Carmilla’s Ghost: One Year’s Retrospective

This will be a brief post. Yes, I’m still waiting to hear back from Amazon as to why the paperback edition of Crossroad Blues is not available on their website outside of third-party sellers when the paperback is available at all other online booksellers. That said, let’s talk about something more fun by taking a […]

Romance Update: Drafted!

I know it’s been a week since I promised an update, but things have been moving fast for me. My new job started on Monday, and it’s leaving me with so much more physical and emotional energy at the end of the day. I haven’t had much to do, as no clients have been assigned […]

Romance Update: Trope Announcement

After a slow two weeks, progress on The Romance Novel Project has resumed. Progress is steady; although, it’s not as fast as I would like it to be. That said, this post serves to announce the primary romance trope that will underscore and direct the action. I’ve struggled with this defining trope’s identification, because the […]

Carmilla’s Ghost: Free this Weekend on Kindle!

With the release of It Hungers on May 3rd, I’m offering my novel Carmilla’s Ghost free for anyone with a Kindle this weekend. While all of my books work as standalone reads, those following The Adventures of Sam Hain will recognize this as the book that immediately precedes It Hungers in the series. From the […]

Romance Update: Edit as I Go

Time for the weekend update on The Romance Novel Project. Since I missed my Thursday post due to work-induced exhaustion, I’m going to combine them in this one. The short and sweet of it is that I believe I’ve figured out how to fix my conundrum of fearing that I need to switch the roles […]

Rainy Day Writing

A serious thunderstorm is heading our way. As a result, school has gone virtual. I’ve given my students activities to complete, and I check email periodically. As the rain nears, the barometric pressure drops, and a gentle, cool calm fills the air. I know the storm will be a beast, as heavy rainfall and tornadoes […]

Romance Update: AAAARGH!

I do apologize for the melodramatic title, but that sums up my feelings at present. I’ve moved beyond the “Adhesion” beat, and we’re moving through the blossoming of romance that ends with the next pinch point/plot twist. That sounds great. I’m about 60% through the first draft. That also sounds great. So why am I […]

Trope Talk: Uncomfortable Dinner Conversations

So, as I work on The Unnamed Romance Novel Project, I realized that as a writer, I have tropes that are always going to show up in my books, regardless of genre. And one of those tropes, probably the one I use most consistently, is the “Uncomfortable Dinner Conversation.” We all have some image already […]

Romance Update: Adhesion

It’s time for the Weekend Romance Novel Update. As many of you know, I’ve been working on a fluffy paranormal romance as a palate cleanser after drafting two dark novels in the Adventures of Sam Hain series. I’m almost halfway through the first draft, and progress has slowed a bit. Not because I’m lost in […]

Carmilla’s Ghost: That Time I Accidentally Wrote Erotica

In November, I released Carmilla’s Ghost, the second book in my main book series, The Adventures of Sam Hain. As I have repeatedly asserted in previous posts, I conceived of the novel as an urban fantasy murder mystery with a gothic romance subplot. The following image is how I marketed the novel. Now, I have […]