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The Birth of Bryant Adams August 15, 2017

Today is the day! The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days has arrived. I am so thrilled to share this story with the world!

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Bryant is the first first-person novel of mine to be released, and Bryant’s inner voice is a bit like mine. A thing which shocks my husband at times. Yes, if I don’t know people’s names, they are given designations like rainbow cat lady in my head; yes, I do believe I have guardian angels in Manhattan; and yes, I do often think This is how I die. Usually while I’m climbing a crazy mountain, but you get the point.

Ever wanted to grow a five-story tall flower in central park? How about fight a deadly battle under the subway tunnels of Manhattan? 

Don’t worry. I never wanted to either. But if you’re ever being chased by ladies made of mist and you have to save the girl with the sparkly eyes you’ve never had the guts to say actual words to, there’s an app for that.

I found a magic cell phone, opened an app I shouldn’t have, burned down the set shop for my high school’s theatre, and it was all downhill from there. A drag queen seer who lives under a bridge is my only hope for keeping my mom alive, and I think the cops might be after me for destroying my dad’s penthouse.

But it gets better! Now I’m stuck being the sidekick to the guy who got me into this mess in the first place. It’ll be a miracle if I survive until Monday.

To celebrate the release of Bryant Adams, there is a super awesome Facebook party running today from 4:30pm-7:30pm that is jam packed with guest authors and prizes. And if Facebook isn’t your thing, there is currently a Goodreads giveaway going on as well! You can also get a sneak peak of the first chapter of Bryant Adams here.

So please join the party, spread the word, and read about Bryant’s adventure, because if my little life amuses you, just think of the havoc I could wreak with a magical cell phone.

 

 

A Drag of an Issue August 11, 2017

Okay…I need to be a human for a second.

There’s this whole thing with authors where you’re never supposed to respond to a negative review. It totally makes sense. You’re not going to change a reader’s mind once they’ve decided they don’t like your work. All responding to them is going to do is make you look unprofessional and open the flood gates to internet trolls.

But here’s the thing. I just got a review on a book that hasn’t even been released yet, and the reader thinks my book is “transphobic.”

Frist off, I’m not transphobic. I’m all for everyone’s right to live life as one’s truest self. Second, the character they think I’m misgendering isn’t transgender but rather a drag queen.

My first thought was that maybe I had somehow implied that said character was transgender, in which case my reference to her being occasionally and originally male would be terrible. I thought I had been clear that the character was a drag queen, but maybe I had missed something. Then I reread the book blurb. (more…)

 

A Burning Legend December 14, 2016

You know those family legends that get passed down, and you know the core of them, but the details get fuzzy? Well this is one of those.

My great-uncle or Dad’s second cousin or something like that, liked to blow fire. It was a party trick that he liked to show off, and I guess he was pretty decent at it. Well, he worked in garage and one day decided to show off for his buddies and blow fire in the garage. He didn’t have booze, so he decided to use gasoline…

Well, gasoline burns much faster than drinking alcohol. So, the fire raced down his throat and burned the inside of his stomach!

All pretty tragic, but he actually survived and ended up in the hospital. When he was finally allowed to go home, they gave him strict orders not to eat any solid food. (more…)

 

Oops And Awesomeness! November 22, 2016

I’ve been AWOL cause it’s been a week. I am very sorry, guys.

There was tech, and not just any tech but tech for a massive holiday review. Then we helped my mom find a house, which is amazing and has countertops to die for. I’ve crawled back into the editing cave with The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days. And blogging fell to the wayside with doing my laundry and going grocery shopping. Oops.

But in all the stress and noise I have some excellent news! (more…)

 

It All Depends on Who Shows Up August 6, 2016

Well, the time is coming folks. My birthday is around the corner, and I will officially be O.A.F. True, I feel like that every year, but this year I feel like I really am getting old.

On the plus side, I do feel like I have accomplished some things since my last birthday. I wrote four books, had a Christmas story released, and signed a contract for a new series. But there is always that little voice in the back of your head that says, But you wanted a literary agent by this birthday. YOU FAILED! MWAHAHAHA!

And it’s true; I wanted a literary agent by this unnamed birthday, and that didn’t happen. Though there are some potentially promising emails that have arrived. Not that that really means anything.

I’ve also recently been told that I was too old for an ensemble part in a show. I’ve heard too tall, to curvy, too soprano, but too old is a thing I haven’t been told since I aged out of Annie auditions. Truth be told, I really don’t think I’m too old at all. It’s more like too tall with a side of big boobs, but whatever.

But with the agent thing and the too old for ensemble dilemma, I have to remember something my mother told me: It all depends on who shows up.

You may be great for Maria in Sound of Music, but if Julie Andrews shows up, you aren’t going to get the role. It’s just that simple.

If a pack of four girls who look like they’re nineteen can be in the show, you’re right, I do look too old. I look like a woman – not an old woman – but still a definitive woman. And that’s okay.

Same with agents. I recently exchanged a pleasant string of emails with an agent who truly liked my writing but had a book about high school theatre already on his list. I’m really grateful for that interaction, because it reminded me that it really all does depend on who shows up. They might love my YA Fantasy, but if J.K. Rowling shows up, she’s going to get the contract. It has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with who else is in the room or rather the query inbox.

So going into my O.A.F. birthday, as terrible as it sounds, I hope I can end up in a show where the chorus girls don’t look like wee babies and end up in an agent’s inbox who hasn’t heard from J.K. Rowling lately. And who knows? Maybe in a few birthdays I can be singing “The Ladies Who Lunch” while the chorus girls work a hell of a lot harder than I do for less recognition, and I’ll be the new J.K. Rowling of the book party.

In the meantime, I’ll just keep trekking on. I may have big boobs and no agent, but dammit, I’m a working actor and a published author. And that’ll just have to be good enough for this O.A.F chorus girl.

 

Girl of Glass Cover Reveal August 1, 2016

I have exciting – if somewhat belated – news!

Drumroll please!

I am thrilled to introduce the cover for Girl of Glass!

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Two worlds…one glass wall…no turning back.

The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.

Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.

 

Girl of Glass will be released December 6th by Fiery Seas Publishing. In the meantime, you can add it to your Goodreads “to be read” list, or if you aren’t the Goodreads type, follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook to stay up to date on all the Girl of Glass excitement!

Hooray for cover art!

 

An Anticlimactic Achievement December 2, 2015

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Last night, the husband and I finished the read-aloud of my very first first-person novel. For those of you who haven’t read about my revision and editing process before, yes, I make my husband read my projects aloud to me before I consider submitting them. It might be an actor thing, but hearing everything out loud ensures that the words all flow well. And the plus side is you catch a bunch of tiny errors (though instead of through) by reading the story out loud. Your brain can’t gloss over a missed letter as easily if you’re trying to speak or listen to the words you are reading.

But finishing the read aloud of this project was… anticlimactic. It’s not that I didn’t like the story. I think it’s the best thing I’ve written so far, and I’m super excited to start submitting it. But we finished the last page, packed up and headed over to the theatre for our evening performances. I’m not saying that the whole world should stop because I’ve finished editing a project so now it’s ready to go out into the world. But it does feel like something should happen. Like my computer should shoot streamers out the sides. Or the kitchen faucet should suddenly pour Champaign. (more…)