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Top 10 Best YA Easter Book Titles (that don’t really exist)


For Fun Friday this week, members of The Society of YA Storytellers are posting about all things Easter. After I thought about it for half a second, I realized that this was a really weird topic for The Society. It’s not like YA novelists scramble to include chapters about bonnets, baskets, and Easter egg hunts.

And that got me thinkin’. Hmmm, what if they did? Therefore, I present to you my Top 10 Best YA Easter Book Titles (that don’t really exist).

10. Breaking Eggs: The Bunny Saga

9. The Marshmallow Peep Diaries

8. Pretty Little Chicks

7. City of Jellybeans

6. The Spring Games: Catching Tulips

5. Dorothy Must Dye (Eggs)

4. The Maze Hopper

3. The Perks of Having a Cotton Tail

2. The Bonnet Thief

1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Chocolate Bunnies


By the way, the Morganville Web Series wraps filming of season one today, so in honor of this auspicious occasion, I have a special message for my fellow #Myrninators.. Happy Easter – Don’t let the bunnies bite!



Morganville web series – week 1 video scrapbook

Had so much fun putting this together with cast and crew pics from twitter and instagram. Can’t wait for #MVTS!!!!!!

My Complete Morganville Geek Out!

This week I’ve been eagerly watching — well, let’s just call it what it really is, I’ve been obsessed — with coverage of the first week of shooting for the new Morganville Web Series. The series will air online on the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel, joining the likes of The Guild. Oh yes, we’ve just entered Felicia Day-level geekdom.


posted to twitter by @TheJordanFarris (aka Shane Collins)

Why am I geeking out?

The series is based on books which I absolutely adore, the Morganville Vampire series written by Rachel Caine. I’ve collected tons of fab stuff all week long, and now I’m ready to share them with you in one jam-packed post. Everything’s marked with the source, so you’ll know where to go to give some love and get the scoop. Here we go…

Cast & Crew

Cast list from the official Morganville Web Series Site


Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager) as Oliver @robertpicardo

Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Amelie @amber_benson

Pic posted on Twitter by Robert; Both have already wrapped on filming


gang couch

Above pics posted to Twitter by @_trapdoorspider

Lindsay Seidel as Claire Danvers @severelylindsay

Jordan Farris as Shane Collins @thejordanfarris 

Ben Easter as Michael Glass @beaster1

Haileigh Todd as Eve Rosser @TenBlueRoses


Nikki Donley as Hannah Moses @NikkiDonley pic posted to twitter by Nikki, she’s already wrapped filming too


Chase Ryan Jeffrey as Myrnin, @ChaseNit57, Pic posted by @MV_the_series

No on-set pics that I could find yet for Afomia Hailemeskel who will be playing Monica Morrell.

Don’t forget to follow Rachel Caine (@rachelcaine) and director Blake Calhoun (@blake_calhoun).

Photos from Set

Outside of filming, the cast and crew are heavily tweeting and instagramming (is that a word?) with pics and interacting with fans. It’s like living in Morganville (except for the whole fearing for your life thing).

There’s a Gallery on the official Morganville series site, but until it gets going, I’d recommend following the Series official twitter @MV_the_series, Morganville Vampires @_trapdoorspider, Rachel @rachelcaine, and the cast.


Common Grounds posted by @_trapdoorspider


Glass House posted by @MV_the_series


Questions Answered

When will the series be released?

Rachel Caine tweeted earlier today that no release date has been announced yet, but soon.

How much longer will they be shooting?

Shooting will continue through next week according to tweets from Caine and Calhoun.

How closely will the series follow the books?

Tweets from Caine indicate that season one is basically book one, Glass Houses. Evidently some events will be combined or slightly tweaked to better accommodate filming.

Where are they filming?

In Texas, duh.

Who’s hotter, Michael or Shane?


Will Bob the Spider make an appearance?

Rachel let it slip that he may not, at least not in the first season. But who knows, she is the master of plot twists.

