A week or so ago, I promised more reviews and that’s what I’m giving you. I finished Ignite (Defy, Book 2) by Sara B. Larson last night and I have thoughts and feelings. First, the book info: Murder, kidnapping, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY. Alexa continues to harbor a secret love for the newly crowned King Damian, yet she […]

Ignite by Sara B. Larson

September is Suicide Awareness Month. It’s a serious topic very close to my heart. Not only have I attempted suicide in the past, but my father-in-law committed suicide four years ago. I have chronic depression and earlier this year I discussed my most recent battle with it. It’s a constant battle that never goes away, but it’s one that is sometimes easier, sometimes harder, and sometimes seems impossible. Monday, Kathleen […]

Let’s Talk About Mental Illness

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Things with Ash and Snow are almost ready to send to betas. If you’re interested in being one and can turn it around within a week, just send me an email. I should have it ready to send out by next Wednesday. I’ve never gotten to write a second in a series before. Most of the books I’ve written (and now trunked) have been the first in a planned series. […]

#IWSG: Writing a Sequel

It was Tuesday afternoon when I went outside to hop in my car and pick my kids up from school. There was a cop pulled over on the side of the highway right behind my car in my driveway… I’ll let Storify and my Twitter story tell you most of it:     [<a href=”//storify.com/KatieDoyle_IN/here-s-what-happened” target=”_blank”>View the story “Here’s what happened…” on Storify</a>] The news article I linked doesn’t tell […]

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the books I’ve been reading and how reviews really are what make books successful. Most of this has come about with publishing my first book, but I will say I thought about it occasionally before. It’s easy to dismiss reviews when you aren’t published. At least, it was for me. I would do Recent Reads posts, listing and reviewing all of the books […]

On Reading and Reviews

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About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!! Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as two new titles from Rachel Calish–we’re calling them the Calish Couple—tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes! About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either a $50 Amazon gift card, an autographed copy of The […]

Review: The Demon Gabriella by Rachel Calish

I’m grumbling to myself. I have been for the last month. I’ve been working hard to make sure Ash and Snow is just right, but it’s giving me problems. I’m still working on it and it should be with betas right now. I’m close, but not close enough. At least, I’m not close enough to finish in time for the August 18th release. Which means, I’m pushing the release date […]


About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!! Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as two new titles from Rachel Calish–we’re calling them the Calish Couple—tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes! About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either a $50 Amazon gift card, an autographed copy of Song […]

Songs of Secrets Review & Blog Tour

Happy Friday! I am pleased to say that Ash and the Prince is available for FREE on every available ebook platform! If you’re looking for a quick, fun read, go forth and download=)   Ashley “Ash” Prince hates using magic, but that doesn’t stop her mother from forcing lessons on her. She resists except when it helps her stepbrother, Charlie. Charlie is sick and none of the doctors knows why. […]

Ash and the Prince is FREE everywhere!

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted. This time because of the hoopla that my last post generated. I figured I should sit back and let things cool down. They have, and just in time too=) Tomorrow is the official release day for Ash and the Prince, but you can get it on Smashwords right now! And, it’s absolutely free=) So, if you can’t wait to get it and read […]

Oh, Hey! Look at That!

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So, a lot has happened on the internet over the last few days. There’s too much to get into here, but if you’re involved in the YA writing community you probably already know something about it. If you’re not, then count yourself lucky. There are things happening that are very toxic. For that reason, I have decided to stop writing YA. I have a couple of novellas coming out, one […]

Why I will no longer write YA

I love reveal posts, but there’s nothing like having a reveal in the author’s own words or, in this case, GIFs=) Here’s Cassie with the low-down on what’s up with No Interest In Love… **** Because I love GIFs, and my main character in this book, Jace, is obsessed with How I Met Your Mother, we’re gonna do the cover reveal with a series of HIMYM GIFs 😀 There’s this […]

Cover Reveal for No Interest In Love by Cassie Mae

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I have many things to say. I can’t guarantee that while I say them, they will be coherent or in any real order, but they are all important to me. This is me unpacking my thoughts on events over the last couple of days, so bear with me. I just may have a point. First, feminism isn’t a straight line. It isn’t something that is singular. There is no single […]

On Allies, Anger, and Mob Mentality

Wait… What day is it? What month is it? What YEAR is it? I’ve been so deep in the Cave of Wordage that I completely forgot today is the first Wednesday of the month. And that it’s been AGES since I’ve written a blog post. I’ve been doing my best to reach “The End” on GT2, but it’s proving to be a bit stubborn. Every word is like punching a […]

#IWSG: From the Writing/Editing Cave

And, of course, when I say The End, I mean “The End” on Ash and Snow. The drafting process has gone quite smoothly but for one small hiccup that really was more annoying than anything. You’d think I’d have learned my lesson when all of my A to Z posts disappeared, but no. Only this time it wasn’t my blog, it was 1000 words of the story. I draft all […]

The End is Nigh!

