Warm Winter Collections Sale at MMP

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Curl up with the authors of Mocha Memoirs Press as they celebrate the wondrous world of anthologies! MMP anthologies and collections are on sale for ONE WEEK ONLY (1/18- 1/28)!  On Thursday, January 21st at 7:30 pm EST.  we’ll be dishing about upcoming releases, revealing tricks of the writing trade and taking questions from all your favorite MMP authors at the address below! See you there!

Facebook Party: https://www.facebook.com/events/129383327439174/
Thursday January 21st, 7:30-9:30 PM EST

Mocha Memoirs Press Online: http://mochamemoirspress.com/

Mocha Memoirs Author Blog: http://mochamemoirspress.blogspot.com/

Review Blog Tour for STRAINED and Contest!

strained_originalMy first Review Tour with Goddess Fish Promotions starts today and I couldn’t be more excited. Well…perhaps it’s more like a nervous excitement. When it comes to reviews, you never know. But at the same time, I’m just thankful to have had someone read my book.

So in case you’re wondering what the line-up looks like over the coming weeks, here it is:

December 31: Unabridged Andra’s
December 31: The Avid Reader
January 7: The Reading Addict
January 14: Liz Gavin’s Blog
January 14: Books Are Love
January 21: Book-o-Craze

Oh, and the more you comment, the better your chances of winning a $15 gift card from Amazon. I’ll be checking in when I can, so don’t be surprised if I pop in from time to time to answer a few questions.

Happy Release Day – STRAINED

Be sure to pick up a copy today! Available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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I’m throwing a Release Day party with Enchanted Book Promotions. Check out who’s celebrating with me and make sure you enter for a chance to win a fabulous prize.

Promo @ Cinderella Stories

Book Excerpt @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

Promo @ PRATR

Promo @ Literary Musings

Book Review @ Books are Forever

Promo @ Indy Book Fairy

Promo @ Compelling Beasts Blog

Book Excerpt @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

Promo @ Stormy Night Reviewing

Promo @ Teatime & Books

Book Excerpt @ Reading Addiction

Book Review @ I Heart Reading

Blog Hopping and Holiday Talking

When I look back at the stories I’ve written, I don’t think I have one story that takes place during the winter season. Something about the snow just makes is harder for characters to run, assuming they’re in the wrong part of the country, and just makes an overall mess of things. Plus, as a writer you always have to give somewhat of a description of what your characters are wearing at the time. For instance, you don’t want someone going out in shorts in a blizzard and you want to make sure they snag their jacket (possibly flipping over a chair) if they’re in a tirade. All of those little nuisances make my shy away from winters settings.

Now, I like challenges. So, this is one of those things I’d like to break away from. I have a WIP that takes place the day before Christmas and the family is gathered around the tree. They’re not drinking eggnog either. This brood needs something a little stronger than that given what they’ve been through. Of course, all hell breaks loose as Christmas dawns because those are the types of stories I like. No time for Santa to slip down the chimney when you have someone unloaded bullets through the windows. But again, that’s just me. Of course, this also means I have to carry the whole winter theme through unless my characters decide to fly down to Australia, which isn’t going to happen.

But getting back to my post. There are other aspects of winter that I think would make great settings, though I have a feeling that my devious side might break out. For instance, I have this image of a werewolf trying to chase someone down in the middle of an ice storm they’re doing no better than the car that’s sliding out of control and heading straight for them. And suppose the lake where people have long suspected a monster to live decides it hasn’t had it’s fill before going into hibernation? I can see him swimming to surface to feed on some idiot ice skaters who thought the “thin ice” signs were full of crap after two feet of snow and temperatures hitting the teens the previous night.

Oh, the wonderfully bad things you can do with a winter setting.

Mocha Memoirs brings glad tidings of hot new reads for cold nights and our Season’s Reading Blog Tour.  The blog tour starts on December 7, 2015. Get to know more about my fellow authors and what the holidays mean to them. There are also some gifts under our tree (click the image below to entered into a drawing for an awesome prize)… Will they be for you? Check out all the Season’s Reading info at our blog here. Hang out and learn about our fabulous new releases.

Don’t forget to enter the contest going on during the Mocha Memoirs Press Blog Tour!

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And if you want to know more about who’s in this fun blog tour, just click the little frog below. He won’t bite–I promise. ;)

REVIEW – An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

sha_final1The last Sherlock Holmes story I read was in my AP English class, and it was too long ago to remember. All I can recall is that I liked The Hound of the Baskervilles and A Study in Scarlet, but I never wanted to go back and read more. So, when I heard about this anthology, I was a tad skeptical that it would rekindle my love for Sherlock Holmes. Boy, was I wrong.

It’s hard to say which story was my favorite, since there’s a smorgasbord of fun and excitement going on here. Or rather, to borrow a line from the books, it’s “a monstrous, writhing conglomeration of darkness and grotesqueries,” but in a deliciously good way. There were some stories I liked more than others, but none of the stories were enough to deter me from wanting to read more. Also, I love paranormal stories with a hint of mystery in them. So for me, this was perfect. But what I loved most was how each of the authors pulled it off to the point that I felt like I was right there battling evil while getting the life sucked out of me at the same time. Yes, it was that much fun. If you like paranormal, you’ll love this anthology. If you’re not a fan of Sherlock Holmes, this might change your mind and make you want to seek out more. I don’t know if there will be a book 2, but if there is, you can sign me up.

Rating: A-

Get a copy from Amazon: Print, eBook

Check Out My New Website!

My new website is up! And, I know I’m biased, but I think it looks great. :-D I noticed a few kinks, but I hope they’re gone now. The main thing that’s left is figuring out how the whole newsletter thing works. For some reason Mail Chimp can’t email me anything with my domain name in it, which means I can’t verify that I own my own domain. Go figure that one. I might have to go with a different email provider.

In the mean time, I hope you enjoy what you see, including my new book cover for STRAINED. Don’t forget to pick up a copy on December 14th!

New Website Coming Soon

All it takes is my previous website software to EOL (end of life) and an upgrade to Windows 10 (it destroyed my hard drive and my software, too) to send everything I’ve done into a tailspin. I love my website, too. But, I have no desire to spend another $125 in website software that operates via the cloud without any reassurance that I’ll even be able to salvage what I have. So sadly, it’s time to move on. Besides, the only thing I can do with my website right now

I’ve spent a good part of this weekend rebuilding my website using Weebly. I’m scared to death, too, because I’ve never used it before. I wanted to try something different and I didn’t want to change my host either. I like Bluehost. Unfortunately, Bluehost doesn’t have a deal with Wix, which is currently hosting another website I have with my other writing alias. I’ve heard some good things about Weebly, so it wasn’t a far stretch for me to give them a try. Plus, if it’s point and click, I’m all over it. My time is precious, so I’d rather spend as less time as possible monkeying around with my website.

So far, I like the results. I especially like my new Bookshelf page. Also, there’s going to be a new addition. I’ve decided to try this thing called a newsletter, which I’ll be doing via MailChimp. Fingers crossed it goes well because for some reason the domain verification has been a beast.

Anyway, cross your fingers that all goes well because I’m hoping to unveil my new website very soon.