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Celebrating 25k Achievement!

As I pass the halfway mark on my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project, I thought a great way to celebrate the 25k achievement would be to share with you all an excerpt for the new Chasing Cinders, Crown of Stars #2!

Six years have passed since where Saving Beauty left off, and the Boy King is ready to rule the kingdom of Asteriae with a bride at his side. But danger still plagues the land, and rumors of monsters in the woods is just one of the many problems he faces. Without the crown of his father, and a secret buried at the heart of the Summer Palace, the last thing he wants to do is play host to the visiting nobles—especially the unwed daughters they have brought with them.

"Through tragic circumstances, a prince becomes King at a young age. While a war-torn kingdom begins to heal, a new battle begins—a battle for the King's heart.

"Because of a tender act of kindness, Ella is brought into the Summer Palace. Having lost her father in the Great War, and her…

Prepping for November

October is NaNoWriMo Prep Month!

Yep, it's that time of year again and I am busy prepping for the start of my next book. I have a "first draft" book blurb completed (okay, not a priority but it was a good exercise to get me focused on the heart of what this next story is about... an introduction, if you will). Now, character profiles are dancing through my head with glee, storyline is falling and tumbling through my brain like an advanced game of Tetris, and I cannot quite decide if I can't wait till November starts or if I desperately want another month or two to prepare.

As I finish up Chasing Cinders, envision wrapping the manuscript in a big red bow, and celebrating its completion with a...hmm. I don't know. Maybe a nice long nap. Or a trip to the bookstore with a bag of cash for all the books I still haven't read yet. Okay, now I'm just dreaming. Anyway, as I near that victory, I have been getting ready for book 3 in the Crown of Stars series (which …

Beginning a Journey into Asteriae...

In order to survive, everyone must fight. Men. Women. And children.

And if mankind is not strong enough to fight the enemy, then mankind must become something more. Mankind must become greater monsters than their foe.

But what happens when light is mixed with the shadows? Will there be anything left in the kingdom worth saving?

I began my journey into Asteriae three years ago, with the scene of a group of soldiers riding into a small farming village to recruit a group of young people who have known nothing in their lives but the growing of wheat and the watching of a sky turned red from years of war. A single female is among them, and she finds herself under the command of a man the Army has turned into a monster. A Captain who is certainly more of a beast than a man.

Asteriae is a small kingdom of territories ruled by a young King who ascended the throne when he was only eleven years old. A land torn apart by war and divided by questionable loyalties. When war with a creature called …

Get Ready for An Epic Battle

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my latest post. My proof copy for Saving Beauty, the first in the Crown of Stars series, has arrived! I am ecstatic! There is nothing more thrilling in the writing experience than holding the finished book in your hands. From three years, when the first scene was written and I had no idea where it would go from there, to this moment—let me tell you, it's amazing! I can't get over it. The book is an inch and a half thick! I can't get over that either, haha.

The next great excitement will be delivering it into your hands, dear readers. It won't be long now! In the meantime, my excerpt is still HERE for your curiosity. Also, I compiled a playlist of songs to go with the theme of the story, as someone who loves music with about as much passion as I love books. Now, I have made this playlist public on Spotify for anyone who is curious to hear the music that has accompanied my writing and editing of Saving Beauty. Listen HER…