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Can you keep a secret?

Okay, it’s not really a secret if I post it all over social media, but it is exciting news!
The paperback edition of Alisandra’s Kairos is live!
How did that happen? Sheer luck. Well – okay – maybe a lot of hard work and a little luck.
I managed to get the formatting done in a day, and then got it uploaded to Amazon.
Amazon didn’t take the required 72 hours for formatting and publication. They also didn’t take the next three days after that to get it connected to the Kindle Edition.
So, here we are!
You can order your paperback copy of Alisandra’s Kairos now and have it in your hands before the eBook publishes on September 15.
Don’t forget to leave me a review!
Thank you for being wonderful fans!

What’s next?

Book 6 – Still not named.
It’s embarrassing that I can’t decide on a title for Book 6. I didn’t really struggle with the five previous books. So, why can’t I pick a title? Because there too much happening in Book 6.
AJ finds her people – a place where she’s accepted. She develops strong friendships without ‘help’ from her elementals. But she also learns the true evil behind … well, everything.
AJ and her allies – new and old – are gearing up for the fight of lifetime. She only thought the battle against Jack was unwinnable. The new enemy they face seems almost unstoppable.

Hence, my dilemma. Do I title the book based on AJ’s new revelations? Or the magical communities’ unity? Or the fact that all the elementals’ secrets are out in the open, giving the magical community the knowledge they need in order to win against an unstoppable foe?
I don’t know.
Here are my best guesses so far. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Deception’s Fall
Magic’s Dominion
Unity’s Strength

A sneak peek!

With the release date for Fae’s Enlightenment right around the corner (July 14), I thought you might enjoy a sneak peek at Chapter 1. We’re still working on final edits, but it’s soooooo close to being finished.

Just because not everything in life should be difficult…here’s a link to the pre-order (wink wink).
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086RC193N
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B086RC193N
Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B086RC193N
Amazon AU https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B086RC193N

Chapter 1Fae’s Enlightenment

My gaze darted around the table at the motley crew of card-playing-cheating-bastards. Every one of them tried to read my mind but not tonight. I came armed and ready for battle with the theme song from that mermaid cartoon I loved as a kid.

Our resident stone giant, Qeb, efficiently dealt the cards for tonight’s game of Blackjack. I ignored my cards as they landed in front of me and watched the expressions of the other players. The earth elemental repeatedly refused to play, claiming he couldn’t participate in the demoralization of my character. Like that hadn’t already happened.

So, he was relegated to dealing the cards with his large stone fingers. Something he was really good at, to my surprise. Except Blackjack required the elemental to be an active participant, much to his chagrin, which I knew was a bunch of bull. He loved it just as much as the rest of us.

As always, my water elemental, Göksu, picked up his card first and leaned back in the chair across from me. The lamp on the wall behind him flickered through his transparent humanoid form, giving him an eerie glow. His face-up card was a nine. He smiled like always, even when they sucked.

Braden chuckled, the irritating sound that was his nervous twitch. His card had to be really good, or he was bluffing. I couldn’t tell, despite our emotional bond. A queen of diamonds sat next to his face-down card. He must have peeked too quickly for any of us to notice. Damn vampire.

Niyol, my air elemental, flicked up his card peeking at it, then placed it face down on the table next to his two of clubs. He glanced at me and smiled. I grinned, waiting for our final player to check his hand before I started my serenade.

I turned to the fire elemental next to me and he zapped me with his sexy heat, making my insides light up with desire. Braden growled and I laughed.

“Stop it, pervert,” I said, smacking Aviur’s glowing arm. “Look at your card already so everyone can have their half-second to try to cheat.”

Protests erupted around the room, but they were a bunch of liars. They all tried to read my mind as soon as I looked at my cards. It was amazing when I didn’t lose every single hand.

Aviur’s fiery fingers covered his card and swept it towards his chest. He peeked at it, then set it face-down next to a jack of hearts. The first time we played I just knew his cards would turn into a pile of ash. Of course they didn’t. Just like Göksu’s didn’t turn into a watery mush. Even though I was getting used to my magical life, the elementals’ ability to not destroy everything they touched still amazed me.

“Alright, princess,” the fire elemental purred. “Give us our half-second.”

My hand hovered over my face-down card and I started humming the catchy tune.

“That one has a nice rhythm to it,” Göksu said.

“Mhmm,” was my only reply as I belted out the words in my mind. The other three elementals groaned as if it physically pained them to hear. I thought the words were completely appropriate, or not. I hadn’t wanted to be part of their world in the beginning, but nothing could take it from me now.

I peeked at my card and continued singing. A king of spades sat on the table for everyone to see and an ace of hearts rested in my hand. Perfect.

