LIFE: Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday and was able to spend time with their loved ones.

There is a lot to be thankful for in my life, and being so close to my family and friends is one thing I’m truly thankful for. I have a large family of twenty (and at Thanksgiving, that number triples as we invite extended family and friends to join us.) When we get together it’s always wonderfully chaotic.

After spending time with my boyfriend’s family, we head over to my uncle’s for a second round of food which consists no less than five turkeys (fried and baked), two stuffings (classic and “White Castle”), green bean casserole, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and corn, bread and butter, and of course a whole table of desserts. Then, after sitting around and trying not to fall asleep, we whipped out the board games with the younger cousins.

The first game we played was a homemade version of What Ya’ Mouth. It wasn’t my favorite game, as the idea of holding our mouths open with dental cheek retracters and trying not to drool wasn’t ideal. However, it was quite funny to try and guess what we were saying! We then moved onto Quelf, which is one of my favorite family board games. The rules are simple: obey the card or pay the penalty. Needless to say that we acted like complete fools and had a blast.

The night always ends with my uncle pulling out his guitar and singing songs such as “Dead or Alive,” “Sweet Caroline,” and “Jack and Diane.” My cousin, Emma, also pulled out her violin to play a piece she is practicing for school. This typically leads to midnight reuben’s made out of our leftovers, but I’m usually back home and in bed by then.

Which leads me into Black Friday, a “holiday” I don’t typically participate in. However, this year, I rushed to Barnes & Noble at 8AM to grab a signed copy of Neal Shusterman’s new novel, Scythe. I have been eagerly waiting for this book to come out and I’m so excited to finally start reading it! You can bet I’ll write a review once I finish.

The rest of my Black Friday was spent with the family, going to a trampoline park with my cousins, watching movies, and working on a not-so-secret surprise for my family. It involves all of the crazy things we say and the goofy nicknames we give each other. Perhaps I’ll share a few details as Christmas comes closer.

Let me know how you spent your holiday weekend. Do you have a traditional or non-traditional dinner, do you shop for Black Friday (and Cyber Monday), or do you choose not to celebrate at all? Leave a comment and share some of your traditions!



AOF: You’ve Discovered a New Book!

Imagine you’re in your favorite bookstore one day and happen upon a new book sitting on the shelf. Intrigued perhaps by the title, cover, or after playing eenie-meenie-minee-moe, you pick it up on a whim. You flip it over to see if it’s something you would be interested in, and read this blurb:

“When an angel and demon bind their souls together, the only way to sever it is to make the angel fall or the demon ascend. Who will be triumphant: the love-struck angel, or the lustful demon prince?”

Regal is a young Incubus who has recently earned the title of Prince of Lust from Jackal, the King of Hell. Although he is different from all of the other Incubi, he has earned the title for his many successes of capturing lustful souls. That, and he has the perk of being Jackal’s son.

Keir is one of Gloria’s archangels in training, who specializes in the Virtue of Kindness under the guidance of Michaelangelo. Despite being very powerful for his young age, he still has a lot to learn about earth and its inhabitants before he can move up in the ranks of the Angelic Hierarchy.

These two powerful forces collide when a battle over a human’s life goes awry. Keir finds himself head over heels in love with the demon, and Regal is given the rare opportunity to seize the angel as a personal servant. Regal jumps at the chance to become the first demon in history to covet an angel, but Keir is much smarter than he anticipates, and the two end up tethering their souls together in an unbreakable bond.

Keir is more than happy to have the bond between them, but Regal wants out of the deal. The only way to do that is to make the angel fall from grace and become a demon. But can Regal succeed in his plans before Keir makes him ascend into heaven and become one of Gloria’s children?

What would you do? Would you set it back down, or hold onto it for a while before making a final decision? Would you immediately sit down and read it on the spot, or purchase it to read over and over again? Does this blurb grip you, bore you, excite you, appall you?

The paragraph on the back of the book is often the first glimpse a reader has toward the story, and this is the tentative blurb for my first novel, The Art of Falling, which is currently in the works to being published!

Let me know what you think in the comments, and help me fine tune my blurb into something that will compel readers to pick up my book!

ART: Youmacon 2016

Last weekend I attended Youmacon 2016 in Detroit! While I wasn’t holding my own artist alley booth, I did commission come wonderful art from fellow artists! They drew the original sketches, and I colored them in over the week. I love how they turned out, and I’m very excited to share them with you all!

*Credit to the artists within the caption of each picture.

AOF: Dragon Moon Press

It’s been a few weeks since I was first reached out by the publishing house I submitted The Art of Falling to, and I am very excited to announce that I’ve signed the contract with Dragon Moon Press! I’ll be working with them for the next several months to get the book ready for your shelves and e-book readers. I’m really hoping that we can get it published and ready for Shuto Con 2017 so I can sell some signed copies!

I’m still a little bit overwhelmed with emotion and not quite sure how to put it into words yet. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as the process continues. For now, we play the waiting game as the manuscript is read over.