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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Friday Five

1. Son's been gone all week at Yosemite with his scout troop.  He was able to go on a white water rapids excursion and hike the Half Dome while there.

With son gone that meant husband and I were able to go out to the movies, dinner, and breakfast.  Plus, I was able to get some writing done!

2. Teaser on a secret project I've been working on:

3. Still scoring.  Should be done with project by this next Friday!

4. Read THE RULES by Nancy Holder

YA Books Central review:

Teaser: A bloody twist on the game CLUE with a huge helping of I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. Tons of twists and turns that leave readers second guessing on who the killer might be. THE RULES is sure to appeal to horror fans.

5.  Finishing THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent

Really loving this twist on the whole dystopian demon hunter series.

**Guilty Pleasure:

Finally going to see this movie.  Everyone's been telling me it 'nails' the whole depression thing.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Friday Five

1. Been driving all over town getting stuff for son's upcoming Yosemite and Half Dome hike trip.  He's now 5'8!  And of course all the camping clothing stuff from last year's trip don't fit so I had to get more clothing, hiking boots, and other gear.

This all equals $$$

He'll be going with his scout troop from church so he'll be taken care of.

2. Scoring some more.  Was put on a new project that is really ...


This is me after a hour of analyzing essays.

3. Just finished reading an amazing YA contemporary that deals with a girl in a cult.  I thought at first, yeah, another cult survivor story.


This is a raw, intense account of Minnow, a teen who was raised in a hidden cult  and the horrific trials she goes through by just questioning.  An insightful look into Minnow's journey from victim to survivor.

Total must read!

4. Listening to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and totally loving.  Son needs to read in 9th grade so I decided to get the audio book and listen to this summer.  Also plan on buying the sequel on July 13th!

5. Just got approved to read ACCIDENT SEASON but can't figure out how to download on my Kindle Fire.  Le sigh.  Hoping to get this taken care of soon so I can read!

**Guilty Pleasure:

The only way to get any real writing done is to sneak away to the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf close to my house before 10am.  Seems that EVERYONE thinks that I'm the one to take requests to do things as I 'don't really have a job'-(that's what my 14 year old just told me).  Uh, HELLO, yes, I do.

Anyway, going to coffee house and hope to be doing this as I have a deadline next Tuesday on a proposal for a secret project!  **Can't share yet but will let you all know when it's for sure!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Friday Five

1. Been busy scoring essays.  This is me after 4 hours of scoring essays:

Looks like there's a couple more weeks of this project and after that, I'll finish that so-called 'quick' read of my latest project.  **Really need to get this done so I can make my Fall deadline of querying!

2. Speaking of projects, I've been featured over on my Lachesis publisher's site.

Tuesday there's a Q&A post:

Wednesday I share some of my Top 5 Horror books:

Thursday comment on your own favorite children/YA book!

Comment and have a chance at winning a free e-book!  Better yet, let me know you commented on Friday's post and I'll send you some swag.

And with all that I should be having some news to share on the writing front!

3. Doing some research for a possible romance set in the 1920s.

This series was suggested:

I'm really getting into this YA series set in 1929, right before the Crash.  There is a tad bit too much head hopping but other than that?  Very engaging.

Waiting for my second book as it's all sold out in brick and mortar stores:

Why the 20s?  My younger sister Autumn, who is a paid genealogist, came across some newspaper clippings from Mexico which mentioned our great-grandfather being arrested in the early 20s for having alcohol at his resort and being jailed for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  My grandfather used to tell me stories about that resort which was located in Reche Canyon, outside of Riverside County, Ca.  He said it was the place to be as everyone went to the parties and he got to escort the Silent Movie stars that came.

Grandpa in the 30s.  He was always very proud of dressing up!

The mineral water that won awards in the 1910-1920s and even bet out Arrowhead!

So much to go with including a diverse angle as Grandpa Console was half Mexican, half Italian.  Heard stories that were hushed about the discrimination they faced to the point that they denied their heritage to blend in and pass for being White.  Add a love story and this is PERFECT.  Of course I'll bring my own story magic and two love struck characters in the early 1920s.

4. Finished reading SWEET MADNESS

I've always been captivated with the story of Lizzie Borden.  Did she or didn't she ax her parents?

Engaging historical that gets readers right into the Borden home right before the deed.

YA Books Central review:

Teaser: Engaging historical novel that gives readers another glimpse into the infamous Lizzie Borden.

5. Also finished the upcoming Alex Flinn YA novel MIRRORED

YA Books Central review:

Teaser: Unique spin on the classic fairy tale Snow White this story will resonate with readers with it's twist on what is really beautiful. Another winner from Alex Flinn!

**Guilty pleasure: Hope to sneak over to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and do some writing.  Will order my all-time favorite drink--African Sunrise iced tea latte with NSA chocolate powder and one shot.  So good!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday Five

1. First off, the last day of school was Wednesday.  Son is done with middle school and will be a freshman in high school this next school year.

