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Starting Something New

Happy Wednesday!

I've been thinking a lot about my writing lately and everything that goes along with that. My blog, my social media, and my newsletter all center around my writing and my author "brand." Brand is such a buzzword right now in the author community. I've heard it more and more throughout 2019 and going into this year. Everyone who wants to sell their books and become an author is all about making themselves a brand. I can't remember exactly who was talking about this, maybe it was Victoria Schwab and Dohnielle (I think that's how you spell her name?) on Victoria Schwab's No Write Way Instalive. But whether it was them or not, I listened to some author talk about how branding has evolved through the years. At first an author was known for the publishing house they published with. That was your brand. If you published with Disney Hyperion or HarperCollins, that was your brand. You were known as a HarperCollins author. And then there was a shif…

June Monthly Wrap Up

Happy Monday! I know this isn't the usual day I put out posts, but I wanted put out the monthly wrap up before the end of June. I've been pretty absent lately... June was a looong month. There were some hard parts to the month... A lot of discouraging and disheartening aspects. But mostly June was just really busy. I feel like it was go, go, go nonstop. There was always something happening, which I guess is refreshing compared to the start of the year when literally no one left their houses or did anything haha

June Writing: I finished draft one of Emerald Phantom!!I am seriously so happy about that, it felt like a victory writing the end on that book. The ending turned out even better than I could have hoped and I've already started revising it. I also spent an entire day editing and revising and going over Golden Touch. This series has a lot of historical stuff. One character is from the 1860's, another is from the 1520's and their all from different cultures, so …

//WIP// All About Golden Touch

Happy Wednesday everyone!

So, even though I'm not sure when I'll share this book with the world - as in let other people read it - I do want to share a little about it. I've been talking about it a lot on here, on my newsletter, on Instagram and with anyone who will listen because I love it so much. And since I've talked about it so much, I thought it only fair to share a little about the story as a whole so you actually know what I'm talking about. Plus, I just love this book so much and I love the idea of making an entire post dedicated to it.

At the moment I don't have a real blurb, but I did jot down a few lines that came to me while revising Golden Touch. It's super brief and just something that popped into my head, but I'll share it anyways because I feel like they do encompass the heart of the story pretty well. So let's just go for it! I'm so excited to share some of what Golden Touch is all about with you guys!

My Improvised Blurb: 

This …

Lost in the Woods

Hello everyone!

So over the weekend, I sat at my laptop and typed out the beginnings of several different blog posts. None of them made sense or felt right. I tried to talk about writing from several different angles and every time, the post fell flat, I think because writing and I are having some technical difficulties. We're not seeing eye to eye right now. My characters are being ridiculously annoying and not talking to me and my instincts when it comes to plot and story in general is all haywire right now. Writing about writing isn't going over well with me.

Instead, I'm going to talk about something else. I realized the other day that I've been lost in the woods (thanks Frozen II for ruining that saying for me. I will now forever picture Kristoff singing a power ballad in the woods surrounded by reindeer and trees...).

My depression has been worse than it's been in a very long time, may anxiety feels out of control and I've been having a lot of issues with…

April Monthly Wrap Up

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I disappeared from the blog for a while there... April was a bit of a rough month. I struggled with a lot of anxiety and depression this month. The world is a crazy place right now, my classes have been stressful and I haven't had a lot of motivation or inspiration to write anything. I still have my off days, but I'm getting day by day. Just working on the small stuff and enjoying the beautiful Spring weather.

April Writing: Writing wasn't great this month... I started working on St. Croix Falls 3 and then hit a rut and then lost all motivation, inspiration and passion for writing in general. I feel like I've barely touched it all month. I hit the part of Emerald Phantom I've been super excited about, and then again, lost all drive to keep writing the story. Last Monday I didn't write at all. On Tuesday I felt kind of miserable honestly and I knew if I didn't write something, even if it was just a paragraph of a story I didn't p…

How to Write a Sequel

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday! April is here at last and I'm so glad for it.

As I hit published on Cursed and decided to use this week to focus on Emerald Phantom, I realized that I've been drowning in sequels all March. Revising a sequel and writing one. Yesterday I published my second sequel.

Let me just tell you something, not to be a discouragement, but sequels are hard. I don't know about you, but I have a rough time with them. And though Emerald Phantom is going way smoother than Cursed did... it's still a trickier one to write than Golden Touch.

