I’m crazy. I signed up for CampNanowrimo and am actually attempting to write every day in hopes to finish another novel.I’ve been behind for a few days,but hope to catch up sometime soon. I’ve  also had a short story release early, Maybe It’s You, which is in the anthology that my publisher,Rebel Ink put together and I’m trying to catch up on all my books on my Kindle that have been sitting there for a year now. But, I’m finding it hard to finish some of them because I’m not in the mood to read right now.

My husband and I are still waiting to hear about a closing date for our house,which has been going on since like April,and it’s frustrating as heck. So my life is boring.

I wish I had wine😦

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Book Release News!!!!

After being frustrated with my writing “career”, if you can call it that, I was actually thinking about throwing in the towel and taking a break from writing all together, until a fellow Rebel author Lori J. Gordon invited me to participate in an anthology to help “Smurf” the cat that had taken the internet by storm because of being dyed purple and thought to be used as a “chew” toy. As a fellow cat owner, I have four cats, I couldn’t turn away this opportunity. I saw it as a way to help a poor kitty and make some new friends in the process. Now, it’s getting closer to the book release and I can’t help but get excited! I just hope that this anthology that we all worked so hard on helps the shelter where he is and benefit other animals as well.

So, please join us August 1,2016 and get yourself a copy. My short story is called Maybe Just You, a sweet romance that will leave you wanting more🙂


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This is Seriously Me :)


Tell us about yourself!

I’m Katie, a writer from Western Pennsylvania who first started writing young adult mysteries, but has since switched to romance and is considering switching genres yet again. Paranormal might just be calling my name. I’m in my mid-thirties, and am happy to say I think I’m finally happy with the person that I am. I’m also a wife and a mother and am grateful that my little family puts up with my quirks on a daily basis.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I didn’t exactly choose it as it chose me. I write stories that call to me and that could be one reason that I have so many unfinished drafts on my computer of manuscripts because my muse has stopped talking to me halfway through and pushed me towards another story that needs told. I’m still waiting for half of my WIPS(works in progress) to get finished.

What kind of challenges did you have getting your first book published?

Rejection, rejection and wait, did I say rejection? It got to the point that I had a folder on my computer that contained all of my rejection letters and it was getting so big that after a while I just stopped counting.

How do you market your books?

Poorly, just kidding. But, marketing is harder than I first thought. I utilize social media to help me by posting my book links on my Twitter account and also use both of my Facebook pages; personal and author page to get interest. And, of course, do interviews like this one so that my readers, how few there are, can see what I’m up, and hopefully get some new ones along the way.

Who are the top three actors you’d cast in the movie version of your books? Actresses?

Joshua Jackson as James and Katie Holmes as Cyn in Forever Love and Stealing Hearts. And Lucy Hale and Tyler Blackburn as Lauren and Nick in Catching You.

Do you have any books you’ve written and love, but haven’t been able to publish yet?

I haven’t been able to finish writing a book in like forever, so no.

What is the toughest criticism you have received as an author?

Receiving a one star review that said “worst book ever”. They didn’t write anything and I kept wondering.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Never stop. Never stop writing, never stop believing in your work, and never stop believing in what you can do.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans/readers?

Stay Tuned, there is more to come… I promise!

What writing projects are you working on?

I have many incomplete manuscripts stashed on my computer, but have decided to work on something rather new tentively titled Witchy. In it the main character, Jules has just lost her parents in a fatal car accident and as she cleaning out her parents’ house she learns that the man that she has called her father for the last twenty five years is not her father at all and her mother is actually a witch. But, if that isn’t enough, she also finds out that she has two sisters; twins that were raised by her real father, that she knew nothing about. That’s when she realizes that the life that she knew was all a lie and life will never be the same again.

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?

I’d love to say that I’m the kind of author that first outlines her novel and knows every single thing that is going to happen every step of the way, but I’d be lying. I go with whatever my characters want and more times than not, I’m not writing because my characters don’t like the story I’m writing.

Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family? 

