“Hunter” Chapter 3 of “Blood Thieves” is Here!

I’m really excited for where this new adult urban fantasy story is going AND for the introduction of this special character.

Story vibes in gifs:

Chapter 1:

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Chapter 2:

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Chapter 3:

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Check the story out on Wattpad!

“With long snaking roads enshrouded by dense woodland and only smatters of clarity along the rolling hills, the beautiful countryside of Bellsferry was the perfect place for predators to stalk.”

Coryn knows fate when she’s pricked by it–she thinks.

In a world where American law has been overthrown, and wanna-be supernatural, self-made vampires exist–who by the way, are totally gross and demented and have really started taking over the small town of Bellsferry–there also exists Coryn, a twenty-three-year-old single mother who’s just trying to survive through life–and give her daughter a somewhat decent one. But when Coryn is taken under her gunslinging neighbors’ wings and something…otherworldly happens, forget decent; she and her daughter’s lives are now even more dangerous than before. Sigh. That’s what happens when you accidentally become the only real nemesis to the deranged psychopaths who have iron-gripped your hometown.

Since before the demolition of law, Coryn grew up surviving through life, but now she has to protect not only herself and her seven-year-old daughter, but their entire town–doesn’t she?

Check out Chapter 1 of Coryn of Bellsferry: Blood Thieves (Book 1)

#WIPjoy!!!

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Are you on Wattpad? I got a new story for ya! Had this dream, and I woke up and this poured out of me:

Coryn knows fate when she’s pricked by it–she thinks.

In a world where American law has been outlawed, and wanna-be supernatural, self-made vampires exist–who by the way, are totally gross and demented and have really started taking over the small town of Bellsferry–there also exists Coryn, a twenty-three-year-old single mother who’s just trying to survive through life–and give her daughter a somewhat decent one. But when Coryn is taken under her gunslinging neighbors’ wings and something…otherworldly happens, forget decent; she and her daughter’s lives are now even more dangerous than before. Sigh. That’s what happens when you accidentally become the only real nemesis to the deranged psychopaths who have iron-gripped your hometown.

Since before the outlaw of law, Coryn grew up surviving through life, but now she has to protect not only herself and her seven-year-old daughter, but their entire town–doesn’t she?

Feel free to check out the first chapter and second chapter and follow the story on Wattpad. I’ll be posting new chapters weekly, or every few days, depending of course. You know how two toddler BOYS and being eight weeks away from giving birth to a third wee one can have you like…

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Please don’t be shy. Share those thoughts! Let me know what you think of the story so far. I love hearing from you guys. Happy reading!

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WIP JOY: Should You Share Your Work-In-Progress?

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I have a current WIP that I’m so excited about, I just want to share it with someone! But, there’s a few things holding me back:

1.) What if I Wattpad it, adding each chapter, but then when I revise it, the story changes a lot? Or if I encounter something later on that would require something earlier to be changed? Those poor souls who have been following along will now be confused.

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2.) What if someone…steals my idea?

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Then I thought, well, if I share it on Wattpad, it would have the date, wouldn’t it? And everyone will know I was the first one to write it, wouldn’t they?

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How do you feel about sharing your works-in-progress with others? Please feel free to share your thoughts AND experiences so I can better decide on what to do. Happy discussing!

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Is Sex Prevalent in YA Books?

I genuinely don’t know, since, being a Christian, I’m careful as to what I consume, and reading has been quite minimal for me. So I haven’t read many YA books, even less secular ones. Have you?

Is sex something you come across often within YA books? Are teenage characters frequently having sex in these books? I’m thinking about how much sex has been DROWNING our American culture now and how even when I was an elementary schooler and Spice Girls and their ridiculous clod-hoppers were the thing, I had memorized their song, “2 Become 1,” a song overtly about having sex.

And then there was Britney Spears who seemed to be innocent for like, a year–if that–and then became more and more of a sex icon with, “I’m a Slave 4 U,” a music video I’d watch at eleven-years-old and mimic the super sensual/sexual dance moves, even recording myself do so with my eight-year-old cousin. But now, in comparison to many current female artists, those videos appear to be PG-13 and it’s like the stuff now playable on MTV or other music channels is a few degrees away from qualifying as rated X all-out pornography.

