Showing posts from March, 2014

The End of an Era - Bedroom Makeover

It's hard to believe that my baby girl is growing up. When we moved into our house she was only nine years old. Now she's sixteen. She's in high school. And the scary part--she's old enough to drive! I've watched her blossom from a darling little girl into a beautiful young woman.  It's hard to watch your babies grow up, but witnessing the wonderful people they are becoming brings a joy unlike any other.

For a while now she's been on me to do a bedroom makeover for her. 
"What's the matter? You don't like the farm animals in your Waverly toile wallpaper?"
"Uh...not really."
"But the rest of your room is so pretty. You love lavender."
"I did when I was nine."

And so it began. The end of an era. My little girl was growing up. She had opinions of her own--which included a disdain for farm animal printed wallpaper.

So about a year ago, we started slowly acquiring items for her new room. She was pretty much in cha…

My Publishing Journey at Middle Grade March

The awesome Deb Marshall invited me to write a guest post at her blog, Middle Grade March! I'm there talking about my publishing journey, my writing routine, and other fun stuff! Plus, there's a chance to win a copy of Cinderskella!

Hope you'll pop on over to MGM and join the fun!

See you there!

How I Deal with Telemarketers

There's nothing I hate more than telemarketing phone calls. That's why I like to mess with them when they call.  Here's my latest:

Telemarketer: Hi ma'am, I'm calling to see if you'd like to donate a bag of used clothing for *my charity*.

 Me: Why yes. I have 10,000 of them!

Telemarketer: 10,000??!! *said with shocked enthusiasm* (I imagine the expression on her face somewhere between a Whoa, this woman must be filthy rich and then a realization of Shoot, she's messing with me) Well then, are you still at *recites address*

Me: Yes I am. *says this matter-of-factly*  The bags will be on my porch.

Telemarketer: All 10,000 of them?...

Me: Yes ma'am. All 10,000 of them. *pause* And while you're here, you might want to call in HOARDERS and have them clean my house.

Telemarketer: BWAAAHHAHAHA!!!! 

Me: You have a nice weekend ma'am.

Telemarketer:*still in fit of laughter* BWAHAHA *gasps for air* You *more laughter* too!

Writing Humor for Kids

I was invited to blog over at the awesome Chapter Book Challenge site! I'm dishing on writing funny books for kids. It's not as easy as it looks!  While you're there, you can enter to win a copy of Cinderskella. So definitely stop by and see what all the funny is about.

Cover Reveal Winner Announced!

Thank you to everyone that helped spread the word about the awesome cover reveal for LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD! Bethanie and I really appreciate your support!

In case you missed the cover reveal post, here's a link as well as the cover for you to admire again.

Isn't it creeptastic? *pets cover*

I'm excited to share that there were well over 850 entries in the contest!!  I'm so grateful to have the support of such awesome people!  I only wish my gratitude could extend to each winner individually with their own $25 amazon gift card, but my undying thanks and mushy sentiments will have to do.

But for that one lucky winner...that one very awesome person....they will receive a $25 amazon gift card!

That winner is.....



Thanks to all who helped spread the word. It means more than you could ever know!

We're Featured!

Bethanie and I will be signing books this April in Easton, PA as part of the second annual YA FEST, organized by Jennifer Murgia and Cyn Balog.

The festival will have over 50 YA and MG authors signing books and interacting with aspiring writers. The local magazine, FORKS TOWNSHIP, recently did a cover story about the festival which takes place on April 19th, 2014 at the Palmer branch of the Easton Public library.

I'm so excited to share that Bethanie and I are featured in this cover story!

You can read the full article right here.

Eek!! Isn't it pretty? And Awesome? I'm so excited to be part of the event where I'll be with some pretty incredible authors. You can read the full list of authors here.

And many, many thanks to Jennifer and Cyn for organizing this event and inviting me and Bethanie to be part of it!

I Would Write 500 Words (for realz)

I'm at The Mixed-Up Files today talking about 500 miles words. I'm talking about goals. Comparisons. Emotions and writer's depression.

You'll see this:

(which you'll need to double click in order to read it!)

You'll see a video.
You'll hear a confession.

But only if you go to The Mixed-Up Files. Then you can read the whole post. I promise it will be worth your time.

You should go read it. Seriously.

See you there!

The Ruby Pendant

Hey folks! I'm over at The Mixed-Up Files today. There's an interview with Dorine White, author of The Ruby Pendant. She's giving away a copy of this fun book, so be sure to stop by and enter for your chance to win!

Defiance Cover Reveal!

Take a look at this!  Another stunning cover from JFP!! 

Leisha and Samantha barely survived the vampires and immortals six months ago. Now, an explosive battle between the vampires and immortals seems imminent.

It's more important than ever before that the prophecy child is found, but there's a problem—Leisha has lost her powers. She seems like nothing more than a human. Her newfound humanity is further complicated when Tafari, her old lover, appears with a desire for reconciliation.

Can Leisha lock up the past to save those she loves? Or will fate tear everything from her once again?

Monson’s debut novel, Dissension, book one of the Blood Inheritance trilogy, came out in 2013. Defiance (book 2) is slated for release February 24, 2015.
She lives in Utah with her husband and two kids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Zumba, kickboxing, reading, and trying new recipes. Find her at the following places:
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Splinters Cover Reveal!

Well, I'm just going cray-cray with cover reveals!!  Here's another one with all the details!!

Under ordinary circumstances, Ben and Mina would never have had reason to speak to each other; he's an easy-going people person with a healthy skepticism about the paranormal, and she's a dangerously obsessive monster-hunter with a crippling fear of betrayal. But the small town of Prospero, California, has no ordinary circumstances to offer. In order to uncover a plot set by the seemingly innocent but definitely shapeshifting monsters-that-look-like-friends-family-and-neighbors, the two stark opposites must both find ways to put aside their differences and learn to trust each other.
Categories: YA, Horror, Sci-Fi Giveaway: Everyone who adds Splinters to their Goodreads to-read list on or before March 7th will be entered to win a $25 Amazon giftcard. A winner will be selected at random and contacted by Goodreads direct message. Letting people know in your reveal post and linking …

Little Dead Riding Hood Cover Reveal

Guys, guys, guys!!!  I'm soooo excited!  The cover for my next book, LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD is here!!!

Let me just tell you....the cover is aaahhhhhhmazing!  Rachael Caringella hit it out of the ball park again! 

Of course, Jolly Fish Press is kind of awesome that they allow me to have input into the cover.  I had some ideas, and really hoped they'd implement my vision....but I couldn't have imagined the illustrator and cover artist, Rachael, would do something so incredible. It's as if she has mind-reading powers because she can see straight into my brain....but then takes my vision and makes it more than I could have dreamed!

You totes want to see the cover, right?  Okay....but first....the blurb!

You know things are going to suck when you’re the new kid. But when you’re the new kid and a vampire… well, it bites!

Unlike most kids, Scarlet Small’s problems go far beyond just trying to fit in. She would settle for a normal life, but being twelve years old for an enti…