Pre-Order Ebook Midnight Assassin


If a paperback isn’t your preference in today’s digital world, you can now put in a pre-order for my new character novella, Midnight Assassin, by going here.

Pre-orders will be taken until the release date Sept 30. Don’t wait – get on the list and be among the first to receive the ebook.

Help me spread the word by telling your friends please? If they like vampires, adventure, and something a little different in the vampire genre, this might be the kind of fun they’re looking for.

And as always, I would be grateful for a review on both Goodreads and Amazon. I appreciate your continued support!

The paperback is already available if you are a bibliophile like me!

Thank you! More soon!


New Book Available NOW

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I’m VERY excited to announce the publication of my new novella, Midnight Assassin: A Tale of Lust and Revenge !

Right now only the paperback is available at Amazon, but soon the Kindle ebook version will be released.  Here is a the synopsis:

Terry Mastriano and his twin sister, Tempie, have become reluctant assassins, swearing a blood oath to avenge their father’s assassination. The target? E. “Needles” Puzzoli, a man who went to prison but not for their father’s murder.

For eight years, prison kept Needles safely out of the twins’ reach, but now he’s out and planning to leave town. If the twins want revenge, they must act now. Complicating matters is a mysterious and beautiful redhead who makes a prior claim on Needles. When Tempie attempts to kill Needles, the strange woman attacks, and warns both twins to stay away or die.

Terry figures they’re in a race with another assassin but he’s only half-right. The dangerous woman is so much more than a fellow killer—she’s a sensuous, deadly vampire with an undisclosed connection to both Needles and the twins. In an added complication, the vampire displays a lusty, predatory interest in Terry.

An unexpected event forces Terry into a bargain with the vampire. Honor and vengeance demand satisfaction, and the twins are out for blood. No matter who gets to Needles first, a debt will be owed. Blood always wins. Just ask the vampire.


This marks my departure from poetry into fiction. The vampire (vampires?) introduced in this character novella will appear again, starting in 2016. A whole series will be for the taking and you’ll meet all manner of new folks!

So this is the second in new surprises – the first was the new logo. And now my new release. There is MORE COMING.

Meanwhile, there will be a giveaway or two coming, with more than just the book. All I ask is that if you get the book, will you please leave a review?

Thanks and I hope you enjoy!


Global Ebook Awards – a triple!

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The 2015 Global Ebook Awards were announced yesterday. I am very pleased to announce that I WON the following:

“Best of” Categories:
Ebook Cover: GOLD: By Light Betrayed
Ebook Photography: SILVER: By Light Betrayed (no Gold medals awarded)

Category: Poetry
SILVER: By Light Betrayed (No Gold medals awarded)

One gold and two silvers! And my silvers are as good as gold to me since no golds were awarded in those categories!

Normally, I don’t like to tout awards or brag very much but I am honored and proud and wanted to share with you. And in case any of you wonder, yes, awards do matter to some readers who are trying to chose between books. If you could get an award-winning book over one that isn’t, might you choose the winner? Especially with poetry, you want any edge you can get.

I’m also pleased that my photography won an award! That really has me over the moon. Cover, poetry and photography. Whee!


Other News: My novella, Midnight Assassin, A tale of  lust and revenge, is in production. Release expectation remains Sept 2015!

And more surprises coming soon!

Thanks for hanging in!
Keep writing.

Yours Between the Lines,

Book Review – Refuge by Karen Lynch

RefugeRefuge by Karen Lynch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in Lynch’s Relentless Saga and I have to be honest, I thought it was fabulous! The first book was fluid and dynamic but this, this was exceptional. The story is peppered with humor and gasp-worthy moments, dynamic dialogue (my favorite part) and Lynch weaves several subplots seamlessly. It is impressive work and this Indie author is a breakout, best seller if there ever was one.

I am a devoted follower of vampire books, and this is more than just another fanger special. Within these coveted pages lurks vampires, werewolves, Hale witches, trolls, imps, crocotta, wyverns, hellhounds, and a griffin — enough creatures to set this story well apart from the gluttonous, creature-loaded YA books. Lynch manages to weave a YA/New Adult story that is original and unique. Oh sure, there are momentary similarities with other well-loved series’ (Vampire Academy comes to mind for fight training, City of Bones for places to stay and people to meet) but those comparisons fail to capture the essence and truth of what makes Lynch’s novel exceptional, and that is her personality-rich, deeply defined characters.

I will add that in this volume there is heart-stopping action, and breath-holding moment to make the die-hard romantic swoon with happiness. And sorrow. I did need the kleenex. But no spoilers for you.

I join Lynch’s legion of fans who now wait impatiently for Book 3, Rogue. Given where this book has taken us and where we are going, this is going to be a hang-on-to-your-seat-slam-bang finish. I hope you join in the fun by reading the first two books, immediately, and become a fan of Karen Lynch as I have.

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Bits and Pieces

Lots of little notes to cover today on this World Book Day!

