It’s Monday, the dreaded first day of the work week! There seems to be no end in sight!


So we’ve come to rescue you! We have Mindee Arnett answering our fun Monday Funday questions! First here’s some info about this fabulous author we love!


Mindee Arnett lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. She’s addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space. She has far more dreams than nightmares.


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Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.


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Dusty Everhart might be able to predict the future through the dreams of her crush, Eli Booker, but that doesn’t make her life even remotely easy. When one of her mermaid friends is viciously assaulted and left for dead, and the school’s jokester, Lance Rathbone, is accused of the crime, Dusty’s as shocked as everybody else. Lance needs Dusty to prove his innocence by finding the real attacker, but that’s easier asked than done. Eli’s dreams are no help, more nightmares than prophecies.

To make matters worse, Dusty’s ex-boyfriend has just been acquitted of conspiracy and is now back at school, reminding Dusty of why she fell for him in the first place. The Magi Senate needs Dusty to get close to him, to discover his real motives. But this order infuriates Eli, who has started his own campaign for Dusty’s heart.

As Dusty takes on both cases, she begins to suspect they’re connected to something bigger. And there’s something very wrong with Eli’s dreams, signs that point to a darker plot than they could have ever imagined.



Jeth Seagrave and his crew have made their name stealing metatech: the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light. In a world where the agencies that patrol the outer edges of space are as corrupt as the crime bosses who control them, it’s as much of a living as anyone can ask for. For years Jeth’s managed to fly under the radar of the government that executed his parents for treason—but when he finds himself in possession of information that both government and the crime bosses are willing to kill for, he’s going to find there’s no escaping his past anymore.

Now to the questions!


Rules are simple: Don’t think, just answer the questions without thought.


1. Avalon deals with a lot of spaceships. Which ship would you love to fly? The Millennium Falcon? The Enterprise? Serenity from Firefly? Or any other ship?

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This is such a tough question. Clearly, I think Avalon rocks hardcore, but if I had to choose a spaceship for my own, I’d go with the T.A.R.D.I.S from Doctor Who. It can go anywhere in space and time. Plus, the ship is packed with awesome stuff like a swimming pool, gigantic library. I think there’s even a riding stables in there. On and it has the Doctor, of course. Best of all worlds. I suppose the Enterprise from Next Generation would work too, thanks to the Holodec.


 OMG! How could I forget about the Tardis? You win on that one!


2.  Dreams are big in Nightmare Affair because Dusty needs to feed off them. Have you had any dreams that stuck with you or you couldn’t forget? i had a dream that someone is in the house hunting me. i don’t have it often but when I do the hunter get’s closer and closer to me. It’s so scary!


I do have recurring dreams. When I was little, I regularly dreamed that Medusa from Clash of the Titans (the original) lived in my dad’s basement. As I got older my dreams turned to more serious matters that I would prefer not to mention—they’re just too horrible and personal. Although I will say a lot of my anxiety dreams involve my teeth failing out. Shudder!

I have dreams of my teeth falling out too due to anxiety! Horrible!


3. What is your most favorite MC from any book who you would like to hang out with if they were alive and real?

Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. She’s funny and sweet and she has magic!



4. Who would win in a fight? Katniss or Tris? I mean Katniss has arrows and Tris knives and guns.  It would be a fair fight.

I would have to go with Katniss. This is like the city girl versus the country girl showdown. In my book, the country girl always wins….lol


 I totally agree too!


5. Tell us something outstanding that we didn’t know about you! I have an obsession with dragons. I love Kaleesi from Game of Thrones. I want pet dragons!


Make that ditto for me. I love dragons, too. But I would prefer mine to come like they do in Pern, I think. One fact about me I haven’t shared is that I used to play the Viola. I absolutely loved it. Actually, I’m fairly musical all around. I play the piano, a little guitar, and I sing.

You are so multitalented! Thank you so much for playing Monday Funday!


Until next time lovlies!




It’s Monday and time to have some fun!



Today we have fun with  Author Jessica Spotswood who answers our Monday Funday questions!


