Sunday, June 26, 2016

A New Writing Project: Hillary for President!

I have a new writing project that I'm really excited about. For those of you that have been following me since I started my indie writing journey in 2012 with Adventures in Funeral Crashing, you'd know that I love writing challenges. That first Funeral Crashing book was originally started in 2011 during the 3 Day Novel Contest. Crashing Prom's first draft was also a 3 Day Novel. One of my other books, The New Girl Who Found a Dead Body was a NaNoWriMo novel.

What I'm about to do, is start a new writing challenge. It's exciting because for the last couple of years it has been tough for me to do writing challenges. I have toddler twins and my writing time has most definitely been impacted by that huge life change. I'm so tired! I've been searching for a motivator lately, to push me on even when the twins have exhausted me (which is most days of running after any toddler) and I think this is it!

Aren't they adorable?
So, here's what I'm planning! Starting today, I've published the first chapter of Hillary for President.

About the book: Hillary Rhodes is excited to be starting her senior year, but running for class president is not on her agenda. Mostly, she just wants to make it out of high school and she's quite happy to be invisible. That all changes when she gets nominated for senior class president. Will she rise to the challenge? More importantly, can she win? 

I officially decided to write it on June 7th, 2016 when Hillary Clinton gave her speech claiming the Democratic nomination. Whether you're for her or not, it was a huge moment in United States history!

Yes...that's only a few weeks ago. The thing is, it is so inspiring! It's history in the making! Anybody can be president! I was truly inspired, for myself, for my daughters, and for future generations. I wanted to write about that, in my way.

You know, now that I think about it, the general idea for Hillary for President had actually come to me over a year ago when Hillary Clinton decided to run for president in the first place. Again, it was just so inspiring to see a woman run for president!

At the time, I just didn't know how I should undertake such a project. Was I the right person to even write a political story? I don't write political satire, you know? But then again, I realized that I can look even further back and see the seed for this story. I actually had a story started for a 3 Day Novel contest years ago (about eight actually because I think it was when Hillary was running against Obama!). That book was about a quiet girl who eventually became the first woman president of the United States (it's told in flashback), but it was never finished. So, as you can see, the story has been in my head for awhile. FOR YEARS. Whether I'm the right person to write a political satire or not, I am and I'm going to write it in my style, my way. Truthfully, I don't think I've ever read a YA novel about student elections (I'd love to hear about some good ones!), so this is definitely new territory for me. It's kind of scary, actually, but I quickly realized that I had to write this book now if I was going to write it. So, here I go! Carpe diem! 

HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT is a serialized novel so the way I'm writing this is very different from how I usually write my books. I will publish a chapter, starting now, every Tuesday, all the way until Election Day: November 8th, 2016. So, yes, it's a serial and part of the fun is being along for the ride!!!! I have a very general outline (and am working to fill it in fast so that I can build the story adequately, although I also want to leave room to wiggle if something interesting happens in the real election!), but I will be writing about a 5000+ word chapter every week to be published the following week. I'm looking at it being like writing an episodic television show, except that I'll be releasing a chapter of a novel every week. That is why I'm calling them episodes. Each episode will cost $0.99, but it will also be in Kindle Unlimited. I'm going to do the best job at this that I can. It is a story that I am very compelled to write and I hope that you will all enjoy the ride along with me!

I know that with about 20 or so episodes, buying each one can get pricey. I think it's part of the fun reading it week by week and if you look at it that way, it's not that much a week. Still, I'm hoping that many of you have Kindle Unlimited and can read it through that program for free. They do offer a FREE 30 day trial if that interests you: Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial My ebooks Murderous Muffins (Book 1, Killer Cupcakes is FREE to all) and Crashing Prom are also currently in KU, so you'd be able to read those as well if you join.

And I know I usually write mysteries, but in some ways this book is a mystery too - it's just of a different kind. Who will be senior class president? You have to read it to find out!!!!!  

