Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Favorites

I got the idea for Friday Favorites from Lauren Conrad and fell in love with it. It's short, simple, and sweet. Here are my favorites from this week.

Just finished reading:
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (post coming on this soon).

What I'm reading now:
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. This book is perfect for a rainy day! 

Favorite Laugh of the week: 
Do you want to Build a Snowman by Miranda Sings. This is kind of a must watch, especially with so many Frozen covers on Facebook right now.

Favorite Pin of the week from Pinterest:
Pinata Cupcakes. Why are these so fun? It just looks like an explosion of happiness and chocolate.

Tutorial: Surprise Pinata Cupcakes! •

Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

UVU Magazine

A couple of months ago Utah Valley University contacted me and asked if I would be willing to share how my education helped me become an author. I gladly agreed because honestly, I loved my time there. My classes at UVU were incredible. After I graduated I felt inspired and motivated to jump into a career in writing. 

My husband is currently a full time student at UVU, and though he's studying Political Science and going into a completely different field than me, it still makes me miss school. I tell people that and they look at me like I'm crazy. I know, school IS hard. It's a huge commitment and requires a lot of time and work. I remember those late night study sessions and huge paper deadlines. It was difficult. However, my knowledge and feeling of accomplishment I received after I finished was invaluable. 

I told UVU about my experiences and how I felt about my education. I hadn't thought too much about it until a friend texted me recently and said, "You're in my stack of mail!" 

It was a fun surprise and I was happy to finally get a copy :) 

Monday, February 17, 2014

LTUE Fantasy Conference

This last week at LTUE I got to participate as a panelist and speak about two of my favorite things: creating awesome villains, and young adult writing. Both panels went well, but I think the villain panel would have been even better had I dressed up as Maleficent... Maybe next LTUE. 

I love going to writing conferences like LTUE because of how motivated you feel when you leave. After going to classes, listening to panel discussions, and meeting new writing friends, it's hard not to feel passionate about your own writing goals. 

So, fellow readers and writers, prepare yourselves. It's time to go after those goals. Ready? Charge! 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Porcelain Keys Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Porcelain Keys

Hey everyone, I'm so thrilled to be a part of The Porcelain Key's Blog Tour. I loved this book, and the author is absolutely amazing. This novel is a lyrical love story that will leave your heart singing. Porcelain Keys is a masterpiece with emotional depth, young love, and family angst. Beard takes us on a journey of self-discovery, second chances, and ultimately, sweet resolution. 

Plus, look at that cover! Beautiful! I'm so excited for this release. 

Find out more about Porcelain Keys and enter the giveaway below! 

Aria's life is full of secrets--secrets about her mother's death, her father's cruelty, and her dream to go to Juilliard. When Aria meets Thomas, he draws out her secrets, captures her heart, and gives her the courage to defy her father. But when tragedy strikes and Thomas disappears, Aria is left alone to transform her that will resonate long after the last page is turned.

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SARAH BEARD is the author of Porcelain Keys, a YA contemporary romance. She has a degree in communications from the University of Utah and splits her time between writing and raising three energetic boys. She is a cancer survivor and a hopeless romantic. She enjoys reading and composing music, and lives with her husband and children in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can follow Sarah on twitter at @authorsarahb, or at


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