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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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El Dorado Hills book signing success.

Cheryl Mahoney, me, and K.D. Blakely at Face in a Book

Cheryl Mahoney, me, and K.D. Blakely at Face in a Book

I had a lovely time yesterday at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills, CA at a book signing I had with two of my favorite author friends, K. D. Blakely and Cheryl Mahoney. We had a great outpouring of support from family and friends and we got to meet some new readers.

Cheryl was signing her Beyond the Tales series books, The Wanderers and The Storyteller and her Sisters. Both fabulous stories that can be read in any order.

K.D. Blakely brought the first 3 books in her Chimera Chronicles series; Secrets in the Dark, Secrets in the Deep, and Secrets in the Dawn. She’s currently working on the fourth book and I’m super excited for her to finish so I can read it. It’s a great series.IMG_1274

I had a great time talking to friends I hadn’t seen in a while and meeting new people. The store staff were a delight to work with and they were also very pleased with the turnout. Hopefully we’ll be able to do this again next year when each of our next books are released. And yes, I’m still working on Lip Smacked but I’m making great headway. I’m very excited to get it finished and out into the world.

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Update on Lip Smacked

Hey everyone,

Sorry for my long absence but life has decided to throw a couple curveballs my way. I am currently working on the second book to Pucker Up which is titled Lip Smacked. It’s the continuation of Ivy, Garren, Thane, and Athena’s journey after they woke up the cursed prince and have to travel back to Salmagundi to fix the wards.Sounds easy enough, right? But since when has anything gone according to plan for these guys. I’m hoping to have it published by the end of the year.

As I’m writing I have also been reading the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, my favorite author. I’m just started the last book and man has this been an excited ride for Sydney and Adrien. I’m conflicted about book simply because I want to just plow through it and read the hopefully happy ending yet IT IS THE LAST BOOK IN THE SERIES. I also want to take my time and enjoy being with these characters as long as possible. But I guess that’s the great thing about books- you can always go back and live the world again with a simple turn of a page.

I’m also excited to meet Richelle Mead again when I see her at the RT Convention in Dallas next month, and all the other fabulous YA authors.

Is there a book or series that you love reading over and over again? Let me know.

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Happy Valentine’s Day World!!

I found a wonderful saying on Facebook this morning that reminded me of a conversation I had the other day with one of my dearest friends that I felt very fitting on this day of love and appreciation.

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2013 is going to be the year of mistakes

This morning I came across a quote by the oh-so-talented and super hot, Neil Gaiman, that I really love: _48034224_neilgaiman

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So That’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work, or family, or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.  -Neil Gaiman

So this year, I am going to make mistakes— in my writing, in  my friendships, in my family. But in making these mistakes, I will learn and become a better writer, better friend and better wife and mother. Then I’ll make even greater mistakes next year. Maybe I’ll try writing a romance story, or sci-fi thriller. I’ll step out of my comfort zone to market my books. I’ll try new recipes and eat different foods. The possibilities are endless.

I will encourage my children to make the most glorious mistakes possible, too. And we will have the greatest year ever, knowing we are willing to screw-up, to push ourselves to new places and greater challenges.

I am looking forward to a wonderful, mistake-filled year.

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