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Strong female characters are here to stay

For Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend took me to see Black Panther. It was actually on Saturday but we were busy with the kids, work, and life in general on Wednesday so we waited until the weekend. Anyway, I loved it!large_bLBUCtMQGJclH36clliPLmljMys

I was excited to learn about a new super hero that I really knew little about from the previous Marvel movies. I was not a comic book reader as a kid. I did love Wonder Woman from watching the 70’s TV series as a preschooler, but that was about my extent of comic books until Michael Keaton put on the bat suit. Even then, the comic movies weren’t a big draw for me. Until Marvel kicked it up with the Avengers movies. I still haven’t watched all the Iron Man movies but I saw the first one, fairly recently.

My favorite characters are Loki and the Winter Soldier. Yeah, I have a thing for a good anti-hero. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thor and Captain America too but there’s something about walking the fine line of good and evil that thrills me. Yes, I know Bucky wasn’t himself when he killed but he’s now wounded. And I love the long dark hair. A bit shallow but that’s seems to be my type. Can you say Severus Snape?

But what I really loved about this film were all the strong women!! They were all kick-ass, smart, not needing to be rescued characters. Even the king’s special guards were all women. It made my heart happy to see so many female characters in important roles, and not just as an accessory for the lead male. And these women didn’t compromise their beliefs or passion for love. They stayed true to themselves.

But my favorite is Princess Shuri. She was awesome! Just the fact that the head techno-geek for the country is a teenage girl is ingenious. Not only is she an intelligent young woman but she isn’t afraid to join the battle. No damsel in distress here. I really hope she inspires young girls to participate in STEM. There has been a great swell of women pushing forward into male dominated fields such as politics and engineering. We’re seeing more movies with strong female leads making tons of money at the box office like Wonder Woman and Beauty and the Beast. And of course you can’t forget all the fabulous characters like Katniss and Triss in our favorite YA novels.

IMG_3074My youngest daughter and I marched at the capital of California this January. We did last year too along with my oldest daughter. I really want them to understand that their gender isn’t a liability and that they have a voice and they need to use it. I’m excited for what the future holds for my daughters. And my daughter’s daughters. And my son because lifting woman up doesn’t mean squashing down men. We want equality, not superiority.


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I liked Passengers

When I first saw the preview for the Jennifer Lawrence/Chris Pratt movie, I was soooo excited! Two actors that haven’t let me down in SPACE! The premise looked awesome and the setting remarkable. I eagerly anticipated opening day so I could grab me some popcorn and let myself escape in their world for a couple hours.

Then I heard from a friend who had read a review that the movie wasn’t what we thought. The review had turned my sci-fi loving friend completely off the movie. I wasn’t sure what could possibly be so bad so I found a review she had read to see for myself.

mv5bmtk4mju3mdizof5bml5banbnxkftztgwmjm2mzy2mdi-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_The author of the article compared the plot to today’s rape culture, a topic that I find fight worthy. The actions of the Pratt character was compared to a rapist for what he did to the female character. Reading this, I too saw the connection to the recent headlines of rapist today getting little more than a slap on the wrist for the crime they committed. So then I was adamant that I was not going to spend my hard-earned money to see a movie that perpetuates the notion that men need to force themselves on a woman to make her realize that she loves him.

But then I talked to my sister who had just seen it. She didn’t see the movie as a reflection of our current rape culture at all. She said that other people can change the direction of your life, even for the worse, and it isn’t always rape. So I decided to actually see the movie and make my own opinion. What a concept, right?

As I watched the movie, part of me really wanted to hate the Pratt character, to vilify him for what he did. But I couldn’t. I understood why he did it though I didn’t agree with his decision. I think the biggest argument for the rape culture reference is the fact that his character doesn’t face any real consequences for his actions. He gets to be the hero at the end.

