Sunday, December 11, 2011

Guest blogger and Free Book Giveaway! MEGAN HART is HERE!!!!

OHHHHHH, now I know I haven't posted here lately but this is an especially cool thing to come back with. I have with me today MEGAN HART, who is a fabulous writer. She's written in damn near every genre and they're all good. If you haven't already read her a) why the heck not?!?!?! and b) here's your chance to win her new book...FREE and WONDERFUL, what more could you ask for? How about a little blog post about her and her book? Coming right up!

Let's begin with a blurb and then get into the extra good stuff:

In the midst of a chaotic midnight assembly, Sunshine is forced outside into the darkness. Holding a scrap of paper scrawled with a stranger's name and address, Sunny grasps the hands of her three small children and begins her escape.
Liesel Albright has dreamed of starting a family. She never bargained on inheriting one already in progress…or one so deeply damaged. When nineteen-year-old Sunshine appears on the Albrights' doorstep claiming Liesel's husband, Chris, is her father, all they can think to offer is temporary shelter. The next day, they're stunned by the news that the Family of Superior Bliss, led by a charismatic zealot, has committed mass suicide. Sunny and her children haven't just left the compound—they've been left behind.
Now, instead of a baby of her own, Liesel must play mother to the four survivors, while Chris retreats into guilt and denial. For Sunny, however, a lifetime of teachings is not easily unlearned. No matter how hard she tries to forget, an ominous catechism echoes in her mind, urging her to finish what the Family started.

Now that's some good stuff. Onto the questions...
1. What led you to write a book about a cult? I find them fascinating though scary.

I've always been fascinated by cults, though yes, they are scary. I mean, what makes people join a group that so obviously doesn't fit in with what we "normal" people think of as right? Cult leaders, by tradition, are charismatic and compelling, but who are the people who fall in line with them? I wanted to explore characters who didn't necessarily join a cult, but who were raised in one, so had no choice about it. 
2. What part of Sunny was the most difficult to write? The easiest?

The most difficult was writing about the abuse she suffered. I didn't want it to be too graphic, but researching what happens in cults, especially to children, was really hard. The easiest, surprisingly, was writing Sunshine's struggle with dealing with how she was raised versus the life she has after moving in with her biological dad.  

3. What significance does the title have?

All Fall Down is, of course, part of a nursery rhyme. I didn't have a good title for this book, and my editor actually came up with it. Once she suggested it, it absolutely fit the entire concept of everything falling down.

Now the fun part!
4. Boxers or briefs?

Boxer briefs
5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Mint Chocolate Chip

6. Give me a memory that still makes you giggle.

Oh. Gosh. Hmm. Well, how about the time we went to see Jason Manns play live in Philly, and you shouted out in the parking lot that we were "doing" Jason Manns? That makes me laugh. 
7. Best Halloween costume you ever wore? I know what one I'd pick but I'd like to know what you think.

When I was in kindergarten, I was Darth Vader. I think that might be my all-time favorite. 
8. What song do you like to rock out in the shower to?

Let it Snow. I don't know why. Also, Think of Me, from Phantom of the Opera. 

A bio would be nice here! :)

Megan says: I was born and lived awhile and then I did some stuff. Now I mostly do things and whatnot. And I also write books. Learn more about me at:,, and

Also, I'll give away a copy of All Fall Down to a commenter! 
BRING ON THE COMMENTS!!!! I'll choose a winner after Wednesday and then we firgure out the getting it to you thing.
Misty :)

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

NaNoWriMo here I come!

OK, I'm going to do NaNoWriMo. I literally decided this afternoon to get this new book off and running. Who's joining me for some serious fun and work?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Under Construction and Out of Here


I will be taking the next few weeks and putting the website under construction. I hope to still post (more than I have before!) and have a new look coming soon, along with something truly inspiring or at least not so boring to say in these blog posts :)

And now I'm off to NJRW! So excited to go to a conference again. It's been a little while. I had to dust off my fancy shoes.


Saturday, October 08, 2011


Honestly, I had no idea it has been four weeks, Ridunkulous! All I have to say is that I have been writing my poor little hands off. 18K in 6 days for an anthology I would dearly love to get picked up for. It's superheroes and I am having a blast being all dark and angsty and stuff and having a real honest to goodness bad guy! YAY!

In other news, I need to figureout something to write about in these things as I am boring myself and tend to post thoughts over at Facebook. But since this is supposed to be my website, that's not cutting it. Ideas are welcome!


