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By the Morning Light is here!

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It’s that time again… Release day! I’m especially excited about this one. BY THE MORNING LIGHT was the book I never expected to write, but I’m so glad I did. These unexpected stories (like A PROMISE OF MAGIC from the Silver Moon Saga) always hold a special place in my heart and I hope you enjoy BY THE MORNING LIGHT as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Happy Reading!

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Goodbye 2015 and Hello 2016!

I can’t believe it’s almost 2016! Where did this year go? I know I say that every year, but it seems like it was just yesterday that we were dealing with an endless, brutal, snowy and cold winter, and now we’re about to start that fun all over again (I hope not! It’s been pretty mild here so far!).

2015 was the year the Silver Moon Saga ended with The Shadow Stealer. I was very sad to see those characters go and I still think about them often. But 2015 was also the year I got to introduce you to the characters from The Fading Dusk! I’ve been hard at work on the Smoke and Mirrors series this year, between publishing the first book and writing the first drafts to the second book AND a novella I had no idea I was going to write until late this year. I’m currently editing the novella, and once that’s done, I’ll get to start the first draft of the third book in the series. I’m super excited to write that one!

In 2015 I managed to read 100 books! (Okay, no, technically I’m at 99 but I’m going to finish number 100 after I write this blog post.) I finished a few series, started a few more, read some books that I’ve been meaning to read for a few years now, and even managed to read a couple of 2016 releases. My favorites were Six of Crows, Queen of Shadows, Things We Know By Heart, A Darker Shade of Magic, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Saint Anything, Walk on Earth a Stranger, Fans of the Impossible Life, The Wrath and the Dawn, Wolf by Wolf, and This Monstrous Thing. Have you read any of these? What were some of your favorite 2015 reads? What are you looking forward to reading in 2016? I already have a list of books I can’t wait to get my hands on, but I also need to get through books that have been sitting on my shelves for years. I need to avoid the libraries if I ever want to make a dent in my TBR pile!

I also went traveling for the first time in four years! I’m not a huge fan of flying, and it got so bad that I didn’t go anywhere for the longest time. But this year my friend told me to come to Texas in September, and I did it! And I’m glad I did because I discovered flying isn’t nearly as horrible as I originally thought. It was a lot of fun seeing another part of the country, even if it was super hot and humid most of the time! And then after I came back, I went to Boston for the weekend! That was a great trip as well, and I’m so glad I went. As for 2016? Well, my plan is to go to BEA in Chicago in May. I’ve never been to Chicago, so I’m excited for that. I’m not sure how I’m going to fit all the books in my luggage, though. πŸ™‚

So that was my year. A little bit of reading, a little bit of writing, and a little bit of traveling. If my 2016 contains all of that, I’ll be happy.

Have a wonderful 2016!!

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Tomodachi Life: Part Forty!!!

The Miis are back! I can’t believe I haven’t updated since August. Does anyone even remember what happened in the last post (I don’t!)?

Here’s a quick recap:

Gabi and Rafe are madly in love and have nine children. Evan and Alex were madly in love and had three kids until Alex decided to dump Evan one day and marry one of Gabi and Rafe’s sons, Colton. Evan dated Nina briefly before dumping her for one of Gabi and Rafe’s daughters, Melanie (yeah, I know.). Phil and Kain are married but only mildly like one another and have never had any kids. And Charles married Gabi and Rafe’s daughter, Ariana, which isn’t creepy AT ALL. The children grew up and had children and I honestly cannot keep track of everyone despite making myself a chart. So don’t feel bad if you can’t, either!

With that out of the way, let’s get started with this week’s installment!

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Ouch, Alex!

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This should be good.

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Whoa, that’s spot on!

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We all know how much Rafe loves baseball. Almost as much as he loves Gabi!

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Sure it does. Also, love your caveman outfit. It goes great with your baseball cap. πŸ˜„

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Unfortunately forever doesn’t actually mean forever and those two aren’t best friends anymore. 😦

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Only fairly close?

