Art Journaling

Hello once again Readers!!!

Just a quick post today. I was recently asked to show more of my art journal. I have to admit to you that I have recently slacked off with my painting and drawing. Even with my personal journal. I’ve been consumed by my writing.

But fall is near and craft fairs are on the horizon so back to painting I shall go! Besides, most of my paintings have been sold or given away, so I need to stock back up for Fae Tis Moor. I’m excited because the new ideas Sonya and I came up with will be brought to life starting tomorrow. We’ve put it all off for a while due to life-changing experiences for both of us. I miss it. A lot.

I need to straighten myself back out. I have a problem with immersing myself into something and then struggling to find my way back to my normal routine. That is what has happened to me lately.

I know…the real problem is that it has been almost a month since my last Butterbeer.


I digress.

Back to the point-my art journal. So for those of you who are interested, here are some of my pages. Keep in mind, it’s a journal and some pages aren’t finished. Man I really need to get back into it. I miss it even more after talking about it!

Here we go!

My first journal page ever. Practicing eyes.

Saw a watercolor on Pinterest the other day and just had to freehand it myself. I needed practice and loved the image. It’s not as good as the original I saw, but I’m happy with it.

A mermaid day. I wasn’t happy with her face, but then again, this was on a smaller scale for me and it’s practice.

A sketch I ended up painting onto canvas.

So those are just a few pages. I’m a bit rusty and still figuring out my style. We shall see. Looking forward to the future with bright eyes and hoping for the best.

Just remember one thing: go for what you want, no matter what anyone says. There will always be someone in your way, trying to suede you from your dreams. It’s how you handle it that makes the difference. It starts inside of you, in the pit of your soul. Nurture it and never give up.

Echelon out ♥

Six Sentence Sunday

Hello once again Readers!! How was your night? Mine was disturbed by a new story idea. Don’t you hate it when that happens? You’re about to drift off into the peaceful abyss of sleep and then someone pops up in your mind. A stranger with a story that must be told. It’s a good thing I keep a notebook next to my bed, because I was really dreading having to get up and walk all the way across the house just to write this person down.

Her name is Clarissa (not sure why yet). I wrote her opening down and tucked myself back into bed. Of course I had to explain to her that there are two other characters in front of her, waiting impatiently for their stories to be told (Aurora and my next project, Ella). She shrugged dismissively and left me to sleep.

But I digress.

So I’ve made it on time today with the Six Sentence Sunday post. Shocking…I know. But hey, there’s a first for everything. I figured I’d share six sentences from Born in Flames since I have yet to do that.

I know…shocking lol.

Shall we?

I was about to yank my arm from her when she suddenly sucked in a hissing breath. I turned to see where she was looking as the room muted and everyone froze, heads pointing to the floor. The air was thick and pungent with fear.

There he was.

My breath caught as my heart slammed against my chest. I couldn’t take my eyes off him and felt a weird pulling sensation towards him. I knew him somehow. Zordon.

Okay, so maybe that was eight sentences…:)

Any who, the “her” Aurora was going to yank her arm from was Eve, the psychic she visits, just so you know. Basically, this is the first time Aurora see’s her arch-enemy Zordon and it’s inside a vision from The Fates that Eve was instructed to help her see. This was inevitably to help her understand her past and who she is. Fun stuff.

So that’s all folks. I know, it’s a really short post today, but it is Sunday after all. I didn’t get as much writing as I would’ve liked to last night, so I think I’m going to do that. Who cares about chores?

Now to leave you with a question: What is your favorite color? Describe it rather than just saying it.

Here’s mine: Swimming towards the surface, just as the rays of light pierce through the crystal clear water in a shimmer of hope, my favorite color emerges through the blending of water and light, offering the pleasure of that first breath that is sure to come: teal blue.

Echelon out ♥

Stupid Storm Cloud

Hello once again Readers!!! What!? Rob Pattinson is on my blog!!?? Eeeeek!

Edward: “Say it, say it out loud.”

Me: I nervously giggle, tucking my hair behind my ear, noting his ice-cold breath against my neck. “I am a cheese hoarder!”

