Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hoo-Hoo! (...Baby #2 and Book #4 progress...)

Sooooo it's been a few months, and my blog was beginning to look like this:

...which is sorta how my head feels at the moment. 

Anyway! At some point last week, it finally dawned on me that we're having another baby boy in one month. I *sorta* had a mini-panic attack, and then I took a nap. It was probably the best thing ever. This whole pregnancy has gone by so fast, because...

(1) Contrasting last pregnancy, this time around has been a walk in the park. Seriously. I can walk in the park. Those of you who had the mischance of speaking to me during that other period of my life know that a walk in the park is a HUGE DEAL.

(2) Chasing Brahm, who is 1.5yrs old and EVERYWHERE AT THE SAME TIME, has kept me, um, preoccupied, and

(3) What little mental capacity I have left has all been going into writing book 4.

I've spaced on so many things, like phone calls and emails (sorry!) and water bills. No, really, I forgot to pay our water bill and they shut our water off. Luckily, I caught it soon enough and it was back on within a few hours. Not my proudest moment...


I've had numerous questions on the progress of Book #4 (Heir of Pendel), so I'd thought I'd address that here before I experience yet another tumbleweed infestation. I'm working hard on it every single day, and still shooting for a release of January 2015. So far, that deadline seems feasible; I've already finished one draft. I've been keeping track of my progress on this blog, so if you're ever curious, you can look for yourself in the upper right-hand corner, just below this blog's header.

But it's coming right along and so far, I've had so much fun writing it. I can't always say that about books. That being said, I'm not sure how my pace will keep up once Baby #2 arrives, so please bear with me! I'm doing everything I can before he comes, because, you know, even after I finish draft two, it still has to go to my alpha-reader, my crit-partners, my betas, and editor, while I'm also making necessary revisions between each stage. I'll try my hardest to keep up with deadlines, and if things need to change, I'll let you know. (Unless Thad gets ahold of my laptop and outs me first. He's already threatened me once.)

Thanks again so much for all your enthusiasm and support, and for loving my imaginary friends as much as I guys are the best! You have no idea how much it fuels my inspiration. And thanks for sticking with me while I work hard to give you the best ending I possibly can.


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Breath of Dragons is on Tour!

Hey, guys!

My latest book, Breath of Dragons, is on tour through March 20th! I've posted the schedule below, with links to all the participating hosts where I'll be guest blogging.

I'm also doing a huge giveaway, so enter in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!

Book Tour Schedule...

February 23 - Introduction at VBT Café Blog
February 25 - Guest Blogging at Reader's Cubby
February 27Interviewed at KWOD Radio
February 27Guest Blogging at WWBB
February 27Guest Blogging at Hazel West's Character Purgatory
March 3 - Guest Blogging at  Mythical Books
March 5 - Guest Blogging at I know that book
March 7 - Guest Blogging at Cherry Mischievous
March 7 - Guest Blogging at Lori's Reading Corner
March 12 - Guest Blogging at Books & Tales
March 12 - Guest Blogging at Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
March 14 - Reviewed at AG LANG Writes Writers and Books 
March 14 -Reviewed at Brooke Blogs
March 18 - Guest Blogging at Book Suburbia
March 18 - Reviewed at sarit yahalomi
March 20 - Guest Blogging at Book Reviews by xunaira J.
March 20 - Reviewed at The Broken Bookshelf

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Book Release Aftermath...and Book #4.

Last week was a pretty big (& tiresome) week for me, because Breath of Dragons FINALLY left the house! Am I suffering from empty nest syndrome? No. No, no, no. Brahm's still here (and, apparently, acquiring all four canines simultaneously), and his unborn brother kicks me in all my downtime. Plus, there's still book #4, which I will discuss momentarily, but first...

You guys have been SO ENCOURAGING and supportive...THANK YOU! And thanks to those of you who participated in the launch party...I would hug all of you if I could! It's taken me a bit longer to get Breath of Dragons in your hands, and I appreciate your patience. It's amazing what an additional ~150 pages in length does to your deadlines. O.o

I wanted to give you guys some stats from last week. To celebrate the arrival of BoD, Gaia's Secret (book 1) was free on Kindle. Because of your support, Gaia's Secret actually made it into the #1 slots of it's categories. See...???

So where does that leave us? Well, I don't know about you, but it leaves me back on the couch. Which is where I've been, and where I am once more, faithfully destroying this cushion while working on the final installment in this series. I'm *hoping* to have it to you in January of 2015. I'd love to say it'll be done later this year, and if the planets align and Hermione's time-turner suddenly drops in my lap, perhaps it will be.


I will do my best to update you with my progress, and in the meantime, feel free to contact me with any questions or thoughts or concerns (or anything else, for that matter). If there is a delay, please note that it is only due to the fact that I've returned to my writing cave (which is equivalent to being trapped inside the Cave of Wonders).

