Young Adult

April 4, 2016

Preorder One Paris Summer and Get a Swag Pack!

I have several new releases, all within a few months of one another, but want you all to know how much I LOVE One Paris Summer. Purchase Links: iBooks | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Google Play When my daughter turned sixteen, I took her to Paris to fulfill a dream we both shared–visiting Paris. I had wanted to visit Paris since my high school freshman French class, and my daughter wanted to go after falling in love with Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. While we were there, a story started appearing in my head. A girl who spent the summer in Paris and found her first love. I’ll be honest–I sat on the story for a couple of years, but when I mentioned the idea to my agent, he told me he wanted to try to sell it to a traditional publisher. It took me over a year to finally write the partial I had promised him, but once we had it out on submission, we had an offer within a a couple of months. I love this story–did I mention that? One of the reasons I wrote this book was for my daughters (currently ages […]
March 29, 2011

Jenga

I’m editing. I’ve been editing for over a month and the end is in sight. I’ve done  revisions, sentence restructuring and tried to remove as many *I*s as possible. I’ve embedded deep POV, taken out unnecessary lines (even if I love them,) and found repetitive words. I’ve read this manuscript so many times I can practically recite passages word for word. I have favorite lines. Favorite scenes. I start reading the find myself swept up in the story that’s lived in my head for months, clawing at my brain to find itself on a page.  I love this story more than I’ve loved any of the other four before it, which says a lot. Julia is a character more close to my heart than any other my other characters (which feels oddly, or not so oddly, like picking a favorite child.) As the story progresses, my heart aches for her loss. I can only hope readers ache for her too. But I’m approaching the point where my manuscript feels like a game of Jenga. You know the game. You have a stack of wooden blocks and you take them out one by one until the tower topples over. Every time […]
March 14, 2011

Blog Par-Tay Giveaway!

I love Twitter. Anyone who knows me, knows this, but one of the main reasons I love Twitter is the AMAZING people that I meet. One of those people is Carolina Valdez Miller. Honestly, I can’t remember the first time I “met” Carol, but one of my first memories of her is from a blogfest someone hosted.  I think it was a fight scene. I read her story, which she claimed to have started around midnight and finished a few hours later, and I was blown away. Blown away. I emailed my friend Trisha Leigh and said “I want to write like Carolina when I grow up.”* *true story So Carol became this person I talked to on Twitter, but also someone I admired. Then last September I went to Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s Conference in Denver. It turned out to be a Twitter hook up (not that kind) and I had the honor, pleasure and delight to meet Carol in person. She turned out to be just as nice in person as she is on Twitter, no scratch that, she turned out to be nicer. Carol’s one of those people that is so genuinely sweet you can’t help but […]