Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Light In Dark Places (Blog Tour) SPOTLIGHT

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  A Light in Dark Places In December, 2009, Susan Cox Powell was reported missing from her home in West Valley City, Utah. As law enforcement tried to piece together what had happened to Susan, her husband, Josh Powell, became the only person of interest in the case. For Jennifer Graves, Josh’s sister, the nightmare started long before Susan’s disappearance. From her experiences growing up in the Powell family to the terrifying moment when she first started to believe her brother was a killer, she relied on her faith to stay strong. She devoted herself to the safety of Susan’s boys, Charlie and Braden, whom she hoped to be able to raise as her own. When the boys were murdered by their father in February, 2012, Jennifer was more than devastated, but she had to believe there was a reason for it all—including the deaths of her beloved nephews. In A Light In Dark Places, Jennifer shares her struggles and her triumphs. In coming to terms with such tragedy she finally was able to embrace the truth that we all have the power to choose our own path—and there is always hope, no matter how dark things may seem.

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JenandEmAuthorphoto1       Jennifer Graves is the mother of 5 beautiful children, 2 girls and 3 boys. She and her husband have been happily married for 19 years and together have been active in their community and church. Jennifer is the sister of Josh Powell who killed his 2 sons, Charlie and Braden, as well as himself in February of 2012, and is also believed to have killed his wife, Susan Cox Powell, in December of 2009. She is the recipient of the 2013 ChainBreaker of the year Award, given for breaking the chain of abuse and violence in her family. She enjoys homeschooling their children and mentoring in classes for the commonwealth school they attend. She also loves reading, playing card and board games, and learning new things. Most of all she loves to spend time with her husband and children. They currently reside in West Jordan, UT.

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Emily Clawson is an author, a mother and a mentor. She traditionally writes inspirational fiction. This book has been a life changing experience for her and she is grateful to have been a part of telling this story. She resides in Taylorsville with her husband and four children where they run their leadership mentoring programs for youth.

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  Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 11/21/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

THE EVE by Keary Taylor - RELEASE DAY

Keary Taylor has released yet another fantastic read.  And today, you can get your hands on it.

The Eve is the final installment to The Eden Trilogy.  Have you read these books?  If not, you need to get out and snag them.  I have followed Keary every step of the way with this trilogy...and I love it!  There is mystery.  There is adventure.  There is romance and friendship and betrayal.  There are zombie-like robots that only have one focus in their existence: Spread.

Have I mentioned that I love it?

Help Keary celebrate the release day of this amazing read by snagging a copy for yourself today.  Then make sure to read the rest of her books.  You will fall in love with this indie author lady for sure.

And just for some fun: Stop by her Goodreads, Blog, Twitter, Facebook and/or Tumblr and give the lady some love.  Do it.  Go.  Now.

Congrats Keary!

A plan was laid out as the Evolution crushed mankind, a plan that was right under Eden’s nose all along. And Eve is the key to everything. New Eden—mankind—they have a small chance at fixing their dismembered planet.

But it will be a reckless sprint against time and the coming Bane to retrieve the final piece to the plot. New Eden’s worst fears have become reality. The Bane are back in the city and they’re smarter and more aggressive than ever. They know where the humans are and they’re coming to finish what they’ve nearly completed.

Eve has been content with the family she’s found—Avian, West, Gabriel, Royce. But she’s about to discover she may have the one family Eve never thought she would: blood. With every odd stacked against her, all the lies and all the secrets of her origins will be exposed.

The past and the future are about to come full circle.
Paperback | Kindle | Nook | ibooks (Coming soon!)

Join Keary Taylor, DJ DeSmyter and myself tonight at 9pm EST/6pm PST for our live Twitter chat!  We will be celebrating Keary's newest release, talking about dystopians and all things YA Lit, and even have some giveaways up our sleeves.  Use the hashtag #EveChat and we will see you there!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

NaNoWriMo Update: Week One

Ah, the promised update post.
Ready for this?

I am loving my NaNovel.  I haven't been writing nearly as fast as I have in the past, but regardless, I love it.  Sure, I won NaNoWriMo 2010 with PN in about 12 days.  Sure, my tracking chart usually looks amazing and steep.  Sure, I am usually loud in the forums and FB pages, rooting others on and being a NaNo champ.  This year is indeed different.  But I love it none-the-less.

So how am I doing?
I am behind on word count.  It's true.  The needed amount for today to be on track to win is 16,666 words.  I am currently sitting at about 13,228.  That means I need to write at least 3,438 words just to catch up.  My wordage goal for today?  6k.

I can do it. 
I just need to start.

Have I mentioned how much I love this story?  Do you want to know more about it?  Let me know, and I just may make more of a teaser post just because I love you.

Aside from mommyhood, volunteering in my son's classroom, a mini social life, hacking away at my photo backlog, and attempting sleep, there is one other thing that threw me behind this bad.


There, I said it.  I am so out of shape with writing.  This last I spent mostly editing (or avoiding editing) that I forgot how to turn off my inner editor, resist procrastination devices, and just create.  It is coming back to me.  Slowly, but surely.

Here is my biggest tip to you NaNites out there who may be bogged down, who have hit that slow point, who don't know how to move on and feel like all is lost:


Simple solutions tend to be the best, right?  I had hit a point in my story where it just got horribly slow.  My pantsing approach to writing is thrilling and fun, but sometimes I can write myself into a corner.  That had happened.  I had hit a spot where I was spinning my wheels, and was spending too much time and energy trying to finish it before I could move on.