Okay. Pause here. I know that some of you are like: "Wait!?!?!!?! What about Death by Chocolate (Celebrity Cupcakes Cozy Mystery #3) and Adventures in French Sleuthing (Funeral Crashing #5)? And Doppelganger 3?!?!!? I've been waiting ages for that one!" My plan is to keep pushing forward on those books too. I want them all written by the end of the year. Now, that will be tough with an extra 5000 words to write and edit every week, but I want to keep the deadlines I have for all of you die hard Milda Harris fans as well. That's why this is even a bigger challenge. I really want to work on upping my writing productivity and thus becoming a better and more successful writer. I'm really going to try my best to do it all.

Wish me luck! Happy reading! 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Title Reveal for Funeral Crashing #5!

Funeral Crashing #5 will be coming out later this year. I'm working on getting the cover finished, but in the meantime, I wanted to let you all in on the name of the book!

Ready? Okay, here it is! Funeral Crashing #5 is going to be called Adventures in French Sleuthing! I'm shooting for it to be out by Fall 2016 or sooner! Woo-hoo more funeral crashing! I know I can't wait to start writing it! I'm getting ready to do that right now. It's in the outlining and brainstorming phase.  

In the meantime, I'm writing Death By Chocolate, a Celebrity Cupcakes Cozy Mystery. The first book in that series, Killer Cupcakes is FREE if you want to check it out!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Death By Chocolate (Celebrity Cupcakes Cozy Mystery #3) Cover Reveal

Here is the cover for DEATH BY CHOCOLATE, Celebrity Cupcakes Cozy Mystery #3! It will be out in July 2016! 

Check back next week for more about Death by Chocolate! I'll count down the weeks to its release with the book blurb, excerpts, and more! 

Let me know how you're liking the series so far! I'm having a blast writing them! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Murderous Muffins is available on Amazon Kindle now!

It's MURDEROUS MUFFINS release day! It's Book #2 in the Celebrity Cupcakes Cozy Mystery series. I'm super excited about it! It's been such a fun series to write since it takes place in Hollywood. I used to work in television and I live in Los Angeles so it's been fun to put all of that knowledge into my books! 

Haven't started the Celebrity Cupcakes Cozy Mystery series? That's okay! Book #1, KILLER CUPCAKES, is currently FREE!!!! Check it out! 

Get it for FREE on: AMAZON | B&N | ITUNES | KOBO

About Killer Cupcakes: Ava's first day of work at Celebrity Cupcakes and Coffee goes horribly awry when television star Penelope Rose drops dead after eating the first cupcake. Horrified that she might be at the top of the list of suspects, Ava and her totally hot co-worker Easton set out to investigate what happened. Will they be able to solve the mystery or will Ava's first day of work be her last? 

About Murderous Muffins: Ava is excited to go on a Hollywood Celebrity Homes Tour with her co-workers from Celebrity Cupcakes and Coffee. Besides hoping to spot someone famous, she's hoping that she'll finally get an opportunity to snuggle up next to Easton. Too bad someone else has other ideas...murderous ones. 

Now available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited

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Tomorrow I'll be revealing the cover for Celebrity Cupcakes Cozy Mystery #3, Death by Chocolate due out on June 28th, 2016! 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Happy New Year!!!!! The Plan For 2016 and a New Release!

Happy New Year! Adventures of a New Year's Date is out now!
Happy New Year! 

I'm releasing a Funeral Crashing short story called Adventures of a New Year's Date for the new year. It's a companion to Adventures of a New Year's Kiss, the novella featuring Suzie Whitsett searching for her missing necklace. Adventures of a New Year's Date follows Claire, one of the suspects in Adventures of a New Year's Kiss, and her first date with Dave Rickerson. It's a sweet romantic holiday story with a minor mystery as Claire tries to figure out why rich and popular Dave would ask her out on a New Year's date. 

