Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Get Healthy Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Get Healthy Blog Hop!

I'm supposed to give an easy tip to help you get healthy. Oh boy. Which to choose? As many of you know, I've spent countless hours helping my patients get healthy as an internal medicine primary care physician. Which means, I've got countless tips, too.

Ahh, the pressure! I can't pick just one! I mean, there are a million things you should do. Exercise. Eat nuts. More veggies and fruits. Stop smoking. Stay away from junk food. Keep your weight healthy.

It's a lot to keep track of. No matter how good your intentions, you will slip up.

The key? Don't let slip-ups ruin all your hard work by turning into the status quo. You're human, after all! So many people have a bad day with eating, or miss a few days of exercise and let it derail everything. Next thing you know, those mistakes and excuses turn into permanent changes and a regression to old, bad habits.

So my advice? Let yourself make mistakes. And then--make a conscious decision the next day to get back to your usual, healthy ways.

And since most of us are of the literary persuasion on this blog hop, let's let a character inspire us. As Anne of Green Gables said: “Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” 


Thanks so much to Alex, Stephen, Dianne and Michael for hosting the blog hop! Check out the whole list of participants here!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Kidlit authors for Oklahoma Disaster Relief

I know many of you are as horrified as saddened as I am about the recent deaths and destruction wrought by the tornadoes in Oklahoma.

The Lucky 13s have banded together to raise funds for the victims--to help rebuild, in any way we can.

Here is what's up for grabs:

Lucky 13s YA Reader Prize Bundle #1
Lucky 13s YA Reader Prize Bundle #2
Lucky 13s MG Reader Prize Bundle
Ink Pot Prize Bundle
Friday the 13ers Reader Prize Bundle

And finally, many many critiques are also up for grabs.
So spread the word and hop on over to check out the fundraiser. Please help!

Monday, May 20, 2013


So I was all ready to post my first vlog today, and I totally panicked. 

I don't know about you guys, but I'm really video-shy. I'm worried I'll be more "out there" than I already am, and it's so uncomfortable! I figured I would just get by, considering that my vlog would
1) not show my face and
2) was about making swag, hence focusing on an action rather than me.

But in the end, it was a vlog that just showed my headless body doing stuff.


So yeah, maybe I'll try again later. Especially if people want to see how I hand made my swag necklaces.

In the meantime, I remain vloglessly yours,


p.s. Have you vlogged? Are you vlog shy?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Reporting back on RT!

So I'm so happy that I went to RT Booklovers Convention! For those of you who aren't familiar with RT, it's sponsored by the Romance Times Book Reviews and the YA track is pretty substantial. After shying away from writer/book conventions for years, I finally did the deed. Though it was occasionally weird (I'm shy around strangers), it was still so fun.

I couldn't go to the whole thing, but I was able to drive down for Saturday's Teen Day. It was basically YA heaven. There were some great panels with Veronica Roth, Melissa Marr, Kiera Cass. Kelley Armstrong, Leigh Bardugo, Corinne Jackson, Richelle Meade, Heather Brewer, Gayle Foreman, Margaret Stohl, among others.

By far, the best part of the convention was meeting so many people I know, but had never met in person. Here we go!

Brekkie with some of the Lucky 13s!  Eve Silver (author of RUSH), who kindly took me under her wing for portions of the day; Claire Caterer (author of THE KEY AND THE FLAME), and Justina Ireland (author of VENGEANCE BOUND)

Bethany Hagen, fellow Dial author (LANDRY PARK). I had spec envy. Who wouldn't? ;)

I met lots of author-friends in the YA Alley section of the book fair...
Deb Driza, fellow Lucky 13 and Class of 2K13er, author of MILA 2.0
(Yes, her deltoids are that defined in real life).

Gretchen McNeil, author POSSESS and TEN (who wore the most gorgeous teal pumps. I was drooling over her shoes) and Dawn Rae Miller, author of LARKSTORM and CRUSHED

Justina Ireland and VENGEANCE BOUND. She is not a hugger. But I hugged her, like, three times and she was such a good sport! We actually hung out a lot that day and cross promoted our books. Way easier than talking up your own book. :)
She also gave me a Kit Kat bar. I am indebted to Justina for life, I think. 

My League of Extraordinary Writer pals! Bethany Hagen, me, Beth Revis (author of the ACROSS THE UNIVERSE trilogy), Deb Driza, Genn Albin, and Lenore Appelhans!
Tessa Elwood, my fantastic web designer (and she's a YA author too!)
who fed me Ethiopian food and yummy desserts. :) I look like a giant next to her but I swear it's perspective. She's so tall and graceful!
At the end of the day, the YA authors all had dinner and drinks together. Beth Revis took this cool panoramic picture. I am the dark blob in the corner, somewhere near Lea Nolan, Brodi Ashton, Justina Ireland, and Rachel Carter. It was so fun chatting.
(No, you can't really see me. Yes, I was really there.)
All in all, a wonderful, fun experience. 
(Note to self: no need to be in all the pictures next time. Blechh.)

I'm already planning on going to RT in New Orleans next year. I hope to see some of you there! Maybe? Please? I guarantee, it'll be fun!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

How Much SCI in your FI?

Hey guys! I had a great time at RT and promise to post lots of pictures soon! In the meantime, I'm blogging over at the League of Extraordinary Writers on How much SCI in your FI?

Check it out!

Friday, May 3, 2013

One Smart Thing I Did to Sell CONTROL

Have a great weekend! 
I'll be at the RT Booklovers Convention in Kansas City on Saturday, 
so hope to bump into some of you! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Interview on Girls on YA Books & Giveaway!

Hey guys!

Jaiden over at Girls on YA  Books had me over for an interview. 
I'm giving away two silver necklace swag packs too, so hop on over!