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.

Shysera 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.”

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!

HOLIDAY HEAT Is Out Now!

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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

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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.

KISS THE COOK is out now!

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My new novella is out today!

Thanksgiving dinner is no stress when you hire a great chef–one that gives you plenty to be thankful for.

Marco is a chef hired by Amanda to rescue her from the big Thanksgiving dinner she’s hosting. Amanda’s all business, but Marco shows her the way to a woman’s heart–and bed–is paved with a great dessert.

KISS THE COOK is a delicious little story served with plenty of sizzle!

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