Happy Jolabokaflod! (Dancing with the Viper is free for a limited time)

Icelanders have a Christmas tradition I absolutely adore. Each Christmas Eve, they exchange books and then spend the evening reading. It's called the Jolabokaflod, the "Yule book flood." 

This year, I've decided  to join in the fun. Starting on December 24 at 12:00am PST, the Kindle edition of Dancing with the Viper will be FREE on Amazon as my gift to you--and as your gift to all your friends. Free books make great last-minute holiday gifts for family members, friends, teachers, clients, and book clubs.

I hope you'll get in the Jolabokaflod spirit too and help me flood the world with books. 

Happy holidays!

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Good Times Were Had By Me!

I am slowly learning the ropes in the local writer community. Last week, amidst the neurotic bustle of high school finals for the girl child, nursing the man boy through a cold (the man-cold has nothing on the autism-cold), celebrating progress at work for my awesome husband, and proofreading Dragon Ascending, I had the opportunity to attend two book events. And one of the fun things for me was that at both events there were actually people who recognized me and came up to say hello. I can't even tell you how nice it is to feel like I'm starting to belong. (Volunteering pays off in many ways, folks.)

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The first event was a book launch party for my friend Jo Schaffer, whose new book, Stanley and Hazel was just released. This has been a long time coming for Jo, and I'm so happy for her! (That's Hazel from the book cover behind the podium pulling numbers for the door prizes Jo is handing out.)

Stanley and Hazel is about an orphaned newsie and a St. Louis debutante in 1934 who must solve a murder mystery before Hazel becomes the next victim. It sounds fantastic, and I'm eager to get started reading. 


Then, on Saturday, I attended an event put on by Immortal Works, my publisher for Dragon Ascending. That's Aften Szymanski up front here, talking about her new book, Cheat CodeAlso featured in this photo, front and center, is the back of my head. Hee hee.

Jason King, the head honcho at IW, tells me the cover design for my book is in its final stages and I should get a peek at it soon. (Squee!) He was also aware that I'd turned in my proofread manuscript to the chief editor, which had only happened that morning. The man is on top of things!

Much fun, much chitchat, much brownies. What more to ask for?

Introducing...My Minion! Er...Henchperson?


I want to give an official warm welcome to this completely awesome person. Talei has been a support from the beginning of my writing journey as a friend and an enthusiastic reader. When I needed encouragement, she was there. When I needed a second opinion, she was there. When I needed a kick in the proverbial pants, she was there. And now that I need a little help, Talei is stepping up to the plate and coming out of the shadows to take charge of the new Guildhall over on Facebook. She shall henceforth be known as the Guild Mistress. And she has my permission to oust you if you misbehave.