Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day Book Fair!

Hi friends,

We're running a free and 99 cent book fair over at, plus having a big book bundle giveaway! Pop on over and hook yourself up :)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

RONE award nomination!!

Exciting news! Huntress Found, book one in my Timekeeper's War series, got nominated for a RONE award! The RONE award is for indie writers, managed through InD'Tale Magazine.

If you've read Huntress and want to vote for it (I would love you dearly), go here before April 30th! You have to create an account with InD'Tale, which is quick and easy :)

Hugs and kisses in advance!! XOXOXO

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Last Day of the Zyanniversary

We’ve arrived at the last day of the Zyanniversary! It’s been a fun week. There were free books EVERY SINGLE DAY on Facebook, so if you missed some of them, pop over, scroll back through the posts and hook yourself up.

We shall end things, fittingly, with talking about what’s coming up for Zy. On Friday I posted a sneak peak of the first page of Book 4. I should be releasing that later in 2017, probably October or November. It’ll depend on other things I’ve got cooking with my agent.

But the story will pick up two years after the events of Vengeance and Vermouth. A LOT has changed for Zy and her friends… but some things haven’t, and the past always comes back to haunt us, doesn’t it? Is Alexander really gone for good? What if Anna got together with another of Zy’s enemies and they started wreaking some major havoc in South America? Of course Lucifer always has some tricks up his sleeve. And there’s the matter of Zy and Eli… and Zy and Donovan… oh, boy(s)…

So, if you’re not already signed up for my newsletter and want to know when it releases (and other fun book news), click here.

I hope you’ve had a blast this week - I sure have! And you know Zyan did. She always does J

We came. We partied. It was epic. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Friends of Zyan - Urban Fantasy and PNR picks!

Today for the Zyanniversary, Zy will pay everyone’s taxes! Ha, JK. But she would if she could - Zyan would go to Hell and back for her friends (quite literally). So we’ll talk about some of her friends in this post. But don’t forget to pop over to Facebook for the free book of the day and other awesome stuff.

First, my main inspiration for writing urban fantasy: Laurell K. Hamilton. I devoured the Anita Blake books as a teen, or rather, the first eight or so. They got a bit dark for me after that, but I’ll never forget those first few and how addictive they were. That blend of the supernatural with danger and a bit of humor… good stuff.

Another great urban fantasy series with a refreshingly unique premise is the Totem Series by my friend Christine Rains. Set in Alaska, the series follow three bear shifter sisters on their hunt to find missing magical totems. The series is full of Inuit legend and mythos, and it’s a super fun read.

More on the paranormal romance side is the Cloaked Series by another friend, T.F Walsh. It’s about werewolves (called Wulkfin) and has a fun European flare to the traditional wolf story. Plus, it’s way steamy! Definitely a good one to get the blood racing J

If genies are more your thing, check out the Once Upon a Djinn series by B.E. Sanderson. Featuring a snarky genie whose personal mission is to free enslaved genies, it’s a fun read. A bit of romance, lots of good humor and action. Check it out!

What are your fave urban fantasy or PNR reads?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sneak Peek of Zyan Star Book 4!

The Zyanniversary continues! We're partying hard! Today's post is a sneak peek of the first page (rough draft!) of Zyan Star Book 4. Enjoy :)

The bed sheets smelled of lust and brimstone. Why was it I always had to fall for the bad boys?

As the slumbering form next to me stirred and rolled over, my eyes clawed over the length of him. All dark skin and sumptuous lips (God, don’t even get me started on those lips), lean muscles and clever hands. Without opening his eyes, he pulled me toward him and buried his face in my neck. A shiver moved through me, and I could almost forgive him for the brimstone scent. And it wasn’t even because of his ebony wings that reminded me so much of Eli.

As his mouth nibbled along the edge of my shoulder, I pulled back. “I’ve got to get going.”

