Happy New Year! What's in store for 2015? Sharing my resolutions!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. This year has been a really great one! I published Chasing the Green Fairy, Lady Macbeth: Daughter of Ravens, Midway, and my Christmas short, Chasing Christmas Past! That's a lot of words for this author. Both Lady Macbeth & my steampunk novels take a ton of research, so writing is often slow with those projects. I still wished I wrote FASTER. But, in the end, I have a full-time job, married, and the mom of a 5 & 4 year old. There are only so many hours in the day!

If you are still in the holiday spirit, my Christmas short is still available on Amazon!

What's in store for 2015? Mermaids, Zombies, Witches, & Steampunk!

Ink is my mermaid novella that will release this summer as part of a 12 author collection of Mermaid tales! Loving writing this! Status: 1/4 done.


The Shadow Aspect: The Harvesting Book II! Yes! Finally! If I write nothing else this year, my fans will have the continuation of Layla's tale. Status: 1/3 done.


Chasing the Fog is slated as my summer project! I have the cover ready and it's another beautiful piece of art from Damonza, but you won't get a look quite yet!

Things will get WITCHY around here later this year, but that's all secret for now! For those of you wondering about Lady Macbeth, that project is written but in revision. I hope to get book II out late in 2015!

Personal Resolutions?

Work/Life balance! With all this work to do, and I LOVE writing, it's hard to remember to keep things in balance. This is my number 1 resolution.

Health! As always, health is a must. I turn an unseemly age this year (nope, not telling). It is a milestone year and I seriously need to take better care of my health.

Whatever your goals, I wish you all the best! May the universe give you what's best for you!

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Merry Christmas! FREE Steampunk Short Story

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I have a present for you! Ready to join airship racer Lily Stargazer on the eve of the 1820 Yuletide Airship Race? I wrote this sweet little short story for fans of my romantic adventure steampunk series, The Airship Racing Chronicles.

If you are new to steampunk, this will be a great series starter for you. Lily is my antihero character, but she is still loveable (even though she seems to hate herself!). Join her in a Dickens-like setting for Chasing Christmas Past! And the best thing, it's FREE on Amazon from the 22nd-26th!

FREE December 22nd - 26th!

Short Story Description:

***6,000 word short story prequel to The Airship Racing Chronicles***

Christmas Eve 1820.

At Rose’s Hopper, a popular London tavern frequented by airship jockeys, all is merry and bright—except Lily Stargazer. Lily and her crew are set to run the Christmas Day Yuletide Airship Race from London to Calais, but not before spending the night swimming in mulled wine and longing for absent lovers.

Even the prospect of a Yuletide win can't convince Lily that this Christmas will be better than any that came before. But Lily’s about to find out there really is a Father Christmas.

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Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop

Saturday, December 20, 2014

I'm so pleased to participate in the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop with Bookhounds and I'm a Reader, Not a Writer again this year!

I am, admittedly, a Shakespeare nerd. Who else would do a retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth! Hamlet will always be my favorite Shakespeare play though I am partial to Midsummer and, of course, Macbeth. I know a lot of book lovers are Shakespeare fans a well! For this giveaway, I have something to keep you warm and literary this winter!


Quote reads: This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen.

Once a winner is drawn, I'll order the color of your choice (red, white, green, or blue!)

Shakespeare fan? You can also find my latest release here. In this saga, I am retelling Macbeth from the perspective of Lady Macbeth:

Novel Description: 

Something wicked this way comes . . . 

Gruoch is born to rule, but long before she becomes Macbeth’s queen, ancient forces claim her soul. 

Marked from birth by the old gods, Gruoch is initiated into the ancient religion of her ancestors and begins learning the mysteries of the Goddess Cerridwen. But not everything is as it seems. Soon the Battle Goddess Morrigu imposes her will, and Gruoch finds herself at the mercy of the Wyrd Sisters. 

With King Malcolm plotting, the Wyrd Sisters schooling her in arcane craft, and haunted by dreams of a raven-haired man she’s never met, Gruoch feels her fate is not her own. That is, until she meets a druid named Banquo. Gruoch’s heart is swept away when Banquo awakens something in her more powerful than duty, magic, or destiny: love. 

This retelling of Shakespeare’s classic work leads readers through an unforgettable saga of one woman struggling to escape her fate without blood on her hands. 

Giveaway Time!

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Win a Kindle!! Jingle Bell Book Hop & Giveaways!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Welcome to the Jingle Bell Book Hop! I'm pleased to take part in this UNIQUE event with some amazing authors! The great part about this hop? Everyone gets a book AND you get a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD 6!

