See you today in Decatur:)

Hey y’all! Good morning:) So excited to go to The Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, GA this weekend. We kicked it off last night in Marietta, GA and the Arts of Cobb Center with a meet & greet. Thanks for swinging by I had so much fun talking to each of you last night. Today, in Decatur I have some surprise giveaways for my book signing later today at 11:55 in The Emerging Authors Tent. So if you’re in town, I’d love to see you! If you’re going…there’s an AWESOME APP check it out.

Last night was really fun. I got to meet a bunch of amazing folks I’d only known online. One of these gals, Sherri Johannes, & I sat next to each other and if you haven’t checked out her books On the Bright Side & Untraceable you should! I got a chance to meet Heather of Supa Girl Books too and she took this pic last night:) She a sweetheart! It’s the first time I hung my groovy new banner. woot! Last night I had a chance to get a late night nosh at a local karaoke place. Got to talk to another writer too, which is also super-cool! How much fun! I’ve never done karaoke before [is that TMI…LoLz?]. Have you?

Happy September!

Fly away this weekend with a GREAT book!

Soooooo excited for the Decatur Book Festival! In one week we will all be there and we are so excited that we are having a BIG sale this weekend. Check this out!

 Here’s an update on the events coming up at The Decatur Book Festival this Labor Day Weekend!

Friday, August 31 7-9pm

19 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, GA 30064
Meet & Greet plus Book Signing (books available for purchase)
I’ll be appearing with ALL the amazing authors listed below (subject to change)! This will be a great time to chat with some of your fav indies!

Sealed With A Kiss: Blind Date

Me and some of my PARANORMAL PLUME SISTERS are writing about our first kiss in honor of Valentine’s Day:) Since I write YA and my first passionate kiss was in high school, I thought this story would be perfect for Sealed With A Kiss.

Blind Date

The organization called The American Field Service brought lots of exchange students from all over the world to my high school to spend a year in America. And my friends and I would also spend a year or a summer in foreign lands. I fell in love with the organization my freshman year because everyone involved was so fun and because I was at home with people from all over the world. We would have all-night dance marathons to raise money for our cause. We’d make and deliver pizzas to fundraise.

It was at a party a few towns over where a bunch of high schools, including our arch-rival high school, had decided to hold a joint party. Three or four schools’ AFS clubs gathered. I remember the officers of AFS were invited and we all dressed up. The boys wore suits and ties and the girls all wore dresses. The party took place just before the holidays in Chicago. I was a Sophomore.

It was on this night that a boy I never met suddenly never left my side. A boy from our arch-rival high school. This boy asked me out on a date at the end of the night. In order to up the YES factor, the boy I hardly knew asked if I’d like to go on a double date. I said yes.

The night of this date was full of surprises. The whole night felt very grown up. The boy picked me up at my house and met my parents. Although he wasn’t the first to do so, it was always a big deal when a boy met my parents. This boy and I drove to The Magic Pan, a creperie, in the town where I lived. We met the other couple there. And that’s when my heart dropped to my feet. The other girl’s date was gorgeous. I mean it wasn’t like I planned on falling for the other guy. It just happened. I didn’t know what to do. It wasn’t like I knew my date that well anyway, but he was the one who had asked me out. I tried to stay cool. Ignore what every inch of me wouldn’t. That the other boy, the other girl’s date, was simply amazing. He sat down next to me and I tried to pretend HE wasn’t that big a deal. I tried to pretend HE wasn’t just the hottest guy I’d ever seen––which HE totally was––but that when HE laughed my entire soul didn’t feel lighter somehow, transformed. I tried not to look at HIM too much. As I ate dinner, a hand tapped me on my leg. I looked down. Before I knew what was what, HE’d slipped a piece of paper into my hand. I suddenly forgot how to swallow. I had to know what the note said. I couldn’t wait until later.

I downed a glass of water and excused myself to go to the bathroom. And, as girls are girls, the other girl––HIS date, who looked a little bit young for HIM––went with me. I shook all over, sought refuge in a bathroom stall careful to bolt the door closed and I opened the note.

You are the most beautiful girl I’ve ever met. What’s your phone number?

My face must have been like five shades of red because the other girl asked me what was the matter. I asked her if she’d been going out with HIM for a while. I think I asked if they were going steady. She confided that she got set up with him at the last minute. I took a deep breath and confided in her. Showed her the note. Told her I didn’t really like my date. I knew this especially as the night wore on and HE was there, always there, taking my mind off of whatever my date said. And guess what she said?

She was my date’s sister.

I wrote my number on the paper and handed it back to HIM the second I got back to the table. I totally sweated what she would say or not say to my date for the rest of the evening. It was excruciating. I felt like an idiot. The next thing I knew we were off to the movies and it got super awkward. Sis didn’t give her bro the memo that I wasn’t into him, but I kept imagining that she had. Imagining how awful I was. I kept thinking how stupid I’d been to just fall for someone so fast. When the guilt got too much in the theatre, when I wanted to, needed to, go out to get some air in the lobby. HE passed another note to me.

