October 8, 2019

Are you ready for some books? Get excited, because below are three Academy Books coming at you, one of which is FREE!

Book two of the Blakemore Academy Series is LIVE! 

I’m not sure what hurts more: the knife in my back or the one in my heart.

I thought the worst thing that could happen to me was losing my powers and being shipped off to Supernatural Reform School.

I was wrong.

Betrayed and heartbroken, I’m still searching for the mages who stole my powers. But now I know that the conspiracy goes much higher up the chain of command.

High enough that my new friends and I might all be in danger.

Especially when we find out that Blakemore Paranormal Academy is housing a magical weapon. We don’t know what or why, but are determine...

August 10, 2019

2. Star date June 5, 2170: 5:10 PM

Location: Earth’s Moon Colony, Terra-Port Docks

I’d only seen a ship this big the day I moved from Earth to the Moon Colony. Not quite as sleek as the Niña — yes, they named a few of the ships after the same ones that colonized America — the Freya clearly didn’t meet the regulations of a government transport vessel. Grungy, gray, and littered with startlingly intricate, brightly colored graffiti, it might’ve docked up more comfortably with a crime lord’s crew.

Other space craft filled the hanger around it. Those belonging to The Federation shone sleek and silver in the sterile light. Uniformed officers strapped with guns guarded these. I kept my back to them, skin prickling under their st...

August 6, 2019

Hello Frands!

Welcome to your weekly update/question. Above you'll see the cover of Supernatural Reform School, the book I co-wrote with my good friend, Sullivan Gray. You can follow her here (and also get a free copy of The Dragon Heir!) Sullivan and I are already working on book two of our paranormal academy series (Academy of Stolen Magic) and we're super excited to get started with book three (Blood of the Dragon Shifter).

My question this week centers on ambiance. Last week I moved into a new apartment and have been working to get my new space feeling like a home. One of the things I did was find scentless candles. When I asked Facebook for recommendations on where to get some, a few people were very confuse. I had t...

August 3, 2019

Check out my fellow author K.E. Hubbard! She is an excellent writer, brilliant critique partner, and all around encouraging friend. In November, she will be publishing a satirical Christmas novella called The 24th. If you love Christmas movies, this sweet, short and humorous story is perfect for you! 

 In her own words:

I’m so excited to announce that my novella, The 24th will be published on November first! If you love Christmas movies and all their trope-filled goodness, you’ll love this short, sweet, and funny story!

After their significant others find true love with someone else just days before Christmas, Jack and Ella decide to get revenge and crash Ella’s ex-boyfriend’s wedding. They travel together to the...

August 2, 2019

1. Star date June 5, 2170: 3:23PM

Location: Earth’s Moon Colony

Hijacking a Space Officer’s motorcycle is usually inadvisable, but when you’re on the run from a lunar gang it’s about the best form of transportation. I buzzed through the cold, sterile streets of Earth’s moon colony, gripping the handles of the officer’s motorcycle and trying not to slide off the back as I took hairpin turns in an attempt to outrun the Mahina gang. 

Head down, I whipped through lanes of traffic — almost as bad as my hometown of Houston — and nearly clipped a bike messenger. The acrid smell of exhaust, so different from the gas I’d grown up with on earth, stung my nose. I yanked the soggy bandana around my neck up and over my nose. Stray curl...

July 30, 2019

Hey frands!

This week has already been crazy and it's only Tuesday. I moved all day today and let me tell you, moving brain is a thing. It's similar to my understanding of pregnancy brain. The "creative" spelling I've been doing this evening has been quite special.

It doesn't help that I'm also on allergy medicine because something is dying or blooming or whatever and my head is the size of Houston. Trying to write during this time has been an adventure. It would be easy to get frustrated with only being able to write a few paragraphs, but that doesn't seem helpful. Instead, at the moment I'm happy with each word I get on the page.

I feel this barrier disintegrating though. 

There's something about the right space that free...

July 23, 2019

Hey frands! It's been a while. A lot has been going on — co-writing a series with an amazing friend, packing up for a move, and reevaluating goals — but I'm ready to get back into the groove. 

Over the last week I got hit with the stomach plague! Womp, womp. This left me exhausted and highly unmotivated (nausea will do that to you), so I started watching the TV show Nailed It on Netflix. If you've never seen it, it's hilarious. Normal people attempt these SUPER difficult recipes (usually baked goods), and compete for $10,000. 

