Death by Tarot Card Launch Day & My Struggles!

Today is launch day for my novella, Death by Tarot Card. It’s promotion price is 99 cents (USD).

Death by Tarot

A Ghost & Abby Mystery (Book 4)

When the cards are stacked against you, run.

Who would be crazy enough to send death cards to people in Sunset Cove, a small, Pacific Northwest town famous for things that goes bump in the night? Single mom, Abby Jenkins is hired to find the culprit, and while she is a witch and private detective, she hasn’t a clue about who would deal such a gruesome hand.

Unease settles into the town as tarot cards arrive on doorsteps. No one knows who stacked this deck. Everyone waits for the next card to drop. That is until the first recipient drops dead.

Are all the death cards harbingers of murder?

With the help of a Viking with existential issues, a Casanova man-witch and Spark her snarky familiar Abby unravels a deadly deck of secrets. The question is, can she catch the murderer before they deal another card? / / /

My Struggle

I thought the day would never come. I’ll be honest here, amongst friends, it was a hard story to write, probably my hardest. I pushed through word by word with sheer will, and now I’m letting it go.

Why was it so hard?  Two main reasons.

In my heart I knew Abby’s story was coming to an end and I wasn’t sure how I wanted that to look. Was I ready to close the door on characters I’d been writing about for two years? The ones who played in my head … shouted in my head … cried in my head … and best of all, laughed in my head?

It’s like saying goodbye to good friends. I know I can go back and visit them again in one way or another, but the main part of our relationship is over, and that’s hard.

There are good things that happened as a result of my struggle. First,  writing the epilogue was a breeze. I knew where I wanted my characters to be when I blew them a final kiss. The other good part is my angst motivated  me to start a podcast about writing today.

How does a podcast heal my wounds? I need to take a step back here. The other “factor” fueling my writing struggle was that the first book in the series, Midnight Magic (which I consider to be my best book, btw) hasn’t got the recognition I thought it would. I could blame lots of things for that, but high up on the list is the difficult, ever-changing, and incomprehensible publishing market. That’s what my podcast is about, me and other writers trying to make sense of what’s going on.

So today is the birthday of my book, the end of a series and the beginning of a podcast. I think I need a drink of champagne.

I wish you struggles that lead you to creative places.



A Witchy Countdown to #ComicCon Victoria

My Transformation Begins

I went to Nanaimo’s, Sephora’s for help with my makeup. Monica spent two hours on me. I think she did an amazing job. What do you think?

And Free for You

Midnight Magic is free for a few days. The campaign is going well. Last night I ranked 78 in all of Kindle Free!!! 3rd in …occult and 3rd in …paranormal. Thousands are being downloaded.

Have you got a copy yet?

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If You Like Games, You’ll Love ComicCon

They have a board game room as well as electronic games. Come on out and have some fun.

And please, don’t forget to stop by and say hello to me and my daughter JC McKenzie at the VIPA booth (Vancouver Island Paranormal Authors), #51 in Carson Hall upstairs in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in the Empress (Victoria, B.C. Canada).

The Official Program



3 Paranormal Awards!

I’m thrilled to announce that I won three awards in the 2017 Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewers Choice Contest, thanks to everyone who read, reviewed and voted for me.

First Place

highlandghost_cvr_lrg-1A Highland Ghost for Christmas, in Paranormal Romance /  Holiday

54 – 5 star reviews on Amazon







First Place

Gambling Ghost stories (you can read them separately or as in an anthology called CheatingDeath_FullCVR_MEDCheating Death) in Paranormal Romance / Holiday Series








Second Place

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Midnight Magic, in a long category ending in ghosts and psychics.









Congratulations to all the winners and heartfelt thanks to the ladies at Paranormal Romance Guild for their support.

Here’s the link if you would like to see the titles.

Feeling lucky? My rafflecopter for a $10.00 Amazon card is still up:

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Tagline Crazy #Mondayblogs

My monthly newsletter is lined up to go out on Thursday, but I’m stuck on one line: the tagline for my upcoming release: Death by Seance. I’m pleading for help.

Here are some of my ideas, but I’m wide-open for more:

When you call on the dead, duck [awkward, but a perfect fit in terms of tone and content]

A Deadly Whodunit [already implied in the title]

Never trust the dead [a little on the  ghoulish side]

Abby takes on the dead [true but boring]

A Witchy Whodunit [bland, but hits the mark]

Betrayal from Beyond the Grave [too telling]

Lies, Love & Laughter

Any help would be much appreciated. Contact me in all the usual ways.











Death by Seance – Cover Reveal #Mondayblogs


Isn’t she beautiful.

It’s created by Authors on a Dime.

I’m nearing the crisis point in the first draft, so I’m guestimating a Spring launch. I ordered the cover early to inspire me, and it has.

What do you think?

My Paperback Midnight Magic Books Arrived #Mondayblogs

Starting the new year with new paperbacks. I love the feel of them. Pure magic!

I’m getting ready, slowly but surely, for ComicCon in March.

I hope you’re enjoying the magic of the first day of a new year.

I Messed Up Christmas – Release Day

A Christmas story sure to make you smile, for only 99 cents USD.

~magical mayhem for the holidays~

Single mom Abby Jenkins runs a detective agency out of a haunted teahouse in the Pacific Northwest town of Sunset Cove, and while she finds tackling the usual supernatural suspects easy, 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-ghost 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 the last hundred years, 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?

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