“And you say we cheat,” Niyol hissed.

“I agree,” Aviur said.

“She is merely thwarting your efforts to ensure her loss,” Qeb argued for me, as I continued my song. “I think it’s admirable and rather creative.”

“What song did she pick tonight?” Braden asked, drawing my attention. He could feel my emotions, but he couldn’t get into my head the way the elementals did.

“Something about wishing to be part of your world, out in the sun, and by your side,” Qeb replied. “It’s interesting if not contradictory.”

“Ah, a very popular mermaid among young children a few years ago.” Braden smiled and I momentarily lost track of my song. How did a centuries old vampire recognize a child’s cartoon?

I almost asked him, then remembered I was supposed to be distracting the damn cheaters at the table. I started humming again and pointed at the dealer.

Qeb turned over his face-down card, placing a ten of diamonds next to the seven of clubs. Seventeen for the dealer. His stony face turned to Göksu, who nodded and received another card.

The water elemental turned up the edge and frowned. Busted!

Braden chose to stand, keeping just his two cards. Interesting.

“Hit me,” Niyol said, asking for another card. But he didn’t look at it. He must have had a really low card to go with his two, to be that confident. Or he was bluffing.

Aviur glanced at me and I grinned. They didn’t know what I had, or Göksu wouldn’t have busted his hand. The fire elemental nodded as well and received a card. He picked it up and flames flared around his eyes. Busted!

I giggled, interrupting my tune for a second. But I didn’t care because it worked.

“I stand,” I chirped, then continued singing.

All eyes fell on Braden, then Niyol.

Braden turned over his card revealing a ten to go with his queen. He smiled at me and I blew him a kiss, then gave my attention to Niyol. He frowned and turned over a five and six, not even beating the dealer.

A huge smile spread across my face and I let my song go. I didn’t even have a chance to flip my card before the whining started.

“Cheater,” Aviur grumbled.

Niyol hissed incoherently and Qeb’s rumbling laughter shook the table.

I revealed my ace of hearts. “Pay up boys.”

We used poker chips to bet, but they meant nothing more than a chance to rub it in. Especially for me because I rarely won. The idea to sing a mental tune grabbed me after my first night of losses, when I realized my benevolent elementals didn’t like to lose. So they took advantage of their ability to read my mind. And cheated!

Qeb collected tokens and passed them back to me, The Winner. I couldn’t stop the silly grin on my face. We’d started the card games when I couldn’t get my mind off the hundreds of people I killed during our battle against Jack. Yes, I know they would’ve killed my allies, but it didn’t change the fact that their blood was on my hands, literally. So, card night turned into a welcomed distraction and a fun evening with people who cared about me. I guess they weren’t really ‘people’ any more than I was, but I wasn’t changing the name of those who loved me.

Braden actually suggested poker night but after the first week, we explored Blackjack, pinochle, hearts, and all kinds of stuff. Niyol and Göksu were always there. Gordon sometimes joined us when he wasn’t busy with Braden’s to-do list. Qeb and Aviur showed up when they weren’t training with Kellen, my ex-partner. Three weeks later, our almost nightly card game felt like a tradition. A tradition that was about to end. I didn’t want to think about it.

“How’s the search for a partner going?” I asked, referring to Kellen’s new partner.

“I believe we’ve found a suitable match,” Qeb replied, “but we’re trying to introduce them slowly.”

“Good idea,” I said. “Is he still asking about me?”

“Every chance he gets,” Aviur answered.

I frowned. It wasn’t Kellen’s fault our partnership was dissolved. I blamed it on the creatures surrounding me, but I wasn’t sure it was an entirely fair accusation. I couldn’t remain with the mages even if I wanted to, which meant Kellen and I couldn’t stay partners. But he wasn’t trying to move on, either.

“He knows I’ll be completely out of touch for the next several months, right?” I asked.

“Of course,” the earth elemental rumbled. “We’ll use that time wisely.”

“Thanks. He deserves to be happy.”

“He isn’t the only one,” Braden muttered. I didn’t miss the insinuation.

“You’ve made the last few weeks absolutely fabulous,” I countered, pinning him with my icy blue eyes. He’d taken the time to give me a tour of Europe and I loved it. Topped off with a promise to see the rest of the world’s wonders, he’d made my life pretty good. I’d get over the guilt of killing eventually.

The vampire eyed me but didn’t smile. He felt my less-than-honest statement, thanks to our bond.

“Will we continue our card night when I go?” I asked, tentatively. “I know Braden can’t join us, but it’d be really nice to have company every once in a while.”

The elementals exchanged glances and I frowned again. I hated when they did that.

“Never mind,” I mumbled. “I’ll probably be too tired anyway.”