Here’s a little about Jessica!
Jesica Spottswood

The Cahill Witch Chronicles 



I grew up in a tiny one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania, where I could be found swimming, playing clarinet, memorizing lines for the school play, or—most often—with my nose in a book. I’ve been writing since I was little but studied theatre in college and grad school. Now I live in Washington, DC with my brilliant playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey.


And now to the questions! Muhahaha!




1. So the Cahill Witch Chronicle deal with witches and most witches are associated with covens. If you were head witch of a coven what other YA authors or any genre authors would you have a part of it? And what would be their special powers?



 Ooh, my Breathless Reads sisters Andrea Cremer, Marie Lu, and Beth Revis would be my coven! We really clicked on tour in 2012 and we’ve done a few retreats since then, and they’re such an amazing, funny, clever, talented group of women, they don’t even need magic to make them more awesome. But I’d love to be able to fly or teleport to see them more often! I think Andrea would be a healer, because she’s so nurturing; Marie would be able to cast amazing illusions, because she’s also a brilliant artist; and Beth would be able to do mind-magic, because she’s a little bit evil. ;) 


This is an epic coven! I wouldn’t want to mess with you girls! 



2. I always have to ask the book boyfriend questions. Who is your favorite book boyfriend and what would you ask him if you got to meet him in person?


 I don’t know if I can choose just one. My three favorite book boyfriends are Po from GRACELING, Hector from THE GIRL OF FIRE & THORNS series, and Eldric from CHIME. I don’t know what I’d ask them – let’s be honest, I don’t think much about talking to them! *swoons*


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3. You have been part of the drama department in college and directed some plays. What YA book would you most love to direct? Of course we would love to see the Cahill Witch Chronicles on the big screen!



 Oh, I wouldn’t trust myself to direct it – but I’d love to see a movie version of any of Kristin Cashore’s books. Especially FIRE. It’s so visual, with all the beautiful monsters!






4. If you could immerse yourself in any book what book would it be and what part? I would love to immerse myself in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to ride theThestral with Harry and the others to the Ministry of Magic.


 I’d love to live in the Harry Potter world! I’d like to visit Hogwarts and explore the castle – meet the ghosts, go through the secret passageways, have feasts in the great hall, attend a Quidditch match, and see crazy new plants and animals in herbology and Hagrid’s class! 





5. Quick, you have a small amount of time and the cannon is ready to fire for the Hunger Games. What is your talent and who is your district?


Er…I’m really organized? I have great handwriting? I give good advice? I’d be dead immediately in the Hunger Games! 


Ha Me too. I’m too nice. I would be a goner.




6. Disney has many princess, what princess would you love to revamp and make a brand spankin new fairy tale? I would love to see snow white as a vampire because whose skin is white as snow and lips red as blood? Or maybe sleeping beauty as a stone gargoyle cursed to sleep during the day? 


I’m actually working on a fantasy retelling of Sleeping Beauty right now! It’s told from the pov of her half-fey bastard best friend, who has to go on a quest to bring back the prince she thinks will break the curse. I don’t want to say too much about it yet, but I love the idea of re-imagining Sleeping Beauty from a passive princess into a very headstrong one – and the curse being broken not really because of some unknown prince but because of a loyal best friend. 




OMG! I love this! I can’t wait to read this!


Thank you so much for being a part of our Monday Funday Jessica!


Love Tawney

To celebrate Dahlia Adler’s book release of Behind the Scenes we will go behind our scenes of being twins. Oh, we have a giveaway too!


First Happy book birthday to Dahlia and Behind the scenes!

