Thursday, August 25, 2016

Late Teaser Tuesday: Closer to the Edge

This is a late teaser, because since the school year started, I'm a bit more scatter-brained than usual.

I'm still working on this but I love this scene. Actually I love all the interactions between Wyatt, the actress, and Dakota the lead singer of the Dissonant Anonymous band.

Working on this sketch for the inside of the book... :) 

“For someone who asked me not to call or text, you’re doing a great job at trying to get into my panties.” I tell him as he lets go of my hand and smirks.
“What can I say? I find you mildly entertaining. Not good in bed, but entertaining nevertheless.”
“Fuck you.” I hiss taking a step away as he stands up.
“Do you remember how you ruined my date with Alexandra?” He asks as I take another step back until I’m leaning against the farm sink.
“That was six years ago.” I swallow hard suddenly parched.
“What was it that you said…” He feigns not remembering as he taps his index finger against his beautifully full lips as he catches my eyes. “I am a much better choice than that slut.”
“I didn’t… I was…” I start saying looking out the window.
“Drunk.” He tells me as he walks around the island toward me . “Oh, I remember, Billy was so mad at you; remember how he called your Mom and Dad, even Josiah.”
The mortification makes my breathing uneven as I swallow hard and heat spreads across my face. Josiah had been so mad at me. He’d only had his car for a few months when I wrecked it.
“I don’t care what you said. I didn’t know you then. I thought you were at least misunderstood by people, but I know you’re not. You’re just an asshole.”
He smiles and stands inches from me as I move my hands but he anchors them on either side of the sink. “Uneven respiration, a murderous look in your eyes, flushed cheeks and your lips are parted slightly.” He states looking at my lips and cocking his head to the side. I try hard not to look into his eyes but it’s impossible. “I don’t know what to do with you and you don’t know what to do with me.”
“You don’t have to do anything,” My voice breaks when he lets go of my hands his eyes settling on my lips. “Just leave me alone.”
There’s darkness in him, which I can’t read. It spreads cold across my body like the first frost. He takes a step back and then walks to the kitchen door, resting his hand on the doorknob. Before taking another step away from me, he undresses me one last time.
“You disappoint me, Wyatt… True love isn’t meant to die.” He fake pouts before closing the door behind him.
“I hate him.” I say out loud though no one can hear me. No one but my conscience which is yelling: Liar.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Update: New Book, Homeschooling and other random thoughts.

Ah! School has finally started after what felt like a never ending summer at Maison Jeulin. 
This year I have a senior... yikes! And a kindergartner. Double Yikes!

My senior has started the year with a bang, getting creative and dying to start working on the Morning Show in his High School and looking forward to next year's adventure, when he's finally out of school and pursuing his Film courses. 

The kindergartner has also been very happy about his new school. Rather than going to a traditional brick and mortar school, we've chosen to let him try out the virtual school. So far it's been great. We are members of the Florida Virtual School under Connections Academy. It's all very daunting  but there's amazing support, and we can't be happier. 

I'm looking forward to seeing Jack-Henry soar and get ahead in his courses, at his own pace. 

As you may know by now thanks to Facebook and Twitter, I'm working on a new book, a New Adult romance/thriller which will be going to betas in the next month and a half and hopefully, it'll be published by December if not before then. :) 

So here's the title *drum roll* inspired by a Thirty Seconds to Mars song, :) You can check out my playlist and the inspiration for the characters on Pinterest, just click here

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, (may contain spoilers)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Rating : 2.5 cookies

I was so excited about reading this play, since we no longer live in London, and can’t go and see it. Also, there’s something about reading plays that I enjoy. It must be because I’ve not worked as an actor for so long. Whatever the case, when I marched up to the till to pay for the two copies that we picked at our local bookshop, I had great expectations.

Of course I knew that the play wouldn’t be like the books. JK Rowling wasn’t involved in writing. She’d merely approved the story, which was of course based on that 19 years later epilogue. However as a Potterhead, I was more than willing to read this book in one sitting, devouring every stage direction and piece of dialogue.  308 pages? No, problem, I’ve read books slightly longer than that in half a day.

