PopSugar 2022 Reading Challenge.

  • A book published in 2022 – I’m not saying that Take Three at Mulholland High will be published next year, but I’m also not NOT saying that. Check out the first of the two books in the series here.
  • A book set on a plane, train, or cruise ship – A very pivotal scene of Twenty Year Reunion takes place on a private plane… Just saying.
  • A book about or set in a non-patriarchal society – While the events of The Queen of England trilogy do feature some men, with a literal queen, I’d like to think my AU steps out of a patriarchal society quite a bit.
  • A book about the afterlife – While not the main character, in Life After Joe, there is a lot of discussion about life after death (and what comes next for those left behind).
  • A book that takes place during your favorite season – if it’s Fall, it’s marching band. Try Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek.
  • A book about a band or musical group – double dipping here with Twenty Year Reunion and Quinn Martel.
  • A book set during a holidayRoom 702 literally has them all. And also, you can cross off the book that features two languages in the advanced category as well!
  • A different book by an author you read in 2021 – you can find all my books here, or here.
  • A book with two POVs – check out Take One (and Take Two) at Mulholland High, both feature Chloe and Ali as dual protagonists.

Hope that gets you started — happy reading!

A reminder that all of my books are free to read via Kindle Unlimited.

PopSugar 2021 challenge.

My favorite time of year!  Check out the challenges for 2020, 2019, and 2018, if you’d like. And find the original PopSugar post here.

If you’re looking for some suggestions from my books, might you consider the following?

  • A genre hybrid. I’ve always thought Room 702 has been a cross of a number of genres. Given the number of stories that take place in the room, there’s no specific category the book fits into.
  • A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews. One of my newer books, Take One at Mulholland High is such a great novel, and I’d love to get more reviews on it.
  • A book set in multiple counties. Lookin no further than The Queen of England: Grand Tour.  It’s right there in the title, but Juliette visits a number of countries (both real, and fictional).
  • A book you think your best friend would like. Personally, I think just about anyone would like the light-hearted Twenty Year Reunion, but that’s just me.
  • A book about forgetting. Life After Joe is about both remembering and forgetting, the process of grief and moving on.
  • A magical realism book. The Queen of England: Coronation kicks things off with a healthy dose of magical realism, which is continued throughout the trilogy.

Best of all? All of my books are free to read if you have Kindle Unlimited!  Happy reading.

Let me know if you have any suggestions for the remainder of the list!

Casting for Take One at Mulholland High.

Given that I started this book in 2007, I’m sure my original co-author and I had specific ‘actresses’ from The Hills in mind when we were writing.  Now, (ahem) a few years later, I have a few different ideas for who I would cast as my leads for Take One at Mulholland High.  I love doing this particular experiment for all my books, and Mulholland is no exception.

Candice Accola King // Chloe Winterhaven

Obviously, she’s a bit older than a teenager now, but Ms. King circa Vampire Diaries would have been perfect!

Ali Harvist // Kacey Rohl

There is a bit of a girl next door vibe with Ms. Rohl, which I think would be perfect for Ali.  (I’ll just have to get over the eye color for now).

Nick Jonas // Ben Paulson

Floppy hair? Check! Adorable? Also, check. While obviously Mr. Jonas is a bit too old for the role now, I think he would’ve been perfect in his teenage years.

Steven Harvist // Gregg Sulkin

Although I don’t think Steven Harvist would ever smile or pose like this, Mr. Sulkin has the geeky cuteness that Steven embodies.

Blade Mathers // Florian Kampen

 Sorry, Florian, but your face has the slightly smarmy quality I am looking for in Blade Mathers.

Pepper Laughlin // Ashleigh Murray

Ms. Murray is probably the only current actress from my list who would be able to be cast, but I think she’s got the right energy to play Chloe’s best friend.


Did you picture anyone else while reading the book?  I’d love to hear your suggestions or fan cast!