Born and raised primarily in Northern Virginia, my family and I moved to North Carolina in 2006. Married for over 20 years, my husband and I have two boys and a gaggle of cats.
For me, writing is a great stress reliever. I can let my mind wander and let my emotions run free in a way that is generally not possible in my normal everyday life. My writings run the gamut in terms of style and genre – for instance my first novel is a historical romance set in the Civil War, but some of the other things I have in the works are fantasy or thrillers, among other things.
It probably goes without saying, but my poetry is somewhat eclectic in nature, and again while some may feel the need to stick with a particular form, I tend to write just whatever comes to mind. Let the winds of inspiration lead me on…
I’m always interested in comments and feedback. So please feel free to share your thoughts with me!
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Sorry for the radio silence. I keep hoping life will take a giant chill pill, but very clearly that’s not gonna happen any time soon. You’d think with all the time I now have to sit at home I could use at least some of that for writing. I mean, it’s not like I don’t still have at least 3 projects in various states of completion (Darkharte, in particular, is so close to being a finished manuscript it’s not even funny). But my brain just can’t.
My mental health was a little funky even before the current situation, and now my anxiety is through the roof and my brain is in the constant state of hyper-alertness, and anytime I try to focus on actually writing something it just… flails. I can’t focus on much of anything other than stuff that requires zero brainpower. Leverage re-watch for the win!!
But there is one thing that I did do. I’ve been thinking about it for a while and since I am unable to do anything else constructive, I figured I could at least get this done. As much as I loved the original cover for In Plain Sight, the more I’ve lived with it, the more I felt that it was just a little misleading. Ry and Eli’s story is, of course, a central part of the book, but so is Ry and Matt’s. And even more importantly, and what I really wanted to convey in a cover is that it’s all Ry’s story — a young woman who risks everything to save the people that she loves most in the world.
So, the new cover is essentially the same as the old one, but with one very distinct change. I hope you like it! In any case, definitely let me know what you think!
The current paperback version available on Amazon still has the old cover (the new one is updating, but if you give it a few days it should be good to go)
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a whole year since I released Ry and Eli’s story into the wild! That it immediately became an Amazon Hot New Release was a dream come true, and since then it’s continued to capture the hearts of new fans from around the world.
To celebrate the one year anniversary of In Plain Sight, I’m offering the Kindle version for 99 cents (US and UK markets) and for those of you who still like physical books to hold in your hands, I have signed copies available for $15 each (this includes tax and shipping).
There truly aren’t enough words to express how grateful I am for the love and support I’ve received from everyone throughout this journey!! Thank you!!
PS… anyone who adds a picture of themselves in comments reading In Plain Sight will be entered to win a free audiobook version from Audible! Entries must be posted by August 31st and winners will be announced on September 2nd.
I know I’ve been quiet, and I’d like to say it’s because I’ve been editing Darkharte like mad, but alas, I’ve been sort of working on something else. Which is good… but also bad, because I definitely wasn’t looking at starting anything new. XD
Recently—not like I don’t have anything better to be doing (like working on DH or the IPS sequel, etc…)—I’ve been delving into the world of short story contests. It started sort of as an extension of the writing classes that I took via Coursera last year, where, at least for a period of time, I had relatively short deadlines in which to write a somewhat cohesive story (or fragment thereof). I also liked the idea of potentially getting some direct feedback on my writing, which not all contests provide but some do, so it’s definitely a great perk (almost better than winning, in some cases) if you can find those that offer it.
In any case, the first one I did was the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge 2019, in which they send you a set of parameters (genre/subject/character) and from there you have a specific length of time to hit your wordcount and submit. In the first round we had eight days to produce a 2,500 word short story. My group got sci-fi/summer school/fork-lift operator to work with—which was pretty much universally met with cries of anguish from all involved, and at least one other participant (in another group) actually chose my story as her favorite “making due with terrible prompts.” Unfortunately, I didn’t make it past the first round, which to be fair, I didn’t really expect to, but I did get some really great feedback from my judges. So, especially given that it was my very first time submitting, I wasn’t too disappointed.
