The Colors of Sin

When I purchased the rights back to the books, I had the creative license on the covers for the first time. While both Liquid Silver Books and Totally Entwined Group did an admirable job fitting the books, I found they weren’t quite the way I wanted. Ava on the LSB cover is too passive, and a little too bold on the TEG. Obviously, though, I’ve been in this game long enough to understand and appreciate that covers rarely embody the characters. This is why I’ve trended more over the last few years to covers that don’t rely on stock photography.

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Impolite Dinner Table Talk: Politics & Religion

There is the age-old argument that diving into the world of politics and religion runs the risk of alienating a good chunk of potential readers, and for many, this is a serious gamble. But also for many, these are things we are passionate about, and I’d like to think we’re passionate about them for the same reason: we believe we’re on the side of right.

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In Heat: A Werewolf Romance

There was a lot of potential with that book, but it stalled when shit hit the fan at Ellora’s Cave. I received the rights back in 2015, and have sat on the book ever since. I wanted to expand it. I was also interested in unifying it with another universe. It took two years to actually put these plans into motion, but I am pleased to say that the book is ready to debut. It consists of nearly half of new content, and I have never been happier with it.

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A Higher Education - Chapter One (Preview)

This book is several years in the making, and I’ll speak more on that as we get closer to release date. But for now, I’d like to share the first (unedited) chapter. A Higher Education will be available exclusively from Amazon on April 10, 2018.

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State of Publishing, Plans & Projects

It’s fitting that my last blog post was about my love of Buffy, because the 20th anniversary hit me pretty hard. As in, I dove headfirst back into fandom. I decided to give my Spuffy fanfic backlist an edit, which is slow coming but worth it, as I am truly proud of the work I did there. I have completed two edits (as I said, slow but worth it), and I’m actively working on a WIP I abandoned in 2008.

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Politics: No, I will not shut up about mine.

The presidential election was undoubtedly one of the more contentious in recent years. It was a downright downer at the end of an already shitty year—as discussed previously, 2016 sucked balls. A lot of us—myself included—were hoping that the period following the election would see a return of civility. A lot of us—myself included—assumed that Hillary Clinton would be our president.

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Life, Grief, & 2016

It is almost a universal truth that 2016 was a shitty year. And for many people, it began on shaky ground. After all, David Bowie and Alan Rickman were lost almost out of the gate. Indeed, 2016 is listed on a staggering number of celebrity headstones as the date of death, and we still have four full days to go.

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#SnowAudio

For a long time, audio books were the only way I could read for pleasure. As a result, I have become a hopeless audio book addict. And I know I’m not the only one! To get into the holiday spirit, I will be giving away three (3) copies of my own audiobook, Firsts, performed by Jem Matzan (restrictions apply*!). I’m not the only author giving away audio books! Find others at the #snowaudio hashtag on Facebook and Twitter and enter to win!

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Hellion - A Demonic Love Story

Hellion was initially going to be bundled in a multi-author release. Since 2015 ended up being a clusterfuck, I was relieved when the project was abandoned. While I felt I had found my stride with Sera and Colin, my leads, my father’s illness made any time away from work sparse, and I was often too exhausted to devote any time to writing.

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Seriously?

So, a few days ago, an author shared an alarming message she received from someone who claimed to be a reader and a fan. This person praised the author’s work, but said she had to return each of the books (ranging from $0.99 and $2.99) because they were too expensive. Furthermore, she would very much appreciate it if the author could make her books free from this point on.

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Lucifer, Jehovah Respond to Former Speaker of the House John Boehner

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner made headlines on Thursday, April 28, 2016 for his remarks regarding GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz. In a startling declaration during a talk at Stanford University, Boehner condemned the accused Zodiac killer as being “Lucifer in the flesh.”

Unsurprisingly, Lucifer was dissatisfied with the comparison.

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Even if you see 'em coming, you're not ready for the big moments

Life doesn’t cut you breaks. Life doesn’t give a shit. February 26 was my father’s birthday—the first since his passing. I took the day off to reflect, visited the bench we had planted in his honor, and bought a lunch that would have maybe come close to satisfying his legendary appetite. Then I returned home and put on Harry Potter, my computer on my lap as always. What can I say? I multitask.

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Be good

I noticed this over the past few months. Whenever someone would leave the room, my father would say, “Be good,” by way of parting. He did this with friends, family members, doctors and nursing staff. I thought it was an odd way to say goodbye, but I didn’t put the pieces together until earlier this week, as I received an outpouring of condolences, anecdotes, and information.

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Writing and Resolutions (Alternatively: So long, 2015!)

I’ve mentioned this before, but I love the holidays. I do. I go a little nutty starting in October and the fun doesn’t stop until…now. December 26, I’m ready to get back to my life. In fact, Aaron and I returned home last night from Christmas festivities and immediately de-Christmassed the house. For the first time since September, my home looks normal again. Granted, the décor is a bit different, allowing for new artwork I received over the holidays, but I’m ready to get back to my schedule as I know it.

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