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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

Lines of Misery November 20, 2018

The husband and I went to Panera for breakfast before a very long day of work last week. Just, you know, a sugar and cinnamon crusted bagel treat to get us through a twelve-hour work day.

Anyway, the cappuccino machine broke, and we had to wait in the parking lot for a while so they could deliver our coffee to us. (Drive-thrus man… you win some, you get stuck sitting in your car for some.)

We finally got our caffeine fix and went to leave the parking lot, and there was this girl walking across traffic as slowly as an able-bodied person could imagine walking. She was wearing clothes to start a shift as a server, and her face was just the most miserable I have ever seen. (more…)

 

And Christmas Begins November 16, 2018

It’s Christmas!

At least it is for me. I’ve spent the last week in rehearsals for Elf the Musical, and we’ll be opening the show on Thanksgiving. I’m used to elongated Christmas seasons. Growing up, Christmas season at my mother’s inn started on November 1st. The house was decorated for tea programs, and then we just ran along in a blur of Christmas until December 25th.

There’s some good and bad to starting Christmas so early. You get to be surrounded by festivities, but you want to strangle the next person who sings Deck the Halls. You don’t have to worry about the season slipping by without notice, but you’re too busy working to visit all the cool holiday displays.

This year is stranger than most for me. Last year, since I was living on a tour bus, I didn’t get to devote as much time to Christmas as I’m used to. So I want to go all out Christmas Cheer this year. But I’m in Florida. It’s hot. There will be no snow. And everyone with common sense knows you should not wrap palm trees in Christmas lights. (more…)

 

The Clock is Ticking November 11, 2018

Time is almost up for The Girl Without Magic $0.99 sale!

The Girl Without Magic Cover

Maggie Trent fell out of a battle and into the Siren’s Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay. The Girl Without Magic combines the world jumping of Doctor Who with the magic of The Chronicles of Narnia.

The sale ends Monday, so if you want to snag a copy, do it soon!

Amazon     Barnes&Noble     iBooks     Kobo

And for all of you who already got your copy, thank you for helping The Girl Without Magic reach top 100 in its Amazon Category!

The Girl Without Magic 100 on Amazon

Thank you all for your continued support on this blog and for my books.

Happy reading!

 

Hold My Massive Pill Container November 9, 2018

I’m not an easily offended person. Mostly because I don’t have it in me to care, a little because I try to be understanding.

But here’s the thing—pardon me while I pull out my soap box—it pisses me off when people completely lack understanding of what it is to have a chronic illness and decide to have loud opinions about your needing damn medicine!

Bah!

I get chronic sinus infections. It’s an unfortunate mix of terrible allergies, a shoddy immune system, and living my life on immune suppressants. So, I take antibiotics more than most people should. Because I have an autoimmune disease.

I don’t need your opinion about how pharmacists “are just pill pushers” and how we don’t need modern medicine. I don’t want your home remedy—my neti pot and I are really great friends. I don’t need you to tell me that I don’t look sick. Or my favorite: “Well, if it were that bad, you wouldn’t be doing the show.” (more…)

 

Back by Popular Demand November 5, 2018

I’ve got big news!

The Girl Without Magic sale went so well, we’ve decided to do it again.

This week only, you can download your copy of this Young Adult fantasy novel for $0.99!

GwM sale

You can purchase your $0.99 copy by clicking here!

If you’ve ever thought of purchasing one of my books, now is the time. Not only would you be getting a great deal, you’d also be helping my book to climb the sales charts where it can be found by other readers. I’ll be tracking the sales throughout the week, and I’ll be posting updates on Facebook and Twitter.

And if $0.99 isn’t in the budget right now, (we’ve all been there, believe me), then I have some more great news for you! I’m working on finishing up a new short story that will be available as a free download this December.

(The news about the downloads comes through my newsletter. Click here so you can join the list to make sure you don’t miss my story and to be the first to receive updates on free and discounted works by other amazing authors.)

And I have eARCs now available for reviewers for book two in The Tale of Bryant Adams: Seven Things Not to Do When Everyone’s Trying to Kill You.

So many author things going on this week!

And I have a great story to tell you for this week’s regularly-scheduled blog post, so basically I’m the most excited kid in town. And I don’t think it has too much to do with discount Halloween candy.

 

A Moment of Joy November 2, 2018

The world can be a scary place. These days it’s feeling even scarier. But as the wise Dumbledore said, “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Those moments can seem hard to find. Running around for work, keeping up that side hustle that pays the bills work doesn’t cover, trying to be a decent friend and informed citizen. There is a constant barrage of pressure to be a hundred things that no one person can fit into their daily schedule.

So when life hands you a moment of joy amidst the chaos, you have to grab onto it with both hands.

My husband found one of the moments of joy…at a Hanson concert. (more…)

 

Laughing in the Face of… Everything October 30, 2018

I have an unfortunate habit of laughing when things go wrong.

It’s not like I try and make bad things happen, but my natural stress response is to laugh.

Once upon a time, I may or may not have dropped a lit candle down the back of a piano. I ended up gasping on the floor with tears streaming down my face over that one.

My husband got horrible food poisoning while out with our friends. They were all worried as he hurled on the side of the road. I was laughing my butt off. While rubbing my husband’s back, of course. (more…)