Category Archives: News & Updates

I Attended the Once Upon A Book Convention


Here I am with Laura Hawks at the Once Upon A Book Ball. I was the Mad Hatter w/my signature purple hat and the purple cape my sister, Laura got me.


Here I am with author Candy Ann Little. She is always a joy to be around. We met at UtopYA last year and she told me about the fun convention in Frankenmuth, MI. Yes, I will be back next year.


Here I am with Super Reader Tina. It was so much fun visiting with her again. She left with over 100 books, including The Nightshade Saga series.


The ball was visited by Dino and his twins. It was hysterical to see the dinosaurs dancing. Once Upon A Book Convention was a family friendly event.

Selected is a RONE Award Finalist

Selected is a RONE Award FINALIST for Best Young Adult Novel of 2015. Just received the news. It’s very exciting. Since the book received a 5-star review from InD’Tale Magazine, it automatically moves into the FINALIST category.

Another great piece of news. I FINALLY get to meet my awesome cover artist, Fiona Jayde when I am at RT in Atlanta next month. She provided an awesome cover for my book.

2017 Conferences and Signings

5/3-5/7: RT Convention, Booksigning, and Round-up signing
Saturday May 21st: I ❤️ Books Signing – Boca Raton, FL
Saturday June 10, 2017: SWFL SpaceCon2017: Panel and booksigning – Ft. Myers, FL (Book 1 & 2 of the Zaratan Trilogy only)
Wednesday July 26th: RWA Literacy Singing- Orlando, FL
RomCon – I will publish Romcon dates as soon as I get them.
2018
9/7-9/8 Show Me Your Books – Kansas City, MO
TBA Replacement for Authors After Dark – Savannah, GA

Interview with Terry Spear

I had the pleasure of enjoying lunch with Terry Spear and several of her readers at the recent Coastal Magic Con. Terry writes shifter romances and shared with us more about her urban fantasy worlds and the characters in them.

I met Terry originally at Romcon2013 where I was her scribe during a Armageddon workshop where we were wolf-shifters. I have since seen her at Readers & Readers and Coastal Magic. When we can, we have lunch or dinner to catch up.

Writing Inspiration for Worlds Apart series

I recently sat down with the prolific science fiction writer, S.E. Smith, and she asked me about my inspiration for writing the Worlds Apart series.

I also reveal my favorite color. Any guesses as to what that may be?!

Here’s a quick video of our chat:

Writers & Readers Intimate Retreat Roundup

I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural #WRIR Writers and Readers Intimate Retreat on the weekend in Orlando, Florida and had so much fun. I did my first Periscope and was thrilled to interview Michele Callahan.

Michele has heavily influenced my decision to become a writer; in fact, it was after attending RomCon, which Michele organizes, that I decided that I could be a writer.

In our interview, I ask Michele how she writes 50,000 words a month and manages a family of three kids and a hubby. Watch the video for her answer – it’s so simple but effective!

Click here to watch my video with Michele.

Here are a couple of pictures from WRIR:

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#WRIR Book Signing

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Mandy, Chris Keniston, me, Chris’ Mom, Linda

Geri Foster and Evelyn Lederman
Me and Geri Foster

Evelyn Lederman and reader Mandy
I love meeting readers like Mandy!