Friday, October 18, 2013


Here it is more than a month later than my last post and I'm at 27,000 words in my WIP. Do I wish it were more? Yes, of course. But I'm also excited that I've gotten this far.
We are moving in two weeks. Two weeks!  (stressing out? just a smidge...) And I guess my mind may have been occupied elsewhere, but I want this book written. I have so many scenes in my head I need to get down, I've taken to scribbling furious notes on whatever notepad is handiest so I don't lose my ideas.
Exciting news, though. I have been asked to be a part of Celebrating Debutantes. A blog-a-bration of debut authors.  (yep, made that word up. LOL) And I'm so excited to be a part of this! Check out the button on the sidebar, and check out these blogs: The Escapist and Oops! I Read a Book Again. What a great event to discover some brand new authors!

I will keep you all updated on the progrss on the new book. Who know? the next time I blog, it may be from Texas!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Almost Halfway...

I've been having the urge to write a lot lately. (that looks like a bad sentence, lol). So, I finally sat down yesterday and wrote in the 2nd book to Ash's story. I'm up to 18, 218 words. The first book was about 55, 000, so I'm saying I'm almost halfway... haha I just need to sit down more often and just write. Recently, I read a post on Facebook from one of my editors about how she's doing a 15 minutes a day writing challenge. I think that sounds great. I can squeeze in 15 minutes of writing. Just think how far I can get. So there it is, I'm going to start putting in at least 15 minutes every day until this book gets done.

Now, I'm terrible at titles. I know if I want it to be a series, or even just a trilogy, it needs a name. I just can't come up with one, so if anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

In personal news, we are planning a move to Texas in the beginning of November. We live in Wisconsin. This is a huge move, but I'm very excited for the opportunities this move will give us. I'll keep you updated on how that process is going.
In the meantime, have a great week!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Blog Tour Starts Today!

Yes, I've been away for awhile... Life has been crazy - good, but crazy. We are preparing to move cross country in a couple months, and that is taking up a lot of my brain space and time.
But, WANTED goes on tour today, and I'm very excited! Here is the schedule if you'd like to follow along. I can't wait to see the reviews and get any feedback from the readers. There will be an interview with me, as well as a couple guest posts. Thanks to Sizzling PR for hosting my tour! Here are the stops:

19: Interview – You Gotta Read Reviews
20: Spotlight – Lindsay’s Scribblings
21: Spotlight & Review - Fictional Candy
23: Guest Blog - Krista Ames
26: Spotlight – Frellathon
28: Guest Blog & Spotlight – Lunar Haven 
30: Review – Love Laughter Friendship
31: Review & Spotlight - Kayla’s Place

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Day off, but working...

I have a day off from work today - so I use it to do my other "work." Honestly, I wish I could do this every day. Write, network, make money from home, work in my PJs. :) Who wouldn't want to make a living like that? Working on putting together a couple blog tours for the Summer, and later, I'll get back to Ash's story and see what happens next. I'm also catching up on my DVRed shows - The Voice, Deadliest Catch, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries. I might even go for a run later. The weather is gorgeous here today - Sunny and in the 80s. Loving it! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mothers' Day!

I have the most awesome mom in the world. No, really, I do. :) She is one of the strongest women I know and I can only hope to be a fraction of the woman she is. I have always looked up to my mom, she has done so much in her life and I remember, when I was little, I wanted to be just like her. When I was young, we lived in Chicago and she worked for a major hotel chain. She got to travel all over the world, and that probably grew my obsession with travel. Thanks to her, I've had the opportunity to visit Spain 3 times and see Paris. Spain, especially Barcelona, is one of my favorite places on Earth! So, thanks for that, Mom!

She has also always encouraged my writing. Even when I was young, I can remember her encouraging me to write and she never once told me being a writer was too far-fetched of a dream. She has always told us kids we could do whatever we set our minds to. She's probably my biggest fan, and I'm hers!

