On Writing Strong Female Protagonists

Strong female protagonists are nothing new in literature. From Nancy Drew to Katniss Everdeen, teen girls have always had strong role models—if they knew where to look. But something has shifted in the last decade.

Guest Author New Release: Uncorking a Lie

Happy release day to my FF BFF! I realize wine mysteries aren’t exactly YA, but how can I not tell you about Nadine’s newest book? I was fortunate enough to read an early edition of this and it’s even better than the first! I never knew counterfeit wine was even a thing, but Nadine not …

A Lifetime of Inspiration

A lot of my fellow writers can name an author who inspired them to become writers, or who inspire them to continue writing as adults. Neil Gaiman, Sue Grafton, Judy Blume… the names of these icons roll off their tongues without hesitation. But for me, it’s a little more complicated.

Guest Author Cover Reveal: Meet Me Under the Stars

For as much as I talk to other authors and read their lovely books, I rarely mention them here — but no more! Today I have the pleasure of hosting the cover reveal for KD Proctor’s MEET ME UNDER THE STARS, releasing on July 18, 2017 from BookFish Books! Check out this beauty… I wanted …

My birthday gift to you: The Slope Rules for 99¢!

I’ve never been one to shy away from my birthday, even when I’ll officially be as old as TWO people who can legally drink (but hey, at least now I know the answer to the universe right?) so in honor of my birthday today (yes, I’m a St. Patrick’s Day baby) I’ve dropped the price of THE SLOPE RULES to 99¢!

Win a Copy of Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman

My talented friend Erica’s debut novel TEACH ME TO FORGET comes out NEXT WEEK, but I already got my hands on a copy. Well two, which is good news for you because I’m giving one away! You have between today and next Friday, December 9 to enter.

Fire! (…and 2 book events)

You still have a few days to enter to win a Kindle Fire from yours truly! No purchase is necessary — all you have to do is post a picture of the cover of Flicker (it can be a picture from online OR the print or digital book) near some trees and tag it with the hashtag #Flicker4Fire.

Win a Kindle Fire!

I’m giving away a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner, and all you have to do is post a picture of the cover of FLICKER, the first book in my YA trilogy, The Flicker Effect. Contest ends October 16, 2016 at midnight.

Reading While Writing

The first few years that I was writing, I was convinced that if I read novels while actively writing my own, the styles of those already-published novels would somehow leak into my writing, making it unauthentic. I saved reading as a reward for completing drafts and would binge for several weeks, gobbling up the stories I’d …