Character Inspiration: INK

Helloooooooo, everyone. So, it’s a funny thing, this writing thing. Sometimes, my imaginary friends (those would be my book characters) are really vivid to me. Sometimes I can see them in mah brain. Sometimes, I can hear their voice. Sometimes I just have a really vivid impression of their character and personality, but the physical description is fuzzy. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from years of writing and publishing, it is this: most readers like visuals! SO! I try to make visuals. This also makes it easier for my marketing assistant to do cool graphics and fun ads and stuff. So to celebrate the launch of INK and the fictional town of Metlin, California, I created this fun “casting” for the book. Now, is everyone here exactly how I see them in my head? No, because we’re limited by stock photography and stuff. But these are pretty close! […]

THE SILENT is now available! #newrelease #paperbackgiveaway

Good morning, everyone! So, I missed posting this blog announcement first thing yesterday because I was working from the car driving back from a family reunion. PHEW! Hopefully, those of you who preordered or signed up for the newsletter have already heard. For the rest of you, I’m happy to report that… THE SILENT IS NOW LIVE! Amazon ➜ http://amzn.to/2iZbIu8 iBooks ➜ http://apple.co/2r0wHzm Nook ➜ http://bit.ly/2qT7c3s Kobo ➜ http://bit.ly/2qkWMvP Smashwords ➜ http://bit.ly/2qj1U4k ★GOODREADS★ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34660215-the-silent They are called kareshta, the silent ones. But the silent are waking. Kyra has lived her life in the shadow of a powerful Grigori brother. She’s ignored her own desires for the good of her family, but an unexpected request from Thailand sends her on a mission that could change her life and alter the fate of free Grigori all over the world. Sons of the Fallen hidden in the mountains of Thailand have adapted an ancient human […]

Amid the Winter Snow

Anthology announcement and an Elemental Legacy teaser

Happy Saturday, everyone! I’m shooting off a quick blog post before my VERY BUSY WEEK this coming week. What’s on the agenda? Family reunion Grandmother’s memorial THE SILENT book release Getting TallBoy ready for Boy Scout camp More writing on the new book if at all possible I’m tired and the week hasn’t even started. blinkblink via GIPHY SO, let’s check a few things off, shall we? First off, I am very excited to announce that I’ll be joining a holiday anthology this year with three amazing authors (all of whose work I recommend) Thea Harrison, Grace Draven, and Jeffe Kennedy. The title of the anthology is… Up for debate. This is what happens when grammar nerds rumble, my friends. See, the original title was “Amid the Winter’s Snow” which is great, right? So we started with the cover, Grace and I collaborating, and I mocked up the copy for […]

Cover Reveal: THE SILENT Irin Chronicles Book Five

I’m so happy to reveal the cover for the new Irin Chronicles book, The Silent, which will be out July 28th! I love this cover. And I love this book! Here’s the synopsis: They are called kareshta, the silent ones. But the silent are waking. Kyra has lived her life in the shadow of a powerful Grigori brother. She’s ignored her own desires for the good of her family. But an unexpected request from Thailand sends her on a mission that could change her life and alter the fate of free Grigori all over the world. Sons of the Fallen hidden in the mountains of Thailand have adapted an ancient human magic for their own purposes. Will this practice bring peace or lead to even greater danger for the Irin race? A simple diplomatic mission sends Leo to Bangkok, but he didn’t expect to see a familiar face in surveillance […]

Books I love: Moonshadow by Thea Harrison

It’s been a week since A Stone-Kissed Sea came out! Time to talk about new books, right? Right. So when one of your favorite authors emails you and asks if you’d possibly have time to read and blurb her new book, and you’re like “okay, that’s cool, I’d be happy to do that” but inside you’re basically via GIPHY Yeah. Totally me when Thea Harrison asked me to read Moonshadow, her newest book and the first in a new series. So here is my OFFICIAL blurb for the book: “Thrilling and deliciously sexy, Moonshadow is a smart, action-packed introduction to a new adventure in Harrison’s complex and compelling Elder Races world. Intrigue goes hand-in-hand with an addictive romance that will please new and established readers alike. I can’t wait to see what comes next.” And my unofficial one is: GAH! This is so good, you guys! She totally set the […]

Books I Love: Beard Science by Penny Reid

Brace yourselves, dear reader. There are bearded boys with banjos ahead. Today, I am going down-home with the Winston Brothers for this review of Beard Science, the third book in the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid. Everyone who knows the Winston boys know that Cletus Winston as the quirky, amusing, possible genius Winston brother with a wicked sense of humor and a way with sausage. He’s also the character who’ll make you bust up laughing until you stop and say, “Wait… what? Did he just say…?” via GIPHY Cletus Winston is sneaky. And unexpected. And more than a little dangerous. Anyone who read the scene in Truth or Beard when Cletus handed the combined asses of the local motorcycle club to them on a greasy platter knew that this character had hidden depths. He was unexpected. I might even say delightfully manipulative. Which makes it doubly wonderful that Cletus was metaphorically […]

Not just a pretty face

The past few weeks I’ve been brushing up and doing final edits on the contemporary romance that I once published here on the blog. I’m aiming for publication on The Genius and the Muse (formerly Tracing Shadows) around the end of next month. At least, that’s the plan. This is my first dip in the Contemporary Romance pool, so I’ve been doing cover research, looking at the lists, checking out marketing and blogs, and it’s made me question something: Will romance readers “buy” a hero who doesn’t fit conventional standards of male beauty? See, The Genius and the Muse is a parallel love story. There are two couples and one of the heroes is, to be frank, not all that handsome by romance novel standards. (Notice, I didn’t say he wasn’t attractive. Attraction is far more subjective.) He’s pretty rough. He’s a welder/sculptor, so he has burns and scars. He’s […]

The Book of the Future: E-books killed the paperback star?

I’ve said in the past that I think the development and broad adoption of e-books is going to be great for bibliophiles; I’m sure many people would disagree with that, but I do have my reasons for saying so. Now, to be clear, a bibliophile is defined as “a person who collects or has great love of books.” So, we’re not just talking about the stories they contain, but the objects themselves. My dad loves thrillers. He’ll listen to tons of them on audiobook while driving (he drives a lot for work) but he’s not attached to the physical copies themselves. I love books. Having them. Collecting them. Getting rid of them is physically painful for me. (Especially if I end up dropping a box on my foot. Ouch.) I am a bibliophile. So, why am I so enthusiastic about e-books? In the face of electronic books dominating the market […]

Why I’ve put off watching the season premiere of Bones…

…but will tonight, and I’ll let you know what I think. Ages ago, when I was a young, impressionable maiden (no, really, I was), I got hooked on Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta novels.  The first one was Postmortem, and I ate that series up.  This was before the emergence of shows like CSI or Body of Proof and the whole forensic science aspect was new and fascinating to me.  I loved the science, the mystery, the chemistry of the characters. In short, I’ve been a lover of the forensic science mystery for a long time. When CSI premiered, I checked it out, and I liked it.  After a while, though, it got repetitive, and I lost interest.  While the premise was interesting, it wasn’t as character-driven as I usually liked in a TV drama.  However, when Bones premiered in 2005, I jumped on it like a mouse on cheese.  Here […]