Post Comic Con blues…

Well, here it is Thursday. A week ago this time, I was finishing up with my set up for Denver Comic Con 2018. I got up at the crack of dawn and hurried over to the Convention Center so I could meet my partners and get things going.

Today, I rolled out of bed at 9 am. Practically decadence.

I love cons. All cons. No matter whether I work at them, attend them, or help with them. There’s an energy, a vibe–at any and all cons I’ve ever been to.

This year, Denver Comic Con was one of the best.

What made it different, and better? I had the same two partners-in-crime, Shawn Harper and Corinne O’Flynn. We work extremely well together, and they are fun to be with. We all had more books. There was more to talk about, to share.

But the people at Con made all the difference. The fans I got to meet, or see again, and talk books with. There is nothing like talking the intricacies of plot with a fellow reader. The other authors I was able to chat with about new releases, marketing, the latest on-dit in the indie world. Trends, things we’re noticing…it was fantastic. Being on panels and discussing not only the ins and outs of being an author, but things I am a fan of as well – the Outlander panel, the Wynonna panel,  and the fan fiction panel were probably my faves because of the audience participation. I love being around other fans.

And I love working a table on the exhibitor floor. I love the energy, people looking for something new, wanting to find a new world to dive into. As well as meeting up again with people who are already reading your work. In my case, I enjoyed meeting the fans of my partners’ work. When any one of the three of us succeeds, we all succeed.

The volunteer staff are some of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with. They are responsive, and, while this may seem trivial – they make sure you stay hydrated all weekend long. They were amazing.

But the thing I noticed most was that I was home. I was with my tribe. My tribe of fellow authors. My tribe of fellow readers. My tribe of fellow fans. (It is SO gratifying to continue to find Labyrinth fans. I just cannot describe the joy!)

When I made the decision to take on being an author as a career, I was scared to death. There were, back in 2013, lots of posts about ‘don’t quit your day job’ and other dire warnings. Not to mention the whole idea of finishing a book. I was updating my author CV this week, and I counted – I have authored 16 full-length novels and 4 novellas under 2 different names. The novellas are co-written, as are two of the novels.  I’ve got 2 novels in the works (that I am avoiding tasks on as I write this blog, LOL) for the next month, and my Wish List to write is never-ending.

I’m three years in, and I’m getting to the point where I don’t struggle so mightily with impostor syndrome. I feel like I can call myself an author, and not cringe, or hope that no one challenges me.  I finally feel as though I have a very good idea of what I need to do in order to get where I want to go. Trying to figure that out took…oh…a while.

Because being around all the people that I was lucky enough to be around this weekend has told me it’s all worth it. Every bit of it. This is the community where I want to hang my hat; this is the world I want to live in.

You know, if I can’t live in one of my imaginary worlds.

Thank you to everyone who made Comic Con the absolute best. It was amazing. I can’t wait to do it again.

April is here – what’s shakin’, bacon?

Lots. That’s what’s shakin’. Lots.

First, YAY! The entire Djinn Everlasting series is OUT! It’s complete! That means I have completed both of the series I wanted to within a year. The Realm and Djinn Everlasting are done. That doesn’t mean they’re gone – just that the series are complete.

How can I say that? Well, DRAGON LOST, the first book in the Dragon Thief series, launched at the end of March. It’s about Aodan George. He’s a thief. And a dragon. These two aspects present…challenges. In DRAGON LOST, you’ll see some familiar faces. Series may end, but that doesn’t mean characters go quietly into the night. Not mine, anyway.

DRAGON FOUND will be out in May, and the third book in June…just in time for Denver Comic Con!

That’s another YAY! I love the Denver Comic Con weekend and not only do I have a booth there with my awesome partners Corinne O’Flynn and Shawn Harper, I’m a guest and will be sharing knowledge on panels of some sort (more on that to come). At least, I hope to share knowledge. I’ll definitely fangirl with folks. There’s no question of that. So stay tuned for booth info, and panel info, and all the things.

Corinne and I will also have the second novel in our Aumahnee Prophecy series out for Denver Comic Con as well. Which is just as exciting as anything I’m writing solo.

The summer is two things – family, and writing. I have an ambitious schedule this year, and so far, I’ve hit my deadlines. It ramps up for me over the summer because while plotting the Dragon Thief books, I came up with another idea. There is NEVAH enough time for all the IDEAZ!!!! #writerslife

The summer wraps up with Dragon Con. I just got the word that I’m an attending professional again, and I am delighted! To be a guest at one of my favorite cons is such an amazing thing. I get to do it twice this year. Again, stay tuned for panels and info.

