Monday, May 30, 2011


You may have noticed my blog looks a little different. What do you think? (Scroll to the bottom to see the entire picture.)
I LOVE this new design by my brilliant friend/web designer, Ron Schirmacher. (Click on link if you'd like to find out more info or have him design a site for you.)

There's still a few little tweaks that need to be done, but I love that my beautiful mermaid is coming out of a book. (Hence the title of that story, The Sea Monster Memoirs: A Motley Mermaid.)

And the eyes in the eternity symbol represent my reincarnation story: Grasping at Eternity.

Do you love it? Hate it? Is it good? Bad?

Oh, speaking of Good and Bad...I have a winner to announce!

The winner of Elana Johnson's, POSSESSION ARC is...

Marquita Hockaday !!!
She wants to be a Goodie, but considers herself an In-betweenie. We'll see if she still feels that way when she finishes the book. ;)

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


If you haven’t heard about Elana Johnson’s debut novel, POSSESSION, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. (Or unplugged, new to Blogger Land, etc.) I have seen many fantastic reviews that describe its greatness way better than I can so I won’t try to compete. Bottom line is, by now you know you want to read it. (I know I did.) And now you have the chance to win my ARC.

This contest was hard for me because I REALLY didn’t want to part with my copy, BUT it will be released in stores on June 7th so I figure I won’t have to wait too long before buying my own copy and supporting a fabulous author.

You’ve probably read the uber-cool summary before, but here it is again just in case you’ve gone through MemMod and can’t recall what the book is about.

Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

*double fist pump* Woot!

If you’d like to win my ARC leave a comment below saying if you’re a Goodie or a Baddie. You don’t have to know what it means. Just pick a side.

If you’re one of those folks that have your blog account set so I can’t email you in reply to your comment, then also please leave your email so I can notify you if/when you win.Winner will be drawn Monday, May 30th.

To learn more go to

Also...I've donated a few things over at ALL 4 ALABAMA. You can bid on a package including a signed copy of Kimberly Derting's THE BODY FINDER, an unsigned copy of DESIRES OF THE DEAD, and a critique of a query and opening chapters (it says YA only but I'm open to an genre). The auction closes today at 8pm. It's another chance to win two great books!

Friday, May 13, 2011


Happy Friday the 13th! (And coincidentally, welcome back Blogger. You picked one heck of a day to go down.)

Jen Daiker and I are in the querying trenches together right now, so we decided it would be fun to add some fun to the possibility of being agented.

So, If I snag an Agent. (That’s a big IF)…

we will do something to embarrass ourselves on our blogs.

We’ve become fabulous online friends, and soon (kinda) we'll be meeting in real life as well! She and I will be meeting each other in November when Jen makes a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Don’t get me wrong, I love Harry, but I’ve invested a lot of money on an annual pass to Disney, so that’s where our rendezvous will be taking place. We've decided that if we are both agented by then, we’ll make some sort of crazy vlog.

We need you to helps us decide what craziness to do!!

Here are some options:

1. Dancing down Main Street to The Dog Days Are Over- (Yes, Jen and I will be hand in hand with Jen’s hubby graciously taping the whole thing - most likely unwillingly).

2. Going to Writer's Stop and making pretend copies of our own books and try to sell them- (I came up with this one as a joke, but Jen thinks this one is an amazing idea, but oy. *facepalm* How embarrassing. Why did I suggest this?)

3. Disney fun: Asking a character (Mickey, Pooh, or whoever is hanging around) and Disney employees if they’ve heard of our books- (Complete with costumes - or at least some Mickey Mouse ears).

4. Other ideas from our lovely readers.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on what you are rooting for to win in the comment section.

Also, if you have another suggestion (please remember I embarrass VERY easily) provide it in the comment sections. As the months progress I'll add it to the poll to be considered.

SO again, if Jen and I reach our goal of agenthood come November, you’ll get to see us totally make fools of ourselves as our promise to the universe.

Monday, May 9, 2011


Okay, so, the fabulous Jen Daiker and I are making a Disney Deal with the universe for when we land agents. I was supposed to post about that today. But, you see, it has to wait a couple days (I'm sorry, Jen!) because Alabama needs YOUR help. And if not your help then at least your support.

The Southern Princess, aka Courtney Barr is raising money to help victims of the storm that tore through Alabama, leaving many people homeless or worse. The auction starts tomorrow and I INSIST that you go to the ALL 4 ALABAMA Blog and become a follower. Now. Go. It only takes a few seconds.

Read a few of her heartbreaking posts about how bad it is down there, and I guarantee you'll want to help however you can. One great way is to bid on lots of priceless stuff, including signed books, ARCs, and agent critiques!

So please, (I'm not being bossy anymore. I'm pleading for your support) PLEASE go follow the the ALL 4 ALABAMA Blog and help spead the word via Twitter, Facebook, or your blog. Remember, the universe loves paying back good deeds with good karma.

Oh, and don't forget the other spectacular storm victim auction already underway. HELP WRITE NOW.

See, Jen, I'm creating a lead-in to our deal with the universe post. :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


A couple months ago, a writer friend, Kevin McGill, asked me to be part of his Story Makers section of his website:

I was flabbergasted and flattered, but of course I said yes. Yesterday, my short story (very short—only 4 pages) Eternal Amusements went live. I combined my love for angels, amusement parks, and possible takes on heaven and/or the afterlife. (It was my first attempt at a short story since high school, so go easy on me.) If you’re interested, you can read it here.

Even if you don’t want to read my story, you should check out Kevin’s site. His MG book, Nikolas & Company will be released June 23rd. It contains fire-breathing winged lions, nymphs, and lots of magic. Need I say more?

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