The Songs in Our Hearts - Chapter Two

~Chapter Two~          Everybody Talks - Neon Trees    SAM MUST HAVE WORKED HER magic quickly, because within the timeframe of two class periods, almost everyone in the eleventh grade knew about my alleged crush on Micah Jacobs... I wasn’t sure why it was such a big deal. But it was a small town, and everyone lived for gossip. Walking into science class, I began to hear Micah’s name whispered around me. Awkward doesn’t even begin to cover how I felt. I tried my best to ignore it as I pulled my textbook and spiral out of my backpack and waited not-so-patiently for our teacher to begin her lecture, but I couldn’t help feeling everyone’s stares on me. It was even more embarrassing when I walked into my last class of the day and everyone just stopped talking. As I grabbed a few books from my locker to go home, Jennifer came up beside me. “I’m really sorry about all the stupid rumors today.” She shifted the books in her arms. Jennifer was one of the few people who knew what Samantha had don…

The Songs in Our Hearts: Chapter One

~ Chapter One ~Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root
THIRTY. THAT’S HOW MANY MINUTES eleventh graders had for lunch. Not much, but it was all the time we needed to eat, relax for a moment, and catch our breath until the next class period. “I can’t believe it’s chicken and waffles again,” Jennifer sighed as she picked up one of the semi-warm waffles from her plate and tossed it back down. All of us at the table noticed the way it bounced as it landed and grimaced. “Here,” Rachel, my best friend, giggled as she snapped open her lunch box to reveal her ultimate home packed lunch. Tugging a Ziploc bag of potato chips free, she pulled it open and offered some to Jen. “Thanks,” Jennifer mumbled with a wrinkled nose as she shoved her hand into the bag and pulled out a few chips. Rachel offered me the snack bag next, but I shook my head. “I’m good. We’d better leave the rest for Jennifer or she might be feisty for the rest of the day.” Rachel left the bag beside Jennifer’s lunch tray. Jennifer had b…

Allerleirauh Release Day!

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“I won’t ever let them near you again, Aurelia. I swear it,” he promised as his grief-filled eyes met mine. “You must know I love you. It never mattered to me whether you were a princess or not. It matters not to me if you think you are soiled, because to me . . . you are more . . . You are more than what has happened to you, and you always shall be,” he said softly as his hand slid to my cheek. Carefully, his thumb wiped a tear away.  “You are this wonderful, head-strong, and brave woman,” Klaus continued. “No one has any right to ever try to take such a thing away from you. It should only ever be admired an…

10 Things I Love About Allerleirauh

The story of "Allerleirauh" has haunted me for most of my life. When I was a child I had heard this story, and the magic (and the dresses) stuck with me for years. Perhaps it was a story that I was always meant to write. With inspiration, help from friends, and a boost of confidence, I set out to write my very own 'fairy tale'  retelling . . . with "Allerleirauh." 

On the eve before the release of "Allerleirauh," I wanted to share the ten things I love about this story - and hopefully you - as the reader - will love it too.

1)  The Romance: 
If there is one thing to know about me, it's that I love Love. I love Romance. I love reading it and watching it in all sorts of platforms: movies and books. One of my favorite things about "Allerleirauh" is the sweet romance between Prince Klaus and Aurelia. I wanted there to be a sweet romance in balance of the horrible relationship between her and her father. There's a beautiful scene at a…

My Favorite Things: Top 10!

Welcome to "My Favorite Things: Top 10!" Post I'm here to talk about ten things that are my absolute favorite. I suppose you could consider this as a "getting-to-know-you" kinda post. I thought it would be fun to share a bit more about me on the eve of the "Allerleirauh" release! I hope this keeps you fully entertained, and that you're whistling along with Julie Andrews by the end.

1) Books. Yeah, I guess that's a given. What sort of author can you be if you don't just love books? Preferably, I go for more of the YA novels with a mandatory pinch of romance. Some of my favorite books are: The Shiver series, Fangirl, To All the Boys I Loved series, A Court of Thorns and Roses series, There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom, Sarah Dessen books (Just Listen, The Truth About Forever) The Ring, Zoya, Pride and Prejudice. . . you know, classics.

2) Musicals. I love musicals. My absolute favorite is "The Phantom of the Opera." There…

Allerleirauh Playlist: A Girl and Her Cloak

Welcome back for Part Two of the "Allerlierauh" Playlists. Yesterday, I released part one, "The King and His Promise" playlist  - showcasing most of the music I listened to when writing "Allerleirauh."

Today, you're in for a real treat. When it came to part two, or as I call it, the "Klaus" section, I listened to a lot of emotionally driven scores. I wanted to capture not only the new palace of "Saarland der Licht," but Aurelia's interactions with Lord Crestwood, Adelais and Klaus. During this time, our main protagonist is struggling with her past - struggling with what's occurred in Tranen and the haunting ghost of her father. She begins a friendship with Klaus, which is confusing, scary, and exciting all at once for her.

Klaus tries to encourage Aurelia to live her life and to see herself as more than what might have happened in her past. (He doesn't know who she is and what exactly she's endured.) His kindness wi…