Friday, May 12, 2017

Dragon Bones on Sale NOW!


On sale for $0.99 from May 12-14 (normally $2.99). Also FREE in KU.

Tomb Raider meets urban fantasy in this new, spine-tingling adventure series...

Meet Nia Rivers: archaeologist, fashionista, and an ancient immortal with a serious memory problem.

For the last couple of centuries, Nia has been trying to fill in the blanks of her past by shedding light on history's darkest stories. Her motto: the ugliest stories are the ones that deserve to be told the most.

But when a mysterious woman comes forth with a two-thousand year old relic from Nia's past, Nia isn't sure if the story connected to it is one she wants told to the world. Unfortunately, Nia has no choice but to uncover the truth--fast--before a greedy land developer buries the site forever. The fact that he's also an immortal, with a millennia-old grudge against her, doesn't help. Neither do the dark assassins who have been stalking her for centuries, and who've suddenly decided to up their game to end her life.

Letting her enemies have their way might be best for Nia, especially when the truth might expose a horrific crime from Nia's past. But all stories deserve to be told.

Even the ugliest ones.

Even if they say you might be a mass murderer.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New releases and other great deals!

Kylee is at it again in the second installment of The Paradox Files. This time her nemesis is a bicorn who feeds on virtue and devotion, however Kylee isn't sure which is more dangerous, the Nevada desert or the beast.

Pre-Order Waking the Siren now and this kick-ass urban fantasy novel will be delivered to your device on May 15th! 

I am also hosting a Facebook release party on May 15th from 5pm to 10pm EST. So swing in, enter the giveaway for $25 Amazon gift card and other cool things, and say hello. Check out the party and the cool giveaways here

If you’re looking for the first book in The Paradox Files series, currently it can only be found in the Legends of the Damned collection which you can read for free if you’re in Kindle Unlimited. If not, $2.99 is a steal for a collection of 20 books!
You can buy or borrow it on AMAZON!

And last, but not least, I have my shifter romance novel, Blood Moon, in an upcoming summer collection with 22 other authors. This limited edition collection of 23 paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels – Venom & Vampires – is on sale for $0.99 through the preorder period. Grab it now on any of these sites:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

What gets your panties in a bunch?

The box set debate...

As you know from the prior posts on this blog, I've been in quite a few box set collections.  This is a way to get my books in front of readers that perhaps I wouldn't have had the opportunity if I had done this on my own, plus it gives my fans some new authors that they might not have discovered otherwise.

I learned a lot of neat marketing avenues, some offering more impact than others. 

I learned the art of what works with ads on facebook and book bub, and was taught the benefits of having a solid newsletter, which wasn't something I had before I started doing these sets.

I've worked with 20+ other authors in these sets and been successful at hitting the USA Today list five times and barely missed the New York Times list with one of those five. None of this was easy. 

It took posting to multiple groups on facebook every day to keep our book in front of the readers eyes.  They say you have to see something multiple times before you are compelled to one click buy - its all in the psychology of marketing.  Visibility. Repetition. Rinse. Repeat.

It took all 20+ of us to send to our newsletter lists multiple times over the course of six months. 

It took 20+ of us tweeting like madmen every day.  

Did we offer giveaways to try to get readers to buy.  Hell, yes.  Was purchasing the set a requirement to be in the giveaway? No.  Was it something in the list of optional entries? Yes, because you'd be an idiot not to include it as an option.  Scroll down a little in my blog here and you'll see a traditionally published author doing the same thing. 

Did we offer a free gift when a reader actually did buy the set? Yes. Again, this is part of good marketing practices.  

Did we ask friends and family to buy the set and to help spread the word? Yup.  Why not ask for the support of those closest to you to reach your dreams? 

And probably the most important and meaningful thing to me personally, I met a boat load of talented authors and made some fairly good friends as a result. 

So hearing the beat down from some in the indie community regarding these sets is very disheartening. We busted our asses. We worked as a team and it is being discounted by a few who have an imaginary ax to grind.  

I'm sure I'm putting myself in the cross-hairs by calling this out, but the people hell bent on tearing us all down are not the type people I ever want to do business with. 

I have always been the kind of person that migrates towards those who want to help the writing community - first with my years in the Backspace forums trying to build my voice, and where I learned about Margie Lawson's online classes, which helped hone my craft,  to the local RWA chapter that I was in for a few years.  Each and every organization I was associated with had the motto of writers helping writers.  It's ingrained in my nature. 

Then came Facebook and K-Boards and Goodreads, where at first it seemed to hold the same values, but it was soon apparent that these were places that attracted trolls and people that have one agenda; to tear others down or to make a fast buck off people. 

Fortunately, even within these cesspools, there are pockets of like minded writers who want to help others.  Whether that help is in the form of honest feedback or services meant to boost careers or just daily moral support in this solitary career. I found those like me who have the same propensity for helping others. 

Are there scammers out there? Yes. I've had my share of run ins with scammers, even uncovered a pretty big scam ring of fake agents, so I like to think I'm a little more savvy than a newbie out there.  So, I don't agree with the opinion being portrayed as fact regarding the sets I have participated in. 

But services that don't work out the way you hoped are not the same thing as a scam.  Buyers remorse is not the same thing as a scam, either.  

However, being afraid to voice an opinion or dissatisfaction with a service, that is also a problem, as well.  Not everything will appeal to  everyone.  Not every service will bring the returns you expected. And we should be able to voice our disappointment in how the service performed for us without retaliation.  It doesn't mean that service isn't right for someone else. 

But I don't believe the fear of stating an opinion on how something worked or didn't is at the heart of this specific shit storm.  

This is a creation of the internet age where public bashing has become something of a spectator sport and made acceptable at some level for those that are angry.  

It is not.  

At all. 


We saw it in the election with people so jaded by their viewpoints that they tore apart anyone who thought differently.  This is the behavior that turned me off to a boat load of people to begin with long before this current situation cropped up.

Those same people creating this swirl were the ones that made blanket statements bashing an entire group of people.  Public shaming just because of the party on their voter registration card. This negativity that these people used to wield their perceived power was atrocious.

These same people seem to be the ones that thrive on drama. They don't care who they hurt just as long as they have the spotlight and their perception is validated. They even drag innocent people into the mix with their assumption of guilt.  

These are the people that focus way too much of their time tearing down others and not enough time really listening to alternative viewpoints. These are close minded people who believe their opinion is the only opinion and everyone else is wrong. 

These are not people that have the best interests of others in their hearts or their actions. 

It is all very, very sad. 

I have stayed out of this debate trying to quietly celebrate my accomplishments with those around me, but someone hiding under the guise of an anonymous identity decided to bring me into it with false allegations and put a link to one of my trilogies in the notes of a post along with three other author book links.

So I'm putting my thoughts out here and I expect those same vultures to go on the attack now. 

Peace out.