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That’s more than fairly close! πŸ˜„ Also, is anyone surprised that they had another baby? No? Me neither!

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Hello, Matthew!

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Oh no, he’s crying!

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Making him laugh with silly faces.

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Daddy Rafe is trying to cheer Matthew up.

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Playing with Mom!

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Getting so big.

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Where’s Rafe?

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He’s at the beach, playing soccer!

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Oh, but they took Matthew on a trip. That’s nice!

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Evan wants to save the world while wearing a skeleton mask. Maybe he’s trying to be a super hero?

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Lauren (Fitzgerald baby #9) wants to be like Gabi!

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The family went to the cafe. I can’t believe Rafe is STILL wearing his caveman outfit (and in public, no less!).

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Wow! Gabi saved up enough money to go to space!

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And she brought Matthew! What a lucky kid! It must be because he’s baby #10.

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I love their spacesuits! πŸ˜„

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Gabi, you’re upside down…

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Looks like they’re having a blast!

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Gabi loved space so much she won’t take off her spacesuit.

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Rafe said, “Fine, if you’re going to be an astronaut, then I’ll be a samurai!” Oh, and Matthew grew up. He did a lot during his five days as a baby!

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Okay, someone likes to brag…

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That’s sweet!

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What? Do tell, Rafe!

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Aww! At least you have Bo the cat!

That’s it for this week! Look forward to more hilarity in the next installment (which hopefully won’t be two months from now.)!

And there’s a random mosaic of their space photos at the bottom of this post that I can’t figure out how to get rid of. Oh, WordPress…

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No, I haven’t forgotten about this blog.

WHAT? AN UPDATE? HOW CAN THAT BE?!?!

Yes, I’m fully aware that I pretty much suck when it comes to updating this blog. This is what happens when I’m writing and editing. I tend to forget about things like my blog or my Facebook page. It’s bad but it’s also good because it means I’m busy!

So what have I been up to? Earlier this year I wrote the second book in the Smoke and Mirrors series (I really need to reveal the title of that soon!). It, sadly, was not perfect (not that I expected it to be, but that would have been nice!) and required a bit of editing/deleting/rewriting and all that fun stuff. I wrote the ending three times before I got it right, but guess what? I might go back and change it again! Why? One of the things I like to do to get to know new characters is write short stories from their POVs. In the Smoke and Mirrors series, I introduce new characters in book 2 and even MORE new characters in book 3 (which is still an outline at this point!). Sometimes it’s hard for me to throw a character in the middle of another character’s story (in this case, Irina’s story). I want to know who this other character is, but it’s hard to get inside of their head when I’m writing strictly from another character’s POV. So that’s why they get their own short stories (Phil’s story in A Promise of Magic is a perfect example of this. I wrote that story BEFORE I wrote The Soul Healer, even though it takes place AFTER that novel! It really helped me get a feel for both him and Kain, which is why I didn’t have any trouble writing them in The Soul Healer. I already knew, for example, that Phil was a picky eater and that Kain liked to say foolish things.). I decided in October to write a story from the POV ofΒ  a character that will make her first appearance in book 3. It started off as a little project, but now it’s evolved into this much bigger story that’s given me a ton of new ideas for book 3. The only problem is I now have to go back and tweak some things in book 2. I don’t think it’ll be too many changes, though! It’s just a lot of work during the craziest time of the year. I’m hoping once things calm down in January I’ll be able to wrap everything up and polish the short story so it’s ready to be shared soon after I publish book 2. And then I’ll get to work on book 3, which I actually cannot wait to start writing, all because I decided to write this short story.

So that’s where I am, writing wise. I’d been hoping to write two novels this year, but I’m happy with one novel and one short story (which will hopefully not be THAT long, but who knows with me). I can’t make any promises about no longer neglecting this blog and I want to thank everyone who’s still sticking around to read my random rambles. You’re awesome.

Also, The Fading Dusk went on a blog tour! If you’re interested in reading my interviews, some excerpts from the novel, and all the lovely reviews that were posted, then check out this link!

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Black Friday Sale!