I’m leaving you all with the most amazing cover image for DRAGON LOST. Thank you to my friend CK Dawn for her amazing work with this. I could watch the wavy dragon for hours. It’s huge, I know – but boy is the whole thing gorgeous! Steve Novak did the cover, and Dean Samed and Daniel Gemsa were the photographer and model. One of the best things about being all in to my cover design is how I am able to pick the models, and work with the artists. It’s a wonderful thing.

Djinn Everlasting!

Oh my God, I’m so excited!

In December of 2015, I released THREE WISHES. I had been writing the story for years, and it’s one of the books that is really close to my heart. (They all are, but in different ways.) I had great plans for the next two books – and then I got caught up in my Realm series. While I love Brennan and Iris and all the stories of The Realm, it meant that Tibby, Xavier, Bryant, and Dhameer languished, waiting for me to get back to them.

A little over two years later, I have remedied the neglect. Last month, Xavier’s story went live in FORGOTTEN WISHES. In five days, Bryant’s story is out in the world in HIDDEN WISHES. I have so so enjoyed getting to know this group of friends. I thought I knew Tibby, but she and I got to be even better friends as I wrote the stories of her two besties.

The best part of many best parts is that while all this creating and getting-to-know-you business was going on, Dhameer shared his story. If you have read either THREE WISHES or FORGOTTEN WISHES, the link for the first part of his story is in those two books. With HIDDEN WISHES coming out, the second part of Dhameer’s story is about to happen. What’s fun for me is that I sat down to write Part Two, and I had an outcome in mind. That went completely out the window, and a different ending happened.


I’ll be in party mode for the next week or so. This trilogy is a work of love, as are all my books. And to discover that Dhameer has his own story, and that it’s FAB, has made the love all the better.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have!

Smooches and xoxo,



It’s almost 2018…

And wow, where has the year gone?

I feel like I was just doing a post about 2017.

I hit a lot of my goals this year. But there are some I missed, and I feel like I’m at the point where they are about to be met.

First, I am finally done with the series about the djinn. I’m renaming it – from Heart of the Djinn to Djinn Everlasting. There’s a reason for this, and if you pick up any one of the books, you’ll see why. Dhameer has finally given me his story, and I’m really excited to share it with you. I’m relaunching book one, THREE WISHES – which is already out there. But I wanted to do the series justice, so I pulled the book, and I’m starting it over. Book two, FORGOTTEN WISHES, will be out January 24, and is already on pre-order. Book three, HIDDEN WISHES, will be out February 21. And then the series will be complete! YaY!!!!

Second, if you are one of my amazing readers that has subscribed to my newsletter, you might notice some changes. I think it’s a good thing, but you all will have to let me know.  Keep an eye out!

Finally, you’re about to see a TON from me in terms of publishing. I have a new series that will be out in March, and I am SO. EXCITED. for this series! I’m working on the covers right now (I think that may be my fave thing outside of the book itself) and you’ll be seeing them soon. It’s called the Dragon Thief, and it’s about a guy named Aodan. (Hint – you all have seen this name somewhere before.)

So that’s it from me – I’m getting ready for THREE WISHES coming out again, and the rest of the Djinn Everlasting series. Then it’s on to Dragon Thief, and there will be more Aumhanee stories as well. The second book in The Aumahnee Prophecy is scheduled, as is the second installment of the stories Corinne O’Flynn and I began in THE PORTAL KEEPERS and THE GIMCRACKERS.  If you remember Penelope, you’ll be seeing her in 2018 as well.

It’s gonna be an amazing year. Happy holidays to you all, and be safe. Have a wonderful New Year, and I’ll see you 2018!


Up too late reading…

This has been a busy summer and fall, and all of a sudden, it’s nearly winter. Well, it’s trying to be, here in Colorado. I’m in the midst of working through National Novelists’ Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and although it’s been four days of no words, because life,  I spent the last day reading.

In my defense,  I spent the day before at a bazaar, and then another author event, so I am giving myself a pass.

And here I am, up late – or early – as hell, because I slept in this morning, and couldn’t sleep. That, and I got caught up in reading.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a speed reader. I took a semester-long class in school, and I’ve been able to race through books ever since.  Tonight, I made it through a series that had me laughing so hard I cried. Like, snorting crying laughing. It woke up the dog in the vicinity and he started to growl ominously at me. I think his eyesight’s on the way out, so I won’t hold it against him. I did burst out laughing.

