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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 drawingfor 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.


THE FOUNTAIN OF THE EARTH On Sale November 22, 2013
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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 a…

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.

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.

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” 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 Starring Kahlia Prescott Austin James Wolff 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 arr…

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.

My interview on TSPN Television

My interview on TSPN Television is up on YouTube.

My Interview on Books and Tales

My interview is up today on Books and Tales blog...

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 abou…

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 hom…

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.

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 ★★★★★…