Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Body Institute Release Day!

Today I am helping long-time writer friend Carol Riggs with her debut novel birthday bash!! Check it out.


Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute. Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body—leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches… For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start… Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind. She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti–Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…

Sounds fun, yes?

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About Carol:

I'm a YA writer represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Literary. My sci-fi novel THE BODY INSTITUTE explores the themes of society, identity, and body image. I live in the beautiful, green state of Oregon and have a Studio Arts degree; I'm an SCBWI member. You'll usually find me in my writing cave, surrounded by my dragon collection and the characters in my head. I also enjoy reading--mostly young adult novels--as well as drawing, painting, and quilting. I also attend writing conferences, walk with my husband, and enjoy music and dance of all kinds.

And of course, there's a giveaway!

Help me wish Carol a HUGE congrats!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I'm Repped!!!!

I am ecstatic to announce that I'm now represented by Sandy Lu of the L. Perkins Agency in New York!!!

It's pretty surreal to be writing that sentence. I've imagined how this post would look for a VERY long time. Five years of serious writing (not counting my teen years), four complete novels and many partials, and countless agent queries have led to this moment.

This song, which I adore, came on a few minutes after Sandy and I spoke and pretty much sums up how I was feeling:

Side note: Awesome music video. Looks like Billy Idol predicted the whole zombie craze :)

So, Sandy will be looking for a publisher for my fourth novel, Huntress Found, a new adult contemporary fantasy about a descendant of Artemis who can hunt through time and space. I LOVE this story and the characters, and I'm so glad I found someone to champion it.

This does mean that I need to delay my release of Martinis with the Devil, my second novel, which I was planning to self-pub in October. More details on that to come!

A HUGE thank you to all my writer friends for supporting me on the journey thus far. And this is just the beginning of a new journey! As The Doctor would say:


Thursday, August 20, 2015

LOTS of news!

Hello! I kept trying to think of a good blog post title, but really there's SO much fun stuff going on, I couldn't narrow it down.

First, it's been two weeks since Black Magic & Mojitos came out. That's two weeks since I became a published author for the first time. Two weeks since I put my art out into the world to see what the world thought of it. Two weeks of AMAZING support from my writer friends (YOU!). It's still quite surreal. I'm not breaking any sales records, but about 60 people bought it or downloaded it for free when I ran my promo last weekend on Amazon. That's 60 people that have my book in their hot little hands (well, e-reader to be specific). And some of those read it already and loved it. And random people I don't know on Goodreads have read it and rated it. It's so fun talking to people about it, or reading their reviews! No bad reviews yet, though I know those will come (it's an inevitable badge of honor as a writer). On my Amazon royalty report I can see that in addition to the US, some readers in the UK, Australia and Germany have purchased it. Can't wait for more international readers to pop on there :)

In short, it's just SO WONDERFUL to finally be sharing my writing. Love it.

Other news! On the 31st I'm going to reveal the cover for Martinis with the Devil, the first full length Zyan Star novel, and it'll be up on Amazon for pre-order! Release date for Martinis is October 13th. If you'd like an ARC, which will be ready within the first couple weeks of September after I finish formatting, let me know and I'll put you on the list. You guys are going to LOVE the cover. It's so pretty. The inside's not bad either ;)

More news! I will be attending Dragon Con in Atlanta for the first time!! So stoked. I've been wanting to go for years, and it's finally happening. I got some glossy postcards to hand out for my books, and I also got t-shirts made for me and my sister to wear with my book covers. It'll be a blast!

How goes it in your world? Going to Dragon Con by chance? TTFN!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Here, There and Everywhere!

Hi, writer peeps! I've had the fortune of being featured on several blogs this week, so I figured I should throw up some links so you can come say hi :)

DL Hammons and I did a really fun interview in his blog-cave here.

Cherie Reich read and reviewed Black Magic and Mojitos and gave it five stars! Here's her review (scroll down a bit).

And last but certainly not least, Alex Cavanaugh gave a shout out to Mojitos on his blog! Also scroll down a bit.

What a fun week! I have awesome writing buddies :)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Book Birthday! Welcome to the World, Black Magic & Mojitos

My title mostly says it all. Today my FIRST book is released into the world. Not the first one I wrote, for sure, but the first one to step forth into the literary arena! I am now a published author. Super surreal.

If you'd like a copy at 99 cents, hop on over to Amazon and wish Mojitos a happy, happy birthday. A HUGE thanks to all of my writer friends and my awesome family for supporting me through the years leading to this day. You all ROCK.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

My Whovian Adventure in the Great Northwest

A couple weeks ago my son and I went on a trip to Seattle and the surrounding area. I had told him years ago when he turned thirteen I'd let him pick anywhere domestically he wanted to go as his present. This is partially selfish, because I adore traveling. And, this year he turned thirteen! A terrifying prospect. And I had to pony up on paying for this trip :) His birthday was actually in February, but a friend that lives out there said the weather is awful in February, and that summer was best. So, we picked July, which happened to be my birthday. It was a pretty epic time. We had a blast, both in the city, and doing a lot of hiking in Olympic National Park, as well as Mt. Rainier. We went whale watching, too, though I didn't get any good pics of the whales due to the boat pitching back and forth. One other thing that was cool about the trip was that my novel Martinis with the Devil is set in Seattle, so I got to do some setting research since I'd never been there. Google Earth only gets you so far :)

Anyways, I thought I'd share some of my favorite pics!

The Chihuly Glass Museum

On the Needle with a jaded teenager (he loved it, he just kept pulling these ridiculous faces for the camera)

A Dalek at the EMP Sci-Fi/Fantasy Museum (my kinda museum!)

The Needle at night

Chihuly at night

The glittering lights of the city

Pikes Place (a magical place - the Diagon Alley of Seattle)

Atop Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Overlooking the Sol Duc Falls at Olympic

Rialto Beach (my absolute favorite - stark and gorgeous)


Sunset at Rialto to finish up my birthday

Ruby Beach

Selfie at Ruby

Lake Quinnault I think

Mt. Rainier

The Paradise Visitors Center at Mt. Rainier

We're now back home safe and sound, but I wish we'd had more time to explore out there! How about you - any fun trips recently, or coming up? TTFN!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Black Magic and Mojitos Cover Reveal and Pre-Order!!

Today is absolutely surreal. My first book, Black Magic and Mojitos, is available for purchase!!!

This day is the culmination of many years and many, many words written. I've known I wanted to be a published writer since I was twelve. And now I can finally reveal my book baby to the world! I gave a little sneak peek of my cover a few weeks ago, and now, without further ado, here is the whole shebang:

Isn't it gorgeous??!! I have the very talented Steven Novak to thank for its loveliness. It's up on Amazon now for pre-order at 99 cents, with a release date on August 7th! Pre-orders help bump me in the ranks on release day, so I'll give you a big cyber hug if you click here to order. Also, check out my Amazon author page! I'm now searchable by book title and my name on Amazon - such an amazing feeling! If you don't have a Kindle or other e-reader, you can download the Kindle app to your phone or PC for free really easily. 

I would greatly appreciate any help with promoting my debut book, from something as simple as a tweet or Facebook share to a mention on your blog or a review on Amazon or Goodreads. It takes a village and you guys are my village! 

In a few days, pop on back and I'll be sharing some of the amazing pictures from my epic Seattle trip, which I took in part to do setting research for Martinis with the Devil, the next book I'll be releasing. It was a fantastic trip, and my son and I had a blast.

Questions? Comments? Any exciting news to share? Let me know! And a big THANK YOU for stopping by here and helping me celebrate this HUGE breakthrough moment in my life.