Antiques Auctions, Book Clubs, and Horror (aka What I’ve Been Up To)

I’ve been a busy bee with interviews and blog appearances lately! Here’s some of what I’ve been up to.

Did you know that I draw inspiration from antiques auctions? I wrote a guest post for Jera’s Jamboree called “Antiques Auctions for the Creative Mind” in which I shared the kinds of things I find at auctions (very different than you might expect!), how auctions help me with my Dark Victoriana Collection research, and why it’s actually great that I find so many things that aren’t from the Victorian era. You’ll also see some pictures I took of things I find inspiring too.

It was an absolute pleasure to be interviewed on The Fierce Female Network by Adrienne F. Manson. She’s a wonderful host, and she asked me very different questions, including discussing any book clubs I’ve started or participated in (OMG my Goodreads fantasy book club/reading challenge story…), my research into the psychology of cult leaders for Brotherhood of Secrets, how Facebook author takeovers work (including the one I just recently participated in), and more. We got really detailed, which was a wonderful experience.

One of my author friends, Jason LaVelle, recently started a podcast called The Raven, which includes a reading of a short story followed by an interview with the author. I love the concept, and I was honored to be one of his first guests! Here’s my interview on The Raven, during which Jason reads “The Subtlety of Terror” and we talk about the difference between terror and horror as well as how to “work” that difference in storytelling, plus lots more.

In a couple of days, I’m off to the Liberty States Fiction Writer’s Conference, where I’ll be taking pitches as an acquiring editor. If you’re going, see you there!

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FB Event March 11 at 9 p.m. Eastern / 8 p.m. Central

Hello friends! Tonight I’m going to do an author takeover on Facebook. It’s rare I do these anymore, but this is a really nice opportunity with lots of people outside of my usual community who are interested.

The point of this Facebook event is to get to know the authors, who each have a one-hour time slot. You can ask anything creativity related, and of course play fun games.

I’ll be doing two giveaways during the event: one free ebook of my latest short story, “The Subtlety of Terror”, and one audiobook of a novel from one of my favorite fantasy series ever written. The book is called Haven Divided and the series is called The Dragon’s Brood. I’ll share some fun, little-known facts about my works and me and include some games. All the good stuff!

Join me here at 9 p.m. Eastern: https://www.facebook.com/events/308299986709771/ 

See you there! 

$1.50 Book Sale Victorian Era Psychological Suspense

This week, Smashwords is having their Ebook Week full of lovely sales! You can grab each of my two novels for just $1.50, less than a plain ol’ cup of coffee at Starbucks (a small/tall!), and a lot less than a frappacino.

Just $1.50 for gripping psychological drama in the Victorian Era.

Abigail Delilah is the firstborn of three Whitestone children – and she is the most regretted. 

But is it really her fault? 

She can’t help that the revelation of Father’s wretched secret coincides with her birth. She can’t help the fear she feels during Mother’s psychological – and physical – assaults. As the shadows grow stronger over her soul and the noose of pain tightens around her neck, Abigail will find out which is stronger: her family’s wicked assumptions about her or her true self. 

Take your first step into the Dark Victoriana Collection with Anatomy of a Darkened Heart

Multi-layered with motifs, symbolism, and psychological depth, this tale of dark Victoriana will appeal to the literary reader and the leisure reader alike, combining key facets of several popular genres. And don’t be afraid to get addicted – the collection continues exploring the intertwining threads that weave together the complex tapestry of the Whitestone legacy.

Buy it on Smashwords for $1.50. Limited time only.


Highly suspenseful Victorian Era fast-paced read for only $1.50.

“Brothers in the art of keeping secrets.” This is the mantra Mr. Locke’s carefully chosen five employees must repeat together every day before starting work. 

If you won’t tell them your name for Locke and Keye’s ledger, they’ll find out. They have their ways—and many of them. Yes, these talented locksmiths can make a new lock and key set for you. They can even make a special padlock for a diary you never want to share with anyone. But just remember: when they make the lock, they keep a key—and it’s only a matter of time until they use it.

Day by day, each of these young, single, alone-in-the-world workers is being molded into the family they crave. A family in which each member has his use toward an end he doesn’t even know exists. 

How do the brotherhood and the town’s secrets interlock? Only Mr. Locke holds the key.

Grab it on Smashwords for $1.50. Limited time only.

Where to Find Me This Week

Another week packed with wonderful news and awesome interviews! I’m thrilled to share so many things with you!

On Thursday, January 17 at 9 p.m. Eastern, I’ll be on a live discussion panel for Go Indie Now, chatting about publishing industry articles and topics. Come join us, ask questions, share your opinions!

