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Sweet Treats for your brain

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Usually this day is not all that busy for me. I mean, I eat candy, I go out to dinner, the hubs and kids are extra sweet to me…but work-wise, not so much.

I’m making up for that this year!

I’ve got a story in two anthologies this V-day – both of which I volunteered to format. (So, if the formatting on your copy/copies sucks, let me know!!)

IN HIS EYES is an anthology from the Indelibles.

My short story in IHE is called Surprise, Surprise and it’s about Melody and Raleigh from the Zellie books and what happens when they go on their first real date. It’s cute and super romantic and I had a great time getting into the Zellie world again. All of the stories in IHE are written from a male character’s point of view, so you all get to know a bit more about what’s going on in Raleigh’s head.

I really dig writing these spin-off stories and you can expect more of them. The next full-length novel set in the Zellie world takes place more than a decade after where Glow left off – so I’ve got a lot of years to cover and a lot of short stories to tell.

You can get IN HIS EYES free at Smashwords and for 99 cents at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. (We were hoping it would go free everywhere by V-day, but alas, it hasn’t happened. Still, 16 stories for 99 cents ain’t so bad!)

The other anthology is Death By Chocolate.

The short story I have in DBC is called Back in Time and it’s actually pretty long – the length of a Day of Sacrifice story. Here’s the blurb:

Nothing in Aurelia Lemon’s life is turning out how she’d planned. She’s unemployed, unattached, and her family bakery is on the verge of closing. To make matters worse, the guy she dumped in high school is doing well and getting rich off of one of her departed mother’s recipes. It would take a miracle to right everything she’s done wrong. Or maybe just a phone call and the chance to go Back in Time.

It was such a fun story to write – so much so that it’s the first in a new short story series. I love time travel stories and characters getting to right past wrongs – the genre lends itself to many shenanigans. (If they’re written by me – not so many shenanigans in Time Traveller’s Wife.)

Death By Chocolate is available for $2.99 at Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

(Smashwords is being a PITA and not loading – I’ll add the links when it’s working again.)

Lastly, I wanted to tell y’all about a book NOT written by me!  My fellow PacNWYAer, Laura Elliott has a new book coming out soon!  She’s doing a little cover reveal and giveaway today to celebrate the holiday.


TRANSFER STUDENT is a science fiction Freaky-Friday romance/adventure about two normal teenagers struggling to survive high school and deal with their parents… typical rites of passage. The twist? One teen is an alien from the planet Retha. In a galactic teleporting experiment gone wrong, Ashley, a Beverly Hills High surfing fashionista, and Rhoe, the biggest geek on planet Retha, swap lives. Only by surviving life as their biggest nightmare do Ashley & Rhoe discover their dreams. How far would you go for someone you love?


To enter to win all you need to do is tweet this & follow my blog Laurasmagicday: Nothing says #ValentinesDay like an alien #romance! TRANSFER STUDENT Cover Reveal! #TransferStudent #teenreads #kindle http://laurasmagicday.wordpress.com/

The first 100 tweets/followers win!


Giveaways include free ebooks of TRANSFER STUDENT, Amazon gift cards & weekly surprise gifts that are out of this world! TRANSFER STUDENT RELEASE DAY: MARCH 20th

Got all that? 🙂 I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and at the very least eat too much chocolate and read some great books.




What’s for dinner and #ROW80 update

I’m supposed to be making dinner because I vowed to start making all of our meals so that we didn’t eat so much processed food, but I kinda wish I had a bag o’ taquitos in the freezer at the moment.  I’m sure the kids, and my husband for that matter, would rather have those than the chicken breast and salad I have planned.  I know, I know, I’m not a short order cook. (Not anymore, at least)  I’m also not the type of person who enjoys throwing perfectly good chicken breast in the trash.  Our dog Chief has been eating well lately. 🙂

I hadn’t planned on writing a ROW80 update today because I don’t really have anything to report.  I did finally deal with all of the Zellie business, adding them to Google Books today, so that’s out of the way.

I read over the DoS stories again to make more notes for Takeover and will start putting words on the page for it tomorrow.  After I finished the note taking, I uploaded the stories to Smashwords and Barnes and Noble again because I’d found a few typos and my website address was still the old one.  I’ll do Kindle after dinner, as it aggravates me the most and I’ll require sustenance.

