Esmeralda’s Story is Out Today! (Plus Hiatus Announcement)

Finally, after months of teasing and promising this release, it’s finally here! Empty Little Heart: Esmeralda’s Story is live on Amazon right now! You can buy it here, or add it to your shelf on Goodreads. I’ve been working super hard on this story, and I’m so glad that you can finally get to read it! If you do give it a read, please consider leaving a review on Goodreads or Amazon, wherever you review your books. I would be very grateful! 🙂

 

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Empty Little Heart is available only as an ebook, but if you don’t have an e-reader like me, you can read it on your phone or computer with the Kindle app! ^_^


Hiatus Announcement

As you may have gathered from the title of this post, I’m going to be on a short social media and blogging hiatus over the next week, starting Sunday. There’s been a lot going on lately, and I haven’t been getting nearly as much work done as I’d like to, and next week I have to finish up a bunch of school before our break, so I think stepping back from social media and letting go of the pressure to blog for a week will be a good change. But don’t you worry! I’ll be back starting the 25th, and hopefully have a lot more awesome stuff for you guys. If you do need to contact me for anything, please feel free to send me an email through my Contact page.

Well, that about wraps it up for this post! I hope you have an amazing day.

Thanks so much for reading, and I’ll see you again soon.

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Esmeralda’s Story is Almost Here!

Hey, everyone! You probably forgot all about the Behind Her Mask was Death novelette I’ve been working on and teasing for a while now, but I’m finally ready to actually release it this week! This novelette is called Empty Little Heart: Esmeralda’s Story, and I do finally have a cover and blurb to show you guys. This amazing cover art was created by Jenna Paddey. Definitely make sure to check out her other beautiful art on her Tumblr or her Instagram page.


Empty Little Heart (Cover)

Ten years before the events of Behind Her Mask was Death, Princess Esmeralda discovers another life beyond the high walls of her father’s palace. Her governess is bent on keeping her under control and acting like a proper princess, but Esmeralda wants nothing more than to escape the confines of her stuffy little world. Only William, her brother and best friend, can keep her sane. But she would still do anything to be free…

 

 


This novelette will be available on Kindle starting this Saturday, and you can preorder it over on Amazon, if you like! And, in case you’re wondering, you can read Esmeralda’s Story before or after reading Behind Her Mask was Death. It doesn’t really matter which. I’m always working on more stories about these characters and their world, so if you have enjoyed Behind Her Mask was Death, or if you read and enjoy this novelette, don’t worry! You’ll definitely be hearing more about Esmeralda and her friends in the future. ^_^

Thanks for reading this little announcement. I’ll see you again very soon!

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The Tangle is Here! (Plus a Special Bonus)

It’s November 4th, 2017, and you know what that means! Wow. I honestly can’t believe that my second book is out today… It feels like I was drafting Behind Her Mask was Death just yesterday, and now that’s been out for over a year, and The Tangle is here as well! I can’t wait to see what happens next…

If you haven’t seen it yet, The Tangle‘s cover has been slightly updated since I last posted about the book. You can see this new, final cover below, as well as the links to find the book in both paperback and Kindle formats:

The Tangle Ebook Cover

 

Get The Tangle in paperback

Get The Tangle on Kindle

 

 

 

 

 



As promised, there’s also a little something extra in this post! I love making playlists for books and stories, and today I want to share a special playlist for The Tangle with you. These are songs that inspired aspects of the book, or that I chose because they fit the mood or the themes of the story. I hope you enjoy this playlist!


The Tangle Aesthetic Playlist:

Picture Perfect by Hidden Hospitals

Something Divine by NYVES

Still Breathing by VERIDIA

Black Honey by Thrice

Deadman by Glasslands

Chasing Fears by Graceful Closure


Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the playlist, and that you like the book as well. I am so excited to finally be releasing The Tangle to the world! Don’t forget that The Tangle Blog Tour happens next week, from the 6th to the 9th.

See you again soon!

