New Novels Coming Soon?

I have received lots of fan emails lately asking when the next in the Redstone Series or the sequel to Yokai will be released, and often, my reply is soon. The writing process can be quick or slow for any author, and the process of self-editing, having the drafts edited, and then going back to work to really polish a piece can be time consuming. That having said, the next in the Redstone Series was scheduled to be released this summer, but unfortunately has been pushed back to this fall. That, of course, pushes everything else back as well.

I hate to disappoint my loyal fans who have been patiently waiting for new work from me, but to do my work justice and to be fair to my fans, I will never compromise quality for speed. That being said, I would like to reward my loyal fans with a sneak peek into Redstone Series #3 with a few tidbits about Nashoga’s next adventure.

In this next installment in the series, Nashoga and Caleb set out on the trail of Farkas, whom Nashoga is bent on finding and defeating once and for all. Their adventure takes them far from Redstone territory, where they see their first human. Having only heard stories from Tala about humans, they are afraid and know not what to expect. The first human they encounter is far from friendly; however, there are more to come, some good, some bad. Eventually, Nashoga is thrown in with the strange Wachiya pack, but Caleb is missing and Nashoga can’t remember why. Dealing with strange surroundings, a strange new pack, and memory loss, Nashoga must find a way to escape, find Caleb and get back to the task of taking out Farkas.

So there’s a little tidbit to hold you all over until its release. In the meantime, why not check out some of my other books?

Books on Amazon

Free YA paranormal romanceuntil 8/10/12

Yokai is FREE todayand tomorrow only, so scoop up your copy while you can! This is the last opportunity to score it for free on the KDP Select program.

http://www.amazon.com/Yokai-ebook/dp/B0083DF25E/ref=dp_return_1?ie=UTF8&n=133140011&s=digital-text

Sixteen-year-old Kit Maguire has never met her mother, made lasting friendships, or had a permanent home, and she’s always known that she was a little different from others. When Kit and her father move to Kyoto, Japan, her father insists that this time will be better, but Kit is reluctant to give it a try. The kids in Kyoto seem to be the same as everywhere else: judging her for her looks before they get to know her. She figures it’s just one more short stop that she won’t make friends, so why bother?

With the appearance of her thought-to-be-dead mother, Kit yearns to find out more about her mom, their family, and why she has the ability to conjure green fire. When a girl named Yoriko insists on becoming friends and two of the hottest guys in school vie for her attention, things get complicated. Kit learns just who she is and what she’s capable of, but with that knowledge comes the realization that she may never be able to have a relationship with Riku; as their clans are bitter enemies. Kit hopes that their love will bring the clans together and that she’ll get everything she’s ever wanted: family, friends, and a place to call home.

What are people saying about Yokai?

“…it’s hard to find a book that holds my attention. I recently bought Hunger Games, read about 40 pages, and then didn’t pick it up again. I read Twilight a couple years ago and liked it a lot, but I never did quite finish New Moon, and so on. I guess everyone has their own tastes :) Yokai appealed to me right from the first page and kept my attention. I didn’t have to try to like it; I just did. I ended up looking forward to night-time, for when I could rest in bed and pick back up where I left off.” – Molly Snow, author of Beswitched Witch

“Fans of manga will find much to enjoy in “Yokai”, from legends to the paranormal, and the story line never slows down as Yokai is forced to cope with a world that is not of her making. Thumbs up for “Yokai”!” – Paul Swearingen, author of The High School Series

Download your copy today and visit Japan without ever leaving home!

http://www.amazon.com/Yokai-ebook/dp/B0083DF25E/ref=dp_return_1?ie=UTF8&n=133140011&s=digital-text

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My Favorite Paranormal Heroine

Yesterday I spoke about my favorite paranormal bad boy, Sesshomaru from Inuyasha. Today I’m going to talk about my favorite heroine, Aisling Grey from Katie MacAlister’s multiple series, including the Silver Dragons, Aisling Grey Gaurdian, and the Light Dragons series.

Why do I like Aisling so much? Because her life is never normal. She has so much fun. She has the love of her life wrapped around her finger, and did I mention he’s a dragon? Yeah. Pretty cool.

Aisling’s has been a guardian (keeper of the gates of hell, one who keeps all the baddies in their place), a demon lord, a prince of Abaddon (one of the higher ups of hell) and a dragon’s mate. She’s had quite an adventure, and she still manages to keep a clean house, have time with her gal pals, and keep the green dragons from annihilating the silver dragons. Or Baltic, for that matter, but that’s a different storyline.

For being sweet, sexy, and completely badass, Aisling Grey is my favorite paranormal heroine.

 

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Yokai for FREE today only! http://www.amazon.com/Yokai-ebook/dp/B0083DF25E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340374774&sr=8-1&keywords=yokai

 

Thanks for visiting. Don’t forget to check out the other free books through the Paranormal Freebies Hop. Some will be posting on the 22nd, since it is a two-day event:


My Favorite Paranormal Bad Boy

Don’t forget that tomorrow June 22, all day, my paranormal romance, Yokai, will be FREE on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Yokai-ebook/dp/B0083DF25E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340286062&sr=8-1&keywords=yokai

For today’s paranormal blog hop post, I wanted to write about my favorite paranormal bad boy. I think I tend to favor the bad boys, as they usually turn out to not be all that bad. Usually there is some redeeming quality in them. My favorite paranormal bad boy comes from not a novel, but a manga, and an anime that followed. My favorite paranormal bad boy is Sesshomaru, from the manga Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi. 

Let me fill you in on a little background. Inuyasha is the story of a hanyou, or half-demon. In a world where humans and demons exist (and don’t always get along peacefully) a half-demon is something of an anomaly. Inuyasha’s mother was a noble woman; his father, a dog-demon lord, hence the name “Inu” yasha (Inu means dog). His brother, on the other hand, is a full-blooded dog demon named Sesshomaru.

Sesshomaru hates his little brother, and the feeling is relatively mutual. You’d be hard pressed to even call them brothers. They consistently fight, and early in the series, the two battle over a magical sword that their deceased father has left to one of them. He has left it to Inuyasha, and Sesshomaru, being the older and full-blooded brother, feels slighted. During the battle, Inuyasha coaxes the sword, Tetsusaiga, to unleash more of its power and cuts off the left arm of his brother. Who would forgive him for that? Certainly not Sesshomaru.

During the rest of the series, Sesshomaru attempts to find a new arm, inherits another sword from his father that he thinks is useless (Tensusaiga), and even has a swordsmith craft a new, more powerful sword. This, of course, is all subplot to Inuyasha’s main plot, as the story is truly about the hanyou and not the brother. But for the sake of this blog post, it’s all about Sesshomaru.

Why does Sesshomaru hate his younger brother? For a few reasons: Sesshomaru views humans as weak, and consequently worthless, and therefore his brother, being half-human, is also weak and worthless. Later in the series, Sesshomaru pivots on this point. Although he still views humans as being weak, he might not see them as worthless, as he rescues a human girl from certain death (by using his thought-to-be-useless sword Tensusaiga to bring her back from the dead) and then takes her under his protection. This is a pivotal point in the psyche of Sesshomaru. Up until this point, we see Sesshomaru as a cold, cruel demon, who cares not for his brother or anyone else, just himself and his need to gain power, and be recognized as an important demon; to step out of his father’s shadow. Now Sesshomaru shows that he does have a redeeming quality.

When Sesshomaru was much younger and his father was still alive, Sesshomaru asked him for the Tetsusaiga. His father asked him who he had to protect. Sesshomaru’s answer was no one, because he was still in the mindset that he needed no one, only the power to become a strong demon. This is why he left the sword to Inuyasha, even though he knew him only as an infant. Surely a half-demon would need protection, and perhaps he would need to protect others. Later in the series, after he has rescued Rin (the human girl) from certain death, he realizes that he, too, has someone to protect, although he denies it outwardly. He has Rin to protect, and Jakken, his servant, although he would never admit it out loud.

