On Impulse

It’s been a crazy couple of days. My Momager went in for a shoulder manipulation procedure for her froze shoulder. It’s a simple procedure. Takes about an hour, and she gets to go home on the same day. We weren’t worried because she’d had the same procedure done for her other shoulder last year. You know what they say about assuming. *shakes head*

Long story short, when the anesthesia wore off, she was in a lot of pain. Like a lot. Cut to me having no sleep driving her at 3am in the morning to the emergency room. There we stayed for the next six hours until a room freed up in the hospital. This equaled to 30+ hours of no sleep. I never knew how painful that was until I experienced it. I’d been camped out with her ever since.

Now that I’m home again, and the Momager is happy and healthy again, I can finally share the news I’ve been keeping from everyone since I signed the contract last week.

Folks, Impulse, my New Adult novel about a mob ruled city, drag racing, and the craziest characters you will ever meet, finally has a home!

I am happy to announce that Impulse will be published under the Embrace Imprint of Entangled Publishing. I’m proud to be a part of the ever growing Entangled family. A great company run by a great group of brilliant people. Impulse is in good hands, and I can’t be more confident about sharing this story with all of you through Embrace.

So celebrate with me. You finally get to meet RC and the gang.

Hansel and Gretel in Review

I love these fairy tale reboots. There’s Snow White from last year (despite its plagiaristic moments—Mononoke Hime anyone?). Then there’s Jack the Giant Killer (which I have yet to watch). The other Snow White. And now Hansel and Gretel. You don’t have to read my whole review to know you’ve got to get off your ass and watch this movie. But I do appreciate that you read through. It’s the nice thing to do. *winks*

The movie begins with the traditional Hansel and Gretel tale—without the bread crumbs. Brother and sister are left in the woods by their father. They stumble upon a gingerbread house. Yada, yada, yada, and they push a witch into an oven and roast her alive. I know, gory as hell, but you wouldn’t believe the kind of gore in this movie. I’m surprised it’s only PG13. Who at the MTRCB watched this and said: Guy being drawn and quartered, heads crushed by trolls, let’s make it PG13. *shakes head*

Anyway, after the first ten to fifteen minutes, once you hit the black screen that says Many Years Later (in short, an indeterminate number of years later so the actors don’t have to fake their actual age. Yes, I’m talking to you, 42-year-old Jeremy Renner. You’re still hot as hell though, so carry on), the similarities to the fairy tale end. Hansel and Gretel actually grow up to be Witch Hunters. Lord, will the person who thought this concept up marry me? Seriously. You’re already hot in my eyes just for connecting the story of Hansel and Gretel to witch hunters.

As mentioned, the yummy Jeremy Renner plays Hansel, while the beautiful and kick-ass Gemma Arterton plays Gretel. She breaks a guys nose by head-butting him. Okay, okay, Jeremy Renner is kicks-ass too. This does not need to be mentioned. I mean, Hawkeye, William Brandt, Aaron Cross, and Sergeant First Class William James from Robot Chicken? Come on!

I’m not going to sit here and wax poetic about the plot. Although, I get a distinct feeling the trailer I watched last year had a totally different storyline than the movie I watched today. I remember I white witch and a castle. Those who know this to be true, please give me a shout out in the comments section.

The weapons in this movie puts Skyfall to shame. To shame, I tell you! A crossbow that can shoot in two directions at once? A huge Gatling gun? Come on! Skyfall barely had guns in it. Okay, enough of my angst against the latest Bond film that separates itself from all the Bond films in the history of Bond films. *sigh of lament*

Now, I have to talk about my favourite character in this movie: Edward.

No, not that Edward.

This Edward.

Believe me. The laughs of the women in the theatre when this troll mentioned his name was epic. They were thinking of the first Edward. You know, the famous one. The reason why I love this troll is because he saves Gretel. They become buddies. And there’s something about the strong disenfranchised that tugs at my heart. I want to give him a hug.

