Updates on Life, Writing, and Books!

It’s been a hot minute and I refuse to abandon my little pink corner of the web for too long, so I wanted to pop on with some fun gifs and a cheery hello!

Life has been good here. Since it’s winter I find I’m willing to cook more, so I’ve been researching interesting, healthy, protein packed meals and snacks. I pretty much always eat as unprocessed as possible, save for the fact that:

(Don’t we all????)

So besides constantly googling high protein snacks, I’ve of course been gearing up for AT FIRST BLUSH’S release (news on my release date and cover reveal coming soon!)

and working on my WIP. I’ve also been enjoying a slew of books, including Sophie Kinsella’s first YA novel, last year’s Harlan Coben mystery I never got around to reading, and I’m currently reading (and loving) FLIRTING WITH FAME by Samantha Joyce, who is an awesome writer, which is pure gravy because she’s such a cool person as well.

I think one thing that I’ve found so unexpectedly cool about the whole publishing process is how exciting it is seeing friends’ books coming out. I get such a thrill seeing buzz on books from authors who are just all-around good people.

So, lots of cool things looming, and it’s easy to get nervous about the release of AT FIRST BLUSH, but I’m choosing instead to be 10000000% excited and positive about it, because trust me, no good comes from nerves and panic!


Do you get more excited or nervous when it comes to writing stuff??


I’m so excited to be part of the cover reveal for the third installment in Stephanie Faris’ Piper Morgan series!! 

Animal shelters have a special place in my heart since it’s where I fell in love with my sweet kitty, Penny, so you can bet I’ll be reading this one.

Now, here it is. Get ready for the adorableness: 

Piper Morgan to the Rescue


By Stephanie Faris





Piper helps some four-legged friends find the perfect home in the third book of the brand-new Piper Morgan series.

Piper is super excited to help out at Bark Street, a local animal shelter in town. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by adorable puppies and dogs all day? And when Piper sees Taffy, the cutest dog she has ever seen, Piper is determined to find a way to bring Taffy home. But it won’t be easy—especially when she finds out someone else wants to make Taffy a part of their family, too!


How great does this story sound??  As part of today’s celebration I invited Stephanie to come by for a guest post to tell us some of the adorable dog-related tidbits she learned while writing this book. Take it away, Stephanie!


Some Fun Facts About Dogs

by Stephanie Faris

In Piper Morgan to the Rescue, my main character gets to work at a rescue shelter. I loved the idea of little Piper being surrounded by puppies, but I had no idea how much fun it would be to write the book. Every Piper Morgan book has “fun facts” inserted between chapters and in …to the Rescue, those “fun facts” are called “FUR facts.” That meant while writing this book, I got to spend time learning interesting facts about one of my favorite subjects: dogs.

One of the biggest things I learned in my research was that you can get all kinds of pets at shelters. There are younger dogs, older dogs, brand new puppies…you can even get purebreds. You may have to travel to another state, but thanks to sites like Petfinder, you’ll probably find whatever type of dog you want.

I took some time during those fun facts to stress to kids that dogs can be a big responsibility. As cute as they are as puppies, they need love for their whole lives, even when they get older and bigger. Small dogs can be even more work than big dogs, so it’s important to learn as much as possible about the breed itself before choosing a dog.

Interestingly, some of the most interesting information I’ve learned about dogs came from a piece I recently wrote for Netributor. We all know dogs evolved from wolves, but how did such mean creatures become the same animals we now let into our homes? Scientists think some wolves may have learned the behavior while searching for food from humans. Over time, a particular breed of wolves learned that if they weren’t aggressive, they’d get more food. That breed of wolves eventually became the dogs we love today.

One thing I know for sure: kids love dogs, especially puppies. I can see why. Even reading over what I wrote in the Piper Morgan series, I smile every time she interacts with her nanna’s dog Oreo. Kids and pets are so cute together!



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. 







Also super exciting: Stephanie’s giving away an ARC of the first book in the Piper Morgan series! Enter here:

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I have a newsletter!!

I’ve finally done it!! I’ve got myself a newsletter. Big giant thank you to Leandra Wallace who’s been helping me get the newsletter vibe for months now 😉 and my brother Scott who has helped me figure out Mail Chimp lol. I’ve been reading and subscribing to so many and think I’ve finally found my newsletter “voice.” So excited to be doing this and I hope you guys will sign up! <3

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The Secret to Letting Go Book Blast!

