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Friday, October 31, 2014

NaNoWriMo Start Tomorrrow

I'm ready! I'm ready! I'm ready!

Got a new journal to write in.

Yep it's the River Song journal from Think Geek. I'm spoiling myself.

I may not be posting much. Ideally, I'll be writing over a thousand words a day, slaving away, getting done. I've done it before. This is my third year and I won my first two, after all, but it is always a lot of work.
Wish me luck.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Beggar Magic: Word Cloud

For fun I made a word cloud  out of Beggar Magic.

Most of the big words are character names. Could you write a story inspired by this cloud? What would  yours be about?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Author Resource Review: The Books Machine

Reviews are everything to a new writer. People often make decisions whether to risk their money on your book based on your Amazon or Goodreads star rating.
Finding those reviews, though, can be time consuming. A lot of readers never bother to leave reviews. You can contact book bloggers and top reviewers and offer them free copies in return for an honest review, but most have huge waiting/reading lists. I figure for every ten review requests I send out, only about half get back to me with so much as a "sorry, but I can't fit you in right now," and of that half maybe one or two actually agrees to read and review my book. After almost a year, Dragon's Curse, only has 19 reviews on Amazon. A fair percentage of that 19 did come from reviewers I pursued and gifted a copy too, and those reviews equal hours and hours of work, finding reviewers, emailing them, over and over again.

So when I got an email advertising a new site "the books machine" (link here)  offering to connect writers with reviewers, I was intrigued. Yes, the site did have a pretty hefty membership fee ($30 a month is not cheap), but they offered a 6 month trial and didn't ask for credit card numbers or other personal information, so I gave it a go.

Here's a quick run down on the "author" side of the site (you can also sign up as a reader/reviewer, but I haven't tried that so I'm not sure how it works or what it looks like).

The book machine's site
Anyway, so the site is pretty easy to navigate. That's one definite positive. You create a user name/password, pretty standard, and then you  can set your books up.



I chose to list books one and two from my series. You just fill out basic information and then click if you want your book "visible" or not and if you are willing to gift it.

After this reviewers can request copies of your book and you manage these requests from your  author dashboard.


You don't have to accept pending requests immediately. You can sit on them for a while, but this is where the site starts to break down for me. There isn't an on site messaging system to contact the reviewer. They do provide their email address (marked out for privacy reasons in the picture above) and the reviewer can add in a quick note when they send you request, but there really isn't a lot of 'communication made easy' here. If you click the "accept" check box on the request form, an email goes out to you and the reviewer letting them know they are accepted, but then you have to independently email the reviewer and set up book delivery. That is also not done through the site. It's very impersonal, honestly.
After the reviewer receives your book, they have thirty days to read it (though they can request an extension, apparently). Once this 30 days has past, you have to "rate" the reviewer. There are only 3 options.

As you can see in the picture above, you can rate the reviewer "not fulfilled," "fulfilled," or "fulfilled efficiently." So you can't rate whether it was a "good" review or not just that they did the review in a timely manner or not. Now on one hand this is good because allowing authors to down rate reviewers who found honest problems with a book could backfire. On the other hand, there really isn't any protection from the author against "troll" reviews or lazy reviewers who don't read the book and just leave vague "Okay book. 3 Stars" reviews or something like that. Fortunately, neither of these things happened to me. Unfortunately. . .

In the past four months or so since I signed up for the site, I've only gotten a single review out of it. I have one person who requested a copy who still has a a little bit of time to come through before they are past the 30 day limit.

The review I got was a good one. The person seemed to have read my   book and gave it five stars. That's great, but I'd have to be all sorts of crazy to say with a return rate like this, the site is worth anything close to the $30 a month they plan to charge for it. I definitely will not be renewing my account past the "free trial" they gifted me.

So my final conclusion: good idea, lousy results, I'll stick with emailing bloggers on my own.


As always, you can check out my Amazon author page and books here
My Author Page
Who knows? Maybe you'll want to review my books!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

How Did I End Up With A Girly Girl?

Disclaimer: though I do touch a little bit on writing and my books in this book, this is mostly a post about parenting and my two daughters. If that's not your thing, consider yourself warned.

