The Gene Rift **COVER REVEAL**

The Gene Rift **COVER REVEAL**

The cover reveal is here!

You’ve been so patient, my friends. Finally, the cover reveal for The Gene Rift is here!

I’m so excited to share this with you today, and I’m even more excited to share the book with you on Sept 1.


The Gene Rift is the second in the Destiny by Design series. I know when I read series, I always want to read them in order, so if you need to get your hands on The Breeding Tree, click here.

If you want to join the launch party, click here.


New Date-Cover-Book Release

I’m so excited about The Gene Rift’s release. The publisher, Brimstone Fiction, and I are ramping up to make it awesome! And today, I saw a mock up for the cover! It’s beautiful! I can’t show it to you yet. Soon, I promise.

For those of you who follow me, you’re probably wondering about the “new date” mentioned in the title of this blog. We were originally scheduled for August 1st, but in publishing, dates can be fluid. Both Brimstone and I want to make sure that you are getting the best book possible, so we’ve set the new date for SEPTEMBER 1st. YAY! Get excited. The Gene Rift is going to be awesome.

If you haven’t had a chance to read The Breeding Tree first, there’s still time! You can find it HERE.



For the first time I actually participated in Nanowrimo. Every other year I’ve been mid-book when Nano started, so this year was the year. I finished up a rough draft of a YA contemporary I’ve been working on and I had an idea for a YA Post Apocalyptic. It was going to be epic.

Here’s the deal: I’m a planner when it comes to writing. I want to see the whole story at once and pick and choose where in the story I’m going to write. But this year, I couldn’t. I only had 2 days to plan and one of those days filled up quickly with kid stuff.

So, I went for it, starting with the few scenes I had planned. But where do I go from there? Once those were done, I was lost, but I still had 2k I had to write that day. I just kept pushing on. And you know what? I finished!

The story is a mess, but I’ve learned a few things along the way.

  1. You can do anything if you put your mind to it including write 50 THOUSAND words in 30 days, (I did it in 28.)
  2. Putting aside other things won’t kill you. Yes, my house was a mess for a month, but I got my 2k a day average! 🙂
  3. Surprise! If you don’t know what is going to happen next in your story, neither will your readers.
    1. Seriously, I was surprised by a few things in this story. I didn’t expect my characters to do certain things, but they did.
  4. There’s always time to clean up aka. edit.
    1. Like I said, the story is a mess. But it’s there. The events are all out of order because I didn’t have time to figure out where they’d go when I got a new idea. I just put it wherever I wanted it. 🙂 I have the next year to clean up the storyline and add elements that will actually make it a story because right now, it’s a giant pile of word vomit.

So, did you participate in Nanowrimo? If so, how did you do?

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

Just like most people, I hate waiting. That in-between wondering drives me insane. I’m not a patient person, just ask my agent.

Right now, I’ve handed in my most recent edits and now I wait. Pretty soon, I’ll hear that I need another round of edits, I’ll see a cover for RIFT, and I’ll be asked what marketing I’m planning on my end. But right now, I wait.

It’s okay, I guess, this waiting game. It allows me time to focus on other writing. My WIP is nearly done, and I’m planning another novel as well as a few shorts to tie over some fans until RIFT releases. So it’s good. Yes, in the long run, it’s good.

But that doesn’t make waiting any more fun. 🙂






Well, it’s been forever since I’ve chatted with all of you readers. My apologies. We’ve been in the midst of musical season. Both of my kiddos, age 10 and 12, made the high school musical as munchkins in the Wizard of Oz. Later, they were given the part of the Mayor of Munchkin Land and the only female Lollipop Guild munchkin. I volunteered for the last week or so, helping behind the scenes. Take a moment and enjoy my week through pictures.

There is something about being a part of these kinds of productions that is magical, especially for young kids. Maybe it’s being part of a team, knowing you are vital to the end product. I think it’s the same with writing. We have the back stage people (Editors/formatters/publishing houses) and the director/producer (me, the author), but I need an audience to participate in opening night. I could not be an author if it weren’t for you readers. You are part of my process. So, for that, I thank you.

The Write Circle Annual Retreat

The Write Circle Annual Retreat

On Feb 4-5 I attended the Write Circle annual retreat. If you’ve never heard me say anything about the Write Circle, that’s my writing group. We meet at our local library once a week. We’re a crazy, eclectic bunch, but we all love to write. So, while we all come from different walks of life and we all write different genres, we all love writing. We support each other and cheer each other on.

A few years ago we started doing a retreat. We just wanted some time to write without distractions. Thankfully, our devotional writer, Doris Richardson, has connections at the summer camp that’s up the road. So we all pack our bags for a weekend of writing, workshops, and great food. Each year we bring in a guest author. This year it was Steve Nazarian (

I should have take more pictures, but you get the jist. It was a wonderful weekend with crazy writers. We wrote, we ate, we had fun. If you ever have a chance to do something like this, do it, if only for the sheer joy of being around other writers.

Our gift. *Inspiration*

These were our gifts. *Inspiration*

A few of us being “normal” writers.

This is more like how we really are.

Jerry did a great presentation about outlining that helped me. I’m trying something new that seems to be helping. Thanks, Jerry!

Nature walks are awesome. These are my friend, Helen’s, feet.

More nature walking.

We even have an indoor campfire with songs and everything!

This is the whole group on day 2.  Not all the day 1ers would make it. 🙁