Weeping Hemlock!

PictureGreetings Amaranthites! Last month I entered NeoLeaf Publshing’s horror anthology contest with a gothic horror short called Weeping Hemlock, and I’m proud to say not only will the story be included in the Chills Down Your Spine Too anthology, but it won first place.

What’s it about?

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman leaves her home for her new husband’s estate. Peopled by strange servants and her husband’s even stranger brother, the dim halls of the mansion soon turn her bright dreams into dark nightmares of a ghostly woman. Does her nightly visitor mean her harm, or does she bring a warning to save herself before she suffers the same fate?

Of course, I’m not the only writer in the anthology. There will also be stories by:

Ben Clayton
Jason White
Ian Conner
Justin Hunt
Luke M. Bartojay
D. Fischer
Erin Casey

How can you get your hands on this amazing anthology? Publication date is October, 2019, with the book’s debut at Halloweenapalooza, in Ottumwa, Iowa  After that, you’ll be able to purchase it from your favorite retailers.

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Party Time! Shades of Gray Turns Ten

Shades of Gray, the first novel in the Amaranthine series, turns ten this month! As part of the celebration, I’m holding a month long party on Facebook with lots of prizes! Even better, the more people that join, the more prizes I’ll add, including Amazon gift card(s). Not to say that the current prizes aren’t pretty cool (click the images for the full descriptions):

So how can you get in on the fun?

How to enter: Each person will receive one entry just by messaging/mailing/or commenting on the post on the party page and saying “enter me”. Additional entries can be obtained by participating in the daily “events” in the Facebook party group. You do NOT need to participate daily, and you can backtrack whenever you want and participate in previous day’s events. So people who join later in the month can still play every single game.

Winners will be randomly selected on October 1st, 2019, and notified via whatever means I have to contact them (most likely Facebook messenger). If I don’t hear back within one week, I will choose a new winner.

Let’s have some fun!

There is no purchase necessary to enter. Facebook does not endorse this giveaway.

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In’Dtale’s July/August Issue is Out!

Check it out!


Smashwords Summer Sale!


This year everything Amaranthine is 50% off until July 31st ONLY at Smashwords! That’s right, it’s time for their yearly summer sale, and who can resist a chance to participate?

Check out the savings below:

To get the sale price, visit the book’s page (linked above) and click the bright yellow button that says “Buy with Coupon”. To transfer the book to your kindle either mail it your kindle’s email address or connect your kindle to your device and save the file directly to it. For help finding your kindle’s email address read this.

And while you’re at Smashwords, check out other great offerings! I know Steve Evans has his books enrolled – all nine are FREE!

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Indie Author Book Expo

It’s that time of year again! The Indie Author Book Expo is coming to Des Moines Saturday, June 29th (10 am – 6pm) and Sunday, June 30th (11 am – 5pm) at the Valley West Mall. There will be a lot of awesome authors there, including yours truly.

What is the Indie Author Expo? Think of it like comic con but with authors. We’ll each have table set up with various things going on. I’m going to have a vampire selfie station (hopefully complete with plastic teeth for everyone, assuming they ever ship!). Of course we’ll all have books for sale (mine will have an expo discount on them), and we’ll be autographing books, too. And there will be swag. I’ll have a few Executioner key chains and some mini erasers for the kids.

You can watch the fancy video below to see who else will be there (Full disclosure: I didn’t make it).

So come see me at the mall!

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Facebook Frame Fun!

Amaranthine frames are now on Facebook! That’s right, you can frame your lovely faces with some slightly-spooky goodness. How? I am about to show you!

On the phone:

Go to your page and click on your profile photo. A menu pops up under it where you’ll choose “Add Frame”.


A list of frames will show up with a search bar above it. In the search bar type “amaranthine”. Then choose your frame of choice.


Crop, edit, whatever you want, then choose Save and you’re done.


On the PC:

Go to your profile and hover over your photo. It will turn half black and say “update”. click that.


A box will pop up – choose add frame


A new box will pop up that has your image on half of it, and a list of frames on the other side with a search bar. In the bar, enter “amaranthine”. Choose your frame, set your crop and click Use as Profile Picture. And you’re done!


Have an idea for an Amaranthine frame? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do!

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Amaranthine on ObookO


While I was uploading books to google, I also put my freebies on ObookO. ObookO is a website that has ONLY free books, so the whole collection isn’t there, but some of the Tales of the Executioners are, as well as the Tales from the Island, Thirteen Guests, Vampire Morsels, and Shades of Gray. It looks like there’s some other interesting and free reads though, so be sure to go check it out!



Amaranthine on Google Play

Though (part of) the series has been available on google play, I finally got around to getting everything published there. That’s right, you can now get all my books and short stories right from google.


The even cooler thing about that is that if you go to Google Play Store on your phone and search in the books tab then – boom! – there they are!


Pretty snazzy,  huh?

In other news Micah is going slowly because I keep getting distracted with other things (like this). But it is going.


The Rising Author Tag

I’ve been tagged my my friend and author extraordinaire Rami Ungar to participate in the Rising Author Tag. The rules are simple:

Okay, on to the tag rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Answer the questions they came up with.
  • Nominate four people to do the tag (no tagging the person who tagged you originally).
  • Come up with 10 new questions for the people you nominated.

