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Banned books--go read one!

Did you know it's banned books week? For the life of me, I can't imagine why anyone would want to censor ideas and words. Books are there to expand our views, show us a life beyond our own, and even show us what life is and shouldn't be. Maybe that's why people ban books--they think they're protecting us from things that can hurt us, or damaging ideas.

Here's the deal, though--life isn't all rainbows and unicorns. It's not meant to be. Life can be painful, or to quote the Dread Pirate Roberts, "Life is pain." (Because if you can quote The Princess Bride, you really should...) Sugar coating what we read won't protect us from that. Reading about it helps us learn, to process how that feels, and deal with it. 

Read a banned book! Some of my favorites:

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hoseini
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
1984 by George Orwell
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott F…

Makeup Fail #203

So yesterday I had an author event about an hour from where I live. Post and pics coming on that soon! Anyway, in an effort to look less troll-ish and more awesome famous author-ish, I put on some eye shadow. This is where is all went horribly wrong.

A few months ago, a friend invited me to an essential oil party at her house. She gave me a sample of oregano oil to say thanks for coming, and she promised it would help with acne scarring and age spots. After my self-esteem recovered from the brutal truth, I tried it once or twice, decided *not* smelling like an over-spiced pizza every day was worth living with a few age spots, and tossed the teeny little bottle of oregano oil to the bottom of my makeup bag, where I forgot about it...

...until yesterday.

I had just completed the rest of my makeup ritual. So far, so good. I grabbed my eye shadow brush, put on my eyeshadow, and just as I reached for my mascara, it felt like FIREBALLS WERE SHOOTING FROM MY EYEBALLS THROUGH MY EYELIDS. It b…

Want a Free Novella?

I got an email this week from best-selling romance writer Camelia Miron Skiba, one that made me happy dance. She is participating in a blog hop this week where she gives away her favorite book she's read this year...and she picked Arms Wide Open. I can't even being to say how amazing this feels as a writer, to know someone liked my book enough to call it a favorite.

Thanks, Cami. Drop by her blog and enter to win! She's giving away 3 e-copies, so the odds are good you might score.

First Review for Arms Wide Open

The verdict: 4 stars! 

"Lauren is a complex character. I wanted to figure her out and see her find happiness. The story picks up on a pivotal day in her life, yet her past is so much a part of who she has chosen to become. She has really been through a lot and has conquered so much. She still struggles, but she is finally ready to move on. Love the way fate takes this day to tie up some of her past so unexpectedly."

Thanks to anyone who leaves an author a review on what you read. It really helps us out--we learn from them.

Feudlings in Flames

You know who's hot right now? Wendy Knight, author of the Fate on Fire series. She just released the second novel in the series after putting out a novella (Feudlings in Sight) this summer, and I have to say, Feudlings really is on fire. It took the book about 30 seconds to shoot to the top of some Amazon YA bestseller lists, and with good reason. It's a great read!

My daughter Snarky is reading all the books in the series, and she LOVES Ari, the main character. The dialog is taut and witty, the love story is there, the characters are well-developed, and the action rocks. Add in that we are tall people around here, and Ari is 5'11" (the same height as Snarky, my 13 year old), and we have a main character I can totally get behind my girl looking up to!

This is a must read, friends. Check out Feudlings in Flames!

This Makes Me Happy

Okay, so I admit to checking my stats and reviews on Amazon a little compulsively. Obsessively...possibly borderline psychotically. In my defense, however, if I didn't I wouldn't see things like this when they pop up: a new five star review for Psyched that says

I totally loved this book. This author made this book very exciting and easy to read. I had a hard time putting my kindle down!!!!
Day: MADE. 

Get in the Spirit Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway Psyched by Juli Caldwell Giveaway ends September 13, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win

Fight for You: mother-daughter reviews

"Of all the things you fight for—your family, their freedom
and religion—of all those things, Keturah, don't forget to
fight for you. Fight for what you believe, fight for what you
My Review: Fight for You has everything that makes a book work. Action. Suspense. Family and friends. Moonflowers. Forbidden kisses. A love triangle with one girl and two guys equally worthy of her.
I love how Moncur wrote Keturah's character. She is strong and smart, loyal and fearless. She is the lone girl in an army of 2000 boys whose parents vowed never to fight again, and these unseasoned warriors meet fierce foes on the field of battle. My favorite scene is at the end, the final battle, when Keturah is going all ninja girl on the enemy. She sees one man who has seen her before, not realizing she was in the opposing army. They were very capable of killing each other, but in that moment I knew neither of them wanted to. It was beautifully done. I know the story this was based on, a…

Gah! Best Seller!!!

Can you believe it? Thank you!!!

One Book, Two Books, Free Book, New Book

Happy Friday!

Normally when I see all the optimists of the world post happy day greetings, just because they're happy, I roll my eyes. I should stop being so jaded, shouldn't I? But then I have a day like today where I release a novella that starts selling before I even get the email from Kindle saying it's approved and available, and my other book is free and it's getting downloaded like crazy.  This feels awesome! Suddenly I'm a little jealous that these people feel this way all the time.

My 2013 releases:

Free book, new book!

Happy reading, friends! It's a great weekend to sit outside, enjoy the shade, and read.

My Own Cover Reveal