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My “Super Secret Project” Revealed

So I’ve been sitting on one heck of a secret for a while now. I’m talking so secret I didn’t even tell my family. And here it is… I’m collaborating on a book with James Patterson! James FREAKING Patterson!!!!!!!!!!! I’m not a believer in multiple exclamation marks, but if any situation calls for it, this is it. It’s been so tough keeping my mouth shut, especially when I was sitting next to my dad who was reading—you guessed it—a James Patterson novel. I mean, seriously, how cool is this? It’s the opportunity writers dream about. What I’m most excited about…

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Introducing My Alter Ego

I'm super excited to introduce my alter ego, Jessica Linden! The Jessica Linden books are faster paced and a lot sexier, hence the need to separate them from my Jessica Ruddick books. The first Jessica Linden book will be coming soon from St. Martin's Press.

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News–Josh gets a story!

One of my early beta readers for Letting Go told me I needed to tell Josh's story. I was like "huh?" But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was true! He's a totally fun character and a lot deeper than he seems on the surface. I'm pleased to announce that Josh will have his day! I'm so excited! I'm happy to be working with my editor for Letting Go again, and I can't wait to see what the brilliant people over at Entangled come up with for the cover. So excuse me for a few…

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School’s Out For Summer! School’s Out Forever!

Today marks my last day as a teacher. It’s the end of an era for me. I’ve spent the past eleven years as a public school teacher, the first two of those at a middle school and the remaining nine at the same high school. Before that I taught college freshmen as part of my graduate program, so overall I’ve been teaching thirteen years. I’d like to say the decision to leave the classroom was a hard one. But truthfully? I’m glad to go. The education system in this country is in shambles, and I am beyond frustrated watching it…

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Release Day for Letting Go

Today’s the release of Letting Go, my first book! Okay, I lied, on two counts. I’m writing this the night before my release date because I still have a day job—those teenagers won’t teach themselves—so I won’t have time to write a blog on my actual release date. Count two? Letting Go isn’t actually my first book. My first book shall remain nameless and hidden deep, deep on my hard drive, never to see light of day. It was a cool concept, but the execution? Not so good. Most authors have at least one of these under-the-bed books, the term…

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The Eagle has Landed–I Have a Cover!

It's here! It's here! I have a cover! I've been working toward this moment for years--the day I get to see my name (my name!!!) on a book cover. It's a little surreal, yet oh-so-satisfying. What's mind-numbing is what this means--soon actual people, other than my friends and family, will read my book. GULP.  Scary, exciting, scary, exhilarating, scary, rewarding...did I mention scary? But enough about that. I'm pleased to present the gorgeous cover that the folks over at Entangled designed for me. It's so pretty? (And it has PURPLE letters! Yay!)   How long do you hold on? Cori Elliott…

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A Night at the Maggies

This past weekend, I hopped on a plane bound for Hotlanta for the Moonlight and Magnolias conference. (Okay, that’s simplifying it a bit. There was TSA to deal with. Not to mention the luggage. There wasn’t a whole lot of hopping involved. More like a lot of waiting. And overpriced airport food.) I was greeted at the airport by the amazing Kristi Ann Hunter, my fellow Dreamweaver sister who won the Golden Heart for inspirational romance. We hadn’t met in person before, but it only took a few minutes to realize we’d be fast friends. The cake helped. There was…

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