But I think getting so hung up on how Karma screwed up takes power away from Lawrence’s character. She got pissed, and rightfully so. What he did to her was wrong. He violated her, in a way, by totally derailing her future but that in no means equals the brutality that a rape survivor goes through. And she had the power at the end to punish him and she took the high road. He found a way to make it right with her and she made the decision to stay with him. I thought it was a sweet, hopeful ending that had me leaving the theater with a smile on my face. I prefer movies that affect me like that.

So many people were up in arms about how it should’ve ended differently but that’s life. You don’t always get the ending you want. That’s what I love about reading, watching movies, and writing. We get to witness the limits of the human experience. In my opinion, comparing this movie plot to the current rape culture is a bit much. Rape is such a serious crime that it shouldn’t be thrown around so liberally. And I don’t think that these two fine actors would sign up for a project that they felt glorified such a heinous aspect of our current culture.

So yeah, what he did was fucked up but it worked out in the end. What did you think of the movie?


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Happy 2017!


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January 1, 2017 · 12:17 pm

Happy birthday to me!

As I sit and contemplate on the last 44 trips around the sun, I realize how fortunate I have been to Birthday-Cake-Pictures-with-Candleshave had the experiences that have shaped the person I am today and all the people who have come in and out of my life. I especially appreciate the friends that have stuck around. I’m humbled by the love I’ve been shown throughout my life.

As I embark upon my 45th voyage around our blazing star, I anticipate a great year. I plan to release two books; Lip Smacked, the sequel to Pucker Up, and the still yet untitled Laney and Kody story set after the events of The Tenth Life of Mr Whiskers. I’m in revisions for both so be on the lookout for the release dates. I may even have What the Fae? close to release. I depends on how fast and if I can recover the document from my dead laptop. Let this be a lesson to you – always backup your work every time!

I also plan to attend a couple writing conferences to hone my craft, including RT2017 in Atlanta, GA. So if you’re going to be in the area the beginning of May, stop by and say hi. I’d love to meet you.

So in celebration of the anniversary of my birth, I’m dropping the price of Pucker Up tFinished Pucker Up (2)o $0.99 for the rest of June at Amazon and Smashwords. Yay! Tell your friends.

Have a fabulous summer and happy reading!

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Going to Vegas, Baby!

I’m so excited to be going to the RT Convention this year in Las Vegas. I have never been to Vegas surprisingly. I plan to drive down from Sacramento, by myself, for nine hours. That’s going to be difficult because I’ve never driven this far alone. But my daughter Monica is going to drive back with me. She’s flying down on Friday and then we’re going to see Britney Spears in concert. So excited!!

So, at the convention I will be one of the hosts for the YA Spooky Slumber Party. We’ll be having a great time playing games and winning fabulous prizes like books, swag, and a kindle!12246766_10208217715096483_3627575958508476480_n

I’ll be attending great workshops to improve my craft and fun parties to celebrate books and being an author. I even will be pitching my latest manuscript to some agents on Friday. It’s the second book with Laney and Kody and they’re getting into some pretty crazy antics at the Louvre.

Saturday is the Giant Book fair and I will be signing! Monica is going to be meeting her favorite author, Richelle Meade. She has been fangirling since she found she was going. So if you’re going to be in Vegas, come down to the Rio All-Suite hotel and say hi! I’d love to meet you.




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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from my family to yours. I hope 2016 brings you much happiness, magic, and lots and lots of wonderful books to read.


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Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone has a wonderful day with your loved ones, eating great food and being grateful for all the blessings in your life. I’m thankful for my wonderful children, my amazing boyfriend who is doing almost all the cooking, and my fabulous sister and brother-in-law for hosting the meal.

Everyday I’m grateful for all that I have: my family and friends to love, my job that helps me pay my  bills, my apartment to give us shelter, my car to get me to my destinations safely, and my laptop to pour all my creative juices into.

Enjoy your day and be thankful not just today but everyday. And don’t forget the pumpkin pie. Always be grateful for pie.


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