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BEHIND THE SCENES (June 24, 2014)

High school senior Ally Duncan’s best friend may be *the* Vanessa Park – star of TV’s hottest new teen drama – but Ally’s not interested in following in her BFF’s Hollywood footsteps. In fact, the only thing Ally’s ever really wanted is to go to Columbia and study abroad in Paris. But when her father’s mounting medical bills threaten to stop her dream in its tracks, Ally nabs a position as Van’s on-set assistant to get the cash she needs. Spending the extra time with Van turns out to be fun, and getting to know her sexy co-star Liam is an added bonus. But when the actors’ publicist arranges for Van and Liam to “date” for the tabloids just after he and Ally share their first kiss, Ally will have to decide exactly what role she’s capable of playing in their world of make believe. If she can’t play by Hollywood’s rules, she may lose her best friend, her dream future, and her first shot at love.
Find her book at these websites!


And now behind the scenes of the TWINS!

After a long day of working at the Superior Court in Arizona we like to get together and drink after work. Maybe gossip….

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We love to write! So much so that Kristen went to Phoenix Comic Con as her Main Character of her upcoming book! She made the whole outfit!

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Tawney is obsessed with headbands! Don’t ask. She just loves how they go with her bangs.

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And as twins we like to have fun and clown around! Yes that’s Tawney dancing and doing the air guitar at a wedding. We love to dance.

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Maybe fool our friends by switching places on the phone when they call. We love being twins and are proud to show it!


For Dahlia’s release we’re giving away a paperback copy of Behind the Scenes!


You only have to do one thing, comment below with “behind the scenes” in your life!  You can talk about what you are working now if you are a writer, post pictures of your work, show your hobbies, anything! Just give us a peek into your life and have fun!
Love the Twins

It’s Monday and you know what that means? No not Manic Monday! It’s……..



It’s been awhile since I blogged but moving is getting in the way! Darn it! However, today we have a great author playing our silly-no-nonsense-question game!

The rules are simple, have fun and just answer the questions at first thought. Even if the questions are silly.

Our special quest today is Lisa M Basso author of A Shimmer of Angels

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Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Husband that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B.

 You can also find her prowling the internet (when not writing)






And let the games begin!



1. Your book A Shimmer Of Angels is about angels, so often wings are associated with

angels. If you had wings what type and color would you have? I’ll give an example of

what type I would like… raven black wings tipped with orange and red to make them look

like they are on fire! Go!


Love this question and your answer is probably better than anything I can come up with,

but I’ll give it a try. I’m thinking my wings would have a sheer gossamer-like look. They

would be a very pale lavender with a starlight shimmer to them. Super ethereal and kind

of creepy. :)


Pretty!! Now those are cool wings.


2. Who is your favorite book boyfriend and what would you tell them if you had the chance

to hang out with them for a day?


I have to pick just one?! So unfair! But since you’re making me choose, I’ll go with Sam

from Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series (Shiver, Linger, Forever, and the

soon-to-be-released Sinner—cannot wait for this book, BTW). And I would tell him that

no matter what happened in his past, that he deserves love. He has such a big heart and is

totally my type. If only I wasn’t married…and he wasn’t fictional. Such is life, right?


OMG. Such a good answer and yes that is life. :)


3. With all the books being made into movies which do you think represents the books and

characters the best? Twilight? Divergent? Hunger Games? Beautiful Creatures? Vampire

Academy? Immortal Instruments? Or any others you have seen. But not Harry Potter.

Hands down they did good so not part of this round of questions!


Of course, the Harry Potter movies are incredible, no question there. I also really loved

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. I can’t wait to see what they do with Mockingjay

(both movies, since it’s being split into two movies). Also, I really enjoyed Divergent

(it was my favorite of the three books). And I can’t wait to finally take my butt to the

movies next week and see The Fault In Our Stars. I’ve been staying off twitter because I

haven’t seen it yet (or read the book—it’s next up on my to-read pile, so don’t shame me!

). But soon. Soon!



4. Speaking of Harry Potter, you put the sorting hat on your head, which house

does it choose? Not the one you want to be in but the one you are most like. I’m

Hufflepuff…though I wish it was Gryffendor! But I’m too happy and hyper to be in that



While I do feel like my dark side would thrive in Slytherin (how cool would that be?), I

believe the sorting hat would pick Hufflepuff for me, too. I’m loyal and hardworking, so

where else could I possible go?


Yay! We can Hufflepuff together!


