Continuing to just take time to listen, support, and boost the voices of Black creators & storytellers. ❤️📚. Today I want to reshare a post from @hereweeread, a wonderful account highlighting diverse books and educational products to help raise the next generation of children. I have a special place in my heart for kid lit and the role these books have in shaping our youth’s minds and hearts. 🌈. And also on that note, @meena’s new kids book just came out this week as well, titled KAMALA AND MAYA’S BIG IDEA about her mother and aunt; it’s the second book pictured in my slider and absolutely worth checking out for your kiddos or even yourself!.
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Continuing to just take time...

#blackouttuesday with all my love and support. ❤️.
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I’m also looking for writing/filmmaking/storytelling/literacy nonprofits that support and liftup POC for me to get involved with. Local to California would be great but would love any & all recs. Please share in the comments if you know any great ones. 👇🏻.

#blackouttuesday with all my love...

I’m not Black, so I will never truly understand what the Black community goes through on a daily basis in our country. But I see you. 
I acknowledge you. I stand with you. ❤️As an author and book blogger, I want to show my support by amplifying the voices of Black creators/writers I look up to. Please add to the list below, let’s keep boosting & sharing their stories & voices. Some of my absolute favorites:.
📖I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS, Maya Angelou.
🎥GET OUT by @jordanpeele.
📺GREYS ANATOMY by @shondarhimes.
📖EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by @nicolayoon.
🎥BELLE by Misan Sagay. 📺ALL AMERICAN by Nkechi Okoro Carroll. 📖CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by @tomiadeyemi.
📖MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by @oyinbraithwaite.
🎥BLACK PANTHER by Ryan Coogler.
📺GLOW by @marquitajulia.
📖YEAR OF YES by @shondarhimes.
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I’m not Black, so I...

I have been working on this for you guys for SO long and it’s finally ready to share! 🍾✨ 📚My FREE pdf download featuring insider tips on over 40 places to score free physical books, ebooks, audiobooks, and even comics! Pop on over to the link in my bio and grab yourself this free downloadable to get started snagging ALL the books. I wanted to put together a resource that would help you guys during COVID to inspire/entertain/educate yourselves, your families, kids etc. ❤️📖Of course, as an author I advocate buying a book if/when you can to support authors you love, but that’s just not always realistic and everyone should be able to experience the joys of reading. (Plus, you can still support in other ways by leaving reviews, telling friends to buy, spreading the love of a book etc.). Tell me, do you have any tips on where to get books from? (P.S. if you’re curious, my no.1 source for myself is on page 3— it’s the public library’s “Libby” app, which a lot of people still don’t know about and has the best ebook selection ever!!!). •
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#freebooks #freebook #getfreebook #getfreebooks #bookish #alwaysreading #librarylife #readingisfundamental #readingtime #readersunite #bookaholic #readersgonnaread #bookgiveaways #bookstagramgiveaway #bookishcommunity

I have been working on...

I did it! I finally read a book I’ve had on my TBR list for years! Just finished HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE by Dale Carnegie and I loved it. Where to start? So . . . this book was written in 1936, but it was rewritten in the 80’s making it super easy to read. It doesn’t feel dated at all, except for the historical examples which were actually very cool because he talks about prominent figures during that era. (And this is coming from someone who usually doesn’t gravitate toward history books). I thought this book would be “salesy” and maybe that’s why I put it off for so long even though its consistently ranked one of the 100 most influential books. (I’m not really into fake/salesy stuff —I hate “networking”, etc.) BUT I was so surprised by all the fantastic takeaways on how to deal with “difficult” people and arguments. Bottom line: If you want people to treat you well, treat them well! 😉. Some of my favorite tips:.
📖Don’t criticize or complain.
📖Be appreciative.
📖Be genuinely interested in other people.
📖Smile.
📖Be a good listener.
📖Try honestly to see things from the other’s POV.
📖When you’re wrong, admit it.
📖Show sympathy and empathy for others.
Have you read this one? 👍🏻👎🏻.
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💃dress by @freepeople.
👚sweater by @ullajohnson.
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I did it! I finally...

