Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Off to SDCC 2014

Headed out for SDCC 2014 later today. While I am excited to see Diana Gabaldon and Veronica Roth (not to mention Debra Driza and Lydia Kang, internet writing buds), I am really going for my daughter. This trip happens to be celebrating her 18th b-day! I know, pretty cool right. So she has made our schedule, planned which things are MOST important for her to see.

Now, let's hope we are able to see them. And no, I have NO problem being one of the millions who spends the night in line for Hall H or Ballroom 20 just for the chance that my kidlet can revel in her fandomness. #proudmomofagreatnerd

See you all on the flip slid. And yes, there will be pictures - of course!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Giveaway Winner(s) and The Upcoming Weeks

Happy Sunday all! I can't believe the end of summer is in sight. I am back at work in just over two
weeks, and my daughter is off to college (YIKES) in four. What the heck!

Today I thought I'd announce the giveaway winners and let you all know my focus for the upcoming weeks.

First, the winners:

Congrats to DORIS who won the ebook of Crux by Julie Reece. A big congrats to BETHANY, the grand prize winner of over 38 books and swag!!!! So fun and such a great way to celebrate the scavenger hunt. If you enjoyed it as much as I, be sure to leave a comment and let me know.

Now, the rest of the summer:

The next few weeks are filled with deadlines, Comic Con, birthdays and school stuff. Between it all, I thought I'd get caught up on my book reviews here and on my other blog, An Intense Life. There are so many books I've read lately, ranging from YA to adult to romance to erotica that I would love to share with all of you. Not to mention the countless non-fiction books about gifted children, anxiety disorders, and writing. Time to share my thoughts on it all.
Visit my blogs through out the next two weeks for reviews of it all. And who knows, I need a little bookshelf space so I may be giving a few away!

Finally, a few other announcements and a request for help:

I am planning to release TWO more books this year. Shocking, I know. Not at all certain I can pull it off, but I'm going to try. I'm also going to be speaking and attending as many events as my schedule (writing and personal, not to mention the day job) will allow. It all sounds crazy as I'm writing it, but yeah - that is the plan!
One of my scheduled events is IndieReCon Live. I'll be speaking about the psychology of writing/publishing. Or more accurately, how to find and stay in your happy place no matter where you are on your path. It's an exciting topic for me, and one I'd love your help with. If you are an Indie Author please take a moment and consider being interviewed about your publishing journey to date. If you'd be willing to help me out, complete this form so I can work something out with you. I can't wait to connect and hear your stories.

I finally finished my website. Well, almost finished it. Check it out here: Thoughts? I am pleased with it. I still have another site to design and publish for An Intense Life. That one will be the home of my nonfiction projects and services, including coaching (something a lot of you have asked about) and speaking gigs. Not to mention revamping both blogs. Such an exciting time.

Finally, I mentioned that I am working on my speaking and event calendar for 2014-2015 (yes, my life operates on a school schedule!). If YOU would like to host me for an event, be it a workshop, a book chat, a school visit, or something else, just let me know. I'll be posting more information about events and such soon. Until then, just drop me a line via my website.

I guess that's it for now. Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt Kicks Off!!!

Welcome to my stop on the Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt, taking place from July 16th - 19th 

Not sure what the scavenger hunt is all about? Here are the important deets, including prize info:

The Deets:
The Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt will run from TODAY until midnight on SUNDAY (19th July). To enter to win FORTY signed paperbacks by a wide range of authors PLUS $30 worth of Amazon Gift Cards, simply hop around ALL participating stops, collect ALL of the highlighted numbers, add them together, and then go enter the requested details along with your calculated answer in the ENTRY FORM. You can find more information on how the stop works HERE. All stops will direct you to the next place to hop across to. 

And don’t worry if you get lost, because the entire list of participating authors can be found HERE.

The fun doesn't end there. My TOP FIVE list (and highlighted number) is below, along with this a special giveaway just for stopping by!