I moved from Pennsylvania to Florida about five years ago and it's really taken me some time to adjust to the holiday season here: shopping in shorts, Christmas at the beach, running the AC while opening gifts . . . but now I wouldn't have it any other way! No more white Christmases for me!

In our family, we started a little tradition to visit the beach every Christmas and make a sand Christmas tree kind of like this one by Coastal Inspirations. It's fun to include these little traditions that the kids love!

Now, the good stuff! Bring on the prizes:

Giveaway 1: 

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Giveaway 2:

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How to Get Your Free eBook!

In the comments below, please tell me which of my books you'd like me to stuff in your stocking and include the email address to which you'd like me to send your book. Here are your choices:

Dark Fantasy:

Steampunk Romantic Adventure:

Historical Fantasy:

Thank you so much for visiting! Keep hopping!!

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New Release: After Tomorrow

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Dive into worlds that have survived the worst mankind has ever seen and join us on our journey into the unknown. Nothing is what it seems and survival is the ultimate goal in these tales about the world After Tomorrow. Zombies, time-travelers, cyborgs, aliens, and cannibals are all finally in one amazing post-apocalyptic anthology! 16 stories, four poems, and 5 pieces of original artwork all combine to form this one-of-a-kind anthology. Read stories from some of your favorite authors and find new authors to love!  
Meet The Authors:

  sam Samantha Ketteman - Samantha Ketteman has resided in southern Illinois for 7 years, (though still claims to be an Alabama girl), with her husband and three crazy demon children. She started reading novels at a very young age and decided to write for herself. She is a caffeine addict, insomniac, and generally scatterbrained most of the time. When she's not writing, she's getting lost in her imagination. Novels are an escape from the harsh reality of a cantankerous teenage boy and two drama queen girls. Author pic Jess Watkins - Jess is an avid reader, writer and chocolate devourer. She runs a book blog called A Book Addict's Bookshelves and co-runs Worlds of Words. She has lived in three different countries and owns an unreasonable number of t-shirts. A Whovian, Browncoat and Sherlockian, Jess loves anything to do with superheroes, Game of Thrones and Joss Whedon Author pic(1) HJ Daly - HJ has always loved stories and writing became a natural progression to reading. Reading with her own children and then at schools in a hope of capturing the hearts and minds of the young. It wasn’t always about writing though, during her late teens, HJ stepped up her Latin American dancing and travelled Europe CL McCollum C.L. McCollum - C. L. McCollum spends her time delving into the wonder of the world. She’s always been drawn to the “How” and the “Why” and the “Is this even possible?” That addiction to wonder has led her to the realm of Science Fiction and Fantasy. C. L. is on the Great Agent Hunt for her first novel, but two of her stories are featured in the charity anthology Clich├ęs for a Cause: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (October 2014). Currently, C. L. is keeping it weird in Austin, TX with the love of her life and their various furry roommates. You can find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CLMCCOLLUMAUTHOR and on Twitter @C_L_McCollum. KMatsuura-profile2 Kelly Matsuura - Kelly Matsuura grew up in Victoria, Australia, but has lived most of her adult life in the northern hemisphere. After a year teaching English in China, she moved to Japan where she lived for ten years in Nagoya. Due to her husband’s work, she’s enjoying a few years back in a western country, living in Michigan, USA. 1800338_711671872198727_26297994_n Emma Michaels - Emma Michaels is a cover artist, blogger, and author of the 'Society of Feathers' series. Growing up her library card was her best friend and books were her home. Her love of blogging started when she created a book blog in 2009 which gave her the courage to submit her own novels to publishers and the rest, as they say, is history. To find out more feel free to stop by www.EmmaMichaels.com GearWhite Michael Cross - Author Michael Cross lives in Seattle, WA. When Cross isn’t working on his next novel, he spends his time reading, modding steampunk inventions or working on his airship with his copilot Chihuahua. Cross dreamed of becoming a storyteller back when he was read stories like “The Odyssey” and legends of Roman soldiers and Arthur. He writes mostly paranormal, fantasy, New Adult and steampunk. Follow his adventures at www.Michael-Cross.com/ AuthorProfile Toni Lesatz - Toni Lesatz is a wife, mother, author, blogger, gamer, caffeine addict, and lover of the culinary arts. Her short stories, Ashes to Ashes and Dead World, were published in fall 2014. She is currently writing her debut novel, which she hopes to have in reader's hands by spring 2015. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and three children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies. You can follow her at My Book Addiction http://mybookaddiction.com or on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/authortonilesatz author pic(2) H.L. Houghton - H.L. Houghton remembers sitting on the floor with a little red typewriter, tapping keys and asking her mother for spellings. She was three years old and from that day to this, she has dreamed of writing wonderful things for others to read. H.L. has recently published a collection of short, vampire themed stories entitled Almost Dead. When she is not writing, she can be found with a camera glued to her face or a book in her hand. She loves music, singing badly and watching people run from the rain. kcfinn_headshot K. C. Finn - K. C. Finn was born and raised in Cardiff, South Wales, where her love for storytelling grew at a precociously young age. After developing the medical condition M.E. / C.F.S., Kim turned to writing to escape the pressures of disabled living, only to become hooked on the incredible world of publishing. As an author for Clean Teen Publishing and Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Press, Kim spends most of her time locked in the writing cave with an obscenely large mug of tea. When not writing, she can be found studying for her MA in Linguistics, watching classic British comedy, or concocting evil schemes in the secret laboratory in her attic. 10805355_898342840189461_1611999333_n Scott Venus - Scott Anthony Venus is an Australian poet from Brookfield, Victoria on the western outskirts of Melbourne. Scott has been writing poetry for over 20 years, resulting in the release of 3 collections of his poetry “Finding Wisdom In Shadows” (2008), “Whisper Something Fragile” (2013) and “Breathing Moments” (2014). Outside of writing, Scott is qualified as a Travel Agent; however, is currently a live-in carer for 2 people with various degrees of disability - a responsibility that demands much of his time. 10619970_10152751532541639_1601200589767291579_o Nicole L Daffurn - Nicole’s love for the written word has seen her write many short stories and poems and then eventually moving on to tackle the bigger task of novel writing late in 2011. She has also completed her course in editing and is currently studying Journalism and looks forward to exploring the world of news media. andreastaumauthor Andrea Staum - Andrea L. Staum is author of the Dragonchild Lore series and The Attic's Secret Novella. She is also a contributor to a wide variety of anthologies in numerous genres. She is a trained motorcycle mechanic, an amateur house renovator, and a record keeper for the characters in her mind. She resides in South Central Wisconsin with her husband and three cats. yaz Yasmin Fazli - Yasmin Fazli is an undergraduate college student studying biology to one day fulfil her dream of being a doctor. Little did she know, the small stories she used to write in middle school and high school developed into another dream she couldn't live without. In the beginning of her senior year of high school, the idea of Will of Hope, her first novel, was born. It took on a life of its own, and it turned into something she couldn't put aside. When she finished, she was so in love with the story and how the characters grew that she felt the need to share the happiness it brought with everyone and anyone. Still living the life of a college student, Yasmin works in a research lab, is a part of the Delta Gamma sorority, and fills her life with snowboarding and bouldering. sherwin Sherwin Matthews - Sherwin has been living in fantasy worlds within the confines of his head for most of his life. How it is that he has been able to exist this way is of greater mystery than he can conceive, leaving him thankful that he is at least politely indulged by those around him, whom most likely find some amusement in his extravagances. One day he fears that he’ll have to give up and join the real world. Cath Catherine Stovall- Catherine is a fearless creature who surrounds herself with the joys of life both in and out of her fictional worlds. She lives in Southeast Missouri with her husband, three children, and pets. When not writing, she spends her time riding motorcycles, wearing elaborate hats, and genuinely enjoying the oddities in life. jeff Jeff Motsinger - Jeff Motsinger is a loving husband to Demetria Motsinger with two children ( Nikolai and Dani Jo).Born and raised in lovely Southern Illinois, he spends his extra time playing rpgs online. Jeff has a passion for drawing, but loves to write fantasy style stories. Eada Eada Janes- Born and raised in the wonderful St. Louis, Mo area. Eada Janes is a hometown girl at heart. You can find her walking by the banks of the mighty Mississippi river, dancing the night away at the local clubs, or snuggled up in front of her fire with a good book and a cup of warm cocoa. After graduating with a degree in fine arts and working in the corporate world of retail for many years, she has decided to return to her creative roots and brave a brand new start as an independent author. You can find her work in Cogs in Time, Cogs in Time 2, and Les Vaproistes 1014243_10152113494216639_59180162_n Nicky Louise - Sunshine, surf and family are the corner stone of Nicky’s world. Being born and raised on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia gave her the opportunity to chase her dream of photography and later novel writing. She fell in love with fantasy and dystopian and crafted stories with strong men and powerful women. Her debut novel Destinata was released on October 15, 2014 with several short stories following. Her second novel was released November 6 and is published through Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. When she is not busy being an author, you will find her walking along the water with her husband or chasing after her two children. 10806929_10205392651321607_1210623046_n Demetria Motsinger (aka Madison Stewart) - Demi started out writing poetry, which evolved into short stories. Waiting for her goal to become a full-length author is soon to come. She currently is involved in Anthologies for Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. She loves to read, write, and take pictures. Demi is from a small town in southern Illinois. She is a homemaker to, two beautiful children Nikolai 4 and Dani Jo 8, a wonderful husband and supporter Jeff, and 3 dogs. 10304571_10203646382547759_8665599738232758179_n Cathy Ricketts - Cathy is the author of numerous poems published in greeting cards and short stories, as well as a talented artist. She is a proud firefighter and first responder in her home state of Alabama. 

