[Review] The Corridor by A. N. Willis

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[The Corridor]

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June 23, 2015

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4stars

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Arc kindly provided by the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange for an honest review .

The Corridor was an easy and enjoyable read. I can’t really say that I went wild while reading it but it was decent.
It started a bit boring but the plot was promising and intriguing. After reading 30% of the book it felt like things were getting better and faster.

A.N. Willis writting style is pleasant and not confusing. I had no trouble keeping up with the story and the trasition from Estele’s feelings to information and dialogue had a flow. I was inside her head and I was easily able to see her surroundings without getting lost. Reading in a different language than my own is not hard but simple and elegant writting style like the one in The Corridor make it easier for me. Gladly!

We were introduced to Estele, a girl with the ability to travel in parallel universes. This wasn’t normal and she was trying to hide it because it was dangerous. All she needed was to be normal and leave a quiet life. Estele is the kind of girl who would do anything for her family and the ones she loves. She didn’t know it but she was brave and determined and when her dad needed her in order to save their world, she was ready to sacrifice herself and reveal her powers.
I was really satisfied with Estele’s thoughts, feelings and reactions; they seemed realistic to me and that’s how normal people would have acted if they happened to be in her shoes.

I admit that her Chol, her love interest was kind of uninteresting and forgetabble and their romance was rushed and kind of awkward. I mean, yeah the attraction was there since the very beginning but escalated quickly, out of nowhere. They didn’t even met eachother more than, what? Five times?
That was my only objection. Other than that, Chol was pretty ok and I can say that if he had a bigger part in the book I would have liked him more.

The book had a lot of action and twists that I enjoyed and the romance was not the biggest part, thing that I appreciated. There were a couple of characters that I disliked and others that earned my trust with a bit more effort. Estele had to go through a lot in order to trust the right people and actually see what was in front of her. I enjoyed being in that journey with her, putting my faith in her to make things right.

The book ends with a cliffhanger and the second book has already my attention.
Hopefully we will get to see more of Cohl and his world and I can’t wait to find out about the new world that was promised to us.

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[A. N. Willis]

[Cover revealed] A Demon’s dark embrace by Amelia Hutchins

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If you follow my blog then you’ve seen all my reviews about “The Fae Chronicles”. You also know that Ristan is in my top 5 list of favorite male characters. So, Amelia Hutchins just updated her fb account and revealed to the world the cover of her new book! Excited much? I know I am!

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‘The Elite Guard’ is going to be a spin-off about Ryder’s guards/brothers. We don’t know much yet but the fact is that the book is about Ristan’s own story. I hope we’ll get an update soon enough to discover more. A book following Ristan is freaking exciting because he is the coolest demon ever, thank you very much.

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[The Elite Guards]

[The Fae Chronicles]

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[The Fae Chronicles – My reviews]

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[Amelia Hutchins]

[Bookland Special] To read… or not?

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I have in my priority-to-read shelf some books that I so want to read and yet I don’t seem to do so. There’s always something else that catches my eye and I ignore always ignore my tbr list. So, I am going to present to you a few books and maybe you can help me out by telling me your opinion. Should I read them? Which do you think it’s more interesting?

Let’s do this.

1.

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Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

Why I want to read it?

I am not really into dystopian books but this seems different. It’s like a twisted fairytale and you guys know my hopeless romantic soul. Kings, princes and nobles; that’s my thing.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Archer’s Voice.Becoming Calder is the first part in a two-part romance series. The conclusion, Finding Eden, is available now.

There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.

In this place, there is a boy with the body of a god and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.

In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers.

Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places . . . From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.

THIS IS THE FIRST PART IN A TWO-PART SIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS. THE SECOND PART, FINDING EDEN, IS AVAILABLE NOW. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and graphic sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Why I want to read it?

I’ve read Archer’s Voice and god, I wasn’t able to stop thinking about Archer for days after that. The blurb is so unique and I trust Mia Sheridan a lot. If her writing style is like Archer’s Voice then I am already in love with this book.Read More »

[Review] Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

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3stars

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So let me be the first to say that it was just decent. Yes it is a novella but I was kind of feeling bored and not excited most of the time. The only excitement I felt was at the end when the Upper Deamon appeared.

The world Jennifer created intrigued me and I need to know more. The good thing was that we got to see the world through Jasmine’s eyes. She is a female Warden in addition to the actual story’s lead, Layla, who is half-warder and half-demon. So we learned about the lifestyle of a Warden and now I can’t wait to get lost in Layla’s story. The Upper deamon which is probably the so called Roth that my friends are spazzing about seems like my new book boyfriend. (I was going to say Layla’s love interest but nah!)

