purpose, and it hasn't stopped 100%, but I've only read 5.5 fiction books this year. 5.5 books. That might as well be nothing. I feel like I've lost a huge part of what makes me me. Like a lot of you, I grew up with books. In...

Real Life Stuff

(Please excuse me for this non-writing related post. Sometimes, I just need to write my thoughts out.) My husband and I are evaluating preschools/daycares for our boys again. The school they're currently in, a school which we love and can afford pretty well, has a...

New Favorite TV Show: JUSTIFIED

I'm super picky about TV and movies. It's hard for me to sit through a two hour show, and even one hour or thirty minute shows have a difficult time catching my attention. This last year, though, we stumbled across the TV superhero show, ARROW, on Netflix. It was...

Killing Darlings Means You Get a Deleted Scene

 I love the internet. It makes it easier to delete scenes from my books because they don't have to be permanently gone. I'm deleting the scene below from my WIP. It's not a bad scene. I kind of like it, actually, because it shows the type of person Rykus is. But I'm...

Read This If You Want to be a Better Writer

I'm not directly imparting wisdom here. Instead, I'm pointing you to Joanna Bourne's blog. Joanna Bourne might be my favorite historical romance author. She's at the very least in the top three, and every time I read one of her books, I learn something new. Her...

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Finally, a Goodreads for movies? Letterboxd.

You guys know how I'm always lamenting that there isn't the an movie equivalent for Goodreads? On Facebook last week, one of my awesome online friends (thanks, Renee!) mentioned Letterboxd. Despite my searches for some way to list and review and share all the movies...

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An Artist, I am Not

Every so often, I find myself getting lost when I write. It happened with the Shadow Reader novels. I ended up having to draw a map after creating too many cities for my head to hold, and I drew a sketch of the palace for The Shattered Dark and The Sharpest Blade. I...

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A Guardians of the Galaxy Review

(I wish I could write a post on my favorite and least favorite movies of 2014, but I can’t even remember half the movies I watched. I’m going to keep a list of them this year, and since no one has yet developed a Goodreads for Movies, I’m listing them on my blog with...

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Aren POV #2

After the long holiday break (extra long because one of my three-year-olds had his tonsils taken out), I needed to warm up to writing again, so I wrote another snippet from Aren's POV. This takes place right after the first one, which you can read here. I'm not...

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2015: My Goals for the New Year

Hope your 2015 is off to a great start. I'm happy for the new year. I'm especially happy it's January 5th, because my life can get back to normal. December was a brutal, you guys. I was sick twice, my son's tonsillectomy was so much more difficult than I expected, and...

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Favorite Reads of 2014

Wow, this was a terrible reading year. Not because I read bad books, but because I didn't read many books at all. Goodreads tells me 18 - my worst year ever - but that number is deceptive. Four of the eighteen were novellas. One was a picture book (I had this terrible...

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Thinking About My Next Project

I finished draft 3 of Shades of Treason a couple of weeks ago. I went through the printed manuscript and made some more mark ups, and once I get those into my file, I'll send them to a couple of beta readers. While they're with the betas, I need something new to work...

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