The Chosen’s Cover is Here!!

**Post has been updated to reflect the NEW release date of 2.5.19**

So, I’ve been sitting on this beauty for a while, and it’s been killing me! But today, today I finally get to show her off!

Okay, so there are those who are mad at me for ending book two in the Knight’s Academy series on cliffhanger. I’m so sorry, but it had to be done. Anyway, the book you’ve been waiting for is *almost* here! Just another month to go! The ebook of The Chosen will drop on February 5, 2019!

But, today, I can finally show you the cover. Whoop whoop!

Ain’t she purty?

About The Chosen:

Still reeling from her grandmother’s death, Myka William’s has been chosen to rule her pack, but she isn’t sure she wants the job. It comes with an unwanted fiancé and vampires who are still hunting them down. Running away has always been her go-to answer, but Myka’s finally found what she’s been looking for—home. Running is no longer an option.

As the last female alpha in her pack, Myka isn’t allowed to follow her heart, and she has to fight a battle between her heart and head. Will Myka be able to have the happy ending she so desperately wants?

Along with help from vampires, hybrids, and werewolves she can trust, Myka must learn how to find a way out of her engagement, get the pack to take her seriously, and save her pack from the vicious vampires who want to use them for unspeakable things.

Being the chosen one isn’t as easy as it seems.

And if you haven’t read books one and two yet, what are you waiting for? Get them today! Just click on the photo below to be taken to Amazon. 🙂





#TheMarked is on sale and a cover reveal for book two!

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For the first time since it’s release, The Marked will be on sale for 99¢ June 24-30! If you’ve been waiting to buy this book, now’s the perfect chance to get it! 😉

(Plus, tomorrow is my birthday, so that would be a great gift to get me. I’m joking, of course!)

What’s this book about? Vampires and werewolves to start, but here’s the official blurb.

Myka Williams has never fit in with her peers, and although her adoptive parents are loving and supportive, she feels most at home alone in the woods.

When she’s offered a full scholarship to Knight’s Academy in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, she takes the opportunity for a fresh start. She soon learns that Knight’s Academy is more than just a school. Within the stone walls of the institution, humans and vampires are mixing, and their offspring are going unnoticed.

As Myka falls prey to the evil plan of the school, she makes a chilling discovery about her own heritage and realizes that she’s at the Academy for more than just an education. Myka must yield to her birthright at the risk of losing everyone she loves or succumb to the fate that Knight’s Academy has in store for her—a fate worse than death.

Purchase your copy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

So that’s book one! What about book two you ask?

Well, it will be out July 4, and yesterday, I revealed the cover on my social media sites. If you missed that, have no fear, here is the cover for book two, The Hunted!

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About The Hunted:

Myka Williams has been forced out of Knight’s Academy and is on the run, constantly moving to keep the vampires off her trail until Preston’s venom is no longer coursing through her veins. But she isn’t alone.
Brent Jacobson is her protector, training her and teaching her how to be the werewolf she’s destined to be. He’s annoying, stubborn—and hot. But there’s something he isn’t telling her.
Myka has to come face-to-face with the truth of who she really is. Will she find safety, or will she always be hunted?

 

Yay!! I hope you all have been enjoying The Knight’s Academy series! I’ve enjoyed writing it, and I’m currently at work on book three!

Happy weekend!!

 

Hello. My Name Is…

First, let me preface this by apologizing for taking so long to write up a new blog post. My life has been one crazy ride after another, but all in a good way. I want to give you a few updates before going into what this post is about.

In the middle of September, I was asked to be one of the youth leaders at my church, which I accepted. Because, well, if you know me and my writing, you’ll know that I want to help make a difference in people’s lives, especially teens. I’ve felt a calling to work with teens in some way, and I know this was all God. Right now, though, my co-youth leader and I are only teaching a handful of teens, but I’m excited about the possibilities. We have room for growth, and I’m praying that it does just that.

Just last week, my 3rd nephew in the line of 6 nieces and nephews was born. He’s healthy and beautiful, and my heart is full. ❤

Also, I’ve been working on The Marked, which is coming along well. I just finished line edits. I’m not sure if this was mentioned on my blog, but Clean Reads has picked up that book, and I’m super thrilled to be working with them!

I’ve also been writing my next book The Healer. It’s been a difficult book to write, but that’s because the subject matter is so much unlike anything I’ve ever written. And I have to get the dates and backstory right or it won’t work. So I’ve been editing while writing, and it’s making the process slower.

Okay, now, on to what this post is about.

