Oh, man…

…Where do I begin?

Long time no see…uh, read! As usual, work has been crazy, but it’s been crazier than usual lately. Only just last week have I been back to brainstorming on novels, jotting down ideas, and still trying to decide how to end the sequel to Ice, even though I’m at least ten chapters away from that.

I’ve also been working on two other books…or three. (Cue awkward laughter.) I can’t help but jump around like that. I still haven’t decided which one will follow the Ice books…I’m about to end the insanity and just write them all simultaneously. Yes, I am aware that would be diving into greater insanity. Obviously I will have to consult the people who I usually run my ideas past, which fortunately always have completely different opinions. Perhaps they can talk some sense into me.

Don’t worry, guys: somehow I will get that sequel to you soon!

I know you’re all thinking, “I’m not worrying, because I don’t care about your book! I stumbled across this blog, and I think it’s stupid! I mean, you call yourself writer and you type ‘lol’ and use emoticons?!”

Okay, back on topic:

Up until this week, it had been especially hard not being able to write. I have fond memories of writing in October on cool, rainy gray days. The newly turned leaves are beautiful in the rain. I remember coming home from work, leaning back on the couch with my little HP netbook and writing all day long. The setting of the story was in the exact time of the year I was living, so I was drawing my descriptions from what I was experiencing at that moment. I have never forgotten how pretty the orange pumpkin was on the porch, sprinkled with little rain drops.

I wanted to do that again this year, working on that same book. I didn’t get to. ):

You all have probably gathered by now that I have put the Ice trailer on hold. But not for long!

In other news, I have another book signing coming up at Decopolis! Come by the store on Black Friday to get some unique Christmas gifts, and a copy of Ice signed. I am not sure on a time yet, but it will be in the evening. More news on that as I get it. Another way to follow the latest on the book signing is via my Facebook page.

I am also working with a photographer, Misha, for a new cover of Ice! Here’s a link to her blog where she has posted about it. She’s really nice and I am so excited to be working with her! More on that soon!

Okay, there is one thing I have gotten done: the Secret Lives of Characters series! First up is Kavick, then immediately followed by Christine. In the character bios I will be revealing not only how I created the characters, but insight into the writing process of the story, such as why I use the term “Eskimo,” which I’m sure some people probably find offensive. When you learn why I use it you will see that it’s actually not used in an offensive way.

So here I go to start posting their “secret lives”. Enjoy!


Also, if you are new to Ice, you can buy it from a variety of places: Amazon.com (you can also purchase the Kindle version there), barnesandnoble.com (where you can request a nook version, too), createspace.com; you can also order it from your local bookstore, and purchase it at Decopolis, located onS Boston in Downtown Tulsa. Don’t forget, it’s in the Kindle Lending Library, too! Happy reading!

Book Signing and the Latest News on You-Know-Who

Hello, all.

I know it’s been a while since my last post (not that I’ve ever been very fast at this), but a lot has happened. As you know, I had a book signing on September 14th. (Yaaay!) Not to mention the birthday party I attended the day before, and the day after the signing was equally busy, filled with random errands, a new haircut, and lots of Rock Band 3 in which I did an emo rendition of “Shout” that my sister tried to record 3 times, but I couldn’t keep from laughing.

Yeah, I’ve been real busy. Note the sarcasm.

But seriously. I have. As you know, I have another job outside of the world of writing.

You know, when I put it that way, it makes it sound like I have a corny secret identity, but you get my drift.

And now I’m sick! D8


I’ve been sick for 3 days now. Not fun. I sounded like a man on day 1, during the entire time I was at work. I told my sister that evening, “I hope I’m not sick. Only my throat hurts, and it’s messing with my voice.” I then asked her if her daughter’s been sick.

She said, “She’s been coughing, sneezing, and had a runny nose all day, but I think it’s just allergies.”

I laughed awkwardly at my sister’s response, and said, “Uh, every time you say it’s ‘just allergies,’ she ends up running a fever in 1-2 days.”

And that is the truth. However, since I have been MIA for 3 days, I don’t know if she’s been running a fever. I do hope she has only a case of nasty allergies, and that nobody catches my cold. How I got it, I’m not sure. But I really don’t care about that. I just want to get better, fast.

