1 Day Ebook Sale: Witch Song 99 cents

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Did you received a Kindle for Christmas (I did!)? My publisher wants to help load it up with your first book. For 24 hours only, Witch Song will go on sale for 99 cents. The sale goes from midnight to midnight on Thursday Dec 29 2011.

We'll be doing a #twitterview (interview on twitter) throughout the day to draw attention to the event.

Please help share any way you'd like (blogging, facebook, retweets, tell your friends), so everyone who wanted a copy and couldn't afford one can has a chance to purchase at this price. I would also love it if you posted your review somewhere.

If you don't have a Kindle, you can read it on a computer or smartphone. Seriously, you can't even buy a soda pop for 99 cents anymore. So go dig some change out of your couch cushions (or a local fountain), cause this won't be happening again (I have bills too).

It will be available at this price on:
Barnes and Noble

And I don't want anyone else emailing me and begging me for anymore free copies. ;)


Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Everyone, meet my dad. His name is Kent Argyle and he's a bit of a prankster (I inherited the trait). Here he is holding my cute niece. 

I was going to share a story of one of my favorite Christmas memories with him, but my PR friend talked me out of it. Let's just say the events contained therein weren't exactly "legal."

So instead, I'll leave you with a pic of my Christmas tree:

Merry Christmas!

Too Strong for Too Long

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I recently read an article by Mettie Ivie Harrison about "being too strong for too long," and it struck such resonance in me I had to share it here in hopes that it strikes you as much as it did me (and thanks to Mettie for letting me share excerpts).

In the article, Mettie talks about the moment when she realized she couldn't keep her momentum going anymore. "Every minute of every day had to have a purpose. Most of them had to have two purposes. And I was ruthless when I reviewed my attempts."

Sing it to me sister.

I'm a driven person. I have goals and I work hard toward them. Sometimes to the point
where I push myself into emotional exhaustion. Classic overachiever with a long list of accomplishments (I won't bore you with the details). Any failure by myself was treated with self loathing and disappointment.

Pushing myself hard got results, at least results as far as achievements go.

But there was a price for being so unforgiving a taskmaster.

That price didn't come due until college. Trying to balance my new marriage while keeping my GPA up and living on next to nothing completely overwhelmed me and I started having daily anxiety attacks. My life ground to a halt and I couldn't understand what was wrong with me. 

It took a lot of hard work to relearn how to relax. How to love myself. Forgive myself for my shortcomings and failures. I learned that a happy person is a balanced person. A person who nurtures their spiritual and emotional self--not just their physical and academic self. That relaxing wasn't an epic waste of time but time to recharge.

It was a hard lesson to learn, but I learned it well.

I still catch myself pushing too hard (I have three young kids, my husband is gone a lot with work, I exercise an hour 3 times a week, volunteer at my kids' school, write and market for my book, try to do my hair and makeup, housework, and church responsibilities (I teach Sunday School--what were they thinking???) but I've learned to back off before I fall apart.

I could sense myself getting overwhelmed for a couple months around Witch Song's release. Instead of pushing myself to schedule more signings etc, I took a step back. Now my goal is to do one signing/school visit a month. Not a lot, but I enjoy one activity a month. More than that stresses me out and I miss my kidlets too much. Maybe I can do more when they are older.

To read Mettie's article, go here:


What aspect do you struggle more with: Spiritual, physical, emotional, social, or something else entirely?

Also, it's looking like January's event will be a signing in SLC at Sam Weller's. More to come.

Winner of YA Scavenger Hunt!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
You know what's annoying? When you want to see if you've won something, so you click on it. And the post just rambles on and on. We just want to see the results! Stop making us read through all this random garbage and give us the results.

Don't you hate that?

I hate it too.

Especially when the prize is super awesome. Like winning a copy of Witch Song--just before the holidays no less. Just tell me upfront. First line. Save me all this trouble of . . .What?


I'm doing it again. Aren't I?



The winner is . . .


Sheesh. You didn't have to get all huffy on me.
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