Believe in U

Believe in U

This is the new mantra for my school. Its pretty cool. I love that our school is trying to encourage kids to believe in themselves and to have pride in being a part of our school. Through community partners, they are even getting every kid and teacher at our school (that’s around 3000 people) a tee shirt commemorating the year. I love this. So proud to be a Valley Viking! :)

In other news, it is finally starting to feel a bit like fall around here. I understand that we (Las Vegas) are on track to having the warmest October in Vegas history. I’m not complaining…I have enjoyed the mild temps (mid 80s is so pleasant). Today, the wind has kicked up and by tomorrow, the high is only supposed to be in the mid-70s. It’s going to feel chilly. (Don’t laugh at me, I’m a desert rat.)

Next month is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month for my non-writing friends. The challenge is 50,000 words in the month of November. Yikes! I managed to do it last year. The result….The Case of the Sleepwalking Vampire and the completion of The Secret of the Alien Tribute. So, I am doing it again this year. Hopefully, I can crank out another novel. that be awesome. Wait….this starts in a week. Holy Smokes! I didn’t realize it was so soon.

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Until next time…

Las Vegas Earthquake??

Yes, it is true. We had an earthquake here in Las Vegas.

At least, that’s what people are saying. I, of course, slept through it. :)

It is now October and fall has finally started to show its face. Well…sort of. It was still 90 degrees outside today, but the evenings do cool off a bit so it’s nice outside.

Only 26 days until NaNoWriMo, and the painstaking goal of 50,000 words. I was hoping to be a bit further in the current book before dropping everything to start a new one, but I’m not sure that’s gonna happen. I would like to be half way done with this one by November 1st. We’ll see if that happens.

I really need to get to the movies. I have fallen behind on some movies that I want to see. I’ve heard The Maze Runner is pretty good. Looking forward to that. Haven’t heard anything about Gone Girl yet, but I did enjoy the book, so we’ll see.

I’m liking Gotham so far. Interesting characters. We’ll see how the story line develops.

Starbucks’ Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino has won my heart over for the fall. It is truly a culinary delight.

Wow. That was a lot of random thoughts just kind of thrown out there. But, that’s the kind of mood I’m in. Not really sure what that says about me.

Time to go. Enjoy the weather. Toodles.

Half-price Cone Day

So, tomorrow is half-price cone day at Sonic. What a great time to indulge in some super yummy ice cream. And, McDonalds has a free small coffee for breakfast all week. *sigh* I get spoiled with all these wonderous offerings.

This week is the beginning of season premiers on TV. I’m looking forward to some new shows. Most notably…GOTHAM. It looks really dark and interesting. Can’t wait. (Is it troubling that I’m looking forward to a show that’s dark and disturbing??)

On the writing front…I’m still drudging through book four of the Decoders. Seriously…drudging. It’s going way slower than it should. I need some inspiration and a shot in the arm. Well, maybe not a shot. Just a boost in creative juices.

Maybe a salted caramel mocha frappuccino from Starbucks will help? That has become my new drink of choice. I LOVE it the most. I must enjoy it while they keep it on the menu (it’s a fall thing). I still remember the day I asked for a caramel flan Frappuccino and…and…they said they no longer carried it. It was…so…sad.

Alright. Focus. Time to get busy. Hope my muses stop by for a visit.

Until next time. Ciao.

Labor Day is Upon Us

Howdy all!

Ah…Labor Day. The day when people have the time and opportunity to do all those things they’ve put off doing all summer, and end up watching a marathon on TV instead. I, too, am guilty of this. But, can you blame me? Criminal Minds had marathons on TWO channels. *sigh* All those things I could’ve done…

Oh well. Moving on. School had begun and I must get used to the early morning hours again. Ugh. Why must school begin so early? It should begin at, say, nine o’clock. I would be content with that. Yes. 9:00 would be fabulous. Instead, it begins at 7:10. Bah! Such an unearthly hour.

I have finally started putting time into writing book 4 of the Decoders series. Summer threw me for a loop and I took a bit of a hiatus from writing. But, now. I’m back in the writing groove. I shall keep you all updated on my writing status.

For my fashionistas out there, I just wanted to warn you that I do NOT adhere to the tyrannical “Don’t wear white after Labor Day” rule. And, seeing as how it is destined to be 105 degrees in Vegas tomorrow, I believe Mother Nature is on my side with this one. So, my apologies to those I offend, but I am indeed wearing white tomorrow. :)

I wish you all a marvelous September. Ta!

New Mailing List

Hi all!

I cannot believe the summer is over. *sigh* Today is my last day of freedom. Tomorrow, I return to the world of school. But, before I do, I just wanted to let you guys in on a few exciting things. One…I got my business licenses, and now I can legally sell my paperback books in person. Yay! I am in the process of setting up book signings so I can meet all you crazy people in person. I’m so excited!!

Next, to keep you all up to date on where and when you can come hang out with me at my book signings, I’ve set up a new mailing list. Don’t worry, I won’t be suffocating you with a ton of spam e-mails. It’s just a once-a-month newsletter. That’s it. Just once a month. That way, you’ll have a schedule of where I’ll be and what’s going on for the month. I will also have a new book to review each month, so if you want some ideas of books to read, that might be kind of a fun thing to check out.

To sign up for this monthly newsletter, just click here. See? So simple.

Now, on to other, completely random and unrelated news…did you know the Mona Lisa does not have eyebrows? Isn’t that weird? I find facts like that interesting. Yeah, I’m not really sure what that says about me. Whatever.

Alright. It’s my last day of freedom. I must go and fit everything I was supposed to get accomplished over the summer (and didn’t) into one day. Ugh.

Until next time. Shalom.

Pinterest

Greetings all!

I have finally taken the plunge and joined Pinterest. It’s actually pretty cool. I enjoy seeing what my friends put up there. Some of the things are hilarious. I also love that I can show off the books that my friends have written. You guys should join me there!! Of course, now all my friends are like…what about Instagram? and Tumblr?

Sheesh. One thing at a time, people. One thing at a time.

I’m in the process of setting up my mailing list. The plan: to have a weekly newsletter that y’all can sign up for. That way, you can be up to date on all my upcoming releases and book signings. Sounds groovy, right?

Speaking of upcoming releases, if I don’t start writing, there won’t be any. Good-bye for now, my little darlings.  xoxoxo

Free,Free, Free!!!

Hey, all!

Woo HOO! The Decoders in The Magic Sapphire is now permanently free on all channels…iBooks, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Smashwords, etc, etc, etc. FREE!!! :)

I think this calls for a crazy law.

Once upon a time in history…

In Tennessee, it is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.

Awwwww. But, that sounds like so much FUN! If I lived in Tennessee, I would sooo go up to Kentucky and lasso a fish. Just to spite the lawmakers. Then, I’d take a picture of me doing it and publish it in the newspaper. Ha! That’s sticking it to the man!

Anyway…..Well, the weather here in Vegas is storming. Thunder and rain. Typical for Vegas this time of year. (and only this time of year) We get most of our annual rainfall in July.

This weather is perfect for writing. And ice cream. So, basically, this weather is perfect for downing a giant chocolate sundae while plotting an untimely demise. Bwahahaha.

Started Book 3 in the JJ Bennett series AND book 4 in the Decoders series. Yeah. they both have a LONG way to go. *sigh* No worries. We’ll get there.

I see an iced white chocolate mocha in my future.

Enjoy the day! Adieu!

I hate humidity

Seriously…how do you people live in humidity?? Ugh! I find it awful…and…awful. Went to Houston for a few days. Sooooo humid. Rained while I was at the zoo. Perfect. MORE humidity. Ack. Then, went to Atlanta for a few days. ALSO humid, although not as bad. But still. How do you guys do it?

On the bright side, I had no allergies while I was in the humidity and my skin felt good.

But…so not worth it. Give me the arid desert any day. Every day.

Okay…enough ranting.

Good news! The Magic Sapphire is now FREE, completely free, on iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. Working on Barnes and Noble and Kindle. But, they, too, shall soon be free. This will be permanent…a great way for everyone and anyone to sample my work.

Speaking of work…did I mention that I love summer? I love summer. I love sleeping in.

*sigh* Alright. I guess I should get motivated and do some writing. I’ve got about 600 words done in the new Decoders book and about 1200 on the new JJ Bennett book. LOOONNGG way to go.

Until next time….Ciao!

God bless the USA!! Happy 4th!

Hi all!

Happy independence day! I hope all my American friends have a wonderful day, enjoying the freedoms that come with living in this great country.

As you do, please be careful tonight. If shooting off fireworks, please be mindful of little ones. If partaking in intoxicating beverages, please leave the driving to others.

No crazy law, but how about an awesome joke?

Why are there no knock knock jokes about America?………CUZ FREEDOM RINGS.

Happy birthday, USA!

It’s ready!! It’s ready! woot woot

Hey everyone!

It’s ready! Hoorah! Book 2 in the JJ Bennett series is finally up and available. I know, it’s been forever since book 1, but…hopefully, it’s worth it. :)

On a completely random and unrelated note, USA plays Germany today. I am amazed by how many people have taken an interest in the World Cup this year. I’m glad. I know some people take offense to the people who are rooting for USA even though they don’t understand the game or ever watch soccer. But, I am exactly the opposite. The way I see it, anything that brings Americans together in patriotism is a great thing. So…GO USA!!!

Okay…back to my book. haha The Secret of the Alien Tribute is available now on both Kindle and Nook, and will be available on iBooks and Kobo by next week.

Also…book 3 in the Decoders series, The Case of the Sleepwalking Vampire, has recently been added to Nook, Kobo, and IBooks as well. So, lots of places for y’all to find my books. And, of course, you old schoolers who still like the paper book vs the e-book, they are all available in paperback form as well through Amazon. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten you. :)

Well…time to check out the soccer game. Until next time…USA! USA!