Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Title reveal!

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve named by third novel. I waited a couple months to make sure it was the one, and now I’m ready to share it and make it official.

And I couldn’t just type it out. I had to whip up something in Procreate because I’m super excited about this book and, to me, everything calls for a celebration. *throws confetti*

So, without further ado...



Feels Like Fire.

There were so many titles of existing books that I would stumble upon that felt perfect (like The Light We Lost), but I’m very happy with this title.

I’m still in the editing phase, polishing things up before it goes off to a professional editor. The release date is still TBA for now, but I will be sharing more quotes and info in the days to come.

I hope you’re excited, even just a little. Because you should be. ;) This story is so special to me, my favorite yet, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Book number 3

It's been a little over a year of silence here on the blog. Wow, time goes by so fast. I've been wanting to get back on here and share my thoughts and progress, but I've got that pesky self-doubt going that I think a lot of writers deal with.

Does anyone even care?

Who's going to read it?

Am I just rambling?

Even if one person cares or reads it (even if it's my own mother), and even if I ramble, it's still worth sharing. Because this is my journey. And this is my blog. Fair enough? I think so. ;)

So, here I am, trying to get back into it. I've definitely not been doing nothing this past year, despite my absence. As the blog title suggests, I am working on book number three. I started writing it last May, so it's been in the works for almost sixteen months now.



My current word count is 134,903. I'm finally nearing the end of my first draft, and let me tell you, it's like nothing I've ever written before. In this story, I've switched from third person to first, and from past tense to present. I love the difference. I love the closeness of the characters' thoughts and feelings. I always thought I preferred third person narrative, but I've learned that I absolutely don't. 

I'm 99% sure that this book has a title. Up until a couple weeks ago, it's been obnoxiously untitled. Nothing was good enough, or titles that seemed to fit it best were already used and I was getting frustrated. I'm planning to reveal the title soon. I just want to be sure that that little 1% of uncertainty is gone before I do.



So what's this book about? Well, I haven't written the synopsis, which I think is more difficult than writing the entire book, but I'll try to summarize the general plot without giving too much away.

The book takes place in early summer of 2017, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Casey Hale is our female protangonist, a young kindergarten teacher who's just lost her boyfriend, Lucas, in a sudden accident. Enter in Lennon Reid, our male protagonist and Lucas's brother, whom Casey has never met, but quickly connects with over the mutal loss of their deepest human bond. Lennon is Lucas's opposite in so many ways, introducing Casey to a world of adventure and excitement she never experienced with timid and reserved Lucas. While Lennon is all fun and confidence on the outside, he is scars and pain on the inside, and it seems like Casey is the only one he's ever been able to confide in, the only one who's able to help him heal.



That's all I will say for now! I hope it hooks you and makes you want to read it! I know I'm biased, but I absolutely adore this story. I think it's beautiful and sweet, and even though some parts are horribly sad, it's also funny at times. It's real and it's raw and it's my favorite thing I've ever written. I can't wait to share it with you!

Friday, August 18, 2017

STILL THE SONG's New Cover!

Have you seen the newly designed cover for STILL THE SONG? Well, here it is!




I am proud to say that I designed it myself. I'm very pleased with the way it came together, and it looks much more like a part of my brand. When compared to PAPER WALLS, you can tell that both of these books are by the same author, and that's what I wanted.

This cover is made from a photo I took in Pennsylvania in 2010, just like the old cover. It was taken in Core Creek Park, the park Oak Lake Park is based off of in the book.

So there you have it! The revamped STILL THE SONG! I hope you like it!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

PAPER WALLS Book Soundtrack


Photo credit: Teresa Kluge // Unsplash

Music is a monumental part of my everyday life. I'm almost always listening to music. Like right now (LANY, of course). So, naturally, music plays a huge part in my writing. As I write a book, I build a playlist on Spotify that I feel fits the mood and the themes in the book. Sometimes a song will even inspire a scene. It helps me get into the heads of the characters and bring them to life in a much deeper way. Then it's easier to convey what they feel, and really get their pain/joy/anger/fear/etc across. If I had to pick one theme song for PAPER WALLS, it would be "Pieces" by Andrew Belle.

Just like with STILL THE SONG, I have compiled a playlist on Spotify that coincides with the book. It's not as perfectly ordered scene by scene like my STS playlist, but most, if not all of the songs fit into parts of the book. If you would like to get an inkling of what I wanted the book to feel like, if you want to know what I listened to while I wrote the book, if you want to get a deeper look into the characters, or if you'd just like to listen to some great music, check out my playlist!





Note: None of the above artists are at all affiliated with me or my book. All songs listed are the property of their respective artists, and have only been compiled for entertainment purposes. ;)



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

PAPER WALLS is here!

Today is the day! It's finally here! I'm so pleased to announce the release of PAPER WALLS! Thank you so much for all of your support and your love on this journey!


What is PAPER WALLS about?

Cole MacHendrick is all mystery and gloom. And he’s about to change Leighton’s life…whether he likes it or not.

When Leighton Tucker goes off to college alongside her best friends, Quinn and Wesley, she isn’t quite prepared for Cole—her beautiful but rude psych project partner. As Cole lets his guard slip, Leighton finds herself caring for the broken boy with a secret past.

Despite Cole’s warnings, Leighton dives in blindly, hoping to heal him the way he’s healing her. But will she ever get to see who he really is? Or will the darkness Cole carries obliterate everything?

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