Monday, September 9, 2013

It's here!!

Well... it's almost here! Tomorrow, September 10th 2013, Keeper will be released on EBOOK! It will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords!! How cool is that? It's been a crazy adventure getting Keeper to this point, but alas, it's here! Paperback will be released 9/28/2013! SO EXCITED to finally get to hold it in my hands. Have I mentioned how AWESOME my cover is?

 Thank you, Cora Graphics, for all your valuable time, and for bringing my vision of Keeper so vividly to the cover. It's amazing.

 Keeper is a young adult urban fantasy with a very strong female lead. Below, I will add the blurb. :) The first two chapters can be found in the FIVE SHADES OF FANTASY novel: a HUGE ebook with five different novels (which are ALL amazing) by five different authors, with my excerpt as a bonus. The entire book is FREE on Smashwords, or .99 on Amazon. Go check it out!!! 

As a Drea, Taylee Pierce, is a walking energy bong--or that's how the gift stealing Rygons see her. Her ability to control minds in their hands  could mean the end of the destruction of the Kember and Drea race. Laced with speed, strength, and a physical ability, each Kember holds the key to not only defeat the Rygons, but to protect one Drea until death.
But what happens when one who’s born to protect, hunts instead?
During a heated battle with a rogue Kember, Taylee’s forced to run and let her own Kember—the man who raised her—face him alone. With the announcement of her protector’s death, Taylee’s anger and obsession regarding the mysterious murderer take over. She’s hell-bent on bringing her guardian justice, even if it means walking into the enemy’s trap.
Please feel free to leave a review on Amazon, once you've completed the novel! I'd love to hear your feedback.
Hope everyone is having a fantastic day!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Chronicles of Kerrigan by W.J. May

Hey, All!

I'm back and ready to talk about a GREAT, young adult book series: The Chronicles of Kerrigan by W.J. May!

RAE OF HOPE. Is the first novel in the series. It was released fall of 2011, and it is SUCH a fantastic read! I couldn't put it down and neither could anyone else, according to the reviews! You Will NOT be disappointed. If you're looking for a outstanding book, don't hesitate! Buy it! It's available in both e-book and paperback format.

It's a fun and exciting world to get sucked into! Rae is a strong, well developed character, who is thrust in the middle of a school with gifted people. There is romance, heartbreak, betrayal, and drama all wrapped in urban fantasy! What more could you ask for? A SEQUEL!!! haha

And, yes, there is one! DARK NEBULA will be released December 15th!  It looks AMAZING!! Check out the book trailer:

Saturday, September 8, 2012


Yes, I'm already making goals, and it's not even New Years, yet! There has been so much going on the past year that I haven't been able to devote much time to writing. Last night as I was chatting with my author friend, Wanita, we made some goals.

1. Write AT LEAST one chapter every week. Meaning a minimum of 450 words a day.
2. Crit at least one chapter every week.
3. Have my book written by the end of the year.
4. Have my book edited completely by the end of February 2013.

  I've some motivation as Shaun and I are expecting our baby March 13! I realized yesterday how much I really needed to get going if I want to complete my sequel in the next year!

Also, I've been busy making my website and my facebook page! They're still a work in progress, but feel free to check them out! Website:
Facebook page:

I will post again soon! Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I'm back with my humble opinion on the first chapter.