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Lady Macbeth is on tour!

Monday, December 8, 2014

This week begins the tour for Lady Macbeth: Daughter of Ravens. I have some fun interviews, top ten lists, and other great materials all along the tour. Many thanks to Xpresso Reads for hosting my tour.

For the tour schedule, please click here:

Many thanks to all the blogs for participating in this event!

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Lady Macbeth: Daughter of Ravens is LIVE!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lady Macbeth is LIVE!

It's a bit surreal to imagine that this book is actual live out in the world out there. In the novel (and in my newsletter), I have a pretty lengthy Author's Note about just how long it has taken to get this novel into the hands of readers. A decade. Can you believe it? That said, I'm still feeling a bit uneasy about how the book will be received . . . but then, every book makes me feel like this! I almost quit writing after The Harvesting was first released and didn't do all that well, but I didn't give up. Now, it's my best-selling book! I expected some people to recoil in horror when they met Lily Stargazer, my opium addicted airship racer in The Airship Racing Chronicles series. Some people did, but more people see in Lily what I see, someone to love. How will readers react to Gruoch? Will they dislike how witchy and pagan she is? Will they dislike the slower pace but magical themes in the book? Will they "get" that she is young, a little naive, and not really ready for everything life is about to throw at her thus acts rashly, imperfectly. Will they "get" it or will they think I'm a bad writer just because readers find her young, naive, and responding a bit oddly/disconnectedly to all the changes coming her way. Well, I guess we will know soon enough. The book will find it's readers in either case. Putting the novel together was a labor of love. I do hope you find something inside for you!

Join us for the Release Party on Facebook! I have tons a great books and other goodies up for grabs!


Be sure to enter my Lady Macbeth Release Countdown Giveaway to win this amazing prize!

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Christmas Wonder Hop

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Celebrate the Wonder of the Season! Visit all of the blogs to see what they love most about the season and which books have made their Christmas wish lists! Thank you so much to herding cats & burning soup for organizing the hop!

For this post, I want to share some of my holiday favorites:

My Favorite Holiday Read: 


I love this read. The story of the Macy's elf made me laugh until I a cried. Recommended read if you read if you need some help getting through the holidays!

Novel Description:

David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow"); the puzzling Christmas traditions of other nations ("Six to Eight Black Men"); what Halloween at the medical examiner's looks like ("The Monster Mash"); and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone awry ("Cow and Turkey").

Holiday Reads for Kids:


My kids love this read. It's one of our favorites!

"The day before Christmas, snuggled on his floor, Bear sleeps soundly with a great big snore...."

Bear's friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up -- by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents!

Christmas Cookbook!


I received this cookbook several years ago and was delighted to find you can get this book for just a penny on Amazon I was also given the second book in this series. They books are small, but they are filled with sweet, country crafts and recipes.


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Chasing the Star Garden is on Sale! Lady Macbeth Release Countdown Giveaway!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Black Friday Shopping! The Airship Racing Chronicles is on Sale all this week! This week, you can catch Chasing the Star Garden for just .99 cents and Chasing the Green Fairy for 1.99 (regularly 4.99!).


The Airship Racing Chronicles is a romantic steampunk adventure featuring Lily Stargazer, airship racer, opium addict, and Lord Byron's lover. Lily is busy trying to win the 1823 World Grand Prix and battling her own demons when she suddenly finds herself dragged into an Indiana Jones style adventure that has her racing across the Medeterannian chasing a missing relic from antiquity. Along the way, she finds herself chasing true love and the stars!

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\I'm also counting down to the release of Lady Macbeth: Daughter of Ravens, my fantasy women's fiction novel, with this awesome giveaway! 

Read more about that series here: Lady Macbeth: Daughter of Ravens

Book 1 of the Lady Macbeth Saga can be pre-ordered here:

Be sure to enter my Lady Macbeth Release Countdown Giveaway to win this amazing prize!

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