Thursday, May 21, 2015

Researching & various randomness including a thank you.

For any novel I write I do a lot of research. The type of research depends on the story I am writing. For instance, I read and searched for many types of stories about werewolves and purchased books about werewolves and wolves as well. This was for my writing, but also because I love werewolves so much. Then it led me to other intersting things and allowed for ideas for stories to come in.

I have a few stories that I would really like to finish, but for various reasons I keep setting them aside.

I have one story that is at the editor and I really cannot wait for everyone to read it. I think it's a really great story and I absolutely love the characters. It's different than what I typically write (no werewolves) and was really fun to do. I keep debating if I am going to try to find an agent for this one or just self-publish it. Once I get it back from my editor, go through my editing process, and have the final version I will make my decision then.

My birthday is fast approaching and even though I'm not where I want to be physically, I am very happy with where I am professionally, including my writing career. I never imagined 5 years ago when I released Song of the Moon that I would have a fan base and that I would have sold as many books as I have. It still seems surreal to me. My goal was only to sell 100 books a year and thanks to my wonderful fans and those who are willing to give my books a try I sell more than that each month. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! You guys all make me feel so incredibly humbled and happy.

In other news I learned that I am very close to finishing my A.A. degree! It has taken me a long time to do because I work full time, have kids, read, and write on my free time. But I am only a handful of classes away from earning my degree. I highly doubt I will go towards getting my B.A., but only time will tell. It would be nice to have a Bachelors.

Anyways, that's enough of my randomness for you today.

I am working on a couple different novels and look forward to making my decision about whether to find an agent or not. Thank you again for giving my books a chance! You all rock!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Beautiful YA Covers

Here are some of my favorite YA book covers. I have to admit I haven't read most of these, but I really love the covers. What covers am I missing that you love?


Monday, May 11, 2015

Funny for your Monday #FWP

Quite often something happens that I realize is a "first world problem" meaning people in other countries have it so much worse than us and we are really just being ridiculous. Nonetheless, we still complain about these problems. My friend Jess and I acknowledge what they are so whenever we complain about an issue that we know is silly we preface it with "#FirstWorldProblems". So, for your viewing pleasure and hopefully to make you shake your head and laugh, here are some First World Problem pictures.




Have a great day!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

My favorite type of weather!

I absolutely love rain! And California needs as much of it as it can get now that we are in a drought. When I was younger we lived in a house with a large front porch and I used to sit on the porch with our dog, Bear, and listen and watch the rain come down. It was soothing and relaxing and always brought a smile to my face.
Things I do not like: rain and wind. Honestly I just don’t like wind. It blows your hair around and blows fences down. One time it was so windy that it was blowing one of my cats down the field in a ball and he would have been blown into the creek if my brother hadn’t grabbed him. Wind and rain makes for a miserable condition because everything gets wet, even under a porch.
On rainy days I like to sit in my bed or on the couch, wrapped up in a warm blanket with the front door open (screen door closed) so that I can listen and watch the rain. Most of the time now though I have to go to work and I don’t get to enjoy the rain or the sound it makes because of the building I work in. I look forward to the days when I’m retired and my husband and I can sit together and listen to the rain. My second favorite thing to do is watch lightning and listen to thunder! Do you enjoy the rain too? If not, what’s your favorite type of weather?

(not my image, but a representation of what i liked to do)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

My All Time Favorite Books


I have a generalized list on my “Favorites” page, but I wanted to give you a better list of my favorite books. I went back and found some of my actual reviews from Goodreads for this because I wanted to be sure you got my honest opinion (and it’s been a while since I read some of these). Without further ado, here are my all time favorite books:

·         The Princess Bride by William Goldman OMG LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I saw the movie first so when I read this book it was like seeing my favorite movie again, but with more interesting details! If you loved the movie then you MUST read this book. Fantastic.

·         Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews I can’t say enough about this husband/wife duo. They’re simply amazing! I love everything written by them and the Kate Daniels Series is my absolute favorite. If you do nothing else, read the Kate Daniels series. You’ll thank me later.

·         Graceling by Kristin Cashore A friend recommended this book to me and though I wasn't sure about it from reading the back, I requested it from my library. My review of this book...AMAZING! I instantly fell in love with Katsa (the main character) and wanted desperately for her story to turn out well. The characters are great as is the story.

·         Warrior by Marie Brennan/Witch by Marie Brennan So you’ll notice I have two books for this one. Why? Because you can’t read just one! AMAZING! Superb! That is how I feel about these two books. MUST READS. Totally satisfying ending as well! (How often can you say that?)

·         Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce Tamora Pierce is the queen of teen adventure stories. If you ever read Alanna then you will love this. If you haven’t read Tamora Pierce I highly recommend this book or Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) to everyone.

·         Bitten by Kelley Armstrong The first in a great series, Clayton and Elena are my favorite characters by far. Great writing that really makes you feel the emotions they are.
·      Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews Dina has issues and is running on low, but she tries her hardest and she is such a kick. The different aspects and the characters who are so well presented definitely make this story. I also recommend reading “Sweep in Peace” which is the second book that they share chapters of free on their website. Clean Sweep was the first they did it with and then they released it as an ebook.

·         Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes This book was so intriguing and the world was so different from our own. Really good story and very well done writing. The story instantly pulled me in and I finished it within a few hours, not wanting to put it down and NEEDING to find out what happened at the end. It does not disappoint!

·         The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause The story was great and I loved the ending! Because it didn’t give us the Americanized, happy ever after, ending. It ended like it needed to and how I felt it should.

·         I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter Spy girls! Do I need to say more? Okay, the girls are learning to be spies and the things they have to do and the things they try to do are intriguing and I was glued to this story.

·         Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev I loved this first book! It was so original and so creative. On a side note I wasn’t so fond of book two. I still recommend reading this first book!

·         Afterlight by Elle Jasper This book keeps you glued to it! There's so much to the story and you don't want it to end. I read the excerpt at the back for the next book and I'm a little disappointed with some of the decisions Riley's making, she makes similar ones in this book. I know it adds to the storyline, but it's sort of irritating. Overall I loved this book. Definitely a must read for fantasy/paranormal romance lovers.

·         Soulless by Gail Carriger I have to admit that it took me a bit to get interested in this book, but once I did I fell in love. I loved the main character. Moral of the story, it’s okay to be weird. Okay, maybe that’s not the moral, but I loved that she didn’t care that others thought she was a spinster and accepted who she was.

·         The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien It’s what got me started in fantasy and it still lives up to its reputation. Amazing book.

·         Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon This was a really good book filled with nonstop action and multiple types of preternaturals. I definitely recommend this book to fantasy readers.

·         Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce This was a really good book. I loved the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. There are lots of emotions throughout it.

·         Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes I LOVE this book!!! Bryn is an awesome main character and I just loved this story. I did not like the future books though and stopped reading them shortly after. This book is still great though and should be read.

·         Tithe by Holly Black I like this series because there’s both dark and light and I feel Black shows both fully.

·         Evernight by Claudia Gray I really enjoyed this book. The back of the book and the Prologue really get you going, but the twist in this book made me smile. Most authors wouldn't go with this twist, preferring to stay with the inferred. I really liked that the author chose to take the path less traveled.

·         Stray by Rachel Vincent  At first I wasn't too sure about Faythe, but the more I learned about her the more I loved her. She's a tough cat who doesn't let anyone do anything for her. She can fend for herself and has a bright mind. The entire series is really good so if you can get a set, I recommend it.

·         Glass House by Rachel Caine Honestly I started this book and was like, "Great another human meets vampires book", but that is NOT what this book is like. I really enjoyed this book and once I discovered the story I was hooked. Finished this in one day.

·         Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead The book, the series, the characters, they’re all fantastic. Rose is a great character who you feel all of the emotions with and root for her as she goes. And Dmitri, oh Comrade, he’s to die for…no pun intended.

·         Princess Academy by Shannon Hale Wow. I was not expecting to like this book so much. I read the back and thought, "yeah, this looks like it might be interesting". Then I started reading and halfway through couldn't put the book down! I really enjoyed this book and the characters. It made me wish I came from the mountain!

·         Eragon by Christopher Paolini I really liked this book. It's actually my first dragon book and I wasn't disappointed. You follow Eragon as he learns about his destiny. I really like this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy.

·         The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan This entire book series is amazing. One of my top YA book series. Adventure, Hero’s Jouney, Gods, Goddesses, and epic battles!

·         Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater A great book that keeps you hooked all the way to the last page! It has an interesting take on werewolves. Sadly I was disappointed with the rest of the series.

·         Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne I like the pack dynamic and the struggles that occur.

·         Midnight’s Daughter by Karen Chance I love Dorina!

·         Moon Called by Patricia Briggs One of my all time favorite adult series! This book series is phenomenal. Mercy is so likeable and her struggles and the way she goes out of her way to help her friends make her so enjoyable to follow. Love her!

·         Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver This is a great series for young adults. I actually am looking forward to starting it with my daughter soon. Torak is great and the love he has for Wolf is so sweet it makes them both very lovable.
·         On the Edge by Ilona Andrews Awesome book. Ilona Andrews delivers yet another great book that keeps you wishing for more. Rose is a strong main character that you instantly love. Declan is great too. I loved the banter between them and loved the ending. I do wish there was more from these two though.
·         The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross Really good book with strong characters that you fall for. I am a becoming a huge steampunk fan and this is a great one.
I know I’m missing some so I’ll try to add them when I think of them. Is your favorite not listed here? Let me know what your favorite books are so I can add them to my to-read list!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Release in May!

May 28, 2015 I will release:

Barbaric Tendencies (Ciara Steele Novella Series #2)

Ciara is adjusting to her new life, but she still can't erase her feelings for Eric. As she trains under the watchful eye of The Council, she discovers that there are some tendencies that are hard to subdue and in this world it might be better to let them out to protect those that she loves.

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Check back for links where you can pre-order Barbaric Tendencies.