I have a mini-me. Now, when I say that I don't mean either of my daughters look exactly like me. They actually have a pretty good slice of their dad in them, though most people say they look like me until they meet Matt, at which point they agree, they can see Matt in them too. Also, they look like me when they are in a good mood and like Matt when they are sulking. I'm not just saying this. I've had people tell me, “I thought Coryn looks exactly like you, but when she's pouting, she definitely looks more like Matt.”

But anyway, by mini-me, I mean that Coryn and I have very similar tastes and interests. We watch Doctor Who and Face-Off together. She wants to be a super hero. She illustrates and writes stories. She loves things that are fantastic. We do have some personality differences. She's more of a people pleaser than I am, I think, which may be one of the reasons why she latches on to things I like so quickly and devotedly.

My other girl is two and a half, almost exactly four years younger than her sister (all three of us have January birthdays. My husband is off on his own in June) and doesn't talk much yet. She's extremely advanced in mechanical skills, coordination, and things like that, just non-verbal. For instance, she figured out how to pick the child look on the room we use for storage with a pair of tweezers. She's the sort of kid you have to watch because you just know eventually she's going to get it into her head that she wants to bake a cake or build a tree house and burn down the house or chop down a tree or something. She does not see limits. She likes things just so, and pouts or throws fits if things don't go her way, like if I put her in a pair of pants she doesn't like. 

However, since she doesn't talk, it is hard to know what she wants sometimes, which is why I went ahead and chose her costume for her this Halloween. Coryn wanted to go as Wonder Woman, so I bought a Super Girl costume for Claire. Below you can see her reaction to trying it on. 

but I don't want to be Supergirl. . .

We eventually found out that the pants were giving her a diaper wedgie of sorts and had to perform "costume" surgery to amputate lower half of the body suit which we replaced with a pair of red leggings, but even after that she wasn't enthused by the whole concept and spent a lot of time sulking about it. 
We went to the Naval Museum to do their trick or treat event (which had really gone down hill compared to previous years. They used to have volunteers all over the museum handing out candy and tons of other kids, but now they only had five or six assigned stations where kids could pick out candy so the girls got a handful each, not really worth the time).
However, Claire loves airplanes and loves being carried by daddy and loves the indoor play area at the museum. Still, every time something reminded her that she was dressed as Super Girl, she put her pout face on for me, this included just about every time I tried to take her picture. 

Now, while neither of my girls could easily be defined as girly girls (as mentioned, Claire LOVES airplanes and her favorite animal is an alligator for some bizarre reason), Claire has surprised me with her girly girl streak. After the museum fiasco, I sort of figured out that I should have gotten her a princess dress for Halloween. There's all this backlash about girls costumes and how we princessify little girls and whatever, and with Coryn, her natural bent is to be a superhero or a scary monster or something away from the conventional princess, but Claire loves princess dresses. She loves ruffles and big skirts and even pink. I dislike all these things, personally, so I know it isn't a genetic thing or her succumbing to pressure. She doesn't go to daycare and we don't have TV (we have a dvd player, but our cartoon collection is fairly diverse, a few princess movies but  just as much gender-neutral stuff), so this is just who she is, regardless of outside forces. That's okay, even if it is somewhat unexpected.

I don't think about clothes much. Honestly, I rarely buy clothes for our girls. I'll get a piece here or there if I realize they are completely out of shoes for instance, but most of their clothes have come to us second hand. They have drawers filled to bursting and half of the stuff I'm not even sure where it came from, hand me downs or whatnot. I also let Coryn choose her own clothes starting pretty young and let her go out looking however she wants to look because clothes are not a major preoccupation for me. I run into this in  my writing. In critiques I've gotten comments like, "This is chapter three and I still have no idea what the main character is wearing." I think, "Uh,  clothes. Does it matter? Okay, I'll throw in a line about a 'green dress.'" I think it is backlash from me reading paragraphs of people describing their character's wardrobes down to the tiniest detail while I think, "Stop getting dressed and do  something, you fop!"

However, even I had to notice when Claire started bringing me specific outfits over and over again, outfits with ruffles, outfits with skirts, outfits that are pink. During a recent purge, I got rid of anything too small, ripped, or badly stained (they still had bursting drawers afterwards, just not quite so badly) which included several of Claire's most worn and beloved ruffly dresses. She kept getting them back out of the rag bin so I relented and let her wear them most of the time. Today, though, for church, I drew the line because she really wanted to wear a blue shirt with a big rip in it and half the ruffles hanging by a thread. She was heartbroken when I put her in a plain pink t-shirt dress (still pink and still a dress, but no ruffles), so I promised her a new ruffly outfit later.

When we got to Walmart she was so excited to pick out a ruffly dress. As I said, she doesn't talk much, but if she sees something she likes she points and goes, "AHHHHHHHHHHHH!" If I point to something she wants and say, "This?" she claps her hands. She picked out a pink ruffly dress and insisted on carrying it while we finished shopping. She was so excited to put it on that she started stripping in the check out line and I ended up popping the dress on over her clothes so that she wouldn't streak through the store. 

She thought she was pretty hot stuff. 

So Claire is my girly girl who likes her pink ruffles and her baby dolls (she loves to tuck toys into bed) and looking pretty. 

Oh, and she also likes alligators and jet planes. Kids like what they like, and they don't fit in boxes. 

But she does look gorgeous doesn't she? 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Toddlers Don't Learn

So now for something on the subject of my  day to day life, as opposed to my writing.

As you may all know, I'm a mother of two daughters, 2 and 6. The two-year-old, affectionately known as Claire-Bear, is one of those "no fear" kids, otherwise known as "trouble." She climbs on everything, gets into everything, figured out how to unlock the child locks pretty early on. Well, the other day I took her to a check up. As part of the normal exam, the doctor looked into her ears and commented that she had "tubes." I blinked.

I will admit that for a moment I thought, "Am I  really so out of it that I forgot my daughter having ear aches and tubes put in?" But even I'm not that scatter brained, so I said, "No, she doesn't." 

"Well, there is something in there. Something green and plastic." 

She had to get a special appointment at the ENT clinic to get whatever it was removed. It wasn't infected; she didn't appear to be in any pain. If not for the check up that week, I never would've known it was in there. I went  over everything that could possibly fit in an ear that might be green and plastic and expected a lego. However, after a tear filled few minutes with me, a corpsman, and the doctor holding her down in the ENT clinic, the doctor pulled out a tiny bead from her ear, not something I've seen before, so she probably picked it up at the park or while playing somewhere. It was tiny. 

She stared at the doctor with hate filled eyes after the procedure even though I don't think it actually hurt her that much (he seemed to be pretty careful  and he was just trying to pull something out of her ear. She was probably more angry about the restraining we did to get her to stop wiggling and pulling away.). I bribed her with an ice cream cone to win back her love, and she seemed none the worse for wear. 

Just now, however, she goes up to her room and gets a lego out of her sister's toys (this time it was a lego) and I look up just in time to see her shove it into her nose.  I caught her in time, this time, and was able to pop it back out before she inhaled it, but OMGOSH! Child! Did you learn nothing from what happened  today? 

I put the legos on top of the fridge, but who knows what else she's going to insert into herself? 
Keeping a close eye on this one.

waiting for her appointment with suspicion in her eyes

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Another Bargain Day: Dragon's Curse

Dragon's Curse will be available for 99 cents on October 20th-22nd. Click the link below to purchase:


Cover Reveal: Toby the Trilby and the Forgotten City





I'm proud to be hosting the cover reveal for Angela Castillo's next book Toby the Trilby and the Forgotten City. This book is the third in the series, and you can purchase the first two through Amazon or her website right now! (scroll down for links)


The Toby the Trilby books focus on important truths: Finding purpose, God’s love, forgiveness, courage and hope. The books are presented in a dystopian setting, but are full of positive and encouraging messages.



Blurb:

When Toby hears about a church within a mysterious city, he decides to travel there to meet the members. But the town holds a dark and evil secret. Can Toby help the people caught in its grasp? Or will he be trapped forever?





Artwork by Connie Haines



Bio:

There's magic all around us, if we just know where to look. Angela Castillo has a goal as an author; to help people see. She comes from the small town of Bastrop Texas, where she loves to walk in the woods and shop in the local stores. Castillo studied Practical Theology and Music at Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas. She was home-schooled all through high school and is the oldest of 7 kids. Castillo's greatest joys are her little girl and two boys, who 'are the best inspiration for writing ideas.' Castillo has been published in The First Line, Aardvark's Ark, Heartwarmers, Thema, and several other publications, and also has works available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. Find out more at www.tobythetrilby.weebly.com.



Amazon Author Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Angela-Castillo/e/B00CJUELT0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1413748325&sr=8-1

Web site:

http://tobythetrilby.weebly.com

Facebook Page:

http://facebook.com/tobythetrilby

Friday, October 17, 2014

TWO FREE Stories!

I like to offer my short stories free every so often, as kind of a "thanks!" to anyone who has read my book as well as a "see if you like what I have to offer" for those who might read my books.

Because of that BOTH my short stories, The Princess and the Soldier: A New Fairy Tale and The Baby and the Bacon will be free 10/18-10/19/2014.

Click the links below to add them on kindle or to any computer or mobile device with the free kindle ap.

The Princess and the Soldier: A New Fairy Tale



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kate Wrath's Evolution: Cover Reveal!!!

Cover Reveal

Cover of Kate Wrath's Evolution

Outpost Three is still standing… barely. But the deadliest threat it has ever faced is on its way– a violent force that will annihilate every man, woman, and child.

With the Sentries under his control and Grey’s army defeated, Matt is more powerful than ever. Eden is little more than his prisoner, but that line is blurring as her affection for him grows. Now, as the Outpost faces total destruction, Matt must sacrifice the possibility of attaining Eden’s love in the vague hope that her past might hold the key to saving them all.

Eden’s journey will begin to unravel the mysteries of her previous life, reveal dangerous new questions, and change not only the future of Outpost Three, but shape the course of history.

This eagerly anticipated sequel to Kate Wrath’s E begins an epic quest into the dark, dystopian landscape of Eden’s world.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Clarice's Book Nook: SNEAK PEEK: Beggar Magic by H.L. Burke (being rel...

Check out a sneak peek of Beggar Magic on Clarice's Book Nook





Clarice's Book Nook: SNEAK PEEK: Beggar Magic by H.L. Burke (being rel...:     Y oung Leilani Weaver loves the woods.  She goes out there often to play among the trees as the Strains sing to her.  She loves liste...

Monday, October 13, 2014

I really should be proofreading. . .

Let's all sing the procrastination song,
cause we've put off our proofing for far too long,
and even though we know some spelling's wrong,
let's all sing the procrastination song!
EVERYBODY NOW!



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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Goodreads Giveaway

 I  will be running several small giveaways (one copy each time) through Goodreads prior to the release of Beggar Magic. Here is the first one.






 
 


    Goodreads Book Giveaway
 

   

        Beggar Magic by H.L. Burke
   

   

     


          Beggar Magic
     
     


          by H.L. Burke
     

     

         
            Giveaway ends October 17, 2014.
         
         
            See the giveaway details
            at Goodreads.
         
     
   
   


      Enter to win



An Author's Favorite Words

I just wrote "the end" on the first draft of "Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon." Now time for edits/rewrites!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Difficult Subject: Writing My Deaf Character

This is going to be a difficult post to write in a lot of ways, but it is important.

It involves Beggar Magic which is due out this December, and one of my major characters, Brick.


Now I like Brick and most of my  readers (betas, critique trading partners) also seem to like Brick. 
If anything Brick's a little too perfect because  he's the love interest to one of my two MCs and I go all mom when writing a boyfriend for a teenage girl and write the kind of person I'd want my daughters to  date, but anyway, Brick is also deaf.

I'm honestly not sure where in the planning stages Brick became deaf. In the original conception, he was simply part of a group  that refused to or couldn't use the magic system that is central to my story. However, as the idea for  my magic system became more advanced and I hit upon the idea of magic as sound, the idea of exploring how such a world, where your worth is weighed by your ability to use audible magic, would treat those who cannot hear at all came to me. The more I played with it, the more I realized that I had to have a major character facing this issue, and from that came Brick.

Now, I'm not deaf, so I did a lot of online research and opened some threads in my writer's group looking for people who had experience with deaf individuals. I spoke to a teacher who had worked with deaf children and had her read a few chapters. I still wanted another opinion though from someone within the community.

But I made a few mistakes. The biggest was not having a relationship or pre-discussion with person on goodreads who agreed to read my piece. The second was agreeing to let her read excerpts rather than the whole. She just wanted the parts relating to the one character (who isn't even introduced until about a third of the way in).

