WIP Nomination

Cruise 2014 182Hello once again, readers!!!

Guess what?!

I’ve been away on vacation since September 7th, and only just returned yesterday. I visited Cozumel and had the chance to swim through the underground caverns, Belize- where I took a tour around the Altun Ha Mayan Ruins, Mahogany Bay- where I snorkeled with lion fish and my friends, and Grand Cayman Island- where I stood in the water during the highest tide in sixty years with sting rays swimming into my hands.

In short, it was an amazing experience. I learned so much about these places and myself, and enjoyed the chance to wind down and really enjoy life.

But I digress.

While I was away, I was nominated by Sonya Loveday, my bestie and fellow author, to share the opening sentences from the first three chapters of my current WIP, Evernight (Night Watchmen, #3).

This novel is a continuation in the Night Watchmen Series … obviously.


Book two, Evernight, is currently with the editor getting prepped for its release on October 31st, 2014.

Before I share, I must say that none of these sentences are set in stone. I mean, after all, it is a WIP. Subject to change. And with being as picky and indecisive as I am, I’m sure there might be a change or two in the future.

Any who … here are the sentences:

Sentence 1

Sentence 2

Sentence 3

And scene.

Obviously, I can’t explain what you just read. Especially with book 2 not even out yet.

But it’s coming … muhahaha!

I’d like to thank Sonya for nominating me. This was fun!

Echelon out

WIP Wednesday


Hello once again, readers!!!

Guess what?! It’s WIP Wednesday. Better known as hump day! *cue whistles and hand clapping*

But I digress.

I’m going to get right to it because I’m still in the middle of writing and I don’t want to spend too much time away from the manuscript. I am, however, 46k into Evernight now! Woot!

*High five from afar!*

Any who. Here’s a small snippet from the chapter I worked on yesterday. Please remember this is pre-edits:

“You,” he says, stopping in front of Gavin. “You’re the go-to, aren’t you? The man with the plan? The one everyone turns to, correct?”

Gavin smiles confidently. “What can I say? I know how to deliver,” he says.

Modesty isn’t his strong point.

The General nods to himself. “You don’t really have any fears, do you?”

Gavin shrugs a little. “Nothing that I can rattle off the top of my head,” he says with a grin, shoving his hands in his pocket. I can see the balloon labeled ego inflating over top of his head, just waiting to be popped.

“And you’re confident in yourself and your abilities,” the General continues, guiding him to a point I’m sure Gavin is unaware of.

Gavin pulls his hand out of his pocket, straightening out his shoulders. “I haven’t failed yet.” He jerks his head around when Jezi and Cassie cough, and squints at them.

Weldon’s chin drops as he tries to hide his smile.

“And that is precisely your problem,” the General says, ending Gavin’s little bout of pride and the girls laughter. “You’re so wrapped up in your own ego that you fail to see your own weaknesses. You concern yourself with the rest of these cream puffs, feeding off of being the one they look up to, and thinking that you’re untouchable.”

“Walked right into that one,” Weldon says low enough so only me and Jaxen can hear him.

The General takes a step closer to Gavin who’s brows are scrunched. “There’s a thin line between intelligence and stupidity when it comes to confidence, and that line is labeled doubt. The smart ones are the ones who consistently question what they are doing, and why they are doing it. And the dumb ones, well, you can guess where I’m going with this. They, like you, think everything will work out smoothly and never question anything.”


And scene! It’s lesson time from the big dogs…something Gavin and Jaxen haven’t dealt with in a looooong time.

Thanks for stopping by! I can’t wait to finish and share this with you all!












That being said,

Echelon out

Unremarkable (Anything But #2) Cover Reveal by Lindy Zart

Hello once again, readers!!! Today I have the privilege of showcasing the cover reveal for Lindy Zart’s latest novel in the Anything But series, Unremarkable! Check it out:

Unremarkable (Anything But #2)

Thrust into a reality that should be myth, Honor does what she has to do to survive. Some things are easy to say goodbye to. Others things, like her very being, are not so easy to let go of. And when she does, what then? What will she become?

As Honor fights to survive and to remain unaltered when everything around her, including her, has been, she is met with adversaries and champions. Ryder, Christian, Nealon—they all have a goal. Only Honor doesn’t know if their goals coincide with hers, or Superior August’s and the UDK society.

One thing she does know: the world isn’t big enough for all of them.


I’ve been writing since I was a wee lass. I was reading before that; possibly while still in the womb. Don’t think about that too much.

I started out with short horror stories and poetry. I was terrible at it. The poems not so much, but the stories were awful.

I decided to finish a book (and I DO mean finish–I’d started plenty throughout the years) when I was in my mid-twenties (so not that long ago because I’m young and will forever stay that way). Again, not my best work.

But that’s the thing about writing; it improves with time. (It’s also a good thing to know your work can’t possibly be any worse than it was when you first started.)

What I love most about writing is having people tell me how much they enjoy my work; how my writing touches them; makes them feel intensely.

Bringing a reader to laughter or tears is a wonderful feeling for a writer, and no, I’m not sadistic. *insert evil laugh HERE* It means I got them to feel, to respond to something I created.

Also, I just like to make stuff up and put it down on paper. I have an endless supply of stories in my head; lots of stuff to share with the world.

Happy Reading!


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Echelon out ♥

Embracing the Flames Print Version.

embracing2_fullHello once again, readers!

You heard right! Embracing the Flames is now available in print! You can order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, 48fourteen, or me personally! I’m still waiting for my shipment to come in the mail. It should be any day now. But in the meantime, I also have physical copies of Born in Flames, book one in the trilogy for sale. I am selling them for $12 + shipping and it includes the signed copy, plus two bookmarks. If you’re interested, you can find my contact information in the ‘Get to know me’ section on my page.

