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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 unmention…

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. 



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 hi…

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 re…

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 We…

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, 2013


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!








~Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive~
Simple and stunning, Hush Puppy…

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 sur…

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!


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  Amazon iTunes Kobo Barnes and Noble Goodreads
Five intriguing romances wrapped in love and magicAngel in a Black Fedora, bySherry Gammon: Ciel Bj√∂rk 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…

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.


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. 

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?