Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Flame Singer Preview: Prologue

Hello, dear readers! I feel bad that I've had to push back the release date for my newest book, so I thought I'd start posting preview chapters a little earlier than usual. I hope it will tide you over for now. Just know that I'm hard at work and we'll be ready to go soon! Until then, I hope you enjoy this sneak peek.


“Where did you get this?”
The harsh question caused Arik to straighten his back. “It has been in my family for generations,” he said defensively.
The questioner grunted dubiously, but said nothing further for several moments. He stared into the leather pouch as if it simultaneously contained the greatest treasure in the world and the thing he feared most.
Arik studied the giant form before him—a man doubled over from habitual stooping. Arik wondered if that was from his work at the forge or from the years of suffering that had clearly broken the man.
“Has it ever been touched?” the former Forger asked next.
Arik’s shoulder jerked guiltily, but it went unseen by the giant man staring into the pouch. “No,” Arik lied.
Arik’s grandfather had given him the leather pouch when Arik had come of age. It was a family heirloom—their greatest pride. Arik had not believed that it was truly the eye of a chimera. After all, the creatures had been extinct since his father was a child.
His grandfather had warned him never to touch it, and so Arik had first dumped the lump of metal-looking material on his bed. It looked so ordinary. So… disappointing.
But then, he had reached out to run his fingers over the smooth surface.
Arik shuddered involuntarily at the memory.
It had been like an explosion of fireworks in his mind, full of vivid colors and strong emotions. The rush of adrenaline was unlike anything Arik had ever experienced before.
Over the next few years, Arik spent most of his private time holding the chimera eye. He reveled in the flow of raw magic that emanated from the stone. He obsessed over the possibility of harnessing that power. He studied every known text concerning the forging of magical items, searching endlessly for the elusive Forgers.
Finally, his searching had paid off.
“What do you want from me?” the former Forger asked, tearing his gaze away from the contents of the pouch.
“I want you to turn that into a weapon,” Arik answered promptly.
The large man’s expression darkened. “I am no longer a Forger, boy. You should have been told that by whoever gave you my name.”
Arik wrestled down the desperation in his voice. “But surely you still know how it is done,” he said quietly.
The former Forger’s brow contracted sharply. “Yes,” he whispered, “I remember.”
Arik switched to a soothing tone, as if speaking to a wild animal. “It would be such a waste to let this beautiful material remain as it is. It was meant to be something more.”
The giant man nodded slowly. “He has been waiting…”
Arik wasn’t sure what the Forger meant, but he could sense that he was close to getting what he had wanted for so long.
“I should not,” the man murmured to himself, “but it truly would be such a waste of the sacrifice that was made.”
Arik held his breath, waiting for the Forger to convince himself it was the right thing to do. Arik knew it was only a matter of time. All of his research had shown that the Forgers had strict beliefs regarding magical materials.
“I will do it,” the large man said finally. “But I do not do it for you. I do it for him,” he nodded to the pouch.
Arik’s rush of elation was so powerful that he could hardly contain himself. It didn’t matter to him what the Forger’s motivations were. All that mattered was that he would finally have a weapon of power. He would be able to wield the magic that had been at his fingertips for so long.
And then, nothing would stop him…
“Will you give it a name, like all those other famous magical weapons?” Arik asked excitedly.
“He already has a name,” the former Forger said softly. “His name is Savion.”

Thursday, October 26, 2017

"Flame Singer" Release Delay

Things around here have been pretty crazy over the past few weeks--sick kids, sick adults, school trouble, etc. As a result, I haven't been able to get much work done on my newest book. So, I am sorry to say, the release date for "Flame Singer" has been pushed back a month. I'm still not sure on the exact date, but it will be before the end of the year. I hope. I'll keep you updated as it gets closer. Thanks for your patience!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Preview Sketch

Things are moving along for the sequel to "Fire Sower," which is currently set to be released in November! It will be titled "Flame Singer." I'll soon start posting preview chapters, but for now, here's a preview sketch of the cover. Enjoy!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Free Book!

Big news, my readers! I'm doing another promotion for my newest book! On July 4-6 (happy holiday to my fellow Americans!) you can download "Dratchers: the Golden Egg" from Amazon for FREE! This is a great opportunity to try out the first of my newest series with no sacrifice on your part (other than the time it takes to read the book). Please help me spread the word! Tell your friends, your family, your co-workers, your enemies! And put it on your calendar so you don't forget to download it yourself. ;)

Monday, May 15, 2017

New Book!

I decided to enter the Amazon UK Storytelling Contest, which posed a couple of issues. First, all entries have to be previously unpublished. Second, the deadline is May 19, 2017. I literally had five weeks from when I decided to enter to write a new book. (Yes, I'm a crazy person.) That has meant the following: little sleep, cranky Callie, feverish writing pace, editing until I want to die, and poor nutrition. Also, my husband has been pulling double parenting duty to give me time to write. And my little ones are thoroughly tired of hearing me say, "Just a minute, Mommy's working."

But I see the light at the end of the tunnel! My book is just about done with its final revision! I will be publishing it as part of the Storytelling Contest on May 17th.

It's a junior reads fantasy novel, rather than my usual YA fantasy. It's shorter, simpler, and meant for young readers. And I hope that my condensed time frame didn't harm the story. Please let me know what you think! I'll be posting the first few chapters on this blog over the next little while, but the book will be available for purchase in a couple of days. For now, here's the amazing cover done by Rybread Studio:

Oh Dear...

I've done it again! I've completely neglected this blog, and I apologize profusely. Really. I'm quite embarrassed. Things have been rather hectic for me lately, but that's not really an excuse. I mean, how hard is it to give updates on how my writing's going? Not hard. And now it's been seven months since my last entry. SEVEN. So...yeah...

Okay! Let's get down to business!

I'm doing fine, thanks for asking. My kids are running amok, and I'm pretty sure I've permanently lost what was left of my sanity. But I love my family to pieces! We recently sold our house and bought a new one. We don't yet live in the new one because the previous owners needed to rent back from us for a few months. So...we've been staying with my in-laws. It's actually not too bad, but I'm eager to get into my own place again.

"Fire Sower" is doing quite well. I've been getting very positive feedback, and some good constructive criticism as well. I always appreciate hearing what people think, especially when it helps me to be a better writer. I do have plans for writing a sequel, but it has been temporarily put on hold while I do a shorter project. That project is just about done (I'll be posting about that separately) so then I'll be working on the next "Fire Sower" book again! I'm thinking it will be ready to go the end of this year. Maybe. Probably. I'll let you know once I get going on it again.

In the meantime, don't give up on this blog! I'll keep posting...just not consistently. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter, because I'm much better about keeping those up to date.

Thursday, September 1, 2016


I'm so happy, and I hope that you are as excited as I am! My fourth book is finally finished, and it is available on Amazon. It has been a whirlwind process, and I have learned a lot. Namely, to be more conservative when setting deadlines for myself. Haha! But it's here, and I'm so proud of myself and everyone that helped me to get this book done. Please take a moment to help me spread the word, and don't forget to send me your feedback after you read my new book!

Fire Sower

Idris couldn’t wait to choose an item from the royal treasury on his fifteenth birthday. It was a chance to bring prosperity to his family’s farm. But something was waiting there among the gold and jewels—something that would take him from the safety of his home and change his life forever.