Monday, October 26, 2015

Book Reviews

I can't tell you how true this statement is.

I just got a sweet review from a gal named Ashley Wilson, who has CF. Her words boosted me and made me happy I decided to write and publish Changing Fate. Thank you Ashley! You can find her review on her blog here

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week :) 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Standing for Something!

Some of you may have heard the phrase, "Stand for something or you'll fall for anything."

This week I'm standing for cystic fibrosis. Some of you may know that my self-published book, Changing Fate, is about a girl who's suffering from cystic fibrosis. I wrote it to spread the word about the disease and hopefully raise a little money. From October 14-16, I am going to raise my voice with thousands of others by letting it go silent for all those who've suffered in silence. You can learn more about it by visiting 65 Hours of Silence for Cystic Fibrosis. If you'd like to donate to the cause, the event is asking only $6.50 towards the ongoing efforts to find a cure. You can donate here to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation if you'd like.

To help spread awareness at this time, my e-book will be free from October 14-18. If you'd like to stand for this cause, raise your voice with me and countless others by letting it go silent.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Hey everyone! PitchWars is right around the corner. Like, seriously next week! Not sure what PitchWars is? Check it out here on Brenda Drake's awesomesauce blog! Having a mentee bio isn't required but it's certainly a lot of fun. And anyone who knows me knows I like a little (or a lot of) fun!

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So...a little about me. I hang out with 12 and 13 year olds on a regular basis. They're crazy fun and yes, sometimes emotional. That's life. They're cool. 

I have five adorable children and oftentimes feel like this...

As far as music goes with me,

And sweets?

When it comes to movies, I love anything old. Like Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Doris get the idea. I also love Masterpiece Classics. And as for modern, I love Marvel and will sit for a cheesy romcom anytime! 

Favorite books include: Adult-anything by Brandon Sanderson. YA-Books of Bayern, Poison Study series, The Lunar Chronicles, Fire and Thorns, and I should probably stop because I could go on forever. As far as MG-Wendy Mass books, Princess for Hire, The Princess Academy, Harry Potter...this post could get really long if I continue. Hopefully you get the idea.

I self published a YA contemporary novel in 2014 to help raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis. You can find it here or here with reviews and ratings.

Oh, you want a sneak peak about my middle grade contemporary novel, Finding Me? Awesome! It's about a slightly crazy twelve-year-old girl, SueAnn, who's content with her half-leg Stumpy, her best friend Jenny, and a bucket load of horchata. When her parents suggest new friends and a new leg, things get weird. Talking furniture is one thing. The pressure from her mom is another. She's gotta figure everything out before she loses her bolts and ends up nuts forever! 

And that's it for things about me. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

COVER LOVE for SWAY by Melanie Stanford!!!

My good friend and critique partner Melanie Stanford's first book, Sway, is coming out this winter!!! It's such a swoon-worthy romantic novel with music and ex-fiance's and so many awesome things! You won't want to miss it. But enough about that. Without further ado, here's the book blurb.

Ava Elliot never thought she’d become a couch surfer. But with a freshly minted—and worthless—degree from Julliard, and her dad squandering the family fortune, what choice does she have?

Living with her old high school friends, though, has its own drawbacks. Especially when her ex-fiancĂ© Eric Wentworth drops back into her life. Eight years ago, she was too young, too scared of being poor, and too scared of her dad’s disapproval. Dumping him was a big mistake.

In the most ironic of role reversals, Eric is rolling in musical success, and Ava’s starting at the bottom to build her career. Worse, every song Eric sings is an arrow aimed straight for her regrets.

One encounter, one song too many, and Ava can’t go on like this. It’s time to tell Eric the truth, and make a choice. Finally let go of the past, or risk her heart for a second chance with her first love. If he can forgive her…and she can forgive herself.

Ahhhhh! Breathtaking, right? The piano and the couple...yeah, it's so fabulous. Check out more about the author below!

Melanie Stanford reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband, four kids, and ridiculous amounts of snow. 

You can find Melanie on Twitter Facebook Website Goodreads 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Great Strides 2015

I'm a little late posting this but I guess better late than never, right? 

On May 30, I participated in a Great Strides walk. This is one of my favorite events to attend each year! I'm so happy to be a part of the CF Community and mingle with such amazing people. 

The picture below is me with our team captain, Regan Kate. If you've read my book, Changing Fate, you'll know the main character is Kate. See the connection? I wrote my book after meeting Regan and hearing her story. She is a friendly girl with big dreams and lots of love for those around her.

This is Regan's mom, Jami. She's a kind and wonderful person with a big heart. 

Our team captain rides in style.

This last picture is of me with Sara. I couldn't have written my book without her. Her journey with CF is amazing and she's still going strong post double lung transplant!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone can take time to learn more about those around you and find a way to be involved. Standing for something is always better than falling for anything. 

Have a great weekend!!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

You. Are. All. AWESOME!!!

I just wanted to give a shout out to all the people who spread the word about my free ebook and downloaded it last week!!! It was a smashing hit! In 5 days, 2090 people downloaded my ebook off Amazon. That's 2090 people who might read it, and 2090 people who might learn something more about Cystic Fibrosis!!! This is a huge deal. The one thing I hope for my book is that it can spread the word and help educate people. And for the 33 people who shared/retweeted my promotion, I'm donating 50 cents to the CF Foundation. So even though my free ebook might not have raised much money, I'm hoping this will help...along with the fact that you may have reached one more person by spreading the word!

