Writing

Wizard King Available in Audiobook

In case you missed it! In the Tower of the Wizard King is now available in Audiobook! I’m really excited about this. It was well worth all the hard work and wait to get it perfect and out there. Katherine Willis narrates the book and she did a great job. I was so excited to work with her on this! Check out the blurb, buy links and sample below! In the Age of Wizards, Time is a commodity more valuable than gold. Her magic is dormant. When Aoife (EE-fa) Burke rushes home after the unexpected death of her father, she discovers her mother has vanished amidst inexplicable circumstances. She returns to her childhood home to search for clues of her mother’s whereabouts but another shock awaits her. Sean O’Connell, the object of her girlhood crush, has purchased the family home. She senses Sean is hiding something from her, refuses to let her inside and does everything he can to keep her out. A determined Aoife breaks inside and stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic. When she opens it, instead of the normal musty clothes and ancient letters, she finds a stairway leading into darkness. It calls to her and she cannot resist stepping into the trunk and onto that first stair where it leads her to magical truths her mother never wanted her to discover. His magic is dangerous. Sean O’Connell has been assigned by the Inter-dimensional Portal Protection Agency to keep Aoife and her mother out of Faery. But…

Continue Reading

On #Writing Wednesday: The Art of Writing Organically

This post is dedicated to the age old question: Plotter or Pantser? On one of my forums, there was lots of talk about each writer’s process. I confess I am not a plotter. I can’t sit and write a ten page outline with everything that is supposed to happen in the book. I can’t fill out massive amounts of character worksheets that describe everything from physical attributes to what kind of ice cream he/she likes (and does that really matter in a fantasy with medieval elements?). I can’t fill out charts about conflict or the one thing that character really is afraid of. The post-it note system on a foam core board didn’t work for me either. Three Acts? Fuhgettaboutit. Seven Point Structure? Whatevs. I’ve thought a lot about this and reflected on how I wrote my last full-length novel. I figured out what my process truly is and it’s not plotting. It’s not really “pantsing” either. (If you’re not familiar with that term is means “writing by the seat of your pants” which means those of us who do that don’t plot a damn thing.) I’ve often lamented to my husband about how I wished I could plot more because when I get stuck, sometimes it takes me days to get un-stuck. His solution? “Well, why don’t you just plot?” Yeah, that sounds logical, right? But here’s the thing. I’ve tried. It doesn’t work for me. And every time I’ve tried I just get frustrated. One of the things…

Continue Reading

One Knight Only: Now for .99 cents!

Hey all! The digital version of ONE KNIGHT ONLY is on sale for a cool .99 cents at all your favorite retailers now through the end of the month! iBooks | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords Book 1 in the Realm of Honor Series Genre: Fantasy Romance A snarky Faery princess, a Scottish knight with a gambling problem, and a murderous earl all add up to one thing: Trouble. Maggie’s medieval education never prepared her for life in the Middle Ages! Do-gooder Maggie Chase throws her thesis out the window when she wakes up in the arms of a hot Scottish knight. When she realizes she’s somehow ended up back in time, she embraces the persona of Lady Margaret. But she may be in over her head when she realizes she has to keep the sexy knight alive during a jousting tournament in order to get back to her own time. Sir Finian “Finn” McCullough is a gambling man and owes a very large debt to an evil earl who is after his family estate. When the beautiful and outgoing Maggie arrives in his bed, he can’t remember tupping her the night before and thinks she’s a spy for one of his neighboring clans. He intends to find her kinsman and return her safely but he can’t resist her charms, her smart mouth or her sex appeal. Instead he keeps her close, taking her with him to an important jousting tournament—one he has to win or lose his castle forever.|

Continue Reading

My Sexy Dreamer @MySexySaturday #MySexySaturday #MSS169

Welcome to another edition of My Sexy Saturday! This week’s theme: My Sexy Dreamer. This week’s snippet comes from my epic fantasy with romantic elements, IN THE TOWER OF THE WIZARD KING. He kissed her, their lips meeting for what seemed like the first time in centuries. It was not the chaste kiss he had given her on her cheek before sending her through time. It was the kiss of passion and longing, desire and need. The kiss of a starving man. It was a kiss Fiona was all too willing to return. “What do you say we go back to my chamber and I show you how much I missed you?” A grin pulled at the corner of his mouth. “I say that’s a wonderful idea.” It had been so long since she’d been with him, her body tingled with anticipation. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. They left the library behind and walked through the towers toward his chamber and it reminded her of not so long ago when she walked with him the night they married. Her feelings now were not so unlike her feelings then. But this time she knew without a doubt she loved him and would stay with him. The Towers of Illyria had largely remained the same since she had been here last, which, oddly, was in her past. Even Niall’s chambers had not changed much. The same desk with the high-backed cushioned chair and the thick…

Continue Reading

On #Writing Wednesday: It’s not just about love

I was recently asked this question: “Hey, do you write anything other than those love books?” My initial reaction? 😐 My actual response was, “No, I do not.” But I got to thinking about the question and then I was mad because there is so much more to romance novels than that. They are not just “love books.” They are stories about triumph, good vs. evil, relationships, beating the odds, coming of age, and many, many more themes. They could be set in space or in the Middle Ages or in Regency England or in a completely made-up land. They could be set in your hometown or a big city everyone knows. Maybe your characters is a farm boy tapped to become the next savior of the world, or a hobbit tasked with the impossible thing of destroying a fabled ring. You know these heroes–they are the every day Joes who become the hero that we, the audience, always knew they were. But just because it’s a “love” book doesn’t mean there isn’t more to it than that. I could point out annual sales of romances novels total somewhere around $1.08 billion dollars. Not bad for a love book, huh? (More statistics here and here.) My books usually have the same theme: good vs. evil, family, loyalty, honor. I love those unlikely hero stories, stories with the every day Joe who becomes the hero of the world. The little guy who turns out to be way more important than he ever thought he would be. I’m also really fond of quest stories. Pick…

Continue Reading