First, you have until midnight TOMORROW (Apr 24) to enter my Goodreads Giveaway. See my previous post.  You can enter for one of two softback copies of Paper Bones and/or enter for one of two softback copies of By Light Betrayed.  Don’t miss out. This will be the last print giveaway for a while, so get a good poetry book for National Poetry Month!

I met Amanda B. last night, one of the winners in the Monster Giveaway. She thrilled me to no end with her “squee” as she opened her box of goodies — a canvas bag, a hard cover of Paper Bones and By Light Betrayed along with some swag. Big smiles as she tweeted her prize. Fun! Most of the time we don’t get to meet the people who win the giveaways, so this was a treat.

AND MORE GIVEAWAYS! Next week I will be giving away TWO ebooks of Paper Bones and gifting FOUR ebooks of By Light Betrayed. More details next week. Stay tuned!



Update on Works in Progress:

The memoir I’ve been working on is one chapter away from being finished. That’s the first draft. I expect to do edits and get it to beta readers in just a couple weeks. I’m hoping for a late summer release.

My ebook, Midnight Assassin, is in second draft. I had to scuttle an entire section because, well, it sucked (no pun intended!). But I’ve worked it out and think I solved my problem. So I’m headed for a third draft before I go to final. I’m still expecting to do this this year as promised. Think I need to hit a friend of mine for some advice on ebooks. Never done one alone and not in a whole package. Hm.

Also about 30% complete is my four-part Faerie novel.

The vampire novel, Time and Blood,  sits in different drafts as I work on the first two projects. But things are progressing.

Truthfully, my “inspiration” took a nose-dive earlier this year and delayed my progress. But fortunately I know good people who helped me pull up my socks and now it is “Onward!” Writers do sometimes hit little bumps in the road. I admire those writers that do nothing but work and write. I probably would do that too if I weren’t married and interested in other things. But I wanted you to know the work continues.

A cool thing happened in a dream — I thought of an idea for this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I don’t know if it is a novel or a story yet, so I’m planning on fleshing and finalizing in July. Then we’ll see. But how cool is it when your dreams suggest who plots to you? Like, yes!

Finally time for another book report. Hope you are reading for World Book Day!  Catch you after the Goodreads Giveaway!

A Summoner's Tale: The Vampire's Confessor (Order of the Black Swan, #3)A Summoner’s Tale: The Vampire’s Confessor by Victoria Danann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book three in Victoria Danann’s series Order of the Black Swann was a slow starter for me. I didn’t like the way it opened, lacking the pizazz of her previous two volumes. In fact it was 40 pages or so in before I could say I was “hooked.”

First, let me say that Danann’s writing is dynamic and exemplary. She understands how to turn a phrase and uses her talent to tell a wonderful story. However, in this book there were way too many plots going on all at the same time. They weren’t even blended that well or made to look like subplots. Now this may be how Danann intended it but I didn’t like it. The book jerked too hard when the plots changed and (I speak from a print copy), there was little to distinguish the separation of tales while in the same chapter. Of course you figure it out, but not nearly as smooth as in her previous books. I rate this four stars instead of three because of the quality and caliber of the writing.

We get tales of all our old knights, the ones who we’ve met in the first two books. We continue to meet female characters meant to be introduced to our male characters and I have to say that it seems very obvious to me. I thought at first the book was YA but there are no teens here. So I hoped that the romances would be less contrived.

This tale is about our once vampire Baka and the trail he faces while at the same time Elora faces a real test of her survival as she meets enemies from her old dimension and all the while we meet a new talent in Heather who will be tasked to aid Baka. There is plenty of mystery and a good set up of adventures to come. But again, I felt the transitions could have been smoother.

A note. I don’t mind sex in books but this one seemed to have sex as filler, used in great detail when that was unnecessary. Oh I know it is titillating but unless it serves the plot (like Elora’s pregnancy) then I don’t find it useful. I would prefer my senses to be teased and skip the intimate details. I did not want to get an erotic novel in this series and though I love a good tight sex scene, I still want it necessary to the story and not for the readers to just have something to pant over.

Two things Danann does very well. One, she gives you well-executed and fully fleshed characters that you can identify and care about. Two, she sets you up going from one book to the next. And I already have book four. I hope that the dynamics I experienced in books one and two returns. I have read exceptional fiction from this author and I am eager to return to it.

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Here’s Your Giveaway!


Photos of this MONSTER Giveaway posted 03/30. Have some fun with this! Winners will be announced on 04/16 and packages to be mailed immediately after confirming addresses with winners.

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And let’s celebrate National Poetry Month with actual poetry!


I’m nervous; it’s my first time.

Did that get your attention? How’s that for an opening line? Teasing, tantalizing, enticing, maybe a little salacious? Well, relax. Those were the words I said to the author next to me at Book ‘Em North Carolina 2015 Writers’ Conference and Book Fair this past Saturday. What I was admitting to was Book ‘Em North Carolina was my first ever book conference and I was nervous because I was also sitting on a panel called Books with a Social Conscience. And I may have been nervous, but excited and happy, too!

