The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer--Book Review

3/29/2013 0 Comments

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to read The Short Life of Bree Tanner. If you’ve read Stephenie Meyer’s last book in her Twilight series called Eclipse, you know then about Bree, right? At the end of the book Bree makes a brief appearance, and nothing is really said about her.  Well, this novella is about Bree and her life as a newborn vampire.

*Spoiler Alert*
Bree is a runaway teenager in Seattle, Washington who gets turned into a vampire when a good-looking stranger by the name of Riley, offers to feed her.  Bree ends up in a dark room with her, as Bree’s new coven is known to call Victoria because they don’t know her name or who she is. Victoria turns Bree to add to the army of newborn vampires she's creating so they can distract the Cullens while she goes after Bella and kills her.
Riley is the leader of this new coven and he keeps them ignorant.  Most of the newborns-except for Bree, Diego, and Fred-are idiots. Although I liked Diego’s character, I have to admit, I thought he wasn’t very smart with a decision he made.
Speaking of Diego, let’s talk about him for a minute . . .
At the beginning of this book Bree is out hunting with a couple of numbskulls from her coven. The third guy, though, Diego, is logical, considerate, and a thinker. At first Bree is suspicious of him because he’s actually talking to her and is nice (she’s not used to somebody being kind to her without having an agenda behind it).  But eventually she lets her guard down with Diego. They become “secret” friends because they don’t want anybody in the coven, especially Riley, to know.
It’s not safe.
Both Bree and Diego know Riley isn’t telling the group the truth about their new existence and what’s really going on.  However, despite knowing these things about Riley, Diego still feels some sort of loyalty towards him, which makes me want to slap him upside the head.  And due to this “bromance” Diego seems to secretly have going on with Riley, he makes a poor decision that frustrates me.
He should have listened to Bree.
Anyway, my favorite character is Fred. He has the special ability to repel people away from him by releasing an awful smell that makes people gag when they go near him. So nobody messes with him, including Riley. They leave Fred alone and because of that, Bree sits by Fred so nobody can harm her. Bree retches at times, but the smell doesn’t bother her after a while. Bree notices that Fred is observant and doesn’t trust Riley as well.
She’s right.
Towards the end of the book, Fred talks to her when their group prepares to take off and fight the Cullens. Fred hangs back, tells Bree he’s bailing and invites her to come along, offering to protect her as well. Of course, Bree doesn’t go because she wants to find Diego. Fred understands and tells Bree he will wait for her for one day.  He tells her the location and he hopes to see her soon.
And that is that.
Fred takes off because he’s a smart M-effer and Bree follows the group to her own death.
I knew what Bree’s fate would eventually be before I picked up this book, because I read Eclipse, but I wish she would have been spared. I liked her character. But it is what it is.  
I give The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, three stars because it was an okay book. I found it kind of mundane, and I didn't care for the abrupt ending. However, I’m glad I bought it and was able to meet this lone vampire and see her world through her eyes.


Cover Reveal

J.A. Huss who is the author of the I Am Just Junco series is coming out with another book called, Tragic—a new adult contemporary romance. Check it out.


Rook Walsh is TRAGIC

Because life so far – just sucks.  Some girls get parents.  Rook got the foster care system.  Some girls get Prince Charming.  Rook got an abusive frog.  Some girls get lucky…

Rook got a second chance.

And she took it.  Because when fate throws you a bone – you grab it with both hands and run.

Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she’s got The Look.  The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive TRAGIC media contract.

Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he’s everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn’t. Patient, gentle, happy, attentive, and sexy!  He knows exactly what to do to make Rook blush for Antoine’s portfolio.

Rook’s luck changes in an instant and suddenly she’s the darling of the modeling world.  It’s a dream job to go with a dream guy and all she has to do is look pretty and follow directions. But there’s always a price to pay – and Rook is about to get the bill.

TRAGIC is a new adult contemporary romance.

