Every book I write has a soundtrack. And sometimes those soundtracks become musical obsessions that I put on repeat for days on end because they so perfectly represent the piece that I’m working on.

Right now I’m absolutely in love with the artist Halsey.  The raw emotions found in her Badlands album has really helped me to tap into the underlying feelings of my new main character.

A young witch that must shoulder the burden of centuries of great witches in her family that came before her. A duty to be the first line of defence to protect the world from tearing itself apart through magical means. To have to face so many expectations when all she wants is to be normal. To want to live her life quietly like everyone else, but to have her path be forged before she was even born. How hard must it be to feel like no matter how far you run or how deep you try to bury your nature, none of it is in your control, and eventually you must face what is coming?

As I write and uncover this story, this  song has become the personal anthem of Annalise.

I’m so excited! My cover designer sent me the proof for the print cover of Sanguine Moon. As always, she has done such a beautiful job.

With so many people buying ebooks these days, not every author sees the point in releasing books in both mediums, but I love the feeling of holding my books in my hand. It just solidifies everything for me. 

Ebooks are great. You can hold an entire library in your pocket at that’s a magical thing. But to me, nothing will ever beat the printed word. The feel. The smell. The comforting weight. Being surrounded by books just make me feel like everything is right in the world.

Do you have a preference between ebooks and print books? If so, which do you prefer and why?

  

Happy Halloween!

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! Can you tell I’m excited? I absolutely love this holiday. And as a writer Halloween now does double duty for me as NaNoWriMo Eve.

So let’s get right too it. An absolute Halloween classic for those of my generation. Hold onto your broomsticks, because it’s time for…

Hocus Pocus – I Put A Spell On You!

In the words of Matthew McConaughey, “Alright, alright alriiiiight.”

We’re heading for the end of October which means two things. Thing 1) I’m currently running a $0.99 promo on Blood and Hunger until the end of the month. Why? Because  Urban Fantasy novels and October go together like Halloween candy and my mouth. And Thing 2) Halloween, baby! It’s the time of year when everyone gets their horror movie on. I know that some of you have been marathon watching things like Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and Paranormal Activity. And to you I say…

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Sanguine Moon is now out, yay! So it’s onto book 3. And like the two books before it, it will be filled with all the twists, turns, deception, sex, violence, and “Wait, what?!” that you know in love.

So to get us all pumped and in the mood for all of this October Awesome, I bring you the techno track from the Blade Movie blood rave scene. Happy Monday!

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*Bob Dylan, backstage at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall in 1965 CREDIT: REX FEATURES


Ummm, say what now?  Hold on sorry, you’re breaking up, I don’t think I heard that right. One sec…

*adjusts volume*

Ok now say that again. Because I’m sorry, I could have sworn you just said the Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature, but we all know that can’t be right. *uneasy laughter*.

YUP! That’s pretty much how every writer I’ve spoken to today seems to have first reacted when they heard the news that, SINGER SONGWRITER Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature. And I gotta tell ya, know matter how many times I write it, say it, or cry it while rocking myself in the shower, it just doesn’t get any easier to hear.

Now please, PLEASE don’t get me wrong. The man is unbelievably talented.  That’s why his music is in the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has won Golden Globes AND Academy Awards along with a laundry list of nominations and awards in music longer than my arm.

But no matter how talented the man is, this just doesn’t sit well with me. Yes Bob Dylan is a wonderful lyricist and wordsmith but his medium is music.

Writers have always gotten the short end of the artistic stick when it comes to recognition for our medium. Writing as an art form just isn’t seen as sexy the way musicians and actors are. And trust me, the uphill battle for respect has only gotten steeper over time, with a few booby traps thrown in for good measure. People seem to have this subconscious bias that because we all learn to write that being a writer isn’t anything special because hey, everyone can do it, and we all do it every single day. But not everyone can act or sing or play the guitar. It’s easier for people to SEE, understand and appreciate that kind of talent.

