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Book One of the Fate and Fire Trilogy

Tessa Conley isn’t ready to go back home to Austin when her summer course in London comes to an end. She gets her wish as she steps into a new world of urban51ZaYzr-3DL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ fantasy and mystery when she is transformed into a living gargoyle, complete with wings and a tail. Mostly human by day and gargoyle by night, Tessa is not alone in her new world with other gargoyles in the bookstore she now calls home. Bree, her best friend from Austin, is kidnapped and held in the UK. Tessa uncovers the mystery of her birthright, and learns what kind of monster she’s become in order to save her friend… if she can survive the horror her new life holds in store.


Snowflakes and Vanilla Tea

I never know what to title my blog posts and these are two things I’ve go goin’ on so there it is. (: Today’s been great and to top it off I get to spend the rest of the night writing.

My thoughts on NaNoWriMo… are just like they were before I’d ever tried it. This was my first year “competing” and I used my competitive nature to increase productivity. Worked like a charm on St. Patty’s Day. To do it right, you start with a clean slate, an idea for a novel and an outline if that’s how you roll. I did my version of an outline for book 3 in Tessa’s Story, SOUL COUNT, and jumped in with several buddies. I’m glad I did and I’ll do it again because I unwittingly taught myself a lesson about writing time. It’s a challenge to find time to write when the mundane job takes so much time, as well as running a household, family time, and being good support my teenaged daughter who’s thrown her heart into being an athlete. I’ve thrown my heart in along with her. NaNo, coupled with a deep-seated loathing for losing, helped me find more time for writing in my schedule when I thought there wasn’t enough. I still want to be a career author. This is the way I’ll get there.

SCALES continues to get great reviews. Whew! And what a blessing! I have a few awesome beta readers ready and waiting for PHANTOM LIMB ITCH. When November’s over, I’ll put SOUL COUNT aside and finish PHANTOM. I’m a little behind, but book 2 turned out to be a monster. Here’s a blurb for ya:

SCALES is an Urban Fantasy novel about a young Celtic goddess who was the first living gargoyle. Badassery, right? She’s also a college student from Austin. 😉 Check it out to see how it all began!Here’s SCALES on Amazon. $5.99 for the eread, What a deal. (:

So, I’m off to the writing cave for the night. I’ve got a little over 10K to go until I finish the challenge. That was a fast month!

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scaleswebI am a very happy girl today. SCALES is released for sale!

SCALES is book 1 in Tessa’s Story, a three-book series. Today the first book is available on Amazon in both print and ebook. Sometime today I’ll get the links for Barnes and Noble and Nook. If you would like to be extra cool, head on over to your favorite bookstores and libraries and have them order the book, if it isn’t there already. Thank you!


SCALES cover is complete!



Here’s a look at the SCALES bookcover, which was done by Nicholas Grabowski at Black Bed Sheet Books. I’m very happy with it. The photography was done by Henry Snider and the cover model is Kaitlann Brown. I’ve recently had a lesson in what it takes to make a great cover for urban fantasy. Nicholas has taught me the art of creating a good cover pulls from the components of the story. I love the way the gargoyle and the sign from Librorum Taberna rest just behind Tessa here. And the look on Tessa’a face is perfect!