J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

Author links:


Book Feature

C. Warner-Thompson is the author of Purest Light: The Beginning (The Sacred Prophecies) Here’s the blurb:

When a brother and sister from a small village fall upon an angel, blessed with the ability to fly and conjure magic, they are thrown into a world beyond their understanding, and so begin to venture from their simple lives into a war between Light and Darkness. They come to realise that their lives were never mapped out as simple mortal destinies, but rather that of two warriors, with a fate to end the unseen suffering of the land.
Along the path that they decide to follow, they meet further Seraphim and others who offer their help, but not everything is gained; friends and family are lost. Their very souls and hearts, and that of their friends, are thrown into an aeon old war between Light and Darkness. Filled with feelings unknown to them, they must decide which element is to be superior and survive from their seemingly never ending task. 
Will they reach the edge of their world to restore the balance, or will they fall and be defeated by Darkness? 

Here’s C’s bio she personally sent me to share with you guys:
I was born in Shropshire in the West Midlands in 1991 where I am still currently living, growing up alongside one younger and three older brothers.

Books and writing was an interest that I began to develop from the first years of secondary school, and on my thirteenth birthday, I began to plan and design the idea to write a fantasy novel. I finished secondary school with high GCSE's and then went on into further education to study English and all aspects of art and design. After six years of writing, planning and overall editing of the book, it was successfully completed, containing over 82,000 words, and self published in the first week of 2011.

With high expectations in myself, I immediately began to write a second novel in the series, while keeping my art and design a part of the process. The achievement of completing the first novel 'Purest Light,' allowed the ideas of the second to flow much easier and it was completed by early 2012. As I was writing the third and final book, New Beginnings, at the same time, the series was finished by its publication in 2012/ 13.

Writing is now a part of my everyday and I have started on my newest project, Shadows, which is also planned to be the first of three. Only time will tell.


Writer’s Block

There are some people who say there’s no such thing as writer’s block, and they’ve never experienced it.

Good for them.

They’re lucky.

I wish I can say the same, but I can’t. And I have to disagree with them because I think every writer or 99.9% of them have experienced getting stuck at one point or another while writing their story. It can be minor or major to where parts of the story has to be rewritten. Thankfully, I haven’t yet experienced something that drastic, and I hope I never will. However, countless times I’ve had to deal with creative road blocks that halted me to a dead stop.

It sucks.

I hate it.

In fact, just recently one of those babies popped up, preventing me from moving forward. I was frustrated, especially when I read some authors could write 5,000 words a day or more.

What the hell?

Why couldn’t I write that fast?

What was wrong with me?

But then I took a step back.

I evaluated the situation and came up with the following answers . . .

1.) There are writers who don’t have a day job, so they can spend their days writing. Me on the other hand, has a day job and responsibilities I can’t escape. Those authors are lucky, and I’m happy for them. Right now, though, I’m not in that position, so I need to get over it.

2.) There’s nothing wrong with me, and I shouldn’t compare myself to others. We each have our own path in life. It’s not a race. I need to start focusing on my own work instead of others and what they’re doing.

3.) Do what I’ve always done when I get stuck writing my story: walk away, read, and go back to it later.

So I took my own advice and did those things, but honestly I was still annoyed. I wanted to continue writing, but nothing was coming to me.


What if I couldn’t finish The Devil’s Third? It’s the third book in my YA paranormal series.

I have to complete it.

I just have to.

People are already telling me they can’t wait to read it. I can’t let them down. And I don’t quit something I love.

I don’t.

But what the hell was I going to do?

How was I going to overcome this?

And then one day the answer came to me . . .

Write for yourself. You can always change it later. Don’t think about the readers or their opinions. Write what makes me happy and entertains me.

You know what?

It worked!

You know why?

The pressure was off. There was no looming expectations or the fear of ill opinions and bad reviews. It was just me now having fun with my characters and story.

Isn’t that how it should be?

Ahhhh, yeah.

Of course, I’m not going to lie. I’m sure my creative juices will get plugged up again, but at least now I’ll know what to do and follow my own advice.

The process is different for all of us.

Trust in it and above all trust in yourself.


