FINAL CALL for Steel Blood blog tour volunteers!

Steel-Blood-Jacket.inddI’m starting to work on the final details for the celebration of Steel Empires Book 3 on July 19, so this is your last chance to be part of the party! Thank you very much to everyone who has signed up so far. I will start pulling together the final schedule and contacting everyone within the next day or so.

I am still looking for volunteers willing to host:

  • Book spotlight
  • Guest blog (topic to be mutually determined)
  • Interview (your questions or mine)
  • Excerpt

Sign up here for the Steel Blood blog tour!

NOTE: I will only use your contact information for this blog tour, and I will not share it with any outside entities, such as my publisher.

Guest Post: Andi Adams’ Suggested 5 Most Helpful Books on Writing

girl glass boxToday, author Andi Adams has stopped by to share her thoughts on some great craft books on writing. I’ve read a few of these, and I absolutely swear by the second book on her list!

Don’t forget to check out Adams’ new fantasy novel, The Girl in the Glass Box, to see how she puts her craft into practice.

Some people don’t believe in craft books. They say since writing has no rules and since writing is different for everyone, no one can really write a book on “how to” write. Which is true. However, as an English teacher for the past decade, I can attest to the fact that there are concepts and elements in which a writer must be well-versed in order to craft a strong story. Perhaps I can liken it to putting together a sculpture. You need good, strong materials, but what you come up with is all your own. But if you work with weak, shoddy materials, your sculpture is sure to fall apart. Get it? So though I agree that you can’t tell anyone how to write in an easy step-by-step guide, I also think that learning the fundamentals is a big part of a writer’s job. These are some of my favorite resources on writing. I’ve found them to be infinitely helpful at all stages of the writing process and I hope you do, too. Continue reading

STEEL MAGIC Blog Tour, Stop 1: Werecreatures Galore!

YA humor and paranormal author A.J. Culey hosted me on her blog today for the first stop on the Steel Magic blog tour. To tie in with her newest release, The Trouble with Antlers (a.k.a. Melvin’s Rampant Rack), I introduced some of the werecreatures in my Steel Empires series as new students at Shifter High. This includes a new werewolf featured in Steel Magic, Earl Henry “Hal” Delacour!

Stop by to meet Hal before pre-ordering Steel Magic and enjoy a visit with some old friends (and enemies!) from Steel Victory. Haven’t met them yet, either? Steel Victory is still 99 cents until Tuesday, so there’s plenty of time to catch up.

Guest Post: Why (Camp) NaNo? by Cara McKinnon

Today I’m hosting author Cara McKinnon as she goes walkabout on the Internet in honor of her new release, Essential Magic. As a veteran of both NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m eager to hear her thoughts on the subject!


NaNoWriMo has become quite a monolithic movement in online writing circles. Not everyone loves it, and that’s OK. The first rule of writing is that you need to do what works for you – find your own process, your own pace. And NaNo is a heck of a pace.
But I love it. I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo since 2001. I haven’t always “won” (made it to 50,000 words in a month), but I’ve completed several projects or first drafts in the month of November over the years. My current release started as my NaNo book in 2015. I actually thought I was going to write the sequel to an earlier novel, but when I sat down to write on November 1st, Etta Mae Cook walked into my head and onto the page. And now she’s headed out into the world in Essential Magic. Continue reading

Guest Post on Outlining at Jester Harley’s Manuscript Page!

I met author Anne E. Johnson at Cleveland ConConction last March, and we struck up some delightful conversations in Authors Alley on such topics as indie publishing and being a female speculative fiction writer. She invited me to write a guest post for her blog, which was published this morning. You can find the direct link to the post here.

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The post is about the different methods I’ve used to outline the first four books in the Steel Empires series so far, including what I’ve learned about each of them and which one I’ve decided works best for me. I hope you check it out! Continue reading

SF Signal hosts my blog post about vampires in popular fiction!


I took a film genre course in college, and wrote an entire research paper on the evolution of vampires in film. No knowledge is ever wasted, so with a little more work, I was able to write a (much shorter) essay on the evolution of vampires in popular fiction. SF Signal was lovely enough to host me here in the spirit of Halloween.

Though the post mostly discusses works of literary fiction, I also touch a bit on vampires in movies, television shows, and graphic novels. Its fascinating to me how vampires can be portrayed so differently in each form of entertainment.

What’s your favorite vampire in popular culture? I couldn’t cover all of them in the blog post, but I’d love to chat about it in the comments here!