Blurb! For the Love of Spooky Things

Not many people would want to move into a notoriously haunted house a few blocks from a cemetery, but to Zane Brannon, it’s a perfect place to live. He’s been able to see ghosts all his life, and making friends with them is easy. It’s harder for him to connect to the living, and starting high school in a new town is more intimidating than the creepy woods in his backyard.

He meets two friendly—and cute—classmates and soon finds himself caught in the middle of dark rumors and old rivalries. Witch covens, werewolves, lost hounds from the Wild Hunt… Silent Hollow is a strange town full of mysteries, and as Zane tries to untangle them, he isn’t sure who he can trust.

Zane loves what others fear, but he’s about to learn a harsh lesson. As comfortable as he is with the things that go bump in the night, it’s not possible for him to befriend everyone—or everything—that lurks in the dark.

Shadowmancer is out now!

Shadowmancer cover

 

Marius Everhart is something even mages fear — a shadowmancer. His power marks him as cursed, a creature belonging to the Queen of Shadows. Marius escaped her realm with his memories corrupted and his sanity in tatters, managing to live a fragile, lonely existence at the edges of society.

Some might call Ayodele Sauveterre delusional. He prefers the term “optimistic”. With his homeland in danger from invasion, Ayodele will do anything to protect it, even recruit a shadowmancer. Marius’s incredible power and gentle nature make him a perfect addition to Paladin Charm, a new mage guild dedicated to helping rather than exploiting the non-magical populace. The fact that handsome Marius also warms Ayodele’s bed is a wonderful bonus.

With support from Ayodele and his new friends in the guild, Marius begins to heal. He’s also quickly falling for the alluring mage, but Ayodele struggles with what’s forming between them. Past experience left Ayodele flippant but guarded, and Marius’s open honesty unnerves him.

As they grow closer, Paladin Charm prepares for a battle with impossible odds. And in the darkness, the Queen of Shadows waits to reclaim Marius and drag him back into a nightmare.

Buy now on Amazon. Add it as “To Read” on Goodreads.

 

Cover – Mages & Mechanisms

Look at this cover! Isn’t it great? Nathalie Gray does it again, giving me a gorgeous, perfect cover.

Leander Weatherford doesn’t want a mage, but he needs one. Enchanted mechanical animals are all the rage among the upper classes and selling them will save his struggling family business. Enter Jak, whose enchanting ability is second only to his talent for flirting. It’s dangerous to keep such a tempting man close, but Leander can’t resist—in more ways than one.

Jak needs money to continue his aimless life of running. A partnership with Leander provides both income and a lovely diversion. Their masterful creations catch the attention of an eccentric baroness, who offers them a huge sum for an ambitious project—a full scale mechanical dragon.

Swept up into a life rubbing elbows with nobility, Leander is pleased but overwhelmed. Spending both work days and evenings with Jak, he finds himself drawing closer to the charming mage.

But Jak is hiding a dangerous secret, and the truth could tear them apart.

New Release – Rainbow Islands

Rainbow Islands cover

It’s here! My newest YA release is now available for a special low price of $2.99. Get it at Amazon.

In the Christian Republic, homosexual people are given two choices—a camp to “fix” them, or exile to the distant islands populated by lesbians and gay men.

Sixteen-year-old Jason chooses exile and expects a hardscrabble life but instead finds a thriving, supportive community. While exploring his identity as a transgender boy he also discovers adventure: kraken attacks, naval battles, a flying island built by asexual people, and a daring escape involving glow-in-the-dark paint. He also has a desperate crush on Sky, a spirited buccaneer girl, but fear keeps him from expressing his feelings.

When Jason and his companions discover the Republicans are planning a war of extermination, they rally the people of the Rainbow Islands to fight back.

Shy, bookish Jason will have to find his inner courage or everything and everyone he loves will be lost forever.

New Cover – Undaunted

Undaunted coverLook at this! Isn’t it amazing? I love this cover so much! The talented and awesome Nathalie Gray designed this and it’s perfect! This novel is very special to me and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Kelas Vartorvi escaped from one vampire only to find himself bound to another. Roshan saved his life and honor demands Kelas stays by his side until he repays the debt.

