It's a FUNERAL SINGER Book Trailer!

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 20:56 -- Linda

Last weekend at a get together for the Mid-Atlantic SCBWI, a wonderful speaker by the name of Tina Nichols Coury talked about author promotion, and one of the things she said was that every book should have a trailer.

In all honesty, I'm not 100 percent sure why books should have trailers, or what authors are supposed to do with trailers once they have them, but Tina made it sound easy to create one, so I figured, what the heck? I'd try it. I found an awesome site called Animoto that lets you create one pretty easily. I also found a great site called ShutterStock that lets you buy images fairly cheaply.

The result? Voila!



What Writers Can Learn from the X Games

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 21:22 -- Linda

One of my favorite parts of this year's Winter Olympics was the X Games sports -- the crazy skiing and the snowboarding, with all the huge jumps and the flips and the Half Nelsons. Oh, wait. That's wrestling. Well, okay, so I don't know the terminology, but it was fun to watch.

I liked it for more than the stunts, though. In fact, one of the things I liked best about it was what happened after each athlete competed. In those sports more than any others, teammates seemed to cheer each other on and celebrate each other's victories. Heck, even their biggest competitors from the other teams seemed genuinely stoked (ha!) whenever one of them would perform a particularly tough jump or finish a strong, clean run.

I loved seeing those world-class athletes, the top individuals in their sports, support each other and celebrate their successes. I would venture to guess that sense of excitement and camaraderie is one of the reasons those games have become so wildly popular in recent years.

If only the writing community would follow suit.

Too often, writers seem to feel the need to tear each other down -- to label each other and even call on other (highly successful, mind you) authors to stop writing. This is nothing new. It's been going on for years.

The worst part is, there's no reason for it. Publishing is not a zero-sum game. There is no need to divide and conquer. Authors aren't competing for the one-and-only gold medal. They're competing for readers, and there are millions of them out there, all with different tastes. The more variety we have to offer, the better.

We should all be working together to develop each other as writers -- to encourage each other to improve our craft and to find good homes for our work. By doing this, we will ultimately be helping to develop more readers. And readers are the one thing we cannot do without.

Now, lest this post leave anyone thinking authors are all a bunch of selfish jerks, I should point out that there are many, many folks out there who are incredibly supportive of their fellow writers. And I'd like to recognize a few of them here. Go check out these websites and blogs by these wonderful and very generous writers:

These are just a handful of people who have been supportive of me personally, who have taken time out of their busy lives to offer advice or cheer me on or provide moral support. There are many others out there who are doing the same and building up their colleagues. They know writing is not about winning and losing, it's about perfecting the run and expanding the fan base.


Book Club Bingo

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:20 -- Linda

I'm always slightly terrified when I find out someone I know is reading my book. How will they react? Will they like it? Hate it? Or worst case, feel nothing?

So when I found out that the Joy of Reading Book Club at my church had chosen THE FUNERAL SINGER as its March pick, I was torn. Part of me felt so grateful and humbled that they would take the time to read and discuss it. Part of me was psyched to have an opportunity to sit in a room full of book lovers and listen to them discuss the characters and scenes I'd spent five years writing and revising. And, yes, part of me was quite nervous.

Well, last night was The Big Night ... and I haven't quite come down from it yet. It was more fun and boosted my confidence as a writer more than I could have imagined.

Eight women braved the icy Northern Virginia roads to get together for almost two hours to talk about MY BOOK. Crazy, right? And so cool!

Everyone seemed to really like it--or if they didn't, they were gracious enough to pick out the things they did like and talk about those. But I could tell, at least a few of the women loved it. Like, really, truly loved it. They talked about how close they felt to Mel, how various themes in the book spoke to them, and how they were recommending it to their family and friends. I couldn't stop smiling. They GOT IT!

Now before I go all Sally Field on you, let me say: I tell you this not because I want to pat myself on the back (well, OK, maybe a little ... I am forever telling writers to celebrate even the smallest victories in this tough, rejection-laden profession, and I need to remember to do that as well) but because I want to make a point about why writers write.

We write for the people who get it.

