Reader Appreciation Award!

Thanks to Kip Wilson Rechea for tagging me in her Reader Appreciation Award post and passing it along! Kip was the very first reader of DUET WITH THE DEVIL’S VIOLIN and gave me excellent feedback. We met through Twitter when I put out a call for beta readers. She responded, and I’m so glad because…

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MMGM: THE SECOND SPY

I’m so excited to share this book with you today because it’s the third in a series I really love. I’ve been waiting for the library to get on the ball and get this book in for two months. I even made a special trip to get it the day it came in. So really…

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CINDER and Why I Never Get Tired of Cinderella Stories

It’s been a while since I read two books in four days, but it happened this week. I’ll cover the first one in my MMGM post on Monday, but the second one isn’t MG, so I won’t wait to gush about it. I’d seen a number of reviews about CINDER, but it was actually Marissa…

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MMGM: HECK: WHERE THE BAD KIDS GO

Since my novel features the Devil in the title, it seemed appropriate for me to read HECK: WHERE THE BAD KIDS GO. I was intrigued by the premise, and once I started reading, I thought it was just so darn clever … but I’ll leave that for my five things I loved. First, here’s the…

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Contests, Contests Everywhere

The other day I participated in a Q&A for @MissDahlELama, and one of the questions she asked was: What are your feelings on participating in contests, and what are your favorite kinds? I thought this was a particularly interesting question, especially with the crazy amount of contests going on at the moment. You’ll probably be…

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MMGM: THE BILLIONAIRE’S CURSE

When I saw the title for this book, I knew I had to read it. You see, one of many titles I brainstormed for my earlier manuscript was THE BILLIONAIRE’S CURSE. It would have fit perfectly in many ways, but alas, it was already taken by Richard Newsome. I haven’t covered much middle grade adventure…

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Cupcakes for Everyone! The First Draft Is Finished!

Ok, I can’t actually give everyone cupcakes, but that’s what my husband took me out for to celebrate finishing my latest first draft. Lucky for me he worked from home today! This is the cupcake I selected. My followers know how much I hate writing a first draft. I had a particularly hard time with…

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Gearing Up To Get An Agent Meet and Greet

If you’re looking for my Marvelous Middle Grade Monday review for today, scroll down and read about SEEING CINDERELLA. If, however, you’re here as part of the GUTGAA Meet and Greet, welcome! The rules call for a mini bio, so here goes. I spent 10 years as a PR manager promoting everything from forklift rodeos…

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MMGM: SEEING CINDERELLA

A few weeks ago I was the lucky winner on Deb Marshall’s blog. The prize? SEEING CINDERELLA by Jenny Lundquist. Deb’s review got me excited about the book, and I’m so pleased to feature it as this week’s MMGM. Several of you noticed Deb and I featured the same book last week. Since she’s already…

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Sometimes I Wish I Had A Pattern to Follow

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about how much I hate writing first drafts. That hasn’t changed. I’m two-thirds of the way through this first draft, and it’s torture. I know I’ll have to cut a lot of what I’ve written, and that drives me crazy. I’m the kind of person who wants it…

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MMGM: CIRCLE OF SECRETS

A few weeks ago a middle grade author stopped by my blog to comment on one of my MMGM posts. Since I was down to one MG novel in my TBR pile, I picked hers up. So thanks to networking through social media, today’s MMGM is about CIRCLE OF SECRETS by Kimberley Griffiths Little, who…

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How Writing Is Like A Black Belt Test

I’m in the midst of a new project, and the main character is a 12-year-old girl about to take her black belt test. Earlier this week I got to the scene in the book where this momentous event takes place. Since the most martial arts I’ve done is a self-defense class, I turned to an…

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