~~~ How will Natalie’s story end? ~~~

A-Girl-scorned-evernightpublishing-2017-ebook mediumA GIRL SCORNED, the 3rd and final book of The Escape Series, releases in just TWO DAYS!

(For more info on the entire series, click here)

Here’s the first excerpt of A GIRL SCORNED!


In front of the No Admittance door, I stood, listening. But the only sounds were the ambient rustles of footsteps, shuffling of papers, and fingers on keyboards, all which floated through the tall ceiling of the library.

I closed my eyes and exhaled hard. Upon opening them, I knocked twice, just like the slip of paper instructed.

The door opened. A hand grabbed my arm and yanked me inside.

I smelled Eddie before I saw him. To my eyes, he was nothing more than a dark figure looming over me. To my nose, he was familiar and welcoming. I didn’t wait for confirmation or for him to speak, I dislodged myself from his grasp and threw my arms around him, pressing my nose into his neck, inhaling him—his scent, his very being.

His arms enclosed tight around my waist, bringing tears to my eyes. I pulled back just enough to press my lips to his.

“I take it you got my note,” he whispered.

“I take it you missed me,” I replied.

The warmth of his laughter hit my forehead. He was beginning to come into focus in the low light. His smile, the sturdiness of his shoulders. His brown hair was covered by a dark ball cap that sported a white, overlapping NY logo.

“Yankees? I thought you were an Ohio boy.”

He grabbed the bill and adjusted the hat. “When in Rome.”

The space around us was much darker than the library, and my eyes had a hard time adjusting. It was a passageway of some kind. A low, yellow light shone about ten feet down, giving off just enough illumination to see the walls around it.

“What is this place?” I asked.

“Leads down to the boiler room.”

A small shudder flew through me. Creepy basements with steaming pipes was too horror movie for my taste.

“How did you get in here without being seen?” I asked. “You really shouldn’t be here at all. This place is swarming with people watching me, waiting for you. Sergei’s guys, the FBI—all of them eager to be the one to bring you down. In handcuffs or…”

“With a bullet.”

“Don’t say that.”

“It’s the truth.”

“Then don’t remind me.”


~~~Be sure to check back on October 20th for more information and links, so you can grab your own copy of A GIRL SCORNED!~~~

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A GIRL SCORNED, The Escape Series Book 3

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The only thing more ruthless than a killer is the girl they piss off.

On her first day of college, Natalie finds herself on the kill list of criminal mastermind Sergei Romanov. She flees and goes into hiding with Eddie, who is wanted by both Sergei and the FBI.

When Natalie discovers Sergei’s sinister connection to her past, she sees an opportunity to mend the fragments of her broken family—and give him a lethal payback.

Armed with vengeance and a gun, Natalie re-enters the criminal world where old secrets are exposed and not everyone is who they seem. As the line between right and wrong starts to blur, Natalie must decide how far she’ll go to save herself, her family, and the man she loves.






Most people will tell you there’s no right way to write, so long as it produces a quality piece of work. There are, however, different ways to write.

So, let’s discuss the benefits* of being a plotter versus a pantser.

For those who are not familiar with these terms : A Plotter is someone who outlines—or plots—their stories before writing them. A pantser is someone who flies by the seat of their pants and writes a story with little to no outlining.

I’ve written books both as a plotter and a pantser. My verdict on which is better? I’ll tell you after going through some benefits of both.

Plotting Benefits

plotoutlining.pngMost plot kinks are worked out early on. When you outline, you “see” the book in a very basic form. It’s like looking at a blueprint of a house. You can see ahead of time if the bedroom is the size of a closet, or if the front door opens into a bathroom instead of a foyer or living room. And at this early stage, you can change things around to make sure all is as it should be before spending weeks/months writing the first draft.

Writing a book often means writing backwards. (What the heck does that mean?!) It doesn’t literally mean writing backwards. It means that as you develop your plot, you’ll gain wonderful inspiration along the way and create new plot twists and turns, which means you’ll then need to go back to an earlier time in the book to put in clues, characters, and objects to support these twists and turns.

For example, does your second plot point make use of a secret passageway under Grandpa’s antique desk? Then you had better make mention of that desk earlier in the book. And when you are a plotter, it’s easier to implement these small but important details before getting too bogged down in your writing.

Pantsing Benefits

IMG_7459.JPGFlying by the seat of your pants is simply whimsical! I love how characters move organically when there’s little to no preconceived notion of where they’re going. I especially love how dialogue often comes out naturally, as though the author is sitting in the corner, watching a real life scene unfold. One reason authors like pantsing is because it’s as close as we can get to reading our book as an unsuspecting reader.

As an author, I’d give just about anything to read my books as someone else. (i.e. NOT as the author who knows every nuanced detail of all the characters, the setting, and the plot.)  That is the conundrum of being an author… we write and fall in love with our characters and stories, yet we can never fully appreciate them as a reader.

Pantsing gives us a glimpse at what it’s like to read our book for the first time; following characters, and not knowing what’s around the next corner.

So, what’s my own personal verdict on what’s better? Before I answer, let me preface by saying that the product of both my plotting and pantsing are equally satisfying.

But although the end results are the same, I give the edge to plotting, simply because, from my experience, pantsing required a hell of a lot more editing. And this is coming from someone who genuinely loves editing. I really do. But my pantsing novel took two entire rewrites, plus multiple other rounds of editing to get it to a publishable form. My plotted books took much, much less editing, and, therefore, much less time, even when counting for the initial time it takes to put together a full outline.

So, I consider myself a plotter. How about you?


*I’m only discussing the benefits of these writing methods, because if you ask a writer to discuss the drawbacks of writing, he/she is likely to write an entire book on that subject alone!

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Write for yourself before any others. Write what you love and what motivates you. There’s an authenticity that emerges when we allow ourselves to tell the stories we want to tell, the way we want to tell them.” ~ Author Rachel Rust