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10 Random Thoughts and Takeaways from #RWA17

I just returned from the annual RWA conference, which concluded yesterday. As an extreme introvert, I’ll need at least a week to recover. However, I can easily say (like I do every year) it was the highlight of my year. I absolutely love this conference. Here's my ten random thoughts and takeaways from this year. 1. If you ever stay at Disney World’s Dolphin resort, get a burrito from the Picabu restaurant. They are AH-mazing! (Yes, two pictures because I had it twice. It was that good.) 2. Facebook banners are clickable. Who knew? Apparently not me. 3. My nerd…

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Literacy Signing at RWA 2017

Next Saturday, I'll be signing Bodyguard (as Jessica Linden, so look for me in the L section!). If you're in the area, escape the heat and come meet me and hundreds of other authors. All proceeds benefit literacy. Click here for more info.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Obviously, it wasn’t blogging! LOL! I kept super busy this summer, spending most of my time writing. I wrote one and a half books! In fact, I just sent the completed one off to my editor this morning. I’m impressed with myself considering I also had my two boys (ages five and eight) home with me. My big activity this summer was going to New York City for the first time for the annual RWA conference. I went a few days early to sightsee, and let me tell you—it was hot. Too hot. The temperature spiked ten degrees just for…

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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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The Feather Boa

So I didn’t win the Golden Heart. To people not in the RWA community, this may seem like a huge disappointment. And don’t get me wrong--I would have been thrilled if I had won, but as any Golden Heart finalist will tell you, finaling is winning. All the GH nominees are winners simply because we finaled. Ask any of them, and I guarantee they will say the same thing. After the Golden Heart awards ceremony, I posted a picture on my personal Facebook page with the caption “I may not have won the Golden Heart, but I did win the…

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The Start of a Wild Ride

In July of 2012, I traveled clear across the country from Virginia to Anaheim, California to attend the RWA® national conference. I had never traveled like that by myself before—much less clear across the entire country—and I knew no one. I am an extreme introvert. Couple that with severe shyness and what do you get? A recipe for disaster. Except my experience was anything but that. There is one word to describe how I felt at the end of that conference. Empowered. I put myself out there, introducing myself to people and reconnecting with someone I had met back in…

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