There will be people who don't get it, and that's OK. Not everyone likes every book. Any time I get a less-than-glowing review or a one- or two-star rating on Goodreads, I go look at the ratings for THE HUNGER GAMES. See, I LOVED that book. Loved the whole trilogy. Got all my friends to read it long before the movies came out. But at this moment, on Goodreads, THE HUNGER GAMES has 7,629 one-star ratings. Granted, this is less than 1 percent of its 2.3 million ratings, but still. More than 7,000 people hated it. THE HUNGER GAMES! Crazy but true. So not everyone is going to love my book, and I am learning to be OK with that.

But, there are people out there who do love it. Maybe even people I've never met and never will. And I'm writing for them.

As writers, we tend to measure success in sales. Well, the number of people who buy my book may never even reach the number of people who hated THE HUNGER GAMES, but you know what? That's okay. If even one person loves my book, gets it, grows to care about my characters ... what more can a writer ask for?

By the way, my favorite comment last night came from a woman who was talking about Mick--a character who actually is dead throughout the entire book and whose funeral kicks off the book. She talked about how she had developed some misconceptions about him but as she got to know him on the page throughout the course of the novel, she realized he was more than just a druggie rock star.

Her comment: "I said to myself, 'You shouldn't be so judgmental.' It made me want to be a better person."

It made her want to be a better person.

My book did that? Wow. That's why I write.

Giveaways Galore

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 20:47 -- Linda

So Valentine's Day is just two days away, and you know what that means! 

No, not chocolate! Well, okay, chocolate, and I hope lots of it. And also roses and champagne and kisses and eternal love. But also -- Romance Book Bundle Giveaways!

THE FUNERAL SINGER is part of two great giveaways:

Ana Blaze is giving away a fabulous young adult gift pack:

  • Adorned by Georgeann Swiger
  • Vision of Shadows by Vincent Morrone
  • Shadow Born by Nicole Camp
  • Secondary Characters by Rachel Schieffelbein
  • The Funeral Singer by Linda Budzinski
  • Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash
  • Balancing Act by Heather Smith
  • An Unexpected Hunger by C. Rosa
  • 1 $5 giftcard from AJ Mathews (Author of Goodbye to You, available from Swoon Romance Fall 2014)

You can enter to win Ana's contest here


And Rachel Schieffelbein is giving away another:

  • Effortless with You by Lizzie Charles
  • King Sized Beds & Happy Trails by Becca Ann and Tessa Marie
  • The Funeral Singer by Linda Budzinski
  • Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn
  • Run for the Roses by Rachel Schieffelbein
  • Until We End by Frankie Brown

You can enter to win Rachel's contest here. 

Good luck! And a very Happy Valentine's Day to you!!

Getting into Your Character's Head

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 21:34 -- Linda

This post is for my writer friends. Does your writing ever feel distanced from your main character? Do your critique partners tell you they can't empathize with him or her?

Good writing--writing that draws readers in and makes them feel as though they are living the scene themselves--requires getting into your character's head. 

So how do you do that?

Envision the scene from your character's eyes. I'm a very visual person, so I visualize scenes as I write, sort of like watching them on an imaginary television screen in my head. And while I typically do this as though I'm watching from an "offscreen camera," when my writing is feeling forced and distanced, it's time to change perspectives and watch what's going on directly from my character's viewpoint.

Eliminate phrases that remove your reader from the scene. This includes phrases such as, "I saw," or "I thought," or "I wondered" (or, if you're writing in the third person, "She saw," etc.). Compare the following:

> Jane boarded the bus. She noticed a young girl, about her daughter's age, sitting in the back seat listening to her iPod. She wondered where her own daughter might be now.

> Jane boarded the bus. A young girl, about her daughter's age, sat in the back seat listening to her iPod. Where would her own daughter be now?

The story is being told in Jane's point of view, so we don't need to be told that she is noticing and wondering. We know that. The first version takes a step back from her, while the second puts us directly in her thoughts. We are right there, noticing and wondering along with her. Not to mention, the second version is tighter. Bonus!

Smell, taste, and feel the world. We hear it all the time as writers: Don't forget to use all five senses. And it does make a difference. Your characters experience the world through more than just sight and sound, and even an occasional reference to one of the other three senses can bring a passage to life.

What writing tips do you have for getting into your characters' heads?