“We’re already walking a thin line, child,” Göksu said. “Niyol and I will be there to protect you, but a larger show of force will not be taken well.”

I understood. I didn’t like it, though.

“He means to say it’s no fun without the vampire,” Niyol interceded. “We can’t read his mind, which provides a challenge.”

I shook my head and smiled. I couldn’t be mad at them, because I’d asked to go to the fae. I needed to go, and Braden found a way to make it happen just like Göksu said he would. After all, what better way to learn about my fae heritage and magic?

I just hoped they didn’t kill me.

Audible is now a thing!

A few months ago, I learned one of our friends does voice acting as a hobby. He already has several local commercials, radio ads and YouTube stuff. My immediate response was, “How cool is that?” I love his voice, always have, and voice acting is perfect for him. What does my mind wander to next? An audio book. My audio book. Yep!

Light’s Dawn: A Novella is now on Audio. Get your copy today!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WC3QMCF/

Prequel to Light’s Rise

A distraction or obsession?

Finally, I’ve turned my distraction into something beautiful. You remember that little mage I keep complaining about? The one who kept me from finishing Watcher’s Reckoning on schedule?
The first three books in her series are done, almost.
The first book is on pre-order. So technically done.
The second is being picked apart by my lovely editor, Hannah.
And the third is waiting for me to complete my fourth personal edit before I send it to Hannah.
I have to admit I’ve been obsessed with the little mage, Alisandra, or AJ as her closest friends like to call her. Her story has played tug-o-war between my heart and imagination for months. I can’t wait to share it with you.
Yes, I know….”Show me cover already and give me a link!”
Your wish is my command.
Link to Magister’s Bane – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V261CSV

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V261CSV

Watcher’s Reckoning is LIVE!

It’s official! Watcher’s Reckoning, Book 2 of The Watcher and the Sentinel series is now live on Amazon and free to read on Kindle Unlimited.
Link to your copy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S8YLRQL
It will be $0.99 until July 4, 2019, with similar discounts at all Amazon stores (UK, CA, AU, etc).


I’ll be pausing Darian’s story for a while to work on my newest series, totally unrelated to the Council of Light.
The Call of Elements Series starts with Magister’s Bane, which I hope to release in August. I’ve had so much fun writing this series and so far the initial feedback is exactly what I wanted. Excitement!
Stay tuned for more on the Magister’s Bane.

The next new release!!

Here it is! The pre-order link anyway…. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S8YLRQL

I struggled writing this book. It closes so much of the story that started with Light’s Rise. While it provides new opportunities for some of our characters, others are left behind in a river of heartache. I have to be honest. I cried a lot during the last half of this story and almost stopped writing several times. But it needed to be told and our heroes needed to find balance.

Watcher’s Reckoning – Book 2 of The Watcher and the Sentinel Series.

After a harrowing battle to save the world, humanity only wants peace. But demons don’t know the meaning of peace.

Sara’s transition into the Council of Light ensured their victory against Zar’Asur, but she still has a lot to learn about the Council and their eternal enemies. She splits her time between training for her new role as Sentinel and building a home for the survivors suddenly flocking to her farm. Even her short exposure to the demonic armies leaves her worried about their next move.

Sara isn’t the only one forced to adjust to change. Darian finds himself struggling to let go of his leadership over the scouts he’s recruited and trained over the centuries. But his new commitment to the Watcher and Sentinel bond leaves him no choice, and he must focus on changing his fighting style to compliment Sara’s, not hinder it. Darian knows the demons will retaliate, and he and Sara will need every advantage they can get to protect humanity again.

The Council of Light isn’t prepared for the demons’ response: the emergence of the Overlords’ master. Darian and Sara are pushed to the extreme as they try to contain the demon master’s evil. This time, the price of victory is more than they can bear. Will the Council sacrifice everything to save humanity, or will they refuse to give up those they love? Find out in the next installment of The Watcher and the Sentinel.

Watcher's Reckoning-Book 2
Watcher’s Reckoning-Book 2

Is early a thing? Sometimes it can be…

Somehow, Sentinel’s Rise is ready before the release date, April 23. I’m not sure how it happened; maybe all the stars lined up just right and I held my breath two seconds longer than I should have.

More likely, my editors and cover artists pushed me to keep going. I couldn’t have done it without them. The final version of Sentinel’s Rise is uploaded to Amazon, and hopefully the paperback version will be available by the weekend.

So…..A great big shout-out to Hannah at BTL Editing (www.btleditorial.com) and Alex at Alissandra Art (https://www.facebook.com/AlissandraArt/), two incredibly talented young women who are also a pleasure to work with.