On how I feel about school being over:

One more year of homeschooling and then going to transition son to public high school.  Hoping this will mean I will be able to write full-time again as it looks like I might have more on my plate!

Speaking of:

2. I might have some more news to share next week!  Writing news.  

3. Right now finishing up a quick read of my revision before doing yet another quicker round of edits on it and then I will be sending to critique buddy so I can get ready to query again!

4. Just finished reading THE EDGE OF FOREVER

My YA Books Central review:

Teaser: Fast-paced time travel tale with twists and turns throughout and with a mystery that keeps readers turning the pages.

5. Agent Jen Laughran mentioned this book on Twitter and I got a sample.  Omg, it's amazing so far.

Here's a little on the book: 

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

**Guilty pleasure:

On Saturday going to local OCRWA meeting!  Love to go to these meetings as they motivate me to continue writing, even when I feel I'm totally sucky.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Friday Five

1. Doing a quick read through on my project.  Making notes, comments throughout.  Hope to finish the read-through by next week.  Then put aside for a few, work  new feedback in and then let critique buddy read.

This project has been going on and off since 2011.  Hope to finally get it into shape to start querying in the Fall.

2. Need to start work on a new project...soon.  Hopefully that will help me get excited on writing again.  I think the combo of end of the year drama, family issues, and other things have me stuck in a funk.

Hoping to find that light at the end of the tunnel.
3. Right now reading DAUGHTER OF DEEP SILENCE:

This book is filled with awesomeness.  Think REVENGE meets YA.  Totally loving!

YA Books Central review coming real soon!

4.  Also reading RUN TO YOU.

Really enjoying this paranormal romance!

5. Went and saw the remark of POLTERGEIST the other day with son.  This newer version upped the creep factor and was entertaining but omg that clown.  **Did I mention how much clowns freak me out?

Photo courtesy from

I'm still traumatized by that clown in Stephen King's IT.

**Guilty pleasure:

Going to Irvine Spectrum and picking up either the latest Meg Cabot book:

Or one of these:

Mostly though, just want to get out and be by myself for a few.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Five

1. Started week off by getting a haircut and all over color.  Loving the deep red color with hints of purple in it.

2. Still haven't got another birdy.  It's been hard.  Once a month I do go to Omar's Exotic Birds and take photos of the cockatiels.  Plan is to order one in July.  Need a new birdy friend.

This little guy tried to sneak home with me.  Cockatiels, though a lot of work, are adorable and so smart.

3. Still scoring which at the end of the day has me feeling like doing this:

4. Right now reading CHARMED which is the sequel to HEXED.  I really enjoyed the first book and finding self swept up in the latest!

Was able to get for $1.99 on my Kindle Fire!  What a deal!

5.  Also was able to attend son's musical glee performance last Saturday.  He had a big part as Charlie Brown.  Son NAILED the monotone and character.  Kuddos to Springs Charter School's theater teacher Mary Hering for putting together an amazing production.

**Guilty pleasure:  Plan to make orange rolls this morning.  Lion House has the BEST rolls.  You can purchase them at Deseret Bookstore.  So worth the time(they do take time to rise) and money!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Friday Five

1. It's been one of those weeks.  Call it the end of the year antics but the whole middle school drama I thought we'd avoided since we have son at a charter school?  Well, it caught up with us big time.

Basically son said a not too nice comment to a girl.

Girl got upset but didn't tell anyone until later.

Son doesn't get why she's upset as he says the same thing to his guy friends and they do the same with him.
**Doesn't excuse it but still...

Mother calls school and is very upset.

It just makes me want to throw my hands up in the air as I think this has been blown way out of proportion.

I had son email an apology and told him not to talk to the girl in question.  Well, apparently that's being seen as not caring.  Can't win for losing.

So when is school out again?

2. Then have to get son ready for the reenactment of the Mormon pioneer trek.  Got the paperwork on what he can wear and bring.  One thing it said: NO DENIM.

Omg, what teen doesn't just wear jeans?

Time to go on a Goodwill run.

3. Then, on top of all the drama?  My part-time job has been totally nuts.

4. I know, whew on YOUR WEEK.
But here's some books that helped.

This one was a hilarious read!

YA Books Central review:

Teaser: A fun mixture of humor, psychological insight, family dymanics, and having the faith to rise above a bad experience. Guaranteed to make you laugh and want the best for Audrey.

5.  Really loved this non-fiction memoir by a teen:

YA Books Central review:

Teaser: Enchanting journey of a real teen's popularity experiment that will have you laugh, smile, and cheer her on as she finds the real key to popularity. A must read!

**Guilty Pleasure:

Boy, after this week?  I totally DESERVE!

Plan on getting a much needed facial!

And finally, here's a little sunshine to help brighten the week!