Friday, June 30, 2017

Phoenix Prime Feature Friday - Phoenix Galactic

The amazing visions of future life in space and on the new planets that many expect us to find are portrayed in the stories from the talented Phoenix Prime writers in this anthology. Their visions of adventure, romance, and conflict in future worlds provide unique perspectives on what might be. Come visit their worlds, step into their high-tech shoes. See what the future may hold for you and yours.

This anthology has my second ever mil scifi story. Salore was so much fun to write. I'm really excited to dive into scifi, and I hope you'll enjoy the stories in this set! Read more here!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Throwback Thursday Excerpt Edition - Of Cinder and Madness

A little snippet from Of Cinder and Madness:

Shoving aside my doubt, cloaking myself in my fear, I remove the key from my pocket.
At once, her eyes flash with understanding, a flicker of an emotion, fear of her own or maybe acceptance. Then her birds swoop toward me as one massive swarm. I barely have time to close the door and lock it before they slam against it. Thud, thud, thud.
A minute passes and then another, and I lean against the heavy locked door with my eyes closed. It’s done. She’s barred. She’s too far up. Her birds never leave her side for long, and only one at a time at that. We’ll be fine now. We’ll be safe.
I hope.
I pray.

I fear.

Read the story here!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WIP Wednesday - When Sirens Screech

Here’s another little excerpt from When Sirens Screech:

“Sir? Won’t you reconsider allowing me the chance to question the suspect?” I hope he’ll say yes, but I fear he won’t change his mind.
Fear wins.

“If you have questions for him, you can feed them to me. Do you think he’s a vampire? A werewolf? Something else? God help me if there is a something else.” He mutters the last bit.

You can preorder When Sirens Screech today!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Release Tuesday - When Wolves Howl

Finally! When Wolves Howl is out in the world! Plenty more action, adventure, scares, cunning and more from Detective Clarissa Tempest! She won't let a werewolf frighten her. ;)

If you've read any of the Bedlam in Bethlehem stories, I'd love to know which one is your favorite so far! Do you enjoy reading about vamps and wolves that aren't the forbidden love interest?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday Writing Report

I'm still working hard on When Sirens Screech. It's really coming along nicely! Over halfway done already. Crazy, but it's basically typing itself. I love it when that happens!

If you've read any of the Bedlam in Bethlehem stories, I'd love to know which character is your favorite and which one you would like to read more about!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Phoenix Prime Friday Feature

Phoenix Prime is a writing course I took. The writers involved, the instructors, we all became a family. I've decided to start a weekly feature of one book of theirs. Happy reading!

Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Arrested and put on trial for his life, a frightened wolf is desperate to tell his side of the story. You may have heard tales of a vulnerable girl dressed in red, proudly taking a basket to her lonely grandmother. You may have heard of evil plans and a costume misdirection. You may even have heard of a terrifying wolf who fitted two people into a rabbit-sized belly.

Lies. You've been fooled with wicked lies. 
So, listen now while the wolf is talking and pay him due attention. Who knows if he'll survive to recite his fearful tale again?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Throwback Thursday – Excerpt Edition

Here’s an excerpt from Of Rose and Cruelty:

A large shadow stirs behind me. The beast.

Shakily, I turn to face it. It remains in the shadows, and I cannot see its hideous face up close. It sniffs loudly, and steam exits its large nostrils.

“I… I am the gardener.” I thrust out the weeds I’m holding as proof.

Suddenly, it lurches forward, its face inches from mine. It’s studying me. I cannot tell what it thinks of me or my purpose, but slowly it slinks back to the shadows.

Try as I might, I must confess that encounter frightened and even shamed me. Focusing on my task at hand soothes me slightly, and I reach for the moss covering the castle wall.

A loud, horrific, animalistic roar bellows from behind me. Moisture covers my back and then my front as I turn around to see that the beast has not left. I use the weeds to wipe his saliva from my cheeks.

“I’m only trying to do my job,” I protest, forcing my words to contain fear and not anger.

It opens its mouth again, tusks glistening.

“Not the castle. Understood.”

The beast huffs and returns to the shadows once more.

It takes me a long time to settle after that encounter. If only I had my musket or my sword on me! But, alas, I had neither at the time.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WIP Wednesday

 Here’s a little excerpt from When Sirens Screech:

The gloom of the night enshrouds me like a blanket. I shiver. Winter is almost here, and already, snow falls. It glistens in the moonlight, pretty, beautiful even.

But the shadows can’t be kept at bay for long. Especially not now.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Release Tuesday

This week’s new release is Of Gold and Deceit. It’s my twisted take on Rumpelstiltskin!

The king is a terrible, vile man. Cruelty and hatred are his only allies. Rich beyond measure, none dare to defy him, not even the miller’s daughter here in the royal spinning room with me.

She is as delightful as he is detestable, as beautiful as he is boring, and as charming as he is critical.

Her blond hair gives me hope for a brighter tomorrow, and if my magic and I can keep her safe, then I will. Yes, magic can come with a terrible price. Yes, she may not know my given name. Yes, she will not appreciate what I will demand from her.

Some might call me an imp, but what am I is powerful. I may not be king, but I have worth and my own interests.

This tale of a magical man with the ability to spin straw into gold is unlike any other version you've read before.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Writing Report

On Friday, I started writing my first every western romance. Saturday, I finished the rough draft. (It’s a short story.)

Yesterday, I started When Sirens Screech! It’s up for preorder. I’m dying to know what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of sirens. What do I absolutely have to include? Keep in mind that in this series, the paranormal creatures are all evil.