Self Image

Self image is a tricky thing. The dictionary defines it as “the idea, conception, or mental image one has of oneself.” The problem is, what we see when we look in the mirror is very different from what everyone else sees when they look at us. We tend to focus on our imperfections, a chin too pointy, eyes the wrong color, hair too curly or too straight. In Awake at Dawn, Kylie doesn’t like her “ski jump” nose. But do you think Derek or Lucas even noticed? Chances are, if they did, they found it cute. I have always wished I was taller (especially when trying to reach something on the top shelf!), but I have accepted that I’m short, but my hubby thinks of me as “petite.” Bless him!

My point is that what we see as an imperfection, others may see as endearing. And when people look at you, they don’t just see your nose, eyes, or smile, they see past the physical to the person you are inside. Some people, whom I consider amazingly beautiful, do not fit what society defines as physically beautiful. Their beauty shines through their personalities, the way they carry themselves, their smiles, and the way they act and react to their surroundings. It’s almost as if they have an aura around them that draws you to them.

How many times have you met someone and initially thought they weren’t really cute, but the longer you knew them, the cuter they became? Or even the opposite when you met someone really hot, but once you got to know him, he became less and less attractive? So we are born with certain attributes, some of these things we can’t change, but we can change who we are on the inside. You can become beautiful a person on the inside, and believe me, that beauty will shine though, people will notice.

People whose inner beauty shines though:



And if you are wondering about George Clooney, sure he’s gorgeous on the outside, but he also does do a lot of work in the Sudan.

If you don’t recognize these people, they are (L to R) Maya Angelou, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, George (we already covered him), Nelson Mandela, and Rosalynn Carter. If you still don’t know them, look them up, they are worth knowing about.

We Have a Winner!!

The votes are in! Last week I asked you to vote on your favorite pet photo. And the winner is B) Fluffy sent in by Jessy. Congratulations, Fluffy! Jessy, please email your snail mail address to me at cc(at) You have 24 hours to claim your cool prize!

I Ran Away!!

Last weekend I ran away.  Well, just for a weekend.  And I didn’t even run away alone.  Hubby and I stayed at a beach hotel in Ventura, California.  I sat out on the balcony, listened to the waves and read.  Ahh, I love the sound of those waves.  I even left the balcony door open and fell asleep to the soothing sound of water washing up on the beach.  Hubby and I walked along the beach.  We got some sand between our toes and our feet wet with incoming waves.  We ate dinner at a restaurant on a pier and watched the sun set.  It was a great escape.

Anyway, I thought I’d share some of images, of our trip.



Awake at Dawn Pet Pics Contest

And now for the pet photo contest! Last week the challenge went out for you to send me your cutest pet photos. And let me tell you, I received so many adorable photos, I had a hard time picking the top ten. I wish I could have posted them all! Now you get to vote on your favorite photo in the top ten, BUT only ONE vote per person. So, get your friends to come to the Web site and vote, too, and your pet photo could win you a basket of Awake at Dawn goodies!!!! As I said, it was a tough decision (there are so many cute pets out there!), but I selected the following ten:

A) Patty from Zubia

B) Fluffy from Jessy

C) Dog from Khelsey

D) Hugo from Sarah

E) Quinn from Jillian

F) Cat from Carolina

G) Buster from Alaryn

H) Dog & Bird from Tori

I) Chubby Bear from Alexandra

J) Dog and child from Savannah

Send in your vote, then check back here next Tuesday (October 25) to see which photo won. If it is your photo, congratulations! Send your snail mail address to cc(at) and I will send you your Awake at Dawn basket of goodies.

Win a Copy of Awake at Dawn!!

Have you not gotten your copy of Awake at Dawn yet?  Do you have a friend you’d like to give a copy to.  St. Martins Press is giving away three copies of Awake at Dawn over at Teen Shiver.  I’m blogging there today, talking about First Kisses.  Yes, I kiss and tell!

Awake at Dawn!!!

The day has finally arrived–the release of Awake at Dawn!!! Everyone has been so patient waiting for the second book in my Shadow Falls series, more patient than me. I have been going crazy anticipating its release! Now, at last, Awake at Dawn is available to my readers! I hope you’ll enjoy reading it and learning more about Kylie and all her friends. Speaking of Kylie, she receives some big surprises in this book. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll keep quiet, but OMG!





In Born at Midnight, Lucas gave Kylie a black and white kitten named Socks. (Isn’t she adorable?!?!)  In Awake at Dawn, Socks goes through some changes, but, of course, Kylie’s love for her never wavers. I’m sure many of you have pets that you love, too. I know I do, and, as you recall, I have talked about them in past blogs. Sometimes they drive me crazy, but then I see them do something cute and I can’t help but grab my camera.  So, in celebration of the release of Awake at Dawn,  I thought I’d share a few of my favorite photos of my pets.




Contest Alert!!!!

I’m sure you have a favorite photo of your pet that you would like to share. And as an added bonus, the reader with the cutest pet photo will win a basket of Awake at Dawn goodies!! I’m talking about an autographed copy of Awake at Dawn, and all sorts of cute prizes to go along with it.  So share your favorite photo, and I will post the top ten pics I receive. Then you will all get to vote for the winner! So, get busy and send me your top pet photos, then vote next week. Your photo could win you a basket of goodies!

Enjoy Awake at Dawn!

The Eyes Have It!

One of the first things Kylie notices about Derek is his green eyes, eyes so like her ex-boyfriend Trey’s, but unlike Trey’s, they are flecked with gold. Still, it’s the similarity that first draws her to Derek—and also makes her want keep as far away from him as possible. But whenever her eyes meet Derek’s, she can’t help the flutter in the pit of her stomach.


Lucas has blue eyes, eyes with a wildness, and it’s no wonder since he’s a werewolf. But when he looks at Kylie, there is a hunger too, and it’s got nothing to do with food. And when he kissed her, well, it made her want to be the one to satisfy his hunger.


Kylie wants to find out what she is, but she also need to figure out who she needs—and wants. So what is Kylie?

It has been said that the eyes are the windows of the soul. If that’s the case, then what does that say about shape shifter Perry? Practically every time Kylie looks at him, his eyes are a different color. Sometimes they’re gold, sometimes brown, and sometimes even black. It’s taken a while for Kylie to get used to Perry’s changing eye color, but she may never get used to him changing into animals. It’s a good thing Miranda doesn’t seem to mind….


So, what is it about eye color? Are you attracted to someone because of their eye color, or is it more the shape of their eyes? Maybe it’s how they look at you that make you feel like the most beautiful person in the world. Who do you think has beautiful eyes? Whose eyes make your stomach flutter?


Contest Winners!!!!

Gosh, I received so many funny captions for last week’s photo caption contest! It was a difficult decision, but I finally selected the winners.

Katiana 1) “That’s what I call dream fish.”

Nika Raminez  2) “My dear chap, you’ve startled me! My cat knickers are all in a twist, I’m afraid.”

Now you need to e-mail your snail mail address to cc(at) so I can send you your free copy of Awake at Dawn. You have 24 hours to claim your prize.