Roshan takes his broody new werewolf bodyguard in stride. Slowly, his relentless good nature begins to break down Kelas’s walls.

And their tentative friendship becomes something more.

An unexpected visitor from Roshan’s past throws them into a political plot and gives Kelas a chance for revenge. But are the gods blessing Kelas, or asking for a sacrifice?

Shadow Valley Book 2

The 7 Bad Habits of Slightly Troubled Monsters

It’s finally here! The second Shadow Valley book is available on Amazon!

Haunted by recent events, Aiden struggles with a debilitating fear of magic. Not a good situation for a changeling who needs to master his powers in order to graduate. He finds a bit of distraction in Hanna, who might like him as something more than a friend.
Dylan wishes he could take back his mistake, even as he still dreams of freedom. His guilt over hurting Aiden only grows worse when he realizes how deep the damage goes, and when he tries to protect Aiden from a bully it only lands Dylan in more trouble. Pressure mounts from all sides until the dragonkin feels ready to explode.
When a new threat arises, Aiden must use all his magic to save Dylan… and himself.

Shiny New Cover!

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The first Shadow Valley book has a brand new cover! Isn’t it awesome?

And the book description has a few changes as well:

Welcome to Shadow Valley, a town hidden from the world — and full of monsters. Students at the high school learn how to control their supernatural powers alongside regular classes. Graduation means the freedom to go out into the human world. Failure means being trapped in town for good.

Aiden discovers a new world when his changeling powers manifest. Forced to move to Shadow Valley, he struggles with the fear of his powers and his strange classmates. When he meets bad boy Dylan, a dragonkin, they begin an unlikely friendship. But something dark stalks their dreams, tempting them with their heart’s desire.

When Dylan makes a dangerous choice, will Aiden’s friendship be enough to save him?

Cool, yeah? So hurry to Amazon and BUY IT!

My Writing Process – Blog Tour

I was tagged by Keith Melton (and I’m late, sorry).

1)     What am I working on?

I’m editing How To Make Friends and Not Incinerate People, the first book in a new YA series. I’m about halfway through writing the second book, The 7 Bad Habits of Slightly Troubled Monsters. Teenage drama in a school full of supernatural people is surprisingly fun to write.


2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Because it’s mine. That’s the simple answer. I tell my stories my way and try not to worry about trends or tropes except when I find fun ways to mess with them. Also I’m not afraid to write in different genres, or mix them. If something sounds fun, I’ll try it.


3)     Why do I write what I do?

I write the kinds of things I love, or things that excite me. I stumbled into romance and discovered I like it. Same with YA urban fantasy. The themes I tend to write around are about close friendships and families of choice, the strength that comes with equal partnerships, and outcasts that find their way. My favorite kinds of stories are fantasies and most of what I write are paranormal romances or urban fantasies. I love playing with supernatural creatures and magic.


4)     How does your writing process work?

I get an idea that grows into a kind of rough shape in my head. When it’s time for a new project, I pick the most exciting idea and go. I’m mostly a pantser but I plot as I go, trying to build the story out a little ahead of where I’m writing. Usually I write in order, but once in a while I’ll just write the scenes as they come to me. Once the book is done, I’ll read over it and make adjustments. Then it goes to my beta readers. Another round of edits to fix the issues they catch, then it’s off to my editor.

Thanks for stopping by. Next week the tour stops at E.P. Beaumont’s blog. E. P. Beaumont writes novels and stories that explore the turbulent boundary between the fantastic and the historical. Depending on whim of the Muse and prevailing winds, that can mean urban fantasy, magic realism, historical fiction, steampunk, science fiction, or literary fiction.

Raw NaNoWriMo Draft – How To Make Friends And Not Incinerate People

NaNo 2013 small coverAuthor’s note: This is a raw NaNoWrimo draft. I didn’t change anything except paragraph spacing (as WP doesn’t convert the tabs).

