FREE! 🖤 Unprecedented Sale on My Books!

This is the very first time any of my books has been free. For Smashwords’ month-long sale, I decided to offer Anatomy of a Darkened Heart for FREE and Brotherhood of Secrets for $1.50 (half price). You have July 1 through July 31 to grab my books at their biggest discount. Book 3 is coming along quickly now, so get caught up before it releases!

👉 Anatomy of a Darkened Heart: bit.ly/SmashwordsSale1
👉 Brotherhood of Secrets: bit.ly/SmashwordsSale2

Use the codes in the image below (SS100 for Anatomy and SSW50 for Brotherhood) to grab my books at their lowest prices. ❤️

Remember, you only have one month to get them discounted. I hope you enjoy them!

If you’d love extras, deleted scenes, insights into my work, and exclusive access to videos and short stories, become a patron today for $1/month and get a HUGE amount of benefits! Click on the image below to check it out:

Click here to check out my Patreon page

THE SLIPPER PROPHECY: An Alternate Ending to Cinderella

My brand new short story is now live on Wattpad! It’s under 1,000 words and an alternate ending to Cinderella – and I’m not telling you any more than that. 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

LOCKE AND KEYE’s Release Day!

The day has come! Locke and Keye is now available as the newest member of the Dark Victoriana Collection family. I can’t wait to hear what you think of this book, and remember – if you haven’t read Anatomy of a Darkened Heart, you can still read Locke and Keye as a standalone novel.

Amazon   Smashwords
Createspace   Barnes and Noble
Kobo   iBook/iTunes

If you want to hear more about the Dark Victoriana Collection, my journal collection and my future plans for my haikus, and lots more, author JD Estrada’s interview with me is ready for you to read!


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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

Sign up for my brand new newsletter here! You’ll only get emails when I have a new release coming up, a sale, or a giveaway.

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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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50% off ANATOMY OF A DARKENED HEART on Smashwords

Through March 11, Anatomy of a Darkened Heart is discounted by 50% on Smashwords. You can buy it for $1.50, less than a Starbucks coffee! Just use the coupon code RAE50 at checkout to take advantage of the sale. Click here to download a sample and/or buy my ebook on Smashwords.

Don’t forget, Locke and Keye will be published soon, so now is your chance to read the first book in the Dark Victoriana Collection at half price. Enjoy!

 

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

Like Gems of Sisterhood on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gemsofsisterhood/

LOCKE AND KEYE IS FINISHED!

I’m so excited to announce that last night I finished the final draft of Locke and Keye and sent it off to my editor! It has been quite a long haul full of unexpected changes and complete turnarounds from the original idea. I started out with the concept of a 10,000 word novelette based on the different customers visiting a locksmith shop, and I ended with over 50,000 words – a full-size novel – based on the locksmith shop’s charming but controlling owner and his carefully picked, loner employees. I’m going to do a video on the painstaking process shortly, including the enormous overhaul the book underwent and how I stayed motivated when things got confusing and my time became limited.

I’ll let you know as soon as I have a publication date, but now I can say with even more certainty that Locke and Keye will be published this fall. Yay!

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Online Author Events This Weekend

This weekend is going to be a very exciting one for me!

Author Event #1: Saturday, September 10 at 7 p.m. EST, join legendary indie authors and me for a live discussion of all things writing. The author roster includes LE Fitzpatrick, Jason Greensides, Joe Compton, Julie Northrup, Cindy Schneider, Karina Kantas, and me, with host Marnie Cate. Click this link to watch!

Author Event #2: Sunday, September 11 at 10 a.m. EST, I’ll be interviewed by Josh Robertson, who is a prolific writer and matchless multitasker. We’ll talk about reading, writing, and anything that comes up.

I hope to see you at either (or better yet both) events!

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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.

Interviewed by Too Full To Write!

I’m thrilled to be featured on Too Full To Write today. I was interviewed by David Ellis, a fellow author who writes poetry, short stories, and flash fiction. He also took part in 2016’s NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month), and you can see the poems he wrote throughout the month here.

In our interview, I discuss why I write, the research I do, writing motivation, my 15-year publishing plan, and more, including who I would want to act in an Anatomy of a Darkened Heart movie. See the full interview here. Take a look at the other authors David has interviewed on his site as well!