Blog Hop: What’s Next?

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 20:02 -- Linda

In the "better late than never" department ... Today I am FINALLY posting a blog hop post that I was supposed to write, oh, two months ago. And then a work conference happened and the holidays happened and, well, you know how it goes.

Anyway, the brilliant Mary Rand Hess, editor at Story Pie Press and author of THE DAY I MET THE NUTS invited me to participate. (By the way, THE DAY I MET THE NUTS is not about an encounter with Acorns, though that would of course make an AWESOME book, but rather is about a kid with nut allergies and how he copes. Part of the proceeds from the book goes to allergy research and awareness, so you should totally go now and buy it, especially if you have a kid in your life dealing with food allergies. Go ahead. Go now. And then come back and read my post.)

So! I am supposed to answer four questions. (Yes, four. And it took me two months to get around to it. Embarrassing, isn’t it?) Here goes:

Question 1: What are you working on right now?
I am writing another contemporary teen novel. It is not a sequel to THE FUNERAL SINGER but is in fact quite different. It has very different characters, setting, plot, etc. But it does have some of the same themes. It explores the ideas of reality vs. image, identity, and self-discovery.

As of this moment I am at (*runs off to check word count*) … exactly 27,742 words, so I'm probably a little more than halfway through writing it. I don't want to say too much more about it until I've finished, but I will offer one (hopefully cryptic) teaser: My main character's name is Ember. Or is it?


Question 2: How does this differ from other works in this genre?
Such a great question, and I really had to think about this. What would make my book stand out? Well, aside from the incredibly, amazingly, terrifically, stupendously, awesomely, fantastically exciting plot that I refuse to tell you about yet, I’d have to say my judicious use of adverbs.

Hahahahaha, just kidding. In all seriousness, though, and this may seem like a cop out, but it's true: Any story is going to differ from every other story in its genre because the person telling it has his or her own unique perspective and voice. And I like to think that's true of [title redacted]. (Thought I was going to slip up there, didn't you?)

Question 3: Why do you write what you write?
I write contemporary teen fiction.

Contemporary because, although I enjoy reading a good historical or fantasy or sci fi or dystopian, my mind doesn't naturally take me there. And the here-and-now "real world" presents plenty of challenge and conflict, and thus opportunities for great stories.

Teen because teen characters have so much built-in turmoil and conflict … and potential. Those are tough years, and teens' emotions tend to hover right at or below the surface, ripe for a gripping story. Also (and I'm not sure what this says about me since I am clearly no longer a teen), my writer's voice seems to come out naturally as a teen-ager.

And fiction because it's fun to make stuff up!

Question 4: What is the hardest thing about writing?
For me, I have to say the hardest thing is conveying emotion. Writers say "show, don’t tell," because it's more powerful for the reader to sense emotion through the character's words and actions than to be told, "Susie was sad."

It can be hard to know how well you are showing emotion. The truly skilled writer achieves a perfect balance, conveying the emotion but also pulling back and trusting the reader to understand, without hitting them over the head with Susie's heaving sobs and plaintive wails.

And now, I get to tag another author to carry on the Blog Hop. I was supposed to tag three people, but since it has taken me forever and so many of my friends have already done this, I am going to tag just one person.

Kendell Shaffer and I met through an online writing class, and I fell in love with her story, KALIFORNIA BLU, the first time I read it. A delinquent teen surfer girl who gets sentenced to (horrors!) cop school … talk about conflict! Check it out on Amazon and head on over to Kendell’s blog to learn more about her and her writing.


5 Things I Learned as a Pitch Wars Mentee

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:06 -- Linda

A year ago I entered THE FUNERAL SINGER in a contest called Pitch Wars. The experience was simultaneously terrifying, exciting, and rewarding. It also proved to be the most important step I would take in my five-year path to publication.