I finally stopped my insanity.  I made a few notes of where I would like to see this section lead someday in the editing future.  Then I skipped ahead to the nearest section I could think of and started writing again.  It works!  At some point toward the end of the month, if I need more words to win, I can go back to that noted section and plug away.  And if not, the editing phase will save the day.

So if you are falling behind... Move on.
I will see you on the other side of 50k.
Happy Writing!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Love and Relativity TOUR: Interview with Rachael Wade

Hello!  As part of the LOVE AND RELATIVITY Blog Tour, I have been given the chance to interview the awesome Rachael Wade.  I had the chance to do a book signing with this lady in 2012, and boy was I excited for the chance to "talk" with her some more.  Ready to get to know this author lady?  Let's go!

Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at and, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade.

Author links:

Hello!  How are you today?

     Tired! Haha. I’m on tour for my new release right now. My schedule’s been crazy.

Tell my readers a little about yourself:

     Well, I live in sunny Orlando with my husband and a herd of fur babies—4 cats and a black lab retriever.

In one Tweet (140 characters) tell my readers what Love and Relativity is all about.

     L&R is a New Adult romantic drama about passion, forgiveness, and second chances.

What sparked the idea for Love and Relativity?

     My own personal grief, thoughts on redemption and starting over, and my love for New Adult romance. I wrote L&R in between writing the Preservation Series (L&R is a companion novel to that series) because I was antsy to write more in the genre.

Do you see yourself at all in Emma? What trait do you wish you could steal from her?

     For sure. It was cathartic to write her because I found closure in my own grief by writing about her journey. Hhmmm, I don’t know which trait I’d like to have. I already share her germaphobe ways LOL.

What has been one of the most rewarding experience from writing Love and Relativity?

     L&R was my first stand-alone novel, so it was a satisfying project. Like I mentioned above, writing Emma’s story was very cathartic for me. I think that was the most rewarding part.

What was the hardest thing about writing Love and Relativity?  The easiest?

     Because it was such a personal novel, it was hard to get in touch with some of those emotions and face some of the tough realities of life. But it was worth it in the end. The easiest was writing Jackson. I often relate to a guy’s POV much more than a female’s, so Jackson’s voice just came very naturally to me. He was really fun to write. I have a huge soft spot for him.

What is your writing process? Plotter… or pantser?

     I definitely fly by the seat of my pants. But I always start with a very loose outline. I basically jot down main plot points I know I need to cover and some character development notes before I begin. Then I just go with the flow and see where the story takes me. I almost always know the end of the story before I know anything else. So I work with that ending in mind.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

     Full time.

What do you have in store for us in the future? Any new stories on the horizon?

     I have an NA drama and the next book in my NA sci-fi series coming out in 2014.

Enough with the serious talk. Let’s do a fun question: Skittles or M&Ms?

     M&M’s all the way.

If you were a superhero, what power would you have?


What takes over your life when not writing?

     Reading, movies, and concerts!

In one sentence, share one piece of advice you have for other writers:

     Be professional, be kind, be classy, believe in yourself, and work hard.


Thank you Rachael!  Make sure to visit her on Facebook or Twitter.  She chats there often and would love to hear from every one of you.  

Don't forget to check out the other stops of this awesome tour.  And check out LOVE AND RELATIVITY while you are at it!  Thanks for stopping by.

Love, life, and happily ever after? It’s all relative.

Marine biology student Emma Pierce lives in paradise—geographically speaking, anyway. Stranded on Sanibel Island, Florida, she works at a nursing home by day and spends her nights dodging the island’s infamous bad boy, Jackson Taylor, at her favorite karaoke bar. Trying to heal from the loss of her sister and a failed relationship she rerouted her life for, she’s ready to graduate and finally leave Florida behind.

When a run-in with Jackson and his rowdy crew goes sour at the bar one night, sparks fly and irreversible damage is done. It’s no secret that Jackson loves to get underneath her skin, but this time he’s gone too far. Now all he wants is to earn her forgiveness before she’s gone for good, but their ideas of closure—and the future—are enough to keep them worlds apart.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Twitter Chat on November 12th

What are you doing November 12th?
I know what I will be up to!

Come join Keary Taylor, DJ DeSmyter and myself for a live Twitter chat on NOVEMBER 12th at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST!  We will be celebrating Keary's newest release: THE EVE, the third and final installment to the Eden Trilogy.  Along with that, we will be discussing YA Dystopian lit, writing, and everything possibly in between.  There will also be a few giveaways throughout the chat.  Oh yes.  Goodies.

Bring your questions.  Comments.  And lots of chocolate (if only we could share that...)
Use the hashtag #EveChat to follow along, and we will see you there!

Friday, November 1, 2013


Guess what!
It's November 1st.

This can mean only one thing.  9 little letters.  30 days of typing frenzy.  50,000 words goal.
That's right.  IT'S NANOWRIMO!

I haven't written a word yet today.  But that will change shortly.  Once I drop my oldest off at school, tuck my youngest in for a needed nap, and gather some munchie-type supplies, the words will begin.  It has been too long since I got to just sit and create.  Boy, am I excited!  

My plans?  No idea.  I have my story idea.  A few thoughts for the plot.   But I am pantser, and this story will be just like all my others: Written by the seam of my pants.  Someday I should seriously consider this plotting thing we are taught about since Kindergarten.  But not now.  I just want to create.  And create, I shall!  NaNoWriMo, here I come.

I am writing.  Are you?


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