Saturday, October 19, 2013

Reaching Eden prints are here!

It took a long time, but the Reaching Eden prints are finally available on Amazon! If you would like to order a signed copy, and you live in the US, the button is on the left side of this blog! If you're outside the US, send me an email at, and I'll figure out shipping!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Reaching Eden is now available!

Are you in the mood for something more adult and contemporary? Well, I might have something for you! Reaching Eden is now available in Kindle, Nook, and print! It's a bit of a Rock & Roll fairy tale for adults with a hint of a dark side!

I have approved the print for sale, and it's fully available on CreateSpace and my blog. However, Amazon hasn't posted the links just yet. It might take a few more days. I'll let you all know when that happens!

*** WARNING: Due to violence and sexual content, this book is recommended for readers 17+ years old. This book contains scenes portraying rape and explicit sexual situations. ***

Xander Hart is a rocker with a past. His career has brought him success in both money and women. However, he’s grown bored with the superficial. After he’s forced to leave one more dysfunctional relationship behind, he begins to take a hard look at his life, and he’s not happy with what he sees. His choices have taken a toll on him and his career, and not in a good way. He finds himself losing hope in ever finding happiness again.

That is, until he meets Eden Balestra, a small town girl with a knack for finding peace and enjoyment in the simplest of things. She shows him a world that he had long forgotten existed. Eden’s strength and compassion inspire him overnight, and he can’t get her out of his mind.

Unfortunately, Xander’s recent past returns with a vengeance, and Eden finds herself stuck in her worst nightmare. Despite her best efforts to remain above it, she is quickly torn down to the lowest she has ever been. She feels her mental and emotional states begin to crack. Can Xander reach her before she shatters?

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blood of Eirny paperbacks are here!

Paperbacks of Blood of Eirny are finally available on Amazon and CreateSpace! If you would like a signed one, please click the button on the left side of the screen underneath the Blood of Eirny cover!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Random Observations as a Newcomer to the Gluten Free Lifestyle

I have decided to make a random non-book post, today. This is also my personal blog, after all.

I've started this gluten free lifestyle change within the last several months, because my body apparently can't handle gluten. In case you're wondering, gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley, triticale. I had symptoms like high insulin levels, sciatica, eczema, joint pain, and full-blown migraines nearly every single day.  It's a really hard change to make, at first. However, the symptoms I listed above are gone. My general allergy problems are far less. I've lost a lot of bulk, though I'm not quite skinny, yet. I feel a million times better.

However not everything is super easy, and it's definitely not all sunshine and roses and healthy food. These are my observations with this change so far:

  1. Most products with modern wheat are ridiculously bad for you. Seriously. Just look at the labels. Loads of sugars, little nutritional content, I could go on.
  2. Gluten free processed stuff isn't necessarily good for you, either. Most of them are higher in carbs. It's why you should eat more fruits, veggies, non-gluten unprocessed grains, etc. before reaching out for those processed gluten free vanilla wafers. Although those wafers are delicious. Just throwing that out there. Besides, avoiding those processed foods and adding more natural ones makes it easier to get all the vitamins you actually need straight from the source. Just because a soda is enhanced with vitamin C, that doesn't mean it's good for you, or even better for you than that other soda over there. I'm just saying.
  3. If you don't get enough fiber on this diet, you will have to supplement or feel really terrible. The pills tend to stick in your throat. The powder stuff tastes like orange sawdust koolaid. I suggest getting enough fiber.
  4. Far more people have a gluten intolerance or gluten allergy than even THEY know. Want to know the symptoms? Here and here. Talk to your doctor, even.
  5. Wheat is in darn near everything. Grocery shopping for me was ridiculously hard at first. While breads and things are more obvious, it's also hidden in less obvious places, such as seasonings, bags of sunflower seeds, oatmeal, chicken broth, soups, some types of bacon, soy sauce ... It can even be in your medications. This is why label-reading is your friend.
  6. Of all the people I know with allergies, more people who have a wheat allergy actually refuse to avoid it than any other allergen. Why? Because wheat is addictive. It has this stuff in it called gliadin that is an opiate. There were days I contemplated robbing babies of their cookies. I never did, of course. But fighting the urge was intense. Fun, huh? You can actually go through withdrawal symptoms when you cut gluten out of your diet. None of those symptoms are fun. Not even kinda.
  7. You will (probably) not die if you slip up and eat something with wheat in it, once in a while.
  8. However, if you do slip up, your body will hate you. Especially if you've gone a few months without it (long enough to get it out of your system, completely). The level of which it hates you will depend on why you stopped eating it, in the first place. Even if you have no reason to stop eating it, but do anyways, you will feel like you just ate an entire tub of rubber cement. Delicious.
  9. Gluten free products are stupid expensive. I'm serious. You get less product for a much higher price. Unless, of course, you get things that have always been gluten free, such as milk, vegetables, fruits, etc. However, they can charge you more if they put that gluten free label on it.
  10. It's far more satisfying to take the time to make things yourself. It really is. It tastes better, and you're absolutely certain of what's in it.
  11. It is NOT hard to find something gluten free at most restaurants (fast food is more difficult). However, with many restaurants, you will not be super happy about what is available to you. I get really tired of salads and sandwiches sans bread. Also, you still run the risk of wheat contamination.
  12. Gluten free pretzels are WAY better than regular ones. Don't believe me? Try it. They're worth the extra dollars.
  13. Many Hershey's candy bars are gluten free. I am ashamed of how happy this fact made me.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Random Musical Memories

So, as many of you know, I have struggled for most of my life with severe depression. I've written about it here, if you'd like to read about what it's like to actually have it.

Anyways, I was listening to my Spotify station, as I usually do when I'm writing. Suddenly, a song came on that I hadn't heard in a while. You know those songs that immediately pull you out of whatever mood you're in and give you stability and hope? This was mine. This song (and the album it came from) has gotten me through so much, be it events that happened to me or my own self-destruction. I decided that I wanted to share it with you.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sneak Peeks from Facebook

There's a Facebook game for authors going around right now that requests authors give 7 lines or the first full paragraph from page 7, 70, or 170 of current works in progress or recently released books. Since I've posted them on my personal wall, I decided that I'll also post them here so all can read them! I'll also edit this document to include as many as I post there. :-) Which are you looking most forward to? Answer in the comments!

