Thursday, August 30, 2018

Winter is Coming

Winter is coming and, with it, come the faeries.

If you haven't read FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS, this would be a great time to buy a copy and settle back for a nice historic fantasy with a dash of romance. OUTLANDER meets SLEEPING BEAUTY in this tale.




Three thousand years ago, a war began between the immortals and the mortals. It's a war that continues to this day...

Before history began, a legendary queen battled a foreign army, braved the death of her husband, and faced betrayal at the hand of someone she trusted. This is the story of Eire, Queen of the Faeries, the Immortal One, and the leader of the Tuatha de Danann.

To this day, her homeland, Ireland, bears her name, and this is the story of the war that drove the Immortal Ones into exile. It's also the tale of how she found help from an unexpected place, leading her to a love like she had never known before.

Fairytale Christmas is a story that spans thousands of years. It's also the beginning of all of our fairytales and legends; it's where mortals and immortals survive because they love one another, proving that love is the greatest gift of all.

This is the first installment in the Saga of the Fair Folk, a journey that lasts until the end of time.

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Just a note: Things are changing in the indie print world and I don't know if I'll keep selling the print version of this book. So, if you ever wanted to get this one in a hard copy, now is the time to buy it!

Kindle version here.


Print version here.

Audible version here.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Something fun for my newsletter subscribers =)

I just wanted to let y'all know that I'm getting my newsletter spruced up and ready to go soooooon!
You can get a little taste of it from my banner below. My monthly newsletter is called Hidden World and it's going to have fun stuff: book excerpts, giveaways, and secret behind-the-scenes info.



I'm going to send out this month's issue in a few days, so you still have time to sign up!

This month, I'm giving away a FREE PDF DOWNLOAD of my new novella, CURSED to all my subscribers.



Below is a brief synopsis of CURSED, which is a prequel to my novel, FEAST: Harvest of Dreams.

Hunting has grown sparse in 1898, a result of the Industrial Revolution. In a desperate quest for survival, Ash and Lily—a husband and wife team of shape-shifting Darklings—break the rules and hunt in an uncharted, backwoods, mountain community. The danger is great, for here the wild Darklings band together to fight trespassers.

But Ash discovers an even greater danger lurking at the train station where the hunt begins—a delicious nine-year-old boy.

Up until now his wife, Lily, has always been able to follow the basic Darkling rule: Never hunt a human younger than twelve. But she hasn’t eaten in weeks, and when a nine-year-old boy steps off the train, she can’t hold her hunger in check. With an unspoken plea, she manages to convince her husband to join her on a lawless and deadly hunt--

A hunt that will bring an unholy curse upon them all.

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Sounds like spooky-good fun, doesn't it? And right before Halloween.

Also in my newsletter, I'm going to reveal a BEHIND-THE-SCENES SECRET FROM LOST GIRLS. (Yay!) Plus, one of my subscribers will be getting a free signed copy of FEAST: HARVEST OF DREAMS. The winner will be chosen using Random.org and will be announced in the newsletter.

Meanwhile, you can sign up for my newsletter RIGHT HERE.

So, have a great week and I hope you're counting down the days until LOST GIRLS releases. I know I am! JANUARY 3, 2017. That's when the "FIGHT CLUB meets BLACK SWAN" party gets started! Stay tuned for updates on blog tours and launch parties and fun giveaways or—wait—if you're one of my newsletter subscribers, YOU'LL FIND OUT ALL THE SECRETS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Yes, I'm on Bloglovin'—Are you?

So, I just discovered Bloglovin'...

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Are you on Bloglovin, too? If so, please leave me a link in the comments.

We can hang out. You know, share books we've read, puppy photos, DIY ideas. All that cool stuff.

For you...my puppy, who thinks every day is Monday...

Starting over, with a chapter excerpt

Sigh. Oh, Google. You are taking over the world. And with your dominion, you've taken away access to the blog I've had since 2000. Double sigh.

So, I begin again. With new blog.

My original plans today were to post an excerpt from one of my books. But I ended up having to redesign a blog. So, pardon me if the page doesn't look like me. It's me. It really is. And I still have an excerpt I want to share. (Yay! Excerpts are great! WE ALL LOVE EXCERPTS!)

Below is the first chapter of my self-published YA novel, FATHOM. If you haven't read it, first a plaintive, why not? *weeping sadly*

BUT moving on quickly before I blush, if you haven't read it, here's a little taste below. A little bit of lovely chocolate on your tongue, making you want more...





FATHOM CHAPTER ONE:

CHAPTER ONE

I never believed in ghosts.

Until I saw one, face to face, when I was twelve.

It was the middle of the summer, one of those nights when the wind scratched tree branches against my window and the Pacific roared so loud I thought it was going to sweep me away. Something startled me awake, some shifting of our house, beam against beam, old wood crying out in the damp sea breeze.

Almost instantly a chill shiver ran down my arms.

I got out of bed, the wooden floor cool and welcome against my bare feet. I paused in the hallway, noticed the fragrance of freshly cut hawthorn in the air. I used to love that smell.

Not anymore.

Then I saw something in a pool of moonlight—spots of water on the floor.