Just a little reminder to take time each day to do something you love! Even if it’s just to read one chapter of that new book on your shelf or write a few paragraphs of prose. There are 24 hours in a day—you can take 30 min for yourself, I promise. 😘. (As a corporate lawyer sometimes billing  200+ hour months, I had to tell myself this daily. No one is going to give us the time to do these things—we have to take it for ourselves!). •
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🐆 leggings by @onzie.
👚top by @urbanoutfitters.
📖Do What You Love by @leigh.standley.
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#writinginspiration #writinginspo #livecreatively #livecreative #dowhatyoulove #inspirationalbooks #inspirationalbook #animalprintleggings #authorillustrator #writerscommunity #athomewithuo

Just a little reminder to...

I’ve got about 8 more chapters to go to finish the second draft of my new YA urban fantasy manuscript and it got me thinking... Do you guys read authors who write more than one genre? Because I read all kinds of YA and I write it, too! The first book I wrote was a YA romance/coming of age, my second book is a YA survival thriller, and then after this urban fantasy I want to write an homage to my favorite 80s/90s teen horrors (think SCREAM and I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER). So...do you read whatever the authors you love write OR will you only read one genre of theirs? People I see who I personally think do multi-genres well:
•Jennifer Armentrout (YA fantasy, NA and Adult romance, YA thriller).
•Stephen King/Richard Bachman (horror and literary/upmarket fiction).
•Abbi Glines (NA fantasy, NA romance, YA romance).
•Neil Gaiman (what genre doesn’t he write? 😂).
•JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith (MG/YA fantasy and literary fiction).
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#alwaysreading #booklovers #writerscommunity #writersgonnawrite #writenow #amwriting #writingtips #writinginspiration #writinglife #youngadultfiction #youngadultbooks

I’ve got about 8 more...

Raise your hand if you miss the bookstore. ✋🏻.
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This photo was taken at @thewritersblocklv in Las Vegas. Bet you didn’t know Vegas has a killer bookstore like this one! Definitely worth checking out next time you’re on the Strip. Sending all my indie bookstores love right now & patiently waiting to come back in and shop!🃏♠️📚😉.
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#inthestacks #saveindiebookstores #bookstore #bookstores #indiebookstore #indiebookstores #bookstorefinds #yabooks #bookstack #bookstacks #lasvegas #lasvegaslife #bookstorelife #nationalbookstore

Raise your hand if you...

Continuing to just take time to listen, support, and boost the voices of Black creators & storytellers. ❤️📚. Today I want to reshare a post from @hereweeread, a wonderful account highlighting diverse books and educational products to help raise the next generation of children. I have a special place in my heart for kid lit and the role these books have in shaping our youth’s minds and hearts. 🌈. And also on that note, @meena’s new kids book just came out this week as well, titled KAMALA AND MAYA’S BIG IDEA about her mother and aunt; it’s the second book pictured in my slider and absolutely worth checking out for your kiddos or even yourself!.
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📸 photos by @hereweeread and @meena.
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#weneeddiversebooks

Continuing to just take time...

#blackouttuesday with all my love and support. ❤️.
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I’m also looking for writing/filmmaking/storytelling/literacy nonprofits that support and liftup POC for me to get involved with. Local to California would be great but would love any & all recs. Please share in the comments if you know any great ones. 👇🏻.

#blackouttuesday with all my love...

I’m not Black, so I will never truly understand what the Black community goes through on a daily basis in our country. But I see you. 
I acknowledge you. I stand with you. ❤️As an author and book blogger, I want to show my support by amplifying the voices of Black creators/writers I look up to. Please add to the list below, let’s keep boosting & sharing their stories & voices. Some of my absolute favorites:.
📖I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS, Maya Angelou.
🎥GET OUT by @jordanpeele.
📺GREYS ANATOMY by @shondarhimes.
📖EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by @nicolayoon.
🎥BELLE by Misan Sagay. 📺ALL AMERICAN by Nkechi Okoro Carroll. 📖CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by @tomiadeyemi.
📖MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by @oyinbraithwaite.
🎥BLACK PANTHER by Ryan Coogler.
📺GLOW by @marquitajulia.
📖YEAR OF YES by @shondarhimes.
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👚tee by @foolies a Lifestyle Empowerment Brand designed to inspire Black millennials to "foolishly" chase their dreams.
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#blacklivesmatter

I’m not Black, so I...

