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Splintered Souls and Fates and Furies

It’s up for pre-order! I can hardly believe that Hope’s story is coming to a close. Fates and Furies is an epic conclusion, and I’m thrilled with it.

Here’s the blurb:

The Olympian gods cause nothing but chaos…

Hope escaped the Underworld with her life, but her memories are as blank as the Book of the Fates she brought back. Still determined to break the curse, she and Xan take an offering to the Olympian temple to solicit the goddess Artemis for aid. But the petition has disastrous results, and now the gods are hunting her.

Athan sacrificed everything for Hope, but she’s leaving him behind to travel with Xan to Mount Olympus. But the closer they get, the more Athan’s mortality becomes a liability. Forced to seek refuge in mists and darkness, Athan tangles with deities that weave the very threads of fate. But these goddesses also wield the immortal blades that lay ruin to destinies.

With everyone she loves damaged or destroyed by the blood of Olympus, Hope must face the power of the past to change the fate of the future…

I’m a huge fan of the Runes series, so when Ednah asked me to write a story in the world, I jumped at the opportunity. And what a story Splintered Souls turned out to be. Just over a year ago I wrote a story about the Narcos in Mexico (it was published in an anthology, and I’ll be releasing it later this year when I get my rights back). The main character in Splintered Souls comes from that world, and Aricela and Chase both have tortured histories and they are beautifully flawed characters with a story I’m thrilled with.

Here’s the blurb for Splintered Souls:

Aricela trusts no one.

At seventeen, she learned that promises are nothing more than lies, honored only by the weak or naïve.  And Aricela is no longer either.

After Narcos destroyed her innocence, they took her life, but Aricela escaped death with a new purpose. As Valkyrie, she is charged to take the souls of fallen warriors and athletes to Valhalla to await the final battle. But souls need to trust her before they’ll follow, and Aricela has no trust to give.

When collecting failures, instead of souls, draws the attention of the Norns, they give Aricela an ultimatum. If she can’t collect, she’ll be stripped of her powers and sent to Hel.

But when she meets Chase, everything changes.

Forced to face the myths of her past, Aricela will also have to decide the fate of her future.

HA! Both of my strong protagonists will have to face the past to set their future paths. Which is really a lot like life.

Finally, there’s an EPIC party happening today and tomorrow on FB to celebrate the launch of the Runes Universe. Here’s the link to join! I’ll be hosting shenanigans on Wednesday, 4/19/17 at 3:30pm Eastern.

Son of War

I’m super excited to reveal the cover for Son of War, A Sphinx Companion Story. It will be available April 27th, 2017, exclusive on Amazon. You can preorder it HERE.

Xan is a fan favorite, and I adore him too. When my friend Kristin encouraged me to write a prequel story from his POV, I didn’t have to even think about it. Of course, I wanted to tell a bit more about the son of Ares.

Xan’s mother was Irish, and he spent most of his childhood with her, so I spent a lot of time reading Irish slang. It was so much fun to dip my toe into researching some of my own heritage. Whoa, can I tell you the Irish have so much profanity? Don’t worry, I keep it clean!

Another fun tidbit… I had never really thought through Xan’s last name, he was always just Xan, but he needed a last name if he was getting his own story. I found a couple surnames that I liked and had my fans help me chose one. Tierney was the winner, which I think is appropriate (it means lord/ie; royalty). Xan is such a great leader. *sigh*

Big shout out to Josh Thompson from Bellator MMA. He’s the cover model for Xan, and he really epitomizes a lot of the character of Xan (work ethic, compassion, selflessness, team spirt). What a nice serendipity that our paths crossed.

Here’s the blurb for Son of War:

Xan Tierney was raised by his father Ares to be ruthless and lethal. As a kynigόs, he spends his time eliminating monsters that prey on naïve mortals and foolish demigods. There’s no doubt he’s the best, so when the daughter of Athena asks him to let Apollo’s sons tag along on a routine hunt, he agrees. But the sons of Apollo are arrogant idiots, and what should’ve been an easy kill turns deadly.

Forced to recuperate at the conservatory, Xan is surrounded by painful memories and fresh accusations. He can’t wait until he’s well enough to leave, so he can return to hunting. Unfortunately for him, the resident demigods have their own agendas.

Xan may be the son of Ares, but his fighting skills are no match for the destiny the Fates have woven for him.

Son of War is a Sphinx Companion Story; however, it can be enjoyed independent of the series.

