Review: A Vow So Bold and Deadly

A Vow So Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers #3) by Brigid Kemmerer Genre: YA Fantasy Steam? Fade to black, but she knows how to make heavy petting poetic and erotic. Violence? This is the third book in a graphically violent series. Far more gore than nookie. Plot: Not going to lie. I looked forward to lyrical prose[…]

Cover Art for Warrior Tithe/ Update on Eastside Hedge Witch

Update preorder Warrior Tithe here: Preorder Warrior Tithe here!https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08TX68S3D I received the art for paperback this morning and it is…well look at it! It’s gorgeous! I described a scene in Warrior Tithe to my cover artist. She created a perfect image that only previously existed in my head. I’m excited to see the final layout[…]

Antagonists: Mental Illness is an Overdone and Ableist Trope

I recently had a fellow writer comment that Roi, the antagonist for Warrior Tithe, gave them “Ramsay Bolton vibes”. I took it as a compliment. A character readers love to hate. However, I want to say this. Cu Roi mac Daire is a legendary figure from The Ulster Cycle, not someone suffering from mental illness.[…]

Happy New Year!

Today, I booked my editor for mid-January and contacted my cover artist for Warrior Tithe. I’ll be setting up a presale in February, send it out to ARC readers, and in March, I’ll launch the digital and paperback copies. I love this story and excited to put out into the world the next installment in[…]

On Genre: Where Does My Werewolf Story Belong?

Traditionally, a werewolf in a story earned a book a spot on the shelf of the horror section of a bookstore. However, today there are many genres that include supernatural, potentially monstrous creatures that are not inherently cursed or evil. Categorizing a werewolf story is depends on the plot, not the supernatural creature. For example,[…]

Top Five Books I’ve Read This Year

2020 was my year of Urban Fantasy reads, with side quests to Fantasy and Science Fiction. I’ve read 84 books this year (https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/19948110), and will read more. This list is comprised of books that I’ve read over the course of 2020, not ones published this year. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler This[…]

Celebrating Over 100 Followers!

It has come to my attention that this blog has over 100 followers! Thank you! If you’d like to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or witness my character/story boards mayhem Pinterest, click on the icons for those sites on the header for this blog on my homepage. Hope you’re all doing well. Happy Writing!

NaNoWriMo: Day 20 & 21 (featuring excerpt from Warrior Tithe)

Yesterday, I made progress in Eastside Faerie. Today I’m rewarding myself with working on Warrior Tithe. I thought starting with Fagan’s (Fergus from Tam Lin: A Modern, Queer Retelling) side of the story was too bleak, so I’m starting with Aoife’s side of the story. Here’s an excerpt from the rough draft, that will likely[…]

NaNoWriMo Day 18: Excerpt from Warrior Tithe

Day 18 had the same problem as day 17. I have the sketch of the picture I want to paint for Eastside Faerie, but I’m blocked in filling in the finer details. Whenever I find this happening with my writing, I do several things: Take long walks. I usually listen to audiobooks instead of music[…]

Why a Middle-Aged Protagonist?

In fantasy, protagonists tend to be 10-25 years old, untested and learning a life lesson. Those stories teach us that adults know it all and the young are the only ones who need to keep learning. That’s bull crap. You must keep learning and unlearning in life. Human minds continue to grow and develop, even[…]

National Redhead Day: Miriam Diaz

It’s #nationalredheadday! I thought I’d celebrate by sharing an excerpt from Eastside Faerie, featuring my favorite redhead besides yours truly. It’s rough and will likely change in the final draft, but here’s a sneak peek: Phyr jerks back, pulling me with him. Something zips too fast for my eyes to track through the space where[…]