This thing is giving me fits

Posted on

The thing I’m referring to is my latest manuscript.  (Yes it’s a teen romance – because that’s all I write.)  I’ve been so excited about working on it, but the sizzle is staring to fizzle.  It’s like a puzzle.  I know I have all the parts, but this puzzle has more than one way to […]

Read More

A Different Kind of Debut

Posted on

Well, it’s offiicial.  This former half-miler who never ran over a six-mile long run in college or an eight-miler post-collegiately is running a half-marathon.  The Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half to be exact.  Can you believe it?  Neither can I.  Especially given the fact that just over three months ago, I could barely run one-mile […]

Read More

First Date Friday: Chocolate in the Garden

Posted on

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 […]

Read More

I Want Crazy

Posted on

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 […]

Read More

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

Posted on

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 […]

Read More

What I Learned at RWA – The PRO Retreat

Posted on

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 […]

Read More

What I learned this year at RWA–Day One

Posted on

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) […]

Read More

Calling Teen Writers – Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Posted on

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 […]

Read More

Asheville was Calling, so I had to Answer

Posted on

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I blogged.  I’ve been spending some long overdue quality time with the family, getting my young adult novel ready for the freelance editor I’ve hired, taking a family vacation, managing a crazy work schedule and dealing with some upheaval in my daughter’s gymnastics life.  You see, […]

Read More

A Bloomin’ Tree

Posted on

Don’t you just love spring?  We’ve had an unseasonably cool spring down here in Atlanta.  However, I won’t complain because before I know it, I’ll be cursing a summer heat wave.   Aside from my writing, I love to take photographs.   I’m always snapping a photo of anything and everything.  I can’t tell you how many […]

Read More