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I'm a visual effects artist for film and television by day, and at night I don my author cape and pen stories for the YA crowd. I love a good fairy tale, especially if there's a creepy twist, so that's what I write.
I met my husband in the World of Warcraft and we live in Los Angeles with our cat. We spend our time playing video games, reading, hiking, sweeping up cat hair, and cursing the terrible traffic.
I have a bachelor's degree in Religion and Philosophy from Hillsdale College, and some of my past jobs have included: swimming lessons teacher, lifeguard, furniture salesperson, barista, and loan officer. I was especially terrible at the loan officer bit and that's what prompted me to make a major change and go off to Canada to get a diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects. After that, I moved to Los Angeles by myself and roomed with two crazy sisters I found on Craigslist. But that's another tale.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my books!
on March 07, 2014 :
I really enjoyed Damselfly, so imagine my excitement when I stumbled across a novelette set at the same time in the same world with the same types of little people. I'll give you a hint: I was totally stoked. I was so excited to meet another six-inch tall girl and learn more about Lina's world.
In Damselfly, we see little to none of the USA. A few glimpses of Hawaii and that's about it. So I thought it was really interesting that, while Lina thinks she's the only girl of her type, the US has created these little fairies to use as spies. It kind of gives a whole new depth to fairies and makes the traditional ornaments seen around Christmas totally creepy, but (apart from shrinking people down to six inches and giving them wings), actually sounds like something that isn't too far-fetched. It's kind of scary to think about, but it's not like we're not all being watched all the time anyway. Just... not by fairies.
Sugar is a really interesting character, and I'm really excited that this is just her introduction. I felt like this story kind of just ended and didn't resolve much of anything, but I'm honestly ok with that because I found out there's going to be a sequel to Damselfly and Sugar will be reintroduced in it. So hooray! I enjoyed that this story was set in the same world, but in a totally different location and focused on a completely different character. I can't wait to see how Sugar and Lina meet, and what adventures they will have.
I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who read Damselfly, since it expands upon the world created there. I would also recommend the series to anyone who loves sci fi and fairy tale retellings. It's a great series, and I can't wait to see where it goes from here. 3/5.
(review of free book)
on Jan. 05, 2014 :
Sugar Plum is a fairy with beautiful purple wings and only six inches tall. Every year at Christmas Sugar and hundreds of other fairies like her are given away as Christmas tree ornaments to poor children and most of the time these children are crossers. Crossers are families who are trying to cross the Mids illegally. The US has been divided into three sections, the West, the East and the Mids.
Sugar is given to a little girl named Clara who is told not to open her gift until Christmas. She is told if she waits until Christmas that her little fairy will then magically turn into a real girl. Clara wants so badly to open her present before Christmas but she doesn't because she believes that her little fairy might not turn into a real girl if she opens her before Christmas so therefore she waits.
Sugar finds out that there is more going on about the crossers and the conflict than what she has been told. She finds out that Clara's uncle and his family was killed and that now Clara and her family are running for their lives. Sugar is stuck between a rock and a hard place when she learns of the danger she has put Clara's family into just by being with them. She doesn't know where to stay with Clara and her family or leave them. Sugar has become to care about Clara and her family and doesn't want to do anything that would cause them harm. So what should she do? Should she stay or leave?
I read Damselfly before reading Sugar Plum and really loved it. So then I just had to read Sugar Plum. I wanted to find out more about the little humans. I have so much loved reading about the six inch humans. I hope that there will be more books in the Damselfly series. I would love to know more about Sugar and Clara. If you have not read Sugar Plum then I highly recommend that you pick up your copy today.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 04, 2013 :
I loved this. It grabbed me from the start and pulled me along on a great dystopian adventure in a future post Third Civil War future. I bought Damselfly immediately and can't wait for the next book, which will finish both girls' stories.
(review of free book)