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The Well Now Available for Preorder

The Well is now available for preorder from Amazon. Other preorder links will be available soon. Also, don’t forget the cover reveal which will be Saturday, April 1 at Joyfully Jay’s

Twenty years after prom queen Cassie Kennedy is brutally murdered, six teenagers break into the house where she was killed to hold a séance. Haven knows his cousin Elise only wants to scare the crap out of him and his friends, but he’s willing to put up with one of her pranks if it means a chance to spend a few hours with the new kid in town, Pierce Hunter.

But when morning comes, Elise has disappeared without a trace.

Twelve years later, Pierce and his twin brother Jordan are professional paranormal investigators, starring in their own ghost-hunting TV show. When Pierce calls Haven, insisting they return to the supposedly haunted building one last time, Haven reluctantly agrees. He’s nervous about seeing Pierce again, but he’s determined to get some answers. Did they really speak to Cassie’s ghost that night? What happened to Elise? And the biggest mystery of all – how did she know the secret of the well?

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The Well – Preorder Link and Cover Reveal Coming Soon!

So, I know it seems like I announced I was on hiatus only yesterday and then suddenly I was back. The truth though is that I took almost a full year off of writing — from January 2016 until late October or early November. I’m still not writing on any kind of regular, full-time basis, but I did finish one short novel called The Well. It’s a romantic suspense, with just a bit of a paranormal twist. Here’s the blurb:

Twenty years after prom queen Cassie Kennedy is brutally murdered, six teenagers break into the house where she was killed to hold a séance. Haven knows his cousin Elise only wants to scare the crap out of him and his friends, but he’s willing to put up with one of her pranks if it means a chance to spend a few hours with the new kid in town, Pierce Hunter.

But when morning comes, Elise has disappeared without a trace.

Twelve years later, Pierce and his twin brother Jordan are professional paranormal investigators, starring in their own ghost-hunting TV show. When Pierce calls Haven, insisting they return to the supposedly haunted building one last time, Haven reluctantly agrees. He’s nervous about seeing Pierce again, but he’s determined to get some answers. Did they really speak to Cassie’s ghost that night? What happened to Elise? And the biggest mystery of all – how did she know the secret of the well?

The Well will be released on May 22, 2017. 

I ran a cover contest for The Well in March. I received so many gorgeous covers, it was hard to choose. Thank you to everybody who entered. The winning artist was once again Jay Aheer, and her cover is *amazing*. However, I decided (for once) to do things the “right” way and hold off on the cover reveal until the preorder link is up and ready to go. So, when will that be?

The official cover reveal will be April 1st at Joyfully Jay

Until then, why not check out my romantic comedy Damned If You Do, which I just re-released? It’s my fun twist on the Charlie Daniels’ song The Devil Went Down to Georgia, and I promise it’ll put a smile on your face.

Soul acquisition is a drag, but if Abaddon doesn’t catch up on his quota, he could be demoted to scooping poop for the Hounds of Hell. With a deadline hanging over him, he heads for the Bible Belt, looking for the perfect combination of sweetness and challenge.

Seth is a blind musician, part of a traveling tent revival. He’s cute, mystically talented, and quotes the Bible at every turn. His soul is pure enough to fill Abaddon’s quota for months to come, and Abaddon is determined to claim it.

The problem? There’s the revival foreman who watches Abaddon’s every move. Then there’s the mystery of Seth’s many unusual talents. Finally, there’s Abaddon himself. He’s beginning to like Seth a bit too much. Maybe Seth deserves something better than damnation.

But Hell’s agenda isn’t negotiable, and time is running out. If Abaddon doesn’t play his cards right, he could condemn both of them to the worst fate of all—an eternity apart.

Warning: Contains a Bible-quoting twink and an irreverent devil. Also, snakes. Lots and lots of snakes.

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Damned If You Do will also be available as an audiobook in the very near future! 

Damned If You Do Available Now (Again)!

Because Samhain Publishing closed their doors, the original version of this story is no longer available. Therefore, I’ve self-published the 2nd edition of Damned If You Do. There is no content change at all from the first edition, so if you bought it then, there’s no need to buy it again now. However, if you haven’t purchased it yet, here’s your chance! This is my comedic twist on the Charlie Daniels’ song, The Devil Went Down to Georgia. It’s sweet and fun and a little bit silly.

Oh. And it totally makes fun of Tom Brady.

Enjoy!

Soul acquisition is a drag, but if Abaddon doesn’t catch up on his quota, he could be demoted to scooping poop for the Hounds of Hell. With a deadline hanging over him, he heads for the Bible Belt, looking for the perfect combination of sweetness and challenge.

Seth is a blind musician, part of a traveling tent revival. He’s cute, mystically talented, and quotes the Bible at every turn. His soul is pure enough to fill Abaddon’s quota for months to come, and Abaddon is determined to claim it.