Lastly, the newest member of my team, Aryl Shanti (https://www.facebook.com/ShantiAuthorServices), who did a great job with my final proofread.

Now, onto more good stuff. As you can see, my girl Alex has already finished the cover for book 2, Watcher’s Reckoning. I love the way she captured the demon. Gives me chills. I hope to have this sequel out at the end of May or first week of June. Hannah gave me a ton of homework, which I’m working diligently to complete….maybe.

Those who know me probably doubt my diligence and are probably right…LOL  I’ve been distracted by a tiny mage named AJ. More to come when I finish Watcher’s Reckoning.

Magister's Bane ecover

What’s next? I have no idea!

Okay, I have a small idea, but I’ve discovered in the last couple years that I’m easily distracted. Does that come from getting older? Possibly. I have way more stuff floating around my brain today than I did twenty years ago. Or is it because I’ve released my creative muse and allowed it to run wild? As a child and young adult, I kept it under a tight reign…for all the reasons that peer pressure dictated. Now I think I’m too old to care.

“Oh! Sunshine after three days of rain! I’ll be right back.”

OMG, here I am distracted by my own babbling. I always assumed I was pretty focused, able to stay on task, and get stuff accomplished. It’s worked out really well for me in my day job.

“Someone’s making coffee…mmmm. Be right back.”

So, I’ve finished the first draft of Sentinel’s Rise, the story of Darian’s Sentinel and the end of the world as we know it. Or better known as Seraphina, Part I. I love this story. Darian finally fills the gap in his fate and becomes the Watcher he was meant to be. Okay, maybe not. His Sentinel forces him to reevaluate everything, but together they become more than either believed they could.

My amazing artist has once again captured my characters as only she can. My cover for Sentinel’s Rise:

Sentinels Rise-ebook cover

With a sense of satisfaction, I moved on to book 2. I was soaring through a chapter about Darian’s next fight with Seraphina (I mean a pack of demons), and found my mind wandering  into a totally different story that had nothing to do with the Council of Light or demonic overlords.  I looked down at what I just typed and said, “Where the hell did that come from?” So, rather than destroy Darian’s adventures with his Sentinel, I set it aside.  A month later, I have a new set of characters, with new villains posing as allies and friends who behave more like enemies.

“Damn, I think the dogs are digging for gold. Be right back.”

My newest book is called Magister’s Bane. I had to look up that word Bane. I’ve heard it used in context so many times, but had no idea what it really meant. I chuckled at the appropriateness of my selection. AJ, my main character, quickly becomes a pain the Magister’s ass. And not just the Magister’s, but her supposed new friends, allies, and enemies. I can’t wait to send my cover ideas to Alex and see the masterpiece she gives me back.

So, now for the hard part. Back to Seraphina, Part II or follow AJ’s path down the road to vampire hunter? Decisions…. I’ll try not to do both at the same time.

Sentinel Security-A continuation or new beginning?

One of my recent posts mentioned two different concepts for future books – continue following Darian’s life in the early 1830’s or moving forward to the present when he’s finally joined with his Sentinel. I’m unable to choose. Which means I’ll continue working on both.

With that said, my amazingly talented artist has created the cover for Darian’s next book, Sentinel Security. The manuscript itself is about 2/3 done, and I’m hoping for an early spring release date.

Enjoy a small taste of what’s to come!

Evil doesn’t wait for anyone, least of all for mankind to grieve and rebuild.

Darian digs in and devotes all his time to his new security company. Like everyone else he knows, he’s trying to bury the pain and guilt of his failures. At every turn, he sees the faces of the men he led into battle – including the ones he couldn’t protect.

An assassination attempt on his most important client pulls him even deeper into the past, threatening to undo everything he and the Council of Light achieved with their sacrifices. When Darian reveals the mastermind behind the attempted murder, it’s the springboard to uncovering more secrets. Betrayals rise to the surface like oozing sores, uncovering former allies as enemies and unwitting associates as key players in the fight against the demon Overlords.

Darian can’t walk away from everything he knows and has seen, no matter how much he wishes he could.

The Council has no choice but to lend its trust to the untrustworthy, because the alternative is unthinkable. This time, death isn’t promised. An eternity of pain and torture is the reward.
SentinelSecurity_fnal_02_10_2018

New possibilities!

So, I was doing my weekly lawn-mowing yesterday afternoon and my mind wandered, as it normally does, through the Council of Light’s fantasy world. But…to my amazement it took a sharp left turn about an hour into my walk among the grasses.

An entire new world opened up along with all the possibilities that come with it. New characters, new villains, new magic, and possibly other fantasy races.

It was exciting and invigorating for me. I was astonished that my mind came up with something outside of my favorite bunch of characters. Time to write it down before I forget!

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