Home again, home again

Home again, home again

Center Stage, The Rock Star's Daughter
I just spent last week in Los Angeles, partially to finalize Center Stage! (aka the Allison book) and to gather some images that I'll need for it.  I was reminded once again of how L.A. always smells like flowers, how fantastic the coffee is (hooray for Intelligentsia!) and how it's home to pretty much the best weather in the world. Whenever I'm back in Los Angeles, I can't help but get very nostalgic for Taylor Beauforte, Chase Atwood, and all of the characters in The Rock Star's Daughter, especially when I'm in the neighborhoods of Larchmont and West Hollywood, where Taylor lived near Allison before the action of the book unfolds. Here's Rosewood Avenue, the street where Allison lives, not far from North Laurel, where Taylor lived with her mom at the…
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Center Stage! The inspirational play list

Center Stage, The Rock Star's Daughter, Treadwell Academy Series, Young Adult Fiction
In writing Center Stage, I’ve found it really inspirational to listen to music that I think my main characters would favor. I’ve developed a sort of “inspiration playlist” to help the story unfold, and I thought it might be fun to introduce you to the story through music! I like to believe that Allison Burch would have a strong appreciation for female vocalists with unique voices. Here are a few songstresses who I think Allison would idolize. Hope Sandoval / Mazzy Star / Fade Into You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImKY6TZEyrI Fade Into You was a big hit when I was in high school, and even today it makes me feel melancholy and nostalgic whenever I hear it. No one in the industry has a voice quite as haunting as lead singer Hope Sandoval.…
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Farewell, 2013!

The Rock Star's Daughter, Treadwell Academy Series, Uncategorized, Young Adult Fiction
Finding words to describe this last year is proving to be quite a challenge! It feels like it flashed by in a matter of seconds, thankfully without any major personal tragedies! Some highlights of 2013: Jamaica, Jamaica Meeting Narciso Rodriguez (so nice)! Completing The Tycoon's Daughter (coming soon)! Contributing to The Rock Gods of Romance book bundle Powering through Seasons 1 - 3 of Damages Sticking with Insanity and not being a wuss (thank you, Shaun T)! Spending lots of time in my beloved Los Angeles I also can't express enough how very much all of the emails and reviews I've received on The Treadwell Academy series have meant to me this year. Writing is my passion, and while I don't always get to devote as much time as I'd…
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Rock Gods of Romance – Contributing Writer!

New Adult Fiction, The Rock Star's Daughter
It feels like it's been ages since the last time I blogged, but the reason for my absence from this site is that I was asked to contribute a short romance story for a New Adult compilation of rock star romances, available December 2nd on Amazon. It's called the Rock Gods of Romance, and it features stories from authors including Ava Lore, Marian Tee, Mina V. Esguerra, K.T. Fisher and Liliana Rhodes.  I'm pretty excited since this is my first venture into New Adult writing, especially because I've resurrected one of my favorite characters, bad boy rock star Brice Norris, from The Rock Star's Daughter. Here's the official blurb and cover art! But please keep in mind - while my story contribution is PG13, the other stories in the book bundle…
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Hello again, LA

The Rock Star's Daughter, Young Adult Fiction
I was just back in Los Angeles again last week (making me start to wonder if I should just move back!) for work, and fell just a little more in love with the city of smoggy sunsets.  June, although being the time of year when you can expect a gloomy, overcast start to every day, is really the time of year when the air smells like flowers everywhere, and afternoon sunshine can lift anyone's spirits. The trip began with kind of a funny misunderstanding: the car service my coworkers had called to book for our drive to Newark Airport had run out of SUV's, so instead they sent a stretch party limo.  We were so in awe of this ridiculous vehicle that our driver had to fight off a cop…
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Enter for your chance to win! Win! Win!

The Believer's Daughter, The Rock Star's Daughter, The Viscount's Daughter, Treadwell Academy Series
I totally love Alice Marvels, from its spot-on YA book reviews to its dreamy illustrations. And right now at this very second, they are not only featuring The Viscount's Daughter in the Indie Spotlight section, but they're also sponsoring an awesome giveaway! You could enter for a chance to win one of three Treadwell Academy paperback trios, featuring The Rock Star's Daughter (still in the Top 10 Romance books for teens after all these months!), The Believer's Daughter, and The Viscount's Daughter. And one grand prize winner will also win the books, plus a totally cute Kate Sutton-designed backpack for Le SportSac filled with nifty school supplies. So you might not be going back to school at the Treadwell Academy, but you can take the Academy with you!  Don't delay, enter before…
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The Treadwell Academy – one year anniversary

Lovestruck Literary, The Rock Star's Daughter, Treadwell Academy Series, Young Adult Fiction
Exactly one year ago today, The Rock Star's Daughter was first published. I had written the first book over the course of a year, inspired to write a story about how difficult it is to move forward in life after something completely unexpected happens. While my own dad is not a rock star (and probably if pressed to name a rock star, he might only be able to come up Mick Jagger) and my mom (thankfully) is in perfect health and is not at all the type to hang out in seedy bars in Hollywood, the event in my own life that inspired Taylor's story was the very untimely death of a close friend. After the initial sadness and shock over his passing subsided, what was far more painful was the…
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Inspiration comes in strange forms

The Rock Star's Daughter, Treadwell Academy Series
Look what was parked right in front of my building this morning when I walked Max: [caption id="attachment_605" align="alignnone" width="224"] A sign from above?[/caption] Yes, a gold Saturn. No open bags of Doritos or 2-liters of Pepsi in the back seat, though. I checked. So as you may have guessed, I'm working on the sequel to the Taylor book and finding this car waiting for me on the street today was like a friendly little gesture of encouragement from the universe. Sometimes, when I have writer's block or am a little overwhelmed by other responsibilities in life that distract me from writing, it's nice to get a little kick in the buttocks from an unexpected inspiration.
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The Taylor Playlist

The Rock Star's Daughter, Treadwell Academy Series, Young Adult Fiction
Greetings, Treadwell readers! I had been planning on being in Italy this whole week to do exciting publishing stuff, and then some personal life stuff came up, and now I'm back in Brooklyn without my passport having been stamped! But, that's sometimes how it goes. On the upside, since iTunes is taking their darn sweet time adding Book #2 to their catalog, you can find it for a limited time (not sure how long) on Wattpad!  If you haven't joined Wattpad yet, you really should - it's an awesome online community for writers & readers to share work and interact. You can download their app for your iPhone or iPad and read just like you would, using iBook. ENJOY! In Taylor news, I am hard at work on the Taylor…
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What to do with the Norfleets….

The Rock Star's Daughter, Treadwell Academy Series, Young Adult Fiction
One of you crazy kids suggested in your iTunes review of The Rock Star's Daughter that I write a book about Betsey Norfleet transferring to Treadwell Academy. I have to confess, I had a brief inspiration to do this while I was writing the book, and then forgot all about it. But now I am totally in love with the idea! Those of you who've started reading The Believer's Daughter (don't worry, it'll be on iTunes soon, my publisher tells me) know that I introduce a ton of new characters in that book, all of whom will have their own stories told eventually (if I start drinking more Red Bull and calling into work more frequently)! A few of those characters are... Emma Jeffries, the main character of Book 3, who…
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