Friday, September 14, 2012

When I was approached to be a part of a blog tour for Jessica Brody, I didn't hesitate in saying yes.  This book looks like a really fun read.  I will be putting my review up for it soon.  In the meantime, please enjoy learning more about it all below:
52 Days of 52 Reasons to Love Jessica Brody and Her Books
1 of the 52 Reasons to Love Jessica Brody and Her Books….for 51 other reasons, visit Electrifying Reviews(September 13th) and I Am a Reader, Not a Writer (September 16th), and stay tuned for more!
Though she loves all of her covers, Jessica is super-excited about the cover of her new book, Unremembered, due out in March 2013. Hop over to her website to check it out!

About 52 Reasons to Hate My Father (FSG, July 2012)
Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.
Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteenth birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.
In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.

52 Reasons to Hate My Father Excerpt:

52 Reasons to Hate My Father Trailer:

The Making of the 52 Reasons to Hate My Father Book Trailer


Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Eleven years
A lot happens in eleven years
On September 11, 2001 I had two small children and was expecting my third
On September 11, 2001 we were in Anaheim, CA taking our girls to Disneyland for our oldest child's birthday
Waking up that morning, we had no idea what we would see, watch, learn
That is a day etched in our memories forever
I remember walking in the hotel lobby, everyone was in a daze
I passed a woman on her cellphone, frantic
She was trying to learn if her boyfriend who worked in one of the towers was okay
I never found out if he was
I've always thought of her and hope she didn't lose him that day
Many did lose loved ones
My heart breaks for them
We will never forget
Now, I have a 14 year old
a 12 year old
and a 10 year old
They have grown up so fast
And the past eleven years have gone so fast
It seems like yesterday this happened
But it wasn't
Eleven years
Our country may have its differences and its citizens don't agree on every issue
We can agree that we are one and we will never forget that day.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Writing - Who Knew?

Seriously, who knew the experience of actually writing a book would be like this?

Like what, you ask?




Yep, that's how it's been for me in many ways.  

I tend to be hard on myself.

I tend to think the worst of myself.

I tend to think I can't do this.

And you know what I've learned?

I'M the only one holding me back.

Yep, it's true.

It's me.

It's not you.  It's not her.  It's not him.

It's me.

We all have issues we deal with.  And we all have our ways of coping, or not coping, with them.

I was bullied in school and twenty plus years later am realizing how much of it still affects me and my relationships to this day.


Do I still talk to those boys who bullied me?  


Do they still mock me today?


So why am I letting them hold me back?

Why do I assume that everyone else will feel the same way they did?

It sucks and it's stopping


So, what are the joys in writing?

The fact that I'm actually doing it now

That I'm not allowing my demons to get in my way anymore

That I'm going to prove to myself I can do it

I have a few stories that won't leave me alone

I'm finally writing the one that speaks to me the most

It's coming along nicely and I'm really excited about it

Of course I'll have my moments of pure doubt

and some freak outs

But that's life

I'm not going to allow the past to haunt me and my life anymore

I'm better than that