Crossed Out

Crossed Out

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Friday Five

1. Last weekend I was with my family in Sacramento. So nice to be with those who don't put me down or are rude.

One huge thing I've learned with the experience of my mother-in-law who lives less than 15 minutes away, is that to appreciate my own mother/stepdad/family. Also that no family, no matter what they say, is perfect. I have learned that no one can tell me that I'm not a good enough Christian/Mormon. It's really up to me and Christ. No one else. I'm just so glad my own family isn't judgmental.

2. So found out #kidlitcon is being held in Sacramento. So I'm applying to be on a panel. Deadline is today! Wish me luck on filling this out!

3. Just finished reading this:

Love this romantic memoir that has you believing in true love, no matter what you're age is.

4. Read this while in Sacramento:

Fast paced read which reminded me so much of a teen Xmen meets government conspiracy.

5. Excited that I just got approved to read the Netgalley copy of one of the upcoming YAs with Audrey Hepburn in them:

There seems to be a trend this season--Breakfast in Tiffanys.

My own YA--NO MORE GODDESSES has an Audrey Hepburnolic who loves all Audrey movies.

Plus, I'm almost done with book two in Jordan's adventures! Sending off to my editor next week!

**Guilty Pleasure:

Want to see this movie:

Sunday, July 27, 2014

#Wipmadness Week 4

This last weekend my thirteen-year-old and I were able to go to Sacramento, California and visit my family.

It was fun to see family

I just needed to get away for a little while and be with my own mother and stepdad. It's been hard with mother-in-law being down here and all.

Today's theme is do you ever feel like you need to take a break? Is there times when you feel stuck and just need that little time away to regroup?

For me it was going to Sacramento for a couple days. It was nice to hear positive things about not only myself but my writing as well. I think sometimes all of us have to do this whether it is going on a short trip to taking a walk, breaking out a novel to read, going out to dinner with friends, or other things.

Remember, I'm cheering for all of you guys! Every little step forward takes us that closer to meeting our goals!

**I'm almost done with my revision and can't wait to send it over to my editor!

****Last week's winner is:


Email me at Here's a list of galleys available:

DON'T LOOK BACK and FIENDISH have been taken but the others including

YA Books Central review:

Teaser: Schroeder sprinkles her own magic in this story of two teens who find each other during hard times.

and MANHUNT are available!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Friday Five

1. Been busy this week working hard on my revision!

Almost to the climax of my story which means I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Yay!!!!

2. This afternoon will be boarding Southwest Airlines to go to a birthday party in Sacramento! It'll be nice to see my family even if the weather is supposed to be in the 100s.

3. Just finished reading:

Think a teen X-men with super powers like using a person's DNA and changing into them.

**I purchased this book as Penguin Teen send me the sequel:


Plan to read this on trip over to Sacramento.

5. Looking forward to reading this nonfiction tale set in Paris!

I'm part of a traveling blog tour! What's not to love? A woman goes back to the guy she left in Paris. Sounds mega romantic!

**Guilty Pleasure:

I have to say it'll be fun to see my sisters/mom/stepdad Elwood again.

**This was taken back in 1974 or so. No, it hasn't been that long but it kind of feels like it. Been almost 6 years since I've been to Sacramento. Funny, how I told myself I'd NEVER go back when I left back in 1983 to attend BYU. One thing I've learned is family, no matter how crazy, has your back. And right now that's nice to know especially with the whole mother-in-law thing out here. So yes, it'll be nice to visit home.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

#Wipmadness Week Three-What's Distracting You in Your Writing?

On Friday we went to see Pompeii The Exhibition at the California Science Center in the hub of Los Angeles.  We were excited to see this traveling exhibit.

I loved the history and the knowledge that these things were owned by actual people some 2000 years ago!  Plus, my second book in the goddess series has Aphrodite messing with Jordan.

Pompeii was the hub of the Roman Empire around the 1st century.  It was kind of like the NYC of that time.  The place to go and be seen.

I realized that the Romans took their Gods from the Greeks.  This painting is of Venus, who is the Roman's goddess of love.

Another statue of Venus:

The painting of Aphrodite's birth:

A statue of a young male:

13 year old though only noticed one thing.  Can you tell me what it was?

Son's reaction on most of the exhibit:

 "Mommy, serious?  Is this all about NAKED PEOPLE?"

Seems son didn't like looking at the classics as he only saw one thing--the nudity, which overpowered everything else in the otherwise amazing exhibition.

"I know what guy parts look like but I DON'T WANT TO SEE A LADIES."

So for today's #Wipmadness theme I'm wondering if any of you also get distracted by something albeit your writing, life, or other things that has you lose sight of your main objective--your writing.

I saw during this exhibit fascinating glimpses into a world that time had forgotten but to son?  All he saw was a bunch of naked people that embarrassed him.

In my writing sometimes I get distracted by my very busy schedule or even when someone I know gets that call and/or offer that seem to be out of my reach.  So I forget that I have to work on my writing to get to that point that I will get noticed and hopefully get that call too.

For all of you, that do get a case of distraction, I'm sending some fairy writing dust, to keep all of us on track!

**Last week's #wipmadness winner is....


Email me at for your chose of a book from:

**Fiendish is already taken but the other ones are available!

You all can still have a chance at a galley!  Just RT on Twitter, FB!!!!

