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Celebrate good times COME ON!

EMBER IS NOW AVAILABLE! YAY! We're doing a lot of celebrating today.  You can buy it HERE (on Amazon) or HERE (on Barnes and Noble).

One way we're celebrating is with a snippet of something I'm working on right now. ME AFTER YOU. It will be available in December of this year. I'm SUPER excited about this one. Sawyer is very close to my heart.

*Because its something I'm working on it's possible these words could change a little bit, but not a whole lot.*

I don’t know what prompts me to look across the street through the row of trees as I walk. Maybe it’s to avoid the eye contact of every person walking toward me, but as soon as I do, I regret it. My eyes have to be deceiving me. When my heart recognizes him, it stops. 
He waves behind him and then his eyes squint at the sun. Dark stubble lines his jawline. It can’t be him. He’s not supposed to be here. But there he is. Six years older, yet every bit the boy I fell in love with in high school. But could I actually still call him a boy? He doesn’t look much like a boy anymore. 
What is he doing here? I had only agreed to come back because I knew there was no way he’d ever show his face again. He promised me that. Through our screaming and tears he told me there was no way in Hades he’d ever consider staying in this town with me. 
I’m standing there on one side of the street like the sidewalk has formed around my feet, cementing them in place. I can’t move until his eyes drift in my direction. When he sees me I can’t decipher what’s going on in his head. On days when we used to lay underneath the willows and talk for hours, I learned what every expression meant. I had years to memorize them, but now he’s a stranger. 
His features freeze in unbelief. It’s as if he can’t believe I’m here, as if I’m the one who left without a trace. I want to scream at him and ask him why he’s looking at me like that. He doesn’t have the right to feel incredulous. 
He takes a step toward me and I bolt. This can’t be happening. I can’t handle any more bombs right now. And Dean Preston is a bomb with the power to decimate my entire world. 
What is left of it, anyway.

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Teaser Tuesday: Round Seven Ember (Faylinn #2)

Ember is right around the corner guys! So today I'm going to give you the LAST Ember teaser! You'll just have to wait for the rest :)

*If you haven't read Kaleidoscope yet I suggest not reading any further. For Kaleidoscope teasers you can click on 'excerpts' on the top bar*

I heard the door shut. “My queen?” Kai hovered near the doorway. “I know that it may—” 
“Kai, I want to be alone.” 
“I mean it.” I gritted my teeth against the tears already streaming down my face. 
“You did what you had to,” he said softly, but somehow firmly. 
“At what cost?” I spun around with liquid blurring my vision. “How could what I just did be right when it feels this agonizing? I abused my power. I tore a part a couple that loves just as Desmond and Cora, maybe more. I destroyed that. And for what? To appease a kingdom that hates me anyway?” 
He stepped towards me. “They don’t all hate you. You have to give this time.” 
“I don’t want this. I can’t do this anymore,” I uttered, shaking my head. “This isn’t what I signed up for.” The tears took hold of me then, racking my body. And I was in his arms and there was no calming me down. He shushed my hair and ran his hands up and down my back, soothingly me in a way he never had before. 

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Teaser Tuesday: Round Six Ember (Faylinn #2)

In Ember you're going to be meeting a lot of new characters. Today I wanted to introduce you to Sakari (Sa-car-y), In case you were curious on how to say this ridiculously spelled name ;) Some have fallen for him, some can't stand him and some don't know what to make of him. Here's a little sneak peek!

After I was seated I looked at Sakari who was dressed in all black. The combination between his dark hair and clothing heightened the glow of his citrus colored eyes. He was already watching me with a smile on his face and then he nodded. My mouth turned up in response. I couldn’t help it if I wanted to. His smile once again did funny things to me like a little schoolgirl being acknowledged by her first crush. I was not crushing on the new guy. It was just his charming smile. The butterflies didn’t actually mean anything.
Behind me I heard one of my Keepers obnoxiously clear their throat. I turned to see Kai with a feigned expression of innocence as if he didn’t know why I was looking at him with irritation. He couldn’t be normal to save his life. This was important. If Kai lashed out with one of his juvenile tantrums we were all going to find out exactly what my supremacy could do.

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Teaser Tuesday: Round Five Ember (Faylinn #2)

Ember is going to be here before you know it! I hope you guys are as excited as I am!

 In case you haven't read Kaleidoscope(Faylinn #1) yet...there are some excerpts and teasers in the bar on top. This is for the SECOND book in the Faylinn series. ENJOY:)  

“Come in,” I called. 
The door creaked open and Declan’s familiar face appeared around it. His presence filled me with a sense of relief I couldn’t explain. Finally, I felt some familiarity in this land so far from home.
“Declan,” I nearly squealed. His mouth opened and he straightened up in the doorway, filling it with his large stature. 
“My queen.” He swallowed and blinked. “You look beautiful.” 
I couldn’t stop the blush. “Thanks, Declan.” 
He smiled gently and then calmly said, “They are ready for you.” 
“It’s time?” My voice cracked. 
“It’s time.”

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Oops...Teaser Tuesday: Round Four Ember (Faylinn #2)

I had a bit of an oops moment yesterday when I was boarding my plane in Atlanta and realized that it was Tuesday and I didn't put up a teaser! Bad, Mindy! I'm sorry. Traveling takes it out of me! So we're having a teaser Tuesday on Wednesday just for kicks and giggles.