The problem? There’s the revival foreman who watches Abaddon’s every move. Then there’s the mystery of Seth’s many unusual talents. Finally, there’s Abaddon himself. He’s beginning to like Seth a bit too much. Maybe Seth deserves something better than damnation.

But Hell’s agenda isn’t negotiable, and time is running out. If Abaddon doesn’t play his cards right, he could condemn both of them to the worst fate of all—an eternity apart.

Warning: Contains a Bible-quoting twink and an irreverent devil. Also, snakes. Lots and lots of snakes.

 

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Damned If You Do will also be available as an audiobook in the very near future! 

Calling All Cover Artists!

I need a cover for a book I plan to self-publish in April or May of 2017. I’ve worked with some amazing cover artists over the past few years, but I like having several options to choose from. My cover contest for Trailer Trash went so well last year, I decided to go ahead and do it again. So, if you’re interested in submitting a cover (and being paid for your work), please read on.

(For those who are saying, “Wait! Does this mean you’re writing again?” you can jump back to this post for the answer.)

Now… back to my cover. 🙂

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Update, Or: How Karma Bit Me On the Ass

Hiatus Over (Mostly)

I posted back in August that I was on a bit of a hiatus from writing. But the truth is, I started writing again sometime in mid- to late-October. I’m sure a few people are saying, “that didn’t take long.” But the hiatus actually started back in January of 2016. It just took me until August to admit it publicly. And I guess by that point, I was already getting tired of it.

At any rate, whatever the reasoning: Yes, I’m writing again, although I’m taking it very slow, one day at a time, trying not to force things. Still hoping to reclaim that feeling of wanting to write, rather than feeling that I have to write.

Some days it works better than others.

So, What’s Up?

Karma: Image from Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book

I recently wrapped up a short novel called The Well. This is the first thing I’ve completed since January 2016, and it feels pretty damned good. The funny thing is, this is sort of Karma’s way of biting me in the ass. See, I’ve been kicking this story idea around for years. It involves a group of high school students who decide to spend the night in an abandoned and supposedly haunted house. The next morning, one of them has disappeared without a trace. The thing is, I wasn’t ever entirely sure what happened to her. It wasn’t until last fall that all the pieces fell into place.

But what does that have to do with karma?

Remember the post I did a few months ago about my literary pet peeves? One of the things I hate more than anything is flashbacks. I have very little patience for them. I find them terribly tedious.

And so of course this story ended up being full of them.

I tried to get around it. Really, I did. I spent several weeks trying to figure out how to tell the story without moving back and forth in time, but in the end, somebody told me to quit fucking around and tell the story the way it needed to be told. And so, I did. About two-thirds of the story is set in modern day, but the other one-third is set twelve years earlier.

When Can We Read It?

I don’t know yet how or when it will be published. I’ll probably self-publish it in about April, but there are still a couple of other options I’m considering. Whatever happens, I’ll post about it here, as soon as I know anything.

Samhain

As most of you have probably heard, Samhain is closing. Again. Or, for the first time. Except for that other time when they were closing but then weren’t.

Whatever.

This means two of my books will need new homes. Family Man, which I co-wrote with Heidi Cullinan, will be re-released by Dreamspinner Press, but I don’t know exactly when. Damned If You Do will be re-released by me, probably in April or so. I also plan to have audio of that one out around the same time.

As always, details will be posted here on my blog, as I receive them.

What’s Next?

There’s only one project I’m actively working on — a scifi novel I’m cowriting with Cari Z. We’re getting close to having a finished first draft, but we’re a long way from being officially “finished.” I have no idea if or when that story will be published.

Other than that, I’m honestly not sure what I’ll work on next. I have a football story I’ve been stalling on for ages. I also have two abandoned stories from several years ago, each with just a hint of BDSM, that might work together as the start of a new contemporary series. I’m still brainstorming the details. I’m also sort of considering a sequel to Trailer Trash, but it would be quite dark and angsty, and I’m not sure I want to go there.

For now, I guess I’ll just be plugging away on the scifi with Cari Z, until I get a good handle on one of those other projects.

Patreon Reminder

In case you missed it, I’m now on Patreon. Please consider supporting me there, if you feel so inclined. If not, no worries! I appreciate all the support I receive from readers, whether on or off Patreon. But, just so you know, Patreon supporters at the $7+ level will have the first glimpse of The Well next month. 🙂

That’s all for now! Thanks so much for all your support!

I’m on Patreon!

I’ve been debating Patreon for months now. Today, I took the plunge. I can’t really say that I “decided” to join. It was more of a sudden, inexplicable desire to try something new. I’m freaking out about it a bit. I’m still not entirely sure it’s a good fit for me, but I guess I’ll never know until I try. And so…

I’ve decided to try.

