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Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Five

1. Been going over copy edits on the sequel to NO MORE GODDESSES.  This is the second round of edits on this novel.  The copy editor found more than a few inconsistencies that I didn't catch the first time around.

This is a HUGE reason why it's so important to have others go over your novel before it's released.

But that doesn't mean I don't feel like this over while going over some of the feedback:

Originally posted by Virtualstars

Who ever said writing was easy, never actually finished a novel.  There's a lot that goes on from actually writing that first sh*tty draft to doing numerous revisions before it's ready to print!

2. Excited to get my July box of books from YA Books Central:

3. Right now reading a YA set in war torn Paris during WWII and the American teen who is is a spy.

YA Books Central review:

Teaser: Intriguing glimpse into a female agent in Nazi occupied Paris.  Fans of A CODE NAME VERITY are sure to enjoy this recent addition of a female heroine of WWII.

4. Also been working on the query letter and synopsis of CANDLE IN THE WIND.  Right now a fellow YA author is going over the first three chapters.  Hope to query this baby out this Fall!

5. Love Prisma!

Check out these selfies of my parrots:

Sunni selfie
Damon selfie
**Guilty pleasure:  Have to help finish getting things for son's scout camp which starts this Saturday.  He'll be going with his troops to Camp Chawanakee up at Shaver Lake, Ca:

Will grab a new Starbucks drink!  This one is a coconut milk mocha macchiato.

Photo courtesy of Starbucks Newsroom

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Five

1, Been going to library and coffee house almost every day this week.  Need to finish this revision so I can query it off to agents by September!

Right now working on the synopsis and query letter.  Plan to have one other YA author go over and then I should be ready to query.

2. Been reading more too!

SURVIVE THE NIGHT by Danielle Vega

This is one creeptastic horror tale with a Stephen King edge.

YABC review:

Teaser: This is a horror novel that delivers with fast-paced suspense where friends are racing to survive the terrors of being underground with some malevolent presence.


I'm a huge fan of Gwenda Bond and this is a comic adaptation of  her GIRL ON A WIRE series.  Loved the setting--Paris!--and Bond's writing is very addictive!  This is the first in a series of four comics set in Paris.

4. NEVERMORE by Kelly Creagh

Can't wait to start this paranormal series!  Ooh, strange things happen within one character's writing on Edgar Allan Poe.  I read the free teaser on my Kindle Fire and was hooked!

One big pet peeve though is how Barnes & Noble doesn't stock books unless they're fairly recent.  I had to special order the first two books in this series.  The third one will be coming out in paperback the end of this month!

5. Reading THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath for research:

Though some of the writing is a little dated, the other all story line of a college aged girl being torn by the social norms for women in the 1950s is something that still rings true for today.  Some have told me how depressing this book is but I don't feel that at all.  I feel her conflict and struggle to try to fit in and how the pressures of being the 'good' girl are at times over powering.

Been following her quotes on both Twitter and Pinterest.

My character directed me to Plath.  Personally, I never read any of her poetry and love Anne Sexton but that just didn't seem like a fit for this YA novel.

We'll see where this leads me...

**Also excited to be hosting YA author Beth Revis this next Monday, July 18th, at 5pm PST:

Loved her Sci-fi series and also right now reading her writing ebooks which give helpful tips on the writing biz!


5. Looks like the second round of edits for the sequel to NO MORE GODDESSES is done!  Need to go over the copy edits one last time.  Hope when this sequel comes out, the 'new' cover for the first book will be out!  I've seen it and LOVE IT.

**Guilty pleasure:

Like I mentioned before, one thing that bugs me about the local Barnes & Nobles out my way is what books they stock.  I know it's more a management decision on which books they carry and which ones they pass on.  One book that really surprised me had to be the sequel to Rachel Caine's amazing new series. I special ordered and it is in the store right now! 

Picking it up and then grabbing a Starbucks drink.  With a Barnes & Noble membership, not only do you get free shipping for the year(which is so worth it for someone like me that reads ALL THE TIME) but you get 10% off the drinks.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Friday Five

1. Have jury duty this week.  The last time I did this was before 9-11.  I guess I'm weird but I actually find the whole process fascinating.  I've been on a number of panels and even got to see and smell tar heroin on one criminal trial.

This time though?  I was dismissed at 12:15pm.  It felt kind of surreal as every other time I was summoned for jury duty, I was chosen to be on a panel.

Not this time though....

2. Finishing up this revision!!!!

This project has taken me longer to write, revise, and flesh out then any other story I've written so far.  But I've learned that it's better to not rush and take the time to have the best work before querying it out.  I don't want to burn any bridges this time around.

3. My new project involves:

It's about the aftermath of gun violence and how a teen deals with the tragic loss of her beloved brother.

Some research for this one involves:

Plus, other books that deal with gun violence and of course my own reflections of dealing with the death of my younger sister.

4. Books I've read:

YA Books Central review:

Teaser:  Suspenseful thriller with twist and turns where not is all it seems to be. An very unlikely romantic connection that has everything set against it.

4. Also reading this and TOTALLY LOVING!

Loving the voice of this paranormal/horror set in a futuristic world where the monsters aren't what they seem and where a song can kill.

5. Excited to be hosting YA author Beth Revis on the 18th!

More coming soon!!!!

Here's the link!

**Guilty pleasure:

Hope to go to Coffee House and polish the first three chapters of story and then send off to another YA author to go over...again before I sent this baby out there!

Friday, July 01, 2016

Friday Five

1. Been hanging out at local coffee houses and libraries in order to get any writing done.  It's really tough to write when husband works from home and teen is home during summer break.  Need to be more creative in finding places to write.  I took over the guest room but in the summer?  It gets really hot.  At least I have a door to close behind me.

