Monday, June 30, 2014

Peepers on People!

I'm over at From the Write Angle today talking about People Watching tips. I LOVE to people watch and I've developed a few games I like to play. Watching people and looking for both the expected and unexpected is fun and I think it helps my writing. I think most writers are people watchers and look forward to hearing some of your stories!

I hope you'll check it out and add any tips of your own!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Wishing for Washington!

One of my favourite blog buddies has a book out!

The lovely Shelley Sly's debut novel Wishing for Washington is out and about and it is AWESOME!! Tallia is an awesome character and I LOVE Shelley's MG voice - fantastic! The kids never stop aiming for their goals no matter what happens - lots of fun in this story. And lots of heart as well! One of my favourite things about the book is the relationships the kids have with the adults - varied, fun and realistic. I really enjoyed this story and know my students will too!

As punishment for playing doorbell ditch, twelve-year-old Tallia Thompson and her goofball brother Isaiah are shipped off to their grandparents’ house for half the summer. There’s nothing fun about being stuck in Maryland, a.k.a. Snore-a-land, except for one thing: the close proximity to Washington, D.C.

Tallia would do anything for Isaiah, and what he wants most is to meet the President of the United States. So together, they formulate a plan to get to the White House—a plan that involves spending a bit of money and concocting a bunch of lies. And, ultimately, a plan that ends up changing Tallia’s perception of her family forever.

Completely awesome!! So, where can you pick up your e-copy? Try these...

Amazon     Barnes & Noble     Goodreads     

If you're waiting for the print version, it should be ready on July 2nd, so not long to wait!

What do you think? How far would you go to meet the president (or prime minister or any of your heroes!)?

Congrats Shelley!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Out and About with Nutschell!

I'm over at The Writing Nut today talking to the lovely Nutschell!! We're talking about my Writer's Work Space - or lack thereof! 

Hope you'll pop on over! :)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Carol Kilgore's Secrets of Honor

There's going to be a new book under the Tiki Hut soon! The lovely Carol Kilgore is here today teasing us with the new cover - and it's awesome!

Once upon a time, there was a jewel thief. Her name was Katia. She worked for The Government. Yes, that government. But one day, Kat took something she shouldn’t have. She really shouldn't have done that.


By the end of a long evening working as a special set of eyes for the presidential security detail, all Kat Marengo wants is to kick off her shoes and stash two not-really-stolen rings in a secure spot. Plus, maybe sleep with Dave Krizak. No, make that definitely sleep with Dave Krizak. The next morning, she wishes her new top priorities were so simple.

As an operative for a covert agency buried in the depths of the Department of Homeland Security, Kat is asked to participate in a matter of life or death—locate a kidnapped girl believed to be held in Corpus Christi, Texas. Since the person doing the asking is the wife of the president and the girl is the daughter of the first lady’s dearest friend, it’s hard to say no.

Kat and Dave quickly learn the real stakes are higher than they or the first lady believed and will require more than any of them bargained for.

The kicker? They have twenty-four hours to find the girl—or the matter of life or death will become more than a possibility.


Carol writes grocery lists, texts to her family, new lyrics to old songs for her dogs, love notes to her husband, and novels for herself. And for you. In between, she blogs weekly at Under the Tiki Hut and is active on Facebook and Twitter.

She sees mystery and subterfuge everywhere. And she’s a sucker for a good love story—especially ones with humor and mystery. Crime Fiction with a Kiss gives her the latitude to mix and match throughout the broad mystery and romance genres. Having flexibility makes her heart happy.

You can connect with Carol and her books here:


Carol is a great writer and I can't wait to read her latest! What do you think of her newest cover?