Holiday Cocoa Flash Giveaway!

‘Tis the season for cocoa and…vampires? Actually, it’s always time for vampires, but who am I to judge?

In the spirit of the season it’s time for a flash giveaway. To enter: comment on this post and tell me which of the Tales of the Executioners is your favorite (you can find the list below) OR which one looks the most interesting (if you haven’t read them) OR which Executioner you hope I write next. Also please leave me a way to contact you (aka a link to your Facebook etc.) Otherwise if you win I won’t be able to notify you.

Two winners will be chosen via on November 30th.

Facebook, WordPress, etc are not involved, nor endorse this giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

Tales of the Executioners:

Aine: Another Complication– As one of the newest, Aine gets the job nobody wants: arresting a vampire for breaking The Laws. As if everything going wrong wasn’t bad enough, things are complicated when he discovers that his target has broken yet another one.

Ark: Echo from the Past– Ark has been an Executioner for two hundred and fifty years, and has always done his duty. When he’s handed an assignment with a familiar perpetrator, will he be able to follow orders?

Verchiel: Never Ending Question– Verchiel wakes up in an unfamiliar room with a busty woman standing over him. He doesn’t know who she is – or who he is – or how he became an immortal blood drinker. As he tries to discover the answers, he must learn to control his blood lust or fight a village of panicked people

Beldren: What We Deserve– The year is 1687. Beldren, a former indentured servant, suffers the same fate as many others of his kind – the promised land and money never materialized. When Matthias suggest they take their due, Beldren is skeptical, but what else does he have to do? It’s a choice he may live to regret.

Byrn: At Christmas– It’s 1755. With The Guild in it’s infancy, there are only so many Executioners, so when a report of mass killings rolls in at Christmas time, Byrn is sent to sort it out. He’d better do something special to appease his wife.

Lisiantha: Home for Christmas – After a bad breakup, Lisiantha returns to her rural coven. Dreading a run in with her ex, Josh, she soon has more important things to worry about: her master made a mistake and a warring coven wants her blood. Can Lisiantha and Josh find a way to save her – and maybe rekindle an old love in the process? Even vampires enjoy a Hallmark-style Christmas special.

Bren: In the Dark – Bren has a simple assignment – to deal with a coven who’s killed too many locals. When he takes a victim’s phone as a trophy, he becomes fascinated with the story of her death – almost too fascinated.

Cyprus: Future’s Promise – Before Cyprus joined the ranks of the Executioners, he was a guard at the Stronghold in Munich, Germany, where he fell in love with Sadihra, who is the German equivalent of an Executioner.

Daniel: Black Luck – Daniel and Kateesha are tasked with apprehending a murderous vampire, but all work and no play makes Kateesha bored. When she lures Daniel into neglecting their duty, he can guess his future: failure isn’t something The Guild takes lightly.

Dismas: Prayers of the Damned – In 1893, Dismas is still a greater guard – or was before he joined Kateesha’s revolt. Regretful, he wants to go back to The Guild, but can he get there – and obtain forgiveness – before Kateesha or the Executioners kill him?

Franklin: The Promise – After one hundred years of silence, The Hand of Death is on the radar again – and Franklin is assigned to deal with the situation. In a battle against legends, what can go wrong? Read the attack on Oren’s den through the Executioner’s point of view.

Greneth: Halloween Hijinx – When the haunted house advertisement shows a cartoon vampire, Greneth knows he has to go. The money off deal is only good for two, and he knows just the vampiress to accompany him: Griselda. Now to make sure the evening turns out the way he wants…

Fallon: Taste in Men – Though she’s over 100, Fallon feels responsible for his sister. From one disaster to another, her relationships give new meaning to bad taste, and her newest is no better. Fallon knows Warren is up to something, but convincing Laura of it is another matter.

Coming Soon:Griselda – It’s hard to tell who’s your enemy and who’s your friend at the citadel. No wonder the Executioners have human guard dogs.


The Essential Self-Publishing Guide

Thinking about self publishing? Check out this awesome guide by one of my favorite authors!

Tricia Drammeh

This is an exciting week for me! For the past several months, I’ve been working on putting together a self-publishing guide. My original plan was to compile previous articles I’d written, but the project got away from me and turned into over 170 pages.

The Essential Self-Publishing Guideis for writers who are considering self-publishing. The second section of the book is a step-by-step guide that is geared toward people who aren’t tech-savvy. So, if you or someone you know would like to self-publish, but are intimidated by formatting or uploading to KDP, this guide might be helpful. My hope is that writers who might consider turning to an expensive vanity publishing service, or who are contemplating handing over rights to a fly-by-night, start-up publisher will feel confident enough to try independently publishing instead.

If you’re not sure you want to self-publish, or if you are already a published author…

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Coming Soon!

Coming soon to Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks!


Though she’s over 100, Fallon feels responsible for his sister. From one disaster to another, her relationships give new meaning to bad taste, and her newest is no better. Fallon knows Warren is up to something, but convincing Laura of it is another matter.

Can be read as a stand alone.


Vampires and Barbwire


Today I’m on Barb’s blog – Creative Barbwire – for a fun interview! She asked some great questions like, What’s next? When did you start writing? What is your goal as a writer, and of course:

Why do you write?

I’d love to say that I write because I have a story to tell, but honestly I write for two reasons. 1) It’s fun. 2) I have people who want to read what I’m writing. If the day comes when those no longer apply, I’ll quit and find something else to do. Maybe glut on anime.

Check out the answers to those other great questions and more at her blog, and be sure to say hi in the comments!

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No More Executioner Stories on Amazon

The short version: Through no decision of my own, there will be no more Tales of the Executioner stories  published on Amazon. Those that are already there will either disappear or change to a $.99 price in the coming months. This also effects the Road to Darkness short story.

So get your Amazon copies now.

The long version: While Smashwords has always allowed an author to set their book price to free (as well as distributing that free book to other retailers, like Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks), Amazon hasn’t. AN author who publishes on Amazon has to set their work (even if it’s a 3,000 word story) to at least $0.99. After that, there have been two ways to get your story priced to free. 1) become exclusive to Amazon – so your story appears ONLY on Amazon and nowhere else – and get a week of free days you can set (aka your story gets to be free for a week total). 2) Play the price match game. This involves publishing it elsewhere (such as through Smashwords, and waiting a week so it shows up on other sites) and then contacting amazon with the links to show that it’s free in other places. You then (sometimes) get a quippy email telling you that it’s been price matched, but that they don’t *have* to do it.  Or you get a message saying that they will not price match your story at this time. Ir they ignore you. Either way, as an author you have zero control over whether the story is free or not. That’s the reason my Vampire Morsels were never on Amazon individually.

Then MacMillion started Pronoun, a publisher/distributor that distributed books to Amazon and still let the author set the price to free to start with – no hoops to jump through, no email back and forths, just a free short story people could enjoy. Thanks to them, I was able to start publishing my Tales of the Executioners on Amazon.

Sadly, Pronoun has announced that they’re closing. No new books can be published through them, and all the books they’ve published will be removed from retailers in January. I have checked out some other publishers, but though they pay distribute to Amazon, it’s the same $.99 “maybe they will price match” thing. (If you know of any I missed, let me know) This leaves me with two options: 1) I can leave them unpublished and stick to just distributing to Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks or 2) I can republish them again through KDP and either set them to $.99 or start the game of hoping they will price match.

Neither option is ideal, but the first is what I’ve done before, so it’s what I’ll go back to. Which means there will probably not be a new Tales of the Executioners story on Amazon until the collection is finished in 2018. Or until Amazon changes their polices  or a new distributor comes along.


NOTE: this does not affect the novels, or future novels, ONLY Road to Darkness and the Tales of the Executioners shorts.

Good News: In good news, though, Fallon: Taste in Men will be coming to all other sales channels this month. As will, hopefully, Griselda’s story. This distribution mess has taken time away from writing and knocked the schedule back. But they are coming.

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Vampires of the World Weekend Part 2

Halloween is over but Vampires are always in season! Check out these excerpts from the Vampires of the World bundle.

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My flesh ignited with the sweetness of the drink, the sweetness and the saltiness and the pure, tawny wholeness of it.  I could feel the rough ridges where my pantyhose had run as I stumbled through the hallway — when was it?  A lifetime ago?  I could feel a hangnail on my right thumb, sense it tingle before it closed itself up, before it disappeared.

And I could feel the mangled mess beneath my jaw.  My torn vein was weaving itself together, knitting itself back to health.  The flow of blood was restored beneath my skin, and the smooth stretch of my neck was new again.

With the healing came full awareness.  Full comprehension.  I knew that I was on a leather sofa.  That I was cradled against a body.  Arms were wrapped around me, holding me close, spoon fashion.  My face was pressed against one of those arms, against a smooth, muscular wrist…

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Reality Bites Halloween Edition

Reality Bites magazine has an awesome Halloween edition packed FULL of new releases, teasers, and special Halloween interviews – including yours truly (I’m on page 166!)

So check it out and let me know what you think!

jo magazine

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Greneth: Halloween Hijinks

Just in time for Halloween!

A cartoon vampire on the “haunted house” advertisement catches Greneth’s eyes. Then, a couples-only discount sweetens the deal, if he can find someone to take. Griselda seems the perfect choice, but when she starts asking silly questions – like just what is a haunted house, anyway? – and talking about so-called real ghosts, he wonders if he’s made the right choice.

Can be read as a stand alone.

Get it FREE on:

Amazon | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Apple iBooks

Coming Soon: Greneth

Just in time for Halloween comes a Halloween Tale of an Executioner!

A cartoon vampire on the “haunted house” advertisement catches Greneth’s eyes. Then, a couples-only discount sweetens the deal, if he can find someone to take. Griselda seems the perfect choice, but when she starts asking silly questions – like just what is a haunted house, anyway? – and talking about so-called real ghosts, he wonders if he’s made the right choice.


Coming soon to ebook retailers!

Sunday Surprise

A fellow bundle author! Check it out!

creative barbwire (or the many lives of a creator)

And it’s a guest! From the Vampires of the World bundle! Where we get to the origins of the legend, Transylvania itself! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Kari Kilgore!

Where do you live and write from?

I live in my native Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, though I grew up and have lived all over the place. Our house is at the end of a long dirt road on 250 forested acres, with dogs, cats, and wildlife my husband Jason Adams and I are better off not knowing too much about.

Why do you write?

The truest answer is so I can find out what happens. Once a what if… takes root in my mind, some part of me can’t rest until I know how it turns out. It really is a turbocharged form of reading.

When did you start writing?

I remember telling myself elaborate stories when I was…

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