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When I taught the first class to the small group of teens, I asked them this. What all have you been called? I wanted them to tell me negative identifiers that others, and themselves, had said about them.

We got the typical answers: fat, dumb, too tall, too short, too skinny.

Just like in my Entertaining Angels series, I turned it around and showed them what God said about them.

You’re beautiful. You’re perfect. You’re smart. You’re God’s. You’re loved.

Too often, we let the lies of the world, our peers, satan tell us who we are when we should be listening to what the Word is saying about us. What others say doesn’t define us. They shouldn’t at least, but we let them. We take these words and let them sink in until they become part of us, and that is when we start believing it about ourselves.

Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”

What do you believe about yourself? Do you believe the lies? Have you given in to them? I have, and it’s something I regret. I don’t want that for any of you. I want you to know that you are beautiful, loved, and worthy.

God has a purpose for you, and you wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t some purpose for it. We can’t let the lies of satan and the world keep us from living up to our full potential.

You are loved! You are blessed! You are a Child of God! That is all that you should think, so when these lies come at you, knock them down and remind yourself who you are!

Here are some reminders!

1.) You were fearfully and wonderfully made! Psalm 139:13-14

Before we were born, God created us wonderfully. You’re wonderful! If God didn’t want you her, He wouldn’t have create you, but He wants you and He loves you!

Also see Jeremiah 1:5.

2.) You are loved! John 3:16

As we just said, God knew you before you were born. He created you wonderfully, and He loves you. In fact, He loves you so much that He sent His Son to earth as a human where His purpose was to die for you. Is there anyone you would die for? That–and more–is how much your Savior loves you.

3.) You’re an heir!

Romans 8:15-17; Galatians 3:13,14, 29

When you receive the Spiriat and are saved, you become God’s child. If you’re God’s child, then you are an heir! Whatever is God’s becomes yours including His authority and His riches! You are a princess (or prince) now! And just like your earthly parents (or someone who loves you like a parent), God wants to give you everything He has!

4.) You are worthy!

Luke 15:18-24

No matter how worthless you feel, how many mistakes you might have made, you are worthy. Just like the prodigal son, no matter what you’ve done, God will still welcome you back. You don’t have to be a servant because you will always be an heir, and God will always love you!

5.) You are precious and honored! Isaiah 43:4

Although God is talking about Israelites, once we are saved, we get those same promises that were promised to them. Once we become heirs with God, we become like the Israelites, and God has said that we’re precious and honored! That is evident by the love He has and continues to show us.

I just don’t want y’all to forget who you are. You’re an amazing human being and deserve to know that about yourself!

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Meet Zach Taylor…

Zach was so much fun to write. Initially, he wasn’t supposed to turn out quite like he was was. He was more of an enigma to me. Really, he was just supposed to be someone to help drive Madison and Chase together, and he probably would have been a jerk. I’m so glad he turned out the way he did.

I can’t really say much about Zach except that he’s the new guy in school, and for some reason, he’s immediately drawn to Madison. He’s kind of there to be her protector, as well, but it’s a little different than Chase. He’s a sweet, loving guy, and although I really love Zach, there isn’t as much swooning happening over him. Maybe my Chase is just different, but you’ll see when you read the book!

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In the distance, I finally spotted her, and I felt a little peace encompass me. Madison and Chase were talking to their friend Andy. How had I missed her arrival? I should’ve known when she’d gotten here.

I watched her tuck a strand of her brown curls behind her ears and cross her arms over her chest. She was absolutely beautiful, and she literally shone to me. However, I knew that on the inside, she was conflicted, dealing with feeling ugly and worthless. I also knew that Chase couldn’t stop looking at her with complete adoration in his eyes. He was going to be an integral part of her recovery.

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The rest of Zach’s story can be read at the end of Entertaining Angels, and you can find out about the enigma that is Zach throughout the story. It can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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Meet Chase Sanders…

Chase Sanders is Madison Andrews best friend. He’s a nerd. He’s completely adorable! Chase is really swoon-worthy. I’ve already had lots of feedback about just how swoon-worthy Mr. Sanders is.

When he looks at Madison, he doesn’t see what she sees. He sees everything she wants to be.

When writing Chase, from the very beginning, I knew that he would be someone special. He needed to be a strong character, stronger than Mads. He needed to be able to take on her pain as well as his own, and I think that I succeeded in that. Because, when Madison needs him the most, he’s there. He puts all of his needs after hers. He’s a protector, and I think that’s why I’m madly in love with him!

Here’s a little tidbit of Chase’s thoughts. I’d really love to write an entire novel from his perspective! (The rest of this story can be found in the bonus stories at the back of Entertaining Angels.)

