Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Reaper Rises Launch Party!

We're counting down! Four days left until The Reaper Rises is officially released.

To celebrate, I'm hosting a Launch Party on Facebook ( There will be PRIZES, Q&As, games and fun conversation. Come whenever you can, and remember to spread the word about the Æerenden books.

It's a public event, so please share the link far and wide, join along, and invite anyone you think will love the books.

As a reminder, you can also pre-order the Kindle copy of The Reaper Rises (Æerenden #4) on Amazon ( And for those who prefer a physical book, you are seeing that correctly. Amazon has released the paperback ahead of schedule, so grab your copy in advance of the big event :).

See you on Facebook!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Northern Virginia Author Event Announcement

Saturday, October 15, 2016 I will be doing a reading and book signing at Brew LoCo in Lansdowne, VA. Fellow local author Dr. Nasser Barkhordari will be joining me. Dr. Barkhordari's book The Golden Apples is a retelling of a Persian fable, written in both English and Farsi. It sounds like a fascinating book, so I can't wait to meet him. You can find more information about his book here.

This event is part of Brew LoCo's "Read Local" series, which highlights local authors in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area. Brew LoCo serves food, coffee, tea, wine, and beer, so come raise a glass or a cup with me and enjoy great conversation :).

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Annnnnddddd....We Have Liftoff!!!

The Reaper Rises is slated to release on October 6, 2016, exclusively on Kindle and paperback. As of today, preorders are LIVE. Follow this link to place your order and a digital copy will be yours the second release date hits.

Click on the picture above to jump directly to the preorder page.

Don't have a Kindle? You can download an app that will allow you to read the book wherever you want (phone, computer, tablet...Amazon has you covered).

Can't wait!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Reaper Rises COVER REVEAL!

Finishing the fourth book in the Æerenden series has been a complete labor of love over the past year and a half. As many of you know, life has thrown a lot of road blocks in my path, but I'm proud to say I'm almost done. The Reaper Rises is in its last editing round. I'm all set to do ebook conversion and formatting. And the cover....well...the cover....

It's time to reveal it. 

What do you think? 

As part of the Cover Reveal, I'm working with Candace of CBB Book Promotions to get the word out on the Æerenden series. She's lined up a lot of great blogs to join in on the celebration and we have giveaways, so please be sure to stop by the following links (additional ones added as the celebration continues) and sign up for the raffle. One lucky winner will receive Audible copies of the first 3 books in the Æerenden series. Another will win 3 Kindle copies of the books, and an additional 3 winners will receive kindle copies of the first book in the series. Hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Finished! Finito! Terminado! Críochnaithe! Fini!

I could go on and on, but I'll save you a tour through every language in the world. I'm just SO excited!

Despite the setbacks over the last year, despite having an infant in the house who still doesn't sleep through the night at eight months (*sob*), despite a toddler who has decided hanging off my leg is the greatest form of exercise and respect, I somehow managed to finish the first draft of The Reaper Rises.

I feel like this right now...

And this...

And this...

I guess you can say I'm ecstatic. I still have a few months of editing left, a beta round, and some quality time with my editor, but THE FIRST DRAFT IS DONE!

I'm already itching to start the last book in the series, so hopefully I'll get the chance in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, some stats for the curious (these will change, of course; I have a habit of slicing a lot while editing):

Total Page Count

Total Word Count
104, 705

Total Chapters

October 4 Word Total (finish date)

Words Written Since "Operation Finish Book 4" Began

And finally, for my stats junkies, here's the final report for "Operation Finish Book 4" from my project app...

Stay tuned for more release information as launch date nears. You're going to LOVE this book :). 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Operation Finish Book 4 (aka Word Count) Week 5

Week of September 27-October 3

Sunday 9/27
I ran my first official 5K in more months than my screaming muscles want to think about, but it was a good day. Much like writing, after you've been out of it for a while, it takes time to get back up to speed. I'm far from speed with running, but my writing muscles are definitely getting back in shape.

On a side note, I'm about 90% certain my word count is going higher than 100K. The person who guesses closest to my final word count, without going over, will win four limited edition, signed bookmarks (one of each color) for their collection. Post your guesses in the comments and make sure you keep checking this blog to find out if you've won.

Monday 9/28
Busy day! Finished another chapter and outlined the last 7 chapters (or 9, depending on how I decide to break up the scenes while I'm writing them). The outline is another 504 words I didn't include in my tally for the day. I can't believe I'm so close to finishing! Someone send sleepy dust for the kids so I can get the first draft done by the end of next week. Or even this weekend, if the stars align :).

Tuesday 9/29
846 (forgot to get a picture :-p)

Wednesday 9/30
109...No picture today either. I'm starting to notice a pattern. Wednesday through Friday is very difficult for writing, due to kids' schedules and other obligations. I may have to play with word counts to increase early in the week and slack on these three days.

Thursday 10/1
Too late, too tired. Blech.

Friday 10/2
Look what happens when we get nap time down! I might get time to do more later today, but we'll see. Evening was a huge success too :). Combined count screen shot is below. Fingers crossed this weekend goes well. If I manage it right, I *might* get the book done by Sunday night or mid-week next week at the latest :D.

Saturday 10/3
Just about three chapters left. Think tomorrow will see the words "The End"?

Total word count for the week: 9.835 of the 5,250 word goal

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Operation Finish Book 4 (Word Count) Week 4

Week of September 20-26

Sunday 9/20
1,339 words today. I'm not loving the way this chapter is going. It feels "off", boring, and the characters aren't acting like themselves. I'm putting it up for the night and hopefully when I get out of my own way and let my subconscious take over while I dream, clarity will arise. Fingers crossed anyway.

Monday 9/21
11:30pm and the baby's crying. Guess I'm done for the night! On the plus side, my characters started behaving again and I've started rewriting that scene. I like it much better now :).

Tuesday 9/22
Now this scene is rolling. Great adrenaline rush :)

Wednesday 9/23
I may not get time to write today, but I have good reason...

Screenshot courtesy of the Alamo Drafthouse DC website

Yeah, you know you're jealous!

Thursday 9/24
Although I've been working for hours this evening, I've only written 7 new words. I'm trying to get a difficult scene "just right" and I've never been good at saving it for editing rounds if something bugs me. Oh's progress, just not word count progress tonight! I'll spare you the screen shot :).

Friday 9/25
Goose Egg. 

Saturday 9/26
2,167 (forgot to get a screen shot)

Total word count for the week: 5,350 of the 5,250 word goal (phew! squeaked by on this one)