Am I the only one that needs to have a quiet place to write?  Or one that I'm not interrupted every 15-20 minutes?  (Yes, I timed it.)

My all time favorite writing place has to be Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  Wes, one of the baristas at the El Toro, Ca coffee house is fab.  He comes up with these really great iced tea combos.

2. Almost at the finish line with this revision!

Though I agree with Demi Lovato that there really isn't a finish line in this biz.  You just got to keep working at it!

3. Antsy to get back to my other more edgier YA that deals with gun violence.  Plan to do that in another week or so.

4. Been reading more too!

MEMORY GIRL by Linda Joy Singleton:

My YA Books Central review:

Teaser: The Giver meets Divergent where memories of the long dead are given to others in order to never truly die. This novel also addresses some deep questions like the purpose of faith and where it belongs in a society based on science. The ending hints at a sequel. I hope so as I can't wait to see what else is in store for Jennza and her community.


YA Books Review:

Teaser: Powerful and at times heartbreaking tale of the consequences of one act that ripple into others told through alternating chapters. This contemporary romance is more much that a love story but one that shows the unending power of friendship and trust. A perfect summer read!

5. Almost done reading this:

Kyle moves to a new town and takes a new name after his serial killer father dies.  Only there's one problem-the daughter of one of his father's murders is attending the new private academy he's enrolled in.  Then weird things start happening.  Did I mention his new school was once a psych ward?

YA Books Central review coming soon!

**Guilty pleasure:

Well, this is going to be a three day holiday with Monday being July the 4th.  Don't have any plans right now but that can change.  **Learning that the church leaders with our youth are more impulsive than I am.

Plan to try to get some more writing, a yoga session, and reading in.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Five

1. So here it is the second week of summer vacation.

Been writing almost every day!


2. Been reading too!


My YA Books Central review:

Teaser: Addictive criminal murder mystery that is loaded with secrets that will have readers guessing right to the last page. Well-written with a powerful insight into the lives of two friends that takes a tragic twist.

3.  Non-fiction must read:

Really loving this insight into a transgender teen.

YA Books Central review coming soon!


I really wanted to love this book.  Some pluses are the Parisian backdrop which the author does a great job in showing the readers.  I felt as if I was there.  What I was really disappointed in had to be how rushed the romance was to the very anticlimactic ending that I didn't buy at all.  

Le sigh.  But that's just my opinion.  If looking for a book that does a better job showing a teen in Paris?  I highly recommend Stephanie Perkins ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS.


I really love Yovanoff's writing and her latest is not a disappointment!

YA Books Central review:

Teaser: Addictive forbidden love story where opposites do attract with the help of an almost paranormal element. Readers will cheer for Waverly and Marshall even when society and others do everything to pull them apart.

**Guilty Pleasure:  Going to Irvine Spectrum and checking out the YA section at the Barnes and Noble store.  

Oh, and grabbing a tea latte at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  Today's tea was African Sunrise with NSA chocolate power and one shot.  Very yummy and PERFECT for the summer!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Five

1. So this is the first week off from school but it's been crazy busy!

Monday signed son up for 10th grade.  Met his guidance tech and she went over what he needs to graduate.

Integrated science( come to find out biology is taken not in ninth grade but rather 10th)
World History

No AP classes...yet.

2. Then finally went and saw a dermatologist on a skin lesion that looked too much like one featured in the May 2016 issue of Glamour magazine.  The article is called,Your 2016 Sun & Skin Survival Guide.  There is some photos of precancerous and cancerous lesions.  Come to find out that yes, it's precancerous.  Doctor froze it off my nose(yes, it hurt but not as bad as I thought it would).

So thank you Glamour magazine for posting informative articles that could save your life!

3. Beyond horrific what happened on Sunday morning in Orlando.  My heart still feels heavy with sadness but now I'm also angry that guns are still so easy to get a hold of.  It's been nearing 20 years since that day I got the phone call that my sister had been shot in the head.  You'd think after this time, reading about shootings wouldn't be the, as Mario Rubio says, 'the norm'.

I refuse to believe and accept that.

Been wearing my 'Not One More' bracelet:

4. Excited to get this package from Penguin books!

Can't wait to read!

5. Got my YA Books Central package:

Also got my 'first' Ipsy package filled with makeup goodies!  **Love the bag's design!

**Guilty Pleasure:

Going to grab one of Starbucks latest drinks:
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This is the caramel granita drink.  Instead of the half-half, I asked for soy.  Very yummy!

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Friday Five

1. First off:


No, maybe more of this:

2. Now I can focus more on my writing which kind of took a back seat with homeschooling this year.

One thing I have to say to those who homeschool teens?

You rock big time!

Homeschooling is hard and often times unappreciated.  It'll be nice for son to move on and experience public high school.  Fingers cross that he'll succeed!

3. Been catching up on SCREAM the TV series:

Yeah, it's kind of funny in a dark way and loaded with lots of sometimes graphic violence.  Still, not what I expected.

4.  Also my guilty summer watch has to be Unreal:

5. Books I've read:

My YA Books Central review:

Teaser: Disturbing glimpse into a small town where a horrific transphobic murder shakes not only the residences but a teen to the core. Readers will see the darkness that shadows hatred against others.

Currently reading: 

Really loving!  Think 1960s espionage with a Marilyn Monroe-like teen heroine set in Buenos Aires, Argentina!

**Guilty Pleasure:

Hope to read a couple more chapters of my revision and grab a iced tea latte!