I love the hosts, the beautiful (and horrendous looking) creations, and the lessons the bakers learn. It also reminds me a bit of the writing journey. The first draft most often looks...

July 5, 2019

A friend and I are working on something. 


PHASE 1 IS COMPLETE! We're co-writing a series called Blakemore Paranormal Academy. The first book, Supernatural Reform School is up for preorder and will be ready next month. 


For now, you can read the prequel to the series. You'll meet Sebastian "Bash" Locke, the dragon shifter prince...who can't shift. 


And if he doesn't by his 18th birthday, he'll lose his title, his betrothed, and maybe his life.

READ THE DRAGON HEIR FOR FREE:

https://dl.bookfunnel.com/7pugtw25tr

PREORDER SUPERNATURAL REFORM SCHOOL:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TVM77FJ

These are YA paranormal academy books with mages, shifters, and more. Appropriate for 12+!

January 23, 2019

Hello all and welcome to another I Want to Know Wednesday!

Last night, I finished an incredible book called Illuminae by Amie Kaufman. Because of the high intensity of the overall plot, I'd sworn to myself I would only read during the day. Adrenaline rushes are not conducive to sleep after all and as an eternal sufferer of insomnia, I don't need anything else to keep me awake. However, around 8 o'clock, the protagonists' dire situation dragged me straight back to its pages and a few hours later, I'd finished.

Needless to say, I was then forced to watch some cartoons and read some less intense words in order to calm down and get to sleep. Kaufman knows how to raise stakes. Without giving too much away, I was thoroughly con...

January 16, 2019

Hello all and welcome to another I Want to Know Wednesday! I had a brilliant idea for a blog post this morning on my way home from my workout. "That's it!" I thought. "That is the perfect beginning and the perfect topic. It will engage people well, read beautifully, launch me into a wonderful day!"(Okay, not really, but it was still good.)

I also thought of how to start an article for work I've been struggling with. The blank screen has been taunting me for days. Relief flooded me. "This," I thought, "is how you start your Wednesday."

Which means, of course, I promptly forgot both ideas.

I wasn't even in the car, so I had the ability to write them down. Did I do this? Nope. I most certainly did not. Womp, womp. So instead,...

January 10, 2019

Hello all and welcome to another I Want to Know! The beginning of this year has actually been pretty good, but I think caffeine withdrawal has thrown me a tad. I actually stopped drinking coffee the last Friday of December since I was cutting out a ton of other stuff starting January 1st. Still, my routine is now off and I'm trying to get back into the jive.

In an attempt to track down what exactly is triggering my digestive problems, this month I'm cutting caffeine, alcohol, grains, legumes, and dairy. *cue the tears* The first week started well (apart from a little food poisoning that wrecked me one night), but now the cravings are starting.

I didn't realize how much cutting all this out would effect me socially. But it...

January 2, 2019

Welcome to 2019! (Got that right on the first try and I'm very proud of myself.)

I've stared at this blinking cursor for way to long today. In spite of the new year, old fears hang on like the last dregs of sleep. What do I say that hasn't already been said? Will it sound cliche? Stupid? Is anybody reading? 

We set goals because everyone loves a new page, a clean slate, but the second many of us stumble, we give up. Anxiety continues to swallow our words, one slice of cake turns into two, and instead of reading we sit through a full season of that show we know so well we can quote it (not guilty, I swear).

My good friend Sharon M. Peterson, is currently working on an amazing story about a young woman who creates a list of...

December 25, 2018

December 12, 2018

Hello, Wednesday Warriors!

With the holidays coming up, I have sweets on the brain! Or really, food in general. This is one of my most favorite times of the year. Not only because I get to see a lot of loved ones, but also the food. So. Much. Glorious. Food!

Wether it's sweet, spicy, crunchy, or soft there is something about themed meals that make them extra fun. Nostalgia draws us back, fills us with the warm glow of memories. I grew up making frosted Christmas cookies with my mom. Half the time I'd burry the snowmen, reindeer, angels, or Santas in glitter or sprinkles. They were never pretty, but they always tasted delicious and gave me a few hours of messy goodness with my mom and brother.

On the spicier side, my mom al...

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