Friday, November 29, 2013

2013 Holiday Virtual Book Fair - December 1 - 7

Don’t miss out on the 2013 Holiday Virtual Book Fair December 1 – 7 on the Black Lilac Kitty website

In honor, I’m holding a drawing for a signed copy of The Fountain of the Earth.

How to enter? It’s easy. Simple, just shoot me an email ( with the subject "Free copy.” I’ll drop all the entries into a virtual fishbowl and draw the winner. I'll email the winner on December 8th. If you don’t hear back from me, sorry - maybe next time!

Available in eBook and trade paper - THE FOUNTAIN OF THE EARTH, Book one of the Fountain of the Earth series.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


THE FOUNTAIN OF THE EARTH On Sale November 22, 2013

Book Back

Terra Vonn is fighting to survive in a destroyed world,

surrounded by unspeakable horror . . .

and things are about to get much worse.

After witnessing the horrific murder of her mother, fifteen-year-old Terra Vonn has a singular focus—exacting revenge on the killers. But before she can complete her plan, savagery intervenes, and she is cast alone into a brutal post-apocalyptic world. As she trails the murderers south—through a land filled with cannibalistic criminals, slave traders, and lunatics—the hunter becomes the hunted. Terra quickly learns that she is not as tough or as brave as she thought she was. Worse, she may be the only one who stands between what little remains of civilization and destruction.


Ike Shaw, the clan leader, tried to put a stop to the charity toward us by threatening the other women. Thinking, I guess, it would force us to take husbands. It didn’t work, and a little food continued to show up at our hut. I was grateful, but it made Mom embarrassed. We had never needed charity before. It apparently made Shaw angry, because one afternoon he ordered us out of our hut and made us stand in front of the clan.
“You will both take husbands. It is unnatural for you to live without men in your hut.”
Mom tried to push me forward. I shrugged off her hand and walked back to our hut.
After his little speech, a couple of the men in the camp tried to take me as a wife by force, probably believing I was weak and the clan leader would approve. Once, I was able to fight my way free, but the other time, Carson came to my aid.
All of that stopped when Delon attacked me after I had returned from a hunt. In the couple of years since my friend Leslie died, he had turned into a fat drunk with two wives.
I had just walked across the camp center from the latrines when he lurched from between two huts and stood weaving in front of me.
“I have an idea,” Delon said, his breath thick with the smell of alcohol. “I’ve got room for you in my hut.” He reached for my arm.
I jerked back. “Get away from me,” I said.
Apparently, it took him by surprise, because he just stood there with a stupid look on his face. I took the opportunity to walk past him. But I wasn’t quick enough, and he grabbed me from behind. Wrestling me to the ground, he flipped me on my back and pushed his huge, sweaty gut onto my face to hold me down. I could barely breathe.
“You’ll like being my wife,” he said.
Then he touched me.
I bit down as hard as I could on his belly and twisted my head until a big chunk came off in my mouth. Delon jumped up, screamed, and ran into the forest. I stood and spat the bloody gob into the fire pit where it sizzled, smelling a little like roasted pig. That same day, I started carrying Dad’s gun everywhere I went. It would be far worse for him if he ever came near me again. Delon knew it too, because he ran whenever he saw me.

And here is Ravven's (  terrific cover!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Welcome to November

Where does the time go? It's already November.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween. It was quiet here. We're pretty remote and there are few kids in the area, so we had no little goblins visit us. Just as well, I suppose, we had a mountain lion sighting half a block from our house.

Waiting for The Fountain of the Earth release on November 22nd. In the meantime if any of you are willing to write a review, let me know and I'll send you an ebook, .pdf, or .mobi copy.

As for me, I'm deep in the middle of writing book two in the Fountain of the Earth series.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Fountain of the Earth to release November 22nd

Busy beyond belief . . . The Fountain of the Earth, my young adult, dystopian adventure, releases on November 22. Final edit is complete, thanks to my terrific editor, Christine Rice (, cover is complete, thanks to Ravven ( Check out Ravven's website. Stunning.

Lots of things coming, signed ARCs, cover and character posters, t-shirts and other giveaways.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Review of the Short Film, Sugar, Starring Kalia Prescott

Sugar, starring Kalia Prescott is a finalist in Ron Howard's Project Imaginat10n contest.

You should see this short film. Kalia Prescott, the Hunger Games actress, is luminous as Sugar. It needs to be a feature. Let's hope a major options it.

Review of the Short Film “Sugar”
One orphaned girl struggles to survive in a not so distant future where society has succumbed to violence and become a kill or be killed world.
Written and Directed by Jasmine J. Johnson
Director of Photography Dan Hertzog
For those of you who aren’t aware, Ron Howard has been involved with Canon’s Project Imaginat10n. The twenty finalists have been chosen and can be viewed here
One of the short film finalists I particularly enjoyed is Sugar, written and directed by Jasmine J. Johnson. It is a visually arresting piece of modern storytelling and the acting is superb. I can't think of two better actors than Austin James Wolff and Kahlia Prescott (Hunger Games). Their character’s intimate moments seem real and innocent. Khalia’s Sugar is a terrific film pairing of actress and character.
Technically clean, the film is immaculately shot and Jasmine J Johnson’s direction and writing are wonderful. Spare as it needs to be for a short film but rich in detail and nuance (Sugar clocks in at a brisk 9:59). Every shot is a painstakingly arranged. For example, during the scene in the library two of the books over Sugar’s shoulder, were Life Matters and Hope Dies Last. It's little details such as those, which elevate the film.
Check out Sugar and the other 19 finalists. They are the future of film.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

STREET CRIMES Bronze Medal Winner - World Ebook Awards


Street Crimes has been named the Bronze Medal winner in the category of Mystery fiction at the World Ebook Awards.

