March 4, 2019

Every year on the first weekend of March, my author sisters, Kira, Max, and I head down to the Tucson Book Festival. We've been doing this for — gosh — eight years or so now?

Those first four years were as attendees hungrily trying to soak up as much knowledge about the industry as we could. As soon as the festival would release its schedule of panels online, we'd divide up who was going to what and after the festival, we'd all gather to share what we'd learned.  

The last four years however, we managed to make the transition from wanna-be...

November 14, 2018

Young Adult vs New Adult -And the genre marketing scheme

I, like most of you, probably asked the same question just now: "I know what Young Adult

is. But what on earth is New Adult?"

In doing my research, I'll give you my short answer: "New Adult" is nothing more than a publishing and marketing scam.

In a nut shell, the industry decided they needed a category to be the stepping stone between the Young Adult and Adult genre.

Now, I will be fully up front right here with you dear reader before going forward: If you read my "Why I hate the 'how...

November 7, 2018

Seattle Trip - Day 1
Seattle Space Needle & Chihuly Glass Museum

So as some people might know September through October of this year have been a very testing and stressful time for myself. The universe seemed to decide to reshuffle the deck that is my personal life, which I received no warning about until it all hit.

However, I'm happy to announce that things have managed to get back on stable ground and I've got some new adventures on the horizon ahead of me. Perhaps this was a shift I really needed.

Long story short, my trip to Seatt...

October 31, 2018

Here in Reetz Manor there is a crispness in the air and the energy of anticipation for all the wonderful things the new year shall bring. The marigolds have been placed upon the ancestor altar, the pumpkins have been carved, there is apple cake baking in the oven, and a new batch of candles have been wicked in preparation as the incense curls up from the hearth cauldron.

It's Samhain once more!


Don't forget to follow the rules tonight:

Always hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Always wear a costume.

NEVER blow out a Jack O'Lantern before m...

October 24, 2018

Why I hate the "How do I write a male/female character" or "How would a male/female character _____" question

Whenever I hear this question asked at a writers conference or see it on a message board, I want to instantly reply with, "No. What you mean to ask is: how would YOUR character react to the situation?"

There is no mathematical formula for "My character is male, therefore he does/says _____" or "My character is female, therefore she does/says _____."

Here is what really irks me about this issue: When writers ask this question, th...

October 17, 2018

(Insert Pauly Shore Bio-Dome Joke here.)

My friend Max came across a Groupon for Biosphere 2 while back and since I've never been, of course I said, "Heck yeah! Let's go!"

For almost all kids in Arizona school system, Biosphere 2 is usually a field trip location you hit at least once. (Sadly I never got to go through.)

Sadly, I wasn't very impressed with the facility.

The site is off the beaten path, about an hour away from the interstate, and you can't even see it from the main road. It's tucked away and you can sense its history as a forme...

October 12, 2018

Do you have a library card? Yes? Then Kira Shay, Megan Vaughn and I need your help!
 

You can now go online and request your library to stock a copy of our books! Just hit the "Recommend" button and if you've already read our novels, a 5 star review would really help us out.

Direct Links:
The Devil's Codex

HERE
 

Angel's Prophecy

HERE


Legend of the Strega

HERE


The Emerald Door

HERE


From the Darkest Corner

HERE


 

August 12, 2018

Back in June I attended a bat netting in Scottsdale co-hosted by the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and the Arizona Department of Wildlife.

We arrived early and got a tour of the facility, which takes in animals that are unable to be re-released into the wild. They have wolves, bears, cougars, coyotes, raccoons, bobcats and more. Unless you live near the outskirts of Scottsdale, it's quite a drive out there, but well worth it!

But onto the bats:

We didn't net and handle the bats ourselves (trained and vaccinated pros did that). B...

August 12, 2018

I was very blessed to be interviewed by the Flint Area Writers.

I'd like to thank Nevah Ann for being a wonderful interviewer. You are a gem!

Please check out the full interview HERE.

May 28, 2018

Phoenix Comic Con / Phoenix Comic Fest / Phoenix Fan Fusion / Whatever-they-are-calling-it-this-week

A convention conversation from the exhibitor's side of the table.

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Greetings Hellions!

Well, another PHXCC (we all know it's still going to be socially known as Comic Con in our nerd community) is under our belts and as I sit in my kitchen sipping my morning coffee, the day after con-hangover has set in. Per the usual, my legs are killing me, I have a mild headache from not drinking enough water, and I feel like I need to go on a heal...

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