Black Friday

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends. I hope you all have (or had) a lovely one. While we’re all eating and out shopping for Black Friday,I tried to find some Thanksgiving creature to tempt you with, but…well, this month doesn’t really lend itself to mythology very much. (There’s no Great Turkey, Charlie Brown, or anything like that…) However, the late, great Jim Henson gave his own spin to the holiday in a show about a bizarre little town called Turkey Hollow that is (or was) on November 22. No, I didn’t get to see it. But it looks like it was really interesting. Or at least, different. (What else do you expect from Henson?) You can read about that in this article.

Well, I think it looks neat. What would you think if you ran across something strange like those Turkey Hollow Creatures? Me I’d probably write a story about them. hehe. I’m grateful for people like Henson for having an imagination like that; without them, I probably wouldn’t be a fantasy writer. :) As Marc and Angel say, I’m thankful for whatever or whoever is sending me –all of us–our unending creative imaginations. :) I’m also grateful to all of you, my readers and friends, who read, encourage, and love what comes out of my imagination. :)

Anyway, before I let you all go off to your Christmas shopping, I wanted to let you know that the ebook of PASSION’S SACRED DANCE is on sale for $.99, today and tomorrow–for Black Friday. You can find it at Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Itunes, Kobo,  and Smashwords,  and the paperback is also on sale paperback at Createspace.


Passion's Sacred Dance (Celtic Stewards Chronicles, Book 1)

cover art by Boulevard Photografica

Passion’s Sacred Dance (Celtic Stewards Chronicles, Book 1)
cover art by Boulevard Photografica

Passion’s Sacred Dance (2nd Edition) (Celtic Stewards Chronicles, Book 1)

Unless Stacy Macken can stave off her creditors, she may lose her renowned history center. Yet she knows in her heart that the center is sacred and what a catastrophe losing it would be. How much of a catastrophe, she hasn’t a clue.

Until Aaron Fielding arrives with his tales of magical guardians and the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors from Celtic legend who protect humanity from a wicked enemy seeking their destruction.

Is the end of the world imminent? What can she, a modern woman and her warrior lover, possibly have to offer when a long-prophesied druidic mythic battle explodes around them?

The Celts had their own harvest festivals, but mainly in early August (Lughnasadh) and (depending on what source you read) again at Mabon at the fall equinox. And let’s not forget the big “New year” celebrations at Samhain. Thanks giving was a part of all those festivities, and friends, family, and …well, celebrating. I think they would welcome this November holiday, as well.

So! To all my friends, enjoy this holiday (and the book!) and have a happy, thankful, safe weekend!


Sources: Five Ways to Have a Pagan Thanksgiving

30 Things we Forget to Say Thank you For.

#‎Octoberfrights‬ #giveaway now over

ghostFlareFor those of you looking for the giveaway, it is now over and my winner has been chosen.

*drum roll*

Michelle has won a copy of my zombie novelette Bicycle Requiem. YAAAA!!!  I do hope you enjoy my little story.

I can’t believe we’re facing Halloween again so soon. Where did the year go? Well, I’ve been told once you hit eighteen time flies by. I must say that happened to me a long, long time ago. Some plans for the season got a little sidetracked when I got very sick this week.But I will have a few more guests this month, though nothing like former years. Too busy this time out. I’m also pretty much resolved not to do NanoWrimo this time out. Yes, I’ve got a new WiP sitting there, but it’s so close to being finished, and going to editors, there’s no point. A girl’s got to have a break sometime! Anyway, thank you again, and early happy Halloween!

Introducing authors: #fantasy author Annie Douglass Lima–#indie #interview

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting my friend and fellow fantasy author Annie Douglass Lima. Her most recent release is an alternative history YA novel, The Collar and the Cavvarach, and I invited her here to tell you all a little more about it.

How did you first come to write fantasy? Continue reading

Girl Code by Cait Jarrod, DC Stone, Jessica Jayne, and Lea Bronsen, tour and #giveaway

GirlWelcoming back my friend Cait Jarrod and her co-authors. They’re here today with another giveaway and excerpt from their latest release, GIRL Code. Enjoy.

Cait: Hi Everyone! Writers In Crime gals and me had a great time writing stories of friendship and romance. Below is a snippet from FAITH. Giveaway below! Happy Reading! ~Cait GIRL CODE: An anthology: All proceeds from sales are going to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Introduction by Julie Ann Walker.
Where to buy: Amazon: Amazon/uk: Continue reading

Delve into the shadows of The Kyn with @JamiGrayAuthor and SHADOW’S EDGE… #FREEREAD #UF #PNR

I invited author Jami Gray over to tell us about her paranormal romance series, and something…snafued. My apologies to her. Despite the delay, I am pleased to introduce Jami to you. Please enjoy this look at her book SHADOW’S EDGE.

Delve into the shadows of The Kyn with Jami Gray

Much thanks to Juli for letting me come over and steal her readers for a bit. I’ve been asked numerous times where my story ideas come from, and I could wax eloquent and present this pretty picture of a creative mind, but that wouldn’t be fair or accurate.

