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Author - I am passionate about helping people live better lives by overcoming frustration, impatience, fear and a whole lot more. I weave these narratives throughout the entertaining novels that I write.

May I Present…The Cover!

Charlie Bowater did it again with this original artwork and I am thrilled!

Synopsis:

You’ve heard of the Sand Man. Meet his counterpart, the Sand Maiden.

When a king of Dream Realm sets his sights on conquering Wake Realm, Prince Kovis and Ali must team up to battle forces beyond anything either could have imagined. But Kovis knows nothing about Dream Realm, let alone his Sand Maiden. When Ali is discovered naked in the prince’s bedroom, how will she convince him of her intentions, let alone the danger? Oh, and by the way, Ali has had a crush on the powerful sorcerer since his powers manifested. What could possibly go wrong? Their story will do anything but put you to sleep.

“I’m enthralled. The book has held me captive since I received it…You have me in the spot I love/hate. It’s so good, and I want the next right now. I thoroughly enjoyed the humor woven in this story. A lovely conclusion to this–a nice cliffhanger. I want more!!!” – Peggy Frese, Senior Editor

The Sand Maiden is a NA Epic Fantasy Romance with YA appeal. If you loved Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses, Elise Kova’s Air Awakens, and/or Rachel E. Carter’s The Black Mage you’ll definitely love this.

WARNING: Mature content. Recommended for 18+.

The book is available for pre-order:
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Enter to Win A Paperback of Lullaby by Following Me on BookBub!!

Are you a fan of BookBub, the service that notifies you when books go on sale?

I have an author page there and getting more BookBub followers can help widen my reach and ultimately increase book sales. The more followers an author has, the more people who will receive dedicated emails from BookBub notifying them about my new releases and price promotions. Plus, getting 1K followers unlocks the ability to send BookBub Preorder Alerts!

I currently have 424 followers and I would like to hit the 1,000 mark in preparation for the launch of Lullaby. Will you help?

If you’re willing to follow me on BookBub, click here (link goes to my website) and I’ll show you how to Follow Me (only one step). Then you can enter to win the Rafflecopter for a paperback of Lullaby!

Thank you in advance, and good luck!

 

The Sand Maiden Facebook Fan Group

Did you catch what my editor thought of Lullaby after reading through it the first time?

“I’m enthralled. The book has held me captive since I received it…You have me in the spot I love/hate. It’s so good, and I want the next right now. I thoroughly enjoyed the humor woven in this story. A lovely conclusion to this–a nice cliffhanger. I want more!!!” – Peggy Frese, Senior Editor

guarantee you’ll experience the same roller coaster ride of emotions. And what’s the worst thing when that happens? You have NO ONE to talk to who understands your excitement or angst! Trust me, I’ve been there!

Well, I wouldn’t do that to you. Fan with other readers when you’re done with the book, in the new Sand Maiden Facebook fan group. After one week, nearly one hundred people have already joined! Avoid the personal drama and join the fun here. LOL!

 

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The Cover’s Getting There!

Is this beautiful or what? It’s a portion of Charlie Bowater’s latest update of my cover for Lullaby, The Sand Maiden, Book One.

Until this version, I’d seen only black and white sketches, but Charlie has added some color with this one and…oh, be still my heart… And just wait until you see the whole thing. The background… This cover’s going to be epic!!

Also, yesterday, I handed off the finished manuscript to my editor after doing four rounds of self edits. I feel like it’s the best work I’ve ever done. It’s certainly the longest at 421 pages (114,173 words, but whose counting. LOL!). Now we’ll see if my editor agrees *bites nails*

One way or another, book one is done…

The book is now also available for pre-order:
Amazon
Google Play

It is on schedule to release January 15, 2018!!

New Cover for Andy Smithson Book One!

You’re familiar with the cover that’s been on Blast of the Dragon’s Fury, Andy Smithson, Book One. Believe it or not, it’s been the same for over four years! I know, hard to believe! So I decided, time for a refresh!

