A Little Less than Famous is Finally Published!

It’s done, illness it’s done, it’s done.

A Little Less than Famous is DONE!

After working my butt off nonstop for all the hours that I haven’t been asleep or working, its finally done. It’s not perfect; I really need a professional editor to look over it and spot the things that I just couldn’t spot but I had some amazing help in finishing this and I am supremely happy with it.

Here is the fantastic cover, that the best graphic designer in the world, also known as my dad, designed for my novel.

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Gorgeous right?

And here’s a brief synopsis of the novel:

McKinley Evans doesn’t fall in love and she doesn’t do relationships. She has rules and she’s in it for the fun and, let’s face it, the sex. I mean, she’s not completely heartless, of course. She has a good family, even though her mom ditched her in a diner when she was five years old and good friends. Then she meets Jake Kennedy, THE Jake Kennedy that woman all over the world pine for every Thursday night on the hit show Crime Scene. And of course, Jake doesn’t follow any rule in McKinley’s book and before she knows it, she’s gotten herself pretty wrapped up in the celebrity world. It doesn’t take long for her to want to stay in that world…but is it the glitz and the glam or is it Jake Kennedy himself?

Now that I’ve shown you the cover and I’ve told you a little bit about the novel, and if I haven’t scared you off yet, here is where you can actually buy my novel.

For Kindle, or the Kindle App (that you can get LITERALLY on everythin), you can purchase A Little Less than Famous here:

A Little Less than Famous for Kindle.

(Update: if you are having trouble purchasing it on amazon, check back in about an hour, or click the link below for the smashwords version…you can download it there on Kindle as well!)

For Nook, or Sony Ereader, or for such a PDF copy on your computer, you can purchase A Little Less than Famous here:

A Little Less than Famous on Smashwords

Now, I don’t want to hear any excuses from my loyal followers on how they don’t have a Kindle or a Nook and so there’s no way they can buy it, sorry! You can literally get the Kindle or Nook apps on anything: your phone, your Iphone, your Itouch, your Ipad, any other tablet, you can even get apps for them on your computer.

To get the Kindle app for your device, click here. To get the Nook app for your device, click here.

Maybe I sound like I’m bugging and being pushy but it took me over a year and a half to write this novel and I want to share it with EVERYONE that I can and I feel like so many people out there find an excuse not to support you, and its horrible.

But I’ve also learned that the people who don’t make excuses, who download a Kindle app onto their laptop and read a 400+ page novel on their computer, are the people who are your biggest supporters and they’re the people you can count on.

Anyway, though, I am hoping that you all enjoy this novel. Like I said above, this took me quite a long time to write and it holds a special place in my heart. But also, if you don’t enjoy it, please let me know too! Leave reviews on the Amazon and Smashword pages of the good and the bad. I’ll never get better if I don’t know that I need to.

But enjoy! And share with your friends and your family and your coworkers and whomever else you think would enjoy this!

I can’t wait for you all to read it!

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Also, do not forget to check out my first novel, Another Chance for Summer

On Kindle

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Sneak Peek of A Little Less Than Famous

Some of you know what A Little Less than Famous is. Some of you don’t.

So to be quick, mind I’ll tell you this: its my second full novel. My first one is called Another Chance for Summer, which is available as an ebook for Kindle and Nook. If you click above in the novels section, you will able to purchase it and love it. Several people have read it already and have enjoyed it so I’m sure you will too.

A Little Less than Famous is my second young adult novel. I had originally planned on the release date for Kindle and Nook for this Friday, the 7th. Unfortunately, I had to postpone it until January 10th. I was editing it, getting it ready for publication and I realized I was in over my head. I self-edited Another Chance for Summer and it was hard work, and I still notice things that I should’ve changed or grammar mistakes that drive me insane. This time around, I wanted it to be the best that I could possibly make it because I’m extremely proud and attached to this story and I want everyone to love it like I do.

So I got some help this time around. I asked for some assistance from a friend of mine and she’s been doing an AMAZING job helping me to edit it. We’re both in college though, with jobs, so we’re busy and it’s been slow going on the editing front and I had to postpone the release for the book.

However, I had a good amount of people that were looking forward to reading this book and I feel pretty bad. I know that when my favorite authors postpone the release of their new books, I feel pretty let down. So as a nice little thing for those who are looking forward to the book and something for those who have no idea about any of it, I’m sharing a part of my future book with all of you. I hope you like it.

