Writer of Stories.

Writer of Stories.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Because of Him Playlists

It's time for another playlist.

Here are my picks for Because of Him - Book 2 of The Mind Breaker Accounts:

1) Every Other Freckle - alt-J
2) Bad Blood - Bear's Den
3) Let's Get Lost - G-Easy, Devon Baldwin
4) Why We Try - Matthew Mayfield feat. Chelsea Lankes
5) Quiet Lies - Matthew Mayfield
6) Tell Her You Love Her - Echosmith
7) Girls Like You - The Naked and Famous
8) Wild Eyes - Local Natives
9) Life Boat (Tc Spitfire Remix) - Early Morning Rebel
10) Long the Way You Lie Pt. 2 - Rihanna, Eminem
11) Tangled Web - Matt Hires
12) We Won't - Jaymes Young, Phoebe Ryan
13) You Haunt Me (Amtrac Remix) - Sir Sly
14) Bittersweet - ARCHIS
15) Fear (Phil Tan Radio Mix) - Blue October
16) Eyes Shut - Years & Years

I also made a playlist dedicated to Alivien and Liz... it's called "Are you Listening?"

1) Handcuffs - Prince Royce
2) The Hills - The Weeknd
3) Take Me to Church - Hozier
4) Black Sun - Death Cab for Cutie
5) Chandelier (Piano Version) - Sia
6) Let it Go - Devlin, Labrinth
7) Here - Alessia Cara
8) Drops in the Ocean - Hawk Nelson
9) Hold On, We're Going Home - Pia Mia
10) You've Haunted Me All My Life - Death Cab for Cutie
11) I Know, I Know - Matt Hires
12) Fallout - Marianas Trench
13) Whisper Whisper - Paper & Places
14) California - Yellowcard
15) Often (Kygo Remix) - The Weeknd
16) Safe Place to Land - Christian Burghardt

a thought.

On August 20th I uploaded the final version of BECAUSE OF HIM.
This will be my sixth book professionally released independently on Amazon.
It feels like I've come a long way in three years, and I think it's true. 
I've met so many amazing people that have become assets to my career and developed lasting friendships along the way! Whenever I add a new book to my bibliography on Goodreads, I think just how happy I am that this is what I chose to do with my life. I love writing. I love telling stories and filling pages with endless words that can inspire, crush, or make you think. It's wonderful to know that so many people are reading my words and feeling something because of them. 
Still, there are days when I doubt myself. There are times when I wonder if I'll ever have more than this. Just me, sitting in my room and writing for the internet. Of course, I'd love to be traditionally published. I'd love to walk into Barnes & Noble and see my book sitting on the shelf. Not because I want the money, but because it would mean my stories are reaching a wider audience. 
I've struggled for a long time to balance the line between being independent and having an agent/publisher/publicist back me. I'm afraid I'll lose the freedom I currently have with doing everything myself, but at the same time, I'm afraid that without those people I'll never reach my true potential. 
I've said it before: I don't want to be famous. And it's true.
I don't want to be John Green or J.K. Rowling. My wish is not to be a millionaire that flies across the globe and does countless interviews answering the same questions over and over. I never want to lose the relationships I've built with my readers. I'd love to see my books play out on a big screen, but I never want to lose the drive to have an imagination. If I could make enough money from book sales to leave my day job, that would be awesome, but isn't that the dream for most authors? 
I'm finding more and more that the writing world is full of genuine people. The authors I've met are not in this because of the money or the recognition. They love telling stories. I've never felt so welcomed by a group of people than when I'm at book festivals. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that my world revolves around books, and those that write them.
It seems that as long as there are people out there that want to read my books, I'll write them.
Even if there's not, I doubt I'd stop.
No matter what happens, I don't think I'll ever give up my one true love.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do 
with your one wild and precious life?” 
― Mary Oliver

Sunday, August 16, 2015


I was (and still am) planning to create a lyric video for the song Lauren Lyle and I recorded together for The Mind Breaker Accounts, but it's yet to become a thing. That's because I'm currently working to publish 4 novels in less than a year and a half..... anyone have any extra time they can spare?
No? Okay.