So to everyone...



Friday, May 8, 2015

Book Anniversary Party!!!!

That's right! My book's been out for one year!!! Time to party!

But's also CF Awareness month, which is another reason to party! 

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Basically, I needed a reason to party. 

In all seriousness, though, the one wish I have for my book is that it will help spread awareness about cystic fibrosis. Even though they are finding more treatments and medications to help delay the effects of CF, there is still no cure. People die from it all the time...and it breaks my heart. 

If you'd like to be a part of the cause, there is so much you can do! There are CF walks all over the country this month. Find one near you and join in! Or you can always donate anytime to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Just learning more about it helps. My ebook is free for the next five days to celebrate and help educate others. You can click on the image below to find it on Amazon.  

Thank you for your support! 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Side Characters

Or supporting characters, whatever you'd like to call them. Let's chat about them, because quite frankly...They. Are. Awesome. Or they can be. More like, they should be! 

I'm on a bit of a writing hiatus after entering so many contests. But now that I've had a little break while waiting to hear back on some requests, my brain cog-works are finally functioning again. And I can't stop thinking about those awesome side characters! Most specifically, how they can make or break your story. 

Think of them as building blocks to lift your character up. Whether they are good building blocks or bad ones that might corrupt the stack later, if they're not written well, they can make the whole plot stumble. 

Not all of them need a back story but they do need to be consistent...and that usually comes by at least knowing their back story even if the reader doesn't. Some of my favorite side characters are either funny or quirky in some way. If you want some great characters to check out, look no further. These are some of my favorites!!!

Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter series.

Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice.

Ari and Janco from Poison Study series.

The satyrs (can't think of their names right now) from the Fablehaven series.

And last, but certainly not least, is Wit from The Way of Kings...who might actually be a main character and we just don't know it yet. He is probably one of my favorite.

There you go. Study them, learn from them, and then write them :)

Keep it up and keep it real.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015


I want to thank everyone who entered the drawing and helped support organ donations! I'm happy to announce the four winners of the giveaway!

CJ Schindler



Natalie Shatlock

I have tried to contact a few of you without much success. If you could contact me, that might be better and we can discuss details :) My email is michelle m merrill (at) hotmail (dot) com. No spaces included.

Thanks again! You are all fabulous and I appreciate your support!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Learn to be, and then become...with a giveaway!!!

Reason #1 why I wrote Changing Fate: to spread the word about cystic fibrosis. I learned that my daughter's friend has CF and I wanted to do something. I didn't have money to donate and I wanted to help in some way. What I didn't know was that I was already helping in an unexpected way...

by being an organ donor.  

Organ donations save lives. Hands down. In a sad event that we lose our life, what better way to go than to save another? It's that simple. One signature and a little logo on your drivers license. 

There are people out there waiting for organs just so they can breathe easy and live to experience life a little longer. I'd like to tell you about 2 of them (even though I could probably come up with a really really really really long list of others). 

The first is Katy Starck Monte. She has cystic fibrosis and is currently waiting for her second double lung transplant. You can learn more about her story here, and support her through #OOMPHforkaty on facebook and twitter

My shout out to Katy and the book I'm offering for the giveaway.

Caleigh Haber also has CF and is fighting to breathe as she waits for her first lung transplant. You can learn more about her story here, and support her through Fight2Breathe on facebook and TeamCaleigh on twitter.  

Both of these girls, and countless others, could benefit from spreading the word about becoming an organ donor. Not just people with CF, but many others as well, lose the battle every day. 

Changing Fate might not match each individual story, but my hope is that it helps others realize the difference they can make just by learning to be so we can all become something greater together. Hopefully we can change the fate of those precious lives that are being lost.   

Please spread the word and feel free to enter the giveaway below. There will be 4 winners!!! Two $10 giftcards to, the paperback copy of my book pictured above, and an e-book copy of the book.

Also, my e-book will be available for 99 cents for the duration of the contest. My purpose isn't to make this about my book, but to spread awareness through my book if it could teach one more person about CF. As always, half of all proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for the continuing research in finding a cure.


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

It's a new year!!!

Holy cow! I can't believe it's another year. That means five years ago this month, I started writing. 7 manuscripts and 1 self published book later, and I'm still happy with my decision to become a writer! I love it. 

2014 certainly wasn't what I thought it'd be at the beginning of the year. I wasn't planning on self publishing a book and certainly wasn't planning on going a whole year without writing anything new. I had hoped I would revise a few books and maybe write another NaNo story but...1 self published book later with six months of dealing with extreme anxiety in a 9 year old daughter...and, well, it was what it was. And I did what was most important. And I'm happy I did. Writing will never be fulfilling if it means I'm neglecting what matters most.

Even though my year didn't go as planned, I'm glad it went the way it did. And I'm even more excited to set goals for 2015 and see where the year takes me! I have already started revisions on two books! Once that's finished I hope to query, get an agent, and write more books! I have so many stories to tell! Hence all the exclamation points!!! 

I hope you all the success in your writing goals for this year! 

Care to share any of them with me? I'd love to hear them :)