“my blood is a mix of coffee & tea”


Recently I spoke to a friend about writing, specifically poetry. A couple of verses I wrote came to mind, verses I feel define me: my blood is a mix of coffee & tea and words from authors long dead I wondered, how much of me is made of the words of authors long dead? Where do their … Continue reading “my blood is a mix of coffee & tea”

Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo


NOTE: There may be some spoilers in this review, especially  if you haven't read Shadow and Bone. Siege and Storm, book two of the Grisha trilogy, made up for the slow pace which sometimes kept me from fully enjoying enjoying Shadow and Bone (I reviewed it here!) Beginning on a note of action, book two of this … Continue reading Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

How to Participate in the Dissonance Paperback Giveaway


I've been looking forward to this--the first Dissonance paperback giveaway! On February 26, I'm choosing a person (they can be anywhere in the world!) who will receive a copy of Dissonance, but this isn't a like-to-win situation. I have written four short stories based on what happened before Dissonance. They show four characters' points of … Continue reading How to Participate in the Dissonance Paperback Giveaway

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


In Shadow and Bone, we meet Alina Starkov. Orphaned as a baby, she's lived a quiet childhood alongside her best friend Mal. They did everything together until he became a Tracker and his focus shifted to outdoor activities, creating a divide between them. Alina hasn't recovered from this separation. Even when they both join the … Continue reading Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Artist Cait Potter on Exploring Different Crafts


Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. Pablo Picasso Picasso's quote comes to my mind when I ponder two drawings by artist and writer Cait Potter. They're among my favorites, the titles creating a parallel: Her fish is titled No Ordinary Bird, and the bird (displayed later in … Continue reading Artist Cait Potter on Exploring Different Crafts

Guest Post: Setbacks and Opportunities


I used to live a twenty-minute drive from a massive, sandy beach. It was never warm there, never suited for lounging and sunbathing. It was always windy, and the north Atlantic water was frigid even on the warmest days. But it was a lovely spot for searching for sand dollars. Sometimes I’d find one within … Continue reading Guest Post: Setbacks and Opportunities

Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


Red Queen was one of many books I had put off reading because of its popularity. However, by the time I finished, it stood out in my mind as a storm! Emotion of the darkest nature gathers in this story to end in chaos. Initially I found the plot predictable, but emotional conflict kept me … Continue reading Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

What Professor Snape’s Death Tells us about Fiction


Your news feeds are full of Alan Rickman—pictures, quotes, and tributes. Perhaps you're tired of it, which considering the volume of posts would be understandable, but allow me to explain what it means in my point of view. The Rickman post I've seen going around most is this: “Actors are agents of change. A film, … Continue reading What Professor Snape’s Death Tells us about Fiction

#wordstorm: looking at flowers


At the grocery store yesterday, I photographed many flower arrangements. It's not spring yet, but flowers remind me of what's to come! Time flies, and soon it will be warm. There'll be more flowers, ladybugs, even bees (which I hate.) I'll be able to wear shorter sleeves. There'll be a smell of new in the … Continue reading #wordstorm: looking at flowers

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Throne of Glass has introduced me to one of my new favorite characters. Celaena Sardothien—notorious assassin, world-famous for her dark deeds—is broken out of prison by Prince Dorian to participate in a competition to become the King's Champion. There's a catch, though: She has to pretend she's someone else, a Lady Lillian with royal blood…a … Continue reading Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Finding My Audience


Find your audience. As a new author, I hear that advice all the time. The instructions given bother me. I don't like the idea of my audience being prey to track via statistics, I don't want to lose sight of my readers as people. Even before I published Dissonance, I never wanted my readers to be numbers...I wanted to … Continue reading Finding My Audience

Guest Post: “Write a book! It’s so easy!”


As I scrolled through my social media feeds I couldn't help but see that another human being was thinking about writing a book. Granted, I had never expected this person to be a writer, but who was I to deny them this golden opportunity? Then I saw it. IT. Staring me in the face, laughing … Continue reading Guest Post: “Write a book! It’s so easy!”