Anyway. The lyrics have been requested, so until there's a video, I'm just going to post them here for anyone that is curious!

Also, here are the links to iTunes and Spotify.

I told
No one
When I walked away
Kept it all to myself

I held 
Of my heart to save
Guess they're all broken now

Light a fire with this match 
Our spark is fading fast
If it dies I think I might die too

Don't hold back
Cause I see smoke
I need the heat 
So I won't smolder
I need this more than
Oxygen in my lungs

What did you say to cause the hurt?
What did I do to make it worse?
Maybe no matter what 
It would have ended this way
When did the love fade?

You need
To understand the pain
But I've no words
For what I felt
I needed to escape
We were rusting on a shelf

Light a fire with this match 
Our spark is fading fast
If it dies I think I might die too

Don't hold back
Cause I see smoke
I need the heat 
So I won't smolder
I need this more than
Oxygen in my lungs

What did you say to cause the hurt?
What did I do to make it worse?
Maybe no matter what 
It would have ended this way
When did the love fade?

(repeat chorus)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Preview of Ninety Degrees (April 2016)

Hello and happy August 14th.
The world keeps turning for some reason, and I can't get it to stop.

But don't mind me. I'm not here to complain about how there are no hours in the day and I'm getting older every second and I'm kinda freaking out that it's already halfway through August....

I wanted to share a rough preview of Negative Spaces with you guys, because I know you're so anxious. I'm not stupid. I know this is what everyone is most excited about, so I'm not going to make you wait FOREVER to hear anything about it.

This preview is from the very first short story-- Carter's to be exact.

Follow the link to read:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yl7fzLg-x98kyX6ffiprUOZsj2rwL2JB2w9xhc3bEHc/edit?usp=sharing

FYI... I'm sending out ARCS today! And the street team will be getting packages by the end of this month!


Saturday, August 8, 2015

A few of my favorite things.

Good Afternoon August!

Thank baby Jesus summer is almost over.
I hate the hot. I really do. I'm a winter baby, so I love the cold.
But I'm starting to think that my favorite season is Autumn. Fall weather is just gorgeous. All the pretty colors in the leaves. And it's the perfect temperature. You can wear sweaters and scarves but not freeze your fingers off. Ah yes.

Anyway, I'm here to share a few of my favorite things. Not books, because I always talk about books. I'm also a big fan of movies, music, and television. So, I wanted you to know.
Just because. Is that cool?
Alright, let's go.

I am a massive movie-goer.
 I love seeing adaptations, but I also really appreciate original screenplay.
Here are 15 of my favorite films. Not in any particular order.

1) Snowpiercer
2) Man on a Ledge
3) Primal Fear
4) Memoirs of a Geisha
5) Fight Club
6) The entire Harry Potter franchise
7) The Descendants
8) The Place Beyond the Pines
9) Remember Me
10) Can't Buy Me Love
11) Water for Elephants
12) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
13) Stuck in Love
14) Rise (& Dawn) of the Planet of the Apes
15) The entire Hunger Games franchise

My love for music has no bounds.
Here are some of my favorite artists and their most played albums.

1) Ed Sheeran - + , X
2) Ellie Goulding - Halcyon Days
3) Lights - Siberia, Little Machines 
4) Gabrielle Aplin - English Rain
5) Ben Howard - Every Kingdom
6) Damien Rice - (everything he's ever done, ever)
7) Angus & Julia Stone - (everything they've ever done, ever. AND Julia Stone as a solo artist)
8) Snow Patrol - (basically Gary Lightbody's voice does things)
9) Lana Del Rey - Born to Die
10) SafetySuit - These Times

I watch a lot of TV show. But not on TV. I collect season of shows on DVD, or binge them on Netflix. There are way too many to choose from, so I'm doing 15 this time.

1) Friends
2) Gilmore Girls
3) Weeds
4) House
5) One Tree Hill
6) Breaking Bad
7) The Walking Dead
8) Orange is the New Black
9) Misfits
10) Skins - the U.K. version
11) Shameless - the U.S. version
12) Gossip Girl
13) Heroes
14) 90210 - the new one
15) Pretty Little Liars