I also laughed in all of the books, which means the author was amazeballs at keeping up the humor. Her dialogue is hilarious, as are the characters themselves. They think in funny. I know we all think we’re friggen comedians, but the main characters in the series are, and they don’t even know it.

So without further gilding of the lily, the series is called THE REGENCY ROMP. It’s by Maggie Fenton. The first book is THE DUKE’S HOLIDAY, the second VIRTUOUS SCOUNDREL, and the final is called THE ALABASTER HIP (is that a great name or what?).

These are Regency romances. They follow the genre well, which, as a lover of Regency, I’m glad about. They are not overly steamy, although there is definite heat and a bit of steam. So if you’re looking for multiple sizzling encounters, these are not it. Don’t let that deter you, however.

We meet the first of the cast of characters in THE DUKE’S HOLIDAY.  The Duke of Montford (called Cyril by no one ever), has to head to York to sort out a family who has a lease on one of the ducal estates. There’s a hint that somehow, the Honeywell family got one over on the Montfords, and while the current Montford has no idea what it is, he’s all out of sorts about it. He’s so funny – even at the beginning, when you start to realize that he’s really not. That funny borders on frenzy.

So he is all determined to make things neat and tidy and boot the scheming Honeywells out on their upstart arses, but of course, it doesn’t go the way he plans. The way that Maggie Fenton shows you his progression from neat and orderly to real and living is both heartbreaking and howlingly funny. Ms. Fenton is brilliant with words. Witness:

“Marlowe sniffed. “And it’s no less than you deserve. Really, Monty, don’t know what’s come over you. But even I don’t tup a wench in the middle of the King’s Highway. It’s just bad form.””

I stopped reading to sit and laugh for a good five minutes over this scene. A great deal of the dialogue is like this. God help whoever comes across Aunt Anabel, as well. She needs her own story. I’m just saying, Maggie Fenton.

There is also a Wesley, and a Princess Buttercup. I knew when I was reading this I was reading a fellow fangirl. Which warmed my fangirl heart.

The second book is VIRTUOUS SCOUNDREL. This book focuses on Sebastion (I love that name) Sherbrook, the Duke of Montford’s BFF, a couple of years after the happenings in book one.

Virtuous Scoundrel (The Regency Romp Trilogy Book 2) by [Fenton, Maggie]

He’s coming home after rattling around through Europe, and he lands face first into a scandal of monstrous proportions. Apparently, he’s been a complete rake whilst on the Continent, and a weeping, formerly virtuous young lady has confessed all to her father. Dad is now demanding Sherbrook marry said formerly virtuous daughter. He’s also inherited the title of Marquess of Manwaring, but that doesn’t stop his descent into social Siberia.

He’s also plagued by the wife of the recently deceased Marquess, who happened to be his uncle. They were estranged, and it was never reconciled. The Dowager Marchioness Katherine, who was far too young for his uncle (IMO) haunts him. We met her in book one, and she was cool as a cucumber and droll as hell. But still waters run deep for both Sebastion and Katherine, as does their love of Beethoven. The descriptions surrounding the scenes where music is forefront are lovely.

The witty writing continues. Ms. Fenton titles her chapters. As a fellow author, I commend her. I never feel clever enough to title mine, and she titles every single one.

Things like:

In Which Our Hero’s Hessians Die An Ignoble Death
In Which Fate Takes an Unexpectedly Unpleasant Turn in the Dodgy Part of Soho
Followed by a chapter break, titled Meanwhile, in the Chic Part of Soho…
In Which The Bad French Melodrama Proceeds Apace on Bruton Street

The chapter titles are just the openers. Romance aside, this is where we meet Soames, a secondary character that pops up and mangles the ever-loving daylights out of what is supposed to be the English language, and you just cannot help yourself. You lean back, and laugh some more.

Katherine and Sebastian, like Montford and A. Honeywell in book one, have a metric ton of challenges that face them. I would like to think I could be so droll and witty in times of crises, but I’m not sure I would be.

Finally, in THE ALABASTER HIP (note to Ms. Fenton – your poetry was fine, and it came from the heart), the main focus is Marlowe, the non-King’s Highway tupper from book one. He’s the last of the BFFs to be a swinging single, and while he moves about London dressed in a manner I had to Google, he’s not thrilled with being a bachelor, no matter how resigned he is.