Anyway, to cut a long story short, she misinterpreted several things I'd said to a severe degree because of the lack of context. I mean, the reason that I asked for help was because I knew it probably would need some adjustments for realism and sensitivity, but she got mad at  me and there were some things in her response that I was like, 'But wait, I didn't say that. . ." She also said somethings I just couldn't accept which I think were based on her personal experience. She told me I shouldn't write a love story between a deaf man and a hearing woman because it was somehow insulting and definitely not realistic, for instance. Well, I  drop that and there goes about 50% of my plot. I basically wouldn't have a book any more. A lot of her other comments seemed to come down to "you have a lot of nerve writing this."

My biggest issue I had with her response was how personal she made it. She accused me of writing it to  try and get pats on the back from the deaf community or thinking it was a favor to them. I think this comment is what led me to break off the communication. That assumption actually made me a little mad. I don't like people telling me what I'm supposedly thinking or ascribing motive to my actions.

Now, I've had people dislike my writing. I trade crits, so people see rougher stages  of it. It is also just not everyone's cup of tea; however, I've never had anyone get mad about it. Because I was shaken, I ended up sharing the letter with my online writers group basically asking, "Can anyone help me? Apparently  I've really messed this one up."

I got a ton of responses there and a lot  more advice and input. A few actually helped me sort out some usable advice from the rant letter as well because there were somethings I could use to improve the piece apart from just junking it and choosing not to write a deaf character because I might offend someone.

I also managed to find a second person through a Christian writers group I am in who agreed to read the whole thing. She gave me some input I could use. Apparently, I was relying on lip reading too much, for instance. I did do some research on lipreading to see if it was "real", but this person's opinion was it wouldn't go over well and the  way it was being used in my book was unrealistic and impractical. I ended up giving Brick a notepad and having the characters writing notes to each other a good deal. She also helped me tweak a few other things that she thought might be trigger words.

Now I know my character isn't going to make everyone happy. For one thing, he's not in a modern situation. The society he is in is more 1814 than 2014, so his experience is going to differ from that of someone born into our modern world. However, you often see complaints because too many books focus on characters who are average white kids or don't focus on minorities or people with disabilities. With my current experience, I half think that is because writers are terrified on stepping on some sort of landmine of hurt feelings or offense from that group. No one is going to throw stones at me if I stick to my basic "this girl is sort of like me" prototype for my main characters. Also, if you do try to write it, you end up facing a wall of "rules" of things to  say and not say which are restrictive and frankly a little bit terrifying and have you second guessing every little thing you write.

I will say, I've definitely prayed more about Brick than any other writing issue. I don't want him to be polarizing or offensive. I just want  him to be Brick (confident, friendly, maybe a little bit cocky but  there for my MC when she needs him).

But anyway, here's hoping I've achieved that.





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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Breaking up with a writers' group

First things first, this is the first post written on a smart phone for me. 

Anyway, that interesting tidbit aside, I recently but somewhat cowardly weaseled my way out of a writers' group.

I'm not really an introvert. I usually test ENFP but that personality type is also defined by the need to recharge and create in solitude. So generally I get on well with limited human interaction. I'd rather be writing than making small talk. 

But I do like people and talking and whatnot. 

Because of this I do occasionally make an effort to find like minded individuals to chat with. 

At the beginning of summer I located a writing and critique group locally. My first meetings with them were positive. I have a lot of experience through scribophile and other online sources in reading to give constructive criticism. It may sound like bragging but I know what I'm doing. I put a lot of time into the input I give and I expect the same back.

As I said, the first few meetings went well but after a bit a lot of the members moved to the Tuesday meetings which were at a bad time for me. The Saturday group dwindled to 4 then 3. Also the amount and quality of the input went down. 

The last meeting I attended was the final straw. I spent hours going over the other two submissions to give detailed suggestions. When my piece got to the table one person said she had lost her notes on my piece and the other only said they thought it was cool my main character was a cat.

The rest of the "meeting" they used to chat.

Writing for me is too important and my free time too limited to squander two to three hours like that. The Tuesday group would probably be worth it if I could find a way to rearrange my schedule for it. However, since the meetings don't have childcare and Matt's work schedule is all over the place, even then there would be no guarantee I could attend regularly.

I haven't officially left the group yet. I'm just not RSVP ing to the meet ups. 

The good news is I can use that time to write.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Guest Post: Character Development in Deep River High Series

Today we have a guest post by author Shaina Cilimberg.


Shaina is the writer of the Deep River High Series and enjoys art, writing, reading/watching well-written stories, people watching, fancy coffee, the city, nature and bonfires






Character Development in Deep River High Series
By: Shaina Cilimberg
What I like the most about my books, Deep River High Series, are the characters. I like how I allow them to make mistakes and grow from them instead of typical Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu type characters. It looks into their lives, fears, hopes and dreams. They don’t have perfect families nor are they popular. The characters I write about are unpopular no matter what they wear. They do not fit in with a clique, just with each other. Kirk in Perfect Forgiveness wasn’t even so sure he fit in with my other characters.
As Christians, it is hard to make realistic characters. Let me let you in on a secret: we know how everyone is supposed to behave and we don’t want to lead people astray with our writing. Some of this weird, preachy stuff seems out of place because it is. We want to get a message across and write about whatever. Also, I do not like to put cursing in my books. Instead, it will either have mild curse words or “so and so cursed.” Andy does say an actual curse I wrote down, but I only wrote his once. In To Be Sane, he says, “Those bullies can cop a damn in hell.” Yes, I do say in the book cursing is wrong and he does realize he’s wrong for cursing. He also wants revenge on the bullies and hates Kirk for the school shooting that took place in Perfect Forgiveness as a freshman in To Be Sane looking back. He was bullied throughout his life and the bullying got worse for him in middle school during the events of Perfect Forgiveness. Andy only has a small cameo in Crowded and Perfect Forgiveness.

He and Selena form a band with friends from church in To Be Sane even though he is shy. Selena suffers from OCD and Asperger’s. This causes intrusive thoughts and compulsions. She second-guesses herself a lot, even though she is very outgoing. Even though it has been hard for her to have consistent friendships, she gets one with Amanda from Perfect Forgiveness. She gets her foot in her mouth. When she first walks into her high school, she drops something and people stare. She blurts, “It’s not like I have a gun!” This makes her the target of bullying through two very mean, stuck-up girls. She and Andy like each other a lot, but fear rejection from the other. To Be Sane differs from my other two books. The first two are about redemption and repentance. This one is more about accepting yourself the way you are, as long as the way you are is not a sin. Josh is very different than he was when we first see him in Crowded.
In Crowded, Josh cares a lot what others think and is a bully. He struggles with lust and his dark past. He really wants to be a good Christian but feels like a constant failure. It is about him overcoming his sins and forgiving his past. He learns to care about my other character, Cole, even though they want the same girl, Emily. Cole is from a broken home and was dumped by Emily for sexting another girl. He wants to make it up to her and doesn’t want Josh trying to have her. Emily is confused by this whole thing. She never had to deal with anything like this before and never saw herself as the pretty girl guys kissed the ground for. She and Josh’s sister, Lydia, become good friends. Lydia is loyal to Josh but also cares about Cole. She wants Josh to make the right choices and gets along with Cole. Cole cares about her too, but there is no romance on either side. I considered it, but changed my mind.
Basically, Josh is not what he seems. He can be an arrogant jerk, but also is very insecure and wants to do what’s right. By Perfect Forgiveness, he’s a friend to Kirk Williams. Kirk Williams is constantly bullied. There are two groups of friends. Josh and his friends are good for Kirk. Henry and Devin, the other school shooters, are bad for Kirk. Kirk wants to back out but doesn’t. He really hates what he did and learns schooting up a school is not an answer. He also learns who his true friends are. In To Be Sane he has sound advice to Andy during a brief cameo. Andy punches a bully, so the youth group has to go visit Kirk to teach where revenge takes you. Andy tells Kirk not to commit his sins.

While not attached to a parent or a teacher’s hip, the characters have each other. They hold each other accountable and grow to become better people. To quote Disney Channel show, “Girl Meets World,” friends are supposed to help each other be a better person. I really hope readers get themes of redemption, friendship and how to be true Christians through my books. As a writer, I am still learning. I am twenty-seven and no prodigy, so bear with me. I have Asperger’s and OCD, which makes it harder for me to have the characters interact perfectly. I love my characters and they have been like friends to me and I really hope they are to teens and other young adults.


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Wordless Wednesday: How do you use this thing?

I  finally broke down and got a smarty phone. I decided since my  camera was busted, I might as well get a phone I could  use as a camera; plus I've wanted to have something to  read ebooks on for a while now.
This is a picture of me trying to figure out technology.

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