Month9Books is 4! Celebrate and Win Books!

Welcome to Month9Books Turns 4 Birthday Bash! We’re thrilled to share this celebration with you!

Here’s a quick note from Georgia McBride, owner of Month9Books!

“Month9Books is turning 4 this year, and I could not be happier. We are living proof that if you have a dream to write, create and inspire, you should follow that dream and let nothing keep you from realizing it. Thank you to all the readers, writers, agents, partners and friends who have made this possible. We write for you.

--Georgia McBride, Publisher and Owner of Month9Books”

Thanks so much for 4 awesome years! We look forward to celebrating #5 with you in 2017! We have something for everyone from every genre from Sci-Fi to Fantasy to Paranormal and Horror! As a thank you, we're giving away some well-loved books from 2015 and 2016. All paperback and hardcover winners must reside in the United States. International readers may receive only eBooks if they win.

Here’s a look at all of the books we have published through the years! 

Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes
Very Superstitious: Myths, Legends and Tales of Superstition
Praefatio (Praefatio, #1) by Georgia McBride
THE Undertakers: Secret of The Corpse Eater by Ty Drago
Fledgling (Dragonrider Chronicles #1) by Nicole Conway
Avian (Dragonrider Chronicles #2) by Nicole Conway
Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton
The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham
Summer of The Oak Moon by Laura Templeton
The Undertakers: Last Siege of Haven by Ty Drago
The Artisans by Julie Reece
Into The Dark by Caroline Patti
Serpentine by Cindy Pon
Minotaur by Phillip Simpson
Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins
Ashes In The Sky (Fire in the Woods #2) By Jennifer M. Eaton
The Undertakers 5: End of the World by Ty Drago
The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman
Emerge by Tobie Easton
There Once were Stars by Melanie McFarlane
The Paladins (The Artisans #2) by Julie Reece
Argos by Phillip W. Simpson
Traitor (Dragonrider Chronicles #3) by Nicole Conway
Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis
In The Shadow Of The Dragon King by J. Keller Ford
Hair In All The Wrong Places by Andrew Buckley
Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley
Into The Light (Into The Dark #2) by Caroline Patti
un/Fair by Steven Harper
Operation Tenley by Jennifer Gooch Hummer
The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl (The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl #2) by Leigh Statham
Sacrifice (Serpentine #2) by Cindy Pon
Clanless (Nameless #2 ) by Jennifer Jenkins
The Legend of The Pumpkin Thief by Charles Day
In The Beginning Anthology
Immortal (Dragonrider Chronicles #4)  by Nicole Conway

Giveaway Details:
A total of 13 winners will receive….

(1) Hardcover of SERPENTINE by Cindy Pon, US Only.
(1) Paperback of EMERGE by Tobie Easton, US ONLY.
(1) Hardcover of POPPY MAYBERRY: THE MONDAY by Jennie K. Brown, US Only.
(1) Paperback set of THE DRAGONRIDERS CHRONICLES by Nicole Conway, US Only.
(1) Paperback set of HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Andrew Buckley, POLARIS by Beth Bowland, and ARTIFACTS by Pete Catalano, US Only.
(1) Paperback set of TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES, THE REQUIEM RED by Brynn Chapman, FIRE IN THE WOODS by Jennifer M. Eaton, & RISE by Jennifer Anne Davis, US Only.
(3) Paperbacks of MINOTAUR by Phillip W. Simpson, US Only.
(3) International winners will receive a 5 eBooks of their choice from books listed above.

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The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief by Charles Day ~ Release Day Celebration + Giveaway

Hello Readers! Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief by Charles Day
presented by Tantrum Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
Happy Book Birthday, Charles!
As the townsfolk sleep, something creeps into the neighborhood. Hidden in shadows, its presence is as old as time itself, its intent not born of goodness.
Nick, a teenager who fancies himself a detective, wakes to find his carved masterpiece missing. Now a mystery is afoot, and Nick has his first assignment, to find out who or what is snatching up the town’s pumpkins and why.
Unfortunately, as with all great detectives, obstacles stand in Nick’s way—the neighborhood bully and his cronies, and the strange old lady and her dog who share the run-down house at the end of Nick’s block. As Nick investigates, an urban legend unravels . . . .
The Legend of The Pumpkin Thief.
Nick fears the legend as he embarks on the most dangerous adventure of his young life. Collecting clues, getting ever closer to the true nature of evil, he learns that curiosity comes with a high price.
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The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief by Charles Day Publication Date: October 18, 2016 Publisher: Tantrum Books

