Thankful for my Pitch Crit Crew

So a few months ago I entered a writing contest. Alas, I didn’t proceed to go, however, I received something waaay more valuable in return. A real writing group. A gaggle of writerly friends who are in the trenches along with me, and I am so very happy to have them around.

It makes it a million times more bearable to share joy and pain with people who have felt what you are feeling. While your loved ones might feel bad with you, they don’t know *exactly* ya know? But the crew does. Their empathy is real. Their happiness at a request is your happiness. Their elation at a signing with an agent is your elation.Their sadness at your pain in a rejection is what build your heart up that much stronger.

As a stay-at-home mom, over the years I’ve lost contact with a lot of my “real” friends. I used to be a social butterfly, but except on the odd occasion rarely do I get out anymore, and when I do with my friends it’s not spent talking about writing hehe or if I do it’s for a coveted date with my mister. And while he supports my writing 100% I see his eyes glaze and that’s totally cool too 🙂

Because of this writer group I really feel like I have a connection again. I’ve even had the chance to meet one of the badasses in person at a writing conference so far and that was beyond awesomeness. From the moment I sat down at the bar it felt like I had known her for years. There was no awkward silences, and we laughed into the wee hours of the night.

The best part is, the crew gets it. All of it. And we don’t judge.

The worst part is we all live so far away, cause dang it, it would be beyond fantastic to have a weekly coffee and writing get together with them. But I’ll take what I can get, and be thankful every day for the bonds we are all  building.

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Thanks you guys.  You keep me motivated and I’m so happy to be one of you!

You down with PCC? Yeah you know me!


Cover reveal for DIVIDED by Sharon M. Johnston

I’ve seen some pretty book covers but this one steals my heart. Join me in gazing at this lovely for a lil while.

DIVIDED full digital

Book Blurb

A new heart should mean new life, instead it’s a living nightmare.

Mishca Richardson’s life is at an all-time high after her heart transplant. With new boyfriend, Ryder, she has the perfect summer romance. Even the nightmares plaguing her sleep since her operation can’t dull her new dream world.

Yet, life starts to unravel when Mishca develops superhuman abilities. She does her best to hide them so as not to end up a science experiment in a lab, but she can’t ignore the strange instant attraction she experiences when she meets her university professor, Colin Reed.

Torn between love and obsession, Mishca must unite her divided heart and decide between the two men. But when the truth about her weird powers comes to light, she’ll have a lot more to worry about than romance.

Praise for Divided

“DIVIDED is a fast-paced adventure filled with mystery, romance, action, and humor.

Mishca and Ryder rank up there with my favorite heroines and heroes ever!

Sharon M. Johnston is an author to watch out for.”

  • WENDY HIGGINS, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author.

Preorder DIVIDED now!

About the author


From sunny Queensland in Australia, Sharon writes weird stories and soulful contemporaries across a number of categories. Working as a PR specialist by day, in her spare time she writes, blogs, plays with her fur babies and plays computer games with her family. She’s also been stalked by women wanted to know where she buys her shoes.

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Hey guys, if you’re looking to bulk up your summer reading you should take a gander into this wonderful series! Make sure you pick up the first and second CHARMING and DARING as well as the newest instIllation –FEARLESS

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FEARLESS   Blog Tour – 7 Aug- 22 Aug

Fearless (a stand-alone novel and #3 in the Pax Arcana series)

by Elliott James

Release Date:  08/11/15



When your last name is Charming, rescuing virgins comes with the territory — even when the virgin in question is a nineteen-year-old college boy.

Someone, somewhere, has declared war on Kevin Kichida, and that someone has a long list of magical predators on their rolodex. The good news is that Kevin lives in a town where Ted Cahill is the new sheriff and old ally of John Charming.

The attacks on Kevin seem to be a pattern, and the more John and his new team follow that thread, the deeper they find themselves in a maze of supernatural threats, family secrets, and age-old betrayals. The more John learns, the more convinced he becomes that Kevin Kichida isn’t just a victim, he’s a sacrifice waiting to happen. And that thread John’s following? It’s really a fuse…

FEARLESS is the third novel in an urban fantasy series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale. The first two novels are Charming & Daring.

