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. 🙂

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!!


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!


Ouch, Alex!


This should be good.


Whoa, that’s spot on!


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


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


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


Only fairly close?


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



Hello, Matthew!


Oh no, he’s crying!


Making him laugh with silly faces.


Daddy Rafe is trying to cheer Matthew up.


Playing with Mom!


Getting so big.


Where’s Rafe?


He’s at the beach, playing soccer!


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




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


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


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


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


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


I love their spacesuits! XD


Gabi, you’re upside down…



Looks like they’re having a blast!


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


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!



Okay, someone likes to brag…


That’s sweet!


What? Do tell, Rafe!


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…


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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An Autumn Dream (Novella 1.5): http://smarturl.it/qi7bi3
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The Shadow Stealer (Book 3): http://smarturl.it/vaol35




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!

005Reading with Dad.

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! XD (His wife, Melanie, is another Fitzgerald kid. Sheesh, this is confusing, isn’t it? XD)

011Holy eyebrows. O_o

012I love his expression, haha!


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!


024Lauren wants to be like Gabi! That’s a great idea! XD

026Zoey is such a good kid.

027Nathaniel has really big eyebrows…

028Haha, why are they so big?!

031He looks sleepy! XD

030Playing on the trampoline.

032All grown up!

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! 😀


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. XD

140She looks like Colton.

141I like it!


143Happy family.

144Ignoring her already. XD

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





010Sniff, they grow up so fast…

011They went on vacation.

012What’s with that pose, Colton?


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!

027Abigail and her dad.

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. XD

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?


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

033But you did agree to have a lot of them. XD

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. XD So many kids!

See you all next time!


Tomodachi Life: Part Thirty-seven

Remember when I said the Miis were boring? Not this week!

062Charles and Ariana had a baby!

063It’s a mini-Ariana!

064They named her Elizabeth. 🙂

066The new parents are frazzled.

065Gabi and Rafe should give them advice, but they’re too busy having a picnic. (Yes, Gabi’s sitting on the ground in her wedding dress!)

069Oh, well. I think they’ll do okay.

071Or not. Charles is freaking out because Elizabeth is crying again. XD

072She went to sleep, so now the parents can happily stare at one other.

073Someone’s a proud papa (And grandpa!).

074Reading time!076Rafe, you’re a little creepy.

077“Look, Mom! Look, Dad! I’m standing! Mom? Dad?”

090Okay, now Charles is paying attention!

093What’s with all this Charles love lately?

095Watching TV with the little one, who’s no longer little!


097So big!

101They went to Hawaii!102



112So fast. XD

113Elizabeth looks EXACTLY like Ariana. The only thing she inherited from her father was his hair color! XD

136I can’t picture Ariana yelling.

Not to be outdone…


What did I say?! I KNEW those two were getting ready to have another one! For those who have lost count, this is baby number NINE. XD

080Looks like Gabi. 🙂

081Everyone, meet Lauren Fitzgerald!

082They’re old pros at this baby thing.

083(Remember, Lauren is a day old at this point.)

084Wad of cash?!

085Why are you feeding her food when she’s a day old?!

086Okay, if you say so…


088I think Gabi forgot she has eight other kids.

092You talk about your kids a lot…

100Enjoying a nice day out.


114Again?! XD

117So she’s smart AND athletic.

118She smells better?! XD


123Oh, look, she’s an adult now.


130Hanging out with her big sisters.

133Yeah, you’re busy having tons of kids! XD

134Make sure it’s something good or else she’ll beat you up!

135Um, okay?

137Alex likes the winter. Good thing her apartment is still winter themed!

138Claire’s (daughter of Evan and Alex) son Chase is SO CUTE, I cannot. 😀

That’s it for now! More stuff happened today when I played, but you’ll have to wait two weeks to see what it is! 😀

By the way, is anyone surprised Gabi and Rafe had another kid?


Tomodachi Life: Part Thirty-six

Hello, hello! Who’s ready for some fun?

HNI_0036Random, but okay? (I’m sure she’d rather have chocolate!)

HNI_0037Kain and Phil are waving to some planes.

HNI_0038Ethan is visiting his big brother and Alex.

HNI_0039Thanks for the invite!

HNI_0040Proud Mama.

HNI_0041Don’t throw them out! They might be worth money someday!


HNI_0043Will it involve chocolate?


 HNI_0050Claire had a baby with one of my other characters. The baby’s name is Chase, and he’s so cute!

HNI_0058They went on vacation!

HNI_0059HNI_0060HNI_0069All grown up!

Speaking of babies…

HNI_0053Yes, it happened. Alex had a baby with Colton!

HNI_0054HNI_0055They named him Connor. Very similar to Colton, isn’t it?

HNI_0056And he’s crying…

HNI_0057Playing with Connor!

HNI_0063Alex is a good mom.

HNI_0070Sebastian (Piper’s son, which makes him Connor’s cousin!) came to visit.

HNI_0072HNI_0073HNI_0074Now Nina came to visit. Never mind that she used to date Colton. This isn’t weird or awkward at all.

HNI_0075They took Connor to Tahiti (it’s a magical place. 😉 ).

HNI_0076HNI_0077HNI_0081He’s standing on his own!

HNI_0083And walking.

HNI_0086And going to the beach.

HNI_0087And watching TV with Mom.

HNI_0088And apparently being a rebel?

HNI_0089I think he’s a good kid!

HNI_0090All grown up! Colton got dressed up for the occasion.

HNI_0091He looks like Colton with Alex’s eyes. XD

HNI_0062These two are FINE, by the way. There were a couple of weeks where Gabi wasn’t getting along with Rafe, but now she’s back to thinking he’s her soul mate, phew. I’m hoping that means baby number nine will be making its appearance soon?

HNI_0066Uh, yeah…

HNI_0067It’s huge, too.

HNI_0068He had no idea it was there! XD


HNI_0084Falling asleep at the cafe…

HNI_0092He actually dumped you, but sure, you can pretend that you let him go if that makes you feel better…

HNI_0093Wait–what?! Rafe, keep your eyes on GABI or else she will KILL YOU. XD

HNI_0094Okay then, if you say so. (Also, she keeps putting her wedding dress back on. I think she wants to marry Rafe again. XD)

And there you have it! More babies, more insanity. Just another typical Tomodachi Life post.