ROAM: “Be Kind and Have Courage.”

Hello again, Friends! The last two weeks have been crazy-busy, as I've been out on the Minnesota leg of my book tour for ROAM. It's been exhausting, exhilarating and so much fun! A huge thank you to everyone who has braved the hazardous roads that have plagued every single one of my book signings to …

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An Introduction to Book Besties Author, Kelly Cain

As some of you may have heard already, I’m currently working on an anthology of short stories with four other authors, set for release in Spring 2017. We recently set up a blog to be the center for information about this upcoming release, and I’m so excited to share with you this first entry. Kelly Cain, the author of this blog post, is one of my dearest friends in the publishing world, and she opens our blog by telling a little about herself and her writing. Take a minute to check it out, then give the blog a follow so that you don’t miss anything. For now, I hope y’all love Kelly as much as I do!

Book Besties

One day I decided to sit down and write a book. I’d never thought about writing before, didn’t even really like it all that much. I was a business major in college, only taking the requisite English and literature classes required for graduation. Sure, I wrote essays, term papers, book reports, and the like. Not fun, although I didn’t mind the book reports so much. Those allowed me to read. Now there’s something I really did like to do. I read during car rides, sitting by the pool, waiting for class, waiting on a mall bench while my friends shopped – you get the idea. After years of reading, I decided I could write. I sat down and started, and six weeks later I’d written the first draft for my debut novel, Altered. A few months after what I considered editing (removing/correcting erroneous punctuation and grammar), I sent it…

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Mama Bear Rage by Proxy

I've absolutely had enough, and I'm on a mission to change things! In case y'all haven't seen, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas -- a talented and highly decorated gymnast and member of Marta Karolyi's Final Five Team -- has been under attack by haters. It seems this girl can do no right in the eyes …

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Not on a Tangent: It’s my “Work in Progress”

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I've been rather silent on my blog lately. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may've noticed that I seem to be on a tangent lately as I've posted some rather vehement comments and links related to the topic of the sexual assault on college campuses, and …

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Well. This is embarrassing.

Not at all book related, but something I felt compelled to reblog because the sentiment is so critically important. So often we take what we’re given for granted, then snub our noses at the have-nots. Maybe the best form of understanding is “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

Shut Your Whore Mouth

So. It’s been a hot minute. What happened is this: I had some super big blogging plans, and they never quite came together the way I hoped, so rather than saying, “Well, that didn’t work–what else can we talk about?” I just pretended like none of it had ever happened. Deny and avoid and repeat. I know. I’m working really hard in therapy. But something happened today that kind of fucked me up a little, and it’s too long for a Facebook post, and it’s definitely too long for a tweet, and since we moved away from Florida, I’m having trouble finding suitable day drinking companions who can ponder the deeper aspects of life over pinot grigio on a weekday afternoon.

I’ve been volunteering for one of my favorite organizations since about January. Most of my work thus far has involved updating donor info and doing a lot of the data…

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Anything But Yes is No

In the last week or so, the whole world has weighed in on the Brock Turner Stanford Rape Case.  For those who aren't familiar, Turner was a NCAA Division I collegiate swimmer and olympic hopeful on scholarship to Stanford University, and was convicted of the brutal sexual assault of a young woman he met at a fraternity party. …

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A Note of Heartfelt Thanks!

Today I want to extend to all of you my most humble and truly heartfelt THANK YOU!  Yesterday, I received my first royalty statement from my publisher and, while I'll likely never get rich writing, I am truly thankful for the support of so many who have supported me with this first novel. It's such a hard …

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The El Reno Super Tornado: 3 Year Anniversary

There are some events that are so horrific -- so real -- that they live on in your mind forever.  The shooting and subsequent death of JFK, the Oklahoma City Bombing, and the day our nation came under attack by terrorists on 9/11.  For me, there are a couple more major events I'd add to …

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April 19, 1995: Oklahoma’s Loss of Innocence

"We come here to remember Those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity." ~ Inscription at the gate to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Most people say they'll never forget where they were …

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