Take Two Vampires and Call Me in the Morning

Take Two Vampires and Call Me in the Morning

Some books come so easily, they seem to write themselves. Others are a little more… challenging. I had grand plans for The Lady Doctor is a Vamp. I was going to write the entire book while I was on a writing retreat. Five days of non-stop writing, with minimal breaks for meals, sleep, and sanity. I had reason to believe I could get that much done in a single get-away session. I’d written a similar number of words just a few months...

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Evolution of a Book Cover

Evolution of a Book Cover

We’ve all heard the adage: Don’t judge a book by its cover. But most (all?) of us have been attracted to a book solely because of its cover. A book’s cover is its strongest advertisement, ideally conveying all the pertinent information in one handy little graphic: Title, Author, and Genre (plus, sometimes other details, like reviews, cost, awards won, etc.) Books in series raise even greater challenges to cover designers....

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The Dark Side

The Dark Side

I am thrilled to announce that Keara’s Raven: Betrayal is now available in print and as an ebook!  (Print editions are rolling out, even as I type… If they aren’t at your favorite online store yet, they will be soon. And if your local bricks-and-mortar store can’t order yet, it will be able to in very short order!)   When I first wrote Keara’s tale — the story of a twelve-year-old girl who rebels against...

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The Never-Ending Story

The Never-Ending Story

Once upon a time, I wrote a short story, and it grew up to become a book. It was called “The Darkbeast”, and it was published in the anthology Fantastic Companions, which was edited by Julie Czerneda. Every story in the anthology involved a human boy or girl and an animal companion.  (I originally wanted to write a story about a griffin or a dragon, but Julie already had those stories. I “reserved” a raven, and then I...

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Introducing Keara’s Raven: Escape

Introducing Keara’s Raven: Escape

Bounce, bounce, bounce! I’m *FINALLY* able to share the amazing cover created by Elisabeth Alba (from Alba Ilustration) for KEARA’S RAVEN: ESCAPE. The book will be in stores will be in stores March 19 – but pre-orders are up now! You can read the first chapter here!            Elisabeth was a joy to work with. And the best news of all? Next month, I can share her outstanding cover for KEARA’S RAVEN: BETRAYAL! (This book,...

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