Flake-out Friday–It’s a WEBSITE!

Hey gang!

OMGosh, I’m super stoked to share my website with you. If you’ve been following my blog, Twitter, and Facebook, you may have noticed me dancing around the subject of: To Website Or Not To Website.

With the help of my publicists (cuz I’m a technotard and they are graphics, net, computer, everything savvy), we’ve compiled ideas and images and developed the following site.

Please take a look and lemme know what you think!

Annnd, I may need help getting my blog to match–if you’ve got any ideas, hit me with them! THERE WILL BE A PRIZE (like a book of your choice) FOR THE PERSON WHO COMES UP WITH AN IDEA THAT STRIKES MY FANCY!

Click here for my author website.


I’m SO Excited SQUEE!!!!

Hey gang,

Guess what?

My Young Adult Paranormal Romance, SHIFTING PRIDE, is going to be PUBLISHED!!!!!!!

That’s right, the wonderful folks at Etopia Press are making this happen.

I just signed the contract a few days ago. Right now, I’m working on blurbs, taglines, and gearing up for edits.


Here’s my initial pitch for SHIFTING PRIDE (to give you an idea of what it’s about):

Sixteen-year-old Nickie Leone has proof that her missing (presumed dead) father is still alive. Receiving his watch in the mail is the first in a line of clues bringing her closer to discovering his whereabouts. But clues aren’t the only new thing in Nickie’s life. There’s the Memorial Banquet her mother insists she help prepare for, there’s the new kid/hottie, Xavian, and…well, the growth of whiskers and a tail!

Filled with secrets and a new love of tuna fish, Nickie must partner up with Xavian (don’t you know he’s a shapeshifter too?) to rescue her dad before she loses him forever. Oh, and she needs to figure out how to be a cat, too.

To spread the joy, I’d like to host a giveaway.

All you have to do is leave a comment–AND I’ll count your name TWICE if you help spread the word (by Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc) (just let me know if you’ve done it).

How about I announce WINNERS in TWO WEEKS to give peeps time to stop by. 🙂

WINNERS will be chosen at random. THREE lucky commenters will receive a book of their choice AND a three chapter crit from ME!

Flake-out Friday–WINNERS!

Whee! Boy I had fun last Friday announcing my pub contract for ENDURE. THANKS to all you guys for your support and retweeting and facebooking, etc.

Now, to announce the WINNERS!

1st place (winner of a novel of your choice):


2nd place (winner of the necklace and earrings set symbolizing ENDURE):





Seventeen-year-old Justin’s anemic blood is a blessing. Or a curse. It all depends on who you ask.

In the Post-Collapse world where the immortal Vie lord over the rapidly diminishing mortals, Anemies like Justin and his sister are rabidly sought after. Their blood causes the Vie to age, a powerful threat, and yet a priceless hope for the Earth’s downtrodden humans.

When Justin’s sister is kidnapped by the Vie, he vows to rescue her. He strikes a deal with the human resistance, but they’re nothing but a cult with delusions that a messianic Anemie will free them all. They think that person is Justin; whereas Justin thinks they’ll need someone stronger than a teenage boy who gets dizzy after running twenty feet.

In a race to find his sister before she dies, Justin learns that not all Vie are evil, and not all humans have his best interests at heart. Trapped with choosing between saving what’s left of humanity and saving his sister Justin can’t decide which option is going to get him killed first.


Flake-out Friday: It’s My Berfday and I’m Giving Away a Present!

Ok, so my birthday is tomorrow, but since I don’t blog on Saturday, I’m celebrating early and I’m sharing the lurve with all y’all!

I’ll gift TWO lucky commenters with things I enjoy, namely all things Halloween or vampire-ish and all things book-ish.

That’s right. All you have to do is comment on this post (I’d also appreciate some chatter via Twitter, Facebook, etc) and you’ll be entered to win one of two prizes.

The first name chosen by random.org will win:

A copy of The Near Witch by Victoria Scwab. This book is a DELIGHTFUL read. The prose is SO beautiful I savored every page. Every. Page. For realz.

The second name chosen by random.org will win:

This super fun vampiress wine glass complete with fangs and boobies. *grin*

(the other side of the glass reads: Who wants a kiss?)

You have ONE WEEK to enter. The contest closes Friday, October 21, 2011 at MIDNIGHT EST. I’ll announce the winner the week after.


Flake-out Friday–Contest Winners and A Tribute to a Co-worker

Hey gang! The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here. That’s right. It’s time to announce the WINNERS of my 300/500 followers contest!

First, I’d like to thank everyone who participated and spread the word. You guys and gals are AWESOME!!!! (I totally felt the love.)

The FIRST winner of a 20 page critique and a novel of your choice:


The SECOND winner of a 10 page critique and a novel of your choice:


The THIRD winner of a novel of your choice:


CONGRATS to the winners!!!! You can DM me via Twitter or give your email address in the comments section and we’ll get the prizes distributed.

