Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I Survived the Urge to Craft 2015

It's a rare moment when I decide to get my craft on, but today, I found these snowflake ornaments on deep discount (thank you, after Christmas sales) and envisioned a cute little winter decoration type thingy for my boring white front door. 

In the process I hot glued my fingers together...more than once. I also glued a snowflake or two to my hand. I may or may not have burned the curious dog's furry little butt while wielding that glue gun. He for sure was confused and a little scared when I yelled very colorful words that he assumed were meant for him, given his history of being a vindictive pooper. In the end, I had a ridiculous amount of glitter on table and floor, and so much on me that I looked like a Vegs street walker leaving a hooker convention. (My brother says not to insult myself and make sure you know I'm not hooker material...only stripper material. Thanks for having big plans for me, bruh.)

Anyway, this is the final result. Burned skin and glitter in unmentionable places aside, I think it turned out ok.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Post in Which I Inform You That Free Stuff is Happening

Today I'm lucky enough to be a featured author in the Monster Mash Book Blitz event. You can follow along on the event's Facebook page if you like. I love sharing my books with readers, and it's hard to get my book into your hands...but I'm gonna try. Today I'm giving away Freaked for 99 cents...and Psyched is free

What? Both books for single? 

Yes. Because I love you. 
Get Freaked
Get Psyched




Monday, August 31, 2015

FINALLY

Yeah, so I published Freaked today.

I'll update you with links when they're live. So if you're wondering...this vid is totally me.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sometimes You're Batgirl and You Don't Even Know It

This place has been having some crazy weird weather lately. I live in a desert, you see, and we've gotten about four inches of rain in the last week.

Weird, right?

Last Monday we had high drama in the neighborhood, when three of those inches ran down from the foothills, collected quite a bit of mud and debris, and flooded two houses directly west of us thanks to poor drainage on the other side of the fence (our north boundary is also the border with another city, which apparently doesn't have the same strict standards for storm drainage that tiny weird town has). We built this home recently, and we have yet to put in a yard, so there was an awful lot of mud to go around.

On Thursday it rained again, and this one felt like it blew in from nowhere. I had to go to the store for more diet coke (because I'm addicted, but you already knew that). The gray, dark storm clouds gathered overhead in the two minutes it took to get to the store. By the time I opened my door, the wind hit and I almost couldn't get out. Right as I slammed my door with much generous assistance from the wind, a huge gust blew the lids off all the garbage cans in the parking lot. Three more steps and some more wind, and every single loose cart starts rolling at demon speed toward parked cars. One more huge gust and three garbage cans blew over and into the street. One of them got picked up by the gust and headed straight toward the windshield of a minivan driving toward me. As the can flew past, I grabbed it right before it hit the van. The minivan dwellers looked quite amazed as I snatched it from mid-air and saved them from certain doom.

I hope they fully appreciate how ninja I am.

By the time I picked up my diet coke and maybe some ice cream (because I'm addicted, but you already knew that) it was full-on torrential downpour in the parking. All the people I'd seen pause when I ran in from the wind were all there, waiting and watching because they're cowards, along with a couple dozen more people who had completed their boring transactions (they probably bought almond milk and granola, the hippies). They all stood around, watching the rain. I give this storm mad props--I've lived through several hurricanes, and this was close to Cat 1 intensity in terms of wind and rain. I watched for a few minutes and told the people who'd struck up a conversation with that I'd lived in Florida and I could take it. And I didn't want my ice cream to melt. I took off my shoes because I knew they'd get flooded anyway, and walked through the rain to my car. It was painful--horizontal rain and high wind pelting my skin. In the 15 seconds it took, I was completely soaked. As in, rain water dripping from all my nooks and crannies wet.

I regret nothing.

Okay, so maybe I wasn't really Batgirl--I was too drenched to be anything other than Aquaman, and even then it's questionable. My quads aren't that great and I can't rock a speedo over tights like he can.



Monday, August 3, 2015

Maybe an Excerpt Because I'm a Nice Slacker

It's okay to admit I'm a terrible blogger. Summer happens, you know? I am so close to releasing Freaked that I thought I'd share a few excerpts to get ready for the big event--which will be soon, I promise!



“What now?” Vance tugged at a few loose rocks. He pulled one out. More tumbled to the ground at his feet, but the pile remained. “Do we just dig our way through?”

Aisi shook her head in disbelief. “You need to think big, Vance. You’re here with a god and a girl whose dad is immortal. I’m a demi god now. Never forget that, or I shall smite you with my mighty smiteyness.”

“Is that even a word?” Vance asked, giving her a sidelong grin as he checked the edges of the rock pile for a way through.
  
“It is now. The demigod has so decreed.” 


More coming soon. Keep checking! Share my excerpts on your favorite social media accounts and I'll enter you win Psyched and Freaked ebooks!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Just in Time for Mother's and Father's Days

When I heard the title of this parenting book, I busted up. Keep it Real and Grab a Plunger can pretty much sum up a real-time, sanity-saving approach to parenting that most of us take. These little minions of ours do their own thang...some days, parenting is not for the weak. Because of that,  this new release by author Julie Nelson is on my TBR list for sure.



This book is already getting rave reviews on Goodreads. I personally can't wait to read it because there are tons of books out there on parenting babies and toddlers or special needs kids, and plenty more on how to discipline your child, but not many on living with normal, frequently obnoxious but for the most part pretty cool teenagers. My fears for them are mostly spiritual in this crazy, often scary world of ours, so I'm looking forward to digging in to Keep it Real and Grab a Plunger as soon as my schedule lightens up a little.

You can find author Julie Nelson on her website A Spoonful of Parenting--feel free to read more about her here. This book may be found online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Happy reading!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Freaked is coming, y'all

It started with Psyched We're about a month away from Freaked, people. If you could see the happy dancing going on over here! Wait...nobody needs to see that. 

 

A Psyched Top Five:
1.   Aisi appeared in my head, fully formed and all kinds of sassy, as I sat in a college linguistics class. I may or may not have gotten a D+ on the next test because I had to write down what she was telling me so I didn't forget. (Oh, who am I kidding? That session was a review for a test on what shape the mouth makes when we say particular sounds. I was gonna get a low grade anyway. I have never been more proud of a B- as I was of the one I got in linguistics class!)

2.   You say her name A.C., not icy.  

3.   I used African mythology and the Apocrypha to come up with her abilities and family history—her dad is from Africa. Aisi is a Mende word that means ‘sunshine.’ It's her dad’s nickname for her and just one thing the demon uses to taunt her through the book.

4.   Her last name, Turay, is a West African surname, since her dad called Sierra Leone home before he fled to the US as a refugee of the Blood Diamond Wars. Or so he says…
 
5.   My bad guy, Malus Indoles, is a demon who know Aisi’s dad from the old days in Africa. His name means Evil Genius in Latin. Don’t worry, Aisi mocks him appropriately for making up such a lame name for himself.  
 
But wait! There’s more!
(sorry, I couldn't help myself.)

 I hope you’re as excited as I am that FREAKED is coming, and that Aisi and Malus are back. I’m so excited to share it with you!

 

Aisi Turay is losing it. Literally.
A couple of months ago, she could see ghosts and help them move on, or vanquish any demons in her way with a few choice insults. Now? Not so much, and she’s pretty sure her least favorite demon is behind it.
Malus Indoles is back. He’s stronger than the last time she faced him, wielding power she never imagined a demon could have. Aisi realizes that he’s just a henchman for something worse, something much more powerful…something that wants everyone she loves out of the way.
As Malus brings the worst he’s got and then some, Aisi wages a fight for her life...maybe even for her soul.
 
Excerpt from Freaked, coming May 2015!
 
After a brisk jog down the road with Leo on her back, Aisi’s adrenaline started to wear off. Exhaustion, both physical and mental, crept in, bringing a sense of hopelessness with it. She stopped in the middle of the road. The hot afternoon sun burning through the muggy air scorched her neck. She dropped Leo to the ground.
“Where are we going, Aisi?”
“I don’t know.”
“We have to find Mom!”
“I know.”
“And Dad.”
“I know.”
“We have to hurry, Aisi!” Panic rose in Leo’s squeaky voice.
“Thanks for the update, Captain Obvious.” Inhaling, she opened her mouth to rip into him for nagging her with information she already knew, but her jaw just dropped as she looked at her little brother. His skinny legs shook. He clamped his hands over his eyes and wrenched his neck back and forth.
“Leo, what’s—”
“Make them stop!” he shrieked.
Aisi whirled. She saw no one. “Who do you see, Leo?”
“Just make them stop!” He clawed at his hair, as if something were crawling over the top of his head.
“I got you, little man.” Aisi closed her eyes and shut out his cries of fear and pain. Clenching her cold fists, she whispered, “Ostende té et relinquo, diabolus.” Her soul surged with an icy burn deep in her chest as every part of her demanded that her adversaries appear and release Leo. The excuse of not being able to fight what couldn’t be seen had to stop.
When she opened her eyes, Leo threw himself at her. She embraced him and glared defiantly at what she saw. Black shadows with gleaming red eyes surrounded them. “I’m done with you,” she hissed, her eyes narrowing as she spun on the spot, locking onto every set of eyes leering back at her. “You will never touch my brother again. Ever. Got it?”
 
If you'd like me to send you an email when Freaked is available, you can leave a comment on my blog, Facebook page, or message me on Twitter.

 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Quick #YASH check- in

Hey, thanks for visiting! Are you here for the Young Adult Scavenger Hunt? Please leave a comment to say hi! I'm doing a cover reveal for my Freaked today--feel free to click the Freaked tab on the left over there to check it out.

Thanks for playing along. Go #TeamPurple!

Young Adult Scavenger Hunt: Meet Lisa Cresswell

Hush Puppy by Lisa T. Cresswell
Featherweight Press, 20
13


Hush Puppy is the story of Corrine Lamb, a seventeen year old black girl, and Jamie Armstrong, a poor white boy, living in a backwater North Carolina town. Intelligent Corrine, abandoned by her mother, and artsy Jamie, forced to play football by a redneck father, both dream of leaving their podunk town and never looking back.

Their shared love of literature and a dream of a better life brings them together and a romance blossoms between them in a secret place of their own in the steamy North Carolina woods. When Jamie is involved in the accidental death of a white girl, he's terrified of his abusive father. Corrine takes the blame to protect Jaime, with dire consequences for herself and her dreams of the future. Her life in danger, Corrine's left wondering if Jamie ever cared about her at all.

Enjoy the Hush Puppy play list and the Pinterest site!



 
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~Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive~

Simple and stunning, Hush Puppy is an emotionally powerful story that will stay with readers long after they’ve closed the final page. Crisp, evocative prose and a refreshingly realistic black protagonist make this novel a standout among YA literature. This uncommon YA novel is highly recommended, especially for public and school libraries. The difficult topics the book so deftly addresses are relevant today, and even the day-to-day difficulties of the high school classroom are presented realistically and without dramatic overindulgence.

With a lot of emotion and skill, Cresswell weaves together a story that promotes the power of friendship and the importance of being true to oneself.

Hush Puppy is a sweet, sweet story of conquering prejudices, forgiveness and family, and a reminder that positive perspective, determination, and the support of one special person are enough to overcome whatever trauma life may deal.


To read an excerpt and more about the author, click on over to www.lisatcresswell.com~ You can add her books to your 'to be read' list on Good Reads too!


~Meet Corrine~
 

My name is Corrine Lamb and my tombstone better not read "Born, lived, and died in Carolville, North Carolina". If I don't get outta this redneck town, go to college, and see the world, I'll be a complete failure. I'll join the Peace Corps if I have to. I live with my grandma, who’s about as protective as it gets. I guess she’s trying to make up for my mama running off and leaving me after daddy died. I had my whole life figured out before Jamie showed up, romancing me with his poetry and books. I never met such a crazy white boy. He’s so wicked smart, but he plays like he’s dumb so his redneck daddy won’t know. I never thought I’d fall for a white boy in a million years. He thinks he can’t go to college, but I’m gonna enter him in a writing contest for a scholarship and he’s gonna win. I just know it. He might be kinda mad when he finds out I took some of his writing, but when he wins, he’ll forget about that, right? I can’t sit by and let him waste his life. It’d be a damn shame.


 
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Hey, friends. Juli here. That book looks so fab. Can't wait to read it!
 
By now you should have found my favorite number highlighted in purple somewhere in this post. If you missed, check up top. I wasn't all that sneaky about it.
 
I love this game. Ready to keep playing? Click below to meet the author of
Happy Hunting. Go #TeamPurple!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

YA Scavenger Hunt

Hey, friends.

Just wanted to let you know (since I haven't posted in forever, slacker that I am) that I'm part of the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt Authors. I didn't know what it was until I found out I was invited onto a team. I just sent in my submission and kept my fingers crossed.

There are eight outstanding teams this season. I am going to be a part of  Team Purple. They even gave me my favorite color--how nice of them! The scavenger hunt runs from April 2nd through April 5th, beginning and ending at noon Pacific time on those days.

If you've never been a part of an online scavenger hunt or blog hop before, you should totally give this one a try. It introduces you to new YA authors and books along the way. There are tons of prizes  up for grabs, including a grand prize for each team. Psyched will be part of the Team Purple prize. If you win one of the grand prizes, you will get a book from each author on that team! For more information and to make sure you get hunt updates, sign up for news on the #YASH website.

Seriously. Get in on this one. If you follow the hunt to the author hosting me during the scavenger hunt, you will be one of the first to see the cover for Freaked. Squee! Yes, I'm sending my host a top five list for Psyched, and an excerpt of Freaked along with my cover. I can't wait to show you, friends. Play along with me next week!