"No, no! Kai! KAI!"
I thrashed, gasping awake.
"Calliope, ” a voice urged.  “Calliope, stop!”  My eyes adjusted to the darkness in my room to see Kai kneeling beside my bed.  His hands restrained my wrists above my head.  “Now,” he said, “I’ll let you go if you promise to stop flailing your arms and trying to hit me in the face.”
“I…I just…” I blinked and tried to catch my breath. I nodded and slowly he released me.  As I sat up he sat back on his heels to give me space.  “I…” I felt so disoriented.
“You must have been having quite the nightmare.”
I ran my hand down my face. “It felt so real.”
“Are you okay?” he asked softly with real concern.
“I’m fine,” I exhaled and looked around my dark bedroom.  It was still the middle of the night.  “What are you doing here?”
“I told you I would check on you later.  Declan and I have been taking turns for the night shift.  I heard you screaming.” That’s ironic since I couldn’t scream in my nightmare.
“Sorry. I’m fine. I just need to get some water and then I’ll be okay.” I began tossing off my covers.
“Stay here. I’ll get you some.” Kai stood and went into my bathroom.  He came back with a wooden cup full of cool water.
I took it gratefully. “Thanks.”
“Do you want to tell me what that was all about?”
“Just Favner,” I muttered.
He nodded with understanding and then let a slow smile form on his lips. “Next time if you want to grab my attention, just say my name. No need to scream it.”

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Teaser Tuesday: Round Three Ember (Faylinn #2)

I ran away for some much needed family time. I'm hiding away in a lodge in Idaho so no one can find me! So I'm signing off on all social media for the remainder of the trip. I'll be back next week with some updates!

The teaser for today is a little short so my family doesn't holler at me for being on my computer! HOWEVER, it's one of my favorite lines from Ember.

“Well that’s comforting. I’m a faery queen with a weakness for faery enchantments. Awesome.”

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Teaser Tuesday: Round Two Ember (Faylinn#2)


 Just so ya'll know I came home on my lunch break just to post this teaser. I must really love ya'll.

Now in hind sight if I was thinker I would have done the post last night and scheduled it for today...that would have been smart. I'll do that next time.

If you haven't read Kaleidoscope yet, you can find excerpts/teasers on the top bar! Or right HERE. And if you haven't read Kaleidoscope yet, and you don't care about spoilers carry on...

“Sorry, your majesty, it’s nothing personal,” he said before holding me under. With thrashing limbs I tried to get him off of me, but the water made my movements too slow, powerless. His hold was unrelenting. I was beginning to run out of air. My fingers clawed at his hands gripping my throat, but it was futile. After everything I had survived, this was how I was going to die.

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Teaser Tuesday: Round One Ember (Faylinn#2)

If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen that I'll be posting little teasers every week for Ember up until it's release. I'm not giving specifics on the exact release date yet, but I can say with quite a bit of certainty that it will probably be late summer rather than fall! If you haven't read Kaleidoscope yet, then go BUY it and READ it first! Otherwise, proceed at your own risk of the story being spoiled! This is, in fact, the second book in a series! Now because Ember hasn't been edited yet, things might change subtly, but the storyline will remain the same.

 Here's the first teaser:
*Contains spoilers*

“Calliope Willow, do you solemnly vow to faithfully guide and direct all those who reside within this land? Will you honor and treasure the lives of the fae and unfailingly protect Faylinn against all evil for the rest of your existence?”
This was it. Once I made this vow I would be bound to Faylinn for the rest of my life. This was my last chance to wash my hands of this world and go back to my family and the life I knew. It would be a cowardly, selfish move, but I could do it.


It's heeerrrreeeee

I promised if we reached 150 'likes' on Facebook that I would give up the EMBER synopsis. So you know what! It's here! Are you ready for it? Can you handle it?!

Mindy, just shut up and give it up.

Okay. I'll give it to you.

One decision changed her life forever. One choice could seal her fate for eternity.

By accepting her destiny, Calliope entered the enchanting world of Faylinn. What she wasn’t prepared for were all the compromises she would be forced to make. After being thrown into her duties as queen, it’s clear she must pick her battles wisely or risk loosing the respect of her kingdom.

With Kai and Declan by her side her confidence rises, but they can’t protect her from everything. When Faylinn is threatened Calliope is forced to face an even greater reality than she was prepared for. Haunted by the truthfulness of Favner’s last words, she realizes she has no idea what she’s gotten herself into.

Will Calliope be able to hold true to Faylinn’s beliefs while still following her heart or will she be forced to sacrifice a part of herself in order to save her kingdom?

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I'm baaaack!

Does that remind anyone else of that 1990's dinosaur cartoon movie? No? K.

Well after being liberatingly cut off from technology(seriously I didn't think once about wanting to get on my phone or laptop...it was AMAZING) I'm back with a vengeance to finish EMBER! You better believe as soon as we got in the car to make our 7 hour drive back home my laptop was open and my fingers were tapping away. I missed my Kai and Declan. Weird? Maybe. But only a little bit.

Now I'm right on track for a Fall release, ladies and gents! So many have asked me about release dates and all I can give you now is that it will be out Fall 2013. Once we're closer I'll start posting teasers, but in the mean time keep spreading the word about Kaleidoscope! Tell your sister's best friend's daughter's dog! I don't care...just shout it from the rooftops!