Saturday, March 25, 2017

Birdie & Bash Character Study #5!

Hello, hello!

To kick off the countdown to July 25th, 2017 (I know, it seems far away but it's really only 4 months away—whaaaaa???!!!), I'll be showcasing a different character from my debut YA novel—THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH—until release! This is your chance to get to know everyone before you read! You can also check out the 1st 2 chapters on griffinteen.com!

Today's Character Study Focuses on: BESS & BROOKS PAXTON (Birdie's parents)

BESS & BROOKS in a nutshell: This longtime couple have had their hardships and even as they struggle to make it work for their children, there's always the lingering question "Is love really enough?" With Brooks working all the time (and still not making enough) and Bess having "thrown away" the life she wanted to be a mother, a lot of Birdie's reasoning and drive comes from not wanting to turn out like her parents.

Why they're important to the story: Marriage is complicated enough without tragedy. While they're the foundation for Birdie's story, a lot of their individual struggles apply to anyone who's ever been in love, or experienced loss. Bess is the dreamer, comparable to Birdie's crush, Bash, while Brooks is the practical one—more like Birdie herself. They ground her; cement her into what's important, just as everything else feels lost.

Favorite BESS & BROOKS non-dialogue actions: While awaiting news of their youngest son in the hospital—whether he will live or die—Bess insists on staying at her son's side while Brooks returns home to carefully pack clothes and things that might comfort his grieving wife. These actions are small in excitement but bit in meaning as they've had such difficulty staying afloat already and now here they are, holding onto whatever they can so not to fall apart.

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for the next Character Study the 25th of April 2017!

You can pre-order Birdie & Bash as part of your post-Christmas shopping (use those amazon gift cards on ME)!

Preorder on Amazon

Preorder on Barnes & Noble

Preorder on IndieBound

And check out my website for other cool links

Clickety clickety click everywhere! And exclamation points, too!!!

In the meantime tell me, do you know a couple like Bess & Brooks?

<3

Candyland. OUT.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Birdie & Bash Character Study #4

Oh, hey! How you doin'?

To kick off the countdown to July 25th, 2017 (I know, it seems far away but it's really only 5 months from tomorrow—whaaaaa???!!!), I'll be showcasing a different character from my debut YA novel—THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH—until release! This is your chance to get to know everyone before you read! You can also check out the 1st 2 chapters on griffinteen.com!

Today's Character Study Focuses on: VIOLET

VIOLET in a nutshell: You know that friend who believes in positive thinking, silver linings, and literally everything a horoscope says? Violet not only has an acupuncturist, iridologist, and actually has a book of silver linings, she's Birdie's BFF through everything—except for this one major secret between them—Bash.

Why she's important to the story: Everyone needs that person who lifts them up when everything goes to the crapper. Violet is Birdie's silver lining, personified.

Favorite VIOLET line: "Bitches be trippin'."

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for the next Character Study the 25th of March 2017! EEK! It's getting closer :D

You can pre-order Birdie & Bash as part of your post-Christmas shopping (use those amazon gift cards on ME)!

Preorder on Amazon

Preorder on Barnes & Noble

Preorder on IndieBound

And check out my website for other cool links

Clickety clickety click everywhere! And exclamation points, too!!!

In the meantime tell me, who is YOUR Violet?

<3

Candyland. OUT.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Birdie & Bash Character Study #3

HAP HAP HAPPY NEW [dumpster fire start of a] YEAR!

To kick off the countdown to July 25th, 2017 (I know, it seems far away but it's really only 6 months from tomorrow—whaaaaa???!!!), I'll be showcasing a different character from my debut YA novel—THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH—until release! This is your chance to get to know everyone before you read! You can also check out the 1st 2 chapters on griffinteen.com!

Today's Character Study Focuses on: CAMILLA

CAMILLA in a nutshell: Camilla is as tough as they get. Hard-ass worker, takes no bull, will do anything for the love of her life (Bash) kind of mother. Even in fighting cancer, it's apparent the hardest thing she's ever done has nothing to do with the above. It's leaving Bash.

Why she's important to the story: Everything Bash is, and does, is a direct result of his beloved, Ma. 

Favorite CAMILLA line: (On why she thinks fate is a man) "Only a man would be cocky enough to decide the huge responsibility of destiny." (<--right?!)

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for the next Character Study the 25th of February 2017!

You can pre-order Birdie & Bash as part of your post-Christmas shopping (use those amazon gift cards on ME)!

Preorder on Amazon

Preorder on Barnes & Noble

Preorder on IndieBound

And check out my website for other cool links

Clickety clickety click everywhere! And exclamation points, too!!!

In the meantime tell me, who is YOUR Camilla?

<3

Candyland. OUT.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Birdie & Bash Character Study #2!

MERRY CHRISTMAS (or whatever it is you celebrate)!

