Monday, December 4, 2017

Fathoms Above is in the Reader's Choice Awards!

This was such a wonderful surprise to wake up to in my inbox today!!!! Fathoms Above is nominated in the TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards for best fantasy of the year!!! (Screams wordlessly) If you would like to vote for my book, please click on the link below. Hermes, Cather, and I would really appreciate it! Xoxo

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale

Guess what, bookworms? Fathoms Above ebooks and paperbacks are on sale through Monday on Amazon!! If you've been waiting for a good time to read it, now's your chance!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Easy and Delicious: An Author Mom's Guide to Fall Cooking

Busy moms (and dads) of the world unite! Idk about yall, but there is just something about the fall time that makes me want to spend all day in the kitchen. Maybe it's how  the cold, crisp weather is perfectly offset by the warmth of the stove, or maybe it's how good my house smells when I pull a fresh batch of cinnamon rolls out of the oven. Either way, nothing puts me in an autumn mood more than cooking delicious, fall-themed homemade meals for my family. Let's be honest, though. Between writing, working a full time job, and taking care of my daughter, this author mom barely has time to do the dishes on a regular basis, let alone cook a three-course meal every night! Who's with me? I bet there's a lot of us, doing our best to juggle all the things we have to do every day while still looking like super-parents (even if our outward appearances don't always match how we feel on the inside lol). But fear not! For this fall, I have decided to lend a helping hand to my fellow busy parents, whether you're an author like me or not (bc no matter what we do, we all get overwhelmed at times, and the holidays are no exception) by sharing some of my favorite dishes to make this time of year here on the blog. Every single one of these items are super easy to make so you can multi-task while you mix, cook quickly so you can either prepare them ahead of time or whip them together when you get home from work, and have been picky-princess taste tested and approved! I hope you enjoy them, and I would love to know which ones were your family's favorites! And if you have any easy-peasy recipes of your own you'd like to share, post them in the comments! I'm always looking for new things to try, and I'm sure others are as well. Happy fall and happy baking, yall!

Maple Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potatoes (i did mine with regular potatoes)

Pumpkin Alfredo

Rosemary pork chops

Photo credits to Yellow Bliss Road, Better Homes and Gardens, and Bake at Midnight

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Falling Leaves Bring Fantasy Reads: My Fall TBR Pile

If you know me, then you know that fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. The food, the holidays, the family gatherings, the weather, the leaves, the football games, the fashion: in fact, I don’t think there’s anything about fall I don’t like, and my tbr pile this month definitely reflects that. Here’s an inside look at the books I will be devouring faster than a piece of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving dinner to get me in the fall mood.

1. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
If you can’t already tell by glancing at this list, fall is my favorite time of year to read fantasy books. After all, what’s more magical than the seasons changing from sweltering hot to cool and crisp, the leaves turning colors in the trees, and the days growing shorter while the nights grow longer? And this debut book with its autumn prince and seasonal faerie courts is giving me all the fall vibes! Plus, ravens are my absolute favorite bird, and this book is chock full of them. So, really, what’s not to love?

2. A Shadow Bright and Burning and A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess
A Shadow Bright and Burning is one of those fantasy novels that has been on my tbr list since the first second I saw it, but between writing, mommying, work, and my other want-to-reads (it’s an extensive list lol), I haven’t had time to pick it up yet. But with the recent release of the second book in the series, A Poison Dark and Drowning, I decided it was high time I started. With a heroine as bold and fiery as the gorgeous cover art suggests and an intriguing tangle of love interests all wrapped up in a fresh, new magical world plagued by an ancient darkness where sorcerers are set apart from witches and magicians for their unique ability to harness the elements, these books promise a read as perfect as the gravy on top of a Thanksgiving turkey with chestnut stuffing.

Photo credits to aitana_vini, forever and everly, and acouplereads

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dark, Tragic, and Spine-Tinglingly Terrific: My Most Anticipated Reads for the Halloween Season

I love Halloween. It is far and wide one of my all-time favorite holidays, from the decorations and customs rooted in history to the candy and costumes. And nothing gives me more pleasure than curling up on the couch in a cozy sweater with a mug of pumpkin-flavored coffee and a spooky book. Want to see what's on my tbr pile this howliday season? Keep reading, then leave me a comment and let me know if you're as excited to read any (or all) of these upcoming chillers as I am!

1. Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula by @kerrimaniscalco
Yes, I know. Stalking Jack the Ripper has been out for forever, but with the recent release of Hunting Prince Dracula, I figured it was high time I started this series. A historical retelling centered around such creepy characters as Jack the Ripper and Dracula, with a main character whose intelligence is equal to her bravery while still being feminine, these are two books I can't wait to sink my teeth into! And can I just say how cool are these old black and white illustrations at the beginning of each chapter? Love them!

2. One Dark Throne by @KendareBlake
Any book that has the word dark in the title automatically makes my Halloween reading list, and this sequel to Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake is no exception. I can't wait to see which queen comes out on top, though if truth be told, I'm rooting for Katherine lol. Poisoner Queen for life!

3. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by @alexbracken
One look at the spookerific cover of Alexandra Bracken's latest masterpiece, and I was hooked! Literally lol I bought the book the same day at Target. I couldn't resist! It's so shiny. Plus, the plot is fresh, with characters you'll fall in love with instantly (even the evil malefactor Alastor), and has an aptly chosen Salem setting. So, really, this one was a shoe-in for my tbr this year.

4. Blackbird of the Gallows by @seemegwrite
I have been seeing this book around a lot lately, but I didn't know what it was until I read a post about it on Instagram and immediately added it to my Halloween tbr! With tragedies, a supernatural battle bt good and evil, and a harbinger of death, this book sounds full of chills and thrills. Plus, I've never read any of Meg Kassel's books, so I'm super excited to give this one a try!
Photo credits to wee reader, hafsah faizal, kate, deer tales, and shadowgod.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fathoms Below & Fathoms Above Giveaway Announcement

Calling all book bloggers and bookstagrammers! I had so much fun at the magic myth mischief event that I want to do more! So, I'm giving away 10 FREE ebooks of Fathoms Below AND Fathoms Above in exchange for a guest spot with review! If you're interested, just reply to this post or dm me by Friday October 6th.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fathoms Above Cover Reveal

It's here! It's finally here! Today, the cover for Fathoms Above, the second book in the Star Crossed series, was released, and I couldn't be more in love with it if I tried! The Ferris Wheel (an object that plays a VERY important part in Fathoms Above), the gold, the white lettering on the black: it looks so much better in real life than I could have imagined!

A huge thanks to Debra Presley and everyone from Book Enthusiasts and Buoni Amici Press who had a part in putting this event together, as well as all the book bloggers who so graciously participated in this event and made my cover look absolutely amazing! Click on any of the links below to visit these blogs and view the cover reveal for yourself! There's also an EXTENDED excerpt from Fathoms Above, and a giveaway for 5 free e-book copies of Fathoms Above and 5 signed Fathoms Below-themed bookmarks!'