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Pre order your copy today!

The novella that I helped write with four other amazing authors is almost here! The Servants and the Beast will be live on June 28th but you can order your copy today on Amazon and have the ebook waiting on your Kindle when you wake up next Friday. Happy reading!

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Cover reveal is almost here!

Mystery CoverThe cover to what, you ask? Well, let me tell you. Last year, my good friend Karen was smacked in the head with a brilliant idea and she asked rallied some authors to give her a hand bringing the idea to fruition.

And we did!

Five of us writers, Karen Blakely, Cheryl Mahoney, Kelly Haworth, Jenniffer Lee, and me, came together to write a Beauty and the Beast story with a twist. Her idea was basically,  why would the Beast be expected to fall in love with the first person to come along? Pretty unreasonable, right? So, in our story more than one love interest comes to the castle.

To get around having 5 writers writing in 5 different styles and voices, we have the story told through different POVs. Each chapter is told through the eyes of a different servant who were also cursed along with the Beast.

I was quite impressed how well it worked out. We worked so well together, bouncing ideas off of each other and encouraging one another to do our best. I love how the story turned out. And I hope you will too.

The book is titled, The Servants and the Beast and will be released on Friday, June 28, 2019. Come back Friday to see the amazing cover and get your preorder!

 

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Warm Bodies warmed my heart

This last Super Bowl Sunday, my teenager daughter and I went to see Warm Bodies with my friend Karen. Let me tell you, it was FAB-U-LOUS! Of course, I’m a sucker for an offbeat love story and you can’t get more unusual than a zombie falling for a human.warmbodies

The story is told through the point of view of R, our zombie protagonist. His thoughts and observations are laugh-out-loud funny as he ponders his life as a living corpse, “Man, we walk slow.” He has no memory of his past human life and isn’t very excited about his current one. R is endearing right from the start—a zombie clinging to humanity through his vast collection of knick knacks and vinyl records.

Its during a hunt for food—Brains!—that R finds Julie and takes her home with him. The build up of their relationship was realistic, gradual, believable, and very touching. The story is obviously a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, complete with balcony scene.

Nicholas Hoult does a wonderful job playing R. He makes being undead hot! Julie is played by Teresa Palmer who is absolutely adorable. The two of them together were so freakin’ cute you can’t help but cheer them on as they fight to stay together.

I definitely recommend this movie, especially this Valentine’s Day.

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Hansel and Gretel is Awesome!

Last night, my wonderful husband took me out to see Hansel and Gretel at the IMAX in 3D. And I must say, the movie was great fun. I loved the concept of the story: after defeating a dark witch who wanted to cook and eat Hansel, the two siblings grow up to become witch hunters. Sure, the story line was simple and predictable, but the special effects, humor, and creative weapons kept my attention from start to finish. Hansel-Gretel-Witch-Hunters_1

The way the dark witches were portrayed was really creepy. They were super ugly and almost animalistic, at times running on all fours as they ran from the witch hunters. The weapons Hansel and Gretel used gave the movie a nice steam punk vibe that I enjoyed. The fight scenes were bloody and gross, so keep your hands free to cover your eyes. It wasn’t Spartacus-gross, but graphic. And, of course, Hansel was HOT!!! But so was his sister. My goal is to one day look as good in leather pants as Gretel. I must say I really loved her—a beautiful badass that can take a punch. My kind of gal.

But I think my favorite part was the love story element. It wasn’t a huge part of the story, but it was sweet and realistic and tugged at my heart strings. I would definitely recommend this movie if your looking for a good time.

This afternoon, my teenager and I are going to see Warm Bodies with my good friend Karen. I’ll post soon letting you know what I thought of that. But, really, a zombie love story? How could you go wrong?

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The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers is FREE this weekend

title (2)My short story, The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers, is FREE on Amazon this weekend, January 26 and 27. It’s a crazy little story about a witch who attempts to bring her boss’ dead cat back to life. It’s funny, if a little dark, so if you have a twisted sense of humor like I do, you’re going to love it. And it’s FREE!! So go forth and download it and tell all your Kindle-loving friends to download it too.

Also, I’ve dropped the ebook price of Pucker Up, the first book in my Damsels OF Distress series, to $0.99. Here’s the new, updated blurb:

Ivy always thought that breaking a curse with True Love’s Kiss was the ultimate romantic gesture in fairy tales. But when she has to plant one on a prince who’s been dead for 200 years, it’s just gross.

After the “incident”, seventeen-year-old Ivy discovers she’s a witch, and she’s not at all happy about it. An underground organization of human warriors called the Eradicators are hunting her, like they do all other creatures tainted with magic—witches and wizards, werewolves, vampires, and fae to name a few. To escape, she’s found refuge in Salmagundi; a town hidden behind magical wards to anyone who doesn’t use magic.

But she can’t relax yet. The secret she keeps about her past could get her killed if discovered. Keeping a low profile is her main goal. Too bad Garren—the most obnoxious, pretentious, and not hot guy she ever met—won’t leave her alone. No other person on the planet can get her blood racing like he can.

Now the wards are failing, putting every resident in danger of being discovered by the Eradicators.

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Thankfully, a possible solution has been found and Ivy is the key. All she has to do is awaken the wizard prince who cast the wards over 200 ye

ars ago and bring him back to Salmagundi to save the town. Only two obstacles stand in the way: his whereabouts are unknown and only True Love’s Kiss can break the curse he’s under.

That’s right. She has to kiss the dead guy.

Together with her cousin and tag-a-long Garren, she sets out on a quest to find her prince. After putting up with dragons, vampires and one too many necrophilia jokes, can she survive long enough to take one for the team and PUCKER UP?

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An interview with Kody Kline

This year, I decided to give back to all the amazing writers who play a part in helping me improve my craft and get my books published by featuring them here. First up is fellow Stonehenge member, Kody Kline. He is constantly pushing me to broaden my horizons and challenging me to step outside my comfort zone in my writing. In fact, wemade a deal that he would join me in ditching the soda drinking habit (he’s a self-professed Mt. Dew fiend) and I would write a story geared toward adults. We’re both still going strong.

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Not only is Kody a fascinating man, but a talented writer who has already indie-published a short story, The Saraithian Rising, and a book of poetry, Poetic Trash, both available on Amazon. The beauty and passion that spills off the pages of his work has quickly made Kody one of my favorite authors and I’m honored to call him my friend.
So, I sent Kody a bunch of questions to get to know him better and here are his replies:
Q1. What story are you working on right now?A –  I generally work on several stories at one time.  My main project is a fantasy trilogy, the Etherium: Rise of Fire is the first installment.  My other works consist of short stories of the scifi realm and stories that tie into the world of the Etherium.

Q2.  If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be, what would you talk about, and what would you eat? 

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A –  I can’t limit the answer to just one person: Nick Cave, he’s a true musician, and has influenced my life; Gary Oldman, an amazing actor; Audrey Tautou, she’s just the most adorable person ever; Jean-Pierre Jeunet, my favorite director, who makes beautiful films, and I would love to crawl in his mind; and Andrew J. Robinson, because he played my favorite antihero of all time, Elim Garak.  We would talk about anything, conversations go where they desire, not where you desire, and we would eat food.

Q3. What is your favorite book as a child and as a man and why?

A – My favorite children’s book was There’s a Wocket in my Pocket, by Dr. Seuss.  I couldn’t say why, I just loved it.  As an adult, the Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite book of all time.  The story is impressive in that no part is superfluous.  Every piece is a part of an amazing puzzle, and the way it is written, well, it’s just easy to fall in love with.  The characters and world are vivid and tangible.  And not only is it a revenge tale, but the way Edmond obtains his revenge is stirring.  A masterpiece of literature, to which I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around how Dumas organized the story in his head.

Q4. When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer?

