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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Flicker and Fracture on Sale for 99¢ Each

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in books / reading, Flicker, Fracture

Tis the season for giving!

Hi everyone, I hope this holiday season finds you happy, healthy, and ready for more desserts than anyone should consume in one sitting. (I know I am!)

I don’t know about you, but the thought of extra time off from work means one thing: more time to read! (Well, maybe sleep and visiting with family, too, but after that — reading!) To help you pass the time, both FLICKER and FRACTURE are on sale for 99¢ each. That’s $1.98 for both books!

If you prefer physical books, they’re both available in print via Amazon. Just click here:


They make great stocking stuffers!

And another note: I’m THISCLOSE to finishing FADED. I was hoping to finish the first draft by the end of November, but we moved into a new house AND had house guests for a week (all at the same time) so my progress was thwarted. But I’m back on track!

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Meet My Character: Biz Clement from the Flicker Effect series

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Flicker, Fracture, writing / editing

Welcome to the Meet My Character Blog Tour, where you get to learn a little about my main character, Biz, from FLICKER, FRACTURE, and the still-in-the-works FADED.

Special thanks to my BFF Stacey Graham, who forced nominated me to join the fun! Her post introduces you to Clementine, the character in the novel she’s writing, but she has a ton of non-fic spookiness that you can check out, too!

Hopefully ALL OF YOU are already familiar with Biz, but in case you aren’t, grab a cup of tea and buckle up!

I imagine Biz looking a bit like Selena Gomez, minus the hair (after book one).

I imagine Biz looking a bit like Selena Gomez, minus the hair (after book one).

1) What is the name of your character?

Biz Clement.
(Little secret: she never had a last name in FLICKER. I had to create one for FRACTURE. Author fail.)

2) Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

She is fictional, but she has a lot of personality quirks borrowed from yours truly.

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