Holiday Book Sale

To celebrate the release of Undertow, my third solo short story release, I’m putting my other solo short stories on sale for the holiday season!

This year has been an experimental journey in indie publishing, and I’ve learned so much along the way. I released my first self-published short story collection in October (The Impostor and Other Dark Tales) and I released Undertow yesterday. It’s been a difficult learning process at times, but I’m loving the freedom of being able to control pricing on my books even if it does take a lot of work on the backend.

Night Feeders is a weird western horror short story close to my heart. I do have a couple of drafts for a series of novels to continue this world, but they’ve been stuck in limbo for a few years. I hope to dust them off at some point and get them published, but Night Feeders would be the prequel to that series.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Charlene Kerringer is a love letter to film noir, only with fantasy humor mixed in. There’s something about a hardboiled detective having to deal with fantasy creatures that was a lot of fun to tackle. This is a standalone piece, but one that I had a blast writing.

For a limited time, you can grab both for only $0.99 wherever ebooks are sold! So grab your copy while you can!

Happy Holidays!

Night Feeders

There’s a bad sheriff in town.

It’s a dangerous existence living out in the Old West, but it’s even worse for supernatural entities. When a brothel of concerned vampires reaches out to the Agency for the Betterment of Supernatural Creatures for help, werewolf detective Colton Fen steps in to solve a disappearance.

Sheriff Ritters keeps a ghastly group of monsters underground to keep the impoverished people of Clarkville in line. Anyone foolish enough to cross his path is thrown to the creatures. Even werewolf detective Colton Fen might be out-matched by this vicious murderer.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Charlene Kerringer

A satirical take on a noir detective story, filled with talking babies, bizarre magic, and troublesome trolls.

Detective Harris is a private detective who is out of luck and out of cash. When a woman walks into his office in tears, he decides to take a gamble on what he assumes is an open and shut case. What he doesn’t realize is that nothing about this case is normal.

Happy Cover Reveal to Emporium of Superstition

I’m so thrilled to share this gorgeous cover for Emporium of Superstition! I am so excited to be part of this anthology alongside so many talented authors, and I am absolutely blown away by this gorgeous cover!

Emporium of Superstition

Heed the warnings, or you could be next.

A society of Old Wives’ comes together in this collection of suspenseful stories. In between these pages, twelve authors draw on ancient tales your grandmothers warned you about. From demons living amongst humans, to ghosts lurking in the shadows, and even gods looming above, these recountings will surely inspire a fright.

Open the book, turn the page, for it may be the last thing you do.

Emporium of Superstition is an anthology full of superstition, suspense, and horror. If you love Survive the Night by Riley Seger, Stephen King, Joe Hill and American Horror Story, then you’ll not want to miss this thrilling collection.

Releases: October 5, 2022

Pre-Order Today: https://books2read.com/u/boaR19

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58744204-emporium-of-superstition

Beyond the Cogs

Beyond the Cogs

Finished: 12/13/2021

Full disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy by one of the authors. All opinions are my own.

This collection features three novellas, so I’ll be discussing them individually.

The Soulless Ones by C. Vonzale Lewis

I had the opportunity to be a beta reader for this incredible adventure, and I was absolutely in awe of the changes Lewis was able to incorporate from the rougher draft I read before. She has an incredible knack for creating unique characters and spectacular worlds, and I absolutely love her creativity in this story. It has an Old West feel with a distinct steampunk style and deals with monsters reminiscent of vampires. Her unique style really shines in this story. It’s an absolutely fun read and I truly hope we’ll get more stories about Parasol because I could read a whole collection about her adventures!

The Rogue of Vangard by Nicholas J. Evans

This tale was more abstract and more visually focused so it took a bit for me to warm up to the story and characters. Once we get into a steampunk taxi ride with a law-straddling driver, a stuffy top politician, and our thieving protagonist, the entire story shifts with growing tension. We learn how corrupt the city is that our protagonist is stealing from, we learn how brainwashed the politician is, and how controlled the magic is in this world. The ending is the topping on the cake so I can’t spoil it here, however I was sad to see this unique world end. I grew to love so many characters in such a short few pages. I would love to read more in this world!

