Nov 19 2014
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Blog Series: I Support #We Need Diverse Books (Part 1)

As it turns out, I have a lot of thoughts about why diverse books are needed. Like, 1000 words a lot, and that was me forcing myself to stop. So I’m going to make this a series, of probably two more posts: one dealing with the few diverse books I read/the ones I’ve been lucky enough to read as an adult, and how they helped me heal, and another talking about the diverse kind of books *I* personally want to write. Maybe you guys will read them.

 Why We Need Diverse Books, Part 1: My Story

 

Have y’all heard about We Need Diverse Books and the amazing, groundbreaking work they’re doing? The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is so inspiring, and something I’m personally passionate …

Nov 13 2014
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The One with the Indie Authors Give Thanks #Giveaway!

The One with the Indie Authors Give Thanks #Giveaway!

The last eight months since I first published AS YOU TURN AWAY have been so amazing. I’ve learned more about my writing, read some great books, and met some incredible folks. One author pal, Deirdre Hall, is hosting a great giveaway from a bunch of us indie writers to thank YOU GUYS, the readers who give our books a chance. (This giveaway is US only.)

 


 
November has a reputation for pumpkin, crisp leaves, mustaches, and gratitude. Stop in your local Trader Joe’s and you’ll find pumpkin galore. Step outside, leaves! The mustaches, well, that has to do with men’s health so ask a dude …

Nov 05 2014
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The One Where AS YOU TURN AWAY Gets a (Sort of) Sequel

The One Where AS YOU TURN AWAY Gets a (Sort of) Sequel

Last year, I wrote a book. It was hard work. It meant late nights and long days, and ultimately, it meant publishing that book and realizing it was out of my hands. That was one of the most difficult parts of the entire publishing process. I couldn’t change the few typos I ultimately found in AS YOU TURN AWAY. I couldn’t add an epilogue. I couldn’t defend it to readers who hated (and wouldn’t try, since that’s their opinion, and is totally okay) it or who, for their own reasons, couldn’t finish it. I couldn’t make it any better, and I couldn’t change the few things I wished I’d done differently. It …

Oct 23 2014
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The One Where I Wrote A Somewhat Beta Male Love Interest

The One Where I Wrote A Somewhat Beta Male Love Interest

 

When I started my upcoming ONE SONG AWAY, the characters took over in a way that didn’t happen with my debut. Sophie-Claire sort of enveloped my life. When I wasn’t writing her story, I was thinking about her, about Jake, about her friends, and wondering what was going to happen next. I knew a few broad strokes, and I knew how I *wanted* it to end, but how to get there was like…

 

Nevertheless, being the pantser I am, I kept going. Sophie-Claire emerged fully formed in my head, which took me aback, because getting Quinn to tell me about herself was like pulling teeth, when I was writing AYTA. Unlike Quinn, Sophie WANTED to talk about herself, her friends, her …

Oct 17 2014
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The One with One Song Away on NetGalley!

The One with One Song Away on NetGalley!

AHHHHH. This is a TRES exciting post for me to write because I have one big announcement, and several other ones to get to, so here we goooooo!

*takes a minute to breathe into a paper bag*

*uploads GIF to express my FEELS*

 

ONE SONG AWAY is on NetGalley! Bloggers and reviewers are now able to request it for review.

*grabs for paper bag again*

OSA just went live today, so you’ll have TWO MONTHS to request it. TWO months to get to know Sophie-Claire and Jake! Guys, I am legitimately so excited about this. Patchwork Press has been AMAZING to work with, and I am so thankful to them for …

Oct 11 2014
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Swoonworthy Saturdays – #6: The One with Jake’s Point of View

 

Recently, I announced some pretty cool incentives you guys would get if ONE SONG AWAY reaches a certain number of adds on Goodreads. We hit the first one really quickly, and as promised, here’s part of Sophie-Claire and Jake’s meeting from his point of view. I wanted to do the whole chapter from his POV but life kept getting in the way. So here’s the first part and I’ll see what I can do about the second part. <3

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By mid-morning, I’m still not sober enough for this day.

Even though I’m at work, I’d rather be back at my place, just relaxing, or blowing off steam with …

Oct 07 2014
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Top Ten Tuesday: Character Driven Novels

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time! I’ve missed participating in this fun, creative meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, so here we go!

 

October 7: Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

 

1. IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch. There’s a mystery and a very subtle romance in Emily’s book, but it’s far more Carey’s story, a story of being lost and found, of coming home, and of making a home for yourself, and of remaining true to who you are. Carey’s growth was heart-wrenching at times, always genuine. I loved this book so much. Read more »

Oct 06 2014
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Why You Need to Break Your Book (So You Can Fix It)

 

It may sound silly, the notion of “breaking” your book. After all, you wrote it, you’re going to publish it, and you love it. Why in the world would you want to hurt it?

Here’s something I’ve learned from editing my two books, and especially from taking the scary step of sending those books to beta readers: your book NEEDS to be broken. So that you can put it back together. So you can fix it. So you can make it better.

The process isn’t as simple as: write a book, publish it, earn millions. *wistful sigh* IF ONLY. It’s more like: get idea. Procrastinate. Write words. Let story slowly take over. Throw heart and soul onto page. Be brave enough to …

Oct 02 2014
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The One with One Song Away Incentives!

The One with One Song Away Incentives!

 

Some of you are aware I’ve written one book, and will publish another one in December. If you DIDN’T know this, now you do. ONE SONG AWAY is a New Adult contemporary romance coming to you in e-book form December 1, 2014.

Y’all, I’m SO excited about this book. I just finished final edits on it, and when I think about Sophie-Claire and Jake’s story, I’m all

 

Here’s where you lovely, awesome folks come in, I hope. I’d like to toss out a few fun incentives for YOU helping me spread the word about ONE SONG AWAY. Trust me, they’re pretty cool, including the big stretch goals. I’m not pinning my hopes on ALL …

Oct 01 2014
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Mini-Review Round-Up: Summer 2014

 

Confession: I miss writing longer reviews, but I don’t really know HOW anymore. And with writing, I don’t have the ability to MAKE the time to write longer ones. But I wanted to talk about the books I’ve read in the last few months, because while I haven’t read many, man, they were good! 

RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo

I started this one the moment it was delivered. I sat in my living room reading and I didn’t stop until 2 a.m., when I finished Ruin and Rising. I still don’t really know what to say about this book, except it made me feel so many things, so …