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Ten days!

Ten days until the release of my debut novel - The Keeper! I am excited and nervous at the same time. Today being Teaser Tuesday I will share the prologue and the first two chapters with you. Enjoy!

Prologue On an elementary school field trip to a modern day Indian reservation, my class gathered to learn about the Mattaponi Indians of Virginia. We were in for a treat. The tribe’s annual powwow was taking place. Visitors got to see a working village with animal hides drying on racks, grinding stones for corn, and flint mapping; the method of making the points for spears, arrows, and axes. They also had a large display of Native American jewelry and crafts for us to see.

The powwow performance started with the Grand Entry into the arbor, a sacred circle. A procession of visiting Chiefs, flag bearers, and dignitaries were followed by dancers who entered the circle to drumming and singing. They wore authentic regalia of colorful headdresses and breast plates with intricate designs. The drum…

Not. Enough. Time.

Two weeks before NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) started I was ready to go. Had my characters in order, plot planned, and outline prepared. I also had three people lined up to interview for my blog.

What I didn't know; my manuscript for my YA novel, The Keeper, would be ready for more edits on day one of NaNo, and my adult contemporary would need a little more work before the publisher would accept it.

In the meantime, the kids both had big soccer tournaments, we had visitors from out of town, my mom came to visit for a week, illness took hold of the house (twice), and and Rachel Caine's current Morganville Vampire book came out. To really screw things up a virus hit my computer! I lost 60% of my edits and the were darn good too. I wanted to cry. I learned a lesson that day. I was too lazy to back it up online or find my thumb drive to save it to, and poof, it was gone. No going back. I tried every means to recover the file. It was a no-go. Everything on the computer…


I was dared by a fellow author (Julia King) to blog about kissing. It was something that randomly came up on Twitter one night. I couldn't say no to a dare!

I'm not really sure where to go with this one, I'm gonna type whatever comes to mind. No plan, just winging it. I Googled and found plenty of people have blogged on this topic before. I didn't want to copy what I read. (So, this turned out to be about my personal experiences with kissing. This is your warning, you can turn back now).

Kiss - [kis] (used with object) to touch or press with the lips slightly pursed, and then often to part them and to emit a smacking sound, in an expression of affection, love, greeting, reverence. (
When you think of kissing, what comes to mind? French kiss, blow a kiss, a brush of the lips, butterfly kisses, lip kiss, make out, neck, peck, pucker up, smack lips, smooch...there too many to list. (But if you have a favorite please don't hesitate to list it in the comme…

Meet Andrew Orozco - Dancer/Model/Actor

For those of you who are not familiar with Andrew, he played “Parody Sam” in The Hillywood Show‘s “Eclipse Parody“. He’s also modeled for the 2011 21st Century Skins Native Men’s Calendar. And most recently, Andrew has signed on as a vampire in the movie adaptation for the new age young adult novel: Of Light and Darkness, by Shayne Leighton, and Decadent Publishing.

Of Light and Darkness is available for purchase in eBook and paperback formats on Amazon and other online merchants.
WHO IS ANDREW OROZCO?Andrew is a Model, an Actor, and a Dancer. Not necessarily in that order though. I met Andrew at an autograph signing event in North Carolina for the book OLaD - Of Light and Darkness by Shayne Leighton (If you like YA vampire reads this is for you – go buy it, and read it before the movie comes out). My son and daughter wanted a photo with the men from OLaD (Michael Welch, Johnny Pacar & Andrew). We had to squish in a small corner behind a table and in front of their folding chairs …

#TT - Tuesday Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random pageShare two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that pageBE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"Every single nerve in my body tingled. Breathe, is what I had to keep telling myself."

-The Legacy of Kilkenny
                              by Devyn Dawson