I also liked Dez a lot and I hope to see him around but Jasmine was boring and she didn’t manage to catch my eye.

Anyway, I will not talk about Jennifer’s writting style at all because I love it and I am going to analyze more when I finish the first book, which btw I am very excited to read.

Off to read some more and I’ll be back with a full review for the first book of The Dark Elements!

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[Jennifer L. Armentrout]

[Review] Escaping Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

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I thought things couldn’t get worse. I was wrong.

I found out what I really wanted and was forced to give him up. Just as I found out who I really am, I was presented to the elusive Horde King as a gift.

This was the mystical being I was hidden from for more than twenty years.

Although Ryder promised to save me, I couldn’t let him get near this creature, so I willingly (sort of) signed myself over to be his new plaything.

Now in the Horde Realm, nothing is going remotely like I thought it would.

My powers and emotions are on the fritz, and each day seems to bring surprises that I am not sure how to deal with.

The Horde King thinks he has me exactly where he wants me. He thinks he has taken all of my options away.

I still have choices.

Embracing what destiny has planned for me, or escaping it.

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5stars

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“I still have choices. Embracing what destiny has planned for me, or escaping it!”

I was sure that the third book would be the best book. 4.5 stars this time!
The plot was as expected mindblowing and the characters grew on me even more. I feel like I am already having a book hangover. I can’t take the world that Mrs. Hutchins created out of my mind; I even dreamt about it last night because I was so into the book.

She is great at describing emotions and feelings and of course the amazing scenery that Faery was supposed to have. I wish I could live there, visiting all these amazing places. In book three we got to know more about Faery and about Fae traditions and behavior the bad way just like poor Syn did. She was through a lot and yet she found the strenght to go against destiny and prove to anyone who doubted her that she is not some weak damsel in distress but an amazing warrior goddess who can protect the people she loves.

I am glad that all characters are actually appealing to me, well except the villains of course. I hate reading books with characters I dislike because it makes finishing the book difficult to me. Ryder kind of annoyed me at first but thank god he changed for his own good. Ristan is still the same amazing, hot, smartass demon I love and I need to know more about him!

Anyway other than that, the sex was steamy, the annoying repeat of thoughts stopped and I don’t think there’s anything left that would bother me now. Off to read book number four.

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[Amelia Hutchins]

[Monthly] 2nd half of May’s TBR

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I’ve only read a chapter of this books and I already know that I will like it. It has to wait a bit though because of dear Susan Ee and her book below!

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A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journalbestselling book. Archer’s Voice is a full-length, standalone romance.

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY SAGITTARIUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.



Unfortunatelly I didn’t have the time to read it the moment it got out but I am still not too late. I can’t wait to know how this ends!

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End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

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[Review] Sight by Juliet Madison

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I spent my birthday fast asleep. In a coma to be exact.

When Savannah wakes up after two months in the hospital, she sees a whole lot more than expected, things that could put those close to her at risk.

The five Delcarta sisters have never believed in the paranormal, not like their woo-woo mother. Instead they believe in the power of sisterhood, of romance, and rebuilding their lives after their father’s mysterious disappearance nine years earlier. Starting anew in the small town of Iris Harbor, they see potential in all.

But Savannah’s awakening after having surgery on a life-threatening aneurysm brings a unique ability to the Delcarta sisters–together, each can predict the future with one of the five senses. And Savannah has the gift of sight.

A serial arsonist has been terrorizing the tight-knit community, and the Delcarta sisters have their suspicions on who could be to blame, including a boy who starts as an adversary to Savannah and then very quickly becomes her whole world. Investigating these crimes, trying to stop them before the next flame is sparked will call upon Savannah to use her newfound abilities with the help of her sisters, and will put each of their lives in danger.

This stunning new paranormal series blends the sweetest of romances with breathless suspense, and introduces five young women who share a haunted past, an extraordinary gift, and an uncertain future.

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4stars

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Arc kindly provided by the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange of an honest review.

The first thought I had when I started reading the book was that it was insanely smart and meticulous. There were some small but perfectly matched details that I enjoyed but I am not going to spoil them and ruin the fun. You guys have to read and find out. So because of that I gave the book one plus star. 4 it is.