Sesshomaru also hates Inuyasha because he feels slighted because of the swords they were left. Tetsusaiga (the sword of the Earth), the sword that would slay 1,000 demons in a single blow, and is therefore a sword that would bring Sesshomaru much power, is gifted to Inuyasha, a half-demon who must struggle to learn to use it. Tensusaiga, (the sword of the Heavens) has the power to bring back the dead, or as close as I can call it, to kill the demons that bring the dead to the afterlife, so that the soul can stay in the body and the person be revived. This sword was left to Sesshomaru, and he hates it because it is useless to him, or so he thinks. They constantly struggle for Tetsusaiga, but Inuyasha is the true owner of it.

I think Sesshomaru’s father knew his sons well, even though he only knew the infant Inuyasha. He foresaw a lot of their future, and knew that gifting him the Tensusaiga would help Sesshomaru become, for lack of a better term, more human. He wanted Sesshomaru to care for and protect others, even the weak, much as he did.

Throughout the brothers’ battles, I find it ironic that although Sesshomaru has ample opportunity to do so, he never kills Inuyasha. Sesshomaru is a much stronger demon. He could have killed him and taken the sword by force (although it would never obey him), but he never does. I think deep down inside, Sesshomaru does care for his brother, if only a little, and eventually comes to terms with the hand he is dealt. Because of this pivotal point in the series, which happens during one of the final battles with the enemy, Sesshomaru’s left arm returns to him, wielding a new and more powerful sword, Bakusaiga. It is explained that he always had the power within him to be greater and more powerful than his father (the greatest demon of all time), he just had to get past his shortcomings, the resentment of his brother, and his obsession with Tetsusaiga in order to do so.

Well, now that I’ve chewed your ears off (or eyes, as it may be) about my favorite paranormal bad boy, I just want to wrap things up with my two favorite things about Sesshomaru. 

1. His mokomoko-sama. This is a white, fluffy, long piece of fur that wraps around his shoulder and trails behind him. When he transforms into a full dog-demon, the fur is still attached to his shoulder. It kind of looks like a big, fluffy boa. I wish I had one. Looks comfy. And cute. ^-^

2. At the very end of the last episode in “The Final Act,” Kagome and Inuyasha are together, Kagome looks up and says, “Hi, big brother!” To which, Jakken screams at her for being so insolent to Lord Sesshomaru. Sesshomaru, on the other hand, slides a bit of a look to Kagome, but says nothing to her, and tells Jakken, “Silence, or I’ll kill you.” I think it’s kind like an acceptance of his relationship with them, and I think it’s kind of cute. ^-^

So that, is all about my favorite paranormal bad boy, Sesshomaru, from Inuyasha. If you have the chance, check it out sometime (it’s a long series of manga), or you can watch the show on Adult Swim. I’ll take you out with a portrait of my favorite bad boy. ^-^

 

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Just a little update. The blog hop starts tomorrow! I’ll be posting a special paranormal blog post tomorrow, and I’ll be giving away copies of Yokai on Friday, 6/22! Don’t forget to pick up your copy!

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Free YA Paranormal Romance 6/11, Yokai

Okay, I’m a little late on this one, but: Today, June 11, Yokai will be FREE only on Amazon. The promotion period will only last one day, so make sure you pick up your copy then, and spread the word!

 

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Sixteen-year-old Kit Maguire has never met her mother, made lasting friendships, or had a permanent home, and she’s always known that she was a little different from others. When Kit and her father move to Kyoto, Japan, her father insists that this time will be better, but Kit is reluctant to give it a try. The kids in Kyoto seem to be the same as everywhere else: judging her for her looks before they get to know her. She figures it’s just one more short stop that she won’t make friends, so why bother?

With the appearance of her thought-to-be-dead mother, Kit yearns to find out more about her mom, their family, and why she has the ability to conjure green fire. When a girl named Yoriko insists on becoming friends and two of the hottest guys in school vie for her attention, things get complicated. Kit learns just who she is and what she’s capable of, but with that knowledge comes the realization that she may never be able to have a relationship with Riku; as their clans are bitter enemies. Kit hopes that their love will bring the clans together and that she’ll get everything she’s ever wanted: family, friends, and a place to call home.

