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Guest Post: Waiting for Ignite

Guest Post: Waiting for Ignite

Some time ago I posted an open letter to my readers, in which I shared  just how much it means to me when someone enjoy my books. Sharing stories  is an interactive experience, and it’s awesome when I get to connect with a fan like Erica. Erica’s […]

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Building Sales for the Second Book in a Series

Building Sales for the Second Book in a Series

When the second book in my YA dystopian series released last summer, sales spiked for the first book in the series. This wasn’t unexpected. It’s like having a second child who is every bit as awesome as its awesome elder sibling—maybe even more awesome in certain ways—but […]

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Gone Indie: What Hasn’t Changed in the First Three Months

Gone Indie: What Hasn’t Changed in the First Three Months

Last July, I severed ties with the traditional publisher who published my YA novel. (I’m still happily working with the publisher who handles my nonfiction book, and will be submitting another to him–hopefully–in the next few months.) The reasons why things didn’t work out with my former […]

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Gotcha Covered: Tips for Designing Your Book’s Cover

Gotcha Covered: Tips for Designing Your Book’s Cover

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard—books do get judged by their covers. When I was a child, I was profoundly disappointed when book covers failed to faithfully depict the main characters in the story. If the main character was a blonde, why was there a girl with […]

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My TBW (To Be Written) File

My TBW (To Be Written) File

New story ideas seldom wait to be invited. In fact, inspiration usually strikes at the least opportune moment—like when I’m up to my eyeballs in the details of two book launches. What do you do when the idea seems too good to ignore? Recently I was surfing […]

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I’m Tap Dancing as Fast as I Can

I’m Tap Dancing as Fast as I Can

The last month has been crazy busy, and a huge learning experience for me. Counteract and Resist will release simultaneously on August 25, I’ve got buy links up for the Kindle editions, Resist exists in corporeal form. I’m waiting on the final back cover design for Counteract, […]

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to Me!

Last year, Counteract was released on my birthday. This year, I got something even greater than the release of my first novel. I got my independence, and a huge dose of confidence to go with it. The second week of July, I was told Resist, the second […]

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Out Here On My Own

Out Here On My Own

When I sign copies of Counteract, I often include a quote. I have several that I like, including: “Liberty is dangerous, but it’s the safest thing we have,” and “Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.” So why would I balk at the opportunity […]

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Creating the Resist Book Trailer

Back in the Dark Ages of analog, long, long, ago, I planned a career in video production. We used 3/4″ videotape cassettes, which were industry standard. 1/2″ VHS was lower quality, reserved for home use. Those 3/4″ cassettes were monsters–about the size of a hardback book. I […]

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What if I Hate the Cover?

What if I Hate the Cover?

“Didn’t your mother talk to you about judging a book by its cover?” “Yes—and books with tattered covers stay on the shelves.” –Emmett and Elle, in Legally Blonde the musical.   I’ve been a part of the cover selection for every one of my books. Cover art […]

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Resist: Book Two of the Resistance Series won a Silver Medal in the 2016 International Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Resist was named Best YA Fiction 2016 by the Texas Association of Authors Book Awards