It’s the friends you can call up at 4 AM that matter — Marlene Dietrich

Wearing a peacock necklace–a little special swag I’ll be handing out at UtopYA this year 😀

I’m thrilled to be attending UTOPYA COn 2013 this year. It’s a miracle that I’m able to make it. I know we’ve all had tough times. Honestly, everyone I’ve talked to about 2012 has said it was the suckiest year ever. Okay, I know that suckiest isn’t actually a word, but there’s no other way to describe it. I hope 2012 wasn’t that way for you. I have to give a shout out to the many, many people who’ve kept me on track despite the dark times this past year. There aren’t words to describe how much your encouragement and unwavering support has meant to me.

While shopping the other day, I found this card at Cost Plus that read “It’s the friends you can call up at 4 AM that matter” – Marlene Dietrich. Srsly, if you can count even one person in the “4 AM friend category” you are truly blessed! Take some time to thank your 4 AM buddies today. I can speak from personal experience that you probably don’t thank them enough. And in the middle of it all this past year, when I didn’t think I’d ever write again, I had some amazing 4 AM friends to kick me in the A$$ and say, there’s beauty in the brokenness….now f-ing write about it. Well, I have. I just finished editing my first adult title called The Storytellers, about a group of writers whose stories all come true for each other. The Storytellers will always have a special place in my heart because it brought me back to what I love. I have much to be thankful for, one of which is the nomination of SHADOW SLAYER for Best Book Trailer of 2013. Working on this trailer is the first thing I did to try and find my way back to writing. I’ve always loved expressing my stories visually. This was just a natural extension of that. Here’s to a wonderful time in Nashville and to ALWAYS remembering to count our blessings no matter how dark life seems! <3


Happy New Year! 2013 roared in, in many unexpected ways for me. Here’s a picture of the New Year’s Day hike I took with my husband in Big Sur on the Skinner Trail, at Devil’s Peak.

Happy New Year from Big Sur, CA
Happy New Year from Big Sur, CA

I have a love of surprises. On the drive down to Big Sur we saw whales spouting in the ocean, a huge pod that seemed to stretch the length of the coast as far as our eyes could see. On the drive to the trail head a bobcat jumped into some bushes at the side of the road. The hike went from an elevation of 2000 ft to 4500 ft. Here in California on the coastal ranges we didn’t expect to be hiking in snow, but that’s what we found. Our dog had never seen snow before and he delighted in it.


This year finds me beginning the writing of a new novel and beginning an inward journey as well. I want to share some quotes that inspire me in these promising days of 2013:

“He who bends to himself a joy

Doth the wingèd life destroy.

But he who kisses the joy as it flies

Lives in Eternity’s sunrise.”

– Blake

And Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City on relationships:

“There are those that open you up to the exotic. Those that are old and familiar. Those that bring up lots of questions. Those that bring you somewhere unexpected. Those that bring you far from where you started. But the most exciting challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone who loves the you you love––well, that’s just fabulous.”

Are there any quotes that have inspired you in this new year? I’d love to know what they are.

What I’m listening to: Queen’s One Vision

Interview & Review with Kate’s Reads on the Transfer Student Tour Today!

CONGRATS TO TO EBOOK WINNER @MacDibble! GOOD LUCK TO TODAY’S TWEETERS! [read on for tweet deets 🙂 ]

Today on the tour I’m excited to be interviewed by Kate’s Reads. She’s a great book blogger and she’s one of my go-to blogs to find out what’s next on my TBR list! Kate asked for an interview and I really enjoyed her questions. It’s kind of funny how some stories just happen. This story is like that. One experience led to another and another and before I knew it, I had a story. TRANSFER STUDENT needed about six years to “cook.” My personal life during the years 2006-2009 played a huge part in informing my characters and the plot. Kate was nice enough to do a book review too, you can read it here! 

I hope you’ll check out the interview 🙂 Thanks for stopping by the tour here and, as always to win today’s EBOOK of TRANSFER STUDENT Tweet [& post ur tweet link here or at Kate’s interview]:

Can’t wait to read Transfer Student by @Laurawriting Check out the Blog Tour & Giveaway! #teenreads #scifi #romance #ya

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Here’s a little excerpt from Kate’s Interview with me.

Q) How did you come up with the Rethan words and where did you get the ideas for the landscape of Retha?
I travel and live away from home sometimes because my husband renovates hotels. At the time I revised Transfer Student, we had the good fortune to live in Big Sur, CA, a very remote part of the central California coast that remains largely undisturbed by man. The landscape is so wild that the missionaries who settled California did not enter and instead just referred to it as El Sur Grande, The Big South…Big Sur. The first road was built on the only horse path to “town” [Monterey] in the 1930s––a road that flirts with the Pacific Ocean winding into cliffs and over waves and sand dunes. Big Sur inspired planet Retha––a place where there are no roads because Rethans fly and while Rethan’s are innovative, they aren’t extremely technological. Because Big Sur is so remote, Continue reading Interview & Review with Kate’s Reads on the Transfer Student Tour Today!