Books

HUSH, NOW FORGET 

For fans of the CW’s Supernatural.

No one will tell Eva and Frost the truth about the Blurred Ones. Not their hunter friend, and definitely not the parentals. Maybe it’s because Frost spent time in a psychiatric ward and Eva never ceases to think with her hormones. So, when the girls see an opportunity to meet Albert Knox, the most infamous Blurred One of all, they lie about their true plans and head out on their field trip to San Antonio.

When the sisters get to town, though, a ghost woman keeps attacking them in their hotel room, and they end up getting one of their classmates killed. Eva thinks she can use her feminine wiles to woo Knox, but he has a couple of more minions than they thought—and she ends up getting tossed through the window. If the sisters and their newfound hunter friends don’t take down Knox soon, he’ll permanently attach himself to Eva in a binding ritual.

 

 

 

 

OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE

Madness is living inside of me.
And the only way to vanquish it is by finding those responsible for Maman’s death and dropping them to their knees. The executioner? Guilty. But he’s nothing more than a piss ant who should eat horse feces all the rest of his days. No one actually believes Maman was capable of killing. So I will find whoever sent her to the gallows and rearrange their limbs the way the gravediggers do when they drop dead men’s bones into the catacombs.
You think I’m bluffing.

Description:

Tempeste has survived much choosing to live on Paris’ streets–scavenging for food, learning survival skills from a deserter whom she paid to attack her in her sleep, and living a life her mother would approve of, one devoid of luxury. But denying oneself of food and proper bedding can stir a madness in the brain. So, when Tempeste witnesses the quick and painless death of the guillotine–the death her mother should have received–she vows to find her mother’s accuser and vivisect his spleen.

Quite by accident, Gabriel, the young executioner responsible for Tempeste’s mother’s botched hanging, falls for Tempeste. So, instead of strolling arm-in-arm with a respectable mademoiselle through the gardens of the Palais de l’Égalité, Gabriel finds himself traipsing after an axe-carrying siren through the catacombs and facing off a hostile sans culottes army.

With little choice but to fight, Gabriel determines to win the hearts of the sans culottes, while Tempeste proves she’s quite adept at swinging the blade. When the pair finally make their way to Tempeste’s sworn enemy, though, a secret is revealed which promises to sever far more than they ever hoped to gain.

 

HER DARK FANTASY: A PREQUEL TO OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE

 

A short story prequel to be read in 20 minutes or less.
The young executioner, he must die.

He plans to torture and hang Maman, but he cannot separate a young mademoiselle from her mother, can he?

His gentle hands place the spike into the studded boot that houses her foot, and I flinch.

“Je suis désolé,” he says sorrowfully.

Day-old blood splatters the window. My mind’s a colony of bees.

He lifts the hammer, and the light of the moon glints off the blunt instrument’s face.

I press my fingertips to the glass to reach Maman, but she is in there and I am out here, and it would break Maman’s and Papa’s hearts if I exposed myself this way. I’ll take that fine face of his into my hands—and snap his neck.

That is what he rightfully gets, for taking my maman from me.

 

 

 

THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM

A novel about escaping psychological abuse.

A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when seventeen-year-old Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields–a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus–she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.

At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne’s heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.

The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now “Persephone,” and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.

If they play it right, then they’ll be safe.

But if they play it wrong, they’ll die.

 

 

HOW TO WRITE FAITH-BASED MESSAGES FOR A SECULAR MARKET

Are you a secular writer who also strives to incorporate messages of hope or faith?

I’m one of those writers, and I’ve fought for years to learn how to balance both aspects successfully. In this short nonfiction book, I’ll share the method I’ve learned to subtly incorporate faith-based messages in secular stories. I’ll discuss:

• How to fill your spiritual well & know what to add without getting preachy
• Know where and how to add these precious gems of knowledge via the sneaky art of subplotting
• How to stay resilient against the adversary while considering marketability

 

 

 

 

THE DEVILS YOU MEET ON CHRISTMAS DAY

The season isn’t what it seems.

While some are nestled cozy in their traditions, others are lost in darkness. An unkindness of ravens lurks like a warning above them while they try to escape their inner demons and fight the dragons they’ve been trying to avoid. There’s no enjoying fatal amounts of pie because their minds are slipping, slipping into a twisted delusion. They are the murderers, the disturbed, the unfortunate, and the misunderstood. These outliers are imprisoned by their circumstances until they slowly fade into the icy landscape, smothered by the forged façade of a perfect Christmas.

In this unsettling collection of stories, authors Katie Coughran, Vanessa K. Eccles, Mary Gray, and Cammie Larsen explore the darkened corners of paranormal, horror, and fantasy to create a gothic and somewhat macabre Christmas read.

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO WRITE CLEAN YET SCINTILLATING ROMANCE

Bodice rippers are some of the most lucrative books in the industry. So what if you write romance that isn’t as steamy?

I don’t know about you, but I love reading and writing kissing scenes. And I don’t write explicit scenes with sex.

If you’re the same way, then you’ve happened upon the right book. In this brief nonfiction work, I’ll cover how to write clean yet scintillating romance–primarily, kissing scenes–in ways you may not have considered. I’ll share:

* The best piece of editorial advice I ever received (when my first publisher bought my first book from my first agent)

* A method I like to call action versus reaction

* How to escalate a kissing scene

* How to use rhetorical devices and setting to heighten heat

Are you ready? Grab your pens and pencils, jot down your notes in your favorite apps, or simply allow the juicy material to soak in.