A Little Less Than Famous: Brief Synopsis: 

McKinley Evans doesn’t fall in love and she doesn’t do relationships. She has rules and she’s in it for the fun and, let’s face it, the sex. I mean, she’s not completely heartless, of course. She has a good family, even though her mom ditched her in a diner when she was five years old and good friends. Then she meets Jake Kennedy, THE Jake Kennedy that woman all over the world pine for every Thursday night on the hit show Crime Scene. And of course, Jake doesn’t follow any rule in McKinley’s book and before she knows it, she’s gotten herself pretty wrapped up in the celebrity world. It doesn’t take long for her to want to stay in that world…but is it the glitz and the glam or is it Jake Kennedy himself?

Sneak Peek of A Little Less than Famous:

We met up at a Starbucks. Jake showed up incredibly incognito, basketball shorts and a t-shirt, sunglasses on. He kept his head down while he ordered coffee. I watched from my seat by the window, as he dumped a ton of creamer into his coffee, two and a half packets of Splenda and then made his way over to me. I couldn’t help but notice a few heads turning as he walked by. It might have been because he had sunglasses on inside, but that probably wasn’t it. The guy was gorgeous. He had that super dark hair falling into his face, in that perfect styled way, perfect blue eyes (though you couldn’t see them now). He obviously worked out; he had to look fit to play a badass cop on television. But it was more than that. It was the way he carried himself, so sure and confident, making his way through the room like he owned it.

            He came and stood next to me for a moment, a small smile curling up on his lips. God, those stupid lips. “So is there room for me?”

            I looked at the fairly big loveseat that I was sitting on. I was taking up most of the room, though there was definitely room for two. I pointed to the armchair directly across from me. “Right there.”

            He shrugged, good naturedly, like he didn’t care either way.

            “So, why did you meet up with my anyway?” Jake said, glancing around the café. “You seemed pretty pissed the other night.”

            “I wasn’t pissed,” I said, rolling my eyes. “I was tired.”

            “Yeah, tired wasn’t exactly the emotion I was getting from you after that kiss.”

            I held my hand up. “Uh, no. No kiss. No talk of the kiss.”

            “Fine, fine,” Jake said, sounding bored. “Its easily forgettable.”

            I rolled my eyes, ignoring the stab. Especially since I knew, as much as he did, that it had been a great kiss. “How bout you? Why are you hanging out with me? Besides the obvious.”

            “Oh, the obvious? What could you mean by that?” Jake said, mockingly, a grin on his face.

            “You are ridiculous,” I answered, shaking my head.

His nonchalance, his acting as if he didn’t care where this was going was driving me insane. A few days ago, he’d acted like someone trying very hard to make an impression on me. Now, he seemed to be acting more like a person who wanted to get in my pants, who wanted to get in the pants of all the girls he met.

            “How many girls have you slept with?” I blurted out before I could think of what I was saying. I immediately took a sip of coffee, trying to cover up my ridiculous word vomit.  

            Jake paused before taking a swig from his own drink and looked over at me. I wish I could see his eyes; it was so hard to read what he was thinking or feeling. “Do you really want me to answer that question?”

            “I don’t know,” I said, coyly, raising my eyebrows at him. “Do I?”

            “And what about you, McKinley?” He took his sunglasses off and I suddenly wished he hadn’t. There was something about those stupid blue eyes. “What’s your number?”

            I laughed, looking away from him. “Oh, we are so not going there.”

            “All right,” Jake said, laughing a little himself. “I bet you have a little notebook with allll the list of guys in there.”

            “I don’t have a list,” I said, avoiding the plural assumption. The fact was, he wasn’t far from the truth.

            “I’m sure,” Jake smirked. “I’m sure you could get any guy in the room.”

            “Maybe,” I answered, gripping my cup tighter in my hands. I was good at playing games; I was the master at playing games. I had become an expert on the give and the take. I knew how to enter a room, and I knew how to exit the room, either with someone or without someone. I knew what to say, what to wear, what to do and who to do. I knew how to be in control and I thrived when I was in control. I wasn’t used to someone using a game back at me. “And what about you, Jake? You’re so famous, I bet all the girls just line up for a shot to be on your bed.”

            “You’re not wrong,” he said, his eyes meeting mine, a playful smirk on his face.

            “And you are damn cocky,” I shot back.

            “It comes with the business,” he shrugged, leaning back in the chair, his long legs stretched out in front of him. I looked away, avoiding looking at his stomach or arms or anything. I noticed the barista behind the counter eyeing Jake. Now that he had taken his sunglasses off, he was way more obvious. Los Angeles was known for being a little more celebrity friendly, but this was Brea, and this was Orange County. People were a little more star struck.