Kaj sat halfway up, his pale golden eyes smoldering. “I’m not done worshipping you yet.”

For a demon, he could be quite poetic. Or something. My thoughts were already going fuzzy as his kisses moved rapidly southward…

I shoved myself out of the bed and to my feet. “Really. I have things to do.”

“So do I,” he said with a devilish curl to his lips.

“Things not involving nudity.”

I turned and started to put on my clothes. Kaj made a grab for me, but I dodged him and moved to the window, thrusting back the curtains. A slice of sun was dipping below the horizon, illuminating the Sagrada Familia in the distance. It would have been pretty, if I went for that sort of thing.

Across the room, my phone chimed. Kaj grabbed it off the nightstand despite my noise of protest and looked down at the screen. “Who’s Quinn?”

My heart constricted in a funny way that almost felt like regret. It’d been more than a year since I’d seen Quinn or Riley. More than two since I’d seen Donovan or Eli. The warmth I’d felt in Kaj’s arms just minutes before seeped from my body.

“A friend,” I said. “An old friend.”

 The book should be out this Fall. What do you think? I can’t wait to dive further into the story. Pop over to myFacebook page for the daily free book and other fun stuff!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Zyan Character Quiz!

Today the main event of the Zyanniversary is the Zyan character quiz. Which character from the series are you? Do you have the sass and kickassery of Zy, or the peaceable nature of Quinn? The arrogance of Pan or the loyalty of Eli?

And head over to Facebook for my daily giveaways (EVERYONE gets a free book) and other groovy stuff! And post your results below in the comments! It’ll be fun :)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Zyanniversary Day 3: Favorite Lines!

We’ve arrived at day three of the Zyanniversary! Are you having fun yet? Got some free books? Pop over to Facebook to check that out, or see this post for an intro to the Zyanniversary and a Rafflecopter giveaway.

The main event today is favorite lines. I’ll post some of my faves (Is that too narcissistic? Zy has rubbed off on me), and you can add yours in the comments. Woot!

“I have a plan. Find that bastard, and kill his sorry ass. It has a beautiful simplicity, don’t you think?” I smiled a smile I knew was not pretty at all.

Martinis with the Devil

He wore head-to-toe body armor wrought from gleaming silver and carried a helmet under his arm. Even his hands were covered in gauntlets. His skin was the color of dark cinnamon and his eyes a gold-green like a panther. And his wings—his wings I couldn’t stop staring at. They weren’t one color, but many; feathers of bronze and silver and pewter and moss green. They sung of death and victory.

Whiskey and Angelfire

As we walked down the dock, a stingray glided through the purple water beneath us, outlined in sparkling phosphorous. You’d never guess we were in Hell. Lucifer sure had an eccentric taste in locales.

Vengeance and Vermouth

Their eyes glowed fuchsia, and their bodies left smears of light like shooting stars, both beautiful and disorienting. Only two things about them had any solidity: their teeth and their hooves. Sparks flew up off the mountain where their feet touched the ground.

Black Magic and Mojitos

“What kind of circus is this exactly?” I asked.

She shrugged an elegant shoulder. “A supernatural circus, of course.”

After that she introduced me to the main crew. There were vampire twins who did a knife and sword show, faeries who manipulated lights and danced, a snake charmer who apparently was a snake shifter herself, a couple low-level demons who performed magic tricks, and a trio of witches. And of course the werewolves, who were contortionists and daredevils.

Sorcery and Sidecars

So, what are your fave lines - from your own book or another? And definitely check out my Facebook posts for free books, character profiles, and other excellent stuff.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Zyan Star Book Trailer!

Day two of the Zyanniversary! Today is the official one year anniversary of Martinis with the Devil!

If you missed yesterday’s post and the announcement of the Zyanniversary schedule, click here. It’s basically a huge party with a free book being given away every day on my Facebook page, plus a Rafflecopter for an e-book bundle with several great urban fantasy books by other authors as well.

