Born in Flames – It’s Official!!!

Hello once again Readers!!! I apologize in advance ’cause I’m about to scream.


Can you believe it!!?? I am finally published! Born in Flames is out there, waiting to be devoured!

Emotions as of this moment: Scared, Nervous, Excited, Jubilant, Ecstatic, Anxious, Nauseous (is that an emotion)…just all around “oh my god”-ness!!!!

Okay, so enough of that. Here’s where you can find it if you are interested: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and 48fourteen.

If you do so happen to read it, please take the time to leave a review. Doesn’t have to be anything special. At least a rating would help. If you can’t though, just know that I am the happiest and most lucky gal to have you as a Reader and thank you ever so much for taking that time to spend with Aurora and Fenn!

I will be posting sample chapters soon after.

Now for the winner of the Giveaway!!! Drumroll please………………………………………………………………………

Round of applause please!!!! I will be getting with you for the address that you would like the poster to be mailed to as well as the email you’d like a copy of Born in Flames to go to.

Thank you all so much for hanging in there!

That being said, Echelon out ♥

April Fools…09-06-2012 Is The New Release Date

Hello once again Readers!!! So I guess I got you right!? My publisher emailed me late last night and said the release date has been pushed back to Thursday! So 09-06-2012 is the new date which gives me more time to get things in order! I still have to write-up a press releases and then contact the various papers and radio stations. Hopefully they will be in my favor!

But the giveaway is still in effect. I will choose on Thursday instead of today, and contact the winner Thursday night! To your left are the posters that I have!!! Eeek!

Thank you all for hanging in there and I will be blogging again on Thursday to announce the release and pick one lucky winner! The road to publishing is a bumpy one!

That being said, Echelon out ♥

Update: Book Trailer And Final Revisions!

Hello once again Readers!!! I thought I’d introduce you to my two lovely children so I uploaded my most favoritest family picture of them! Logan is the little boy with no eyes and Scarlett is the little baby with no eyes.

Oh…and yeah, that’s me behind them screaming at them to finish their porridge…


I digress.

Quick post today and I bet you’ll never guess why…

Okay, so maybe the title does give it away (as always), but still…

So I received the edits from my publisher last night! The last and final edits. This is it people! I go through word by word to ensure that it’s exactly how I want it while fixing the few spots where she pointed out weaknesses in the plot. I am thrilled and anxious as this long-awaited dream finally becomes realized.


When I finish this last sprint, she will format it and then voila, Born in Flames will be published!

Also, I’ve spent the past couple of days working on my book trailer that is now about 95% done. The last hurdle I’ve run into is finding usable music that won’t get me in trouble and won’t cost an arm and a leg. I’m sure I will be blogging about the process once I wrap it up.

And that about sums it up folks! I’m not sure when I will be blogging again since I am diving right into these edits as you read this. They need my complete and full attention. Wish me luck!

No questions for today (I know…shocker) so, Echelon out ♥

I’m on Goodreads! Yay!

Hello once again Readers!!! Long time no talk! Except for when I’m held up in a phone booth in the wilds of Canada like I am to your left. Then it’s long time long talk…? And fine, so I wasn’t “technically” in Canada. I was at the Canada in Epcot. Close enough for me!

I digress.

It’s been a few days since I’ve even been on here…so sad *shakes head*. A lot can happen in a few days. You could be abducted by aliens, you could win the lottery and live out your dreams, you could put your author profile up on Goodreads…wait…back up a sec, what was the last thing you said? Something about Goodreads?

That’s right people! I’ve finally got off my arse and set up my author profile on Goodreads. My novel has been added and can be shelved as to-read! What!!!! I know!!!

So many exclamation points!!!

I know it’s not published yet, but this is so exciting for me! It’s one step closer to being official. And to top that, I now have over 200 followers and I was nominated for two awards! The Beautiful Blogger and the Reader Appreciation Award. I am so grateful and on cloud nine (whatever that means)!!

The only thing that could top this would be finally receiving the email from my publisher that we are ready to go live with Born in Flames. Hopefully soon (sending subliminal messages to her now…).

I know this isn’t a very helpful blog (more like a journal entry…kind of), but I just have to share it with you because I am that excited about it. Literally. I’m grinning as I type this. (I know…I’m strange.) But I can’t help it. Seeing my cover online just sends little happy chills down my spine and makes me want to do 15 cartwheels in a row!

So to make this a helpful blog, I won’t bore you with another seven interesting facts about myself, but I will however pass on these lovely awards to some blogs I’ve recently started following. Love to pass the joy around!

Matt Knox * The Pittsburgh Housewife * Tamara Morning * Million Happy Endings * English as a Foreign Language * Dan Thompson * Words on the Page

May we all stay beautiful and appreciated, Bloggers.

