Week by numbers.

It seemed time for an update, yes?

  • 1, book published!  Welcome to the world, The Queen of England: Grand Tour.  In case you’ve been hiding under a rock the past week, the sequel in the trilogy is now available (and I would love it if you might read and review).
  • 68,761, words on this year’s manuscript (202 pages, approximately).  I really wanted it to be finished before I published, but, it’s not done, so that’s life.  I am very close to having it finished and hope to have a solid first draft done by next Wednesday (let’s see).
  • 1, recent author interview.
  • 1, 1-star review on Life After Joe that really made me laugh.
  • 1, very nice villa we got to stay in this week at Desert Palm.
  • Epically, terrible job I did for packing for said night.  Really, there was no end to the level of how bad it was.
  • Some, adulating recently — car serviced for the first time in forever, and registration renewed on Hubs’ car. #winning
  • 1, video/song I’m still obsessed with (see below).



We’re off to see Solo tomorrow and maybe the Rain Room in Sharjah on Saturday.  We’ll also be cheering on Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday night.  Next week we’re heading to Georgia (the country, not the state).  More marketing attempts will be coming your way soon — I hope you’re enjoying them.

Strange reviews.

I’ve mentioned writing fan fiction before, and honestly, writing someone else’s characters is still something I’m still actively pursuing.  In 2018, I’m closing in on 20K words of non-original writing (and I’m totally okay with that fact).

Anyway, yesterday I posted my 100th ‘chapter’ (I say this because it’s a set of many unconnected stories) on a project I started in 2010.  For the most part, the reviews are supportive.  Imagine my surprise when I received this comment in my inbox (cut for length, but you’ll get the idea):

“A lot of popular anime, games, movies, books, music and etc is of the devil. You don’t want to be indulging in something that has no place in the kingdom of God since it will only hinder your walk with Christ. 1 John 2:15-17 and James 4:4 is important to remember since we can’t be holding hands with the world and Jesus. These holidays & traditions a lot of us were brought up on has nothing to do with our father in heaven, is of the world and is only a distraction; please don’t get caught up with it.

Realize that fiction by definition is “invention or fabrication as opposed to fact” along with other definitions out there… and you want to be…”

Live and learn, friends. I will continue writing fiction, and I’m fairly certain Jesus will understand my motivation to do so.

Week by numbers.

It’s been a bit, hasn’t it?

  • 3, workouts this week – yay for getting back on schedules!
  • 45,012, words on the manuscript.  Next up – 50K!
  • 1, very nice dinner enjoyed with Hubs in the past week.
  • 1, not so nice dinner I forced Hubs to sit through this week.
  • 3, days until Mercury is out of retrograde.  Y’all, this is an absolute real thing.  The past 3 weeks have been nothing but upside down for me in terms of my plans vs. the universe.  I’m so glad I chose not to publish my next book during this time.  While I don’t believe it will be complete flowers and sunshine immediately on April 15th, I’m certainly hoping motivation returns.
  • 1, write up on our rather amazing trip to Zanzibar last week, if you’d like to read.
  • 1, cooking lesson I’m going to undertake this Saturday — wish me luck.
  • 1, 1 star review I’m trying not to let bum me out (on Life After Joe).  The formatting is fine — I checked!
  • 2, trips booked to Georgia (both the country AND the state this week).

What did you do this week?

Ewan = me.


YA Scavenger Hunt: Spring 2018!

Welcome to the 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt!  This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes!  At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt.  Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! 

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt.  There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all!  I am a part of the BLUE TEAM — but there is also a BLUE, GREEN, GOLD, PINK, & PURPLE team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Directions: Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the BLUE team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).  If you’re wondering what mine is, I’m a big fan of my birthday, March 17.
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I am super excited to be hosting the fabulously talented Melissa Chambers on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!  (I love a good bucket list and have already marked both of her books to read).
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s books (links below)!

The Before Forever series is all about the music. In The Summer Before Forever, Landon has steered clear from most music after a well-meaning therapist pretty much ruined it for him, opting instead for sports talk radio. But Chloe can’t live without alt rock. Her earbuds are her sanctuary, and now she gets to introduce the guy she’s falling for to all her favorites? It’s on!

In Falling for Forever, Jenna and Miles go to Nashville’s Academy of Creative Arts and are battling to win their talent competition while being forced together as partners in their songwriting class. Miles is all about electronic, while Jenna is a pop princess. If they are ever going to get ahead in songwriting class, they’ve got to find middle ground!

Here is a playlist that weaves some of these characters favorite tunes together. A few of these songs represent some of the most intimate and significant moments in these books. Some may be head scratchers but will fall perfectly in place once you’ve read the books!

Chloe & Landon (The Summer Before Forever)

Band of Skulls—“Brothers and Sisters”

Beach Slang—“Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas”

Beware of Darkness—“Sweet Girl”

The Arctic Monkeys—“R U Mine?”

Death From Above 1979—“Virgins”

Civil Twilight—“Letters from the Sky”

Wolfmother—“The Love that You Give”

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club—“Lose Yourself”

Jenna & Miles (Falling for Forever)

“America’s Sweetheart” — Elle King

“eez-eh” — Kasabian


“Tongues” — Joywave, KOPPS

“Dance Like Yo Daddy” — Meghan Trainor

“Into You” — Ariana Grande

“Alice” — Pogo

“Blue Sky” — The Allman Brothers Band

Click below for link to this playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/1249593839/playlist/5r7G1gJhARKRF8FNfdw79Q?si=jkB3nd-VRcSpFXue8IUZpA

Click below to view the Before Forever series on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Before-Forever-2-Book-Series/dp/B071RGKD7F

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Melissa, and more! Just a reminder, to enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 17. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next awesome author, T. Rae Mitchell.

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