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Book signing at BAM with lots of pics! :)

A future reader!

People enjoying Mary Lackey's mini horses

My new friend Tommy who brought the hay.

Mary Lackey--the awesome woman who loaded up her mini horses!

Jason, my "little" brother, who came to check out the event.

My friend Greg who came and made me promise to remember him when I become famous. ;) It was great to see you, Greg!

One of the nicest guys I've ever met. He's a retired colonel and he was so sweet. He even took video as I signed the book.

Crowd control! ;)

Mandy M, can you see my awesome boots?

Lewis--a local author.

My new friend, M! I even signed her copy of Young Rider. So sweet.

I'm visiting her school soon.

Minutes before the event began. Trying not to freak out.

The set up outside the doors. I just sat down inside and hoped that someone would actually show up. I was going through JA Konrath's signing advice in my head. It really helped, Joe. Thanks!

Bill Bothwell, the community ambassador at BAM. He coordinated this entire event. Thank you, tha…

Photo shoot on Monday--eep!

Yesterday, I got a call that Tallahassee Magazine wants to take pics for the article they're running soon. Exciting. They asked where I do most of my writing and said they'd like to take pics of me at my workspace.

Mad. Cleaning. And stuff shuffling.

Like crazy. For some reason, whenever I think of photos of authors in their workspace, I always think of Meg Cabot in a tiara. Or her new author pics.

At least I've got the signing on Saturday, so I can't stay home and clean/rearrange things. Anyway, they'll be here at 9am on Monday. Sunday will be spent choosing The Outfit. Yes. (And Mandy Morgan, I WILL be wearing the killer boots!) ;) Mandy told me to definitely wear them to an interview and they seemed to be lucky. So I'll keep wearing 'em.

Now, I'm off to a meeting to talk last minute details for the Books-A-Million signing. It's almost here!

Plot hole = evil

I've been project juggling lately. That's unusual for me because I usually start an idea and stick with it till it's finished. But not now. A month or so ago, I started Dark YA and got 5k in before chatting with People and deciding to drop it. For now.

Then, I shifted over to Secret Sparkly Tween Book (thinking of it as one of three) and have wiped out the 10 page outline five times. Five. Of course, that then makes the outlines for Two and Three useless.

Grrr. *headdesk*

I have all of the plot lines for One, Two and Three, but One is missing something pretty big. What? The reason WHY my characters do what they do that kicks off One, Two and Three. Very vague, I know. Been pondering this for weeks and have no answer.


Seriously? Chasing Blue is a month away?!

Chasing Blue (Canterwood Crest #2) comes out in a month. One. Month. And if I learned anything from Take the Reins' release, it means that CB could start popping up in stores in 3 weeks or so. Eeek. I'm excited to see them side by side on shelves. That just seems cool.

My first signing is on Saturday and I'm hopelessly failing at not freaking out. I intend to vlog before, during and after the signing, so you'll get the full "OMG! I'm sooo nervous!" effect in the early minutes of the vlog. Lucky you! :D

Also, I wanted to give a quick shout out to Tallahassee schools. You all have been so receptive and thanks for asking me to come visit. My March calendar is filling fast and I so appreciate it! Special thanks to Bill Bothwell for coordinating every visit.

Addicted to Twitter

In case you didn't catch the video on Tara Lazar's blog, I wanted to repost it here. Tara and Roshni did such a great job. Thank you, girls! :)

And, um, I am seriously addicted to Twitter. Almost like Facebook. I even got twhirl. That's bad, isn't it? I already have phantom vibrations from my phone when I swear I'm getting a text and I'm not. If I start to hear the twhirl ping when my computer isn't on...

Tallahassee Eastside Chronicle article and links

I've got a few links to share on this Friday morning! :)

Author Kristin Tubb posted an interview with me. Thank you, Kristin!

Today, Linda Gerber is running a TAKE THE REINS giveaway (it just might be a signed TTR copy) so go enter to win.

Also, Tallahassee's Eastside Chronicle ran an article about Canterwood Crest. Thank you, Jessi! :)

Happy Friday!

Math + Jess = ??

On Saturday, awesome blogger Tara Lazar is posting a super special Canterwood Crest video! There are three people in the vid and it's so fun! I filmed my bit on Wednesday and am sooo excited to see it spliced together. I'll put a reminder here on Sat, so definitely check that out.

Big thanks in advance to Tara and Roshni! You both rock.

