It's been so long...

I'll be the first to admit, I'm a terrible blogger. Why's that you ask? Well, it's because I usually don't have a whole lot to say, and then when I do wind of blogging it's more of a babbling thing where I end up annoying myself more than anything. But babbling is better than nothing, right? 

On the writerly front...

Life's been crazy busy for me this past month or so. LOTS of writing going on, and self edits, too. I finished my 11th (clears throat, actually it was my 12th) book ever and boy was I totally happy dancing at that success. (GO ME!!!) 
This book, though, was a bit different for me in the writing sense. It's a young adult, which I adore of course, but it centers around a young girl who's best friend has died and now, with the help of said-dead-best friend's very hot annoying older brother, she's got to figure out what in the H-e double hockey sticks actually happened to the girl she was not supposed to lose so soon in life. Any-hoo. It's a total mystery with, of course, lots of swooning and kissing and kissing, and...did I mention kissing?. But for the first time ever, it's not totally about the kissing. (Am I making sense here?) It's got a bit of a thrillerish thing going on, which I have never been brave enough to write before. But O.M.G did I have one heck of a good time doing it. Someday I hope you'll get a chance to meet Becca... She's pretty freaking great. Come check out my very lacking Pinterest page to see how I imagine Becca and her (possible) love interest, Ben.


On the reading front...

Over the span of a week I read five books, all of which were erotic dark romances. (Let's just say that my writerly choices are not necessarily spot on with my reading choices.) Tillie Cole is now officially one of my new writerly heroines because this lady pushes boundaries and makes amazing books because of it. Seriously. I fall to my knees, fan-girl this lady. Nobody writes messed up bad boys like she does. 


On the professional front...

I JUST found out last week that my novel, The Imperfect Try (See Pinterest board for this book here) won first place in the Finish the Damn Book contest through the Chesapeake RWA. Squee! I've never, EVER won an award for a contest before in my LIFE and holy cow did I cry. Like, real, ugly tears. I needed that confidence boost like nothing else in my life. Seriously. 

ALSO I've been doing a little submission interning on the side for Entangled Publishing. I don't talk about it a lot, but I am learning SO much about the publishing business because of it.

On the home front...

Some days I think I deserve an award in the mothering department. Not because I'm awesome or anything, but because I make it through the days without always losing my mind in the process.My ten year daughter old thinks she's sixteen. My eight year old daughter is on Minecraft 24/7. And my four-nearly-five-year-old does not have a filter. Example: On D-day at pre-school she had to make sure I understood that it was not okay to take the 'damn dog' to school because of other kid's allergies. (Kill-me-now. Damn dog, Bella, really?)


So that's it for now, I promise not to be so scarce so much, because really, I know you all adore my rambles, right? 
I mean, Theo certainly does... ♥