Trapped in cyberspace, where ideas are plentiful

More numerous than the fish in the sea

Each has a voice, a platform, a goal

All of them much louder than me

In many ways the world inside a computer

Is larger than the one outside

Though I work hard and persistently harder

I find myself falling by the wayside

So many people have more interesting things to say

Where do I fit in? How can I compete?

This was never a game I wanted to play

But to unplug now would be admitting defeat

“Follow others” “Be yourself” “Write what you know”

I do this week after week after week

Is there another secret? Everyone says, “No!

Do that and be patient; you’ll have what you seek.”

So I write and post and read and comment

All the while watching the number of views

Smiling despite the inner voice, crying out in lament

How long can I keep this up before I lose

Hope of ever making my mark?

Lost in the cacophony, am I alone?



In the Dark Quiz

Well, ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for the long awaited In the Dark Trivia Quiz! One of my blog followers brought it to my attention that twenty-five to thirty questions might be a bit much for my first quiz so I’ve cut it down to fifteen questions.

Remember: to participate, copy and paste all fifteen questions and your answers into the body of an email, and send it to rjagundez5@hotmail.com. Please include your home address at the bottom of the email so that I can mail your prize. Answers should be emailed to me no later than Monday, February 19, midnight MST.

The person who wins first place will receive an autographed, first edition, paperback version of I Dare You to Love Me, a bookmark, and two coasters.

The second place winner will receive the bookmark and the coasters.

Third place will receive the bookmark.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!



  1. How long were Lindsay and Avery together before he cheated on her?
  2. Kyle had a note from a girl in his pocket when he was kidnapped. What was her name?
  3. At the beginning of chapter four, Avery said, “No use crying over spilled …” What?
  4. What is the name of the first werewolf lord?
  5. After Lindsay was bitten, she and Wayne met at her grandmother’s cabin for werewolf training. Where was the cabin located?
  6. Wayne told Lindsay she smelled like, “Strawberry and kiwi shampoo, vanilla
    lotion. . .tart, messy but filling. Like … …” What?
  7. Shannon was raised in an orphanage in New Mexico, run by nuns from the San Isidro Catholic Church. What was the name of the nun who watched over her?
  8. What was the cover story Wayne, Lindsay, Shannon, and Caleb were going to use to to explain their presence in Poland?
  9. What is the “alpha’s mark?”
  10. How did Wayne, Lindsay, Shannon, and Caleb lose Casimir’s shadow in Poznan?
  11. Where were Kyle, Bailey, and Cordelia holed up when Wayne found them in Budapest?
  12. Who pretends to be Avery to trick Casimir?
  13. Complete the sentence: “I’m just Wayne, not … … …! I can’t be everywhere at once. People are still going to get hurt, Caleb.”
  14. Who comes to live with Avery after he returns to Laguna Beach?
  15. Wayne was asked to consult on the construction of a new werewolf settlement near which city?

For the win

Hey all!

Last week, I was in editing mode for my third book, Asta and the Barbarians, which will be published in April (unless something unexpected happens on my publisher’s end to push the date back). So I skipped out on my blogging.

This week I devoted most of my downtime to creating promotional items to include in Night Owl Review‘s romance author sponsorship program. Every other month, they will mail promotional material to their readers on behalf of romance writers (for a small fee of course). I was under the impression that I’d be able to submit multiple items to be mailed, when in reality, I’m only allowed to submit one. So after I created bookmarks, coasters, blurb leaflets, and author business cards, I now have the arduous task of selecting one method of promotion and submitting it into Night Owl Reviews. I was kind of bummed because a) I put in several hours worth of work to create these and b) I was really proud of all my creations. I wanted to mail one of each of these items to Night Owl Review’s readers…

Then it hit me. Why don’t I just send these goodies to my readers?

So here’s what I’m going to do: Next Thursday, I’ll post an In the Dark trivia quiz here on my blog. It’ll probably be a twenty-five to thirty question “test” about the story or the characters. I’ll leave my email address at the bottom of the post so that participants can copy and paste the questions into the body of an email, answer the questions to the best of their ability, and send me that email. They’d have to include their home address as well so that I can mail out their prizes. Then, I’ll “grade” them and choose first, second, and third place winners. The person who wins first place will be given a first edition, autographed paperback version of I Dare You to Love Me along with a bookmark and two coasters. Second place will get a bookmark and two coasters. And third place will just get the bookmark.

If this event goes well, I can create a similar test with questions about I Dare You to Love Me and send out In the Dark items as prizes. That way both books get some good exposure.

What do you guys think? Would you be interested? How about your friends? Help me spread the word. This could be a lot of fun for all of us!