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Friday Five

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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…

Crossed Fire by Kim Baccellia Blog Book Tour

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Today I'm over here: https://thebookbeacon.com/2018/02/15/ten-things-you-didnt-know-about-author-kim-baccellia/



Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the Author When I was six years old, my mother entered me in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Junior Art Championship. I won honorable mention. I thought it was really cool as they sent me the ‘key’ to the San Francisco zoo, which was shaped like an elephant. **I don’t have that key anymore, but I wonder if I still have lifetime membership to that zoo. I had a pen pal in England that I wrote to when I was in high school. Her name was Cheryl and she lived in Wolverhampton, England. We both were madly in love with David Cassidy. Cheryl’s the first to the right in this photo. My first concert was at a Jackson Browne concert. It was billed to benefit an alliance against nuclear power.

Crossed Fire Book Blog Tour

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This week is my book blog tour! Follow and leave comments for a chance to win an ebook of CROSSED FIRE and a print copy of CROSSED FIRE! I'll also throw in some swag and other goodies!

Here's my schedule:

he Tour:
February 11th
YA/NA Book Divas – Guest Post
YaReads – Author Interview
February 12th
Mystery of Character – Guest Post
Just One More Chapter – Spotlight Post
February 13th
More Books Than Livros – Spotlight Post
Deal Sharing Aunt – Spotlight Post
February 14th
RoloPoloBookBlog – Spotlight Post
The Book Beacon – Top Ten Post
February 15th
Booklove – Review Book #1
Crossroad Reviews – Spotlight Post
February 16th
Spilling Words – Guest Post
Kate Larkindale – Spotlight Post
February 17th
BookloveReview Book #2
books are love – Review Book #2

Friday Five

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1. Wednesday was my birthday! To celebrate my birthday week I'm giving away three print copies of CROSSED FIRE over on Goodreads!

**Here's the link! January 31st is the last day!!!!
https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/enter_choose_address/275756-crossed-fire




2. My excitement of the week had to be when I tweeted how I was looking forward to seeing JUMANJI. I never thought in a bazillion years The Rock would actually tweet me back!







3. Thinking I might tweak my revision and make it more mainline fiction. I've been branching out with my writing with a romance and memoir. It's always good to go outside your comfort zone!

4.Books I've read:

AMERICANIZED by Sara Saedi

Speaking of memoirs, this one deals with a teen living in 1990s and finding out she's an undocumented citizen. If you know me, I have very strong feelings on this issue. It saddens me so much the current sentiment against immigration in our country which I personally feel is racist.

My YABC review:
http:/…

Friday Five

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1. Well, GODDESSES CAN WAIT ended up being #9 on P&E



**Ok, I know this is basically just a 'popularity' contest, but still it was nice to get an email with this!
2.  Next week's my birthday! And to celebrate, I'll have a Goodreads contest to give away three copies of my latest novel CROSSED FIRE:
3. Aren't these buttons cool? I had dawnjuddcreations made them for me.

In my series, CROSSED OUT, Stephanie calls herself a 'Rescuer'. She rescuers dead girls and helps guide them to the Otherside with talismans she makes that reflect their true selves.
4. Been working on synopsis for CANDLE IN THE WIND. Hope to do a quick read through it starting next week and plan to send off to an agent who requested it.
5. Finished reading book 2 in the Scythe series.
I reread the first book in the series and totally was ready for THUNDERHEAD. It's amazing with tons of twists and turns throughout.
Premise: In the future the world is perfect. There is no disease, war, d…

Friday Five

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1. This is the first week back from vacation.  I'm getting over a bad viral infection and still hobbling on one foot. Another week wearing a special boot for my sprained toe.

2. Being sick=having a hard time being motivated to write.

Need to have this as my mantra:



Started getting back to my writing this write by tearing apart my query letter. Next week will work on the synopsis.  Plan on doing another quick read through of my story and then hope to query it out in February.






3. Been reading. **Even when I'm sick, I can't not have a book!



4.  THE SCRIBE OF SIENA



This is women's fiction with some time travel set in Italy during the 14th century. Totally loving! Reminds me of OUTLANDER with a little DOOMSDAY.
5.  ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
I'm reading this along with son. My thoughts? There's lots of adventure throughout. But I feel very uncomfortable reading the N word-which is throughout this book. Also for a 13 year old, feels very mature. The dialect is ha…