Charles Day is the Horror Writer Association’s Mentor Program Chairperson, Co¬-Chair for the NY/LI Chapter, and a member of the HWA Library committee. He is also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association, the American Library Association, and the Young Adult Library Services Association.
He is also the Bram Stoker Award® nominated author of the YA novel, THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF. He’s also published his first adult novel DEEP WITHIN and the first book in his Adventures of Kyle McGerrt trilogy, a YA western heroic fantasy, THE HUNT FOR THE GHOULISH BARTENDER, and his first co¬authored novel with Mark Taylor, REDEMPTION
His forthcoming publications and projects in development for 2014 include a comic book series based on the ADVENTURES OF KYLE McGERRT trilogy, his first middle¬ grade series, THE UNDERDWELLERS, and his third YA novel, IMMORTAL FAMILY.
On the publishing business side of things, Charles is the owner of Day Media and Publishing in New York, which houses the successful imprints, Evil Jester Press, Evil Jester Comics, and Hidden Thoughts Press (mental wellness collections,)
He’s also an artist and illustrator, who is passionate about creating the many characters he’s brought to life in his published, or soon to be published works. You can find out more about his upcoming writing projects, check out his illustrations and art, or find out what he’s cooking up next with that evil dude¬in¬the¬box, the evil Jester, by visiting his Facebook page:
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The Weight of Zero

By Karen Fortunati
Published on October 11th 2016
Published by: Delacorte Press
Source: Publisher
Seventeen-year-old Cath knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disease, has almost triumphed once, propelling Catherine to her first suicide attempt. With Zero only temporarily restrained by the latest med du jour, time is running out. In an old ballet shoebox, Catherine stockpiles meds, preparing to take her own life when Zero next arrives.

But Zero’s return is delayed. Unexpected relationships along with the care of a new psychiatrist start to alter Catherine's perception of her diagnosis. But will this be enough? This is a story of loss and grief and hope and how the many shapes of love – maternal, romantic and platonic – impact a young woman’s struggle with mental illness.

The manuscript was awarded the 2014 SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant in the Contemporary YA category, named a finalist in the 2015 Tassey-Walden Awards and won the Serendipity Literary Agency 2013 YA First Page/Novel Discovery Contest.
I was supposed to have this post up hours ago, first thing in the morning, really.  But ever since I finished The Weight of Zero, I'd open up my draft review and then just... stare at the cursor blinking.

With my apologies to the publisher and associated folks who were expecting this review to hit much, much earlier: How do you review a book like this, really, that gets you where you live, you know?

Lots of YA books try to tackle mental illness, from various POVs. Some of them get it right. Some of them are stunningly wrong in their portrayal, ignorant, even if the idea comes from a good place.

Karen Fortunati gets it right. She gets it so very right.

I actually had to stop reading the book several times at the beginning. Like, close the book, blink back tears, and put it away for a while. Read it a chapter at a time, then move on to something else. Cath's honest assessment of "Zero" -- the day her inevitable depressive swing comes back, the day she knows is coming where living will no longer seem worth it to her -- it was so real. Too real, honestly. I saw far too much of myself -- past versions of myself, maybe some future version of myself, who knows; the brain is a fickle thing -- to be able to push on.

Because even though I came out okay on the other side of my own flirtations with "Zero", and even though I assumed by the nature of YA fiction that so would Cath, I still felt my heart in my throat as she calmly, rationally talked about her meticulous plans to get out before her mental illness got her.

Cath's journey throughout this book is outstanding, and she's surrounded by a great cast of characters who help flesh out her world. You can see them all trying, in their own way, to help her, even when she's reticent to admit that anything is even wrong. In a world of YA books with absent or uninterested parents, Cath's mom's love and care for her was palpable, and the warmth of the family of Michael, her love interest, was such a nice change of pace.

I loved the slow development of everyone in the book as they all start to open up in their own time and reveal their secrets. It felt so real in a way that soul-baring confessions between people who have known each other for days could never even pretend to be. Nothing is simple, especially when you're a teenager, and especially when you're a teenager dealing with mental health issues.

If I had any complaint, it's that things wrapped up with too neat of a bow. The resolution of Cath's arc is satisfying, but I probably would have ended it a few pages before the author did, leaving the ending hopeful but more ambiguous.  In a book that hits all the right notes about the "two steps forward, one step back" of mental illness, the ending felt a little hollow. I don't want to criticize it too much -- it's good for someone in Cath's situation to read something like this and think "she was able to manage her illness and have all these things" but I could also see it being a source of frustration: "she's so perfect, I could never have all these things". I don't know what the right answer is, really, but it was something that gave me pause as I read.

One more thing about me, and then I'll go. There's a line at the end of the book when Cath is talking to her therapist and they're discussing how she's doing now. "And," she says, after giving the run down of some recent events, "I'm reading again."

For me, at the worst of my depression, the worst of my moments with "Zero" as an adult, one of the things that bothered me the most -- not the dark thoughts, not crying for no reason in the bathroom or at work or on the bus, not being full of the desire to just never go home again, even when I couldn't completely articulate what that meant -- was the fact that I wasn't reading anymore. Reading was always such a joy for me and at my worst, I couldn't get through a single paragraph, let alone a whole book. Once I got the right combination of doctors and meds under my belt, I knew things were starting on the right path -- yes, when I stopped crying at the slightest provocation, yes, when I stopped wondering whether life was worth it, but also: I was on the right path when I suddenly, all at once, discovered my love of books again,


This is such an important book. As a kid, I didn't have any books like this at my fingertips. I was a pretty well read kid, but if these books were out there, I sure had no way of finding them. I had shelves of books about teenagers dying of cancer, being shipwrecked, going missing, having adventures. I don't think I ever had a book that said "sometimes you will be desperately sad, but there is a way out". Maybe I still would have been too scared to say anything, but at least I would have felt a bit less alone.

Content notes: As can be expected with a book of this subject matter, there's frank talk about bipolar disorder (both depressive and manic episodes), self harm, suicidal thoughts/attempts, eating disorders, bullying, and OCD.

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Speed of Life by J.M. Kelly ~ Blog Tour Review and Giveaway...

By J.M. Kelly
Published on October 11, 2016
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley
Twins Crystal and Amber have the same goal: to be the first in their family to graduate high school and make something of their lives. When one gets pregnant during their junior year, they promise to raise the baby together. It’s not easy, but between their after-school jobs, they’re scraping by.

Crystal’s grades catch the attention of the new guidance counselor, who tells her about a college that offers a degree in automotive restoration, perfect for the car buff she is. When she secretly applies—and gets in—new opportunities threaten their once-certain plans, and Crystal must make a choice: follow her dreams or stay behind and honor the promise she made to her sister.

Feminist readers in particular will appreciate this strong young woman who doesn’t conform to gender norms.. -Kirkus

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Speed of Life...

I don't know why, but lately I have been drawn towards YA pregnancy stories, and when I heard about this one, I knew that I had to read it. And boy, am I glad that I did. It broke my heart, though. In a big way. 

This story revolves around teenage twin sisters. One of the sisters gets pregnant, and they make a promise to raise the baby together. What follows is an emotional journey, and one that I won't easily forget. The twins are absolutely unforgettable. They are trying their hardest to fight their way up from the bottom, and make a new life for themselves and the baby. I admired that fight, so much. 

Everything about this book drew me in, and I felt SO MUCH when I was reading it. I have seen so many others say this, and it is true... this book deserves the hype that so many other books get and I hope that when the word gets out about it, the hype will build exponentially. 

Thanks to this wonderful author for telling me this story and reminding me of what MATTERS. 

About the Author...

JoĆ«lle Anthony is a writer and sometimes-actress who currently lives on a tiny island in British Columbia with her musician husband, Victor Anthony, and cat, Marley. Her debut novel, Restoring Harmony, was long listed for the American Library Association’s Best New Young Adult Fiction 2010, and chosen as the Feature Title for Cincinnati’s Teen on the Same Page Festival 2012. Her latest release, The Right & the Real also made ALA’s Best YA Fiction list (2012), both from Putnam.  She enjoys teaches writing workshops to writers of all ages. Visit her on the web at Follow her on Twitter @joellewrites


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Tour Schedule...