Today I’m excited to reveal the book trailer I had made for the Zyan series. It’s something I never got around to last year, and I thought it would be fun for the one year anniversary.

Do you have a book trailer you want to share?

And pop over to later for the daily giveaway and character profile!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Cocktails With Friends!

The Zyanniversary continues! (If you missed the intro post click here)

Zyan loves her cocktails, as you can probably tell from a series named after martinis, whiskey, vermouth, mojitos, and sidecars J Below are some of the faves of her and the crew. But first, a blog takeover by amazeballs urban fantasy author Christine Rains!

Happy Zyanniversary! I’m so excited to be a part of celebrating these kick-ass books.

I’m raising my glass to say cheers, and I’m sorry that only water is in it. I don’t drink any alcohol at all. But my characters do! What would the heroes in my Totem series drink?

Ametta Dorn – she’s young, sophisticated, and a wine snob. Don’t dare gift her with wine in a box! You might get it dumped over your head. She’d drink a pinot noir like Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair La Romanee Grand Cru. The bigger the name, the better, right?

Lucky Osberg – he might kick back with a beer or go out with buddies and drink their wine from boxes (not that he’d tell Ametta!). But he has experienced taste buds. You should see this gorgeous man cook! He’d mix himself up a Stinger (brandy and white crème de menthe liqueur). Classy and potent.

Kinley Dorn – she’s not much of a drinker as she likes to keep a clear head, but make any type of drink nerdy and she’ll give it a try. There’s a sweet Doctor Who inspired drink called The Grandfather. Don’t down it all at once!

Ransom Averill – this guy knows how to party. Whatever you have to drink, he’ll drink it! He wants to know if he has to pick just one? Give him an Irish Car Bomb or a Jagerade and clink glasses.

Saskia Dorn – not that she’s a party animal, but don’t challenge her to a drinking contest. She’ll drink what fits her mood, but she favors a smoked Alaskan porter. Like sitting by a campfire.

Sedge Kvasnikov – vodka. Straight up. He doesn’t mess around when it comes to anything and that includes drinking.

Cheers, Alexia!

Thanks, Christine! I'm gonna have to try The Grandfather myself :) Check out The Totem Series here - super fun urban fantasy with Inuit magic and lore.

So what do Zy and her crew drink?

Zyan’s fave: Siren’s kiss martini
Eli’s fave: Dwarven beer
Donovan’s fave: Whiskey
Pan: Faerie mead
Riley: Brimstone liquor
Quinn: Pixie dust martini

One my of favorite things in the Zyan Star series has been to make up some supernatural-ish cocktails :) If you want yet more books and beverages, check out, and this Flavorwire post on 10 Great Novels and the Cocktails You Should Pair Them With.

What are your favorite cocktails? How about your characters? Stay tuned the rest of the week for more Zyan party time! Also, make sure to check out the intro post for a Rafflecopter giveaway and for a daily FREE book!

The Zyanniversary Begins!!

For those of you who may be new friends, Zyan Star is the main character of my urban fantasy series. April 11th, 2016, I released Martinis with the Devil, the first book in the series. I quickly followed with Whiskey and Angelfire, book two, and Vengeance and Vermouth, book three. There are also a couple novelettes in the series. It’s been a whirlwind, and I can’t believe a year has gone by already! So, we’re here to party hard core, because that’s how Zyan does things :)

Here’s the schedule of events for the week:

Every day I’ll have a main event, a giveaway, and a character profile or additional goodie for ya. A lot of the party is going on at my Facebook page,, so hop on over there. EVERY DAY I will post a link on my FB page to download one of the Zyan books for free. It’s not a drawing, literally everyone who clicks can get a free book. 

I am ALSO doing a Rafflecopter of an e-book bundle with several yummy urban fantasy e-books featuring other authors as well. Enter below. Because I heart you, and Zyan thinks you’re alright, too :) If you have other friends that love urban fantasy, spread the love, eh? 

