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Friday Five

1. Teen's at scout camp this week which means it's so much quieter!  Also, since husband took week off too, been really hard getting anything done.  Still working on copy edits.  Hope to have done before school starts back up on August 29th.

2. Went to House of Pancakes and had their famous apple pancake:

It's HUGE and so good!

3. Finally went to Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, Ca.

This is where actors reenact famous paintings.  It's pretty spectacular!

My favorite paintings had to be the ones with the Frida Kahl and Diego Rivera theme:


Really enjoying so far!

5.  Finished reading:

My YA Books Central review:

What worked had to be the whole concept of a teen searching for her past even when her family tried to stop it.  One thing I did have issues with though had to be how misleading the blurb was.  There really isn't any horror element in this book like I thought.  S…

Friday Five

1. Been going over copy edits on the sequel to NO MORE GODDESSES.  This is the second round of edits on this novel.  The copy editor found more than a few inconsistencies that I didn't catch the first time around.

This is a HUGE reason why it's so important to have others go over your novel before it's released.

But that doesn't mean I don't feel like this over while going over some of the feedback:

Who ever said writing was easy, never actually finished a novel.  There's a lot that goes on from actually writing that first sh*tty draft to doing numerous revisions before it's ready to print!

2. Excited to get my July box of books from YA Books Central:

3. Right now reading a YA set in war torn Paris during WWII and the American teen who is is a spy.

YA Books Central review:
Teaser: Intriguing glimpse into a female agent in Nazi occupied Paris.  Fans of A CODE NAME VERITY are sure t…

Friday Five

1, Been going to library and coffee house almost every day this week.  Need to finish this revision so I can query it off to agents by September!

Right now working on the synopsis and query letter.  Plan to have one other YA author go over and then I should be ready to query.

2. Been reading more too!

SURVIVE THE NIGHT by Danielle Vega

This is one creeptastic horror tale with a Stephen King edge.

YABC review:

Teaser: This is a horror novel that delivers with fast-paced suspense where friends are racing to survive the terrors of being underground with some malevolent presence.


I'm a huge fan of Gwenda Bond and this is a comic adaptation of  her GIRL ON A WIRE series.  Loved the setting--Paris!--and Bond's writing is very addictive!  This is the first in a series of four comics set in Paris.

4. NEVERMORE by Kelly Creagh

Can't wait to start this paranormal series!  Ooh, strange things happen withi…

Friday Five

1. Have jury duty this week.  The last time I did this was before 9-11.  I guess I'm weird but I actually find the whole process fascinating.  I've been on a number of panels and even got to see and smell tar heroin on one criminal trial.

This time though?  I was dismissed at 12:15pm.  It felt kind of surreal as every other time I was summoned for jury duty, I was chosen to be on a panel.

Not this time though....

2. Finishing up this revision!!!!

This project has taken me longer to write, revise, and flesh out then any other story I've written so far.  But I've learned that it's better to not rush and take the time to have the best work before querying it out.  I don't want to burn any bridges this time around.

3. My new project involves:

It's about the aftermath of gun violence and how a teen deals with the tragic loss of her beloved brother.
Some research for this one involves:

Plus, other books that deal with gun violence and of course my own reflections…

Friday Five

1. Been hanging out at local coffee houses and libraries in order to get any writing done.  It's really tough to write when husband works from home and teen is home during summer break.  Need to be more creative in finding places to write.  I took over the guest room but in the summer?  It gets really hot.  At least I have a door to close behind me.

Am I the only one that needs to have a quiet place to write?  Or one that I'm not interrupted every 15-20 minutes?  (Yes, I timed it.)

My all time favorite writing place has to be Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  Wes, one of the baristas at the El Toro, Ca coffee house is fab.  He comes up with these really great iced tea combos.

2. Almost at the finish line with this revision!

Though I agree with Demi Lovato that there really isn't a finish line in this biz.  You just got to keep working at it!

3. Antsy to get back to my other more edgier YA that deals with gun violence.  Plan to do that in another week or so.

4. Been reading mor…