Hello lovelies, long time no see! I am definitely giving away some books, but you’ll have to suffer through my life update first. Either that or scroll to the bottom of the page to enter.

As you may know, I just transitioned into full-time freelance mode. I’m doing a couple things with that. Writing, of course, is number one on my menu. But I’m offering other services, too. Hey, rent is expensive! Also, I need to eat.

If you would like advice on getting published, I offer career coaching. I also do blogging, beta reading, editing, and speaking engagements.

I’m managing Renner|Barnes Creative, too. If you’re in the market for a book publicist, we’re actively taking on clients.

If you can believe it, I’m doing other things, too! I’m going to be teaching writing at Palm Beach State College in the spring. Until then, I have some time to fill. My friend Kelsey and I have started a nonprofit. More details on that later!

Recent Publications

I know I must have more than two, because I’ve been doing so much work, but these are the only two I can remember.

Book Riot: Your Must-Read Book Club Suggestions for 2018″ — There have been some seriously great books published this year! Here are my top picks for book clubs:

For more recommendations, read the rest of my post on Book Riot.

And now for something completely different…

I wrote about America’s pernicious obsession with dead girls for Broadly/VICE. That is a huge byline for me! It was fun to write and investigate, too.


In terms of why Dead Girl Shows are so popular right now, though, Ong had a theory I hadn’t considered—which takes a slightly more optimistic view of things by focusing less on the murder and more on the plot’s resolution. “We’re living in a time of extreme disorientation in this country, so content with themes of danger, chaos, questionable ethics and injustice feel relevant to consumers right now,” she said. “Culture is thirsty for investigation and resolution today. Trying to solve crimes offers viewers hope, purpose, and progress—or at least makes them feel that way.”

Read the full article on Broadly: Why America Is So Obsessed with Dead Girls.

Hardback Book Giveaway!

And now the moment you’ve scrolled past my nattering for been waiting for! Publishers have been sending me so many books that they’re piling up. So I need to start giving some away or make an Earth ship out of them.

Here are the books I’m giving away. If I choose your name, you’ll get to pick one, and I’ll mail it to you. This is available for residents in the continental U.S. only.

Books available:

To take part in the giveaway, enter through Rafflecopter.

It’s been a tough week/month/year. Hopefully, I can spread a little joy this way.


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