Saturday, September 10, 2011


So I almost never win anything. But I did win a very cool book called RULEBREAKER from the fabulous Natalie Damschroder's blog contest. Cathy Pegau is the author and she sent me the book immediately with a very nice thank you for entering. After downloading it to my NOOK, I opened that baby up and got SUCKED IN!!!! Holy cow and thank goodness I had nothing else to do :) The action was great, the mystery fabulous, the world magnificent and the romance was very well done. If you read the blurb you will see that the romance is between two women. At first I was not sure about this since I had never read one of those beofre, but she did such a great job and isn't love just love? So run out and buy this (or sit in your comfy pants and let your fingers do the clicking) Here are some links for you to get you started...
Facebook page
You can buy RULEBREAKER from any of the following links by clicking on the company - I'm easy like that! LOL!
Carina Press 

You won't be disappointed! And let her know I sent you when you're done :)


Thursday, September 01, 2011


You know, music has been a part of my life since I was little - apparently I even went to an Aerosmith concert when I was still in utero. My mom says I had rhythm back then though you can't always believe her when she says I kicked her in the ribs to the time of Dream On. In talking with my mother on the phone right now, here is another piece of trivia - I went around singing Cocaine by Eric Clapton at the age of about 2 and Janie's Crying by Van Halen. I rock!

Anyway, I also used to take voice lessons and sang Italian Opera, doing it justice by making my ninth grade recital goers cry though they did not understand the words. And the list goes on... Topped by a very rare recording of me singing The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow to my grandfather and thinking that Islands in the Stream by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton was actually I Was In The Street, That Was Where I was. This is gold, people!

All that to say that my Brother who calls himself Shine - though my mom did not actually go that far off field with first names after coming up with Misty from a Led Zep song - has come out with two new songs and a redo of an older one. Take a listen and find him online to show your appreciation! Click here to get the link, kiddies!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

A bit of a recap

So, it's been over a week and so much has happened, I thought I would recap :)

Tuesday 8/9 - car accident, ugh! Not at fault thank you very much. Then much fun and love as I got to see JASON MANNS!!!!!! in NY with my roadtrip epic bitches. SO MUCH FUN! Love me some Jason, but also just the very experience of eight hours of car trip with nary a moment of silence :) Go Megan with her mad NY driving skills!
Wednesday 8/10 - got a rental Caddy - do they think I'm high maintenance? Drop my poor baby van at the autobody and hope I will see it again. Work in the evening when I don't normally work
Thursday 8/11 - worked when I never work
Friday 8/12 - worked again in the evening when I do not usually work (I'm sensing a pattern).
Saturday 8/13 - Get ready for the beach!!!!!
Sunday 8/14 - GO TO THE BEACH!!!!! We left at o'dark thirty since the child thinks that is great fun then got stuck in torrential rain. But it was a blast!
Through to today stayed at the beach and it was wonderful though I didn't get to do all the stuff I normally do since I am a hurting puppy (reference car accident on 8/9) but it's all good.
And now I am back home and happy for it. My child stayed at the beach for a little while longer and yours truly is going to take advantage of that time to get this revise and resubmit finished and back to the publlisher. I hope they LOVE it!

Also, one more thing, thank you to all the people who voted for Strings Attached as favorite sweetheart review over at The Romacne Studio! I won and now my book is on the front page of their website. YAY!

That's it for now. I hope I will have some good progress to report after this weekend and then on to a new project. I'm going to be mentored for the month of September to see if I can take my game to the next level. Here's sending positive thoughts out to the universe that it works :)

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Requesting Votes...

Following up on the great review I also have a chance to win the Favorite Review of the Week!

I've never done this before so be gentle with me :) Seriously, though, since I got a 5 heart review at The Romance Studio  for STRINGS ATTACHED that apparently puts me up for the Favorite 5 Heart Review at their website. If I win I get put up on the main page with links and book cover. If you have time and would like to vote that would be stupendous! Here's the link or you can just click here!

Misty :)

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Great new review

Today I received a really great review for my latest book Strings attached and thought I would share it. I love The Romance Studio! A huge thank you to Camilla for her time and effort and then a big smooshy hug for liking it after reading :) You can read the 5 heart review here!

Needless to say (but I will say it anyway!) I am thrilled. I'm so happy she "got" my story. For as much as I call what I write broad fiction, I really like to think of it as people falling in love while life happens all around them. So thank you again, Camilla :)

In other news, I am nearly done with a rewrite that I was asked to revise and resubmit and will hopefully have news on other books coming out soon.