Thank you so much again for all your enthusiasm and encouragement; you give me the courage to keep moving during those difficult days. I also know how frustrating it is reading a series before its completion, so thank you for your indefatigable patience!



Thursday, December 19, 2013

An Early Merry Christmas, And A Blurb...

Hi, Everyone!

I hope you're all surviving the madness that happens around this time. I'm trying to avoid it myself, but I don't think I've been too successful. Especially when I look at the date and realize IT'S ALREADY THE 19TH OF DECEMBER. O.o It's fairly easy to forget the encroaching holiday when you live in a desert.

Still, we've been trying to "set the mood" with Elf, christmas cookies, and the nutcracker soundtrack. It helps if I keep the draperies closed, too. Also, since we get dust storms in lieu of snow storms, we managed to go and see the new Disney movie, Frozen. Have any of you seen it yet? I LOVED IT. It was such a gorgeous movie, and I appreciated the "sisterly" themes in this one. Good job, Disney!

Well, with the release of BREATH OF DRAGONS around the corner, it's now the proud owner of a book blurb. You know, one of those short summaries that tell you what it's about. For those of you that are interested in knowing, here you go!

But! If you haven't read the first two, there's a bit of a spoiler in this. Consider yourself warned!

....last chance to look away...

After Prince Alaric's death, Daria and Alex set off in search of the legendary box of the Pandors'. The box is famed to hold a secret of power—one strong enough to overcome Lord Eris and the shield of power he stole from Valdon. Daria doesn't know where the box is hidden, but she can't ignore the silent urging, beckoning her to the land of Pendel—the land her mother, Aurora Pandor, was from.

Time is running out. Lord Eris's army of shadowguard vastly outnumber Valdon's forces, and if Daria doesn't find the box in time, Valdon will need reinforcements from the other territories to survive. But those territories will not hand over their armies willingly, not without Daria's hand in marriage.

And there is another, older power rising, one that hasn't been seen in centuries—one thought lost since the days of Galahad: the dragons.


I hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a safe and happy New Year! And just because I love him...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

CUTLASS by Ashley Nixon Cover Reveal!


I am SO excited to share the face of Ashley Nixon's fabulous book, CUTLASS! I can say it's fabulous; I've read it. :D I love Ashley and her work - she's so talented and brilliant - and I'm thrilled to be a part of this reveal. (Thanks, Ashley!)

Ms. Nixon's debut novel, CUTLASS, is an exciting young adult fantasy which will be released on April 23, 2014.

Isn't she beautiful?! And here's a blurb about what's in those marvelous pages:

Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy's fiancé seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it. 

Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard. 

But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.

Today, Ms. Nixon's hosting a giveaway for a $25 Amazon giftcard, which you may find here: 
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In honor of Ms. Nixon's pirate-themed novel, meet Sir Stuffington, who is arguably the world's cutest one-eyed pirate:

He really does have only one eye. If you're interested, you may read his heartwarming story HERE.

And lastly, here are some links to the talented Ms. Nixon herself. Go check her out!

Goodreads (book page):

Thursday, October 17, 2013

BREATH of DRAGONS Release Date

Hey Everyone!

I've been getting a lot of questions about the release date of Book 3. (Thank you. The pressure both encourages me and stresses me out. Hehe.) 

I am sorry to say she won't be ready by Thanksgiving. I've been trying VERY hard to make that happen, but I have succumbed to the fact that it shall not. One of the biggest reasons being that BREATH OF DRAGONS is, oh, about 30% longer than her predecessors. Apparently, she had a lot to say. :D

Right now, BoD is in the hands of my wonderful and BRILLIANT betas (THANKS, GUYS!). I'd originally intended to be at this point in August. And, well...

Suffice it to say the release date has been pushed back to: 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

I want to THANK YOU guys for sticking with me. Your enthusiasm and encouragement always pushes me foreword. I have THE BEST readers. And I know how frustrating it can be, reading a series before it's done. You have to wait and wait andwaitandwaitandwait for what feels like FOREVER. So even there, I am flattered by your support. I'm doing my best to have this out in a timely fashion, but I won't let her go until she's absolutely ready.

I must prevent this:

And then I will begin working on the last, and final, book in the series.

If you want to be kept up-to-date on giveaways/contests/etc. as the release date approaches, just follow me at:

Thanks again for ALL the poking and prodding, and have a wonderful Thursday!!


Monday, September 2, 2013


This has to be one of my favorite aspects of the writing process: when my story gets a face.

So here it is, the face of BREATH OF DRAGONS, book #3 in my Gaia's Secret series, which will *hopefully* be released this holiday season. :D

If you would like to be kept up to date with information regarding BREATH OF DRAGONS' release into the world, and/or future book giveaways, just "like" my Gaia's Secret page!

Happy Labor Day!

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