“Enzo’s Story” Official Release Date: July 7th!

It’s finally here! The official release date for Enzo’s Story will be THIS SATURDAY, July 7th! And to celebrate, I am offering the Kindle version of the first book, Another Lifetime, for only 99­¢ on Amazon from July 7th until July 14th!

Because I am super excited about this release, I am holding another cool promotion as well–you will also be able to get The Bard on Kindle for FREE from July 7th until July 11th! If you haven’t started this series yet, now would be a great time!

And as always, reviews are greatly appreciated–they take less than five minutes and are a great way to let other readers know your thoughts about the books!

Click on the image below to take you to the Kindle page–if you’ve read Another Lifetime and can’t wait to read Enzo’s Story, you can purchase the Kindle version now! (Remember, the paperback and other deals won’t be out until Saturday!)

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Enzo’s Story — Cover Reveal!

Drumroll please…

Here it is, the official cover reveal to Enzo’s Story which will be released after the proof is in my anxious hands, checking things twice. A special thank you to Amanda Poston for providing a photo to be used as the cover inspiration! I hope you like it, and I can’t wait for you all to read it!!

My First Author Visit

I was very blessed to be asked to be the featured author at our 8th grade author visit this year! I have never done one of these before, but I have seen other authors visit our school, so at least I had an inkling of what to do–though, since the students know me already, I also decided to turn it into a teaching moment and make it more about the writing process than simply a plug for my book.

Some people are more comfortable speaking in front of people they know, but for me, it’s the opposite. It’s as if the bar is already set, and if I don’t meet or exceed their expectations, then I have failed them.

I expected some kids to be inattentive and to laugh, or make goofy comments, because they would certainly see my quirky side, or just not appreciate this type of thing to begin with–after all, not everybody enjoys writing or listening to a band director talk about writing.

But they surprised me–it was silent. They were all attentive.

One teacher confessed to me later that a girl leaned over and asked her if I ever slept.

I had students come up and congratulate me, telling me what a great job I did. It felt weird, since it’s usually me telling them what a great job they did on things.

There was even a reception and book signing! Some kids made me a t-shirt that depicted Aria and Enzo in paintbrushes. There was a huge banner welcoming me with a drawn cover of my book with some of the students’ favorite quotes all around it.

They made me feel famous for that afternoon.

And they were talking about it the following day, too.

But the best thing of all? I had students–some I had, some I didn’t–come up to tell me that I had inspired them to go home and write. I may not be a best-selling author, but to hear them say that is worth more to me than any accolade I could ever receive.

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New Event! Tinley Park Public Library Local Authors Expo!

This Saturday, November 18!!!

Sat 11 AM · 7851 Timber Dr, Tinley Park, IL

The Tinley Park Public Library Local Authors Expo will be held in the library Meeting Room on the first floor. Myself and around 20 other local authors will have books for sale (and sign them!!) and you can feel free to engage in some lovely conversation! 🙂 I hope to see you there!!

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New Event–Author Reading this week!!

If you’re in the Plainfield area this Thursday evening, I will be doing a reading from The Bard at the Plainfield Public Library in the large meeting room (downstairs). The event runs from 7-8:30 pm, and you will get to hear authors read from one of their works and talk about their latest projects.

If you have not read The Bard Trilogy yet and want to hear a bit, this is the perfect chance to do so!

Perhaps…perhaps you might also hear a shameless plug for my latest series about Another Lifetime and it’s soon-to-be follow up book. 😉

Hope to see you there!

“Promptober” 10.07.17

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The party reached the edge of the forest, the darkness ahead of them seeming to swallow the world beyond the first few trees.
Alistair drew his sword, ready to take on any foes that were lying in wait. He took a step forward before he felt a hand reach out and grab his arm.
“Alistair, wait.”
He turned around. It was Leliana.
“What if…what if he’s there? Are you ready to face him?”
“Do I have much of a choice? If he has become the Guardian, then he must be stopped at all costs.”
“But is there not any other way?”
Alistair put his hand on her shoulder. “I am afraid not. Do I still have your support? If I should…”
Leliana stepped towards him, reaching up to caress his cheek. “I would do anything for you and you know that.”
He slid his hand down to her waist and pulled her to him, his plate mail preventing any sort of intimate embrace. He gave her a small smile, kissing the top of her forehead. “I know. Now let’s go.”
The party made their way into the forest, Alistair leading them well beyond the point of having the security of the clearing from where they entered within their line of sight.
Suddenly and without warning, a pair of red eyes appeared before them, and a creature stepped into view, a low growl emanating from its throat. The orb hung around its neck, the object of their quest.
At once, Alistair recognized the chainmail, the gauntlets, the faded mark of the Grey Warden upon his upper chest plate. He lowered his sword ever so slightly.
“Duncan? What has happened to you?”
The creature just growled, its face emaciated and shriveled, its teeth yellowed and pointed. Its hair was long and unruly, but the scar—the scar on its left eye was clearly visible.
This was indeed Duncan.
The creature raised its sword, swinging it at Alistair who had deflected the blow just in time.
“Duncan! It’s me—Alistair! I know you’re in there. We can get you help! Just give us the orb and come with us. We can find you a healer powerful enough to bring you back! We can—“
The creature swung at him again, this time with more force. Alistair grunted.
“Alistair—it’s no use. Kill it!” A fireball came from the hands of his mage.
The creature deflected it easily, now irritated. It roared, lifting its sword at the mage. In the nick of time, Alistair stepped in, knocking the mage out of the way, the two of them narrowly missing the blade.
“Leave them alone!” Alistair yelled. “Come for me. It’s me you want. Let’s see what you’ve got!”
Their swords clashed, Alistair managing to wound the creature in the arm. It howled, but came at him once more with an even greater vengeance.
Alistair at first did not notice Leliana disappear from the party, sneaking around to the back of the creature. Before it could strike again, she impaled it with a kidney strike, and Alistair locked eyes with her but for a moment before he ran it through with his sword.
The creature fell to the ground, dying. As its life was leaving him, its face changed back that of their beloved Grey Warden leader, Duncan.
His breath ragged, he turned his head towards Alistair and whispered, each word labored and painful. “Alistair…you must…the orb…”
“Duncan, no—don’t leave us! We can heal you!”
“Let me be. You have released me…go…save us all.”
“Duncan!”
Duncan breathed his last breath, and Leliana unclasped the orb from around his neck, handing it to Alistair. “You wouldn’t have been able to save him,” she said. “You did the right thing.”
Without a word, Alistair nodded sadly and began to head back towards the clearing, the others quick to follow.
Leliana took his hand as they walked, and he squeezed it tightly. He did not wish to lose anyone else close to him. They might have acquired the orb, but they had a long, long way to go.

Plainfield Author Fair This Saturday!

Hey everyone!

Just a reminder that this Saturday at the Plainfield Library is the Indie Author Fair! The signings will be from 11am-noon (I will have my own table space there so come by!!!), with presentations from various authors on plotting, publishing, and library resources to follow from 1-4. Hope to see you there!

Indie Author Day 2017
Saturday, October 14

Plainfield Public Library District
15025 S. Illinois Street
Plainfield, IL 60544