I’ve been pretty deep in the editing cave for a while. I came out for a bit on Monday for my cover reveal, but other than that I’ve been buried so deep in words they’ve started to sound weird. Which wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t have to draft for the rest of the month. So I’ve decided to get some weird words out of the way today. Mirror. […]

#IWSG: When Words Don’t Sound Right

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You guys, I am so super excited to finally be able to show you my covers! So, with no ado whatsoever, here they are! Back cover blurb: Ashley “Ash” Prince hates using magic, but that doesn’t stop her mother from forcing lessons on her. She resists except when it helps her stepbrother, Charlie. Charlie is sick and none of the doctors knows why. When Ash has a witch dream, she […]


The month is almost over which means June is almost here. With it comes the summer version of National Novel Writing Month, JuNoWriMo. I wasn’t going to participate because I have so much going on, but I’ve changed my mind. It will help me to have a certain date to have various aspects of Grimm Tidings 2 finished. On June 1st, not only will I reveal the covers for both […]

#JuNoWriMo; I’m In

It’s been almost two weeks since I last blogged. I hadn’t realized how long until yesterday but didn’t have a chance to write anything out. I’ve been neck deep in edits and prepping everything for the cover reveal on June 1st. There’s still time to sign up and be a part of the reveal. I’ve added the form below if you’re so inclined. A lot has been on my mind this […]

Opinions, Yoga, and a Form

I’ve been working hard on prep for the release of my first two Grimm Tidings novellas. Edits for the first are going well, and I’ve decided on a new name. I’ve already informed my Wattpad followers that there’s only a little bit of time left to read Orchids and Ash in its current form before I remove it for publication. I’ll also be removing it from here within a couple of […]

Cover Reveal Date for Grimm Tidings I & II

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You know that saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? Well, this past weekend I was workworkworkworkwork… and I had a blast doing it. So, if I’m working AND playing, what is the point of the saying?   “All work and no play” doesn’t apply to writers. At least, not to all of us. Yes, there are times when being a writer seems like nothing but […]

#IWSG: “All Work and No Play” Doesn’t Apply to Writers

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I got in touch with my previous host and after a couple of days they sent me all files from after March 14. There’s a ton of them all loaded into a HUGE zip file. Now, more waiting. ALL THE FILES!ExeterAnna / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND I’m going to try to get them back up, but there’s no telling IF or WHEN I’ll be able to do it. At this […]

Update and Thoughts

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Over the next few days I’m probably going to be switching themes several times. I’m trying to find one that I like and that fits the blog. There are some hard choices since there are a lot of great themes out there, but I’m confident I’ll find one that I really like and that doesn’t confuse you guys as well. On the missing post front, I’ve gotten in touch with […]

A little redecorating

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You may have noticed that my A to Z Challenge posts are gone. You may have stopped by at some point on Sunday and wondered what happened because my blog disappeared. You may not have done either of these things. Whatever the case, yes, the posts are gone. No, I did not delete them. It all started last month when I switched hosts. I had to keep my old host […]

In which I die a little inside

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  She meant to help a ghost…not unleash a curse. Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died.  The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania—that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can’t help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can’t […]

Review: A Magic Dark and Bright

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  I have an urban fantasy that I’ve been working on since last year. I got half way through it and finally decided that all the walls I kept hitting and writing around were leading me in a circle of no plot, no character… no story. So, I’m tossing it. Not all of it mind you. There are plot points that will translate well, but most of the characters need […]

#IWSG: Starting From Scratch

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  If you’ve noticed lately, most of my graphics have improved quite a bit. I blame it all credit it all on Canva. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a great site for creating graphics of all kinds. It has a training area so that you can learn how to use it to its full extent. It’s also fun to play around with. I’ve created graphics for the blog (obviously) […]

Canva, Storium, and Staying Creative

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First things first. I’ve  decided to extend the giveaway. It will now last until Monday at midnight. You can find the Rafflecopter form either on the original post or down at the bottom. Don’t forget to enter! My birthday weekend went really well. Saturday I spent with chocolate and Michael Westen (Burn Notice). It was one of those lazy days where I cuddled with the family and did little else. […]

Things New and the #Giveaway Extended

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Valentines Day is on Saturday which makes for all kinds of chocolates and hearts and love, love, love! But you may be wondering what in the world Birthentines Day is. Well, since HEART Day is on the 14th and my birthday is on the 15th, my family has a tradition of combining them into a two-day celebration called Birthentines Day. Since it’s a family tradition, I couldn’t for the life of me […]

It’s Birthentines Day Weekend!

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh, it’s a monthly meme where you can post your insecurities for the month or inspiration for others. Check out the blog and join the Facebook Group! Two weeks ago, I talked about being in the midst of a battle with depression. I’m still there, but I’ve […]

#IWSG: Two Weeks