The book blurb: Claire Murray has no idea why handsome, popular Dave Rickerson would want to ask her on a New Year's date. They've never even spoken before and suddenly he's pulling out all the stops to get her to go. Is there something he's not telling her or is this a fairy tale New Year's Eve about to come true?

I actually wrote it last year when I wrote Adventures of a New Year's Kiss because the story behind Claire and Dave's first date intrigued me. I reread it this December and decided to release it after some editing and adding to the story. There may eventually be more to this release, but I'll leave you to ponder what I mean by that...I do like mysteries after all!

Join my mailing list and you can get short stories like it for FREE when I release them.  I still have some Funeral Crashing Ethan POV's to email out in 2016 so it's a good list to be on! Yes, I'm still planning on writing those. I'm using them as my prep for writing Funeral Crashing #5.

Other than that, what are my 2016 plans? When is Funeral Crashing 5 coming out? What about Doppelganger 3? 

Here are the novellas and books I'm hoping to release in the order I plan on writing them: 

1. Murderous Muffins (Celebrity Cupcakes Cozy Mystery #2) - Pre-order for Murderous Muffins is live now with the release being on April 27, 2016. This will be an Amazon Prime book for all of you Prime members. I released the first book in the series, Killer Cupcakes, in December and that one is a wide release right now.

2. Celebrity Cupcakes Cozy Mystery #3 - shooting for June 28th, 2016. This will also be an Amazon Prime book for all of you Prime members.

3. Funeral Crashing #5 - shooting for Summer 2016. I've already started outlining. I know what it's going to be about and I know what happens with Ethan/Kait/Troy. You'll have to wait and read it to find out! I'll be teasing this one early. I'm already having my cover designer work on the cover...

4. Doppelganger #3 - shooting for Fall 2016. I have a slight feeling Doppelganger may not wrap up in book #3 like I'd planned. There's so much more to tell. If it doesn't, I'll write Doppelganger #4 right after because I really want to wrap up the story for everyone and unlike the Funeral Crashing books, each book really leads into the next one. I'm so sorry that it's taken me so long to get to it. I blame my own little Doppelgangers. ;)  

Super adorable though, right?
There may also be some more Funeral Crashing and Doppelganger novellas. Maybe. I have some ideas. Are you all enjoying the side stories?   

After those books, I have a bunch of other books I want to write, but I won't commit to them just yet. I'll leave them a mystery since all of them involve completely new stories. I do have a couple of questions for my fantastic readers, though! Is anybody interested in New Girl #2 or Crashing Prom #2? Those could be on my list for later! 

I'm also thinking about writing a pilot to pitch to Amazon for an original tween series. I'll let you know about that if/when I decide to do it! I'll need your online support!

Happy New Year 2016! Happy reading!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

RELEASE DAY! GIVEAWAY! FREE BOOK! It's a Party Because Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak (Funeral Crashing #4) Is Finally Here!

Get it now on Amazon Kindle!

ADVENTURES IN HOMICIDE AND HEARTBREAK is now available to buy at your favorite ebook retailer! I'm so excited to finally release it! 

About the book: Kait Lenox and Ethan Ripley are officially in the I love you stage and they can't keep their hands off each other. When she's not making out with Ethan, Kait also has a new internship at the local police department. Kait's life is finally perfect, that is until she sees her boss interrogating someone she knows. It's Troy, her ex-BFF Ariel's boyfriend and it looks like he's going to be accused of murder. Kait knows she probably shouldn't get involved and that Ethan will hate it, but she just can't help herself!

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 AND some smaller ebook retailers also have it! The paperback is coming this month to Amazon, BN, & Createspace!


Losing It: A Collection of V-Cards (ONLY for mature readers, 18+) is FREE May 11-13. Ethan and Kait have a steamy scene in it. There's also 21 other great authors you should meet! Their scenes are swoonworthy! Get it now on AMAZON before it goes back up to $3.99!

