Category: books

6th Annual Authors in Bloom Hop

6th Annual Authors in Bloom Hop

Welcome to the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop, where you’ll find recipes, gardening tips, and, of course, prizes! This year’s Grand Prize is a Kindle Fire or Nook with a 2nd prize of a $25 gift card. And each author is giving away a prize as well! Right on my blog, you can enter to win a Belinda & Bennett Mysteries Ebook Bundle. It includes Auf’d, Drive-Bye, and Overkill – books two through four of the series! (If you’re new to the series, you can download the first book free.) On to the details! How to Win The Grand Prize To […]

Clean Break (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

Clean Break (A Belinda & Bennett Short Story)

A short story featuring characters from The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries. The first thing Belinda did after her twin brother, Kyle, left was clean his room top to bottom. He’d taken most of his possessions with him on his sailing excursion to Australia, so his bedroom was as stripped down as it was going to get. No clothes on the floor. No change splattered on top of the dresser. No bed linens sagging off one corner. It was the perfect time to deep clean. After stripping the bed, Belinda threw open the windows that faced the side of the driveway. […]

New Release: Descent (The Birthright Book 3)

New Release: Descent (The Birthright Book 3)

Book series go by fast. It’s hard for me to believe we’re already into book three of The Birthright series. On some level, I feel like I just started working on it. (I know I said this already about book five of The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, but it is true.) But I’m excited to bring you book three as Rosamund’s story ramps up. What can you expect in the pages of this installment? Three things jump out at me that I think readers will enjoy. (Minor spoilers!) More Trent! (That’s hard not to like. 😉 ) More details about […]

Behind-the-Book: The Inspiration for Misfortune

Behind-the-Book: The Inspiration for Misfortune

One of the most thrilling parts of writing a book is when you get THAT idea. The one that gives you butterflies all over the place and makes you want to drop everything and start writing. And when you’re writing a series, this feeling can be especially important to keep the romance alive for your characters and setting and, well, for you. Going into the fifth book of The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, I knew I wanted to take a different approach to keep it fresh for readers and for me. In the end, two main things became inspiration for […]

2017: Upcoming Releases, A New Project, & More Posts

2017: Upcoming Releases, A New Project, & More Posts

It’s incredible that another year is in full swing already. Last year saw three book releases and a major home renovation (while trying to finish Misfortune–oh, what fun!). But I’m sure, like me, you’re already neck-deep in new projects and goals, and last year is, well, so last year. So what’s in the works for 2017? New Book Releases Of course, I’ve been planning for this year’s releases. It’s scary thinking about the end of this year when it’s just started, but it must be done. The year is getting off the ground with book three of The Birthright series, […]

The Marked Playlist

The Marked Playlist

Music is integral to cultures around the world. And, as many authors will attest, it can be equally important to writing. For me, it’s almost necessary to developing my stories and even characters. When I listen to a song, scenes, character moments, and background info unfurl in my head. Sometimes, certain songs become so entwined with one of my books that once I’m finished writing it, I can’t stand to listen to the song anymore. I’ve moved on with the story in my mind by then, and certain songs only take the story backwards for me. (I know, it’s bizarre.) That […]

14 Fun Short Stories

14 Fun Short Stories

Sometimes when I’m working on one of my books, I’ll get ideas that are cute or fun or interesting, but they don’t fit in the context of a book. And almost every week, my sister and I do a writing exercise together. These regular practice sessions keep my writing gears nimble, and sometimes produce ideas I can use in a book, but a lot of the time it’s just for fun. So partly for those reasons, I started taking some of those snippets and character moments and fleshed them out into short stories. It was something fun to post on my blog for readers and for me! The number […]