If you’re interested in becoming a Patron, you can find me here. If you have no interest in becoming a Patron, that’s fine. I absolutely understand. I’m truly very grateful to any of you who have been kind enough to buy one of my books, whether you choose to sponsor me on Patreon or not.

If you *do* decide to become a Patron, just know that I’m anticipating a bit of a learning curve. I hope you’ll be patient as I bungle around, trying to figure out how it works.   🙂

Thanks again.

For Those Who Are Wondering…

Matt and Jared had a lovely Christmas, and are now cuddled up on the couch watching the game. Things aren’t as tense as they were when their teams played a couple of weeks ago. While Jared and I would never give up on our Broncos, we’re also realistic about our chances. If and when the Broncos are eliminated, we’ll side with Matt and be Chiefs fans for the postseason. (Just like Matt sided with us when the tables were turned last year.)

My family also had a wonderful Christmas, although we were short a brother-in-law. Hubby gave me the #1 item on my wish list — a new heavy duty sewing machine. I can’t wait to try it out, but it’ll have to wait until 2017, because first thing tomorrow morning, DD and I will begin the long drive to Louisiana to visit family.

The longer I’m away from Twitter, the less I miss it, but the boredom of driving through Kansas will be the real test. 😉

To everybody out there — whatever or however you celebrate this time of year, I hope it’s full of happiness, love, and joy.

Merry Christmas, from Matt, Jared, and me. 

Family-Friendly “Horror” Movies, Pennsylvania, and Holiday Wishes

Happy Holidays!!

Before I decided to write my soul-searching post, I’d been considering a post of an entirely different nature. I’m actually looking for suggestions on a couple of small things.

Family-Friendly Horror Movies?

My daughter, aged twelve, has been swept up in the Five Nights at Freddy’s mania. The problem is, they’ve announced a FNAF movie, to be released in 2018. Up until recently, DD had never watched a horror movie at all, but she’s determined to be ready to see this movie in theaters when it’s released. To this end, she essentially decided to go into training. Horror movie training, that is, with me as her coach.

The problem?

Well, I’m a big fan of horror movies, so I was ready and willing to help her out. But it turns out my idea of a “beginner” movie — Final Destination or Nightmare on Elm Street — was more than she could handle. So we’re taking a step back.

We need horror movies that aren’t quite horror movies.

So far, we’ve managed Coraline, Arachnophobia, and Watcher in the Woods. Tonight, we’re trying The Thing (the original — I figured the goofy special effects will nullify most of the horror). Other movies on our “to be watched” list include Tremors, Alien, and Beetlejuice. But after that, I’m sort of out of ideas.

So, I’m looking for suggestions: can you recommend a not-quite-horror movie that’s pretty low-key, and appropriate for a squeamish 12-year old?

Are You Familiar with Pennsylvania?

Also, I’d like to talk to somebody who’s familiar with Pennsylvania, but not necessarily Pittsburgh or Philadelphia. Specifically, I’m looking for somebody who knows the rural (I think it’s rural!) area around Altoona. So if you’re familiar with that region, please let me know. Maybe leave your email address, and I’ll get in touch sometime after the first of the year.

It’s That Time of Year

It’s always busy this time of year. I’m sure almost everybody reading this is in the same boat as me, wondering how it could possibly be Christmas already. Between hockey games, football games, holiday parties, a (very minor) upcoming surgery, and a trip to Louisiana to visit my uncle and grandmother, I feel like I won’t have a free minute until 2017.

Still, things are good. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with the entire family. We threw a surprise party for my MIL’s 76th birthday (we totally missed her 75th, because we’re bad children — but this way, she was extra surprised). My daughter’s musical theater class just had their performances of Tom Sawyer this weekend, and she did great (she played Muff, the bank robber). DD’s also learning to bake, which is actually pretty amazing (even if it is bad for my waistline).

Giving Thanks

Cat Tree + Christmas Tree

I could make a list of the things I have to be grateful for, but it’d be lengthy. I’m thankful that my daughter is happy and healthy. (If only her grades were decent, she’d be perfect!) I’m glad to have my family close. I’m glad we can keep the home warm, have our entire family over for Thanksgiving dinner and/or Christmas brunch, and still put presents under the tree without having to stress. We’re not wealthy, by any stretch of the imagination, but we’re still “rich” in the ways that truly count. So I’m grateful for that.

Also, despite all my bellyaching over my career, please know that I am eternally grateful for every one of you who’s ever decided to take a chance on one of my books. I’m especially thankful to those of you who keep coming back for more. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be here at all. I’d have had to go back to my EDJ (working for doctors) years ago. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to *not* be doing that. 🙂 So… thank you. I mean that.

Happy Holiday!

And finally, whatever or however you celebrate this time of year, I want to wish you all a happy and peaceful holiday season.

 

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