Out of the Darkness

Authors Justine Dell and Sarah Fine have hosted a week of giveaways and fundraisers in celebration of Suicide Prevention!

Click HERE

Today from 11-6 is the Out of the Darkness Auction HERE where you can bid on some amazing critiques and prize packs.

As a psychologist, I often check in with my clients about suicidal thoughts and urges. Obviously it’s frightening when a loved one contemplates suicide. Individuals suffering from clinical depression, addictions, or other mental disorders may get into a dark place and feel hopeless about ever escaping the pain. When they get so down, they fail to realize emotions are temporary and they WILL feel better.

If you have a loved one who is deeply depressed, it’s okay to ask if he or she is thinking about suicide. You can’t turn somebody suicidal by asking about it. Danger increases if your loved one has a suicidal plan and clear intent to carry out the plan. Better safe than sorry–CALL 911 if you fear for your loved one’s life.

In my young adult swimming romance Streamline, 17 year-old Leo Scott enters a hopeless place when considering his future, dominated by his abusive father.

Leo popped the cap off the bottle with his thumb and slowly
poured its contents into his palm, mesmerized by the cascading
shower of little white pills.

Oxycontin had been both his friend and his enemy. It soothed
him when he was troubled. It didn’t yell at him or hit him when he
screwed up. But it had also distanced him from others, forcing him
to keep secrets and leaving him out of control. And it made him feel
sick when he couldn’t get it.

Yes, both his friend and his enemy. And now it would end his life.

Trapped somewhere between numbness and despair, Leo barely
registered his own sobs. As he stared at the mountain of pills in his
sweaty palm, a tear fell from his eye and splashed onto one of his
fingers. Why does my father hate me so much?

Yikes. Leo needs some help! Perhaps the warm embrace of his girlfriend Audrey?

Head over to Justine and Sarah’s blog to bid on some great prizes!

Note: To all Insecure Writers Support Group participants, I apologize for completely blanking this month. I was in Hilton Head visiting family and my doggie nephew Auggie, so I’m all confused and out of sorts this week! I’ll be back for November.

Streamline Swims Around the Blogosphere

My YA swimming romance Streamline has been stroking through the blogosphere, visiting some lovely locations. Please stop by!

***Danya from A Tapestry of Words hosts PSYCHTEMBER, a celebration of YA novels featuring mental health issues. I love this idea and was thrilled to participate with a guest post about prescription drug abuse in teens HERE. Enter a giveaway for a Streamline ebook until 9/30/12!

Streamline‘s hero Leo learns the hard way about prescription drug abuse, and he also learns how to live a better life without oxycontin.

***YA author Cherie Colyer (check out her magical novel Embrace!) hosted me for a naughty excerpt from Streamline HERE.

***Congratulations to Adriana for winning an ebook of Streamline from Laurie’s BLOG, which featured an excerpt.

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Now onto my current WIP On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3). For the blog challenge “The Next Best Thing”, here’s my question for the week:

What genre does your book fall under?

That’s an easy one: ROMANTIC SUSPENSE.

I did write a love scene this weekend *blushes* and I’m up to 75,000 words, about 3/4 done!

Authors, how are you progressing on your WIP?

Readers, how are you progressing on reading and reviewing?

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Finally, I’m happy to announce my publisher’s FALL SALE!

Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series #2) joins With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1) on sale for $2.99.