Award-Winning Novel

I was excited to learn this week that my debut 24 Hours of the Phoenix was a 2019 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE® AWARDS (NIEA) Finalist in the "Thriller" category! When you realize that 1000+ novels entered this 13th annual contest, you can humbly brag. What's more, it's not everyday that you [...]
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Second-Person Point of View in Fiction

First off, happy new year to everyone! I hope you all had a bit of joy and a lot of champagne—or vice versa. And second, I wanted to share a small piece of writing I'd worked on a little over a year ago which my current reading—An Anonymous Girl, by [...]
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What’s Behind the Cover?

Some say, "Don’t judge a book by its cover." Right, sure. Well, maybe you don’t, or more likely maybe you shouldn’t. Except you do. At least I do. (Feel free to throw the book at me. Pun intended.) To be fair, it’s a part of my choosing process: when I [...]
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Exciting News for Phoenix

I barely hit the "publish" button on a post stating a "disheartening release" and some mistakes I'd made when, as if on cue, as if to prove me wrong, as if to cheer me up, I received two emails as unexpected and reinvigorating as could be. The first one was [...]
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Mid-November News

Yes, we’re there, at this time of year where hundreds of thousands of established or aspiring authors are immersed in their next projects for a whole month of intense writing. I'm participating for the first time, and after debating with myself about the different options I had—one of which being [...]
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The Light We Lost, by Jill Santopolo

Reese Witherspoon has a way to pick great and original books, stories that transport you elsewhere, and I've hardly ever been disappointed by her selection. I certainly wasn't with this one. The story: He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he [...]
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Phoenix’s Countdown

I’m keeping them here as an archive and in case they give someone else an idea; here’s what I did on Facebook and Instagram in the weeks/days that led to release day.

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, by Robert Dugoni

Don't you love it when every time you finish a book, you think, "Okay, this one is my new favorite book!" Well, in spite all all the wonderful novels I've read this year alone, this one is my new favorite book. I won't be able to read half as much [...]
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Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

OH. MY. GOD. What. A. Dazzling. Masterpiece. The story: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But [...]
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