Showing posts from January, 2014

A Little Love for Arms Wide Open

Okay, so I'm the first to admit I'm a little absent-minded. I leave a room for something and by the time I get to the room to get that thing, I've usually forgotten what I needed. I have to backtrack and rethink, and sometimes I forget a second time, too.  I blame hormones. Yeah, that's it. Hormones.

So I was surprised (and then not surprised) when I realized I scheduled a free promo for Arms Wide Open on Amazon last weekend. I recall thinking sometime in December that I should plan a promo for the weekends before Valentine's Day, because with the giant heart on the the cover it fits the general theme, you know? I just forgot that I actually went and did it. That free promo happened a few days ago, and I got more downloads than I've gotten from all my other books combined. Nice surprise!

But then the reviews started popping up, and can I just say WOW? When you're a writer, you expect the bad to come more than the good, so when I saw the reviews that hit Ama…

Secrets of the Mine

Welcome, Gates of Atlantis fans! I'm so excited to introduce you to some of my characters from book 4 in the series.

Gates of Atlantis: Secrets of the Mine starts with fourteen year old Adam Jackson, a geeky guy who is more comfortable with mythology books than actual people.

He has to spend his summer at a dig with his mom, who's an archeologist, at an ancient mine in Zimbabwe. He's not so crazy about the idea, but his mom bribes him with the promise of scuba diving. He takes a wrong turn underwater and meets Nef, a spirited and temperamental sea kelpie. They accidentally save each other, and a friendship is born. Nef is on a mission to rescue his missing companion, a naiad named Kleo.

Another reason to hate being at the dig: Clancy Pitt. She's his age and couldn't be more opposite (or more annoying) if he paid her. She's everything he isn't...logical, ambitious, and she actually wants to be there at the dig with her parents. Adam and Clancy would rather av…

Save the English Language!

Yes, it's been awhile. Did you miss me?

Never mind. Don't answer that.

So today I was plugging away on my big project that's sort of pushed aside the sequel to Psyched and the other project I had going. I'm working on a mid-grade fantasy series with five other awesome authors, and my deadline is coming up. We have goals, people. Books to write! Famous to become! I'm actually really excited about this series. There's an untapped market for great MG books, and it just so happens that my little Sparky loves to read this stuff. I love seeing her get lost in this kind of book.

I digress. What's my point? I do actually have one, believe it or not! So I was writing this morning and got stuck on a word. I typed 'erupted' but it just wasn't exactly what I wanted. Yes, I obsess over the perfect word sometimes. So I go over the other possibilities in my head. For funsies, I clicked thesaurus in MS Word just to see what options it would recommend. At the t…