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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.

Monday, August 11, 2014

#Wipmadness Week Two: Don't Give Up

This last Saturday I went to my local OCCRWA charter to get my PRO pin!

Love my charter!  Their motto: One hand forward, one hand back is so true.  This group has been so supportive, encouraging of my writing.  Love them!

Also loved this YouTube post from romance writer Laura Drake who won First New Book at RWA Nationals.  Love her writing journey.  It took her 15 years to get her book published.  Love, love her acceptance speech and including 2.41 where she talks about walls are there for those who don't want to be published bad enough.

So this week's theme is persistence.  How to keep going when you want to just throw your hands up and say, "Screw this."

Love this vlog from author K.M. Wieland:

Like I told other OCCRWA members last Saturday after I was presented with my PRO pin, my journey is on-going.  If it wasn't for the support, encouragement of writers in our writing community, I probably would have just given up.  But like Wieland mentioned in her vlog, I'm stubborn enough to keep on going.

So today that's my message: Don't Give Up!  Laugh at that inner critic that says you can't do it because you know what?  You can if you want it bad enough!

I'm shaking my #wipmadness pom poms your way!!!!!  Also I'm cheering you all on!!!!

Now, I'm not sure if anyone still would like a chance at a galley but I have lots of them!  Just RT and comment here for a chance at winning one!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Friday Five

1. This week I've been cruising through this revision.  Almost done!  Yay!!!!!

2. This summer I've been wearing hats!

Love this hat I got from Urban Outfitters!

3. Of course, I've been reading!

Let's just say this author sure knows  modeling!  Well, she was a model!  There's lots of behind the scenes in this story.  The only issue I've had is how convenient it was for the main character to become a model and the voice at times felt a little forced.  But tweens who love Paris and modeling will probably enjoy this latest from Sourcebooks!

4. I just got this in the mail.  Finally!

Can't wait to read what happens next in this alien love story!

Totally love Daemon!!!!

4. Also finally found a book on tape that I'm loving:

Think a futurist Titanic set in outer space only with creepy aliens that mess with your mind.


5. Sent my proposal to this upcoming #kidlitcon.  The theme will be on diversity.  I know I'm an expertise on this subject with my bilingual teacher experience plus my own Latina heritage.

Want to be included on this poster:

**Guilty pleasure:

Ordering the Mud Pie mix drink at Coffee Bean & Tea leaf when I'm finishing this revision.  Love this coffee house so much!

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