Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Giveaway Winners

Winners have been chosen and emailed. Congrats to the two winners (names in the Rafflecopter widget in the previous post). Thank you to all who entered. If you didn't win, don't worry, I'll be having another giveaway soon!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Indie Author Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Indie Author Hop. This giveaway runs June 13-19, 2012. Please fill out the form below. Two winners will be chosen. Those two winners will be able to pick any of the eBooks I wrote (excluding the co-written eBooks). I will send winners a code for Smashwords where you can pick from any format for your eReader.

You have to be a blog follower for your first entry. You can get up to 4 more entries by following or friending me on the websites below for a total of 5 entries.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Why I Write What I Write

I wrote this blog post for someone else's blog a while ago. I think it's important to repost it every so often so readers understand.

When people find out what I write about, they sometimes ask why in the world I write about depressing tough topics such as addictions, abusive relationships, rape, teen pregnancy, or medical conditions. My husband is actually one of these people. I suppose it does take a certain type of person to love my books.

So, what’s the answer, you ask? Why did I start writing about these subjects? There are a number of reasons. As a teen, I enjoyed reading young adult edgy dramas and medical dramas, but there weren’t enough of them. They were taboo. Parents didn’t want their teens reading about hard topics, so there weren’t a lot of them. Knowing that these subjects are important to teens, I started writing more.

I love drama. I also love the thought that I might be helping someone out there who has one of these problems. I can’t count the number of times I looked for a book as a teen that dealt with one of the problems I was facing. The times when I did find one, I bonded with the characters and I didn’t feel alone anymore. Things like this happen to teens out there, someone needs to write about them. I hope my books reach teens who are looking for that feeling.

Some of my favorite books dealt with a teen facing death, usually because of cancer. I decided to go beyond cancer and wrote about epilepsy, a medical condition not a lot of teens know about. I also wrote about needing a heart transplant.

My first eBook, Damaged: Natalie’s Story is about a teen with a violent boyfriend who finds herself in the hospital after one of his attacks. She has to deal with all the physical and emotional damage that he caused.

Two of my books are a little closer to home. Before I finished writing my epilepsy book, Teagan’s Story: Her Battle With Epilepsy, I found out a friend’s daughter had a form of epilepsy and decided to dedicate the book to her. I hope that my book helps create awareness for this condition.

My third book, If I Die Young, is about a teen needing a heart transplant. Many people in my family have heart problems including one of my daughters and myself. One of my family members just had a heart transplant. When I released this book, I matched the sales for the first ten books and donated it to The Children’s Heart Foundation.

My fourth book, The Ultimate Sacrifice, is a paranormal, but I do touch on rape in it.

In my sixth book, Lost and Found, my main character deals with sexual abuse, drug addiction, foster homes, and teen pregnancy.

I have unfinished books that deal with car accidents, paralysis, pregnancy, cutting, running away – all very challenging subjects to write and read about, but all very important nonetheless.

I guess the answer to the question why do I choose the subjects I write about is to help someone in that situation. If I can help just one person for each book I write, writing the book was worth it.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Life Is Good - Monday Mom Post

My daughter thinks she has it so bad. She doesn't. She has no idea how good she has it. And I have no idea how to prove it to her. Anytime I try to tell her about "way back when I was a kid", she shuts me out. I don't blame her. I did that to my parents too. Anytime I try to tell her about "other people", she shuts me out too. She doesn't care unless she's living it.

Kids these days have it easy and good. Remember the toys we used to play with in the 70s and 80s? Nothing like the stuff they have now. What about phones? Remember the rotary phones? Used to take a minute to dial a number, now we just push a preprogrammed name. Or use voice control.

My high school offered a handful of classes. Hers? An amazing selection of classes that touch on almost every career out there.

She has her own room, bathroom, TV, queen size bed, and so on. But, she appreciates none of it.

Sometimes I feel like moving to a farm and living off the land.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


I'm intrigued but not addicted. I like finding pictures of beautiful places or cool sayings, but other than that, I'm not sure what to do with it. Do people really care what I pin on my board? Do you look at other people's boards? What kind of things do you find interesting?

Check mine out! Tell me what to pin!