Oh, sorry…I don’t think that’s what he wanted me to say. Heh. But I guess it doesn’t matter anyway because that’s not really him. It’s just some dude at the midnight premier dressed up. The joy of midnight premiers!

But I digress.

*Warning* I’m in a rare, boredom frustrated-driven mood, so what you are about to read may scare you. Muhahaha!

So I found this app awhile back that allows you to put your face into the profile of someone else. It was an instant SOLD for me! (Did you know that I’ve read it’s not good to SCREAM in CAPS when writing in blogs? It supposedly pisses people off…?)

I digress…so yes, as weird as it may sound, I placed my face into the bodies of others (maybe that should be my next novel concept…), and these bodies are all from different time frames. So without further adieu, take a gander!

It’s Saved By The Bell Candace. Totally could rock the 80’s curl.






And here we have Hippie Candace. Lol. Wow to the shirt. Those days I dont quite remember…








And this is me when I used to be a Librarian. Had to give that up because I read more than I shelved books! Dang it!









And lastly, Footloose or Flashdance Candace. “She’s a maniac, maniac on the floor.”

So what’d ya think. Better yet, nevermind lol. I guess I should get back to writing now while trying to dodge this stupid storm cloud that seems to have been following me around lately. Woe is me…yada yada yada.

From the Embers here I come!!!

Now to leave you with a question: What was your favorite style growing up? What article (still don’t understand the duel use of this word) of clothing could you NOT (damn caps) live without??

‘Til next time my fellow bloggers, Echelon out ♥

How To Deal With Stress…


Hello once again Readers!!! What’s that? You like the Lord of the Rings inspired castle I built out of Legos? Me too! It took me a good three years of my if to put that sucker together…






Hahaha. I didn’t build that, silly! Psh…my attention span is this big: __

And besides:

I digress.

So I wanted to talk about something serious. As serious as being stuck in a rut. It’s called: STRESS.

I know…so scary, but I have come to face this Evil Demon in the past few weeks. It became do or die really. Make it or break it. Take it or leave it…..something like that?

Any who, so yes, this Evil Demon came at me headfirst, raring to go. I was like, “Woah there, Evil Demon. I think thou hast not thought this through. You don’t know who you’re messing with.”

He took a step back, intrigued by my boldness.

I that opportunity to explain to him that aint nothin’ gonna breaka my stride.

Not even his foul stench. He sniffed at himself and shrugged in agreement.

But that’s not the point. The point is, I came away from that confrontation with some new tips on how to deal with the Evil Demon also known as Stress. There really are ways…and they aren’t your typical find-it-in-some-big-fat-book-that-only-makes-you-even-more-stressed kind of tips.

Let’s dive in to the goodies…shall we?

  1. Dance like a madman. I know. Crazy, but effective. Even if you can’t dance…turn a really good song on and go at it! By the end of it, you won’t even remember what you were stressed about.
  2. Eat a juicy hamburger. After all that dancing, hell, you deserve it! You can’t top a good burger. You really just can’t! And if you don’t like burgers…get the heck outta here. You’re crazy!
  3. Take a nap. Yep. You read that right. Sleep! All those carbs you just consumed and dancing you did…you are bound to be sleepy. And some sleep might do you some good!
  4. Dream big! Well, you should be sleeping at this point. So why not dream of the solutions to make your Stress disappear? Better yet, forget dreaming of a solution. Dream of something better, like flying to a far away place where waiters wait on you hand-and-foot and bills don’t exist!
  5. Face reality with courage. Okay, so you’ve danced, ate, slept, and dreamed. You are perfect and ready to go. Remember that. After the rain, there is always sunshine…always. It may not be when you want it, but it will be..when the time is right. So always wear your game face.

Okay Readers, feel better? I sure do. I am stress-free and full of hope. The future is always going to be there. It’s not going anywhere, so you can count on it. When you feel a bit stressed, remember these tips. There is always and up to a down. A left to a right. A back to a front…so on and so forth.

And now that I’ve rambled, I digress to some news on, Born in Flames.

Blog Tour number one went fantastic. I received lots of awesome reviews and did fun things like character interviews and author interviews. I am working on a new page to add to this blog that will feature those special times in my life.

I was also featured by So Lee Writes on an Author Spotlight segment that she is implementing into her blog. It was a lot of fun and I am very grateful for the time she spent doing this for me. Make sure you show her some love!

