Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Valentine's Day means different things to different people.

Honestly, sometimes in the past I hated the date (thought it was a way for couples to make singles feel inferior), but this time around I have something to really celebrate.

This year, my beloved fairy tale will become a reality!

Which means that this year, Valentine's Day will mean the following:
- Princesses and dragons
- Shape-shifting nuns and meek scientists
- Giants (both good and bad) and royalty (also both good and bad)
- Sword fighting and demon hunting
- and so much more!

An Occasionally Grim Fairy Tale

Prince Bane Baronne has baby fever. He is in search of a wife with the proper mystical bloodline to bear him the heir of prophecy. Anna Leon is chosen, but Bane only pretends to be Prince Charming. When Anna questions his intentions, she vanishes from the castle.

Convinced she is to blame for her younger sister's disappearance, Maria Leon is coerced into the royal marriage instead. She is older, wiser, and should know better--but Bane always gets what he wants. And he is not above using trickery or treachery to do so.

Maria attempts to salvage what she can of a "happily ever after" by working hard to be the best mother and wife. Until the day she learns that every woman who has married into the Baronne line disappears soon after they have produced an heir.

And she is next in line.

Available for purchase on AMAZON starting February 14th, 2018!
Also available on Kindle Unlimited.

About the author:

More about me: Growing up an only child, I learned to entertain myself. During summer vacations, my greatest form of exercise consisted of turning the pages of a book. Now I'm all grown up, and full of stories half-written in my head. I have to write them down so I can find out what happens next.

What I enjoy: Writing, reading, being a small animal veterinarian, trail running, being a mom (although sometimes the hours do not promote good sleeping) and wife, and yoga (not saying I'm good at it, just that I enjoy it)

Why I wrote this book: Almost thirteen years ago I became a mother to my son. I had no idea how over-protective I would become over this little baby. That's why I started writing this book -- because new moms have so much free time, I thought I'd pick up a new hobby. Makes total sense, right? I've written several other books since then, but kept coming back to revise and rewrite this one -- my first writing love, so to speak. So happy it will finally be out in the world, and I sure hope the world enjoys it!

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Empath Liam Whelan is determined to protect Laxshmi "Lucky" Kapadia, the girl he loves, at all costs--even if it means breaking her heart to keep her alive. Stopping the joining cold means Liam's life is in danger from the Soul Seekers and the ruthless Minister Gagliardi who now has designs on Lucky. Liam has no choice but to find the strength to fight his desires, fight the joining, and fight fate.

After the unthinkable happened, Lucky's "hallucinations" have been working double-time. Heartbroken and plagued by doubts, she meets a man who gives her a mind-blowing explanation for her predicament. Her apparent savior provides her with an escape from her hell: run away with him or return to her drab existence and watch Liam move on with her heart in his hands. All Lucky ever craved was to be in control of her own fate, but when her only choices fight against her heart, can she find the strength to battle for what she wants?

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All eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan—an Irish royal empath—wants to do is stop the frustrating search for the elusive girl destined to be his soul mate. The rare union will cement his family's standing in empath politics and give the couple legendary powers, painting a bullseye on Liam's back—and hers.

All Indian-American Laxshmi Kapadia wants is to free herself from her traditional mother's ultimatum: graduate from high school early and go to medical school, or have her marriage arranged. Neither allow her to pursue her dreams of a career in dancing or of falling in love.

When Liam moves in next door to Laxshmi—a non-empath, he's immediately drawn to the purity of her emotions, and she sees in this charming Irish boy a future with the freedom to follow her heart. But Liam's father will never consent if she's not The One. And Laxshmi's mom won't even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. But hiding their relationship can't keep them from becoming targets of dark and ancient group determined to destroy the soulmated.

What will these two risk to choose their own fate?

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As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever-after, Shaila Patel's younger self would finish reading her copy of Cinderella and chuck it across the room because it didn't mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she's a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. SOULMATED, her debut novel and the first book in the Joining of Souls Series, was the winner of the 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards for Young Adult. Book 2, FIGHTING FATE releases April 2018. She loves craft beer, tea, and reading in cozy window seats—but she'll read anywhere. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or gushing about her favorite books online.