If you are already obsessed familiar with Pitch Wars, you can skip this bulleted list while I explain how the annual contest works:

  • Contestants send in a query letter and the first few pages of their manuscripts to mentors--authors and agent/editor interns or assistants who volunteer to participate and who specify on the Pitch Wars website what genres they're most interested in. Last year's rules stated we could submit to three mentors of our choosing.
  • The mentors then review their submissions and select one writer and two alternates they wish to work with.
  • The selected contestants send their full manuscripts to their mentors for critique and, if they agree with the mentors' suggestions, they have about five weeks to make revisions.
  • With a new and improved manuscript ready to roll, contestants post a pitch and the first 250 words of their manuscript on the Pitch Wars site.
  • A group of amazing editors and agents review the pitches and first pages and make requests to see more if interested. The contestant with the most requests wins!

I entered the contest in December 2013 and was thrilled to be selected by one of my targeted mentors--the generous, talented, and incredibly supportive Erica Chapman. Getting accepted (from among about 2,000 total entries) was a thrill, but it was just the start of my Pitch Wars rollercoaster ride. So, what happened, and what did I learn? Here are the top five lessons I took away from my Pitch Wars experience:

1. Prep, prep, prep.
I'd spent four years writing and revising this manuscript and another year exploring publication options, so my query letter and pages were definitely as strong as I could make them. At last, all those critique partners, workshops, and hours of hard work would pay off.

Also, I researched my selected mentors carefully. All three were people I wanted to work with, and all three were people who seemed like they would be great fits for my manuscript. This targeting--much like the targeting writers need to do when seeking agents and publishers--made a huge difference in my response rate, as all three of the mentors expressed an interest and requested to see more pages.

Finally, I did tons of research on the market. I knew where my story would fit in the young adult world and what types of readers might like it. In my query letter, I said THE FUNERAL SINGER "took AUDREY, WAIT! and dropped it onto the set of SIX FEET UNDER." Turned out, Erica was a huge SFU fan and had also read and loved AUDREY, WAIT! Talk about a perfect match!

2. Sometimes your manuscript needs tough love.
As I freaked out about waited patiently to see Erica's critique, I had some hopes and fears about what she might suggest. Were there sections that moved too slowly? characters who needed more fleshing out? word choices that didn't quite work?

Hahahahaha! If only. No, Erica came back with one main comment: I needed to change my main character's ultimate love interest. Yes, you read that correctly. SHE WANTED ME TO MAKE A DIFFERENT CHARACTER THE MC'S LOVE INTEREST! That is not a tweak, people. That is not a light revision. That is a REWRITE of most of the novel. And I had five weeks to do it. Keeping in mind, it took me FOUR YEARS to write it.

My immediate reaction: I'm done. I'm quitting. I cannnot deal for one more minute with this novel. I told my husband this. Then I made the mistake of through the grace of God read him Erica's email. "Can you believe that?" I asked. "She wants me to make HIM the love interest!" At which point, Joe, who by the way is SUPPOSED TO BE ON MY SIDE, DAMMIT, said, "I think she might be right."

This did not make me feel better. This made me want to go to bed and cry for fourteen hours. But it also made me go back, review my novel with Erica's critique in mind, and decide to try. And you know what? She was right.

3. Sometimes you need to go with your gut.
In addition to the whole love-interest thing, Erica made a number of smaller suggestions. Some of them I followed, but a couple I didn't. While I of course respected her expertise and her opinions, in the end, THE FUNERAL SINGER was my story. Certain elements meant a lot to me, and I wanted to stick with them.

I did, however, take a look at her comments and consider other ways to address them. Sometimes when an agent, editor, or critique partner suggests a change, what they are really saying is, "What you did here isn't quite working." As they say, there is always more than one way to skin a cat. 

For example, Erica wanted me to make a major change to my climactic scene because she worried that my main character's actions in that scene made her too unlikeable. Without giving any spoilers, I did not make that change, but I massaged it enough that, while her actions remained the same, the context around them changed enough that (I hope) the reader is able to at least understand them.

4. With enough motivation, incentive (and a hard deadline!), anything is possible.
As someone who works full-time and writes at a snail's pace even on the weekends, the thought of revising my novel in time for the agents/editors round was more than a little intimidating. Did I mention I had five weeks? And needed to change the LOVE INTEREST?!? So, yeah.

But I knew Pitch Wars offered a great opportunity, I knew there were hundreds of writers out there who had competed for that opportunity, and by now I knew that Erica's revision suggestion was just what my novel needed to take it to the next level. So, I did it. And even if this list of lessons ended right there, it would have been worth it.

