The “Book of Your Choice” giveaway is now over. And the winner is…


The winner has been notified, and her book is on its way. Thanks so much to everyone who checked out my cover reveal and entered the giveaway. I really appreciate it! :D

Cover Reveal: HALF-LIFE (Ferraro) and RACING HEARTS (Lascarso)

I’m pleased to take part in the cover reveals for two terrific-looking e-novellas coming soon from LEAP BOOKS: Shine  — HALF-LIFE, by Tina Ferraro, and RACING HEARTS, by Laura Lascarso. :)

half lifeAbout HALF-LIFE:

Probably not a good idea to take advice from your dead twin sister.

High school sophomore Trisha Traynor and friends have played the Halloween mirror game for years, the one that’s supposed to show a glimpse of the guy they’ll marry. But no one’s ever seen anything.

Until tonight—when Trisha is gob smacked by the candlelit arrival of her long-deceased twin sister, instead of her crush, Kirk Maxwell.

In a voice and vision that only Trisha can hear and see, Chessie claims to be back on a compassionate journey. Trisha fears she’s gone nuthouse crazy. But she nonetheless follows the instructions Chessie outlines in their nightly conversations, until she finds herself stepping across some ethical lines, and probably ending all chances with Kirk.

When a sisterly showdown ensues, resulting in the shattering of the mirror, Chessie’s gone again, and a heartsick Trisha sets about righting her recent wrongs. That is, until she stumbles upon the real reason Chessie had come back and the most important glimpse yet that the mirror could never predict.

About Tina Ferraro: Tina Ferraro been writing since she learned to hold a pencil, and sold upwards of a hundred short stories to national magazines before turning to novels. She is the author of three Random House novels, The ABC’s of Kissing Boys, How to Hook a Hottie and Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, which have received distinctions such as the ABA Book Sense Tina FerraroAward and two RITA nominations.

Her fourth YA, The Starter Boyfriend, has spent time on Amazon’s Top 100 Lists. She lives in Los Angeles with her rocket scientist husband, two cats and whichever of their three young adult children is in town. When not writing, she enjoys playing Facebook Scrabble, swimming, and chasing coyotes out of her neighborhood.

Watch for Tina’s title with Shine….HALF-LIFE which follows Trisha in the days before her 15th birthday, as her long deceased identical twin makes appearances in mirrors to help prevent her similarly early demise. (ETA, Fall 2015)


Social Media Links, Tina Ferraro:

Facebook:   tina.ferraro1 (and) Tina Ferraro’s Books
Twitter:  @PromMom3

racing hearts



He wants to honor his father’s legacy; she wants to prove her father wrong.

18-year-old Jesse is still grieving from the loss of his father to cancer when he learns his mother has lost her job. All too soon, Jesse, his little sister, and his mother might be put out on the streets.

Jesse hears of a local car race sponsored by his father’s nemesis, Shep Bradley, and the prize money might be enough to keep Jesse’s family from losing their home – if he can win it.

When Shep’s own daughter Brooke asks Jesse to build her a racecar against her father’s wishes, Jesse accepts. After all, he needs the money.

About Laura Lascarso: Laura Lascarso strives to craft stories that are honest and real withLaura Lascarso characters who must overcome great odds. Her debut novel Counting Backwards (Atheneum 2012) won the Florida Book Award gold medal for YA literature. RACING HEARTS is Laura’s first e-series with Leap Books. She lives in North Florida with her darling husband, two children and a menagerie of animals.

Watch for Laura’s series with Shine which follows a pair of star-crossed lovers. He wants to honor his father’s legacy; she wants to prove her father wrong in this modern-day Romeo & Juliet set in the world of competitive car racing. (ETA. Fall 2015)

Visit Laura on TwitterFacebook, and her website.


Social Media Links, Laura Lascarso:

Twitter:  @lauralascarso


Old Dog, Old Trick

Maybe it is indeed a truth universally acknowledged that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I tried–really, I did. But alas, no new trick for me.