All pieces are copyright by me!

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Out Now!
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Avery stared blankly through the charred remains of the library, as the residents slowly made their way through, up the ladder, and out into the castle above. She felt as if another piece of her had burned to death in the flames. Thousands of years of history had been reduced to ashes within minutes.

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~*~    ~*~    ~*~    ~*~    ~*~

She squealed and pulled her knees in front of her face. She wanted to get up and run, but she had frozen in place.

Almost instantly, his teeth flattened to appear normal, once again. “I told you not to be afraid of me.” He reached out to her, but she yanked herself away. He sighed deeply. “I swear I won’t hurt you.”

“H-how am I supposed to believe that?”

“If I were going to, I would have done it, already. Even better, that idiot kid was already doing a good enough job of it. I could have just left him to it and saved myself the energy.”

~*~    ~*~    ~*~    ~*~    ~*~
~*~    ~*~    ~*~    ~*~    ~*~

And then Liv happened. Suddenly, he understood why he’d put up with Liv’s controlling ways. He had been desperate to make the pain stop. He had tried to fill the void that Lilliana’s absence had caused. Without her, the Gavin that she had mentioned had been crippled. “You might be here a while.”

She looked up at him. She instantly recognized the look of wishful thinking on his face, which caught her slightly off-guard. Not knowing what else to say, she decided to go with the only safe bet. “Let’s go check out that roof.”

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Special Surprise!

So, I have this friend who is an AMAZING writer, but she thinks she's awful. She gave me permission to share a short story of hers with you all, but only if I give her a pen name. So, I've decided to do just that! This is so amazing that it needs to be shared! Make sure to tell her what you think in the comments!

by Evangeline

Red. The reason I work in a slaughter house. Red. The only color I can see. My eye is drawn to it. Just like my ears were drawn to the sound of your laughter. Ha...laughter...slaughter. There are so many links to you.

You stepped into my life and for the first time I felt like I was normal. Like I wasn't missing anything. Growing up almost completely colorblind is not easy on a kid. People are mean little shits. God forbid my socks don't match. What a fool I was.

Now that doesn't matter I wear the same thing every single day. I couldn't tell you what fucking color the material is. But no matter. By the end of the day it is soaked in sticky jam like clumps of deep, dark red.

Red like your lipstick. It drove me wild those pouty full lips of yours. I would imagine how your breath felt against your breath would sound in my ear.

You were such a pretty little thing. Your short Catholic school girl skirt. Getting called into the office because it wasn't regulation length. Fixing it in front of the principal only to hike it back up in the hall. You'd pull that skirt up slowly and watch me watching you. Your soft pink flesh coming into view.

And when you'd walk by you'd brush up against me. Every. Single. Time.

For months we flirted silently. More so you than me. I was never the flirt. Still am not.

One day fate stepped in and we were paired up in chemistry the two of us. Finally, a name. Alicia. Ali for short.

Ali. Oh...the name is like music to my ears. Even now. Even after everything.

That day in chemistry you cut yourself on broken glass. It oozed from the palm of your hand...the life draining from your body. Slowly. So very slowly.

I offered to walk with you to the nurse. The cut was so bad your parents were called and you were taken to a doctor.

Somehow, I still don't know how, you found out where I lived. That tiny little house...falling apart while my mom slept around on my dad..while my dad drank himself to sleep almost every night.

You showed up at my door. Cookies in a tin. Smiling at me and thanking me for helping. Apologizing for getting blood on my clothes.

A smudge in the middle of mute, depressing gray. The most beautiful thing to happen to my boring old pants. Your blood...on me.

We walked around the block a few times. You made me try a cookie. They were the first you ever made. They were the most delicious cookies I've ever eaten.

We found a bench at the park. Sat down. You told me about how your friends always made fun of me for being different. So what, you said, if my clothes didn't match or if my paintings in art looked like murder scenes. You told me I was always kind to other people and that's all that mattered.

Suddenly you took my hand in yours. I could have sworn lightening went through my entire body and shot me right in the brain. A feeling of tingly warmth flooded over me.

You told me you liked me and rested your head on my shoulder, scooting closer.

My head was swimming. Swimming in lake of pure bliss. I was a million miles away and yet had never been so grounded in a moment in my life.

I looked down at our hands, palms pressed together. A slight hint of red on your bandage.

You know I have liked you for a long time, I finally whispered softly into your hair. I lifted your hand and kissed the bandage.

You smiled at me.

I walked you home. You said you would see me in the morning.

I went home and put the cookie tin in my closet. I actually still have those cookies and that rusty old tin. Sitting right there on my dresser. The red reminding me of you...the rust dull and beautiful. Like time has done to my memories of that day. The only light in my otherwise bleak ass world.

I never saw you again. The next morning you were hit by a car. A man had a heart attack at the wheel and lost control. You died. He lived. I died.

Life hasn't been the same since that day. The day you cut your hand. The day you confessed your feelings and held my hand. That day your blood soaked into my clothes and changed my world.

And I never felt happy again until I went into the slaughter house.

Every day I get relive our perfect time together. Slicing the skin so carefully. Watching the blood drip...

All I see is beauty and your face. Where animals die I see life. Where blood runs I see possibility.

Red. It is the only color I see. Ali is the only word I hear.

Those old pants will need to be framed soon. The red spot. All I have left of you.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Learning as we go!

So I thought I would share something that I learned recently. Hopefully it will help some of you who feel a bit blocked when you're writing a story that wasn't fully born in your own brain.

I recently decided to work on an entry for an anthology. It was for a great cause, and there are a bunch of amazing people who will be involved. Anyways, the I was given a bare bones plot, a genre, a few character names, and was then left to my own devices. Easy, right? Ha! Yeah, not really. It's way harder than I expected.