I took a bit of a writing break this week and have been in cleaning out mode. Yeah. First tackled the closet. Boxes of clothes and shoes went to charity. Next? Books. Ah, but don't sob yet. They were textbooks that I couldn't sell back to FSU 'cause they were too old and/or worn. Seriously. I kept my math textbooks (Why?! Wasn't I tortured enough?), my G-I-A-N-T humanities book, a Spanish textbook that had notes in it and a falling apart communications book. Goodbye!

In the back of my math book, I found a piece of paper that I used to average my grade after every quiz or homework assignment. And, um, that grade kept going doooowwww…

Canterwood Crest #5 title reveal!

Best Enemies (Canterwood Crest #5) is now up on Amazon. Cool! It's scheduled to release on October 20, 2009. I really love the title, too. Editor K came up with that and when I heard it, I was like, "Yep! Love it! Don't change it!" :)

The cover isn't ready for showing yet, but it's gorgeous. Trust me. It's so good that it's sick, actually. :)

And, seriously, thanks again to everyone emailing me about Take the Reins and Young Rider! You guys are so sweet! :)

Book store signing poster!

Poster document

Actual poster

Okay, so my camera decided to be grainy and weird, but you can at least see the poster! I designed that on Fireworks and took the file to my local Kinkos. I can use this poster at any event, so that's why I left off the date and store name. I'm thrilled with how it turned out! It's laminated on a foam core and it's 12 x 18.

I also posted the file that I sent Kinkos, since that doc looks much more like the actual poster than the pic I just took!

You guys like it? :)

The PR Ninja obsesses

I've been thinking a lot over the weekend about book promo. A lot. Kind of obsessing about it, actually. Take the Reins has been out (officially) for a couple of weeks and I'm fixated on the ancient argument--the people who say, "Do publicity until you drop!" and the others who think, "Just write!"

I think I've done a decent amount of press work for Take the Reins. But the nagging feeling of, "Dude, you're not doing enough! C'mon!" keeps coming back. Like, I had an actual nightmare about being a publicity slacker, LOL. :) I was in a boardroom and people were shaking their heads with disapproving glares...scary! I half-expected Donald Trump to show up and fire me. I definitely have an intense fear of not doing enough.

Half of my writer friends say, "Yes! It's enough publicity unless someone comes to you. Keep writing the books and put your focus there." Others say, "Well, that's great, but more publicity would be ev…

Author Sarah MacLean talks writing and THE SEASON

It's Sarah MacLean!

Lucky me! Sarah MacLean, author of THE SEASON (out now), stopped by!

Here's a bit about THE SEASON:

Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford doesn't fit into the world of Regency London — she's strong-willed, sharp-tongued, and she absolutely loathes dress fittings. Unfortunately, her mother has been waiting for years for Alex to be old enough to take part in the social whirlwind of a London Season so she can be married off to someone safe, respectable, wealthy, and almost certainly boring. But Alex is much more interested in adventure than romance.

Between sumptuous balls, lavish dinner parties and country weekends, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get entangled in her biggest scrape yet. When the Earl of Blackmoor is killed in a puzzling accident, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. It's a mystery brimming with espionage, murder, and suspicion. As…

rambling thoughts on marketing a series

Megfuzzle on LiveJournal was cool enough to review Take the Reins AND post a pic! That's Mac, her horse, and he's reading TTR too. :) Love, love this pic.

Yesterday, I traded my ancient, falling apart Gateway laptop for a pink (!) Sony. OMG. I'm in love with it. Have I mentioned that it's pink? Uh-huh. :) It's pink. I've been playing with it and transferring all of my stuff from one comp to the next.

After today's phone interview, I think I've tapped all of the local press. I'm kind of glad to take a step back from that now and get back to my REAL job--writing. It had to go on the back burner while I did PR. Then again, going out on interviews broke up my crazy writing schedule and I've met a lot of cool people. I do think I got better (well, at least I hope so!) as the interviews went on. I felt less grilled and more as if I was talking to friends by the end.