Like tiny lakes. Each one perfectly formed and separate.

Watery footprints.

Leading toward my father’s door.

I couldn’t breathe or move. Part of me wanted to disappear. Another part of me hoped that maybe the past could be erased and rewritten.

That was when I saw her. My mother.

I have her photo on my nightstand—me, my sister and her—all in a huddle of green leaves. Her dark hair twined with Katie’s and my own like the three of us were one person. We were up in our tree house. My father must have taken that picture. And here she was right in front of me, tall and slender and silver in the pale moonlight, her long dark hair swirling in the muggy summer breeze, looking like a mermaid, her skin glistening as if she had just risen from her briny home.

Dark lips parted and a small gasp came out when she saw me.

It only lasted a moment, but in that amount of time I saw too much.

Her fingers stained with fresh blood, her eyes the color of the ocean, her skin so pale it looked as if she hadn’t been in the sun for years.

“Mom,” a whisper cry came from my lips.

She came nearer then, this wraith from the past, until she could press a slender finger against my lips. She shook her head. We both knew the rules. I grew up on the Celtic legends; they were all my family talked about during the long winter nights, when the fire crackled and spit and our bellies were full.

But for now, silence filled the hallway, just long enough for me to hear the air coming in and out of my mother’s mouth, as if she had run a great distance to get here. Perhaps the gates to the Underworld were farther away than I thought. Or perhaps she had climbed the great cliff our house sat upon, all the way up from the ocean floor, to get here. Finally—when neither of us could bear the quiet any longer and I’m sure both of us would have started weeping, when words would have gushed like streams from our mouths and we would have broken every rule that protected the living from the dead—at that point, she brushed past me down the narrow hallway, toward the back door.

I turned and watched her run, across the yard through the thicket of trees and overgrown thorny bushes, toward the cliff. The same path she took seven years ago.

The night she killed my sister and then threw her tiny body in the ocean.

The very same night that my mother killed herself.



I didn’t see the hawthorn branches until the next morning, arcing across every window and lintel that led to the outside. Tiny drops of blood spattered the woodwork, stained the Irish lace curtains. My grandmother cursed beneath her breath as she made breakfast—a sizzle of bacon, the fragrance of burned toast—the Gaelic words draĆ­ochta and mallacht dropping like hot stones. My father sat at the table, his eyes downcast and his face the color of a rainy day. But it wasn’t anger in his heart, not like Gram; no, I could tell that sorrow kept his eyes from meeting mine that morning.

I longed to tell him that I had seen her. She’s alive! I wanted to say, but that just wasn’t true. She was haunting us. She had almost spoken to me last night. Almost broke all the rules of heaven and hell and earth, and if we had talked to each other--

I glanced up at Gram, hoping that she couldn’t read my mind—I wondered about that at times.
If my mother and I had talked to each other, well, then I would be damned to a watery grave too. Just like her.

And so on that morning we all sat in the same heavy silence as the evening before. The only sounds, the bright song of the purple finch in the willow tree and Gram’s Gaelic curses.

One strange thing I will always remember about that day.

None of us took any of those hawthorn branches down. Nor did we wipe away any of the blood.



Every year after that, on Midsummer’s Eve, my father put the hawthorn branches up himself. He draped every window and door with rugged greenery, while Gram watched him with her hands on her hips, grumbling. She’d shake her head and tsk, saying he was going to wreck all the trees in the yard with his terrible pruning. And then, when he’d had enough of her complaining, he’d go off in a sulk and spend the evening at the local tavern.

While he was gone, Gram would get out her Irish whiskey.

She’d start by pouring a draft into her cup of coffee, but soon enough, it would be whiskey in her cup and she’d be adding a drop or two of coffee for flavor.

Songs would ring throughout the house, from floor to rafter. And then the stories would come. That was when I would slip out of my room, when the yard was full of green trees and dusky sky and the fairy light of a full moon. I would curl on the sofa with our cat and a book on my lap, pretending to read, but really I was just waiting for the stories to begin.

When my grandmother’s voice rose and fell, her tongue thick from liquor, I imagined that I saw my sister and my mother standing just outside the circle of light cast by our windows onto the lawn. They couldn’t come too close, I knew, not when the hawthorn boughs protected us. I imagined that they danced to Gram’s songs and that they wept at her stories.

Unfortunately, all the Irish legends end poorly. Someone falls in love with a vampiric Leanan Sidhe, or a banshee comes singing tales of woe, or a fairy steals your child, leaving a changeling in its place. Whichever way you looked at it, a human could never win the battle against the legendary creatures from my homeland.

Sometimes, when I curled beneath a blanket and stared out at a star-drenched sky, I wondered if that was why my ancestors left Ireland and came here, this small town on the California coast.
Maybe they all wanted to escape the danger. But it didn’t matter. Because, in the end, dark magic and twisted fate can catch up with you, no matter how far you move away.

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Well, there you have it. My first post on my new blog. I hope you liked it! And I hope this will be the beginning of long, delightful relationship with YOU, MY LOVELY READER. And I also hope another large, online, hulking creature doesn't take dominion of the Interwebs anytime soon and, in the process, try its best to wipe out my cyber existence.

All the hearts to you!