Archive for May, 2013



I’m SO happy to announce that my agent Jenn Mishler at Literary Counsel sold my YA Fantasy The Legend of Me in a three book deal to Liz Pelletier at Entangled Teen through their digiTeen imprint, with a tentative publication date of December 2013. I’ve been sitting on this news since February and it was KILLING ME (LOL). But at least now I can share it with the world.

That means I’m gonna have at least 6 books coming out in the next few years (between The Winter People series and now The Legend of Me series). That’s a lot of writing/books. Of those 6 books, I’ve got three already written, but 3 more to go (ah).

It’s so awesome to think that a few years ago, I was struggling to get an agent, and now I have book deals to blog about. I’m just so humbled and happy and overwhelmed. And I have to thank my lovely crit group, writing friends, and my lovely agent who’ve championed my stories and kept me from totally freaking out (LOL). Can’t wait for everyone to read these two series. I hope you’ll love the characters, stories, and settings as much as I do.

As soon as the official PM comes out with the info about the book, I’ll post it here.

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As many of you know, hospice had come in for my grandma a couple of weeks ago. Well, Saturday, May 18, 2013 she lost her battle. The past two weeks have been emotional and sad for our family. We lost my uncle a few weeks ago to Leukemia and now Grandma has passed away as well. She was the last of my grandparents and I will miss her. Tomorrow we say our final goodbyes and gather to celebrate her life.

But this post isn’t all about sadness, it’s about remembering the good times and the life my grandma lived. It’s about preserving her memory and sharing it.

Growing up my grandparents were this steady rock for their grandchildren. You wouldn’t believe all that they did for us. But I’d love to share some of my favorite memories of my grandma (and grandparents). First and foremost, my grandparents made sure we got to church. Especially when they lived next door to us (LOL). If my parents couldn’t get us there, then they’d pick us up and take us. And when we were younger, I remember all of us piling into the back of my grandparents’ truck and having them bring us to a party store to get candy after church.

And when things got rough at home for me as a teen, my grandparents took me and my cousin to their place on Lake Michigan. I’d spend the days at the beach, swimming, walking, and believe it or not, writing. I wrote a lot of my first and best short stories up there. I’d always snag scrap paper or a spare notebook from their place and just sit for hours and write. I remember stopping at this little old-fashioned ice cream shop and getting chocolate malts on our way up to their place. And I can’t forget how grandma would always want to stop at the vegetable stands so we’d have fresh veggies.

I remember sitting next to Grandma at church and her singing loud and off key. And she was always a voice you could hear, belting out the hymns. I recall Christmases at Grandma’s house and how she and Grandpa would pick out gifts that were basically along the same lines for all us girls. Like “girl” orientated board games (thank you for my first Girl Talk game–LOL), and the Barbies, and the souvenirs from your various trips. I remember the pride Grandma had when I published my first book or how when I accomplished something good she’d stand up and tell the whole congregation at church.

Grandma was a pastor’s wife and proud of it. She shared our excitement when Grandpa baptized our kids…there are just so many good memories, so many wonderful things to think about. To remember.

Our world will be a little duller without her in it, but heaven will be much brighter! We love you Grandma. And we’ll miss you.

Thank you for all your love and for all you did for me.



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So my hubby and daughter left this week for Rome. They’ll be gone for a couple weeks. There were lots of tears (mine and the kidlets). It’s been WAY quiet in the house. But my boys are keeping me busy. We still have soccer stuff going on as well as band/orchestra stuff. Needless to say we’ve been doing lots of running.

And I admit, last night we had Lunchables, string cheese, and Cheez-Its for dinner (LOL). Yeah, we had to go with quick dinner over standing over the stove for hours dinner.  Tonight or tomorrow I promised my sons we’d go see Iron Man 3. They’re totally eager. My high school son’s been bugging me for the last two weeks that we go see that movie while my hubby/daughter are gone.

On a sad note, hospice came in for my grandma a week ago. And we also lost my uncle to leukemia. So the last two weeks have been super sad.

As for the writing front, well, I’m doing LOTS OF WAITING. Still in contract negotiations on a series. It’s totally killing me too. I never realized things could move this slow. And it’s complete torture. I’m also waiting to hear back from FAB agent about a YA contemp I sent over. Right now I’m in the midst of researching for an NA contemporary.  I’ve jotted down some notes/funny lines, and have a pile of research to sort through.

With all the waiting I’m doing on the writing front, it has freed up some time for me to get some reading in. In the last two weeks I’ve read:

Poison by Bridgit Zinn ( a totally cute/fun YA fantasy)

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah R. Miller (a LOL fun summer read)

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt (another YA contemporary which was cute/fun)

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland (another YA summer read/which was a quick read)

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (YA Contemporary—OMG this book is SO good—I warn you it’s sad, but has a lot of LOL funny moments. It’s one of those books that’ll stay with you long after you read it).

I’m currently reading Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton. It’s cute so far and of course it’s another summer read (LOL). As you can tell from the list above I’ve been on a contemporary kick as of late.

I hope everyone has a FAB weekend! Hopefully I’ll have some news to share in the near future (I know, I know, I say that every time I post. But one of these times it’s actually gonna happen—hehehe).

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