All Fall Down: an Embassy Row novel

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her–so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door who is keeping an eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

All Fall Down: the cover!

Hello everyone!

Ally here with what I hope you all will agree is VERY EXCITING NEWS!

We have a cover for All Fall Down.

AND an excerpt!

Yeah…I thought you’d like that.

Check them both out over at Justine Magazine and then come back and tell me what you think!


ps: I’ll be posting the cover and excerpt right here on this site tomorrow.


Magnificent Monday–Alaska Photos!

Hi everyone!

Ally here while Shellie is away with her family for a bit. I thought this might be as good a time as any to finally share with everyone a few of the pictures that I took on my recent cruise to Alaska.

Now, a few years ago I was on tour and realized I didn’t have a good answer for when people would ask if I had any hobbies. For a long time, writing was my hobby. But now that my hobby is my job, I wanted to find some new creative outlet that was just for fun.

A little more about MTLGTM

Hi everybody!

Ally here again.

Thank you so much for the kind words about the Star of Bethlehem excerpt! I really love this story (and its characters) and I’m happy that you guys are liking it too.

And I’m soooooo honored to be a part of the MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME anthology! It has already received one starred review from one of the major review journals, and a rave review from RT Magazine. It is a thrill to be a part of a project so special.


My True Love Gave to Me


Magnificent Monday, Ally edition

Hi everybody!

It’s Ally here. On a Monday! I know that’s going to freak you out, and I apologize. Shellie and her family are out-of-pocket for a couple of weeks, so you guys are just going to have to make do with me!

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what you guys might like to hear about today, but I decided to treat you to a little sneak peek at something instead!

As most of you know, I have a short story in the upcoming holiday anthology, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME.

A big round up of news that isn’t news

Hello, everybody!

Ally here with some news. That isn’t really news.

So, first off, I was super excited to receive some early copies of the UNITED WE SPY paperbacks this week! Of course, I knew it was almost paperback time (the hardback came out almost a year ago), but I still got a little weepy looking at the paperback.

Magnificent Monday

Hi Everyone!

Did you all see Ally’s last post? If not go HERE! So exciting!

And speaking of good reads….At the beginning of summer I asked about what was on your summer reading list and you all provided great ideas! So now that summer is over I am curious what was the BEST book you read this summer?



P.S. Giveaways coming soon!

Advanced Reading Copies!

Hi everybody!

Ally here, and let me tell you, I am FREAKING OUT!

Why? Well, I got word yesterday that Advanced Reading Copies for ALL FALL DOWN (aka Embassy Row, book 1) are now out in the world. They are real. They exist.


Now, what is an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) and what do they mean, really, for the average reader?

Well, an Advanced Reading Copy is basically what it sounds like. It is a copy of the book that is printed in “advance” of the real books.

Magnificent Trending Monday

Hi Everyone!

I was just wondering what things are trending where you live. And your answers can be a trend in your area or just a trend in your life!


What is your favorite social media outlet?

Any new food trends?

Any cool Youtube videos trending where you are?

What kind of fashion is trending where you live or in your life?

What song or band is everyone talking about or you are just really enjoying?


And the title of Embassy Row will be…

Hi everyone,

I was planning on blogging this week with pictures from my Alaska trip, but I guess those will have to wait because  the time has come!

I can finally announce that the official title of Embassy Row 1 will be . . .


ALL FALL DOWN: An Embassy Row Novel

In stores January 27, 2015