About Elliott James:   An army brat and gypsy scholar, ELLIOTT JAMES is currently living in the Blue Ridge mountains of southwest Virginia. He’s been an avid reader since the age of three (or that’s what his family swears anyhow), and he has an abiding interest in mythology, martial arts, live music, hiking, and used bookstores.

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Praise for Pax Arcana books:

“The Pax Arcana books are seriously good reads. Action, humor, and heart with unexpected twists and turns. If you are (like me) waiting for the next Butcher or Hearne — pick up Elliot James. Then you can bite your nails waiting for the next James, too.”—Patricia Briggs, New York Times #1 bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series

“Loved it! Charming is a giant gift basket of mythology and lore delivered by a brilliant new voice in urban fantasy. Elliott James tells stories that are action-packed, often amusing, and always entertaining.”—Kevin Hearne, author of Hounded on Charming

“I loved this book from start to finish. Exciting and innovative, Charming is a great introduction to a world I look forward to spending a lot more time in.”—New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire on Charming

“James’s world is rich and complex and well worth diving into.”—Richard Kadrey on Charming

“In a saturated literary realm, James’s tale stands out for the gritty, believable world he builds…This is masculine urban fantasy in the vein of Jim Butcher and Mark del Franco.”—Booklist on Charming


Hoo Boy! I’m moving… Tomorrow! Ack

So, We submitted to Pitchwars tonight, and Ohmyglob I’m so happy for early submissions because…

I’m moving. Tomorrow. LOL yeah, and I’ve been putting off tons of important stuff, like oh I dunno, getting myself ready to get into a new place, tomorrow,  so we could polish our MS.

Priorities, I know. 🙂

But seriously, the fear was real. We aren’t supposed to have internet till late next week. I was literally planning to escape my unpacking to seek out the internets at my parents just to make submissions deadline lol.

Thankfully my husband understands my crazy like I understand his, and all I can say is now I can close my eyes, wake up and spend the rest of the weekend unpacking instead of worrying about my MS. Yippee! So thanks again for opening the submissions early, you are now my hero. 🙂

Time to get my move on!


#PitchWars Mentee Bio!!

Once upon a time in a land far away there was a girl who lived with her wicked stepmother…giphy (2)

Whoops, wrong story.

Actually, My daughter and I are really close. Close enough to write a book together without strangling each other. Mostly. The day she was born I looked at her and said “We got this.”

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We also have an interesting family. My husband, her father, is bipolar. We decided to take what we’ve learned from life and create a story about a dysfunctional family. One told from the POV of a child with a bipolar dad. Who finds a way to still survive, usually through laughter.

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I’m a Stay-at-Home mom aka part-time wine imbiber

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When I’m not writing or driving my kids around (did I mention I was a chauffeur?)

I dream of doing awesome realistic things like running alpaca farms, becoming a poker player, or building an apocalyptic bunker full of my favorite books and endless casks of wine.

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I’m also obsessed with Best In Show and saddened by the lack of Gifs for that movie. If you get that humor you and I will be great friends. We can talk, or not talk forever.

And Niko is a 10th grade school-obssesed girl, part-time kickboxer, and all around badass. According to her mom, at least.

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Niko, when not hiding away with books in her room, taking naps, or snuggling any kind of animal, would easily be found talking about herself in the third person. Sort of like right now…

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She’s really into music of all sorts– especially grunge! She also has a soft spot for anything Harry Potter, Doctor Who, John Green, the Cornetto Trilogy, Community, Donald Glover, and Ryan Gosling.

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We reside in the gorgeous city of Seattle after years of moving around. We both are huge Seahawks fans, drink our weight in coffee daily, and Niko is obsessed with anything Nirvana-related. Cliche? Maybe, but we love our home and all the tropes it has to offer.

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We hope to form an awesome bond with our mentor that continues on beyond this MS and are ready and willing to have our MS beat into the best it can be. We aren’t fragile, we can take it.


If there’s one thing beyond all the amazing friends we have made, and hopefully will make through this adventure, it’s that if we can even reach one other kid who has a family like ours or our main character, Lani, and that kid says, “HELL YES! Finally, someone knows how it feels.” Then we will feel validated.

We want to give hope

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oh yeah, did we mention there’s a love story in our MS that gives you the feels like this?

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And remember mentors… We’ve got our own Harry Potter sending us extra magic when ours is fading.