October 24, 2016

Award-Winning Books!

I'm super excited to announce that BOTH of my currently unpublished manuscripts have won awards at the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards announced last Saturday. Yeah!!

First Place Unpublished Romance

Sydney Westbrook has had enough.

After a fight with her abusive ex-boyfriend leaves her in the hospital once again, she knows it’s time for a change. Just out of college, Sydney decides to accept a position as a live-in nurse. But leaving the comfort of Atlanta and the support of her small circle of friends is hard to do. And when she meets her ailing, stubborn client, Sydney second guesses all of her choices. 

A southern family with a social status to maintain, the McNamara’s think very little of Sydney, especially since she reminds Mrs. McNamara so much of the daughter-in-law she never accepted. But when Sydney encounters Quinn, the defiant grandson, her views of the family begin to change. And her heart begins to heal the hole left behind by the abuse. 

Sydney and Quinn may have little time together, but they make the most out of it. A public display of their relationship is short-lived when Sydney learns just how far her client will go to save her family’s namesake. And when Sydney’s past suddenly rips into her new world, her happiness with Quinn threatens to come to an end. 

But truth and friendship will help Sydney finally live the life she’s chosen while loving the one she chose.

Release date; November 1, 2016

Second Place Unpublished Young Adult 

Waking The Dead

Two decades ago when a magical war nearly destroyed all societies, those with supernatural gifts emerged from the shadows to help save the humans. Yet despite their contributions, the Magic Users are still treated like second-class citizens, being forced to register like criminals and monitored by traitors to their own kind.

As a necromancer hiding her talents, Cressa struggles to raise enough money to free her mother from the Reformatory, a place far worse than prison. With a brother who’s working against her and graduation on the line, Cressa finds it difficult to follow the laws of her world. And when the alluring Noah enters her life with an opportunity to take back what is hers, she can’t resist the temptation to break all of the rules. Even her own. 

But Noah’s intentions are not clear, and his own mysterious background lands Cressa in the middle of a supernatural battle she hadn’t bargained for. He has plans of his own, and whether or not Cressa fits into them, is a question she must answer alone. Preferably before her heart makes that decision for her.

Release date: TBD

September 13, 2016

The Syrenka Series Gets a Facelift

It was time. And have you seen the new series covers? #LOVE

February 2, 2016

Where did another year go?

Well, it's February. Of 2016. And I don't think I ever did a post about my plans for 2015. That figures.

Even though my new releases have been few and far between, I promise you that I have been writing. A lot. And here's what happened in 2015:

In April, I released an expanded version of WATERFALL, the first book in The Water Crisis
Chronicles. In September, SOMEWHERE SOUTH OF SANE released which included a brand new short story from the world of The Syrenka Series.

I also have TWO manuscripts with my agent that I completed in 2015. One is a YA/NA Urban Fantasy and one is a NA Contemporary Romance. Both are with editors and I have my fingers crossed that a publisher will love them as much as we do.

And I did something new for me...I published under a pen name! The name must remain secret for a number of reasons, but I released two books in 2015, one already in 2016, and many more planned for this year. It's been fun (and exhausting) creating a whole new persona and basically building my readership from scratch again, but it's worth it!

Now on to 2016....

One of issues/set backs /concerns last year was that the publisher who released SOULLESS closed their doors. It means that this book is no longer out in the world, but it also means that I got all of my rights back. So, I've added a new chapter, created a new cover, and plan on re-releasing it myself sometime in the near future. It would also be nice if I can find the time to finish the other two books in the series too. *sigh*

And speaking of series...I NEED TO finish the final book of the Water Crisis Series, WATERMARKED. It's been started. Now I just need to fit it into the mix. I know I've been promising this one for a while, and I'm sorry for the delay. It's coming. I promise.

I'm also working on an anthology with a group of amazing student writers at my school. It will included an original short story from me plus a bunch of awesome ones from this talented group. I'll have more info about that project in the coming months.

Oh - I'd LOVE to go back to Leila's world and finish TOUCHING DEATH. So add that to the list too.

And of course, if I get good news on my agented manuscripts, that could also dictate the plan for the year.

So, I'm working hard at being a productive author while working full-time and making sure I don't sit at the computer during all of my free time (it hurts my back!). Writing one of these posts also makes me feel like I need to be accountable. And I will be.

I have a feeling 2016 is going to be a good year!