And my cover designer, Dale Pease, did another amazing job!

Was…                                                      New…

And a close up of the new so you can ohhh and ahhh at the amazingness of it…

If you loved Blast of the Dragon’s Fury or the whole Andy Smithson series, be sure to tell your friends and family about it. I would very much appreciate it!

Remember, they can get the eBook for free at every eBook store:
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Apple

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Cover Artist for The Sand Maiden Series

As you all know, a book’s cover is critical to its success. It’ll either draw readers in or leave them blah for the book. That said, I knew I wanted to do something different for my covers for this next series, The Sand Maiden.
I decided to go with illustrated covers to give readers the look and feel I wanted.

And so I began my search for the right artist to pull this off. And this morning, I am absolutely, unequivocally, way beyond thrilled to say that Charlie Bowater has agreed to do my covers for The Sand Maiden series!!!!

I fell in love with her work when I saw her rendering of Rhys, the main hubba hubba male, from Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thrones and Roses series. While a plethora of Rhys renderings exist in fanart, hers is my absolute favorite. The way she captures his eyes… Oh, don’t get me started. Anyway, we all will have the pleasure of seeing what this talented lady comes up with for the three covers of The Sand Maiden series. I, for one, cannot wait!!

To read the synopsis for The Sand Maiden series as well as see what the swoon-worthy main characters look like in my head,  click here. 

Battle for the Land’s Soul Just Launched!

I am SOOOO excited! The seventh and final book in the Andy Smithson series just released! Battle for the Land’s Soul marks the epic conclusion of my first series and has been five years coming. To say that I’m thrilled with how it turned out would be a gross understatement for Andy and company fought harder, endured more adversity, and remained committed to the Land’s future in a way that makes me proud to be their creator. While they had adversity thrown at them before, things really got difficult in the epic conclusion. Read for yourself how things turned out and whether their dreams became reality or not.

Synopsis
Good vs Evil. Destiny Demands the Battle be Fought. But at What Cost?

It’s clear Abaddon, the evil shape shifting ruler of Hadession, Oomaldee’s northern neighbor, must be dealt with if Oomaldee’s citizens are to ever live in peace. But how? What lengths will Andy have to go to in order to wage war against a being whose power stems from evil itself? Will Abaddon plunge the land into darkness or will light triumph?

Battle for the Land’s Soul is the seventh and final novel in the Andy Smithson coming-of-age, epic fantasy adventure featuring page-turning action and terrifying villains. This truly is the age old struggle of good vs. evil, and the stakes couldn’t be higher for the outcome will determine the Land’s very future. Don’t miss this epic conclusion!

Get the eBook now at:
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Get the Paperback now at:
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Andy Smithson Makes It Big, in Drama!

Different than an audio book, you’ve probably heard old time-y radio theater and loved how the full cast of voice actors, cool sound effects, and the musical score just brought a production to life like nothing else could. Well, Andy Smithson just made his way to audio drama!

Seeing the adventure that the Andy Smithson series is, Colonial Radio Theatre approached me a while ago about turning the series into an audio drama. To say I was honored would be an understatement. These guys have been doing award-winning audio dramas for-ever. And they approached little ol’ me? About Andy? Heck yeah!

I was blown away the first  time I heard the original musical score they wrote to accompany this production. If you like Harry Potter, you’ll definitely love this music. But the entire production is amazing! The original music score they wrote is pure genius! I absolutely love how it draws me in every time I listen to it. The wide sweeping score gives it an epic feel and the tinkling of the bells/triangle creates expectation while the percussion/horns tell me I will soon be knee deep in danger, action, and adventure right along with the characters. Perfection that everyone is sure to love!

They just released Blast of the Dragon’s Fury and are well under way with Venom of the Serpent’s Cunning which they hope to release this Fall.

So if my excitement hasn’t created a big enough build up…have a listen to some epic clips on my website. Then go buy it! I promise you’ll absolutely love the action, adventure and music!

