Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Late night ramblings from a sleep deprived writer

I always have good intentions.
I always plan on blogging more and sending out my newsletter once a month and then life happens and I forget. But I'm still here! Working and writing and now COACHING too!
Yep, in addition to being the new Learn Lab Director, I'm also the head cheerleading coach so I've been busy!
And I'm not going to lie, it's been a challenge to try to balance everything (there's my word of the year!). I went from being able to take my time waking up in the mornings, catching up on emails while drinking my coffee and get some writing in sporadically throughout the day as inspiration hit, but now I'm chugging my morning coffee as I get dressed for work and lucky to squeeze in 30 minutes of writing time a day.

After work is cheer practice, then dinner, then finally some writing time, then cleaning/tidying up and if I'm lucky I'll squeeze in some reading before bed. It's been exhausting. I keep waiting to get accustomed to this new normal but we are a month in and I still feel like crying most days from the stress (heck, I cried TODAY over something as stupid as having to reschedule my kids' parent teacher conferences because now I have to do my own parent teacher conferences with my students' parents and for some reason I hadn't even thought about it yet!)

I'll get used to it I'm sure but going from being a stay at home mom/writer to working mom/writer hasn't been super easy.

This past weekend I attended the Thunder Valley Author Event in OKC. It had an amazing turn out and I sold lots of books which is always a good feeling but my favorite part of the weekend was spending it with 3 of my most favorite people on earth:

You have NO idea how bad I fan-girled. I ADORE this lady! Her Timberwolves trilogy is one of my absolute all time favorites. I was completely tickled to get a signed copy of the collection and to meet her in person. I've been a HUGE fan of hers for YEARS!

Can you see me gushing? LOL I was annoyingly giddy but it's okay, because I GOT TO MEET TAMMY BLACKWELL! :)

If you follow me on Facebook (which, let's be real, MOST of you follow me over there. I'm not sure if I even have readers over here anymore! That's what I get for being such a slacker blogger!), you know that NIGHTINGALE is being released in ONE WEEK! Yep! One week from today and all you Team Grey people out there will finally get your fix.

Cover designed by Eden Crane Design. Preorder here!

Autumn and I are working on Chasing Polaris (our third collaboration) and I'm finishing up a short story for an anthology that I'm pretty sure is due next month so I better get on it. But seriously...how pretty is this cover? I love it so much!

Cover designed by Eden Crane Design

After that I have another solo project idea lined up that I'm pretty excited about called These Broken Dreams but more about that one later! I like planning ahead but I don't want to get too far ahead of myself!

Cover designed by White Rabbit Book Design
So that's what's happening in my world! Super excited for you guys to read NIGHTINGALE. I have been pretty worried about this story up until now but I'm starting to get excited. Of course, ask me again on release day and I might feel totally different (I'll probably want to throw up! LOL)


Thursday, April 28, 2016

New Job

In February I was offered a position at the local high school working with Seniors who are at risk for not graduating on time. It's only a part time job which I thought was perfect because I'd still have time to write during the day.

Well, it's true, I still have had time to write but it's been at a much slower pace. Which is fine. I had decided this year to focus on balancing things in my life better, and well, not staying up until 3 in the morning writing every night seemed like a pretty good place to start.

And it's been GREAT!

I love working with the students. I was kind of surprised that I love it as much as I do. I always figured I'd be more of an early childhood or elementary kind of person but nope, this is the population I was meant to work with.

Which I guess sort of makes sense--I do WRITE Young Adult stories after all. :)

Here's the thing, most of these students haven't had the best support systems in their lives. Not all of them, but I'd be willing to say a majority of them have had it pretty "rough". Two of my students even live on their own. I asked one of them why he moved out of his parents' house and he told me "It just didn't feel like home anymore." That completely breaks my heart. Doesn't that break yours?

Being a teenager sucks enough without feeling like you don't have a safe place to turn to.

In the last few months I feel like I have built a positive rapport with "my students"--I hope so anyway. I'm naturally a sunshiney person--happy and cheerful and though I may come across as silly and na├»ve, I'm hoping my positivity rubs off on the students. Afterall, most of them could use some brightness in their lives.

It's really important to me that they know they have someone who cares, because I most certainly do and I want them to know that someone does believe in them--that they have someone on their side.

I was recently asked how I'd feel working full time in the fall and I didn't hesitate to say yes. I honestly pictured myself continuing to stay home and writing full time for as long as people were buying my books so the fact that I didn't even have to think about saying yes shows you how much I love doing this work.

Some of you may be wondering what this means for my upcoming releases...
Nightingale will still release in Sept and Chasing Polaris (my next project with Autumn) will follow shortly after that (possibly before depending on how quickly we finish).
I will continue to put out at least one book a year. I'll shoot for two, but I make no promises. ;)
So YES, I'm going to keep writing. I have way too many stories left to tell to quit now.
I do, however, foresee a change in the tone of my novels but I'm hoping it's in a good way.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

BALANCE and other things

December is coming to an end--I know I'm surprised how quickly that happened too. :) We had an amazing Christmas despite the fact my children seemed to have missed the memo that you're supposed to get along with each other on Christmas. They argued and bickered just like any other day. At least they are consistent, right?
Last month was CrAzY! Autumn and I released THE BRIGHT EFFECT and we are so thrilled with the feedback we've received so far!
I took a little break from writing due to the holidays but even my breaks are never true breaks because even when I'm not writing, I'm thinking about writing and my characters and everything that I WANT to write. In fact, Autumn and I have already planned at least 3 more books in set in the world of The Bright Effect. Don't worry, I AM still working on Nightingale. It's just a slow process because I want to get it right! I'm still planning on releasing it in 2016.

