Release Day Blitz

The wait is over! It’s finally here.

Yes, it’s also the first day of school, but Twelve Months of Awkward Moments is available for download today.  Check out my release day blitz and the chance to win an Amazon gift card.  Twelve Months of Awkward Moments is on Amazon now at 


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2 chicks and a book
3 Degrees of Fiction Http://
A Life Through Books
Adventures in Writing
All the Ups and Downs
All Things Dark & Dirty
Always a happy ever after
Amandas bookish blog
Amy’s MM Romance Reviews
Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
Birdie’s Bibliotheca
Book Addict
Book Junkie Reviews
Book Lover in Florida
Book Lovers Life
Book Reviews by Steph
Books a Plenty Boo Reviews
Brittany’s Book Blog
Carey Reads
Carries Book Reviews
Cat’s Guilty Pleasure
Ceres Books World
Cindy’s Love of Books
Crazy Beautiful Reviews
Crazy Reader book blog
Crossroad Reviews
Deal Sharing Aunt
Desired Reads Bookblog
Don’t Judge, Read
E. Lizard Breath Reads
Elley the Book Otter Http://
Essentially Bookish
FB group – Book Buddies
Girls With Books
Handcrafted Reviews
Happy Ever After Romance Book Reviews
Heather Miller, Stampin Up!
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
I Heart YA Books
Indy Book Fairy
iScream Books Blog
Jackie’s Book World
JB The Book Addict
JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder
Jorie Loves A Story
Karlee Kay
Latte Lily
Lucy Turns Pages
Mirrigold: Mutterings & Musings
Moohnshine’s Corner
Musings From An Addicted Reader
My Books-My World
My Life Loves and Passion
Mythical Books
Nicole’s Book Musings
Nova Book Reviews
Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog
On the Brink
Pa Extraordinaires and T.L. Gray
Patriotic Bookaholic
Rabid Readers Book Blog
Rainy Days and Pajamas
Ramblings of a Book Nerd
Reads and Recipes
Red’s Midnight Readers
Romance Novel Giveaways
Sammy’s Book Obsession
Sea Reads
Shooting Stars Reviews
Silver Dagger Book Tours
Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog
So Many Books, So Little Time
Stacking My Book Shelves!
StarAngels Reviews
T’s Stuff
Taking It One Book at a Time
Teatime and Books
The Avid Reader
The Book Girl
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
the bookworm lodge
The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf
The Novel Lady Book Reviews
The Quirky Romantic
The Reading Diaries
The Voluptuous Book Diva
Tome Tender
underneath the covers
Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author
Viviana MacKade
What Is That Book About
Whatever You Can Still Betray
Who She Reads
Within The Pages Of A Book
Words, Phrases, Imagination
Yearwood La Novela
Ziggy’s Reading Corner

Harlots on Hulu

imagesHave you ever felt powerless? Have you struggled to enact change? The fight for freedom and power in a society that treated women as little more than possessions is the reason I love Harlots on Hulu so much. I’m immersed in season 2 and just as engrossed as I was when I began binging. The series focuses on Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) and her daughters, Charlotte and Lucy. Set in 18th century London, Well runs a brothel.

As a period piece, it is well done. As a character study, all the people in and around the Wells’s household are realistic and well drawn. They are not caricatures. They exude humanity and emotion, often fear and helplessness, but also the struggle for freedom, independence, and power.

downloadMost engrossing is how women claim power in their lives and fight for dignity and respect while dealing with appalling circumstances and a society that views them as expendable.  We watch Charlotte and Lucy barter for a better life using their sexuality in hopes of more freedom and to lift themselves out of poverty. All the while, they fight for something much more meaningful. We watch women face triumph and tragedy as they are forced to make decisions about their bodies and their lives based on the coins of rich men. Doesn’t seem that far fetched even today.

Watch it. You’ll love it.

The Turn to Technology

This summer I’ve been writing a lot about technology. It plays a role in Twelve Months of Awkward Moments arriving August 30 and the short story I’ve just completed called “Redemption Lake”. Writing about it in a fictional sense also has me pondering the effects of social media and technology in the classroom.


Every day I enter the classroom to witness students playing the latest game on their device or texting a friend or family member.  Even when I say “put you phone away,” I see the occasional student glancing secretively toward his or her lap, trying to hide the fact that a cell phone is there and a message is being sent or received.  According to the Pew Research Group1, as of January 2014: 90% of adults in the United States have a cell phone. There is little doubt that technology, especially cell phones, has changed our lives.

I work on the computer every day, whether marketing my books, writing, or teaching online college classes, and I use my cell phone to send messages and stay up to date with email.  Like my students, I also can’t resist the pull of popular Candy Crush and Words with Friends (I feel old because these games have come and gone in their popularity).  My cell phone at my bedside in case of an emergency call from a family member or so I can check Submittable to see if I have any acceptances or rejections.

I read “The Pedestrian” and “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury with my high school students and every time, I began to think about the consequences of technology in our lives. I hope both my new book, Twelve Months of Awkward Moments, and my short story “Redemption Lake” (if it is ever published) will open discussion on how technology has changed society, especially teens.

social mediaDoubtless, cell phones have many benefits in and out of the classroom.  Knowing that my daughter can reach me at any time makes me feel secure.  I can get GPS and directions when driving using MapQuest and Google.  My students look up information, record homework, read books, and even type essays on their phones.

News also comes quickly these days as well, but not always accurately. I live in a town that borders Sandy Hook, Connecticut and remember the day of the school shooting in December of 2012.  In class with students, phones suddenly began to buzz as they started to receive news about the tragedy.  At first it was reported that there were two shooters.  The number of student and teachers involved changed minute to minute.  Many of the students with friends in the nearby community were distraught and panicked.

Getting the news quickly is often advantageous, but when it is not accurate, like in the case of Sandy Hook, it can create a panic. And raise anxiety. It is important to consider how the same cell phone that might create an adverse situation, can also rectify it. Cell phones made it easy for students to connect with parents, helping the school in a time of possible crisis.  But this abundance of bad news and stressful information can also create the feelings of anxiety and stress in the younger generation.

Is there a clear answer whether technology in and out of the classroom is helpful or harmful?  The same Pew Research Fact Sheet1 stated that “67% of cell owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls — even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating.”  Schools have an electronic use policy, which can range from no phones in any class to appropriate usage being decided by the teacher.  Most of the times, teaching cell phone etiquette and responsible use is enough to hold class without disruption, there are other consequences to technology to consider.

Using a phone or computer as a buffer can isolate individuals. How many chances of holding face-to-face conversations are replaced with text messages, Snapchats, and Instagram.  Individuals can miss the opportunity to engage in society, meet new people, and partake in life experiences. In the end, society will have to find the balance, but in a world that often prefers instantaneous gratification and excess, is that possible?

Do you think there is a connection between more technology use and the rise in student anxiety?


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