Thursday, October 27, 2016

Book Signing and Buy One Get One Free Sale!


This sale is in conjunction with the Local Authors and You book signing event, hosted by the Salt Lake County Library Services and held on November 5, 2016 from 1:00 to 5:00pm at 8030 S 1825 W, West Jordan, Utah 84121. There will be 76 authors participating.

Did you catch that?

Seventy-six authors will be signing!

Is "Seventy-Six Trombones" running through anyone else's head right now?? :-)

It's going to be PHENOMENAL. Trust me. You don't want to miss this event.

So, why am I doing a buy-one-get-one-free sale?

Many of you know we swapped out my Mosaic Chronicles covers to new ones. I've got a box of books with the old covers, and I've also got a bunch of proofs that have little errors on them (odd lighting on the covers, a typo here and there on the front or back, etc.). All of these have the complete, unchanged story inside.

If you've been wanting to get your hands on my books, now is the time to do it!

You can snag one (or all - I won't judge) of these babies by coming to the book signing and purchasing a full-length book at $12 (down from $15.99) for each free book.

Here are the BOGO ones that need a good home:

And here they are listed out, along with their prices if purchased separately (linked to Amazon so you can read descriptions and reviews):

Discern, old cover, multiple copies ($7 each) (From the series that has had over 100,000 downloads!)
One full set of Mosaic Chronicles Books 1-5 with the old covers ($30 for the set)
One full set of Mosaic Chronicles Books 1-5 with the old covers that are also proofs ($30 for the set)
One full set of Mosaic Chronicles Books 1-5 with the NEW covers and that are proofs ($30 for the set)
Rise of Keitus, four copies ($7 each)
The Golden Symbol, two copies ($7 each)
Bezza's Book of Enchantments, one copy ($3)
The Jewel Thief, one copy ($3)

All of my regular-purchase books will be discounted to either $12 or $5.

And that's it!


If you are interested in any of the above BOGO books, I'm willing to hold them at the signing until 3:00pm. Make sure you come between 1:00 and 3:00pm. I make no promises after that, as I'll be harassing random people to take the books off my hands. :-)

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: I'm doing a workshop (at this book signing) called Creating Villains Readers Love to Hate from 3:15 to 3:45 PM in Viridian A at table Z. If you'd like to learn how to make your villains believable, horrible, and unique, come hang out with me at my workshop! And if villains don't pique your interest, come choose from the many other workshops that will be available.

I hope to see you there!

Authors participating:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New Covers and Series Name!

I'm super excited to announce that my Katon University series books have received a face lift by way of covers and name! The series is now called Mosaic Chronicles, and here are the updated book covers:

Enshroud will be coming soon! I'm madly writing it. :-)

Withhold is coming soon! :-)

I've got a few more books planned for this series. Stay tuned! :-) :-)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Huge Giveaway for My Readers! :-)

Howdy, Peeps!

Pardon the massive numbers of possible prizes, ha ha. :-) I decided to go all out with this giveaway and offer like, a billion things. :-) This means that at least THIRTY-FIVE PEOPLE will win, and maybe more.

The full rules are here, (which is also where you'll enter the giveaway), but in short, you don't need to post a review to enter the giveaway. If you do post one, however, you'll get an extra entry point for each book and each retailer/website where you post a review.

Here's the awesome thing:
Most people won't post a review and will go for the free entry. Those of you who post reviews have a much higher chance of winning! 

A note about reviews: they can be as long or as short as you'd like. And they can be posted pretty much anywhere, as long as the location receives traffic. You can also copy and paste the same review for the same book to all the different places where you post one.

Here are the books I'm needing reviews on:

Discern (AmazonGoodreadsNookiTunesKobo)
Mosaic Chronicles Books 1-5 (AmazonGoodreadsiTunesKoboNook)
The Key of Kilenya (AmazonGoodreadsiTunesNookKobo)
The Complete Kilenya Series (AmazonGoodreads)

To enter and to see the rules, click here.
Here are the prizes being offered:

Digital Prizes

Three $10 gift cards to Amazon, to be awarded to three separate people.

Physical Prizes

Twenty print copies of Discern, to be awarded to twenty separate people.

Two copies of Midian, to be awarded to two separate people.

Two sets of my Ranch City Academy series books, to be awarded to two separate people.

Two Illustrated Monster books (has illustrations of my Kilenya series monsters in it), to be awarded to two separate people.

One full set of my Kilenya series books in print. That's $75 of free books! To be awarded to one person. (And gah... I just noticed how crooked the picture is. Trying not to cringe... trying not to cringe... trying not to cringe...)

Misc Prizes

Tons of Bookmarks! I've got 22 inches of bookmarks that have the old series name them. All the other information is correct, but I can't use them at book signings anymore. One inch of bookmarks equals about 70 bookmarks. If you're interested in winning bookmarks, please tell me so on the giveaway form here. I know some of you LOVE swag, so I'll probably have a bunch of people ask for at least an inch each. Number of possible winners is unknown at this point.

Facebook Cover Photo Images! Five people will be awarded the cover image of their choice, to be selected from this website. I hope you like the quotes I selected - I found them in the popular highlights of Discern. I'll ask for suggestions for more quotes at a future point.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Beta Reading for Andrea

I've had a bunch of people ask me recently if I'm accepting new beta readers right now. The answer is yes and no. :-) What I'm looking for: people who catch errors and help me strengthen my stories. What I'm not looking for: people who want a free read. ;-) :-)

I've put together a system that better helps me know who is truly interested in helping out. If that's you, please read over the following selection from a short story I wrote a few months ago and email me ( a list of the errors you find in it. Those who snag the most will be accepted into my beta reading list. (And please note that not all errors have to be grammatical. If you find problems in the characterization, the settings, descriptions, etc., those count too.)

(Also, when submitting your list, quote a few words surrounding the error so I know what you're referencing.)

