A Sobering Look at Sex Trafficking

I got to speak on Lydia Thomas’ blog about the new heart the Lord gave me to stop sex trafficking and how it relates to The 12th Girl in Heaven!

An excerpt here:

  One street over from us, a drug bust that involved prostitution and a former Seattle Sonics player happened just months after we moved in.  The beautiful little state park outside of our home is supposedly riddled with used needles, and we were warned… [Read more]

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Winner!

Announcing: the winner of the blog tour giveaway!

Everyone who subscribed to all five blogs on the blog tour (click for more info), was entered into a giveaway to win a free copy of The Hotline Girl!

The winner is Beth Steury, from over at Waiting Matters!

Congratulations, Beth!  Please email me at dashwoodavenue@gmail.com to send me your address!

Feel disappointed you didn’t win?  There will be many more prizes at the Facebook party on THIS SATURDAY! (2 PM central time)

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Interview at The Simmering Mind!

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Bethany A. Jennings, at The Simmering Mind, is one of my very best friends.  We’ve known each other for 6 1/2 years, and have been super close for most of those, but are finally getting the chance to meet in person.  My toddlers and I flew out to spend a week with her toddlers, her husband, and her.  She has spoiled us with delicious food, great conversation, and fun friends for my girls.  We are so thankful to be able to be here!

She asked for my thoughts on romance tropes in fiction, and how to fix what’s broken.  It was a fun write-up!  Remember, subscribe to The Simmering Mind, and let me know you did, in order to be entered into the drawing for a free paperback copy of The Hotline Girl.

Also, ONE WEEK LEFT until The Hotline Girl is released!  Come to my party on Saturday, May 2nd, to celebrate it with me and earn prizes!

To see an excerpt:

1.  Men are not women.

This might be the biggest “Duh!” moment in this entire post, but, as much as we might laugh, in modern fiction, men are portrayed as women with muscles. They emote, they share, they shop, they cuddle, they adore, and they abstain.

Now, I’m not saying that a good, godly husband won’t do all of these things every so often. But – let’s face it – these monster-type, beefy, serial killer men… [Read more here]

Arabella Rose’s Suicide Hotline Interview!

Interview at Tethered Together!

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This was a fascinating interview on my blog tour!  Arabella Rose, the main character of The Hotline Girl, is interviewed this a777ffb878e00caafe35f730cac53f0etime.  She talks suicide hotline work, and what to do if you know someone who is suicidal.  Check it out!

And feel free to join the Facebook party.  🙂

To read an excerpt:

Do you ever become emotionally involved with the people you are helping? And do you ever get frustrated with a caller because they won’t listen to the help you are trying to give them?

In the beginning, I was more emotional.  I still cry some times, but I’ve learned to never let it show in my voice.  I’ve definitely had my fair share of nightmares when [Read more here]

16Sundays Interview!

Next up on my blog tour: Interview with 16Sundays!

This interview is all about my Myers-Briggs personality type, and the types of my main characters, Toby and Arabella Rose!  Not only does Monica, over at 16Sundays, blog about the Myers-Briggs personality types, but she designs shirts for each type!  I love the ESFJ one.  🙂  Check it out by clicking the picture above!

Remember, subscribe to all five blogs on the blog tour, and let me know about it, and you’ll be entered to win a free paperback copy of The Hotline Girl.  Right now we’ve only had five people take me up on this offer, so your odds of winning are pretty good!

Also, please come to the Facebook release party!  Info here.

An excerpt of the interview:

a.     What is a common personality trait of your ‘type’ that is true about you?

I am an ESFJ. This type is known as the epitome of the “mother bear.” I guess I definitely fit that, as I’ve been called a mother by even my very best friends, who are my peers. 😉 I also have an absolute loathing of [Read more here]

Lantern Leaf Press Interview!

Due to the Internet being cranky, the interview with 16 Sundays, that was scheduled for last Tuesday, will instead be bumped to next Tuesday, April 21st.  Stay tuned for that!

Second Interview with Lantern Leaf Press!

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FOLLOW THE BLOG TOUR!  There will be five blogs that I am featured on this month.  Subscribe to each blog, and post here when you do.  At the end, those who have subscribed to every blog will be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of The Hotline Girl!  So subscribe to these amazing writers!

For an excerpt of the interview:

Hello everyone. Today I get the pleasure of introducing a friend of mine to you, and her latest book release The Hotline Girl.

The Hotline Girl is about a young lady who works in a suicide hotline center for very personal reasons. One day she answers the phone and discovers [Read more here]

Blog Tour!

Reminder of the schedule for April’s The Hotline Girl blog tour

If you subscribe to all five blogs, and comment that you did so on this post (or the previous blog tour post), you are entered to win a free paperback copy of The Hotline Girl!

 

Wednesday, April 9th  – http://homemademythology.com/ (Interview)

Tuesday, April 14th – https://16sundays.wordpress.com/ (Interview with relation to Myers-Briggs and being an ESFJ)

Thursday, April 16th – http://lanternleafpress.com/ (Interview)

Tuesday, April 21st – http://heatherfitzgerald.net/ (Interview, of one of The Hotline Girl’s main characters: Arabella Rose)

Wednesday, April 22nd(?  Stay tuned for any changes) – http://simmeringmind.com/ (Article on romance in young adult fiction)

Homemade Mythology Interview!

Welcome to my first interview on my blog tour!

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FOLLOW THE BLOG TOUR!  There will be five blogs that I am featured on this month.  Subscribe to each blog, and post here when you do.  At the end, those who have subscribed to every blog will be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of The Hotline Girl!  So subscribe to these amazing writers!

For an excerpt of the interview:

Before I get to the interview, you are officially invited to the Facebook party for the book release.  Click here.

1) When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?

Honestly, the first profession I really wanted to be was an actress.  I think, inherently, that I am ill-equipped to be a writer in my natural personality.  I’m very extroverted, outgoing, and hate to be cooped up in a house all day.  But I never…[read more here]

 

Bye, Bye Cinderella, Hello Anime, and a Blog Tour!

Just got back from SAKURA CON!!! 

Anime convention in Seattle, WA.  I got to use the Mami musket I blogged about.  I plan on posting pictures of my cosplay, as well as my favorite other cosplays I saw during the 3-day weekend.  The convention was a blast!

I’ll get the disappointing stuff out of the way next:

The last novella, in the list of three novellas I had planned on putting out this year, is going to be postponed for now.  I bit off more than I could chew.  😦  With lots of travel coming up, three weeks where I was without my laptop due to needing repair, being a full-time mom of two toddlers (one of which told me, with tears in her eyes, that I was too busy 😦 ), and a Bible study leader – among other things – I just can’t get it done.  Going to need to take a break after The Hotline Girl and The 12th Girl in Heaven’s release parties.  I’m hoping that no one is greatly disappointed in me, as I feel like bowing low sorrowfully to all of you.  I really liked my Cinderella twist, so I hope to write it some day, but, as for now, I’m just going to focus on The Hotline Girl and The 12th Girl in Heaven (the latter, of which, is almost done!)

Please come to my Facebook party to win prizes and celebrate The Hotline Girl’s release to the public on May 2nd!!!

Link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/554267938010284/557374554366289/

As for the good news!

I’m going on a blog tour! 

These wonderful people have agreed to host interviews of me (or my character Arabella Rose!) during the month of April.  So I will be writing on their blogs instead of my own, hoping to catch some of their regular readers’ attention, as well as send all of you to new blogs that will hopefully interest you!

Please check out these fantastic blogs.  Every single one of them is interesting, and it’s nothing short of an honor to get hosted on them.

The schedule, for the blog tour, is as follows (but I will still post on this blog on these dates to give you an excerpt and remind you where to go to read the whole interview):

Wednesday, April 9th (In two days!) – http://homemademythology.com/ (Interview)
Tuesday, April 14thhttps://16sundays.wordpress.com/ (Interview with relation to Myers-Briggs and being an ESFJ)
Thursday, April 16th http://lanternleafpress.com/ (Interview)
Tuesday, April 21st – http://heatherfitzgerald.net/ (Interview, of one of The Hotline Girl’s main characters: Arabella Rose)

Wednesday, April 22nd(?  Stay tuned for any changes) – http://simmeringmind.com/ (Article on romance in young adult fiction)

Stay tuned for pictures of cosplay, on this blog, in between these interviews!  😀

Guest Star Me on Your Blog?

If I give a cheesy, big grin and flutter my eyelashes?

We’re coming to the end of March folks!  What’s after March?  April!  And what’s in April?  I start promoting The Hotline Girl!

I will be doing a cover reveal, inviting all of you to a Facebook party, and, Lord willing, be doing a mini blog tour.

But I need another blog or two to hop down into!  Anyone else like to host me?

You would post something I would write up for you (a Q&A, character interview, excerpt of the book, etc.) and point readers toward my Facebook party and blog.

In turn, I would point MY readers toward your blog, so it’s a win-win in publicity for both of us.  🙂

Let me know if you’re interested!  And stay tuned for more Hotline Girl news!