            “Prove it,” I said, turning back to Jake. I nodded my head in the direction of the groupie, who was looking way too excited behind the counter. “You have a nice, probably barely legal girl over there who looks eager.”

            Jake didn’t even look in her direction. “I don’t have to go over there.”

            “Oh?”

            “She’ll come to me,” Jake said, and I felt a stab of annoyance at his cockiness. I wondered for a moment if I saw myself a little bit in it. I had noticed the guy in the corner with the laptop as soon as I walked in, mostly because I knew he had noticed me. I shook away those thoughts. I wasn’t Jake. If I wanted something from that guy, I would go up to him. I wouldn’t do what Jake was doing now, waiting for that girl.

            “Hi, you’re Jake Kennedy, right?”

            I don’t know why I was surprised for even a moment that the girl had come over. I felt a larger stab of annoyance.

            Jake turned to her and smiled. “Maybe. And you are?”

            “Mackenzie,” the girl said, tossing her hair just so. Of course.

            Jake threw a glance my way, and this time, I could read all of the amusement. Mackenzie glanced my way, her excited look switching to disgust very quickly. “Ah. Mackenzie, this is my friend, McKinley.”

            I smiled thinly, looking over at Laptop Boy, who was looking more hopeful over the top of his computer. I felt a sudden desire to cross the room to join him. This was ridiculous. Why had I even texted him that stupid ‘yes’? Why had I even told him to prove it? Prove what?

            I turned back to Jake and Mackenzie. She had taken a seat on the armrest of Jake’s chair and her hand was resting on Jake’s very impressive bicep. Jake was grinning up at her, his fingers playing with the ends of her ponytail. He reached up and laid a palm on her thigh.

            That was enough for me. I stood up, smiling at both of them and started making my way over to Laptop Boy. Halfway there, I looked over my shoulder and saw Jake’s eyes following me, that stupid little smirk on his face. I turned back around, angry, focusing on my prey. I could get that kind of attention just as fast and just as easily.

            I was in big trouble. 

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I hope you all enjoyed this sneak peek of A Little Less than Famous. Please let me know what you think and definitely check the entire novel when it releases in January. I will definitely be posting again when it releases to remind you, and to share the direct links to the novel. Can’t wait for you all to read it!

Attention! Calling All Nerds! I Need Your Help!

Now, stomach I love you all, my readers. And I don’t ask much of you, or anyone for that matter. But desperate times call for desperate measures.

You all know that I love to write, and it is my passion in life.

Now it’s time to turn that hobby and passion into something real and something something concrete.

I am currently working on a second novel…but I’ve already published a first novel, Another Chance for Summer, in the Kindle store. And I’ve wanted to get it actually published for quite some time now. And it’s not easy. I’ve gotten about a hundred million rejection letters. And it gets frustrating and annoying and just downright discouraging. So I’ve decided to make matters into my own hands and just publish it on my own.

I don’t know if any of you know anything about self-publishing, but it is NOT cheap. Especially on a poor, broke college girl living in Southern California’s salary. We’re talking roughly 500 to 1500 dollars to publish this!

But that doesn’t keep me down.

I have a plan and it’s called Kickstarter.

Kickstarter is a website where you can start a project, where its recording an album, starting a book of your photography, starting a clothing line or, yes, publishing a book, and you can ask people to help fund the project.

That is what I am doing.

It’s officially up and ready to go, just click here. It is up and running until September 13th, 8 pm Pacific time zone. I am asking for 500 dollars…and I have to reach all 500 dollars or I won’t get any of the money at all.

Now I’m not asking for a lot but every dollar helps…a dollar, two dollars, five dollars, whatever you can give!

I hope that you can help out and help me live my dreams.

And if you have a dream and want to start a Kickstarter, let me know! and I’d be MORE than happy to help!

Making Changes, Making Moves

Now, pharmacy most of my blog posts are strictly nerd or fandom related, and usually I spend a good 500-1000 words being silly and crazy and talking about awesome fandom stuff.

Today’s blog post is going to be a little different, a little more personal and a lot more me.

 DON’T LEAVE! Hear me out:

I know it’s not nerd, but if you follow this blog, I hope that you have at least some attachment to me, whatanerdgirlsays. So i hope that you can hear me out and enjoy this post, even if its not what I usually write.

