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Killing Machine

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I said I would post the opening paragraph for Things That Crawl Out of the Stardust last week, and I had every intention of doing so… I even typed it up and pasted it into a new post draft. Then I realized I didn’t like where the paragraph cut off as an excerpt, so I was going to tweak it and/or add a little before posting, and then time got away from me. I had my best friend’s 30th birthday party this week (it was 1920’s themed and awesome, because she was ‘roaring out of her 20’s, har har), and then we had family visiting from out of state on Sunday, including a cousin my husband grew up with whom I had never met, so all in all the weekend was a blur and there was zero time for writing.

Anywho, here’s the promised excerpt (un-edited, so bear that in…

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Things That Crawl Out of the Stardust

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So! With Things That Go Whoosh in the Night completed, you can bet your little couch-potato reader butts that I’m already on to writing the sequel. I don’t think I’ve shared much about the sequel with you all yet, so it seemed like a good time to get the teasers rolling! The sequel will be called – and I’m totally in love with this both as a title in general and an awesomely cohesive sequel title, at that – Things That Crawl Out of the Stardust. It ties in perfectly with the first, and really captures that mix of darkness and enchantment that the Deathly Light books are all about.

Normally I wouldn’t share the cover with you yet, since I like to spread things out so I always have teaser content, but since I’m actually redoing the cover that I already had in order to match the revamped cover…

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Pillars of the Deep Preorder

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It’s here! About a year ago I started the long journey that comes with writing a book for a boxed set, and many of you probably remember the promotional campaign for Sirens and Scales that flooded my social media until about February of this year. Well, the boxed set has finally run its course and I’ve gotten back the rights to my book, Pillars of the Deep. So here we go with its solo release!

The ebook is now available for preorder, and the paperback should follow just as soon as the proof copy arrives in my mail box and I have a chance to look it over and hit the ‘approve’ button.

I know many have probably already bought the boxed set, so I’m not expecting huge numbers on my sales report for this one, but I am aiming for 100 preorders, so help an author out

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Escape to Paradise – If You Dare

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The Savage Gardens saga is coming to a close. With Eden scheduled for release at the end of the year, now is a great time to start the adventure! Get Paradise, book 1, for $0.99. For those who prefer a preview, enjoy the prologue:

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The needle glinted in the moonlight as she slid the syringe free of the bottleneck. Her hands shook, icy tatters of tide snaking up past her legs and heightening her coiled nerves. As the waves retreated they entrenched her deeper in the sand, a symbolic taunt that she belonged to this shore, that the harder she tried to escape the more this godforsaken place would tighten its tethers.

But the key was in her grasp.

Through the opaline lenses of her gas mask and against the sallow moonlight, the syringe serum took on a putrid, radioactive color. But all she saw was the answer…

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Things That Go Whoosh in the Night Blurb

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It’s in! The Things That Go Whoosh in the Night blurb. Might still do a final edit and tweak some minor things, but here’s the gist.

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Reluctant Angel of Death.

The only girl who can see him.

A harrowing cat-and-mouse of intrigue, paranoia, and whirlwind romance.

Grypha Voden is holding down a normal life in the city, fostering a job as a successful artisan in the market district, sustaining meaningful friendships, and suppressing the age-old mania whispering in her head.

Until she encounters the mysterious and transfixing man who stalks the rain-battered streets without an umbrella, seemingly unhindered by the elements. And stranger than the man himself – the way he stops to stare at Grypha as if it is he who has seen a ghost.

When a string of deaths crops up everywhere Grypha encounters the figure, she begins to suspect she has witnessed the face of a…

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Reluctant Angel of Death

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It begins! I have started working the blurb for Things That Go Whoosh in the Night. I’ve been dreading writing this blurb, just feeling like I don’t know where to start, what to include without giving too much away, making sure I capture a very specific feel… But it just so happens that today, I was hit at random with the opening line I wanted to use, and it all started falling into place from there. It isn’t finished yet, but I’m very pleased with what I have, so I decided to make a teaser with the opening lines!

Update on writing progress: I’m up to 50k words, which was my original goal for this first installment in the A Deathly Light duet, but based on where I am in the story, I anticipate another 10k words before it’s finished. I’m writing an average of about 1k words a…

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A Tide of Arrows – Wonderland Excerpt

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Ophelia pulled at the chewy tidbit between her teeth to win a bite-sized chunk, testing the sweet, jerky-like texture on her tongue. An expression of pleasant surprise enlivened her face. Her latest experiment – various dried fruits – was a splendid success.

She was on watch out amongst the rocks, ready to intercept any newcomers. A cold wind was blowing off the sea, and she sat in the misty spray with her arms wrapped around her legs, as good as another rock in the dark.

Cold and hard and black. Sometimes she felt like her soul was an extension of those rocks. Now and then she was known to give the lump beside her a knowing little pat, as if to say “Yes, cold hard thing. I know. You and me both.”

Leave it to her to be the one to decide the fruit of Paradise was too soft and…

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