In Which I am Interviewed

The awesome Erin Casey was kind enough to interview me for her blog today! She asked some great questions, like:

8. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

Oh yeah, there are always inside jokes, but they tend to die in editing. For instance in Ashes of Deceit:

[they] stopped in front of a battered door that was labeled “Supplies.”

She frowned. “What’s in there?”

Originally they just stopped in front of an unmarked door, she asked, and Jorick replied, “Supplies.” – a nod to the movie UHF (because, of course, there’s a surprise hidden inside the closet) but it got fixed in editing when some of the betas didn’t think it fit.

If you’re not familiar with her work, you should be. Hop on over, check out the interview, then stay to see what she has to offer!

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I mentioned Halloweenapalooza briefly in my last post and am now excited to say I will be attending with my own table. Join us October 11th and 12th in Ottumwa, Iowa, at the Hotel Ottumwa, for a horror film festival complete with celebrity guests and, of course, vendor tables. NeoLeaf Press will also be there with their new Halloween anthology, and I will have my vampire selfie station set up.


Hope to see someone I know there!

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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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IABE Interview!

Jenn Thompson of the award winning IABE was awesome enough to interview me live on Facebook! If you missed it, you can still watch the video.

Jenn and I always have a lot of fun, so check it out!

And if you haven’t joined the Shades of Gray anniversary party yet, its not too late to come play with us!

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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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#IABE in Des Moines!

Last weekend I attended the Indie Author Book Expo in Des Moines. Though foot traffic at the Valley West Mall was lighter than usual, thanks in part to the crazy heat and the art festival, we still had a great time! I got to meet many new to me authors and of course saw some from last year. Looking forward to the next one!

We got to Des Moines Friday and checked in. The motel we got this year was really cute. Even Booy approved:

We had dinner at Zombie Burger and tried to watch our ritual Forensic Files (when ever hubby and I stay in a motel we watch Forensic Files) only, we were too early! It wasn’t on yet! *gasp* And then when it did come on the cable went out! Well, a chunk of it did, including that channel, so we ended up watching Live PD and then called it a night.

Since we went to bed so early we got to the mall EARLY! Yes, WE were early for something. It shows what a crazy weekend it was! We got set up pretty fast:

As I said, we had lighter foot traffic than usual, especially on Saturday, so I had a chance to scoot around and visit other tables. There were a lot of amazing authors there who you should check out!

We also had a surprise visitor:


Day two went about the same as the first day, though some of our authors were one day only, so we had a smaller crowd, but it was no less fun. Booy was sad to have to check out of the motel, but he did at least help pack:


A friend of mine came to visit (though for some reason we took no photos of him!) and I pawned a book off on him, so that was a win-win. We actually stayed a little after five, but then packed up so we could make it home in time for Villisca’s amazing fireworks display! And though it has nothing to do with the expo, it seems like a fitting end to a great weekend!

Have a great week everyone and if you’re interested in an autographed paperback hit me up in email ( or facebook messenger!

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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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