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Eight Kisses In Stores Now!

Posted by on November 15, 2019 in eight kisses, recent | 0 comments

Eight Kisses In Stores Now!

I am thrilled to announce that my anthology, Eight Kisses, is available in print and as an ebook, wherever you buy books!  (If you go to a bricks and mortar store, and they don’t have it, ask them to order it from Ingram!) What is Eight Kisses all about? It contains eight — EIGHT — all-new Hanukkah romances. Every one of them has a happy ever after. Every one of them has a unique take on Judaism, holidays, and true love. My story, “Harmony Lights” is set in Harmony Springs, my (imaginary) small town in the...

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Snowy Wings Middle Grade Blog Hop

Posted by on October 25, 2019 in escape, recent, snowy wings publishing | 7 comments

Snowy Wings Middle Grade Blog Hop

I am thrilled to participate in the Snowy Wings Publishing Middle Grade Blog Hop! For this entire week, great posts are being written by Snowy Wings authors and shared by our special blogging partners, the Snow Angels. (By the way, if you’re interested in becoming a Snow Angel (and receive Advance Reader Copies of books, cover reveals, and other fun perks, check out this link!) I’m so excited to share my middle grade fantasy novel, Keara’s Raven: Escape. If you’re not familiar with Keara’s world, here’s the...

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Eight Kisses Cover Reveal

Posted by on August 22, 2019 in eight kisses, recent | Comments Off on Eight Kisses Cover Reveal

Eight Kisses Cover Reveal

I remember when I was a kid, and the excitement of Hanukkah grew during the winter holiday season. Sure, I knew about the Bible story — how the ancient Temple was ransacked by people who wanted to destroy the Jews, and how a single surviving container of holy oil miraculously burned for eight days and nights while new oil was pressed and sanctified.* And I knew about lighting the candles on the menorah — one additional candle each night, always lit by the shamash, the “helper” candle. But let’s face it. Most of...

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Take Two Vampires and Call Me in the Morning

Posted by on June 13, 2019 in recent, the lady doctor is a vamp | Comments Off on 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 earlier, while I was finishing High Stakes Trial. But the Lady Doctor had other ideas. When I started...

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Evolution of a Book Cover

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in business of writing, high stakes trial, jane madison series, recent, self-publishing | Comments Off on 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. Those books need to convey all the basics, plus they need to have a commonality of tone and design that...

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The Dark Side

Posted by on April 16, 2019 in betrayal, recent | Comments Off on 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 the expectations of her society to save her raven best friend — I knew there were some dark...

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The Never-Ending Story

Posted by on March 19, 2019 in darkbeast chronicles, escape, fantastic companions, keara's raven series, rebel flight, recent | Comments Off on 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 thought and thought and thought and came up with my story.) Over the years, that story stuck with me....

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Introducing Keara’s Raven: Escape

Posted by on February 20, 2019 in darkbeast chronicles, rebel flight, recent | Comments Off on 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, currently published by Snowy Wings Publishing, used to be Rebel Flight, which used to be Darkbeast....

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He Says… She Says…

Posted by on February 19, 2019 in girl's guide to witchcraft, recent, the library the witch and the warder | Comments Off on He Says… She Says…

He Says… She Says…

Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft is one of my most popular books. It tells the story of a librarian who finds out she’s a witch. Along the way, we meet Jane Madison (the librarian), her familiar, her best friend, her doting grandmother, her crazy mother, and her Imaginary Boyfriend (the library patron she has a mad crush on.) We also meet her warder, David Montrose. David is Jane’s astral protector, assigned to keep an eye on her magical workings. He shows up in a bad mood, and things go downhill from there.   Through the...

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Magical Washington: Four in Hand

Posted by on January 8, 2019 in fright court, girl's guide to witchcraft, recent, the library the witch and the warder, the witch doctor is in | Comments Off on Magical Washington: Four in Hand

Magical Washington: Four in Hand

One of the most common questions I get is, “Which of your books should I read first?” The answer is, “Whichever one sounds most interesting to you! And you can read the first chapter of every one of them, for free, on my website!” But a lot of folks still wonder what order to read the Magical Washington books.  I have a fun little chart that tells people the way the books relate to each other. But some people don’t know if they should read about witches first. Or vampires. Or warders. Or the magical hospital...

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