Happy Friday the 13th! #tgif

I Messed up Christmas #CoverReveal #Mondayblogs

… and she does totally mess up! Releasing December 2017.

I’m thrilled with this cover, made by the talented Authors on a Dime.

Here is my drafty blurb:

I Messed up Christmas

A Ghost & Abby Novella

~magical mayhem for the holidays~

Single-mom, Abby Jenkins, the night-janitor in a haunted teahouse in the Pacific Northwest town of Sunset Cove, runs a detective business on the side, and while tackling the usual supernatural suspects is easy for her, she can’t face Christmas. She wants this one to be perfect for her kids. With a yuletide, to-do list longer than Main Street, a jealous Viking boyfriend with existential issues, and unreliable witch powers she’s in a twisted-tinsel, holiday funk, when the mayor asks her to find a missing angel. The statue, which sat on top of the Christmas tree in the town square for three decades, symbolizes all that’s good about the holidays: love, peace and joy. Abby drops everything to look for the stolen angel.

Will she find Christmas along the way?


How do you Like my Caricature?

I’m writing light fantasy and keeping with that theme of lightness I’ve moved over to more caroony covers, and now I’m using a caricature of myself on SM. What do you think?

The artwork is done by Vietnamese Phanduy on Fiverr. The original piece cost me $5. US and then I bought the commercial license for it, which was an additional $20. US. He’s easy to work with btw.

I asked people on Facebook to comment, and most liked it. Some said they thought it was fun. Two missed my real photo.

One comment that took me by surprise was from a haiku writing South Asian friend who said he didn’t really understand why I wanted to borrow a face, but assumed it was much the same as adopting a pseudonym.

What do you think? Any comments?

Btw, if you haven’t already, please, consider voting for me on Kindle Scout. I’m trying to get an Amazon publishing contract.

Amazon Kindle Scout Link

My Gigantic Rafflecopter Winners (all 21!)

I hope you enjoyed my first big rafflecopter. I plan to host one every time I launch a new story, because I love my readers. You guys rock!

Here are my 21 winners:

$50.00 Amazon Gift Card – Lujuana Miller

$25.00 Amazon Gift Card – Sandi Frazier

The following gifts are e-book copies:

Cheating Death …  Terri Quick

Cheating Death – Celeste Herrin

Cheating Death – Dwayne Berry

Cheating Death – Cythia Fay Sharp

Cheating Death – Joan LoBrutto

Cheating Death – Nicole Newman

Cheating Death – Mattia Pala

Cheating Death – Victoria Rozell

Cheating Death – Kara Vaughan Marks

Cheating Death  – Paula Riccobono

A Highland Ghost for Christmas – Miranda Bly

A Highland Ghost for Christmas – Tony Cannova

A Viking Ghost for Valentine’s Day – Richard Brandt

A Viking Ghost for Valentine’s Day – Michelle Butterfly

The Biker Ghost Meets His Match – Catherine Bogert

The Biker Ghost Meets His Match – Erin Smith

The Biker Ghost Meets His Match – Paula Humbrick

The Biker Ghost Meets His Match – Amber Terry

The Biker Ghost Meets His Match – Edye

xx participated in this giveaway. Thank you.

A Note to Winners:

The gift cards have already been sent. The ebook prizes will be sent within the next 24 hours. Please pick them up within the next 48 hours.

Launching Ghostly Tales to Chill and Thrill, a #free book #mondayblogs

Launch Day!!!

If you like ghostly tales that make you shiver, but also make you laugh, these stories are for you.

Cheating Death, The Gambling Ghosts Anthology

A saucy mix of fantasy adventure and romance

There is a teahouse in a small Pacific Northwest town where unusual things happen. A spicy collection of spirits, an eccentric tea-leaf reader and breathing humans fill the pages of this anthology with humor, love and a wee bit of terror.

Each novella is a stand-alone story published and well-reviewed on Amazon.

A Highland Ghost for Christmas

Librarian Maddy Jacobson’s best friend gives her an early Christmas present, a mischievous, Highland ghost.

A Viking Ghost for Valentine’s Day

Widow Abigail Jenkins takes the only job available in Sunset Cove: night cleaner in the notorious, haunted tea-house.

Confessions of a Pirate Ghost

Escaping the clutches of a mobster, art forger Harley Davis dives off a yacht in the middle of the night and swims ashore to a small town where the only light comes from inside a haunted teahouse.

The Biker Meets His Match

When Charlene Walker, a tattoo artist with a sweet tooth for bad boys, starts a boycott of the haunted teahouse, no one alive or dead is safe.



Buy the Anthology

Still not sure? Try the last novella for free:

Free The Biker …Link

And if you like my writing consider voting for Magic on Kindle Scout.

Kindle Scout Link

Magic is Still Hot #kindlescout

I’m trying not to nag/spam everyone, but I’m Hot in Kindle Scout and I’d love to stay that way, so if you haven’t voted for magic yet, please consider doing so.

Kindle Scout Magic Link

The Sound of Waiting #kindlescout #Mondayblogs

What’s it like for a writer in waiting?

When I submitted work to big publishers, I generally received a note that they had received the manuscript and then I heard nothing. Crickets. Nothing but crickets, as we writers say. Sometimes I would get a rejection letter (usually months after the date they said they would get back to me), but at least half the time I would get nothing. Nothing and crickets.

When I self-publish there is no waiting. It’s a slick process and your work slides up on the market as quickly or slowly as you wish. The only sound I hear is me singing Hallelujah in the shower, when I finish formatting my story.

Now I’m trying Kindle Scout. My submission is up for the world to see for 30 days. Everyone can review my cover, tagline, blurb and excerpt.  They choose to nominate me or not. If I win a contract those who nominate me get a free copy. And so I wait, knowing many people are looking at my words. The sound I hear is my heartbeat.

I can read my stats, which so far are extraordinarily good, far beyond my expectations, but I know that they alone, don’t predict the book’s future. So the sound of my heart lodged in my throat is loud.

And I am overwhelmingly grateful for all the readers who have taken the time to look at my submission.

To celebrate the launch of my first anthology: Cheating Death: The Gambling Ghosts Anthology, I’ve set up a gigantic giveaway for my readers.

Prizes include:

  • $50. Amazon.com gift card
  • $25.00 Amazon.com gift card
  • 21 e-books

Rafflecopter link