I spent a week or two diagramming where I wanted to go with the characters and where the story would go. That was slightly difficult (Obviously. It took a a week or two.), but I managed. I almost never fully go along with my own diagrams and such, but I like to keep up with them in case I get stuck or in case I forget something I've already written in a story (like character appearances, events, etc.) Trust me. It's easier to forget small details like that than you think. If I had any advice for a new writer, that would be it. Jot down finicky details that you'll likely forget. It's easier to look at your notes than try to figure out where you put it in the story.

So anyways, after the diagramming and stuff was done, I dove right in. It's my typical method, and it hasn't failed me yet. Well ... until this time. It was really hard to get into the story. Which is a bit surprising because the stuff I was given is great material to work with. So I did some meditating. I tried to come up with a logical answer as to why I couldn't get into the story, despite the fact that I was able to diagram the heck out of it.

And then it hit me. I do so well with Avery, Lilliana, Madeline, Lana and Eden (the latter four are all in currently unreleased stories), because they were born in my brain. They're my characters. They're like my children. I know them almost as well as I know myself. While I came up with the looks and personalities of these new characters, they still just didn't feel personal. Like that random kid at school that you always said hi to every once in a while. You don't dislike them. You just don't really know them and don't click together like you do with your BFF.

So then I had a new problem to solve. How do you MAKE these characters personal? How do you become BFFs with this character that you know so little about? How would you find a connection to this character who wasn't born in your head?

Well, I have a relatively new friend that has a personality that fit in somewhat with the personality that I wrote for the main character. I wondered how much it would help to place his personality inside this awesome new character. With his permission (or really me telling him I'm going to do it and him just so happening to be okay with it), I set to work. While this character is not EXACTLY him and he isn't EXACTLY this character, it somehow made it easier for me to relate to this book guy. It somehow made me care about the character a bit more, and it completely wiped out my relatively apathetic feelings for the story. It somehow breathed new life into it, so I'm just as excited about it now as I was when I was told about this anthology. Somehow, making even that tiny connection was enough to turn this character into my adopted child.

So, I don't know if this trick will work for absolutely everyone. However, it worked amazingly for me. Perhaps if you have the same problem, it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot. Or at the very least, perhaps it gave you direction in figuring out why you can't relate enough to your own project that was given to you by someone else. At any rate, if it helps even one person, I figure that's a success.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Blood of Eirny is here!

Have you been dying to read the the next book in the Chronicles of Eirny? Well, it's out! It's up on Amazon and Smashwords right now, but I'm working on getting it up on Barnes & Noble and Createspace! Blurb and links below!

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After spending weeks in the Angelic Realm under the guidance of her father, Arzamael, Avery returns to rescue two young strangers from horrors beyond her worst nightmare.

As the newcomers settle into their new lives, secrets of Eirny’s past are revealed, threatening to tear Avery’s world apart. While she tries to figure out what these revelations mean for her, she is given a mission that will shake the citizens of Eirny down to the core.

Can Avery defend her home and the people she loves from forces stronger than anything she has ever faced before? What secret does Eirny’s past hold, and what does it mean for Eirny’s future?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Preparing for UtopYA + Updates

There's a lot going on right now, so let's go ahead and start with updates.

Blood of Eirny has already gone through its final edit. It's sitting with my a few beta readers right now. I've gotten great feedback from the betas who have finished, and I'm getting extremely excited for you all to see this! And nervous. Did I mention nervous? I'm working on the minor formatting things. I hope to have this out within the few weeks after I get back from UtopYA.

I'm currently working on both Of Land and Sea and Undertaken (both prequels to the Chronicles of Eirny). I'm trying to catch inspiration when it strikes, so I've really been switching like crazy. I have two sets of extremely vocal characters this time. I don't know when these will be out, yet. But they're both getting pretty close to completion.

UtopYA is next week. If you spot me there, make sure to stop me to say hi! I will have a limited number of copies of The Rapture of Avery Maye on me, as well as a bit of swag. This is another cause for both excitement and nervousness for me. But I will be around a lot of amazing people.

I guess that's all I have for  now. Hopefully I'll have more awesomeness for you soon!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Who is ready for Book 2's release?

I know I'm getting excited! Coming this Summer!

After spending weeks in the Angelic Realm under the guidance of her father, Arzamael, Avery returns to rescue two young strangers from horrors beyond her worst nightmare.

As the newcomers settle into their new lives, secrets of Eirny’s past are revealed, threatening to tear Avery’s world apart. While she tries to figure out what these revelations mean for her, she is given a mission that will shake the citizens of Eirny down to the core.

Can Avery defend her home and the people she loves from forces stronger than anything she has ever faced before? What secret does Eirny’s past hold, and what does it mean for Eirny’s future?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

My friends are awesome and talented ... and AWESOME!

So I had these TOMS that I totally ruined. At least I thought I did. They had a big, ugly, splotchy stain on them, because I'm a klutz and I drop stuff all over the place. Tried to bleach them. Several times. Didn't do much.

So my friend Tara called wanting to do something for my birthday. So she came over, and we hung out, and we ate WAY more candy than what people should. (I'm still a bit fidgety from the sugar high while typing this much.) We also picked up some Sharpies! Sharpies are awesome! YAY!

I will be the first to admit that my drawing ability is pretty much ... no. But hers ... Hers is WAY more amazing! And she FIXED my ugly, splotchy, stained TOMS! Why show you this? Because she is awesome and deserves the credit for designing the BEST PAIR OF TOMS IN EXISTENCE!

Thundering Luv by LM Preston

So it's the time of year when I love to read stories from warmer places. If I can't go on vacation, then I love to read about places I'd LOVE to go on vacation if I could. This book definitely had that. This was a great read. It was also relatively short, so it would be PERFECT for the inevitable wait times that real life loves to bring.

Thundering Luv follows Jewel, for the most part. Jewel has a ton of emotional baggage from a less than ideal family life. She is that girl in high school that all the boys love because she is everything they can't have. In fact, we find that several of the jocks turn her into a bit of a conquest, which inevitably caused more emotional baggage that she's not always sure how to handle.

