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1. Oops, looks like I haven't posted for a couple weeks. Been busy here. I'm currently scoring standardized tests. This is a part-time seasonal gig that I've been doing since 2010.

2. Also I've been going back through a rough draft of a New Adult romance. Somehow I 'still' haven't nailed the voice of a 22-23 year old college graduate who loves British royalty(she'd totally be DVRing the wedding tomorrow! Or more like it she'd be up at 2am PST with some tea and watch it) and happens to still be living at home. Student loans, anyone?

A friend's college aged daughter suggested I watch The Hidden Diaries of Lizzie Bennett:

Lizzie's voice is PERFECT. She's 24( a year or so older than my protagonist), but close enough. Will be watching all of these to help get into my protagonist's head.

3. Finished reading SKY IN THE DEEP:


Thoughts? I really loved this Viking meets Wonder Woman saga of a teen warrior who finds out not only is her beloved …

Happy birthday, Audrey Hepburn

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Today would have been Audrey Hepburn's 89th birthday!

In my Mayhem and Myth series, Jordan Lake LOVES Audrey Hepburn.

To celebrate Audrey's day, I will be giving away a copy of GODDESSES CAN WAIT and some fun Audrey swag.


Here's a little teaser of GODDESSES. Thanks to Madeline Smoot of Cbay books for putting this together!




Just comment on what your favorite Audrey Hepburn movie is.

Deadline is Monday May 7th!


Friday Five

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1. Been scoring third grade papers all week. After a while of doing this, I feel like this:

2. Thank god for yoga. This whole parent of a teen gig isn't for the wimpy or weak of heart.

See lots of this:

And this:

If anything, it's been giving me lots of material to use in any future YA novels.

It feels strange being on the opposite end of YAs now as I'm the parent and not the teen.

3. Also this has me wanting to branch out with my writing into writing a romance that isn't YA.

**Looking for suggestions on books with 22-24 year old protagonists that have graduated college.

4. Read a couple books this week:

CROSSING THE LINE by Simone Elkeles

The link to my YABC review: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yafiction/22592-crossing-the-line-2

Teaser:
Engaging tale of two unlikely people who despite obstacles are still drawn together and where love might be the biggest hope of all. 













5.DEVILS UNTO DUST by Emma Berquist


My YABC review link: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yafiction/22…

Friday Five

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1. Been resting as it's Spring Break.

Yay!!!! I've been so drained with all the teen drama with school and other things. It's nice to take a break.

2. Been training for my temporary part-time gig I do each year around this time. I score standardized tests.  The little extra money usually goes to help with promotionals I put together on my books. This past year I had not one, but two books come out! That means lots of PR!

3. Got a review from LitPick on CROSSED FIRE.

Though it's not a 5 star review, the reviewer did say some nice things about my novel.

4. Been reading too. Right now reading DREAD NATION by Justina Ireland:

So far really loving this alternative view of after the Civil War meets Zombie slayers.

5. Got a really nice 'rejection' from a YA imprint. Love when that happens! It's an imprint I've really want to work with. Here's a little from the letter:

What might not be right for XXX's list could very well be perfect for another publish…

BookSweeps Contest

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CROSSED FIRE is part of a BookSweeps Contest.

Enter for a chance to win 35+ YA Science Fiction & Fantasy novels!!!!

Here's the link:https://booksweeps.com/book-giveaway/young-adult-sci-fi-fantasy-april-2018/

Contest ends next Monday, April 9th!






Friday Five

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1. Last week was really hard. I had to put down Sunni. We had Sunni since he was a baby. He lived to be almost 27 years old.

So sad to lose a beloved pet that was like our son.

RIP Sunni Bug.

2. Also being a parent isn't for the weak of heart. We've been having issues with our teen. Let's just say I so want to tweet the vaping companies how evil they are. The lies the tobacco company tell teens that vaping is 'safe' and harmless are all LIES. Not sure how to deal with this one. It's been really hard.

3.Here's a book video that LitPick put together for me for CROSSED FIRE:



4. Been reading.

Orphan Spy Monster by Matt Killeen

This is an intriguing, nail biting tale of a Jewish blond blue eyed teen who infiltrates a Nazi all girl boarding school during WWII.















5. Once Upon a Princess by Christine Marciniak




I'm a huge fan of royalty and this story is perfect for fans of THE PRINCESS DIARIES. In this story Her Royal Highness Fredericka Elisabetta Teresa von Bod…

Friday Five

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1. Teen's been sick this week. So I've been to the doctor's office, plus finding out one med for his inflammation of the lungs wasn't covered by our insurance. We have pretty good insurance, so this surprised me.

The cost? $300.

My reaction:

Up date: After waiting two days, doctor was able to chose another inhaler at a more reasonable price.

$20.

2. Been working on romance. Took a scene to my weekly critique group. Was told that my voice still feels YAish. My protagonist sounds more like an 18 year old and not a 22 year old.

Need to read more New Adult/Chick Lit books. Have less snark.

So guess what I've been reading?

3. AFTER YOU by Jojo Moyes

I have to admit I didn't like the first book ME BEFORE YOU. Why? Because I felt that the love interest was so selfish when he still decided to go through with assisted suicide even after he falls in love with Louisa.

















Then I read the second book and totally loved the voice and the journey of Louisa after Will's death.…

Friday Five

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1. This week had it's highs and lows. **A typical week for me!

I ended up getting a rejection for CANDLE, but still have it out with numerous small press pubs and one agent.


**This is my mantra: Never, ever, ever give up.

Then I got this review for CROSSED FIRE:



The story is imaginative and well written. You relate to these teens and their lives. Each has their own unique personality that enhances the story. Stephanie and Dylan are adorable together and entertain you in this tale. Cura is quirky and captures your heart with her optimism and cheer. Hillary you just love to loathe and you do feel for at the end but not enough to think her adventure will change her attitude..Dr. A is just as awesome as ever and the plot is fun, quirky and entertaining with just enough descriptive writing to give you and understanding and keep you in the story but not enough to have you yawn and want it to end..Do hope we get more of these fun characters and their adventures especially now that it is a…