Monday, June 25, 2012


I'm so excited to be able to spotlight Elana Johnson! She is one of the most amazing writers I have met and a truly sincere person. And her books... AWESOME!  

Check out her latest:

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.
All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. 
Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque...

AHHHH! Sounds so great!!! 

Bio: Elana's work including POSSESSION, REGRET, and SURRENDER is available from Simon & Schuster wherever books are sold. She is the author of From the Query to the Call, an ebook that every writer needs to read before they query, which can be downloaded for free on her website. She runs a personal blog on publishing and is a founding author of the QueryTracker blog. She blogs regularly at The League of Extraordinary Writers, co-organizes WriteOnCon, and is a member of SCBWI, ANWA and LDStorymakers.

She wishes she could experience her first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to shove it, and have cool superpowers like reading minds and controlling fire. To fulfill her desires, she writes young adult science fiction and fantasy.

Purchase your copy here:

Like I said before, Elana is great. 
To find out more about Elana, please go to:

You won't regret it. ;)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Kiss Off

This was so cute that I had to share.

My friend Becca Wilhite's family helped write, direct, produced and semi-edited this awesome short.

Becca is one of the nicest people I have ever met. Thanks for letting me share this Becca! Enjoy everyone!

BTW - I will be spotlighting Elana Johnson  next Monday! She is amazing and I can't wait! So drop on by. ;)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I'm Reading a Book, Man

“If you want to be a good writer, you must do two things above all others; Read a lot and write a lot.” ~Stephen King, On Writing

Last year I told a class on young adult writing/books. I had to read two to three books a week while analyzing the styles and craft.

It was amazing. I read classics, contemporary, award winning books, books from all genres.

 I have to admit that after the class was over, I got lazy and stopped reading as much.

So I’m picking the reading habit again. Not only has it kept me entertained, it helped me see what well known writers were doing to make their books amazing. 

Keep reading, that’s the goal. So if you see me reading a book, remember what Julian says:

Hee hee, I can never get enough of that video!
What books are you reading? (Tell me some good ones, I lost my tbr list.)
See you guys next week!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

We’ve …Been…Waiting for so Long

It finally happened. It’s summer!

We’ve been counting down the days. Watching the calendar for the morning when we could actually sleep in on a weekday (well…when the kids could sleep in). 

We have plans. Swimming, hiking, fun classes, picnics. Yes, we are planning it all. 

Not my pool, but kind of wish it was (Thanks PhotoBucket)
Last year, we didn’t plan. I kept myself locked up inside a dark room, polishing up my final product while finishing up my college classes. 

I was miserable and it showed up in my writing. *shaking fist at dark room*

I read an article about a writer who took seven years to publish her first book. When asked why it took so long, she said this was the first book she actually had passion for - and it came out in her writing.

That’s why things are changing this year. I’m making room for my writing and my other plans. I won’t kept myself locked inside the dungeon. I’m making a break for it. 

And I can’t wait. (I hope it shows up for the best in my writing!)

What about you? Have you ever found yourself without passion for the writing? Did you over tax your time and the creativity flew away? How did you change it?