My first review!

I’m very excited that someone as nice as Rachel took time to read and review my book. And she liked it! Now I’m working harder to keep the world of Lila Velez a compelling world. There will be more!

The V girl alternative cover

All is fair in war and love

Please follow The rest is still unwritten. The reviews and giveaways are to die for. Besides, I still remember that song!

Staring at the blank page before you…


Word Count and YA Novels

Hardcovers and Heroines

Two weeks ago I wrote about the verb to be plaguing me. Now the monkey on my back is obsessing over my WIP’s (work in progress) word count. Word count has always been a bit of a sore subject for me. I always felt like my short stories came out too long and in my previous two attempts at novel-writing they’ve come up too short.

I’ve spent many hours over the years googling how long a novel should be. Most of them say things like “there is no should” and “however long it takes to tell your story”. I can’t think of anything less helpful. I appreciate the bloggers give number ranges, but this information is often contradictory. Some say a novel is never less than 70,000 words. While others insist on somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 for a first time author. Short of taking my favorite novels and physically counting…

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