This month is Evernight Publishing’s 8th birthday! To celebrate, they’re playing games and giving away prizes all month and one of the things they’re having is a caption contest–which I’m part of! Hop on over to my caption contest post here (or click on the graphic below) and give my picture a caption for a chance to win a $10 Evernight gift certificate. Best caption gets it. I’ll be giving away the prize on Wednesday, so go have fun!


I know I’m a few days late, but autumn has officially arrived in the northern hemisphere: my favorite season! I fully admit I’m one of those people who is all about fall leaves and colors, sweaters, fires, and pumpkin spice/apple flavored/scented EVERYTHING. And of course, Halloween! I love all the imagery and trappings of fall. I do like spring and summer too…basically, anything that isn’t winter.

I’m a bit of a freak about decorating, also. I swear I decorate as much for fall as I do for Christmas. You can click the pictures for full-size!

Definitely a fake plant, as I kill real ones by just being in their presence.

As you can see, despite it being fall, summer lingers on in the background. When will the fall outside match the fall in my heart?!

Do you like fall? Do you decorate for it?

Once again I must apologize for my lack of posting lately–I’m going to try to work my way back up to three posts a week. I’m trying to get back to a regular writing routine, as well. Real life is too distracting! But clearly, I have time to decorate. 😉


So, I spent last weekend in New Orleans’ French Quarter celebrating my best friend’s birthday. We had a blast! How about some pictures?

We ate a little bit of food…(everything there is SO good!)
Our hotel was ready for Christmas.
There was LOTS of Christmas in New Orleans!

We saw a jazz parade!
And enjoyed jazz in bars.
I love Jackson Square (not us in the picture).
And Bourbon Street, of course!
Such a pretty place.

Did I mention the FOOD?
All in all, a wonderful trip, with beautiful weather and great times!


I’ll be back next week with regularly scheduled blogging. Everyone have a great weekend!


The week of October 23rd, I’ll be participating in some fun promotional stuff through my publisher, Evernight Publishing. Here’s where you can find me and how you can win some prizes!

Starting October 23rd, me and a host of other authors will be taking part in an Instagram Loop Giveaway. Here’s a more detailed explanation of how they work, but basically, you’ll have a chance to win a prize from each author in the loop if you like their picture and follow them, as well as one big prize from the publisher if you find and catch all the authors–and hey, as a bonus, you’ll also get to meet some cool authors, check out their work, and follow them on Instagram!

I’ll make an announcement on the day, if you’d like to participate. And of course, you’re always welcome to follow me @clockworkmusicbox anytime! I mostly post non-authorly pictures, so it’s a hodgepodge of food, my cat, selfies, makeup, coffee, and my friends!

And then, on October 26th and 27th, a whole bunch of authors will be getting together for a big Facebook party in honor of Evernight’s 7th birthday!  There will be tons of fun, chatting, and prizes to be had. I will be hosting the party from 7:30-8pm EST on Friday, October. 27th, and giving away some gift cards and books, so sign up now so you don’t miss out on the event!

Hope to see you around!


Did you miss me?

I had a lovely weekend hanging out with old friends and seeing U2 in concert. Before I dive back into talking about writing this week on the blog, wanna see some pictures?

We had GA floor tickets and ended up being within the first 500 inside the stadium, so I got some pretty impressive shots (though I moved around a bit in the crowd).

Hey, it’s Bono! Probably the best shot I got all evening.
The screen behind the stage was ever-changing to reflect the song they were singing. It was amazing!
Hey, did you know there’s other people in the band besides Bono? 😉
As I said, the screens behind the stage were simply dazzling. Here’s a few shots.

It was an epic show!
Also, one of my favorite bands EVER, One Republic, opened for them! I was so stoked.

It was a wonderful, wonderful weekend and I’m still taking time to recover today. I’ll be back to talking about the old writing habit on Wednesday with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blogging day! I’ll leave you with this awesome video of everyone waving their phones during One: