Now available on preorder: The Midsummer Murders, Book Three in the Maid, Mother, and Crone Paranormal Mystery Series.
It’s true! I’ve finally gotten myself back in gear and am hard at work with a firm delivery date. I’m sorry it took so long. But life happens, and you just gotta roll with it. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it 🙂
With the book now on preorder (check out the Books page for the link for your country’s store), it will be out at the latest on March 31st, 2020. It might release sooner, but I’m not making any promises. There is still editing, proofreading, and beta reader input before that can be accomplished. I like to make sure that each book is thoroughly ready to go before I click publish, because you guys deserve the very best I can give you. Here’s hoping I succeed with this one.
So,what can you expect, you ask?
You’ll see a softer to side to Chief Karl Denton, which I loved exploring. You’ll also get another Twink-heavy story that I think you will love. I hope my favorite teenage witch is also yours!
And don’t worry–Natalie is as prickly as always…at least on the outside.
And me? I’m doing well! I am now exactly two years, two months, eight days, twenty-one hours, and 11 minutes away from retirement from the pesky paying job. And you know what that means? Lots and lots of time to write all the books that are sitting around in my head, biding their time. Oh, do I have plans…
As always, feel free to drop me a line from the contact form on the home page with your questions, faint praise, or recipes for disaster. I would love to hear from you.
With an entire week of distraction-free writing lined up for this week, there was no way I wasn’t going to have a finished a first draft of The Midsummer Murders (Maid, Mother and Crone Series, Book Three) in my hand by now. Last Thursday, I was only a few long days away from finishing the book, and my vacation from the pesky paying job to push myself across the finish line started on Saturday. It was gonna be sweet!
Nope. Ended up in the hospital on Friday with a serious abdominal malfunction. Survived it, though, so there’s that. I’m calling it a win.
Sadly, I didn’t get any writing done for the five days I lay on my back in a hospital bed. I could have. The laptop was there. After the first couple of days, I felt well enough physically. It would have been a nice distraction. But my creativity was completed sapped. I lazed around catching up on all the stuff in my Acorn TV queue instead.
However, I did collect some excellent anecdotes during my stay that will be AMAZING for Natalie’s experience when she is hospitalized in the final book. Never say I don’t do my research, nosirree bob. I had some excellent could-be-paranormal-if-you-want-to-believe experiences while there that I’m already designing scenes around.
But never fear, dears, Natalie is way too tough to stay down for the count for long. As am I!
I did rough out the first book of the Grace Stone Paranormal Mystery Series in my head while I was there, so it wasn’t entirely time wasted. That series is going to be darker than my other books based on how it’s shaping up, but I’m pretty excited about it. Then again, The Familiar was supposed to be a dark book, and look what happened there.
And I do have another week of vacation and absolutely no excuse for not writing since I’m back home now. Feel free to beam good thoughts at me to keep me focused.
So, I wrote another book in the Witches of Giles Universe to start off the brand new Maid, Mother, and Crone Mystery Series. You probably already know I write stories with a bit of quirk, a bit of action, and a laugh or two. If you’ve enjoyed any of them so far, I think you will like The Innocent Dead: A Witch Cozy Mystery, too. The stand-alone mysteries feature the three main witches of the Bad Tom Series: Natalie, Cassie, and Gillian. Even though the ladies are featured in this one, there are also tasty servings of Tom, Robert, and several new characters (including new villains!)
I developed a real affection for the character of High Priestess Natalie Taylor, the 74 year old curmudgeon with a hero’s spirit, when I was writing Nine Lives, the final book in the Bad Tom Series. In fact, I enjoyed writing about her so much, I had to significantly rewrite the story during the editing process because I had let her take over by the end! It was enormous fun to bring her to life again as she embarks on a career of crime-solving.
