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Unreap My Heart Cover Reveal

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It's finally here, the hotness that is Balthazar. Check out the cover of Unreap My Heart, the next book in the Reaper Series.


Only a villain can save the day.

During his thousand year banishment in the Nethers, Balthazar thought of nothing but taking over the Crossroads from Death.

On the day he puts his plans into action, Balthazar finds the Crossroads on lockdown. Death has been stabbed by Brianne’s Bitterness, a blade that slowly leaches him of his powers. In order to challenge Death for his seat and prevent utter chaos, Balthazar is forced into a mission to find the Redeemer, the only being capable of pulling out the blade from Death’s chest. The only person who can identify the Redeemer is a human girl in the Crossroads whose soul is still attached to her body.

Meeting Arianne Wilson pushes Balthazar’s patience to the limit. In a deal he makes with Death, he must protect Arianne during their journey through the Underverse using all the resources available to him. He soon realizes the one he needs to protect is himself. For as much harm as it inflicts on Balthazar's body, trekking through the Underverse with Arianne is proving more dangerous for his heart and soul.

Can the villain remain a villain when love gets in the way?


Be careful letting this bad boy into your heart...he may just crush it.

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This makes me ask why I was born a girl:


Then I see this:


And this:


And especially this:


Then I say to myself: "That's why."

Surviving the Great Juggling Act of 2013 – A Personal Story

When I started writing, my brain had a writing mode and an editing mode. Writing was always just about the writing. I didn’t think about editing at all. Then when I edit…well, you can guess.

I thought I had things pretty organized. I thought I was being awesome and smart about my scheduling. One month I would write the next I would edit. Oh, I was so wrong.

Eventually, all my projects caught up with me. If I wanted to keep my schedule, I would have to be three people. At first, I freaked out. How will I survive? How will I get everything done?

Then my inner multi-tasker emerged.

I put myself on a schedule. First, I would write a chapter of the latest SSP (Super Secret Project). Then, I would move on to my editing. I got so good at this juggling act that I decided to add chapter exchanges with my critique partner. One chapter a day of course just so we wouldn’t go insane and could concentrate. And just to make things fun, another one of my projects came long for edits, but I got lucky since these edits came in batches.

How did I manage to stay sane?

The Gilmore Girls.

In between projects, I’d watch an episode to decompress and recalibrate my head. Oh, I felt so Pacific Rim during this time. After I write a chapter, I’d watch an episode. Then I would edit a couple chapters then watch another episode. This cycle continued until I finished my editing and sent that off today, and I’m a majority through my writing.

Here are the things I realized through this experience.

1. I can juggle multiple projects. Yey!
2. I work better juggling multiple projects. May I never work on just one ever again.
3. Rory really treated Dean like crap…three times.
4. Most of the guy guest stars in Gilmore Girls went on to star in a successful series of their own.
5. I’m still in love with Logan. *sigh*
6. The seventh season is the driest, most boring season in the series. The writing really went into the crapper after the creator left. Unfortunately, when she decided to produce another series it was just the Gilmore Girls with ballerinas.
7. Okay, this list has turned into a Gilmore Girls realization.

I feel good about this new stage in my writing/editing life. Learning so much about myself. As my critique partner is about to discover, I’m very, very twisted. AND we share this twistedness so much that we think the same way. *shakes head*

What was the point of this post again?

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The Conjuring

           I will be the first to admit that I’m a big scaredy, fraidy cat. Yet, I love watching scary movies. I know I won’t be able to sleep, but that’s never stopped me. *laughs*

            The Conjuring is the first scary movie I’ve watched in a while and I must say that I looked away from the screen several times throughout this movie. It’s The Exorcist meets Amityville Horror.

            It’s said that this movie is based on a true story. In Hollywood, oftentimes it’s difficult to separate what’s fact from fiction, what’s reality and what’s amped up for entertainment purposes. As I watched, I wasn’t sure. What happened to the Perron family seems so fantastical and beyond creepy.

            I think what I loved the most about this movie were the Warrens. Paranormal Investigation has been around for as long as the belief in the supernatural. So long as there are people being terrorized by the unexplained, there will be people who live for finding explanations. This is the first time I’ve heard about the Warrens, but they fascinate me. In the movie, it is shown that they have a room in their house where they hold all the haunted artefacts that they’ve collected through the years. I so hope this room is true because it seems so awesome.

            Should you watch The Conjuring? Of course. It’s a fun scare fest. There was this guy in the cinema who whispered that the scares in the movie were predictable, yet when it came time to scream, he yelped the loudest. *shakes head and grins* I say, if the jaded movie goer is freaked out then the movie is worth your while.    


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Til Death Cover and Blurb


Sixteen-year old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a day-dreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally this is not a problem as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. Except from her best friend Kyle and her grandparents, of course. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky even for her.

Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more droolworthy in person. Beyond the peircing blue eyes and tossled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Unfortunately, Dillan makes it more than clear that he does not feel the same. They just met, so why would he act like he hates her?

When Dillan and Selena are forced together one weekend to work on a school project, Selena prepares to be ignored as usual. But when she stumbles across a few undead in the backyard, Dillan comes to her rescue and reveals a whole lot more. Not only is he part of a society that hunts otherworldly creatures…she is too. And she is being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easy, especially when she discovers that Dillan might not actually hate her after all.

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What do you think? Isn't the cover gorgeous?

Unreap My Heart Blurb

Only a villain can save the day.

During his thousand year banishment in the Nethers, Balthazar thought of nothing but taking over the Crossroads from Death.

On the day he puts his plans into action, Balthazar finds the Crossroads on lockdown. Death has been stabbed by Brianne’s Bitterness, a blade that slowly leaches him of his powers. In order to challenge Death for his seat and prevent utter chaos, Balthazar is forced into a mission to find the Redeemer, the only being capable of pulling out the blade from Death’s chest. The only person who can identify the Redeemer is a human girl in the Crossroads whose soul is still attached to her body.

Meeting Arianne Wilson pushes Balthazar’s patience to the limit. In a deal he makes with Death, he must protect Arianne during their journey through the Underverse using all the resources available to him. He soon realizes the one he needs to protect is himself. For as much harm as it inflicts on Balthazar's body, trekking through the Underverse with Arianne is proving more dangerous for his heart and soul.

Can the villain remain a villain when love gets in the way?


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One word: Surreal.

The Purge – A Study on Psychotic Characters

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            The basic premise of The Purge is for one night of the year any crime—including murder—is permitted. In this new government (i.e. New America) unemployment is at 1% and crime is way down. This is because of what they call The Purge. Talk about dystopian society.

            Anyway, this is not a movie review. Although, I did enjoy watching Ethan Hawke’s latest offering to the silver screen. I’ve noticed—with the notable exception that is After Midnight—Hawke’s been gravitating to darker more twisted films. But, like I said, this is not a review.

            In anything I watch, besides the entertainment factor, I like to take away something that could help me as a writer. In The Purge, it’s all about exploring the psychotic character. When you give a character a free pass one night a year to do anything, lots of baser tendencies come out.

Here’s what I learned:

1.      The Smile

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Exaggerate a smile enough and it can become the creepiest thing you’ve ever seen. The leader of the elite group had this smile that made him look like the Joker. It gave me chills. A smile, which should be something positive, is used in this case to bring out anxiety.

2.      Playing Up Innocence

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There’s something creepy about women in white dresses and ballet flats skipping around brandishing machetes. I’ve seen this imagery in other similarly gory movies. Again this plays with the image of something positive and subverting it. The pleasure of killing attached to such a virginal image can be an effective way to make an audience uncomfortable.

3.      The Neighbor

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The neighbor turning out to be some psycho-killer has been done before. But, usually, it’s just one neighbor. Put together a whole gated community of them and you have a recipe for freaky nightmares. Well played writers of The Purge, well played.

            In the movie, the gated communities are relatively safer because they have security systems that enable houses to lockdown for the twelve hours of The Purge. Through the course of the story, we see a family have their life turned upside down. They are peace loving yet support The Purge. This is a contradiction in so many ways. And a blatant critique on society. Actually, the whole movie is a critique.

            Besides the family, you have a group of white elites who believe The Purge allows them to cleanse society of trash like the homeless. They treat this night as their chance to do their civic duty; some may even say patriotic duty. As disturbing as this seems, they are believable characters…if not more than slightly unhinged. They have one goal and anyone who gets in the way becomes collateral damage, like the family in this movie.

            I think what makes The Purge so disturbing is the possibility of encountering these characters in real life. The neighbors, for example. They smile and give you cookies, but are secretly plotting your demise. You may know people like this, heck you might be someone like this.

            Watching the movie really made me think. If I had one day a year where I could do anything I wanted, kill anyone I wanted with impunity, would I exercise this right? There have been days when it’s crossed your mind. Maybe you have a “kill list” in your head.

            I think, if given the chance, there’s a little bit of the psychotic in each of us. The boyfriend who wanted to kill his girlfriend’s father because he got in the way of their relationship. The neighbors who secretly want you dead. The overzealous group that believe what they are doing is for the good of all. These are not complex characters by any means, but they resonate because the viewer may know one or two people who’d use something like The Purge to rid themselves of annoyances.

            It’s scary to think how possible the scenarios presented in this movie are in real life. The characters justify their actions as a way to rid themselves of anger, hate, and aggression among other things.


            I commend the writers of this movie. Simple yet effective characterization. There were so many symbols and societal critiques that I would need more than a blog post to cite them all. It gave me ideas for my own writing. Techniques I’d like to try in terms of adding an extra psycho element to characters. A smile, of all things, could freak you out. 
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