Available on Amazon, Audible, and Apple

Review of The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova

crowns-dog-cover-smFirst off, what an awesome cover! I love how Jax is captured. The Crown’s Dog is the first book in The Golden Guard Trilogy (a prequel series to Air Awakens that I absolutely LOVED! You can read all my reviews for that series here.)

SUMMARY (from back): A coastal summer is turned upside down by a violent murder, and a quest for lost pirate treasure turns into a hunt for the killer.

Jax Wendyll is the crown’s dog. As punishment for the unspeakable crimes that torment him to this day, his life has been conscripted to the Empire Solaris. However, in an Empire afflicted by peace, his duties are relegated to unquestioningly aiding the antics of the youngest prince, Baldair.

Erion Le’Dan, a nobleman’s son, expects a quiet summer visit to the Imperial Palace, his only agenda to visit with his unlikely friends. But Jax’s discovery of the legendary pirate Adela Lagmir’s old workroom inspires a hunt for her long lost treasure.

The pursuit of Adela’s truth takes the three men to the Imperial summer manor, built along the old pirate mainstays. When Adela’s trident is branded into a murdered servant, Prince Baldair’s summer amusement of treasure-hunting becomes a hunt to find the killer. But, as mysteries compound, the ghosts of Jax’s past may not be the only things haunting them.

WHAT I THOUGHT: If you’ve read Air Awakens, you know the name “Crown’s Dog” refers to Jax Wendyll. He’s a good-hearted character who is quirky and unbalanced as a result of his past that torments him. We see him in action in this book and his deeds are definitely consistent with his later life. I love this character for he’s not afraid to breach convention and we see that on full display as he “deals” with the antics of a 16-year-old Prince Baldair who has yet to make a name for himself. I particularly loved the end of the book where events make him the “elder” identifying with Baldair and Erion’s inexperience with their first kills.

Speaking of Baldair, we find him at the awkward age of sixteen with too much testosterone and not enough sense, behaving impetuously. I loved how Kova sets up the tension between he and his older brother, Aldrick, which clearly reveals his motivations and undisciplined behavior. I guess the only surprising thing was the lack of any parental involvement–of course that would have destryed the entire storyline (LOL!). While I doubt he would agree, when my son was 16, he required adult intervention/supervision to avoid doing stupid things that would impact his life longer-term. The Emperor clearly has other things occupying his attention…but what of Baldair’s mother? We never see her in action.

And then there’s Erion. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him in action. The Air Awakens series alludes to him and then we see him up at the front, but only cameos. This is the first time I saw him in action in a way that allowed me to understand him motivations and I loved it. I really got the sense of his political motivations and how he wrestled with exploiting his relationship with the prince for his own and his family’s gain. That, and his ties to the history with his homeland that had been conquered by and incorporated into the Solaris Empire.

All in all, the plot was engaging–who can’t appreciate preying on people’s fear of ghosts–and the characters made it a very enjoyable  read. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in this trilogy!

I give The Crown’s Dog 5 stars!

Buy The Crown’s Dog on Amazon. It’s in Kindle Unlimited, too!

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Cover Reveal of Andy Smithson Book Six!

I’ve been waiting a long time to be able to say what I’m about to say. I’m SO excited!!!! Here goes…

May I present, Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason…

WisdomOfTheCentaursReason_cover_hidden

What do you think? Don’t you love it? LOL!

Just kidding… The sixth book in the Andy Smithson series, Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason, will be released November 23rd!!!!!!!!
If your curiosity is begging  to see the whole incredibly amazing artwork my cover designer whipped up, just click here.

But BEFORE YOU CLICK, what do you speculate the rest of the cover looks like based upon the title, Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason? What can you guess based on the peek I’ve given you? It has to have Andy, but what might he be doing? What do you know about centaurs? Why would the cover feature a night sky? Is the phase of the moon important?

Okay, you’ve pondered long enough. Go satisfy your curiosity. LOL!

Enjoy!