For the most part, this story takes place during Jewel's beach vacation with her friends. I definitely enjoy the interaction between her and her friends. Her relationships with her friends definitely remind me of my relationships with my friends from high school. It definitely took me back to a simpler time.

Through a bit of an unfortunate attempt at opening a door to flirtation gone wrong, Jewel meets Colin, who is on vacation with his friend, Jake. Colin has a bit of emotional baggage too, so it was interesting to see how they'd react to each other.

Colin walked into the story with a less than ideal opinion of Jewel, because one of her previous relationships had been with his cousin. Throughout the story, Colin has to sort out what she actually is versus what everyone thinks she is.

Although they both tried extremely hard to deny it, they were immediately attracted to each other. One of the things that made me happy was that with all the emotional baggage, the story did progress as it otherwise should. However, it didn't progress too quickly. I liked that there was some restraint. With that much going on emotionally, I wouldn't have believed it without at least a small amount of restraint.

Though this book took place over a vacation, I was surprised to see how much both Jewel and Colin grew emotionally in that short amount of time. I'm a firm believer in the idea that just because a story is short, that doesn't mean that there's no time for character growth. I was extremely happy to see that this author agrees with me.

Another thing I loved about this story was that although this story was short, it certainly wasn't lacking. It didn't cut off too soon, and I was completely satisfied with where it ended. I didn't feel cheated out of a good story. But it was the perfect length for someone like me that doesn't always have infinite amounts of time to read.

If you would like to read this book, the links are below!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


So, I know that on your birthday, you're supposed to GET a lot of presents, but this birthday, I'm going to GIVE them. If you've been wanting to read The Rapture of Avery Maye, but for whatever reason, you don't have it yet, it is FREE on Smashwords for TODAY ONLY! Check the image below with my lovely cover model, Chii! LOL!

If you're seriously determined to get me something, read it and let me know what you think by either leaving a review or sending me an email at :-)

Also, the versions on Smashwords and Amazon have been given a fresh edit with a bit of bonus content in the back! Hopefully I'll have the new cover to show you all soon, too. I just don't have that yet.

So here's the link one more time:

I hope you download it, read it, and enjoy it! And don't forget to keep an eye out for Blood of Eirny, which will hopefully be out by end of Summer!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

So what am I working on?

It's been a while since I've updated. I've had some health issues and some life changes to pay attention to. But as far as writing goes, surely I have some news, right?

Of course I do!

Since I've spoken with you all last, I've started TWO new books!

One of them is not Eirny-related. It's not even paranormal. It's actually done, but I'm still contemplating whether it will be released. Why is it important, then? Well it MIGHT be news to you all later. It also means that this girly has been practicing. And it was a challenge for me to do, since it is an adult book. So, yeah. Nothing like Chronicles of Eirny, at all. Not even kinda.

The other is in the same world as Eirny, but it will not actually be a part of the series. Much like Undertaken. While I'm at it, I'll go ahead and tell you a bit more about Undertaken.

Undertaken takes place on pre-End War Earth. It explains why Eirny even happened. It explains why the End War started. I have gotten SO many questions about it, so I thought I'd tell you the whole story. It follows characters that are a part of the Chronicles, but they won't actually show up in the Chronicles until the 3rd book.

The newest one that I've been working on is called Of Land and Sea. It also takes place on pre-End War Earth and follows the parents of the mermaid rulers, who appear in Blood of Eirny, which will hopefully be out by the end of summer. I'm working so hard to get this one out to you guys, I swear.

So book descriptions out of the way, let's get on to other news.

Keep your eyes peeled on May 22nd! I have a surprise for all of you!

Also, June 28th through June 30th, I will be in Nashville for the UtopYA conference! I will be spending TONS of quality time with my temporary roomies, Ruthi and MaryAnn from R&M Fab Book Reviews, and all the authors, bloggers, and readers of all things Young Adult who will be there! I don't have a booth or anything, but I will be wandering and scoping out what's there! I hope to take lots of pictures! Also, if you see me there, make sure to say hi! If you have a print copy of The Rapture of Avery Maye, I will be more than happy to sign it for you there!

Seriously, I don't bite. Come see me.

And if I do bite, I've had my shots. Just saying.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Blood of Eirny Cover Reveal!

I know things have gotten a little hung up, and you guys have been so patient! But I'm finally able to reveal this to you! I was going to do a bigger cover reveal thing, but I wanted to do this a little early for all of you who have been asking about it!

This is the cover for Blood of Eirny, the second book in Chronicles of Eirny! It was designed by my amazing man-bestie, Kenneth! Make sure to tell him what an amazing job he did!

If you haven't read the first, the link is below. That also brings me to my next bit of news ... The Rapture of Avery Maye is getting a shiny new cover to go with this one! That reveal will come at a later date!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Life Changes and Junk

So, I've been a bit silent on here for a while. I'm still working on several projects, that I can't wait to share with you ... when they're ready.

However, the biggest reason I've been away is that I've had some health problems that I have had to attend to. I'm slowly but surely getting back to where I need to be, but it's going to be a long road ahead. I just needed a little "me" time.

At any rate, I hope you are all doing well, and I hope to give you some awesome news very soon! Take care! <3

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Catching up

So, I haven't been on here lately. Why? Well, there hasn't been much to tell. I've been doing a few projects for some amazing friends. I haven't even touched any of my own books in a couple weeks. I'm fixing that tonight, though. I'm missing my characters dearly.

If you haven't noticed from the book progress bars on the right side of this page, I have officially changed the name of Madeline's book from The Promised to Undertaken. I haven't finished it yet, but I do have an amazing friend working on her cover. From the progress he's made so far, it's going to be beautiful! I can't wait!

I'm currently trying to figure out what I want to do with the Blood of Eirny cover. It's always the hardest thing to do. Trying to figure out a cover. There's so much pressure in it. I have a feeling that when I figure it out, though, look out! It will be perfect! At least, I hope it will be.

I MIGHT be working on a project with another friend and fellow author soon. We've discussed it, and it sounds awesome! If that happens, I'll update you as soon as I can!

