Saturday, September 21, 2013

Young Adult? I HAVE THREE TEENAGE BOYS!

I did it. I FINALLY did it.

It's no secret that I have three teenage boys that live at home plus a twenty year old that's out of the house, but nonetheless, they have or are going through the growing pains of being a teenager.
I deal with teenage girls on a daily basis because when you  have that many boys in the house, you have to multiply that by 4 because that is how many more teenage boys are in my house THEN you have to multiply that by 7 because that is how many girls will be here at a given time.
When I say I'm around teenagers all the time. . .I meant that I'm literally around teenagers ALL. THE. TIME!
I don't mind. My hubby and I would much rather them be under our roof than somewhere else not knowing where they are. Plus the girls are fun. They like me and give me the girly time I need to thank God that he didn't give me girls *grin*. And my boys think it's cool that the girls at school really like their mom and the teens think it's cool I'm a writer.
Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, always asks me why I don't write Young Adult. My standard response, "ARE YOU KIDDING? I live with it 24/7. Why would I want to write about it?"
Five years later. . .I did it.
I wrote and finished a Young Adult novel.
My niece, for those of you who don't know me~I LOVE LOVE LOVE my niece and nephew like my own and they are 14 and 16 so the same ages as my guys~anyways (see my mind works like a teen), my niece and her high school friends have been my peer audience. Final verdict~THEY LOVED IT!
One of the girls said that she was completely in love with the hot hunky hero! Shh....secretly I am too!
Still...it's a novel that has all the teen angst, sex, social issues that include drugs, drinking and being bullied. BUT it's a Tonya Kappes novel. You know what that means! There is totally a fun loving, eccentric character along with some paranormal.
I have to say that I learned a lot about the teens of today and surprised how truly there isn't a whole lot of difference from when I was a teen (which was well over twenty years ago) in the way they think, social settings, and sex.

Pretty In Pink, which happens to be one mine and my guys fav movies, is truly NOT that far off from today's teens. The boys are still goofy, the girls are still too mature for their age, the partying is still going on with the drinking and sex but the clothes have changed.
I guess you can say that I have pretty good research material when it came to writing the Young Adult. Surprisingly I found that I have a true writer's voice for the genre and really enjoyed writing it.
Do you read Young Adult? What do you like about it?
Leave a comment and I will send the winner an ARC copy of A GHOSTLY UNDERTAKING and some swag!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Happy FRIDAY!!



Okay....so who is addicted to Pinterest? ME!!!!! 
The winner of my USA Today Bestseller STRUNG OUT TO DIE is Mary Edwards!! Congrats!!!
Congrats to Hilleary for winning an ebook copy of GROOMING MR RIGHT!!!
You have one week to contact me for your prize. Congrats!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Grooming Mr. Right . . .Grooming This Author!

It's here! My latest contemporary, sweet romance is here!
And I still can't help but smile when I see the USA Today Bestselling Author underneath my name. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would make one of the two big girl's lists when I left my publisher three years ago. I couldn't have done it without my readers! My amazing, wonderful, fabtabulous READERS! Thank you so much for making Grooming Mr. Right a bestseller right out of the gate!

As an author I have made my niche in the cozy mystery genre. I love writing mystery, I really do. But I started out writing romance. After all, I am a romantic at heart. All things flowers. All things chocolate. And all things sweet.

There isn't anything better than sitting down and crafting a feel good story.

When I set out to write another romance between my mystery releases, I did it for me. For my soul. Killing people is great! Killing people take a toll on my belief in people, so I have to do a little restart. That is where GROOMING MR RIGHT came in.

It was a good way to change my thoughts and restore the good in people. I love going through the journey of my heroine having to rediscover her hometown and family. I love how she has to come to a realization that the items she prayed so hard for truly wasn't what she thought she wanted.

If you are looking for a sweet romance with a dash of laughter and a wee-bit of tears, GROOMING MR RIGHT is for you!

Do you read sweet romance? What do you love most about it?

I will give away an ecopy format of choice to one lucky comment!