To kick off the countdown to July 25th, 2017 (I know, it seems far away but it's really not), I'll be showcasing a different character from my debut YA novel—THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH—until release! This is your chance to get to know everyone before you read!

Today's Character Study Focuses on: BRYNN

BRYNN in a nutshell: Brynn is the younger sibling a lot of us have grown up with. She's bratty, entitled, and really really annoying to overachieving older sis, Birdie. But, their love for each other is obvious, however nuanced in nitpicking and miscellaneous arguments. It helps them find a calm within their family's storm. It's too bad things may have spiraled "the night of" because of Brynn's threats in the first place. Afterall, someone has to announce Birdie's mistakes and she's the first volunteer to do it. Unfortunately, the damage has been done.

Why she's important to the story: Brynn contradicts Birdie in nearly every way. Her presence forces Birdie to see the bigger picture, even when all seems lost.

Favorite BRYNN line: "No. You’re more than the melody—you’re the whole song that plays on the radio over and over until people get sick of it. You’re, like, everything."

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for the next Character Study the 25th of January 2017 (which I hope to be a better year than the last *groans*).

You can pre-order Birdie & Bash as part of your post-Christmas shopping (use those amazon gift cards on ME)!

Preorder on Amazon

Preorder on Barnes & Noble

Preorder on IndieBound

And check out my website for other cool links

Clickety clickety click everywhere! And exclamation points, too!!!

In the meantime tell me, who is YOUR Brynn?

<3

Candyland. OUT.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Birdie & Bash Character Study #1

Hey, all! Welcome!

So, how the eff are you? I hope you're well and had a super-fab Thanksgiving!

To kick off the countdown to July 25th, 2017 (I know, it seems far away but it's really not), I'll be showcasing a different character from my debut YA novel—THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH—until release! This is your chance to get to know everyone before you read!

Today's Character Study Focuses on: SARGE

SARGE in a nutshell: Based as a semi-homage to my Gram, Sarge —a recent widower — is my Vietnam vet who isn't afraid to tell it like it is. And though he might reference every current event to the war, he has an infinite soft spot for his eldest granddaughter, Birdie. Because he lives with his daughter, Bess, and the whole Paxton clan, Sarge is everything the family needs, yet, he's careful not to overstep (except for his excessive bubble wrap popping).

Why he's important to the story: Everyone needs that one person who grounds them through tragedy and triumph. Sarge provides the kind of support the Paxton's need while, in turn, he's receiving the support he needs, too.

Favorite SARGE line: "The only way around the pain is through."

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for the next Character Study!

You can pre-order Birdie & Bash as part of your #blackfriday shopping!

Preorder on Amazon

Preorder on Barnes & Noble

Preorder on IndieBound

In the meantime tell me, who is YOUR Sarge?

<3

Candyland. OUT.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

You'll never believe what I'm doing...

Hey there, gorgeous. 

Yeah, YOU.

#sorrynotsorry for the clickbait but you're here and that's all that matters now!

I know it's been a hot minute since we last spoke (and I'm so sorry) but I think right now would be a great time for an uplifting distraction other than cat videos (bc I've seriously watched them all). So you know I sold Birdie & Bash and you see the Tweets and posts and blah blah blah about this book you know so little about and maybe you're like yay! but part of you is like whatthewhat? so now would be a stellar time to, ya know, tell you more about this book and WHY you should pre-order it now.

If you haven't yet, you can sign up for my newsletter HERE. Don't worry—you'll only get one on the 25th of each month with super important, sometimes exclusive, info like event and launch dates, excerpts, and special giveaways.


Also starting Novemeber 25th, the day of the first important newsletter, I'll be counting down until the release of Birdie & Bash (July 25th, 2017 via St. Martin's Griffin) with each post highlighting a character from the book so you can really get in their heads before you dive into their journey.

Let me repeat. 

Sign up for my newsletter HERE in order to get all the VIP info.

AND

Check back on November 25th for my very first character study. Who will it be?

Until then, make sure you've added Birdie & Bash on Goodreads and if you want to go ahead and preorder from any of these fine stores, I won't be mad atcha.

PREORDER BIRDE & BASH HERE

ADD TO GOODREADS HERE

Questions? Comments? General inquiries about cat videos? Drop them below!

<3

Candyland. OUT.

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Inevitable Collision of Birdie + Bash SOLD! SOLD! SOLD!

Hello, friends. I know I've been M.I.A. But, I feel terrible about it and have been silently sulking because I miss you sososo much. Does that make it any better? How about if I hold you and tell you you're so pretty? Does anyone even blog anymore? Or could I literally say anything and like no one will read it? (testing...I ate some Chex Mix off the floor today...testing).

Anyway.

ICYMI, this happened:


So yeah. Loyal readers from years' past, you know my treacherous journey. And here I am.

Anywho.

What's up with you, boos?

<3

CandylandSOLDBOOKS. Out.