The Sphinx #4 Update- Fates and Furies and other writing news…

I’ve been deep in the writing cave the last couple of weeks finishing the draft of book 4 in the Sphinx series. I’ve played with lots of titles, but with everything happening with Hope, Athan, and Xan, I’m really loving Fates and Furies.

However, the questions I get most have less to do with the title, and more to do with the release date. That being said, I’m hesitant to announce a date until I know that the draft I’ve submitted to the editor isn’t going to have any major revisions. But just so we’re all on the same page: I’m expecting to announce a release date by late March, and if there are no major revisions, I’ll release Fates and Furies in June 2017.

As for other writing projects… I have quite a few!

Xan is a fan-favorite, and I had an opportunity to write a short prequel story from his point of view in December. Son of War will be released sometime before June. I’m working with my marketing partner to pursue the best route for publication of this short story.

I also got the rights back on a short story titled, Narcos. This is more contemporary political thriller, and it’s very different fare than my Sphinx series. I’m debating expanding it, but I may leave as is, and just have it formatted and release it soon.

And I’m working on a super secret project, too! Hint, it’s another short story. I’ll be announcing info on it in the next couple of weeks.

Finally, I’ve got a draft of Legends of the Sphinx that is sitting on my hard drive that I’ve decided needs to be shared. It’s going to need a bit of polish, but the story of Phaidra (the original Sphinx) is a beautiful tale of self-acceptance, redemption, and mostly love.

So much good stuff that I can’t wait to share!

And now back to my cave so I can get some stories out to you!

Happy reading!

 

The BIGGEST book-release party EVER!! Come jointhe8!

 

I love doing Facebook parties. I think it’s such a great way for authors and fans to come together and chat books, play games, and do fun giveaways. ALL good things, right?

My good friend, and fell author, Kelly St. Clare and I were talking about our upcoming releases and we had an idea. A crazy, brilliant, idea. And with of a few of our friends (and fellow authors) we came up with #jointhe8. It’s more than just a release party. Although there is that, too. The website www.jointhe8.com has a list of our featured authors, and their upcoming releases. There’s Elise Kova, Siobhan Davis, Norma Hinkens, Joanne Wadsworth, J.L. Weil, Holly Hook, and me! If you check out the site, you’ll see that all of us are giving away freebies for joining our newsletters. There’s a kindle fire giveaway, and the big FB event is tomorrow!!

I hope you’ll take a bit of time out of your day to come join us. I’ve got several one of a kind giveaways (Xan inspired tank top, Charon inspired bracelet), and there is a massive first-in-first giveaway at the end, as well as a grand prize giveaway of signed books by each of us!

Come!! Join the 8!!

New Release! Myths of Immortality is LIVE!

I’m so *freaking* excited to announce that Myths of Immortality is now available on Amazon! Woot!

This is the third book in The Sphinx series, and Hope, Athan, Xan, and Dahlia are off on a new adventure… Any guesses? I’m pretty sure that tag above gave it away, right?

If you’re a fan of Greek mythology with nice dash of romance, you’ll g(r)eek out with this latest installment.

Here’s the blurb:

In the realm of the dead, there are no lies.

Hope Nicholas is desperate to believe that the truth will set her free from the bindings of Apollo’s curse. But to get the truth, she must travel to the Underworld, a feat near impossible for the living. The gods there have their own agendas and, forced to forge alliances with the most unlikely allies, Hope will find that death is not the worst torment of the Underworld.

Athan Michael spent months chasing Hope, only to have her disappear once again. And when he discovers her destination, he knows the treacherous journey to the Underworld is one he cannot take alone. Forced to put aside his past with Xan and Dahlia, the three demigods embark on their own quest. But the past will not stay buried, and Athan must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice to help Hope break the curse.

Told in dual points of view, Myths of Immortality is a tense, action-packed story that will leave you begging for the next installment of The Sphinx series.

The Sphinx series is perfect for fans of urban fantasy with a mythic twist!

Myths of Immortality is specially priced at $2.99 for the Kindle edition for the next week, and then the price will go up! And, as always, it’s FREE if you’re a part of Kindle Unlimited!

Here’s your linky-link to get it: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NACO722

Have you grabbed your copy? What are you waiting for?

Curse of the Sphinx Read Along

Come join me and the MYTH 101 FB group as we read Curse of the Sphinx together.

I’ve got so much fun planned for this with questions, teasers, and GIVEAWAYS! And if you don’t have a copy of Curse of the Sphinx, you can grab it just to the right of this post for free if you sign up for my newsletter!

OR grab an ecopy of Curse of the Sphinx on the ‘Zon HERE for only $.99 (USD)

*click, click, click*

Do you have your book? Excellent!