The thing is... I'm good at beginnings. I'm good at writing the beginnings of books and I fly through the beginning of a series, in other words, the first book in the series. But middles? Those are super hard for me, like they are for many writers. So writing the middle of a series A.K.A. the sequel? That's just as hard, if not harder because its not just the beginning of a book - it's a whole book! Wha…

//Book Release//

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I just wanted to pop on here and say that Cursed is officially out today! 😆 This book took me a lot longer than I thought it would to write and revise and publish. It went through a lot of different phases. This is my second sequel I've ever hit publish on and it feels amazing. Project Hellion was a hard book to write. It took me almost two years. This one? Took way less time, but was just as difficult. The fact that Wayward did well enough to warrant a sequel and that I'm confident that Cursed will do as well as Wayward? It's pretty cool and something I wasn't sure I would ever get to have.

So, if you're interested, check out Cursed HERE! Wayward is also up for sale to celebrate the release of Cursed. You can get that for 1.99 or on Kindle Unlimited HERE.

When Mia Avery moved to the small, seemingly sleepy town of St. Croix Falls with her mother and meets Rhett, she was thrown headfirst into the dangerous and dark world of the Fae. She disc…

March Monthly Wrap Up

Happy Wednesday everyone!
We're officially on a stay at home or shelter in place or whatever you want to call it order. So, no going out somewhere unless its for food or medical reasons. Really, the whole order didn't really change much of how we've been doing things at my house the last week. The only stores we go to, and by we I mean one person leaves the house and comes back with groceries, are grocery stores. I can understand why they're doing that though. So many people are going to Lowes and Hobby Lobby and all these non-essential places. Hopefully this will deter them, and I think those stores might actually be closing for the time being.

March Writing: This month has been an interesting one writing-wise. I've been getting in a little bit of writing the sequel to Golden Touch here and there. I'm writing at least a page in it every week or so, which is progress. Actually, it's been really nice to have a WIP that I can work on at my own pace. There'…

How to Write A Survivalist Character During The Apocalypse

Hello friends!

It's been a while... The last two weeks have been kind of nuts. The entire world is freaking out, everything's been turned upside down. Last week was rough... I had wanted to write out a birthday blog post and do something special on here for turning 22, but then everything happened and I was too stressed and I forgot to write anything, so that's kind of a bummer. I guess I could do it this week, but I feel like something else is needed for this week. I was thinking I should write some meaningful, hope-filled blog post. Write about what's going on in the world... but then I realized, everyone is already doing that. Social media is saturated with hope-filled positivity. And don't get me wrong, that's great! It's needed right now. To be honest though, Sunday night and into Monday I was getting pretty fed up with all the positivity. I think I was just overwhelmed and stressed, but I got pretty bitter and told my mom I was sick of hearing all thi…

Friday Musings #7

Happy Friday all!

I am super grateful for this week, that this week has gone so well and I'm very thankful that I get to close out February better than I started. March is going to be a good month. I'm thankful I get to start March out feeling good too.

I talked about how the beginning of February was rough. Lots of anxiety and depression and honestly near the end of January and the start of this month I kind of felt like a mess. Hence the reason I'm so glad I feel better. My third college class starts March 9th (my birthday!) and at the beginning of this month I wasn't sure if I would be able to handle it. I told myself I could and told my mom I could when she asked if I should drop the class because it might be too much, but deep down I was really worried it would push me over the edge. I'm glad I waited to make that decision though because now I feel more clear headed, more in control and like I can handle adding a third class to my schedule.

Not to say there h…

February Monthly Wrap Up

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I totally spaced last week and didn't get any blog posts up! :( It turned out to be a pretty busy week and to be honest, I wasn't feeling very inspired to get any sort of blog post writing done. My motivation and inspiration well for the blog is starting to run on empty. I'm going to try and refill it during March though, so I can stay consistent.

February Writing: February was less of a writing month and more of a revising/editing month. I revised and edited Golden Touch (I've said it to several people and on several social media platforms, but that was the cleanest first draft I've ever written in my life!). I'm beyond happy with how it's turned out. Everything about that book makes me so, so happy and I can't wait to start writing book 2! I don't know when Golden Touch will be published... It's the kind of book that I wrote one hundred percent for myself and for the pure enjoyment of writing. I'm not sure I'm …