Young Adult heroes can be some of the most drool worthy guys around. Think about it. He’s that special guy that could awaken a girl’s first crush. He might be her first love or even the one to share her first kiss. And ultimately, he could be the one to break her heart for the first time.

bittersweetsixteen200x300Meet Leopold. A hot warlock that knocks Dodie’s socks off in Bittersweet Sixteen. He’s tall, dark, and broodingly handsome. Green eyes and thick lashes, he rocks a suit like no other guy can. From the moment she first sees him she is ready to forget her anxiety over dying from the curse and follow him to the ends of the earth. She’s ready to be his minion if that is what he desires.

As a teenager, Dodie Jenks has been going through life in the shadows of her best friends  Lisa and Callie. She was just existing because for some reason she never thought she was anything to rave about. Why? As the reader you are unsure, all you know is finding out about the curse sparks something within her that changes the way she views life. Having a closet full of clothes, shoes and accessories at her grandmother’s house causes her to shed her usual broken in jeans, t-shirt and hoodie for dresses, skirts, books, and even heels. No longer does she braid her hair, but she curls and styles it and she begins to wear makeup.

But does these changes impress Leopold? Not really. He likes Dodie for her she is and finds the beauty within prettier than what the make up can do to hide the awful zit she gets. He encourages her to play in her closet of new clothes and watches as she transforms from the awkward fifteen year old he met a few weeks ago into the confident sixteen year old unafraid to meet death head on.

Bittersweet Sixteen is now available at Amazon.




What are you Reading Thursday?

We had a power outage at work this morning. Not much could be done without power. So I filed away papers, cleared some clutter off my desk and then pulled out a book to read. I’m a good 1/2 through Unbelievable book #4 in The Pretty Little Liars Series. The fact that I’ve had time to even open a book lately is wonderful. Because I normally can’t read when I’m having a migraine. And if I’m not having a migraine and I try to read then my vision — even with my reading glasses on — gets all funky. I seem to do so much better reading on the computer than in a book. I do not understand why that is.

So if you get the chance do try to curl up with a good book today. Give your mind that creative release and experience a different time and place.

Random Thoughts Tuesday

Parent meeting tonight for my son’s band trip coming up. Time sure flies.

Fulfilling health insurance requirements with screenings and preventative care can be taxing and time consuming. So it is doctors and more doctors this week.

Doc prescribed medication for nausea to help with my migraine symptoms. Was informed there needs to be prior approval from my insurance before I can get the prescription filled. Crazy. Its not like he gave me a narcotic or something. Anti-nausea medication that won’t make me sleepy.


My Writing Process Blog Hop

scandalouswager200x300I was asked to take part in the blog hop by historical and mystery author as well as cover designer Christy Carlyle. Her debut novella, Scandalous Wager, a white chapel wagers novella, was released last month and is getting reviews that proclaim it “Mouthwateringly good” and “An atmospheric tale full of passion”.

You can find out more about Christy at her website and her web design at

Be sure to pick up a copy of Scandalous Wager at Amazon where it is on sale for 99 cents.gildedheartdesign

You can see how Christy answered her questions about her writing process last week here: 

So, here goes. Everything you ever wanted to know about my writing process but didn’t know you wanted to know.

What am I working on at the moment?

I’m slowly making progress with To Catch a Duke a full length historical novel that I should have had finished by now, but I took a little detour into contemporary land and I finished the Good Luck Series and tried to write a Christmas novella which fizzled out, but I still have hope for it yet. I believe there is a story there to be told and I will tell it when the time is right.

But you want to know more about To Catch a Duke. It is the sequel to my Christmas Time-travel Season of Love. The story of how Tabitha Devereaux  (Jeremiah’s little sister) met and married Nicholas Larken a Duke.

How Does My Work Differ From Others of The Genre?

I write American based historical romances set prior to the Civil War. I try to weave in a little history and use real locations to flavor the story and make it a more appealing reading experience. I’m told I have a knack for reeling the reader into the story, hooking them so they don’t want to put the book down.  My stories have a sweet, yet sensual appeal to them and if there is a love scene then it is wanted by the characters and not thrown in to sell the book.

Why do I write what I do?

I love historicals. I love the pre-civil war era. Why? Because I love the pageantry of the dress, the large plantation style houses, but not the slavery as you can tell by my characters in Because of Rebecca. I grew up watching Gone with the Wind with my grandmother and when there was a mini-series on television I watched The Blue and the Gray and John Jake’s North and South.

How Does Your Writing Process Work?

