“The Scars That Made Us” Synopsis Release!

I am so, so, SOOOOOO excited to finally release the synopsis of my latest NA romance, “The Scars That Made Us”! And hopefully you’ll all get a peek at the cover soon too!

P.S. You can also add “The Scars That Made Us” to your to-read shelf now on Goodreads!


Ultimatums suck.

I don’t even know why I was surprised when my father handed me one on my eighteenth birthday, especially one so ridiculous and degrading. He thinks that I can’t take care of myself, that I need a man to fall back on in case my college dreams fail. All because of a nightmare incident that happened to me when I was seven years old. An incident that has left scars of both the physical and emotional variety.

And what is the ultimatum you ask?

He’s forcing me to marry a man I’ve never met before, or else I don’t get his check to go to college and complete my dreams of becoming a doctor, helping the sick.

I had no idea that my life was set in a Bronte novel.

But it gets worse. Not only am I supposed to marry a man who only wants me for the check my father is obviously writing him, but he’s hot, too. Like, super hot. The kind of hot only put on display in magazines and TV shows. Honestly, I don’t trust him, and I certainly don’t intend to go through with my father’s insane plan.

But when Jagger Wells, my intended, explains the real reason behind his going along with this scheme, and I see the kind man beyond the pretty face, I decide that maybe there’s a way we can both get what we want without having to sign a marriage certificate. And at the same time, teach our meddling parents a lesson.

After a while, though, it doesn’t feel like we’re tricking our families anymore, but ourselves. And when lines blur, feelings become something real, and the truth is questioned, hearts ultimately shatter.

In the end, I discover that I’m not the only one with scars.

But these are the scars that made us. The ones that have shaped our present.

I can only hope they aren’t the ones that break us, too.





Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.


Holy crap, I haven’t read something this good since…jeez, I’m going to say the Sweet Evil series. And I read that a LONG time ago. There was something special about this book. I don’t know if it was the characters and their multiple POVs, the world building, or just the irony of all these misplaced teenagers coming together to pull off the impossible. It was a really fun and entertaining read for me, and I’m kicking myself right now for not having picked it up sooner!

You have a kid from privilege, an ex-soldier, a prison inmate, a girl who makes no sound, a sharpshooter with a gambling problem, and the mastermind criminal. Alone they’re not much to fear. But together, they’re the only crew that has a shot at pulling off the most important ( and INSANE ) heist anyone will ever face. With a little humor, a smidgen of romance, and a lot of danger, “Six of Crows” was a seriously heart pounding read at times, and I absolutely loved it. Each character had their own back story, a personal reason for going through with such a risky task. And I was amazed at the details the author gave them, the descriptions she built, the world building… It’s astounding to me that this was created in someone’s mind and not a retelling of an actual historical event. Though I will admit that at times it was a little too detailed, and I couldn’t properly pronounce maybe half the names of the towns/villages/countries etc. But other than that this was a flawless story, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves high fantasy. And suspense. And subtle romance. And… screw it. EVERYBODY READ THIS YOU WILL LOVE IT.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 4.5 Barrel stars


Currently Reading: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Yo, first off, the hardcover copy of this book is SICK. The outer side of the pages are black. BLACK! It’s almost too beautiful for my emo soul to handle. Seriously, I want to hang it up in a shadow box on my wall, it’s so dang gorgeous. Anyway, enough with my weird affair with the cover lol. I’m only 43 pages in, but already I can tell this is going to be an interesting read. Which brings me to ask: have any of you read this before? I’m going to imagine a few of you have, seeing as how this thing has a billion reviews on Goodreads, haha. Post in comments how you liked it!

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744,245 words and 2,006 pages…so far!

Recently I was talking with my sister, and we were debating how many pages/words I’ve written since I became a writer 3 1/2 years ago. Well, I decided before I edited yesterday to add up a tally on all of my finished and unfinished projects, and the total came to 744,245 words and 2,006 pages! Honestly, it seems exhausting when I look at those numbers. It’s incredible to think that you can type so many words.  But it made me see that this is a really good motivational tool for authors. So I dare you, my writing friends, to add up your pages and words and see how far you’ve come! And even better, I’d love if you told me the results in comments!

So, do you accept the pages challenge?


Swag Giveaway Time!

Here we go, my first ever giveaway for swag! Okay, so it’s not my own book swag, but I still thought this would be a fun thing for my readers to participate in.

Down below are four custom made bookmarkers for Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and A Court of Thorns and Roses (two versions). I’m going to pick a winner on Feb. 24, and they’ll get to pick the marker of their choosing. There will only be one winner, and to enter, just leave a comment down below with your favorite book’s title and your email address (Email optional if it makes you uncomfortable ;). All the best luck to you!







In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?


A few days ago I finally got my copy of “By Your Side” in the mail, and despite still being in the middle of reading “The Fill-In Boyfriend”, I couldn’t resist opening it up and diving in. Out of the three books I ordered of Kasie West novels (The Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, and By Your Side) I was anticipating this one the most. And since I have the patience of a five-year-old, I put TFIB on the backburner for the time being and lost myself in BYS.

When I was debating how to write this review, I decided bullet points would be the most straightforward option. So please acknowledge exhibit A and exhibit B down below.


  • Dax and his silent, cute, and mysterious personality.
  • The whole idea of being stuck in a library. Personally, I think that would be any bibliophile’s dream.
  • How Autumn could be herself around Dax and vice versa.
  • Their playful banter.


  • Dallin the douche canoe.
  • How Autumn couldn’t be herself around her own friends.
  • The way her friends pushed her to do things because they know she has a hard time saying no.
  • The love triangle.

Overall I really enjoyed the premise of the story. I thought it was an interesting, original plotline that showed a lot of heart in its characters, using real life issues a lot of teenagers face as the conflict. One of the main things, though, that bothered me was how almost the entire book was the conflict, unlike most stories that find it 3/4 of the way in, only to have the last quarter of the book to resolve it. I felt drained reading this because it was a constant struggle with the characters, and I don’t know why, but I absorb even fake negative emotions like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. So for me, this was a stressful read lol. But I enjoyed the simple writing style of Kasie West, and thought “By Your Side” was a unique read.