So, look, it’s like week three of ROW80 and I haven’t even started working on what I’m supposed to be working on.  I’m not worried, although I am making an addendum to my goals.

A super freaking exciting addendum! (What, they can to be exciting!)

Takeover starts tomorrow.  It gets worked on every day for an hour.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’ll be writing the pilot script for Glimpse.

I’ve had a bit of luck.

My friend that is the head of my local community theatre is  an Assistant Director on films.  She also used to AD television shows. (Ever heard of the X-files?)  Anyway, we went out for frozen yogurt the other night and I was hoping that she could give me some tips on how to write a television script. I’ve written plays, but it’s not the same.

The conversation went even better than expected.  Not only did she give me some tips, but she made the idea of my wanting to do this whole tv thang seem plausible.  She’s going to read my script and help me make sure it’s up to par AND she’s going to help me with finding a production company.

It’s like I have an agent, except she lives down the street from me and our kids get together for playdates.  I’ve officially kicked that funk from a few weeks back in the ladyballs (that’s for you Vicki) and I don’t expect to see it for a while!

Okay, time to make chicken and salad.  I’m sure if I bribe the kids with one of my emergency gummy worms I can get them to eat a few bites.  Whatever works, people.


Grumble, grumble and #ROW80 update

Let’s get the update I’ve been putting off all day out of the way first. 🙂

I have yet to write a word on Takeover.  This is really annoying me, but I have other things I have to finish first.

Grumble, grumble…

I’m having massive problems getting the Zellie trilogy formatted for Kindle.  I have no idea why, I’ve done this a bazillion times and didn’t even have this much trouble the first time!

I’ve tried to copy it to Open Office and it won’t let me copy it. I’ve saved it as a webpage (my second choice for HTML) and none of my scene breaks are sticking.  If you’ve ever read any of my books, you know that the scene breaks are pretty important! 🙂

Ima just about to rip all my hair out.

Also, Facebook is all screwed up and I can’t comment on anything.  Did I break the internet again?


If you would like to purchase an e-book copy of the Zellie Wells trilogy, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble were nice to me and published them without repeatedly kicking me in the ladyballs.

Grumble, grumble…


This place about to GLOW

I’ve had that stuck in my head for the past few days, so I had to use it somewhere. 🙂

In twenty-four hours I will be on the beach sitting in front of a bonfire with a beer in one hand and my kindle in the other. Time, it’s time to get a move on!

Phew!  Let me tell you, when indie authors talk about how hard it is doing everything yourself, this is the kind of week they are referring to.

Glow is out!  Go forth and find out how it all ends. 🙂 Right now, it’s up on SmashwordsBarnes and Noble and Amazon. It will also be on All Romance ebooks  soon.  And Apple, Kobos, Sony…all of those places! I’m just waiting for Smashwords to have free ISBN’s again.

All of my books will also be for sale as e-books at Powell’s Books in the near future. Probably no one outside of Portland cares about this, but, for me, having my books at Powell’s is kind of a dream.  If you ever get a chance to physically visit Powell’s City of Books, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  A book nerd could straight get lost in there for days.

I took a little trip over to my local Powell’s yesterday to find out how one goes about getting their books on Powell’s site. I got attacked by black birds on the way into the store, which was a first! Anyways, turns out it’s easy.  All I have to do is go through Google books.  I got a little bit of a ‘tude when I asked the cashier about e-books and referred to myself as an author. But I also bought eight used paperbacks, so she can’t blame me for singlehandedly killing their business.

The birds also attacked me on the way out of the store. I used the paperbacks to fend them off.

In other e-book news, Smashwords is having a big ol’ sale.  Day of Sacrifice is free with coupon code SSWSF and The Toilet Business is discounted to $1.75 with coupon code SSW50.

Also, here are two new indie reader sites to peruse over the weekend – Breakthrough Bookstore and IndieAuthorRockstar. My books are up on Breakthrough and I’ve submitted Glimpse to be a contender on Indie Author Rock star.  Alas, it wasn’t picked for this month, but this is only the first round.  Lots of great books were chosen.  I have no idea which one I’m going to vote for!

