Thursday, July 24, 2014

In the Desert Playlist

Some of the tunes I listened to while writing In the Desert.

Franz Ferdinand // The Fallen
Who // Going Mobile
Pink Floyd // Fearless
Jane's Addiction // Strays
The Distillers // Gallows is God
Tom Petty // Learning to fly
Fiona Apple // Not about love
Ben Cocks // Your Firefly
Jetta // Start a Riot
Eagles of Death Metal // Solid Gold
Led Zeppelin // Misty Mountain Hop
Lorde // Glory & Gore
Queens of the Stone Age // I sat by the ocean

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Road Trippin'

Even though I'm back home, I'm still feeling inspired by the wind in my hair and the stereo cranked after an epic road trip (though with slightly more direction and less drama than Brighton and Alex's adventure.) 

Happy Summer! 

In The Desert

Friday, July 18, 2014


Feeling like a freebird. 

Life, lately, feels like a Tilt-a-Whirl: exhilerating, topsy-turvy, unnerving, the glimpse of a vista from the heights, and the coasting ahhh as I dip and bob back up. Incredible really, as it should be. In the last few weeks I've traveled coast-to-coast, realized dreams, questioned some, and stood resolutely (and barefoot) on a mountain top, and in the sand as waves crashed around my ankles, the sun like crushed-crystal sparkling in the water. I've laughed and cried, gained and lost. It's been beautiful and tremendous and ground breaking

As the dust begins to settle, I see the path that has brought me to this moment, with more clarity than ever. Inhale. Exhale. In exactly one month, the novella, Mirrored, the follow-up to In the Desert (Book 2 in the Follow your Bliss series) hits bookshelves. I didn't have to give a kid with blistering acne and the only the hint of reflection behind dull eyes a couple tickets for this ride. I'm on it, willfully, buckled in, hands aloft. Whee! 

An aside, those were my favorite sunnies and they broke the other day. Boo hoo. 

With that in mind, I'm revving up for the Mirrored launch with 3 goodies:

1. I'm giving away a digital copy of In the Desert on Grown Up Fan Girl along with a guitar pick necklace and a couple other surprises. 

2. Surfaced, the short-story novella companion for To the Sea (Book 1 in the Follow your Bliss series) is FREE on Amazon all weekend. 

3. The second chapter of In the Desert is up on Wattpad for your reading pleasure. 

I'd love to hear from you, find out what you're liking about the Follow your Bliss series, what you want more of, or talking about books in general. What's on your summer reading list? What story do I have to happily lose an afternoon to while lounging on the beach? Do tell! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Penned Mobile
When I started out on this writing journey, I just had a mechanical pencil (they stay sharp!) and a notebook. Over time, I click-clacked away, translating my stories into word docs on my laptop, and then ultimately into tightly formatted pdfs, epub files, etc. Don't ask me, I still don't know what those acronyms mean, but I do know that they help get my work into the hands of readers—connecting and weaving our narratives together being the purpose of this endeavor and all.

More recently I've also been introduced to some other mediums, like the app, Penned. It is not at all obscure in its meaning.

To borrow from the site:

tell your story

Read & Share Fiction, Truth and Opinion

  • Compose 2000 word stories on your iPhone
  • Create chapters to form a book or blog
  • Read & follow other writers
  • Comment & share
Don't mind if I do!

Sonia Chopra (PR) contacted me recently and asked me try Penned out, and boy howdy, am I glad I did! Penned is the brainchild of CEO Brian Sanders, and it is a writer's dream, in that the interface is EASY-peasy, and the community is wonderful!

I added the first chapter of my recently released rock-n-romance In the Desert. Navigating the how-to was simple on my iPhone and discovering and bookmarking stories that I'd like to read is no trouble at all.

Writers and readers, I recommend you check out Penned!

Friday, June 20, 2014

In Between Seasons Cover reveal!

This month has been mondo for author friends revealing the beautiful cover art for their new releases. Today I'm excited  to share with you Cassandra Giovanni's 

In Between Seasons... 

cover reveal
Brown paper package with torn section  

Check. It. Out. 