Writing A Book Series

I’ve been asked more than once on how do I write a book series? It’s not that hard really. What you have to keep in mind, though, is remembering what you wrote in one book so you don’t contradict it in the next book(s). Also, after your first book, in the following ones, you need to put reminders of what happened in the first book and the important details in them. However, you should never do what I call “information dump.” What that means is don’t unload a bunch of information at once. It needs to be subtle. You can explain a few things in a paragraph but not everything. You can also have your character mention something another character has told her in the first book, to remind the reader about it. I did that with Paige in Dark Spirits when she thought of what Anwar told her in the first book, Beyond The Eyes. I also write notes on the side that I can refer back to and sometimes I read sections of the first book to refresh my memory.

I’ve been complimented more than once that each book, even though they're essentially the same story, has layers of other stories within the body of the main one, which adds flavor and depth to them.

For example, in Beyond The Eyes, the main character Paige has to deal with her emotions she’s harbored inside of herself for years. Yeah, she cries quite a bit, and there are some readers who were and will be put off by it. But she’s 17 and needs to deal with those emotions in order to move on. It also gives her room to grow, which she does. And then there’s her relationship with Nathan. I agree they fall in love rather quickly, but there is a reason for it, and Anwar mentions the reason towards the end of the book. I wrote it that way on purpose, and their romance is both sweet and hot. There are also love triangles and mystery–all in one book.

In Dark Spirits the reader will experience Paige’s growth and her speaking her mind to Nathan. They go through a rough patch, just like every relationship goes through. The love triangle continues, and the dark spirits plays a much bigger role in this second book. Paige also discovers abilities she never knew she had and is trying to adjust to being immortal.

I’m not trying to plug my books, I’m just trying to show you when you write a series, things need to progress towards the main plot, but instead of making it linear, there should be more than one thing going on.

The main plot in my series is Bael trying to obtain Solomon’s ring/power and incantations so he can control the dark spirits, create mass genocide, and become God in our world. Only one person can help him find and obtain this power–a 17 year old girl who is secretly lonely and sad and receives premonitions from a ghostly voice.

Right now, I’m writing The Devil’s Third. To me, this book has to be epic because everything that has happened in the first two has to tie into the third one where the main plot will come to an end. Honestly, I think this is the hardest book out of the two to write. I don’t want to half ass it so I can quickly finish this series and publish it. No. I think my readers deserve more than that, so I’m going to do the best I can to make this book rock.


Book Review On Eternal Service by Regina Morris

Vampires are one of my favorite paranormal creatures and honestly I would love to write a story about them. However, there are a gazillion books out there about vampires, and I didn’t want my book to be adrift in a sea of other similar tales. But then one day I came across Eternal Service, and I realized I was wrong. You can write a story about vampires that will out shine all the other ones, you just have to step outside the box, and that's what Regina did with Eternal Service. It’s about an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States.

At first I wasn’t sure I’d get into the story because I’m not fond of cop/CSI, type stories, but what won me over was this fresh new idea: vampires secretly working for the government. I had to read it, and Regina’s creative mind did not disappoint me.

Vampires have been protecting the President of the United States since Lincoln was assassinated. They form a special op team known as The Colony. It’s funded through the President’s Black Budget, and Congress is not even aware of its existence. They work covertly with the Secret Service as the presidential security.

Raymond Metcalf is a head of The Colony which is like a clan. He’s tall, dark, and handsome and once was a soldier in the Civil War.

Some of the vampires have special abilities. Raymond can read thought patterns. Raymond is an honorable man who had lost his beloved wife in childbirth over a century ago. She was human and had a son. Sterling is his name. He’s a half-breed: half vampire and half human. Purebred vampires, frown upon Sterling’s kind, which is another story in itself. But anyway, Raymond loves his wife Wilma dearly and stays in mourning for over a hundred years, living a lonely life–until he meets Alex.