Now to leave you with a question: What was the happiest moment in your life?

Until next time (most likely tomorrow), Echelon out ♥

♥ The Liebster Blog Award ♥

I’ve been honored with a nomination for the Liebster Award by Shirley Sorbello!!! How exciting! I love the awards that are passed around our community. It gives us all a chance to get to know one another all the while promoting each other. So go team! This award is especially special for a number of reasons. Read further to understand why…(muhahaha).

The following information was copied from: A Writer’s Journey

What is the Liebster Award?

“The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.”

Umm…they left something out. The most important adjective to describe us Liebster receivers! Can you guess what I’m about to say? AWESOME!!! I’m just kidding (not really). So to my nominees listed below, please be sure to add awesome to your description because you surely are!

Now for the rules: 

  1. If you are tagged/nominated, you have to post 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Then you answer the 11 questions the tagger has given you & make 11 questions for the people you are going to tag.
  3. Tag 11 more Bloggers.
  4. Tell the people you tagged that you did.
  5. No tagging back.
  6. The person you tag must have less than 200 followers.

So let us begin!

11 more things you should probably know about me…

  1. I just dyed my hair magenta. Boo-ya.
  2. I am afraid of the dark. Big time.
  3. I’ve been stung by jellyfish before. It hurts.
  4. I own and love my Heelys. (And I’m damn good at it)
  5. I sometimes speak in Yoda. Awesome I am!
  6. I can be a pushover. Bad habit.
  7. I can do the Shake-down Shimmy like Adam Richman. It works.
  8. I love Ikea.
  9. I love to travel. Now if only I could afford to…
  10. I used to love Barney.
  11. I danced in an off-broadway production of the Nutcracker when I was younger. I was a toy-soldier and waltzing flower.

Here are the answers to Shirley’s 11 wonderful questions!

  1.     What is your favorite childhood memory? Hmm…it would have to be performing on a cruise ship while on the way to Cozumel, Mexico. It was fun trying to accommodate my routines to the swaying of the boat. Plus, I was of the legal age to drink beer! (14 I think I was). I tried it on a bus (my mother actually let me!) and hated it.
  2.     What is your favorite color? It would have to be blue. A greenish-blue to be precise.
  3.     What is your favorite place on Earth?  In my husband’s arms (Awwwww). I know.
  4.     What has been your proudest moment? That’s difficult. Of course having two healthy, beautiful children would be it, but signing a publishing contract has been my ultimate proud moment. I’m showing my children that you can go for your dreams and achieve them if you work hard enough.
  5.     What makes you happiest? Feeling like I’ve left my mark, one way or another.
  6.     What are you afraid to do? Even though I have, I’m afraid to put myself out there (speaking of Born in Flames) and receive nothing but negative feedback. I’m afraid of not interesting anyone. You know, the normal writer’s self-doubt.
  7.     What do you want the world to remember most about you? That I loved passionately, I gave my all to everything I touched, I dreamed, I danced, I wrote, I lived my life to the fullest, and I could do a cart-wheel.
  8.     Why do you write and/or blog? It started off as a way of putting myself out there as an author. A contact for my future readers. But in the past few months, it’s become much more. I blog because it makes me happy. I enjoy meeting new people and finding out that I’m not alone in my dreams and doubts.
  9.     What famous person do you admire the most? Sheesh. Umm…Jared Leto I guess. He’s a Capricorn like me so I know he’s a hard worker. His lyrics are beautiful and relatable. And he’s persevered through all the struggles his band was put through.  
  10.     What is you favorite kind of music? Indie Pop, Alternative, Punk, Rock, 80’s, the list could go on and on…
  11.     What do you know for sure? I know for sure that I will go to bed with pink hair. :)

    Magenta baby!

My Questions for my Nominees:

  1. What is your biggest dream?
  2. What inspires you the most?
  3. What is your favorite kind of music?
  4. How did you wind up with a blog?
  5. What is your favorite food?
  6. What is your favorite genre of reading?
  7.  The ocean or the mountains?
  8. Are you a hopeless romantic?
  9.  What is your current WIP about?
  10.  What is your top five favorite movies?
  11.  What is your favorite thing about yourself?

That’s it! Now remember nominees, you are AWESOME! So let’s list them:

Sonya Loveday * Veganchopnchat (not sure how many followers you have but oh well) * Mymagicalescape * James M Davis * Em Types * Ignore the Buckles on My Jacket * Michelle Proulx * Andrew Toynbee * Austin Bishop * James Calbraith * Sean’s World

So that about wraps it up!

Until tomorrow Little Flames… Echelon out ♥

100 Followers & Continued Nominations

Hello once again Readers!!!