  Attractive young woman near tree trunk  

COMING JULY 31, 2014

From Show n'ot Tell Publishing


In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell into ruins. Years after The Fall, the Tribes that were established are still at war. They still fight to keep what they pillaged, and most of all, they fight to keep their lies a secret. In a world filled with deception, nothing is as it seems. I was born into this world. Hunter Marks was molded into this world; a General— a person cold and harsh. A person meant to kill me. We were told to just believe. We were taught to never question. We’re supposed to be robots, and accept our roles in this altered society. Too bad Hunter and I don’t follow the rules. And we’re a hell of a lot stronger than they ever thought possible. They’ve been searching for the world’s deadliest weapon. It’s me. And I’m not following the leader any more.
about the author

Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England their dogs, Bubski and Kanga. Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.
Cover Design: Gio Design Studios
Photography: Alex Kotlov via iStock

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A special thanks to Cassandra for sharing this with us; the cover is stunning. I can't wait until July when I'm at the beach, reading the first in this series!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In the Desert // Launch Day // Summer Reads Giveaway

Not only is this a giveaway, but you can get your very own copies of Rough Waters, In the Desert, and Somewhere only we Know, TODAY; it's a book birthday!

Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Age Group: New Adult
Available at Amazon for Kindle and paperback. 


Twenty-year-old fiery film student Brighton Holmes knows exactly what she wants: an epic adventure on the open road in her late father’s 1969 Chevelle, alone. Her quest is to visit all fifty states and find a place to call home.

When a family friend asks for a favor, UK rocker in recovery, Alex Stihl, joins her on the road trip, stirring up trouble; the last thing she needs. It doesn’t help that he has a mob of fans and a crazy ex-girlfriend tailing his every move.

Brighton and Alex clash as they cruise out of New York, she grows resigned in the rolling hills of Amish country, and he crashes hard in a hotel on the edge of the Smoky Mountains. While Brighton seeks a place to wash her mind of the past, Alex dodges reminders of heartbreak.  

They both try to escape everything they have in common: heartache, loss, and confusion about what’s next. But the magic of New Orleans unites Brighton and Alex as they fight desperately for the other until the stars in the desert sky lead them to discover exactly what they’re resisting and missing.

When they reach the Oregon coast, Brighton uncovers her musical talent, bringing them closer together and helping her reconcile losing her father. But the trip comes to an end when they arrive in Los Angeles. Real life intervenes, splitting them apart; she moves into her new off-campus apartment and he has to return to his band.

After the semester begins, Brighton tries to shake her mind loose from Alex, but the memory of his sexy voice, rainy day eyes, and the miles they shared stays with her like a song stuck in her head. Six months later, when his band returns to Los Angeles for a concert, the compass of her heart finally leads her home.

The short author bio:
Deirdre Riordan Hall is the author of upper young adult and new adult fiction. She spends her days with her family, writing (what else?!) at the custom-made desk her husband crafted, or seaside, pretending to be a mermaid. Click here for the long author biography.  

Enter to win some summer reads swag from three authors (Cheyanne Young, Nikki Godwin, and moi!) the swag packs include three signed books, 3 bags of goodies, which equals three times the fun!

Check it out!

A signed copy of Rough Waters (if winner hasn't read book 1 in the series, I will provide them with a copy.)
A shell necklace + shell bracelets.
A beach tote. 
Bookmarks related to the series (both current books.)

In the Desert by Deirdre Hall swag pack includes:
A guitar pick necklace, similar to an item in the story.
A bookmark.
A signed paperback copy of In the Desert.
An In the Desert button/badge.

Cheyanne's Swag Pack includes:
Signed paperback copy of Somewhere Only We Know
Lucky Feather Sparkle Ring (Similar to the ring in the book)
Sachhi Bookmark w/words that relate to the two main characters


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Want to read more? Check out book one: To the Sea and two: Surfaced in the Follow your Bliss series; they can be read in order or stand-alone. 

*Giveaway open to US readers only.