Let's begin:

My Top Five Places for Summertime Reading
  1. THE BEACH! - I am a total beach fiend. Any excuse is my reason for hanging out, smelling the ocean air, and reading a total escapist romance!
  2. THE POOL! - If I can't make it to the beach, the pool is clearly the next best thing, right? Of course it is. Since I read on my iPad a lot, I just need a little protection from the water and the glare.
  3. My Local Coffee Shop (Yeah, that would be Starbucks!) - Anyone who knows me knows that I am a serious LOVER of LATTES! That should probably be in my tagline somewhere. LOL! And in the summer, I love to not only work (write) at my local coffee place, but read. Especially my more serious, thrillers. IDK, something about a thriller and know?
  4. Curled up in my favorite chair at home - when in doubt, my favorite comfy chair is always an amazing place to read. Especially when it's late at night and I don't want to disturb my hubby - which happens a lot since I get obsessed over books. LOL!!
  5. Amusement Parks - I know, that sounds strange right? But, honestly, I can read anywhere and everywhere. So when my kids say, "Mom, drive us to Disneyland or SeaWorld" I am much more inclined to say "sure" if I have a great book or two or FIVE cued up and ready to read. 

That's my top five list. What is yours? Leave me a comment and enter the giveaway to win the ebook CRUX by Julie Reece. Here is the scoop on Crux:

She should have run. Now, she'll have to fight. Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she's surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host and she grabs some with the idea she'll be able to buy dinner that night. In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone's viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her. Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn't bring them all together. Her heritage did. Now, with only twenty-one days left, she's got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she's only just met.

Entering the giveaway is EASY! Just complete the rafflecopter form below. I will pick a winner on 6/20.

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That's it for this stop. Time for you to hop on over to the NEXT stop in the Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt. Head on over to Susan Kaye Quinn's blog next!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

And the winners are...

And the winners are...
Wow! What a great event. Thanks again to everyone who made this so much fun. Here are the winners:

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Next up - the EPIC Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt! This will be huge and is not to be missed. And yes, it's another opportunity to win a paperback copy of Collide (available in two weeks).

Thank you all again for making the release of Collide so great. Thank you , also, for the early great reviews: 

I can't tell you how much your kind words mean to me! I hope all of you get a chance to pick it up and read it. 

See you tomorrow for the SCAVENGER HUNT!

Monday, July 14, 2014



I'm so sorry to see the celebration for Collide's release come to an end. It has been a fun week with all of you. Rest assure that I have MANY MORE releases coming up. Yep, that's right - I have big HUGE plans for the fall and winter. IDK, but all the writing I've been able to do so far this summer has reminded me just how must I NEED to write daily. There is a magic that happens when I make writing a priority - and the result will be more books, more stories, more opportunities to connect with all of you. All FABULOUS things!

But that is all for another day. TODAY is about saying thank you and reminding you to get in on the giveaway while you can!

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So many fabulous prizes for you all! I'll be pulling the winners tomorrow morning and posting results - so be sure to come on back and see the results.

Oh! And don't think this is the last giveaway this year. I am thrilled to tell you all that I'm participating in a Summer Reads Scavenger hunt that starts on Weds, 7/16. You'll absolutely want to come back and check it out. The prizes are HUGE!!!

Thank you all for making the release of Collide so great. The reviews have said things like:

I can't tell you how much your kind words mean to me! I hope all of you get a chance to pick it up and read it. The price goes up to $3.99, so get your today to make use of the discounted introductory price. 

And while you're there, why not pick up one of my backlist ebook titles, including the Requiem Series and the acclaimed YA dark thriller, Transcend, ON SALE for 99cents each:  

These prices will go up on 7/15:

LACRIMOSA, Requiem #1 (#FREE)

LIBERA ME, Requiem #2

DOMINUS, Requiem #3



Thank again for the love and excitement with Collide! Can't wait for you all to see what's next. And don't forget to come on back for the Scavenger Hunt starting Weds.