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Getting My Freaked On

Tonight I'm getting inspiration from Tennyson. Favorite poet, like, EVER. I was reading In Memorium tonight and decided to use a couple of stanzas to further my plot in Freaked. I scrolled through and found III, which could describe Aisi and my villain Iansa (who totally makes Malus look like a pansy). Check it out:

O Sorrow, cruel fellowship,
O Priestess in the vaults of Death,
O sweet and bitter in a breath,
What whispers from thy lying lip?

And shall I take a thing so blind,
Embrace her as my natural good;
Or crush her, like a vice of blood,
Upon the threshold of the mind?


Also, I've been creating these little quote things as I get closer to releasing Freaked. Feel free to 1+ or share it. I want the whole world to know about this book because I'm so excited about sharing it!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Hijacked for Valentines by Sherry Gammon

Looking for love this Valentines? Check out Of Love and Magic! Five romantic tales wrapped in magic  coming out on February 1st! My story is titled Angel in a Black Fedora! Here are the blurbs for all the books and a link to preorder your copy!

Available for preorder on

Five intriguing romances wrapped in love and magic

  • Angel in a Black Fedora, by Sherry Gammon: Ciel Björk died a tragic death...but she got over it. Now she works as an undercover angel, answering people’s prayers. She’s sent to the sleepy little town of Port Fare, New York, to help turn Chloe’s dreams into reality. As secrets are revealed, Ciel soon learns that things are not as simple as they seem.

  •  Wish in Her Hand, by Amberlee Day: Professor Miri Keeler's life is perfect, and she knows just the sort of man she wants to share it with. When she meets a genie who's willing to grant her a favor, she uses her wish to get the attention of her crush, poet Jamison Arbor. But has the genie's magic missed its target? Miri suddenly has the attention of not only Jamison, but also of Alex, an attractive maintenance man. How will she know which is the right match for her, or what's real and what's magic?

  • Reality Ever After, by Cami Checkett: Pregnant at eighteen, Sydney Richland's happily ever after is in serious peril. Her grandmother's ghost can work miracles, but she also might ruin Sydney's chances with the man of her dreams.

  • Prom Diaries, by Taylor Hart: Sixteen-year-old Lacy O’Donnell discovers her best friend has cast a spell, putting everyone in a time loop, forcing them to relive the same four days before prom over and over. The good thing—Lacy doesn’t remember the loop. The bad thing—Drake Davis, the guy she’s been stalking, does. Only true love’s kiss can break the spell, but true love’s kiss has to happen at a precise moment. It’s not exact science…it’s exact magic.

  • The What If Wish, by Lucy McConnell: Morana is doomed to a life cataloging spells deep below the palace unless she can make her magic bloom. If her deepest wish comes true, it would open up all sorts of possibilities. The whispers that she was a fluke of nature would hush. The King would stop stalking her. Her parents would no longer live under a cloud of shame. And, Adam could look at her as more than a friend. Despite the promises magic holds, Morana will quickly learn that the thing she wishes for most, could quickly be her undoing.
Thanks for stopping by!
Sherry Gammon
 


This is Juli--I'm back. I just wanted to add that I have read Angel in Black Fedora and it's perfect for this time of year. It starts out light hearted and whimsical, but morphs as the plot develops into something more as we get to know the characters and understand why the angel Ciel has been called into their lives. It's happily ever after in an unexpected way, and totally worth a read. Grab your copy!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

FanX. It's On!

I set up with my booth buddies last night for Salt Lake Comic Con's FanX. I love the comic con/fanX crowd. They're so much fun to talk to.

Me being particularly dorky at FanX set up

I'm so excited about this weekend that I decided to do a FanX giveaway. Just comment below or 1+ this post. That's it and you're entered to win an ecopy of Secrets of the Mine or a paperback copy of Psyched. Post a pic of yourself at FanX in the comments and you're double entered. Easy peasy.

And come say hi! I love meeting readers. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Aisi's Play List

I keep thinking about what music might show up on Aisi's ipod if she were a real person.  My littlest kid has been asking me lately what I thought certain TV characters' theme songs might be  (if you are obsessive about Gilmore Girls, let's chat--Littlest has come up with songs for each of Rory's BFs and Lorelei in each season.) With this in mind, every time a song comes on the radio lately I think, "ooh, Aisi would totally listen to this!" So I decided to share it.

Demons by Imagine Dragons (obviously!)
Shatter Me by Lindsey Stirling and Lzzy Hale
Dark Side by Kelly Clarkson
Middle by Jimmy Eat World
Peponi by The Piano Guys and Alex Boye
I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons (this is Vance's theme--you'll see why about halfway through Freaked)
Home by Phillip Phillips (the Turay family theme)
Immortals by Fall Out Boy

Did I miss anything?