I told you I’d let you know when my interview on The Book Tavern went live, and viola! Here it is! I loved this interview—I answered what the tipping point was for leaving my full-time job to work for myself, why I opened my editing business, what’s coming from me publication-wise in 2019, and more. Have a read!

For my next interview, I’ll be on Get Published Podcast, which will be pre-recorded today and then released later. I’ll let you know when it’s up, and I think you’ll like it because I’ll be coming up with unique answers to these questions. No hints as to what’s included though! 😉

I was featured on Authors on the Air, interviewed by the fabulous boss lady, Pam Stack, and what a great interview it was! She asked me questions no one else ever has, including what I look for in a query letter as an acquisitions editor, how much of a manuscript I read before I make a decision as well as what I’m looking for, what I like about interviewing authors, and a ton more.

My latest interview for Creative Edge Writer’s Showcase is live, and this one was with Amelia Lionheart. She’s a very kind-hearted, knowledgeable children’s and YA author whose books revolve around environmentalism, conservationism, and diversity. She’s sending me some of her books and I’m sending her mine; I’ll be sure to share a pic with you when hers come in!

By the way, Creative Edge Writer’s Showcase is becoming available in more and more places! Currently you can find episodes on SoundCloud, iTunes, Podbean, Anchor, and even more, I’m sure.

That’s it for now! I’ll have lots more soon.

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This Week’s Interviews

This week has already been quite a whirlwind! And making it move even faster, my interview schedule has been nice and full.

Yesterday Jason LaVelle included me in an unannounced project that I think you will love. This is something brand new, and I’m excited to be part of it. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s published!

Also yesterday, I interviewed Amelia Lionheart, who is the author of five books and currently working on her fifth. She writes adventure novels with the target audience of children and young adults, but all ages enjoy her writing. Her themes are conservationism, environmentalism, and diversity, all while introducing leadership skills, among other skills, to young readers. That interview will go live on Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern here.

Today (January 9), I’ll be a guest on Pam Stack’s Authors on the Air, and we’ll be talking about my books and my YouTube show and podcast. It’s an honor to be interviewed by her since she has met and interviewed international bestsellers. Tune in at 5 p.m. Eastern today here.

Today I’m also going to be on the premiere episode of Joshua Robertson’s “Writer Imperfect,” a brand new podcast featuring conversation about writing, creativity, and everything in between. Also on the panel are Andy Peloquin, Devani Anjali Alderson, Joe Compton, LeAura Alderson, Stevie Collier—a great group! I hope I’ll see you in the chat at 8 p.m. Eastern here.

The Book Tavern will also publish an interview with me soon, so I’ll let you know when that’s live. That one includes questions of entrepreneurship, balancing time and focus, my editing business Proof Positive, and more.

Whew! Well, that’s it for now!

Happy New Year!

2019 hits TONIGHT! Are you ready?

As you have probably already figured out, I spend more time updating other sites than my blog. I’m more active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, plus my editing business Proof Positive’s site and social media. But as my author self, I’m particularly active on Patreon. If you’re deciding whether to join my Patreon ($1/month), start out by following me for free. You can even check out this free post (I have a number of them) that I put up for the end of the year. It’s got a little bit of each level!

What I’m going to attempt in 2019 is to keep this blog updated in a more manageable way. I’m going for just a few sentences per post that get to the point quickly instead of longer posts. These will be all types of posts—writing updates, quotes to inspire and uplift, books I’ve enjoyed, links to interviews, and anything else related. Of course, Patreon will remain my priority, so think about joining me over there!

So stick around—this will probably be the only blog that’ll take you 3 minutes or less to read! 

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Book Review: For Writing Out Loud

For Writing Out LoudFor Writing Out Loud by J.D. Estrada

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a glowing beacon of positivity! If you watch motivational speakers, this is a great supplement, and if you’re on a positivity journey, this will help you along. It’s full of excellent advice on how to: enjoy the moment, avoid judging yourself (and others!) harshly, appreciate even the most difficult times, keep a smile on your face instead of beating yourself up, and a ton more.

The book has sections that cover a specific topic, and within each section are much smaller sections (replacement for chapters) about more detailed topics within the overall topic. It’s easy to navigate so that you can look up whatever you need a boost in and read away. The small sections are about 2-3 pages on average, and the author has a very casual, relaxed way of writing, almost as if he’s having a chat with you.

If you struggle with negative self image, insecurities, seeing negativity instead of positivity, struggling through “bad days”, this book is a good one for you. Let the author talk you into a happier disposition. He’s good at it!
I’ve been reading this before I go to bed and waking up ready to attack my day. I would even classify this as a daily reader for positivity and motivation, although I usually read a few small sections at a time. I highly recommend grabbing this book and keeping it by your side as your positivity companion. It won’t let you down!

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