Seventeen year old Quincy learns she is the heir to a royal kingdom, to claim her place in the Thalassic she must allow the ocean to claim her, as a mermaid.

Thalassa means: of the sea. Every single important moment in Quincy’s life has to do with water. She sits now at the bottom of the pool at her new school, drowning. Feeling like someone was holding her there.  She was about to die in the same way her parents did, three years ago.

She is about to gulp down the water, when two strong arms grab her and rip her from the water.  Her last fleeting thought before breaking the surface was something that would haunt her, “If I would have taken a breath underwater, it would have felt like coming home."

The book will be $0.99 the first 72 hours!  

Claiming Ataris Playlist:

Some Nights: Fun
Kiss Me: Ed Sheeran
I Knew You Were Trouble: Taylor Swift 
Vulnerable: Secondhand Serenade 
We Are Young: Fun
Standard Lines: Dashboard Confessional 
BlackBird: Sarah McLachlan 
Dreaming With a Broken Heart: John Mayer
Never Say Never: Justin Bieber Acoustic
Everything Has Changed: Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran
Mumford and Sons: I Will Wait
Am I Breathing Underwater: Metric
Home: Phillip Phillips

Winter Solstice:

The Harlem Shake: Baauer
Thrift Shop: Macklemore 
I'll Stand By You: The Pretenders
Booty Work: Dorm Parties
The Way You Look Tonight: Michael Buble 



Ruby wrote her first book during her senior year of college and hasn't stopped writing since. She graduated with a degree in History and a minor in Psychology. When she isn’t manically writing stories on her laptop, she is coaching a high school dance team. You can find her hanging out with her tall, dark, and handsome husband or playing with her adorable little boy. She is from San Diego but was raised in Northern Utah. Her dad nicknamed her Rube at a young age and it always stuck. She currently lives in Utah under the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains. Ruby loves to read all things New Adult and Young Adult. She is a wannabe yogi and shamelessly indulges in reality TV. You might find her with a Diet Coke with Vanilla in it on most days, as this is what she considers to be water. Ruby continues to write more stories. Look for more titles by Ruby coming soon.

Publishing: the Beauty & the Beast

As many of you know, I've been seeking publication for a few years now. I've read everything I could get my hands on about which route is best. Not long ago, the best option was ALWAYS traditional. Now it's not so clear. So as any good geek would do, I started a pros and cons list.



  • No out of pocket costs on formatting, cover, and editing.
  • Expert advice from seasoned professionals.
  • Book can be listed in a book store! (Big A+)
  • Vetting from the pros. Our fragile confidence sometimes needs someone who knows what they're talking about to tell us we're enough.
  • No stigma. Feel more like the REAL deal. Feels more like a career than a venture.
  • They have unlimited resources.
  • Still have to market my book.
  • Have no control.
  • May be obligated to offer first dibs on forthcoming books. 
  • Have to obey most if not all editorial suggestions, despite personal feelings. 
  • Receive little one-on-one attention. 
  • Communication will probably be slower, but may be more professional.
  • A lot of profits go to both the publisher and the agent.

Small Press

  • No upfront publishing costs.
  • More likely to find a home for book.
  • Improves the stigma.
  • May help find readers, if the press has dedicated followers.
  • Provides editing, formatting, cover, etc.
  • Communication will likely be more personal.
  • Still have to pay for marketing.
  • Have limited control.
  • Make significantly less per book than with self-publishing.
  • Anything a small press can provide can be outsourced with the appropriate funds.
  • Most only publish paperback and e-books.


  • Have all the control.
  • Can choose favorite artists, editors, and platforms to publish.
  • Will obtain all net profits.
  • No worries about rejections.
  • The pride in knowing you can actually make it happen.
  • Still can publish hardbacks with IngramSpark.
  • Have to front all the costs.
  • Must research A LOT to find the most professional way to publish.
  • Despite great advancements, there is still somewhat of a stigma (mostly with other writers and publishing professionals) with self-publishing.
  • The only vetting one will find is through the readers and their ratings.

There is so much to take into account when choosing to publish, no matter which route you take. A writer can be successful with either one of these. Publishing is constantly evolving, and what's true today may be completely different a year from now. Also, what's true to me may not be for you. What's important is that we, as writers, continue to support authors from every publishing background because we're all in this together. 

Book Spine Poetry

After seeing a few of these floating around, I decided to give it a try. Here's my feeble attempt at spine poetry:

Far, far away in Hollow City
on 77 Shadow Street, 
under a ghost moon,
in a winter garden,

Emma - drawing in the dust.


"Hush. Hush."

Relaunch and Giveaway: Lila's Choice by Laura Brown

Today I'm excited to share with you Laura Brown's novel Lila's Choice, which will be on sale for .99 cents today through August 18th. Be sure to snag your copy and enter below for the chance to win some awesome swag!

Blurb: Never let your friends get involved in your personal life.