Meet me in the lobby.

So I did. HE tracked me and when HE found me in the long, small corridor just outside of the theatre, he walked up beside me, braced my shoulders against the wall and kissed me. Again and again. This began a high school romance that lasted two years.

What’s your first kiss story? Feel like sharing?

Check out these other SEALED WITH A KISS POSTS!

February 1st Abbi Glines
February 2nd Tiffany King
February 3rd Shelly Crane
February 4th
February 5th Amy Jones
February 6th Addison Moore
February 7th Carol & Adam Kunz
February 8th Courtney Cole
February 9th Nichole Chase
February 10th Fisher Amelie
February 11th
February 12th Laura Elliott
February 13th Michelle Muto
February 14th Michelle Leighton

Florida Book Tour with the Paranormal Plumes!

I’m going to post on the tour soon, but in the mean time, Abby, a friend of Tiffany King’s and an amazing photographer, just sent us some incredible images and I want to share a few with you! A BIG thank you to the students of Deltona High and Galaxy Middle Schools. MISSING MY PLUMES! 


Me & Mr. Microphone…hilarious. I always make myself laugh when I talk into a microphone!

A student interviewed me and Abby took a pic! Kinda cool a picture of a taping…

On the road to Deltona, FL for The Paranormal Plumes YA Book Tour

The Paranormal Plumes Society
The Paranormal Plumes Young Adult Book Tour hits Deltona 1/30-1/31

I landed in Tampa last Wednesday night and have been hanging with my family here for the past few days. Tomorrow my sister and I head north to Orlando where we’re going to Harry Potter’s Wizarding World. After Orlando we’re meeting up with The Plumes in Deltona for dinner. We’re SO excited!

Today went WAY too fast 🙂 We saw my niece play in her B-ball game, that’s my bro-in-law coaching!

Then we all went for a run! Soooo much fun. After that we pampered ourselves….with a Mani-Pedi!

Happy Birthday SIS!!!!

Then we had a FAB BBQ with all the fam 🙂 But not before I snapped this photo!

Tonight we’re packing our bags and are super excited about losing ourselves in the world of wizards & young adult books 🙂

CONGRATS Jessica McLaughlin winner of the kindle edition of Pyxis by K.C. Neal! So excited to have hosted the Ariel-Arson-Pyxis tour, thanks so much to all the people who entered!


Fisher Amelie’s Callum & Harper Exclusive Excerpt/Giveaway!

Howdy! Have you read and re-read The Understorey until your eyes bleed?? Have you put a notch in your lipstick case every day since the announcement that Callum & Harper releases DECEMBER 24th!! In the mood to get a sneak peek at best-selling author Fisher Amelie’s latest novel??? Well, come on in a sit a spell. Get a nice hot beverage and join me at this stop of The Callum & Harper Blog Tour. No need to introduce you to Fisher Amelie, one of the cleverest gal’s to put pen to paper, er, fingers to keyboard!  Fisher is running a contest for the length of her book tour! To win a signed copy of Callum & Harper just click here. Now, without further adieu, here’s Ms. Amelie’s latest & greatest…Callum & Harper.

“One day, you and I are gonna’ wake up and be alright. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you.” – Callum Tate

  Continue reading Fisher Amelie’s Callum & Harper Exclusive Excerpt/Giveaway!

Diary of debut authors: Nichole and I have our TV Debut in beautiful Savannah

Last night I landed in Savannah. The landing was my first scare on The Paranormal Plumes Society Haunted Book Tour. We were literally about to touch down, leaning back in our seats waiting for the wheels to hit the tarmac when, the plane all of a sudden took to the air again. Quickly. All of us shot glances at each other. There were nervous laughs and looks of Rlly? This guy sitting next to me had a huge grin on his face. Sometimes the strange things that don’t kill you make you smile. We’re like, what was it? The wrong airport? The pilot comes on and let’s us know that two planes were landing on two bisecting landing strips at the same time and we were the plane that got called off. He was super calm. Like this happens all the time? Wow. At the beginning of the flight we were held up so that a man could make it to his baby’s birth in Jacksonville.

So the trip to Savannah for The Haunted Book Tour has all the makings of a good story. Lots of drama! And the unexpected. And while I didn’t bump into any ghosts last night as I walked this beautiful city for a super late-night dinner, I did make some great friends.

And to add to the drama, I met the marvelous Nichole Chase for the very first time, although we’ve known each other online for months now, and the day we first meet we go on The WTOC Mid-Morning Show in Savannah to talk about The Paranormal Plumes Society & our tour here which starts tomorrow.

Nicole is a joy:) She and I had fun touring the town today and will never forget the day we first met!  YAY! Thank you to everyone at WTOC for being so kind and helping to spread the word about our books. Here’s the interview!