My husband. He tries to take our daughter as much as he can, so that I can get some writing time, but sometimes it’s hard because she’s a momma’s girl. He also tells me that it will get easier as she gets older and is better at entertaining herself or is in school, but there are a lot of times that I just get frustrated and want to give up all together.

Does your day job ever get in the way of your writing?

Totally! I work full time as a sales associate at Walgreens and by the time I get home from work and do my mommy duties I’m too exhausted to even look at my computer. I keep a notebook in my purse in hopes that inspiration will strike while I’m on my lunch break, but thirty minutes isn’t enough time to eat and write for me, so I usually just end up sitting at the table stuffing food in my mouth while reading a book.

Is it true that authors write word-perfect first drafts?

Heck no! I once read a blog post from Laurell K. Hamilton, one of my favorite authors, where she said that she once sent a first draft to her editor that had no physical descriptions in it at all. That makes me feel much better about my own writing to know that an established author can also make mistakes.

Do you believe attractive book covers help in its sales?

Yes I do. I don’t think people would read a book with an ugly cover over a beautiful cover. I’ve even had my publisher re-do my covers because of this because after having my books out for a few months I’d gotten feedback from other author friends that they thought I would get more sales if I fixed my covers and its helped a little bit and will be more critical from now on when picking photos for my book covers.

Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts?

Yep! The delete button is my best friend.

Did you specifically plan your studies around your interest of writing?

I toyed with author careers growing up, but it was my love of reading and writing that made me decide to major in English, much to my father’s dismay, and instead of becoming a teacher, I decided to write. I still sometimes think I’d love to go back to school and get my teaching degree for a backup, but right now it’s just time and money that’s keeping me from doing it.

Is there a particular kind of attire you like to write in?

Since the majority of my writing time comes after my daughter is in bed, so I’d have to say my pajamas.

Do you blog?

I try and blog at least once a month, but a lot of the time it’s less than that because I don’t feel as if I have much to say. I mean who wants to hear about the cranky customer I dealt with at work because the item they wanted wasn’t on sale and they thought it should be anyway?

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Date night. My husband and I got to cash in our free babysitting pass that my brother in law gave us for Christmas and after I got off work on Wednesday, we headed over to Applebee’s for dinner and then headed down to Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall to watch Nightwish and Delain perform. I’d heard a bit of their music from hubby before and I liked it,even though it’s metal,and I’m a country fan,so I was excited. I was actually kind of nervous to have a night out without kiddo. Sometimes you forget about the two of you and just concentrate on the kids and that’s what we’ve been doing lately. So,it was nice to be out just the two of us despite the rain. It started raining right as we got out of the car to go into dinner,so I walked into Applebee’s looking like a drowned rat.
But,I know that I’m a parent when I’m sitting at the concert and it’s only 9oclock and I’m falling asleep because it’s kiddos bedtime. I do have to admit,I did get a little cat nap in during the concert. There was even a girl next to me sleeping.



Now,it’s back to reality. Maybe we’ll get another date night when kiddo is in kindergarten, lol.

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I’m a “Working Writer”

I just finished watching @PLL and felt inspired to run upstairs and actually pull out my laptop and work on my current WIP. It’s at 30k of a garbled mess at the moment, but I’m slowly piecing it back together and hope to have it ready to publish by the end of the year. Wither, I’ll send it to my publisher or try to venture out on my own is yet to be seen.

That being said, I received an email from my publisher today and originally they were going to re-release my novels Stealing Hearts and Forever Love as two paperbacks, but now have decided to publish them together as one volume in  a digital compilation that due out on February 10th along with another novel, Catching You, which is going to be out in paperback.

And. I’ve only been with Rebel Ink for a year and have three novels out. Wow! That has to be some sort of record for me. No wonder I’m trying to finish my “UN-finished” manuscripts before sending them out into the world. At least that’s one of my goals for 2016.

The other one is to finish all of books I haven’t read yet before buying something new, but I’ve already failed at that one when I pre-ordered my fellow rec rat Heather Hambel Curley’s newest release, Haunt.