In comes Minerva (we’ve met her before, and if you’re a good romance reader, you were waiting for her to show up, as Ms. Fenton gave us a hint earlier in the series if you were looking), the woman he (and all of London, frankly) is hoping will wrangle Marlowe’s twins into some semblance of seemingly law-abiding behavior as the latest in a string of governesses. She is feisty as hell, taking no shit from anyone.

This book was where I KNEW, having merely Strongly Suspected before, that Ms. Fenton is a member of some sort of fandom, because she brings one of the things close to my heart into her work – fanfiction. The Author’s Note at the back explains it further, and it was fascinating. I went and Googled that, too (I’m not telling you what it is, because it’s a pleasure to discover as you read the book).

The Leighton family matters come to a head as well (Marlowe is a Leighton) and you will roll your eyes at the unabashed and blatant behavior of some of his relations. Honestly, when I realized where this series was going, I was concerned about how Marlowe would hold up as a hero. As the sidekick and devil-may-care he has been up until getting his own book, it’s legit. But Ms. Fenton did a great job bringing him up to snuff for the hero’s…um…red Chinese silk banyan cape (another trip to Google). Finally, he’s at the place where he can put it on, and we are like, Yeah, that works. Previous books – no.

Both Marlowe and Minerva have baggage to disperse with and ghosts to face, and it was realistic, to me, at least, how these matters were addressed. The hilarity of dialogue and turn of phrase continues. The chapters are all still titled. Chapter Sixteen, In Which The Viscount Suspects Something is Amiss is so tongue in cheek, you’ll burst into laughter several times throughout. Well – how about you should burst into laughter?

Aunt Anabel is back and can I please request, again, that her story be written? She is my kind of aged auntie. I also want to know who was still making her pompadour wigs in the time period. The descriptions are fascinating.

As this is a romance, there is a happy ending. Not just for Marlowe and Minerva, but for a lot of the characters we’ve met along the way. Which I love.

I am giving all three books a thumbs-up and a recommend you should read. These won’t change the world. But they will make you laugh, and as unbelievable as some of the challenges presented in the books seem, they are approached and led up to in a manner which makes you say, Well, yeah, I can see how that could happen. You will keep turning the pages (I know I did) because the characters are real, and flawed, and you like them. The redemption of Marlowe was fantastic – and he wasn’t a villain or anything, but we didn’t meet him a hero.

Well done. I might need to read these again, because I liked the way reading them made me feel. Which is the highest praise from me. I’m a re-reader. So if your books get into my loop, that says something.

Now go get the first book. If you read Regency, you’ll be glad you did.


It’s time to Con again!!!!!!

So it’s that time of year again! WOOO HOOO! I am so excited, although this year is a funny one for me. I’m working as an Attending Professional this year rather than a person living out all her fangirl dreams. If you look down at the bottom of the post, you’ll see my schedule. And make sure you keep up with my Facebook and Instagram (. I’ll be posting updates throughout the weekend.

It’s really exciting because – Dragon Con. But it’s funny because I am taking only two costumes, which is the lowest amount of costumes ever brought by me. I have more regular clothes than costumes. Another first. I have only ONE suitcase. Yet another first, LOL!

If you’re at Dragon Con, I am on the app, so hit me up. Or message me. See you there soon!!

Title: Cast of Characters: Supernatural Variety in UF
Time: Fri 10:00 am Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: One key aspect of Urban Fantasy remains the presence of supernatural beings. Our panel of authors employ different varieties in their work, many in roles as key characters.Title: Autograph Session
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: International Hall South 4-5 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Reading: Lisa Manifold
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Techwood – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: The author of Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy series Sisters of the Curse reads from her works.

Title: Sidekicks ‘R Us: Secondary Characters in the Spotlight
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Do you sometimes wish your favorite secondary characters would get more attention? Our panelists agree & will explain the ways their creations add depth & enjoyment to their stories & worlds.

Summer is here!

I officially hit two years of indie publishing last month. It’s a milestone, for sure. I look at my progress, and I still have so much more I want to accomplish. However, I am pleased with where I have been and the things I have done.

And now it’s summer – Con season – and many of the things that were just bubbling along are now at a high boil and nearly finished.

I’ll give you the Cliff Notes version:

REALMS OF THE GOBLIN KING came out in ebook in March. It’s going to be in paperback next week.

RISE OF THE DRAGON KING is releasing July 31.