I wish I had more to say, but I really haven't been up to much book-wise. I haven't even had a reading day in a couple weeks. :-/

So, I guess until next time ...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Purgatory Reign by LM Preston

I'm not sure where to begin! I adored this book! It had everything I look for! I was blessed to be given an ARC copy for review, and I have to say, it makes me a bit sad that a lot of people couldn't read this book yet. Yes! It was that good!

When a girl dies in his arms, Peter Saints's life is really thrown through a loop. He is immediately sent on a journey that seems a bit impossible, but he is strong and determined.

Peter might be young, but he has a past that makes him seem so much older. People seem to die all around him, and like anyone else would, he fully blames himself for it. He's a bit jaded and can be a bit of a jerk at times, but you know what? I probably would be too if I were in his shoes. The best way to keep people from falling into the death trap that seems to surround you would be to scare them the heck away! The important thing is that we always know that underneath all the anger, fear, and pain, he is a great guy and a fascinating character. 

Along the way, he meets a few friends, and many, MANY foes. His friends, while weak in some ways, have definite strengths, both in their actions in the book and as characters from a reader's standpoint. They are realistic enough that I could even see pieces of them in my own friends. They pull him through even though toughest scrapes. Most importantly, they both teach him things about himself and everything around him. When I pick up a book of any kind, I'm all about the life lessons! I look for these! I truly enjoyed the development of Peter's character once his friends were brought into the picture.

The world that LM Preston created is terrifying! Why? Because it's just like ours. I'm probably going to be looking at people a bit funny for a week, wondering if there's a creepy demon riding on their shoulders.

I particularly enjoyed learning about the secret societies. They were well-thought out and well-rounded. I was given enough information to not be completely lost, but not so much that I'm not genuinely curious. I finished the book hours ago, and I already want to know more.

I truly enjoyed this story. It has everything. Action that kept me on the edge of my seat, love that I found believably flawed and yet beautiful at the same time, loss that really tore at my heart, lessons that keep me thinking after I put it down, friendships that only added to the character development, and tons of intriguing paranormal story line woven in to keep me wanting more. I seriously can't wait until the next one! The wait is going to be torture!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Bliss Acne Repair

So I know I usually do book reviews and stuff. But I wanted to do a review of another kind, today.

A friend of mine was looking for people to test her acne cream that she made. I'll admit that I'm almost 30 and still break out like a high schooler. So, if you have the same problem that I do, let me tell you about this awesome stuff.

It's called Bliss Acne Repair. If you didn't notice in the link, that's my face in the pictures. Put that stuff on your broken out face at night, and everything will be WAY smaller the next morning, if not gone.

You should definitely try this stuff. It smells AMAZING. It's not greasy. Put it on overnight. Wash it off the next morning. SUPER easy!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Baby by JK Accinni

Today, I finished Baby by JK Accinni! First, I'd like to say that this book kept me sane throughout my move! It was a fantastic escape from that obnoxious "real life" bit!

Netty is a teenager fleeing from an abusive marriage. She returns to her childhood home, which stands in ruins. She discovers Baby, an alien creature, in a cave, barely hanging on to life. Baby and Netty heal each other and form a fascinating bond. Soon, they meet Wil, a man looking to start his own life. Together, the trio  rebuilds Netty's family farm and even build a new life together. Unfortunately, it's not long before Netty's abusive husband returns to destroy what happiness they built.

The first thing that I noticed, and the thing that really shines, about this book is the originality of the story. There are countless aliens on Earth stories out there. Some of them even portray those aliens as innocent friends, but none are quite like Baby! The physical and emotional changes these characters go through are absolutely extraordinary!

I also adored the combination of an overall simplistic lifestyle with complicated problems and complicated story. It definitely had me on the edge of my seat in places, but I was never completely overwhelmed. I also have a serious soft spot for stories that take place in simpler times, so bonus points from me there!

If you have ever been in an abusive relationship, there are parts of this book that are extremely difficult to read from an emotional standpoint. This author really knows how to tug at emotions, both good and bad. The good times are amazing, and the bad times are absolutely horrific.

If you haven't read this book yet, you need to pick this one up! You won't regret it! I can't wait to start the second!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thundering Luv by LM Preston Cover Reveal!

I have to say that I get EXTREMELY excited when I find out about new releases from LM Preston! I love this woman and her work! She will be at UtopYA this June, and she is near the top of my list of women to meet! I can't wait!

Anyways, the point to this post is to help her reveal the cover for Thundering Luv! This is the 2nd short story in the Summer Luv Series! The first book, Flutter of Luv is currently available in ebook format! Thundering Luv will be available in ebook form June 1st of this year, but will be a part of a print book of short stories in 2014! When it comes out, it will be MINE!

Make sure to read below for details on how to win an ecopy of Flutter of Luv, the first book in this same series! Also, make sure you check out the Rafflecopter!

Jewel has always been able to get the guy she wanted. The starting jock on the football team, the team captain on the basketball team, and the lead swimmer on the swim team. Problem is, she didn't find them the least bit exciting. Was she cold or a she-wolf for guys? Colin thought so, and he'd do anything to bring her down a peg or two. When these two collide on the sandy beach during their mixed up summer vacation, sparks fly, making this a summer neither will forget.

Want to win an ecopy of Flutter of Luv?

1. Add Thundering Luv to your Goodreads "To Be Read" list!

2. Go to the Flutter of Luv Amazon page and give it a "like" by clicking the button at the top!

3. Comment on this blog post and let me know what number you were on Amazon, that you added Thundering Luv to your Goodreads List, and your email address within the next couple of days!

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Settling in.

We're officially out of our old house and into our new one. Some parts took some fancy brainstorming to get past, such as how to get a queen-sized box spring up a narrow stairwell. My husband and one of my man-besties ended up having to climb on the roof and pull it in through the balcony. It was moderately entertaining and incredibly terrifying. I'm glad they both made it safely. I suppose everything is funnier in hindsight. Now we're slowly unpacking and turning an empty shell into a home.

We've also run into the typical moving adventures. Things needing repairs and having to wait on repair-people. Usually I find a random stash of junk that people leave behind, but this landlord did a pretty good job of cleaning everything out.