This week I'm adding this MG book to the selection:

Kate has created a fun MG series filled with suspense and adventure.  These heroes are looking for missing artwork that takes them to Paris, France!  A great series for reluctant readers with the added bonus of historical facts and fun illustrations.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Friday Five

1. This week I've been hitting my revisions big time in hopes to get the second goddess book off to my editor by August 1st.  Here's hoping I make this deadline!

2. I won a free cover from Paper and Page during last week's #YALITCHAT chat on covers.  I'm really excited as she'd making on for the second goddess book with a Parisian theme!  Can't wait to share!  Oh, here's her site:

3. Latest on MIL: she 'lost' her purse with everything in it, including her passport, two sets of car keys, and other things but only told us late Sunday night.  (Apparently it happened last Thursday).  It's been really hard with her as she's very demanding, needy, and expects everyone--mostly husband--to drop everything and do things for it.  It's gotten worse, not better, with her in assistant living.  Sigh.  Need to set more borders and also have the assistant living place do what they're supposed to do.  So yeah, very stressful.  Thank goodness I'm going to Sacramento next week to visit with my family!  It'll be nice to not be around this for a few days.

4. Books this week include one amazing series that fans of Beth Revis and also ALIENATED series will love.

This is an unique twist on the whole traveling to another world to settle premise.  Totally loving.  There's also hints of an alien love in the second book which does deliver.

Here's the trailer:

5. And I'm not almost done with the second book:
Terra is now on the planet and finds the boy of her dreams. Only problem is he's an alien. LOVING this story so much!

**Guilty pleasure:

We're going to LA to see this exhibition:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wipmadness Week 2- Aiming for Writing Goals

This last week son attended Boy Scout camp.  He had a fun time with the other boys in our church and one of his favorite activities was working towards getting his rifle shooting Merit badge.  He even spend extra time and money so he could practice.

**This was really hard for me to give him permission to do this with the history of gun violence in my family but I figured it would be better if he learned how to use one since most of his friend's families do have guns.  Still, though, it was tough.  Husband went on Wednesday till the end and watched and made sure the scouts kept their promise to tell son and other boys the consequences of not using a gun correctly.


Today's theme is are you right on the mark with your writing?  Or are you like me and go way off the bulls eye and have to do like my son and practice numerous times before you get a project to a point that you're happy with?

Using son's Merit badge experience for our example:

First you need to get all the materials you need together.  For me it's a printed draft with numerous comments throughout or critique buddies feedback.

You then get started or actually do those revisions, writing, etc.

Then you aim and go for your target.  For me it's been actually hitting my revision and asking for help from a critique buddy who gave me insights and feedback that helped me get closer to that bulls eye.  I was able to revise almost 200 pages in the 3 days that son and husband were gone at camp.  Yay me!

Son did earn his Merit badge but only after lots of practice and not giving up even when at first it was harder than he thought.

So don't give up!  Be persistent and go for your goals!

Remember I'm cheering for all of you!

**Last week's winner is:

Mary Ann

Email me at for your choice of galley you'd like! Here's the link to the books that are available!

And make sure to comment, RT for a chance at winning a galley for next week!!!!

And here's another galley up for grabs:

My YABC review:

Teaser: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS meets a murderous A-type set in a private Christian school backdrop where an underground group of teens against bullying find that their enemies might be more than they can handle. Karma sometimes isn't sweet.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Wipmadness Week 1

Hi, everyone! I'm excited to be your host for this month's #wipmadness!

I'm glad it's summer! I'm burned out with teaching and need a break! I hope to finish my revision of book two in the goddess series and get back to El Compuesto! Also my one publisher wants to read more of the sequel to CROSSED OUT!

My plans for this month and next include:

Scheduling more writing time at the local coffee house and nearby library. It's really hard to write at home as husband works there and son is off for the summer.

But I also hope to take it easy:

and visit my own family in Sacramento!

My question for all of you is what are your goals for this month? Do you have anything standing in the way of accomplishing them and if you do, how do you overcome those odds?

Remember, I'm cheering for you all!

Courtesy of

And what would #Wipmadness be without prizes to help motive you all?

Comment and RT on FB and Twitter for a chance at winning one of the following: **I'm also posting little teasers from my YABC reviews!

Like No Other by Una LaMarche

I'm a total sucker for a bittersweet love story and this one delivers. Think modern day WEST SIDE STORY with an engaging voice and two characters that you hope will somehow overcome the odds against them. And the odds are huge for this couple.


The whole premise of something wicked happening in a small town and the hypocrisy of the townspeople reminds me so much of a Ray Bradbury story only with much more woven throughout. She also reminds me a bit of Francesca Lia Block, another one of my favorite authors!

Don't Look Back by J.Armentrout

An amazing thriller

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Think Steampunk meets 1844 Scotland with one kickass heroine that would give Buffy the Vampire Slayer a run for her money. Only in this case the heroine is supposed to be the proper lady with a secret: she's a faery slayer and loves it.

End Times by Anna Schumacher

Great voice with intriguing twists on an end of the world premise. Fascinating backdrop that foreshadows where the Rapture might occur with characters that will keep you guessing on their roles in all of this.