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It’s finally here! Deception’s Fall is on pre-order.

Deception’s Fall – Book 6 in Call of the Elements is now on pre-order!
The Kindle Edition will release on November 3, 2020. I hope to have the paperback edition available before then.
If you haven’t caught up on the Call of the Elements Series, now’s your chance.
From Oct 29 through Nov 2, Magister’s Bane will be $0.99. As always, all of my books are free to read with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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.

What’s new? Quite a bit!

I know it’s been forever since I provided you all with any kind of updates. In my defense, I’ve been really busy!
Doing what? Writing, of course!
The first three books in the Call of the Elements Series have been a huge success for me, thanks to my readers.
Thank you!!!
I really hope you’re enjoying AJ’s story because Book 4 is with the editor. I hope to have a pre-order link up soon. Book 5 is ready for the editor, and Book 6 is in the final stages of the first draft. Almost but not quite.
I’m also working with my extremely talented cover artist on … you guessed it… cover art! I’ll be sure to share as soon as she finishes her magic.
I’m excited about the next chapter in AJ’s life. I might have mentioned it on Facebook a couple weeks ago, but she’s finally found herself. She knows who she is and where she belongs. That doesn’t mean her life gets any easier, because it doesn’t. But she’s grounded – mostly – and ready to move forward.

So, if you haven’t read AJ’s first three books, shame on you! Here’s the link. Get busy. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XGMPN88

Call of the Elements Series


Also, all my books are on Kindle Unlimited (KU). What does that mean? They’re free to read anytime if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.
If you read more than three books a month, you need to be in KU. It’s $9.99 a month in the USA. You can read as many books as you want for your ten bucks, as long as they’re listed with KU.
The only disadvantage – you won’t find Stephen King, Nora Roberts, or Robert Jordan in KU. Nor will you find any of the other super-duper-way-too-impressive authors. But you will find thousands of independent authors like myself.

As soon as I have more to share, I promise I will.
Cheers!

Is it three days or four? Does today count?

On Monday, September 16, Vampire’s Crucible will be released on the unsuspecting. Or maybe not so unsuspecting. I’ve only been talking about it for months. But it’s happening!
From now until Saturday, September 21, Vampire’s Crucible (the eBook version) will be discounted. Be sure to get your copy before it goes back to regular price.
For those of you who prefer the feel and smell of a physical book, the paperback edition is available now.
As always, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.com. Your opinion really does matter!

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

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.
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