I'm finding that I'm a bit less trusting of landlords and their promises of repairs/solutions, after our last 3. So far, we've been pretty fortunate with this one. The process isn't super fast, but at least they're getting done. I suppose this is one of those things that I need to work on. It's been pretty difficult to just sit back, take a breather, and trust things will be taken care of.

I've had some family situations pop up, that have been taking up a lot of my time. I don't feel comfortable getting into too much detail, but if you could keep my family in your thoughts and prayers, that would be much appreciated.

Book-wise, I've been doing a lot of editing. I'm not sure when I'll have a cover for Blood of Eirny, but I'll let you know as soon as I do. I'm also going to go back through The Rapture of Avery Maye and do another edit there.

I also might have a surprise sometime in the near future.

I've also been doing a bit of reading. I'm currently working on Baby by JK Accinni. I seriously love it, and it's different from anything I've read before! I'll be writing a review as soon as I finish these last two chapters!

I am brainstorming for a vlog. I keep getting requests, and I really need to pull one together. If there's anything you want to see on one, let me know! Comment here, email me, or send a message to my Facebook page.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Moving is an adventure ...

So, we're finally in the new house. It's kind of a miracle that it's happened so quickly. It truly is. I have to say that we have some amazing friends. Without them, we'd still be hauling stuff and wouldn't have furniture for another week or so.

We've already had to send in a repair list to the realtor that represents the landlord. Unfortunately, we just keep having to add to it. These things are pretty normal. I've never moved anywhere that was perfect. Some things you won't notice don't work correctly unless you live there and use them. I just wish said list didn't stress me out as much as it actually does. Perhaps my exhaustion is finally showing. I have noticed I'm a bit moodier than usual ...

Part of that might also have to do with the bad weather in the state today. Here, we saw high winds and heavy rains. Some places around here were pretty flooded. Unfortunately, others weren't so lucky. There are others who lost homes. They will be in my prayers tonight, for sure.

On a happier(ish) note, new house means new stray babies. I seem to attract them everywhere we move. All the stray kittehs love me, for whatever reason. This one, I refer to as McGonagall. Super sweet and loving cat. I keep hearing it mew outside my front door, begging me to let it back inside. Unfortunately, the husband says no.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Echo by JK Accinni

So last week, I told you about Baby by J.K. Accinni being free! THIS week, Echo is free! Make sure to pick it up!

Don't forget! There are games on J.K. Accinni's Facebook page! The link is below!

Echo by J.K. Accinni 


Netty’s influence transcends a full century as the United States evolves to a point of politically driven economic collapse. The year is 2033 as a young mother, abused by her shiftless husband, heroically decides to remove her two sickly children, Scotty and Abby, from the mean streets of their government subsidized tenement town of Short Hills, New Jersey to the hills and old farmland of Sussex County. There they unite with a Latino family that adopted Jose, a young boy from Costa Rica, traumatized at the age of seven by the brutal murder of his parents and the kidnapping of his infant sister.

The two families unite to pool finances, creating the love and bonds that will enable them to survive the psychotic attention of Armoni, a soul damaged beyond redemption, discovery of Baby’s miraculous offspring, Echo; and their subsequent body changes. Through the efforts of Echo who develops an unexplained passion for the curly haired dog, Barney, they flee the clutches of Armoni after the murder of Armoni’s sidekicks by Echo, to Sarasota, Florida, one of the last remaining enclaves of wealth in the U.S.

Scotty learns to utilize Echo as a co-conspirator in his intrigue to thwart the efforts of heinous people that prey on the lives of creatures in their environmentally rich new home, where the insidious miscreant, Armoni, tracks them; dragging along Ginger Mae, a New York City prostitute looking for opportunity with her mute child, Daisy; bringing brutality and violence to all.

Having fallen in love, the young Abby and Jose draw close, only to be separated by the transcendental Netty, who tries to use Abby as a conduit in her plan to rescue as much wildlife as they can before despicable political events bring on the specter of Armageddon.

About the Author 

J. K. Accinni was born and raised in Sussex County before moving to Randolph, New Jersey, where she lived with her husband, five dogs and eight rabbits, all rescued and currently resides in Sarasota, Florida. Mrs. Accinni’s passion for wildlife conservation has led her all over the world, including three trips to Africa, where ten years ago she and her husband fell in love with a baby elephant named Wendi, that had been rescued by a wildlife group. That baby is the inspiration for the character Tobi, the elephant featured in her fourth book titled Hive.

The character of Caesar is inspired by a real life iconic tiger from Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary in Sarasota. A portion of the proceeds from her third book, Armageddon Cometh, will be donated to the sanctuary in support of the enormous expense required to house and feed the displaced wildlife in their care. Mrs. Accinni invites her readers to visit to view the astounding facility and plan a visit with your family.



Thursday, January 17, 2013


So, it's one of the most dreaded moments in adulthood. Yep. You guessed it. Moving week. I think we found somewhere amazing to go, but there is still that whole packing and moving boxes and furniture thing ... That part is kind of a bummer ...

But anyways, I wanted to let you all know so you wouldn't wonder where in the world I went. I might be pretty scarce over the next couple of weeks. I will reply to any messages on my Facebook page as soon as I possibly can. It might be easier for me to respond to emails. That information is in the contact tab up at the top of this blog. Any orders for signed books will still be sent out immediately.

If you haven't ordered one and want one, there's a button ... Well ...


Of course, the hardest thing for me to pack is my extensive book collection. I really do have TONS of them. This time around, I have a lot of indie books that I will sob uncontrollably if I lose. Fortunately, my amazing friend and author, Jason Ellis, is helping me out with that! All the way from overseas!

What? What do you mean you don't believe me?

Well, see for yourself!

What's that? You thought I meant that he would be flying his happy self from the UK all the way to the middle of the US to carry them for me? Man, I wish! US Book Tour, Jason! THIS MUST HAPPEN!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Baby by JK Accinni

I want to introduce you all to J.K. Accinni! If you haven't heard of her, I have been told about a fantastic way for you to become familiar with her work! She will be offering two of her books FREE! The first goes up for free tomorrow! The next will be next week! Don't worry! I'll make sure to remind you!

