The Day I Forgot how to Talk (i.e. the day I met Marianas Trench)

So…it’s been awhile…

How have you been? Are the kids well? Anything new? šŸ™‚


Anyway, I’ve been thinking for a while that I really needed to brushĀ off this dusty ol’ blog and start it again, but I could never figure out what I wanted to talk about. I knew I didn’t want to talk about writing. That’s boring.

I mean, I sit at a computer all day and press keys in rapid succession until something that I hope resembles a book pops out. Or worse, I sit and stare into space while I wait for my Muse to slap me over the head with ideas, but mostly end up staying that way until the kids come home. And only when I’m thisclose to fallingĀ asleep does an idea hit me. I promptly decide there’s no need to write it down because unlike the gazillion times before this time I absolutely will NOTĀ forget it by morning. Only to wake up the next morning asking myself what was the brilliant idea I had.

So…back to the blog. I didn’t want to write about writing.Ā So what did that leave me to write about? I had no idea. Until Saturday that is.

So a few months ago, I saw my favorite band (Marianas Trench–if you haven’t heard of them, check them out. They’re amazing. Seriously.) was coming to Orlando. Without too much thinking, I decided I was going to go and not only go, I was going to spring for VIP tickets to meet them. I was so excited (nervous, too, because…me.) and I stalked them on twitter to figure out exactly what “VIP” meant. Which is how I found out that they wanted people to dress in 80’s garb. Ā Neat, right?

I messaged my friend, Ā Leah (LD Chrichton)–who was the one who introduced me to their music in the first place (she even bought and sent me their CDs back when you couldn’t buy their music on iTunes in the US.)–to tell her I got VIP tickets. Squeeing with me, she suggested I bring a copy of RENEGADE and show them that I’d written a thank you to them in the acknowledgements. I agreed it was a good idea, but decided I’d do one better and bring each of them a copy of the book to say thank you in person, for creating such wonderful music.

So…fast forward to Saturday. I take my daughter to ice skating and can barely contain how excited I am, sharing my plans with anyone who’ll listen while making a mental list to make sure I’ve got everything I need for my 80s costume, beg aĀ friend for makeup tips, and convince another one of my friends, Larissa Hardesty, to come with me (I have no shame when I share my favorite things with my favorite people. ;P).

When I get home, I double and triple check the email they sent me re: the VIP meet and greet.Ā Then pull my costume on, asking my husband every 5 minutes if I look 80s enough. I think I did pretty good, considering I may have been born in the 80s, but I’m a 90s chick.

I wish I'd had time to tease and/or crimp my hair more, but the side pony tail was good enough. I think

I wish I’d had time to tease and/or crimp my hair more, but the side pony tail was good enough. I think

So I go to the concert, wait outside for awhile then go to the meet and greet/VIP event. It was so much fun. I met some wonderful ladies (if you ladies are reading this, message me! We should totally hang out.) And even gathered the courage to ask them a question about David Bowie. They played PERFECT (one of my favorites).Ā Then we were all shuffled through some pics with the band, which is where I WANTED to hand them the books with the thank you, but I chickened out and I didn’t really have a chance to before we were all shuffled back outside. But they all said they liked my costume. So still a win, right?

I met up with LarissaĀ at Bongos (Beautiful restaurant, BTW. Their Ā chocolate lave cake is to DIE for. Seriously.) And then we headed back to House of Blues where we stood outside for a few to get in (while I cursed myself for not getting in the front of the line when I had the chance to when I left the VIP event. Because it was FREEZING. Or at least it was for this Florida girl).

An awful selfie I took while freezing outside HOB.

An awful selfie of Larissa and I, that I took while freezing outside HOB.

The next few hours were spent enjoying an AMAZING concert. The set list was FANTASTIC. They played allĀ of my favorite songs (like I have one I DON’T like. LOL.)! But my absolute favorite was GOOD TO YOU. šŸ™‚


This was from ASTORIA. (Forgive the crappy pictures. I’m short and I was in the back. LOL.)


I can’t remember what song this was, but I love the lighting and the background.


FALLOUT (obvs.) And HELLO shirtless Josh. LOL.


Another FALLOUT.


Another FALLOUT, but I LOVED Josh’s pose and expression here.


WILDFIRE, I think. But this was my favorite pic of the night.


Can’t remember the song, but loved the background.


Pretty sure this was END OF AN ERA. They had a better background later in the song, but I didn’t take a pic for whatever reason. šŸ™

So then Josh announces that the band is coming out to meet with everyone and I damn near jumped for joy because I was sure this was my chance. So I waited FOREVER in Josh’s huge ass line. The entire time I’m practicing what I’m going to say when I hand them to him. “Thanks for makingĀ such wonderful music. I have at least one song of yours on every playlist I have while writing. I wrote you in the acknowledgements of RENEGADE and I gaveĀ one of my charactersĀ your famous blue and black hair before you changed it. Blah, blah, blah.” You get the picture.

So then it’s my turn, and he smiles at me. I forget everything. (Of course.)Ā I shove the pile of books at him. Mumble something about how much I love his music and how I put him in the acknowledgements and wrote a character for him in book 2 and that the books are for the entire band. Which wasn’t AT ALL what I meant to say.

He just kept saying wow and turning the books all around, staring at them like, “What the fuck?”


Pretty sure that’s the face of: “What the fuck is this? And why is this crazy chick giving me 4 copies of a BOOK?”

So then I start apologizing and saying how I know it’s weird (like a DUMB ASS). He hands the books to his assistant and tells me he’s going to have them take them backstage. And then he posses for a picture with me.


Then I bolted out the door and tried not to cry from embarrassment.

He was SO nice about it, but I’m sure he went backstage and was like, “I had the weirdest chick in line today.”

So…what’s the most embarrassing moment of YOUR life? Sound off in the comments.

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REVELATIONS’ cover is live!

I can’t believe that today’s the day! It’s so so surreal that I’m not focusing on RENEGADE any more.Ā  This time last year, I was worrying over how Renegade would do. Now it’s REVELATIONS’ turn. Wow. Just wow.

Anyway, you want to see the cover not hear me complain about how fast time goes by. LOL.

I’ve been lucky enough to have a TON of extremely awesome bloggers help me with this cover reveal. And I owe them a HUGE debt of gratitude, especially Jaime Arnold from Two Chicks on Books. Thank you, Jaime! <3 <3 And all the other bloggers who are listed below, for being as awesome as they come. šŸ™‚

Also, there’s a contest! It’s pretty easy. šŸ™‚

See list below:

Two Chicks on Books

Bumbles and Fairytales
Fiktshun’s Ramblings
Liz Czukas
Haunted Orchid
Books As You Know It
Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
The Book Life
Books Mystify
Burning Impossibly Bright
Tez Says
Akossiwa Ketoglo
The Daily Bookmark
My Library in the Making
A Dream From My Heart
Dear Restless Reader
Goldilox and the Three Weres
MTG Reviews

Oasis for YA

Ecstatic for Books

The Book Goddess

Finding Bliss in Books

Reading Under the Stars

The Daily Harrel

Book Haven

In Libris Veritas

Curling Up With a Good Book


Shadow Libros


Escaping…One Book at a Time

Uniquely Moi Books

Citrus Reads

Writing My Own Fairytale

My Bookish Fairytale

Larissa’s World

Bookcase To Heaven

Stuck In YA

Writer’s Ally

Howling Turtle

Sparkles and Lightning





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New website is live!

Well, today is the day! It’s October 1st, which means 2 things. It’s exactly 42 days until RENEGADE launches and, more importantly at the moment, it’s the day my new website goes live! I’m so excited for you to see it. It’s been designed by the wonderful, fantabulous Tessa Elwood of ipopcolor. She’s truly fantastic and I’m so glad I’ve been able to work with her.

I LOVE my new website. I love the purple and the creepy, elegant shadows on the side. Not to mention the blood splatter. But I think my absolute favorite is the splash page. I love how the lightning is streaking out of the door like something from a mad scientist’s laboratory. I don’t think I could have asked for a more perfect site.

Because I have a new website, I also have a new blog. I’ll still be cross-posting blog posts for the next few weeks, but soon it’ll go away and new blog posts will only be here, so you’ll want to sign up for the RSS feed. It’s up there in the left corner above the Renegade countdown widget. šŸ™‚

Also, you may have noticed on my news page, I have some appearances listed. This is by far not all of them. There are still a ton still in the works, especially for my launch. I’ll update the list when I have confirmations. Also, I’m going to have a newsletter! If you want to sign-up for that, you can do so by going to my contact page. And, I’ll be starting sign-ups for my street team soon! I’m still sorting details, but I’m really excited about it. More details soon!

I’m sure there’s going to be a few bugs to work out with the site(there always is, especially when it comes to me. I’m hopelessly lost when it comes to computer stuff–which is insane considering I’m a science fiction author. LOL.), so if you see something that isn’t working right or whatever, let me know!

Anyway, to celebrate this awesome occasion, I’ll be giving away 5 ARCs of RENEGADE. And all you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter widget below. The contest will run for 2 weeks until October 15th. Then I’ll choose 5 winners at random. This contest is US/Canada only do to postage issues, but I’ll have more international contests soon.

P.S.: Don’t forget you can enter the goodreads giveaway, too.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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