Besides all of the book craziness this week, I also got to sit in on my SIL’s c-section yesterday and help her welcome her new son, Luke.  I got to hold him first!  It was awesome.  He yowled for twenty minutes straight.  My SIL and I were like, “Oh crap! I forgot how loud they can be!” Of course, when I went to visit today, he slept the whole time and was a perfect little angel. 🙂

I hope everyone in the States has a great holiday weekend! I have a couple more things planned before I head to the coast. Cleaning my disaster of a house will not be one of them.

I’ve got to help my sister lift her new 300 lb etching press onto a table this evening and then tomorrow, I’m taking my niece to see Monte Carlo. (And, yes, I picked the movie. Finn from Glee is in it, people!)


Happy Father’s Day and #ROW80

First off, I’d like to say happy Father’s Day to my husband, Rob, my dad, Denny, my BIL, Jason, and my FIL, Chuck.  All are great dad’s and cool dudes. 🙂

P.S. I’m glad dad bought steaks to grill today because I just checked on the chicken and it’s still frozen solid. (Our beer fridge is kept too cold for defrosting.) Also, his present will most likely arrive tomorrow. Daddy Day fail, Stacey!

ROW80: While I waited for Sarah to finish editing Glow, I put all my books up on All Romance ebooks.  So, if you like to get books from there, you can now get mine!  Hurrah! I’m happy to have another outlet to sell my books and have unfortunately found another place to buy books. 🙂  My TBR pile is crazy, yo.

After I get the edits today, I’ll spend the evening fixing stuff and probably rewriting a few scenes and then get it ready to send to the betas tomorrow.

That’s all on the writing front.  I’m off to go power defrost some chicken legs and spend the afternoon with the fab men in my life.

Have a good one.

Brought down by a smiley face

There’s a lovely review of Glimmer by Michelle from Indie Paranormal Book Reviews up on her blog right now.  It’s great to have Michelle review your books, because not only is she fair, but she’ll tell you if she finds any typos or formatting issues.

She found one typo in Glimmer (score!).  I had written the word crowd as crowed.  I always wonder what was going on in my head when I make a typo like that.  I mean, it’s not as if I was trying to spell mesothelioma or something.  Crowd.  Was it, like, five in the morning and the kids were distracting me? Had I not cracked my first diet cola for the day? Or did I just have a huge brain fart?  I have been known to spell my own name wrong on occasion.  The other day I had to write a check for $11.50 and I spaced on how to spell eleven. 

Yeah.  Maybe I’m over sharing.

Michelle also told me about a minor formatting issue that I’m surprised other people haven’t complained about.  Apparently, in the letters that Zellie and Avery write back and forth to each other all the smiley face emoticons come off as question marks or question marks in boxes.

In a million years it would never occur to me that that would happen.  So,  if you’re awesome like me and have smiley face emoticons in your manuscript remember to turn off the Auto Correct on your emoticons.

Something tells me Jess C Scott never had this particular problem. 🙂

Crowd and 🙂 are all fixed in the Smashwords and Barnes and Noble versions of Glimmer.  I’m getting my energy up to go deal over at Amazon.  Since I just changed the descriptions on all of the DoS stories over there, I’m sure they love me and my weekly reuploading of my books.  Hmm.  Maybe at some point I’ll annoy them enough to get the KDP phone number!  If I do, I’ll make sure to share. 🙂

Do the Hustle and #ROW80 update

Happy Sunday!  This is our next to last ROW80 check-in for this round?  Man, that flew by!

I haven’t done any writing since the beginning of the week, but I have been doing a lot of editing and formatting.  Dormant is up on Smashwords and Barnes and Noble now. It’s still publishing on Amazon. Hopefully it will be up by tomorrow.

Also, check out this interview I did over at Lara Dunning’s blog.  I definitely get interviewed about Glimpse and Glimmer more often, so it was nice to answer some DoS questions.  I actually had to think about my answers. 🙂

That’s it for today. I’m recovering from staying up way past my bedtime at a disco birthday party last night.  I taught a bunch of people how to do the Hustle, which should illustrate what a good time I had.  I am looking forward to doing nothing the rest of the day, that is after I wash the entire bottle of hairspray I used out of my Jacyln Smith hair-do.

