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RT Convention 2016

I’m excited to say that I will be attending the RT convention in Las Vegas next April 2016. Not only am I looking forward to rubbing elbows with all the remarkable authors and amazing readers, but I will be selling Pucker Up and The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers at the Giant Book Fair. I’ll also be promoting the release of Lip Smacked, the sequel to Pucker Up. I’m hoping to release it around June.

I’ve never been to Vegas. Never. My roommates and I are planning on living it up while we’re there. Can you say Chip N Dales? Unfortunately no one else wants to ride the zip line at the hotel so that I’ll be doing alone.

So if you’re going to be in Las Vegas the second week of April, come by and meet your favorite authors.

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Me, René and Amanda in 2013

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My first mistake of 2013

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who downloaded a free ecopy of The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers this weekend. Ninety-three downloads put Mr. Whiskers in the number one position for free Teen Short Stories. Whoo hoo!! If you missed out, don’t worry. It’s only $0.99 at Amazon.

So, as I mentioned previously, my good friend, Kody, agreed to give up soda if I wrote an adult story. And believe me, he let me know almost every day for the first week what a major sacrifice he was making to encourage me. I don’t take the threat of whoring oneself out for a Mountain Dew lightly, so I wrote my story. Okay, it was a short story, but I wrote it. Yay me! It’s a thriller with killers and body parts and stuff. A bit of a change from the young adult genre I’m used to, comfortable with. But the concept was great, the ending superb. I knew he was going to love it. So I sent it to him for his feedback. You have no idea how nervous I was while waiting to hear back from him.

You know what he said?

It was okay.40133

I still have a bruise on my forehead from where it hit my desk in utter defeat. My voice wasn’t much different from my YA writing, he figured out the ending right away, and my POV switch was too jarring. Ugh! But you know what? That’s perfectly acceptable because at least I took a chance and dared to jump out of my comfort zone and do something different. So what if I made a ton of mistakes writing my first thriller. I’ll keep writing and researching and learn how to write a thrilling story. I’m not giving up. What I’ll do with it once it’s done, I have no idea. But that’s not the point. The point is I’m doing something different. And different is good.

 

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The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers is FREE this weekend

title (2)My short story, The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers, is FREE on Amazon this weekend, January 26 and 27. It’s a crazy little story about a witch who attempts to bring her boss’ dead cat back to life. It’s funny, if a little dark, so if you have a twisted sense of humor like I do, you’re going to love it. And it’s FREE!! So go forth and download it and tell all your Kindle-loving friends to download it too.

Also, I’ve dropped the ebook price of Pucker Up, the first book in my Damsels OF Distress series, to $0.99. Here’s the new, updated blurb:

Ivy always thought that breaking a curse with True Love’s Kiss was the ultimate romantic gesture in fairy tales. But when she has to plant one on a prince who’s been dead for 200 years, it’s just gross.

After the “incident”, seventeen-year-old Ivy discovers she’s a witch, and she’s not at all happy about it. An underground organization of human warriors called the Eradicators are hunting her, like they do all other creatures tainted with magic—witches and wizards, werewolves, vampires, and fae to name a few. To escape, she’s found refuge in Salmagundi; a town hidden behind magical wards to anyone who doesn’t use magic.

But she can’t relax yet. The secret she keeps about her past could get her killed if discovered. Keeping a low profile is her main goal. Too bad Garren—the most obnoxious, pretentious, and not hot guy she ever met—won’t leave her alone. No other person on the planet can get her blood racing like he can.

Now the wards are failing, putting every resident in danger of being discovered by the Eradicators.

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Thankfully, a possible solution has been found and Ivy is the key. All she has to do is awaken the wizard prince who cast the wards over 200 ye

ars ago and bring him back to Salmagundi to save the town. Only two obstacles stand in the way: his whereabouts are unknown and only True Love’s Kiss can break the curse he’s under.

That’s right. She has to kiss the dead guy.

Together with her cousin and tag-a-long Garren, she sets out on a quest to find her prince. After putting up with dragons, vampires and one too many necrophilia jokes, can she survive long enough to take one for the team and PUCKER UP?

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In memory of an amazing woman

Monica and Grandma Pam

Monica and Grandma Pam

My heart is broken. Not because I lost one of the most important people of my life today, but because the loss of my mother is especially hard on my teenage daughter, Monica. I know my mother is no longer suffering, no longer in pain. She’s in peace now. But hearing my daughter cry while she’s doing dishes is killing me. Monica was the first grandchild, spoiled beyond all reason. She and my mother were very close. The younger two kids are sad but dealing in their own way. Angela, the 5-year-old has been asking a million questions about death, which I try to answer as honestly as possible, but because I’ve never died myself, can only guess at some of the answers. She did help me out, though, by telling our two dogs that grandma was dead and never coming back.

