Category: books

Their Fractured Light

Their Fractured Light

This story is not nearly as much fun as the one for These Broken Stars. Mostly I was excited to see Amie and Meg again because they are so much fun. And to complete the trilogy and get Their Fractured Light. I had no idea I would laugh so hard or be so giddy when the night was over. Amie started off with, “I flew 20 hours yesterday so this is either going to be glorious or a car crash. I’m as excited as you to find out which.” It was, in fact, glorious. I think, perhaps, this just made them a little more free when answering questions, which they […]

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Rick Riordan and Chasing Magnus

Rick Riordan and Chasing Magnus

I have yet to blog about any of the author events I’ve been to this year. I took pictures (which I will belatedly instagram) and got signed books (yay!) and that has been enough for me. But I went to Rick Riordan’s Norse American tour last night with my sister and nephew and there are things I’d like to remember. I admittedly haven’t read any of Riordan’s books. I saw the Percy Jackson movie and was less than impressed – with some of the casting and with some of the plot and with how wrong most of the mythology was. But my nephew has read the first Percy Jackson series […]

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These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars

There’s a story behind this book, but don’t worry. It has a happy ending. When I read it, I loved it. It was clever and interesting. I liked the world and I liked the characters. And then I got to The Thing. And I didn’t know what I thought anymore. I thought it was handled very well for what it was, very authentic emotions and didn’t gloss over anything or pretend it wasn’t what it was. But I was still left extremely unsettled. Part of that was due to how well The Thing was handled – I was supposed to be unsettled. But part of it was also due to […]

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things of 2014

things of 2014

Initially this post was a filler, just a way to space some things out. But once I started writing it, I realized it’s actually a year worth remembering. I published my first novel, Tattered Heart. That should have been a clue right there that I should write something about this year. It was exciting and gratifying and I learned so much about self-publishing and traditional publishing along the way. Since I decided to self-publish I also decided to do everything myself. I had two great editors, so not quite everything. But almost. I designed the cover. I handled the interior design. My sister did an awesome job drawing the map. […]

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a reversal on reviews

a reversal on reviews

If we’re friends on goodreads you may have noticed I don’t review books. I don’t even really star them unless they’re 4 or 5 stars. This isn’t just laziness, it’s a calculated decision. See, I used to review books. I had so much fun breaking a book down and figuring out what I liked and didn’t like and most importantly why. I always tried to find something positive in every book (which was tough sometimes but a good exercise) and make sure any criticisms were about the writing or my personal preference and not a judgment on the author. It was an important part of growing as a writer (and […]

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forays into the unknown

forays into the unknown

I got the idea for my first novel in late Oct 2006. I toyed with it in fits and starts but I didn’t actually start writing it until Feb 2008. It was a fairy tale and the story of how I thought of it and what it became will be the beginning of my Idea Genesis series. At that time it was just going to be a novella because I didn’t know if I had enough story in me for a full novel. But regardless of the length, I was committed to writing it. I wanted to see if I could actually do it. And I dreamed of getting published […]

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Author Initiative

Author Initiative

As an aspiring author one of the things I’ve learned is that it’s easy in this writing/publishing industry to feel like you’re at everyone else’s mercy. This isn’t new territory for me after living in LA for years. Whether you’re a writer, actor, screenwriter, director of photography, costume designer, or almost any other creative profession you’re waiting for that agent to sign you – hoping that director notices you – wanting to be a part of that studio. And just like in the movie business, authors have the choice to step outside that system and do things on their own. Everyone I mentored in LA, anyone who asked for advice […]

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Harry Potter story

Harry Potter story

I don’t know what it is about Harry Potter that everyone seems to have a story on how they read the series; the night(s) they camped out to get the latest book at midnight or seeing the films; or the impact the books and movies had in their lives (both reading and real). It’s interesting to me that in the book blog community I frequent, I’m one of the few who didn’t read the books as a kid. I was just out of college when my sister made me read the first book. (It would not be the first or last time I read a book just so she had […]

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an open letter to Amazon

I try to be positive on this blog. I hope that the things I write are amusing or helpful or just fun in general. But sometimes things come to my attention that I feel strongly enough about and I need to say something out loud. And this is my place to do that. The girls over at Cuddlebuggery brought this bit of news to my attention: Amazon wins patent to sell previously read ebooks. As an aspiring writer, I find this pretty disturbing. I tweeted about it and I even sent an email to Amazon letting them know why I found it bothersome. I received the following response. I’m sorry […]

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Things of 2012

Things of 2012

Lots of people had great lists of books from 2012, much more creative ways of looking back like Tracy Neithercott’s YA Superlative Blogfest. I just have a boring old list of the best books I read in 2012 – but it’s got superb books on it! For my book list I went to goodreads and browsed all the books I read in 2012. I selected the books I remember loving and ended up with a list of 7 books. Random number, I know. I could have stuffed in three more to make it an even ten but didn’t feel like it. 7. The Other Countess by Eve Edwards I discovered […]

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