If, by now, you haven’t decided if you want to watch Hansel and Gretel, and the fact that Jeremy Renner is in it doesn’t sway you, I have two words: Skinny dipping. Alright, that isn’t really convincing, but I had to mention it because the men in the theatre particularly liked this part of the movie. *eye roll*

Oh and I also have to mention the not so subtle hints about candy being bad for you. When Hansel and Gretel were hostages of the witch in the gingerbread house, the witch actually fed Hansel so much candy that it gave him diabetes. At least, that’s what it sounds like. And from the “shots” Hansel has to take every few hours, it’s hard not to make the connection. Every fairy tale needs a moral right?

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is a fun reboot to a classic fairy tale. It’s worth one and a half hours of your life. All that leather? All those weapons? And witches you’ve never seen before? I’d watch it again if my To Watch list for this week isn’t so long.

If you’ve already seen Hansel and Gretel kick witchy ass (and what about that gathering of witches during the Sabbath? It’s practically a scene out of HBO’s Carniv├ále. If you don’t know what that is, get out of my sight), let me know what you think of the movie in the comments section. What did you like about it? What did you hate about it? Or if you haven't seen it yet, will you?

Conference Call

Just finished a wonderful conference call with Heather, Morgan, and Katie--basically three very awesome women handling the promotion for Til Death. And boy have we made plans. I can't wait to share them all with you in the coming days. The more editing passes I complete the closer everyone gets to grabbing a copy of Dillan's and Selena's story.

In case you haven't entered yet, we are giving away an ARC of Til Death. This is the first of several giveaways happening between now and Til Death's release. Click here to enter the giveaway.

A Til Death Facebook page is also going up very soon, so get ready to click the Like button for that. It'll be your one stop shop for everything Til Death, beside this blog of mine, of course. Can you feel my giddy? I'm way to excited about this.

Alright, that's my update for today. Stay tuned for BIG news in the coming days. Tomorrow, I blog about Hansel and Gretel. Watch out for that.

Have a great rest of the week, everyone!

I am DONE!!!

My To Do List
Yes, three exclamation marks.

I started my 2013 finishing up Unreap My Heart, which is the second book in the Reaper Song series I have with Omnific Publishing. I'm super excited to show you this story. Got new characters. And Balthazar. Seriously. You have to read Unreap just for him. I promise. *laughs*

Anyway, at right about the end of my writing escapade with Balthazar, I received my editorial notes from the AMAZING Liz Pelletier and Guillian Helm. They are the tag team editing Til Death. Yes, amazing had to be in all caps.

The journey to editing Til Death is a surprising one. I hadn't read the manuscript in awhile, and when I finally got my editing notes, it was like I was reading the story for the very first time again. I loved it! I got to see the story with fresh eyes and a totally different perspective. I laughed so hard at so many parts -- of course, no matter how much I want to share what the story is about, I can't. *giggles*

I can't wait to share Dillan's and Selena's story with all of you. If you want an ARC of Til Death, you can join this fantastic giveaway.

For my first round of edits, I converted the point of view from third person to first person. Here's a little secret: Til Death, which used to be Hunter's Moon, started out in the first person. *grins* But when I first wrote Til Death, I didn't know most of what I know today. So, when I started converting the point of view this time around I had so much fun adding lots of things I missed when I first started out.

Once I finished the conversion, I very excitedly returned the new and improved manuscript to my wonderful editors. Then they gave me my notes.
If you squint hard enough, you can read the first 2 pages.

I love editorial notes because they guide me. When writing, the options are infinite that it's very easy to get lost. Sometimes I don't see the different avenues I can take. Editorial notes help me explore the avenues I've missed the first time around. This is why I'm obsessed with the editing process.

Today, I finished the second round of edits and have sent out the manuscript. Til Death is now resembling a novel more and more. Which gets me all excited. I can't wait for the line edits because this is the part where I know the specifics of what to add and remove and shift around. *rubs hands together*

While I'm waiting, I'm jumping into editing Unreap My Heart. Nothing like being busy, busy, busy.

We Want You...To Be Part of "The List"

I love waterfalls. :-)
Calling all bloggers!

Calling all bloggers!

Entangled needs you! *points at you*

Be part of The List.

Here's what you need to know:

One of my awesome publicists at Entangled is compiling a list of bloggers.

Here are the requirements:

Do you have a blog?

Do you love to review books?

