One Good Thing…

In a follow-up to my post from last week, there is one plus to fall. One thing no other season has.

Fall has the start of the new TV season.

I’m still not 100% sure what a room without a roof is supposed to feel like (free? limitless? a billion feet tall??) But I’m pretty sure Pharrell penned “Happy” for the fall TV season.

So here are a few of the shows I’m looking forward to:

The Middlefrom IMDB: The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the city of Orson, Indiana.

The Goldbergs

from Google: set in the 1980s, Adam uses a video camera to document his family’s crazy life. His mother, Beverly, is overprotective and lacks boundaries, while his dad has a hot temper and finds it difficult to parent without screaming. Rounding out the clan are Adam’s terrifying sister, Erica; his older brother, Barry, who has middle-child syndrome; and the family’s beloved grandfather, Al “Pops” Solomon.


Modern Family

from Google: Told from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, the series offers an honest, often-hilarious perspective of family life.


(I’m not as into Modern Family as I used to be, but I still l watch, and it still has the best gifs.)
And of course my one guilty pleasure: singing competition shows.

What show are you looking forward to returning?? And if you’re not into TV, is there any movie or album you’re excited about??




Update: I Still Hate Fall.

I’ve probably mentioned this a million times, a million ways, but I hate fall. I hate everything about it, from the cooler temps, to losing daylight, to bonfires and apple-picking and pumpkin flavored everything.

Now, I know what you’re all thinking

and I’m aware that this is a very unpopular opinion. But hey, I’m a summer girl. I was even born in summer (I just made it in by about three days) and that’s all there is to it.

That being said, I sometimes miss the going-back-to-school feeling. That feeling of fresh books and pencils and new clothes. So I like to treat my writing like a new school project. Maybe write in a new notebook with a pretty pencil. Just something to make it feel back-to-schoolish. I enjoy it for about a week, then it becomes a burden and I get bored (much like real school.)

Are you happy to see summer wind down and turn to fall, or are you summer obsessed too?

Hot Pink in the City Cover Reveal!

so happy to be part of Medeia Sharif’s cover reveal for HOT PINK IN THE CITY!



HOT PINK IN THE CITY, Prizm Books/Torquere Press
Release Date: August 19, 2015
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Asma Bashir wants two things: a summer fling and her favorite ’80s songs. During a trip to New York City to stay with relatives, she messes up in her pursuit of both. She loses track of the hunk she met on her airplane ride, and she does the most terrible thing she could possibly do to her strict uncle… ruin his most prized possession, a rare cassette tape.

A wild goose chase around Manhattan and Brooklyn to find a replacement tape yields many adventures — blackmail, theft, a chance to be a TV star, and so much more. Amid all this turmoil, Asma just might be able to find her crush in the busiest, most exciting city in the world.

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isn’t it beautiful!! so happy for you, Medeia, and can’t wait to read!

Bad Blood

This may sound crazy, but I have a soft spot for YA stories where friendships end.

It reminds me that it’s a natural part of life and is totally normal. I have a story like this (doesn’t everyone?). I no longer speak with some girls who were like sisters to me…long story short, I honestly couldn’t believe how bitchy they were starting to act. No friendship is perfect, but these girls were becoming downright awful.

It hurts when a best friendship breaks up. Especially when you had friends who were more like sisters, and then, suddenly one day–bam–you’re not even talking anymore.

Here are some of my favorite stories that deal with this topic:

Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door handled this beautifully and realistically.

Genevieve and Lara Jean’s former friendship (and how they interact since they still hang out in the same circles) was a really great aspect of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before/P.S. I Still Love You.


Anna and her friend from home hit some realistic rocky moments throughout the story, and I loved it.





Have you ever lost a friend you thought you’d have in your life forever??

Cover Reveal Time!!

I am SO thrilled to be a part of Stephanie Faris’ cover reveal for her new chapter book! Check out this adorable cover and blurb!



Piper Morgan Joins the Circus


Stephanie Faris


Cover illustration by Lucy Fleming.


When Piper Morgan has to move to a new town, she is sad to leave behind her friends, but excited for a new adventure. She is determined to have fun, be brave and find new friends.
And after learning her mom’s new job will be with the Big Top Circus, Piper can’t wait to learn all about life under the big top, see all the cool animals, and meet the Little Explorers, the other kids who travel with the show. She’s even more excited to learn that she gets to be a part of the Little Explorers and help them end each show with a routine to get the audience on their feet and dancing along!

But during Piper’s grand debut, her high kicks and pointed toes don’t go quite as planned. After causing a dance disaster, she has to prove to everyone–especially queen of the Little Explorers, Lexie–that she belongs in the spotlight. 

Stephanie Faris:


Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.

Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the upcoming Piper Morgan series. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive. 