Our female lead, Savannah, along with her 4 sisters find out that they have the power to ‘connect’ with each other and see glimpses of the future. Unfortunately they were too many sisters for me to keep track so I only focused on brave Savy who even after such a risky surgery she found the strength to live on. Having the love of her family as a foundation, she managed to build her life again.
So even though Savy falls in love and her romance is a big part of the book, I was actually relieved that for a change it wasn’t the biggest part. Thankfully Riley was not boring and predictable and he gave a special sparkle to the story.

When the fires start and the girls see the first important vision the real story actually begins. They try to discover the arsonist by predicting the fires. At that point I thought that the book couldn’t get any better and then BOOM, Savy can communicate with the dead. I swear that the scenes were so well written and I thought that if I lift my eyes from the book I would also see a ghost. I got scared and creeped out but that is not a bad thing actually.

I can’t say that there were plot twists and I think that I was able to predict the arsonist way too soon but it didn’t really spoil the book. Maybe it was too obvious just to me because I am super smart; what can I say?

The book was fun and easy to read. I wasn’t tired, confused or lost at all and I really enjoyed the happy end. It made up for all the creepy scenes!

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[Juliet Madison]

Juliet Madison is a naturopath-turned-author with a background in dance, art, internet marketing, and perfume sales (yes, she was one of those annoying people in department stores who spray you with perfume). Nowadays she prefers to indulge her propensity for multiple careers by living vicariously through her characters. She likes to put those characters into extraordinary situations and take them on a challenging journey to discover their true passion and inner strength, weaving in some laughs, tears, romance, and sometimes a touch of magic along the way.
Living near the beach on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Juliet spends as much time as possible writing and coming up with new ideas, while doing her best to avoid housework.
Juliet is a proud member and volunteer with The Romance Writers of Australia and she loves to interact online with readers and writers via twitter (@Juliet_Madison), and facebook (www.facebook.com/JulietMadisonAuthor). She can be contacted through her website atwww.julietmadison.com where readers can also download some free short stories.

[Bookland Special] 2015: Most anticipated books

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End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other.



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Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has enchanted readers from the very first page. In this fourth romantic novel, follow Illéa’s royal family into a whole new Selection—and find out what happens after happily ever after.

Eighteen years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story…but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

A new generation of swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!



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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Covenant and Lux series comes a novel of danger, Gods and Titans… and an electric love story which will send you reeling.

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[Review] Taunting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

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I thought things were bad and weird before—hold on—it’s getting worse.

Adam and I are both going through identity crises of epic proportions as we Transition from who we were, and discover who we were meant to be. More Fae are dying, and I feel as if time is running out for us to find all of those responsible and put an end to the killings.

The people I thought I could trust have betrayed me and the one person I should absolutely not trust; is taking me deeper and deeper into his world.

Ryder’s secrets are dangerous and devastating.

With each touch and word, he pulls my heart closer to himself and at the same time he is trying to keep me at arm’s length. The dance he and I have begun, is getting more complicated as our worlds are being shaken from all sides, and the visions of the future are frightening, and nothing like I had ever pictured for myself or those I care for.

This time, destiny is taunting me.

I had always thought that I controlled my destiny. Now, my rights are being taken from me by powerful people and leaving me with alternatives that range between bad and awful.

This time, the choices I have to make can decide the fate of both worlds.

Everything is unraveling, and nothing will ever be the same again.

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4stars

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   So I am not the kind of person who would real ‘quality’ books and make reviews about how deep the book is or how wrong or right the characters acted or about how stereotypical or not I find it. I am a hopeless romantic girl, reading all kind of romantic books and I just rate based on how the book made me feel. Besides I can’t easily express myself in a language which is not my mother language.
I don’t even know why I started reading the series and why I like the story so much.

I need to be fair so 4 stars it is.

It was better than the first book in every way I can think of. The plot was more than intriguing, the characters were appealing and so realistic; I swear that I never thought their reactions were fake or unreasonable. Plot twists were coming one after the other and I just couldn’t snap off of it. I found the dose of romance that I needed in order to keep reading it and I also even enjoyed all the sex scenes without skipping like I did with the first book.

   I picked a favorite character, Ristan, who easily grew on me and as expected from me he is absolutely no main character. When this happens, I know instantly how good the author is. She managed to make me like someone who had less part in the plot and was less described than others. Anyway I won’t repeat myself, I’ve analyzed how much I love Amelia’s writing style in Fighting Destiny’s review. My only objection still is her abuse of the word ‘fuck’ and her tend on repeating herself every now and then.

