About Me


So let me just jump right in by saying I am a newbie to the blogging world. I decided to create this blog when I decided it was time to finally publish my first novel. (The Harvest Series) Everything I read said "you need to have a blog- someplace to promote your work and get the word out there." Sounds easy enough, except I kept thinking, well how am I going to keep my followers interested when I don't have anything new to post? I certainly don't want to bog anyone down with post after post of the same stuff.... which brings me to my next point. 

I think the scariest part of publishing my novel was trying to find people to read it. Of course I had plenty of friends who were eager to help, but I wanted unbiased individuals to tell me like it was. I want my work to be my best and I want to know when it's not. With that said, I decided what better way to make not only my blog worth while, but also to get myself out there in the self-publishing/indie world than to start reviewing as well. And I have to say, I CANNOT wait to jump in!!  

Now that we have all that squared away, let me actually tell you a little about ME. I have a BS and an MS in criminal justice. I love studying criminal behavior... it's so fascinating. I worked as an adult probation officer while living on the southwest Texas/Mexico border, where my husband was a border patrol agent.  It was interesting and exhilarating work, but offers very little in the way of recordable success.  I have strived to get back into my field, but the job market is, well... we all know what it looks like. So now, I work in retail management.

I grew up in New England... close to the beach, eating seafood straight from the womb. I typically can't go to a restaurant without ordering some variation of it and when you get me back to my stomping grounds, I am pretty much out of control. My husband actually thinks it's an addiction. LOL! I currently live in Northeast Ohio, close to dairy farm land (certainly no beaches around here...), with my husband and our two wonderful rescues, Bailey & Madison.  

In my spare time, I read.. and I read A LOT! I love physical books that I can hold in my hands, but I love my nook too. I can sit down and read a book, cover to cover in an afternoon if it interests me. And I have been known to drain away days with this dirty little vice of mine. 

Reading is one of the things that got me to where I am today. I know that may sound crazy, but if you ask the small group of friends who have known me since birth, they will attest to this as well. When I was young I latched onto reading as an outlet and somehow it became just that. So while my walls were closing in, the screaming was growing louder, and the pain became more visible, I turned to my books and they SAVED MY LIFE! I think it was the idea that I could connect to the characters and pretend to be someone else...somewhere else, anywhere but in my own life. Over time this avid love for reading became like a mentor who never stopped showing me that I could have more, that I deserved more... 

My love for reading was something I both flaunted as well as hid over the years. It truly is my dirty little vice, and unless you're an avid reader, it's not always easy to understand -a love for...books? YES! Today I would scream it from my rooftop... I LOVE TO READ!! 

Ahhh, so now that we have deduced that I am crazy about books, let me tell you I have an eclectic taste when it comes to reading and I can go from a YA novel to Dean Koontz, to A Dog's purpose, to paranormal, all in a day's time... I tend to get wrapped up in characters in the books I enjoy, and I hate to see a good book end, which is why I looove series.   

As for my writing, I love to write YA. I dabble in other things, but I thoroughly enjoy this genre both in terms of reading and writing. My first novel, Harvest Moon is the first book in the Harvest Series and I hope the first of many more books to come.  

If you have any questions or comments about me or my writing, please feel free to email me at ttpbookblog@gmail.com 

If you are interested in having me review your book, please read my review policy. 

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