I have been working on this for you guys for SO long and it’s finally ready to share! 🍾✨ 📚My FREE pdf download featuring insider tips on over 40 places to score free physical books, ebooks, audiobooks, and even comics! Pop on over to the link in my bio and grab yourself this free downloadable to get started snagging ALL the books. I wanted to put together a resource that would help you guys during COVID to inspire/entertain/educate yourselves, your families, kids etc. ❤️📖Of course, as an author I advocate buying a book if/when you can to support authors you love, but that’s just not always realistic and everyone should be able to experience the joys of reading. (Plus, you can still support in other ways by leaving reviews, telling friends to buy, spreading the love of a book etc.). Tell me, do you have any tips on where to get books from? (P.S. if you’re curious, my no.1 source for myself is on page 3— it’s the public library’s “Libby” app, which a lot of people still don’t know about and has the best ebook selection ever!!!). •
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#freebooks #freebook #getfreebook #getfreebooks #bookish #alwaysreading #librarylife #readingisfundamental #readingtime #readersunite #bookaholic #readersgonnaread #bookgiveaways #bookstagramgiveaway #bookishcommunity

I have been working on...

I did it! I finally read a book I’ve had on my TBR list for years! Just finished HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE by Dale Carnegie and I loved it. Where to start? So . . . this book was written in 1936, but it was rewritten in the 80’s making it super easy to read. It doesn’t feel dated at all, except for the historical examples which were actually very cool because he talks about prominent figures during that era. (And this is coming from someone who usually doesn’t gravitate toward history books). I thought this book would be “salesy” and maybe that’s why I put it off for so long even though its consistently ranked one of the 100 most influential books. (I’m not really into fake/salesy stuff —I hate “networking”, etc.) BUT I was so surprised by all the fantastic takeaways on how to deal with “difficult” people and arguments. Bottom line: If you want people to treat you well, treat them well! 😉. Some of my favorite tips:.
📖Don’t criticize or complain.
📖Be appreciative.
📖Be genuinely interested in other people.
📖Smile.
📖Be a good listener.
📖Try honestly to see things from the other’s POV.
📖When you’re wrong, admit it.
📖Show sympathy and empathy for others.
Have you read this one? 👍🏻👎🏻.
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💃dress by @freepeople.
👚sweater by @ullajohnson.
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#howtowinfriendsandinfluencepeople #nonfiction #nonfictionbooks #nonfictionbook #mustread #mustreads #dalecarnegie #dalecarnegiequotes #businessbook #businessbooks #girlboss #girlbosshustle #ullajohnson

I did it! I finally...

Just a little reminder to take time each day to do something you love! Even if it’s just to read one chapter of that new book on your shelf or write a few paragraphs of prose. There are 24 hours in a day—you can take 30 min for yourself, I promise. 😘. (As a corporate lawyer sometimes billing  200+ hour months, I had to tell myself this daily. No one is going to give us the time to do these things—we have to take it for ourselves!). •
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🐆 leggings by @onzie.
👚top by @urbanoutfitters.
📖Do What You Love by @leigh.standley.
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#writinginspiration #writinginspo #livecreatively #livecreative #dowhatyoulove #inspirationalbooks #inspirationalbook #animalprintleggings #authorillustrator #writerscommunity #athomewithuo

Just a little reminder to...

I’ve got about 8 more chapters to go to finish the second draft of my new YA urban fantasy manuscript and it got me thinking... Do you guys read authors who write more than one genre? Because I read all kinds of YA and I write it, too! The first book I wrote was a YA romance/coming of age, my second book is a YA survival thriller, and then after this urban fantasy I want to write an homage to my favorite 80s/90s teen horrors (think SCREAM and I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER). So...do you read whatever the authors you love write OR will you only read one genre of theirs? People I see who I personally think do multi-genres well:
•Jennifer Armentrout (YA fantasy, NA and Adult romance, YA thriller).
•Stephen King/Richard Bachman (horror and literary/upmarket fiction).
•Abbi Glines (NA fantasy, NA romance, YA romance).
•Neil Gaiman (what genre doesn’t he write? 😂).
•JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith (MG/YA fantasy and literary fiction).
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#alwaysreading #booklovers #writerscommunity #writersgonnawrite #writenow #amwriting #writingtips #writinginspiration #writinglife #youngadultfiction #youngadultbooks

I’ve got about 8 more...

