And since spring is here, we've been busy planting outside. We planted two orange trees and a grapefruit tree in our backyard, and I'm positively babying those things. Yes, they are my three extra children, and if they don't do well, it won't be for lack of trying. And yes, I have named them. Octavius, Shirley, and Gertrude. You know, it just makes it easier for when I'm telling my husband about them. So instead of saying, "I gave the orange tree in the back right corner a little extra water today," I can just say "I gave Gertrude a bigger drink." Easier, right?

We also planted some corn and watermelons, then covered them with bird netting so the sprouts would be safe. But guess what? A few industrious birds outsmarted the bird net and gobbled up every single one of the sprouts. Boo. Now we're going to plant again and see if we can't be smarter than the birds. Wish us luck.

And I've been busy writing. I'm really getting into it and enjoying my story so far. I love that I'm writing a story with some fantasy again--it's always been my favorite to read as well. Speaking of which, I'm rereading Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight because Dreams of Gods and Monsters comes out in only a few days. I can't wait to see the way Laini Taylor ends this one. I'm sure lots of you have read it. If you have, what did you think and what are you expecting? If you haven't read it--do it! You won't regret it.
I hope you're all having a great year so far. I've been busy around here. I've decided that my house needs an internal facelift, and so my husband and I have started painting. I've always wanted a cute house, but I never quite cared enough to get it done. New Year's Resolution--I need to start caring. My talents definitely do not lie in the visual arts area, but I'm putting that qualm aside. And painting definitely takes longer when you're limited to a few hours every night after the little ones are in bed. I suppose we could paint during the day, but that would result in cute little hand prints all over the house. We'll stick to evenings.

In the writing arena, I've decided to change the novel I'm working on from first person point of view to third person. The Burn trilogy was written in first person, but I feel like I want a change from that, so now I'm switching it. Tedious? Maybe a little, but I'm also going through and editing and filling in the bones of this story as I do it, so I'm having a lot of fun with it. I'm not sure when it will be done, but I'll keep you posted.
I hope you have a very merry Christmas with your friends and family. Enjoy the spirit of the season and be safe! And Happy New Year!
It's 12 am on the east coast, which means it's now officially December 2nd! I declare it Reaping Day! Here are the links to buy:

Buy the ebook: Amazon | Apple | B&N  | Smashwords
Buy the paperback: Amazon | CreateSpace

Please keep any spoilers to yourselves for the first few weeks to give people a chance to read it. Spreading the word about the trilogy, though, is definitely allowed :)

Thank you everyone, for being awesome readers and seeing this journey through to the end with me. You're amazing!
Only one more week until The Reaping comes out. I'm so excited and nervous at the same time. This will be the end of a trilogy that I've poured so much time, work, and so much of myself into. I hope you are all as anxious as I am for December 2nd!

This week I hope you take the time to recognize the things you're grateful for. I'm grateful for family and friends and all the blessings my Heavenly Father has given me. I've been given so much and I see all these tiny miracles around me every day. I'm so glad that we have a day set aside to give thanks.

I hope you all are safe and have a good holiday, wherever you may be.
And to whet your appetite, here's the teaser:

The government is on the verge of perfecting the loyalty serum, and Terra knows exactly what that means—the agents will have absolute control. Terra has survived the labor camp, the agents, and the soldiers who hound her as she brings nomads to the water's edge. But now she faces her most daunting challenge yet: she must return to the colony to ask the council—and her father—to help her destroy the loyalty serum. With the aid of old friends and unexpected allies, Terra races toward a confrontation that will decide her fate on the Burn forever.

Are you excited yet?
Now on to the recap of Infraction. Remember, if you're still planning on reading it, don't read any further. There are SPOILERS! If you just want a reminder about what in the world happened in this book, by all means read ahead.

It's one month (one month!) until The Reaping is released, and I've gotten a few requests for recaps of The Burn and Infraction for people who want a refesher before The Reaping comes out. Not a bad idea.

Just a word of warning, though: this post will contain spoilers! So if you haven't read The Burn, stop reading now, before you spoil the surprises for yourself. If you have read it already, then by all means...

Two of the ebook retailers that distribute my books offer preorders for The Reaping before the big release day (December2!). I'll post those links here.

Barnes & Noble
Thanks to Renee Barratt for creating the final cover in The Burn trilogy. I've had so much fun working with her on these covers, and I'm in awe of her talent. So what do you think? The cover tells you a lot about some of what happens in this last chapter of Terra's story. The skyline belongs to San Diego, and the underwater image is just perfectly moody. Underwater? Did I say underwater? Yes, I did. Just a few morsels for you to consider :)