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The Tangle Blog Tour: Official Announcement

I’ve been talking for a bit about setting up a blog tour for The Tangle, and finally everything’s in place! Everything’s been scheduled, and I can finally let you know the official dates of the tour, and all the blogs it will be stopping at. Mark your calendars, or follow me on social media, where I’ll be providing links to all the awesome content during the tour!


The Tangle Blog Tour: Official Schedule 

Tour Dates: 6th – 9th of November, 2017

November 6th: Interview with Kyle Robert Shultz

November 7th: Book Review by S. M. Metzler

November 8th: Book Review and YouTube Interview with Hannah Heath

November 9th: Book Review by Brianna Merritt


I’m super excited about this blog tour, and I can’t wait to share this book with you! The Tangle comes out November 4th, but you can still pre-order the Kindle Edition on Amazon, and enter for a chance to win a signed paperback copy on Goodreads.

Thanks for reading this post! I’ll see you again soon.

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Announcing: The Tangle!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know that I’ve been posting a novel called The Tangle on Channillo.com as a chapter-by-chapter serial. I’ve put a lot of work into this story, and I really want everyone to be able to read it. Unfortunately, nobody has been reading it on Channillo, and while I’m glad I chose to write a serial for them (if I hadn’t, I never would have written this book!), I think it’s time to move on. The Tangle will be coming down off Channillo permanently.

Don’t worry, though! Today I am officially announcing the release date of my next book, which, as you may have guessed, will be The Tangle! Here are all the details you need to know about my upcoming novel:

Genre: Paranormal Suspense

Audience: Young Adult

Release Date: November 4th, 2017


It was supposed to be River’s eleventh birthday. It turns out to be nothing but a nightmare.

When River finds herself imprisoned in a strange house, belonging to a mysterious man called Uncle, she only knows one thing: She must escape. But every power in the house, it seems, is bent on keeping her within its twisted walls. The creatures that patrol the halls may be deadly, and River may have nothing but her wit and her will, but, with the help of several unlikely allies, she just might be able to make her way out of the house before she becomes nothing more than a mindless prisoner.


I’ve also updated the cover design! Mostly, I just fixed up all the text so that it’s a lot easier to read. You can see the new cover below:

Cover (Front) For eBook and Promotional Material


I am super excited about this book, you guys! The ebook will be available for preorder within the next few days, and you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for more news. I’ll be using #TheTangleBook to share updates and info. Hopefully, there will also be an opportunity to win some cool Tangle swag, and I’m going to talk to some of my blogger friends about a blog tour!

Beautiful People #25 ~ June Edition

Hey everyone! Today I’ll be doing another Beautiful People post. This awesome meme is hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. I had so much fun doing one of these posts last month, so I thought I’d give it another go. Enjoy!


What is the Beautiful People Meme?

From the Beautiful People FAQ on Paper Fury:

Beautiful People is for writers. Every month, we post a list of 10 questions for you to answer about your characters. It’s designed to help you get to know your characters – their quirks, their personality, their flaws, and who they are.

Last month, the meme was themed around parents, because it was Mother’s Day in May, but there’s no real theme this month. (If you want to check out my May Beautiful People post, you can find it here.)


DISCLAIMER: I cannot guarantee that everything here is or will be canon in the future. I have spent a fair amount of time developing these characters, but some stuff is still unclear in my own mind, so I will try to answer the questions as best I can. Enjoy the post.


The Character

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Princess Esmeralda from Behind Her Mask was Death. Gorgeous artwork by S. Meghan Fedor.

The Questions

1.What’s their favorite place they’ve ever visited?

Esmeralda has never been outside of her country of Plutch, and has hardly ever left the capital city, but when she was younger she traveled to the coastal city of Foundry in order to meet the royal family of Skring, who were arriving by ship there. She loved this city, as she’d never seen the sea before, but she didn’t get to explore nearly as much as she wanted, as there were formalities to attend to.