We may differ on some things -like the fact she's STILL a Cubs fan, and as a Brewers fan, that just makes me shudder - but my mom is my hero and I love her. She has done so much for me, I couldn't ever repay her.

Thanks, Mom, for everything! Love ya!

Friday, April 19, 2013


I realized I need to blog more. I follow many authors and several of them blog every day - I don't think I have that much discipline, but I can at least try to blog every week. :)
I have the day off from work today, so hopefully I will get some writing done on the sequel to Wanted.  I'm watching my DVRed "The Voice." This is the first year I've actually watched this show, and I'm in love! Watching the coaches interact is hilarious, and there is some serious talent on this show!

Anywho, I'll keep you updated on my progress on Claimed - that's what I'm tentatively calling it right now. :) I'm about a quarter of the way through right now, and can't wait to see where the story goes.

Have a great Friday!!

Friday, March 1, 2013

WANTED Blog Tour!

Wanted is going on tour!! Presented by Bewitching Book Tours - Wanted will be featured on several blogs beginning today! Here's the lineup. Stop by, give these blogs some love. You might learn more about me, the book, and the characters. You might also get a chance to win a free copy!

March 1 Interview
Michelle @ Mom With A Kindle 

March 1 Spotlight
Sapphyria's Book Reviews: 

March 2 Spotlight
Inkk Reviews 

March 2 Review
Books, Books, and More Books

March 3 Guest blog and review
happy tails and tales
March 4 Guest blog
Paperback Princess

March 4 Spotlight
Bornean Bookworm Reads

March 4 Review
The Bookmark Blog

March 5 Spotlight
A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books

March 5 Review
Crazy Four Books

March 7 Guest blog and review
My Guilty Obsession

March 7 Interview
Books in the Hall 

March 8 Interview
Blogger and Reviewer at Sweet Southern Home

March 8 Guest blo
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
Hope to see you at these blogs!! 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Release Day!!!

Wanted comes out today!! I am so excited, I can't put into words what this means. The realization of a lifelong dream - that's for sure.

Buy the book here at MuseItUp

If you do read it, please leave a review somewhere. If you review it on your blog, let me know and I'll stop by. Thank you for all your support!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wanted Available For Pre Order!

My soon-to-be-published YA novel, Wanted, is now available for preorder on the MuseItUp website for 20% off! I'm so excited for the impending release of my first book! This is the beginning of a fantastic journey, and I'm excited you are here to join me! Here are links if you want to stalk me. :)


And a little teaser:

Attacked as a young witch and left for dead, Ashlinn is deathly afraid of being bitten again. Having survived until she’s almost eighteen without donating blood to any of her vamp friends, Ashlinn figures she’ll continue to live bite-free. After her crush reveals how powerful she is, however, the Vampire Council declares she be claimed as a familiar, which requires biting. Ashlinn doesn’t want to be owned, even by hot vamp, Conor. Luckily, her best friend, Matt, volunteers for the job. She is given one week to choose her protector, and the list of willing biters keeps growing. Will she go with best friend Matt, hot vamp Conor, or someone else to protect her? Will she be able to get her power under control by then? Will she overcome her phobia of being bitten? And who says she needs to be protected, anyhow?