Represented by:

Agent Amanda Leuck of Spencerhill Associates

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The question is: would you risk death to join your soul mate? Answer below in the comments section for the rafflecopter

Sunday, February 11, 2018


Sarah Wright woke up a few times after parties in strange places―but the morgue’s a first.
At eighteen, she’s eager for a taste of independence, moving out of state to attend college. A change of scenery is extra-needed due to a bad breakup with her boyfriend, Scott. However, soon after escaping the body cooler, she makes two startling realizations: vampires are real, and she is one.
There’s nothing quite like an untimely death to ruin plans. California’s sunny beaches aren’t the best place for vampires to chill, and worse, not only does she wind up stuck in Seattle, she’s still living (figuratively) with her parents.
They take the news surprisingly well―after all, it’s better than burying her―even helping move her bedroom to the basement. A disinterested sire, distraught friends, nosy Men in Black, and awestruck younger siblings complicate her adjustment to the new normal of being an immortal still subject to her parents’ rules.
Undeath has its perks, but it also brings enemies. Without a copy of ‘Fangs for Dummies,’ Sarah’s left scrambling for answers when one such new enemy attacks her siblings and friends. If she can’t figure out how to vampire, her attempt to spare her family the grief of losing her may wind up killing them.
Available now at AMAZON and with Kindle Unlimited. 


We fly for a few minutes, though I don’t so much fly as trail behind him like a helium balloon tied to a speeding car. We pass over civilization, and Dalton lurches downward without warning, towing me into a landing by this creepy-as-hell gothic stone building about the size of a lawn shed. I cling to him, mostly to cover my lack of clothing while gazing around in search of anyone who might see us.
“What’s this?”
“A cemetery.”
“Duh. No kidding.”
Dalton pulls the thick stone door open with his left hand while grasping my side above the hip and ushering me into a blank chamber with two coffin-sized concrete slabs on either side. The floor is a little slimy and wet, but it’s nowhere near as cold as it looks.
I spin around and find him standing right outside, blocking the doorway. “I mean, is this necessary? Being in a graveyard?”
“Not entirely, but it’s the closest, best place for you to get out of the sun. There’s not much time left, and you really don’t want to get caught out when it pops up.”
“That’s real?” I brush some dirt and leaf bits off my forearm. “You’re really serious about that?”
“Aye. ’Tis the most thorough way for us to die for good. Now, some o’ that other stuff like garlic, crosses, or mirrors… Most of it’s rubbish. Stakes hurt, but all they do is make holes. No idea where that garlic codswallop came from. It does jack shite. Same wit’ crosses or any religious type stuff. The sun though, that’s the big one. At sunrise, you’re gonna collapse. No way to avoid it. Body will shut down.”
“What, like just flop?”
He nods. “Basically… unless you’re outside at the time. See, there’s only one thing that’ll wake us up when we ought ta be sleepin’―an imminent threat to our existence. Bein’ out in the sun counts.”
“So, like the movies? If someone sneaks up to stake me in the middle of the day, I’ll wake up?” Wow, look at me talking like this is real and not a dream.
“Well, yes and no. It’s not so much the stake, since they’re merely annoying. One of the Old Guard started that rumor up a long time ago. Tricked the mortals into sharpening wood for weapons.” He cackles. “Idiots. But anyway, someone comes close to you with, let’s just say, ‘bad intentions,’ it’ll do the trick. Although, if my suspicious are correct, you’ll probably be able to wake yourself up after only a couple hours’ rest. Still, I’d not go out in the sun if you find yerself awake before it goes down.”
I sigh and gaze around at this little stone room. “Not even a mattress or something? No blankets? Hey.” I stare at him. “What about clothes?”
Dalton smiles. “Not yet.”
“What?” I blink, hands on my hips. “Not yet? Are you serious? What is being a vampire like some kinda RPG and I’m not high enough level for clothes?”
“Three reasons. One, not enough time right now. Two, you’re more likely to stay here out of sight and be a good little girl. And three, most importantly, you are essentially a newborn babe, and the vulnerability should serve to remind you that you’re dependent on me for everything. So, behave yourself.”
My stare hardens into a glare. “Oh, so now I’m a house elf? I behave myself and you eventually give me a sock?”


Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life, which early on, took the form of roleplaying game settings. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world, in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems, and a fan of anime, British humour, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.
He is also fond of cats.
More info on Matt can be found HERE

Friday, January 12, 2018


I'm happy to announce that How to Date Dead Guys has been rebooted - refreshed with a new cover and under new management - mine!

Beautiful new cover by Tiffany Heiser-Graphics

BOOK ONE TEASER–How to Date Dead Guys

College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice:  “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”.  But when charming Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters. 

Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back.  Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell.  The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury.  As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn't the only one.

Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a desperate victim determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first.  More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows.  Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.

Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.

Read now with Kindle Unlimited or purchase for $2.99 at AMAZON.

Monday, September 25, 2017


Perhaps it's because I live in the midwest, but fall seems like the best time to cook. My family is fortunate enough to have both apple and pear trees in our yard, and I use them to make both applesauce and apple crisp.