Now, a tribute.

So, I’ve been working on the inpatient psychiatric unit for about a month now and I’m really enjoying it. I have kept my outpatient load and hours at the HIV clinic, so my time is divided, but so far so good.

One of the nice things about working on the inpatient unit is the sense of teamwork. And the members of my team are all talented, caring, knowledgeable, funny, hard-working, and supportive people. I really feel fortunate working with them.

One of the most treasured members of our team is Mayor. He’s a seeing-eye dog and offers me pet therapy every Friday afternoon when he’s allowed to be out of harness (AKA on a break) for a few minutes.

Isn’t he CUTE!!!!!!

WIP Wednesday–The Love Triangle

*****Don’t forget to enter my 300/500 followers contest to win a crit and book of your choice! The deadline is July 31, 2011 Midnight EST, so please spread the word!*****

I’m about 1/3 of the way done with the first draft and I’m still quite ecstatic with my new WIP. I’m particularly stoked about the love triangle that’s forming between my main character, a long time friend, and the mysterious hottie she’s just met.

Okay, so the love triangle concept isn’t new, BUT it IS new for me. I don’t generally go heavy on the romance angle. I mean, it’s there, but it’s not the main focus of my novels. I tend to go for much more action oriented stuff. So I’m treading new ground here.

Anyway, I bring it up because I see a lot of love triangles in YA fiction (need I mention Twilight? Yeah, didn’t think so). As with all things, I suspect there are people who like the  love triangle and people who abhor it.

So tell me, friends, are you PRO or ANTI love triangle and WHY? Do you write love triangles? Why or why not?

Don’t forget to check out Deb’s response to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog topic of maintaining patience during the query process!

Every Wednesday

300/500 Followers Contest!

Whee!!!! I’m so excited that I am approaching the 300 follower mark on my blog and I’ve now surpassed the 500 follower mark on Twitter!

To share the love, I’m going to host a contest. It’s super easy, I promise. All you have to do is:

  • Follow my blog (click on the subscription button on the right)
  • Leave a comment on this post 

You will get an extra point each for:

  • Tweeting about the contest
  • Facebooking (is that a real word? 😉 ) about the contest
  • Blogging about the contest
The prizes:
  1. A book of your choice + a 20 page critique
  2. A book of your choice + a 10 page critique
  3. A book of your choice
The contest will close on July 31, 2011 at MIDNIGHT Eastern Standard Time.
Super cool, right? So get goin’ and spread the word, dear followers!  😉
Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog update: It’s Wednesday, so be sure to check out Sarah’s strategy for maintaining patience while querying!

It Was A Dark and Stormy Blogfest Contest…Also: a Crusade and the winner of some swag!

Brenda Drake is hosting a first line blogfest today and tomorrow. Be sure to check out her blog for a list of participants!

What’s up for grabs? A query critique, a 25 pages + query critique, and a 50 pages + query critique by none other than Weronika Janczuk, writer and agent with D4EO Lit Agency!

Best of luck everyone!

Now, my entry:

  • Working Title: ZODIAC COLLECTOR
  • Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Adventure
  • First line: The Renaissance Faire wrecks my birthday every year.

(My first sentence is mind-blowing in its awesomeness, right? LOL!)

Alrightly, now the comments and critiques y’all give help me to perfect the line so I can enter it in the contest on Brenda’s blog on February 9th! Thanks in advance!

Don’t forget to check out Lydia’s Medical Monday post and Sarah’s psychology related post!

Wait–I’m not finished!

Drum roll please…And the winner of swag from Michelle McClean’s Homework Helpers: Essays and Term Papers is:


EDIT: Doris has claimed her prize! I’ll forward the info to Michelle so she can mail your swag!!!


Have you seen Rachael Harrie’s Blog Crusade?! Click here to check it out. This is the second “annual” Crusade designed to connect writers and bloggers through the interwebz. Lookin’ forward to seeing you there!

Woot! Woot! Wednesday: The Three-fer–Thanks for an award, rounding up the Sisterhood blog chain, and Snoopy was on to something here, I’m sure!

I’d like to give a BIG thanks to the super awesome & sweet, Young Adult writer and blogger, Heather Howland, for nominating me for the Stylish Blogger Award! Thanks, Heather, you’re the best! And now I feel totally fancy! Sa-weet!!!!!!


Deb’s up this week sharing her writerly goals for 2011. Pop on over and check it out!


In case you haven’t seen it yet, Brenda Drake is hosting a first line blogfest contest on February 7th and 8th. Be sure to check out her blog for a list of participants! Oh, and sign up too!

The deal is: Sign up, post your first line on your blog on the 7th & 8th for comments/critiques, then enter your perfected first line in the comments of Brenda’s blog on February 9th for the contest part.

What’s up for grabs? A query critique, a 25 pages + query critique, and a 50 pages + query critique by none other than Weronika Janczuk, writer and agent with D4EO Lit Agency!

Best of luck everyone!