A Bit of Bad News

I’m afraid I have a bit of bad news – I’ve had to adjust the Pub Date for THE SACRIFICE.

This is a case, pure and simple, of life derailing art. I’ve had two major life issues hit in a very short time, and I can either slap a cover on the book and get it out there, or take a week and do all the final proof and format checks to insure it goes from 96% perfect to 100% perfect. I wouldn’t feel good about anything less than 100%.

So Readers, please indulge and forgive me, and (nervously knocking wood) you’ll see THE SACRIFICE in all its glory on Friday, May 7th.

I appreciate every one of you, and I can’t wait for you to meet Shysera of the Stories!

First Look at THE SACRIFICE (With Excerpt!)

In just a few weeks, you’ll meet Shysera of the Stories, who thought she was a routine sacrifice to an indifferent god. What she finds instead is a malevolent entity determined to inflict suffering as a means to his ultimate goal. It will take all her wits – and an alliance with a very pissed-off prince – to vanquish a god and free the world. Here’s a first look from the opening chapter . . .

“Do any of you know her name?” She asked. “The female who died?”

No one answered. The female from the Skylands turned her head away. The young girl from the Waters finally replied.

“Her name was Ezbera,” the girl said softly. “She seemed nice. From the Wilds.”

Six cells. Six cages to hold a member of each of the people on the planet. That meant the woman had been a shifter, most likely a lioness, with that mane of golden hair. Shysera wondered what it had looked like when it was clean, and she had been healthy and strong.

“How long was she here?” Shysera asked.

“How long are any of us here?” The male from the Summits asked flatly. “Time doesn’t have any meaning in this place.”

“I’ve been counting the meals,” the young girl from the Waters said. “Since they come only once a day. I’ve had twenty-six meals. She was here before me.”

Shysera gave her a small, approving smile. “That’s very smart.”

The girl returned the smile, a bit wanly. “My father says I’m smartest in our family.” Her eyes welled with tears, and she buried her face into her skinny, scabby knees, trying to hide her sniffles.

Sara looked out at the rest of them. “Do we know anything else about her? Her village? Her family? What her place was within her clan?”

“Nobody’s here for conversation.” The big man from the Southern Lands snapped. “So you can just shut it.”

“We’re all in here together,” Shysera said. “Doesn’t it make sense to—”

“None of this makes sense,” the female from the Skylands said. She pulled her wing up over her face and curled into the wall. The male from the Summits did the same. The girl from the Waters was turned away as well, weeping softly. Southern Lands man just glared at her. Conversation over.

“She had a story,” Shysera said softly. “A life. A family. People that she loved and people that loved her. She needs to be remembered. Please—you were all here with her. Someone must know something?”

“What good will any of that do her? She’s dead.” The male from the Summits answered her.

“If we can find a way out of this place,” Shysera said, “one of us can take her story to her people. So they know how fiercely she fought, and how bravely she suffered.”

“You think her family wants to hear that?” The female from the Skylands snapped. “How badly she suffered?”

“She has a story,” Shysera repeated. “It needs to be told, and remembered.”

“No one is going to remember her, or any of us.” The big man from the Southern Lands said. His voice carried no rage, only a flat certainty chilled her to her bones. “And none of us have a story anymore.”

Would You Like A Sneak Peek?

I meant to do this back in January, but I was approached to take part in not just one, but two Paranormal Romance anthologies, so it sort-of ate my life for a bit. I have a quick moment to breathe between the launch of the ELEMENTAL DESTINIES Complete Set and final formatting of THE SACRIFICE, so you get a quick peek at 2021.

This aesthetic gives you some snapshots of the projects I have lined up for this year, in chronological order (L-R, Top to Bottom):

This is three novels, three novellas and two short stories. Whew! None of these are the actual covers, of course – just teasers. My full-length novels include a fantasy romance, a time-travel romance, and a contemporary holiday romance. Can’t wait to share them all with you!

The ELEMENTAL DESTINIES Set Is Out Now!

It’s here! THE ELEMENTAL DESTINIES Complete Set is out now! Along with these four terrific books:

💨 WINDSINGER

🌊 SEASINGER

🌻 EARTHSINGER

🔥 FIRESINGER

You also get a not-yet-available copy of the bonus novella FORCE OF NATURE! (FON is Keb’s story, for those of you following the series).

I am beyond thrilled to offer this exclusively on Kindle/Kindle Direct.

BUY IT HERE!

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!