Here We Go Again

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Faded, writing / editing

Hey! It’s been a busy month. After the Women’s Expo last month, Jeremy and I visited Portland for the first time, where we hit 12 breweries in 3.5 days (photos here) — quite an accomplishment, we’re told — and then Camp NaNoWriMo began and I started my next novel! This is a completely new story and it’s been fun getting to know my new characters. This novel is purely contemporary, heavy on the romance, and hopefully funny.

10k wordsI’ve said before that my wips don’t feel real to me until I hit the 10,000 word mark, and I hit that this weekend! Best of all, I’ve reached that milestone three months sooner than I thought I’d be starting this novel. With Faded I didn’t start writing until Fracture was published because I thought it’d be too hard to write one while editing another, but I’ve been so excited to start this story that I couldn’t wait. Big thanks to Stacey for pushing me to just start writing.

In other news, I’ll be at the Muskegon Hackley Public Library 2nd Annual Local Author Fair on Saturday, May 2nd, from noon until 3pm — just one more way I’m breaking out of my circle. Grab your friends and stop by and say hello! Or best of all, tell the teenagers you know and bring them along.

And finally, it’s my 2-year anniversary today! I can’t believe it’s already been that long!

What’s new in your world?

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ARC Winners & a New Book!

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in books / reading, Faded

Sorry for the delay in posting the winners, but since only two people wrote reviews, I decided they BOTH win an advanced copy of FADED! I’ve already contacted Becky and Lauren by email, so no need to do anything.

FADED is with my third round of beta readers, so while they’re busy nitpicking and hopefully swooning over my stupendous writing abilities, I started writing my new novel! I’m still in the early stages but —— and this in no way means I don’t love Biz and Cam —— I LOVE getting to know new characters! Cally is nothing like Biz and it’s fun writing someone so different.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful spring!

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40 Reviews for My 40th

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in books / reading, Faded, Flicker, Fracture

You Could Win an Advanced Copy of FADED!

imagesYou’ve heard me say it before—reviews are like gold for writers. Buying our books puts the bacon on the table, but we absolutely LOVE when you write a review. As of today, FLICKER has 29 30 reviews on Amazon. Yesterday was 40 days before my 40th birthday and I think it would be WONDERFUL if you all helped me reach 40 reviews for my birthday!

“But I don’t know how to write a review…”

Not to worry! Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are nothing like the one-page single-spaced reports you had to write in English class. They can be brief and sassy and only a sentence or two (of course you’re allowed to write more). If you’ve never written an online review, here are a few ideas to get you started:

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Editing, Guest Posting, and Breaking That Pesky Circle

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Faded, writing / editing

Faded NN notesEditing has been my theme lately!  I guest posted on Kai Strand’s blog and talked about editing (hop on over to Strands of Thought to read my post) AND I finished the second draft of FADED. Boom. I’m not expecting it back from my next reader/editor until the end of February so that means I can finally do all the things I’ve been putting off for months—including painting and assembling the magnetic chalkboard for my writing room. And reading. And plotting/character building for my NEXT book. I’m very excited.

My 40th birthday is in less than two months and I somehow have a lot planned between now and then. Skiing next weekend, a work trip to Chicago the week after that, THEN—this is super exciting—I’ll be one of over 20 authors shilling our wares at the West Michigan Women’s Expo! They’re grouping us together into an Author’s Row, and I assume this means people will come to us hoping to see books and authors, rather than skipping over us without a second glance because we’re wedged between someone selling makeup and another selling the next-best push-up bra. Even if I don’t sell much, this will get me exposure to people WAY outside my circle and I’ll be able to meet more local authors. Which is always a win.

And if, by chance, you’re wondering what to get me for my birthday, I always love reviews for my books. :)

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Things I Learned While Writing a Trilogy

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Faded, writing / editing

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Over the holidays, I finished the first draft of FADED, the third book in The Flicker Effect trilogy. HOORAY! Feedback from my first two readers has been positive, and it’s going to my hard-core editor in February. Here’s the not-yet-finalized blurb:

Biz didn’t think life could get worse after she tried—and failed—to stop a horrific event, but when she accidentally flickers into a car on her eighteenth birthday after doing shots of vodka—she’s forced to face the consequences of her actions in a way she never imagined. When an anonymous email threatens to reveal her secret, Biz must decide if flickering is all it’s cracked up to be, or if she needs to stop flickering. Forever.

I never quite know what to do with myself when I’m in between drafts—so far I’ve been reading a lot, playing soccer and dodgeball, and I purchased all the materials to make a magnetic chalkboard—so I thought I’d share with you a few things I discovered as I fumbled my way through this series.

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2015 Goal: Breaking Out of My Circle

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Faded, hoohah, writing / editing

Break the CircleIf you know me at all, you know that I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions. If you want to change something about yourself I think you should just do it—waiting for a date on a calendar is just another form of procrastination. Last year in mid-March I decided to lose weight, and six months later I’d lost 20 pounds. (It took a LOT of hard work. I feel one sentence is not enough to summarize.) Losing weight required the same amount of effort and determination (eat less + exercise more) as it would have had I started January 1st, but if I’d waited until everything aligned perfectly I never would have started.

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