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Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Five

1. So drama of last week continues!

The rental place that we got our car from?  Well, they just stopped being open on Saturdays but I didn't know this so I dropped car off early on Monday.  Hoping that I don't have to pay for 2 days of a rental car just because of this.

**Update.  Farmers insurance called and said they paid for the days!  Whew!

2. And we were affected with the recent Home Depot breach of security as we used our credit card/debit card there for home improvements.

Pain as I had to cancel my credit cards and debit card.  Uh, hello, didn't we just do this six months ago because of another breach of security?  Yes, right.  Target.

3. Son woke up Wednesday asking for his inhaler as his chest hurt and was really tight.  I freaked because of this news report:

The head of Center of Disease Control says this virus--Entrovirus D68 is hitting kids especially those with asthma throughout the nation.  Scary.

Lucky for us?  It wasn't this but rather a bruised muscle from overdoing it with exercise lately.

There was SOME good stuff though this week like BOOKS!


I found this on my Nook for $1.99.  I've been wanting to read this I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST NIGHT twist on an island for some time now.


Awesome.  I love a good horror tale and this one delivers big time!  Teens are 'invited' for a mega party only to find out that someone is seeking revenge for what happened to this loner girl before she killed herself.  There's 10 kids at the house.  After each one is killed?  A grisly red line is painted on the house, checking them off.

Great storyline, fast action, and a good who-done-it that isn't too obvious.

I purchased this one from Audible Books.  Listened to the audio story of a girl that lives two separate lives.  At midnight she 'shifts' into her other life.  I'm really enjoying these audio versions and this one was no exception though the narrator's voice was at times kind of distracting with a heavy Bostonian accent.  Otherwise very intriguing.  Reminded me of a YA Sliders.

Jen of Cupcakegirly grabbed me a signed copy of the latest Dawn Metcalf  Twixt series.
I LOVE Dawn's evocative way she captures words and weaves magic with them.
Joy and Ink's love story is amazing.

Got approved on Netgalley to read DEATH DATE which is about a teen that sees death dates above people's heads.  When a woman comes to her to ask about her terminally ill daughter and instead is told her so-called healthy child will die soon, she freaks.  Then when that son is missing she calls the police to tell them that her son was threatened by that same girl.

Really loving the voice and storyline.

**Guilty pleasure:

I so need one, don't you all think?

This weekend though is our church's biyearly event and both son and husband will be singing in the men's choir.  I think I'll grab a Starbucks drink before hand and maybe squeeze in a yoga morning session!

The salted mocha caramel drinks are to die for!  I skip the whip cream and opt for soy. This Frappuccino drink is one of my favorites!

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Friday Five

1. Week started off crappy.  On the way to church, we were rear-ended by someone in our church while pulling into parking lot.  She hit car so hard that the right bumper is damaged along with pushing my muffler in and other damage.


Mega sigh.

At least she has insurance!  I swear in the 20+ years I've lived in Southern Ca, she is the only one who actually had it. Driving a rental car right now while my Rav4 is in the body shop.

Needless to say?  I'm driving very carefully and slow.

Good news though?  Other than my anxiety going crazy?  No one was hurt.  Shaken?  Yes, but hurt?  No.

2. So I haven't been in the frame of mind to write.  Really trying.  Got two days in.  Pushing through this block.  But admit it's hard.

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3.Son.  He's now a 8th grader!

I remember 8th grade.  It was the WORSE for me.  Hope son has an awesome experience.  So far?  He says he's liking his classes at the student center.  Math?  Not as much but I have him enrolled in an online pre-algebra class.

4. Right now reading Ellen Hopkin's book RUMBLE

You all know how much I love stories about struggles with faith.  This one is no exception.

Ellen isn't afraid to unravel the layers of a character to reveal truth no matter how painful. Raw, real, and honest. Love it.

5.  Totally loving this season of Teen Wolf!

Stiles and Malia?  All I can say it's about time!  Stiles needs some romance.  Seriously, I really find it unbelievable that a guy like Stiles, who's funny, smart, and cute, would have a hard time getting a girlfriend.

**Guilty pleasure:

I really want to see this:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Friday Five

1. This week has been stressful and crazy with school starting.   Son is taking an online pre-algebra class and it's been challenging to figure out how to send things over to the teacher plus getting son motivated to do the class work.  Then went to the student center and he LOVED the Spanish class and enjoyed the first art class.

But he didn't like the Lego class.  I think at 13 years old, he's ready to move on.

Add to all this, a dentist appointment on Monday in which son had two baby teeth extracted; more paperwork to complete(one huge thing I HATED about being a public school teacher), having a 8am class on Fridays(ugh), and still not having the math book even after I preordered it the beginning of this month(what's up with that Amazon?)

2. Yesterday finally opened the yellow pack from Joyce Sweeney and read her feedback on my other project EL COMPUESTO and omg had one of those 'moments' that I'm like omg, I think I get this!


3. Finished reading the amazing gothic retelling of THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER:

My YA Books Central review:

Teaser: A great retellling of Poe's THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER that will please not only fans of Griffin but those who love a good, creepy tale.

4. After I saw the movie IF I STAY--which is filled with awesomeness sauce, I picked up the sequel as I had to know the fate of Mia and Adam-

Verdict:  LOVED!!!!!!

And seriously, if you haven't seen IF I STAY yet?  Why not?  It's an amazing adaptation of the book.  **I loved it more than THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.  That one I thought the voice didn't sound teen enough but rather like a couple college kids sitting in a dorm contemplating life in the universe.  The movie was much better in my opinion.

5. Just finished GHOST HOUSE:

This one had some great moments--a hot 1800s guy who 'shows' up along with some intense chemistry.  But it did remind me a lot of the MEDIATOR series by Meg Cabot.  Very similar premise of a girl who moves to a haunted house and 'falls' for the hot ghost.  Different voice though.  This one is a little more edgy--just the way I like them!

**Guilty Pleasure:

I hope to grab a copy of the latest Ellen Hopkin's book: RUMBLE

Love Ellen's writing and the theme of faith and forgiveness is right up there on my list of must read books!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wipmadness Week 4: New Beginnings

Summer is winding down out here.  School starts on Wednesday(Ugh, is it that time of the year again?) and I'm halfway through my Fall objectives for this year.  Thank goodness son will attend our charter's student center for musical theater, yearbook, leadership, Spanish, art, and Lego League.  Plus, this year I signed him up for an online pre-algebra class as I REFUSE to teach eighth grade math this time around.  And an added bonus?  A friend, who loves math and homeschools her eighth grader, is going to work with son one day a week too!

Can you all believe son is now an eighth grader?

Wow, time flies by!

Today's theme for Wipmadness is new beginnings.  This time of year reminds me of starting new.  Son will be in eighth grade and learning new things like conversational Spanish and pre-algebra.

Me?  I'm revisiting my edgier romantic thriller and hope to breathe some new life into it.  I finished my last revision last Friday and sent it off to my editor.  And that felt awesome!

So what are your new beginnings?  Do you have a new project?  Are you revisiting another project?  Or are you just hope to get back to the swing of things?

**Espie from my romantic thriller!

Remember, I'm cheering you all on!

And the winner this time around is:


Email me at 

DON'T LOOK BACK, FIENDISH, MANHUNT, and THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU have been taken but the others are still available!  
Another book that I added to the stash of books is:  THE FALL

 My YA Books Central review:

**This is one creepy, retelling of Poe's THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER.  LOVED!

Also need to pass the pom poms to someone else this next month as I'm going to be mega busy with homeschooling, Cybils, an upcoming speaking engagement(more of that announcement soon!), and more deadlines!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Friday Five

1.  This one is huge:


Now need to send to Liz, my editor.

2. Read this fun witchy story:

YA Books Central review:


What worked: The writing is fun, catchy, that reminded me of CHARMED meets SECRET CIRCLE only with witty dialogue and a reluctant heroine. 

There's lots to love in this novel. Indigo only wants to be normal and fit in. At first glance, you'd think she was one of the popular kids as she's dating the hot football player, is a cheerleader, and seats at the 'Pretty Table' at lunch with her frenemy Bianca. Life couldn't be sweeter. Only she is kind of embarrassed of her quirky mom who owns an occult shop and who actually believes in things like witches. This backdrop is very fun and I totally devoured the first couple pages as I followed Indigo through LA. 

3. Reading this amazing haunting tale: 

Love this twist on Edgar Allan Poe's THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER.  Creepy and haunting. 

4. Caught up with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 comic!  Giles is now a tween!  And Dawn and Xander have broken up while Buffy, is just trying to get enough money to stay in the Bay area while slaying demons/vamps.

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5.  Son is growing up too fast!

Can you all believe he's 13 years old now?

**Guilty Pleasure:

Hopefully will be going out to dinner to celebrate our 29th anniversary!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Wipmadness Week Three: Check In

Can you all believe it's almost time for school to start?  Our school starts next Wednesday.  Since I homeschool through a charter school, this means I'm teaching my now eighth grader son.  I was smart this time around and signed him up on an on-line pre-algebra course.  Whew!  He also goes twice a week to the student center, which is a school with credentialed teachers.  He'll be taking other courses there too.

Still this means I have to do lesson plans and other 'fun' stuff that I used to do when I was a full-time teacher.

So for today's post I thought we'd check in with our progresses.  Don't feel bad if you didn't do much!  It's totally cool to take a 'break' now and then!  I think that this does help the creative juices flow.

I should be done with my revision by this weekend!  Yay, me!  Then I need to concentrate on lesson plans for the new school year!

OMG, did I mention I'll be teaching 8th grade!

A little Audrey to motive me with my own writing:

Sending writing/plotting fairy dust to all of you!  Have a great week!

***Winner for this week:


Email me at

Book choices: 

DON'T LOOK BACK, FIENDISH, MANHUNT, and THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU have been taken but the others are still available!  

Adding a couple more to the list:

My YABC review:

Teaser: A cute mystery with a reluctant heroine who turns a dreaded summer internship with her aunt into an opportunity to combine modeling with being a fashion detective. The next book,set in London, will continue Axelle's adventures.

I really loved The House of the Night series when it first came out.  Here's a novella from the series:

**Next week I should have more galleys as I just received a book filled with books!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Friday Five

1. Going back and forth with something that will be real fun!  Stay tuned for news!!!!

**Hint, it will be in my hometown and it deals with diversity!

2.  Almost done with the second goddess book.  Just got feedback on the last few chapters.  My fab critique buddy had some great suggestions which I will add in.  So looks like next Friday, when I can hit the 'send' button and send it over to Liz, my editor!

3. Been reading:

This is the last book in the Lux series.  Love Daemon.  Need I say more?

4. Also got a box from Scholastic.  Reading:

Really liking the premise of a social media star teen who's younger sis is killed during filming one of her fashion vlogs.  Cyber bullying is addressed plus the emotions with dealing with a tragedy.

5. Ugh.  Yesterday had a couple moles removed from my throat and right in the middle of yoga, guess what happened?  Yup, it started bleeding...a lot.  I had to get up and leave.  I guess it was scary looking and all but I couldn't believe the studio didn't have anything to help.  When I left to go to the bathroom, some women stopped and stared at me.  Yeah, it must have looked like a vampire had attacked me as blood seeped through my hands.  Lovely.

**Guilty Pleasure:

I'm really hoping THE GIVER, one of my all time favorite books that came out way before the Hunger Games/Divergent craze, is true to the book.  Going to see movie.