10 Things I Loved About JERKBAIT by Mia Siegert

Even though they're identical, Tristan isn't close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, Tristan starts seeing his twin as not an NHL prospect, but a struggling gay teen who is terrified about coming out in the professional sports world. Trapped together in their claustrophobic room, Robbie suggests they run away with "Jimmy2416," a guy Robbie has talked to online for months but never met. Tristan must decide whether to tell his parents about Robbie's plan, losing his twin's trust forever, or go on a journey that will put their lives and innocence in jeopardy.

1. The gorgeously written first page that pulled me into the story from the moment I started reading.

2. The way it made me want to leap into the pages and actually interact with the characters. I wanted to hug Robbie and Tristan because I was so sad for them, and shake their parents for screwing up so horribly, and slap Heather for… well, you should probably read and find out for yourself.


I was going to do some big lead in and save my news for the end of this post. But, let’s face it, I’m a little too giddy for that. So, without further ado:

MY BOOK IS GETTING PUBLISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay. Now I’m going to take a deep breath and continue in a coherent fashion. After this:


Pumpkin Carving 2015

This will be my last Halloween post, I swear. It's just that I love the holiday so, so much and can't help gushing about it. It might be getting to be a little much though, so after this I'll shut up about anything Halloween related. (Until next year, anyway.) 

But for now, pumpkin carving! 

Gatsby Pumpkin

Horror Movie Sign

I finally have a real yard, which is awesome! But it means I'm lacking outdoor Halloween decorations (besides Pete, my lovely scarecrow, that is). Here's my first step at remedying this problem:

Halloween Sign

I got the idea from something I found on Pinterest. But, of course, I wanted to modify it to include all my favorite scary movie places. Like Silent Hill, the most creepy cool place ever. 

My First Reading

There are all these things writers do. Things besides writing. Like sometimes an author takes what they’ve written, and they read it out loud to a group of people.

This is an author reading and it’s something I never thought would happen to me. Actually, that’s not right. More accurate to say it’s something I have both hoped for (because it means success!) and dreaded (because oh my God how could I possibly read something I wrote in front of people?). I dealt with these conflicting feelings by refusing to think about readings at all.

Then I wrote a short story called There Used to Be Cowboys.

And it got accepted to an awesome local magazine called Helen.

Fast forward a few months, and the editor of Helen is asking me to read a segment of that story at the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

Out loud.

Halloween House

If you know me at all, you probably wouldn’t be shocked to find out Halloween is my favorite holiday. October is like everything I love most crammed into one month.

There are creepy things everywhere and no one finds it bizarre or morbid. There are a million horror movies to watch. There’s pumpkin spice everything. (Yep, I’m one of those people. In my house at this moment I have pumpkin spice flavored Oreos, M&Ms, Pop-Tarts, oatmeal, tea, liqueur, baking chips, and probably some other things I’m forgetting).

The Summer of The Polygamy House

Last night I went to dinner with my best friend.

And we started talking about that time we went to Death Valley on a quest to find the legendary Barker Ranch.

For those unfamiliar with it, Barker Ranch was the last hideout of Charles Manson before his arrest. It’s in a remote area of Death Valley, only accessible by 4-wheel drive.