24 Days of Christmas Authors Showcase

Hello! Welcome to Day 13! I hope you’ve stopped by the previous 12 blogs and checked out some amazing books and entered to win all of those goodies! Thanks for stopping by!
I have always loved this time of year. The decorations, the songs, the spirit, driving at night and seeing the lights. Love it! I also use it as an opportunity to get a lot of writing done. Hooray for Christmas break.

I’m excited to introduce you to my first book, Semester Aboard. While I have since written a sequel, several related short stories, and am working on the third book in the More than Magic series, this one is near and dear to my heart. It’s based on a real summer that I spent at sea, with a lot of magic thrown in. I’m proud to say that it recently received a gold medal for YA Paranormal from the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards 2014.



Jen Maddox is a few days into her summer study abroad program and has loved every moment. She just left Mexico and is back on her cruise ship campus, ready to sail to Panama. Everyone tells her that the experience will change her life, but none of them realize just how drastic the change will be.

One night she goes out on deck and encounters five other students. She knows Charlie from one of her classes and he’s a funny, friendly, regular guy. Picture-perfect Dani and his gorgeous wife Mariana live right down the hall from Jen. And she has seen TS, who’s built like a truck, around the ship and recognizes the cute, but quiet Thomas as well.

Then Jen sees something that isn’t humanly possible. Jen would have thought that it was all a dream, if not for the fact that Charlie, Dani, Mariana, TS, and Thomas are making every effort to cover it up. Suddenly, the five of them are everything but normal and Jen is determined to figure out what they’re hiding.

When she does, her life really does change. Jen expected to spend her summer studying ancient Aztec and modern Panamanian worlds, but she never dreamed she’d learn about a magical one. Or find herself in it.

But Jen’s childhood fantasy come true is about to turn into a nightmare; there’s something on the ship. Something dangerous. Suddenly, everyone on board is threatened by a creature Jen never even believed existed. Jen and her new friends might be the only people who can stop it!

Now Jen has to learn everything she can about her new world before it kills her. And her friends. And maybe everyone on the entire ship.


For a chance to win your own ebook version, comment on this post with what country you’d most like to visit and why! And don’t forget to enter to win a Kindle!

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  1. You know I have been asked that question before and it is always so hard to pick. I either want to go to New Zeland, or Ireland. It is and I think always will be a toss up between the two. Thanks for the chance and Merry Christmas.

  2. new Zealand and Irland… but there are still a lot of states, plus Canada that I would like to see…. I have seen Germany, London, france, Switzerland, and most of the east coast as well as the middle of the US….but that leaves a lot to discover… I would like to go to a rodeo next… I would be nice to visit Wyoming and Montana for my first rodeo, but I may need to go closer to home for the first go round… I would be nice if Ky had more Rodeo bulls and broncs…

  3. I hope someday to visit australia. I’ve heard of others who’s had their best vacations there. I can not even imagine. I would love to learn about the animals up close.

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