Huge congrats, Stephanie!!! So thrilled for you and can’t wait to read this one!! xoxo

Writing Update and Gotcha Day!

My MS is coming along well! The break really helped and now I’m revising scenes. It’s funny to think back when I first learned about revision and would change minor things. Now I know it means REWRITES: scrapping scenes, dropping characters to create better ones, and taking the whole thing up a notch! You can’t create great moments until you’re willing to let go of the drafty stuff.

(I know this quote was meant for life, but I think it also applies to manuscripts).

In other news, Tuesday is Penny’s “Gotcha Day” ! I only learned recently that Gotcha Day is a big celebration for those who’ve adopted kids or pets, since it’s the day they officially became part of the family.

I adopted Penny from the local animal shelter on August 11th, 2014, just a few days after my beautiful Pudding passed away </3 Penny has helped heal me so much.

Here’s a pic from the first morning I had her (look at that face!) and now!


How has your summer been going?? And your writing??


I’m so excited for the lovely Meradeth Houston! Her book TRAVELERS is out NOW! And how stunning is this cover??



Travelers Blurb: 

Sienna Crenshaw knows the rules: 1) no time traveling beyond your natural lifetime, 2) no screwing with death, and 3) no changing the past. Ever. Sienna doesn’t love being stuck in the present, but she’s not the type to break the rules. That is, she wasn’t the type until her best friend broke every one of those rules to keep Henry, her twin brother and Sienna’s ex-boyfriend, alive.


Suddenly, Sienna is caught in an unfamiliar reality. The upside? Henry is still alive. The downside? Sienna’s old life, including the people in it, has been erased. Now, Sienna and Henry must untangle the giant knot in time, or her parents and all the rest of the Travelers, will be lost forever. One problem: the only way to be successful is for Henry to die.

Release Date: August 4th, 2015

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Author Bio:


I’ve never been a big fan of talking about myself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about me:


I’m a California girl. This generally means I talk too fast and use “like” a lot. Since I now live in Montana, sometimes this is a problem.

I have my doctorate in molecular anthropology. Translation: I sequence dead people’s DNA and spend a whole lot of time in a lab, which I love.

I’ve been writing since I was 11 years old. It’s my hobby, my passion, and I’m so happy to get to share my work!

My other passion is teaching. There’s nothing more fun than getting a classroom of college kids fired up about anthropology! This is probably a good thing, since my day job requires me to teach at the local university.

If I could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because I’m terrified of heights.



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And here is an excerpt from the book!

I wasn’t sure if I felt more like Alice in Wonderland or Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I sure wasn’t in Kansas anymore, but it felt like I’d fallen down a rabbit hole.

Another girl outside the stall brushed her hair in the mirror. It took me a second to realize she wore a very prim and proper school uniform, complete with an ugly plaid skirt and pressed shirt. She looked me up and down but said nothing. Though from her head-to-toe inspection of me, she clearly disapproved.

I scanned the room, trying to figure out what else was different. The mirrors were clean—no random lipstick marks or haze from cosmetic spray.

A deeper flare of panic kicked my heart into high gear as I realized Joan had ditched me. I checked the other stalls, each as spotless as the one I materialized into, but other than the other chick at the mirror, I remained alone.

My hands shook as I pushed my hair away from my face.

A sob hitched in my throat, but I forced it down. I had to keep control of myself until I got my butt back where I belonged. Then I could freak out, preferably in the comfort of my room, under my blankets. I’d make a little fort and bring ice cream. My room—I just had to think about my room. Wait, did I even have a room here, wherever I was?

The other girl threw me one last carefully bland look and left the room. Something told me she would go report me to the school authorities. For a second, I thought about trying to catch up to her, but my voice caught in my throat. I took a deep breath and realized if I wanted to get back to my school I needed to figure out where I was. Pronto.

I could Travel from here—I didn’t have to know my starting point—but I’d already managed to get myself in the wrong spot once today. The smartest thing to do would be to stay put until I figured out where I’d landed.  

Taking a deep breath and clutching my textbook to my chest, I pushed the outside door open.
As I glanced around, goose-bumps rose across my back. The layout of this school looked identical to my own. Lockers lined the hallway across from the bathroom door, and the low murmur of voices resonated from the classrooms surrounding me. Of course, there was one big difference. This place was most certainly not a public high school—and not the one I’d left a minute ago.

“There you are. What took you so long?”

I jumped and stifled a scream as someone addressed me.

“Um, I think you have the wrong person.” I turned and met the boy’s eyes. A rush of blood swirled under my skin. He had the best green eyes. They were also unmistakable.

My heart froze in my chest.

Joan’s brother, my boyfriend. Dead boyfriend. Alive and kicking—well, currently he laughed and stood a little too close to me. I struggled to breathe.


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