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Hooked stories!

I'm delighted to announce that I'm now writing short stories for Hooked! Hooked produces fast-paced serialized fiction that can be read a line at a time on a smartphone through either the Hooked app or Snapchat. My first story, "The Future is Artificial," is a sci-fi thriller set in an android research and production facility during the robot uprising. You can read it at this link or by searching for the Hooked publisher on Snapchat. My next story, "Stood Up on New Year's Eve," is a romantic comedy about a woman who, you guessed it, gets stood up on New Year's Eve and tries to find a replacement kiss for midnight. It'll be published on December 30, 2019. Another story, "Love Potions and Lemon Meringue Pie," will be published on January 9, 2020. In this romance, a woman purchases a love potion at the farmer's market to make her roommate fall in love with her... with unintended consequences.

The Silverkin

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Introducing my newest YA fantasy novel: The Silverkin! This book happened because I desperately wanted to write about an angry, ambitious heroine. Someone who wanted power for power's sake and wasn't about to apologize for it. Someone who had suffered horrific trauma and come out stronger for it. I also wanted to evoke famous historical women like Margaret of Anjou and Lucrezia Borgia, and I imagined an alternate War of the Roses where two women stared at each other across the battlefield. Thus, Avelaine Bourget was born. She's ninth in line to the throne of Galeraine, but not for long. Through murder and manipulation, Avelaine quickly begins to rise. Her last name and her poison rings are my homage to Lucrezia Borgia, and her angry ambition channels a lot of the rage so many women I know have been feeling in recent years. Galeraine is a fantasy country based on 17th century Versailles. I wanted the lavish opulence of that setting to contrast with the brutal powe

My #RevPit Experience

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On April 30th, I found out that amazing editor Carly Bornstein-Hayward had chosen my manuscript for the #RevPit contest . Almost two months later, I have a shiny new manuscript, a tight-knit group of writer friends, and a tremendous amount of gratitude. #RevPit was one of the most valuable experiences in my writing career. Here's what the journey was like. Only slightly unhinged after finishing my #RevPit edit What is #RevPit? #RevPit is a relatively new annual writing contest. 11 editors receive 100 submissions each over the course of a few days. The submission packet includes the query letter and first 5 pages. The editors then request full or partial manuscripts and synopses from their favorites. After a week of deliberation, they pick one manuscript they want to work with for the 5 weeks of the contest, culminating in a showcase of the revised query and first 5 pages. How did I get involved? I found out about #RevPit on Twitter. (Side note for aspiring authors —

#RevPit Query: Before and After

Part of the #RevPit contest involved workshopping my query. Here's the original query I submitted to #RevPit for THE DYING CITY: Dear #RevPit Editors, 18-year-old Livvy would do anything to keep her clan of itinerant horse riders safe. When she’s caught using unlicensed fire magic, Livvy travels to the capital city of Trillia to register as a mage, hoping to protect her family from the repercussions of harboring an illegal magic user. But before she can register, Livvy is attacked by the soldiers of Trillia’s ruling magical family, the Lux, who see her strong magic as a threat to their power. Livvy escapes to Trillia’s underground and joins a local gang for protection. While she likes her new street-smart friends and is increasingly attracted to Rissa, the tough girl who leads them, Livvy plans to return home once the Lux stop looking for her. She misses her clan, and no nature-loving nomad can thrive in this crowded city where the plants and animals are made from

#RevPit 2018 Winner: THE DYING CITY

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Exciting update: I'm one of the winners of the # RevPit writing contest! A professional editor chose my manuscript as her favorite out of 100 entries and is spending 5 weeks editing it with me. I'm thrilled about the opportunity to improve THE DYING CITY, my YA fantasy novel, and I hope you'll be able to read it someday soon! Summary: Fire-wielding Livvy must join an underground gang to save their city of living metal from a magical contagion in this YA LGBT+ fantasy. Here's the aesthetic for Livvy, my main character:  My editor, Carly Hayward, is incredible. I strongly recommend working with her. Here's her website: http://www.booklighteditorial.com/ Her reason for choosing THE DYING CITY: "I chose this one because the story was enthralling, the characters were strong, I loved the ending, and I needed to live in a world with living metal creatures! I just loved it so much!!!" The revised MS will be featured in a showcase on June 7

Announcing The Wicked Wallflowers Club, a romantic podcast!

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I'm happy to announce the launch of a podcast I'm co-hosting with author Jenny Nordbak. We're two friends, writers, and aspiring romance novelists who met while studying archaeology at the University of Southern California. We read, write, and love everything about the romance genre, and we wanted to share our enthusiasm for romance with the world (and hopefully dispel some of the shame associated with it). The podcast will include interviews with authors, book reviews, dramatic readings, and frank discussions about sex positivity and the stigma faced by romance readers and authors. Check out our website here! Download the episode and subscribe to the show on iTunes .

A list of God’s rejected plagues to punish the Egyptians

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Here's my latest for Slackjaw ! Thus says the LORD, “There are no bad ideas when brainstorming” This fun list proposes some alternate plagues God may have considered before settling on the classic "locusts and rivers of blood." Check it out!