Other than that the book was amazingly good and I expect more from the third book which will probably have a higher rating. I have a feeling about this!

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[Review] Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

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Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever.

Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend’s Run is famous for them. She’s used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend’s Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight.

Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who’s from the wrong side of town. But she can’t deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste’s hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend’s Run.

Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.

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2stars

Hm, where to start…? Not a really good book. I mean, ok, it’s about warewolves and I am obssesed but this book was a… do not read. I gave it 3 stars in Goodreads because it was a decent try but I will be strict here.
First of all, I am ok with the fact that Brandon is turns to a half wolf, half man because not all warewolves turn into a full wolf but… the way the author describes the first turn, it’s unrealistic for some reason. She makes the scene sound… ok and… it’s not supposed to be. It is supposed to be painful and not a pretty scene.
Anyway, I seriously dislike Celeste… I want to slap her accross the face. Ellen wanted to show us that Celeste is the kind, caring girl who wants to protect Brandon and his secret. Hell to the no! She is selfish and she only cares about what people think. Why would she keep a secret her relationship? Why would she lie to her friends? Why would she make Brandon sad? That’s wrong! And yes, this happens in real life but it’s not what I want from a “fiction”. I read a book because I want something different. I want to believe that people are not that cruel. I needed some kindness and romance and all…
Also, Celeste’s friends are mean and awful. They care about themselves and they try to control Celeste. They’re not supportive and definitely not caring. I wanted her friends to be good. Not that…!
The plot seemed to be rushed and kinda messed up. There are some things left like that, without an explanation. I mean, why are westsiders treated that way? Because they’re poor? Because they’re bad? Because what? I’m confused. Why is Brandon a warewolf? Was it in his genes, was it because of the bite? Did that first warewolf bite him? What the hell?
And this thingy about the prediction… please! Be aware of the kiss under the full moon? Be aware of the woods? Etc, etc! What? Nothing really happened. She found the love of her life. Anyway call me however you want but this book for me is a no.

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[Ellen Schreiber]

Before I took pen to paper, I was an actress. I attended a local university majoring in theatre and spent a summer in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where I learned about the “Old Bard” from amazingly talented teachers.

When I returned from London, I relocated to Chicago where I lived for five years. There, I graduated from the Second City Training Center and performed improv, Shakespeare, comedies and dramas–I even sang and danced on a cruise boat–without falling in Lake Michigan! A classmate of mine from Second City and I created and performed a two woman show for a year before I braved it alone doing stand-up comedy. It was during this time I began to write an adult novel about a rock star–I had always enjoyed writing…

Fast forward a couple of years along with a move home where I was performing “stand-up” at comedy clubs in the area. On a plane to LA to decide my fate– “to move to LA or not to move to LA” that is the question, my big bro, Mark, coincidentally with the same last name as mine (author of PRINCES IN EXILE, DREAMS OF THE SOLO TRAPEZE and STARCROSSED) handed me a young adult book he found at the library he thought I’d like to read during the flight.

As I read the book, I thought, ‘I can do this!’

I returned from LA, and instead of moving there, I wrote my story about the rock star as a young adult novel and called it JOHNNY LIGHTNING.
Mark, my writing mentor, edited JL for me. He was kind enough to send the manuscript to his publisher in Belgium–Facet–and they published it! In Dutch!

I was now on a new life path!

In 2001 HarperCollins made me an offer I couldn’t refuse! Not only was HarperCollins going to publish TEENAGE MERMAID, but it was in a language I could read and book stores I could walk into! HarperCollins also bought VAMPIRE KISSES and COMEDY GIRL.

It was a dream come true!

Since beginning my new life path, VAMPIRE KISSES, TEENAGE MERMAID, and MY MOTHER, THE CLOWN have been published by Facet in Belgium and JOHNNY LIGHTNING has been published in Germany by Ravensburger.

Then my fabulous editor at HarperCollins asked me for a sequel to VAMPIRE KISSES!
HarperCollins published VAMPIRE KISSES 2–KISSING COFFINS and now the soon to be released VAMPIRE KISSES 3–VAMPIREVILLE. I am currently writing VAMPIRE KISSES 4!

When I’m not writing about the love affair between vampire obsessed, goth girl Raven and my favorite mysterious dark-eyed hottie, Alexander Sterling, I enjoy working on my other novels, shopping for Hello Kitty items, and attempting to gain control of the remote from my boyfriend.