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EM & EM: Coming to a TV Set Near You?

So thrilled to finally be able to share this news! A couple of months ago, I received an email from someone by the name of Ramaa Mosley asking about the TV and movie adaptation rights for EM & EM. This was in the middle of my work day, and I sort of assumed it was spam, but I forwarded the email to my agent. Later that afternoon, when I had a break, I decided to Google Ramaa.

OK. So. This was no spammer. I learned that Ramaa is in fact a remarkable woman whose resume includes directing the segment on Amina, an Afghan girl, for the Girl Rising documentary, as well as the 2012 critically acclaimed film The Brass Teapot. She also has helped lead the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign in the United States to bring attention to the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria.

In addition, Ramaa serves as creative director at @dolescent, a production company dedicated to developing young talent. All of the company’s directors and videographers are ages 14-27. This is where EM & EM comes in. Ramaa told me she had bought the book for her daughter and had read it herself and, if I may quote her email, that she “immediately saw the  tv/film potential.” She wanted to work through @dolescent to turn it into a TV series!

After much flailing fangirling careful consideration, I am beyond excited and truly honored to share that @dolescent has optioned EM & EM.

Now, there are a lot of steps between an option and an actual project, and nothing is guaranteed, but it is sure fun to dream about, and I am beyond thrilled that this is the company that will be trying to make the dream a reality.

Here is the official announcement as posted on the @dolescent Facebook page:

We are Excited to announce that Adolescent has optioned Linda Budzinski’s young adult novel, Em & Em for development as a series.

Em & Em follows sixteen-year-old Emily, who must go into the Witness Protection program and reluctantly start a new life in the Midwest. The newly-named Ember O’Malley finds herself making new friends, taking photos for the high school newspaper, and thinking an awful lot about the paper’s editor, a cute cowboy named Charles. But as her day in court approaches and her secrets start to catch up with her, Em needs to figure out who she really is – Em or Em.

Author Linda Budzinski has written three young adult novels including Em & Em, and has won the Romance Writers of America Young Adult Rosemary Award and Virginia Chapter’s Fool for Love Award for her work. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband.

Adolescent is a think tank, production company, and digital platform dedicated to the creation of entertainment content created by youth for youth. Development of Em & Em will be overseen by Ramaa Mosley and Hope Farley.


The Boyfriend Whisperer: Launch Day is Here!

bfw_smallNo biggie, really, I mean it’s my third novel, so …. AAAAAHH! Seriously! This is happening, people. THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER is finally out in the world where everyone can read it.

I am super excited and super nervous and I can’t wait for you all to meet Lexi and Chris, and also Abi and Briggsy and all the other characters who have been occupying my head space for the past two years. I hope you love them as much as I do.

THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER is about a high school basketball star named Alexis Malloy who also happens to be an entrepreneur. She is founder, president, and CEO of Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises — in other words, an undercover Cupid for hire. Awesome, right? Except as Lexi says, “Deep down, I know the truth. I’m a fake, an imposter, an emperor with no clothes. Because when it comes to whispering my own crush, I’m a total fail. Stuck in the friend zone with no clue how to escape.”

Lexi has been best friends with Chris Broder since the third grade, and he doesn’t even seem to think of her as a girl, much less girlfriend material. So when pretty, flirty cheerleader Lindsay LaRouche hires Lexi to whisper Chris for her, she has to make a choice between her business (and Chris’s happiness) and her own heart’s desires.

Check it out! The Kindle version is available now on Amazon.  UPDATE: The paperback is available at that link also! xoxoxo


Book Blitz: Don’t Fall


I’m so happy to host a stop on the Book Blitz for Rachel Schieffelbein’s YA romance novel, DONT’ FALL! Rachel is a total sweetheart and an amazing writer, and I hope you will check out her book!


dontfallebookIn this modern day retelling of Rapunzel, Anya has her books, her photography, and her daydreams. She doesn’t think she needs anything else.

She lives in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother, who goes to extreme measures to keep her daughter safe. Anya doesn’t even go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Anya tries not to acknowledge her loneliness; she puts her efforts into pleasing her mom, and gives her heart to her stories, secretly wishing for a story of her own.

Then one day at the library, the only place she’s allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.

don%27t-fall-teaser11Before long she’s lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she’s ever cared about.

Cool premise, huh? And how about that cover? I love the colors and the mood and the overall Rapunzeliness of our heroine’s do. And the miracle that they managed to fit Rachel’s full name on there, ahaha.

Anyway, here’s how you can get your pretty little hands on it:

~ Amazon Canada ~ Amazon Australia ~


author-picRachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there with her husband, their four kids, three cats, and a perfectly overweight black lab. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.

You can connect with Rachel here:


Boyfriend Whisperer Cover Reveal Sign Ups

Boyfriend Whisperer Cover Coming Soon!It’s happening, folks! THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER will make its debut on November 15! I am so excited and nervous. An author can never be sure what readers’ reactions will be.

One thing I am certain of, though, is that everyone will LOVE the cover. Once again, the staff at Swoon Romance have outdone themselves and blessed me with a gorgeous cover. I cannot wait for you all to see it!

Speaking of which, if you have a blog and want to help with the cover reveal, (and get to see it a few days before everyone else), I would love it if you would sign up for the cover reveal tour. This baby is going to pretty up your page, I promise!

The cover reveal takes place October 13, i.e., 19 days from now, not that I’m counting!! To participate, visit the XPress Book Tours sign up page. Thank you!