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Errand Girl of the Undead, Open for Business!

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Happy book birthday to The Trouble with Werewolves! For a short story, it certainly took me a long time to get this one out into the world.  I think a lot of the reasoning was because I wasn’t completely done with the series and wanted to hold off. I’m still not done (the 3rd book is nearing completion but has a ways to go yet) but I figured if I published then it would push me to get it done.

I really enjoyed writing this story, I think because Ellie’s a tough chick but with a definitely vulnerable side to her. She’s had an interesting upbringing but still wanted to be “normal”. Like most teens, she is trying to find herself, love, and a great pair of jeans to highlight her ass…ets.

I hope you enjoy her antics as much as I enjoyed writing about them!

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Ellie Weston may look like a blonde Barbie wanna-be, but call by her full name of Elvira and you’ll find she can take you down with nothing more than a paperclip and a hair tie. Having been raised by an ancient vampire, a faerie and a demon hardly makes her a normal teen. She’s trained in self-defense, with a bit of magic thrown in, but those talents are going to waste as she picks up dry cleaning, walks three-headed dogs and collects grave dust by the light of the full moon.

Her job as an errand girl to the undead–and other paranormal creatures–has kept her busy and relatively safe, until she receives a job to hunt down a rogue werewolf who is brutally butchering norms in her father’s territory. As she tries to track down the bloodthirsty beast, she finds the clues aren’t quite adding up. Will her wiles be enough to keep her safe and solve the mystery, or will she become the next victim of these ghastly crimes?

 

Pick up a copy for 99 cents!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Werewolves-Errand-Girl-Undead-ebook/dp/B01CC5FSF2

Nook: pending (check back!)

Write What You Love

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loveYou typically hear “write what you know” which isn’t bad advice but seems to hold writers back in my opinion. Stretch those creative limbs and write a male character if you’re female, write about sports if you’ve never played, etc. I’d prefer to see authors write about what they love, whether it’s romance, horror, high school comedy, etc. If you are writing about a subject you love, or feel otherwise strongly about, I think it comes across in the story telling.  When you try to write on a topic you’re not feeling, writing can seem stilted or drag on because you’re not really enthusiastic about it. The reader will know.

I’ve also heard, sadly often from other authors, down talk about writing in certain genres. Romance is beneath them. Young adult even more so. Erotica? Trash anyone can write. Not everyone wants to write the next great American novel and there’s nothing wrong with that. A good story is a good story regardless of who the intended audience is. Don’t let anyone put down your genre! Write what you love. Your great story is going to win over readers even if it’s not something that will become a classic years from now.

Write to entertain. Write to inform. Write what you’re passionate about.

Do you write about what you love or what you think others want to see?

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Heavyweight

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  1. I have a not so secret love of gingers, hence Ian’s hair and freckles. I imagine him to be just adorable!
  2. The story originally started in a different spot. During a writing workshop, author Toni De Palma convinced me to change the starting point and I believe that has a lot to do with why the book got picked up by my publisher.
  3. Going into it, I knew next to nothing about wrestling. I did a lot of research (unusual for me) and spoke to a lot of guys who were involved in high school wrestling.
  4. Julian and Mei-Li come from a long time of twins, in the sense that I always seem to have a pair in my stories. They are almost always boy/girl twins. I’m not sure why. I just like the dynamic I suppose.
  5. Ian is not the first male character I’ve written, but he’s the first done in first person. It was hard for me to get into character but I think he came out as authentic and believable.
  6. In the original draft, Ian was going to be trying to get into Penn State.  While it’s certainly a good educational institution, I decided to change it up to a different Pennsylvania school after the scandal that went down at Penn.
  7. My mom was my original editor. While there was still plenty for the Harmony Ink editors to call into question, it was never about typos and missing words. Mom is good like that!
  8. Heavyweight‘s cover is almost exactly how I imagined when I first started writing the story.  I’m so glad my cover artist was able to incorporate so much of what I wanted.
  9. Maggie was originally a cheerleader, but I realized, for no fair reason, I had evil cheerleaders in a couple of my other books. I switched her up to a colorguard member instead.
  10. Although it seems surprising to some, Heavyweight is the first male/male romance I’ve ever written.

Book Review: Clipped Wings

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clipped wingsTitle: Clipped Wings

Author:  Helena Hunting

Genre: New Adult (?)

Source: Net Galley

Goodreads Rating: 4.34

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn’t ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley’s past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side…or run?

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This story had a lot more going for it than I expected.  The two main characters are broken and wracked with guilt, yet undeniably attracted to each other.  There are several nice and steamy bits but I was glad to find there was more to the story than just the hooking up portions.  I found the character reactions to their difficult situations realistic, although I felt Tenley’s character was a bit over the top at times, making her life more difficult than it needed to be…but I suppose there are people out there in the real world that are drama-llamas who make things worse for themselves than it needs to be.  All in all, it was an enjoyable, emotion-driven story that I think a lot of people will get into.   The only thing I really disliked?  Cliffhanger ending! Nothing is wrapped up. You’re left hanging and quite honestly, it was super annoying.  I don’t mind questions left to have a sequel, but not resolving anything? Nope. I’m not a fan.

Happy Birthday, Heavyweight!

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book-bdayIt’s finally here, release day! Huzzah!  The actual publication process has been quick but this has been a long time coming since my fingers first touched the keys to pen the tale of Ian and Julian.

When I finish the first draft all I could think was that I really wanted this story to reach as many people as possible and I knew, from self pubbing two other books, that I wanted to shop this one out to agents and small presses.  I had entered a couple contests and several agents showed interest, asking for fulls, but it always came back “Sorry, just not for us.”  I got good advice along the way, but I’ll admit it was a  bit discouraging.  When my writing buddy, Patty, told me Dreamspinner Press had a young adult division, I decided I’d give it one more shot before seriously considering self publishing the book.

I’m so glad I did!  The fine folks at Harmony Ink have done a great job polishing my story and giving it a beautiful cover. I know it’s better than I could have done on my own and I’m super excited that they will work to get Heavyweight into libraries as well as online bookstores, so that the story I love so much can reach a much larger audience.Heavyweight birthday

Thanks to everyone who had a hand in making this possible! Without all of you, Heavyweight would not be ready to release into the wild!

I hope you guys will enjoy reading Ian’s journey as much as I enjoyed writing it and bringing it to life. If you do me the honor of reading the story, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads or where ever you purchased the book from. I would be eternally grateful!

Where to purchase Heavyweight:

Dreamspinner
Amazon

Barnes & Noble, iTunes and others to follow!

Blurb:

Secrets. Their weight can be crushing, but their release can change everything—and not necessarily for the better. Ian is no stranger to secrets. Being a gay teen in a backwater southern town, Ian must keep his orientation under wraps, especially since he spends a lot of time with his hands all over members of the same sex, pinning their sweaty, hard bodies to the wrestling mat.

When he’s trying not to stare at teammates in the locker room, he’s busy hiding another secret—that he starves himself so he doesn’t get bumped to the next weight class.

Enter Julian Yang, an Adonis with mesmerizing looks and punk rocker style. Befriending the flirtatious artist not only raises suspicion among his classmates, but leaves Ian terrified he’ll give in to the desires he’s fought to ignore.

As secrets come to light, Ian’s world crumbles. Disowned, defriended,  and deserted by nearly everyone, Ian’s one-way ticket out of town is revoked, leaving him trapped in a world he hates—and one that hates him back.