I’ve been stuck on a writing project. Not just a bit stuck. STUCK stuck, making zero progress even though I know what I need to write. Ay, there’s the rub! know what I need to write. I’m working on novel #6, and for the first time, I have an outline. Compared to my usual pantsingdrafting should be a breeze this time ’round, right? Nuh-uh. Clearly, I am not meant to be a Plotter.

It’s good to try new ways of doing things, but it’s also good to know what works for you and trust your process. For me, the magic is in the exploration and the unknown. It’s in the wandering and even the wrong turns and dead ends. It’s in mulling and not-writing and re-writing. (You plotters are probably getting hives just reading this.)

I’ll push through and finish this draft, for sure (I’m stubborn that way). But next time ’round, if it’s up to me, I’ll be pantsing it. Old dog, old trick. ;)

What’s your process? Does it vary with each book, or do you have a tried-and-true way of approaching each story you write?


Cover Reveal for FOLLOWING CHELSEA (and a giveaway!)

I have a cover!! I love it, and I’m so excited to share it with you! The super-fantastic Girls In The Stacks are doing a cover reveal for me today — I hope you’ll click over and check it out! (While you’re there, enter to win a book of your choice!)

See the cover for FOLLOWING CHELSEA at Girls In The Stacks

What do you see?

A couple days ago, I found something cool on the beach, and then I found something else cool today. My reaction to both things told me that I’m just a big kid, which I already knew, but they also got me thinking about voice and point of view and character…. But first, you want to know what I found, don’t you?



Yes, I found a message in a bottle — cool! — and worked for several minutes to get the note out. Turns out, it had bobbed over to my beach from a nearby island. Not exactly a long journey, but I put my name and location on the bottom of the note, re-sealed it in the bottle, and flung it as far as I could into the sea. Maybe it’ll catch a current and end up on a far-away shore, or maybe it’ll wash up where some poor soul is stuck on a deserted island and he’ll open it and find paper and pencil, and he’ll write an S.O.S., and his hope will be restored! Oh, the possibilities.

And then, I found a ship. Okay, it was actually a wood pallet, but imagine if you lashed it to a couple driftwood logs… hey! you could rescue the guy on the deserted island! Or you could at least imagine you were the one on the island and were now sailing into the open sea, warding off pirates and sharks as you headed off on a grand adventure.

See? Kid at heart. You understand why I write for children….

But on to my writing analogy. If you’re writing from a kid’s point of view, you have to see things the way a kid would. Or if you’re writing as a homeless guy (that pallet would make a decent wall to keep tonight’s rain out of my shelter) or a bored housewife (hey, a message in a bottle could set off a thrilling romantic rendezvous), you have to get in their head and see things the way they would see them. 

You knew that, right? Yeah, so did I, but sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves of such things. That’s why I said it…not at all because I was grasping at straws/bottles/rafts to find something to blog about. ;)


Saturday Snapshot: Yellowstone

My husband, son, and I just returned from 2-1/2 weeks on the road. We had a great trip, and I took hundreds of photos (yay for digital! remember back in the “film days”, when you carefully took one-and-only-one shot of Very Significant Things because it would cost SO MUCH to develop them? heh). A blog post about the trip is likely forthcoming, but for today, a peek at some of the awe-inspiring sights of Yellowstone National Park. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Left: Old Faithful Geyser erupting. Top right: hot spring pool in the Excelsior Geyser Crater. Bottom right: Grand Prismatic Spring, a hot spring in the Middle Geyser Basin.

Left: Old Faithful Geyser erupting. Top right: hot spring pool in the Excelsior Geyser Crater. Bottom right: Grand Prismatic Spring, a hot spring in the Middle Geyser Basin.

Saturday Snapshot is a meme hosted by West Metro Mommy Reads. Her pics are also of Yellowstone today! Go figure… *waves to West Metro Mommy*