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Time for a little reality

reality check ahead


So, I’ve been working on Reality Check, the companion to Rain Check for months now.  Months and months of sitting at my computer and willing my fingers to bleed words out onto the keyboard.  Words that never come.  I’ve come to the conclusion that it is just not the right time yet.  The book is plotted out and it’s a good story, but it is just not coming together right now, and that’s ok.  I have a gorgeous cover for it, just waiting for the right time to be revealed.  But that time is not now, so I’ve decided that I am going to shelve that project.  Not for good, I still want to write it, but I need to do it at the right time.  And right now is the time for a different story.  One that has been sitting at the back of my mind for a while and not letting me alone.

I met with my friends and fellow InDiva authors Jennifer Miller and Cora Brent today and as we got to talking I realized that it’s ok to put Reality Check on hold and write the story that is begging to be told right now.  So that is what I am doing.  I’m excited for this little change in plans, and I hope that the readers and fans who’ve been waiting for Reality Check are understanding of the delay.  I could force myself to finish writing it right now, but I don’t want to put out something that isn’t a quality I expect from myself.  Reality Check WILL happen, and you’ll get to read Wren’s story…  Just not yet;) Meanwhile I have some big plans to have this other shiny book out to you this spring.  I’ll be sure to update about that soon.  <3 <3 <3

Cover Reveal- Gravel Ghost by Charyse Allan

I am so excited!  My friend Charyse has a book coming out very soon, and today she is releasing her cover.  Her very awesome cover to go with her very awesome book.  I was lucky enough to read it.  It rocks.  You should check it out, then go add it to your goodreads:D

Gravel Ghost
Gravel Ghost Series Book #1
By- Charyse Allan
Genre- YA Thriller
Expected Publication Date- December 16th, 2014
Seventeen-year-old Payton Morros is a killer. Adopted as a child, and groomed into the profession by her new parents, she longs for a normal life. But lethal assassins at the top of their game can’t exactly quit their day job. Her only escape from her predetermined destiny is spending time with her best friend Conner, if only for a little while.
When Payton is sent to Chile for an assignment, she discovers a devastating truth that challenges everything she knows about herself and her family. Abandoning the mission, and on the run, she must unravel the secrets of her past before she loses all sense of herself. Or worse, before she jeopardizes everyone she cares about.

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Chapter 1 excerpt

I’ve been playing around on Wattpad and discovered I can embed a cool little excerpt thingie from there.  So, I figured why not share part of the first chapter of Rain Check here?

I plan to put the first chapter of Sound Check on Wattpad soon and will share it here as well.  But until then, look at how technologically advanced I am!!!  ;)

And then the clouds parted…

clouds parted

On Sunday I went out to dinner and a movie with Jennifer Miller.  We saw The Maze Runner, which you should really see, because it was great.  And you should read the book too.  Read the book and then see the movie, and then thank me.  You’re welcome.  But anyway, we went out.  At dinner, we ordered breakfast foods because that is what you do at IHOP and we got to talking about how we were both just STUCK with our current writing projects and couldn’t seem to move forward with them.  As we were talking we had the realization that somehow we were approaching our writing differently than we had in the past, and we suddenly knew what we had to do to get back on track.  It was like the answer just slapped us in the faces.  We were so excited.  The clouds parted and a rainbow appeared over our waffles.

benedict cumberbatch rainbow

Everything was right in the world again.

So, today, we got together again and began doing things the way we do them.  See, Jennifer and I need to plan shit out.  We need to sit down and hash out in detail what is going to happen in our books.  So, that is what we did.  We planned out the next few chapters in specific detail, down to the conversations that will be had.  We were joined by our new friend Cora Brent, you may have heard of her.  She’s pretty cool and one of my new favorite writer peeps.  :)

best friends

By the time we left breakfast this morning we had direction, and purpose and were READY to write.  Basically, it’s time to rock this.  Prepare yourself for the awesome.

totally awesome

P.S.  I kinda love gifs…  I might be using them a lot from now on.

September 23, 2014 - 9:39 pm

Vanessa Strickler - Hi Gypsy, so glad you guys got your mojo back.
Here’s to waffles, rainbows and gifs. Rock out!

Love ya, Vanessa

October 18, 2014 - 9:41 pm

Amy Kehl - Awesome

Writing is Hard- as told by the cast of Supernatural



I’ve been writing.  Or rather, trying to write…  But lately, writing is hard.

I had this new idea for a new book.  And It was AWESOME.  I was so excited, and I planned the whole thing out.  I made Jennifer Miller sit down with me so I could plot it all out, and by the time we were done we were like this.


It was going to be awesome.  It was going to be AMAZING.  It was going to have more Jonah, and Wren, and a few glimpses of Avery and Gabe.  There were going to be shenanigans and crazy happenings.  There was going to be a hot guy, in a band.  It was perfect.

And then I started writing it.  And suddenly it wasn’t perfect anymore.  It was…  it was…  well.  It sucked.


So.  I shelved it for a bit.

It didn’t take long for me to have a new shiny idea.  The kind of shiny idea that will make a deep, dark, intense read.  The kind of shiny idea that was the complete opposite of the other one I had been working on.  It was going to be brilliant.  It would be a masterpiece.  People would UGLY CRY while they were reading it.  It was going to be beautiful, sweet torture to read.


So, once again I plotted it all out.  I spent hours making notecards and planning out pivotal scenes.  But when it came time to sit and write, my characters were silent.

They could not be bothered to speak.


I tried to force the words to come…  But, it didn’t work.


I’ve been taking it all in stride…  Obviously.


After two failed attempts at starting a new story, what’s a girl to do?  Well, clearly the only answer is to keep going forward.  I have dusted off an old bit of story that I saved a while back.  Something about it is speaking to me.  I think it may just be the one I’m supposed to be writing next.

It’s time to pour another cup of coffee.


There’s work to be done.