Excuse my absence! It's been 11 months since I last posted! The past year I've had to deal with personal issues that consumed me both mentally and emotionally. Let's face it, I've never been a champ at posting anyway, but I will definitely do better now that life is amazing again.
On to the good stuff!
After a lot of thought, frustration, and a ton of suggestions (Thanks, SHAUN EVANS and WANITA MAY!!), I finally decided on a series name for Keeper, Uprising, and Torrent: HIDDEN BLOODLINES. I'm actually really excited about it! It captures the essence of the book in so many ways--just like I wanted it to. :)
I did manage to edit the first book in Hidden Bloodlines twice with my agent, in all the drama of life, the past year. Now, Keeper is currently in the hands of an editor at TOR Books! It's a great publishing company and I'm crossing my fingers for them! Although, my hopes aren't too high. It's the first publisher we have queried. They have an exclusive one month to see if it's the right book for them!
In the small amount of time I've had to write, I've worked on my new YA novel TURBULENCE. It's a paranormal. Don’t worry, no Vamps or Werewolves. I think it's a pretty unique story, and I'm super excited to jump in to it! It may have to take a back seat for a while as I'm feeling it's time to dive back into UPRISING, book 2 in Hidden Bloodlines.
Currently, I'm 15,000 words into Uprising! YAY! Only about 70,000 more to go... Yeah... when I say it like that, 15,000 feels like nothing!

So here is a question for everyone: What do you feel is most important in starting off your novel? Let’s say chapter 1. If anyone wants my opinion, here are some things I always keep in mind:
1. First sentence must hook. Not only should it grab readers, it MUST compel agents, editors, and pretty much everyone in the writing industry. No pressure. haha
If you don’t have a good first sentence, it’s like your whole chapter sucks. I’ve re-written the first chapter of Turbulence 4 times. After the third time, I was so frustrated I finally cleared my mind and stepped away from the computer. Instead of focusing on what I wanted to happen in the chapter and what perfect sentence would lead me there, I simply asked myself “what is a good line that would show my MC’s character?” I jotted down some, and even made myself laugh at a few crazy ones. I went about my household chores, still pondering, and then it clicked. I sprinted for my computer and spent the next few hours writing. That one little line changed my entire chapter. I think this is one of the many forms of allowing your character to speak. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we want to happen, it’s not really in line with our character. Shut your brain off and let them speak to you. They have great ideas. Haha
I’m sure everyone has a different tactic or a different opinion on how to come up with the first sentence, but this is my formula: A. Raise questions in the reader. B. SHOW the MC’s state of mind. C. Personality. If your character is depressed, let it show. If he/she is witty, let it ring through their tone and how they are delivering this first sentence.
Seems like a lot to put in one sentence, huh? It’s doable. You’ll be amazed at what one little sentence can do for your chapter.
2. The second thing I advise in the first chapter is: KEEP IT MOVING. Everything you write should move the story forward and have something to do with the plot. Don’t go on about scenery, family, descriptions, and everything that’s ever happened to the MC. Remember, there are chapters 2 and 3, too! Sneak in all the information that is necessary to get us from one point to another.
3. Put your character in a compelling situation. Grab your reader and don’t let them escape!! If you start your chapter with the MC eating cereal at the table, telling you about how a member of their family died, readers may put the book down. Now, if you start the chapter with your MC sitting at the table, eating cereal and a gunman busts in the house and shoots a member of his/her family, that is something entirely different.  Keep in mind this compelling situation should most definitely have something (if not everything) to do with the plot. Crazy random stuff that has nothing to do with the plot, won’t get you anywhere (Yes, I’ve seen a lot of this when I first started looking for a critique group to join, so I had to mention it haha.)
4. Pace. Don’t start off the chapter with poor little Billy getting gunned down and then go into his life story. Keep up the pace you created. This section goes hand in hand with number 2. If you start chapter one fast paced, strong, and dramatic, let it hold clear to the end. Keep your readers knuckles white! Now, I realize not every book can start out so with gunmen and death. Mine certainly don’t. This is just an example. Hopefully everyone can get the gist of it.
5. DON’T introduce too many characters. I like to introduce 2-3. It seems like if you do much more than that, readers start to get confused!
6. End the chapter with a hook. This is JUST as important as starting the chapter with a hook. Make the readers/editors/agents stay up late turning pages because they have to know what’s happening! Again, the best way to do this, in my opinion, is raise questions.
7. Last, but certainly not least: Spell check. Grammar check. And, please, oh please, GET A SECOND AND THIRD PERSON’S OPINION. I’ve already ranted about critique partners in the last post I did, so everyone knows how important I feel they are. 

