Lie, Lie, Lie, Lieeees! There gonna getchya!

THURSDAY THROW BACK!!!! Remember this song? The Thompson Twins! The mini-mes are quite the gifted storytellers! They must get it from their momma, who started at a VERY young age spinning tales. (first story or what some may call a lie) As the Minis started their journey into storytelling, I didn’t want to repeat my dad’s mistake/doctrine: “If it’s not … Read More

Eminem, My Mom and Your Characters.

My mom said, “Mindy, you can do anything you set your mind to.”  Funny thing is, she never told me how to set my mind. I know how to set my character’s minds. Music. Theme songs. Seems like, these days, before anyone sits down to put their words on paper, they’ve created a playlist for their novel. And each character has … Read More

My Favorite Things Monday… COUNTDOWNS TO AWESOMENESS!!!

Here are a few of my favorite books that are counting down to HOLY COW CAN’T WAIT TO READ awesomeness!!! SPECTRAL by Shannon Duffy4/10/12 UNRAVELING by Elizabeth Norris4/24/12 INSURGENT by Veronica Roth (Book #2)5/1/12 TIMEPIECE by Myra McEntire (Book #2) 6/12/12 INBETWEEN by Tara Fuller 8/14/12 DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine8/28/12 MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY by Rachel Harris9/11/12 What books … Read More

New Meat & Shiny New Project!

I find it fitting that I grew up a real estate brat.  One of the things my momma always said when I was a Realtor was, “Go find some new meat to chew on!”  Aside from being crazy cannibalistic because the new meat was code for a new client, she was right! Have you ever had an amazing piece of … Read More

My Favorite Things … It’s a Monday!

I have TWO favorite things this week!!!Yes! Two!It’s my birthday tomorrow and I consider it one of my perks of turning f-f-forty to, ya know, have two. So, obviously I’m embracing my new decade like any woman would, kickin’ and  screaming gracefully and well poised like two of my most favorite literary characters: Emerson Cole and Sophie Mercer.If you haven’t … Read More

Writing With Reckless Abandon!

If you’re like me, always in the back of my head, there is a tiny little voice saying: “Is this like so and so?”“Is this too far over the top?”“Is this publishable?”  What if for one moment we could write like this: Now, in the blocks, this runner looks like everyone else. He starts like everyone else, but after the … Read More

How Plants Can Help Your Writing! They can… I promise…

I have a confession:I’m a plant killer. I don’t wanna be … but I am. Every spring I buy an ungodly amount of flowers and hope, nay, pray, beg and promise to the flower gods that I will remember to water these new bulbs of life.  Sadly, without fail, I kill them three or four weeks later.  I over water … Read More

BEA-U-TIFUL Cover Reveal of DEFIANCE!!!

Prepare the edible confetti and champagne!  The cover reveal of DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine is …. wait for it … HERE!!!!!! and the AMAZING C.J. is hosting a fantastic giveaway …. HERE!!!!! This woman is quite amazing… Amazing… and I really can’t wait to read her debut novel! I don’t want to steal any thunder from C.J or YABC  so … Read More

My Favorite Things Monday! A royal, A naughty and A favorite!

Living in So. Cal, a glass slipper’s throw from LA LA Land, you can only imagine how many friends I have that are aspiring singers, actors, models and/or directors.You can also imagine how many of the “Amazing Wedding Entrance” videos I see.  I’ve narrowed it down to my two favorite. One you’ll remember… And one includes my favorite bad boy, … Read More

My Favorite Things = Queries … yep, it’s a Monday! Query???

Like most writers, I hate querying!HATE. Querying. Querying is like a giant word problem with variables like: X is to Y like cat is to?  And the cursor on the screen blinks at you like some psychotic math teacher who KNOWS you have no idea that the answer is Mount Everest.I hated querying. Yep, used the past tense on that sucker. Why?What? … Read More