#TeaserTuesday Waking Hearts: A Cambio Springs Novel

A quick teaser from Waking Hearts, the next Cambio Springs book, now available for PREORDER at Amazon.com: “Dude!” Mark yelled. “Stop it. You’re messing up the game.” “You’re not even playing, Marky. You’re just watching,” Christopher, who was seven and completely uninterested in video games, complained. Kevin reached over and smacked Christopher on the back of the head. “Stop calling him Marky. I told you.” “Oh my gosh,” Mark hissed out. “Just stop. You’re so annoying.” “Well, you’re stupid,” Chris said. “And you’re a fart-face.” “Mo-om! Marky said I’m a fart—mmfph.” Kevin slapped a hand over Chris’s mouth with one hand, still attempting to play with the other. “Dude, be quiet. We only have ten minutes before Ollie and Mom have to go to work.” Loralie giggled and covered her mouth when Ollie looked down at her. “Fart-face,” she lisped through two missing front teeth. “Don’t say fart-face,” Ollie said, […]

The first full chapter of WAKING HEARTS is now available to preview.

Chatting with the lovely Grace Draven (BENEATH A WANING MOON IS ONLY EIGHT DAYS AWAY!) and contemplating everything that has gone into the first draft of Waking Hearts (which is about four chapters away from finished). We’ve got: Toilets clogged with too much TP. World War Yo-yo. Hyper little brothers. Stretch marks. Tattling little sisters. Juvenile insults. Lack of sleep. Whole conversations expressed in “dude.” Teenage fistfights. Too much laundry. Almost-broken eggs. AND YET we also have: Teasing glances So much flirting Double entendres Smoking hot kisses Stolen moments Heartfelt confessions Promises Possession LOVE Along with all the usual murder and mayhem in this shapeshifting town. It’s probably no wonder this is the longest Cambio Springs book so far. Want to read more? Check out……. The first full chapter of WAKING HEARTS! Happy Wednesday.

Cover Reveal: Waking Hearts (Cambio Springs Mysteries Book Three)

It’s a big day here on the blog. Why? PRETTY NEW BOOK COVER! PRE-ORDER HERE for release on November 24th, 2015 When everything you’ve longed for is standing right in front of you, would you find the courage to chase it when you’ve given up on dreams? Fox shifter Alison Smith gave up on happy endings when her ex-husband walked out, but that didn’t mean she was allowed to give up on happy. With four growing kids, Allie is determined to look on the bright side and carry on, even when life seems to keep kicking the girl who’s fallen down. Four kids, two jobs, and a pile of debt left over from her ex seem overwhelming most days. Luckily, Allie has the best friends a girl could ask for. Especially a certain quiet bear who’s always been her rock. Patient. Oliver Campbell knows what it means to be patient. […]

Random Writerly Thoughts This Week: Part One

Kids are fun to write. Why aren’t there more kids in romance novels? Oh… Helloooooooo, YouTube. What does the fox say? Really creepy horror movie kind of screams, that’s what the fox says. Heh. Dogs. Wait, I have to pay bills this week, too? Whyyyyyyyyy? Yes, I know I shouldn’t hunch over my keyboard, but I wasn’t really thinking about it at the time. Owwwwwww. But would all snakes smell the same to a fox? Probably not. Ah, Wikipedia, my old friend. Writing love scenes when one person is a foot taller than the other is hard. Nope, not physically possible. Nope. Yes! Maybe? …but Ollie is not a yoga master. So no. Can you reverse-photoshop a picture? Is that a thing? Oh, Allie, I feel you on the kid-puking thing. This has been… Random Writerly Thoughts This Week, brought to you by Waking Hearts, the next Cambio Springs Mystery, coming this fall.

A new look for the blog, a new collection of Gothic romance, and an ARC giveaway!

So we can just all admit I’m not the best blogger, right? We’re okay accepting that? I KNOW. It’s been what? A month? More? Eeep! The good news is that I’ve been neglecting my blog because I’ve been working a lot! That’s right, the new Cambio Springs book is going really well. I’m having a blast telling Ollie and Allie’s story. Here’s a little peek of what I’ve been writing lately.

Writing updates, a new Cambio Springs title, and an Elemental World teaser

I’M BACK! I’m sorry. Were you under the impression I could dance in a non-awkward manner? Yeah, that’s not happening. NEWS! Italy: Italy was amazing. And hot. And amazing. But hot and amazing often go together, don’t they? (I’m just saying “hot as an Italian police officer” might become a phrase.) But really, it was a great trip. The boy and I had fun, and I got some amazing new ideas for the next Elemental Legacy novella while I did research for the series. That novella (as yet untitled) should be arriving this winter. So there will be Ben and Tenzin trouble. I mean fun. Eh…. kinda both. DO I HAVE TO PICK? Thank you, Ron. As for what’s coming up next, I just finished the preliminary outline for the next Cambio Springs book, which will be Ollie and Allie’s story. The title of that book will be… WAKING HEARTS […]

Epic Post of Awesomeness (And also links to buy my new book.)

The Scarlet Deep is available today! Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/kf87vch iBooks: http://tinyurl.com/km4uulf Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/oh34kfb Smashwords: http://tinyurl.com/jvoluop Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/qyhkhgt Createspace: http://tinyurl.com/q287fof Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/phodgfw Any time I ever question that feeling in my gut that tells me I need to take a break from a series or fictional world, I will think about The Scarlet Deep. I love this book. I loved writing it. I loved diving back into the world again. I loved sharing the excitement with my readers when I returned. It was over two years between Blood and Sand and The Scarlet Deep. I know some people probably lost interest in the storyline, and that’s their prerogative. But I didn’t lose interest, and that’s the point. See, I have to love it. If I don’t love it, you’ll be able to tell. I may hate it a little at times (I’m looking at you, The Secret), but I have to […]

Writing news, early reviews, and a great big thank you.

Hi! Well, my last blog post garnered way more attention than I expected. Most of that attention was very kind, though, so I can’t complain. To all new readers here on the blog, I’d like to offer a big welcome! I don’t usually offer much publishing world advice, because this site is geared more toward readers, but I do have a couple links you might be interested in, like my FAQ: Writers edition or one of my 10 Things I Learned posts. (I didn’t do one last year and I really need to, but it seems silly halfway through the year. So… I don’t know. I may wait.) Basically, if you go to the drop-down menu under About Me, there’s a whole section that’s geared toward writers. In reading news, I have a book out next week! Early reviews for THE SCARLET DEEP are coming in and so far, readers and […]

For Indie Writers: You have the control. Own it.

Here’s the thing. There are many reasons why people decide to publish their own books. Some people get frustrated with traditional publishing. Some prefer the creative control that self-publishing brings. Others see it as a better long-term business choice to control their intellectual property for the life of the copyright. Some people want to publish their Uncle Alvin’s memoirs and hand it to him at Christmas because it was good old Uncle Alvin’s life-long dream. It could be none of these reasons. It could be all of them or a combination of any. Whatever the reason you decided to self-publish, there you are. You’ve done it. Now please own it. Amid all the handwringing about subscription services and how writers are getting paid (I don’t want to go over it, so if you don’t know what I’m talking about, just read David Gaughran’s post HERE) writers seem to be forgetting one […]