Stay tuned and stay cool!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I love writing

One of the things that is very cool lately about ebook and ebook readers and the readers of ebooks (LOL!) is that I am getting more people picking up my earlier books. Recently I have received ten emails from people who just found the first Ivy now available from Kindle and are already fiending for more. POISON IVY was first published in 2005 and it remains one of my favorite books. And now I have new readers who are buying the series. How COOL is that? Especially when these are people that I do not know! YAY!

In other news for those who have read and loved Ivy, I might just have a surprise for you. When I have more details I will definitely share, but for right now, suffice it to say that perhaps FOR LOVE AND CHEESECAKE was not the end of Ivy's adventures..... :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

SO much fun!

Noelle's cousins are here from France and though we do not always understand each other (two do not speak any English) we are having a flipping blast!!!! NERF gun battle today (22 guns strong), pool later, lots of good food and hysterical laughter. Things just do not get better than this!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Loving the start to July

So many projects and so little time... I'm not complaining though. :) Happy fourth of July! Happy Independence! Happy Writing!


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

To all those fathers out there - Thank you. Thank you for listening, for showing girls what to look for in a man, for explaining things that for years were just "man things" and we shouldn't worry our pretty heads about. Thank you for threatening boys who aren't good for us, for crying at our weddings, for giving us away even though it breaks your heart to let go. Thank you for being there no matter what, even if it's just to look on while mom holds us sobbing. Thank you for being real men who have dreams and goals of their own who let us know that it is important to follow our own.

I love my dad, Bob Labs - Thank you for choosing me.


Saturday, June 04, 2011

Fantastic Saturday!

What's not to like about a day that starts out with super fantastic breakfast made with my three favorite ladies and two men? Mom, daughter and I at the stove stirring. Grandma finishing it up with the last egg stir. Dad and Husband helping out with the vittles.

Next up...CPRW meeting with my great chapter mates, excellent tips and discussion on editing techniques, lunch after with much talking.

And then daughter having a couple of friends over for a movie night, They're all in their PJs with their Build A Bears in PJs too. Pizza is on its way. Candy and snacks after. Everyone home at nine. And then I get to spend time with my husband who is finally - after three years - home on the weekends.

Super fantastic!

And my new story is going really well. Since next week is ballet recital week - aka Week from Hades in terms of out and about, doing fancy hair, applying makeup, remembering all clothes and which pair of tights go on first, where are your shoes? that is not supposed to fall off your costume is it? Where's your wonder under? LOL! But you know what? At the end, she is a beautiful dancer and shines up there. I know about having a passion to do something and her dance is her passion. How could I not support her in it?

But like I started that last paragraph... LOL!...Since next week is recital week, I know I'm not going to get much real writing done. So I'm still plotting and hoping that when it comes to the 12th, I will hit that starting gate so hard its head will spin :)


Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

On my grandfather's headstone it says that he fought in three wars. Now I will say that most of his time in the field was actually in a ship. He was the head of the galley and fed thousands of men on that ship and also supplied other ships as they went by. He would make donuts for the higher ups on other ships and send poems along with them, silly poems (I come by my gift honestly it appears :)). And he kept those poems and the ones that sometimes the grateful higher ups would send back as a thank you. Someday I would love to publish that book if for no other reason than it deserves to be out there, to humanize and ground the soldiers who are out there giving of their time, their expertise and sometimes their very lives to make sure that you and I can live in this great country and have our freedom too.

Happy Memorial Day! If you see a soldier and can manage it, don't just say thank you, take their hand, the one that might have had to hold a gun and shake it with your heart in your eyes.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Fabulous Series by my friend Victoria Allen!

Combine a magic sapphire, a witch and a stubborn hero and you get
double trouble.

As a healer, Selena welcomes all to her home. Then two strangers show
up on her doorstep, one badly injured, but it is the other who draws
her notice. Did her mother's last act of enchanting a beautiful
sapphire bring this handsome man of her desires to her?

Tristan had been against the journey with his godfather, Jacob, but a
promise is a promise. An attack by outlaws sealed his fate. Injured
and on the run, they come upon a secluded cabin and a beautiful woman.
When she displays powers unlike any he's ever seen, he is certain he’s
been bewitched. Yet for some reason, he doesn’t mind as much as he
thought he would.

When treachery uses Selena's compassionate nature against her, can the
two heartmates overcome vast odds to fulfill the future promised to
them by the Stone of Destiny?

Content Warning: Contains graphic scenes of m/f sexuality.

Sequel: The Chosen (Book Two in the Stone of Destiny series)

Buy it now and Buy it here!