Friday Five

1. Yay, finished the first round of edits on CROSS FIRE-sequel to CROSSED OUT!

I'm lucky to have a fab editor. Joanna D'angelo been helping me make this book the best ever!!!!

2. Now back to CANDLE. Redoing the beginning, based on feedback from editors out there. Also plan to enter the YARWA Rosemary Awards.

3. Been going to Lou Nelson's fab critique group. It really helps to have others look at your work before you submit. I've been seriously in this writing biz for over 10 years now. It's been a learning experience.

*Books I've read this week:

Disclaimer: I received an email from GoodReads informing me that my review links on their site were breaking one of their rules. You can't post links but only reviews. So from now on I will post links here on my blog site.  Otherwise, for now, I'll just post the star reviews over on GR.


 My YA Books Central review link:…

Friday Five

1. For the last two days I've been helping with son's high school Challenge Day.  Here's a little about this program:

2. Been hitting the first round of edits for the sequel to CROSSED OUT.  My deadline is March 17th-NEXT FRIDAY!

I can do this!

3. Also tightening up the beginning of CANDLE.  Hope to be able to do another read through by next month, so I can start querying again.

4. Haven't read that much due to concentrating on edits.  Here's what I did read:

My YABC review link:

**Teaser: There's betrayals, secrets, and twists in this story. Told though the point of view of Lily and Amber, the story comes together to reveal a secret that is totally surprising. I love when this happens!

Fast-paced paranormal tale where family secrets and betrayals are reopened.
My YABC review:
Teaser: Perfect travel guide with a comic book flair that …

Friday Five

1. Been working on the first round of edits for the sequel to CROSSED OUT.  In this book, I'll have Cura, Stephanie, Dylan, and Hillary have to work together on recent crossing while someone in their past comes back to Sacramento with deadly secrets.

Stephanie.  Let's just say readers will find out more behind Stephanie's ability!

2. Also been working on rewriting the beginning of CANDLE.  I've been attending a weekly critique group at the home of my former writing mentor.  It really helps to have another set of eyes go over your writing.

Right now have to make Jorge less of an ass and at least more likable.

3. Yes, this has been my recent office:

4. Also trying to squeeze in some reading:

Finished Cindy Pon's upcoming book:

My YABC review:

Teaser: Fast-paced, engaging, dystopia set in the futuristic world of Taipei where one survivor's strength is put to the test.

5.  Also finished this one!

YABC review: http:…

Friday Five

1. This past couple weeks I've been battling this barking cough.  It's been embarrassing at times(like when I couldn't stop coughing at yoga).  I can't sleep very well once a coughing fit goes off.

Le sigh.  Hoping I get better or I'll have to visit the doctor.

2. And seriously, omg, on that so-called Press Conference the other day.  I'm so embarrassed for our country right now.  The man in office can't articulate and loves that word, 'very'.  Plus, he's showing true signs of delusion especially when he said, “Chaos? There’s zero chaos,” Trump said. “We are running — this is a fine-tuned machine.”

That's frightening.  What's even more frightening is how he's been avoiding the whole Russia issue.

I'm continuing to stay active and vigilant even when some(like an experience I had the other day) tell me to shut up.  No, silence =condoning the very acts you abhor.

I just pray our officials come to their senses or continue to stand up…

Friday Five

1. One reason why I really need to not just stay on social media too long is the prevalence of 'fake' news and 'alternative facts'.

In my case, I read of how ICE is rounding up anyone who fits the undocumented citizen profile down here in SoCal area.  There is in fact a post from a Ca Senate member who posted his concern on the rumors:

And the ACLU posted, in both English and Spanish, what to do if ICE does knock on your door:

How sad is it though that it's come to the point that you don't know what is 'real' or 'fake news'.

2. Excited to go to tomorrow's OCCRWA meeting!  Love going to this group's meetings!  There's a Valentine theme going on and I'll be donating a $25 Amazon gift card for the raffle!

3. Decided, after DeVos's confirmation that I will be more active on PTA board. …

Friday Five

1. Busy revising the beginning of CANDLE based on feedback from Wednesday night's critique group.

And then an agent on Twitter tweeted something that omg, actually broke through this wall I've had on this story.

I admit, I've been worried that CANDLE is too much like what's going on right now after Trump becoming leader of our nation.

But omg, I now know how I can re channel what my protagonist is facing.

This might work!!!!

2. Also still working on my romance set in Italy.  Been researching a lot on the Resistance during WWII.

3. Been reading THAT BURNING SUMMER:

This one tackles one subject I haven't come across: those who deserted during the war.  The author does a fab job addressing this coming of age story.

YA Books Central review coming soon!

4. Been waiting patiently for my February YABC box of books!

5. I admit, I've been having a really hard time with this new administration which includes daily alternative facts. It has really scared me.

This has be…

Friday Five

1. I wasn't able to participate in the Women's March but I was there in spirit.  One woman at the Yoga Place, told me she went to the one in LA and was blown away at all that showed up.  "It was multi-generational.  It brought back my activism."  She highly recommended not to be complacent and to be, "Active and vigilant."  This is a woman who marched in the Civil Rights movement and says that Angela Davis was her mentor.  Then she corrected me, when I said, 'Women's Rights.'  "This is a case of human rights."

Stay active and vigilant when the world around us seems to be trying into a very bad episode of the Twilight Zone.

A quote from Hillary Clinton:

"Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights.  Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely-and the right to be heard."

2. Been working on my WIP.  So far up to 38K.
3. Also reading more books that take place during W…