Comic Con Here I Come!!!

I’m thrilled to announce that my daughter J.C. McKenzie and I will be sharing a booth at ComCon in the Crystal Gardens in Victoria. I’ve got my witch hat ready.

I hope if you’re in the area you’ll come join the fun. We’ll have chocolate kisses for you and lots of books.

Some days being a writer really rocks!


PS – Midnight Magic has 2 days left in Kindle Scout. If you haven’t voted yet, please consider it. Getting a publishing contract with the biggest bookstore in the world would open a lot of doors for me.

Kindle Scout Link

 

Soft-Boiled Writing in a Hard-Boiled World

The books I’m currently writing in the Ghost and Abby Mystery Series are part paranormal suspense, part fantasy, part mystery and part romance with a heaping side of humor. So where do they fit on the shelf?

I know the reader doesn’t care, but it’s important for me to know where it fits so that I can reach the audience that likes my kind of stories.

I’ve decided “soft-boiled” explains it best. It’s a mystery term used for stories that involve crime, but are light on gruesome details. They can have sex, but not erotica. That fits. My stories are like cozies (think Agatha Christie – small town whodunits where you know all the suspects) but I do have sex. It’s just part of the human story that I can’t seem to leave out.

Is there a place for soft-boiled literature in a hard-boiled world?

Hell, yeah. I think we need stories to take us away from the harsh realities of the world around us.

Sometimes I call it light fantasy or gothic with a wink. At any rate, I’m enjoying writing them.


Kindle Scout Update

Three nail-biting days to go.

I’ve had great response from readers on my book, Midnight Magic. 8.8 K views!!! I can’t thank you enough for viewing and voting for me.

If you haven’t voted yet, please do. It’s a chance for you to get a free book (if Amazon decides to publish me) and to help me get the publishing deal of my dreams.

Kindle Scout Link

 

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