I have been a loyal follower of Young Adult (YA) literature since the age of 11, making that 8 years spent reading new releases, bestselling series, and debuts that make up this genre. It’s been fun to watch as this overarching genre has bloomed and transformed over my own years of interest into one that… Read More A Young Adult’s Perspective on YA Publishing ~Guest Post by Michaela Mininger
I’ve got IYGAMAC Syndrome. Otherwise known as “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” syndrome. I empathize with that easily distracted mouse from the popular children’s book. Seriously. Just this morning, I went upstairs to my office to start my day but forgot my coffee. I went back downstairs to get my mug filled with… Read More So Many Distracting Cookies!
I woke up this morning and so did not feel like working out. A million excuses bounced around in my mind about why I should just skip my workout. But I didn’t. I climbed up on the elliptical and strode for seven minutes. Well, it’s better than nothing. I picked up my weights and pumped… Read More Stop “Better Than Nothing Thinking”
I woke up the other morning with a flood of worry. Nothing has changed in my life to cause such an avalanche of anxiety. I just woke up and was overwhelmed by worrisome thoughts. Most of which were irrational. There tends to be a direct link between my level of sleepiness and my level of… Read More Worry Darts
I’m going to be upfront with you, I used to not really understand the whole being transformed in the image of Christ deal. What does that mean? I mean seriously. Will we start resembling a thirty-something Jewish man with long, brown hair and a beard? Of course not. That’d be silly. And very unfortunate for us female Christians, if… Read More How to Change Your Life Without Breaking a Sweat (or Growing a Beard)!
What I’m about to tell you is true. I did not make this up. It really did happen to me. And it is why I never doubt that Jesus is real—the one true God. When I was little I asked Jesus into my heart. I truly loved Him. But I thought all anyone did was… Read More Bug Jokes, Max Lucado, and a Phone Call
We humans have to be stronger than we ever imagine, love ourselves in the process, and dig in when the ground seems to sink. We not only relish adventures, we create them. That’s the basis of Saylor’s story in Kadee Carder’s young adult science fiction trilogy, Insurrection. Volume One, Insurrection, and Volume Two, Incomplete, is… Read More Check out Kadee Carder’s Trilogy!
Awakened Light, Celestial Guardians Book 2 by J.J. Nite (Young Adult Fantasy/Romance) All Edie Malakim wanted was to be a regular teenager, but she never had an abundance of luck. Discovering you’re the answer to an ancient prophecy, the one destined to lock Lucifer in Hell, definitely doesn’t qualify as normal either. As Edie struggles… Read More Check out Awakened Light by J.J. Nite!
For years, Jane’s mom told her horror stories about her time spent in foster care. Now she’s determined to keep her little sister from suffering the same fate. Seventeen-year-old Jane Sanders has had to take care of her alcoholic mother and little sister, Abby, since her dad died seven years ago. And now Mom had… Read More My first novel, Abby’s Letters, releases June 20, 2017!
Writing is one of the most fulfilling and depleting things a person can do. It’s tough. It’s grueling. It’s, often times, thankless. But it’s also exhilarating and exciting. Most of us writers, write to make a difference. Whether it’s simply to distract our readers from the everyday yuck of life or to help them develop… Read More My Thoughts on YA Writing and “Thirteen Reasons Why”