“Ash, we kind of have a problem,” Matt said, leaning forward, bracing his forearms on his thighs. My stomach clenched. “What?” It came out in a whisper. “Your power. It’s strong,” he said. I shrugged. “I’m almost eighteen. Mom said it would get stronger until then.” He looked away briefly. Cora threaded her arms around one of mine, holding me protectively. “Get to the point, Matthew,” she told him harshly. I loved that she kept calling him Matthew. He ran a hand through his hair and looked at Conor again, who gave a slight nod. Matt turned back to me. “Yeah,” he said roughly. “But it holds a certain appeal to some of us.” “Us?” I inquired.
“Vampires,” Conor spoke for the first time. His low and seductive voice brought me back to the library when he’d told me to read. I shivered. “What kind of appeal?” Cora broke in. I felt small and vulnerable, again realizing all my friends were vamps. My power appealed to them? Matt and Cora had never said anything before. “It calls,” Conor said softly. “It’s…alluring.” I looked at Matt. “Matt, you’ve never said anything. Is it like that for you?” He wouldn’t meet my eye, shaking his head. Cora spoke what I had been wondering. “So when you say ‘us’ you mean…”
“He means me, mostly,” Conor cut her off, reaffirming what we’d all been thinking.
I gave a short bark of laughter. “What?” I asked sarcastically. “So, you’re a chocoholic and I’m a chocolate bar?”
Conor’s face twisted in disgust. “Please don’t trivialize it. Yes, you seem to be irresistible to me. I can feel your power, almost taste it, and I want it. I can restrain myself—if restraint is needed.” Matt cleared his throat. Conor’s eyes moved to his friend then back to me. “Which it is,” he added with a small grin.
I shifted, clenching the blanket in my fists, as this all sunk in. “So, in the hallway, and at your house, you don’t want me to just be a donor. You want my…power?” I was incredulous, and could feel my face growing hotter. Which was worse? Using me for blood? Or my power?
“I told you she’d get mad,” Matt mumbled.
I stood, letting the blanket fall to the floor. I watched both boys’ gazes drift down my bare legs and back up to my face. I rolled my eyes. Boys!
“Matt, how long have you known this?”
“Since this morning,” he replied, meeting my angry glare. “Sit, Ash. Let me explain.”
I obeyed, reluctantly, sitting on the edge of the couch. My anger receded a little with the promise of an explanation, finally.
Matt rubbed a hand over his face. “Okay. I called Conor this morning to ask him what he’d been playing at in the hallway the other day. I wanted to know what to expect at the party. He…” Matt looked at Conor, who was looking at me. Conor nodded for Matt to continue. “He said your power was suddenly there, in the hallway, calling to him. He’d never really noticed it before, until you walked into him. He got closer to double check and…”
“I wanted you,” Conor finished simply.
I looked at him sharply. “You wanted my power,” I corrected.
So that was it. He had a taste of my power in the hallway and wanted more in the library. He must have loved it when I used my power to throw him across the room, further proving to him how strong I was.
The boy raised a shoulder like it was nothing. “Your power is you.”
I shook my head at him. “It’s not the same thing. You don’t actually like me.” My dumb voice broke a little. Cora put a hand on my shoulder, solid and reassuring. “You only like what I can give you.” Now my dumb eyes grew hot and traitorous with threatening tears.
“Isn’t that what all relationships are?” he asked, “What someone can give you? How they make you feel? Isn’t that why we’re attracted to certain people?”
I would not be persuaded. “It doesn’t matter. It’s not happening. No one’s going to bite me. Ever.”
Conor looked to Matt. “Matthew,” he said softly.
Matt shifted and looked at me, dejected. My anxiety level spiked.
“Ash,” he started, wringing his hands, brows furrowed. “You have to be claimed by someone.”
My eyes widened. “What do you mean, claimed?”
“You have to let someone make you their familiar, claim you under their protection.”
Oh, Goddess. The only way to become a familiar was to be bitten, not just once, one had to be a regular donor to a certain vampire, and ingest their blood. My heart sped up. “What? Why? What the hell does that mean?”
Matt pressed his lips together, face paling. “The Council thinks your power will begin to attract vamps from all over. You need someone’s protection or…”
He trailed off and looked at the ground.
“Or every vamp in the tri-county area will be trying to bite you,” Conor filled in.
Cora’s hand tightened on my shoulder. Horror washed through me, my mouth hung open in shock, cold seeping into my core. I will not freak out. I will not freak out, I thought.
Matt moved to stand, probably to come to me. Conor put a hand on him, holding him still.
“I’m sorry, Ash.” Matt’s voice was full of sympathy. “I didn’t know before today.” He paused. “The Council wants you claimed by the end of the week. Otherwise they’ll force it on you to prevent any fighting.”