A lot of pressure is on the first chapter. I think it’s normal to have to write it more than once (and I think most authors would agree). Buying books on writing (I would recommend Elements of Fiction writing) can really help you set up a good first chapter too. I learned a lot from those books, but even more from my fellow author friends! Research and find what works best for you. 

Anyone else have anything to add?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Update, and the importance of Critique Partners and Beta-Readers

Wow, everyone, sorry for the total lack of updates!

I signed the contract with my agent about 2 weeks ago,(WOOHOO!!) and I'm so excited to be working with her! I'm also really excited to announce my next two books in The Keeper Series: UPRISING and TORRENT. WOO! Currently, I am 15,000 words into Uprising (first draft), and I'm hoping to have it finished COMPLETELY by October! Wish me luck, and sorry in advance for my busy schedule which interferes with my blog!

I think everyone can agree that the agent process is stressful, tiresome, and a bit depressing at times. You've written a book--a book you love--why isn't an agent "falling in love" with it?

Because haven't we all heard: "I didn't fall in love with it?" I know I have! And it was like a bad break up! Hahahaha

I'm no expert, but the biggest thing I can stress to every writer is: GET A CRITIQUE PARTNER AND a BETA-READER. No, get two or three. And I'm not talking your husband (although, mine is GREAT help) or your best friend. I'm talking someone who is not biased. Someone who is a writer and knows the craft.

I have three critique partners, and let me tell you, they know the craft. They are the nicest people, but brutally honest. They critique the book one chapter at a time and help me find awkward phrases, typos, "telly" graphs, and SO much more. If the chapter doesn't work, they tell you. This is a great way to make sure each chapter "hooks" and moves the plot forward. Sometimes the feedback is not what I want to hear, but when I come back to the critique, after a few hours, I see where they are coming from, and I start my revision or edit of the chapter. I can honestly say, I've rewritten a single chapter COMPLETELY 3-4 times. And once it was done, I was thrilled with it. (I believe it was chapter 23 hahaha.)

So, get a good Critique Partner.

To me, a Beta-Reader is a lot different than a Critique Partner. If you can help it, have someone who is NOT your Critique Partner Beta-Read. You'll need fresh eyes on the script, trust me. I have two writers and two avid readers who read the entire script. They give me feedback on character development, plot progression, pace, plot holes (if any) and their over all reactions of the story. And If I said they didn't catch typos, I'd be lying because they sure do! And I REALLY appreciate them for that, too!!

Both Critique Partner and Beta-Reader play SUCH an important role in the book writing process. is a GREAT place to find both.

Happy writing, everyone!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

End of the Road For the ABNA Contest

Happy belated Easter!! Too bad spring isn't here yet! :)

Well, my adventure with the Amazon contest came to an end yesterday. I'm actually not too down about it. I knew the chances of getting past the next round were slim. There are so many great books out there! Either way, I've walked away with an agent and my book has a shot at being published! It's a win-win. I'm grateful to have made it as far as I did (250/5000), and for all the wonderful feedback I've been given.

Congrats to the 50/250 who were selected to go on! I'll keep everyone posted on which agent I choose and everything else that follows!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Formatting your Manuscript

May I just point out that this is my 3rd blog post this month? GO ME! Okay, now onto the point of this post. :)

After reading agent, Vickie Motter's, blog post this morning on formatting your manuscript, I set out to check mine. Most everyone knows the spill: 1 inch margins, double spaced, and 12 Times New Roman font.

But, there were a few things I missed! And I didn't even realize it. I was so happy I checked! This format is especially vital if you're going to be publishing e-books through Amazon and ect. Vickie Motter explains, step by step, how to format your MS so it looks just like a paperback book. It also makes it easier for agents to read.
Check it out, guys! Even if you think your MS is formatted correctly. You may be wrong! ;)

Have a fantastic day!