What the critics are saying
“Natalie isn’t your typical witch or crone. She not only sees the dead, but it is also her duty to help them move on if she can. William Stanford is one very persistent ghost, who also happens to be the love of her life, and a murder suspect. The character of Natalie in the form of a grumpy old woman who never seems to smile or laugh with any real happiness is unforgettable. She is mean, bossy and outspoken, yet she also knows when to keep her mouth shut and when to help someone, living or dead. ~ The Cozy Review
“As a fan of Charlaine Harris and a few other paranormal mystery writers, I am glad I have found a new author to add to my reading list. The main character is a curmudgeon with a secret soft heart. She also made me laugh! You’ll see. A good mystery with enough witchcraft, shapeshifting, and ghostly goings-on to also be a good fantasy read. ~ SB, Amazon.com
Where and how to get The Innocent Dead
The Innocent Dead is a Kindle Scout winner and is published on the digital only imprint Kindle Press, which is exclusive to Amazon. However, my own publishing imprint, IndieHeart Press, has picked up the slack and published the paperback and audiobook versions. It was exciting to work with a professional narrator for the book, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
You can grab your preferred version at the following links:
As always, don’t hesitate to contact me at with any questions, criticisms, complaints, or proposals of marriage. I’ll be here awaiting your correspondence, hovering over my keyboard, killing a few innocent bystanders, and chortling with glee.
Unfortunately, this book is only available on Amazon: click your country to purchase now: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.au). But don’t worry, for my newsletter subscribers who need an epub copy, I’ve got you covered. Just reply to the newsletter and let me know that’s what you need. I know people. I can make things happen!
Fae Unbound Box Set Available (Books 1-3)
If you’ve read the Bad Tom Series but have been unsure the Fae Unbound Series is your thing, now is a great time to check it out. The Fae Unbound Series Box Set Edition: Books 1-3 includes all three of the first books in one long read for only 99 cents through Thursday, November 3rd. It will go to $6.99 when the sale is over. Get it (or send it as a gift to a young person who enjoys a magical adventure) here: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com.au.
Coming Up (What I’m Working On)
If you know what NanoWrimo is, you know that many writers will be knuckling down in November to write a 50k novel in a month. I get the first draft of most of my novels done in a NanoWrimo or Camp Wrimo month and then spend a lot of time editing it into shape. The follow-up series to Bad Tom (featuring the witches of Giles) will be getting my attention this time around. I will probably hold off publishing until I have at least two in the series finished, but I don’t think it will be a year before you see another book from me.
No, I didn’t finish Wizard’s Wrath yet. When I do, you’ll be the first to know. But I’m getting there! I made progress every day over the holiday weekend.
I’m currently transitioning to the night shift at work, which I hope will free up more time to write because it will give me more days off and help me increase my productivity. But for the time being, my brain is never quite sure when I’m supposed to be awake.
However, this past week, I was notified I’ve accomplished something I’ve wanted to accomplish since I was in high school: I am now an active member of the SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America). This is a big thing for me. It says that I have arrived as a professional writer. I wish my father was still around to see it. He would have been proud of me. It was his endless supply of science fiction paperbacks that got me started on my love of speculative fiction so many years ago.
So, tonight, I’m tired, and I’m not feeling terribly inspired as I go back through my work in progress for another round of editing. But I’m doing it as a professional! And somehow, that is inspiring all on its own.
If you haven’t yet purchased Witch Risen: Book Two in the Bad Tom series, you are in luck! The book is on sale for 99 cents through Sunday, April 23rd. Note: I will return to releasing new books at at a 99 cent “friends and family” price to newsletter subscribers with my next series, so stay subscribed and save some cash.
I have two series in the planning stages while I finish Wizard’s Wrath: Book Four in the Fae Unbound series. They include a spin off from Bad Tom which features my favorite witches (Natalie, Gillian, and Cassie, if you didn’t know) while they solve some very paranormal cozy mysteries. I hope you’ll check them out when the arrive.
I am also in the beginning stages of my Angels/Demons series. I’m not sure which set of books will begin appearing first. Obviously, whatever it is, my newsletter subscribers will be the first to know!
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