Now, pop back later for the main event of the day, Cocktails with Friends! Fellow kickass urban fantasy author Christine Rains is taking over the blog to share what her characters like to drink, plus Zyan will share her list, and I've got some other fun cocktail and book themed websites for you to check out.

Party on!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, March 17, 2017

Luck O' The Irish!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! I feel like I should be out somewhere having some yummy beer but I'm home in my PJs being lazy this Friday night. A couple fun Irish things for you:

First, when I was writing my author newsletter yesterday I decided to theme the whole thing on Ireland, including some of my fave books that were Irish/Celtic inspired. Click here if you want to read it... there are a couple good classic fantasy books that made me nostalgic! A teaser...

Also, over at we're having the Get Lucky book fair... 25 featured books that are FREE on Kindle Unlimited, plus a wicked giveaway of over 20 e-books.

What are your fave Irish/Celtic books? Any fun St. P Day plans?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Author Promos Coming Up!

Hi, friends! It has been a whirlwind finishing up my latest book for my agent. I finally got that turned in a few days ago. Whew! Now to take a breather for a moment or two.

Some exciting author promos coming up that I wanted to share! First, over at, the other blog I run with fellow fantasy authors T.F. Walsh and Christine Rains, we've just posted the sign-up list for our Get Lucky book promo running March 17-23. Our promos are still free for the time being, so if you write urban fantasy or paranormal romance, pop on over! We'd love to have you join the fun.

Then in April I am hosting the Zyanniversary! It's the one year anniversary of my bestselling urban fantasy series. I'm planning a week long fantasy book bash and would love other fantasy authors to join the fun for mutual promotional benefit. Facebook takeovers, Twitter party, etc. Click here if you want to sign up.

So, what's up in your world? TTFN!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Book Review!

Hi, peeps! Today I'm participating in a blog blitz for When Ash Rains Down, a super fun YA fantasy. It's only 99 cents, or free on Kindle Unlimited! Here are the deets:

Here's a little teaser:

“So, Julia. This is about angels and demons. Those,” he points to the monsters, “are demons. The devil’s army. The final battles leading to the final war between Heaven and Hell has begun, and it’s trickled down from every dimension into your little town, because the devil has set his sights on you.”
He touches my cheek again, and I see he is like the warriors on the battlefield. He wears a golden aura and stark white wings behind him. A wave of tingles replaces all the pressure and nothingness in my back. He flicks something behind me, and I glance over my shoulder to see—
A pair of wings fly out from my back, not heavy, though I’d expect to fall backward from the weight of them, as they are attached…to my back.
There are wings attached to my back.
I spin around, trying to see them, but they move with me and stay behind me.
I can feel them there, a part of me.
I reach over my shoulder to feel them and shriek, “Nicholas!”
A fiery sword is suddenly in my hand, blazing white and peridot, like the stone around my neck, which is warm and flashing on its own. A fierce blast of cold and hot washes over me, and I shriek again. I jolt back and drop the sword, my eyes flying to Nicholas’, needing an explanation, needing to wake up in my bed at home, needing something other than whatever is happening to me right now.
“I… I have wings.”
“Of course you do.” He stoops to pick up my sword. Holds it out for me to take. “You’re an angel.”

Only $0.99 on kindle (FREE with Kindle Unlimited)!
Buy Link: Amazon kindle | Amazon paperback |  Createspace

And last but not least, my review:

I gave this five stars! It's an awesome young adult fantasy that I really enjoyed. An epic battle of angels and demons, good and evil. I haven't read a lot of books with female angelic warriors, so that's definitely rad. Plus, she has a cool flaming sword. Fast-paced and sucks you into the story. Lots of juicy family drama. Oh, and did I mention not one but TWO yummy guardian angels dudes? Yep. Check it out!