For those of you doing some holiday shopping this weekend, you might be interested to know that all six of my ebooks are only 99 cents each! This has never happened before, so it’s pretty exciting!

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The Soul Healer (Book 2): http://smarturl.it/rencc9
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The Shadow Stealer (Book 3): http://smarturl.it/vaol35

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Tomodachi Life: Part Thirty-nine

Hello again! It’s baby central over here. I really need to work on that family tree because even I’m forgetting which kid belongs to which family!

001Last time I mentioned Aaron (son of Alex and Evan) had his fourth kid, Bentley (I love that name. XD). Here he is, practically grown up. He’s got great hair!

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006And here he is, all grown up and on his own!

002Meanwhile, Aaron’s daughter, Taylor, got married to Piper’s (daughter of Rafe and Gabi!) son, Sebastian!

007Abigail thinks Alex is stressed.

008Charlotte’s jamming with her half-brother, Connor.

009I hate when that happens!

010Oh, what’s this?! Evan’s a dad again! πŸ˜„ (His wife, Melanie, is another Fitzgerald kid. Sheesh, this is confusing, isn’t it? XD)

011Holy eyebrows. O_o

012I love his expression, haha!

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014We’ll take care of him after our favorite TV show is over…

015Aww. Kain and Rafe are buddies (don’t tell Evan!).

016Well, Piper’s son is all grown up and married, so she decided it was time for another baby!

017They had a cute baby girl.

018Evan, meanwhile, is having a hard time with Nathaniel.

020Melanie is trying to help!

021Piper and Zoey are doing fine.

019Abigail is insulting Colton…

022Watching Nathaniel play with his blocks.

023Alex came to see Zoey, who’s standing!

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024Lauren wants to be like Gabi! That’s a great idea! πŸ˜„

026Zoey is such a good kid.

027Nathaniel has really big eyebrows…

028Haha, why are they so big?!

031He looks sleepy! πŸ˜„

030Playing on the trampoline.

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033A star is born.

034How can you be bad at doing the dishes?

035Better than Alex?

036That time Evan convinced Gabi to make sandcastles at night…

SO. Due to my upcoming vacations, Tomodachi Life is going on hiatus! The Miis will be back in October for more fun and more babies. I’m kind of scared of how many new babies there will be the next time I post. Hopefully there will be another Gabi and Rafe baby! πŸ˜€

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Tomodachi Life: Part Thirty-eight!

Can’t believe it’s been two weeks since the last post. What have the Miis been up to now?

139Another baby for Alex and Colton! I’m going to run out of room on my island if everyone keeps having babies. πŸ˜„

140She looks like Colton.

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143Happy family.

144Ignoring her already. πŸ˜„

001She’s crying because you’re ignoring her!

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010Sniff, they grow up so fast…

011They went on vacation.

012What’s with that pose, Colton?

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015All grown up!

016If you ever wanted to know what Rafe would look like in pigtails, here you go. She looks just like Colton, who looks exactly like Rafe!

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028And here’s (newly blonde) Ariana and her mini-me.

002That is true, Elizabeth!

003Proud mama.

004Haha, yes, that could be why.

009Meanwhile, Rafe put his suit of armor on (and is holding Bo the cat! Can you see him?). I guess he’s not hot!

014Gabi and Rafe are keeping cool at the fountain.

017Gabi says the weirdest things. πŸ˜„

018Rafe wants to know how it tasted.

019Another gem from Gabi.

020Rafe has monsters in his drain!

021And he’s scaring Gabi! 😦

022Not the chocolate fair?

023Boo!

024Rafe enjoyed the Fried Tofu Fair. Why didn’t you take Gabi with you?!

033But you did agree to have a lot of them. πŸ˜„

038Here’s something book Evan would NEVER EVER SAY.

040Rafe is trying to cash in on the heat.

041Haha, I can’t imagine Alex cooking.

031And lastly, Aaron (that’s Evan and Alex’s son!) just had his fourth kid, Bentley. πŸ˜„ So many kids!

See you all next time!