During this difficult time of covid-19, remember that social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Connect online, make calls and whatever you can do to not feel isolated. I put together this graphic below as a message of hope that there’s light beyond the present darkness.
*A second prize winner of the 2019 Valley Forge RWA Sheila Contest!*
When Evalina is imprisoned for witchcraft, will her supernatural bond with animals be her curse or salvation?
In 1854, Evalina Stowe witnesses the murder of her brother by Dr. Dowdrick, an enraged client at the tailor’s where they work. Desperate to stop him, she rouses a swarm of wasps that sting the doctor while she stabs him with scissors, and then flees. At a subsequent job when birds race to her defense, Evalina is declared a witch and sent to Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary.
While imprisoned, Evalina is horrified not only to learn that Dr. Dowdrick is still alive, but he’s experimenting on inmates. Determined to get inside his Eclectic Medical School, to expose his nefarious activities, she’s passionate about protecting fellow prisoners, especially Lewin, a child thief who knew her brother, and Birdy, a kind, resilient Welsh man serving time for a worker’s death while blasting granite for the railroad.
Evalina, her friends and her “wild beasts” work against time to unmask Dowdrick’s crimes when she participates with him in a symposium, showcasing Philadelphia’s premium doctors. If they fail, not only will the doctor’s evil deeds continue unchecked but Evalina and her crew will surely be hung. Actual historical figures such as Dr. Thomas Mutter and Charles Dickens spice up this thriller, brimming with historical gems.
Book Lovers Con was postponed due to the covid-19 shelter-in-place we’re enduring to keep people safe. Wishing everyone good health and patience.
An urban fantasy inspired by the Oscar Wilde classic. First-ever female lead! Relaunch out. Get it here: Amazon USA, UK, CA, AUS, Kobo, Apple, B&N Nook
Internet followers, beauty, power. It all sounded good.
Until it transformed into a terrifying reality she couldn’t stop.
When her father is jailed, her mother ships lonely, plain Dorianna to her aunt’s in Brooklyn, NY. There, Dorianna yearns to build a new identity, but the popular Lacey bullies her—mostly for getting attention from her ex, Ander.
Ander takes Dorianna to Coney Island where Wilson, a videographer, creates a stunning compilation of her. She dreams of being an online sensation, as she’s never even had a birthday party, and vows she’d give anything to go viral. Wilson claims he’s the Prince of Darkness and offers her the beauty and fame, even love she’s dreamed of—warning her that a pledge has its downsides.
Dorianna has no idea of how dire those consequences might be. She’s thrust into the spotlight, and an incomprehensible nightmare. Not only is she prettier, she’s gaining harmful powers of manipulation. When her dark forces grow beyond anything she can control, she’s desperate but clueless as to how to stop them.
People are saying:
“So intense! Incredible story with epic climax. Darkly enchanting” – Page Unbound
“Amazing modern remake of Dorian Gray!” – Bookworm Babblings
“Vividly written. The characters stepped out of a creepy version of “Gossip Girl.” – reader review
5 stars “Devilish and enchanting” – reader review
“Pictures of Dorianna is the creepiest thing I’ve read in a long time. I mean that in the best way!” – reader review
5 stars “Careful! By the time you remember what real love and friendship are, you may have already lost them for all time.” – reader review
A February 2019 Event in Arizona
What’s Doing Fall 2018
First of all, The Elements of Untethered Realms anthology series is complete and now in one beautiful boxed set with forty tales from fourteen authors. I have four stories in it: The Day of the Flying Dogs (Earths); A Strange Penitence (Air); Rollerskate Boys (Fire); and Maizy of Bellagio (Water).
You can 1-click this set for only $2.99 at these sites:
The separate anthologies are also still available: Twisted Earths, Mayhem in the Air, Ghosts of Fire and Spirits in the Water. See them here.
On other fronts, I recently attended Romance Author Mastermind, where I learned TONS about branding, marketing and promo. I took a step back last year to simply write, and now I am going to take all I’ve been learning to recover, rebrand, and basically step up my game! Lookout people! For starters, I am in the process of recovering the Fireseed series. Stay tuned.
More news: On Friday, November 16 come see me at NCTE in Houston!
I am attending NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), where I am leading a roundtable on Teaching Climate Change in High School within the broader event called High School Matters. My Fireseed series deals with these pressing issues, such as rising ocean temps, climate refugees, eco terrorism, and future farming. For more details about the event head to my events page.
Summer Book Fest Appearance!
Finally, warm weather and flowers!
I am settled into my writing den, working hard on the newest witch novel, Witch of the Wild Beasts. It is set in Philadelphia in 1854, and brimming with the type of details you don’t hear about when you speak of old Philadelphia. LOL. Crime, gritty prison life, gangs running rampant and lingering superstition about witchery. Yes, even in the sophisticated, civil society of Ben Franklin’s “City of Brotherly Love” there was seriously shady business going on! If you want to find me, head over to Facebook, Instagram, or just send me an email.
Fall 2017 News
Spirits in the Water, the 4th in the Elements series from masters of fantasy & science fiction is out! Get all of the details here, including my story in this anthology, Maizy of Bellagio.
Come visit me in Booth 322 at NCTE in Saint Louis, NOV 16-19
For all details click here.
Chapter Con UK’s inaugural event was a big success and the founder, Katie M John will run it again in 2019! I’ll be there. How about you? I was honored to be asked to give this year’s keynote speech.
NCWR’s Wine and Sign author signing on the Delancey Rooftop Garden in NYC was also super-fun. Here’s a photo of me with the organizer, Janet Wallace. Oh, and I loved meeting my new readers from the Bronx, Brooklyn, and New Jersey. Thanks to all who helped make this a stellar event.
See me in Saint Louis in November and in Frankenmuth, MI in August! Event details here.