Celebrating One Year Published!

Tomorrow marks a whole year published. Wow!  Thank you all for your love and support.

To celebrate, you can download “Bound” FOR FREE from midnight Pacific on June 20 to midnight on June 25.

If you have already read the book, 1,000 thanks to you! If you haven’t and would like to, now would be the time to act!

Tell your friends and loved ones.

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BOUND Excerpt

As promised, the following is an excerpt from my forthcoming novella, BOUND. That’s so fun to say–forthcoming. Anyway. Here you are, my hearts!


Chapter One Excerpt

Ingram checked her over quickly. “She’s alive,” he said, glancing up. He rolled the woman carefully onto her side. There was a gash over her left temple that was still bleeding. She hadn’t been lying there for long. She grimaced when Ingram pulled her out of the water.

Lothar clambered over the rocks to his friend, then helped Ingram get the woman into a sitting position. Ingram yanked off his cloak and wrapped it around her shoulders.

“Where did she come from?” Lothar wondered aloud. She was beautiful, with a delicate nose and heart-shaped face. Her eyes fluttered. She murmured something he couldn’t quite make out.

Ingram examined her for further injuries, but found none. He discovered a tattoo of two bearded axes crossing each other on her left forearm. He wracked his brain trying to think of the chieftain to whom the sigil may belong. He glanced around. The woman had nothing with her aside from the clothes she wore, no weapons, no pack–nothing to spare. He couldn’t see anything floating in the water, either. If she had carried something, it was gone now.

Ingram pressed one of her hands between his own. “She’s freezing. We need to get her to the village.” Lothar nodded. As he shifted to lift the woman, her eyes snapped open.

“No!” she shouted, kicking out. Her foot connected with Ingram’s chest and sent him tumbling into the water. Lothar clamped his arms around her shoulders to subdue her. Fafnir came running to their aid.

“I won’t go back,” she cried, thrashing and clawing at Lothar’s wrists. The big man let her have her tantrum, nodding Fafnir toward Ingram. Fafnir hesitated, his face going white. Lothar gave another pointed glance at Ingram. Fafnir extended a hand and helped the prince back onto the rocks. Ingram crouched beside the woman, prying her fingers from Lothar’s arms, and gripped her hands.

“You’re not going anywhere,” he said calmly. “We want to help.” The woman kicked at him again, but the move was weak. She panted, trying to twist her hands out of Ingram’s grip.

“She’s half mad,” Fafnir said, eyeing the woman dubiously, his color returning. Ingram and Lothar shot him identical scowls.

BOUND is forthcoming!

My hearts, I have made the decision to self-publish my novella, BOUND. And I’ve just launched a description of it on its own blog page, here.

Please check it out. I am currently researching cover art, and once I have a designer locked in, I will start making an official timeline for the release.

Tell your friends! Stay tuned!

A Tide of Thoughts

I know that I have not posted anything of substance in a long while for various reasons–personal, professional, it doesn’t matter. I have been derelict in my duties. I can’t promise a return to regularly scheduled posts, but I do promise to try harder and post more frequently until I can get back to weekly or twice weekly posts. That said, let’s perform some updates.

I have sent my Viking novella out to two small presses; a no from one (they were intrigued, but booked) and I have yet to hear from the other. While the novella is making the rounds, I am tweaking my “wizard story” setting and reevaluating the diversity of my characters (which is a daunting task–I’m struggling with the feeling of phoniness. I’m not _____, so how the hell would I know? If any of you have tips, or wish to share you experiences, please do so in the comments).

Thus ends the writing updates. Secondary thought process: this week is family beach vacation. Except, I was not able to attend this year. Not going has made me all out of whack, as the ocean re-calibrates my soul. I’ve been trying to recreate the oceanic effect with listening to ocean wave videos, drinking Hames Gin and Tonics (traditional liquid mascot of the beach), and reading as much fantasy as I can get a hold of, but it doesn’t quite have the same quality. Sigh. There’s always next year.

How do you all re-calibrate?

This is me, from a long time ago (aka college), sitting on Virginia Beach. The beach is my happy place. Remember to visit your happy places, my darlings, in reality or in your mind.

This is me, from a long time ago (aka college), sitting on Virginia Beach. The beach is my happy place. Remember to visit your happy places, my darlings, in reality or in your mind.

The Hames Gin&Tonic

You will need:
Tonic water
Maraschino cherries
Angostura bitters
Glass tumbler.

Put the desired amount of ice in your tumbler. Sprinkle ice with 3-4 drops of bitters. Take a slice of lime, squeeze over ice, and then drop it into the glass. Pop two cherries in there while you’re at it, maybe a splash of cherry juice if you like your drinks sweeter. Pour in a shot of gin–or two, if you’re feeling rebellious. Top with tonic water. Serve immediately.

Don't mind the blurry cell-phone picture. The important part is that your drink isn't blurry--if it is, stop drinking.

Don’t mind the blurry cell-phone picture. The important part is that your drink isn’t blurry–if it is, stop drinking.

Lightning Fast Update

Months have passed, but I wanted to let you all know I am alive.  The Viking novella was successfully copy edited by a professional and will be submitted for consideration at a publisher in the next week.

I wanted to share that as I was thinking about what to work on next, I was just  shot through with adrenaline and joy. I love that feeling. Have a good weekend!