Song of Leira Cover Reveal

Any of you been sucked into Leira and the world of the Songkeeper Chronicles yet? If you haven’t, then you need to get ahold of them. If you have been, then guess what?

*lowers voice to whisper*

I have something for you today.

A cover. A blurb. Preorder links and a release date.

But mainly the cover. Because it is beautiful and I love it so much.

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Batteries, Movies, and Songs

November Highlights


Okay, so maybe that doesn’t seem like a huge thing. But when one’s computer dies if unplugged for more than a minute, being able to move it around, charged and cord-free for several hours on end, is one of the most marvelous things ever.

OH! And have any of you seen The Man Who Invented Christmas? I saw it on Thanksgiving with my mom. I have no words.

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Fidelyon: ‘X’ with Ethaniel

Ethaniel, the main character in my novel, Fidelyon, has taken it upon himself to introduce you to his world by going through an alphabet of terms and names.


Yeah… X. That letter that no one actually uses to start a word with. So we’re just going to pretend that X stands for ‘random fun facts’. Because why can’t it stand for that, after all?

Fidelyon has gone through a number of titles, the first one being Legend of the Shield and one of the most recent titles being The Shield and the Spear. Yes, I like Fidelyon better too. Why do you think we went with it?

Fidelyon was founded in the summer of 2012 and started off as a 20-minute movie that was partly cool and partly horrible and only a few elements remain. The hero’s name was Artos and his companion was Tristin. I do believe Dartagnah and Silvara are the only two names that survived.

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It’s Black Friday & Free Shipping

Books, books, and more books. I love Black Friday.  Barnes & Nobles is one of my favorite places to shop at, though I might not make it there this year because of work and such. But I like shopping about anywhere I can get books. Or knives. Or diaries. But mainly books, whether they are for myself or for Christmas gifts.


Burning Rose is on sale!!!

Lots of books are on sale, actually, but I’m mentioning mine first, just cause.

Want an autographed copy for yourself or a friend for only $12.99 instead of $15.99 with FREE SHIPPING?


A war, founded in ancient legends, changes the lives of those it touches forever.

Elissa, a villager from the northern mountains, attempts to save her brother and ends up trapped in a hidden valley with a strange host and a treacherous enemy.

Evrard, the Wingmaster of the Prince’s army, races against his own weakening powers to discover the location of his twin and save her from deadly mistbenders.

Haydn, a pardoned rebel from Tauscher’s army, confronts shadows of myth and former comrades in his struggle to keep his sister safe and find the stolen Stormestone.


Before the war, before the legends, before the Separation, there was a man who started it all. There was a curse, a promise, and a sacrifice. There was the Oathkeeper.

Fairy tales retold as you have never heard them before.

Now, the site this sale is on doesn’t sell out of the USA. I can’t afford free shipping out of the US in any case. If you live outside the US and want to buy a book for the sale price, send me a message and I’ll calculate the cost of shipping and take care of you.

Finding Burning Rose and dozens of other Indy books on sale here!

Save Money by Spending It

Kinda. I mean, money and exchange for books. It’s a good trade. Especially when the authors can use that money to get you more books. Anyway, I just want to tell you about a cool sale coming up.

Thanksgiving is about being grateful. Black Friday makes up for it. But one can be thankful and still buy stuff without trampling people in lines. I love online shopping. I stay up to midnight more often than I should anyways.

Enough of that.

Yes, there is a sale coming up.

There’s also Facebook party going on over this next week, from the 24th to the 30th. There will be meet and greets with authors. Giveaways. Cool things. Check it out!

Find the Facebook Party here

And yes, Buring Rose will be on sale too. More details in two days. 😀

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A Favorite Author + New book = Happiness

I was lucky. When I first discovered Nadine Brandes her first to Out of Time books were published and I only had to wait a short time for the third book. That series is great and relatable and all the things, but this post isn’t about them. Instead…


Guess what?

Nadine Brandes is writing a new book!!!

