Category Archives: YA Writing

Monday Musings


Ahhhh, exactly 17 days into NaNoWriMo and I have just about 7,000 words written. Now this is definitely not a high word count, but what I’m happy with what’s on the page so far. These words have dribbled onto the page in between working two jobs, being an advisor for an after school program, and driving my two kids to their various activities.

As you can see, I am beyond busy. I fit in writing when I have a spare minute, which is working well for me. I know for some, the low word count and lack of time would be stressful. I see it as a blessing. The fact that there are new words on the page every few days makes me happy. Writing makes me happy. I refuse to get stressed by something I love to do.

I am super happy for all the writers out there who have many more thousands of words finished already. I love seeing how successful some are with NaNo. For some of my writer friends, I hope to help them celebrate their successes. Good news for one writer is good news for all!

Do I wish I could write full time? Sure. But that’s not what drives me. For now, I will continue to write when I have time and will finish this YA contemporary story in my own time. Some day, I will share this story with the world. But for now, I’ll be celebrating every word I type.


Cover Love: Victoria Scott

This week is all about cover love.

First, Valia Lind has her cover release.

Now, Victoria Scott has released the new cover of the paperback version of Fire & Flood. Check it out:

Fire & Flood - Paperback


If you thought that was awesome, here’s the cover reveal of Salt & Stone!!!! Cue flailing now!

Salt & Stone Hardcover


Aren’t both of these covers AWESOME?!?!? Now that I’ve seen the cover, I MUST read the sequel NOW!!

Cover Reveal: PIECES OF REVENGE by Valia Lind

GUYS! This cover, this story…it’s a must read!!!

I got a little sneak peek at the development of this cover. It was truly a process and the ending is this…

Pieces of Revenge_ebooklg



Pieces of Revenge_final


Isn’t this cool?! If you don’t know about Valia, she writes really beautiful love stories. THIS ONE IS A THRILLER! I can’t tell you how awesome this story is. Seriously! But, how about I give you a minute to read about PIECES OF REVENGE and let you make up your own mind:)


A weapon. A broken life. A humanity lost.

That is all Anastasia knows, that is all that she is. As an eleven-year-old, she witnessed her family’s brutal murder and she’s been on the run ever since. She’s spent her life training and planning for the day she can take her revenge.

Kallos Enterprises is a well respected corporation, set on improving the genetic structure of an individual. Or so they say. Anastasia knows, first hand, what kind of monsters lurk behind the pretty walls of those skyscrapers. Armed with combat skills and a beyond perfect memory, she heads to Chicago to uncover the answers to questions that plagued her for years.

After arriving in the city, she meets Logan, a boy from her past who changes all the rules. She doesn’t remember him, but he remembers her. His position at Kallos Enterprises is useful, his presence is unnerving, and he makes her question everything she knows about herself to be true. If her perfect memory can’t remember Logan, what else about her past is wrong?

Time is running out. Anastasia has nowhere to turn, but to trust the one person who’s a memory she should have, but doesn’t. With a madman threatening their every step, Anastasia and Logan must uncover the truths behind Kallos experiments and hope that the answers they find won’t destroy the world forever.

Release Date: November 20th, 2014






ValiaLind (NYC)

Author info:

Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. You can visit her online at or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind

Monday Musings: On a Roll

You know that feeling of getting an awesome amount of words on a page in a short amount of time? It feels something like this:



For the first time in a long time I experienced this feeling. I’ve been working on a contemporary story for awhile, but writing it as NA. After mulling over taking this story and changing it to be YA, I finally fit all the pieces together. I have a jump start on an outline and the first three chapters now. This week I’m focusing on adding details to these chapters and getting as close to chapter 6 as I can get. So, if you don’t see me on Twitter much, know that I am deep in the writing cave.

Current word count: 2,810

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