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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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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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HUNTED: An Update

April 7, 2014

Dear Readers, If you have recently gone looking for a copy of Hunted to purchase, you may have come up empty handed. While the book is still listed on GoodReads, Amazon, and a few other sites, it is no longer available to buy, both in print and ebook. Pendrell Publishing and I have mutually parted ways, leaving Hunted‘s future in my hands. However, this is not the end. It…

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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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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…

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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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Bookish Chat: Disliking a Book Before Loving It

July 19, 2013

Have you ever read a book and thought, “Huh. Well, that certainly isn’t getting a five star rating from me” and then loving it a few days, or even a month later? There have been quite a few books that I didn’t like after finishing them, but the more I thought about their stories, characters, and writing, I found myself loving them. Some examples are Cold Kiss and Divergent.…