But things are settling down now and I'm trying to get back on track for book five. I…

Canterwood Crest in Young Rider Magazine

I finally found the March/April issue of YOUNG RIDER at my local Books-a-Million. See that “true story” bit at the bottom left corner? That’s the article about Canterwood Crest. If you see the issue, check it out. There’s a Canterwood giveaway inside, tons of pics and a fun Q&A. A few girls have already emailed me about the issue--thanks for saying hi! :)

Big thanks to Lesley and Allison for running the article!
Yesterday, I met Jennifer from TallahasseeMagazine. We had a great chat at Starbucks and talked about Canterwood, mean girls and more. Thanks for interviewing me, Jennifer!
I've got a phone interview with the Lake City Reporter on Thursday. That means I don't have to get dressed in my fancy interview clothes. Or, maybe I still will...I kind of like the idea of getting out of my usual writer clothes even for a phone thing. :)

I just finished the outline for Canterwood Crest #5 and feel that relief of, "Oh, good. I didn't forget how to outline or come up wit…

Scrap driftwood horses

My aunt Lola sent me these pics in an email. Aren't these AMAZING? These women (I don't know who they are--I wish I did!) create these horses out of scrap driftwood. So. Cool. I think they're gorgeous. I want one. :)

Today, I've got my interview for Tallahassee Magazine at Starbucks. Yay! I don't want to scare the woman, so I *won't* have an espresso before she arrives. 'Cause I'm nice like that. ;) But when I email people later, they'll be like, "Uh-oh. You're hyper. Coffee. I can tell."

Book signing at Tallahassee Books-a-Million

On Saturday, I visited my local shops and handed out flyers for my first signing! So. Exciting. The details:

When: Saturday, February 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Tallahassee's Books-a-Million (3521 Thomasville Road)

I'll be signing copies of Take the Reins and...special guests are coming! Two miniature horses just like the one in this pic! Mary Lackey of Sundance Oaks Miniature Horse Farm will be bringing two of her mini horses to the BAM parking lot. They'll be available for everyone to pet and enjoy.

Thanks so much to Bill Bothwell and Books-a-Million for hosting me. I can't wait! :)

Also, I've heard from a couple of girls that they've received their March/April issue of YOUNG RIDER Magazine. Be on the lookout for it on newsstands because Canterwood is featured inside! I haven't seen the issue yet, so I need to get my hands on a copy. :) My local stores are still stocking the Jan/Feb issue. I'll post a pic of it, though, when I grab one. Thanks so, so…

Hanging out at Girls Horse Club

Thanks so much to Michelle at Girls Horse Club for inviting me! I'm having a blast answering questions and I'll be online with GHC till February 13. Come on over and ask a question if you've got one. :) The girls are asking amazing questions and we're having fun!


Thanks, Tallahassee!

First, thanks to S&S for featuring me on the author page. How awesome! And I love my quote, LOL. Maybe I shouldn't have told people that I greet animals. :)

Yesterday, I meet the awesome Jessi for an interview for the NE Chronicle. That was so much fun. :) Thanks, Jessi!

Then, I drove around and visited Tallahassee's Borders, Books-a-Million and Barnes & Noble. Borders and BAM were sold out of TTR, but more are on order. B&N had two copies left, which are now signed. In purple. Just in case it matters. ;)

Thanks so much, Tally people! I'll keep visiting stores and signing stock as they come in. The local support has been amazing--thanks!

Next week, I meet with a writer for Tallahassee Magazine. It's a gorgeous local publication and I'm super excited to be included in an upcoming issue.

And, perhaps most exciting of all, I turned in Triple Fault (Canterwood Crest #4) to Agent A yesterday. Now I'm staying busy by plotting CC #5 (it has the coolest title!) …

Pics of other people's books! :)

OMG! It's Wendy Toliver's MISS MATCH at Books-a-Million!

And! Sarah MacLean's THE SEASON! (Sarah, sorry! I didn't realize the pic was blurry till I left.)

Look! It's Alyson Noel's EVERMORE in an awesome spot at B&N!

I had fun taking those pics today. :)

Yay and thank you Jen!

Thank you, thank you to Jen (wldhrsjen3 on LJ) for her sweet review of Take the Reins. You rock, Jen! Thank you! :)

I was especially nervous to have Miss Jen read my book because she's a horse fanatic too. But she did ask me to name her new horse, if she gets another, so I think I passed.

Off to:

Meet an extern for my interview
(We're meeting at Starbucks and I'm going to get hyped on caffeine.) :)
Sign stock at Barnes & Noble
and Books-a-Million
and Borders

Article in Tallahassee Woman and being brave

That article is out now in the Feb/March issue of Tallahassee Woman. Big thanks to Justin for interviewing me. I appreciate it!