Week One:
10/3/2017- Curling Up With A Good BookInterview
10/4/2017- A Dream Within A DreamReview
10/5/2017- Wandering Bark BooksExcerpt
10/6/2017- Book Wish- Review
10/7/2017- Reviews Coming at YAGuest Post

Week Two:
10/10/2017- The Best Books EverReview
10/11/2017- With Love for BooksGuest Post
10/12/2017- The Phantom ParagrapherReview
10/13/2017- Lost in Ever AfterInterview
10/14/2017- Kayl's Krazy ObessionReview

Jaime Reviews ~ And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

By Dawn Kurtagich
Published on September 6, 2016
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley
A stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped there, by The Dead Houseauthor Dawn Kurtagich 

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too--the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, AND THE TREES CREPT IN is the perfect follow-up novel for master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich.

And the Trees Crept In...

I am a huge fan of horror, and Dawn Kurtagich is one of the best in YA horror. I adored her first book, The Dead House, so And the Trees Crept In was a no-brainer for me. While I did enjoy the story very much, I can say that I was a little disappointed in one way..... it wasn't nearly as scary as I was hoping for.

After arriving at La Baume, a secluded mansion far from their London home, Silla and Nori feel like they have finally escaped. They are free from their abusive father, and weak mother, and finally living in a home where they are loved. Their Aunt Cath is silly and fun, and so happy to have them there and they feel free. Unfortunately, the fairy tale ends all too soon. Aunt Cath changes drastically, almost overnight. She disappears to the attic, leaving Silla and Nori alone to fend for themselves.

Silla is trying to hold everything together for Nori, but the garden is dying, all of the food disappearing. The worst part though, is the trees. They seem to be coming closer to the house. And Silla can't stop thinking about an old story (Crazy) Aunt Cath told them once, long ago. A story about The Creeper Man. Is he here? Are the trees really coming closer? Is the house sinking? Or is Silla going crazy, just like (Crazy) Aunt Cath?

Let me start by saying this... Yes, I was disappointed in the lack of horror elements, BUT I still loved every minute of the story. Silla was a fantastic character study, and the perfect unreliable narrator. I loved her as a character, even when I just wasn't sure what to believe. Nori was a shining light in the book, and though she didn't get a lot of page time, her presence was always felt. Everything Silla did was for her, and the reader is well aware of that.

There is a sweet romance in the story, with whom I will never tell, but it added another element of doubt and depth to the story. The way that Kurtagich weaves this character into the book, especially towards the end, was magical. All of the relationships in the book were crafted beautifully!

I had an inkling that proved right about the final reveal, but if this author is good at one thing it is making me doubt myself. Numerous times. The way she played out the reveal was perfect and heartbreaking. I wish that the ending had been done a little differently, but hey, I can always hope for a sequel, which would make it perfect!!! (HINT, HINT, WINK, WINK, Ms. Kurtagich!)

And the Trees Crept In has definitely cemented this authors place in my Must-Reads list. If you are a fan of dark, gritty stories that are sometimes a struggle to read, this is one for you. Add in some creepy, and it is a great October read!

Jaime Lynn

Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins ~ Release Day Celebration Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins
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Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
Happy Book Birthday, Jennifer!
Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor.
Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride. He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.” As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region. But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price.

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Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins Publication Date: October 4, 2016 Publisher: Month9Books

Joshua groaned and pushed up to rest on his elbows. “What happened? Where am I?” His wiry chest was bare. The scar on his abdomen was still crusted over, but the skin around the wound bragged a healthy peach hue. “Where are Gryphon and Gabe?” He looked at Eva then over to Zo. “What is Eva doing here?”
Zo and Tess didn’t bother answering any of his questions before wrapping him into a hug. Tess openly wept, and Zo found herself jealous for the chance to express her relief without falling apart.
She pressed her forehead into Joshua’s and held it there as she looked into his eyes. “I see you, Joshua.”
“Umm.” Joshua grinned. “I see you too. Quite well, actually.”
Tess rolled around in a fit of giggles.
“What am I missing?” said Joshua.
Zo pulled away and tapped the end of the boy’s nose with the tip of her finger. “Sorry. It’s an old Wolf custom. Eyes are the windows to the soul. I was greeting your inner light. Acknowledging your spirit.” Zo shook her head and smiled. “It has been so long since I’ve been able to be a Wolf. I couldn’t help myself.”

Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.
Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.
What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

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Jennifer Jenkins
With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.
Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid). 
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The Shattered Seam (Seam Stalkers #1) by Kathleen Groger ~ Blog Tour Excerpt and Giveaway

The Shattered Seam
Kathleen Groger
(Seam Stalkers, #1)
Publication date: September 13th 2016
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult
Spending spring break on an isolated island rumored to be haunted is not sixteen-year-old Sam’s idea of fun. Spending spring break with her uncle and his ghost-hunting film crew on an isolated island is even worse.
Way worse.
Her family’s secrets—and a genetic ability she can no longer deny—surface, along with the ghost of a rich serial killer who left behind a trail of trapped souls.
And he’s not through yet.
With only one chance for escape, Sam must embrace her family’s curse and close the Seam between the living and the dead. Or be lost, forever.


Scene set up: Sam is with Chauncey, the dog, in the morning while everyone else is asleep.

“Chauncey? Want to come with me?” If I checked out the hall, I could put off opening the book of death.
The dog came with me to the grand hall. The vast room was empty. I walked to one of the static cameras and searched around it. Nothing. No movement. Chauncey sat next to me on the floor. I glanced around. The huge clock’s arms still pointed to 2:13. The freakiness of how every clock had stopped at the same time made my skin prickle. I pulled over the closest chair and sat.
Two thirteen. AM or PM? The journal entry I’d read last night had been February 13th. 2/13. I rubbed my arms. It was just a weird coincidence.
A tingling sensation ran up my leg. The tingling turned to an itch, and I bent over to scratch. The itch intensified and started to sting.
“Now what?” I sighed and rolled my jeans up. “Oh my God.”
A black beetle crawled across my leg. I swatted the insect away and jumped up, dancing and twirling, making sure it was off, then I looked down.
A line of bugs crossed the floor. My breath wedged in my throat. I followed the bug line. Hundreds more marched down the wall to the floor. My skin crawled, and every brain cell screamed for me to run from the invasion, but I stepped closer, making sure not to be close enough for another one to crawl up my leg.
Chauncey stood and whined.
When I was about three feet from the side wall, my stomach flipped over. Black beetles scuttled down it in a straight line and dropped to the floor, where they spread out in a formation that reminded me of pictures of British soldiers from the Revolutionary War. Chauncey inched his way closer to the beetle army and sniffed. The bugs had to have come in from a crack or something.
Thousands of the beetles descended down the wall, scurrying toward me. I stepped back. Chauncey copied my retreat. This was worse than the idea of ghosts. Bugs were real, and these smelled like rotten eggs. I needed to arm myself with bug spray or something. Had to kill them. I wasn’t going to be a victim of Novak’s house of horrors.
I turned and screamed. Beetles covered every wall in the grand hall. There had to be millions of them. And they kept multiplying. The army on the floor continued to grow and work its way toward surrounding me.
My heart leapt in my chest. The beetles came closer, making a clicking noise similar to the sound of typing on a laptop. This couldn’t be happening, couldn’t be real. I had to be hallucinating or something. Maybe I’d really and truly stepped over the edge and descended into madness.
The beetles clicked closer.

Author Bio...

Kathleen wrote her first story in elementary school about a pegasus named Sir Lancelot. It had no plot or conflict, but it sparked a dream. After serving a fifteen-year sentence in retail management, the bulk in big box bookstores, she turned her love of reading into a full-time career writing dark and haunting characters and stories. She writes paranormal, fantasy, suspense, horror YA books. She is a contributing member of READerlicious, writers who love readers. Check out her blogs here.
She lives by the mantra that a day is not complete without tea. Lots of tea. Kathleen lives in Ohio with her husband, two boys, and two attention-demanding dogs. When not writing or editing or revising, you can find her reading, cooking, spending time with her family, or photographing abandoned buildings.