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Okay, so it's been a while since I updated. Just so you all know, I've got some big stuff happening this year!





Sometime this year I hope to have audio versions of Waking the Burning Valley and Strange Stars and Stranger Songs available. They will only be available through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes because I'm using ACX to get them made, but this is happening a whole year ahead of schedule and I am extremely excited!


Somewhat less stellar news, I'm pushing the date back for Igniting the Darkness. I've been making progress the last few months, but not as quickly as I had hoped. While I would love to have that early summer launch for the final in my trilogy, I can't give you a subpar book to make that happen. Right now, I'm only pushing back as far as a month.


July 9th, 2023.


That date is still tenative, but I will make every effort to make it happen.






Chance and Change, available now!!!


So this is how this came to be... A friend of mine told me about an anthology and I wrote a story for it. There were some red flags and I pulled out of the project. Rather than shopping around for somewhere else to send it, I decided to launch it as an e-read only. Romantic Fantasy, 45ish pages. Please enjoy!




Just an update—I am making headway on Igniting the Darkness. 🤗


I'm still waiting on responses to most of those short stories I mentioned, but I've heard back on two. One rejection that I immediately sent out again, and one acceptance that I'll definitely be posting more about later.


And if you check out the contact me page, you'll see a new addition—I'm on tumblr now! Stop in and say hi!



Back in March, I fully intended to make good on my promise to get Igniting the Darkness out by the end of the year. But in April, I lost a friend: fellow author Ronan Connors. They wrote deliciously creepy horror and were a big part of our writing group. If you would like to see their work:


While still reeling from that loss, my mother-in-law passed away. Her death was a double blow. Not only were we very close, but she passed unexpectedly with no will and my father-in-law has dementia. A few months were eaten away as we navigated a maze of funeral planning, elder care, and lawyers.


All said, I'm not going to grind myself into dust to hammer out a subpar novel just to be on time with a self-imposed deadline. What I will do, is I will put a solid date on Igniting the Darkness.


Igniting the Darkness, coming June 9th, 2023.


Also, I am submitting to a few more short story contests. 🤞🤞🤞



As promised, I am making progess on Igniting the Darkness. I said I'd give you all a book this year and I intend to make good on my word.


If anyone has noticed some changes to my Charities and Causes page, it's because I've been getting a number of solicitous emails pushing me to add things to that page. I don't want my effort to do a little good to get turned into an advertising space for anyone that ties their product to a cause. I'm not saying that all of these emails are disingeniune, but I'm not going to turn my site into free billboard space.



I've been remiss in updating my news lately. I've barely sat down at my computer since mid-November. First, I made excuses to myself that it was the holiday season and I couldn't find the time. Next, it was because we had a friend in from out of town that we hadn't seen in over a year. Then I continued to find more reasons not to start up again: worried about sick friends, not wanting to start too early in the day, too late in the day, not wanting to start back on a Monday... The truth of it is that I've been in a heavy depression flair up. Not surprising given all that last year took. I'm working on it. I'm back on my computer. Igniting the Darkness may be later coming than I'd hoped, but we will make this journey together.




Not only fully funded, but it met all of its stretch goals! Thank you to anyone here that donated! 


I realize I was a bit late with that announcement... The other exciting news is NaNoWriMo is upon us and I've been using this month to crank out as much of Igniting the Darkness as I possibly can.


Ashes of the Past, Book 3!


I'm not sure when in 2022 this is gonna launch, but it's happening! 







It opens for backing tomorrow! I'm starting a new tab on this site for Anthologies and Collaborations. You can find more info for 99 Tiny Terrors and the link to the Kickstarter there!


Also, I'm going to be adding links to pre-order Tacomancer. Amazon is a bit slower than the others to approve Indy authors, so thank you for your patience if Amazon is your go-to.



Tacomancer Art!!! In the scroll at the bottom of this page and in the Books Tab!



Okay, so despite everything, Tacomancer is proceeding on schedule. Maybe even because of everything... When I can't sleep, I tend to work. We're gonna put a date on this:


The Tacomancer and the Cursed Blood Knife is launching October 25th!


Art will be posted soon!


A bit of good news in our house: We adopted two new kitties this past week! We've named them Glyph and Dagger. They won't replace what we've lost, but it's good to have cats again. 



During and after the passing of my cats, I took two full months off of writing. Outside of my eulogies on the About the Author tab on this page, I've only used my computer for a few D&D games with my Thursday group.


I'm easing back into things now. It's slow going. I had everything worked out schedule-wise for Tacomancer to be released in October despite my delay on Dropping the Keystone. But things changed.


I didn't plan for so much time off. How could I have planned for this? So as much as I'd like to plunge right back in and hit that October mark... I can't promise that I'll make it. I will post updated dates when I've figured out where I stopped and how much I still need to do.



We lost Scythe on July 5th.



I feel like I just did this.


We lost Mad Cat on the 30th of June. It wasn't exactly sudden, his decline was over the course of a month. In the wake of losing both Amulet and Mad Cat, Scythe's been diagnosed with a necrotic tumor at the base of his tongue. It's inoperable. I will be adding to my In Memory section at the bottom of my author's page. Mad Cat now, Scythe... won't be far behind.