Then last night, I threw the book against the wall and gave myself a time out.

So let’s break this down… I’m trying not to spoil the play, but there are things that I have to mention. Please read at your own discretion.


The best thing of reading the play is being able to go back to Hogwarts, and the wonderfully built world of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, and experiencing the life of those characters all grown up.

One of the things I liked the best was that Jack Thorne and John Tiffany don’t shy away from making the lives of the characters uncomfortable and straight down complicated. The relationships are given more than just a shake down, they’re thrown into tumult for the sake of the plot, and though at times it made me hate certain characters, the portrayal was on point with some relationships between parents and their children.

Revisiting the wonderfully built world of Harry Potter. Yes, I know this is the first thing on my Pro’s list. The problem with revisiting the world is that it’s not under the watchful eye of JK Rowling. Jack Thorne and John Tiffany wrote the play, and though I’m not going to complain about the length or anything like that, it’s missing Rowling’s magic touch. Perhaps my problem is with the format, and the constrictions of time and space imposed by it, the truth is that it wasn’t as much fun to read this as it was to read the previous seven books.

The dialogue at times was a bit confusing. I wonder for more than half of the book if we were getting mixed signals from one of the characters. I was convinced the way the dialogue was written, that two of the characters were totally in love and we would have a big reveal at the end of the play.  That never materialized. Instead the playwrights went with a more traditional route which I have to admit left me disappointed.

One of the key plot points seems to materialize out of thin air, without enough backstory to support it.
Ron Weasley’s character is reduced to just being comic relief, like in the first few movies, when we all know he was much more than the funny guy out of the three main characters.

The playwrights seem to conveniently forget about all the other Potter and Weasley children and they’re not mentioned but a few times at the very beginning and then poof.

There are brilliant moments, moments that will make you tear up. However, those moments are few and far between. Also they are moments which evoke strong feelings because we’re too familiar with them, as they were part of the story in the seven books.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has a strong foundation built by JK Rowling over the course of more than a decade. However, it falls flat when compared to the previous masterfully entwined stories. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Exclusive Cover Reveal and Google Hang Out announcement Author Cindya Rios-Myers

When: August 7
Time: 3pm
Where: Google Hang Out

Cyndia Rios-Myers is a Southern California writer who enjoys reading, long hikes, and good laughs. You can keep up with her musings on her Facebook page, at, or on Twitter at @criosmyers.

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And now, a Special Cover Reveal


Amanda Morales Robles is an eighteen-year-old girl who lives in the early 1990s in the town of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. She’s a senior in high school that has a lot on her plate. She has to mind her two teenaged siblings, Linda and Alex, as her mother Ada, a divorced woman, works hard and plays hard, too. Amanda’s got a reasonable handle on her life; she does more for her siblings than she should, but that will change when she starts college the following year. However, her life derails when her sixteen-year-old sister Linda tells her that she is pregnant. Linda swears that the only way to handle the situation is for her to have a quick abortion in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, which is the beach town where they’d spent the previous summer. Amanda sees an abortion as her little sister’s only chance to resume a normal life. Little does she know that the Aguadilla abortion road trip is her sister Linda’s plan to escape with her boyfriend. Amanda is left to pick up the pieces that Linda left when she abandoned her family. The years pass, but Amanda does not recover from the loss of her sister. But one day, Linda appears to Amanda and tells her that she abandoned her family because she went to live in the underworld kingdom of her lover. Amanda doesn’t believe her, of course, but is still entranced by her story, as well as Linda’s promise that she can only visit her sister three more times within her lifetime. Do the three subsequent visits happen? Does Amanda believe Linda? Does Amanda try to find out the truth about where her sister went to? Will she find it in her to forgive her sister? Look After You is a story of love lost and growing up. You be able to put this story down only when you determine who is looking after whom.