Gossamer and Thorns by Elle Beaumont

Now this story was reminiscent of the Vincent Price classics such as Fall of the House of Usher. Wealthy young Kris has fallen in love with Emilie who has a chronic disease. He lives in an abusive home with his father who is obsessed with transferring human souls into automatons. Kris’ father is an even more unbalanced Victor Frankenstein. Admittedly, I don’t usually read romance stories so since Kris and Emilie’s relationship filled the majority of the story, that was a struggle for me. Readers who love a budding romance will probably adore this story. It had some wonderful twists that I didn’t see coming and I was pleasantly surprised by the ending.

Overall this is a strong anthology with only a few authors but with a wide variety of steampunk. As a fan of steampunk (and a dabbler in it myself), I had an absolute blast reading these. Definitely recommended for readers looking to dive into another world for a while. And I’ve found new authors to obsess over.

My rating: 5/5 stars

Happy Cover Reveal for The She-Wolf of Kanta

Happy cover reveal to the first book in The Wolves of Kanta series: The She-Wolf of Kanta!

This book has had such a long history, being the first physical solo book of mine to ever hold in my hands. After getting the rights back after its small press run, I wanted to really give this story the artistic attention it deserved. I have to say that Harvest Moon Designs absolutely blew me out of the water with their talent at bringing to life not just this cover, but the next four books in the series. I wish I could show them all to you now, but you’ll just have to wait until closer to release dates!

This edition of The She-Wolf of Kanta has been expanded from the previous version, and I’m working on getting a brand new expanded map as well since the world of Kanta gets more fleshed out and built up over these books. I’m super proud of this release and I’m excited to be able to share my second self-published book!

The She-Wolf of Kanta is currently available to pre-order wherever ebooks are sold, and will soon be available as a paperback and hardback.

The She-Wolf of Kanta

Book 1 of the Wolves of Kanta Series

The daughter of a werewolf hunter will become so much more.

Thirteen-year-old Mercy Pinkerton thought her days of cleaning house, fixing the barricade, and wiring electric prongs were over. She would finally get to train to be a werewolf hunter, what she has always wanted.

She doesn’t know that there are worse monsters in Kanta than the werewolves that plague Kanta each night. Danger lurks around every corner. She’ll have to avoid her father’s temper and follow his orders, even if it means risking her life.

It is supposed to be Mercy’s big day, but will take a drastic turn for the worse. She’ll have to keep her wits about her, remember her training, and prepare for the ultimate test of bravery if she hopes to survive.

The She-Wolf of Kanta is a re-release of the acclaimed novella, now expanded into Book 1 in The Wolves of Kanta series.

Releasing March 22, 2022

Pre-order your copy today

Panelist at Conjuration Con

I’m excited to once again be a panelist at Conjuration Con this weekend! I haven’t had the ability to be part of it since 2019, and I’m so happy to be back in the magical world again.

Conjuration Con is requiring proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid test before attending. Check out their website for more details.

Here is my full panel schedule:

Mental Health in Fantasy Fiction
Friday at 6PM
The Sorcerer’s Study – Harding

Join us as we explore the boundaries and pitfalls of including mental health problems in fantasy fiction. Some interesting questions to explore include, do they always need to have a trauma to give them an interesting flaw? What are the differences between how hearoes and villains handle their psychological weaknesses? How much knowledge and/or experience does an author need in order to be able to write and accurately represent psychological problems in their work?

Learning to Love Our Villains
Saturday at 1PM
The Sorcerer’s Study – Harding

As the saying goes, a story is only as good as its villain. The villain who wants world domination for the sake of world domination is unrelatable and can take a reader out of the story. When we understand why the villain does what he/she does, we are more immersed in the story, making for a more enjoyable read. There are many ways to handle this, and this panel will be discussing some of our favorite villains from pop culture.

Static vs. Dynamic Characters
Saturday at 4PM
The Sorcerer’s Study – Harding

In fiction, a static character is one who doesn’t change, but forces the world around him/her to change in accordance with their beliefs and ideals. A dynamic character is one that grows and changes through the trials and tribulations of the story. This panel will be to discuss the different static and dynamic characters in pop culture, and knowing when to use one in your own writing. Is one superior to another? Let’s discuss.

Cosplay and Social Media
Saturday at 5PM
The Sorcerer’s Study – Harding

Though cosplaying at conventions and events has always been popular, large numbers of cosplayers have taken to social media over the last few years to connect with people and express themselves in this creative medium. If you use social media to express your cosplay, come join us. We’d love to hear your stories and experiences.