Well if you’ve been sitting around asking yourself, “I wonder what album Stephanie is really into right now?” you’ve obviously not been stopping by my blog enough. Right now I am ALL about Lorde. I just can’t freaking get enough! Her Pure Heroine album is the soundtrack to my life right now and every song on it has been helping me write this book in some way.

For those of you that missed it, right now I’m working on The Vanessa Kensley Series Book 2. And yes, it does have a proper title now, but that won’t be revealed until the official cover reveal later this year.

This song is great, and I was so surprised to hear it on the end credits of Mockingjay Part 1 this past weekend. I feel like Lorde is just EVERYWHERE right now, but I can’t say that I’m surprised. She’s got something for everyone.

Now, since it’s impossible to find a clear album version on YouTube I’m giving you guys this great dubstep version instead.

Lorde – Glory and Gore

My best friend dragged me to the 50
Shades of Grey movie on Friday night. Or as I seem to constantly refer to it, “50 Shades of What the Fuck”.

Full disclosure here, I did NOT read the books. I refused. After I first heard an excerpt read on TV one day, I swore them off. The writing horrified me.

I have NO problem with the subject matter. BDSM erotica? Bring it on! My problem was with the fact that the writing sounded like… *cough*… not the best. I cringed every time I heard it being read out loud. So I can only base my opinions of the movie off of the movie itself.

There was a lot of sex. A LOT of sex. You don’t see a lot of pubic hair in main stream block busters but by half way through this one you were pretty much just like, “Oh look, more pubes!”

Anastasia bit her lip a LOT. In fact I started counting on my fingers every time it happened and I lost count. I considered making a drinking game out of it but I had no booze. *sad*

I had more respect for Anastasia than I thought I would. You know, when she wasn’t being a whiney bitch desperately trying to change a man that told her EXACTLY what he was and the terms of their relationship from the start. Women love the ‘reform the bad boy’ trope, I get it. But seriously people, just stop.

Twilight fan fiction? YUP! I was interested to see how the whole Twilight influence would show through and when it did it was like HUGE neon flashing lights. To me anyway. The ‘plain Jane’ girl that’s completely oblivious to the fact that every man in her life wants to get in her pants? Check.
The girl meets the boy for the first time and becomes instantly infatuated with him. Check.
Said boy full on says “You have stay away from me!” Check check check! When that happened I swear the ghost of Edward Cullen’s face super imposed itself on the screen.

On the whole the movie was shot very well. The sex scenes were done wonderfully. There were some very funny laugh out loud moment which I appreciated. And the actors did a great job and seemed like a wonderful fit for their roles, they played them very well.

Will I watch this movie again? No.
Will I go see the next one? Yes. I feel invested now. I have to see it through to the end otherwise what’s the point?

I’ll say one thing for E.L. James, she created something that people want to devour and as a writer I respect that. Truly, props to her for all of her success.

Let’s be real, it would be amazing if one day Stephanie Marks were a household name. What author doesn’t have dreams of being the ‘next big thing’? I’m not ashamed to admit that when it comes to writing I would like to be a commercial success. I’ve never been partial to the idea of being a starving artist. I’m much too fond of food and shoes for that to be a viable lifestyle choice.

Well you can now find Stephanie Marks, author, writer and cook extraordinaire on Google+!

Which of course would be a whole heck of a lot more interesting if I had ANY clue whatsoever what Google+ was all about. Something about communities and circles…?

I gotta be honest with you. The only reason I’m on there is COMPLETELY by accident. One minute I was checking my site rankings and the next thing I knew, Google was having me update a profile of some kind?

Do any of you guys use Google+? Is it a thing? I can’t really see myself spending much time on there but I also haven’t bothered to give it a chance yet.

If you have any experience with it leave me a comment down below and let me know how you use it and why.


Whenever you hear talk of writers a common theme is our supposed crippling self doubt.

You know, how writers take 12 hours with one hand poised over the keyboard and the other with a death grip on our overflowing tumbler of Scotch, as we painstakingly craft the perfect paragraph? Only to come back to those 8 sentences the next day, dump our entire computer in the trash and light the entire thing on fire. Because it’s crap I tell you! Crap!

Well let me make something perfectly clear. Some days, oh yes some beautiful days when the stars align in the heavens and a passing angel farts heaven’s grace upon our heads we find ourself slamming out 3,000 words in 3 hours, come back to it the next day, and do a victory dance that would make Sir Mix-a-Lot proud. Because somehow we got it right.


I’ve been really trying to push through this week and for myself as an author that means finding the perfect beat and cranking up the stereo.

Today I’m bringing you another track by Lorde. Her style just fits seamlessly into where I am in this book. It was a great backdrop for my giving the reader more of Vanessa’s back story.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do. Lorde – Tennis Court…