My personal motto:
“If you try, you might. If you don’t, you won’t.”
- A typical work day begins with… begging for five more minutes of sleep before carefully crawling out of bed to check my emails. I say carefully because I must make sure that I don’t wake my roommate, Suzy. She shoots the most menacing of glares at me whenever I disrupt her rest. I won’t lie, she’s rather intimidating—all five pounds of her. (Did I mention that she’s a Shih-Tzu?)
- I lose track of time… when I’m writing.
- I have always… been a chocoholic. I kid you not. I have memories of returning home from school as a first grader and running to the kitchen to stuff my face with chocolate chip cookies.
- I have never… gone very long without eating chocolate. I think I’ve managed to go a week or two, but that’s about it. My family isn’t overly fond of me whenever I go through one of my I-should-quit-eating-chocolate-and-start-eating-healthier phases. Apparently, I remind them of a Snickers commercial. You know the ones. They all end with the same phrase: “You’re not you when you’re hungry.”
- Home means to me… being able to walk around in my pajama pants.
- I am inspired by… too many things to name. I’ve learned that one needn’t be exposed to something new in order to be inspired. One simply has to endeavor to view the familiar from a different angle.
- I would like to meet… C.S. Lewis. I love his writing!
- My worst character trait… varies depending on who you ask. Suzy will tell you that I could use a few more obedience classes. She’ll spend hours commanding me to prepare her a proper meal—one with generous servings of every type of meat currently available for consumption. Nonetheless, much to her dismay, I always seem to deposit a scoop of unattractively-colored pellets into her bowl. Oops!
- My best character trait… is probably my self-discipline.
- The best advice I was given… is this: “Do not fear failure. Learn from it.”
Capering on Glass Bridges
(The Hawk of Stone Duology, Book 1)
The Utdrendans have spoken, and everything has changed as a consequence. People normally avoid the fog surrounding the cursed Kingdom of Mar, but now they are asking sixteen-year-old Kaia Stone to venture into it. The Utdrendans implied that there is something special about Kaia. They claimed that she could help free the land; she need only carry out their instructions and deliver a message to the Marian king.
Mar, however, is a land in which dark secrets abound, and many will stop at nothing to ensure that it remains forever cursed. Determined to work against Kaia, unfriendly forces have already begun to gather.
Will Kaia choose to abandon the only life she’s ever known—perhaps indefinitely—in pursuit of the greater good…in pursuit of her purpose?
Release date: August 21, 2015
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The Yesterdays of Tomorrow
(The Hawk of Stone Duology, Book 2)
It’s been a year since Kaia’s first encounter with the turned ones. Every day since then has been fraught with uncertainty. Most in the Kingdom of Mar prepare for a life wherein they will be free. Kaia, however, knows that even if the curse should be lifted, the Marian people will not be unburdened in the near future. King Sol promised them a war with Darlbent, and a war they shall have if the fog dissipates. Swords have already been thrust into the hands of every man in the kingdom, filling Kaia and her friends with trepidation. Things have changed in Mar, and Kaia worries that it is only a matter of time before some blades are turned against them.
The moment of truth is approaching. Soon, it will be known whether or not the curse was meant to have an end. If it wasn’t, can Kaia and the others learn to make lives for themselves in a forsaken land like Mar? Will they ever truly know safety there?
To further complicate matters, Kaia has Ruelena to contend with…
Release date: August 19, 2016
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Dear readers, please note: The Yesterdays of Tomorrow is already in my reading queue.