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And writing away I went :). I’m taking a slight break from the grownup vampire romance to write the sequel to Little Hackers, entitled Identity Crisis. When P.J. and I first plotted out a trilogy of stories, here’s how we decided things would go down.

There are three major cybercrimes associated with hackers. The first is theft of money which I dealt with in the first book. Second is Identity theft which of course I’m dealing with in book two with androids who are intent on taking over the kids’ lives. Third is a massive computer virus.

It’s going pretty well so far. The robots are sentient beings who think their lives were stolen. Can the kids outsmart them? Yeah I think so :). I asked P.J. to create a book cover for me which I’ll post when he does.

Here’s the  writing stats so far:

Not too shabby eh? The widget will update as I update my word count so stay tuned. Green means I’ve written right on target, red means I dipped down below, yellow means I almost hit the needed word count.


A first kiss from a teenage boy’s perspective

I have never written a scene like this one before. It was fun to write. I had a couple of reasons for writing it from Parker’s POV. Mostly because I wanted to make it a kiss scene that my 11 year old son would enjoy reading. He’s not big on watching kissing stuff in the movies yet but I thought if I told it from Parker’s POV, it would be something he could relate to reading. I hope he’ll like the stuff about the bacon too because yes, my son like any boy has a bacon obsession. Enjoy and keep in mind that this is still from my NANOWRIMO story so it’s unedited of course :). And feel free to leave comments. All I seem to keep getting on this blog are spammer comments 😉

Bacon as a pizza topping, Parker knew that whoever thought that up years ago was a genius. Because as everyone knew, especially guys, bacon was beyond epic. Bacon was the ultimate treat. He glanced over at Darcy, who grinned at him as she crunched into her bacony blissful piece. Much to his disapproval however, White Queen sat next to Darcy removing the bacon bits on her piece of pizza. What kind of girl did that?

White Knight, who sat next on the other side of him, poured himself a plastic cup of Pepsi and asked, “Anyone want to play a game to pass the time while we eat and while we’re waiting for our servers to reboot?”

“Sure. What kind of game?” Darcy asked.

“Truth or dare.”

Parker grinned and set his slice of pizza down on the plate. “Truth or dare, now that’s my kind of old fashioned fun game.” Perfect opportunity to get to know Darcy better as well, if he played his cards right. “I’ll start, Snow Girly, truth or dare?”

“Snow Girly now is it?” White Queen asked in a skeptical tone.

“I don’t mind. I like Snow Girly as a nickname for my code name. And dare please.”

Dare? Hmm, he wasn’t expecting that right off the bat. Let’s see. He wanted to prove to her he was a gentleman so no asking her to dance around her in underwear, although that would be a beautiful sight to behold. But there was one thing he wanted from her more than anything else. Would she do it even if technically she hadn’t broken up with her boyfriend back home yet? It was worth asking.

“I dare you to kiss me on the lips.”

“Okay. I wanted to kiss you last night anyway. Guess I just chickened out though.” She leaned in and brushed her lips against his.

So soft, so sweet, and he had no choice to pull her in close and crush his lips into hers. Salty bacon, combined with a honeyed mouth and tongue. Oh now this was cool and unexpected. A little tongue action here. Very nice. Warmth raged through his body. He didn’t want to let her go, didn’t want to break the spell, but she stopped him kissing him and pulled away.

“Woah, okay, that was some way to start out the game,” White Knight said, staring at both of them.

Parker had to agree. And he hoped it wouldn’t be the last kiss he ever got from Darcy, but the future after they caught the hacker thief was still uncertain.

Darcy’s cheeks were crimson tinged when she asked, “Is it my turn?”

“Yeah,” White Knight replied, “Go on.”

“Okay, White Queen truth or dare?”


“Truth … okay … there is something I always wanted to know. What is your real first name?”

White Queen widened her eyes. “Are we allowed to give it?”

“I don’t see why not. Ms. Ramierz isn’t here now to stop us,” Darcy replied.