That’s it for now Little Flames!

Until next time, Echelon out ♥

Release Party Wrap-Up & Winner

Scary zombie Candace!

Hello once again Readers!!!! What’s that? I became a creepy zombie somewhere between the Flaming Dr. Peppers and Margaritas?!?  AHHHHHH!!! The zombie apocalypse has begun, don’t forget to double tap!


I digress.

So the party was AWESOME. Really, it was. I was very lucky to have so many supporters show up and be honestly excited about my accomplishment. It was refreshing and heartwarming and I am nothing but appreciative.

Oodles of yummy-goodness.

We also had tons of yummy food. See —>

That’s right…be jealous. I ate more than I think I ever have in my entire life! I jogged forever today to make up for my lack of discipline lol.

Now shall I take you on a tour? Follow me…

We had a little bit of spanish food (my all-time favorite).

BBQ pork and pulled chicken.

Macaroni, cake…the list goes on and on. And we still had left overs!

I guess I should have grabbed some from Sonya *sigh*.

But I digress. The best part of the party was the prizes Sonya and I spent hours trying to come up with. We wanted to be inventive and unique. So what better than to give away items from Born in Flames? Things like necklaces, posters, and paintings.

Free copies of the book were given to those who hadn’t read it yet in return for and honest review and extra paintings of mine were raffled off.

But my most favorite prize was the coveted Stone of Immortality. We used trivia questions for those who had read the book to make it fair. Everyone was excited to play! Those few who hadn’t read it even gave it a shot. To say the least, the night was perfect!

And after the majority left, the music was cranked up and the Flaming Dr. Peppers were served to celebrate all the hard work put into getting this far and to also celebrate all the wonderful things to come, because it’s only up from here my friends!!

You can’t really see the flames, but you get the drift.

So I must say thank you once again to everyone! Your love and support is the wind beneath my wings. If you want to see more pictures of the night, like my author facebook page and check them out. It was one of the best nights of my life. :)

Now for the fun stuff folks. An Oraculus giveaway. Everyone should have a place to write their own fate. And one lucky winner will.

Drumroll please…………..

Woohoo!! Congratulations Staci! And thank you so much for taking the time to post your fantastic review. It is greatly appreciated!!! Shoot me you address at and I will send this lovely gift your way!

That’s it for now my peeps.

Except for one small, exciting blip of news…Embracing the Flames is now finished and in the hands of my publisher!!! More news to come with that! Now I will begin writing the last installment to the trilogy which has a title, From the Embers.

Love my blog family,

Echelon out ♥

I’ve Been Released…From Captivity!

Hello once again Readers!!! Wonder where I’ve been?…

You see what happened was…I was abducted by a gorilla. But not just any gorilla. This was like King Kong’s son’s brother’s nephew.

He’s to your left <—.

You’re probably thinking (because I am secretly psychic and can read ALL of your minds muhahaha), “WHAT!?”

I know…me too. I woke up in this Jurassic Park-type place deep inside a cave. Without a Red Bull I might add.

Of course the first thing I did was scream. Classic must-do for any girl who has been abducted by a gorilla. And because I had no Red Bull…

So anyhow. Yeah, there I was, stuck inside this cave with this massive gorilla that possibly wanted to eat me. I sighed, stood up, then asked him, “Umm…excuse me Mr. Kong Descendant, are you going to eat me?”

He didn’t answer. He just angrily beat on his chest.

“Rude,” was my next comment (under my breath of course).

I plopped onto the ground in a fit of defeat. I figured I would just be stuck forever inside this stinky cave with an even stinkier gorilla, but when I called him rude, he stood up and started beating his chest again.

“So you understand english then?” I guessed. He beat himself some more. I smiled as the thoughts began to swirl in my head.

Every time I speak to him…he beats himself.

You can probably guess what came next…

I had lot’s to say and even more to think out. So why not talk about Born in Flames?

I rambled and rambled and pestered and questioned him until he was blue in the face…literally. He had beat himself to death. I knew this because he suddenly stopped beating himself and staggered around as if he were drunk. Then he tripped over a rock, smacked his head against the cave wall, spun around on his heel (by this time I was thinking, “Get it over with already.”) and then finally, he paused, grimaced at me, and then fell face first.

