New Book Release – TAINTED (YA Dystopian Thriller)

New Book Release – TAINTED (YA Dystopian Thriller)

New Book Release - TAINTED (YA Dystopian Thriller) I did it again! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be publishing two novels less than one year after setting aside the trilogy I was working on. But when the story started to fall flat and I realized it needed more intrigue for even me to stay interested, I set it aside and I haven’t looked back since. I went on to write SHATTERED after Marris Sheffield showed up as a dead girl in one of my dreams. After six and a half months of writing and editing, I published my first young adult novel. And last summer, not willing to write just one novel at a time, I started writing TAINTED, my second YA thriller. It’s a story of love in the midst of death and destruction in a dystopian world, and it’s perfect for YA dystopian thriller fans! Here is a short excerpt from TAINTED… *** When everyone died around me, it seemed the...
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Note of Encouragement For 2018

Note of Encouragement For 2018

Note of Encouragement For 2018 Hey! Happy 2nd Day of 2018! I was looking through my old Amazon purchases and some of the first things I bought on Amazon were books. Want to know what I bought? One book on perfection and two books on procrastination.   That says a lot about me!   I've come a long way since then. And 2017 was a big year. Not only did I finally let other people read my work, but I also published a novel! The first serious novel I wrote was back in 2009, but I could never bring myself to publish it or let anyone read it. It needed so much editing, at least in my mind, and I didn't know where to begin.   Fast forward to 2017 and I finally have a novel I'm proud of. Having my name splashed across a book cover is a big deal for me, and I don't take it lightly. Is my novel perfect? No. I accept that it...
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What’s Your Take on Romance in a Novel?

What’s Your Take on Romance in a Novel?

What’s Your Take on Romance in a Novel? For a long time, from junior high to my mid-twenties, I read romance novels by authors like Connie Mason, Norah Hess, Ellen Tanner Marsh, Teresa Medeiros, and Christine Feehan. I loved them. Loved the romance. Loved the strong male characters and the feisty and strong-willed heroines. Then at some point, after Harold and I got married, I switched genres. Mysteries, psychological thrillers, legal thrillers, medical thrillers, political thrillers, any kind of thriller. So long as it didn’t have any romance in it. A little bit was fine. But if solving a crime was merely the setting in which a romance took place, forget it. Not for me. But then around 2012, I gradually became interested in young adult novels. Naturally, I started with The Hunger Games. I listened to the entire trilogy on audio while at work. And there’s romance in it, as I’m sure you already know. There’s romance in the Divergent series. There’s...
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