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February 10, 2017


By now, you've probably already heard about Samhain Publishing closing at the end of this month.
I heard about it in a blanket email sent to authors yesterday. While I was working on the second round of edits for a book that was scheduled to be released by Samhain in April. That's right. I spent all week--and two whole weeks last month--busting my chops editing a book that I thought was going to be released in a few months...
And found out it wouldn't be happening in such a generic way. I reall...
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Published on February 10, 2017 19:53 • 3 views

February 6, 2017


22031404Deliver Me by Kate Jarvik BirchMy rating: 5 of 5 stars
Yikes! This is such a great book. It's disturbing, made me uncomfortable, but I loved the narrator.
Wynne and Odessa are part of the Union. A totalitarian regime that requires total and utter devotion. No one is allowed free thought or speech, or even has the ability to chose their future. Words like love, family and mother don't exist. Women and men are segregated and never meet. Well, unless you're chosen as a Carrier.
Becoming a Carrier i...
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Published on February 06, 2017 13:00 • 3 views

February 4, 2017

Even a lone wolf wants to belong... 
Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in an ex-commune beside a lake in the beautiful, austere backwoods of northern Minnesota. The other girls at school call Linda 'Freak', or 'Commie'. Her parents mostly leave her to her own devices, whilst the other inhabitants have grown up and moved on. 
So when the perfect family - mother, father and their little boy, Paul - move into the cabin across the lake, Linda insinuates her way into the famil...
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Published on February 04, 2017 00:52 • 11 views

February 2, 2017


22752127The Serpent King by Jeff ZentnerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars
O.M.G!
This book is incredible. Amazing. Fantastic. Awesome. And just so, HUMAN. I swear, it captures just about every emotion in the three narrators. And makes the reader go through ALL THE FEELINGS. Every single one of them.
Seriously. It does.
Three very different kids live in a small backwards town that has a lot of shitty people in it. Dill is the son of a Pentecostal minister who uses poison and snakes as a way of preaching his 'religi...
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Published on February 02, 2017 01:10 • 3 views

January 31, 2017


30257883Rebellion by Kass MorganMy rating: 5 of 5 stars
After really enjoying The 100 trilogy, I got stuck into the TV show and fell in love with it as well. I love both of them. The books sucked me into this world and the awesome cast of characters. The TV show got me in so deep I'm hooked!
So when I found out there was another book... of course I was looking forward to it.
The Colonists and Earthborns are living peacefully in a village they're shaping with their own hands and customs. But when an unex...
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Published on January 31, 2017 01:15 • 2 views

January 24, 2017


The other day, I posted a little update about the second Elsewhere book.     Today, I'm going to post the cover (again!) and the blurb:

 It only takes one corpse to start an epidemic.
Elsewhere, Book 2 
Willow Moss’s necromancing ability dovetails nicely with her job doing field research to disprove or confirm paranormal phenomena. If there’s a downside, it’s that her whole life revolves around responsibility. But, after all, that’s what single mothers do. 
Whe...
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Published on January 24, 2017 10:00 • 11 views

January 23, 2017

Everything that is yours, was once hers . . .
Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price?Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of th...
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Published on January 23, 2017 12:56 • 3 views

January 22, 2017


Remember this beautiful cover? The always awesome Kanaxa made it, and it's absolutely perfect. So perfect for the book that I was devastated when I thought it wasn't going to make it to publication.

But, that's changed now.
This book is the second Elsewhere book. It's also the last book in the duology. The original release date was supposed to be late last year, but then Samhain Publishing closed down. So I got the rights back. When the publisher opened again, I decided to sign a new...
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Published on January 22, 2017 15:33 • 4 views

January 21, 2017


18806240Bone Gap by Laura RubyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars
O.M.G. This book, it is awesome!
Last weekend, I started two books. By mid-week, I'd lost interest in both of them. So I grabbed my Paperwhite and started this one. I'd heard great things about it and was intrigued by the blurb.
And I was hooked instantly.
Bone Gap is a strange place, and the people who live there are a peculiar bunch. But when the mysterious Roza arrives, they're all smitten. Especially the O'Sullivan brothers. Two hardworking boys--...
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Published on January 21, 2017 04:30 • 2 views

January 17, 2017


For the last few years, I've been using Darth Vader Moleskines.
This is my first Moleskine, which was an 18-month (2014-15) planner:
 
This is my 2016, 12-month planner:

I wasn't kidding when I said I used Darth Vader planners. LOL.
But this year, although I'm still using a 12-month Week To One Page Opposite a Blank Page planner, I've now switched to Peanuts:

I love this format, it's perfect for me because I can record everything on the weekly display page on the left, and then take more detai...
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Published on January 17, 2017 10:00 • 12 views