The Blackwood Relic

Travis Blackwood hurried to finish hooking up the plow to the tractor. Not only would pa tan his hide if he didn’t get the fields done today, but Cassidy was coming over in a few hours, and he didn’t have much time to get his chores finished before she arrived.
      He paused, staring at the forest on the edge of the field. Though the sun was directly overhead, the shadows there were deep and elongated.
      Even sunlight seemed to fear the trees.
      Travis had learned quickly not to ask why he struggled breathing, why his hands felt clammy when he was near the forest. Pa refused to talk about anything that concerned the place. He was determined to tame the only field on the property that invited unruly growth—to force the trees to stay within their bounds.
      And Travis, standing by the plow here on the edge of the field, should have felt relieved with the shadows so far away But the air surrounding him was still. Crickets didn’t chirp—mosquitoes didn’t buzz. And the wind never seemed to stir the leaves on this part of the farm—it was as if even the elements and creatures felt there was something to be feared here.
      Travis shok himself. He’d never finish his chores if he couldn’t hold his thought together. And if Pa caught him dawdling, he’d whoop him for sure.
      To bad the old man was still so much bigger than Travis, who was nearly 18. Travis hadn’t caught up with the rest of the family yet—including cousins and some of the girls.
      He hopped onto the tractor seat and admired his arms, pretending they had another ten pounds on them each, like his cousin Justins. But Cassidy obviously didn’t care about that sort of thing. Her beautiful blues eyes were just for him.
      Throwing the stick into gear, Travis pulled onto the field. Once he settled into the familiar pattern, he was able to daydream, and thoughts of the forest fled his mind.
      Though he was nervous to introduce Cassidy to the family—scared, even—he also couldn’t wait. They’d be so surprised that he—scrawny, tiny Travis—could get a girl like her.
      Well, he could. And he had.
      A sudden bump jolted Travis from his daydreams, and the grinding that followed was rough enough to make his teeth ache. The tractor stopped moving and the engine whined as it attempted keep going.
      “Oh, no, oh, no, Travis said, popping the thing out of gear. A cold sweat rushed from his scalp and down his back. Only one thing would stop the plow.
      The stone.
      Pa was going to kill him.
      He jumped from the tractor and rushed around to the side of the plow where the sound had come from.
      “Doggonit”, he said, pulling off his hat.
      He’d run over that rock, and the blades on this side of the plow were ruined, all tangled up around the stone.
      Why Pa insisted on keeping it there, in the middle of the field, was beyond Travis. And the stupid part of the situation—Pa didn’t even know where it had come from, yet he still insisted it stay and that no one touch it.
      Well, Travis had had i. It was time to get the thing taken care of. And tadoy was the best time to do it, seeing as how pa and ma were out on a date. They always got back late on date night, so Travis would have several hours to dig, if he harried.
      He scratched his head. Now to figure out how to get the plow unstuck. He bent and grabbed the twisted metal, prepared to tug a hard as he could. But the moment his hand brushed the rock, all thought fled his mind. His joints froze and his heart stopped beating. A dull ache spread through his body, starting in his chest.
      He gasped for breathe, struggling to regain control, but a sudden terror sized him. He felt someone—or something—approach. He looked around, barely able to move his head, but didnt see anyone. The pressure became unbearable and tears sprang to his eyes.
      What the heck was going on?
      Moments later, the pressure released, but the feeling that someone was watching remained. The sensation came from all directions, as if the person—or being—surrounded him.
      “God?” he said, looking up at the sky. But the feeling in his heart was far from the warmth Ma always said came from god.
      Something else was out there.
      Travis’s breath caught. His hands slipped off the metal of the plow, his palms clammy. His heart pounded, making his ribs ache.
      No, nothing was watching him. That was stupid. Only the plow was there, and plows don’t watch humans. They don’t watch animals or trees or objects, neither.
      “’Cause they don’t watch nothin’,” he whispered to himself, wishing his courage would return.
      He was definitely going to dig up the rock.
      His phone rang just then, making him jump. He pulled it out of his pocket, nearly dropping it as he fumbled to see who was calling.
      “Oh, Cass. Man, you scared the bejeebies outta me!”
      “Why? What’s going on”
      “I feel horrible, and it’s freaking me out. It’s all on accounta this stone here.” He dropped his voice, shielding the phone with his hand, hoping that whoever was listening wouldn’t hear what he would say next. “And I gotta do something about it. Gotta get rid of it. I’ll start as soon as possible ’cause it’s gonna take all night.”
      Cassidy made a little pouty sound. “What about our date?’
      Travis slapped his forehead. “Oh, Cass, I’m sorry. I totally forgot. But there’s no way I can go bowlin’ when I know this evil is around. Ma and Pa are gone until ten, so I only have now to do it. Pa’ll get so mad if he comes home and sees his field dug up. Nope, gotta get rid of the stone now, then make the field right as soon as I can.”
      Cassidy sighed. “Oh, well, okay.” She paused. “Could I come help?”
      Something in the forest caught Trevor’s attention, and he glanced that way. A sigh echoed across the field toward the stone.
      “Shhh,” Travis hissed. He crouched down, looking at the trees, trying to see what had made the noise. Nothing happened, but he continued waiting, glaring in the sunlight, trying to ignore the prickly sensation on his skin.
      Realizing that Cass might think he was a coward if he didn’t do something soon, he jumped to his feet and shouted, “Whoever you are, you ain’t scaring me!”
      They were, but maybe they wouldn’t know he was bluffing.
      “Trav, you’re freaking me out.”
      Travis waited, and when nothing more happened, he passed a hand across his eyes. “It’s freakin’ me out,” he muttered. “What did you ask?”
      “If I could come over.”
      Travis thought it over for a bit. He didn’t want to put her in danger, but he could really use her help. “I guess so,” he said. “But we have to be careful and we have to go fast.”
      “Okay! I’m good at digging. Between the two of us, we’ll get it taken care of.”
      He couldn’t help but smile at her enthusiasm. He was so lucky she’d decided to date him. “Bring a shovel. And thanks Cass. I appreciate it.”
      He ended the call, tucking his phone back into his pocket. Talking to Cassidy always lifted his spirits, but it didn’t take long for the pressing sensation of being watched to put him out of sorts again. He glanced at the forest as he got back to work. He’d never once set foot in it, on account of the stories. Stories he was sure weren’t true, but regardless, he had never wanted to know for sure.
      It took him almost two hours to unstick the plow and get the tractor back to the barn. The job would have been much easier if he’d asked Pa for help, but there was no way he’d do that. Not when it for sure meant Pa would learn what happened.
      ’Course, he’d learn about it eventually. Travis couldn’t hide something like that forever. But at least when he did learn, that stone would be long gone, and Pa would be too grateful to finally have a clear field to be mad.

And that's it! Send your list to me at, and I'll get back to you. :-)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fantasy and Science Fiction Super Sale!

Grab your ereaders and feast your eyes on some fantastic science fiction and fantasy books! 100+ books to choose from, all priced at $0.99 or FREE!

Want books geared to adults? Click on the tab above labeled ADULTS! Want books written for teens? Click on the tab labeled TEENS!

(If you are on a phone, click on the "home" button and change it to ADULTS or TEENS)

And if you are in the mood for a giveaway (with ten possible winners and ten prizes, including a $200 Amazon gift card), scroll down.