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    Ignite the Stars

    Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl. A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control. Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and…

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    Death by Dumpling (A Noodle Shop Mystery #1)

    Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . . The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that a return to the Cleveland area to help wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband. Lana’s love life soon becomes yesterday’s news once the restaurant’s property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead―after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But…

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    Monthly Writing Planner

    If you’re following my NaNoWriMo adventures, then you know that I’ve been busy creating my own custom writing planner to use every month. I shared that planner with you all today and I immediately got a lot of support, so I wanted to share a version that you all could use and adopt to fit your own purposes. My creativity got carried away and I ended up creating four versions of my planner that you can choose from: Skull & Cross Bones Cover – Standard for $18.00 Skull & Cross Bones Cover – Economy for $12.00 The Write Planner – Standard for $20.00 The Write Planner – Economy for $13.00…

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    Pre-NaNoWriMo Planning, Preparation & Resources

    It’s only 24 days until Camp NaNoWriMo starts on July 1st! If you are planning on doing Camp NaNoWriMo in July but want some helpful planning and preparation tips, then take a look at my first Pre-NaNoWriMo post here. That post is full of 10 great tips about how to get ready for your first Camp NaNoWriMo experience. In my final April Camp NaNoWriMo post, I reflected on what I did well and what I could improve on, and I came up with three goals to implement in July’s Camp NaNoWriMo: I will give myself a clutter free dedicated writing space. I will be proactive on Friday evenings to make…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Round-Up

    If you’ve been following me on my April Camp NaNoWriMo journey, then you’re probably wondering what happened to me after Day 19. Three job interviews, four flights, and one wedding reception happened! Which means, I didn’t get any other writing done for the month. But let’s take a look at what I did write! This is my free downloadable April Camp NaNoWriMo word-count tracker that I made available in my Pre-NaNoWriMo Planning & Preparation post, filled in with the writing I accomplished in April. I loved having this calendar for Camp NaNoWriMo! It was incredibly useful and it served as great motivation for me to crank out as many words…

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    A Court of Frost and Starlight

    The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the…

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    Flowers and Foul Play

    Fiona Knox lost her fiancé and her flower shop—but when she flies to Scotland to inherit her godfather’s cottage and possibly magical walled garden, she may lose her life as well when she’s swept into a murder investigation. Florist Fiona Knox’s life isn’t smelling so sweet these days. Her fiancé left her for their cake decorator. Then, her flower shop wilted after a chain florist opened next door. So when her godfather, Ian MacCallister, leaves her a cottage in the Scottish Highlands, Fiona jumps on the next plane to Edinburgh. Ian, after all, is the one who taught her to love flowers. But when Ian’s elderly caretaker Hamish MacGregor shows…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Days 15 – 19

    Day 15: Sunday, April 15th 3,200 Words I managed to get a lot of writing done on my cross country flight. I set a writing goal of 3,000 words for myself and I managed to surpass it by cranking out 3,200 words all together! Well done me! Days 16-19: Monday, April 16th – Thursday, April 19th 0 Words My flight back to Seattle from the east coast departed at 9ish pm on Monday evening, which meant that I was too tired and too exhausted from my all-day interview to try to write on the flight back. I immediately regretted that decision though because I didn’t manage to sleep on the…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2 (Days 8-14)

    I haven’t written a single goddamned word this week. Not a single one. It wasn’t for lack of wanting. It was simply a matter of finding the time. I’ve had two job interviews this week, my regular day job with several upcoming deadlines, overtime at work covering for two co-workers who were out all week, and a third job interview tomorrow which is requiring me to fly across the country (I am typing this on my laptop in the Seattle airport as we speak). So, I won’t be too hard on myself for not writing anything this week. I’ve had a crazy, hectic, whirlwind of a week. Simply finding the…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Day 7 & Week 1 Recap

    Day 7: Saturday, April 7th 3,379 Words I CRUSHED it today! I am very proud of myself, even though I am still behind on my total word count goal. To-date, this is the most I’ve written in one day on this book and it felt amazing! I woke up super exhausted and was not in the mood to write, but I buckled down for several hours and managed to crank out 2,000 words. Posting updates on my Instagram stories helped me hold myself accountable as several people were checking in on me to see my progress throughout the day. It’s a lot harder to procrastinate when other people are watching.…