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Saturday’s Tales: Overture

December 9, 2017

Once upon a time, there were dragons who blew fire from their mouths, and dashing princesses who saved themselves. Mermaids sang across glittering oceans, and faeries played truth or dare in the meadows. But time is fickle and time is cruel, and soon the dragons grew too old to remember fire, the princesses were locked away in towers, the mermaids lost their voices, and the faeries faded into the…

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Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade

June 22, 2015

SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015 — Ever since Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Splash, I have loved mermaids and to this day, still whole-heartedly believe in them. Or, at least, wish I could be one, ha. So when I heard about Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade, I knew it was something I had to attend. And this year, I did. First, here’s a little background on the parade. The Mermaid Parade was founded…

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Review: Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

January 7, 2015
Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova William Morrow Finished: 10/25/2014 Krassi Zourkova’s Wildalone is an intoxicating debut. Zourkova weaves an intriguing tale that blends Bulgarian and Greek mythology in a unique way. At times, the writing falters, yet it possesses an ethereal quality that keeps the plot, pacing, and descriptions in tact. Thea is a bit too naïve at times, but she remains a likeable heroine and narrator with an…

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Day 5: The First Monday and Other Thoughts About 2015

January 6, 2015
Happy New Year

We’re now five days into 2015 and here I am, back at work, finishing up a simple lunch—though, the Pringles to-go cup was a nice touch—and trying to wrap my head around the fact that it’s not longer 2014. Seriously, where did the time go? Did last year even get a chance to happen, to learn to breathe and walk and live? Looking back, 2014 was rather eventful, even if it feels like…

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New Year, New Look, New Projects!

March 3, 2014

Dear Readers, When you think about it, change is really one of the only constants in this world. Seasons come and go, you make friends, you lose friends. You fall in and out of love as the years tick away. But change is good. And this year is going to be full of greatness, I can just feel it. With the new year well underway, I thought it was…

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Bookish Chat: Finishing A Series..Or Not Finishing

January 28, 2014

There’s an unparalleled excitement and sense of accomplishment upon finishing a series. Still, with so many series lining the shelves, it can be rather hard to keep up with them all, especially with new ones popping up all over the place. I’m a bit ashamed to admit the number of series I need to finish. It’s not that I don’t want to – I do, I do! But something’s…

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Update: January 2014

January 21, 2014

Dear Readers, It’s been a little while since I last updated the site and I thought I’d fill you in as to what I’ve been up to as of late. As some of you may know, I moved to New Jersey/New York this past summer, a move I was more than eager to make. I’ve always wanted to learn as much about publishing as I can and I…

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Wicked and I

October 30, 2013

My dear friend Katie first introduced me to Wicked in 2006. She had just come back from seeing the show in Chicago and was raving about it and telling me I’d love it. I wasn’t convinced. As a child, I had nightmares that the Wicked Witch of the West from the Judy Garland Wizard of Oz was out to get me and it also didn’t help that whenever…

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When People Ask Me What HUNTED Is About/What I’m Working On

October 17, 2013

The following statements pretty much sum up any interaction where someone asks me what my book Hunted is about and/or what I’m currently working on: Example One: People: DJ, what’s your book Hunted about? Me: Kissing. And werewolves. But mostly kissing.* *It’s also about family, loneliness, music, and secrets! Example Two: People: What’s your next book going to be about? Me: Kissing. People: No, what is it going to be about? You know, like…

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Be Proud: National Coming Out Day

October 11, 2013

Today, October 11, is National Coming Out Day. It’s an important and, for some, a frightening day. It’s a day to lend support, understanding, and love to those who have stepped outside their box to live the life they want and deserve to live. I know it’s scary, though, to go beyond one’s safety net. The world isn’t a perfectly safe and accepting place, and some people face…