I’m a #Morganville re-tweeting fiend right now, so for more, you can follow me too - @mogdocnews!







Indie Life: Passion in Fandom

IndieLife7Every second Wednesday of the month, indie writers band together to post a little inspiration for the journey.

As I think of my indie life recently, one word comes immediately to mind…passion.

Not as in the *blush* New Adult genre that is so quickly gaining popularity, and not as in passion for the writing process per-say. The passion that I think of is that wonderfully, goofy feeling you get when you know, just know, you’ve stumbled across a story that is going to be your next obsession.

  • You imagine every setting in detail, as if you were the architect.
  • You guess and theorize on what’s next.
  • You roam the internet for any extra Team Whoever badge, sneak peeks, and tidbits.
  • You pick out what celebrities would play the characters in a movie.

I have a friend that actually shed tears when she first stepped into Hogsmeade at Universal Studios Florida. Real tears, and for what? A story. A great story.

This week, I’ve been completely obsessed with watching pics and news from the shooting of the new Morganville Web Series, based on the Morganville Vampire books by Rachel Caine. I am so excited for this show, all because I absolutely loved the stories first. Well, that and have you seen Jordan Farris, Chase Jeffrey, and Ben Easter? Whoa, mama!  (witness my obsession with MV first-hand at

And therefore, my dear writer friends, as your inspiration this month in your Indie Life journey, I ask you to make a new goal. Write a story, not for monetary gain, critical acceptance, or notoriety; write a story for your fans for they are the real passion behind this craft. I challenge YOU to write the story that will create an all-out, teary-eyed, jumpin’ on the couch, squeal with delight, geek out for your readers.

Already written it? Tell me and my readers about it in the comments on this post. (Shameless plug opportunity, you know you want to…)



Epic Fail…don’t call your little sis a dork


So embarrassing! This week’s Fun Friday post is about the Epic Fail. Surely, most of my YA Storyteller gal pals will be writing about faux pas from their wide cast of book characters. I thought about that. There’d be a few things that I could share about Colby being awkward or Jumper being, well Jumper.

However, as I start to think on the subject, I realize that my own life’s experiences carry far more failures than any of my characters. No one has ever accused me of being Miss Perfect…or Miss Poised…or well, you get the point.

One particular incident comes to mind as it is one of my sister’s favorites. I know this because she trots it out anytime we attend a banquet or family dinner together. Oh yeah, it’s great entertainment for the whole table (*rolling my eyes).

Anyway, it happened about thirteen or so years go. I had joined a high-powered professional club that met 2 and a half hours away in the big city. High level group…all black business suits.

jumperOn the infamous day, I was to be one of several young adults that were being honored for achievements during the group’s monthly luncheon. My hubby couldn’t go, and I didn’t want to go alone, so I conned my little sister into attending with me. (more…)

Fun Friday: Divergent! I am ?

Every Fun Friday, the novelists of The Society of YA Storytellers blog on a common topic for maximum fun! Go to Fun Fridays for direct links to the other storytellers’ posts.

factionDivergent! This week’s topic has me smiling. So excited for the movie, maybe because I could never bring myself to read book 3 after reading the reviews. In my mind, I still have the world of Tris and Four intact; Allegiant sitting on my kindle with not a page read.

Anywho, for Fun Friday, we’re taking a look at ourselves and how we’d score on the nefarious aptitude test from books. But can we honestly look at ourselves. Nice thought, but I doubt it. So, I went to the Divergent experts at and took their really cool Faction Quiz.

I ended up Erudite. Which isn’t great if you’ve read the books, but it does mean that I’m a smarty pants, duh!

I had a feeling it would turn out this way. I do well on tests and tend to dwell on the details a little too much. However, even though this test has marked me as such, my astounding Erudite intellect (*insert snicker here) leads me to the fact that we live in a world where we can be all these things if we want. How awesome would it be to be brave, selfless, smart, peaceful, and honest all at once. Maybe it’s time we try.


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