What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

The Absolute Worst April 16, 2014

Filed under: Tales of Humanity's Imperfections — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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Here’s the thing. I don’t know why I always start rants with “here’s the thing,” but it just seems to come naturally. It bothers me when people say “you don’t know what (fill in the blank) is until you’ve (fill in the blank).” There are lots of examples of this. My favorite being “you don’t know what being tired is until you’re a parent.” Or “I never want to hear someone who’s not a parent complain about being tired again. They don’t know what tired is.”

Now granted, I have no children. I don’t even have a puppy. I’m sure that having a new baby is exhausting. My sister has a new baby. She isn’t the type to complain. She’ll grin and say she’s fine even if she’s dragging her intestines on the floor. But I can tell from her voice that she’s about ready to drop. But if we say that “you don’t know what tired is if you don’t have a child,” perhaps we should take it a step further. (more…)


Stuck Between a Horse and a Bad Place April 14, 2014

Filed under: What Doesn't Kill You — meganorussell @ 8:30 pm
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I love horses. When I was little, I was lucky enough to have a mother who understood that joining the neighborhood softball team was really not going to work for me, so she found other things for me to do. Lots of dance lessons, voice lessons, shows, and for awhile, horseback riding lessons. I know, I was raised to be an accomplished Victorian Lady, but it worked for me.

I didn’t ride for too long, dance got in the way, but I always loved it. And when I went to a summer camp that had horses, I was thrilled. (more…)


Just Around the Riverbend April 12, 2014

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Growing up, I loved summer camp. Run around, get dirty, and play in the woods? Sounds like my idea of heaven! I mean, there was also making new friends and having new independent experiences. But let’s face it, the joy of summer camp is really all about getting away with things your parents would never allow, because there are so many kids around, it’s easy to let your mayhem blend in. But I was always a pretty good kid anyway. I mean, I did run away from camp once, but for very good reasons. Usually, my brand of rebellion was in the form of eating twelve popsicles and not washing my hair for a week.

But adventure has always had a way of finding me. One year at church camp, I became obsessed with canoeing. I always loved the water, but I think I must have been obsessed with Disney’s Pocahontas. All I wanted to do was paddle a boat and belt “Just around the river bend.” So naturally, when the opportunity to do a full day’s canoe trip was posted on the summer camp board, my name was at the top of the list. (more…)


It’s Here! It’s Here! The Cover is Here! April 10, 2014

The cover is here! The long awaited, much anticipated cover is revealed! Arterismos did a fantastic job on the cover, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the result! So add The Tethering to your Goodreads shelf, follow me on Twitter, and get ready for the biggest release of the summer!

The Tethering
by Megan O’Russell

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Coming Late Summer


                  All sixteen-year-old Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance.

Jacob Evans loses everything he has ever known and is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to humans. Jacob is determined to find a way to fit into Emilia’s family, but as his powers grow, so does the danger. With the death toll mounting, Jacob is accused of acts of rebel terrorism and must fight to stay in a world he’s only just beginning to discover.
When Emilia’s life is threatened, Jacob must risk everything to save her. Does he have the power to rescue her in time? And what could their survival cost?



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The Sad Tale of the Drying Rack (Or The Time My Husband Dumped Me) April 9, 2014

Filed under: Marriage Mayhem — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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When I was in college, I was like most: young and naïve. I was wholly against alcohol, loud noises, and all things that belonged in a party. Unfortunately, I was also a performance major as was my boyfriend. We would go to IHOP, watch movies, and do all sorts of college freshman things. And considering that my best friend was Mormon, we were all moving at the very same speed.

Then my boyfriend was cast in a show. Songs for a New World to be exact. It was a very small cast performing in a show about life experiences. My boyfriend was the youngest in the cast, so they all lovingly took him under their wing. But their wing involved scary things like alcohol. (more…)


Relationship Advice and Why You Should Never Take Any From Me April 7, 2014

Filed under: Tales of Humanity's Imperfections — meganorussell @ 8:30 pm
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I met my husband when I was eighteen. Aside from the one week that my husband stupidly dumped me when we were still eighteen (if I haven’t told you that story then I should) we have been together ever since. I couldn’t be happier, but that means I know nothing about dating and that I would make a horrible lifetime original movie. (more…)


Late Breaking News April 5, 2014

Filed under: What Doesn't Kill You — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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I am thrilled to announce that The Tethering has found a new publisher. Silence in the Library will be releasing The Tethering in September! And I am so excited to have found a new literary home!

For those of you who don’t know, my YA novel The Tethering was originally contracted to be released by Entranced Publishing this coming May. (more…)



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