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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!

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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…)

 

Life Lessons in the Small Print October 26, 2018

There are certain things people don’t remember to teach you. Like don’t put the lash glue on your eye, put it on the lashes. Turkeys and chickens are not the same. Don’t give birds soda.

All kinds of little life lessons we have to stumble through as a right of passage on our path to true competency.

One lesson I had to learn the hard way was about sunscreen.

I was probably fourteen, so still a respectable age to be this dumb, and I was going to the ocean on a summer camp trip. The plan was to spend the whole day on the beach, including a picnic lunch. We had been woken up at some ungodly hour to be put on a bus and had all fallen right back to sleep. The counselors woke us back up when we were about five minutes from the ocean and told us to put on our sun screen now, then take only our beach towels off the bus since they were taking care of water and lunch.

I was young and dumb and followed their instructions. I slathered on my sun screen, left everything but my towel behind, and as soon as the bus stopped I ran right for the ocean. I kicked my shoes off and dove right on in.

Sounds like an idyllic scene from a movie, right? (more…)

 

My Bio October 23, 2018

As an actor and author, I have to write a lot of bios.

Some, like for kid’s shows, are super easy.

Megan is thrilled to be on stage again. Her favorite animal is the narwhal, and her favorite food is ice cream.

Then there’s normal show bios where you have like two-hundred words to sound impressive so you go for:

Megan is thrilled to be a part of shmanky schmoo production. Previous credits include: Blah, blah, blah, blah. Am I impressive yet? Blah, blah. Love to my husband.

But the real kicker is the author bio. Sometimes you have about one-hundred words, so all you can do is list your books and say who your agent is and you’re done.

But sometimes they want you to fill a whole page so the reader can really get to know you. This, my friends, is dangerous. It’s all about balancing honesty with interest.

I’m going to list my books, that’s a given. I’ll put in a tagline about my work as a playwright and lyricist. I’ll probably toss in a bit about being a professional performer because, for some reason, people think that’s super cool and glamorous. (I agree with the cool, but the glamorous is a lie performers like to keep up. Really we’re just sweaty messes wondering when our costumes can be washed and where the nearest ice pack is, but whatever. It’s nice to believe that fake eyelashes and sequins really do make us fancy.) (more…)