A –  I’ve always had an overactive imagination, and an ability to carry my created worlds and people in my head.  The Etherium is something I’ve held for fifteen years or so.  It is hard for a pesron to look into themselves and see their weaknesses, but I went through a point in my life that was extremely difficult and faith breaking.  When I emerged on the other side, I recognized I lacked the courage to write my stories.  While reading a Philip K. Dick story, I said to myself, I can do this: and I just started– haven’t looked back.

Q5. Who are your greatest influences when it comes to how you write and/or what you write about?

A –  For fantasy, my favorite author is David and Leigh Eddings.  Their work is what I, at first, modelled my style after.  Their worlds and characters are well devised, and every time I read their stories, I still laugh, cry, and enjoy the experience.  This is what I set out to create myself.  But as I continue to evolve as a writer, I let my own voice take over, and honestly, most of my inspiration comes from the aether, dreams, and the blessed spirit.

Q6.  Why do you think Alan Rickman is one of the best actors of all time?

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Alan Rickman

A1 –  I don’t.

Did I mention he can be a smartass? Let’s try that again. A2 – haha! While I do think Rickman is a great actor, he’s not on my personal list of best ever.  Don’t get me wrong, I love his work, and will always look forward to watching one of his films.  But there are just several other actors who I find more enjoyable.  That is personal taste and what makes our world superb.

Q7.  If I challenged you to write a story that was neither science-fiction nor fantasy, what genre would you write and why?

A –  Probably a suspense, murder story.  When it comes to movies, one of my favorite genres is serial killer stories, mind trip movies, and it would be fun to see if I could make my own skin crawl, and write a character who is extremely calculating, methodical, and horrible.

Q8. Are there certain characteristics that you believe all great heros should posses, or all memorable villains?

A – Heroes should be selfless, willing to sacrifice themselves to do what is right, what is necessary.  They are humble, honest, sincere, and virtuous.  Villians, well, they are the fun ones!  No remorse, passion, and intelligence are the factors I look for in a memorable bad guy.  But I move towards Antiheroes, personally.

Q9.  I like to write stories about strong female characters who don’t need a man to rescue them. Is there a common theme or message central to all your stories?

sarcoverA –  I love strong female characters, and I think it’s a shame there are not more of them.  But, we are slowly awakening as a society.  Hopefully, this will become more prevalent.  In my fantasy world, woman are on equal footing as men, and they join the ranks of Raithian Knights.  My main character will actually fight a woman, who is both strong and sensual.  While I appreciate a strong woman, I don’t think this excludes their feminity, their grace, and their beauty, so I still pay attention to this as well.  Overall, woman are amazing…

If you’d like to learn more about Kody, visit his blog.

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FREE ebook today!

My short story, The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers, is free today at Amazon. So grab your brand-spankin’ new Kindle and download it today. It’s a fun little story about a witch who needs to bring her boss’s cat back to life so she won’t lose her job. Of course, everything that can go wrong, does. It’s laugh-out-loud funny.title (2)

On another note, I hope everyone is recovering well from their Christmas holiday. The past couple days have been busy, but joyful. Now, as I gaze around my mess of a house—bits of wrapping paper and cardboard, half-eaten cookies, and pieces to new games scattered all over the floor—I just want to crawl back into bed until 2013. Let someone else clean it up. That would be a much appreciated present for this worn-out mom, although my Severus Snape replica wand is pretty cool. Too bad I can’t make it work.

One of the best parts of Christmas day was surprising my teenage daughter with her new iPhone 4. We had her convinced she wasn’t getting it. Then, right before dinner, we gave it to her. I had my sister-in-law sit next to her and answer the phone when I called from another room. She hands it to her saying “It’s for you.” Confused, my daughter answers it and I ask over the line “How do you like your new phone?” She went nuts. Tears in her eyes, she practically mowed me down giving me a hug. The huge smile that lingered on her face the rest of the night was the best gift of all.

What special gift did you give or receive this Christmas?

 

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