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Publisher:  Month9Books

Bixie, Montana, is in the middle of nowhere, not connected to any place, and not used as a pass through to get anywhere. But one snowy evening, a lone visitor walking down an old country road changes 13-year-old Aaron Martin’s life forever. Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting the nearly-frozen visitor into his home, but he’s unwittingly initiated The Game. A group of Elders, known as the Council of the Legend, come together from time to time to enjoy a rousing event they playfully call “The Game.” Now, Aaron’s town is the playing board and he and his fellow townspeople are the players. The rules are simple. Win. Because if Aaron loses, he won’t just lose his family . . . he’ll lose his very identity.

How did you come up with the idea for this book?  A few years ago, while flipping through a Christmas card catalog. I came across a photo of an old country farmhouse with a snowy background. On the card there were kids playing outside and a horse and carriage in the background, all decorated for Christmas. I didn’t give it much thought at first and continued flipping through the catalog, but something made me flip back and look at it again. This time, in my mind, I saw the same farm house, but the kids, horse, and carriage were gone as were the Christmas decorations. In its place was crisp black sky, with the ground heavily covered in snow, and one young teen boy walking toward this house in the snow, as a meteor streaked through the sky. I stared at that one picture for the longest time and knew it was the opening for Polaris. This, along with my love for conspiracy theories and planets gave me the inspiration to write the story.

How long did it take you to write and publish your book? (From day one of the first draft to publication date) Storylines come to me while I’m in the middle of working on something else. Usually, I will just see the opening scene and that’s it. I will write it down and any notes or inspiration pictures and put it away in a folder. The idea for Polaris actually came to me in September 2009! I started writing it January 2011. Got a few chapters in and stopped to work on something else. Finally got it finished late 2013. Received the offer 06/2014 from Month9Books and published 08/2016. Wow! Seven years total.

When you aren’t writing, what is your favorite thing to do?  Watch HGTV! Love, love, love all the shows.

If you could bring one of your characters to life, who you it be and why? I’d bring Nakal to life. He needs a loving family!

What is the weirdest thing you’ve eaten? It’s not really weird, but my brother gave me what “I thought” was a little different kind of little tomato. I popped it in my mouth and didn’t think twice. It ended up being a habanero pepper! I drank like half gallon of milk and my mouth was still on fire! Lesson learned!

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Keep writing! Don’t give up! Stay away from the naysayers. Don’t follow trends. Write what you want no matter how quirky it is. Tell the story you want to tell. The story will find its audience. When you get rejections, have some chocolate, watch some HGTV, then print out the rejections and turn them into pieces of origami art!

 

POLARIS is available for purchase on these sites:

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

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Summer Veggie Sandwich 

Everyone needs a good veggie sandwich during the summer. It’s refreshing and tastes delicious under the hot sun. I’ve put together several ingredients that work well and satisfy your hunger. 


Now, you can change any part of this sandwich as you see fit or if you like something else. It’s extremely versatile. 

Ingredients:

~ 2 slices of bread (I just used a wheat sandwich bread but you can substitute it for bagels, English muffins or any other vegan breath you like)

~ Handful of baby spinach

~ Handful of bean sprouts (or any other sprouts you may like)

~ A small bunch of cilantro (I broke off a finger full and finely chopped it)

~ 1 can of garbanzo beans

~ 1 medium tomato

~ 1 small yellow or red onion

~ 1/2 a small, ripe avocado

~ 1 small pickling cucumber

~ 1 tsp salt, plus an extra pinch

~ 1 tsp black pepper, plus an extra pinch

~ 1 tsp Balsamic vinegar

~ 1 tsp olive oil
Directions: 

Start by draining the can of garbanzo beans and pouring them into a medium bowl. Add the salt, pepper, olive oil, and chopped cilantro to the beans. Use a fork to mash the beans into a paste texture.

Next, throw your bread into the toaster so you can chop your veggies while they crisp up.

Peel and thinly slice the small cucumber and slice the rest of the veggies.

I put all my veggies including the spinach and sprouts into a container then douse it with the balsamic vinegar so it has some time to marinate before you put it all together.


Once you have everything chopped, marinated, and the bread toasted, you are ready to assemble.

Spread the bean mixture onto your toast.

Now, add the spinach and sprouts. Be careful, those scrawny sprouts like to wiggle off your sandwich.

Next, add the onions, cucumbers, tomatoes and avocado. They are going to be slippery so if they end up sliding off, just push them back on.


Once everything is together, sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper over the veggies and top it off with your other piece of toast. You’re done!! Time to eat.

Bleeding Hearts Release Party

It’s time to party!! party

Join me for my virtual release party on Saturday, August 27th from 10:00am to 4:00pm EST. It’s all online so you don’t even have to leave your home. The event is on Facebook and I have a bunch of authors lined up to talk about their own books and give away free stuff.

I will be sharing excerpts of Bleeding Hearts and giving away one, maybe two free EBooks during my party. There will also be a gift basket up for grabs as well as some games and interactive stories.

If you want to know more about me, my book, or my publisher, Clean Reads, don’t hesitate to ask!

Click here to RSVP to the party. See everyone there!

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Born on August 25th, 2016

Babies are all the rage when you’re in your late twenties. After countless questions about when I’ll have a baby, it’s finally happening! I’m having my first baby, my novel! The pregnancy began in June of 2015.

The First Trimester: There was so much to think about… Names, doctors, what the characters will look like. Picking the perfect name was high on my list of things to do. I settled on Bleeding Hearts after many chats with my friend HollyI started this crazy idea of mine and finished the complete book within two months.

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This is NOT the cover of my book.

 

The road to publication has been rough, to say the least. My good friend, Alyssa was the first to experience my mood swings as she tore through the first, initial edits to help shape the outcome of my book baby. If I didn’t start off in the right direction, my baby would come out with some birth defects. We worked together, and she chose her words carefully as Alyssa knew a first time mother might strike back at her suggestions.

My ambition to find the right doctor to produce my book was high. I researched, joined contests, and queried for several months. That’s when the stress really started. I had worried that I’d never be able to find someone who would want to help birth my book, but I did! Back in February 2015, Stephanie Taylor, book expert, lovely person, and owner of Clean Reads offered to be the one to bring my book to life. She was exactly what I had wanted in a book doctor.  

The Second Trimester: Usually this is when things calm down, but not for me. With edits every month for three months, this was a hard road as my nausea lasted a little longer than expected. Each time I’d send in edits, I felt my baby book was growing! Bleeding Hearts was going to be an amazing novel, I just knew it! During this time, I had many doubts that my book wouldn’t make the cut, that somehow, Stephanie would cut me as a patient. We hung in there through several anxiety filled emails asking countless amounts of questions and sharing my worries with her. She always gave me the answers I needed to make the months pass by quickly. 

The Third Trimester: Finally, it’s the home stretch. After several joined book parties and winning gifts, to keep me at ease, from my Clean Reads family, the time has come. It’s this period in your pregnancy that you get a finalized due date. In just two short months, on August 25th, 2016, my dream come true of having my fist book is going to be a reality. Mark your calendars! My book baby will be available for purchase as EBook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble. 

Stalk my Facebook page to find out more information. I will be hosting an online Facebook Release Party the following Saturday, 8/27 for my book so watch out for that!

Here is a blurb of my book along with two of my favorite memes!

Bleeding Hearts is a story about a young woman willing to put her heart on the line to find the perfect man.

Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.  

Red roses, a reminder of her parents’ killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.   

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?

Again… As a reminder, Bleeding Hearts will be released on August 25, 2016