Enter for your chance to win a Los Angeles Prize Pack!

Enter for your chance to win a Los Angeles Prize Pack!

Center Stage, Los Angeles, Lovestruck Literary, Young Adult Fiction
Many details in both The Rock Star's Daughter and Center Stage were inspired by the time I've spent living in Los Angeles. I wanted to give my readers a little glimpse into SoCal life, so I selected a few items critical to life in LA for a music fan like Allison Burch! To celebrate the September 14 release of Center Stage, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the book, a Beats By Dre Pill Speaker, and 2 bottles of California-style nail polish by Lauren B by answering this question on Facebook: Which song would you use for your audition on a reality TV singing show, and why? The grand prize winner will be chosen randomly from entrants on Sept. 23, 2015! Good luck!
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Center Stage, available 9/14!

Center Stage, available 9/14!

Center Stage, Los Angeles, Lovestruck Literary, Young Adult Fiction
At long last, Center Stage! is finally being released on September 14th! Anyone who's read The Rock Star's Daughter will remember Allison Burch, Taylor's best friend and Todd's younger sister. Before Taylor's whisked away into her father's world of celebrity and luxury, she spends her summer days working with Allison at Robek's making smoothies in Los Angeles. But the girls have a bitter argument when Taylor's feeling homesick in Chicago. One of the most common questions I received from readers about The Rock Star's Daughter is, "Did Taylor and Allison ever become friends again?" The more I thought about Allison's plight, the more obvious it became that the best friend of a girl who suddenly becomes famous overnight might just have a story of her own to tell. I started…
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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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The Emma book – finally here!

The Tycoon's Daughter, wellness, Young Adult Fiction
I've been waiting and waiting and waiting to make this announcement for ages, and have been holding off until the book's been made available on Amazon as well as iTunes. The Tycoon's Daughter, aka The Emma Book, is finally available! You may remember the first mention of Emma in The Rock Star's Daughter, when Taylor wanders into a mall and finds comfort in seeing the familiar face of her high school adversary in a window display at a Hunter Lodge store. To all of her classmates at The Treadwell Academy, Emma appears to have everything a girl could want. She's gorgeous and filthy rich, and if that weren't enough, her father made her the face of the campaign for his iconic clothing brand. She's on the cover of Hunter Lodge's…
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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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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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Daze Off!

Young Adult Fiction
It is my pleasure to announce that I've contributed a story to Be Active Media's Beat Girl project on Wattpad! If you live in the UK, you've probably already heard about Beat Girl, because the movie opened in theaters in May. Beat Girl is the story of a girl named Heather whose life falls apart after her mom passes away unexpectedly. She loses her scholarship to study piano at Juilliard in New York, and has to live with her estranged dad and trouble-making younger half-brother. But life takes a strange turn when Heather tries her hand at spinning dance music. She's actually good--really good--and has to decide between pursuing her old dream and giving a new dream a shot. My story, Daze Off, is about a girl named Daisy Chatterjee…
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