1.Tell us about what you’re working on or recently released.

I’m working on Tales  of the Executioners, Volume 2– the second half of the Executioner stories. Volume One was released in October, and I’d hoped to have Volume Two out by now, but it’s not happening. I’ve had too many real life setbacks. Hopefully, it will be out in time for Christmas. As to what it is, it’s fourteen stories about the Executioners, the vampire elite. At least three of the previously released stories will be expanded and there will be three that are exclusive to the collection.

2.Where in the process of writing are you?

I’m editing and expanding the stories. The first five are done, and I’m on story number six (Cyprus). I’m adding a second half to it that details what happened in Italy and shows him and Sadihra’s hook up that goes on to play such an important role in the main series of books.

3. What is the most difficult part of writing the story at this point?

Since this is an event I’ve mentioned a hundred times but never shown before, it’s hard to make it live up to the hype. It’s easier to say that something tragic, or horrific, or romantic happened and leave it up to the readers’ imaginations, but then to have to try to come up with something that can live up to what they’ve been imagining…I don’t know why I keep doing this to myself.

4.What about your main character do you like the most?

There’s not really an overarching main character in this half of the Executioner Tales. So, I guess I’ll answer this using Cyprus (since it’s the story I am working on.) The thing I like most about Cyprus is that he really is loyal, though you might not think that if you’ve read the series. The trouble is he’s only loyal to a super small circle of about four vampires.

5.What is your writing process/routine, if you have one?

I wish I had one. Between doing things for other authors, family, pets, and real life stuff, I write when I can steal a few minutes, which is often not even every day. After Christmas is over, though, I am going to severely limit my helping others and get Micah’s book started – three months late!

6.Do you pants your way through a story, or do you plot it out?

Panster all the way – though I’ve plotted before when I had to. Like for the Brothers of Darkness novel, since it was a prequel, I had to make sure everything happened when it was supposed to. 

7.What are your characters’ musical interests?

I think Cyprus would be kind of a new wave, romantic, gothic kind of guy – synths, broken hearts…Maybe a fan of 69 Eyes. 

8. What’s next for you in terms of writing?

Micah and Loren’s road trip novel which should have been started in September. 

9. If you could pick a narrator for your story’s audio book, who would you pick?

I think since it’s a collection, with each story about a different person, it would be fun to have each story narrated by a different narrator. 

10. Share an excerpt or snippet, if you’re comfortable.

He bribed the head of the guards with a month’s pay. The vampire stared at the cash, counted it, stared at it some more, then finally stuffed it in his pocket. “Right. You’ll need to pack a bag. This might take a few days.”

Cyprus nearly skipped back to his room where he stuffed things in a bag. The assignment seemed straightforward enough; the Gilda was having trouble with a coven who’d barricaded themselves underground in an ancient catacomb.

Cyprus had been in the office during the conversation. Hethin had kindly suggested that if it was so easy, the Gilda should send their own Boia. The Italian’s reply was that they only had six, and all were busy with other assignments. “We’d have a larger force, but the Sodalitas’ laws limit how many Boia we can have. They say it is their duty to handle such things. Respectfully, I now say, handle it.”

Hethin had hung up angry and called Wolfe, who’d already volunteered to go. “I knew it would come to this. I’ll take another Scharfrichter and six guards. If their reports are accurate, that should be enough.”

And now for my tags! I tag Caitlin Coppola, Tricia Drammeh, Gabriella Messina, and DM Yates. Here are your ten questions:

  • 1.What’s the last book/story you worked on?
  • 2.Do you self edit?
  • 3.What’s your favorite story/book you’ve ever written?
  • 4.What was the first story you remember writing and how old were you?
  • 5.Do you get a lot of writing done around the holidays?
  • 6.What book or story (written by someone else) do you wish you’d written?
  • 7.If your last book/story was made into a movie, who would star in it?
  • 8.Do you have a WIP? If so what is it?
  • 9.Do you like to bounce ideas off of someone out loud, or do you do it all in your head?
  • 10.Who is your favorite character you’ve ever written?

I-Con in Des Moines

I know, I should have done this last week, but better late than never, right?

As you might know, I did my first comic con in Des Moines. To be fair to others, many people have suggested over the years that I should do tables at comic cons, and I’ve shied away because I have novels, not a comic, but then at the expo last July I got invited to have a vendor table, so I thought why not. I’m glad I did, I enjoyed it a lot and sold all but one book. I could have sold more had I taken more.

So here’s the day told in pictures!

My set up.

We got there two hours early and it took twenty minutes to set up, so after that we kind of just chilled – literally, we chilled because it was the coldest i-con ever and we were near the door. Hubby had to go to the store to buy me a jacket to wear. While he was gone we watched other vendors setting up.

Though I ran the table, I did get to wander around just a little bit:

I mentioned hubby was there, but the bro came with me, as well, as I put him in charge of getting photos of cosplayers. He did a great job.

Baby was even there!

Dead Pool getting a massage


but alas all good things must end and we had to pack up.

While I’m probably not going to do Demi-con because it is too expensive vs what I can sell, I am looking into Quad-Con and will hopefully get to do this one again next year. If you’re in the area, be sure to come down for a lot of fun!

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