 

Yokai can be purchased exclusively at Amazon! http://www.amazon.com/Yokai-ebook/dp/B0083DF25E/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_3

Pretty Cool Library

This is the Weehawkin, NJ library, and although I have no idea what’s on the inside, I think the outside looks pretty cool! As we drove by, my daughter said, “That’s some library!” I agreed.

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I have never been to my hometown library, but from the outside it looks as if it could hold about three books (our local McDonald’s is bigger). I actually go to the Middletown Township library (mtpl.org) because I work in the town and my daughter goes to school there. It got renovated some time ago and it really is a beautiful space, inside and out. Inside there’s a community room with exhibition space and state of the art electronics for presentations, there’s a large children’s room, teen room, and then there’s the rest of the collection. There are a ton of dvds, cds, computer games, and even Wii games for cardholders to borrow. There’s computers and laptops for public use and lots of lounging area, including big,  comfy chairs in front of a seasonal fireplace, and a cafe-style patio. Their staff is also friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.

There’s a lot of community programs, too, including author talks, art shows, contests, club meetings, summer reading programs, and service projects. It’s more than a library. It’s a community center. So much, in fact, that it’s really upsetting to see budget cuts for libraries, and ours in particular.

So, now that I’ve gone on about my cool library, why don’t you tell me about yours?

My First Ipad Blog Post

This is my very first blog post on my new Ipad. I’m so proud of myself, going all technological and stuff. :)

My book sales paid for the Ipad, which I bought two weekends ago. I’m really enjoying how fast it starts, how small and portable it is, and I’m even liking the touchscreen. Although, admittedly, I’m going to have to invest in a bluetooth keyboard. I can type quite quickly and have adapted pretty well to the cramped keyboard of the touchscreen, but there’s really nothing like a full-sized keyboard.

The first thing that drove me crazy was the auto-correct. It too, my teenage daughter to show me how to turn it off. Well, now that that’s out of the way, I can focus on other things, like writing the Yokai sequel on thr Ipad. It’s coming along well, thanks for asking!

For those of you who haven’t had the chance to pick it up yet, Yokai is only $2.99 and is an Amazon exclusive. You can pick up your copy here:

http://www.amazon.com/Yokai-ebook/dp/B0083DF25E/ref=dp_return_1?ie=UTF8&n=133140011&s=digital-text

Paranormal Freebies Blog Hop!

I have several blog hops and guest posts coming up during the month of June. This is just one of them. Want to become a part of it? Check out the info below!

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  • On June 21st or June 22nd blog about your favorite paranormal character from any book
  • (a) Offer a giveaway prize, or (b) If you are a YA paranormal author, give a link to your free ebook offer.

I will be sharing a link to a FREE ecopy of my book Yokai during the hop, for anyone to download through Amazon.com. 

Authors, I would be happy to band together with you and Tweet about your special KDP Select givewaway. Use Twitter hashtag to promote: #parafreebies

Welcome to the Jungle

In my high school English class, I was given an extra credit assignment and a list of book selections. Knowing nothing about it, I selected Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. There was no Amazon.com back then, so there really was no way for me to know what vile things lay ahead. Sure, the book was well-written. Sure, the book made people more aware of the practices of slaughterhouses back then. But was it a suitable match for an extra credit assignment, or me, for that matter? No way.

I was disgusted with the content. I didn’t eat meat for a long time after that, even though the book was written at the turn of the century.

So when browsing the local library’s graphic novel shelves last week, I did a double take. Surely that graphic novel titled, The Jungle, wasn’t the same book. I picked it up and turned it over, and lo and behold, there it was in the byline. Upton Sinclair. Now who in their right mind would create a graphic novel of The Jungle??

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Apparently, these guys.

I threw it back on the shelf in disgust. I probably should have buried it. But maybe there’s someone out there who will have a different opinion of this book and want to read it as a graphic novel. Yeah, and I’m the queen of England.

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