I hate just lying still all day, though. I feel like I need to do something, even though I don’t have the energy to, so I decided to tell you guys all about the book signing at Decopolis! (Finally!)

So I got to Decopolis at 11. William, the owner, set up a nice desk for me with an old typewrite as a display and had my books arranged in a neat way. He put up signs around the store and filled me in on the promotion he was doing that day if someone buys one of my books. It was really nice. The desk was right in front of a window by the entrance, so I had a great view of the band outside the store. The bands were really good. There was this all-girl high school band called “The Sirens” who were freakin’ amazing. The crowd loved them, as did I.

Although most people who came in passed by me without buying a book, some showed interest, and some showed only rejection. I expected the worst kind of rejection, but never expected being accused of plagiarism.

Now, if you are an aspiring writer, or are starting out as an author like I am, then I feel that you must read this part. I think it is a good way to prepare yourself for this kind of rejection, accusation, whatever you want to call it (I’m still not sure what it is, actually). Hopefully I acted as a good example of how to handle that sort of…statement. I honestly did not let it bother me while I was there. I brushed it off as just some weirdo being a weirdo. Later it dawned on me just how rude and crazy the accusation was.

Here’s what happened: One of the very first people who walked in Decopolis was a woman who I will only describe as that, because I am not looking to slander her name, or cause her any trouble. I greeted her with a smile and asked her how she was.

She asked me if there was a book signing, and I told her there was. I asked her if she would like me to sign one for her.

She acted surprised by my statement and asked if I was the author, and if those were my books. I said yes, smiling.

She then asked me what my book was about, to which I answered that it was about a girl who meets a boy who can shape-shift into a wolf. (It is way too hard to explain right off that he’s a Husky-wolf hybrid.)

“Have you read the Twilight books?” she asks me.

It’s a common question I get, seeing as I wrote a young adult fantasy/supernatural novel. I could be writing about any number if supernatural creatures and Twilight would still come up, because it has left such a huge impact on the world of literature. If I were writing about witches or wizards, or anyone with magical powers, I would be asked if I have read Harry Potter. So, her question did not offend me at all. Remember not to let those questions offend you, either. This is not what was rude, though. It gets worse.

I replied, “Oh, yeah. I read the series when I was in high school.”

“You know, there are these websites online where people communicate with each other…like a community,” she told me, struggling to explain it. “They talk about books they read and ask each other for ideas about how to write a book like that—based off of that. They do that until they have a whole book written about the other book…I don’t remember what it’s called. But they do that until they have their own book written, and then they put it on the Internet and get it published.”

I finally thought I understood what the woman was talking about. “Like fan fictions?”

Her eyes widened in recognition. “Yes, I think that’s it.”

I couldn’t help but laugh. “Oh, those are websites for fan fictions. I read a few of those a long time ago. Sadly, most of them are horrible, but there are a few good writers on there. It made me wish those weren’t fan fictions then so they could be published.” I laughed again because I couldn’t believe I was talking about fan fictions with a total stranger. It was a hilarious scenario until her next words.

The lady wasn’t laughing with me. She looked me directly in the eye except to occasionally look at my book on the table in front of her. “You know, E. L. James did that. Fifty Shades of Grey was based off of Twilight. It was a fan fiction of Twilight. She wrote it based off of Twilight…and now you’ve written this book based off of it, too.”

I was stunned. Needless to say, I wasn’t laughing anymore. I was shocked enough that she assumed I knew who E. L. James was and that I had read Fifty Shades of Grey. But to accuse me of being a copycat, as if it’s impossible for me to think for myself…?!

But I just laughed again. The whole thing was so surreal, I couldn’t help but find it funny. “Oh, no. My book isn’t based off of Twilight. I came up with the idea for it one night when I couldn’t sleep and I was listening to a song called, ‘Dogs Unleashed’. I wasn’t thinking about Twilight at all.”

She just nodded and uttered a non-committal sound and started to walk away. I bade her a nice day and she bade me good luck with my book as she walked out of the store.

I’m glad that I did find it so funny in the moment, otherwise I may have handled the situation badly. I think the best thing to do when accused of plagiarism is to just laugh it off like they’re crazy. Because they are. That’s my humble opinion, anyway.

Some people had really good things to say about my book, too. More than one person was genuinely intrigued, but I remember one woman in particular. She picked up my book and said, “Huh…I think I’ll buy one.”

She rejoined her friend, who looked at my book in her hand. “You’re going to buy one?” her friend asked, surprised.

She replied seriously, “Yeah. I think it sounds interesting.”

A couple of girls who appeared to be about my age asked what my book was about. When I told them it was about a group of shape-shifters in a small town in Alaska, she said, “That’s the perfect place for shape-shifters!”

Over all, it was a really cool experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. By the way, those two girls each bought a book and wanted their picture taken with me. I was shocked. I thought, “No way! This isn’t happening!”

And, all six books the store ordered sold by 5 o’clock! I had 3 with me just in case things went well, which I sold to William that day. Two of those books sold by 6. William jokingly asked me, “Got any more of those in your bag?”

He then asked for an order of six more, which I’m currently waiting on in the mail. Shortly after 7, the last book sold, which was actually when I was planning to leave. Everything worked out so well, I still can’t believe it. I am so blessed. I didn’t think I’d even sell 2. When I was purchasing my Alice in Wonderland mug just before I left, William said he wanted me to do another book signing, possibly on Black Friday when the Pop-Up shops open. So I will keep you guys posted on the next book signing! :)

I’m going to try to post pictures in this post. If it doesn’t work, the pictures are on my Facebook page.

And don’t worry guys; I have not forgotten the series of posts I planned to do! I have actually been working on the ones about each character and am working on the first trailer for Ice. Also, I am still writing the sequel to Ice, and have been working on a manuscript for a different book! I hope to publish the sequel and the other book shortly after the start of the new year. I will be starting college then, so I can’t give an exact date at this point, only a goal. As always, I will keep updating you guys, even if it take me a little while to write a post.


Until next time!


Pictures will hopefully appear here:

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Correction on Promo and BOOK SIGNING!

Okay, first off I have a correction to make on the numbers of the free promo: Ice was actually downloaded 246 times! I had forgotten to check the sales from the Amazon sites of other countries. It’s a mistake I’ll never make again, lol!


Now, my upcoming book signing: On September 14th, in Downtown Tulsa (that’s in Oklahoma, for those of you who don’t know), there’s going to be this cool festival going on called “Chalk Fest”. Not only will there be chalk artists, but there will be bands playing. During all this, I will be having a book signing in Decopolis. It’s a unique store on the corner of 6th and Boston. It’s so cool. It doesn’t just carry books; there’s paintings, and other miscellaneous items. It really is awesome, and the owners are really nice, too. (THEY SELL A DISAPPEARING TARDIS MUG! I swear, my inner Doctor Who fan/child died and went to heaven when I saw it.)


Okay, here I was going to talk about some stuff in my personal life, but I felt like it didn’t really fit with everything else, so I’m going to end this post here. If you want to read my random ramblings, just click on to the next post.


Bye for now!


149…?! Say whaaat?

149…I love that number now. And here’s why.

(Well, that’s a very rude way to start. Hello everybody, and welcome!)

(Now back to 149…)

I have exciting news to share: recently the Kindle version of Ice was on a free promotion for two days…and was downloaded 149 times! That’s so much more than the number of sales thus far, so that is a pretty big deal to me. Though Ice is no longer free, it is only $2.99.

Thank you to everyone who downloaded it! Please leave a review on Amazon.com so that people will know your thoughts on the book.


In other Ice-related news, I am planning a contest in the VERY near future! Here’s a preview for you: one of the prizes will be a gift card for Amazon.com! Yay for free money!

And after the contest, I will start work on the first trailer for “Ice”!

Which means I need to start looking for actors. O_o  (Just a bit worrisome…just a little.)


Okay, I think I’m going to leave things here so I can work on the sequel. I will start two series of blog entries soon: one will be about each character in Ice and how I created them, and the other will be about commonly misused words and their confused spellings. (Can anyone say ‘BLOND’? Or should I say, spell.)


See you soon!


Buy the Kindle version of Ice here, or buy the physical copy from Amazon.com and CreateSpace.