First off, I wanted to nominate the remaining eight blogs that I had left off my post yesterday.

Shall we?

Fadedfairytale (because fairies rock!) * J-Bo (I’m 25 too! And you are freakin’ hilarious!) * The Daydreamer (because dreaming is awesome) *  I make stuff up (because we have music in common) * Sudden Leigh Anonymous (you made me laugh) * Nathan Bradley (I like the way you think) * Our Faulty Stars (I love stars!) * Projecting the Void (You made me think & laugh).

Okay! Phew! Now, I wanted to thank everyone because I just hit 100 followers last night.

Oh snap!!!!!!!

I know in the grand scheme of things, it’s not that many, but to me, it is a glorious feat! I never thought I’d have so many things in common with so many very different people. It’s (oh no, here’s that word again) AWESOME!

So thank you thank you thank you for hanging around and reading my ramblings!

I was also nominated again by Patricia Awapara for the One Lovely Blog Award. I really appreciate the nomination! She is a very inspiring individual with an amazing talent. Check out her page and view her gallery! And because I just received this yesterday, I won’t bore you with another seven facts about myself.

So that about sums this short blog up. My next blog will discuss the beauty of rebellion. I’m not sure when that will be, probably Sunday because I’m celebrating my best friends son’s birthday this weekend and will possibly be starting the shoot for the book trailer. Wow that was a long sentence.

Anywho, I will see you when I see you…;)

So to leave you with a question: How is your Friday so far?

And now for a silly treat:

 “Call me George Foreman ’cause I’m selling everybody grills.”

…Echelon out ♥

A Nomination and a Book Trailer ♥

 Hello once again Readers!!! Exciting news for this blogger/writer!

First thing’s first, that’s me over there <–, in case you were wondering.  And that’s what my morning usually consists of. My faithful dog, Lily, snuggled up against me, and my Kindle Fire allowing me to read other fellow bloggers (and an occassional book or two). All while falling into the sink hole of my couch.

But I digress.

So, what’s the exciting news?  Let’s start with the nomination and save the really good stuff for last…(muhahaha). Andrew Toynbee, a very excellent blogger, has been nominated for the One Lovely Blogger Award.

Round of applause, please!!!

And like a lot of these awards, you are to pass on what you have been bestowed. Sharing is caring. That being said, I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the 15! Woohoo!

Onward to the rules!

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you with a link to the site.
2. Write seven things about yourself that other bloggers don’t know
3. Nominate fifteen other deserving blogs.

Okay, once again, thank you oh so much Andrew for the mention. It really means a lot!! Readers, you should check him out!  Now for the seven things…

1. I enjoy sweeping. It’s a form of zen.

2. Drink of choice, whiskey and coke. Nothing more nothing less.

3. At my old job, I had to park in the same row every day, otherwise I felt my whole day would be screwed. Grrr.

4. I tend to snort when I laugh, and in extreme cases, if the joke is really funny, I fall to the ground.

5. I danced for a good 15 years of my life.

6. Both my children were born via C-section. Why? Because my son (first-born) was a whopping 9lb 6oz. Yeah, I know.

7. I have a huge heart and always try to see the best in people. Sometimes it backfires, but there’s never a regret. (Awwww)

Now for nominations:

Sonya Loveday (Welcome to the blog-o-sphere Bestie!) * Michelle Proulx (because I think you’re awesome) * James Calbraith (because your interview and book are awesome) * Elizabeth Guizzetti (Have faith, people will see your genius) * Austin Bishop (your topics are always interesting and insightful) * K.L Shwengel (because you make me laugh) * Debbie ( because I LOVE astrology).

I lost count…that’s all I have until I get to know more peeps. And I think I went a bit overkill on the use of AWESOME, but hey, it’s a fantastic and AWESOME word…:)

Now to wrap things up because this is taking a heck of a lot longer than I had planned and I’m sure you’re probably like, “Oh my gosh, really? Hurry up!” Or you’ve just skimmed through. Either way, thanks for stopping in.

I digress.

So starting tomorrow I will be taping my very own book trailer! I’m so excited about this! I have the scenes and music all scripted out, as well as the people playing my characters, so I’m ready to go! My cousin has a small production company in New Hampshire and they’ve agreed to help me with all the editing. So fingers crossed that it will all turn out the way I envision it! That’s it. That’s my other big news. I’ll keep you updated on how the whole process goes. It should be interesting to say the least…

Oh, and here I am dying of heat exhaustion earlier today while out for a jog.

Scary stuff…hehehe…

Now for a question: If you were on the brink of death by dehydration, hanging on by a mere thread, underneath the sweltering sun, what would you do for a glass of water?


As always, Echelon out ♥