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My first short story

A couple years ago, I challenged myself to write something different, something out of my comfort zone. What came out was a dark, adult short story I titled The Collector. No humor or quirky situations like I’m used to writing with my YA but I thought I did pretty good and so did my fellow writers who agreed to read it. I wasn’t planning on doing anything with it. It was merely an exercise, an effort to improve my writing skills.

Fast forward to the beginning of the year when my dear friend, Daphne Rene, asked if I wanted to submit my little story to a YA anthology she was also participating in. Apparently, one of the writers had to drop out and there was a spot open. I of course said yes. All I had to do was modify it so it was a paranormal YA. It was actually easier than I thought. I’m really proud of this little story. It turned out better than I hoped. It’s basically a showdown between a badass witch and a hungry human/troll.19225069_10155352823098006_3085522473545214866_n

There are 10 stories in all in the anthology, Fragments of Darkness. It releases on September 13th but you can pre-order it now. You can get it at Amazon, AmazonUK, Kobo, Barnes & Nobles, and iTunes.

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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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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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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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