I’m not a plotter really. I’m more of a pantster since normally get an idea, a name, a place and a story forms from there. Sometimes all I have is a title that pops into my head. I try to write as much as possible on a story and normally the first three chapters come easy, then I reach that dreaded middle portion after you’ve set up the story and got the reader invested, then that is when I start thinking about plotting. Crazy I know since I should have thought about that from the start. It’s normally at this point I’ll do a GMC chart and start thinking about how to get my characters from point A to C because it’s the B that I’m unsure about.

Lately I’ve developed a pattern of seeing point C clearly so I’ll write that portion and then go back to where I left off in point A and write B to connect the two pieces of the story, editing, revising, and rewriting C if I need to end the story.

And now to the writers who I am inviting to the next stage of the My Writing Process Blog Hop:

Kate McKeever

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Kate McKeever is a paranormal romance author and writes paranormal romance with a twist. Her first paranormal release debuted in October 2012 from Crescent Moon Press.

Fate Halligan is a Death Maiden, a woman who has spent her life training to help souls journey from life to the next level of existence. When her life is threatened, CADENS FINAL croppedshe must turn to a man she has been taught to view with caution. Caden Greene is a Soldier of Light, a man who will risk his life and more to save dying souls from being stolen and used for evil by the Obsidian Guard. As a team, Caden and Fate join forces and must make decisions about not only their lives, but the future of the very world they have loyally served.

Eve Simon

Waking Up LoriEve Simon is a debut author with Secret Cravings Publishing. Her first release Waking Up Lori should be available soon.

Guest Author Monday

Please welcome today’s Guest Author — Brenda B. Taylor

Today I am highlighting the third book in the Wades of Crawford County series, Through The Storm. The Wade family saga continues in the novel. Love reigns in the home of Leann and Ralph Wade, although tested many times during the course of their marriage. Sonny Wade, Ralph’s brother, harbors a secret passion for Leann, and Joan Smith, a family friend, desires Ralph. Leann wishes for a large family, but Ralph contacts a disease that may leave him unable to father more children. His very manhood is threatened and his pride wounded. Leann and Ralph struggle to overcome the storms of life through faith, courage, and commitment to each other.

The first book in the series, a novella entitled Heaven Must Wait, introduces Leann Clark, Ralph Wade, Sonny Wade, and a saloon girl, Pearl. The four characters continue to play prominent rolls throughout the series. The second book, a novel entitled Follow Your Heart, tells the story of the young couple’s struggle through the early years of marriage, jealousy, grief, and illness.

HugeExcerpt from Through the Storm

“Pa and Junior caught some nice fish in the Meramec last week,” Ralph said about halfway into the trip home. “I’m gonna take you and the kids fishing soon. Johnny and me will be through with harvesting the tobacco, and we all need a break from sickness and working hard. Nothing like a good fishing trip to make a person feel better.”

“How nice! The kids will love to go fishing. I’ll pack a lunch. We’ll have a great time.” Leann slipped an arm through his.

He looked at her sitting close on the wagon seat, and felt the warmth of her body pressing against his arm. Not being able to resist the temptation to kiss her lovely mouth, he pulled up under a large oak displaying an array of orange and red colors. He had missed her sweet love while lying sick in the bed for what seemed an eternity. 

The reins slacked when Leann returned his embrace. Jed came to a complete stop while they kissed in the warm sunlight of a beautiful autumn afternoon. Ralph’s hat fell onto the floorboard. A red leaf floated softly into her hair as the sun’s rays crowned her head with a golden halo. He nibbled a pink earlobe, then kissed the white nap of her neck where strands of sweet-smelling hair lay in small curls. A folded quilt in the wagon bed came to mind. He may spread it out on the grass for them to lie on. Leann suddenly removed her arms from his neck. “We’d better go. The kids will be home soon.”

Hating to, but knowing the necessity, Ralph released her, found his hat, and took up the reins. They rode the rest of the way in silence, basking in each other’s company. The wagon pulled into the front yard at the same time Jim galloped up on Starbright

About The Author

The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication.

Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.

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Thanks Brenda for sharing with us this week.

Sunday Sundaes

Tonight was the season finale of Downton Abby. I do love this series and I hate that it is already over. Frankly, I didn’t realize until it came on this evening that we were at the end. So sad to see it gone for another year, but so glad I got to see it.

For those who follow my migraines I must admit I still had it today. Still felt ill, especially when I tried to eat anything. I slept, but when I woke it was the same all over again. I’m feeling better, a little at least, and I’m hoping to feel much more in the morning so I can go to work.