Chello and #ROW80 update

So, I may have panicked.  I thought I needed the rest of March off, but what I really needed was to not be accountable to anyone but myself for a week.  Apparently, that makes me get my act together.  Hmmm.  I told you all I would rebel against ROW80 eventually, whether I wanted to or not!

I finished Dormant yesterday after writing an awesome 5,508 words on Monday.  I used Focus Booster, which is basically a timer, and it somehow tricks your brain into writing. (Or getting other tasks done, but like I’m going to use it for cleaning.  I still have to have an excuse to get out of that.)

I’ve left Dormant alone for a day, so my goal for today is to read through it, fix minor things like typos or weird sentences and then send it to Sarah.  As for the rest of the week, I’m taking a bit of writing time off, but I have Glimmer typos to fix and then I’ll re-upload it to all the various platforms.  I might even fix the paperback too while I’m at it.

Yesterday, Day of Sacrifice got a lovely review from Lara Dunning on her blog.  You can check it out here.  She’ll also be reviewing Rebellion sometime this week and on Sunday she’ll post an interview with me as well as a giveaway.

On another note, have you all read Lori Brighton’s story, Wild Passion, in Kiss Me, Kill Me?  Well, I loved it! Therefore, I am super stoked that Wild Desire is free on Amazon and B&N right now!  Who knows why (she doesn’t) or for how long, so if you’re a fan, I’d snap that freebie up!  Wild Desire is the second book, but the first book Wild Heart is only $3.19 on Amazon.  Deals are swell.

That’s all I’ve got to report for today.  Tonight I’m going to see The Adjustment Bureau.  I have to admit that 85% of my excitement at seeing it has to do with Matt Damn in that hat.  Ooh, lawdy.

Oh, the things I will do.

They’ve put my Top Ten Things On My Bucket List post up at Reading Teen.  At first I thought I was going to have a hard time coming up with ten things I really wanted to do, but it was so not a problem. 🙂 

Reading Teen is a site for teens and I’m not sure they’re all that interested in what some old lady like me still wants to do in her life.  In the end, I knew they would be able to tell if I made up stuff just to sound younger.  So, check out my Tens list.  It includes goats, manual transmissions, and ABBA.

Playlist, Glitter Cannon, and #ROW80 update

Today’s Glimpse blog tour stop is at Emily’s Reading Room.  She’s put up the playlist of songs that I listened to a lot when writing Glimpse or songs that remind me of Glimpse.  I don’t know about you all, but music really helps me write and I have songs that represent each character and couple. 

I’ve even found a Ke$ha song that is SO Zellie and Avery I know I’m going to have it on repeat while I write the last big scene in Glow.  Okay, so Ke$ha was awesome.  She actually sang, was probably drunk, and pranced around the stage looking much like myself when I do my interpretive dance to Total Eclipse of the Heart. Rad.  I would totally hang out with her.  The best part of the show was when she strapped on a glitter cannon and sprayed the audience.  Um, glitter cannon has moved to the top of my birthday wish list, I’ll tell you what.

My ROW80 update is pretty thin so far this week.  I wrote the final blog post for the blog tour on Sunday.  That be my update.  I’ve been doing a lot of this:

And dealing with a lot of this:

Those are my kids.  The boy has been sneaking into the backyard and digging mud pits with the pitchfork I use to turn the compost pile.  Messy and smelly!  The girl has thankfully not followed him and joined in yet, but she can be found in the bathroom eating toothpaste out of the tube most  afternoons.

I have been thinking about Glow bunches and know what I’m doing next.  I need to cut out parts of two scenes, save them for later, and refill the hole.  Because the next trilogy will be about Ben, there has to be set up throughout Glow and I’ve jumped the gun on a major Ben plot point.  Also, my stakes for Zellie were too high, then not high enough, and now I have figured out a way to make the stakes just right. 🙂  At some point this week I actually hope to implement these ideas.  Ha!

Hope your mid-week is going well and if it’s been as cray-cray as mine that we all get a chance to simmer down!