5. Contests can work!
But, the list doesn't end there! I received seven requests from agents/editors (which was not enough to win ... the winner got eight ... but I wasn't complaining!). I ultimately did sign with one of the agents, Andrea Somberg from Harvey Klinger Inc., and even ultimately (outside of the contest) found a home for my novel.

Had it not been for Pitch Wars, THE FUNERAL SINGER would not be a book today! It was released on September 24 by Swoon Romance, a longtime dream come true.

Don't you just love happy endings?

Cover Reveal! Pride and Prep School

Thu, 10/03/2013 - 20:58 -- Linda


I am so proud (ha ha) to participate in my Swoon sister's cover reveal today! First, the details:


Title: PRIDE AND PREP SCHOOL (Book 3 of Snark and Circumstance)

Author: Stephanie Wardrop

Publisher: Swoon Romance YA

Pub Date: December 17, 2013

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Ages: 13+

Description: Georgia can’t figure out why the burden of a Y chromosome seems to make guys so hard to understand. First, there’s the handsome but slippery Jeremy Wrentham. After Georgia shared some pretty devastating kisses with him, she found her way home and he found her sister!  And then there’s Michael Endicott, who never fails to let her know that her family’s quirkiness lies too far outside the pale for this preppie townie. But if he really feels that way, why is he in Georgia’s kitchen, asking her out? And why don’t boys come with instruction manuals?
So ... ready to check out the cover? Here goes:
^^ That boy looks like trouble, doesn't he? So, why DON'T boys come with instruction manuals?

Meet the Characters Blogfest!

Mon, 09/30/2013 - 22:49 -- Linda


Welcome to the Meet the Characters Blogfest!

So, I'm participating in a really fun blogfest -- a whole month of some of the most interesting, hottest, attention grabbing characters in today's YA, NA, Romance, Horror, and Paranormal fiction! All month long DelSheree Gladden will be introducing readers to amazing characters through character bios, artwork, interviews, and contests. Check out the schedule below to see what you'll find each day this month. 

That's Not All...

We'll be having some fabulous contests, each of which has it's own giveaway. Readers will get to vote on the characters, and one lucky voter in each contest will win a copy of the book the Winning Character comes from. The character giveaways will include: 

Hottest Guy Contest (10/4)
Feistiest Girl Contest (10/11)
Cutest Couple Contest (10/18)
Steamiest Couple Contest (10/25)

There will also be one MAIN GIVEAWAY starting today where 1 LUCKY WINNER will win a prize pack of 40 books from some of today's hottest new authors. Additional winners will be chosen to receive runner-up prize packs as well. 


10/2 -- Character interviews with Zadie Stonebrook (My Sister's Reaper - Dorothy Dreyer),  Tizzy Donovan (Laid out and Candle Lit - Ann Everett), Kristi Becker (A Plain Wish - Cyndi Lord), Zander Roth (Wicked Hunger - DelSheree Gladden)

10/3 -- Character Bios from Kristi Becker (A Plain Wish - Cyndi Lord), Bryan Sullivan  (Arcadia's Gift - Jesi Lea Ryan), Brandon James (Love and Other Games - Aria Kane

10/4 -- Hottest Guy Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/7 -- Character Surprise Posts from authors RH Ramsey and DelSheree Gladden

10/8 -- Character Artwork from The Other F Word (Susan Stec) and Wicked Hunger (DelSheree Gladden) 

10/9 -- Character interviews with Kate Everett (A Slight Change of Plan - Dee Ernst),  Jean (In Polester Pajamas - Catherine Dougherty), Ben (Twenty-Five - Rachel Hamm), Vanessa Roth (Wicked Hunger - DelSheree Gladden)

10/10 -- Character Bios from Kassia (Ice Magic), Maze (The Ballerina and the Fighter - Ursula Sinclair), Lucien (Smoke, Wings, and Stone - Marijon Bradley)

10/11 -- Feistiest Girl Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/14 -- Character Surprise Posts from authors Kara Leigh Miller, Sharon Kleve, Linda Budzinski 

10/15 -- Character Artwork from On a Wing and a Dare (Linda Ulleseit), Invisible (DelSheree Gladden)

