Branford High School Visit


Hello once again, readers!!!

Well, the author meet & greet was a success!! I was a ball of nerves for most of the day just because this was my first real public speaking, but it was all worth it. Being around the students and talking about the rewards of writing was such a humbling experience. The students were so well-behaved and polite, and the all seemed to have a genuine interest in the things we were talking about.

What more could you ask for when entertaining teens for a day?

We were greeted with southern hospitality and spent the day in good company. There were seven of us total (authors), and we all had a chance to speak to the students and share our thoughts on the process of writing. At the end of the day, we had tables set up for us in the library where the students, parents, and teachers could come and meet us. The picture below is me at Sonya Loveday’s table. Yes, my face is blurry lol. She had shaky hands and we were on a set schedule so there wasn’t enough time to take perfect photos. My table was right next to hers.1451436_10201601938903550_126528835_nThey also put awesome gift baskets on each of our tables. The students crafted the boxes themselves, and filled them with all kinds of goodies. It was so unexpected and appreciated.

When the day came to an end, Sonya and I found a wall where they had each of our bio’s and books up. It was so awesome being around so many students who appreciated literature and the craft of writing. They were so eager to learn and so full of questions, most of them dabbling in writing themselves. How cool, right? I don’t think to date that I have done something so rewarding in my career.

wallI can’t wait to go back next year.

Echelon out ♥

Embracing the Flames 99¢ Sale

1016105_388014354636172_2109477905_nHello once again, readers! Check out this awesome fan art done by Tarnya. She is so talented. She is also the one responsible for making Born in Flames and Embracing the Flames necklaces and key chains. I am sending her an eHug right now…


Okay, so my publisher, 48fourteen, did a vote yesterday on Facebook. It was for the readers to choose which novel out of their collection they wanted to see put to 99¢ for 24 hours. Embracing the Flames won! It has been at 99¢ since yesterday and only has a little bit of time left at that awesome price. (I know, I’m a little late in telling you)What kind of self-marketing author would I be if I didn’t at least mention that to you lovely people?!


Any who, since last night, the sales ranking has dropped and put me at #42 in Fairy Tales and #57 in Mythology. Of course this is something I did and am still doing a happy dance over. Yes, people, I am still dancing as I type… Just kidding. You know, I’m never sure if it’s good etiquette or not to share these types of things, but I just get so excited and want to share it with everyone lol.

I digress.

In other news, I discovered this website called Authorgraph. It’s a site where readers can request their favorite author’s autograph for their ebooks. It comes in a pdf file in their email I think. It’s pretty neat. I set an account up for myself so if you’re interested, you can find me here: I think there’s a widget for it so I will fiddle around with that to add onto my page. You know, since I have nothing better to do besides succumbing to my ADD and avoiding what I should be doing which is working on my WIP.

Did I really just say that?

And lastly, I’ve placed an order with my publisher for the Born in Flames paperbacks. With the Indie Bookest being less than three weeks away, I figured now would be the best time to order them. If you live in Florida and are close to Disney, you should totally get a ticket and come see me. Plus, I have a few pending orders waiting and a few people who won a copy that I must send them off to.

I think that’s it.

Next weekend I will be training for my scuba certification. The days can’t move quick enough. Not that it matters or has influence on your life in any way lol.

That being said, here’s the question of the day: What genre of reading do you prefer? I am going to be totally predictable and say my favorite is young adult. No brainer there, right?

Echelon out ♥





<~~ Just had to share…thought it was hilarious. o_O


Who Are You Again?

431104_10200488608195765_1861929368_nHello once again Readers!!!!!! Like the fan art of Aurora? I think it friggin’ rocks! I have a ton more that I will share with you in another post. I love it. It just makes me feel so giddy inside.

But I digress.

Okay…so I know I have been M.I.A on here. And maybe even that is an understatement. But I swear I have reasons! Valid ones too!

First off, I finished From the Embers (the final book in the Born in Flames trilogy) and submitted that to my publisher. She is nearly finished reading it and waiting on me for a blurb to put into the contract. In the meantime, she had returned her final read through of Embracing the Flames with notes I needed to go over before it could go to formatting.

I went back into the editing cave and closed myself off. That is all I have been doing for the past week. It took me a little bit of time because it’s my last chance to make it how I want it before it lands in your hands. And because I am OCD.

That being said, my read through of Embracing the Flames is complete as of today and it is now back with my publisher being formatted. We are looking at the next two to three weeks for a release date. Can you believe it!? The day is almost near. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, here is the cover of book one and two:












Any who, so now that Embracing the Flames is on its way… I must go back to the formatted print version off Born in Flames and read through it before it gets sent of to the printer. HAPPY FREAKING DANCE!!!! I can’t wait to hold my book! And just in time for the Indie BookFest I will be attending in August.

Deep breath.

It’s all coming together…I just have to learn how to keep up. I am so excited…you just don’t even know.

As for slacking on the blog, I am very sorry. I want to blog so bad, but between taking care of my two-year old, babysitting a three-month old, and finding the time to market, write, edit, and everything else that fits into the job description, well, I’m sure you catch my drift. I’ve discovered I am not Wonderwoman, sadly enough.

There goes that dream. o_O

Now to leave you with a question: Who’s looking forward to reading Embracing the Flames?!!

Echelon out ♥