5. What are you working on now? Can you give us a sneak peek?


Well, I just finished up the first round of edits on A Matter Of Time, the third and final

book in The Angel Sight series. And boy, was that a lot of work! Now I’m working

on a Contemporary Fantasy YA I wrote almost two years ago. Lots of re-plotting and

rewriting. It’s going to be a brand new book when I’m done. Unfortunately, because of

where I am in the writing process, I can’t say much more than that, except that I’ll be

submitting it to agents (and maybe publishers) in the next few months so you guys can

read it and hopefully love it as much as I do.


Sounds wonderful! Thank you so much Lisa for being part of our Monday Funday game!


Check back next time for more Monday Funday games!


Love Tawney 




Holy BEA Batman!

Posted: June 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

So last week I went to BEA (Book Expo America) and Holy cow Batman!


I felt like a fish out of water. So many publishers and authors that my brain couldn’t understand what I should do first. I wasn’t even prepared. Some of my friends had lists and excel sheets of who they were going to visit. I was stupefied.

So many people dropped suitcases off. Why suitcases? It was a book convention, not like they were going anywhere. Boy was I wrong.


These suitcases were used for books! LOTS AND LOTS OF BOOKS! Apparently they give free ARCS away at BEA. When you meet authors, publishers or visit booths. It was too much to handle. I was totally ADD here. My head would swivel every which way screaming  “Book!”

I met so many great bloggers and authors. Here are some pictures to prove it! It was just fabulous to meet people I follow on twitter!! They didn’t disappoint either! They’re all so nice!


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I first got to hang out with the Goddess of Book Knowledge Dalia Adler and she is amazing. If you don’t follow her on twitter you need to stat! She was so kind to take an hour of her day to spend with my spastic questions. And I did have an embarrassing moment where I fell flat on my face but we won’t go there. Dalia is an awesome writer and I have the pleasure of reading her book Behind the Scenes right now! It’s soooooo good.

I then went to the blogger conference and met Hafsah Faizal who is so inspiring. She is such a knowledgeable blogger that I took notes immediately when she spoke. I’m new at blogging and the information I obtained will hopefully help advance my blogging. It was wonderful to meet Hafsah in person. Check out her website for great ideas and information on blogging and designs.

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At the Teen Author Carnival event I went to I met KK Hendin who just looked so cute in her pink jacket! I didn’t get to talk to her long but meeting her in person was fabulous! You guys it was just so fun seeing everyone! I can’t wait to share more! Squee!

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I met Summer and it was so nice to see someone with my spastic personality!I felt like we were kindred spirits! She was a ball of energy who hopped around BEA knowing everyone! I was so glad to see her and spend time with her!

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It’s Megan Orsini!  She is such a soft spoken nice person! I ran into her a lot at BEA and it was such a pleasure!

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Double whammy of a meeting  Melanie Conklin and Andrea Hannah. Super awesome ladies!

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It’s Megan Whitmer!! She ‘s just as funny and lovely as her Vlogs!


And I finally got to meet my fellow bloggers from The Writer Diaries Jessica and Vickie! OMG they were so fun and cute. I think we are BFF now. LOL. They were my line buddies and ARC buddies. We worked as a team, actually Avengers team. Avengers Assemble!

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And now more authors I’ve met!

Spencer Hill Press had a wonderful panel of authors, not just because I love following them, but there books are must reads.

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That’s Dahlia with Kelsy Macke at their signing! Unfortunately I didn’t get a selfie with Kelsey because she was so popular! She was a hoot just like her vlogs.


The first author I met was Rainbow Rowell and she was signing her new adult book Landline! I even got an extra copy for my friend Summer because Rainbow was that nice!

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And the authors I met!

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Jeffery Deaver                                                                                                   Alan Cumming


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Rick Riordan


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Sarah Mass                                                                                                              Kate Brauning

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Cassandra Clare

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And Dinner with a bunch of wonderful authors and bloggers who I consider my friends!

Yes that is me in the front. I’m spastic!