Now, click HERE to join MYTH 101!

I look forward to chatting with you soon!

Myths of Immortality- Release Date Jan. 12, 2017

Book 3 in The Sphinx series is entitled Myths of Immortality, and is now available for pre-order on Amazon!

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In the realm of the dead, there are no lies.

Hope Nicholas is desperate to believe that the truth will set her free from the bindings of Apollo’s curse. But to get the truth, she must travel to the Underworld, a feat near impossible for the living. The gods there have their own agendas and, forced to forge alliances with the most unlikely allies, Hope will find that death is not the worst torment of the Underworld.
Athan Michael spent months chasing Hope, only to have her disappear once again. And when he discovers her destination, he knows the treacherous journey to the Underworld is one he cannot take alone. Forced to put aside his past with Xan and Dahlia, the three demigods embark on their own quest. But the past will not stay buried, and Athan must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice to help Hope break the curse.
Told in dual points of view, Myths of Immortality is a tense, action-packed story that will leave you begging for the next installment of The Sphinx series.

Demigods and Monsters… and Josh “The Punk” Thomson

Whe1480317692_tmp_demigods_and_monsters_front_cover-600pxn I looked at rebranding my covers so that they looked like a series (newbie error!!), my husband brought up his friend Damon Gee at Knoxx Gym and said he knew some MMA fighters that might be willing to be a cover model.

My first thought was “How cool would it be to have Xan represented by a real fighter!!” But for those of you that follow MMA (UFC and BellatorMMA are the two I follow), you know that most fighters aren’t necessarily attractive.

But lookie-lookie!!

Damon was super kind and asked his friend Josh “The Punk” Thomson if he would be willing to model. Josh is AMAZING! He’s the only fighter to knock out Nate Diaz which is crazy! But what made Josh perfect is the way he is in real life. It’s his talk of the importance of lifting others on your path to success, the importance of respecting your training partners, and valuing your team. The way he moves is very much like Xan. And the fact that he is just as precise in his fighting skills as in his life skills… I suspect there will be several readers stalking Josh’s social media pages. lol

Have you met Xan? Have you read Demigods and Monsters?

What did you think?

The Sphinx, Series title added to cover for 2nd edition

curse-front-cover-with-series-title-for-kindleCurse of the Sphinx was my first novel, and I was so, so in love with it. When I first finished writing in 2013, I’d written 180,000+ words. I was so naïve I queried it. I had an agent request a sample, and then the full MS. Which in and of itself is astonishing. But she gave me feedback about structure, pacing, and arcs that left me scratching my head (I told you I was naïve).

A few months later, I went to Utopiacon. I learned so much, and I realized I needed to do a lot of work with my manuscript. Then I got into a critique group, and realized there was a lot more work to do. I hired an editor, and did a boat-load of revisions. In June of 2015 I was ready.

Or so I thought.

I’ve heard of authors looking back at their first books (especially in the indie world) and recognizing how much they’ve improved as writers. I just didn’t expect it to happen to me… in less than 18 months.

Much of my dissatisfaction likely came from seeing how much better Demigods and Monsters was comparatively. Some of it was the realization that three editors just do a better job than one. And my writing really is getting better. Which is a good thing. 

I debated letting it go, but I just couldn’t. So I sent it off to an editor, and then another. By the time I was done with revisions, I felt much better about Curse of the Sphinx and the beginning of Hope’s story. Better about the pacing, the world-building, and the anchoring of the scenes. I felt better about my characters and their arcs. I cut over 5,000 words. I added one scene that was approximately 500 words, but I tried to add more details, too as I was reviewing it. The second edition has 7,000+ new words (don’t ask me how that happened). And I love how the ending sets up for Demigods and Monsters.

I’m fairly confident there will be some backlash for the changes. Although *fingers crossed* hopefully, readers will love it as much as I do.

I’m also learning I can’t please everyone, regardless of how much I want to. But this story is one I am very proud of. And I’m going to leave it at that.

**Deleted scenes will be added to the Read for Free section in the next couple of weeks. These will be unedited from the first edition manuscript.**

Had a FABULOUS time…

In OCK.  Who knew that there were gods, demigods, and a few other immortals there…

Had cupcakes with the Fates and Aphrodite

at sara sara cupcakes

Inside the Actors’ studio with demigod Matt Hunt

pic w matt 1pic with matt 3 He does magic.  Hmmm.  I wonder who his god parent is?

And I plotted with Artemis after a run in with her brother.

with artemis

Quite a fun trip!  Now…

BACK TO WRITING!