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A Purple Dragon, a Princess, and a fairy tale ending . . .

I love dragons. Pink, blue, green, purple like our friend here. Our princess is reading a fairy tale to him. Hmm. Once upon a time there was a dragon who was in love with a princess. I wonder what happens . . .

Does he turn into a prince?

If frogs can do it, why not a dragon?


I have no doubt our purple dragon turns into a prince…how about you?

Addiction is the deepest, darkest hole in the universe…from Royal Dare #EatingDisorderAwarenessWeek Feb 21-27

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week comes to an end today…but many women and girls will continue to struggle with the seesaw ups and downs of obsessing about our weight.

What makes it even more devastating is when you use drugs to stay thin.

Like meth.

Meet the heroine of my Kindle Worlds story, ROYAL DARE, The Royals of Monterra, Princess Violetta.

My heart went out to this princess from Sariah Wilson’s (Royal Date). Princess Violetta is the younger sister of the hero, Prince Nico, in Sariah’s story.

She’s also a meth addict.

When she goes off to rehab in the States (after being tossed out of a posh London rehab), she doesn’t tell anyone she’s a princess.

Though her British accent and her purse collection (who else but a princess would bring all this stuff to rehab? asked a resident) earn her the nickname of “Princess.” Still, it ain’t easy getting clean…even for a princess.

It’s horrible.

Here’s a short excerpt from ROYAL DARE when Violetta is on meth:

I crashed way sooner than I should have. Meth is an emotional drug and my emotions went into overdrive at this new turn of events. Cold knives cut right through me, my body weighed down like I was filled with wet sand. My whole life, my future slipping away, my mother’s eyes darkening again, but this time so deep and black I knew the light in them would be gone forever.

That was when the truth hit me. It was either pull myself up . . . or never come back. Disappear down that hole forever. It was no fantasy pink tea party down there with flying teapots and spun candy. Addiction was the deepest, darkest hole in the universe, so deep even the red dragon’s fiery breath couldn’t light up its depths.

I couldn’t go there. Not again.

I sat and stared at the test booklet for the longest time and then the worst headache I ever had drilled into my brain. I squeezed my eyes shut to block the pain. That made it worse. I could hear the old clock on the wall ticking. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. The Victorian metal hands moving slowly past the curly-q numbers. A strange beast in the world of technology, but comforting somehow. As if time was a living, breathing creature that never failed to find its rhythm and go on. Never stopped, no matter what.

Never gave up.

Princess Violetta didn’t give up. She found the strength to defeat the dragon, but it was the hardest thing she ever had to do in her life. So if you know anyone battling an eating disorder or you are yourself, you’re not alone. Ask for help. Talk to someone. Don’t be afraid to speak up. We’re all in this together. Knowledge, as they say, is power. I’m here if you need to talk…





ROYAL DARE It ain’t easy getting clean. Even for a princess.

I first met Princess Violetta in Sariah Wilson’s story, ROYAL DATE.

I fell in love with the Monterra family, especially Violetta. I call her the “misunderstood princess.” She has everything—looks, money and a title—yet she fell victim to the seductive power of drugs. Why? I wondered. What led her down this path?

I was intrigued to answer that question, but more importantly, I wanted to know what happened to Violetta when she went to rehab.

How hard is it for a princess to get clean? And will she find her prince when she does?

I answer this question and more in my Kindle Worlds “The Royals of Monterra” story, ROYAL DARE. You can meet see what happened to her afterward in rehab in ROYAL DARE.




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