Aiden stopped in front of the locker room door, thinking about what had happened a few months ago. The way everyone had stared at him like he was going to go Carrie on them or something. Cold fear twisted inside him. What if it happened again?

No, it was different here. That kind of thing was normal to these people. They’d probably think it was lame. Dylan and those girls could throw fire, that other girl had formed ice around her feet. One boy had summoned things of smoke, from swords to a pair of snarling dogs.

Taking a few deep breaths, Aiden made himself push through the door.

He almost crashed into Dylan. “Whoa!”

“Sorry.” Aiden stepped back.

“Can’t wait to see what you can do.” His eyes weren’t glowing, but there was an eager light in them. He was like a different person from the boy who slouched in front of him in homeroom.

“I don’t think you’ll see much.” Aiden was nervous all over again, thinking about what he’d seen the day before. He couldn’t do anything like that and if someone threw fire or whatever at him, he’d be toast.

Dylan left and Aiden had to face the locker room again. It was different than the one at his old school, and that helped. There it had been bright white and blue. Here it was dim and gray. Creepy, like the scene from a horror movie. Aiden bit back a laugh. Everything about this school was like a horror movie.

Someone shuffled around farther back and a locker door slammed. Shouldn’t there be more boys in here? Aiden shook off the creepiness and found an empty locker. He changed as fast as he could and hurried into the gym.

Dylan stood in the middle of the room, bouncing on his toes. Right, the possibility of getting roasted. Aiden went to the teacher. “Ms. Yang, I don’t think I can protect myself if anyone throws… stuff at me.”

“Don’t worry. We’re not having matches today.” She pointed to the far side of the room where a row of targets leaned against the wall. “We’ll be working on precision. I won’t put you in matches until I believe you’re ready.”

“Thanks.” He let out a little sigh of relief, but a moment later he felt guilty. So now he was holding the whole class up?

Ms. Yang had them all line up opposite the targets and told them to work on accuracy. They let loose while Aiden stood there like an idiot. The boy who used smoke magic was next to him, firing smoke arrows from a smoke bow. The first arrow hit the edge of the target and disappeared, leaving a mark. Then the target shimmered and the mark was gone.

Farther down, one of the fireball girls made her target burst into flame. A moment later it shimmered, too, and looked like nothing had happened.

Magical regenerating targets? It made sense.

Ms. Yang came over to him. “So, what have you been able to do so far?”

“Nothing. I don’t know what I can do.”

She smiled. “Don’t be nervous. I’m here to help you learn. Focus on the target.”

Aiden started at the red rings and the circle in the center. The ozone smell was sharper when he wasn’t sitting on the wards behind the bench, and the air tingled, making the hair on the back of his neck stand up. It must be all the magic.

“Dig deep inside yourself. Find your center, where your power is. I want you to throw it at the target, just the raw energy, not worrying about the form it takes. It might help if you use a physical motion.” She put her hands up, palms out at chest level and pushed like she was shoving someone away from her.

He copied her. “Like this?”

“Any way that helps. Try different things. Do your best to ignore everything going on around you and focus.”

For the rest of class he made shoving motions, kicking motions, punching motions. He tried closing his eyes, staring through the target, yelling. All he got was frustrated and sweaty.

“You can try again tomorrow, Aiden.” Ms. Yang half-turned and shouted over her shoulder, “I said that’s it Dylan. Class is over.”

“What am I doing wrong?” Aiden asked. Everyone else made it look so easy.

Ms. Yang turned her attention back to him. “You’re not doing anything wrong, except maybe putting too much pressure on yourself. I can’t tell you exactly how to do it, it’s something you have to feel. Somewhere inside you, you know how to use your magic. It’s unconscious, instinct.”

“So I just keep trying until something happens?”

“Yes.”

“What if nothing happens?” Even as he said it, he thought of all those doors opening and closing, the shocked looks on the boys’ faces.

“You’re full-blooded fae.” Ms. Yang smiled. “I put extra wards on the room just for you and Dylan.”

He opened his mouth to ask what Dylan was, but he remembered the bet.

“It’ll happen. Now hurry before you miss your bus.”