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Moms Having Adventures in Cross & Circle

| January 26, 2021

Not too long ago, someone on Twitter was looking for fantasy books that involve mothers as protagonists. Their ask was related to epic/high fantasy, not urban fantasy. If they’d been interested in urban fantasy, I could have recommended Cross and Circle. In Cross and Circle, Evie is pregnant for a good chunk of the book, then […]

Urban Fantasy Reads!

| April 30, 2020

If urban fantasy is your jam, I’ve got several options for you! Cross & Circle is an urban fantasy novella, in which magic is real and becomes a part of Evie and Carlotta’s lives as they prepare for the birth of their son. Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse is a little more slipstream, but still […]

Cross & Circle and Designing My Own Covers

| November 14, 2019

I’m now to a point in my writing career where if I need a cover for a book, I hire a professional. But for many of my early self-published books, I designed my own covers. The majority of them were photo manipulations of photos I had taken. For Cross and Circle, though, I had to do […]

Have You Read Cross & Circle?

| August 13, 2019

Have you read my paranormal suspense novella, Cross & Circle yet? If you like delving into mysteries with a little bit of magic, you might enjoy this book. It’s a very quick read, too, perfect for a short bit of downtime. If you have read Cross & Circle, I’d love it if you left a review for […]

Inspirations for Cross and Circle

| May 21, 2019

Cross and Circle grew out of a strange note I found about a circle and cross inscribed on the roof of a car. It rustled around in my ideas folder for quite a while until I made the connection between this symbol and pecked crosses. Once I dug further into pecked crosses and realized that […]

Shades of Academia in Cross and Circle

| February 28, 2019

A chunk of the story in Cross and Circle takes place in the halls of academia, at least tangentially. Of all the aspects of this book, that was the portion I felt most comfortable writing. Evie’s campus and office are definitely based off my own experiences of many years spent on college campuses. Additionally, the house […]

Winter Reads: Cross & Circle

| November 22, 2018

Cross & Circle isn’t just a great winter read, it’s also set during the winter months! It’s an exciting paranormal mystery novella with elements of anthropology and comparative cultural studies. In a lot of ways, it’s my love letter to academia bundled up in a slightly weird package. If this sounds up your alley, you […]

Light Reading: Cross and Circle

| April 24, 2018

As a reader, sometimes I want a book to read that won’t take me too long. Novellas and novelettes are great for that sort of light reading. I can spend an hour or two enjoying a story, and then I’m done, back to whatever else I need to do. If you like light reads, check […]

When the Heroine Isn’t 18, Blonde, and a Size 3

| January 25, 2018

One of the panels I was on at Rustycon was called “When the Heroine Isn’t 18, Blonde, and a Size 3.” The topics we talked about were wide ranging, from books to TV to movies, but the primary idea was about writing non-Hollywood style women protagonists. This is a topic near and dear to my […]

Holiday Reading: Cross and Circle

| December 26, 2017

If the weather outside is making you want to curl up under a blanket and read, might I recommend my novelette Cross and Circle? It’s a contemporary fantasy story set around the winter holidays, making it a good, short, post-Christmas read. Here’s the summary: Evie and Carlotta are expecting the imminent arrival of their first child when […]