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Author Advice: The Art of Effective Communication

October 10, 2013

As many of you know, I’m both an author and a blogger. I love helping out fellow writers in spreading the word about their upcoming releases and I especially enjoy recommending and discussing books I’ve recently read and loved. This means I receive a fair amount of requests to participate in cover reveals, blog tours, etc… The problem is most of these requests get deleted right away for poor…

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Bookish Chat: “Authentic” Male Perspectives and Why I Dislike Them

September 24, 2013

It’s no secret that 99% of the books I read are narrated by the heroine. A lot of people ask why I read “girl” books (which is a whole other issue. In short: let’s not gender-type books…or anything.) and my answer is this: I can relate to them more than the books I’ve read with male narrators. There have been very few guy-POV books that I’ve enjoyed and connected…

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HUNTED on Pinterest!

May 10, 2013

I’ve been a casual user of Pinterest for some time now and really got into it when they added the secret boards, which I use for story ideas. But this morning I had the sudden urge to do some pinning and what better board to create than a HUNTED board! Yay! Check it out and be sure to let me know of any images you find that remind…

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Romantic Times Magazine + Me = BLOGGING!

April 16, 2013

Hey, all! So sorry for the lack of updates as of late. As many of you know, it’s the end of the semester and I think we can all agree that it’s a stressful time of the year. Nonetheless, I’m here now and am happy to share some exciting news with you all. Ready? Okay… I’m now a blogger for Romantic Times Magazine!  *throws confetti, turns on a…

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Goodbye, Twilight Part II

November 15, 2012

For five years, I have immersed myself in all things Twilight. I have watched Kristen, Rob, Taylor, and the other amazing cast members bring my favorite series to life and, while none of the movies are perfect, I have loved each one. I have met some wonderful people and have had interesting conversations with fellow fans and even non-fans. I have grown as a person. I have grown…

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Goodbye, Twilight Part I

November 14, 2012

This week is an interesting one. I am celebrating my birthday, which is exciting, but I am also saying goodbye to the Twilight Saga, which is pretty upsetting to me, to be honest. As many of you know, Twilight is the book that inspired me to start writing and to pursue a career as an author. Without Stephenie Meyer’s enthralling stories, I’m not sure Hunted would be where it is…

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Anti-Bullying Idea

October 3, 2012

Hello, lovely readers and writers. Did you know October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness month? Well, now you do! The fight to put an end to bullying is a cause I strongly believe in. While I was fortunate enough not have been severely bullied in school, I was on the receiving end of behind-my-back whispers and snide comments. Thankfully, I had great friends, supportive family, and teachers who valued…

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Want to Join YATOPIA?

September 23, 2012

As many of you know, I’m a member over at YATopia, a blog dedicated to educating and helping young adult writers, both published and aspiring. We’ve had a change in the line-up, so we are looking for some new members! To find out how you can apply and win a $10 gift card to a bookstore of your choice, head on over to the site! YATopia Link…

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Help Wanted, Ideas Needed

September 15, 2012

Hi, all. I hope your weekend is off to a great start! I need a little help with something. I may have a speaking engagement coming up, but I don’t know what my topic should be. It has to do with the importance of writing in the professional field, though. Do you have any ideas?…

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DJ’s Tips for Aspiring Authors Part 2

September 13, 2012

Hello, lovely readers and writers! Last October, I shared some tips for aspiring authors over on the YATopia blog and I thought I’d share some more today. (If you’d like to read Part I, click HERE) 1. Educate yourself. I’ve spoken with a lot of aspiring authors recently and while they take their writing and dreams of publication seriously, most of them gave me blank stares and non-answers when…

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Battle Plan…?

July 1, 2012

First of all, I must apologize for the ongoing absence here on the blog. For all of you who have stuck around, thank you. As many of you know, I have issues with writer’s block. I’m one of those writers who whole-heartedly believes in it and struggles to overcome it. Lately, I’ve been feeling the weight of writer’s block even more. For the past two months I’ve been…