I'd typed this light-hearted silly blog, but I deleted it. Instead, I've been thinking a lot about this post at Stephanie Kuehnert's blog. Steph, hope you don't mind that I'm linking to it. But I couldn't ignore it and not comment on it. Steph, my fellow Teen Fiction Cafe sister, is a brave, amazing woman. Just go read her post and you'll see. I'm just so impressed with Stephanie for going for it and blogging about something intensely personal that she'd been through. Her post will no doubt help girls and women going through similar situations.

And I because I'm not as brave as Steph, I'm moving the rest of this post over to LiveJournal and am locking it. I was squirming too much to write it here. Sorry! If you're on my super f-locked friends list, you'll be able to read it. I hope to unlock it later.


Choosing interview clothes? Argh!

On Thursday, I'm being interviewed by the NE Chronicle--a sister publication of the Tallahassee Democrat. The local press has been super receptive to running articles about Canterwood and I so appreciate it.

I'm excited and that means I've been spending too much time in my closet choosing clothes. Yeah, did I mention they're taking pics? Uh-huh. I won't be able to decide what to wear until about an hour before the interview.

But I think I've narrowed it down to:

black pants
the most awesome boots ever (I can't, like, walk in them. But they're pretty!)
a sweater of an undecided color

Or, if I'm feeling casual:

dressy black shirt
dark skinny jeans tucked into the most awesome boots ever

And really, they're not going to get my legs in the shot. Hmm.

After the interview, I'm going to visit Borders, Books-a-Million and Barnes and Noble. They restocked TTR, so it's off to sign those copies. Alyson Noel (author of EVERMORE) has been roadtripping around C…

25 random things

I did this on Facebook and thought it would be fun to share here! :)

25 random things

1. I failed math in middle school. Repeatedly.
2. By accident, I said to one of my college professors, “Thanks, man!”
3. In fifth grade, I had 3 boyfriends at the same time. They all bought me things, so what the heck? ;)
4. When I told my BFF (we were ten) that I kissed one of these boys, she cried. She thought I was too young to kiss anyone.
5. I heart pens. But only certain ones. I have way too many.
6. People always think I’m my seventeen-year old brother’s little sister. I hate that!
7. I’ve lived in Florida, Tennessee, Virginia and Illinois.
8. I’ve set the microwave on fire before. Never microwave an Arby’s in the foil. Never.
9. My lip gloss collection has expanded to 20+. And I’m still adding to it…
10. Something that makes me laugh whenever I think about it—I taught (via the phone) a city-girl friend how to catch and hold a rooster. For serious.
11. I love snow!
12. I can faint at the sight of blood, ne…


If you've read Take the Reins and have 2 minutes, I'd sooo appreciate it if you could review it on Amazon. Long. Short. Whatever you feel like. But honest reviews, of course! :)

If you review it, let me know and I'll send you a signed postcard if you'd like one.

Thank you, guys!!

Take the Reins at the Lip Smacker Lounge :)

Check it out! :)

I've been waiting a while to share this! I've teamed up with Lip Smacker and they've featured TTR as a PDF download, which is super cool. I'm pretty much obsessed with Lip Smacker products and so (surprise, surprise) is Sasha. I'm super excited!

Plus, girls can leave comments about the book. Fun! :)

Thank you to everyone (LR, VW, KA, BB) who made this happen! Yay!

Also, If you're in Tallahassee and you're looking for a copy of Take the Reins, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million and Borders are currently sold out. They're on reorder, though, so definitely check back. I'll be visiting the stores to sign the stock when they come in. :) Thanks so much to everyone who picked up a copy in Tally! You all rock.

Author interview: Saundra Mitchell

I'm sooo excited to share my interview with the super-hilarious, awesome and talented Saundra Mitchell!

Sell us on SHADOWED SUMMER. Why should we rush out to grab a copy right now?
Because it's February, it's 15 degrees outside, and you would love nothing better than to nap beneath the sweltering shade of an oak tree so exhausted, so old, that there's a good chance the S+W '28 carved into a heart on its trunk was left there by your great granddaddy when he was courting somebody besides your great granny. Forget about winter- it's time for summer to begin!
What’s your fave part about writing? Least fave?
I love the going-away time, when I actually leave my desk and slip into the world I'm writing. It feels like a physical leaving- but it also leads to my least favorite part, which is ending the book. That moment when I realize I can revisit the story, but I can never live *in* it again, that's really hard.
You’re also a screenwriter, which fascinates me. Wha…