Thursday, July 22, 2010

Relatively Famous!

Hello! Finally back to posting here... sigh... It's been a while, I know. I now have my first young adult book, RELATIVELY FAMOUS, up on Amazon! It's currently in ebook form, and will be in printed book form within the next few weeks. I also just, just finished writing my second YA book and hope to have it all edited and to my agent soon. Fingers crossed!
RELATIVELY FAMOUS was a labor of love, and I am still crazy about this story, even though I finished writing it months ago... Stop by my new WEB SITE to learn more about the book!


Freshman in high school Dani McKinley lives with her mother, Leila, in a modest house in Michigan. Dani adores her mother’s long-term boyfriend, Alan, and her best friend, Samantha. Life is pretty uncomplicated, right? Not for long . . .
            As Dani is walking to school one day, paparazzi pounce on her and claim that she is the daughter of Hollywood icon Mark Ocean. The news immediately changes Dani’s life. Leila confesses the truth to her daughter and agrees to let her spend the summer in California so that she can get to know Mark. But who leaked the story to the tabloids? After a nasty fight with Alan in which Dani announces that she finally has a “real dad,” Dani heads to the West Coast.
            Armed with credit cards, club memberships, and a new wardrobe, Dani learns that what Mark Ocean has in wealth, he sorely lacks in parenting skills. The fatherly interest Mark shows has more to do with changing his public image than with connecting with his daughter. Dani tries to teach her father that parenting is not just about supplying her with Prada bags and trips to movie premieres, and against his own instincts Mark slowly starts to see Dani as more than a career booster. 
           Her new California friends take Dani under their wings and school her in everything from attaching hair extensions to managing the paparazzi. She meets Jason, a gorgeous young personal trainer who is easy on the eyes and wildly flirtatious . . . But is this smug hottie the one for Dani? Or will she ignore her friends’ eye rolling and go for the goofy but sweet surfer? 
          So while juggling her own newly complicated love life, Dani also tries to set her father up with someone less likely to appear on an MTV reality show, and someone more... well, normal. And age-appropriate. And dressed in anything other than a thong bikini. But whether Mark is able to heal old wounds and move forward with anything more than a meaningless fling remains to be seen.
            Can Dani fit in with this new fast-moving California crowd without losing herself? With the world at her fingertips and hot boys now after her, staying grounded gets tough. And can Mark drop his egocentric approach to life and learn how to appreciate how wonderful his daughter truly is? As driven as he is to get that A-list acting role, he's willing to do whatever it takes to get there, even it means using his daughter. Mark and Dani's relationship hits a few highs, but the question becomes whether the lows are too much...?

We're Back

I know it's been awhile since either JP or I have posted, and I am certain all 11 of our readers have been dying to know what, why, and where are we? Well, you can officially stop holding your breath as I am back, and with a little twist of the arm, I am sure I can get JP to write one of her roll on the ground, tears-in-the-eyes-laughter posts again.

I know that JP has been busy writing new books, being an awesome Mom, and promoting her new YA release, "Relatively Famous," which is a fun, fantastic, and terrific read. I think she's definitely found a new genre that she loves! The next one she is working on right now is also wonderful, and I can't wait for the release. That's all I am saying...keep your eyes peeled for it to come out.

For me--where have I been and what have I been up to? Okay for those of you who care, here goes; I am now working full time for my family's business, and some of you know that we make sports medicine products for horses, and all sorts of other equestrian related items. I took on this role because my other passion besides my writing is horses, and also because my dad asked me to. The difficult thing here is that my Dad has been diagnosed with Parkinson's, and it has not been an easy road. The good news is that my Dad is a very upbeat, optimistic man, who maintains a great attitude, attends his physical therapy (4 days a week), and is determined not to let the disease dictate the rest of his life for him.

As I have had to make adjustments and become a corporate type, I have had to also make adjustments where my writing career is concerned. Trust me that over the past few months, I have wavered with the idea of even giving it up, as I found myself being pulled in a few different directions. However, I have said this when I have spoken to various writers' groups--"A writer is always a writer." And, that is still true with myself. I can't stop writing. I have kind of come to a place, though, with the writing that is very different from where I was a few years ago--when what seemed to really matter was getting books on bookstore shelves and hitting a bestseller lists. Now, what matters is just those few precious moments I get each day to create on the page.

I have been asked by a handful of readers if there will be more Nikki Sands' books? Yes, most likely 2 more.

Michaela Bancroft books? I have one in the works, but it may or may not ever get out there.

A sequel to Happy Hour? Possibly, but I am not currently working on one.

Anything new? Yes, but it's a secret for now.

For those of you who don't know, I have a new short book out on writing. It's a compilation of the different talks and workshops I have conducted over the last couple of years. There are easy to follow worksheets, ideas on how to plot, characterization, etc. The book is up on Amazon and is also available on Kindle. It's titled "A Writer's Workshop." There is also a short story featuring Simon, Marco, and Ollie the dog from the Nikki Sands' mysteries ("Dog Gone Dog") available on kindle, as well as a handful of my other books for $2.99.

So there you have it! I am still writing, and I will be back on the blog again. I hope you will keep coming back!