So in a world where it’s harder and harder for writers to earn any kind of respect, they go and give our highest award away to… not a writer. It just feels like a slap in the face. Like even the people that are supposed to be championing writers the hardest don’t even feel like we are worth are own awards. We aren’t sexy enough, hip enough, relevant enough for one of our own to be allowed the accolades that we work so hard to achieve.

The Nobel committee had an opportunity to honour a writer this year but chose a musician instead. In a time when reading is in such steep decline this just makes absolutely no sense to me. They made the wrong choice, and the literary community feels the sting of it.

Well, this has certainly be a long time coming! Sanguine Moon, the second book in the Vanessa Kinsley Series, is now out and available for Kindle!

With more murder, romance and betrayal, there is never time to stop and breathe for Vanessa or the rest of the members of the Silverlake City Task Force.

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Still reeling from the devastating events earlier that summer, Vanessa and the rest of the Silverlake Task Force once again discover that death and betrayal are never far from their side.
Now, desperate times call for tenuous alliances. With Merrick still in hiding and the murderous renegade vampire faction trying to gain more power, the Task Force must come together with the Silverlake Wolf Pack in order to bring down the Renegades, before the paranormal community erupts into an uncontainable civil war.
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Hello hello!

As you can imagine things have been crazy as heck around here as we scramble madly to prepare for the release of the second novel in the Vanessa Kensley Series! Since the book will be here in the  blink of an eye, it means it’s time for a COVER REVEAL!

I am so excited for the second book in the Vanessa Kensley series to be coming out, and I hope that you all are as well.

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Ok, I’ll admit it, I’ve been pretty much ignoring Hozier’s smash hit “Take Me to Church”. I don’t know why, I just haven’ t been super drawn to it. Then the other day I was listening to an acoustic playlist on Spotify (oh Spotify, my sweet sweet addiction), and heard an acoustic version of this song and just completely fell in love with it. The Spotify version is the best acoustic version I’ve found so far, it’s unbelievably rich and soulful.

I love sitting back in my desk chair and just thinking through my scenes while listening to it.

Hoosier – Take Me to Church

*BTW – Super stoked that I just figured out how to embed links from Spotify into my posts. WooHoo!

It amazes me that my last blog post was almost two months ago. There’s so much going on around here these days. 

I have three books on the go so I want to get them finished and published ASAP.

I’m also trying to keep my wedding plans on track, but I’m thrilled to tell you all that I’ve found my wedding dress, YAY! And yes, it’s gorgeous. *swoon*

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in work that I forget to lift my head and say, “Yes, hello, I’m still here.” It’s such a grey cold Saturday in November here, it seemed like a good time to stop and say hello.

Now as soon as my computer is charged I’m hauling it downstairs to the cafe where I’m going to curl up with coffee and cake and throw myself back into these books.

Ok I’ll be the first to say that I’m not a huge fan of Kanye West. His arrogance just rubs me the wrong way. But there is no denying that the man has achieved some amazing things. And that lack of self doubt, that confidence that verges on delusion is a trait that has propelled MANY men and women to unbelievable heights of greatness throughout history. Maybe it is that attitude that shields them from seeing the road blocks in a way. And because they can’t see them they can’t be stopped by them. Their unwavering belief in themselves propels them forward and forces them to find a solution to any obstacle because for them there is simply no other alternative.

So  while Kanye’s arrogance may make many of us want to give him a right good smack round the head, maybe it is also a large factor in why he has been able to achieve all the great things that he has achieved. Self-confidence opens doors. There is simply no denying that. People in general are drawn to confident people. And the more confident you feel the more you inspire confidence in others. The more you make people want to take a chance on you.

This song by the Chainsmokers came up on one of my Spotify playlists a few weeks ago and no matter what I think of the man that inspired this song, I can in no way deny that the spirit of the anthem is spot on. It is completely spot on. Because that’s the way I and I’m sure many others want to live our lives. We want to be in control and believe in ourselves and achieve great things. To let nothing stand in our way. And to that extend, even I have to stand up and say that yes, “I want to be like Kanye”.