“My real first name is Scarlett,” she admitted.

Parker was tired of being afraid to show the real him, so he extended his hand and said, “Nice to meet you Scarlett, I’m Parker.”

White Knight smiled and chimed in. “I’m Nate.”

And finally his Snow Girly said, “I’m Darcy.”

“Cool now that we all each other’s real names …” Parker paused and rubbed his hands together. “Let the real fun begin.”


Sharing more for my NANOWRIMO story because I really like this chapter ending to chapter seven

Little Hacker's Bookcover.

Book cover for NANOWRIMO story made by me and PJ, mostly my son PJ 😉

Darcy carefully watched Parker as he crunched into his BLT sandwich. She didn’t like the way he licked his fingers between each bite. He hadn’t changed much as far his manners went. Mike was so polite and well-mannered but he didn’t make her heart race the way Parker did. The spider incident now behind them, could there be possibility to work together and dive into a boy/girlfriend relationship? She wanted to think so, but he seemed as stubborn as she was and also wanted to be the group leader. Dad had warned her long ago to never take any pushy crap from any boy because she was above that BS. She almost wished she still had a mom to give her female advice, or that she could remember anything about her mom at all.

            She popped on her visor and her iHear, thinking the words, images of Aoife Minotti, and images of a pretty golden haired woman holding little baby flashed into her visor. Her dad had a full head of dark hair back then and he looked so happy standing next to her mom. So different from the grey haired work-a-holic Command Chief Staff Sergeant he now was. Mom looked happy too. Were those pictures only taken on a good day, when she hadn’t slipped into the depths of depression?

            “Are you gonna eat your chips?” Jack asked.

            She removed her visor, to find the smug boy in front of her extending his hand to reach for her bag of salt and vinegar chips. Darcy resisted the urge to smack his hand away. Instead she just quietly snatched them off her plate.

            “What were you just looking at on your visor?” He asked. “Going over case stuff again.”

            Darcy shook her head.

            “Watching some crazy you tube video.”

            “No, drop it. It’s none of your business what I was looking at.”

            “Ah, I got it. You were looking at pictures of naked guys.”

            That was it. She had to put the little punk in his place. “Put on your visor.”


            “Just put it on and I’ll show you what I was looking at.”

            He pulled his visor out of his pocket and placed them over his eyes. She did the same. Send pictures of Aoife Minotti to Jack Frost.

            “Wow, who’s the pretty lady?”

            “My mom. She suffered from post-partum depression, was also an alcoholic, and put a bullet through her brain before my first birthday.”

            She removed her visor to check out Jack’s reaction. He quietly removed his visor, reached out across the table like he was going to grab her hand, but then backed off like a scared kid.

            “I’m sorry. Sorry I teased you. Geesh, I seem to be doing a lot of apologizing around you. I misstep because I like you a lot. Can we start over and try to be friends? Maybe even more?”

            “We can be friends. We can be working associates but nothing more because ….” She tried to find her voice, though it wanted to quiver and not admit anything about Mike back home. “Because I have a boyfriend. If you’ll excuse me, I have to use the little girl’s room.”

            She rushed away from the table, lowering her head so Jack wouldn’t see the tears forming in her eyes. Why was she that stupid? She could have so much more with Jack then she ever had with Mike, but stubborn pride bit her in the ass and caused her to tell him the truth.  





Venturing outside of romance for a more mainstream teenage science fiction tale

So because PJ really wants me to work on a non romance book, I’m attempting something completely different for my National Novel Writing Month project this year. We’ll see how it goes. I foresee this as a trilogy of books and possibly a hint of romance will work in by book 3. It’s about a group of four teenage kids trained to tackle cyber crime and information security by the US government. First book they’ll have to take on a crook who’s stealing millions from the government, second book they’ll deal with rogue androids who are trying to steal their identies, third and final book- a super computer virus threatening to wipe out the entire Internet. I think this will be fun to write 🙂