Also, there will be giveaways on Facebook! All of her links are at the bottom of this post! Make sure to check them all out!

Baby by J.K. Accinni


Have you ever wondered why God does not punish the evil and depraved of our planet? Why does He tolerate the destructive bloodthirsty nature of Homo sapiens allowing them to rule over all creatures, abusing and exploiting according to their whims? Why has science been unable to solve the vexing mystery of our ancestor, the Missing Link? How could one planet evolve such complex and divergent examples of biodiversity? Can you imagine God ever saying, “To Hell with this mess that is Earth?”

The series “Species Intervention #6609” spans two hundred years, encompassing tender love between divergent species, political downfalls and violence of unspeakable order. It is an unfortunate tale of Armageddon and the remote possibility of redemption.

In Baby, Netty is a naive teenage farm girl given in marriage to an older brutal opportunist disguised as a successful citizen during the years of Prohibition in Sussex County, New Jersey. After years of enslavement, Netty flees into the night from her rapist husband, traveling back to the farm worked by her parents, where she rescues an unfamiliar damaged creature she finds in a cave in the woods of her childhood, falling in love with the enigmatic creature she names Baby. Together they find happiness and fulfillment despite the changes to Netty’s body wrought by the proximity of the unusual creature.

When a handsome Italian stranger comes into Netty’s life, complications ensue as she falls in love while trying to hide the bizarre and wondrous changes to her farm and her body. Netty, Baby and Wil strive to conquer obstacles thrown in their path by life, succeeding wildly until the heart-rending and astonishingly brutal climax to their story.

About the Author 

J. K. Accinni was born and raised in Sussex County before moving to Randolph, New Jersey, where she lived with her husband, five dogs and eight rabbits, all rescued and currently resides in Sarasota, Florida. Mrs. Accinni’s passion for wildlife conservation has led her all over the world, including three trips to Africa, where ten years ago she and her husband fell in love with a baby elephant named Wendi, that had been rescued by a wildlife group. That baby is the inspiration for the character Tobi, the elephant featured in her fourth book titled Hive.

The character of Caesar is inspired by a real life iconic tiger from Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary in Sarasota. A portion of the proceeds from her third book, Armageddon Cometh, will be donated to the sanctuary in support of the enormous expense required to house and feed the displaced wildlife in their care. Mrs. Accinni invites her readers to visit to view the astounding facility and plan a visit with your family.



Saturday, January 12, 2013

Post-Holiday Rush (and DARIAN EXISTS)

So my family and I just finished all our Christmas gatherings. A few family members were out of town, so we did one late Christmas. So now that that's over ... now what?

Well, for starters, I'm participating in a lot of things for other authors. I think it's extremely important. My observation of the indie world is that we are all in this together. I've made a lot of amazing friends in the indie world this year, and I'm excited to be able to help them with whatever I can. So for starters, you'll notice a lot of blog events and cover reveals on here in the near future. As I said, they're extremely important to me. These people are like my family. That's what the indie community is to each other. It's also why I LOVE being a part of it. :-)

For even more promotions for myself and other authors, I've also created a Tumblr. Please check it out and take a look at some of the books I post up there. I refuse to put anything up there that I haven't read and/or wouldn't recommend.

So what's going on with me, specifically? Well, Blood of Eirny is currently sitting with my beta readers. I've already gotten some amazing feedback from them, and have some edits ahead of me. The cover is being created, as we speak. I trust my cover artist completely and know she'll come up with something amazing.

Also, I'm trying to make that sound like I'm cool and calm, but inside I'm really squealing with glee! I'm kind of the anti-cool ... And I suppose that's alright.

Once Blood of Eirny is finished, I'll be continuing a third book I'm working on. It's from the same universe as Eirny and its residents, but a different time and different characters. Also, it doesn't take place on Eirny. However, the characters from this story and the characters from Chronicles of Eirny will eventually meet.

I'm still contemplating the vlog concept. But what would I say? Hmm. I think I'll have to think on that a bit more. If you all have any ideas, send them my way!

In other (barely) news, I nearly had a heart attack scanning through my Facebook feed today! I was scrolling down, minding my own business, and BAM!

Look at him! Seriously! For those of you who have read The Rapture of Avery Maye, does he look familiar? Because the first thing that popped in my head was, "HOLY CRAP! IT'S DARIAN! HE LIVES OUTSIDE MY BRAIN!" I mean really! Long brown hair! Green eyes! Face so beautiful he could be elven! That's him!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Imposter by Cat Miller Cover Reveal

Born for the sole purpose of advancing her parents’ social and political standing in The Vampire Nation through an arranged marriage, Tyra Reed is set adrift when the betrothal falls through.

The eldest son of a prominent warrior Clan, Weston Sloane is irate when his parents attempt to force him into an arranged marriage in an effort to breed more warriors for their quickly dwindling ranks.

When a debutante with nothing to lose butts heads with a warrior on a mission, unwelcome passion burns down the barriers between them but the secrets they keep could destroy them both.


Cat Miller
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Cover Art by Mae I Design and Photography:
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Love & War by Jennifer Malone Wright

Today, I finished Love & War by Jennifer Malone Wright. Love & War is the first book in the Arcadia Falls Chronicles begins a bit after The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter leaves off.

Chloe, Luke, Drew, Alice, and Oscar had been visited by Sostrate near the end of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter, and she warned them of an oncoming war between the hunters and the vampires. Chloe is itching to prepare, while the council doesn’t even believe Sostrate ever came. She tries to convince Drew and the others that they need to strike now, before the vampires seek them out, but they’re all a bit hesitant to initiate the war.

They soon find that a mysterious man has been helping victims of vampire attacks, and go in search of him. Who is this guy and where did he come from?

I loved that we got a slightly bigger picture of who Alice and Oscar are as characters. I love watching Alice slowly heal from her life with Trevor and learn a bit about who she is and what she can do. I really can’t wait to see how much she accomplishes in the future.

