Ladies (ladies, ladies) and gentlemen (gentlemen, gentlemen)—prepare yourselves. Today is the official book release of GREY by Christi J. Whitney.

This YA urban fantasy yanks you out of your normal existence and drops you smack dab into an atmospheric world dripping with ancient superstitions, Outcast Gypsies, dark secrets, and forbidden love.

GREY is the first novel in the ROMANY OUTCAST SERIES now available at the following locations: HarperCollinsUK, AmazonUK, Amazon, and B&N.

Enjoy the trailer. Then go check it out for yourself! 



Wiggle, Wiggle

“Shall we make a new rule of life … always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary.”
~ J.M. Barrie via WONDER

There’s this thing that I do with my tongue when I’m trying to stop myself from crying. I open my mouth, ever so slightly, and then wiggle my tongue side to side like some sort of directionally defunct fishing lure. It’s weird. I know.

What I didn’t know is that I do this. Until recently …

Last week I was at the gym pumping my legs in stationary circles while reading. I’ve found that transporting myself into another time or place helps me to forget that I’m actually exercising. It also motivates me. The more exciting the plot, the faster I peddle with apparently the emotions of the characters driving my expression.

The book I was reading was WONDER by R.J.Palacio and, without giving away the plot, let me just say, it’s the kind of story that makes you want to be a better person.

I was at a very emotionally climactic point and could feel the sting in my tear ducts when I sensed a set of eyes watching me. I looked up to see a man grinning my way with a,”Yo, waaat up, babe,” type of expression on his face. At first I thought he must have mistaken me for someone else, but then I felt it–my tongue–wiggling back and forth in my mouth.

There’s nothing like a creepy grin to screech the brakes on my literary world. Within seconds the book was under my arm, and I was halfway down the hall. But later, while finishing that passage in the confines of my living room, I felt myself doing the same thing–tongue whipping back and forth like a sideways pendulum.

I bring this up not only because I’m weird, but because there are just some books so good they can induce asthma attacks, bring forth unknown facial tics, or, in my case, activate the horizontal tongue flicker.

So if you’re ready for a book that will stick with you and, most likely, affect everything you say and do, pick up WONDER. But learn from me, you very well may want to read this alone. The emotions it elicits can’t be trusted.


I am not good at keeping secrets. I don’t like them. I can’t deal with them, but sometimes secrets are necessary and must be kept just that, a secret–especially if they are not mine to share.

A while back, my amazing critique group and I found out that one of our own earned a three-book deal with a major publishing company. We were told the news and then asked not to say a word. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

We waited, and we held our collective breath, and we tried not to completely geep out and spill the beans to everyone we saw. But recently all that changed. The ban was lifted–our permission granted.

And so now people of the world, get ready. You are about to experience a shift in vision. Your minds shall open to new levels. Your world, as you know it, will never be the same.

Get ready for what is to become an underground explosion of epic proportions. Get ready for GREY, no not that one. Get ready for GREY by Christi J. Whitney, the first novel in a YA trilogy about secret clans, unleashed powers, underworlds, gypsies, and here it comes … gargoyles.

This literary experience will leave you breathless and wanting more. So get the wings out, the adventure is about to begin!

To see more check out this link from the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency and then scroll over to the recent deals page.

Pez Dispensers

Pez Dispensers

You know the saying–You are what you eat. I believe the same holds true for what we place in our brain. Our ideas, choices, and actions are directly molded by our influences.

We’re like giant Pez dispensers spitting out what has been placed inside of us. The ideas may not be as easy to see as a pink sugar tablet popping out of Tweety Bird’s mouth, but they’re there, living behind the scenes, like a heartbeat.

And of all the influences out there, I believe the most powerful is still a book. Books are like the superheroes of our brain diet. In fact, their mind control can be so strong, book jackets should come with a warning.

Beware : The following contents might make you stand up to oppressive people for the rest of your days.


Caution: The ideas in this book will pick your future husband.

Of course, the warning would depend on the book and would save the reader a lot of time and energy. Let’s face it, how many of us feel compelled to finish a book regardless of what we think of it.

This is why, my fellow Pez dispensers, being on a strict diet of children’s literary fiction, I have decided to open my vault and share with you some of my favorites.

But take heed: The master writers in my collection might make you laugh, cry, and view the world as a kinder, more beautiful place.

* Due to time restraints and my apparent harboring resentment for writing book reports, I’ve decided to simply list some of my favorite books rather than write a review. This is a fluid list. So check back often.
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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
Jeremy Fink And The Meaning Of Life by Wendy Mass
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