AND...make sure to join my mailing list! Starting this month (May 2015) I'll be sending out the Ethan POV's from each of the Funeral Crashing books to my mailing list before I put them up for sale on Amazon. It's a huge freebie for my mailing list subscribers! Join ASAP so that you don't miss out!!!!!!


And now for a release week GIVEAWAY! Win ebook copies of ALL of the Funeral Crashing ebooks! Enter below and WIN! Already read them? That's okay! Enter anyway and I'll exchange them for other books that I've written of your choice or you can win an Amazon Giftcard for their cash value!

You can also still enter to win a signed paperback copy of Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak on Goodreads (ends May 15th, 2015):


Make sure to also check out the first chapter of Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak which I posted here: EXCERPT  

I'll be posting more this week about writing the book, Funeral Crashing #5, and more! Check back!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak Excerpt & Giveaway!

Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak is out May 12th, 2015!

The countdown to Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak's release begins! It will be officially released Tuesday May 12th, 2015! In today's blog I'll post an excerpt and tell you about a signed paperback giveaway of Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak! 
Before I do that, FREEBIE ALERT! Make sure to join my mailing list! This month (May 2015) I'll be sending out the Ethan POV's from each of the Funeral Crashing books to my mailing list before I put them up for sale on Amazon. It's a huge freebie for my mailing list subscribers! Join ASAP so that you don't miss out!!!!!!

And now the excerpt!!!! 

Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak (Funeral Crashing #4) EXCERPT (I apologize for the weird formatting. Blogger hates copy/paste from Word. Drives me crazy! :) ):