Speaking of 2016....I saw a post on Facebook earlier about "Word of the Year" and how some people pick a word to inspire and motivate them instead of the usual New Years Resolutions. I've never done this before but it sounded like fun so I've been thinking about what I want my word to be all day and I think I've decided!


Do you choose a word of the year? Tell me in the comments!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Sneak Peek: The Bright Effect

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! My kids are sooooo looking forward to trick or treating tonight. Even I'm dressing up (Pictures to follow). Here's a "treat" for you from THE BRIGHT EFFECT (coming November 17th!) “Well, what about--ohmigod, I have an idea!” She drops the canary yellow bathrobe and insane cat slippers she’s carrying and dashes from the fitting room.
“Daphne?” I’d chase after her, but I’m still wearing the nightie and I am not about to show the other shoppers what my bra looks like.
      Daphne lets out a loud and gleeful whoop when she resurfaces from the racks of junk and musty coats.
“Check it out!” She’s holding up some old hunk of black metal that upon closer inspection I realize is a Polaroid camera. An ancient one.
“Is that for my costume?”
“No, it’s for me. This is for you,” she says, handing me an ugly black and white patterned dress.
“Are those cats?” I ask, eyeing the dress with suspicion.
“Yes! I spotted it earlier but I couldn’t think of how to use it in a costume. Then when I saw the yellow bathrobe and those perfect cat slippers, I just knew.”
“Knew what?”
“Crazy. Cat. Lady.”
“You're joking.”
          “Why would I joke? This idea is both appropriate and hilariously hideous.”
“Couldn’t I just be a hobo?”
“Nope. Cat Lady all the way. You’re doing this, Amelia.”
          “Well, I do have cat leggings. They’re rainbow colored.”

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Bright Effect coming soon!

We officially wrote THE END on The Bright Effect on October 15th and we are currently editing and formatting because November 17th is bound to sneak up on us. How does that work? As a kid the days seemed so long and now they never seem long enough. October literally flew by and I know the rest of the year will follow suit.

November is my favorite month! So many fun things! Thanksgiving! My anniversary! Thanksgiving! My birthday! Did I mention Thanksgiving?! We always host my family's Thanksgiving at our house and this year we are hosting Zach's family's Christmas here too. I can't tell you how excited I am to decorate our new home for the holidays. I've been Pinteresting up a storm! (Pinteresting is totally a word. Sorta like Googling.)

But enough about that....THE BRIGHT EFFECT....eek! Ohmygosh guys I am equal parts excited and nervous per usual but can I tell you something? I LOVE this story. I mean, I love ALL my stories but this one....man, this one takes the cake. I think it's different from my usual stuff and I'm hoping that's okay--that you guys still love it because if we accomplished what we set out to, prepare for an emotional roller coaster.
I'm not going to lie, I hope you cry and get mad and laugh and smile at all the exact same parts we did as we were writing it.

The first chapter will be included in my November newsletter so if you haven't subscribed yet, there's a link over there on the right!
Release day is November 17th!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Impulse: Infinitus Billionaire, Book 1

Infinitus Billionaire, Book 1

Impulse, Infinitus Billionaire Book1, By USA Today Bestselling author E.B. Walters is Currently $0.99 Everywhere!

He has tradition ingrained in him... She lives for the moment...Will they find a common ground?
Lex Fitzgerald is not your average billionaire. He leads a double life as the conscientious head of his family and the pleasure-seeking rogue who parties hard and pushes the limits in and out of the bedroom. His two worlds are about to collide because of one woman, Jillian Finnegan. Lex needs a secret weapon to defeat a competitor and finds it in Jillian Finnegan. He has no intention of letting her potty mouth, her crazy lifestyle, or her eccentric family get in his way. So when he makes her an offer, he expects her to accept. However, sparks start to fly when Jillian gives him a counteroffer and dares him to refuse. Has Lex finally met his match?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Nightingale Cover Reveal and Blurb!

I know many of you have been waiting for this so without further ado, the cover for NIGHTINGALE:

When Wren Fairchild wakes up in a strange and icy land with no memory of how she arrived there, hypothermia is the least of her problems. Not only does she have no idea how she ended up in a Light Elf kingdom, she has no idea who she even is--let alone what she is. 

When she meets Greyson St Clair, the fiercely loyal Consul to Queen Mia of Alfheimr, he makes it clear he does not trust Wren right from the start, so when fate throws the two of them together, things are bound to get awkward. 

As they journey to see the only one who might shed light on Wren's mysterious past, she discovers that nothing happens by accident and the deception of few may have the power to unravel the future of many. 

Full of adventure, humor, romance and a few familiar faces, Nightingale is sure to satisfy fans of the Lark Trilogy. 

Expected release: April 2016

Haven't read the Lark Trilogy yet? Why not start now? Get all three books here.