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Nov. 2nd, 2011

The First Time

It's Here!

You never forget your first...

In THE FIRST TIME, 25 young adult authors contribute 25 stories all about firsts: first loves, first kisses, first zombie slayings, and more. Featuring New York Times bestselling authors Carrie Ryan and Jessica Verday, plus a host of others. From humor to horror, and everything in between, these stories will make you laugh, cry, cheer, (and maybe even scream) as you experience something brand new from the authors that you love.

Contributing authors include: Cyn Balog, Lauren Bjorkman, Leigh Brescia, Jennifer Brown, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Janet Gurtler, Teri Hall, Cheryl Renee Herbsman, Stacey Jay, Heidi R. Kling, C. Lee McKenzie, Saundra Mitchell, Jenny Moss, Jackson Pearce, Shani Petroff, Carrie Ryan, Sydney Salter, Kurtis Scaletta, Jon Skovron, Kristina Springer, Rhonda Stapleton, Charity Tahmaseb, Jessica Verday, J. A. Yang, and Lara Zielin

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Then, go read "When Skies are Gray," and let me know what you think! :)


Jul. 6th, 2011

The First Time

Yes, I'm Still Hanging Around. . . .

Blog posts have been sporadic, I know. (More like non-existent.) I've had a super busy summer so far, and I'm working on a few "behind the scenes" things right now. So . . . it's not that I'm not writing or editing or sending projects out into the world . . . it's just that I can't talk about them here.

So vague, I know.

I do have something I want to share, though. The cover of the Debs Anthology I am *so proud* to be part of, coming Fall 2011.

The official release info is here.

I will keep you posted as new information arises! *Promise*


May. 6th, 2011

The First Time

For Leigh Brescia, Press "Ruby Rush"

So, I was doing some blog maintenance recently, and was surprised to discover that the number one search term linked to my blog is not, in fact, leigh brescia (or one of the many derivatives of this, including—but not limited to—brecsia, bresica, bresca, breskia . . . yeah, you get the point). Neither is it: YA author. Or: One Wish.

It is actually . . . (wait for it) . . . Ruby Rush. This, followed by: Feria R68.

I don't know what this means, but if you have stumbled across this blog because you're thinking about going Ruby Rush, you've come to the right place. I'm a huge Feria fan. I thought Ruby Rush looked great in my hair. I've since toned it down a bit, but summer's coming, so you just never know.

The post you're looking for (with pics) is here.

In addition to chopping off and coloring my hair in fits of angst, I also write books.

So . . . I'm glad you dropped in; the reason why doesn't really matter. And whatever color you opt for, I hope the result is everything you want and more.

Don't be a stranger!



Apr. 22nd, 2011

The First Time

On American Idol

I honestly thought I wasn't going to like this season of American Idol. It's no secret that I had a married girl crush on Simon Cowell, so when he announced he was leaving, I was more than slightly bummed. I'm happy that the show has carried on, though, and that it seems to be doing well. Without him, this season is nothing if not nicer. Maybe less honest, but nice is good, too.

I was shocked with everyone else when Pia was eliminated, I hated to see Paul go, but I am totally pulling for James Durbin.

This doesn't mean I want him to win. In fact, it might be better for him if he doesn't. A record deal is as good as his, anyway, and I'd rather see him work on his own project/music without the white noise of the American Idol label.

I mean, James Durbin does Muse. Does it get any better than this?


(sigh) Emo angsty boy rocker. Are you really all that surprised?



Apr. 1st, 2011

The First Time

Thought You Had a Blog Post, Didn't You?


It's actually another one of those weeks. But the good news is, I'm working on a new project, and it's all bright and shiny and sparkly and really fun right now. Actually, it's a little scary. I spent a few minutes yesterday downloading some Hans Zimmer to my playlist. Note: the Inception soundtrack is great to write by.

Intense. Just like the story. Now I'm just waiting for the nightmares.

Have a great weekend!



Mar. 18th, 2011

The First Time

A Quick Announcement and some Eye Candy

An announcement for you on this beautiful spring Friday. . . .

And yes, that is my name nestled among the YA greatness.

Now that I’m caught up on sleep, I'm wondering if I can pull off two Twilight movie marathon weekends in a row. What? That makes me obsessed? Yeah, you're right. I may just have to resort to gazing longingly at RPatz photos while I'm drafting my "Firsts" story.

He's only like, four years younger than me, you know. I am totally *not* a cougar.

(sigh) But I *would* be. . . .



Mar. 14th, 2011

The First Time

Movie Marathon Update

So the whole Twilight weekend movie marathon was a huge success. Since I left you on Friday with my head exploding (figuratively, of course), I thought you at least deserved an update. Friday night I watched Twilight. Saturday night was New Moon. Sunday afternoon was Eclipse.

I did a little reading, but no writing. I tried to catch up on some housework, and then enjoyed the warm, spring weekend.

I completely forgot it was Daylight Savings weekend (I guess that's what happens when your head is exploding), so I was thrilled to discover on Saturday night that the time shifted back in my favor. Yes, I lost an hour of sleep (I actually lost a lot more sleep than that this weekend), but it was worth it last night around 7:30 when it was still light outside.

Do I feel rested and rejuvenated? No. But that's because my child decided to wake me up in the middle of the night like she was three months old again and on a feeding schedule. Today, I will be a zombie (because yes, sleep is that important to me), but at least I got my movie marathon in, and this makes me happy in so many ways. Yes: it's about the little things these days.

I also watched a movie last night with the guy I'm sorta married to but not allowed to talk about online. It's not my typical sparkly vampire/high drama/rom com kind of movie, but he swore up and down I'd love it. And he was *so* right.

I don't recommend a lot of movies on the blog just because they're so subjective, but, if you're anything like me, The Next Three Days will blow your mind.


Have a great week!



Mar. 11th, 2011

The First Time

Hi. My name is Leigh, and I'm a workaholic.

Sometimes I think my head is going to explode. Truly. I'm coming off another week of self-imposed guerilla proofreading. So in the last week I listened to my latest ms (because it's super easy to find words that were skipped or awkward dialogue when your story is being read back to you), and I did another round of punctuation proofs.

I am so obsessed with proper comma placement it's not even funny. It's to the point now where I don't even know where commas really go, anymore (Does that comma really belong between "go" and "anymore"? See what I mean?). Some of it is stylistic. I spent one evening fixing misplaced/misused semicolons.

I think I have everything the way I want it now. You know what they say about submitting your best work? I have perfection issues. I'm serious. Twelve-step program needed.

At any rate, while I'm confident in the hard work I've put into this ms, I am in serious need of a break.

This weekend I'm going to hibernate. I'm not going to do any writing or revising. In fact, I think I'm going to have a Twilight marathon. I'm going to watch all three movies. Maybe in one sitting. Doubt that's even possible with a psycho dog and a five-year-old running the household, but it's worth a shot.

It's just sad that I feel like I have to give myself permission to take a break. And the reason I mentioned the Twilight marathon? Because I've wanted to do this for the last three months, and I'm always putting it off. I figure if I announce it, I'm more likely to stick with it. I hate telling people I'm going to do something and then not following through.

See? How terrible is that?

So from one workaholic to another, I'm giving you permission to take a break this weekend. Rest. Relax. Rejuvenate. Watch Twilight. Whatever makes you happy. For me? That means getting as far away from "words" as possible.

Have a great weekend! No, seriously. :)



Feb. 24th, 2011

The First Time

For Lisa. . . .

Sending my thoughts and prayers, love and hugs out into the world for L.K. Madigan and the family and friends she left behind. . . .

Feb. 18th, 2011

The First Time

Hurry Up, Spring!

The high here today is 75 degrees. Yes, a warm front is coming through, and it's just enough to make me want to push winter out the door, kicking him out forever. It's only mid-February, though, and we have cool days all through March (and even April). In fact, it's going to hit the 40's again next week. . . .

Still, I have *big* plans . . . like opening the windows. I *must have* sunshine and fresh air. I cannot live without them. Winter is like, my nightmare.

This time of year, though, I always feel the need to buy a flowering plant (which is stupid, because I know I'm just going to kill it). I also want a bird feeder. I have a thing for hummingbirds. I think I need wind chimes, too.

So, is it possible if I buy all these things spring will hurry up and stay for a while?

*crosses fingers*

Have a great weekend, everyone!



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