Naturally there’s still a bit of a love triangle, and I’m curious to see how that works out, as well. Drew is Chloe’s current boyfriend, but Gavin still just hasn’t given up. However, Gavin left to go work on some mysterious assignment. I’m curious to know where he went and what that means for Chloe’s confusion about him. I could see it working out either way.

One of the things the author does really well is personalities. Especially Chloe’s. Sure, Chloe has all these new powers and can do all these awesome things. However, the author never lets us forget that she is still just a teenager. She has typical teenage thoughts. She has typical teenage wishes. She has typical teenage impulses.

Monday, January 7, 2013

IMPORTANT Step for Authors

This is something VERY important for ANYONE who has plans to write and release ANY book. Brought to you by the amazing Stacey Rourke, author of the Gryphon Series.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

What is the working title/title of your book?
The Rapture of Avery Maye is the first in the Chronicles of Eirny. It’s already out. I’m currently working on Blood of Eirny, which is the second in the same series. I’m also working on another untitled book in the same universe, but not the same series.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I'm known to have some seriously crazy and vivid dreams. I had a dream that I woke up with a whole bunch of people that I didn’t know in my house. I told them to leave, but they said they lived there. As it turned out, it was a duplicate house on a completely different world. After that night, I kept dreaming about different parts of this same place, so I decided to just write it all down. Once I started writing down these dreams, characters came to me. Then, events started coming to me as well. The rest is history.

What genre does your book fall under?
It’s a young adult sci-fantasy.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm. This is a tough one.

Avery – Avery is generally calmer and more rational than the others. That doesn’t mean that she’s completely collected and perfect, however. She’s patient and loving, but she will defend her friends and family until death. She’s very accepting of those around her, and she tries to give people a chance, even when everyone else believes they don’t deserve it. She believes there’s good in everyone, and she wants everyone to have that chance to prove it. Physically, she has long brown and red-streaked hair and green eyes. She’s very slim and petite. I’d kinda like to see Emily Blunt in her role.

Alec – Alec is very loving and protective of those he cares about, but he can also be quite hot-headed and a royal pain in the rear. He has good intentions, but sometimes he can come off as kind of a jerk. He’s strong and capable, but he has obvious soft spots. He’s a bit confused, and he’s trying to figure out what he wants out of life. Physically he’s strong and muscular. He’s has blue-black hair and blue eyes. All the outdoor work has also given him a pretty nice tan. Christ Hemsworth could be fun in this role. He’d have to break out the hair dye, though.

Darian – Darian is the ultimate protector. He is powerful both physically and magically, and he will use that power in any way he can to keep those he loves safe, sometimes even when they don’t want him to. He’s a bit of a loner, as he’s spent thousands of years by himself, but he’s trying hard to change that. He can sometimes act impulsively when those he cares about are threatened, but he can be rational and strategic if the situation calls for it. Though he might need to be reminded that rationality is required in some circumstances. Physically, he’s very tall. He has shoulder-length brown hair and green eyes. I really would like to see James McAvoy in this one, even if the height doesn’t quite match up. If not, Alexander Skarsgard can get hair dye and contacts, yes?

Krystle – I know I said Alec, is hot-headed earlier, but Krystle really makes him look tame. She’s very cautious and suspicious of new people. Once she gets to know you, however, she is one of the best friends you could ever ask for. She’s very intelligent and extremely handy. She spends most of her time inventing and building things. I’ll be honest; I don’t think any actress would measure up to the full awesome-ness that is Krystle. She would have to be played by my friend Krystle, the person she was written after.

Jackie – Jackie is the healer of the group. She is a fantastic friend. She’s very patient and very observant. I really wish we could have visited her more in the first book, but I hope to see more of her in the following books. Just like with Krystle, I really don’t see anyone else playing her part. She would have to be played by my friend Jackie.

Darcie – Oh, my. Where to start? Darcie is very complicated. She’s still learning who she is and what type of person she wants to be. She can be very devious and manipulative, but she can also be very observant and helpful … when she wants to be. She simply wants to make a better life for herself and her brother, Josh. She would do absolutely anything she can to make sure that happens, even if it hurts others. She’s very misguided. I think that would be the best way to put it. Darcie is stunningly beautiful and has long, straight, black hair and black eyes. Ashley Greene would make a fun Darcie.

Josh – Josh is extremely manipulative of everyone around him, including his sister, Darcie. He doesn’t have the patience to think things through, but that almost never stops him from trying anyways. He is constantly coming up with schemes to make his life better. But, he’s very stubborn and can’t be talked out of plans once he has decided on them. Like Darcie, he has black hair and black eyes. Ian Somerhalder would be fun to watch in this part.

Arzamael – Arzamael isn’t mentioned much in the first book, but he’s a very important person in Avery’s world. He plays a much larger role in the second. He’s extremely determined to make sure that Avery reaches her full potential. He’s also her greatest protector. He’s very strategic and level-headed. Arzamael is slim and appears more delicate than Alec and Darian, but he is toned and strong. He has longer silvery-blonde hair that reaches his cheekbones. Avery compares him to a Roman statue. I know he’s not an actor, but I see Alex Band from his Calling days in Arzamael’s part. If Alex isn’t available, Jamie Campbell Bower, if you can talk him out of over-acting.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
One sentence? Oh, gee ...

Avery was granted a second chance at life after she was taken from her home and brought to a whole new world, where she discovers that paradise isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The Rapture of Avery Maye is self-published and available ebook and print. The other two will probably be self-published as well.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me 8 months to go from start to finish with the Rapture of Avery Maye. Blood of Eirny, I started three months ago, and it’s almost done. The currently untitled one I started a month ago.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m not really sure. I’m not sure it could compare.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I really just thought the idea would be cool to put on paper. I’d had months of dreams about this world, and really wanted to share it.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I think it’s a fascinating balance. It holds truths that I believe are important, be it issues or lessons, but it holds enough fantasy to help you escape for a while.

Cat Miller

Next week's blogs:

Ruthi Kight
Jason Ellis
Eric Benoit