Category Archives: News & Updates

Cats and Road Trips

I’m sure many of you traveled over the holiday. I spent Christmas with my sister and her husband in Jacksonville, Fl. While driving across Florida, I took the opportunity to have brunch with Susan (S.E. ) Smith and her husband Steve. Whenever I head to the east coast of Florida, I always make a point of seeing my good friend.

In January, I helped a friend move a sick cat from Austin, Texas to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was great catching up with my friend, Katherine, and assist her in the move. The trip was uneventful accept for the truck that almost ran us off the road. The driver side mirror was the only casualty in that near accident. Here I am with Cinni. She had an appointment with a feline cardiologist who gave her a clean bill of health. Yes, I’m dressed for the frozen tundra again. Does anyone recognize the hat I’m wearing in this or the tennis photo?

Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2017 certainly had its highs and lows. In February, ‘A Touch of Prudence’ was the #1 Kindle World Best Seller for 3 whole days, staying #1 under Paranormal/Fantasy for weeks. That was THRILLING! Kindle World novellas are now available under Kindle Unlimited, so if you haven’t read my 4 Kindle World Novellas (3 in S.E. Smith’s Magic, New Mexico and 1 in Eliza Gayle’s Southern Shifters) and are a Kindle Unlimited customer…enjoy!

The United States was hit by three devastating hurricanes. Having been through a 7.2 Earthquake in California, and now a Category 4 hurricane, I notice people are generally at their best during a disaster. The wonderful S.E. Smith took me and the cats into her home to sit out Irma. Although we didn’t get any writing done, it was fun to think about creating stories about our experiences with 4 cats and 1 dog sharing a house during a hurricane.

It was VERY difficult to get back into a routine after the hurricane. ‘Drake’s Nightshade’ that I hoped to finish was shelved in November since I had a February 1st due date for a shifter box set. The book is the last one in the Nightshade Saga series and I wanted it to be special. Creative juices just weren’t flowing.

Here is what I hope to do in 2018:

February: ‘A Cougar’s Longing’ for a shifter box set. A 42-year-old cougar shifter mistakenly sleeps with her 27-year-old best friend’s son. He also happens to be a wolf shifter. More info to follow on this

June: ‘Designated’ The 3rd book in the Zaratan Trilogy. This is the book I’ve been asked the most about. Since I’ll be attending a 2-day Science Fiction Convention in Ft. Myers in June, I wanted to finish the series, plus make my fans happy! FAN GIRL ALERT: Jonathan Frakes, from Star Trek:The Next Generations will be there.

August: ‘Drake’s Nightshade’ It seems I’ve been publishing this series every August for the last 3 years. I will try to have paperback copies at Literary Love in Savannah in late July.

September: ‘The Soul Mate’ a Worlds Apart prequel novella featuring Zane and Leena Childers. The novella will initially only be available in an anthology published for ‘Show Me Your Books’. It will later be available on Amazon and ultimately a ‘Worlds Apart’ box set.

I also plan to write an adult sci-fi adventure. I don’t have dates for those books as of yet, since I want to publish the trilogy every one to two months.

As you can see, 2018 will be VERY busy for me. I’m also playing in 3 tennis leagues! Good thing, I’m a great time manager. I figure by telling you all these dates, I had better make them.

Out And About

In October I attended the InD’Scribe conference in Burbank, California and the Florida Writer’s Associaton Conference in Orlando. One of the nice things about attending a conference in the Los Angeles area is I can catch up with old friends. I met some at various restaurants across the city and one friend came to the conference to see me. The Florida Writers Association Conference gave me an opportunity to meet fellow authors and attend workshops. My day begins at 7am with breakfast and runs until around 10pm with workshop after workshop!

Here I am with my good friend, Jackie. She’s read all my books and has vacationed with me for years. Her husband hates hot weather, so she’s the perfect person to go down to Mexico with. It’s hard to believe she was once my apartment manager in Encino, California. How do you like the new table cover? I guess this is my unofficial cover reveal for Drake’s Nightshade. Sorry, no publication date on that book. Blame it on Hurricane Irma!

Here are a couple of photos from the Royal Palm Awards night at the Florida Writer’s Association. The woman at the bottom left corner is Carol Post. She won the award for Best Romance. I attended a fabulous workshop she put on and ended up buying her book. Carol is a super lady!

‘Selected’ Wins 1st Runner up RONE Award for Best YA Scifi/Paranormal/Fantasy

At the InD’Scribe conference in October, I was thrilled to received the 1st Runner-up RONE Award for ‘Selected’. The 5-star review I received from InD’Tale Magazine made the book an automatic Finalist. I put on a fancy dress and attended the ceremony. It was surreal hearing ‘Selected’ announced.

The book is specially priced at $2.99 in honor of the award. Click here to purchase or gift. It’s a Young Adult book, but adults can enjoy it as well. Of all the books I have written, it is the most personal. No, I was not selected by aliens to leave Earth and travel to Zaratan, but I put 14-year-old Evelyn in the position of my main character. What would I have done facing what Kara had to face alone?

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.
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: