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Discovering Audible

Eleanor Oliphant

Sure, I’m late to the bounty that is Audible, but here I am. A dear friend is an avid listener for her long commutes to and from work and she has turned me on the the joys of listening. On most days I have:

  • Queries to read– oh how quickly these pile up!
  • A submission to get through– these are piling up too, and I keep a deadline on turning these around knowing how hard it is for the authors to wait around for responses. Reading as fast as I can!
  • A client manuscript to read– I don’t always have these but they do come before queries and submissions and if a deadline is involved, I must drop everything else to get to it.
  •  My “to read” list to get through, or my reading for pleasure. Here is where Audible has enhanced my life in the loveliest of ways. I can LISTEN to some of these books.

My current listen is Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman. I am absolutely loving it.


A yarn that generates electricity

File this under “more examples of the energy crusades in real life”. Check out this article from Popular Science about the research into this new technology. Looks like a future energy suit is in the works!

Local Author Event

I’ll be appearing at the Yorba Linda Public Library this Saturday, May 13, 2017.

I can’t wait to show off my new covers!

New Year, New Beginning

On New Year’s Eve, we like to gather with friends to celebrate, but also to reflect on the past year and make goals for the new year. I use the previous year as a guide to what I accomplished, what I’d like to do better and how I’d like to improve on my goals. Lately, I’ve been reading a book about tidying by Marie Kondo. mariekondo

Yes, it’s about tidying up, organizing your space, and discarding what you no longer need. The things that we keep should bring us joy, I like that concept. But, what I’m focusing on with this book is the idea of visualizing my space. What do I want it to look like? How do I want it to make me feel? My home is my sanctuary and I want to work harder in the new year to make it truly a place of joy.

Some of the promises I made to myself last year included:

  • Love myself
  • Don’t apologize unnecessarily
  • Don’t judge myself
  • Stand up for myself

I keep my list of goals and promises as a note on my iphone so I can refer to them all year. Plus I love to see how that list changes from year to year. When I gather with friends on New Year’s Eve, we spend the first part of our night reflecting and answering questions such as:

  • Best Moment of the Year
  • Hardest You Laughed This Year
  • Newsworthy Event with the Most Impact (this might be an easy one this year!)
  • Biggest Lesson Learned this Year

You get the idea. But I we also like to set some goals for ourselves, talk about them, and hold each other accountable for them. Some of my goals for the new year will be to work far more diligently on my own writing. After reading thousands of queries, hundreds of manuscripts and continuing my journey as a literary agent, I found a new love for The Energy Crusades. I have some very specific goals I’m going to accomplish in the new year but the main one is to finish the 3rd book in the series. “Do it for you,” is what my dear friend Matt advised me, and yes, that’s what I am going to do. I wrote The Energy Crusades for me, as part of a friendship with another dear friend, Michelle, and I need to remember that. My best advice to anyone who is writing is the same. Do it for you. Write what you love.

book kaia

Remember when a woman named Kaia Robi (the very name of the main character in my book) reached out to me from across the world? What a moment for me and now we are friends on facebook and I get to follow her  journey too. Guess what? She’s also left handed, how’s that for a cool connection? In any case, I am going to spend a lot more time with the girl with the purple eyes this year.


The new year is always a new beginning. Whatever is going on in the world, we have each other. We can connect, we can lift each other up, share stories, share experiences. I read this year that spending your money on experiences rather than things makes for a happier life and I agree. I don’t NEED anything. I’m lucky in that.

Reflect in all the ways you are blessed, work on the the things you need to improve and ways you want to make your life more fulfilling.

I’m going to spend far more time with these two:

kandaRemember, we are on each other’s team. Happy New Year!



Another Example of The Energy Crusades in real life



Footsteps that generate electricity. Yep, I like this idea.

Now You Can Create Electricity From Your Footsteps



I am often asked, what do you want to see in the query box? What is on your wish list? Sometimes, this is a difficult question to nail down. All I can say is, I know what I like when I see it. The query draws me in, the writing captivates me. Such was the case with WOODWALKER, a story I picked from the query box, requested the manuscript, and then devoured the story. Beautifully written, I loved both the sibling dynamics, the world, and the surprise of it all. I can’t say too much without giving anything away, but it’s a story I often go back to, just to read the words all over again. Woodwalker e Cover

The official release date is May 17, 2016, but it is available for pre-order here. The cover is amazing (how beautiful it will look on my bookshelf!) and was designed by the author, Emily B. Martin. You can learn more about her journey to publication and see her fantastic drawings of the WOODWALKER characters and world here.


The Hybrid Bike

My first outline for The Energy Crusades was just a list of ideas for how the future would look. Humans wearing energy suits and bicycles that generated electricity started the seeds of the story. Here is another real life version of humans generating their own power with a bike: