Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wattpad Wednesday!!!

It's time for Wattpad Wednesday!

Today I posted a very short story about a double suicide attempt. I know it's a heavy subject matter.
If I get enough positive feedback and requests I would consider making this a longer piece.

Check it out here and please follow me on Wattpad! Create an account!

Thanks and have a great day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

World Blog Hop!

This week I'm participating in the Writing Process World Blog Tour. I was invited by author Krysten Lindsay Hager. Krysten is the author of True Colors, a YA novel published by Astrea Press.  

For the blog hop all authors are answering the same 4 questions. So here we go! 

1. What am I working on? 
Well right now I'm working on two different books. The first is a Middle Grade book that my daughters have begged me to write for them. I usually stick to young adult contemporary stories. Those books my daughters can't read. So I'm working on a magical realism book that is turning out to be a lot of fun!
The other book I have is a YA contemporary drama. It's a bit darker than other things I've written so that's been interesting to explore. 

2. How does my work differ from others in it's genre.
Well a lot of that comes down to personal taste of the reader. I believe that my style of writing has a strong character hook. The type of lead character that you can relate to and connect with. I've been complimented on my use of dialogue so I believe that is a strength of mine. 

3. Why do I write what I do?
I love YA fiction. I loved it when I was in that age bracket and as a young adult. Once I read Sarah Dessen's Dreamland I was hooked. Part of me has just always felt a deeper connection to the lead characters in YA contemporary books. I love that in YA there is such a desperation in the characters. The intensity levels are so high. Your first love, first crush, first breakup, first time dealing with death or betrayal. The life of a teen is INTENSE and I've just always connected with that. 

4. How does my writing process work
I'm an all or nothing personality type in general and this carries over to my writing as well. I usually shoot to write a first draft of a novel in a month to two months. I'll sit down and have an hour writing session and try to bang out 2500 words. It's never a little here or a little there. It's also never sitting down each day at the same time to write each and every day. Nope. All or nothing! It's something I should probably work on! :) 

Thank you again so much to Krysten for inviting me on this blog hop!
Please take a moment to check out my latest YA book Heart on a String

You can take a look at my writing on my wattpad profile as well! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Feature Friday! YA author Lisa Orchard!

Author Spotlight- Lisa Orchard! Author of The Super Spies and the Pied Piper

Blurb-  Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when their missing parents’ cell phone is traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the investigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation. Suddenly the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker.” But when Sarah finds out he’s connected to her parents’ disappearance she’s determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake. Can the Super Spies stop the greedy corporation before it’s too late?


