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/2gTCJBo 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 […]

Extended #TeaserTuesday: THE SILENT #IrinChronicles

It’s been a while since I posted a teaser for THE SILENT on the blog here. Don’t forget! Preorders for THE SILENT are up and available on iBooks, B&N, and Kobo. And Amazon readers can sign up for my newsletter to get release day links. The Silent (Irin Chronicles Book #5) Releasing: July 28th ★Goodreads -> http://bit.ly/2psykpc ★Sign up to be notified when it goes live -> http://eepurl.com/bhpOk9 Nook -> http://bit.ly/2qT7c3s iBooks – > http://apple.co/2r0wHzm Kobo – > http://bit.ly/2qkWMvP Smashwords -> http://bit.ly/2qj1U4k TEASER “This is heaven,” Kyra said, peeking around a corner where Leo suspected the bathroom was. “There’s a bathtub, Leo.” Leo looked over her shoulder and saw a luxurious claw-foot tub with various glass containers sitting next to it. Herbs, pink salts, and flower petals turned the bathroom into something far closer to one of the fancy spas that he’d seen in Chiang Mai. “This is wonderful.” Leo […]

Realities of Publishing (aka The Post I Have Been Dreading)

Today I am writing a post that I’ve been DREADING. Yes, dreading all in capital letters. Why have I been dreading it? Well, because it’s a post talking about: The Realities of Publishing. I write fantasy books. Clearly, I like avoiding the real world as much as possible. But I am also a full-time writer, the kind that has no second income or fall-back employment. This means I can spend my professional life writing and researching stories and getting the word out to readers like yourself! This also means that passion only takes me so far. I have three different series. This was a deliberate juggle on my part that has (mostly) paid off. I never wanted to be that writer who was only known for one thing. I never wanted to pigeonhole myself creatively or professionally. So despite what common wisdom would dictate, I paused in writing the Elemental […]

#TeaserTuesday: Waking Hearts

Waking Hearts is only one week away! Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/WakingHeartsAmazon Paperback: http://tinyurl.com/WakingHeartsPaperback Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/WakingHeartsGR Pinterest: http://tinyurl.com/WakingHeartsPinterest I can’t wait for you guys to get back to Cambio Springs. All the gang is back, but this story really belongs to two very special characters, Allison Smith and Oliver Campbell. These two have been the subject of MUCH speculation over the years, and let’s just say, ALL their (nosy) friends have something to say about their relationship. The teaser today comes from one of my favorite scenes between Ollie and Sean. Writing old friends is fun. Writing old friends FIGHTING is even more fun. (Okay, so there’s probably something twisted about that, but it’s true. Old friends fight differently.) This book is also an opportunity for readers to see more of Sean Quinn, rattlesnake shifter from the (more-than-slightly-shady) Quinn clan. He left the Springs when he was young and only turned up at […]

Release Day Round-up: Beneath a Waning Moon

It’s here!!! Two delightfully dark tales of Gothic romance from Elizabeth Hunter and Grace Draven. BENEATH A WANING MOON In A VERY PROPER MONSTER, Josephine Shaw spends long nights filling the pages of her Gothic stories with the fantastic and the macabre, unaware that the suitor her father has arranged is one of the dark creatures she’s always dreamed. For Tom Dargin, courting an ailing spinster was only one duty in a long life of service to his sire. But after he meets the curious Miss Shaw, will Tom become the seducer or the seduced? Can a love fated to end in tragedy survive a looming grave? In GASLIGHT HADES, Nathaniel Gordon walks two worlds—that of the living and the dead. Barely human, he’s earned the reputation of a Bonekeeper, the scourge of grave robbers. He believes his old life over, until one dreary burial he meets the woman he […]

The Formatting Hat: Why You Should Learn to Format Your Own E-books

(This is the next article in my Many Hats of Self-Publishing series. Read INTRO, EDITING, and COVERS here.) So, the post about formatting is going to be two part. First, I’m going to tell you why I think—even though formatting is something very easily hired out—it’s important for you or someone close to you (like a spouse or assistant) to be able to format your own e-book files. The second part is going to sound a little bit like an advertisement for Scrivener, even though I promise that no one from that company has hired me or even contacted me for promotion. NOTE: For this discussion, formatting refers to e-books only. Paperback formatting is a whole other kettle of fish which I may or may not tackle later. Formatting! The first thing to be aware of when formatting books for e-readers is what you see on the screen when you’re typing […]

The Designing Hat: To Hire or Not to Hire a Cover Designer

 This is a continuation of my Self-Publishing Hats series. Click back to read the Introduction and post on Editing. When it comes to book covers, I’ve basically done it all. I’ve designed my own, worked with a friend (or a significant other) for free, hired a couple different designers, even gone as far as picking my own cover model once. (Sadly, not the guy on the front of THE SCRIBE, everyone asks that.) I’m going to give you a mantra, and you’re going to remember it from now until the time you retire from this book business: Book covers sell books. They don’t sell them all the way. Reviews and samples are going to clinch that sale. But that first click? The thing that gets readers to your book page to read the reviews and the sample? That’s your cover. So yes, it’s really, really important. Book covers sell books. Seems […]

Why self publishing (part deux): It’s your story. Write what you want.

Most of you who have read this blog for a while know that I had my reasons to publish independently, free from both the constraints and the support of a large or small press. I’ve outlined them before, so I don’t feel the need to expound too much more on that. But as I approach the publication of the fourth and final Elemental Mysteries book, A Fall of Water, new reasons for doing this my own way have become clear to me. I’m not usually one to pound the indie-drum. There are lots of people with a much bigger audience who do that very well. For me, it was always a personal decision, and one that I recommend to many, but not all. It’s a huge amount of work at times, and I truly don’t think it’s for everyone. That said, as I come to the completion of my first […]

News, updates, and “ARGH!”

I’ve taken a few days off (“Really?” Yes, really.) and I’m enjoying a writing break before I start on my next couple of projects. The cover reveal for the fourth Elemental Mysteries book, A Fall of Water, will be happening tomorrow. ARCs will be going out to bloggers soon, and a teaser for the fourth book has already posted here. As for upcoming projects, I have three that I’m very excited about. Carwyn’s book is still a work-in-progress, but is reaching the halfway point. I don’t have an estimated time for that release, since I’m trying to catch my breath schedule-wise. I’ve also been planning a brand new series in an entirely different universe for my paranormal-lovers out there. I’m really excited about it, and I think I’ll have a short story published over the summer that will be a prequel for the first book. Most fun of all, my […]