As I mentioned, Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason will be available November 23rd, just in time for Thanksgiving reading or holiday gift-giving!

It just became available for pre-order on Amazon. Don’t risk forgetting to buy it on November 23rd, pre-order it today and have it automatically delivered…a pre-Christmas gift to yourself. 🙂

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Book Review of The Beauty of Darkness by Mary Pearson

BeautyofDarknessThe Beauty of Darkness is the third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles by Mary Pearson.

SUMMARY (from back): Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

WHAT I THOUGHT: I loved how Mary Pearson wrapped up this trilogy for the most part. In the third book we see more growth in Lia, the main protagonist, as she must overcome disbelief of those around her and assert herself as the leader of Morrighan even though it assuredly means she will die.

Driven by an ancient prophecy, Lia wrestles to overcome the neigh-sayers around her, says “no” to her heart, and plants a stake in the ground that she would save her people.  The courage of conviction that would take speaks volumes about this character who teens can look to as a role model.

Pearson does an awesome job managing the tender relationship between Lia and Rafe. The two sovereigns are stuck in a political conundrum, both their countries needing their leadership, yet as the reader, I felt for them. I longed to see them together.

And with that, I loved how Kaden and Pauline came to love each other. I was cheering duringteh last chapter when Kaden is holding Rhys and he kisses Pauline. Ah… be still my heart. A great ending/beginning for them.

There were two parts I didn’t like about this book. First, I didn’t like how the last battle was resolved. As with epic battles, Lia finds herself between a rock and a hard place, but Pearson extricates her too conveniently for my liking. I hate it when that happens. Lia should have had to dig her way out, not be rescued by the nebulous extraneous third party that does play much of a role at all in the book. I wanted more.

My other gripe was, I didn’t understand why Lia, during the final battle, had to fall off that cliff. It seemed an unnecessary add-on. But this isn’t a major issue.

Overall, this was a great conclusion to this series and I was satisfied. I give this a 4.5/5.0!

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Book Review of Eidolon by Grace Draven

Eidolon The Wraith KingsEidolon is the second book in Grace Draven’s The Wraith Kings Paranormal Fantasy Romance series.

SUMMARY (from back): In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis unleashes a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness. His human wife, Ildiko, must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to save his throne.

Three kingdoms on the verge of war must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king will raise an army of the dead to challenge an army of the damned.  A tale of alliance and sacrifice.

WHAT I THOUGHT: I loved the first book in the series, Radiance, for its depiction of how a human adapts to the dramatically different culture of the Kai after an arranged marriage borne out of political interests. Eidolon, while not focusing on the same themes as Radiance, introduces a peril on that world that demand the three nations unite and fight.

I loved the continued world-building of Draven.

Plot: The threat in this book is a horde of demons from the pit of Hell released by the former self-obsessed queen. They pillage and feed upon any living being. The stakes have never been higher and failure is not an option. It was certainly a creative and extreme conflict to be sure.

While the plot introduced a significant conflict, I thought the transition between book one and two was a bit abrupt. I mentioned this in my review of the first book. For it was in the epilogue that Draven crafts this conflict. While the scenario would have been possible based upon the character of the queen she’d set up, I would have like to see the story flow and the narrative create this problem on its own, not an epilogue.

I will not give any spoilers, but I found the execution of the conflict and resolution lacked an emotional hook for me. It seemed academic and while “big”, I wished the events leveraged the emotions of the female protagonist, Ikaido, as well as her husband, Brishen, more. It felt like Draven built the tension and then we moved to lots of action that lacked anything but the occasional pining of the husband for his wife while he’s slaying the bad guys.

Characters: I enjoyed the continued growth of both Ilaiko and Brishen. They have gone from willing pawns in a political game to husband and wife who are deeply committed to each other. I thought the misunderstand between them and how it impacted their relationship (duty vs desire) was well done.

Overall, I give this 4.0/5.0 stars.

Warning: This is not YA. There are a few sexually explicit scenes as would be expected in this Adult fantasy romance work.

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