I poked him with my toe, just to make sure. He didn’t move.

How’s that for an ending? Not much…I know. So it didn’t really end there then. I had to get out of the cave still and make it back to my bestie’s in time so we could mail the poster for Leah off to Canada. After running around in circles, I stopped, remembering something.

This is your cue to ask, ‘What?”

It was simple really. Something you probably would never have guessed (and a bit cliché).

I woke up.

I had been dreaming that whole time! Can you believe it?

Me either.

The good news is…I’m back! I’m here and I’m ready to rumble. There’s no gorilla that could stop me!

And now that I have wasted your time, I’d like to offer you a truce for hanging in there. How about another giveaway to celebrate my release party this Saturday (09/15/2012). How does (for those of you who have read Born in Flames), a replica of the Oraculus for you to write your own destiny in sound?


Here’s how you win:

Post a link back to your review posted on either Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, or in a comment box below. The review has no requirements, just your honest thoughts on the book. I will once again use the randomizer to select the winner and ship it off to wherever you are in the world. Contest ends Monday (09/17/2012).

Sound good?

Awesome, now to leave you with a question: What would you do if you were left in cave with a crazed gorilla?

Echelon out ♥

Reviews-An Author’s Do Or Die

Hello once again Readers!!! So I know I have been severely lacking in the posting department, but with good reason I must say. I’ve barely slept since the release of Born in Flames, and for good reason. Marketing, fretting, jumping in excitement, rambling to myself at midnight, working on the finishing touches of the second novel, planning my release party…the list goes on (which doesn’t include normal daily tasks such as feed myself and tend to my children).

It’s been a whirlwind, but one that I wouldn’t give up for anything. And with that, I digress.

So let’s get to the good stuff-my first reviews. Now I have to be honest with you (since you all are my friends), this was the longest, most grueling part of the process for me. Knowing that people were/are reading it and not having a clue as to what they think. I’m sure all my author friends can relate. So when Cassandra posted her review late last night…I had a mental debate on whether or not I wanted to read it (I was scared). Thankfully, Sonya found it first and smoothed it over for me. She even read it to me. If you click on her name it will take you to her review. Which was awesome!

She even left this on my Goodreads profile: “I don’t think I’ve read a book this quickly since Twilight came out, and I found it to be far  above Twilight. I am going to say that it’s the best YA novel I have read this year!”

Can we just say “AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!”

Now of course I don’t think that I could ever be better than Stephanie Meyers…I was so in love with the Twilight Saga, but to hear that meant the world to me! So once again, thank you so much Cassandra. I eagerly anticipate the release of Walking in the Shadows in October!!!

Now on to the blog tour. My first stop was with The Secret Sanctuary of Books. I talked with Andie a little about Born in Flames, and about the Trilogy as a whole. This way readers will know what’s in store for them. The interview went well and I am not only lucky to have them in my corner helping me promote, but pleased with their work and thoughts!! A big shout out to all of you ladies!

The second stop (today) is with Terri’s Book Addiction. This was my first review on the tour (but second review because Cassandra’s came first), so I was literally nauseous. I was so nervous about what she would think and how it would make her feel. So when I checked this morning, I sucked in a deep breath and dove right into reading it (with Sonya on the phone of course). I am pleased to say SHE LOVED IT!

To quote a bit: “When I picked my kindle up with a sigh of defeat thinking “there’s just no way I’m going to get this book read in time”. Then I started reading and knew that this would be a book that I wouldn’t just get through in one day but I had to get through in one day because there was no way I was going to put it down for sleep. So I say to everyone out there who is reading this review: This is one of my favorite books of the year and a 100% MUST READ!!”


I just pray that I don’t wake up from this! All I wanted from this was to take people to a place where the best books have taken me-an escape from reality. And now I’m getting choked up.

So with that being said, once again to all of you, thank you for hanging in there with me and believing in me. Without you, my dreams wouldn’t be a reality. And to all my Little Flames…much ♥. Stay tuned for some really exciting contests to come. Prizes including artifacts from the book. *Hint* Stone of Immortality….;)

Echelon out ♥