I can’t be the only twenty-something woman who is disturbed by this vapid increase of the sexualization of women, but yet, it seems many of my fellow Millennial women are applauding these women and wanting to dress and behave like them.

Lewdness and obscenity has become cool. Even among young women–and teenage girls.

Whoa.

Double whoa.

The generation of the 50s and prior are reeling in their graves, angels would be weeping if not for the amazing, astoundingly incredible love and glory of God they see and experience every single day, but I know they sometimes tremble…Because God isn’t cool with the new cool. He still gets angered by sin and I can’t imagine being Him and seeing EVERYTHING, 24/7, not just what gets air-time. But all. Of. It.

For the women who think it’s totally fun and cool for women to dress near-naked, or flaunt themselves in lingerie on television and dance like strippers, just reveling in lewdness, do you think it’s cool that children younger and younger are molesting and raping each other? Do you think it’s cool for a seven-year-old to molest his four-year-old brother? Or for a six-year-old girl to be raped by her eleven-year-old cousin?

Now, I’m not blaming this ALL on the women who seem to be enjoying objectifying themselves for all the world, adults AND children alike, to see, but they are not guiltless. Our actions, whether we see the result of them personally or not, have consequences and we are all influencers. I would dare say that celebrities even more so and that it’s a certain depth of depravity when there is NO concern or modesty whatsoever by those who know their words and actions are being consumed by millions and entering homes.

Sigh.

What do you think?

You can read ALL of Prodigy Prince on Wattpad – Limited time only!

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That’s right, folks.

You can read all of Prodigy Prince on Wattpad for a limited time.

Check it out. And if you’re diggin’ it, don’t forget to vote (click the little star icon). And PLEASE DO divulge on me, let me have it, share those blazing thoughts of yours as I do take to heart, mind, and keyboard, what you think. Feedback has helped loads in my writing journey, and I’m excited to share this novel with all of you. Happy reading!

Why Kick-Butt Female Characters in YA Are Getting Frustrating

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YA books are rife with “I can kick a man’s behind and then some” kind of young women and it’s aggravating to say the least. Why, as a woman, do I feel this way?

Because in reality, we girls often tend to be less PHYSICALLY strong then men, and often times, more emotional.

But somewhere along the line, this lie, this message began to fester that because we women are different in those ways, we are lesser and so we must work our tails off to strive and be stronger in every way possible than a man.

It’s rather frustrating because we women have our own fortitudes and feminine nature that make us different and unique and beautiful and COMPLEMENTARY to our fellow men, not LESSER than. But because of the lie, we now despise those natural, complementary elements like nurturing, gentleness, often times beauty, etc., instead of embracing them, and we become wanna-be men–whether we realize it or not!

We are not proving we are better by trying to do everything they do, instead, we are showing an insecurity about our own identities and natural feminine design.

I think the most beautiful women are ones who are confident in their femininity and own it. They own motherhood, beauty, gentleness, etc. and rather than try and compete with and defeat their fellow man, they complement and support them. These women know it isn’t about rivalry because there’s nothing to prove: I am woman, beautiful as I am, you are man, different and I respect your differences.

I have to be careful myself not to cater to this mindset when writing my female characters, because truly, rather than edifying, I believe this message is hurtful to young women who already battle with enough lies about women, to now be all the more insecure about and loathe their femininity.

I love my long hair. I know I despise the gym and I don’t care. I would never pick a fight with a man, and if a man did try and hurt me, I’d pray there was a stronger one around to take him out on my behalf. Like this man I read about who helped a woman who couldn’t defend herself against another man trying to sexually assault her in broad day light with many turning their cheek. And this guy, who took on a group of vicious goons–apparently both men AND women–attacking an elderly woman.

I adore and respect man’s innate desire to protect, and I’m extremely thankful for when they do! Don’t get me wrong, I have a desire to protect my children and friends, but I know there are some foes capable men would do better at defending against than I. On the flip side, I know of many women who are better at caring for children than men. They have an innate wisdom and careful nurturing knowledge that many men seem deficient of. Leave a man with the kids and I’ll tell you, he ain’t better at it than mom. Again, we’re different, we complement one another, and that’s a beautiful thing.

What would man be without woman? What would woman be without man? But I’m afraid with the feminist message which, underneath it all, is truly anti-woman, there will be more and more imitation men out there and less and less genuine women.