Raise your hand if you miss the bookstore. ✋🏻.
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This photo was taken at @thewritersblocklv in Las Vegas. Bet you didn’t know Vegas has a killer bookstore like this one! Definitely worth checking out next time you’re on the Strip. Sending all my indie bookstores love right now & patiently waiting to come back in and shop!🃏♠️📚😉.
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#inthestacks #saveindiebookstores #bookstore #bookstores #indiebookstore #indiebookstores #bookstorefinds #yabooks #bookstack #bookstacks #lasvegas #lasvegaslife #bookstorelife #nationalbookstore

Raise your hand if you...

Always BEE Yourself. 🐝. ——-.
I often get asked why I read so much Young Adult when I myself am no longer a teen, LOL. For me, I love YA for the nostalgia and escapism & entertainment aspects. (I also write YA so like to support my fellow writers and know what’s going on in the YA space). But most importantly—and I say this all the time—I think you should be yourself and read whatever you like and never let anyone make you feel bad about it! There is so much to be said for allowing yourself the “guilty pleasures” in life. You deserve it! Tell me, do you have a genre you like to read that other people don’t “get”? (Between you and I, I also love myself a good trashy read on occasion!). •
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Always BEE Yourself. 🐝. ——-....

Books Are Everything. 📖❤️.
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And oh heyyyyy, is your book spending out of control during the pandemic? Don’t worry—I’ve got a roundup coming soon of the best places to get all the free books your little bookworm heart can handle. I’ll let you know when it’s ready to snag! (Hopefully soon!😘).
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#booktote #totebags #booksparks #booksandbooks #booksanddogs #goldenretriever #whitegoldenretriever #bookworms #bibliophile #bibliophiles #amreading

Books Are Everything. 📖❤️. ——-....

Tell me a book you didn’t think you’d like but now you’re grateful to have read. 📖❤️.
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I’ll go first. My pick is INTO THIN AIR by @krakauernotwriting. When I was writing my Young Adult survival thriller SKI WEEKEND (hopefully headed your way in 2021!), I went through a reading spurt where I was reading all the survival fiction and nonfiction. I’ve never been into adventure sports (sorry! former corporate litigator and naturally risk-adverse wimpy person over here ✋🏻). I also am not a huge memoir or biography fan unless it’s Hollywood/celebrity or entrepreneurs. So a memoir-type book about adventure mountain climbing did NOT seem up my alley. I am shocked by how much I loved and now treasure this book. It’s one of the most interesting, thrilling, saddest, haunting, life-affirming stories I’ve ever read. All the stuff you hope for in survival fiction, but I didn’t think I’d find in survival nonfiction. And now I recommend it all the time! (Also, I feel like it really helped me flesh out a lot of themes for my own fiction novel based in the mountains.) Okay, your turn! 👇🏻. •
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🎨top by @spiritualgangster.
💃skirt by @freepeople.
👂🏻earrings by @amazonfashion.
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Tell me a book you...

When books imitate reality. The shopping addiction is real, my friends! 😂🛒. Although, I have to say, most recently I have been focused on buying things for personal development (as opposed to clothes/shoes) like masterminds, online courses, paying for services such as website & editing. But ofc I will always ALWAYS love fashion!.
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Speaking of personal development, I’ve been thinking about what kind of classes I’d like to teach to share my best tips on writing & book blogging. Is there something you struggle with that you’d like to learn more about? Some ideas I have been kicking around.:
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📖How do you write when you are a full time business woman OR a full time stay at home (I’ve done both!!!). 📖Instagram/social media for authors.
📖How to get started writing your first book.
📖Write a book in 90 days.
📖How to start a book blog.
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