$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.

LOCKE AND KEYE Cover Reveal!

It’s here, the time is finally here! At last I can show you the cover I’ve been holding on to for months!

Locke and Keye (Dark Victoriana Collection Book 2)

Coming September 7, 2017

“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.

Unlock the second book in the Dark Victoriana Collection with Locke and Keye.

As a standalone novel, Locke and Keye’s distinct characters and tense atmosphere create a dark Victorian experience that will stay with you after you turn the final page. As the book immediately following Anatomy of a Darkened Heart, Locke and Keye leads the Dark Victoriana Collection in a whole new psychological direction while expanding familiar characters and scenes to continue the Whitestone legacy.

Pre-order today, read it September 7, 2017.

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Some behind the scenes info about cover iterations and general exciting news accompanied by epic music:

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Locke and Keye excerpt:

Matthew looked down at his interwoven fingers. “I wonder what Jude knows that we don’t,” he said.

John put the journal down and looked at Matthew. “I don’t want to know,” he said. “Being asked to follow someone? It seems a little…” John shook his head once and looked down at the journal again.

“Well it must be for a reason,” Matthew said. “Mr. Locke wouldn’t be part of anything underhanded, I’m sure.”

The corners of John’s mouth tightened. “I’m sure.”

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Locke and Keye Amazon link:

Amazon: https://bookgoodies.com/a/B073YPBHST

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Check out my friends’ blogs, too, for Locke and Keye‘s cover release and to see what they’re writing! These links will be updated as blogs and videos are posted, so check back!

Amie Irene Winters: http://bit.ly/2ukrgjn
Jay Norry: http://wp.me/p5XaFK-ss
JB Taylor: http://bit.ly/2vwadsS
JD Estrada: http://bit.ly/2gSlVLq
Joshua Robertson: http://bit.ly/2uLvm4n
Kristina Renzi: http://kristinarienzi.com/stratus-locke-keye-release/
Marnie Cate: http://www.marniecate.com/unlock-the-magic
Sunshine Somerville: http://bit.ly/2uKakDF

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Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About KevinWe Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book blew me away for several reasons.
1. The writing style. When I first started reading, I found it pretentious and overdone, but actually it was deep within the character’s voice. The whole book is narrated in letter format by Eva, the MC, and this is her voice. Find it aloof? That’s because it is intentionally that way. Even her own husband, Franklin, asks her to restate something in plainer terms, which proves the point that the narration is the character’s true voice. I got used to the language quickly and felt engrossed in the character herself. The style of writing deepens the reader’s connection with Eva, even if you don’t find her sympathetic or likable.

2. Taboo issues. Several times the author hits on issues in relationships and especially in motherhood that people just don’t talk about. Feeling limited by pregnancy, feeling jealous of the attention the baby gets from the husband, feeling neutral or negative about the child overall. These are all things we don’t talk about, that don’t seem…acceptable. In an interview at the end of the audiobook version, Lionel Shriver speaks specifically about this. I highly recommend the audiobook version if for no other reason than to hear the fascinating interview. (The audiobook is fantastic anyway.)

3. Feeling Eva’s feelings. The way the book is written really gets the reader involved in Eva’s life, her innermost thoughts and feelings, and that serves to help us genuinely feel what she’s feeling. I felt so frustrated with Franklin sometimes that it felt like I was frustrated with someone real. I found myself fighting with Franklin on Eva’s behalf. I kept listing reasons why he should pay attention to what she was saying. But the brilliant part is, if you look at it from Franklin’s perspective, you get it (to a degree) as well. The problems in the relationship and the character flaws allow us to feel the layers within their interactions and just how complicated they are.

4. Suspense. Shriver has a way of building suspense that I haven’t experienced often. It’s a little unconventional, to the point that even when I knew what was coming, I felt nervous during the buildup. This is one of those rare books where it’s helpful to know some of what’s coming so you can appreciate all the little hints while you read – and there are a lot of them. There is much to be appreciated in this book, and the seemingly small details are really not so small at all. In fact, most things have major significance, even when it seems like Eva is getting off track, so pay close attention.

