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Snatched Dream Cast

So, not a shocker, but when I write characters, I’ll sometimes imagine different people to get realistic details, flaws, etc regarding physical appearance. Of course, my characters get their own flair, but it’s great to get ideas for a certain nose, or chin shape, to really set them apart. For Snatched, I definitely have my dream cast picked out based on looks, although not necessarily based on acting chops.

Kara Orris:

Played by Lauren German

Why: Kara’s got the dirty blonde hair, blue eyes thing going, but she’s got a toughness to her that’s obvious upon first impression, and I really thought this picture fit what I imagined for the character.

Dinah:

Played by Ashley Benson

Why: Dinah’s pretty as a picture, and definitely comes across as more of a girly girl

Jared:

Played by Drew Van Acker

Why: I imagined Jared as your All American sort of dude, the kind that most girls lose their shit for, but not exactly Kara’s cup of tea

Hunter:

Played by Jean Luc Bilodeau

Why: Hunter has a more playful look to him, like he’s always ready to tease, or add some snarky quip

Tank:

Played by Dwayne Johnson

Why: For Tank, I always pictured Dwayne Johnson. With a name like Tank, it makes sense for a guy of that stature, but there’s also a sweetness as well.

Tweak:

Played by Kaya Scodelario

Why: This version of Kaya Scodelario is exactly what I think of when I imagine Tweak. Giant eyes, raggy hair, and looking about six shots of espresso deep.

Lizzy Orris:

Played by Emma Watson

Why: There’s an inquisitiveness to Emma Watson’s demeanor that I always associated with Lizzy.

Posted in Sneak Peeks

Sneak Peek of Stolen Petals

Steamy steampunk? Rival bounty hunters?

What more could you want?

Here’s a sneak peek from my new novelette which will be released with Breathless Press soon!

While the run-down tavern, the Rusty Scupper, was the last place a lady should dally, the opportunity was too good to pass. She’d been on this bounty for months and couldn’t let this chance slip. Viola focused on the name. Should’ve recognized the scoundrel.

A smile curved her lips. No, she couldn’t pass up this opportunity. Under her alias, the Brass Violet, she’d maintained a healthy competition with most, but none as much as the Fox. Like his namesake, he snuck in and snatched her targets before she had the chance to nab them. He stole the pickings of others, especially hers, for his own entertainment. So why the peace offering? If he had information, he wouldn’t share it unless he needed something from her. Which meant this bounty was about to get interesting.

Posted in Updates

News: Ringing in the New Year Right!

Already in 2015, I have two awesome things on the horizon, both involving the lovely Decadent Publishing:

1) Poisoned Apple will be available in an audio book at a future date. We’re going through auditions right now.

2) I just signed a contract with Decadent for my novella, A Soul Solution, part of their Beyond Fairytales series!!!

Looks like I’ll have no shortage of work this year–and I’m LOVING IT!

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Release Day: Poisoned Apple

Today’s the release day for Poisoned Apple, my latest novella with Decadent Publishing!

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Snow White’s a goth and Prince Charming’s a jerk.

On Neve’s eighteenth birthday, her stepmother kicks her out. A group of diner rats offer her refuge—including Brendan, who offers his couch for her to crash on. But the more time she spends with him, the more he confuses her. One second, he’s kissing her. The next he’s pushing her away.

Believing her life has reached rock bottom, Neve struggles to ditch her “damaged girl” label. But when she uncovers the truth about her life, she’s rocked to her very foundation. Will Neve be able to hold on to the good things coming her way, or will her bad luck poison everything?

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Excerpt:

Neve knew this day would come. She’d been dreading it the past year, wondering what would happen and, for the life of her, unable to hazard a guess as to where the future would take her. After spending the past weeks worrying and hours in front of her computer screen talking to Internet strangers who had given her little useful advice, she’d grown wearier each day. At last, it had arrived—her eighteenth birthday.

Tugging at the spiked collar around her neck, she stole a glance at the front door of the house she’d grown up in. The peach siding created a gorgeous contrast to the stucco walls and the dark-brown roof tiles—a fairytale house in a fairytale suburban neighborhood. She rolled her eyes. Too bad life had been anything but.

She’d never wanted any of this, but such was life. Her dad hadn’t asked when he’d ditched. No, he’d pranced out of the closet and ran off with his lover, leaving her with Veronica.

Her neck itched from too much sun. She’d been out here two hours, pacing around her cul-de-sac one hundred thirteen times since she’d returned from her shift at the café and, so far, had accomplished nothing. Her stomach clenched with the stark hollowness of what would happen the moment she walked through that door. Inside, Veronica would be waiting. As much as she hated confrontation and knew in her gut trouble was brewing, she’d have to deal with her stepmother at some point and was better off handling this mess without a bad case of sunburn. Neve let out a weary sigh then trekked up the paved walkway to her front door. Time to face the beast.

Posted in Sneak Peeks, Writing Tip of the Day

Letter to Poisoned Apple

This is included in the book, at the very end–a love letter to the joy of rewriting–and getting it right this time.

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Poisoned Apple holds a dear place in my heart, because I recreated it from the wreckage of one of my earliest manuscripts I wrote. My earliest works were my exploratory phase where I learned the basics, but trust me when I say, it wasn’t salvageable. I stripped the story down to the barest elements and rewrote everything, from characters to the ending. I wanted Neve to be goth with a bitter attitude and cynicism that stemmed from her bad past. And I changed Brendan around completely, from a sweetheart, to someone damaged as well, because I didn’t think Neve could relate to someone entirely good and whole considering how shattered she began and becomes through the story. The story that bloomed from that old manuscript became so intense for me and one I completely fell in love with. So, here’s to hoping you enjoy reading Poisoned Apple as much as I enjoyed writing it and to other writers out there: writing is never a waste—the important themes and stories will always find a way to surface.