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[…]

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!

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[…]

Announcement about Eastside Hedge Witch: A (Sub) Urban Fantasy

Last week I signed a deal with Mad Raptor Productions to publish Eastside Hedge Witch. This morning they announced the addition of yours truly as one of the MRP authors all over social media. I’m super excited that my first full-length novel will (eventually) be available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook. This may seem out[…]

A Modern Twist on a Medieval, Scottish Halloween Story

October 1st is the launch of my novella Tam Lin: A Modern Queer, Retelling. The story of Tam Lin dates back to 16th century Scotland. It was traditionally a Halloween story since the climax takes place on the eve of All Saints Day or Samhain, in the Gaelic tradition. In the original tale, a young[…]

Tam Lin: A Modern, Queer Retelling (featuring sneak peak excerpt)

Since Tam Lin is traditionally a Halloween story Tam Lin: A Modern, Queer Retelling will be released October 1st, 2020. However, I wanted to celebrate Bisexual Visibility Month and #bivisibilityday, by offering a story with bisexual characters written by a bisexual author (yours truly), by setting up a pre-order . Here is an exclusive excerpt[…]

Troublesome Tropes in Urban Fantasy, Romance, and Paranormal Erotica and How to Subvert Them

Alpha Male/Rich Asshole: The concept that a man who is power-hungry, aggressive, violent, stalkerish, possessive and territorially jealous as a romantic lead is worrisome. It not only promotes toxic masculinity, but might encourage readers to seek abusive or codependent relationships. It’s not just toxic for individuals, it’s toxic for humanity in general. We live in[…]

Research: The Devil is in the Details

When you write a novel, you’re going to run into research. Whether it be about diet or hygiene of a certain era or mythology and religious texts, doing your research will add a layer of depth to your world building. Hopefully, you won’t go into detail to the point of boring just to show how[…]