Love Fiercely and Fearlessly

This post may be a bit rambly, but inspiration for it hit me like a ton of bricks this morning and I just couldn’t let it go. Besides, I’ve already had three cups of coffee. I’M GOOD, Y’ALL.

We’re coming into the holiday season, a time of year that focuses on joy and thankfulness and love. I want to talk to you guys about love this morning. It’s such a tiny, four-letter word that holds so much power, so much meaning, so much hope and promise. It’s also a word that people use loosely.

“I love this coffee so much, I could marry it.”– Michelle Smith, 11/20/2013

“I love this pizza so much, I could marry it.”– Michelle Smith, 11/19/2013

“I love Luke Bryan so much, I shall include a .gif of him in every blog post from here on out.” — Michelle Smith, 11/20/2013

That last one was totally a joke, unless y’all are okay with that, in which case . . .*ahem*

In all seriousness, I obviously have no issue in throwing that word around, but we do need need to focus on what love truly means. And not just during the holiday season, but every day of the year. I guess what I’m trying to say is that, when you love someone, really love them. Show them that love–it’s the little things that mean the most. Give them your time, your attention, your heart. That’s what love boils down to, right? Heart.

Love fiercely and fearlessly. You never know what someone may be going through. The smallest of smiles, the tiniest of waves, may be what draws them from the brink of self-destruction. How many times have we said, “___ restored my faith in humanity”? Be the restoration.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: Smile at someone today. Even if they’re a grouch and a total Scrooge and you want to shoo them away, smile. It might be the one thing that turns their day around. Isn’t that a chance worth taking?


Wordy Wednesday – Happy Birthday, KINGDOM COME

KINGDOM COME is the story of a girl who was always told she was crazy. That she wasn’t, and never would be, normal. A girl who had lost hope in the world – until that world crumbled around her.

It’s the story of a group of teens who were constantly told they’d never amount to anything. Teens that spent their lives being beaten by parents, or scarring their own bodies in an attempt to escape the pain of depression. Teens that never imagined they would have a future.

It’s a story of hope. Of survival. Of realizing that there is good in the world, and it’s something worth fighting for.

Happy book birthday to my little story. I hope you guys love it just as much as I do. ❤

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Wordy Wednesday

Wordy Wednesday is baaaaaack! At least, it is for this week. But I imagine I’ll be back again next week because it may or may not be RELEASE WEEK.


So. We are officially one week away from KINGDOM COME’s birthday, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorite quotes from the book with you guys. It was a little difficult because a lot of my favorites are a bit spoilery. But here, we have three of my favorite quotes from KC:




*bounces* I’m so excited, you guys.

Also, I have a giveaway over on Goodreads for a FREE print copy of KC:

Here’s to hoping y’all have an awesome day, and rest of the week!