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This is the cover, created by Hugo Award-winning artist Galen Dara.

I hope you love it.

Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy will be released on September 29. I couldn’t be happier.

Pretty Little Dead Girls

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Oh, my friends! This is what I have been waiting for! Tonight we’re going to finally reveal the cover to my new novel Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Tale of Murder and Whimsy.

I had an artist in mind years ago, quite honestly. As soon as I saw Galen Dara‘s work, she was my dream artist. She has such an ethereal, feminine, dark touch. Things happily fell in a way that allowed us to work together, and I am so grateful and pleased. Thank you, Galen, from the bottom of my heart.

Anyway! Ragnarok Publications is holding a big ole block party starting at 8 PM Eastern, running through 10 PM Eastern. Yes, that’s in half an hour. Join us! Come chat, learn about the Blackguards anthology, meet some authors, and witness my live cover reveal! There will also be tons of prizes. Thank you so much! You can join us here.

I hope to see you!


And if you can’t stop by the Ragnarok Block Party, not to worry. I’ll definitely be posting the cover here tomorrow. :D


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This was just fun to talk about.

I was asked, along with other awesome peers like Jay Posey, Myke Cole, Mari Adkins (and more!) to share my favorite childhood library or book store memory. It was something sweet for me to remember and think about. You can read everybody’s answers here.

I’m interested in your answers! What’s your favorite childhood literary memory?

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Simple. Beautiful. Charming.



It’s exceptionally quick and best of all, the kiddos can help. And it doesn’t heat up the house, which is important when it’s 110 degrees in Las Vegas. So let’s make some soap!

You will need:

A soap base. (I used this one, but there are plenty to choose from.)

Lavender essential oil

Dried lavender flowers

Microwavable bowl

Soap mold


I went to Michael’s and picked up some of their soap-making supplies. I chose not to use lye because that’s a great way for my children to burn their eyes out, and I wanted them to help.

I like the look and feel of goat milk’s soap, so that’s the base I chose.


It generally takes about four cubes of the goat’s milk base to equal one bar of soap. (I chose the pre-scored base simply because it was easier.)

I cut up the cubes and put them in a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Microwave it for 30 seconds. Take it out and stir it. Then microwave it for 30 seconds again. Keep doing this until it’s nice and melted. You don’t want any lumps. It took me two minutes in the microwave to melt completely.



Now it’s time to add your essential oils! I used a few drops of lavender and a relaxing oil blend that I picked up at the craft store. Add it until you’re happy with it. Once it cools, it’ll still smell the same. Then I added about 1/4 a cup of dried lavender flowers. Stir everything up and pour it into your mold.

The lavender flowers will float. There isn’t really much you can do about it. Sorry. :)

Let the soap cool for about an hour. Then pop it out of the mold. It’s that easy!

You can mix and match your soaps by simply swapping out ingredients. We made lemon soap by using lemon essential oil and dried lemon zest. You can also buy super cute molds, too. Like this Calimari or skully mold.


If you’re gifting the soap, you can wrap it up in paper and ribbon. I added some lavender from the garden because I’m obsessed with the stuff.


I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you try it, and what oils you use! I’d love to hear how it turns out.


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It’s like she waits for me to finish drinking it!







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I asked him to take off six inches and he took off a foot. From this:0506140926(1) to this:


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Ah well. It was too long, anyway. Let’s try and rock this!


Also, I’ll be signing books with Erica Keifer and Sally Johnson tomorrow (8/23/14) at the Northwest Barnes and Noble! Rainbow Promenade, 2191 N Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89108. We’ll start at 1:00 pm and run until 3 or so. Please come by and say hi! I’ll have copies of Nameless, Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu, and Beautiful Sorrows.

You can come pat my new hair. My short, short hair. :P

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That’s pretty exciting for me! The Whitney Awards are for LDS authors, and I’m thrilled that Nameless: The Darkness Comes was nominated for it! Especially since it might be a little bit different than the typical LDS fare. I’m so excited that the judges will take the time to read it, and hopefully even enjoy it a little. :)

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