2. What’s one mistake they made that they learned from?

Esmeralda often shuts people out, thinking or pretending to herself that she doesn’t need anybody. She keeps on making this mistake over and over again, and it is a vicious cycle, but she always comes to the realization that she really does need friendships with other people in order to be at all happy with her life.

3.What was their favorite subject in school? Or favorite thing to learn about?

Esmeralda despised school. She was taught at home by a governess or tutor, and learned mostly about etiquette and manners and diplomacy and how to embroider and sketch (she sketches very badly) and play piano (she doesn’t play very well either). What she does like to do is to study other people; how they speak and act and think. She is a very good judge of character.

4.What’s their favorite flower/growing thing?

Esmeralda doesn’t make it a point to notice flowers and things like that very much, but I think she would like lavender, because it would make her think of Devon.

5.Have they ever made someone cry? What happened?

Esmeralda has never really made anyone cry. She has had a lot of good cries over other people, but always alone in her room or one of her secret corners in the city, where nobody can see or hear her.

6.Would you consider them a reliable or unreliable narrator?

Esmeralda is fairly reliable, although she might be prone to twisting the facts a little to justify some of her more impulsive actions.

7.What do they dream about at night?

Esmeralda doesn’t always get a lot of sleep, and when she does she’s often so tired that her sleep is deep and dreamless. But if she does dream, it would most likely be bad dreams about things she fears, or old memories brought up from the very back of her mind; things she’s tried to forget but that will never really go away.

8.They’ve gone out for a “special meal.” What would they eat?

Probably cake or sweets of some kind. If Esmeralda was going somewhere by herself for a ‘special meal’, she would almost certainly get something as tasty and sugary as possible.

9.What’s at least one thing they want to do before they die?

Go sailing or swimming in the ocean. Visit the great city-state of New Calvin. Go anywhere in the world that wasn’t her homeland. Esmeralda loves to explore and go adventuring. She could never run out of things to do and places to go.

10.Do they have any distinguishing or unique talents?

Does getting in trouble count??? 😉 Besides her penchant for judging others’ characters and personalities, her greatest talent is doing the exact opposite of what she’s told to do; bending or breaking the rules, making crazy decisions or doing crazy things on a whim.


Thanks so much for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed it. Be sure to check out Cait’s original post, where you’ll find links to other writers who have done this meme, as well as the list of questions and a place to link up your own Beautiful People post.

Once again, Beautiful People is hosted by the amazing Cait and Sky.

Beautiful People

Chapter 4 of The Tangle is Live! (Plus Updates)

the-tangleHello, everyone! Just wanted to let you know that Disappearing Trick, chapter 4 of The Tangle, is live on Channillo.com. You can check out the series here.


Quick update: I know on Wednesday with Words this week I hinted that there might be one (or two, or three) special posts going up this week. However, it turned out that I didn’t finish them until yesterday evening, so those will be posted next week, starting Monday and continuing through Wednesday. It will be a series of three connected posts (i. e., Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), and if you happen to be a geek/gamer, or you’re in to geeky DIY projects, you are not going to want to miss them! I am super excited about these posts. They might be a bit out-of-the-ordinary for this blog (so far, at least), but hopefully I can showcase another side of my personality that doesn’t really show up much on here (the geeky, DIY side 😛 ), and hopefully there’ll be at least some people out there who really enjoy them. So, if you’re interested, just follow the blog to be notified when those posts go up next week!

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Bye for now.

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Chapter 1 of The Tangle is Live!

the-tangleHey, everybody! As some of you may know, I’m publishing my latest work, a paranormal/horror novel called The Tangle, on Channillo.com, which is a site for serial literature. A new chapter will be published every two weeks.

It’s absolutely amazing to be able to inform you that Chapter 1 of the book is now live on Channillo! You can check it out here, and, if you like, add The Tangle to your reading list on Goodreads here.