I love you. There it was written on the screen of my phone in text message from my boyfriend, Ethan Ripley. I couldn’t get enough of looking at those words. We had only said, texted, and written those three significant words about a billion times, but it wasn't getting old. I felt giddy every single time I saw or heard them from Ethan. I was so totally and completely in love with him. I still couldn't believe that he was my boyfriend and that he loved me. Life had taken such a surreal, amazing turn since the beginning of the school year. My life was finally completely perfect for once. 
“Kait. Kait. Kait. Kait. Miss Lenox,” Detective Dixon said breaking into my thoughts.
I looked up and felt my cheeks start turning pink. The silly smile that I knew was on my face disappeared. I turned off my phone and put it back into my purse. It was kind of embarrassing getting caught sending love texts to your boyfriend by your boss when you were supposed to be doing work for your internship. 
“Oh, hey, Detective Dixon. Is something up?” I asked innocently.
Detective Dixon handed me a stack of papers. “Yes. Can you photocopy these for me ASAP?”
“Sure. No problem,” I said taking the stack of papers from Detective Dixon. “I’ll get them back to you right away.” 
When I took the internship at the Palos Police Department I thought that it would be really cool, but so far it had mostly been making tons and tons of copies. Of course, I did manage to read some of the police reports, which were really interesting, but the downside was that my fingers were full of band-aids from paper cuts and I kept getting ink stains all over my clothes. 
“Can you get me a cup of coffee too?” Detective Dixon asked.
That was another part of my job. I brewed and poured a ton of coffee. I was practically becoming a barista like Suzie. Everyone had a specific way to drink his or her coffee too. Detective Dixon’s order was easy. He liked his coffee strong and black. It was one of the few orders I managed to remember.
“Sure. Do you have your travel mug?” I asked. As a thank you for getting me the internship I had gotten him a travel mug that said: Recycling is cool. It wasn’t completely altruistic of me of course. I was trying to get Detective Dixon to get rid of his Styrofoam cup addiction. Plus I was hoping that if Detective Dixon read that mantra every day then it might stick and make him pro-active on recycling. A girl could hope.
Detective Dixon frowned. He never knew where he put that mug. I was always finding it in random places when I got him coffee.
“I think it’s on my desk.”
“No problem. I’ll get it after I make the copies,” I said.
"Thanks," Detective Dixon said.
The travel mug was actually probably not on his desk, but buried under a pile of paper. Once I even found it under his desk. I didn’t know how Detective Dixon kept any of his files straight. His office was a constant mess. That mess also, much to my disappointment, still included Styrofoam cups. When I wasn't at the office getting him coffee in his mug, he was still drinking from them. Maybe he needed a second travel mug so that he could use that one when he couldn't find the first one. Still, I had to admit, Detective Dixon was great at his job. I guess his disorganized system worked for him despite the fact that he couldn't seem to find that one mug when he wanted a cup of coffee.
I got up from my desk to go to the copy room.
"And Kait," Detective Dixon said.
"What?" I turned back to look at him.
"You're doing a great job so far."
Thank you," I felt my cheeks turn pink. 
I rushed to the copy room. Maybe making copies wasn't so bad. At least that was what I thought for about two whole minutes until the copier jammed. It practically shredded one of Detective Dixon's original reports. I tried to breathe and not kick the copy machine. I pulled a few shreds of the original paper out of it. I'd have to tape it together. I wondered if Detective Dixon would freak out. It wasn't my fault, though, that the copier ate it.
I grabbed some tape off of the stockroom shelf. Luckily it was in the same room as the copier. I started taping the paper together. It was a police report from a week ago. I scanned the first few lines and stopped. My heart started to race. It was about a murder. Now this was why I had accepted Detective Dixon's offer to intern for the police department. I wanted to see how a professional murder investigation was carried out. I glanced around. It was a grey area, reading the cases. I wasn't sure what Detective Dixon would say if he caught me perusing them. Somehow I thought that he might not approve. I finished taping the paper together and scanned the top of the page. 
When Dixon entered the apartment he observed a female lying on the ground fully clothed with a gunshot wound to the chest. 
I wondered if they had any suspects yet. I shouldn't get ahead of myself. I read on. 
She was lying only a few feet from the doorway in the living room of the apartment. Her purse was on the floor next to her, its contents spilled across the floor as if it had fallen with her when she was shot. The room itself appeared in order and there was no sense of a scuffle having occurred.
"Hey, Kait. I'm about to interview someone. Can you hurry up and get me that coffee?" Detective Dixon asked, poking his head into the copy room. "I found my mug and I need those copies."
I almost jumped out of my skin, but I tried to cover it. I grabbed the copies. I almost didn't have time to feel surprised that Detective Dixon had found his travel mug. Almost.
"Sure. Here's the report. I sort of mangled one of the originals, but it was the copier. I swear," I said.
 Detective Dixon frowned, but took my copies including the shredded report. "Be more careful next time."
I grabbed the travel mug that Detective Dixon held out to me and ran for the kitchen. I didn't want to give him the time to put together that I had been reading the report. I wasn't going to meddle. I was just curious about the case. Still, I had a gut feeling that Detective Dixon wouldn't be happy about me sticking my nose where it didn't belong.
I quickly filled Detective Dixon's coffee mug with black coffee and walked back to his office to give it to him. I knocked, but he didn't answer. I peered into the room. He wasn't inside. I wondered if I should go find him in one of the interrogation rooms, but I wasn't sure that he'd look favorably on me walking in if he was already interrogating a witness. That could also be dangerous. I walked into his office and placed his mug on his desk.
Of course as I did that, the top of the coffee spilled a little onto a file folder on his desk. Today was not my day. First the copier shredded the report and now this. I looked around the room and spotted a box of tissues on a side table. I grabbed them and blotted the file folder. At least it helped a little. I opened it. My half shredded document was underneath along with a bunch of other papers. I stared at it. It was like fate. I was tempted to start reading the report again, but I didn't. It would be way too easy for Detective Dixon to catch me if I was in his office. Still, if I ever needed to copy it again at least I'd know which case it was...
I shook myself out of my thoughts. At least the shredded report wasn't wet. I shut the file folder, dabbing it again with more tissue to make sure it was as dry as possible. Then I made sure to place it far away from the coffee mug.
I ran back to my make-shift desk, which was really just a small folding table set up for me in an out of the way spot in the bullpen. I pulled out my phone. I needed something to occupy my thoughts and my number one distraction was Ethan.  He would make me feel better. I thought about calling him, but I didn't think any of the other officers would want to hear me talk lovey-dovey to Ethan. 
Hey. Whatcha up to? I texted. Maybe we could get back on track with the I love you texts. They made me super happy inside. Should I say it first
Writing a song. Ethan texted back.
I smiled. This could be just about as good as the I love you texting. About me? 
Maybe. Ethan wrote.
I knew I had a sappy look on my face now. I hoped it was another song about me. I absolutely loved the first song that he wrote about me. It was called Funeral Crashing Girl and I had recorded him singing it. I listened to it over and over and over again. The first time he played it for me was at one of his gigs on the night he told me that he loved me for the first time. It meant so much more to me because of that.
I still couldn't believe that Ethan loved me. It was like all of my dreams had come true. Things were perfect between us. I got to kiss him practically every day at school and make-out with him whenever I had time outside of school. There was only one thing that I was nervous about. I was starting to want more. Things had been great right up until New Year's. Then after an amazing New Year's kiss that had lit my body on fire and that I hadn't wanted to stop, I started thinking about it. You know. It. It was totally freaking scary, but I was definitely starting to want more. I was pretty sure Ethan felt the same way. At least I hoped he did. We hadn't really talked about it officially or anything. I was too scared to bring it up and I really wasn't sure if I was ready. I mean, a huge part of me was definitely ready. My heart beat a little faster just thinking about it, actually. I had definitely fantasized about it, but that was all fantasy. The reality of it was different. It was such a big step in our relationship, not to mention in my life. It was kind of terrifying and yet, super exciting too.
"But I didn't do anything!" A guy was yelling from inside one of the interrogation rooms.
The yelling broke me out of my head. I reluctantly looked up from my cellphone as the door to that interrogation room swung open. Detective Dixon walked out and over to Officer Quincy. I wondered what was going on. It looked like a heated discussion. I wondered if it had to anything to do with the report I had started to read. Was the suspected murderer in there? Officer Quincy was frowning at something Detective Dixon said. I wished I could hear what they were saying. This was why I was here! I wanted to know how they investigated a murder. What kind of questions did they ask when they were interrogating someone? Did they really do good cop/bad cop? I wanted to know.
Officer Quincy was facing me. I wished I could read his lips. I needed to practice that. Maybe there was a video online that could give me some tips. Huh. He had kind of nice lips for a guy. Truthfully, I'd almost have a crush on Officer Quincy if I wasn't dating Ethan. He had slightly too long for a cop brown hair, brown eyes, and you could tell he worked out. He was pretty hot actually. To top it all off, he couldn't have been that much older than me. He had to only be in his early twenties. I hadn't really talked to him or anything, though. I still got tongue twisted around cute guys even if I did have a boyfriend. Besides, I didn't want Officer Quincy to remember the first time he had met me. I had been covered in goop at a funeral and it wasn't the best first impression.
Officer Quincy glanced over at me like he could tell I was looking at him. I looked away, feeling my cheeks turn pink. That was when I saw whom Detective Dixon had been talking to in the interrogation room. He was leaning toward the doorway and staring at Officer Quincy and Detective Dixon like he was trying to figure out what they were talking about too. It was someone I knew. My jaw dropped. It was my ex-BFF's boyfriend, Troy Matthews.   
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Paperback coming soon to Amazon, BN, & Createspace! 
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You can enter to win a signed paperback copy of Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak on Goodreads (ends May 15th, 2015):

Be sure to check back during release week for another Funeral Crashing giveaway and to find out more about Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak!