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Interview with Laura Winter, author of Star Collapsed, on sale May 25th!!! Pre Order Today

Today, I’m pleased to introduce Laura Winter, author of the new series, Star Collapsed, on sale May 25th.

Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I somewhat accidentally stumbled upon writing. I’ve spent most of my life on the softball field (I actually played professionally after my pitching career at Notre Dame). In 2018, I was going to grad school and coaching when I discovered NaNoWriMo, but it was the middle of summer. Instead of waiting for November to write my book, I decided to do a trial run to see if I could actually do it… and I wrote my book in 10 days! Absolutely no writing background, but a whole lot of determination to get better and to tell the stories that were stuck in my head. After that, I couldn’t stop.

Describe your desk / writing space.

My writing area itself is pretty much clear – keyboard in front of me, podcast/audio equipment to the left, and my planner to the right. What’s happening on the shelf above me is another story… I have about twenty notebooks and loose stickers and decorations. I swear I’m actually a minimalist (unless it comes to notebooks and shiny pens).

Do you have a writing routine or do you write when inspired?

I thrive on routine! I have set plans for when I sit down to write – whether that’s chapter notes, a plan of attack for editing, or just general writing-adjacent tasks (like social media and marketing or cover design). If you had asked me a year ago, I would have told you that I write best in the mornings (I was once an early bird), but lately I’ve been really cranking out the words after lunch and even at night!

How do you come up with the title to your books?

That one really varies. For my high fantasy Warrior Series, I tied the titles to the identity of my characters (there are 3 main characters, each with their own books), so with each new title, you can see how each character grows and changes based on the events of the series.

My YA/NA fantasy Soul Series titles come from the main conflict for my characters and that journey from forgotten memories, remembered pasts, and obscured souls. The main focus is on the good and evil of the Blue and Cold Soul, hence the Soul part of the title. We have powers based on space events like supernovas, black holes, and blue stars!

And, with my brand new Star Series (which happens to be a spin off of the Soul Series), I based the titles off of those space events! This series happens 18 years later and we get to follow Kiya, the daughter of the supernova and black hole from the Soul Series. If you’re familiar with space events, the titles of the Star Series are going to follow the life cycle of a star… starting with Star Collapsed!

What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

One of the hardest scenes I’ve ever written was the big plot twist in Soul Remembered. Without giving too much away since it’s the second book in the series, I had to write that scene through my own tears because I quite literally broke my own heart in the process of writing it. It had to happen, but wow I didn’t realize it would hurt so much.

I love myself a good fight scene. I have been known to actually act out those scenes in my living room, especially if I want to make sure movements are actually possible. I have quite a few that I’ve written in the last few books, and between sword fighting (Warrior Series) and superpowered fighting (Soul and Star Series), I’m not sure I can pick just one.

What inspired your book/series?

Seeing as I’m now back into the superpowered Blue Star world, it’s pretty easy to attribute that to my love of space and superpowers. I’m always interested in telling stories of strong women who come in and save the day, and when you add a little flavor with superpowers and magic, you’re in for a real treat.

What are you working on next?

More Star Series! I have a few ideas brewing in the back of my mind, two of which are nearly functional, and I’ll start those when the plots sort themselves out. For now, I have a plan for two more Star books!

What authors or books have influenced your writing?

I’ve always been inspired by magic and fantasy worlds. The book that really pushed me into writing was The Magicians by Lev Grossman. With the crazy that has been 2020 and 2021, I’ve been able to broaden my reading list and I have to say that S.M. Gaither’s Shadows and Crowns series really got me excited to jump back into a fantasy world.

If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

Fantasy world, no question. Selfishly, I’d love to live in the worlds I’ve created, but I would never pass up an opportunity to go to Narnia.

What is your favorite meal?

Can Reese’s candy be my meal?

Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

If it has caffeine, I’ll drink it.

Describe yourself in three words.

passionate, dreamer, crazy

BIO: Laura Winter is a passionate creator, minimalist, and van life dreamer. She’s dedicated to writing character-driven stories with intricate plots that will keep you engaged until the last page. Explore new worlds, fall in love with characters, and enjoy an escape.

BLURB – Star Collapsed:

Is it possible to hate someone at first sight?

I’ve been around the power community my entire life. I have a special bond with the famous Blue Star; the combination of Finnley’s telekinetic explosions and Nate’s shadow manipulation.

You see, I’m their daughter.

Let me rephrase that. I’m their powerless daughter.

On the night of my Trials, I passed every test except the most important one – getting powers from a power source – and now I’m stuck with the constant reminder that I failed to be something great. While my family and friends go out and save others who can’t control their powers, I’m left on the sidelines.

Which is why I’m furious when Ryder shows up, claiming he doesn’t want those incredible powers he possesses. It sparks some deep fire inside me to think that he’s throwing away a gift I so desperately want. No, it really sparked something, and now that anger is getting worse. He might not have a choice about getting involved, because his presence has triggered something in me that I’m not sure is going to end in anything but destruction.

Because what good can come from a stellar collision?

If you loved the Soul trilogy following Finnley, Nate, and Glitch, you’ll love the extension of the Blue Star story in the Star trilogy. Not required to read the Soul trilogy to follow this series.

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Author Interview With Amanda Fleet

I’m very excited to introduce Amanda Fleet, author of the Guardians of the Realm series.

Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I’ve written since I was young, though none of that teenage angst rubbish will ever see the light of day. I suppose I wrote more seriously much later in life, writing my first book (which will also possibly never see the light of day!) in 2007. I know this will sound terribly cliched, but there were stories and characters in my head and they wouldn’t shut up unless I wrote about them.

Describe your desk / writing space.

It’s a large, wooden desk, with drawers down either side – antique style, though not actually an antique. It faces the window that looks out over part of the garden. There’s my laptop on it, plus an external monitor, and the edges are cluttered with notebooks, pens, more pens, scraps of paper, and some more pens. I really need to tame it!

Do you have a writing routine or do you write when inspired?

A bit of both. I write most days, and apart from a time where I was close to having a breakdown, have never run out of ideas, so inspiration always seems to flow. When I was close to a breakdown, I had zero inspiration and that was horrible.

How do you come up with the title to your books?

Great question! My first published book “The Wrong Kind of Clouds” got its title via my husband who is a keen photographer (as is the main character in the book). I have spent so many hours of my life waiting for “the right kind of clouds” for his photographs – clear blue skies aren’t great; small, fluffy white clouds aren’t great… menacing, stormy skies with lots of light and shade are what hubby is always after! It’s linked to in the book (though I can’t say more without giving away spoilers).

For other books, the titles spring from the books more directly. “Aegyir Rises”, “Aeron Returns”, “War” and “Invasion” all describe what happens in the book.

What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

The hardest scenes for me to write are death scenes and sex scenes! Death scenes because I cry so much while I’m writing them; sex scenes because they are difficult and embarrassing to write.

My favourite scene to write was in “Aeron Returns”, when Aeron and Faran have come to Earth (from The Realm) and he is a total fish out of water. He’s incredibly fond of honey (a scarce resource in The Realm) and Aeron buys a jar for him. It’s the first time he thinks she might love him again.

What inspired your series, Guardians of the Realm?

Ah. A trickier question. Often the ideas for a book come from just a single question that then grows and grows until it becomes a book (or a series). A lot of the things I think about writing involve people being in the wrong place somehow. It started out with wondering if there were portals to other worlds and grew from there, really. Landscape can be a great trigger – rocky outcrops or slabs of craggy rock… who wouldn’t wonder if they led somewhere exciting?

What are you working on next?

I’ve just published the 4th book of the series – “Invasion” and once all the dust has settled from launching that, I’ll start to edit my next book – something completely different for me: a time-travel romance set in Scotland, near to where the battle of Culloden took place.

What authors or books have influenced your writing?

Sarah Fine was definitely a big inspiration for the Guardians of The Realm series. I adored her Guardians of The Shadowlands series. Patrick Ness is another huge favourite. I don’t think I’ve read a book of his that I haven’t thought was amazing, but the Chaos Walking trilogy is outstanding.

If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

Ooh. You know, it’s a tight race between Scotland and Italy. Since I speak almost zero Italian, I might be better off staying in Scotland, though not where I currently am. It’s a tough one as I normally crave the countryside and wide-open spaces, but I’m also getting older so the sensible bit of my head wants a big hospital nearby! And I hate midgies (small, biting insects that are very common in the west of Scotland). Scotland-wise, I suppose somewhere up near Inverness would tick most of the boxes – open and rugged, yet Inverness is a city with a decent hospital and the east has far fewer midgies. Near the sea too. Italy? Somewhere in the north, near the coast.

What is your favorite meal?

Stir-fry and noodles.

Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Tea; wine.

Describe yourself in three words.

Introvert; loyal; perfectionist.

Author bio:

Amanda Fleet is a physiologist by training and a writer at heart. She spent 18 years teaching science and medicine undergraduates at St Andrews University, but now uses her knowledge to work out how to kill people (in her books!). She completed her first degree at St Andrews University and her doctorate at University College, London.

She has been an inveterate stationery addict since a child, amassing a considerable stash of fountain pens, ink and notebooks during her lifetime. These have thankfully come in useful, as she tends to write rather than type, at least in the early stages of writing a book.

During her time at St Andrews, she worked with the College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi. While in Malawi, she learned about the plight of the many street children there and helped to set up a Community Based Organisation that works with homeless Malawian children to support them through education and training – Chimwemwe Children’s Centre. It was this experience that helped to inspire the Malawian aspects in her novel “The Wrong Kind of Clouds” (briefly released as “The Call”), though, of course, the book is entirely fictional.

She is the author of the urban fantasy series: “The Guardians of The Realm”, the crime novel “The Wrong Kind of Clouds”, and the psychological thriller “Lies That Poison”.

Amanda lives in Scotland with her husband, where she can be found writing, walking and running.

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Ashes And Blood & Below Dark Waters is now in PRINT!

Ashes and Blood
Below Dark Waters

Get Your Physical Copy of
Ashes and Blood &
Below Dark Waters!

It feels so good to be able to announce that.

Besides that, it’s been a slow writing two weeks. I had wanted to get more done, but my boyfriend and I are falling apart. I’m in an air cast and he can’t turn his head.
So I’ve been taking a little wellness break. 

DNA- 65,879 – I just started the third trimester 😉 

Dalya III- 16,694

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Dec. 10th

I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season and that the start of the New Year brings peace to everyone during these difficult times.

As I write this newsletter, snow is falling outside my window for the first time this year. Our twinkling Christmas tree and decorated window create a picturesque frame to the majestic, but chilly outside. There’s not enough snow to build a snowman or a fort, but just enough to coat the trees and dust the grass evenly.
The view alone makes me think of homemade braided cinnamon wreaths and a hot cup of cocoa. I included my yummy braided cinnamon wreath with cream cheese frosting at the bottom of this newsletter.
It’s not only scrumptious, but looks pretty with its white frosting and cinnamon sugar coating. YUM!

Back to books, can you tell I love food?

Word count is moving. I’ve started to focus again on DNA and I can’t wait to introduce Karen, my newest character, as she counts down the days to her own Christmas due date.
DNA: 37,370 words
Dalya Book III (Stranger Shores? I haven’t settled on the title yet, maybe in the next newsletter I’ll do a vote): 16,694

Braided Cinnamon Wreath
I like making this recipe into a wreath shape and then cutting slices of it, but you can make mini rolls too.

1/2 cup of warm milk 110°F
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/8 cup melted butter
1 egg yolk
1 TBSP sugar
2 cups of flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Cinnamon Filling
1/4 cup softened butter
4-5 TBSP sugar
3 tsp cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting
2 oz cream cheese
4 TBSP melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup of powder sugar

Mix milk, yeast, sugar, melted butter, & egg yolk. Allow it to sit for ten minutes.

Mix in the shifted flour & salt. Knead the dough into a ball and place the dough in a greased bowl. Cover bowl with towel or plastic wrap and place in warm area to rise for at least one hour.

Whisk butter, cinnamon, and sugar.

Flour your work area and roll out the dough into an 8 x 12 rectangle. Spread 3/4 of the filling on it.
Roll the dough long ways into a log.
Slice the rolled up dough down the center and separate.
Take one of each end and braid the two pieces together into a circle.
Brush remaining filling on the top.
Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes
Drop the temperature to 350° and back for an additional 10 minutes.

While baking, beat cream cheese, melted butter, vanilla extract, and powder sugar until smooth. Drizzle on hot cinnamon wreath and enjoy.

As always, check out the books below, most of them are on sale or free!

Game of Thrones meets Arabian Nights in this blood-soaked fantasy epic inspired by the crusades, featuring Lovecraftian gods, mischievous djinns, and astral magic!
They took his daughter, so Micah comes to take their kingdom. Fifty thousand gun-toting paladins march behind him, all baptized in angel blood, thirsty to burn unbelievers.
Only the janissaries can stand against them. Their living legend, Kevah, once beheaded a magus amid a hail of ice daggers. But ever since his wife disappeared, he spends his days in a haze of hashish and poetry.
To save the kingdom, Kevah must conquer his grief and become the legend he once was. But Micah writes his own legend in blood, and his righteous conquest will stop at nothing.
When the gods choose sides, a legend will be etched upon the stars.
Gwynn had finally completed her training and joined the ranks of the elite Inishmore Bards. Eager to explore the world and create her musical legacy, Gwynn sets off on the road toward the dazzling city of Samhayne. Her peaceful journey is interrupted when she encounters Shae, a Southron warrior mortally wounded in battle. Drawing deep upon his lifesong, Gwynn uses her musical gifts to heal him…then swears him to secrecy, lest anyone learn of her hidden talent. Journeying together Gwynn and Shae are met by a Fae prince known to Gwynn since childhood. Sensing her distress over her growing powers he insists that they travel with him to his realm. In the hidden Royal Court of Heralith they find themselves battling deadly monsters, inner demons, and the dark forces of the demi-goddess Aere. Gwynn’s bardic magic just might be enough to free them from the enchantment that binds them but if she fails, it could shatter her mind and soul. Fae Song pays homage to epic fantasy series like Harry Potter. Balahar is an adventurous new world of magic and music, Kings and Queens, sacrifice and victory.
Dragons. Elves. Curses. Blood Pacts and orcs… and plenty of Chosen Ones.

Get these novels from ten masters of fantasy and unlock portals to new worlds today for less than a dollar a piece!

Table of Contents
1. “Rise and Fall of the Obsidian Grotto” by Christopher D. Schmitz
2. “The Tally Master” by J.M. Ney-Grimm
3. “A Veil for the Vanguard” by Danny F. Santos
4. “The Kakos Realm: Grinden Proselyte” by Christopher D. Schmitz
5. “The Dragonslayer’s Sword” by Resa Nelson
6. “Apprentice Storm Mage” by Douglas Van Dyke Jr
7. “The Avant Champion: Rising” by CB Samet
8. “The Chronicles of Agartha: Book 1 – The Green Boy” by Sherif Guirguis
9. “Severance Lost” by J. Lloren Quill
10. “Prelude to Insurrection” by JC Kang
11. “The Dragon Princess” by Paris Hansch
Katie is a normal girl living a normal life, until she falls through a glowing crevice in the sidewalk. She makes a note to herself to avoid glowing crevices in the future. On the other side of the crevice lies Dreamland, a realm of fantasy and magic, a place where she can let her imagination soar and develop new powers. Katie has no idea why she’s there or what she’s supposed to do, and she meets other kids also stunned to find themselves in the same realm of mystery. When a strange woman in white appears, Katie and her friends learn that Dreamland is under a threat only they can stop, while the woman “helps” the kids with incomplete instructions and unclear advice that frustrates them enormously. Through the confusion, Katie has the adventure of a lifetime, with magic, self-discovery, battles, and the potential collision of worlds, while she faces her worst nightmare: her annoying little brother. Can she and her friends fight and defeat the forces of evil? Can she figure out how to get back home? Can she stop her brother from asking for more candy before he destroys the universe? This fantasy adventure novel is perfect for young girls looking for fun, excitement, humor, and a little inspiration to help them develop into everything they want to be!

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Below Dark Waters is On Sale Now!!!

 On Sale Now!
Click on the link to get your ebook today!

It’s been a long, chaotic, stressful year since I began writing Below Dark Waters. But perseverance is the key to life and no matter what, we have to push through and still find a way to achieve our goals.
I’m so happy I did.

But we need to always help each other and that’s why I love cross promoting different authors. We all need help building our audiences and it means so much when cross promotions succeed. Please go through all the promo’s at the end, there’s even a chance to win $300! 

Below you will find the blurb to the book Escape. Click on the links to discover all the ways you can buy this awesome book.

The howls of Guards on hunt shatter the air.
Trinity can’t let them catch her outside of the encampment or she and her family will be executed.
She has to hide but where? She’s surrounded by river and forest.
A splash draws her gaze and the river-man’s flipper slips under the water. Forest it is, because there’s no way she’s going into the river.
She races into the woods, backpack slamming against her shoulders as the calls of the Guards draw closer. Brush breaks and crashes behind her. They’re too close. There’s nothing for her to do but surrender.
She raises her hands to her shoulders and slowly turns, but it’s not the Guards who have caught her. A Tracker, the deadliest of predators, stands on its back two legs, towering above her, front legs hanging down like arms.Brindle fur covers its body and its eyes glow yellow in the shadowed forest. Its tongue lolls out the side of its mouth, exposing a row of sharp teeth on the other side.
She should scream but all she can do is think, “Someone should tell it that they no longer exist in the wild.”
Lake of Sins: Escape is a young adult fantasy in the vein of The Island of Dr. Moreau. If you like imaginative dystopian worlds, headstrong heroines, and incredible monsters, then you’ll love this visionary tale.

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Beta readers!!

Beta readers!!

If anyone is interested in beta reading Below Dark Waters, send me an email at I’m creating a beta team and would love for you to join. In the email, please send a little info about yourself and why you want to be a beta reader.

As I type this, my fingers are dyed pink from food coloring, my kitchen is a birthday cake war zone, and currently my inbox is blowing up with emails. To say I’m busy is an understatement, but I love it. However, tomorrow I promised myself that I will go to the beach for the first time this year. I must! I grew up on the beach. It’s my second home!

But it will be my only day off this week as I’m trying to get Below Dark Waters released September 10th. That’s the goal. As of this moment we are on track.

That’s about it for right now. In the next newsletter, I promise to have the back cover for Below Dark Waters. It should be up on most platforms by September 3th for presale!

Until then, check out these two authors and the promotions below. There are some amazing books in here and they are either on sale or free!

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I’d like to introduce…. Below Dark Waters

What do you guys think of the new cover for Below Dark Waters?

WELL, I was hoping to have Below Dark Waters out by the end of the month, but because of COVID and hurricane Isaias taking my power out, there MIGHT be a delay. I’m hoping only a week at most. We only lost power, but my heart goes out to anyone whose property was damaged.

There’s been more progress on DNA, a separate project and for the moment, it is still on schedule to be released the end of fall. I’m thinking around Thanksgiving, as long as there are no other snags in my plans. 

Take it easy and try to enjoy what’s left of summer; the leaves will start to change in a blink of an eye.

And please if you haven’t already, please post reviews for Ashes and Blood. It really helps. Goodreads, Amazon, Smashword, Bookbub, Barns and Noble—any site helps.

If you’re looking for a new book to read, check these promos out. There are tons of great books by talented authors.
And this week I have a spotlight on Forget Me Not by Anca Antoci. Click on the links below for more information.

When tragedy strikes, Rae makes a terrible choice and struggles with the aftermath. In the wilderness of the Tongass rainforest, she finds herself hunted by creatures of hell, monsters she never dreamed could be real. A hidden world, an ancient race, and a secret she discovers by accident give a new meaning to her life but only if she can escape and return to civilization. If she is to survive, Rae must comply with Ari, her reluctant hero, and allow him to wipe away any memory of this realm. Knowledge is power, but is it worth dying for? A story about overcoming loss and self-doubt and finding purpose in life while being hunted by monsters. When push comes to shove, that’s when real strength emerges. What would it take to discover what you’re made of?
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Hey, how’s it hanging?

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and had an awesome 4th of July!

This month is birthday month. That means I’m in the kitchen, baking cakes. So far this week, I’ve made a New York cheesecake, vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting, and a vanilla bean cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. Normally, right about now I’d be preparing my kitchen for my nephew’s birthday cake, (in the past it’s been multiple types of dinosaurs, a 3D pirate ship, and a rocket ship) but because of COVID… things have changed.

I hope by this time next year, that everything will be back to normal.

My cover artist has been super busy. I should see the cover for Below Dark Waters by the end of next week. The following update should have a first look at the cover design.

I’ve shifted gears from DNA back to putting the finishing touches on Below Dark Waters. So far, I’m right on track on for having it out end of August.

Next update will be August 6th. Meanwhile, checkout some of these promotions, there are tons of books on sale!

Stay safe and healthy,
Katie Zaber

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Happy 4th of July!!

I can’t believe this weekend is the 4th of July!!!
I hope everyone has a healthy and fun weekend, full of eating delicious BBQ, swimming, hiking, and enjoying the beautiful weather.

This month has been crazy busy!
Below Dark Waters, Book II in the Dalya series is officially with my editor. My goal is to have that out by the end of August. I should have the book cover soon… Next month’s update should have a sneak peek at the cover and the synopsis.

DNA—Demons N Angels, is on its second draft. That should be coming out in the fall and has been incredibly fun to write, besides downright horrifying. I’d call it a fantasy/supernatural/horror.

Ashes and Blood is on sale on Amazon for $0.99!!
Click on the link below

Download for FREE on Smashwords



Meanwhile, if you find yourself needing a new book to read, click on these links below to find a book you might like.

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**NEWLY RELEASED!** Ashes and Blood by Katie Zaber

Just wanted to share an UPDATE…yesterday was the official launch day for Ashes and Blood, Dalya!

I first want to thank all of my family and friends for your love and support throughout this journey! You are all so amazing and it has been so humbling!

As of today, this page has reached 45 followers and with that, along with shared posts, has reached about 7,700 people! This is continuing to grow and is being promoted on many platforms! Of course, I want to continue to keep this momentum into this coming week and hopefully reach up to 15,000 people and maybe even more!

During these rough times, it would be great if we could all travel to another world just to explore and get out of the house. Right? Well, in this 1st book in this series, I start to create a world of adventure. In my first Ad that was previously posted I asked, “If you were trapped in another world- What would you do?” I asked this because there are a wide variety of answers! Our friends in the Dalya series didn’t know this BUT they randomly found themselves in this unknown world! Our friends were only trapped with: a camping first aid kit, two phone chargers, four collapsible reusable cups, a pen, a bottle of whiskey, coke, a deck of cards, a backpack full of wine, a sub sandwich, chocolate chip cookies, chips, and one pack of gum.

What items would YOU choose to have but then keep in mind what happens if you’re trapped with what you have on you at that very moment?!

Don’t forget to get you’re hand on this series and see how our friends make out! Follow the link below for easy access to purchase an EBOOK copy through Amazon; where it will direct you to download it to the Kindle app! I have also provide links to other platforms that are advertising as a NEW RELEASE!

Thank you all again and don’t forget to check back! I will be providing updates regularly. I will be done writing Book 2 of this series, Below Dark Waters, hopefully within the next coming weeks! 🙂

Now just $2.99 on Amazon!

Special sale on Smashwords when you create on account & then use coupon code RW73V to download a FREE eBook copy! Also subscribe to my author alerts on Smashwords to get the latest news!

Fiction Hideway has Ashes and Blood listed as 1st on their main page TODAY! This was something I was NOT expecting! Go check out the post below! 🙂

Finally, come back for updates to this website! Hoping to get updated Bio uploaded soon!