I also said this, and Cecelia made it into a pretty promo image (I feel so special!):

Well, hope you enjoy the blitz! And if YA fantasy is your jam, definitely snag a copy :) TTFN!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

When Ash Rains Down Release Day!

Hi guys! I'm so happy to help my friend and CP Cecelia Earl celebrate the release of her debut novel! It's a super fun YA about angels and you should check it out!

Being crowned homecoming queen and enduring a week at the center of her classmates' attention is eighteen-year-old Julia White’s worst nightmare—even with Cole, her long-time crush, as her date. But when Julia is attacked by a green-blooded demon that vanishes in a plume of smoke, she comes face to face with what real nightmares look like—in the flesh, and all of the homecoming stuff hardly matters anymore.

As a frightening wave of crime infiltrates her small Wisconsin town, Julia tries to avoid Nicholas, a brooding, infuriating relative of Cole’s, who insists she’s the reason behind the corruption. He claims the culprits are demons who are after powers that only she—a human-angel hybrid—possesses. It’s unbelievable, of course, until he takes her to a hidden battlefield where warrior angels train to fight soul-siphoning demons—and her own angelic wings unfold.

When angels and demons draw battle lines, endangering everyone in their way, Julia has to find a way to protect them all, including herself. Because as it turns out, she’s the devil's most powerful weapon against the angels, and he’ll stop at nothing to claim her. 

The final battle between Heaven and Hell has begun.

You can connect with Cecelia here:

Congrats, Cecelia!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My Ubiquitous New Year's Post + New Year, New Reads Blog Hop!

I think my New Year's post each year is my fave to write... I love looking back and planning ahead. But before I dive into that, if you are here for the New Year, New Reads Blog Hop, look no further!

All of my books (excluding my recently released boxed set) are 99 cents, actually, so if you like urban and other contemporary fantasy, check out my Amazon page. Also, some writing friends and I just concluded an epic 99 cent sale of our own, featuring over 25 fantasy books. While the sale officially ended on 12/31, I know a lot of the books will still be discounted, so check out for lots of goodies :)

But back to me :) Huntress Found, book one of my new series, The Timekeeper's War, can be found here for 99 cents. It's an Artemis/Dr. Who mashup, fantasy with a pinch of steampunk and sprinkle of sci-fi. 

Also, if you're a fan of classic urban fantasy, part one of the first book in my bestselling Zyan Star series is actually free on Amazon

And that's actually the perfect lead into my New Year's post for 2016: the year of me releasing ALL the books. The beginning of the year started slow, but then March hit and it was off to the races and has been full speed ever since. Here's a rough timeline:
  • March: A fun trip to Boston; preparing to launch Martinis with the Devil
  • April: Martinis parts one and two release; I also help head up a stage at a huge literary and music festival in my city and sell the house I owned with my ex husband I'd been trying to sell for two years (at a huge loss, alas, but at least done with)
  • June: My best friend gets married in Colorado
  • July: Whiskey and Angelfire parts one and two release
  • August: My son starts marching band at school and I head up the fundraising committee (seeing his love of music blossom has been SO awesome)
  • September: Vengeance and Vermouth parts one and two release
  • October: A trip to Chicago for work
  • November: I launch a new series, The Timekeeper's War, and start with two writer friends
  • December: I release the first three Zyan novels in a boxed set, as well as a Zyan origin story novelette, the Holiday Book Feast (our first event for the new blog) occurs, and I finish a brand new book for my agent (December was busy!!)
Actually, I JUST finished the first draft of the book for my agent (like, less than two hours ago). I wrote roughly 200,000 words in 2016. It has been a wild ride of a year! So far, the plan for 2017 is as follows:
  • Whip my first draft into something decent for my agent by the end of February
  • Write and release the second book in The Timekeeper's War series
  • Write and release the fourth book in the Zyan Star series
  • Hold events at at least every other month

If you've read this far, you rock :) How was your 2016? Plans for 2017?