Alex Brennan has been going to a therapist for quite a while. She was attacked years ago and since then Alex has had a hard time dating. She desperately wants to be in a loving, passionate relationship, but the guys she goes out with turns out to be a bunch of losers. The only thing Alex feels secure in is her career. Alex is a Captain in the military and a top-level security specialist. Her credentials are impressive: martial arts, field training, and she's the highest ranking sharp shooter in the military. Because of her skills and outstanding record, Alex is offered a job as Colony Director. She’s thrilled. When she walks into Dixon’s (the Colony Director she’ll be replacing) office for the interview, she meets Raymond. They are both immediately attracted to each other, but Raymond struggles with his feelings towards her for a while because of his fear of dishonoring the memory of his deceased wife.

One of the things I like about this story is when Dixon tells Alex about The Colony, and that she’ll be working with vampires. Alex’s reaction is totally realistic. Regina did a wonderful job with that. I like that she didn’t dump Alex’s feelings about these paranormal creatures all in one scene. Instead, it spills out into other chapters, adding to the story in just the right places.

The emotional walls Alex and Raymond have put up, begin to crumble. They give into their feelings for each other, but I have to warn you . . . there is sexual tension. I won’t spoil it for you, but I was surprised at how personal some scenes were, and I found myself frustrated at few–not in a bad way. Those scenes were justifiable and added to the character’s development.

By the way, the vampires in this creative tale can adjust their age through the amount of blood they drink, that’s how they blend in with society.

How cool is that?

I give this book 5 stars *****

If you’re into vampires and paranormal romance, I recommend this book. Eternal Service gives a fresh, and new twist to the world of vampires.


Guest Blog and Teaser by Author Regina Morris

Today author Regina Morris stops by to do a guest post on her vampire book called Eternal Service.

Vampires are one of my favorite paranormal creatures, and I know there are a lot of books out there on them, but Regina's story is nothing like I've encountered when it comes to these bloodsucking beings. I'm reading Eternal Service right now and will post a review on it in the near future.

Anyway, I'm handing the reins over to Regina, who will tell ya all about her book and is also kind enough to add a little teaser at the end of her post.

*steps back so Regina can have the floor*

Vampires. Is there no greater (or sexier) hero out there? Shape-shifters do catch my eye, but for me, vampires are the sexiest heroes in paranormal romances. I’ve always preferred the lighthearted romances compared with the darker stories. Put a misunderstood, lonely vampire in a novel that doesn’t want romance, or doesn’t know he wants it, and introduce a love interest that steams up the page? Yep. That’s a good story!

There are so many vampire novels out there to read. For me, what makes each one unique is their individual worlds. Some authors have their vampires unable to be in sunlight, some authors have their vampires dead all day, while others, like me, prefer vampires around 24/7.  It really is up to the author what vampire lore they want to keep for their stories. Plus, some authors throw in a twist to make their vampires even more unique. The vampires in my Colony series novels can alter their age based upon the blood they drink. A lot of blood daily, they're young. Wean off of the blood, they can be old. This comes in handy when you live multiple lives as federal agents protecting the presidents of the United States over the last 150 years.

My novel
Eternal Service is the first book in the Colony Series. This story follows the coven master, Raymond, who is a lonely individual with great responsibility. He has noble beliefs, but falls short. He’s a flawed character, and who doesn’t love that? His only friend is the token human of the group who is the human liaison between the team and the President. This human is retiring, thus the story introduces the love interest, Alexandra Brennan, who is the man’s replacement.  Raymond secludes himself from interacting with humans, especially female humans, but he is drawn to Alexandra. Will his heart or is mission be compromised? Alexandra has a past that haunts her and she’s un-trusting of men. Will she follow her heart or her career? Together, can they save the President?

Book #2 of the Colony Series, United Service, will be available in the fall of 2013. It is the story of Raymond’s half-breed son Sterling. Sterling is a modern-day vampire who clashes with his father’s antiquated ideals. Being the half-breed of the group, Sterling knows he’s the team’s weakest link and he hates it. Sterling jumps at an opportunity to do some field work rescuing kidnapped vampire children and is accompanied by a nanny of one of the kidnapped children. The nanny, Kate, is a purebred vampire. Can Sterling put behind his philandering ways and woo the lovely Kate? Will Kate accept the advances of a half-breed? Can they save the children from a religious cult who wants to kill them?

