October 1st – A Magical Day for Disney World

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It was forty-two years ago today, that Disney World opened its doors to the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.  Entrance into Magic Kingdom.  Believe it or not, I took this photo with my iPhone. I happen to believe that Disney World is one of the most magical places on earth. Honestly – it’s ruined most […]

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New Music–CHVRCHES

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It’s new music Tuesday for the Scottish trio CHVRCHES.  I love this play on letters.  And yes, I agree with this BBC article – you must use all caps when writing, err typing their name. (And don’t forget the “E”) Today their debut studio album Bones of What You Believe is released in the States.  […]

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Prisoners – The Movie

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Have you seen the trailer for the new Hugh Jackman and Jake Guyllenhal movie, Prisoners?  It’s an intense 2 minutes and 36 seconds. I’m trying to avoid the spoilers.  The movie opens tomorrow!!  Are you going to go see it?   […]

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Music I Love: London Grammar

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Oh I am in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with the indie UK trio, London Grammar!!  Lead vocalist Hannah Reid has a voice that will totally remind you of Florence Welch and every single track I’ve heard is amazing.  Their new album If You Wait is available today!! Lucky for some of you, they’re kicking off a […]

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First Date Friday: Chocolate in the Garden

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I’m going to let you in on a secret.  Well, it’s actually not really a secret because if you check my bio (and practically any author of the female persuasion it would seem) you’ll see that I love all things made of chocolaty goodness.  Let’s face it – most females like chocolate.  Right girls?!  Chocolate […]

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I Want Crazy

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Hunter Hayes’ video for I Want Crazy is what I try to capture in the young adult novels that I write.  That whirlwind kind of love that consumes you so the other person is all you can think about.  It also makes you do crazy things, like sneak into the public pool, or sneak up […]

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Teen Book Review–Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

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I’m going to make two confessions.  First, I have a thing for audiobooks.  I can listen while I’m driving, which is a good and bad thing.  Bad only that I still have to pay attention to the driving and sometimes books are very engrossing.  Second, my TBL (To Be Listened) stash is ridiculous, so it […]

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What I Learned at RWA – The PRO Retreat

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Pardon the delay in this post…my favorite saying of late is: Life Happens. I won’t bore you with the details other than to say, I’m deep in edits for one of my young adult manuscripts.  My day job is insanely busy – so much so that I’m working well over 10 hour days, which leaves […]

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What I learned this year at RWA–Day One

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Every summer, RWA – Romance Writer’s of America – has a huge conference.  This year, the conference was held here in Atlanta and that’s where I spent a good portion of last week.  It was tons of fun getting to meet up with writer friends from my chapters like the Young Adult Romance Writers (YARWA) […]

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Calling Teen Writers – Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

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I just love contests.  Who doesn’t like to win stuff?  Especially M-O-N-E-Y.  When I was a teen growing up in Fairport, NY the local radio station had the Song-of-the-Day contests.  I’d listen all day, waiting for that one song to play.  Then when it came on, I’d feverishly dial the phone number trying to get […]

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