Here’s the deal, I spent most of my teenage years wanting to be a different “me”, a “me” that could rival Harry Potter (who I wouldn’t meet until I was married with a mini-me on my hip and one in my belly). To achieve that I would take my favorite books and add in a role starring yours truly. Not a new trick, most avid readers do this to one extent or the other. Still at fourteen I decided my additional “role” was too big to hold in my gray matter, so it spilled onto 125 pages of hand written story. Sometime during those teen years I began to create my worlds, my roles and a whole slew of unique characters and writing became more than my escape, but my passion.

Still, as I tried to find my footing in this creative endeavor, each of my stories contained one, unchanging element–magic. When I wrote SHADOW’S EDGE I used my love of the unexplained and ancient tales of incomparable beings to create a “what-if” world. What if all those creatures we thought were myths, were real? How could they co-exist with the “normal” world? What would their world look like? What would happen if the veil of secrecy began to tear?

As I built my Kyn world, I wanted to make sure I had a spot for all those myths to call home. I have an entire backstory of how the preternatural population went underground, how the Library of Alexandria was reduced to ash to hide the truth. The Fey went first, quickly followed by the Amanusa (demon halflings), and the Lycans slunk away shortly after. The Magi (witches/warlocks/shamans) were the last to step into the shadows after following similar states during the Burning Times. Each group has their own creation story, and set of challenges. Amanusa, by their very nature, craves chaos, to the extent they’ll create it when things get too calm. The Fey, with their inherent arrogance, are blind to their faults, the Lycan’s live too close to their beasts, and the Magi are split between the witches holding true to their threefold law and the warlocks who have no problems trampling over their ethical lines to get what they want. That’s not counting the complication of human involvement, and hiding in the modern world.

Want to find out what happens? Pick up your FREE copy of SHADOW’S EDGE, and walk alongside Raine McCord as she delves into the shadows to uncover who’s hunting the Kyn.

SHADOW’S EDGE, Kyn Kronicles #1

Now available Free in eBook format at: AMAZON /


Everyone fears what hunts in the shadows—especially the monsters… When the supernatural lurks in the shadows of the mundane, hunting monsters requires unique skills, like those of Raine McCord. A series of deaths threatens to reveal the Kyn community and forces her to partner with the sexy Gavin Durand. As the trail leads to the foundation haunting Raine’s childhood, she and Gavin must unravel lies and betrayals to discover not only each other, but the emerging threat to them and the entire magical community.


Walking into the dim house, Raine braced for the usual smell accompanying a violent death.

She knew that smell. It was distinctive. It reminded a person of raw meat and coppery blood. A scent warning you whatever you found, it wouldn’t be recognizable.

Coming down the short entryway, a few steps behind the two men, she realized there was no odor. No blood, no raw meat. She let out the breath she was holding. Only then picking up on the spine tingling traces of magic. It raised bumps along her skin as she drew closer to the front room.

Two agents passed her, heading out of the house, small evidence bags in their gloved hands. Osborn stopped just to the left of the front room’s entryway. Gavin came to a halt in the middle of the opening, blocking her view. Stepping around to his right, she came to an abrupt stop, puzzled.

Bane Mayson was sprawled on the faded green couch under the picture window. At first glance the scene didn’t make sense. There were no visible wounds, no horrific mutilations, nothing to show how he died. Just the skitter of magic down her spine, making the deceptively calm scene in front of her much more ominous.

“Can you give a positive ID?” Osborn’s rough voice pulled her gaze back to him. He looked at Gavin who wasn’t answering.She tilted her head to find out why, and then realized Gavin was looking at her.

“What?” she asked.

“I’ve never met him,” he said blandly. “Just spoke to him on the phone.”

“Oh.” A little disconcerted, she turned back to the waiting agent. “Yes, that’s Bane Mayson.”

If you want to play in the shadows, continue the adventure with Jami Gray’s Kyn Kronicles: Banner         Jami Gray Jami Gray is the award winning, multi-published author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, and the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams. She can be soothed with coffee and chocolate. Surrounded by Star Wars obsessed males and two female labs moonlighting as the Fur Minxes, she escapes by playing with the voices in her head. Come stalk Jami at any of these fine locations:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Google+ / Amazon

 Thank you for being my guest, Jami! And for your patience. Folks, don’t forget to check out The Kyn Chronicles, and as ever …keep reading!

On Gothic–Guest blog at A Woman’s Wisdom

Sing a Mournful Melody, Gothic, short story

Available at Amazon

Monday again, well, for today I have a little guest post of my own to tout.  You may remember, about a month ago, a lovely blogger named Bodicia reviewed my latest piece, SING A MOURNFUL MELODY. Today, she has a guest post by yours truly concerning the story. If you’d like to learn a little bit more about it, and why I decided to write a truly Gothic story, you can read the post here.

Enjoy–and thank you again, Bodicia! :) It’s been a pleasure, my friend!