10/16 -- Character interviews with David Corbin and Jon Reyes (Sign of the Throne -  Melissa Eskue Ousley), Rosie (In Polyester Pajamas - Catherine Dougherty), Ketchup (Wicked Hunger - DelSheree Gladden)

10/17 -- Character Bios from Nadia (love and Other Games - Melinda Dozier), (Karin Gastreich), (HL Carpenter)

10/18 -- Cutest Couple Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/21 -- Character Surprise Posts from authors Stephanie Wardrop, Lucy Crowe, Ana Blaze

10/22 -- Character Artwork from Haunting Joy (Lena Goldfinch) and The Destroyer Trilogy (DelSheree Gladden)

10/23 -- Character interviews with Rachel Blackstone (The Relcutant Medium - GG Collins), Nell (The King Series - Tawdra Kandle), Arcadia (Arcadia's Gift - Jesi Lea Ryan), Olivia & Mason (Invisible - DelSheree Gladden)

10/24 -- Character Bios from (Karin Gastreich), Sam and Cole (Fate War: Alliance - EM Havens)

10/25 -- Steamiest Couple Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/28 -- Character Surprise Posts from authors Susan Stec, Shauna Roberts, Lisa Cresswell

10/29 -- Character Artwork from My Sister's Reaper (Doroth Dreyer), Twin Souls (DelSheree Gladden)

10/30 -- Character interviews with Nathan Shaw (Reflection - Kim Cresswell), Nia (In the Winds of Danger - Linda Ulleseit), Jayden or Merch (dark Night of the Soul - EM Havens)

10/31 -- Winner's Announcements!!!

You may have noticed ... I'm scheduled for October 14 with a "Character Surprise Post." What does that mean? Well, it's a surprise! I can tell you that you'll learn more about Mel and what makes her tick. Check back on the 14th for details!

For now, go ahead and check out DelSheree's website and enter her Rafflecopter contest to win some cool prizes!



My Book's (Slightly Sillier) Twin: How to Date a Nerd

Mon, 09/30/2013 - 18:37 -- Linda

I am so excited to host today's stop on a book release tour for THE FUNERAL SINGER's book-birthday twin: HOW TO DATE A NERD by the amazing and sweet and super hilarious Cassie Mae! I've been asked to share my favorite line from Cassie's full-of-great-lines book. But first, here are the deets:


Zoe has a great pair of legs, perky boobs, and wears exactly what she needs to show it all off. She works hard for the easy sleazy ‘you only wish you were me’ reputation, burying who she really is—an all-out nerd.

The only time Zoe gets to be herself is when she hides under her comforter to read X-Men comics, sending jealousy stabs at everyone who attends Comic-Con. Keeping up her popular rep is too important, and she’s so damn insecure to care about the consequences. But when Zoe’s sister takes her car for a ‘crash and burn into a tree’ joyride, her parents get her a replacement. A manual. Something she doesn’t know how to operate, but her next door neighbor Zak sure as heck does.

Zak’s a geek to the core, shunned by everyone in school for playing Dungeons and Dragons at lunch and wearing “Use the Force” t-shirts. And Zoe’s got it bad for the boy. Only Zak doesn’t want Popular Zoe. He wants Geek Zoe.

She has to shove her insecurities and the fear of dropping a few rungs on the social ladder aside to prove to Zak who she really is and who she wants to be… if she can figure it out herselfto get it -- and her -- in the process.


Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

Cassie Mae is an bestselling author of the teen contemporary romance novel REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, which she self-published. In addition to publishing with Swoon Romance, she is published by Random House Flirt.

*   *  *

And now, for my favorite line:

"He's a friggin's loser! He wore a Star Wars shirt today. He invited me to watch a documentary this weekend. And the worst part is: I'm jealous of him."

I love this line. It kind of sums up Zoe's whole dilemma. And I think most people can relate. Even though most of us may not put on quite the act Zoe does throughout this book, we've all at one time or another let that little voice in our head tell us to "play it cool" instead of doing something we really wanted to do. Which is just so not cool.

Now, I know what you really want to do right now is check out Cassie Mae's book. Which you should totally do -- at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. And you should also "Like" her on Facebook!



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