Here are the links:

Born in Flames Amazon

Embracing the Flames Amazon

Also, I will be holding a giveaway here soon. Keep a look out for that. :)

That being said, Echelon out ♥


Born in Flames Book Birthday


Hello once again, readers! Guess what today is…the official first year anniversary of Born in Flames!

Oh snap!

What a year it’s been! Multiple nominations, blog tours, a radio show feature, my first book signing, a second book published and two on the way…it’s been a freaking rollercoaster ride! And anyone who knows me, knows that I love roller coasters. Like LOVE roller coasters…

Any who, this day sort of snuck up on me. I didn’t even realize it until a few days ago…thankfully! I’ve been so caught up in all my other projects that I almost let this momentous day slip by! That would not have been good at all. But thankfully, I have awesome people around me who remind me the things my brain can’t seem to remember and to them, I tip my hat. If I had one.

Now for something serious:

The most valuable thing I’ve come to learn in this mind-blowing year, is to simply believe in yourself. Sure there will be days when doubt will drive you up a wall and the things people say may drive a stake through your heart, but if you can hold on to that little piece of yourself that no one can ever have, your self-worth, then you can make it through anything. Be your own hero. Or heroine.

And always learn from your mistakes.

That being said, the people I’ve met and the things I have proved to myself have made this year amazing. I want to thank everyone who has stuck by me and given me a chance. I especially want to thank the readers who have embraced the trilogy and supported and loved it. You are the reason I keep on keepin’ on.

in honor of you all, I’m having a birthday celebration over on Facebook tomorrow from 4pm to 9pm. Everyone is invited! It’s a public event. There will be over 15 games and prizes up for grabs. There’s also a large handful of blogs posting a big happy birthday to Born in Flames. So awesome. Check them out:
Mythical Books
Indy Book Fairy
Black Words-White Pages
Tammy’s Tea Time
My Family’s Heart Book Reviews
Krystal’s Enchanting Reads
Consuming Worlds
Melissa Janda-A Time to Write
Author Leah D.W.
Becca Anne’s Book Reviews

Now to leave you with a question: What in your life have you accomplished that you never thought possible?

Echelon out ♥

Book Of The Year Nomination!

Publication1Hello once again, Readers!!!

It seems like Santa has stopped by early for me!  I’m excited to say that Born in Flames has been nominated for Book of the Year over on Turning The Pages Books!!!

What!!! Who knew?!

I was so excited when I first found out that I had to run out and buy a Butterbeer to celebrate! Thank you Universal for being so close! And thank you J.K. for being a genius.

But I digress…

So if you want to vote, just click here and then scroll down and click on Survey Link. It will take you to all the books nominated…:)

Thank you in advance to everyone who votes for Born in Flames!

 If you’re not familiar with it, here is the cover and blurb:

born-in-flames-finalRed mirrored scales race up my arms as the haze of pain blurs my vision. My
bones crack, breaking to realign. I scream. It is then that the realization of
my unavoidable fate sinks in; I am of a dying race. I am dragon.

Aurora Megalos, orphaned and teetering on the edge of adulthood, thought finding her
past would curb the sting of being an outcast. Having no memories of the time
before she awoke on her foster mother’s doorstep, she yearns for the emptiness
inside her to be filled. With her fellow orphaned best friend, Fenn, by her
side, she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. But something powerful
stirred within her that she couldn’t explain. Something wanted out.

In the dark of night, a crazed Seer, dubbed Mr.Creepy, erases everything she’s ever
known with an impending prophecy. She now faces two paths. Return to her true
home to protect a dying race against a growing evil, or stay hidden in the
safety of our realm with a shot at a true love. With a vengeful Arch Enemy
stopping at nothing to see her dead, she’s running out of time; a decision must
be made. What would you choose?

So that’s it for today. I received my edits for Embracing the Flames last night and need to jump back into that before I can continue with From the Embers. It’s insanity, but I love it…so get excited for more to come!

And here’s something to make you smile before you go:


Hehehehe…Echelon out ♥

NaNo Success!

candacekI completed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Was there a moment when I thought I might not…..umm….more like tons of moments.

But I conquered it with a whopping 50013! Woot!

That being said…it is nowhere near finished. Also, the story completely changed about halfway through, but due to the time constraints I left it all as is to be fixed later. From the Embers will continue to be my main focus until I have time to pick this back up.

What I learned:

  1. I can do something I didn’t know I could do.
  2. I can drink three Red Bulls back to back and not have a heart attack.
  3. I can juggle (literally).
  4. I can get sick and still find it in me to put in some pretty wordage.
  5. People are mean. (Okay so that has nothing to do with NaNo and everything to do with Goodreads…lol)
  6. Letting yourself go is really the best way to write (at least for me.)
  7. A year ago I didn’t even know about this.
  8. My jaw clenches up when I get in the zone…ow.
  9. I can write something other than my trilogy.
  10. It’s okay to believe in myself.

Okay…so those aren’t deeply philosophical points, but I just put in a lot of words today and finished another painting so my mind is beat and my jaw hurts lol.

To everyone else who finished way before me or with an obsene amount of words, congrats. And to those who didn’t finish…don’t worry about it. Putting a thing like this smack dab in the middle of the holidays is a little silly and makes it pretty hard to accomplish. I barely made it. Keep writing. That is all that matters!

Here’s my latest painting:

Dreams 12×12

Side View

And I’m spent. Have a great night everyone!

Echelon out ♥