Book #3 of the Colony Series is called Enduring Service and will be available in 2014. Sulie (Raymond’s sister) has been in love with the same human man for nearly thirty years, but refuses to allow herself the joy of true love because her love is unrequited by her human boss, Dixon. As Dixon’s retirement looms near, and his memory of Sulie and the last thirty years of his life is about to be erased, does she confront her fear of intimacy and take a leap of faith before it's too late? Dixon has decided that it’s time to retire and enjoy what time he has left. When Sulie is kidnapped during a medical emergency, Dixon realizes that retirement means giving up everything, and everyone, he’s known for the last three decades. Will he risk his life, and his heart, to save her?

I’ve read many vampire romance novels and have discovered five critical elements that exist in the books that I love and read over and over again. When I began writing my novels I made sure that all of these elements made it into my books. First, I made my vampires not want for money. Who wants to read a story of a broke vampire who lives on the streets? I’d rather have them in a stately mansion that is exquisitely furnished. Secondly, the vampires are not loners. I wanted my vampires to work together in a group and have a close bond to one another. Third, I didn’t want blood to be an issue where they spend half the novel hunting humans. The Colony receives bagged blood from Uncle Sam. Fourth, I like when the vampires have a common enemy or goal. Lastly, I enjoy stories where there is some sort of ruling body governing the vampires. In my Colony series the Vampire Council arranges marriages, blood deliveries and much more for the vampires.

I have outlines for at least another three books in the Colony series and have outlined a YA mystery that I plan to release next year. If you visit my website ( you can connect with me in various social medias.
Here is a one page teaser from Eternal Service

Raymond smiled at Alex. It was a beautiful smile, not fake or forced. Alex could always tell when it’s real. His black colored eyes held the smile, not just his luscious, full lips. She noticed his hair was a bit damp, probably due to a last minute shower on his way over. His hair was parted tonight, and a curl of bangs hung lopsided onto his forehead. It gave him a Superman appearance. She always did like Superman.

Alex knew her pulse sped up as she took in the visual strip tease in her mind. She thought back to their earlier conversation. Humans and vampires could have sex together. Sex. She swallowed hard. She hadn’t thought of having sex with a man in a long time. Her heart sped up even faster. She wondered if he could hear it. If he did, he didn’t show it. He just sat sipping his wine, looking sexy as hell.

Her glass was in her hands, and she took a gulp of wine hoping to squelch the heat she was feeling. Instead it fueled the flame. Would sex with a vampire be different than with a human? If it was, she was betting it would be better. The sexual relationships she had in the past, if she could remember that far back, were moderately satisfying. Definitely not romance novel, page turning, steamy … but satisfying.

Blinking a few times, she realized she was staring at his crotch. Could she be more obvious? She knew in her heart that she was going to take this promotion. She couldn’t start a romance with a team member, it wasn’t professional. She wasn’t that type of woman. Plus, there was no guarantee that he was interested in her that way. He had treated her with nothing but respect.

His black eyes beheld hers, and her breath caught. The glass she held suddenly seemed slippery in her hands due to her now sweaty palms. He was clean shaven today. The last few days he had a scruffy, rogue look about him, which was a great look for him. Today, with not a whisker in sight, he looked down-right sinful.

Actually, the blackened eyes gave him a mysterious quality. Maybe she could be that type of woman? Perhaps an exception could be made this one time. She stared at his lips, wanting so desperately to taste them.

“Alex?” he asked.

Alex looked up, making eye contact. “What?”

“Are you okay? You’ve been quiet for several minutes.”


Here's where you can purchase Eternal Service:


A Continuation To My Previous Interview With Author Michelle Cohen Corasanti

Not too long ago, I had interviewed Michelle Cohen Corasanti who is the author of The Almond Tree. Michelle came back to answer a few more questions for us today.

What sport did you play as a younger person? Were you good at it?

I was a gymnast. I was horrible at it. For one thing, I’m way too tall. To be good you have to have your centre of gravity low to the ground. I have too much body to control in the air. Second, I’m not a risk taker so after ten years I still couldn’t do a back tuck. Third, my father is extremely competitive and would take movies of my gymnastic meets. Afterwards we would have to watch them and he would point out everything I did wrong. You can imagine that didn’t make the sport enjoyable for me.

