Monday, September 14, 2015


Truth? I think so.

By the way, hello. It's been a while.  And, no, I haven't been staring at my phone. Much.




Monday, July 6, 2015

Reading Roundup

I've been on a roll.

Every book I've opened this summer has been a page-turner.  Don't you love when that happens? 

Here are a few of my favorites so far:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Loved it from the first page.  Thrillers are not usually my go-to books but after reading this one I'm starting to wonder why the heck not.  If you liked Gone Girl, you should enjoy this one.

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks.

This one was totally creepy and unputdownable.  It's YA but I think this story would appeal to adults as well.  Some interesting themes here like, what would you do to survive if the odds weren't in your favor?  What kind of person would you become when you're at your most desperate?  I don't want to say too much or else I'd be giving too much away.

Check this one out.

Finally, I read Listen, Slowly by Thanha Lai.

This one is another YA but I believe it would appeal to middle-grade readers as well.  It's about a teen girl who returns to Vietnam with her grandmother to find her grandfather. 

I loved being in this setting and reading about the mystery concerning her grandfather. Very poignant.  I plan to read more from this author.

Well, it's a long, hot summer here in Arizona.  The monsoons have started.  There's rain and blowing dust almost every night.  Summer is kind of the Southwest's "cabin-fever" time, desert-style.  Time to stay inside where it's cool and read lots of good books (when I'm not writing). 

Hope you're having a great summer! If you happen to live near an ocean and cool breezes, allow me to live vicariously through you.  :)  At least until October.  Also, if you've got any fave books to recommend, feel free to mention in the comments.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Happy Birthday, Carina Press!

In denial that it's been five whole crazy, amazing years since Captive Spirit and Craving Perfect

Time flies.  Man, does it fly...

Monday, June 1, 2015

Boy Books

While I was on vacation, a friend of mine asked for some young adult recommendations for her teen son.  Her son and my nephew had a few of the same likes and dislikes (e.g. more adventure; "no kissing books," as my nephew often tells me.) I rattled off a few books that I had read recently that I thought might appeal to her son, including Neal Shusterman's very fabulous Challenger Deep as well as Alex Cavanaugh's Cassastar sci-fi series (my nephew loves!).

I get that people, particularly tweens and teens, like to read books that have relatable characters.  In fact, some might say that young adults need these books, particularly if the goal is to foster a lifetime love of reading.  I think (or perhaps, I hope?) that readers morph into readers that simply want to read stories with protagonists with relatable character traits, where things like gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, etc. do not matter.  In the end, all that's needed is a damn good story.

Thoughts, dreams, aspirations?

Monday, April 6, 2015

To Cruise or not to Cruise

Stop the cruise, I want to get off!

That's what I imagine myself screaming five minutes after stepping on to a cruise ship.  And yet we're seriously considering an Alaskan cruise in the not too distant future.

Considering that I'm claustrophobic, dislike buffets of any kind, and more than mildly introverted, this does not seem like a smart travel choice.

But, I've never cruised.  And I'm all about the trying-something-at-least-once bit.

I know that people who cruise regularly, love it.  For those of you that have cruised before, any words of wisdom?  Anything to be aware of on cruise ships? Any advice to (possibly) make the experience more enjoyable?  Any cruise lines you particularly like or don't like?  And, what about these river cruises...any thoughts on those too?


Monday, March 2, 2015

The Best Hiking Partners...

...don't talk very much.

One of the reasons Craig and I make such great hiking partners is because we do very little talking on our long desert hikes.  There's something very rejuvenating about listening to the quiet.  And you get lots of it in the desert, out in the middle of nowhere.  Wish that I could bottle it.

In the background, you can see the path that we took.
This past weekend, we ventured further into the McDowell
Mountain Preserve, just up the street from where we live.  I wanted to see the wildflowers; Craig wanted to reach the top of Overlook Pass.  We did both.  This was about a five-mile hike.  The elevation changed significantly about 1 mile into the hike. 

Thanks to some good rain so far this year, the desert wildflowers have started to sprout.  On this hike, we saw lots of red, yellow, and purple flowers.  I think the red is my favorite.

Hello, gorgeous!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015


For the next 13 days, I'll be participating in an International Book Giveaway with 13 other authors, 20 books, and some really cute swag.  Deets here.  Rafflecopter below to enter.

Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway