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So the trip finally happened.

The once planned three week road trip from Boston to San Francisco, in an attempt to replicate the steps of the Byrnes and Masterson troupe, was finally planned and consolidated to a one week melee of absolute insanity.

And I had a blast.

Several glitches led to a late flight the Saturday, whirlwind tour of Boston on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, flight Wednesday, with Thursday, Friday and Saturday in San Francisco, with an early flight Sunday.

What. A. Week.

The thing that stuck with me the most from the whole thing – not the Yankees vs Bosox game, not the humpback whales in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, not the late night Pho trip or climbing Lombard street or riding a street car or traversing the Golden Gate Bridge or visiting Alcatraz at night – the thing that’s haunted my thoughts every day since – the surreal coast of California at sunset. The wind howling. The foam from the crashing gilded waves rising into the sky with every heartbeat of the ocean. Every grain of sand silhouetted against the drifting dunes. The islands rising from the surf. The ever-present sensation that the fog will roll in and engulf you from the distance – and yet never does. I believe it’s the closest I will ever feel to being on another planet – and it’s a sensation I want to capture.

It’s the yearning. The wanderlust.

I’d drop everything in a heartbeat for another hour of that wild, racing fury.

If I can even pour a portion of this into Book 2, I will feel that years of work will be worth it.

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Cover concepts #newread

I’ve been absent, my friends, I’m sorry!

And apparently I use too many commas.




I’ve been toying with a concept for The Scars That Bind Us that involves the cover. As you all know, the cover for The Spark That Left Us is an (interpreted) silhouette of Deke against the background.

What if the sequel featured a female silhouette? Round it out?

Gives it continuity, while also providing contrast.


The Spark That Left Us was,  at the root of it all – Addy and the influence of Deke suddenly appearing in her life – while The Scars That Bind Us is arguably about the influence Addy has on Deke’s life.


But then again, you haven’t read it yet, have you?

Please tell me what you think!


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#connections unexpected

It’s amazing how writing can surprise you.

I mean, it’s coming from your own brain. Your own thoughts, inside your own head, and yet, out of nowhere, your creative juices will suddenly shout,


And you sit there, thinking to yourself, no way.


Of course – then ensues the eternal struggle with the answer to the question “is this actually cool, or am I a spaz who needs to stop writing?”

Does self doubt win the day, or do you let that plot twist shine?

How complex does it make all other points in the story?

Is there any small fact or figure or date or action that now makes no sense?

Does it connect the dots?

I am pleased, currently, with the twist. But then again, anything that brings heartache and strife to my story is always welcomed – maybe not by my readers… but generally.

I take joy in it.

Probably shouldn’t.

You’ll let me know though, honest readers?

I can’t wait for you to come back, and find this post, perhaps cross-reference the dates – and shake your fist.



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#writersblock is a painful thing #books

All you want is for your world to live and breathe. All you want is for your characters to be real. In order for this to happen, you have to immerse yourself in it, they have to interact, to speak. They have to speak to each other, to you, to the world, to the readers.

And when you can’t. Well. When it just can’t come out, you can’t write, you can’t give them that life you want for them, it is hard on a profoundly different level than feeling failure. It’s more like going to turn on the television, and you have no signal, your vision full of those grey sparkly static things that blend and merge and become things if you stare hard enough. It’s more like opening a web browser, and having no connection. It’s like calling a friend and only getting the thrumming busy signal in your head. You just want to connect. But your brain says no.

And then, on top of it, the more you think about it, the more you think about it, and the worse it gets.

Writers block hurts. It does. It’s anxiety and procrastination and desperation and inaction and just the painful need to let it out (but what?!).

Anyone out there know what I mean?

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Back cover art #vote #ebook

Get your say in the back cover art for the print edition of The Spark That Left Us!

Vote in the comments or at www.facebook.com/thesparkthatleftus

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00011]

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If My Characters Were Movie Stars…

I play a fun little game in my head when I am writing… if I immediately think of an actor that represents the behavior and description of a character, I go for it. I just, write it as if I am writing for them.

Hilariously, the only ones I absolutely had set in my head, was Aaron Taylor Johnson as Reggie, Jonathan Sadowski as Connor, and Benjamin Bratt as Mateo.

Other than that, all the rest of these dominoes fell into place the more I thought about it. I think my favourite match up though, is Colin O’Donoghue and Liam Hemsworth, and Natalie Dormer. Once I saw them, I couldn’t think of anything else!


2 lyndon_smith -adeline


Lyndon Smith as Adeline


3 Emma-Roberts- Clara


Emma Roberts as Clara


The 'Chatroom' Photo Call


Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Reggie

4 Colin-ODonoghue- Deke


Colin O’Donoghue as Deke

5 liam hemsworth - casey


Liam Hemsworth as Casey

6 Jonathan-Sadowski - Connor


Jonathan Sadowski as Connor

7 harry-shum jr - Rick

Harry Shum Jr as Rick

8 natalie dormer - Julie9 julie hair

Natalie Dormer as Julie – with added bonus – Julie’s hair model

benjamin-bratt- Mateo

Benjamin Bratt as Mateo

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Back to Basics

Writing a description for the back of the book is incredibly hard!


How do you consolidate your work into a few short paragraphs?


How do you get the point across, pique the interest, and engage the reader before they’ve even given you a go?


How about this:


She didn’t know, upon waking, that her world had changed, that the stranger in her house wasn’t just introducing her to a world unknown.
He was introducing her to her own truths.

He didn’t know, when he followed her sister home and climbed into their window, that the woman in the house wasn’t just important.
She was the key to saving his life.

Together, they embark on an adventure that tests the
bonds of family, friendship, truth and death.
And the distance we are willing to go for love.



Feedback please!

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