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So a few tips: Wear comfortable shoes, bring an extra suitcase for books and make sure you come prepared on who you want to see. Make an excel sheet or highlight the ones you really want to see. I missed a lot of authors because I wasn’t prepared. And last but not least, make friends. I’m so glad I met all these lovely ladies and I’m sure I will see them again!

Love Tawney

ASPEN Release and Giveaway

Posted: June 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’m so happy to be sharing this book with you! I had the pleasure of interning with Rebekah Crane for Aspen and seeing the process of how this book went from an idea to being published!


So this is exciting for me to see this book out there for all of you to see! With further ado, ASPEN!



ASPEN by Rebekah Crane

One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn’t want to remember the devastating car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard– because Katelyn may have died — but she didn’t leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it’s kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn’s gorgeous former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.

Popularity, college, Homecoming Court, hot guys – none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She’s been busy trying to rein in her giant mass of blonde curls, keep her stoner mother Ninny away from Toaster, her mom’s awful bongo drumming boyfriend, and prevent her best friends Kim and Cass from killing – or kissing – one another. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics looking all too gorgeous, Katelyn’s spirit dogging her steps, and her obsessive snow-globe collecting therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can’t control … and doesn’t want to.

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, ASPEN is about the best-worst accident of your life … and what comes next.


APSENGoodreads | Amazon
About Rebekah Crane


Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University. After having two kids, living in six different cities, and finally settling down in the foothills of her beloved Rocky Mountains, her first novel, PLAYING NICE, was published. ASPEN, her second YA novel, set in Boulder, CO, is due to release in summer 2014 from In This Together Media. She now spends her day carpooling kids or tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 ft high in the Rockies, where the altitude only enhances the experience.


Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads



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And now to the GIVEAWAYS!!!!!!

One winner will receive a signed copy of ASPEN and $25 Amazon gift card (US/CA only).


***Any contestant that uses dummy or contest only accounts to enter will be disqualified.***


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Giveaway for Amazon Reviewers!

*Please post the giveaway picture (attached) along with the details*

Purchase and review ASPEN on Amazon by June 22, 2014 to enter to win 2 tie-dye scarves, 1 t-shirt from Moe’s Broadway Bagel in Boulder, Grateful Dead stickers, a signed copy of PLAYING NICE and a signed annotated copy ASPEN, plus $25 Amazon gift card.

To enter to win this epic giveaway, you must 1) purchase a copy of ASPEN, 2) read it, 3) review it on Amazon, and 4) submit your entry by filling out this form:


And last but not least a sneak peek of Aspen with Chapter 1!




Love Tawney

Hi fantastic peeps!

Tawney here!

I’ve got an announcement.


So I can finally tell you I’m moving.


My hubs has gotten a job as Program Director for a country station in Orlando, Florida. Details here.

So you know what that means????

Disney World!


Harry Potter



Hour or so this way or 45 minutes that way to the beach!


So there wasn’t any hard selling for me to want to move. I’m so proud of my husband right now. But also scared! I’ve never left Arizona and I’m leaving friends and family behind. Especially my other half, my twin sister.


But that doesn’t mean I’m leaving our friendship behind. I’m taking it with me. And I will visit and stay in touch with everyone! It may be hard the first couple of months and I may be lonely but this is a great opportunity. I think I’ll spend my time painting and writing while looking for jobs with the Florida court. I desperately need to write again.

Also, making new friends too! If you live in Orlando I would love to meet up for coffee and chat. Maybe write? Any writers in Orlando? I’ll need friends! I’m a people person and will be so lonely!

For those of you I’m leaving behind and those of you who live in other states, I only have one thing to say.  I HAVE A GUEST ROOM! Let’s go frolic at the beach, DisneyWorld and Harry Potter! If there are any writer conventions here don’t waste your money on a hotel! STAY WITH ME! I don’t bite.


So a wonderful adventure awaits in Florida. I can’t wait to see what happens next!


Also, there will be a special blog on Friday. I’ll talk all about my adventure at BEA! Stay tuned! I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures so now hear the adventure!