Chapter One
“What do you mean you lost them?” Sarah Cole fidgeted as she waited for Agent Gray to answer. I can’t believe it! He lost the only clue to our parents’ location. What is wrong with this picture?
Agitated, Sarah shifted in her seat and chewed on her lip. She was uncomfortable in the folding chair and rearranged her petite frame so she wouldn’t feel the cold metal against her bare legs. Shivering, she glanced around the alltoofamiliar  room.
The gray cement block walls no longer gave her that creepy, closed-­in feeling she’d used to get when she first came to the interrogation rooms. She remembered the first time she’d been in that tiny space. It had been the day she’d discovered the Cat Lady’s dead body. Sarah shuddered at the memory and then smiled when she remembered forming the Super Spies and bringing the Cat Lady Killer to justice. Glancing around the room again, she realized she’d been in this room quite a bit these last few weeks, not only during the Cat Lady investigation, but the High School Bomber investigation as well. Shivering again, Sarah rubbed her arms but she really wasn’t cold. Her mind filled with the image of the bomber the Super Spies had helped apprehend just a week earlier.
Wow! Was it just last week?
She tugged at a lock of her honey colored hair, then brushed it away with an impatient hand. She sighed and glanced at her younger sister. Lacey sat beside her with her legs crossed, jiggling her foot at such a rapid rate it seemed like her whole body was electrified. She caught Sarah’s eye, and for a moment her eyes glittered like emeralds before she shifted her gaze to Aunt June, who had placed her hand on Lacey’s leg in what appeared to be an attempt to quiet her. Sarah shifted in her chair and sighed again.
Are we ever going to find Mom and Dad?
A commotion out in the hall drew everyone’s attention. Sarah leaned forward and craned her neck to see what was happening.
“Chief, we’ve got an OD!” An officer yelled.
“What?” Chief Johnson yelled as he rushed by. “An OD on what? Give me the details.”
“The parents found their son unconscious in his room this morning, and an empty bottle of prescription medication on his bedside table.”
“What was it?” Chief Johnson asked.
“It’s Myodine.”
“Who makes it?”
“Ah… Piper Drugs.”
“Call Poison Control with the name and manufacturer and ask them what to do about an overdose. Instruct the parents to get their son to the hospital pronto,” Chief Johnson ordered.
“They’ve brought him here.”
“What?” Chief Johnson exclaimed.
The sound of policemen rushing through the hall pulled Sarah and her sister out of their seats. They hurried to the door, unable to stifle their curiosity. Peering down the corridor, Sarah caught a glimpse of a young man sagging between two officers as they desperately tried to keep him on his feet. One officer gently slapped his face while the other officers held him up. The young man blinked and then gagged, puking on the officer in front of him.
The rancid stench of fresh vomit filled the air. While plugging her nose, Sarah ducked back inside the interrogation room, followed by her sister. Sarah closed the door, hoping it would keep the smell from penetrating the room.
“Did you hear that, Lace? Piper Drugs! That’s the company Dad works for,” Sarah whispered in her sister’s ear before proceeding back to her seat.
Lacey opened her mouth to speak, but closed it when Agent Gray cleared his throat and motioned for them to sit down.
He continued his conversation as if they hadn’t been interrupted. We were on our way to the location of the ping… but before we got there it disappeared.”

“So, what does that mean? Did you find our parents or what?” Sarah blurted out as she sat down. She stared into Agent Gray’s icy blue eyes, trying to read his mind.

Author Bio- Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. Hooked on mysteries by the fifth grade, she even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. Her first series, “The Super Spies,” has reached bestseller status
  After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree, she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side. The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She currently resides in Rockford Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on a Coming of Age Young Adult series called The Starlight Chronicles. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wattpad Wednesday!!

It's Wattpad Wednesday! What does that mean? Well it means I've posted some new writing on my Wattpad account!
Today I've posted chapter 2 of my book Heart on a String.
Click to link to my Wattpad account and the new chapter posted.
I look forward to you reading, voting, tweeting, sharing, commenting, following, obsessing over haha and all that good stuff! I look forward to interacting with you all!
Don't forget you can check out the full book on Amazon
Happy hump day everyone!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tidbit Tuesday!


Well today I'm just going to talk a little about what I have upcoming this week and what I hope my posting schedule will look like.

On Tuesdays I'll post a little update like I am now :)

On Wednesdays you'll be updated on "Wattpad Wednesday" where I'll post a link to my latest writing that I post on Wattpad. Click to link to my wattpad account and I'd love if you follow me there. If you are a fellow writer please leave me a comment there so I can check out your work!

Every other Thursday you'll see a link to my Youtube page for my latest video. I talk about writing, reading, my publishing journey and sometimes about organizing and Filofax :)

Finally on Friday you'll find a post called "Feature Friday!" where I will host a blog spotlight on another YA author! Look out for author Lisa Orchard who will be featured this Friday the 25th.

*If you are a YA author and would like to be featured on Feature Friday please email at and if you would consider returning the favor of a blog spot I'd appreciate it.

That's all for now folks! I've got writing to do! I'm 10K away from my July Camp Nanowrimo goal!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's time for a blog!

Hi! Welcome to my first post! I'm Susan and I'm a young adult author. As you can see from my website I have two books available for sale.
Amazon author page
Currently I'm working on a new middle grade book- I'm having a lot of fun writing that. I'm also working on my next young adult book.
I'll be using this blog to talk about my work and to host blog tours and other YA authors!

If you are a YA author please let me know and I'll schedule a date for your spotlight.

Happy reading everyone!