apparently I’m not the only one whose story inspirations sometimes unexpectedly involve superheroes. Today, author Holli Anderson is dropping by the blog to talk about where she got one of the ideas for her new book.Read More
One of the best things about journeying ever deeper into the world of writing and publishing is getting to meet and learn from other authors. Today, I’m excited to have a guest post for you, written by a new friend of mine, a fellow author with Immortal Works, as well as fellow dragon lover, Jodi L. Milner.Read More
I’m beyond thrilled to announce that Dragon Ascending has been nominated for the 2018 Whitney Awards!
For a list of nominees, click here.
For more information about the Whitney Awards, click here.
And a big THANK YOU to those of you readers who nominated Dragon Ascending. Your support means everything to me.Read More
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.
I was so pleased with how it all went! We had a standing room only crowd (which I so totally did not expect—I love you guys). And The King’s English sold all but six of the copies of the book they brought (which I have signed, so if you hurry you might still be able to get a signed copy through them).Read More
Check it out, everybody! I'm officially an author on Goodreads now. (You know you're big stuff when you show up on Goodreads, right?)
Now all I need is some followers. Here is a handy dandy link you can click to go right to my page and follow me. :)
Recent shenanigans over on my Facebook page. :)
Come hang out with us!
This morning I had the very great pleasure of visiting a summer workshop for teen writers offered through a local university. It was great to feel the enthusiasm of these next-gen writers.Read More
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.)
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 Code. Also 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?
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.
One of the advantages of living with a detail-oriented autistic person like my son is that you get to see a lot of astoundingly beautiful little things in the world that you otherwise would have walked right past without noticing.Read More
I want to give a special shout out to the talented women in my writing group. They've been my guides in this new world I'm exploring.Read More
It was amazing how many of these dwellings are tucked away in the crevices and crannies along the canyon wall.Read More