Friday Five

1. Wow, read this today and couldn't help but think of my own characters down in the catacombs where the goddess of love plays tricks on Jordan:

2. Stay tuned for another giveaway with YA Books Central!

3. Been working hard on second round of edits!

4. Excited to receive my June box of books from YA Books Central!

5. Right now reading THE HEARTS WE SOLD.

Intriguing look at how much it really 'costs' when you bargain with a demon. In this case, you have to give up a body part.

**Guilty pleasure:

Today's the last day of school. It's been a challenging year but I'm glad son completed his sophomore year.  He went to a public high school, so yes, it was an adjustment for all of us.

Now I'm hoping he can look for a summer job and keep active.

In the meantime, I plan to grab a LARGE iced drink to celebrate the end. **The s'more one is really, really GOOD.

Friday Five

1. Got back letter from publisher for the sequel to CROSSED OUT. She emailed me that..."I love the story and Steph is a lot more endearing now as are the other characters."

Now I'm working on round two of edits. Then it'll go to the copy editor.

Very excited about revisiting Stephanie's world!

2. Been revisiting my current project. Using the feedback and suggestions I received from editors/agents on what I need to strengthen the story.

I swear revisions are never ending! But it's a necessary part of the writing process.

3. Also read these books this week:

My YA Books Central review:

Teaser:  Engaging portrayal of a diverse teen trying to make sense of her new school while coming to terms with her own heart.


Loving the snarky voice of Paige who finds herself on a mission to find her missing journalist parents.
5. Really loving this new summer TV series: STILL STAR…

Friday Five

1. So the plague has hit. I've been sick since Tuesday, plus son's still under the weather.

Oh, joy.

Lou Nelson, my writing mentor, suggested taking zinc.  So I'm doing that plus resting while teen is at school.

2. So I haven't done much writing but plan to get back to it soon!

3. Been reading though.  Latest:

I've been a fan of THE CAGE series since I was lucky enough to score a galley from YABC. This is the third and final book in the series and it's FRICKIN' AMAZING! I got to host Megan for a YABC Author Twitter chat a while back. Her books are so good! I totally recommend this TWILIGHT ZONE meets MAZE RUNNER.

4. 16 WAYS TO BREAK A HEART by Lauren Strasnick

My YA Books Central review:
Teaser: What I do like is how neither of these characters is the 'saint'. Each one has faults, insecurities, and selfishness. Natalie is high strung and very insecure with her border-line paranoi…

Friday Five

1. Well, this week started off with son texting me that he was, 'freakin' sick' while at youth conference. He's been sick on and off again all this week. Took him to the doctor and was told it's a bad viral infection.


**Crossing fingers I don't get it!

2. My educational project I've been working on was put on hold until Saturday. This means I've been able to hit my revisions again! Yay!

3. Also catching up with my reading.

My YA Books Central review:

Teaser: Intriguing look into a futuristic world where anyone's privacy can be comprised with one click. Fans of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS are sure to enjoy this not too futuristic tale that shows the consequences of wanting to have everything out there on social media.

4. Not sure to think of this one:

Pluses: I love the glimpses readers get to read both sides of the story. In this case, the girl writes letters describing their relationship at the …

Friday Five

1. This week's been crazy as son's high school had standardized testing, which means he didn't have to go to classes until almost 11am!

2. Oh, I had to add the above gif because SON IS NOW DRIVING. So far, it's been okay but a few times, I was like Ross in that gif!

3. Been scoring away for this educational firm.  This is me by the end of Friday:

4. And big news is that I'm having another giveaway of GODDESSES CAN WAIT this Saturday! I will post the link when it pops up. For this giveaway I'll be adding some swag!

**Check on Saturday!  Here's the link:

Stay tuned!

5. I was able to read one book this week.

My YABC review:

Teaser: Mystical, enchanting tale with a sharp bite, this story will enthrall readers on the mystery behind the sudden reappearance of a spell book one stormy Irish night.

**Guilty pleasure:

Well, s…

Friday Five

1. I have BIG NEWS!





Here it is!!!! **Isn't the cover pretty?

Here's the blurb:

Jordan Lake, a fifteen-year-old Audrey Hepburn-olic who’s a magnet for goddesses, has a chance to go to Paris with her grandmother and BFF Selena Garza. Even though she senses something is off, she decides to make the trip. But when she kisses a cute Parisian boy a la Roman Holiday, she switches bodies with Aphrodite and is sent to the Greek netherworld.…
It's available on Amazon:

Barnes and Noble:

2. And check out the new cover to NO MORE GODDESSES:

I'm so happy with both covers! I think this deserves an Audrey dance of approval, don't you?

**Check back as ther…

Friday Five-Or Thursday version!

1. Today I'm posting my usual Friday Five post as I'm leaving to visit my mother and family in Sacramento tomorrow.  It's my stepdad Elwood's birthday and there will be a big crowd. I haven't seen my mother for a little over 2 years. No excuse.

This was at my last visit. L to r: Elwood; Mom, sis Kathleen; Me; nephews Bassam and Khalid.

I think she'll be happy though as I have a copy of my new book to give her!

**Aren't they pretty?

2. When I get back, I plan on getting some treats for my Wednesday critique group to celebrate it's release!

Starting to put together some giveaways! Check back to find out which sites will be hosting me!

3. Finally finishing THE PASSION OF DOLSSA. **YA author Julie Berry has to be one of my newest favorite authors.

This is about a girl who has visions and hears voices from her 'beloved'. The church is threatened by her and tries to silence her. Love the gorgeous writing. A must read for any historical fiction fan!