Well, to be clear, she has written it. And signed contracts. And got a cover. So yeah, it’s a bit a long in the process. And today she is revealing the cover for this new book.

And letting me and a few other bloggers help. But before that, here’s the part that had me as excited as the cover itself:

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King James.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

And it’s coming out July 10th! In 2018, of course.

Oh, right. You want to see the cover.


*internal screaming* I love this cover, okay? And the whole book idea? And why can’t it be 2018 right now? Scrach that. I’ve too many things to do for it to be 2018. But still… ISN’T IT GLORIOUS? I can’t wait for it to be on my self. Also, check out Nadinesoffical post about her cover reveal, as well as the preorder links and all that cool stuff, by clicking here.

Or you can head straight to Amazon and preorder it here.

Oh yes, and one last thing. THERE IS AN ADVANCED READER’S COPY GIVEAWAY! How cool is that? Make sure to sign up for that.


And Nadine Brandes? She’s really cool too. I’m quite jealous of her blog and I’d sign up to her newsletter simply because it’s so much fun to read.






Check her out on her website, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Fidelyon: Shadows of the Palace

Many of you have heard me talk about Fidelyon, my longest work to date. On occasion, while writing the novel, I also take time to write backstory or extra scenes. Here’s the rough, unedited (kinda…I’ve gone over it once or twice but I’m sure there are still typos) draft of one such scene.

It takes place three years before Fidelyon and recounts the first time two of my secondary character, Jagger and Seamus, meet. Jagger is 15, Seamus is 9, and Jagger has just arrived at the palace to live with his uncle after the death of his family at the hands of Volandum Raiders.


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October Highlights: Culver’s, Confrences, and Concerts

My Life

I knew when I started my job at Culvers that I’d not have as much time for writing. I didn’t count in the mental exhaustion of trying to write after a day of work. Still, it’s not the two part-time jobs I have that has slowed me down this month so much as it’s my struggle with my Snow White retelling. More on that in a moment. But it’s not been easy and it’s still not quite together.

I have been enjoying Culver’s. Curd Nerd weekend was quite fun. We got free shirts and got to dress in a more casual style.


Two of my brothers and myself

And I went to my first concert this month! I love the group For King and Country and it was very cool to see them perform live.


photo credit to my sister, Joy

And yes, I am reading while in line to get inside. Don’t judge. It was an interesting part and a Brandon Sanderson book, okay?

My Writing

I attended the Indiana Faith and Writing Confrence this month and got to spend the day with two dear friends. Plus, of course, there were the workshops and meeting new authors and generally having a good time. I may go again next year, though I’m holding out hopes of attending Realm Makers in 2018. If I do that, I may not be able to attend this one too.



Photo credit to Corissa, Maiden of Praise



I didn’t get as much done as I wanted this month.

  • Fidelyon: I read through the whole novel and I’ve noted the parts I need to smooth or cut or work on. I’ve also been reworking some of the prophecy bits.
  • I’m working on Snow White. The working title is Treaty’s Curse. I have a kinda have draft written at 15,000 words. Now to work through it and make it all make sense.
  • Launched Burning Rose.


  • Finish Treaty’s Curse, send it to a few beta readers and get it ready for general editing
  • Correct part one of Fidelyon
  • And no. I’m not doing NaNoWriMo

My Writing:

  • I published a poem, Between Two Worlds on Kingdom Pen. It’s one of the favorite poems I’ve written to date.

Google Searches:

Not much this month.

  • What is the base pigment for red paint? burnt umber, dark red ochre
  • Free social media scheduling tools – because hootsuite has a limit on how many posts I can schedule now
  • Do bones burn? No, I’m not trying to depose of a body. They aren’t even human bones. I just want to know if ground bone would burn or dampen a fire.


Just because…

never late

And this makes me laugh every year.


Are you taking part in NaNo? Enjoying the cooler weather? Have you heard of For King and Country or ever been to a concert? 

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