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Updated: 2018-04-14T06:21:43.749-05:00

 



How to run a marathon (half) if you're not a runner

2017-12-14T21:13:21.239-06:00

I did something crazy last Saturday. I ran a half-marathon. That's thirteen miles, people. And the craziest thing? I'm not a runner. No, seriously, before you close your computer or put your phone away laughing, hear me out. I hate running. My husband ran track in college and has been trying to get me to run for thirteen years. But I hate it. Passionately. I ran a mile for the first time about



Can we talk about social issues?

2017-08-16T14:37:37.423-05:00

The reality of a teenager's life I've already had a few people email me or post in reviews that they were a little disturbed by a topic that gets brought up in the newest Cassandra Jones book. Since it's not a central part of the plot, there's nothing in the blurb or description to warn people, so it's natural that some people will react in surprise or alarm. So I'm going to warn you.



The lives we touch

2017-08-10T13:15:08.053-05:00

You may have seen me mention on my Facebook page the death of an old friend. Not old as in age, but old as in, we became friends in high school. This person was my friend Joey. If you've read Priceless, you kind of already know him. While the real Joey liked music more than football, his sense of humor, his friendliness, his dark hair and lanky body were all very much the same. Though high



10 Life lessons from the shore (and a big giveaway!)

2017-06-08T19:25:38.902-05:00

  My kids helped me come up with this list, amidst laughter and some tears (happy I hope). So without further ado, life lessons from the sandy shore. 1) You don't need a surfboard to surf 2) Boogie boards give you carpet burn on your tummy 3) There are bugs in the sand that bite you 4) Electronics aren't so great in the sun 5) Sunburn hurts 6) The ocean floor can disappear from



YA Scavenger hunt and my magic word!

2017-06-01T07:01:39.015-05:00

YA Scavenger Hunt #66 Welcome to the sixty-sixth stop on the YA Summer Scavenger Hunt! Scroll down to find the, well, sixty-sixth word in the short story. Be sure to read the entire post so you don’t miss it! In the mean time, check out my own personal giveaway below! Novels of Kellam High Would you like to give the Novels of Kellam High a try? Reviewers say it



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2017-05-18T16:50:00.078-05:00

In June, the Alliance of Young Adult Authors is sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes! RULES Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES. All you have to do is visit all the author's sites in this order,



We rescued a dog

2017-01-13T12:32:45.897-06:00

I told you we're building a house, right? Yeah, it's a fun, massive project. There are frequent surprises, and a lot of them aren't very pleasant. But I think the biggest one was having a stray dog show up. She wasn't an ordinary stray. She had a collar and was very friendly with my children. She stayed at our construction site. We began to feed her, all the while warning the children that



Christmas in Times Square and 40% off select paperbacks!

2016-12-13T09:07:00.450-06:00

I'm not a city girl. At all. So when my husband suggested we go to New York for our anniversary, I was like, "If you want." Not to mention our anniversary is in December, which means snow, right? Well, we got really lucky, and the weather in New York was unseasonably warm, even warmer than Arkansas. And while I've



I want it now!

2016-09-12T13:10:36.510-05:00

We live in an instant gratification society. I'm certainly no exception to the rule. I get impatient waiting for things to happen. I want it now. I can't wait. Never is this more clear than when waiting for a webpage to load. But I've been having a problem with my internet service. Every month, the price goes up by a dollar. And the speed is getting slower...and slower...and slower. The



Beautiful cover reveal!

2016-06-20T21:12:26.087-05:00

On the Corner of Heartache & Love Cover Reveal! Coming September 2016! About the Book After three years, Maren Summers is elated to finally have her dream wedding to her dream man, Kevin Bryant. In her sights is the promotion to Weddings she’s worked so hard for at the newspaper. Happily ever after is within her grasp… Until Kevin jilts her at the altar, elopes with another woman,



Priceless Cover Reveal

2016-06-10T10:43:11.048-05:00

Priceless has a cover, and it's beautiful. I am so very excited. This is the third book in the Perilous series, and quite honestly, the best one so far. Perilous was a fine book for a debut novel, but I've grown so much as a writer. Altercation (book #2) was really great, but this book, Priceless (book #3) is finally the story I really want to tell.The book has not been released and I don't even



Coming soon to audio book!

2016-04-15T15:31:12.137-05:00

Cassandra Jones comes to audio book. Walker Wildcats Year 1 releases next month on audio book. This has been a very exciting journey for me, but the most exciting part, honestly, was choosing my narrator.Her name is Hysha, and what really struck me about her, besides having a fantastic voice for narrating a 10-year-old girl, was her desire to be a stay-at-home mom. You can find her blog here



Books and cooks (and cookbooks!)

2016-03-20T00:17:28.779-05:00

Professional photo shoot done! (And more chapter sneak peeks. Scroll to the end for the sneak peeks!) I got some great feedback from a publisher interested in my Brazilian cookbook. One of their requests was to see professional photos of some of the recipes. Check them out! Aren't they awesome??Another requirement was to prove with factual numbers and data the people who are actually



Facelift (Coverlift?) and Sneak Peeks

2016-02-17T09:25:12.980-06:00

I'm in the editing process for the sequel to INEVITABLE. Since I want all the books in the series to match, I decided INEVITABLE needed a new cover! Without further ado, here it is! What's really exciting is the cover to the sequel, which I can hardly wait to share with you. Let me just say, it's beautiful!On another note, I'm looking for beta readers to help me read over the sequel



Lay Me Down is LIVE!

2016-01-25T06:00:16.682-06:00

To me it feels like it's been a very long time, but I know in actuality, having this book become a reality happened very quickly. But it's here. Today is launching day, and for a very limited time, the book is priced at $0.99. So snag it, gift it, download it, read it, and above all, FEEL it. This is not a feel-good love story. This is not a sappy coming-of-age. This is a hard, gritty, emotional



Middle Grade Ebook sale!

2016-01-04T00:00:24.489-06:00

Today I've got Andrea Pearson on my blog, sharing with us a fantastic sale for pre-teens! Check out all the book options! From Andrea: "I'm excited about this promotion because it's geared to one of my favorite audiences: middle-grade readers! I've always been passionate about books written for kids ages 9 through 12. Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Fablehaven, Diary of a Wimpy Kid... all excellent



Final Stats on Kindle Scout Campaign

2016-01-02T20:09:06.109-06:00

It's over!! I can't tell you the huge sense of relief I feel in having come to the end of my campaign. My advice: never do something like this over the holidays. Instead of enjoying Christmas and New Years, I was counting down for them to be over because that meant I was that many days closer to ending my campaign. The campaign wreaked havoc on my mental state! I don't know if Amazon will



10 Days Left

2015-12-22T08:10:25.810-06:00

10 days left. 10 days left. 10 DAYS LEFT! Oh my heavens, finally. I am on the countdown to the end of this Kindle Scout campaign. The biggest thing I've learned (or rather remembered, because obviously I knew it): I hate campaigning. I hate contacting people and asking for support. Especially people I know. Asking strangers is so much easier.  So the next time I decide to run for a



Camaraderie and Kindle Scout

2015-12-11T07:50:22.945-06:00

Something unexpected has happened during this Kindle Scout Campaign: I've made a friend. Who would have thought while you're competing against someone you could become supporters? That's what's so very awesome about the writing world. I was going to write a long blog post about how nerve-wracking and time-consuming this campaign has been, but my new friend Jeanne (pronounce Genie) McNamee beat



Lay Me Down Campaign is Now Live! And you could win $100.

2015-12-03T12:57:02.519-06:00

Enter to win 2 $100 Amazon Gift Cards! That’s right, you have TWO chances to win $100 gift cards. Read on for details… I'm so very excited. My newest young adult novel, LAY ME DOWN, is now on Amazon's Kindle Scout program. The neat things about this program is that readers choose who gets published. It's basically the grown-up version of Amazon's ABNA book contest, and it's the American



Callie Didn't Die

2015-11-30T15:14:26.996-06:00

The third book in the PERILOUS series is under contract with WiDo Publishing right now (yay!) and I'm so super excited about this book. In fact, as I read through my previous books, I'm a bit sheepish at how much I've improved as a writer. That's a good thing, right? But anyway, I recently reread PERILOUS just as a refresher while writing the third book. And one interesting tidbit keeps sticking



Keeping the faith

2015-11-03T10:38:01.944-06:00

Into the Kitchen: Keeping the faith: I've hit a bit of a roadblock in trying to get my cookbook published. I've been actively pursuing publication, knowing that I myse...



The last episode of Walker Wildcats Year 1 is out!

2015-10-15T06:00:00.668-05:00

Huge Book Sale! Bookmarked Bargains is having a huge 5-day sale! With over 30 different authors and about as many books, there's something for everyone! The sale goes on through Friday! There's also an awesome party pack being given away with $175 worth of free merchandise! Click here to see what different books are available! Episode 6: Reaching Higher The last episode of



Free books, sequels, and craft fairs, oh my!

2015-08-31T11:09:54.172-05:00

Writing news! My, my, has it really been this long? School's back in session and I've managed to spend a decent amount of time on writing this month! I continue to juggled several projects at once, but the plan is to finish a project and launch it into the book world so I can focus more on the others! I have so many books in my head. One of my biggest fears is that I won't have enough time



Club Girls

2015-06-17T15:08:37.738-05:00

Episode 2 available now! And it's free, today and tomorrow only! When Cassandra and her two best friends decide to start a club, she realizes it's going to be harder than she thought. She tries to hold it together as she and her friends weather parents who don't want to drive them, vicious dog attacks, and petty cat fights. On top of that, Cassie is still trying to convince her mom to add a