I’m thankful to have an amazing support system to lean on. My only sister is there for me and I for her. Our family has rallied behind us offering advice, a shoulder to cry on, and a giant ham (Thanks, Laurie.)

My mom was the strongest woman I knew. After my father got sick(er) while we lived in Alaska, my mother stepped up and ran our pizza restaurant with only a twelve-year-old me to help most times.  My aunt and grandpa pitched in, too, but the responsibility was all on her. And the restaurant wasn’t even her dream, but my father’s. After he died, she raised two girls on her own, making sure we had everything we needed. Personally, I think she did a stellar job.

So now as I remember my mother, I let the good times we had come to the forefront: all the swim meets she always helped out at, the conversations we shared as we made dinner together, and watching her read books to her grandchildren. She’ll be sorely missed.

In her memory, I’m donating all of January’s profits from my books, Pucker Up and The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers, to a diabetes research charity. Hug the ones you love today for you never know if they’ll be there tomorrow.

 

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FREE ebook today!

My short story, The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers, is free today at Amazon. So grab your brand-spankin’ new Kindle and download it today. It’s a fun little story about a witch who needs to bring her boss’s cat back to life so she won’t lose her job. Of course, everything that can go wrong, does. It’s laugh-out-loud funny.title (2)

On another note, I hope everyone is recovering well from their Christmas holiday. The past couple days have been busy, but joyful. Now, as I gaze around my mess of a house—bits of wrapping paper and cardboard, half-eaten cookies, and pieces to new games scattered all over the floor—I just want to crawl back into bed until 2013. Let someone else clean it up. That would be a much appreciated present for this worn-out mom, although my Severus Snape replica wand is pretty cool. Too bad I can’t make it work.

One of the best parts of Christmas day was surprising my teenage daughter with her new iPhone 4. We had her convinced she wasn’t getting it. Then, right before dinner, we gave it to her. I had my sister-in-law sit next to her and answer the phone when I called from another room. She hands it to her saying “It’s for you.” Confused, my daughter answers it and I ask over the line “How do you like your new phone?” She went nuts. Tears in her eyes, she practically mowed me down giving me a hug. The huge smile that lingered on her face the rest of the night was the best gift of all.

What special gift did you give or receive this Christmas?

 

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Merry Christmas world—and Alan Rickman

This is my favorite time of year because I love to give gifts and do nice things for my friends , family, and perfect strangers. Yes, I’m the person that instead of giving money to the person on the street with their hand out, I invite them to McDonald’s for a hamburger and conversation. Of course, most people just want the money, but I did have a nice chat with a homeless man over coffee at the downtown bus terminal once.

title (2)So this year, I thought I’d do something for the masses: make my short story, The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers, FREE on Amazon on December 25th and 26th. Don’t have a Kindle? They have an app for that. If your sense of humor is a bit on the twisted side, like mine, you’ll love this story. It’s  about a witch who needs to bring her boss’ dead cat back to life but nothing goes right. If you enjoy the story, tell your friends. If you don’t, tell your enemies. Let’s share the joy with as many people in the world as possible.

On another note, Alan Rickman, if you’re reading this, Merry Christmas from your number one fan. And now that I have your attention,when is your movie, Gambit, coming to the US? I’m dying to see it and not just because your naked in some scenes, though that is a big part of it. It’s going on my list.

So, Merry Christmas everyone! Be safe, be joyful, and happy reading!

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New short story coming soon

The short story I have been working on for the past 4 months, The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers, is almost done. Yay! The plan is to have it available by Christmas. Here’s the blurb:

title (2)Mr. Whiskers is dead—muerto—shuffled off his mortal coil.

 All Laney had to do was watch the store and feed the cat.  Too bad she hadn’t known there was a cat.

 She has a plan, though.  An obscure spell contains the power to grant life, only long enough to save her job, and her vacation in Paris.  Just because she botches the simplest of spells doesn’t mean she can’t control complicated magic, right?

 The mysterious new guy at school, Kody, goes along for the ride; providing emotional support and, well, let’s be honest, he’s just hot.

 After struggling through the spell—when nothing seems to be going right—they find that giving Mr. Whiskers a tenth life turns out to be more than they bargained for.

I had a blast writing this story and my critique group enjoyed reading it. They laughed in all the right places, thank goodness. It always makes me nervous when I bring a submission in to my group, worried they won’t laugh when I want them to. Or laugh when I don’t want them to.

Writing is such a personal craft. Even with a work of fiction with a variety of characters and events, a writer still puts so much of themselves into every scene. Having other people read your work and then critique takes a lot of guts. But, that’s how we grow and learn and become the best writers we can. Though it is hard work, I’m loving the journey to the New York Times Bestsellers List. I’ll get there someday.

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