I’m so excited for my agent sis, Katherine Fleet, on her YA contemporary debut, THE SECRET TO LETTING GO.

When my agent blogged about signing Katherine a while back I knew her novel sounded like something I’d love.

I was right. I started reading this two days ago and I cannot put it down. It’s exactly my kind of read. The writing flows so beautifully and the story is addictive.

And, um, how gorgeous is this cover???

Book Synopsis:

One summer can change everything…


Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.


Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.


Goodreads Book Link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26877648-the-secret-to-letting-go

Amazon Buy Link:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1682810704

Barnes & Noble Buy Link:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-secret-to-letting-go-kathleen-fleet/1123170247

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Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Letting-Go-Katherine-Fleet/dp/1682810704

Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Secret-Letting-Go-Katherine-Fleet/dp/1682810704

Entangled Page: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/the-secret-to-letting-go/


Author Website:www.KatherineFleet.com

Author Twitter:@KatherineFleet

Author Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKatherineFleet/

Author Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14439407.Katherine_Fleet

Author Instagram: @Katherine_Fleet

Newsletter: www.KatherineFleet.com


Author Bio:

Originally from Newfoundland, Katherine Fleet gave up the cold winters of Eastern Canada for the year round warmth of the Caribbean. The slower pace of island life has given her time to pursue a long-time goal—becoming an author. When she’s not writing, she spends her time baking, chauffeuring her three amazing, talented kids around, and having sun-filled adventures with her husband and wonderful friends in Curaçao. She is also a very thankful breast cancer survivor. In 2007, she joined RWA and has enjoyed the support and camaraderie of the YARWA and OIRWA writing communities. She’s participated in NaNoWriMo since 2012 and is an active supporter of the associated Young Writers Program. She is represented by super-agent Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency. The Secret to Letting Go is her debut novel. You can connect with her atwww.KatherineFleet.com.


Congrats, Katherine!!! I can’t recommend this book enough. THE SECRET TO LETTING GO  is a winner!! <3

Hi There!

Hey everyone! Remember me??

So I spent the last couple of months buried in revisions, then of course I go and get a cold right after.

Leaving the house officially feels like this:


How has everyone been???


Once fall/winter roll around I get more and more into cooking. As a vegetarian (not to mention THE PICKIEST VEGETARIAN YOU WILL EVER MEET), I have more limitations than most, and am hard to impress. This mac and cheese recipe is one of my favorites, and always comes out SO GOOD. It’s also not too hard.

look how pretty!



and here’s the recipe if you’re interested. It’s from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa)

Mac and Cheese recipe

Ina’s definitely one of those people you either love or hate

but even if she grates my cheese sometimes, I try to just take her with a grain of salt (ha. ha.) and this recipe is too good to pass up.

I used storebought breadcrumbs b/c aint nobody got time for that homemade b.s….but it still comes out great!

What’s your favorite fall/winter recipe??

Best and Worst Halloweens (But Mostly Worst)

Even as a kid, I didn’t adore Halloween. It was just always one of those things where expectations were so high it had no choice but to fall majorly flat.

If you’re a Friends fan, you’ll know what I mean when I say that the way I feel about Halloween is how Chandler feels about Thanksgiving.

I’ve honestly never had a good one. Or at least one that met or exceeded expectations. But still, there were some fun moments.

Below is concrete evidence I have always hated Halloween. I am in the blue dress and tiara right in the middle, looking bored out of my mind.


This next one was possibly my favorite Halloween, except for the fact that all the horrible kids called me Vanessa (Ursula in disguise) b/c of my brown hair, but I still loved the costume, and the fact that I got to wear a little makeup. Oh and you also get two random bonus pics b/c I scanned them all together years ago and am too lazy to crop. That’s me and my brother horseback riding, and me having breakfast with the White Rabbit in Disney World (I was, apparently, very shy/excited to meet him.



For this particular Halloween, while every other normal child was planning their costumes for at least a month, I was over in some corner, not caring. So last minute I tied two pillows to my person with a robe tie and called myself a pillow. Exhibit A:



What was your best or favorite Halloween costume???