Undaunted, I decided to try the Spring 24-Hour Short Story Contest, which—like it says on the tin—gives you one single day to write and submit your story. The topic and max wordcount is unknown until the day of the contest so you can’t cheat. In this particular case we had 925 words or less with which to write our masterpieces. There (literally) aren’t enough words to express to you how hard that was for me to accomplish. I was initially WAY over my wordcount and it was rough cutting everything down while still maintaining the the emotion and detail and cohesive plot (on the given topic). But, not only did I manage it… I just found out that though I still didn’t win, I did make Honorable Mention this time!!!!
Anyway, I promise I am still working on my major projects (slowly but surely), however at the same time, I’m finding that doing these contests is a fun way to keep the creative juices flowing. All while (hopefully) helping to make myself a better writer!!
If you know of any other short story contests, feel free to post about them in the comments. I’m always looking for new ones!!
A huge thank you to everyone who submitted their guesses over the last month as to who might be featured in a sequel to In Plain Sight. As I feared, no one got the right answer–and to be fair it was kind of a trick question to begin with–but still it was great to see all the wonderful ideas you all had. Though I’m still not ready to announce the actual answer (I really don’t want to spoil the surprise), all who submitted were entered into the drawing, as promised. The winners were chosen randomly and have been sent their free audiobook codes. If anyone has any issues redeeming their codes, please let me know.
I know the new year is starting out a bit rough for a lot of folks, so if you are one of the ones for whom things are going well (and especially if you’ve been having an awesome year so far), maybe look for ways to help those who don’t have it so great right now.
In the meantime, don’t forget that you have until January 31st, 2019 (11:59pm PST) to submit your guess via the Contact page for which character from In Plain Sight you think will be the focus of the planned sequel (and why). The first 5 people to correctly guess will win a free audio version of In Plain Sight. Winners will be notified and receive their Audible promo code by February 4th, 2019. If no one gets the right answer (and honestly, the right answer isn’t as easy to guess as one might think), I will randomly draw 5 names from everyone who submits. You can find the original contest post here.
Happy guessing!! 🙂
PS… on the subject of reminders – if you’ve read IPS and absolutely loved it please consider taking a couple minutes to review it on Amazon or Goodreads (or both). I would really appreciate it!
2018 was a super exciting year for me. Getting In Plain Sight out into the world was a dream come true and I’m thankful to all of you who stuck with me along that journey. It took a while, but we did it!!
Looking to 2019, I’m really hoping to have Darkharte, if not published by the end of the year, at the very least I want to have a finished manuscript. Considering how long it took me to get IPS whipped into shape, I know it’s ambitious, but it’s a goal. And it’s a good time of the year to make dreams and set our goals.
I’ve mentioned it before, but I also have a possible sequel to In Plain Sight simmering around in my brain. It’s in the very early stages, and it will be a while before I’m in the right place to work on it, but it’s there and I think you’ll like it. I’d never thought to write a sequel (or even considered that IPS needed a sequel), but then this idea plopped into my head fully formed and it wouldn’t go away. So a little funsies for the New Year, now through January 31st, 2019 (11:59pm PST), use the Contact page to send me your guess as to which character from In Plain Sight might merit their own book and why. The first 5 people to correctly guess will win a free audio version of In Plain Sight. Winners will be notified and receive their Audible promo code by February 4th, 2019. If no one gets the right answer, I will randomly draw 5 names from everyone who submits a guess.
On that note, I wish you all a blessed New Year. Be kind – not only to others, but to yourself as well. Dream lofty dreams and even if you don’t fully realize them this year, remember that each step you take puts you that much closer to making those dreams a reality. So don’t be afraid to take baby steps, and if you stumble along the way, that’s ok, get back up and keep going. Ask for help if you need it. Life is a journey and we are all in this together. And together we can all do amazing things!!
Simple Musings is available now through December 19th on Kindle – FOR FREE!!
Simple Musings is an eclectic collection of poetic thoughts on love and loss, life and death, nature, spirituality and so much more. If you need motivation, a little pick-me-up, or just need to relate – this is the poetry book for you!
It’s a little angsty in places, but given that almost everything in it was written a very long time ago, that’s to be expected. I think we were all a little angsty at that age. XD
Anyway, just spreading a little holiday cheer! Enjoy!!
PS… Don’t forget that In Plain Sight is now available on audio via Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. If you sign up for a trial of Audible you can get it for free!! Also, just a heads up, the Kindle version of In Plain Sight will be on sale for just 99 cents from December 21st through December 27th. So if you’ve been waiting for the right time to pick up a copy – this is your chance!!