Agents, Authors, beautiful life, Books, Books I LOVE, Reading, Sparkly Books

an ode to the precious and some gemma doyle fangirling

books are such magical things. we can open them and be transported to new worlds, new times, and new adventures. we can laugh and cry and shake our fists along with our favorite characters, and we can fall in love and have our hearts broken with them, too. my ya gothic horror is on submission… Continue reading an ode to the precious and some gemma doyle fangirling

Authors, Awesome reads, Reading, Sparkly Books, ya books

happy world book day!

just in time to celebrate world book day - behold the new stash! *pets the precious*  i am really looking forward to reading Nova Ren Suma's THE WALLS AROUND US this weekend. the cover is GORGEOUS and the inside of the book sounds delightfully terrifying. have you read the blurb yet?? if you're shaking your… Continue reading happy world book day!



Why, hello there lovely blog friends. It's's been a SHAMEFULLY long time. Between moving a thousand miles, unpacking, decorating, writing books, revising books, going through the submission process, reading/critting/and beta'ing friends books, researching the ever loving heck out of my new book, and...excuses, excuses. I know. Hope you're all doing exquisitely on this lovely… Continue reading SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS

Authors, Awesome reads, Book Reviews, Books, Books I LOVE, Cat Winters, Creepy Stories, Debut Novels, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, Young Adult Novels


Book Review: IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS Author: Cat Winters Genre: YA Historical/Mystery with a Paranormal twist Rating: Five out of Five stars Back of book blurb: In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships… Continue reading IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS

Authors, Books, Books I LOVE, Fantasy, For Readers, Novels, Reading, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Writing Life, Young Adult Novels

Summer, summer, summertime reading

You may have noticed that it’s been pretty quiet over here the last few weeks, and I’m really sorry to leave you guys hanging. But there are a few reasons for my neglect silence... One: I’m getting that old familiar NEED to write my next book. It’s starts out quietly, then all hell breaks loose… Continue reading Summer, summer, summertime reading

Authors, Guest Bloggers, Twitter, Writing, Writing Life

Blog that sparks MY soul!

Holy Helvetica, I’m so darn honored you guys! The wonderful (and super talented author pal of mine) Anita Grace Howard, has bestowed my humble site with the ‘Blog That Sparks the Soul Award.’ Here’s what she said on her blog last week that warmed my heart: “Also, I'd like to thank Kerri Maniscalco for her… Continue reading Blog that sparks MY soul!

Authors, Book Reviews, Books, Books I LOVE, Catching Fire, For Readers, Reading, Science Fiction, Sparkly Books, Young Adult Novels

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Book Review: Catching Fire Author: Suzanne Collins Genre: YA Science Fiction Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Back of book blurb: Sparks are igniting. Flames are spreading. And the Capitol wants revenge. Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should… Continue reading Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Authors, For Writers, Happy Things, Hearts and Hearts, Quotes, Writing, Writing Life

Top Ten: Quotes for Writers and Word Nerds

Unfortunately, I don't have time for a super long post today because I'm spending the weekend putting the final (okay the sixth, or seventh FINAL) touches on my latest project. I started it at the end of December, shelved it in early January - wrote another book in between - and brought it back out… Continue reading Top Ten: Quotes for Writers and Word Nerds

Authors, Inspiration, Quotes

Smiles like sunbeams

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."  — Roald Dahl I posted this quote on twitter yesterday afternoon, but some things are worth repeating. Growing up I adored everything Roald Dahl had to offer, from Matilda to the BFG, James & the… Continue reading Smiles like sunbeams


Burning Photographs…err Steady as She Goes

Today is a Ryan Adams kind of day...musically speaking. It's a great song, so turn it up real loud. Oopsie, the video didn't work. I guess that makes today a great day for The Raconteurs instead. THIS should definitely be played loud. Happy Friday! XOXOXO