Having those two done means that the Realms series, as far as the novels are concerned, is done. But wait – there’s more! I have, as the Realm has expanded, ended up with more stories about the characters. Most of these allow me to share the history of a certain character, or some aspect of things that happen off-screen. A WOLF COMES TO DINNER is one of those. It came into my head when I was writing the scene with Max and his crew and Iris, Drake, and Taranath in REALMS OF THE GOBLIN KING. I thought, What if? And that short story was born.

So between now and the end of July, look for all the Companion Tales in the Realm series to publish as shorts. I am also going to bundle them into Volumes One and Two, if you don’t like shorts. I’ll have a print version of them available as well.

And THEN, there’s the Aumahnee Prophecy. That’s a new series I am writing with Corinne O’Flynn. Like the Realm, these characters have grown and the world has expanded.

First, there are the prequels. This is where you meet Eamonn and Marigold, and get to know a little about the main characters in the series.  Both EAMONN’S TALE and MARIGOLD’S TALE are now available in ebook. If you happen to be at Denver Comic Con, or Dragon Con, and you see me, you can also get them in a Collector’s Edition paperback.

Then, there are the shorts that take place in the world. These are characters who are living and doing their thing while Eamonn and Marigold are going about their business, and they are part of the world, but not actively engaged with our main characters. Corrine and I each wrote a piece of those stories. THE GIMCRACKERS and THE PORTAL KEEPERS are available in ebook, and again, if you’re at one of the events one or both of us is at this year, you’ll be able to get your hands on the Collector’s Edition of both of those stories in paperback form.

Finally, WATCHERS OF THE VEIL is about to make its debut. In print at Denver Comic Con, and in ebook shortly thereafter. I have to say, even though I am completely biased, I love this story.

I hope we get to meet up over this summer at some point! I love talking with readers. If you’re at Denver Comic Con, I’m in Author Alley, Booth # D11 and D13.



The Realms Companion stories are beginning!

If you looked under my Realm tab on the menu, you’ll see this lovely graphic:

Why am I posting this again? Because those blank spaces for covers are filling in. Right now, BROTHERS BORN and LINE OF IMARA are available. A WOLF COMES TO DINNER will be released within the next week. Then it’s DRAKE’S DILEMMA, because Drake gets to finish out the series. It wasn’t planned that way, but I got some email pointing out the mean and nasty that I’d done to him in HEART OF THE GOBLIN KING, and I listened.  Now Drake has his own thing going on.

And he’s fantastic. But then, I am biased.

So keep up with me over the next two months. Book 4 and all the Companion stories will be released during that time. The Realm has ventured into places I never originally planned, but boy, am I glad I went down this path. Because I love the stories of all the characters that are happening. The Companion stories are all shorts – but they are snapshots into the lives of the characters of the Realm when the books aren’t happening, and these are the ones that I needed to share with you all.

I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them!




First, I owe all my readers a huge THANK YOU! Why? Let me show you!

That’s why! Thanks to you all, this boxed collection hit the USA Today best-sellers list. First time anything with my name attached has ever hit the list. It was a big effort with the other 21 authors of the set, but all the work in the world wouldn’t have done a thing without the readers.

If you got the set, ENJOY! And if you haven’t, it’s still available, now in Kindle Unlimited.

Thanks again! I – and all the other authors – are just over the moon! Woot!


A book for YOU, and a book for YOU, and books for EVERYBODY!

I mentioned that writing program I’m in a few weeks ago, yes? Well, the publishing ball has begun to roll. And you’re going to get the benefit of it.

First, myself and my fab co-writers, Wilhelmina Kirk and T.M. Catron, published two shorts this week. One, Lost in Blue is a paranormal story of someone who has a chance to find their way home. The other, The Living, is a post-apocalyptic story of the aftermath of other life forms coming to Earth. Both were really fun to write, and I enjoyed this project tremendously.

Second, we, the entire Phoenix Prime group, have published a collection of short stories that are all on Instafreebie. If you haven’t used Instafreebie before, you should. I find a lot of new authors that way. And together, we have a number of collections for you; romance, sci-fi, fantasy, general fiction – something for everyone. So check them out!

Third, along with another co-writing partner, Corinne O’Flynn, I am beginning to put out the first of a new series. The series is titled The Aumahnee Prophecy. You can check out the details Here. This is going to be so much fun to write, I can hardly stand myself! Keep checking in, because once we start rolling – the new releases are going to be flying!

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