The Tycoon’s Daughter – free!

The Tycoon’s Daughter – free!

The Tycoon's Daughter, Treadwell Academy Series, Young Adult Fiction
It's been quite a while since I last posted because I've been outrageously busy since I relocated to Los Angeles in November. I've been finishing the last draft of Center Stage!, revising my first NA romance, Hometown Hookup (the inside scoop on Sigma's Brice Norris), and working on completely different kind of manuscript aimed at teens. Plus, lots of unpacking. But... the big news is that Book #4 in the Treadwell series -- all about Taylor's adversary on campus, the beautiful Emma -- is now FREE on Amazon and iTunes! This book is particularly close to my heart because it details the struggle of a girl who seems to have everything (wealth, a modeling career, a cute boyfriend) with an eating disorder that spirals out of control. Here's the full description: Emma’s known…
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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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On celebrities and eating disorders

Treadwell Academy Series, Uncategorized, wellness, Young Adult Fiction
I'm now just *days* away from the release of The Tycoon's Daughter, the Treadwell book about Emma's struggle with an eating disorder in the modeling industry. The book is very close to my heart, maybe more than all of the other Treadwell books in the series, because I think body image is such a profoundly important issue for young girls. I'm sure this may be perceived as a bit of an inflammatory post because Little Monsters are quick to defend Lady Gaga, but knowing that, I'm going to post anyway. [caption id="attachment_1181" align="alignleft" width="200"] Ke$ha[/caption] Pop star Ke$ha, who landed her own record deal and became a star in her own right after singing backup for Britney Spears, just announced that she checked into Timberline Knolls, an eating disorder treatment…
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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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Hurricane Emma… on its way

Treadwell Academy Series, wellness, Young Adult Fiction
Hello, everyone! I haven't posted in a while because I've been so busy finishing The Tycoon's Daughter and editing it for release that I 1) haven't gone shopping in like... ages 2) haven't gone to the beach in even longer As I've been working on The Tycoon's Daughter, I've been particularly sensitive to conversations going on around me about weight, food, and eating disorders, since that's a huge part of Emma's story. It's always surprising to me, truly surprising, that so many women even my own age still struggle with all of these issues. So many girls define the quality of their lives on a daily basis by how they perceive their body to look, and ladies, we need to stop the madness.  I'm going to write a lot about…
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Spring is finally here!

Brooklyn, Treadwell Academy Series
 It would appear that spring has finally arrived in Brooklyn while I've been away! I have a lot of surprises to post over the next few weeks related to the Emma book, the Taylor sequel... and whatever happened to Allison Burch, Todd's sister and Taylor's former best friend?Here's a hint: If you had an amazing set of pipes, who would you choose to be your mentor on The Voice? I know I'd pick Adam Levine (I'd pretty much pick Adam Levine for anything). 
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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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Welcome to Madrid!

The Viscount's Daughter, Treadwell Academy Series
When I drafted my first outline for The Viscount's Daughter and began planning for Betsey's story to overlap with the continuation of Taylor's in The Rock Star's Daughter sequel (due out this fall), I needed a perfect destination for some of the action. It had to be a little exotic and luxurious, because (not to spoil too much of the plot) I wanted Jake to turn up in Taylor's life again somewhere completely unexpected. It also had to be a city where I've visited before, because it's just too hard for me to try to convincingly write about a city to which I've never traveled.  I considered Berlin, but it didn't seem like such a Taylor kind of town (it is, however, totally a Caitlyn kind of town). Paris was also…
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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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Finding Felix… welcome to Brighton Beach!

Finding Felix… welcome to Brighton Beach!

The Believer's Daughter, Treadwell Academy Series, Uncategorized
Hi fellow internet peoples! As promised yesterday, today I ventured out to the Brighton Beach/Coney Island neighborhood for the first time in quite a while. When I was new to New York, I made the journey out on the F train to the beach quite frequently.  It's easy sometimes to forget that there's a nice beach in Brooklyn accessible by the subway. And, like the character of Felix Katz in The Believer's Daughter, a lot of people live out in the Brighton Beach area and commute about an hour into the city every day for work. Can you imagine living just a few steps away from a beach and a carnival? I guess if you live near Santa Monica, you probably can. I was pleased to observe upon arriving at Coney…
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