My first YA title launching next month

Posted On Jan 13 2015 by

…and other news. I haven’t blogged in a while. I apologize to my loyal readers. Both of you. But there’s a reason. I became aquantied with an acronym last year: WIBBOW (we-bow). It stands for Would I Be Better Off Writing. Writing, which here means actual novels. As I looked upong the blogging landscape, I saw a war zone. Or, perhaps, a better description is the the 90% off rack at the tail end of Black Friday. It has been picked over, picked clean, and left in ruins. Blogging for most writers, I believe, is no longer a valuable use …


Win a Kindle Loaded with Tween Books!

Posted On Nov 11 2014 by

Attention teachers, librarians, tweens, and parents of tweens! Announcing a contest just for you… The Emblazon authors are giving away a brand new touch screen Kindle loaded with over 50 of their books. That’s a $300 value and hours of reading entertainment! Emblazon is a collection of authors who seek to create lifelong readers by creating top-notch literature for kids. They have a particular focus on ages 11 to 14. They’re hosting this fabulous giveaway to celebrate their first year and to treat you, the readers. The Rafflecopter contest runs November 3 through November 17 and is open to anyone …


Great YA Read – Foreign Exchange

Posted On Oct 14 2014 by

I had the privilege to read an advanced copy of Foreign Exchange by Denise Jaden. I was drawn in by the great characters and held in by an outstanding plot. I won’t go into the description. There’s plenty of that below. Don’t miss this one! And watch for more great YA fiction from Denise. FOREIGN EXCHANGE is On Sale Now! Denise Jaden’s new young adult novel, FOREIGN EXCHANGE, is officially available to the world this week! It is an Editor’s Pick and for a limited time, it is available on the Evernight Teen website for only $4.49! Here’s a little more about …


#AngelWarz – Prologue

Posted On Aug 14 2014 by

  Note: The prologue for #AngelWarz is the only episode I’ll post on the blog. If you or your young readers would like to receive all the episodes, subscribe to my newsletter over there on your right. Each episode will also include Writer’s Notes for young writers. This is the first installment of a four year journey. You’ll get one episode per week between now and June. Then Season 2 will begin next August, and so on. Gina and I are thrilled to bring this to you free of charge.  So go ahead and sign up for my newsletter and …


Fallen Angels…are they still here?

Posted On Jul 25 2014 by

Photo Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons and gacabo We’ve always been a little obsessed by angels. And why not? Of all the characters in the bible, angels are the most common, yet the least understood. They are usually sent as God’s messengers. The angel Gabriel told Mary that she’d give birth to Jesus. The angel Michael gave Daniel some incredible information about the last days–information that appears to be quite accurate in these days in which we live. But because we have so little information about angels, we tend to re-create them to our liking. We give them wings. I suspect …


Denise Jaden Cover Reveal!

Posted On Jun 30 2014 by

FOREIGN EXCHANGE Cover Reveal and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER Giveaway! I “met” Denise Jaden after reading a post she did for Writer’s Digest. She intrigued me with her energy, her love of writing, and her faith. Sometimes you know someone will be a friend before you ever say a word to them. Since my first contact with her, I’ve had the privilege to read two of her novels prior to publication. This is always fun because it gives me a chance to see how a successful author develops her characters and stories. When I read Foreign Exchange I immediately fell …