Book ‘Em is a one day event held every year during the last weekend of February. This year over 80 authors gathered to present their written works, meet other authors and greet readers. It was a very cool schmooze-fest.” People strolled by and asked questions about your books. They picked up some of your “swag” (if you had any like bookmarks, pens, buttons, etc.) and if they wanted a book, they picked one up, you signed it for them and they paid when they left the show. The wonderful thing about Book ‘Em is that authors agree to give 40% (or more) of the price of their book to the “cause” which are a variety of very worthwhile literacy campaigns. I’m a big supporter of those, so I was delighted to sign up for this.

As I said, this was my first event, ever. Therefore, I was uncertain how many books to bring, how much swag I would need (everyone has different stuff), how to decorate my table. But I checked out pictures from last year’s event, and came up with my look. I was showing my two books of poetry, but some authors had 8, 15, or even 25 books!

my author table

my author table

While there, I introduced myself to the authors next to me on both sides. Linda Vigen Phillips, author of the traditionally published and highly acclaimed non-fiction novel, Crazy (which I purchased), brought her computer to play her book trailer. I forgot about bringing my portable DVD player. It would have been very cool to run my trailer for By Light Betrayed (next time. Thanks, Linda!).  Very cool idea because a sharp trailer can draw a crowd and entice others to buy right there on the spot. Lesson learned for next year!

Linda's author table

Linda’s author table

On the other side of me, Gretchen Griffith was showing at least four books, both self-published and traditionally published. I bought her Wheels and Moonshine, an award-winning historical non-fiction biography. She brought two other historical non-fiction novels but also had an illustrated children’s picture book.

Gretchen's author table

Gretchen’s author table

Linda and Gretchen sat on a panel together (the hour before my panel) and discussed writing memoirs. Panels give general information and allow questions from writers and guests in all levels of expertise and experience. Sort of gave me some idea of what to expect when my panel came along.

Writing Memoirs

Writing Memoirs

My panel had five members but two panelists didn’t make it. So there I was with bestselling authors Dr. Patrice Carter and E. Marie Sanders. Dr. Carter writes spiritual self-healing and Ms. Sanders writes Christian Romantic Fiction. We three talked about our writing and how it provided a societal “conscience,” or if indeed it did. We spoke about moral and social obligations and how we see our role as writers. It was a surprisingly dynamic topic. Our audience was small but intimate and the questions were intriguing.

Books with a Social Conscience

Books with a Social Conscience

I met others during the day that brought smiles. A mutual acquaintance (friend of my best friend) popped by my table and I returned the favor. Book sharing goes on everywhere, but no one expects anyone to give them a book. Afterall, we are there to make a donation to the cause, right? So this was my meeting with multi book author H.V. Purvis. I purchased his newer book, Death in a Small Town.

H.V. Purvis and me

H.V. Purvis and me

And I have to mention the fabulous author on the other side of Linda, Jan McCanless. I bought her Tire Patch Cookies are Good For the Soul. Jan described herself as a little like Irma Bombeck, only prettier. Jan’s the author of the Beryl’s Cove Mysteries, seven of them so far. She claims that she writes “happy murders.”  And her focus is a presentation with humor. The book I bought is her second compilation of her newspaper and magazine articles.

Jan's author table

Jan’s author table

And before I go, I need to say I had to stop by and pick up Scott Mason’s book, Tar Heel Traveler. You’ve probably seen Scott on TV if you live in the tri-state area. He’s the reporter for WRAL’s Tar Heel Traveler show, with over 100 journalism awards, 14 regional Emmys and three National Edward R. Murrow Awards. Yup, that Scott Mason. And such a warm and sweet guy he was, too!

Next to his table was another very popular and best-selling author Christie Silvers, author of the Amazon best-selling Liz Baker series. I bought book one (I had seen book four on Amazon and admired the cover, so I had to buy the first volume and get her to sign it). And need I tell you that the book, Time for Death, is a vampire tale? Oh yes. But wait! Guess what she did! After I bought her book, she sent two folks to see me to pick up a little vampire poetry. Was I surprised!? So my first two sales of By Light Betrayed were because of Christie. Blown. Away. She was amazing. And me a stranger.

my Book 'Em purchases

my Book ‘Em purchases

The whole day was  extra special because I had my husband there to share it all (he’s never seen me “be the author me” like this, so this was a first for him too). My first conference experience was positive and invaluable and I’m ready to get back to writing and to go to the next event that I can, soon as I can. I like making contact with the people. And what they will tell you is priceless.

Linda, Gretchen and me

Linda, Gretchen and me

Everyone has to have a first time. My first time was delightful, informative, rewarding. As every first time should be, right?

Next time, I have ideas for my table and more books to write!

If you have questions about preparing for your book fair, drop me a note via the Contact Me page and I’ll be happy to answer them.


Before I go, I want to wish everyone a belated Happy Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and Valentine Day and Chinese New Year.

But don’t think I’m going to let all you leprechauns get away. I’m sticking around. More on the search for the pot o’ gold next time!