So I promised you guys new Sugar without even thinking about the fact that I’m MOVING RIGHT NOW. Sorry I’m an idiot. I didn’t forget about you, and I’ll add an extra sexy to make up if you forgive me! *blink blink*




Autumn: A Love Story

Today while driving, I saw the first changing leaves here in Colorado’s Front Range. We’ve had chilly nights and mornings for a few weeks now, and I’ve eaten my first pumpkin products of the season, but the leaves, man, the leaves make it official.

So I’m wearing leggings, and a short-sleeved sweater-dress with fingerless gloves. I’m drinking coffee with cardamom and cinnamon, and eating an oatmeal-raisin cookie. I have one pumpkin and two carnival squash on my kitchen counter just waiting to be added to everything from pie to chili. Pandora got changed from summer’s Florence station to fall’s Tiger Army. 

I am completely in love with this season.

I know January is technically the beginning of the year, but it’s always autumn where I feel the excitement of change.

The novella I’m working on is an ode to all things magical about October- hot cider, mulled cider, cider slushies, spiked cider, hard cider, cider doughnuts, cider-braised dinners, (I kinda like cider, guys), T-shirts with scarves, pumpkin EVERYTHING, the sound of crushing leaves beneath your feet and the smell that releases, Halloween EVERYTHING, roasted peppers at the Farmer’s Market, the sounds and the colors, and rolling the windows all the way down and turning on the heat at the same time…

I am completely in love with this season.

And having way too much fun weaving all of these things into my story.

Let’s Talk NA, Shall We?

New Adult. Its a lightning rod for authors, agents, editors, and readers. “It’s just YA where they do it a lot.” “It’s just contemp romance with young MC’s.” “No, it’s a whole category that needs subgenres.” “It’s the next big thing.” “It ISN’T a thing!”

My opinion? It IS a thing. And has been for a long time, only we didn’t label it as such. My personal favorite NA movie of all time is SLC Punk. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a movie about friendship, maybe even bromance, fighting the system, being a minority (albeit self-imposed), and figuring out who you are after college- and there’s a badass soundtrack and lots of sex and drugs. But at its heart, it’s a coming of age story.

Because contrary to popular Hollywood belief, we don’t just come of age once. It happens several times over our lives, we redefine who we are again and again.

Sometimes, and yes the majority of books being marketed as NA right now deal with this, that redefinition involves your first grown-up relationship. Navigating those beasts aren’t easy, but neither is pretty much anything in those first, treacherous years of adulthood. Ever watch Girls? Granted, most of us weren’t (aren’t?) nearly that self-centered. But figuring out how to balance friends, the self-imposed pressure of getting successful in your chosen field ASAFP, the social life that keeps getting better (you can drink legally now!), and do it all publically thanks to social media? There are so many stories to be told in that tangle of newness.

It doesn’t have to be contemporary at all. Melanie Harlow’s gorgeous debut, Speak Easy, is an NA historical that any fan of The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty or Amor Towles The Rules of Civility should have on their list. Tiny’s concerns with the men in her life are part of the story, but the real drama happens when she’s thrust into the helm of her father’s bootlegging business, trapped in a gangland turf war.

My point is this. NA has had a romance boom, because romance readers tend to be voracious. NA is much more than romance. Think of all the books you love. I bet more than a few qualify as NA, only you never tagged them with that. Hell, even Laura Ingalls Wilder had an NA moment in these Happy Golden Years, when she moves out to work her first job and romances Almanzo.

So don’t believe everything you read about NA.


I’ve not gotten any better about blogging, but I do have Things that are Happening! Firstly, Sugar Sundays is the serial I’ve been slowly churning out over at www.theNAturalauthors.blogspot.com and I am having an absolute blast with it. Theresa O’Donnelly doesn’t really like people, but her new friend/neighbor Carolina is challenging that- which is concerning for her as she is starting an affair with her new bestie’s brother. Fun fun fun!


The other really exciting thing going on is that all the NAturals collaborated on a short story- we each wrote a thousand words with absolutely no idea where anyone was going to take the plot. We are beyond pleased with it (“fucking delightful” was the consensus) and we can’t wait to show you. In fact, it went so well, that you should probably anticipate more of those…


What’s happening in your world? Tell me your stories.



Hi! Hi, guys!

Jeesh, but I’m terrible about blogging. Still here, still writing. I just started a Shiny New Project you’ll be able to follow, though. The NAtural Authors blog is going to play host to my new novella, which I’m writing as a serial. I am so flipping excited. Tentatively scheduled to be featured every Sunday… stay tuned!

The Sounds of My WIP

I’ve been having a lot of conversations lately about writing playlists. I am pretty sure everyone has them, whether its carefully curated to fit the mood of the story, or its the general background chatter of your favorite coffee shop. Some people need something classical, non-distracting, some people need to be immersed in the sound to get the emotional rush.

Me, I’m actually taking my entire inspiration from my playlist. Let me explain! Listening to my favorite band’s new release a couple weeks ago, I found myself lost in a story I’d made up based on the lyrics. I wondered, was this what actually happened to the songwriter, or did I just come up with something entirely unrelated? And does it matter? What better writing prompt, when you’re stuck (which as a pantser, I am quite often) then the actual lyrics of the next song on your list?

So without further ado, here’s what is informing the progression of Southern Rock at current.

“Southern Rock” Alkaline Trio

“Rock and Roll Romance” Frank Turner

“Diamonds” Rihanna

“My Shame is True” (album) Alkaline Trio

“My Kingdom For a Horse” Frank Turner

“Sweater Weather” The Neighborhood

“Casanova Lament” Frank Turner

“Bad Romance” Lady GaGa

“From Here to Infirmary” (album) Alkaline Trio

“Tattoos” Frank Turner

“O Valencia” The Decemberists

“Trouble” Taylor Swift

“The 11th Hour” Rancid

“A Certain Romance” The Arctic Monkeys

“If Ever I Stray” Frank Turner

So if all of that schizo-punk-o-phrenia makes sense to you, then you already know that my new book is a musical journey of sadness, happiness, baggage, and the unloading of such.

I’ll update as new songs cross my radar. In the meantime, what songs inspire you?



Cover Reveal Time!


So, that NA blog I’m part of? One of my fellow bloggers is revealing all to the world today. Check it out!

Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu Publication date:  Summer 2013  Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn’t just a game for Jillian and her friends, it’s a lifestyle. After all, boys might be good for a dance or a drink and certainly a little under-cover action of the scandalous variety, but expect much else and you’re bound for heart ache.
So when her best friends and fellow boy catchers start dropping like flies junior year, Jillian is determined to keep boys in her bedroom and out of her heart. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can’t—or perhaps won’t—take a hint. 
Study abroad student Liam doesn’t want to be another notch on Jillian’s bedpost. Actually he has much more interesting ideas for Jillian and her bedposts, but his student visa’s set expiration date means he can’t promise her forever. That doesn’t mean he’s going to walk away from the challenge of discovering why Jillian is hell-bent at keeping people at a distance. 
Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they’re playing for keeps. Jillian knows one thing though: falling in love will not only break the only rule of boy-catching, it could also break her heart.

Sophia Bleu is a secret identity where I can write about fantasies and falling in love and all the smexiness in between.  In real life, I’m likely catching a plane, chasing kids, or making out with the love of my life—all 6 ft 3 inches of hotness that he is.  Life is pretty good.
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