This one is bittersweet, to be sure. I took a week of bereavement leave. Tacomancer enters its final drafting run today.



Yesterday, one of our cats, Amulet, passed on. The morning started with an emergency rush to the vet, and in less than an hour, we were taking home an empty cat carrier. He was 17 years old, and the sweetest cat I've ever known. I'll be adding a memorial section in my About the Author section. 






Such a great feeling... All the buttons are pressed. Dropping the Keystone is green across the board for its June 1st launch. I'm still waiting to see proofs, so keep those fingers crossed. To quote Dr. Ian Malcolm of Jurassic Park, "Anything can and will happen."



Dropping the Keystone Art! 




I have a short story in an upcoming anthology from Pulse Publishing! 🤗🤗🤗 It's called 99 Tiny Terrors, edited by Jennifer Brozek. More news when I have an official date on the release!


Dropping the Keystone is still in beta, but progressing nicely. Art will be revealed on Monday!



Dropping the Keystone officially entered beta reading last weekend. I've started finalizing my cover art. It's going to look amazing! I'm working with brosedesignz again, and I've yet to be disappointed. We're getting there, guys!



It's official. Dropping the Keystone is going to be pushed back to June. I was hoping to have it out to my beta team by the end of the week, but I just reached the 70% mark on my final draft. While I won't call finishing by Friday impossible, it's highly unlikely.


I'm not moving The Tacomancer and the Cursed Blood Knife out of October quite yet, but it may be late October as opposed to early.



It's been a bit since my last update. Happy all of the holidays I just missed!


So over the New Year, I was down with Covid19. My husband caught it, too. We're both okay now. Relatively minor cases, all considered, but neither of us felt much like doing anything... I didn't write, didn't update, didn't get much done toward the goals that I have for this year. I'm trying to get everything back on track now, but there may be a few delays either for this year's projects or next years. We'll see where these things fall. As of right now, I'm still aiming for May and October for my two upcoming books.


There is something else in the works. I will share more on that soon!



The Tacomancer and the Cursed Blood Knife is definitely going to be the start of a new series! I went ahead and ordered cover art, so I'll be unveiling that soon! I finished the first draft and there's still a week of Nano to go. I started on a second Tacomancer and I've almost got Dropping the Keystone through its drafting phase. 


And I've got ballpark dates!


Dropping the Keystone: 

May 2021


The Tacomancer and the Cursed Blood Knife: 

October 2021



I'm participating in NanoWrimo! As usual, I'm breaking rules and working on things that I already started. Things are going well for next year's releases. I'll have launch dates for 2021 soon! Ashes of the Past: Book 2 and something that may be its own series. We'll see how that goes. 



YARRR! ME BOOK, SHE BE OUT TODAY!☠ 💜(Yes, I intentionally released on International Talk Like a Pirate Day just so I could do that.) 


Strange Stars and Stranger Songs is not about pirates, but this is the kind of holiday that my characters would be celebrating. 



In just a few weeks, Strange Stars and Stranger Songs is going live! I honestly am astonished that I'm putting out two books in my first year, but I'm going to do my best to keep that pace... Just an all-around update: I'm about a third of the way through my Break Book. Dropping the Keystone (Book 2 of the Ashes of the Past Saga) is going to get run through my finishing process as soon as this Break Book has a full first draft. No firm dates yet, but I'm hoping to have Dropping the Keystone out in spring/summer of next year. 🤞



Preorders for Strange Stars and Stranger Songs are available! Links are in my Books section!




Officially announcing the launch of my second book! Launching 9/19/2020

Strange Stars and Stranger Songs

This one is a stand alone. Slow burn. Sweet, not spicy. Most definitely nerdy.



My old email inbox was apparently not set up correctly and so any emails that were sent prior to this date via this website: I'm sorry, but I didn't receive them. I've created an entirely new inbox, and I've tested it. Things should work going forward.



LAUNCH DAY!!! 🎉🤗🎊🤗🎉

It's been a long journey to get here, and I'm sooooo excited that it's finally arrived! Thank you, everyone that helped make this dream of mine a reality. 

Links for purchase are available in the Books tab on this website. 





This quarantine/lockdown thing has taken everything on a big left turn, so my second book, Strange Stars and Stranger Songs, will be coming out later this year. It will be a stand alone, slow burn, sweet-not-spicy romance, completely unconnected to the Ashes of the Past Saga. Rest assured, my Ashes of the Past Saga will continue. Dropping the Keystone will release sometime next year, and Igniting the Darkness should be in 2022. There will likely be another stand alone (or what I like to call Break Books) in between those two.


Available in hardcover and paperback on Amazon! 🤗


I'm live for paperback and hardcover preorders on! Still working out some issues with Amazon.

Ebooks are ready for pre-order! I've put a button in the Books section that links to all the venues that currently have my listing. Looking at March for physical copies to be ready for pre-orders.

Waking the Burning Valley has gone through formating and everything looks amazing! I hit the button today, so that preorder link should be arriving very soon!

I'VE GOT A WEBSITE! ISBNs have been purchased and all things look to be on schedule for my first book, Waking the Burning Valley, to be available June 1st, 2020.