Thursday, August 2, 2018

Hex Marks the Spot Original Art.

I've gotten a lot of questions about Claire's co-star, Pookie the Hellhound Chihuahua. He has had his own fan base since his first appearance in A Very Merry Witchmas. That's no surprise as he's a walking snarkfest.

Unfortunately, the final cover design ended up not including Pookie, but I did have him added to the original art. Enjoy!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Meet Claire Delacourt!

The August 7  release date for The Shadow Files is fast approaching, and I hear there is a lot of curiosity about Claire Delacourt. As result, I have put together a "Meet Claire" package.
You can see the book cover to the right. The title is Hex Marks the Spot, the "spot" in question being the mysterious Delacourt manor ,which Claire inherits. Yes, the book has a lot of Charmed in it (and a lot of snark). I loved that show.

I love how badass Claire looks in this cover! Everything is perfect--the hair, the katana, the snarky smile... I also commissioned a cartoon version (can you tell I love this character?) and it even has Pookie!

You can get a sneak peek at Claire's story through this Instafreebie excerpt. It has the first five chapters of the book.

And, remember, Hex Marks the Spot will be available on August 7 as part of the Shadow Files box set! I can't wait for you all to meet Claire!

You can purchase The Shadow Filesat Apple iTunesBarnes and Noble NookKobo, and Amazon for $.99. Note that the links will be pre-orders until the book comes out on August 7th.
You can also check out the first chapter here.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Link Fiesta --Blurbs

Alessandra Torre has publishing advice videos! How did I not know this? Here's one on how to write a kick-butt blurb.

H.M. Ward has another good video here. The Creative Penn has another one.

A good primer on blurb-writing.

And here's a possible explanation for the Amazon reporting snafu.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Link Fiesta

Apple is revamping the iBooks store! This is good news for me because I'm thinking of taking the Banshee Creek series wide during the summer. I'm doing one last sales push in KU to see if it sticks, and if it doesn't it will likely go wide by June.

Nook is also revamping. Hallelujah!!

Is the Instafreebie gold rush over? I'm experiencing this phenomenon too.

Best 2017 book marketing advice for authors.

We are getting a "feminist" Charmed reboot,  a "dark" Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot, and a Supernatural spin-off called "Wayward Sisters." I'm really excited for all of these.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return, Episode 5

I'm still not sure what's going on, but now things a lot less surreal. This is not necessarily a good thing.

Bad Coop is possessed by Bob. Good Coop is now insurance salesman Dougie. He still loves coffee, but is otherwise mentally impaired. Dougie's wedding ring somehow ended up in the militated corpse's stomach. There's a fantastic new forensic pathologist and she hasn't died yet, which is promising.

The Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department is still looking through boxes.

Shelly's daughter is married to a jobless drug addict.

We meet another bad guy.

The casino guys are pissed.

The car bomb explodes. The mysterious kid watches it go.

Dougie's jacket is now light green (the color of rebirth?). The hotel keys are in the trash can. Bad Coop can do weird electric stuff.

I thought it was kind of disappointing, but I'm still curious as to where it goes.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Link Fiesta

Chris Fox breaks down a bestselling Amazon launch.

Christina Dodd has a great post on getting Bookbub followers. And, seriously, how annoying is it that Amazon doesn't provide follower info?

C.D. Reiss also did a great post on using Bookbub ads for a book launch.

Easy tips for creating a series bible.  I didn't do a series bible for Banshee Creek while I was writing Must Love Ghosts, and it's one of my biggest regrets because all my books are set in that world and my readers love the characters. Now that I'm writing Claire Delacourt's series and revisiting those first books so I'm taking advantage of this and finally writing a series bible. Better late than never!

And here's a handy-dandy pre-publication checklist and a great KBoards post on urban fantasy tropes Yes, Drop Dead Witchy will have a UF feel too it. I hope it works. *crosses fingers*

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return, Episodes 3 and 4

This is still so confusing.

Real Coop is trapped with a red-dressed Silent Hill reject in an in-between space separating the Red Lodge from the real world. Something threatening chases them around. The numbers 3 and 15 seem to be significant. Electric outlets also seem to be important. Evil Coop is driving. Another Coop is in an abandoned house with a hooker.

Seriously, there's a third Coop?

At 3:15 Evil Coop is supposed to return to the Red Lodge through his car's cigarette lighter (yep, I am not making this up), but he manages to circumvent the mechanism but sticking his hand in his mouth. As a result the third Coop is sucked into the Red Lodge through an electric outlet, minus his shoes. He turns into a golden snitch and the Fire Walk With Me ring drops onto the floor.

And that's not even the weirdest thing that happens.

Good Coop materializes thought the houses electric outlet, minus his shoes. The hooker takes care of him (no, not that way), gives him Third Coop's shoes, and takes him to a casino in her badass yellow Jeep Wrangler (the color yellow seems to be important, not sure why). He still has his Room 315 key in his pocket, and he narrowly escapes an assassination attempt when it drops to the floor and he bends to pick it up.

Third Coop had enemies, it appears.

Good Coop proceeds to win all the coin slot jackpots in the Casino. The owner eventually kicks him out with his winnings and he takes a limo to Third Coop's home. Third Coop's wife greets him angrily, but is appeased when she sees all the money. She's happy because now they can pay off whoever is trying to kill Third Coop. Wait, isn't Third Coop a golden marble now? I guess Good Coop is now Third Coop.

This is giving me a headache.

Oh, there's also a kid who had a birthday party.

Something, something at the FBI.

Then we are back in Twin Peaks where they are investigating something having to do with chocolate bunnies. Lucy and Andy's kid shows up. he's weird.

The End.

Is this good? I honestly have no idea. The In-Between Space scenes were really cool. I loved the eyeless lady in the red dress, but she died.

That's happening to most of the new characters. Coop Three's wife is intriguing to I expect her to bite it in the next episode. The hooker was kind of cool and she survived, which was very surprising. I think that was because Lynch needed her to drive Good Coop to the casino, though. Otherwise she would've kicked the bucket too.

The use of color is interesting, what with all the reds and yellows. I loved the use of the electric outlets.

But what else is there? I'm not feeling any of the new characters. Evil Coop is just one-dimensionally evil. Good Coop just looks confused (not that he doesn't have a right to, but, still, it's not very interesting). The investigators are just sitting around chatting. I miss the Chihuahua Lady (please don't die Dog Lady, I love you).

What the is happening? I'm going to be very disappointed if this ends up as a big battle between Good Coop and Evil Coop.