What’s Up For 2021?

It’s 2021 – Hallelujah!

New year, new goals, new books – and I’ve got a lot of them planned! I keep a running file of a good two dozen book ideas at any given time, plus I buy up amazing book covers whenever I see an outstanding one that sparks a story. The net result is a bunch of seeds that will hopefully grow great stories that I can share with you.

2021 is going to kick off in a couple of weeks with the cover reveal for my next novel–oooooh I am so excited to share this amazing cover! Just wait ’til you see it–you’re going to be completely blown away. That will be followed by a box set announcement (complete with a bonus novella) at the end of the month. February will bring a new Free Reads short story, and then in April, you’ll get my next novel, THE SACRIFICE – a fantasy romance about a malevolent god, a girl with wings (and a tremendous gift) and a stubborn Prince who works with her to bring the god down and free their people.

Summer will start out sizzling hot with two novellas. We’ll hike the Alaskan wilderness and run with wolves in FORCE OF NATURE, a spin-off novella set in the universe of The Elemental Destinies. That will be followed by BLAZE, the next installment in my Seasons of Love novella series, and we’ll be falling in love in the South Pacific for that one. We’ll end the summer with the release of this year’s second novel, DREAM CROSSED, a story about lovers from different centuries who meet up with a little magical help.

We’ll move into Fall with another Free Reads short story, then I’ll end my Seasons of Love novella series with BLUSTER, a story of a young witch trying to master her powers, and then we’ll move into the holiday season with the release of my third novel in 2020, SNOWBOUND. This is a contemporary romance about two people thrown together into a survival situation at Christmastime.

And then I’ll fall down and not get up for a while.

So there’s the plan. We’ll see if I can actually keep to it. Here’s to an ambitious year!

2020 In Review

2020 was one hell of a year–and not necessarily in a good way. I am blessed to have a day job that shifted easily to a work from home environment, so financially, the pandemic impacted me by giving me two extra hours a day (I commute 82 miles round trip in moderately heavy traffic) and saving me a chunk of money that would have been spent on gas, tolls, and mediocre cafeteria lunch.

On the downside, I lost my college roommate–who was previously perfectly healthy–to COVID, and his wife and kids are without him, as well. I have friends and family members unemployed and struggling. I’m watching small businesses in my little town falter and go under.

During this tumultuous year, I managed to write and publish two fantasy romance novels, three romance novellas, one holiday romance novella collection, and two short stories. I also wrote and queried two Young Adult novels, and finished the first draft of another YA novel as my NaNoWriMo project. All-in-all, I’m pretty proud of what I managed to accomplish while the world went to hell all around us.

Your writing mileage may vary – and your accomplishments this year may have been limited to getting out of bed and remembering to brush your teeth. I had plenty of days like that in 2020. And that’s okay. Really. This year was unbelievable. Unreal. Unfathomable. If you’re here in the USA with me, it was capped off by a president and governmental leaders who are unconscionable. With all that devouring your energy, it’s enough just to tread water right now until the rescue boat arrives or land comes into view.

Here’s hoping we all get a better 2021.

HOLIDAY HEAT Is Out Now!

Holiday Heat

HOLIDAY HEAT is my new novella collection of six holiday-themed novellas and the perfect thing to keep you warm in chilly weather!

The set includes:

🎃 THE WITCHING HOUR

🦃 KISS THE COOK

🎄 A MERRY DESERT CHRISTMAS (NEW – NEVER PUBLISHED!)

🎅 NAUGHTY OR NICE

🍾 AULD LANG SIN

💝 READY IN RED

Available now on exclusively on Kindle/Kindle Unlimited!

It’s Pub Day For SEVEN DARK TREASURES!

Seven Dark Treasures

Hallelujah!

This book has been literal years in the making, and it’s finally out in the world – and what a journey it’s been.

It all began in 2014, when, on a total whim, I wrote my first ever fanfic. I didn’t expect it to be received well, to be honest. I only used one character from the hit show, set him in an entirely different world outside of the show, and gave him a whole new love interest. I wrote the first installment, went to bed, and the next day when I remembered to check on it, I had over a hundred great reviews!

I was thrilled everyone liked the story that had captured so many waking moments in my mind, and twenty-something chapters later, I typed “The End,” and I realized I had done something I’d never done before: I wrote a book. 58,000 words, with a beginning, a middle, an end, character arcs, reveals, reversals, and a whole lot of steam and humor.

The story had over 1200 good reviews on FanFic.net and Archive of Our Own, and I realized that with some tweaking, I could easily publish it. So I pulled the story down, renamed and retooled my main character into the delightful Zephyr Jamieson, left the rest of the tale pretty much as it was, and that became EIGHT NIGHTS AT SEA.

Not long after the book was out, I started getting emails and tweets and Facebook messages asking when I was going to release Aven’s story. Readers fell in love with Rina’s twin brother and his magical heart–but i was neck-deep in THE SEEDER SAGA, so I put it on a backburner. Then I got flooded with other ideas, landed a traditional publishing contract (in YA) with a big five publisher, and poor Aven never got his chance.

Things have evened out a bit for me, time-wise, and Aven took over my thoughts and smacked me around, demanding I finally get his story told. He’d waited long enough to find Meriel–and I know you’re all going to love her.

She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s sarcastic, and she’s a badass with a set of daggers. Together, they go an an epic quest to end her curse and finally win Aven a voice.

And of course, we’ll catch up with Zephyr & Rina, as well. So climb aboard, and get ready for an adventure with SEVEN DARK TREASURES!

Cover Reveal for BLOOM

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🎆 TA DA! 🎆

Here it is, the cover of my next novella, BLOOM. This will be the start of a series of novellas themed by the four seasons. When Briony finds an old amulet in the jewelry her grandmother left her, she finds herself magically transported into adventure.

Breaking on 3/19 – the first day of Spring! 🌼

New free read! Check out FLY

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FLY is a story I wrote many years ago for a writing contest I was taking part in. It’s a  story about a boy named David who needs to find the courage to take a big leap.

FLY is one of my shorter short stories, but I’ve always loved how this one turned out.

Take a moment and make that leap with David. FLY is available for download to any e-reading device, and may also be read online at Smashwords.

 

At Long Last . . . EARTHSINGER!

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I’m very, very pleased to announce that EARTHSINGER is out today!

I know, I know . . . it’s been a long time coming. I was two books into The Elemental Destinies when I landed my YA book(s) deal with MacMillan, and getting those books to print ate my life for awhile. Traditional Publishing is a whole different beast, and taming it (while holding down a full-time day job and raising a couple of kids on my own) left room for little else.

Then I hit a major health crisis that hospitalized me for a month and ate the better part of a year in physical rehabilitation.

In short, it’s been a long, hard haul–but I got here. I’m fiercely proud of EARTHSINGER, and while my current YA novel is making the rounds on submission, I’m working hard on FIRESINGER, the culmination of the series, with an anticipated launch date of June 2020.

To those of you still with me–thanks! I have a few things in the pipeline for next year that I’m really excited about. 2020 will have some great things in store. For now, enjoy Manni and Matt as they bicker and snark and steam up the pages.