Do you want access to books before they release?

If your answers to these questions is a resounding "YES" then you're the right blogger for the job.

We want you! Now's a great time to join The List.

If you want to be a part of The List, here's what you have to do:

1. Add Til Death to your Goodreads TBR pile:


2. Leave the following in the comments section:

a. Your Name

b. Your Blog URL

c. Your Goodreads Name

d. Your Email Address

Additional Option: URL to your blog post about this call for bloggers.

Priority will be given to those who help spread the word by creating a post on this call for bloggers on their blog. *smiles*

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments section and I'll reply right away.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity.

Be part of The List today.

Til Death 500 Goodreads TBR Giveaway

Want to be one of the first to read Til Death, the first book from my YA trilogy with Entangled Teen? 

Well, now's your chance. 

Win a paperback ARC of Til Death by entering the giveaway.

The giveaway is until January 31, but the ARC will be given once it becomes available. By entering, you make it to the front of the line. 

A winner will be chosen once we hit 500 adds on Goodreads.

Tell all your friends!

Add the giveaway to your blog by grabbing the code here.

Have a great rest of the week!

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Taste Blog Tour: Day 1

The Taste Blog Tour starts today. Please take a second to visit the blogs participating today. So exciting!

January 7

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Editing State of Mind

I'm in an editing state of mind.

Just finished writing Unreap My Heart, the second book to the Reaper Song series with Omnific Publishing. There's a certain liberation that comes with that. But being the busy bee that I am at the moment, I'm waiving my usual down time and revving up my brain for editing.

There's lots to do. I think the first quarter of my year is fully booked. All the writing I love each and every day.

At the moment, it's all about editing. First it's editing Angie's Juju's Child. Any publisher would be lucky to acquire this novel. Every time Angie edits it the story gets better and better. I'm loving the read each and every time.

Afterwards, I'm moving forward with Til Death. Editorial notes just came in, which is always exciting. My process is I read the notes once, mull them over, reread the notes again, make notes from the notes, then actually start the editing. I have several ideas already about making the story stronger based on the notes.

If you've been a long time reader of this blog, you'll know editing is my favorite part of the writing process. Since I already have something to work with, the notes actually points me in the right direction, opens up several avenues I hadn't seen before the notes. *rubs hands together* There's nothing more exciting than editing a novel because I know the story can only get better. So when you're reading something and you think it isn't particularly good, imagine the original version.

Besides the editing, I'm gearing up for the Taste Blog Tour. Four days left. Twenty-three blogs participating. Lots of reviews, guest posts, and a giveaway to look forward to.

Catch you all on the flipside!

January Black Cover Reveal

My fellow CMP author has an awesome cover I want to show all of you. I saw it and loved it. And I enjoy sharing anything I love here, so check it out:

Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn has never fit in on The Hill, an ordered place seriously lacking a sense of humor. After his school’s headmaster expels him for a small act of mischief, Matty’s future looks grim until King Hadrian comes to his rescue with a challenge: answer a question for a master’s diploma.

More than a second chance, this means freedom. Masters can choose where they work, a rarity among Regents, and the question is simple.

What was January Black?

It’s a ship. Everyone knows that. Hadrian rejects that answer, though, and Matty becomes compelled by curiosity and pride to solve the puzzle. When his search for an answer turns up long-buried state secrets, Matty’s journey becomes a collision course with a deadly royal decree. He’s been set up to fail, which forces him to choose. Run for his life with the challenge lost…or call the king’s bluff.

Here's the book trailer:

And here's what you need to know about Wendy:

Wendy S. Russo got her start writing in the sixth grade. That story involved a talisman with crystals that had to be found and assembled before bad things happened, and dialog that read like classroom roll call. Since then, she’s majored in journalism (for one semester), published poetry, taken a course on short novels, and watched most everything ever filmed by Quentin Tarantino. A Wyoming native transplanted in Baton Rouge, Wendy works for Louisiana State University as an IT analyst. She’s a wife, a mom, a Tiger, a Who Dat, and she falls asleep on her couch at 8:30 on weeknights.

Isn't the cover awesome? 

Make sure to add January Black to your Goodreads TBR pile today.

January Black
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