Well, I had every intention of staying up late and writing since I close tomorrow night, I can already feel my eyes getting heavy and think I’m going to try to get more than 2-3 hours of sleep before my daughter wakes up wanting rocked back to sleep. Maybe I’ll try to write a bit on my dinner break instead.

Such is the life of a “working writer”. I think I just coined a new phrase for myself.








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Welcome Kathryn Robson

Today I want to welcome fellow Rebel Kathryn Robson to my blog. BTW❤ the name!!!!


Playing Twenty Questions with Kathryn Robson


Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting?

100% the characters Amy and Daniel came first.

Are you in control of your characters or do they control you?

That is actually quite a difficult question, through the course of a book you evolve your people to have their own characteristics, so that if you throw them into a situation, and want them to act a certain way for a certain outcome, it may not coincide inline with their persona, as they would never do such a thing. So I suppose, I control them at the beginning and then the story evolves through them, if that makes any sense at all.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?

Isn’t that almost the most fun part? Like naming a pet!

Golden actually started out being called ‘Full Circle’ but when I had finished, it was so different from what I had set it out to be, the title changed itself.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

First a vet, then a nurse. What I actually did was manage a Mcdonalds, then opened a clothes shop, now I have two and a new one in the making. But deep down I still wish I had gone down the nursing path, or maybe paramedic. And now I wish I could throw it all in and write stories all day!

Are you working on anything at the present you’d like to share with us?

I really want to start writing on my second book, out of lack of time it is all only mapped out in my head.

Do you have any strange handwriting habits, like capitalizing all your “r”s or dotting your “I”s with heart (or anything like that)?

I sometimes write with my pen between my middle and my index finger when I need to write fast.

You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?

Choosing to accompany my son on the Manta at Seaworld – worst decision ever! Most terrifying thing I ever did.

When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought?

I need more sleep!

What were you doing at midnight last night?

Reading Lee Child.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Snails. Oh, and fermented duck egg. Don’t try it, just don’t!

What do you want to know about the future?

I like to make plans for the future, in all aspects, even down to what color I am going to paint the kitchen next year, but I would not want to know anything.

What’s your heritage? English, German, Irish etc…

I was born in Scotland by Scottish parents with a hint of Irish on my mothers side. I lived in America for 6 years, grew up in Germany speaking fluent German, now I live in Wales learning Welsh.

Deep down I still feel 100% Scottish, strange huh?

What is your favorite pizza?

Mushroom, onion and pesto.

What’s one thing scientists should invent?

Teleportation! I hate traveling in all and every form, train being the least tiresome.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?

Put my muck-boots on and go up the mountain to play with the horses for a few hours or take the dogs for a walk along the beach.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

No it was an accident, I never thought it would be so much fun, I could sit and write all day everyday now.

If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

What I am doing now. We have just signed the lease on a high street clothes shop and are in the planning stages of interior design, signage and shop logo – so exciting!

Fill in the blank favorites (two word max!) – Dessert. City. Season. Type of hero. Type of heroine.

Dessert: Fruit salad, City: Edinburgh, Season: Summer, Hero: My hero wears dog tags or badge, Heroine: She is real, strong but with flaws that make her human, not some

perfect version of a modern day superhero, she sort of stumbles through everything, meaning well and trying her best.

Tell us about your current title.

I can’t write too much without spoiling the book. It is a Supernatural Fiction, with a good healthy romance embedded in it.

Golden see’s Amy escaping her abusive stepfather and making a new life for herself in a big city. Finally she is surrounded by friends and feels safe for the first time in her life, but her past is not done with her, her stepfather hunts her down and now she not only has herself to worry about as she is not his main target!

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The Migrant Report

I received a copy of The Migrant Report in exchange for an honest review. Despite not being something I would normally read,I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Rajakum’s writing style and would read another of hers given the opportunity. I felt that her characters drew me in right away, although it was a little hard to keep them  straight.She took a harsh reality of how workers can be treated in other countries and made it enjoyable to read.

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