Time for a playlist!

I think most writers have some kind of playlist they come up with during their writing process. They might play the songs while they’re writing to further enhance the experience and find inspiration, or they might hear a song at random that fits something in their story. However their playlists come about, music can make the story a more fulfilling experience for both writer and reader.

With that being said, here’s my playlist for Successor. Some of these songs go along with certain scenes, and others just fit the mood of the story as a whole. If you read the story, I’d love to hear your thoughts on which song you think goes with which scene!

In no particular order, here you go:

  1. World Collapsing – Revolt Production Music
  2. Searching for the Curse – thenewno2
  3. Everlasting – Brand X Music
  4. Always Trust Your Father – Sean Callery
  5. No Hope Left – Brand X Music
  6. Pompeii – Clinton Shorter
  7. The Glade – Trevor Jones
  8. The Kiss – Trevor Jones
  9. Stay With Me – Clint Mansell
  10. Cold Lamb Sandwich – Thomas Newman
  11. Statues – Alexandre Desplat
  12. 2-1 (Instrumental Version) – Imogen Heap
  13. Sacrifice (Alternate Version) – Christophe Beck
  14. I Will Find You – Clannad
  15. Surrender (feat. Haley) – Bassnectar & HAILO
  16. Ebudae – Enya
  17. The Power of Love – Gabrielle Aplin
  18. Now We Are Free (Maximus Mix) – Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard
  19. Saving Josh – Trevor Morris
  20. Godspeed – Klaus Badelt
  21. Elope – Thomas Wanker
  22. Don’t Let Me Go – RAIGN
  23. No Time for Caution – Hans Zimmer
  24. Ancient Voices (Extended) – Russ Landau & David Vanacore

Did you know?

I’m creative! Well. Obviously you knew that to some extent because I’m a writer. But I like doing lots of other stuff, too! I grew up learning to crochet. I taught myself cross stitch. I can freehand pencil draw Disney characters. And I love coloring! Especially with colored pencils.

My newest obsession? Painting!

I’ve been trying to figure out what type I’d really like to do, and I think I’ve finally found it. It’s called a few things, from what I’ve seen, but some names it goes by is pour art, flow art, fluid art, and dirty pouring. I think that last one is because you combine colors in a cup. But it’s a super simple technique, and with a few tutorials, you can get awesome results.

Here’s my first attempt!

Not bad, eh?

I’ve tried a couple other kinds of painting, which I love those, too. I’ll even share them!


Preorder! Get your preorders in!

SUCCESSOR is now available for preorder!

By happy accident, I just happened to be on Successor’s Goodreads page, and out of curiosity, clicked on the Amazon button under where to “GET A COPY”. And there it was! My little story on an Amazon page all its own.

I was even more excited to find there’s also a page for it on Barnes & Noble’s website. So far it’s only available for preorder at those two sites, but I can’t knock it since…I mean…well, they’re those sites. So, I proceeded with a happy dance. In my chair. Because it’s Saturday, and I had no motivation to stand up. That’s just how it is some days.

Anywho! Here are the links to those two beautiful pages. Take a peek if you’ve got a sec!


Barnes & Noble



Well hello again, everyone. And by everyone, I mean probably no one, as I’m not sure if or when anyone stops by for a visit. Nevertheless, as a courtesy to those who actually do visit, here’s a look at what’s been happening.

In publishing news…

My debut novel, SUCCESSOR, is scheduled to release on October 24th through The Wild Rose Press. It will be available in ebook through TWRP’s website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes. Print copies can also be ordered through those websites, but as TWRP is a print-on-demand (POD) publisher, they don’t mass produce books for stores. So unfortunately you won’t be able to just walk into a bookstore near you and pick up a copy. A lot of publishers go the POD route because it cuts production costs by a LOT. They don’t have to worry about issuing refunds with books are returned after their shelf lives expire. If ebooks aren’t your thing and ordering a print copy doesn’t work for you, you can always head to your local library and request they order in the book. Libraries LOVE when people make suggestions, and it gives other readers the opportunity to read something they may not have realized was available.

SUCCESSOR also has a Goodreads page. There you can add the book to your to-be-read shelf, along with rate, review, and add it to various reader-created lists. The more ratings and reviews a book has, the better the chance of other readers finding it through recommendations.

I’ll also be participating in a book blog tour next month. In the two weeks surrounding SUCCESSOR’s release, twenty blogs geared toward young adult novel readers will post about it, along with adding in interviews, lists, and guest posts by little ole me 🙂 I’ll post links to the blogs that are participating once I hear which they are. There will also be a giveaway for the tour! It’ll include a handful of handmade bookish items I’ve personally made, along with personalized paperback copies. Three winners will be chosen, and the giveaway is open to US residents only. Hope you can participate!




For seventeen-year-old Evan, graduation means the freedom to leave behind her small-town life and find where she belongs. She never expected it to be in a different world.

Across time and space, deep in a mysterious jungle, Evan discovers the hidden heritage of her mother’s people and her own legacy. She becomes their elemental, a protector gifted with the power to control nature. The role has its challenges, but the biggest is the inexplicable connection with her scarred bodyguard, Ren. Frustrated and fascinated by him, Evan resists the magnetic pull after realizing there’s more to it than simple attraction.

Claiming her birthright reignites the wrath of a ruthless enemy with a score to settle. To protect her new family, Evan will need to call on her formidable power. But embracing it could cause her to lose herself and the man who holds her heart. 


Well, it’s happened.

I’ve bit the bullet.

I’ve created…a webpage.

Le sigh…

According to some sources, having your own webpage is a step all writers should take. In fact, it’s recommended that writers become as visible as possible if they have any hope of gathering readers for their stories, thus creating as big of a fanbase as possible.

Get out there!

Meet people!


Yes, yes. It’s sound advice. But there’s just one little problem with it:


Well. Maybe not all of them. But with most writers I know (myself included), they prefer to sit quietly on the sidelines, simply observing. Listening to conversations. Gathering details. Not in a bad way, mind you. It’s more of a mental list we make of possible things to use in our writing later. It’s all rather objective.

My protagonist should do that!

Hey, that’s a good line!

Definitely don’t want my characters doing that!

Writers are observers by nature, and in order to do that properly, you’ll often find we’re quiet, curious creatures. We’re the introverts sitting in the coffee shop or the bookstore with a notebook or a laptop in front of us, most likely with earbuds in so no one will bother us while we try to figure out what to do for the next scene we’re working on. It’s the perfect excuse to be around coffee and/or books while ultimately avoiding human interaction.

Stop looking at me… *slurp*

But be all of that as it may, and while many writers tend to write only for themselves (and cringe at the possibility that another soul will see their words), writers create stories that are bursting from their hearts and minds because those are stories we want to share with the world.

Well. Maybe not the whole world right away, because that’s a stroke waiting to happen. But a handful of people to start, yes.

So. Hello, world. I’m here to share my stories, my thoughts, and probably pictures of my cats. Because why not.