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#TBT: His favorite things.

As I’m sure just about every writer does, I have a TON of random, under-developed, unfinished pieces of writing stored on my computer (& in my phone, in my iPad, in countless flash drives…), so in the spirit of #ThrowbackThursday, here’s an an excerpt from an old, forgotten idea.

CHAPTER 1: Solitude of a Birdcage

Shame woke her.

The heat of it rolled through her, an explosion that started in the pit of her stomach and ricocheted off of her organs. In the dark haze between sleep and consciousness, she’d seen Van, her best friend. She’d heard Van’s voice, saying it was okay to cry, felt Van’s fingers wrap tightly around hers and squeeze.

Sitting straight up in her bed, she turned to the figure that lay beside her. Isaac stirred and reached for her, his hand falling on the empty pillow beside him. Even through the darkness, she could see his eyes flutter open. “Maxie,” he said. “What’s wrong?”

CHAPTER 2: Solitude of a Birdcage


Maxie was high. As high as a kite, as a comet, as high as something even higher than a comet. It was Christmas evening and she plodded down a snow covered sidewalk of New York City, her hands lodged in her pockets, her wool hat pulled low over her face, nearly covering her eyes. The freezing wind blew fiercely, whipping her hair across her cheeks and sending icy chills up her spine that made her whole body shudder. Yet, somehow, it didn’t bother her.

Chapter 3: Solitude of a Birdcage


Maxie sat on the couch, staring straight ahead at nothing in particular. She felt outside of herself, as if she were floating above the room, watching the herd of detectives, policemen, paramedics, medical examiners, and even lawyers swarming around her apartment. She just sat on the couch, finally clothed, but still covered in dried blood.

Isaac’s blood.

Chapter 4: Solitude of a Birdcage


Alex was a good kisser. The best kisser, actually. He didn’t do too much, nor too little. There was always the right amount of moisture. He always knew what to do with his hands. Sometimes he kissed Maxie gently and slowly, running his fingers through her hair, pulling back every few minutes to look at the emotion in her expression, in her eyes. Other times, he was hungry and aggressive. He’d kiss her with longing and fervency, holding her body impossibly close to his, exploring her as if he didn’t have enough hands to touch enough of her at once.

Tonight was one of those nights.

Chapter 5: Solitude of a Birdcage


Detective Lake was waiting for Maxie when she arrived at the hospital the next morning. “I’ve been trying to get in touch with you,” she said. “Did Savannah give you my messages?”

Maxie shrugged, avoiding Lake’s eyes as she moved past her and into Isaac’s room. Nothing had changed. He still lay in the same position she’d left him in two days before. On his back, slightly propped up, arms at his sides. She knew personally that he preferred to sleep on his belly. She couldn’t help but wonder if, even comatose, that was still the case. “I haven’t seen Van,” Maxie lied.

Solitude of a Birdcage is on NetGalley!

Good news reviewers! Solitude of a Birdcage is officially available to request on NetGalley!

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Cover Reveal: Solitude of a Birdcage

I’m excited to announce the new title and cover of Forget Me Not:


Solitude of a Birdcage

Available September 13, 2014 in eBook & paperback

Solitude cover

In the war between duty and desire, there will be casualties…

Maxie Shannon and Savannah Trimmel are more than best friends. They’re sisters, bound by a tragic past and an unbreakable bond. When Isaac, Savannah’s boyfriend, falls victim to an act of violence that leaves him with no recollection of the prior eighteen months, both women tend to his recovery. For Savannah, it’s simply an attempt to care for the man she loves.

For Maxie, it’s a chance at redemption.

She tells Isaac nothing of the passionate secrets they’d been keeping from Savannah, nor of the unyielding feelings that nearly consumed them both.

But as the fragile wall obstructing Isaac’s memory begins to crack, hidden truths slip through the fissures, and Maxie will once again be faced with an impossible choice– her loyalty, or her heart.


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*cover design by Ellie Augsburger. Read more about Ellie here.

Solitude of a Birdcage: cover by Ellie Augsburger

With the reveal of the cover for Solitude of a Birdcage, I wanted to thank my awesome cover designer, Ellie Augsburger of Creative Digital Studios who put it together.

I’ve decided to write a special post, just for her, not only because I’m in love with the work she did, but because she was so amazing throughout the whole process. I know that I was a pain in the ass, mostly because I had a vision of what I wanted that I couldn’t articulate but expected her to produce, anyway. And she actually did, without complaint. And not only did she do it without complaint, but she went above and beyond by giving me TWO banners for promotion, multiple sizes of the cover, and a few more extras that I’m grateful for.

I’m currently working with Ellie again on another project, and I plan to use her for the sequel to Solitude of a Birdcage as well. It was just a relieve to have someone who was able to bring my vision to life with only vague ideas and pretty unhelpful suggestions, while remaining extremely patient and very accommodating through the whole process.

So THANK YOU, Ellie, & I very much look forward to working a lot more with you.

And for anyone else who may be be looking to have any design work done– covers, websites, logos, etc. etc.– I highly recommend checking out Ellie’s list of services. She’s seriously amazing.

Forget Me Not: New cover & title reveal + a Kindle giveaway!

It’s official: Forget Me Not has an all new cover AND title, and (finally!) a release date!

I’ll be sharing all of these with you guys on Friday, March 21st, so make sure you stop by Lost 20’s and tell me what you think of the big changes. 

When you get here, don’t forget to enter the Kindle giveaway for your chance to win a FREE Amazon Kindle eReader! 

Thanks for your continued support, guys, & I’ll see you all again on Friday!



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