Just so you know, Channillo.com is having a special on all their subscription packages. Through the end of February, you can get the first month of any plan for just 99 cents. H Head over to http://www.channillo.com/memberships/ to check it out, and enter the code CHAN99 at checkout to get your first month of any plan for just 99 cents. You can subscribe to my series and catch Chapter 1, and check out some of the other stuff on there. There are a ton of other authors using this platform, and you might just find something super cool to enjoy! #Not$ponsoredinAnyWay #JustWantedToTellUCauseItsCool


By the way, did you know that you can now add your name to my email list to receive news and updates delivered right to your inbox? Click here to sign up! Emails will be infrequent, so you don’t have to worry about clutter in your inbox.

If you want to sample some of my work for free, grab an eBook copy of my historical fiction short story ‘Miss’ right here. Enjoy! 🙂

*Special Announcement* Places I’ll Be

Hello, everyone! You may have already heard, but a week or so ago I was informed that I had won the Micro Fiction Contest on Anela Deen’s blog. You’ll be able to read the winning story, and the second and third place stories, on her blog in a couple of weeks. However, winning the contest came with a couple of perks, which I may or may not have told you guys about already, but anyway, here’s the rundown:

  • Intisar Khanani, author of Thorn and The Sunbolt Chronicles, will be featuring me on her blog in an author/character interview, which will be posted October 1st. You’ll be able to learn a bit more about me, my book, and the book’s main character, Devon Lavender.
  • I got to write a guest post for Kate Tilton’s blog. I’m not exactly sure when that will be released, but I’ll let you know as soon as possible. The post is entitled Writing and Emotion: Swaying Readers with a Dose of Real Life.
  • Speaking of Kate Tilton, I’m going to be a guest on her Twitter chat (#k8chat) on November 10th from about 9:00 to 10:00 EST. The topic will be ‘When Characters Become Human’. Anybody can participate in the chat! Check out the chat page on Kate’s website for more details.

Those are all awesome perks from the contest, but there are still a few more amazing things which will be happening pretty soon:

  • My Goodreads giveaway for Behind Her Mask was Death will be over on September 30th. Over 340 people have already entered, and there’s still time for you to get your name in for a chance to win a signed copy of the book. It’s completely free to enter, and there are lots of other cool giveaways for new books to check out as well.
  • The publication date for Behind Her Mask was Death is October 1st, this Saturday. You’ll be able to purchase either a paperback copy or a Kindle eBook on Amazon starting Saturday morning (And I do mean morning. I’m going to be up really late anyway, and since I have to manually release the book, I’ll be doing it around midnight- 1:00 PM that day.) Leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads after you’ve read the book, even if the review is just a few lines, would be really appreciated.

But now, finally, I am going to announce what is probably the biggest, best thing to happen yet:

On October 29th, you will be able to join me at the Orange Branch Library in Orange Township, Ohio, for the first ever Great GeekFest! It goes from 10:00 to 8:00 and I’m going to be there all day, selling and signing books, and having lots of fun. There will be games and cosplay and author panels and vendors and food (of course) and general geekiness all day long, so save the date and I’ll see you there!

Thanks so much for reading, and have a great day. 🙂

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30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 20

Day 20: Draw hair.

It’s nice to have something easy to draw that doesn’t take up so much time for a change. I have so much school now. It’s crazy. Anyway, this drawing of hair was done in pencil.

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*Special Note* It’s only ten days until October 1st, and I’m super excited! Don’t forget to check out my giveaway on Goodreads and enter for a chance to win a free copy of Behind Her Mask was Death (shameless promotion is shameless). Also, it’s probably as good a time as any to mention that I won first place in Anela Deen’s Micro Fiction Contest! You can expect to see the winning story published on her blog sometime in October. I’ll post a link when it’s available. I’ll also be doing an author/character interview on Intisar Khanani’s blog soon (not exactly sure when that will be yet), and a guest post for Kate Tilton on her website. I may also be on Kate’s Twitter chat (#K8chat) at some point, but only if I can think of a good discussion topic…

Anyway, I’ll see you guys tomorrow for Day 21!