Friday, March 29, 2013

Almost Night-An Exciting Cover Reveal by Emily White

Emily White reveals the cover for her intriguing new YA science-fiction novel, Almost Night. She decided to indy with this one, which will hit the shelves on August 27th. Help me spread the good news!

The back cover copy:

Fourteen-year-old Lilly Grey exists in two worlds at the same time. She just doesn't know it.

As the only albino in a million mile radius, Lilly is used to being different. Pink eyes and white hair aren't exactly the best camouflage in the harrowing jungles formally known as high school. And yeah, she's used to being an outcast and seeing the world in a slightly different way, but she never guessed how literally "different" applied to her.

Not until a clan of shape-shifting dragons tell her she's not just albino. She's a unicorn and the only mortal alive who can live on both Earth and its antithesis, Morcah. Now all those times she thought she saw a floating brown blotch in the sky or eyes peering out at her from the bark of trees make sense. She's been seeing Morcah, a land that exists in the exact same spot as Earth, just in a different phase.

But it's not all sunshine and rainbows for this unicorn. As the only one who can live in both phases, she's also the only one who can bring Morcah--and all its inhabitants--to Earth. And creatures who've been trapped on Earth since the Dark Ages are willing to do worse things than kill to make that happen.


Emily White lives in NY, wedged between two of the Great Lakes and a few feet of snow and ice.  She's spent most of her life running away from the cold, and even spent a year in Iraq, but now contents herself with writing her characters into warm, exotic places in faraway galaxies.  When not tapping away at her computer keys, she can be found reading, reading, and reading some more.  And when she's not doing that, she's usually playing video games with her husband, peek-a-boo with her kids, or walking through her garden, wondering why the bugs insist on eating all her vegetables.  

Check out Emily's debut YA Sci-fi, Elemental (Spencer Hill Press, 2012). Now available through 
B&N, Amazon, and The Book Depository. And her steampunk short story collection, To Love or Die in a Steamy-Reamy World (December, 2012). Now available through Amazon and B&N.

Cover designed by: Claudia Mckinney of Phatpuppy Art ( and font was designed by Ashley at

Also, if you're like me and want to go the traditional route, I have a rockin $5 query edit special. Send me a message if you want to know more about how it works!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Spring Everyone!

The temperatures are in the 70's here in the Southwestern Utah desert, and spring has made its appearance. We don't get any snow in St. George, but I've got spring fever all the same!

Spreading a bit of happiness from my garden...and letting you know I'm going to have a parcel of good news to announce on Monday. I hope to see you then!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Recruit by Monica McCarty - A Good Read!

The Recruit (Highland Guard, #6)The Recruit by Monica McCarty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At first I’ll start by saying that I love Monica McCarty’s books. I’ve given The Recruit four stars because I totally despised the hero, Kenneth, in the first 200 pages. I even put the book aside for three weeks, but when I picked it back up, the hero exonerated himself in a hundred ways, finally realizing the life of a complete and total rake was not for him.

The book opens with a lot of setup, but the heroine, Mary, has had one hell of a life. Can you imagine riding through the gates of medieval London with your husband’s head above on a pike? McCarty won my sympathy for Mary on the first page.

I definitely recommend The Recruit. If you get frustrated with Kenneth as I did, keep going. It will be worth it.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

I Signed Up For Herbal Lore

I signed up for herbal lore through the Savvy Author's web site. If you write historical fiction, I think this is a must. I copied this from their sight, and have added the link below. I can't wait!

Herbal Lore and the Historic Medicinal Uses of Herbs

Instructor: Beth Trissel. 
Schedule for March 2013 workshop on Herbal Lore and The Historic Medicinal Uses of Herbs

Week One:

Monday, March 11th: Introduction to the workshop and meet & greet.

First Session, Tuesday, March 12th: 'What can kill can cure'  but definitely kill and watch out for werewolves: Aconite (Wolfsbane, Monkshood)

Second Session, Thursday March 14th: For protection from spells and enchantment, the sacred, healing herbs: Agrimony, Angelica, and Mistletoe

Week Two:

First Session, Tuesday March 19th: How witches flew, what made Juliet slumber, and the screaming roots in Harry Potter:  Belladonna (deadly nightshade), and Mandrake

Second Session, Thursday March 21st: Promote true love, calm nervous hysteria, anoint your feet for courage: Basil, Betony, and Chamomile

Week Three:

First Session, Tuesday March 26th: Faery gloves, Love potions, and the sweetest scent on earth: Foxglove, heartsease (violas) and Lavender

Second Session, Thursday March 28th: 'Draw evil humours out of the head' Comfort the stomach, and 'cleanse the blood': Marigold (Calendula) Mint (including pennyroyal) and catnip

Week Four:

First Session, Tuesday April 2nd: “Are you going to Scarborough Fair?”: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

Second Session, Thursday April 4th: The wisdom of Native Americans and The Granny Women: Birch, Bergamot, Pokeroot, Willow, Slippery elm, Elderberry, Yarrow…Plus Herbal Cures and The Granny Women

Last session, Friday April 5th:  Knock yourself out and Ward off the Plague: Dwale, an Old-English Antiseptic, and The Vinegar of the Four Thieves

And an opportunity for final sharing from participants.
WHEN:   Mar 11, 2013 - Apr 7, 2013

COST:   $15 for Premium Members
$25 for Basic Members

Cancellation policy: Registrations are non-refundable except when the workshop is cancelled by Savvy Authors.

Sign up here:

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Normally I blog about writing, but this is important. The other day I was driving to my critique group meeting and had to take an 8 mile detour because the police had closed the road. After I pulled a U-turn, two ambulances sped to the scene. On the way home, the police were cleaning up the accident, and I saw one of the cars and initially thought a passenger without a seat belt had been thrown out the window.

The next day, the paper reported that it had been a two-car accident. While looking at his/her cell phone, a motorist rear-ended another vehicle, sending it out of control. It careened onto the sidewalk and killed one pedestrian and injured another. The texting driver will most likely be charged with manslaughter.

Was the driver's cell phone so important to take a life and severely injure another? Was it so important that s/he is willing to spend a good portion of the remainder of his/her life in prison?

I can't stress enough, DO NOT USE A CELL PHONE WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING. Please share this with your kids, with everyone.

Back to writing.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Foreword Literary Debuts in San Francisco

Hot off the press! Laurie McLean, Gordon Warnock and Pam van Hylckama Vlieg are forming a revolutionary new literary agency. Follow the link to read the press release:

Foreword Literary Debuts in San Francisco | PRLog

Friday, March 1, 2013

Paws With A WORTHY Cause

As many of you are aware, I'm a big time dog lover. I own and show chihuahuas and have two AKC Champions living with me...actually they sleep under my desk when I write. 

In July, my contemporary romance novel, Chihuahua Momma, will be released by Turquoise Morning Press, and to celebrate that forthcoming event, I am participating in a blog hop to raise money for an excellent cause, Paws With A Cause...

Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. 
PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.  Founded in 1979, Paws With A Cause is dedicated to helping its clients who are challenged by many disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorders, and Hearing Disorders to name just some.  Each of our dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of our clients. Tasks may include opening and closing doors, picking up objects, pulling a wheelchair, turning lights on and off, and alerting a person to particular sounds like a telephone, doorbell, smoke detector and many others. Our dogs change lives by enhancing the independence of our clients. By just opening a door, a dog opens up the world for a person with a disability and your donations will go to making that happen.  PAWS thanks you so much for your donation and allowing us to open more doors.

Paws With A Cause
4646 South Division
Wayland, MI 49348

How to donate:
2. Click on "Make a Donation"
3. Enter a amount you wish to donate. Everibbon will add a small fee to your donation for processing. My fee for donating $5.00 was .49 cents. So keep this in mind when deciding your donation amount. You will receive 1 entry into the giveaway for every $1 you donate. 
4. In the box that says "on the behalf of" please put your name. This is the name that will be listed on the everibbon website so put a name you do not mind being visible to everyone. Do not check the box to make a anonymous donation because I will not be able to track your donation to enter you into the giveaways.
5. Next it will ask you for your credit or debit card information.
6. Then it will ask for your email address to send you a receipt. This is so that you can submit it for tax purposes.
7. Ta Da! Your all done making your donation. Now you need to contact Danielle to enter the giveaway.
8. Please email Danielle at with the name you used to donate your money. For example the name I used to donate on behalf of was Romance Book Junkies. Do not send me your name off your credit or debit card because I will not be able to see this. Along with the name you used please tell me how much you donated and if you live in the US or are International.
9. Your all done. Thank you for donating!

Warning: Do not try to email Danielle the name and donation amount of another person that is not yourself. If Danielle recieves more than one email with the same persons name and donation amount she will have to ask for your copy of the receipt from everibbon to verify that you are the correct winner. Thank you.

We will have 4 winners for the main giveaway.
We have 2 $65 gift certificates to any online book store.
Also we have two huge boxs of books and swag from Romance Book Junkies 
and Bitten by Paranormal Romance for US residents only.

Good luck to all and thank you for helping make this fundraiser a success.