In the past few months, I’ve been dealing with a lot…most of it stress. I’ve been in a job that I absolutely hated, I was working 40 or more hours a week, I wasn’t seeing my friends or my family or my boyfriend, I had no time to write or read, my grades were falling and I was gaining weight like crazy. I was downright miserable.

But, I don’t know, one day, I just woke up and decided, enough was enough. I’m only twenty-four years old and now is the time to live life.

So, first, I started this blog. And I can’t even begin to tell you how incredibly happy this blog makes me. It makes me happier than I’ve been in awhile. I love writing it, I LOVE hearing feedback from you guys. I’m seriously starting to think of creating whatanerdgirlsays stickers or buttons or bracelets or something because I am so insanely attached to this blog. Its something that I’ve seriously enjoyed doing because it’s so me. I love to write and I love all things nerd. So thank you for reading this blog and giving me a reason to keep writing it.

Secondly, after being miserable all summer, working an insane amount of hours and not being able to actually enjoy my summer, I quit my job. That’s right, I quit. I realized that in a few years, when I finally graduate college, I’m going to be working a 40+ hour week for the rest of my life…and until then, I need to worry less about work and more about me. So I’m done and I quit. I do not currently have a job, but I am looking (if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears) and I’m looking for something with less hours, so that I can pay my bills (which aren’t a lot) and I can still enjoy my life.

Then I decided it was time to live out my dreams.

Okay, that probably sounded pretty corny. It’s so true though!

Instead of focusing all my time and energy on a job that I hated, I’m focusing on the things that I want to focus on.

Like spending more time with my family and my friends and my boyfriend.

Like putting way more focus on school! I know that the biggest thing that is going to help me in life, with becoming a teacher, and even with becoming a writer, is to finish school and to finish my education and work has been holding me back from that for far too long.

Like finally coming to terms with who I am and what I look like. I’m a nerd, and I’ve found myself an awesome group of nerd friends and I’ve got a good family and a great boyfriend. And even though there are days when I look in the mirror and am unhappy with what I see, I have more and more days where I’m accepting how I look and I’m happy that I’m the way I am.

And doing what I love most: writing. And I’m doing two things with my writing. One is this blog. I want more time to devote to this blog.

My second thing with my writing is to finish my second novel. I’ve been working on it for about a year and a half and honestly, I’ve been stuck for ages. I haven’t had the time to sit there and think about my main characters and where I want them to go and what I want them to do. I haven’t had the time to write. And I want to focus on writing more than anything because it is my dream job.

And I want to get my first novel published. Another Chance for Summer was started when I was 19 and finished when I was about 21 or 22. Its currently published through Kindle Direct Publishing, and I’ve mostly gotten good responses from it. Hey, you can’t please everyone!

And of course, I’ve sent out about a million manuscripts and letters to different publishers. And of course, I’ve got a million no’s.

Though that’s extremely discouraging and disappointing, I’m trying my super very best not to let it get me down. I know that Meg Cabot was rejected a million times, I know that J.K. Rowling (all hail the Queen!) was shot down before little ol Bloomsbury took it on. I know that even the best have gotten rejected at times.

So, I’m taking matters into my own hands. I’m not going to sit around any longer and just wait for things to happen and wait for my dreams to come true.

I’m going out there and getting things done! I’v decided that I’m going to self-publish Another Chance For Summer. And it’s not cheap. So I’m looking to save some money and I’m starting a Kickstarter for the project to get YOUR help in making this possible. My project isn’t up and running quite yet but once it is, I’ll post about it!

So I’m making changes in my life and I’m finally doing what I want to do rather than what is expected of me. And I’m trying to live my life the way I want to live it: with the people I love and doing the things that I love. I’m so proud of myself for coming to these realizations and for making the moves to make my life better and to make my dreams come true!

But I can’t take all the credit for that. I have to throw a shout-out to my friend Tony, who runs his own website, facebook page and video blog on his own life changes. He tried to get onto the show, The Biggest Loser, made it so far and so close and just didn’t quite make it. But instead of letting it get him down, he’s been losing weight on his own and making his own changes, like quitting his job and getting a job that fits his dreams. His video blog is super fun to watch it and the moves he’s been making and the life that he’s urging himself to live is a serious inspiration to me and it shows me that you CAN do it, even when you think you can’t.

So I’m sorry for the super long post and I hope that you enjoyed getting to know me a bit more. I’ll have more information on my Kickstarter project to get Another Chance for Summer published in a few days, I hope, and, of course, I’ll share it will all of you lovely people. Thanks, as always, for reading and I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing back from you!

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