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A Hint of What's to Come...

Hi everyone! I will admit that I am a little giddy today. See, my Spring break has begun...10 glorious days with NO WORK! At least, none of the day job. I slept in a bit, enjoyed a nice morning coffee and now am sitting down with my laptop to complete two projects - Quiet Kids and Dominus.

Both are in various states of completion. And both are due. Now.

I have been working regularly on Quiet Kids, so I am nearly finished with that one. But Dominus - that was abandoned for far too long. Pulling it out and reading what I have has been nothing short of inspirational. I have been catapulted back into the world of Aydan and Nesy, into their longing and pain. And once again I have been reminded of why I love them so much.

I am excited to be working with them again, excited to be writing in general.

So, to celebrate my break and hopefully get all of you excited about Dominus too, I decided to give you a little, tiny, snippet. I struggled to find something that wasn't too spoilerific. The…

Bookanistas are back and celebrating Mind Games

I am so excited to be rejoining my Bookanista buds with regular reviews again. I will be alternating between Bookanista reviews on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month or so, and Author Spotlights the rest of the Thursdays. Too cool, yes?!?

Today, I am talking about MIND GAMES by Kiersten White. But first, check out what the other Bookanistas are up to: 

Christine Fonseca  marvels at MIND GAMES by Kiersten White Shelli Johannes-Wells explores ESSENCE by Kimberly Derting Elana Johson  is gaga for GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFever Stasia Ward Kehoe discusses THE DIFFERENT GIRL by Gordon Dahlquist Jessica Love delves into BITTERSWEET by Sarah Ockler Katy Upperman  wonders at IF I LIE by Corrine Jackson Nikki Katz  celebrates THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay
On to my Bookanista Shout out for MIND GAMES by Kiersten White:

Release Date: 2/19/2013

Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)

Two sisters, bound by impossible choices, are determined to protect each other—no matter the cost. James's frozen face …

Tell the Truth Tuesday - On Being Fried....

So, it's been a week since I last posted. OOPS! That was not my intent. I was actually thinking I would post every day this week. Not only that, but I would get myself back on track to regular posts.

Not so much.

In truth, since this is a "tell the truth" Tuesday post, I am FRIED. Not a little fried, either - majorly fried. And in every aspect of my life.

Part of this has to do with my release schedule at the end of nearly killed me.

But, really, that isn't the reason. The writing is a good thing for me - a healthy thing. It rejuvenates even when I am swamped.

No, the reason is my real life. The day job took more from me than I had planned when I accepted it. And my home life has just been busy (trust me, raising teenage daughters is NOT for the faint of heart). No matter how you slice it, I am fried.

And a funny little thing happens when I am fried - the feeling bleeds into all aspects of my life. I start doubting my abilities in writing and at work. I sta…

Happy Spring - With a Giveaway Hop!

It's giveaway time! I am participating in the Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop sponsored by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. From 3/20 through 3/25, more than 150 participating blogs will be cleaning out their libraries and giving away some books.

I will be giving away Hardback copies of:

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins
THE CHOSEN ONE by Carol Lynch Williams


Entering is easy. Just complete the rafflecopter form below! The contest ends 3/25 and is open to the US only.

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For more giveaway fun, check out the other blogs participating in the hop: 
Happy Cleaning!

Author Spotlight: Leigh Hershkovich and SHATTERED ILLUSIONS

Hi everyone! I am still buried in too many things. But, I wanted to come out to share another Author Spotlight with you. Today, I am featuring Leigh Hershkovich:

SHATTERED ILLUSIONS by Leigh Hershkovich When Sam, the unassuming, salt-of-the-earth proprietor of a local cafe is shot dead on the street, four strangers become the unwitting witnesses to a seemingly inscrutable crime. As the investigation progresses, this quartet of accidental onlookers find themselves not only haunted by the homicide, but pursued by their own pasts.

The deeper into the death they delve, the further into their own personal histories they plummet, as each is forced to face the fact that the loss of Sam is far from their most devastating. As the case continues, inner anguish reaches crescendo points for Danny, Ella, Marco, and Sarah as the answers they want continue to elude them, and the evidence they want to escape refuses to retreat... The book releases May 23, 2013 by Full Court Press. 

EEP! This looks like a …

Unintended Hiatus

Hey all -

Sorry I have disappeared. In truth, I an under a tight deadline, dealing with some intensities at work and home, and having my own personal issues flair. In moments like these, my need to hide intensifies as I try to sort through the workload and regroup. So....
That is what I've been doing. Regrouping and trying to find a little balance.

I will be back on Monday with lots of good things (that is, with luck...). Until then....have a great rest of the week!

The Girl Guide is Coming!

Wow! This week has zoomed past me. I really haven't been around much, and I hate that. The good news, my life will start easing up soonish....more or less.
But that is a blog for another day.
Today, I want to talk about the Girl Guide and share a little news...

The Girl Guide, for those who don't know, is my upcoming self-help book for teen girls coming May 1 from Prufrock Press (distributed by Sourcebooks). Yes, that is not a typo...the book was moved from April 1 to May 1. Some of this is due to an increase in orders, so it is a good thing!
There is another good thing too....unlike my other nonfiction books that have a narrower market, The Girl Guide, Finding Your Place in a Mixed Up World is not limited to issues facing gifted girls. Nope! It covers all girls! And, this is also my first book to have e-arcs on net galley, to be featured in the PW Spring Children's Book issue and be picked up by Barnes and Noble. 


Here is some of the early feedback on the book:

Keeping it Fresh

Happy Wednesday All! Time for another Blog Chain round. Kate started today's round with this topic:

As a reader and/or a writer what are some of your favorite fiction tropes? Are you sucker for secretly in love with best friend type
stories, stories set in mysterious boarding school stories, stories that contain time travel, or something else entirely? As a writer how
do you try to give the tropes you tackle in your own books a fresh spin?

Hmm....this is a hard one for me. I am not certain that I have a "favorite" really. I like all types of stories, YA and adult.
That said, I do rush to my local bookstore for Dan Brown's novels. And I will almost always pick up a James Patterson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, or John Green novel. What do those books have in common? Writing I enjoy, stories I can loose myself in, and impeccable research to make their storylines believable.

The second part of the question deals with me as a writer. For the most part, I actually don't …

Author Spotlight: Rashelle Workman's Blood and Snow Series

Hi everyone! One day I will get out from under the workload and get back to regular blogging...but until then, here is another Author Spotlight featuring Rashelle Workman and Blood and Snow, Volumes 1-4. Here is a little more about the book:

BLOOD AND SNOW, VOL 1-4 by Rashelle Workman  A modern day Snow White retelling with a vampire twist.

Every thousand years the Vampire Queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, and this time she’s chosen Snow White.

Snow isn’t an ordinary girl. She doesn’t know that yet.

When Snow gets bitten by a Hunter, her life is thrown into a whirlwind of change where instead of worrying about what to eat, she has to fight not to drink the blood of fellow high school students. She becomes a revenant - not quite human, not quite vampire.

With the help of an eccentric old Professor, his seven adoptive sons, and her best friend, Snow learns to control her blood craving. Sort of. She drinks a bloodlust tea, but she’d rather drink from her Hunter.