Friday, May 8, 2015

A Novel I Wouldn't Have Written If I Weren't A Mother

A few years ago, my daughter and I were talking about paranormal literature--which archetype would be the next big thing? My daughter joked, "don't mummies need a little love?" I laughed at her pun. But then I took it as a challenge. Could I write a mummy story? 

I ended up creating a campy funny-mummy tale that twists the genre a bit. You can read it for free on the Swoon Reads site: http://www.swoonreads.com/m/all-wrapped-up

Read the whole story at: http://www.swoonreads.com/m/all-wrapped-up

Daddy swears that his new Forever Cleo anti-aging cream will make Cosmo Cosmetics even more millions—but does that have to mean keeping an actual Egyptian mummy in the house? 16-year-old Tempe Cosmo knows that Daddy’s really hoping to develop yet another Ugly-B-Gone miracle cream—one that will once and for all cure her burn scars. Tempe decides to return the mummy but accidentally destroys the poor thing during a high speed chase with a mysterious limousine. Soon Tempe starts seeing hallucinations—how else can she explain the hottie wandering around the garden? And there’s all that completed History homework. Prince Siamun demands that she find him another mummified body so he can reach his wine-and-girls afterlife. Tempe’s adventure includes crazy mummy cults, self-discovery, and romance! http://www.swoonreads.com/m/all-wrapped-up


Just one more example of how being a mom has forever changed and challenged me! Thanks, girls!!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Awesome Mother's Day Gifts For Writers

Mother's Day is coming May 10th. If you have a mom who loves to write, here are some great gift ideas!


Powell's Indiespensable Book Club

Good writers are great readers. Powell's City of Books (worthy of a pilgrimage to Portland, OR) will send your mom a specially-chosen, signed first-edition novel--along with some fun goodies that often relate to the story. Often they send another book too! Writers will also love the author interview included in the package. Packages arrive every six weeks or so.





LizzyKate Tea Of The Month Club

Nothing will help Mom achieve her word-count goals than a lovely cup of tea! LizzyKate will send a selection of three amazingly delicious, high-quality teas in cute packaging every month. You can choose from Specialty teas, Caffeine-Free teas, or both. LizzyKate also has a nice selection of tea-related products to keep mom happily sipping, and cruising along on that WIP!

Chocolate!

If Mom loves traditional truffles, try Legacy Chocolates. Looking for something a little more exotic? Christopher Elbow Artisan Chocolates will satisfy Mom's cravings. For gorgeous, girly, and delicious chocolate try Gayle's Chocolates. And if Mom is a history buff check out Kakawa Chocolate House's elixirs. Nothing brings you back in time like sipping Thomas Jefferson's cocoa recipe!


If you have young children, or teenagers who seem to spend all their money on lattes and concerts, remember it's more than okay to give yourself a Mother's Day gift! Happy writing to all you moms!
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