I remember seeing a video of Nadia Comaneci’s perfect 10s performance at the Montreal Olympics. Prior to that performance, such a score had been deemed impossible, which is why that year’s Olympics scoreboard manufacturer had been instructed to make a 3, rather than a 4, digit display. 10.00 was simply not on the cards; Yet she scored it anyway, and the board showed 1.00. In order to win in the team event, Romania needed only an 8.00 from Comaneci. To this day I still wonder if they would have ended up in second place if my father had been one of the judges.

What would be the best piece of advice you would offer a new author?

A book isn’t about writing, it’s about rewriting and you need to have very thick skin. I came across an excellent blog post, , on the importance of rewriting, and the necessity of being a pachyderm when asking for the honest opinions of friends and family during the initial drafting stages. It begins with a quote from the great E.B. white; who is, sadly, no longer with us, and here it is:

"The best writing is rewriting".

The blog sums up White's theories on the subject very succinctly, and I feel that it really is a must-read for all literary neophytes.

Is routine important to you?

I may not have followed his exact routine but whenever I found myself in danger of losing an entire day to non-literary pursuits, I brought to mind Peter De Vries, who said “I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning”

Thank you for stopping by again to finish up your last interview. I will be reading your book in the near future, and I'm looking forward to it. :) .


Cover Reveal On Two Soon-To-Be-Released Books by Author J.A. Huss

Check this out you guys! J.A. Huss writes new adult sci-fi. I’ve already read her first two books in her I Am Just Junco series, and I plan on reading the rest of them as well. I’ve never got into sci-fi books, which is kinda weird because I do like sci-fi movies like Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, and so forth. I even like the old Star Trek shows, but reading science fiction was never for me–until I read Clutch. It’s the first book in J.A. Huss’ series. I think she has officially converted me to read in this genre.

But anyway, scroll down and check out these two books of hers coming out. Both book covers are awesome. I love them. J.A. Huss amazes me with how thorough and quick she is to churn out such great material. Now go stare with me because this stuff is definitely stare-worthy.

 I am Not Junco - Range by J. A. Huss

I Am Not Junco, Book 4
by J. A. Huss 
 Release date: April 1, 2013

 I am Not Junco - Range by J. A. Huss

Two years have passed since Inanna stole Junco away from Lucan. Two years of unimaginable pain. Two years of isolation, mutilation and torture. Two years of fear and loneliness in a morph tank. And that’s not something you just get over, even if you are psycho-assassin, Junco Coot.

Now Junco has to learn to live with the consequences. Her Siblings are suspicious and angry, half her team is dead, Tier is wreaking death and destruction, Lucan is holding his secrets close, and she is spiraling out of control.

There is only one partnership that matters anymore – only one person she will trust and take direction from – and only one way out of the Hell she’s been sentenced to.

Junco is tired of fighting and death. She’s had enough and this time she means to end it – once and for all.

 I am Not Junco - Range by J. A. Huss

 I am Not Junco - Range by J. A. Huss
 I am Not Junco - Range by J. A. Huss



 I am Not Junco - Range by J. A. Huss

The Magpie Bridge
A Tier Novella
I Am Not Junco Book 4.5
by J. A. Huss
 Release date: April 1, 2013

Raubtier Aves, 039-1, a.k.a TIER

Son of Lucan
Ranking Officer of the Avian military
And devoted to Junco, no matter what

Tier was left with one specific order and he’s not about to screw it up. He might lose all his allies, his brothers, his shot at defeating the High Order, and his own Eternal Salvation - but he’s willing to risk it all to keep one small girl alive.

Tier reveals his part in the epic tale of The Seven Siblings, spilling secrets and motivations that will leave you breathless and wanting more.  The Magpie Bridge paves the way for the final installment in the new adult Series, I Am Just Junco.  The final book in the Junco Epic, RETURN, will be released on December 2, 2013.

 I am Not Junco - Range by J. A. Huss

 I am Not Junco - Range by J. A. Huss


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J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.