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But, when he’s wearing his glasses, for some reason, this is the picture in my head. (Love Dylan O’ Brien!):

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When Mads ran out of her brick house, looking like she was a lion about to pounce on an unsuspecting gazelle, I couldn’t help but laugh at her. But boy, did she look amazing! I had stupidly fallen for her over the summer. It was a mistake to fall in love with my best friend, especially when I knew she didn’t love me back, but I couldn’t help it. She was the most gorgeous creature I’d ever laid eyes on, and I particularly liked her in old t-shirts. Mine, to be exact. That’s why I had a box of some for her. I couldn’t get enough of seeing her in those shirts.

“What’s so funny?” she asked, plopping herself down onto the passenger seat of my old Ford Ranger.

“You look furious,” I said, hoping she’d open up about what was angering her.

She shook her head, and I sped off toward school, knowing that if she didn’t want to talk about it, she wouldn’t, even though I wished she would. I wanted her to tell me what was going on in that beautiful mind of hers.

“Ready for this?” I asked, smiling over at her.

“Yeah,” she said, “aren’t I always?”

I shook my head. The sarcasm wasn’t lost on me. I wondered why she hated school so much, besides it being school. It was like she tried her hardest to make friends with popular kids and to be in that group. I wished she didn’t care so much. Status didn’t matter in the end. It might make things easier while you were in school, but life wasn’t about how popular you were. Mads just couldn’t see that.

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So, for the rest of the story, you can purchase Entertaining Angels  on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! And if you need more Chase, I wonder what some fanfic would look like?

Don’t forget! I’m still running my giveaway. So feel free to enter it!

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Meet Madison Andrews…

Madison is probably best described as me at sixteen. I was overweight. I struggled with it since I was little – still do, but the fact remains, what she feels, I felt (and sometimes still do). I didn’t feel attractive. I had crushes on guys who only saw me as “friends,” but I knew the truth, even if they did “like” me as more, they wouldn’t date me because I was fat.

Madison is the same way. She doesn’t think anyone could ever find her attractive, even herself, but most of all, she’s searching for something. Acceptance, love, happiness. But, she has a hard time finding it.

I think this piece I wrote about my Mads really sums up how she feels. I wanted to share it with y’all because it’s so important to the story. It’s about how she feels about mirrors. And, sometimes, I wonder if all women don’t feel the same way about it at times.

So, if you’re wondering what’s going through Madison’s head, it’s this.

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I hate you. I really do. You show me for what I really am. A fat nobody. I see the lumps, the rolls, the fat. You’re nothing to me but damage. Damage to my soul. My blue eyes stare back at me, but they’re empty, void of the emotion and happiness I should feel while staring at myself. Why can’t I feel beautiful? Why won’t you let me be beautiful?

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This is just a snippet of how Madison feels, but I think it gets us inside her head a little more. Sure, the book is told from her point of view, but I think this really sums up the entire book in just a few sentences. Madison is insecure and looking for acceptance. All she wants is to feel something – to feel beautiful.

I think we all feel that way at some point in our lives, and I’m hoping that Madison’s story will help through those times. This book is written for young adults, but I think everyone will get something out of it.

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The Music to Entertaining Angels

Music isn’t really an integral part of each novel that I write. Really, I don’t listen to music a lot, but there was EntertainingAngelssomething about Entertaining Angels that really needed music. I think that it was such an emotional novel that I needed some kind of outlet, and the music helped me focus. But, true to most soundtracks, each song was hand picked to fit the story. So, if you can imagine by now, the songs are mostly Christian in nature, and they speak to people who have a hard time fitting in.

Here are the songs, in no particular order.

Overcomer – Mandisa

 

Beautiful Things – Gungor

 

Drifting – Plumb

 

Angel by your Side – Francesca Battistelli

 

Beautiful, Beautiful – Francesca Battistelli

 

Come to Me – Jamie Grace

 

Love Does – Brandon Heath

 

Beautiful – MercyMe

 

You Love Me Anyway – Sidewalk Prophets

 

Save My Life – Big Daddy Weave

 

I Am Beautiful – Candice Glover  This one is really the unofficial theme song for the entire novel. (For this, I thank my beautiful friend and author, Katie Jennings.)

 

Strangely Dim – Francesca Battistelli

 

What Love Really Means – JJ Heller

 

Nazarite Cry – Eddie James

 

Need You Now – Plumb

 

Never Gone – Colton Dixon

 

Stronger – Mandisa

 

Temporary Fill – Mandisa

 

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