The Global Ebook Awards honor and bring attention to the future of book publishing: Ebooks. Now in its third year, the Awards are in 72 specific categories. They are open to all publishers large and small so that a winner is the best in its category not just the best of small or regionally-published ebooks.

Street Crimes is available at Amazon and wherever Ebooks are sold.

Monday, June 17, 2013

5 ★★★★★ Review of Billi Tiner's Dogs Aren't Men

Dr. Rebecca Miller is a gifted veterinarian, leading a happy and fulfilling life at her veterinary clinic. Her Golden Retriever, Captain, is her constant and only companion, and she doesn’t see the need for any men in her life. She believes that having crossed the Rubicon of thirty, her odds aren’t that great anyway. However, her mother has other plans. She wants grandchildren.

Rebecca runs (literally) into Derrick on a basketball court, and she feels a strange attraction to the tanned and handsome ER doctor.

Coincidentally, Rebecca’s mom sets up a blind date for Rebecca originally intended to be with Derrick. It goes haywire and she winds up with Derrick’s best friend, Mitch, on a double date. Unfortunately, Derrick has shown up with a stunning blonde and this does nothing to make Rebecca think she has a chance with Derrick.

Rebecca is an independent, tough, and intelligent heroine. And the rest of the other characters are written with a depth and realism that makes you really care about their lives. The interaction and chemistry was great, and the dialogue terrific.

Being an animal lover, I enjoyed the realistic depiction of veterinary life, especially after I discovered that the author is herself a veterinarian.

I also liked the quick pace of this story. Ms. Tiner keeps it moving and doesn’t get caught up in lengthy filler paragraphs that you’ll find in other books.
A fun read. Highly recommend.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Saving Your Work

Back up and running but I had a computer problem that could have been a disaster. Fortunately, I am an inveterate saver so I had backups of all my work. I bought a new laptop and was up and running again in minutes.

If you’re not backing up your work, here are a few tips that will help you get started.

·         The old fashioned way - Print. It can’t hurt for you to keep a hard copy of your work. The downside is if your story is “in process.” That means your hard copy is stale after a day or two and you have to make another copy to keep it current.

·         Second computer - if you have a second computer, you can easily email yourself a copy of your work.

·         “The Cloud” - Google and others offer data storage housed at a secure location. It costs.

·         USB flash drives - by far my favorite. I carry a flash drive with me everywhere I go. It has the complete writing files from my computer. They are cheap and some can hold gigabytes of data. A friend needed a copy of my book for a review and I wasn’t close to home. I headed to Kinko’s and emailed it to him. Complete in less than ten minutes.

·         Spare hard drive - external or internal, a mirrored drive is a good idea. Copy to your internal drive then to your external.

·         Online backup - There are dozens of companies that specialize in online backup. Most run in the background. Mozy, Carbonite, Livedrive, Idrive, the list is endless.

·         Some of the old ways include: ZIP drives, DVD, and DVR.

Oh, don’t just save your writing. Save your contact list from email, the favorites list from whatever program you use to explore the internet and any other file that might be hard to recreate.

Whatever method you choose, use it or eventually you will lose it.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

What are your goals?

My goals for 2013

1. One way or another, publish my YA novel The Fountain of the Earth. Right now it’s sort of in limbo with a publisher. But if they wind up passing on it, I’ll pub it myself.

2. Finish the two novels I have in progress. One is the sequel to TFOTE the other is a PI mystery.

3. Keep at it and don’t give up. If I keep trying, then I’ll succeed.

4. Keep finding new ways to market. No one is going to sell for you not even the Big Five publishers.

5. Listen to and accept criticism.

6. Network, network, network. It will help with the rest of my goals. Except, that is, number 2. I’m the only one who can keep me glued to the work desk.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

5 ★★★★★ review of Sunshine in Darkness by Beth Winokur

Rose Sunshine Pilgrim is a seventeen-year-old who’s never spoken to a human whose body has been infested from birth by an Intruder, a wraithlike being who has progressively ruined her life. Struggling to reclaim her body, she is committed to a mental institution where the Intruders reign.

I can’t say much more without revealing spoilers.

Sunshine and Darkness is an amazing, fun read. Unlike some others I’ve read, every line in Ms. Winokur’s book has a purpose, pushing the characters and plot forward at a breakneck pace. No filler or useless backstory here.

Winokur’s cast of characters is outstanding. Each believable and sympathetic. Ultimately I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this. Horror isn’t ordinarily my thing, but I hope Ms. Winokur has a sequel in mind. I’ll buy it.

Sunshine in Darkness is a great value, and I highly recommend it. 5 ★★★★★

Sunshine in Darkness

by Beth Winokur

Amazon Kindle - Writer's Edge Publishing, WEP Paranormal and WEP Fiction