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Aside from running my Deepen Your Characters, Deepen Your Fiction course, I’ve been pretty quiet online this year. There’s a reason for this.

His name is Benjamin.

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Benjamin joined our family on March 8. He’s pretty cute, so I think we’ll keep him.
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Today: pinch proofed!

(More St Patrick’s fun!)

As I just had a baby (#5!), communication, posts & publication will be on a delayed schedule.

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You know you want to fall in love this Valentine’s Day . . . with a great read! That’s why we’re having a FLASH SALE through February 15 of 99¢ and FREE clean romances!

Featured books

Eternal Echoes by Angela Corbett (Emblem of Eternity Trilogy)
Regularly $2.99 Sale Price: 99¢!

YA Paranormal Romance

Almost four months have passed since Evie Starling learned she was a Tracker and helped defeat a Daevos Clan that was taking others like her—but that wasn’t the end of the abductions. As an unknown evil emerges, Evie vows to help solve the mystery of the missing Trackers, regardless of the risk.

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Sweet ‘n’ Sour Kisses by Cindy Hogan (A Brooklyn Novel)
Regularly $2.99 Sale price: 99¢!

YA contemporary

Brooklyn Hamlin likes the rules. They’re safe and smart. And for Brooklyn, the rules are simple—no dating until she turns sixteen and no kissing. But her sixteenth birthday is just a few days away, and that means all the rules are about to change. Brooklyn’s still determined to avoid the drama of kissing, but she wouldn’t mind holding someone’s hand, especially if that someone is Luke Graham. Charming and handsome, with just a hint of danger, Luke has been the subject of her daydreams since the school year began. So when he asks to take her on her very first date, Brooklyn can’t believe her luck.

But things aren’t exactly what they seem, and some boys really are too good to be true. Sweet sixteen and never been kissed, Brooklyn is about to find herself in the middle of all the drama and heartache she was hoping to avoid.

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Spy by Night by Jordan McCollum (Prequel to the Spy Another Day series)
Regularly $2.99 Sale price: 99¢!

Romantic suspense 2014 Whitney Award Finalist in Romance

CIA operative Talia Reynolds doesn’t believe in “happily ever after.” Besides, with her demanding job, she hardly has time for romantic entanglements, even if she could let her guard down enough to get close to anyone. But all the rules she lives by could be broken when she meets aerospace engineer Danny Fluker.

After his last breakup, dating definitely isn’t in Danny’s plans . . . until beautiful and enigmatic Talia throws a perfect storm right in his flight path. If Talia fails to keep her two lives separate, it could mean the death of more than just her budding relationship. But if they can both break through the barriers keeping them apart (and avoid a major international catastrophe), they just might have a chance at being happy together.

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The Trouble with Flying by Rachel Morgan (The Trouble Series)
Regularly $0.99 Sale price: FREE!

YA/Sweet NA Romance

When nineteen-year-old introvert Sarah boards a plane to fly home after an overseas holiday, the last thing she expects is Aiden, the guy sitting next to her who’s never flown anywhere before and refuses to shut up. Hours of random conversation later, they part ways. Sarah can’t stop thinking about Aiden, though, and wondering if she made a terrible mistake letting him go. Should she abandon her safe, predictable life and go in search of him, or would she be chasing a happily ever after that could never exist in real life?

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Asha’s Kisses by RaShelle Workman (Ever After Series)
Regularly $1.99 Sale price: 99¢!

YA fairy tale romance

Seventeen-year-old Asha has always preferred to stay out of the spotlight, but during a rehearsal for her high school’s rendition of Romeo and Juliet she realizes that starring in the right kind of role might be better than she thought.

First in a new series from the world of the best-selling series BLOOD AND SNOW; coming February 14; pre-order now

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Pick up your Valentines today!

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whitneyLast year, I was floored to find out both I, Spy and Spy for a Spy were finalists for a Whitney Award. To be considered, a book must be nominated by five people. Then it goes before a committee of five (I think?) judges who read all the nominees in that category (authors select the category for their books). The judges select their top choices and the five top books become finalists. The winner is announced at a gala following the LDStorymakers conference in April/May.

Today, the 2014 finalists were announced, and I’m thrilled to say that Tomorrow We Spy is a finalist in the Mystery/Suspense category!

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AND, even more surprisingly, Spy by Night is a finalist in the Romance category!

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Thank you very much to everyone who nominated my books, and to the Whitney committee and judges who work reeeeally hard to coordinate all this!

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Want to take your story and your writing to the next level in 2015? Kick-start your writing with my very first online writing course beginning January 12!

DEEPEN YOUR CHARACTERS, DEEPEN YOUR FICTION

How many books have you read with a solid plot and passable characters, but you never really got sucked in? How can you keep your story from falling into that trap? By creating deep characters and deep fiction.

Topics covered include:

  • Character creation
  • Deep POV
  • Raising the stakes
  • Structure & line editing for immersion

COST: Because this is my first class and my first time teaching this course, it’s only $30 for a month of hands-on instruction and feedback.

Registration is open now, but only five slots are left!

For more information about the course and to sign up, visit the online courses page of my site.

Want to be the first to hear about (and register for!) future courses? Be sure to join my mailing list!

Nab one of the last five spots today!

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Guess what? TWO NEW BOOKS!

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If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you already know about my surprise: I have two new full-length novels available now! The third book in the Spy Another Day series, Tomorrow We Spy is in pre-order, with copies going out on Friday. A full-length prequel to the series, Spy by Night is out now—and it’s only 99¢ for launch & Cyber Monday! For more info, purchase links or to buy direct from my site, check out Spy by Night and Tomorrow We Spy, or my store.

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Why I don’t read (many) writing blogs anymore

I love reading writing blogs. I love the craft, I love learning more about it, and I love wasting time on the Internet, so writing blogs have been a major time-suck a favorite hobby. But recently, I’ve noticed a sad trend among writing blogs. For example, yesterday, I was browsing Pinterest and saw a great graphic for an article on a writing craft topic. It happens to be a topic I’ve written a series about in the past, but I’m perennially curious, so I clicked through. The article claimed to teach “how to write TECHNIQUE.” The actual article consisted of… Keep reading »

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Do you “write” a second draft?

Because I don’t. Don’t get me wrong. All of my books (well, that I want to publish, anyway) have a second draft. In fact, I just finished one. I think every book—yes, every.single.one—needs at least a second draft. (Mine have a bare minimum of seven.) I just think the term “writing” a second draft is . . . odd. When we talk about “writing” the first draft, we mean pounding out those 70,000 brand new words (because my first drafts are almost always 70,000 words, strangely) one after the other. By that standard, it seems like “writing” a second draft… Keep reading »

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Blog tour: Ring around the Rosie by Julie Coulter Bellon

The latest book from my critique partner Julie Coulter Bellon has launched—and it’s the thrilling conclusion to her hostage negotiator series! It’s a fantastic capstone to their stories, and a sweet reunion romance. Check it out! Ring Around the Rosie Blog Tour and Giveaway! Today is the kickoff for the blog tour for my new novel, Ring Around the Rosie! There are some awesome prizes being given away, so be sure to scroll down and enter to win!   Ring Around the Rosie Revenge is a dish best served cold . . . As the ex-wife of a law enforcement… Keep reading »

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