Lila and Nate learn this the hard way. They are the star-crossed lovers of Glendale High. For three years the students have waited for the two to get together. They begged Nate to put his past relationship behind him, and cringed when Lila started dating Bryce. Just your typical teenage romance, except they’re the teachers.
Lila, a guidance counselor with a sweet demeanor, has an answer for every problem, every problem but her own. A visit from childhood friend Bryce thrusts her calm world into turmoil, as emotions buried deep inside are dragged to the surface. He soon realizes what only a friend can notice and a lover regret, that Lila, unbeknownst to herself, is in love with Nate.

Nate has seen better days. He is a history teacher stuck living in the past. Depression has kept his love for Lila unspoken, his ego frail after being cheated on.

Now Lila and Nate’s coworkers must unleash a scheme and uncover Lila’s true feelings. In a school this nosey what better way to get fast results than to involve the student population? The students are all too eager to get involved.

If everything goes as planned Lila will have to choose between two men. If her friends fail they might destroy these three and ruin their friendship. No wonder the scheme is called Project Torture.

Bio: Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Laura and her three cats are “differently abled.” Laura is hard of hearing, her oldest cat is deaf and partially blind, and the other two cats have cerebellar hyplasia (they shake, and they don’t find it endearing). The “normal” members of her family include her husband, who has put up with her since high school, and her young son who enjoys “typing” on Mommy’s laptop and has agreed to take full blame for all spelling errors.


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Lila Erickson watched with sluggish eyes while her margarita glass was refilled. Again. By her math this was her fifth cup. Maybe her sixth with the way the tan carpet rolled in shallow waves at her feet. She put a hand on the wooden coffee table. It kept floating, bringing her arm along for the ride. She placed her other hand on her head. The rolling stopped. Drats, it was her, not the apartment.

Her good friend and roommate, Ette, hummed as she filled two glasses. She ignored Lila’s hand plastered to her head and pushed the drink closer. “So…” she took a sip of her own margarita. “Bryce is coming for a visit?”

Lila groaned and pushed the cup away. This wasn’t a Saturday night drinking binge. This wasn’t helping Ette get over her latest fling. This was “get the counselor drunk so she’d spill her guts.” Lila wasn’t biting. Yet.

Desperate for a distraction, she became lost in the scene outside their apartment window. The yellow light of the parking lot illuminated a lone tree. The autumn leaves swayed in the light breeze—waves of green, yellow, and red, the latter reminiscent of Bryce’s hair. Her heart skipped a beat. She darted her eyes to the floor, choking on newfound desire. Like all things uncomfortable, she wanted to keep the meaning hidden deep inside. Thanks to Ette, the alcohol had already called her bluff. A shiver raced down her spine as she eyed her friend. Ette grinned over her glass.

Lila grabbed a pillow and thrust her head in. Bryce was her childhood friend, nothing more. They had been friends since kindergarten and stayed in touch after he moved away when they were ten.

“The cute redhead in the flesh, this should be good,” Ette drooled, already planning on her next conquest.

Lila dug her nails into the pillow.

Ette sensed Lila’s capitulation. “Why is this bad? I thought he was one of your best friends?”

“Oh, he is. But he was always just that—a friend. Now the door that leads to ‘other’ has opened and I can’t find the key.” Clutching onto the pillow, Lila’s nails dug into the fabric, threatening to poke holes.

“Sounds like someone has a crush on their childhood friend.”

“Yes.” Lila clasped a hand over her mouth, disbelieving her voice. “And that’s wrong.”

“Oh for God sakes. What’s so wrong about it? So you’ll flirt a little as you talk about days long past. Maybe he’ll flirt too?” Ette leaned forward in anticipation of the chase.

“I thought we were supposed to be helping you?”

Ette rolled over and ran a hand through her long blond hair. “It’s the same-old, same-old. Dating a week and the temperature ran cold. I’m out the door. I’ll drink,” she eyed her empty glass, “which it looks like I’m already up to. From here I’ll sulk in my room for a few days and then get all dolled up and go flirt shamelessly with some unsuspecting stranger.” She licked her lips in anticipation of yet another anonymous sexual encounter.

“Sounds like you’re going to be fine.”

Ette placed an arm around Lila. “Look, you love Bryce, he’s one in a million, and a friend of twenty years is hard to come by. You also know each other quite well. If the feelings are mutual, you can discover where this new path will take you. If not, you’ll still enjoy his weekly e-mails.”

Lila’s eyes drifted away from Ette. She couldn’t put twenty years on the line. She couldn’t risk ruining a friendship, no matter how good looking the pudgy boy had become.

Ette swirled the liquid around, watching her friend. “Do me a favor. Don’t turn into Nate on me.”

Lila stopped cold. She turned sharply to her friend. “What does that mean?”

“Seek out the opportunity in Bryce, don’t hide behind some shadow like Nate.”

“Nate isn’t hiding behind a shadow.” Lila blinked as Nate’s blue eyes came to mind. She shook her head. Great, now she was hallucinating eye colors. “He’s been hurt by a loved one.”

Ette stood up. “Here we go, defending Nate when I was proving a point.”

Lila sat dumbfounded, unable to wrap her head around what had happened.

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