5. The ending. I’m not going to spoil anything, but let’s just say it really affected me. It took me off guard, shocked me, and I had to actually get over it. Normally I go back and read the beginning of a book after I finish it, just so I can try to pick up on little things that might have been blindly significant until you reread. I couldn’t start from the beginning again right away. I needed time to recover.

There is so much more to say about this book, I can’t fit it all into a review. It’s 100% worth the time and then some. I highly recommend it to readers and also to writers as a good writing lesson. I learned a lot from it and have ordered the paperback version so I can study it more closely.

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GEMS OF GRATITUDE Cover Reveal

Ta-da! Finally I can reveal to you the second book in the Gems of Sisterhood anthology series! Gems of Gratitude is another very diverse book, this time with the theme of gratitude, which can take so many forms and come about for so many reasons. It comes out November 14, but you can pre-order it now (see the links at the bottom of this post).

My short story “Intent” will be included, and it’s a bit different from my usual works. It focuses on an Amazonian tribe and one warrior’s crucial decision to either disobey and take a chance or do what she’s told and go to war. But maybe those aren’t the only two options… Find out this November!

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From the Gems of Strength authors comes the second book in the Gems of Sisterhood series! The theme of this book is, of course, gratitude! Meet Detective Cara Solino, a young woman following in her father’s footsteps. Can she solve the case he was unable to?

Find out how Chloe’s mother discovers a way to keep her daughter’s dream alive under the worst possible circumstances. Read about young Lady Iona, a child of the Elven Forest, as she struggles to give her daughter a fighting chance in a harsh world.

Cheer on Sharliss as she finally takes control of her own life, and becomes a better person. Meet Julie, who gathers information on history, and Jody, an elderly dog whose time to cross the Rainbow Bridge is near. These stories and more are within these pages, just waiting for YOU!

Pre-Order Gems Of Gratitude:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/661657
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=l6PqDAAAQBAJ
Google Books: https://books.google.com/books/about?id=l6PqDAAAQBAJ&hl=en
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/…/…/gems-of-gratitude/id1148485893…
Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L7KT06Q

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Review: A Light in the Darkness

A Light n the Darkness (The Haszard Narratives)A Light in the Darkness by Kevin E. Hatt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I truly enjoyed this book for all of its many facets – crime, drama, friendship, a touch of romance, intrigue, sparks of humor – all wrapped in quintessential British flavor. Author Kevin Hatt wound the life of Haszard, the main character, around the murder of his friend, his pub-dwelling buddies and his career so well, I felt like I was there with them. The romantic relationship between Haszard and his girlfriend is refreshing and different than many modern relationships and even more so than book and movie relationships. The actions scenes are believable and kept me hooked all the way through. As an American reader, I loved the British colloquialisms and lifestyle.

Things go from bad to worse when a second friend is found murdered; when an unknown assailant chases him and his friend down a deserted road while firing a gun at them; when blackmail enters the picture and threats are issued, and so much more. In the meantime, Haszard has to maintain his jobs, deal with a crazy ex-girlfriend, and try to establish a new relationship while he takes it upon himself to find whoever is responsible for his friends’ deaths.

He vows never to get involved in anything like this again, but we know he can’t stick to that promise because there are more books in the series, and I, for one, am glad. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

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“Intent” is Finished!

My latest short story “Intent” is complete and will be published in the Gems of Gratitude anthology (book 2 in the Gems of Sisterhood anthology series). This is quite a different story for me. Instead of being either in modern times or in the Victorian era, it’s about an Amazon tribe, completely made up. Normally I base my stories in reality, but this time I’ve made up my own world of tribes, rituals, symbols, and more. I have to say, I loved it!

Here’s a little teaser for my story:

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I liked this story so much that I want to make a longer work based on it. Until the publication of this story and further stories, you can keep up with the awesome images that inspire me for this concept on a dedicated Pinterest board.

Gems of Gratitude will be released November 14, 2016 across all platforms, even ones you might not associate with book publishing. For now you can pre-order it on Amazon, Smashwords, Google Play, and Google Books.