How Are You Your Character?

I love when an author infuses some little personal trait(s) into their characters.

Here’s a list of my own personal traits I put in my main characters in AT FIRST BLUSH.


She loves makeup and I love it too (although she wears it a lot more often than I do) and the back of my hand always has stripes of eye shadow swatches on it like hers. We’re also both vegetarians and eggplant parm lovers.

Cynth (Lacey’s best friend): she interns for The Good Evening Show with Blake Kingston and I interned for Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon. Also, she’s insanely overly dramatic and I can be dramatic. Although I don’t cut my hair every time something doesn’t go my way the way she does.

Tyler (Lacey’s love interest): He is STUBBORN. And so am I.

He has a thing for super old and classic TV sitcoms and I love super old and classic sitcoms. He also believes the world would be a better place without egg salad. I’m cool with egg salad, but I feel this way about numerous foods, including but not limited to: Cheerios, tuna casserole, and onions.

Kendall (makeup artist and Lacey’s supervisor at On Trend magazine): We’re both really pragmatic and can see big pictures really clearly. Kendall knows what’s best for Lacey and she does an awesome job at subtly scheming so Lacey will open her eyes and see what’s good for her. I too am good at scheming to get my way.

what traits of your own have you given your characters?

3 Lightbulb Moments

There are 3 noteworthy lightbulb moments I’ve had on my writing/publishing journey so far.

1. Said works best.

It seemed too good to be true, and unbelievably repetitive, but it’s a thing, people!

Giving your characters dialogue tags that end in: murmured, screamed, cried, bellowed, questioned, cooed, declared, groaned, wailed, implored, whined, inquired, mumbled, complained,…etc…

It’s telling. Obviously once in a while it’s fine, and I’ve read plenty of awesome books where the author deviated from “said” every now and again, but 8 out of 10 times, “said” works best.  This Article is a great resource.

2. Industry people are all really nice and helpful.

I never thought otherwise, to be honest, but I always imagined they were all really OFFICIAL. POWERFUL. and INTIMIDATING. And I was SO NERVOUS the first time I spoke to my now-agent on the phone. Like heart-pounding-so-hard-I-thought-she-could-hear-it-through-the-phone nervous. Everyone I’ve encountered on my journey has been incredibly kind, and down-to-earth, and they all just want to bring great books to life and help deliver those books to the masses. They’re not out to hurt anyone, and they don’t thrive on crushing people’s dreams.

3. Grammar doesn’t have to be perfect in dialogue writing.

YAY. Writing dialogue is my favorite, and not having to obsess over perfect grammar makes me love it even more. It’s one less thing to think about during endless revisions, right?

What are some of your lightbulb moments on your writing journey??

Spoiler Protocol.

Hi! Last week was my birthday so I took an extended blogging vacation, but I’m back! And I can’t wait to come blog-visiting everyone!!

I read a lot on my break, and I was thinking about spoilers, and how horrible it is when a reader accidentally stumbles on one. It’s happened to me more than a few times, usually when discussing a book I’m in the middle of with someone who’s already finished.

My mom has been reading the Outlander books, and recently followed the author on Twitter. A fan tweeted something about how it was the anniversary of a character’s tragic death, and the author (or possibly her social media team?) retweeted it.

My mom was a few hundred pages from that occurence.

Naturally my mom (among others) was VERY upset and angry. The author’s/social media team’s defense being “the book came out over a year ago.”

So what if it’s been a year, five, or ten?? You have new readers picking up your books EVERY SINGLE MINUTE.

Personally I believe authors should avoid discussing their own spoilers. Obviously, there are exceptions. If there’s an event or a chat I would expect the author to discuss the ending, but then again anyone attending an event or chat would have most likely finished the book or series.

I would just always assume that at any time, anyone could be picking up my books. Now, I know as a reader, spoilers are sometimes IMPOSSIBLE to avoid, but I think it’s an author’s responsibility to at least put out a Spoiler Alert warning as a courtesy.

Another thing I like to do is wait till I’ve finished a book or series to follow an author on social media. Then, if a new book is being released by them, and I know it’ll be a while till I can get my hands on it, I’ll mute the author on Twitter till I’ve finished the book.

What’s your opinion on author’s discussing spoilers???