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1. So far this summer has involved driving teen to summer school class. He had to retake algebra 2 at another school in the district. In this class he's mostly on the computer. Let's just say I'll be happy when this is over. It's involved six weeks of M-Thursday 8am classes.

Yeah, it's been a stressful summer:

Mediation has been helping. So has reading. And large iced tea lattes from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.



2. Been on a little hiatus from writing. Instead I've been reading more.

Here's some teasers from some of the books I've read:

SIDE BY SIDE:

Link to YA Books Central review:

 http://www.yabookscentral.com/yafiction/22938-side-by-side-a-novel-of-bonnie-and-clyde

Teaser: Fast-paced romp with the infamous crime couple Bonnie and Clyde that shows Bonnie Parker's human side while she rides with Clyde towards a tragic end. Well researched, this is a must read for those who love historical novels from this time period.










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THE RED RIBBON by Lucy Adli…

Friday Five

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Wow, I haven't blogged for a little over a month! Sorry about that!

Now that scoring is officially over, I'm back!!!

1. Even though I won't be at ALA 18 in New Orleans, my book GODDESSES CAN WAIT will be at the IBPA exhibit.  Wish I could be there, but have to stay here as teen needs to go to summer school.

 https://issuu.com/ibpa/docs/alacatalog2018-final




 My book is listed on page 20 of the IBPA 2018 ALA catalog!


2. I've been working on my New Adult romance, trying to nail the voice so my protagonist Sammi doesn't sound like a teen.

3. Also been taking an Italian class at the local junior college. The language is very close to Spanish and I often get confused.

4. Books I've read so far this week:

THE LONELINESS GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE by Lauren James:

The link to my YA Books central review:

http://www.yabookscentral.com/yafiction/22786-the-loneliest-girl-in-the-universe

Teaser:
Engaging Sci-fi thriller that is guaranteed to keep you reading until the end. Fans o…

Friday Five

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1. Oops, looks like I haven't posted for a couple weeks. Been busy here. I'm currently scoring standardized tests. This is a part-time seasonal gig that I've been doing since 2010.

2. Also I've been going back through a rough draft of a New Adult romance. Somehow I 'still' haven't nailed the voice of a 22-23 year old college graduate who loves British royalty(she'd totally be DVRing the wedding tomorrow! Or more like it she'd be up at 2am PST with some tea and watch it) and happens to still be living at home. Student loans, anyone?

A friend's college aged daughter suggested I watch The Hidden Diaries of Lizzie Bennett:

Lizzie's voice is PERFECT. She's 24( a year or so older than my protagonist), but close enough. Will be watching all of these to help get into my protagonist's head.

3. Finished reading SKY IN THE DEEP:


Thoughts? I really loved this Viking meets Wonder Woman saga of a teen warrior who finds out not only is her beloved …

Happy birthday, Audrey Hepburn

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Today would have been Audrey Hepburn's 89th birthday!

In my Mayhem and Myth series, Jordan Lake LOVES Audrey Hepburn.

To celebrate Audrey's day, I will be giving away a copy of GODDESSES CAN WAIT and some fun Audrey swag.


Here's a little teaser of GODDESSES. Thanks to Madeline Smoot of Cbay books for putting this together!




Just comment on what your favorite Audrey Hepburn movie is.

Deadline is Monday May 7th!


Friday Five

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1. Been scoring third grade papers all week. After a while of doing this, I feel like this:

2. Thank god for yoga. This whole parent of a teen gig isn't for the wimpy or weak of heart.

See lots of this:

And this:

If anything, it's been giving me lots of material to use in any future YA novels.

It feels strange being on the opposite end of YAs now as I'm the parent and not the teen.

3. Also this has me wanting to branch out with my writing into writing a romance that isn't YA.

**Looking for suggestions on books with 22-24 year old protagonists that have graduated college.

4. Read a couple books this week:

CROSSING THE LINE by Simone Elkeles

The link to my YABC review: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yafiction/22592-crossing-the-line-2

Teaser:
Engaging tale of two unlikely people who despite obstacles are still drawn together and where love might be the biggest hope of all. 













5.DEVILS UNTO DUST by Emma Berquist


My YABC review link: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yafiction/22…

Friday Five

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1. Been resting as it's Spring Break.

Yay!!!! I've been so drained with all the teen drama with school and other things. It's nice to take a break.

2. Been training for my temporary part-time gig I do each year around this time. I score standardized tests.  The little extra money usually goes to help with promotionals I put together on my books. This past year I had not one, but two books come out! That means lots of PR!

3. Got a review from LitPick on CROSSED FIRE.

Though it's not a 5 star review, the reviewer did say some nice things about my novel.

4. Been reading too. Right now reading DREAD NATION by Justina Ireland:

So far really loving this alternative view of after the Civil War meets Zombie slayers.

5. Got a really nice 'rejection' from a YA imprint. Love when that happens! It's an imprint I've really want to work with. Here's a little from the letter:

What might not be right for XXX's list could very well be perfect for another publish…

BookSweeps Contest

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CROSSED FIRE is part of a BookSweeps Contest.

Enter for a chance to win 35+ YA Science Fiction & Fantasy novels!!!!

Here's the link:https://booksweeps.com/book-giveaway/young-adult-sci-fi-fantasy-april-2018/

Contest ends next Monday, April 9th!






Friday Five

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1. Last week was really hard. I had to put down Sunni. We had Sunni since he was a baby. He lived to be almost 27 years old.

So sad to lose a beloved pet that was like our son.

RIP Sunni Bug.

2. Also being a parent isn't for the weak of heart. We've been having issues with our teen. Let's just say I so want to tweet the vaping companies how evil they are. The lies the tobacco company tell teens that vaping is 'safe' and harmless are all LIES. Not sure how to deal with this one. It's been really hard.

3.Here's a book video that LitPick put together for me for CROSSED FIRE:



4. Been reading.

Orphan Spy Monster by Matt Killeen

This is an intriguing, nail biting tale of a Jewish blond blue eyed teen who infiltrates a Nazi all girl boarding school during WWII.















5. Once Upon a Princess by Christine Marciniak




I'm a huge fan of royalty and this story is perfect for fans of THE PRINCESS DIARIES. In this story Her Royal Highness Fredericka Elisabetta Teresa von Bod…