Helpful hints to think about prior to starting:
- a mix of different types of apples seems to produce the loveliest applesauce
- remember, it doesn't matter how pretty the apples are for making sauce, seconds are just fine
- decide what size glass jars you wish to use -- larger ones seem more cumbersome to me because it takes so long for them to defrost -- my favorite size are the 2 cup (1 pint) glass jars (but this might depend on the size of your family and the height of your freezer shelves)
- cutting up apples can get a bit boring or tedious, so I recommend turning on HGTV (or whatever you like) in the background (or an audio book) -- make the task enjoyable for yourself

- apples (mixture works best)
- maybe pears
- cinnamon
- nutmeg (if you like it)
- water
- crock pot
- glass jars
- sharp knife and cutting board

My favorite version is the sugarless, but to account for taste I'll include both versions

SUGARLESS VERSION (lighter colored)
1) put 1.5 cups of water into the crock pot
2) sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg into the water to taste (a good rule is way more cinnamon than nutmeg, but again it's to taste)
3) start with slicing up either two good sized pears or several more smaller pears (removing cores and skin) -- this makes the applesauce sweeter naturally, but not enough pears are present to ruin the nice, soft texture of the sauce
4) add apple slices to fill the crock pot (sliced, cored, cut into chunks -- the smaller the chunks, the faster the applesauce gets made)

SWEET VERSION (darker colored)
1) 1.5 cups water in the crock pot
2) add 1/2 cup brown sugar
3) sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg into the water (again, more cinnamon than nutmeg unless you're just crazy for nutmeg)
4) slice and dice apples into chunks to fill up the crock pot

With my crock pot, this process works best when set on HIGH for 3-4 hours -- keep checking on it and stirring the contents (keep in mind that just as everyone's stove is different, crock pots could act the very same way). It's pretty disappointing to put in all the work (takes me about a half hour or so) to fill the crock pot with apple slices and then have the whole mess burn.

Turn off the power once the apples are mostly dissolved into the sauce. This lets the reserved heat slowly cook the rest without risk of overcooking. Stir more frequently at this point. Once the sauce consistency is pleasing to your eye, then cool however you wish-- setting outside if the night is cool or putting in the fridge. Once the sauce has cooled at least somewhat, you can spoon it into glass jars, leaving a little space below the lid.

I'm not honestly sure how long it is safe to keep in the freezer, but that's never an issue with my family. We eat everything up each winter, and nothing gets left over to ruin.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Today I'm helping reveal the gorgeous cover for Dorothy Dreyer's upcoming NA fantasy, Phoenix Descending! The cover was designed by Deranged Doctor Design. You can learn more about the book, which releases on November 28 from Snowy Wings Publishing, below. But first, check out the cover!

Title: Phoenix Descending (Book One of The Curse of the Phoenix Duology)
Author: Dorothy Dreyer
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

Since the outbreak of the phoenix fever in Drothidia, Tori Kagari has already lost one family member to the fatal disease. Now, with the fever threatening to wipe out her entire family, she must go against everything she believes in order to save them—even if that means making a deal with the enemy.

When Tori agrees to join forces with the unscrupulous Khadulians, she must take on a false identity in order to infiltrate the queendom of Avarell and fulfill her part of the bargain, all while under the watchful eye of the unforgiving Queen’s Guard. But time is running out, and every lie, theft, and abduction she is forced to carry out may not be enough to free her family from death.

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Monday, August 28, 2017



Necessary ingredients to fill 4 of the 8 oz jam jars (with a little left over for tasting purposes):
-       2 envelopes/packets of Knox Gelatine – unflavored
-       4 cups cut up fruit (in this case, pitted and quartered plums)
-       ½ cup white sugar
-       1.5 cups water - use half to dissolve gelatin and the rest to blend up with the fruit

Directions (adapted from the Knox website for strawberry jam):
1)   First get the fruit ready, which takes the longest time. Pit plums and cut into quarters or more, depending on size and the strength of your blender.
2)   Place cut up fruit into the blender, then add sugar and half of the water to the mix. Using a blender grinds up the plums so that the skins aren’t an issue for those squeamish about fruit skins in their jam. Set aside while preparing gelatine.
3)   Empty gelatine packets into cold water in a large enough saucepan for stirring. Let this stand at least a minute before adding LOW heat.  Stir until dissolution, which should take just a few minutes (don’t overheat).
4)   Pour prepared fruit into the saucepan, stirring as you bring it to a mild boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, continuing to stir.
5)   Spoon liquid jam into prepared glass jars (watch out, they get hot fast), leaving enough space between the jam and the lid. Don’t forget to use a damp cloth to remove any spilled jam on the outside or top edge of the jar.
6)   Cool jam slightly before covering (careful again, the glass containers will be hot) with the lids.
7)   Refrigerate overnight, then move to freezer.

Good for 4 weeks in the refrigerator and 1 year in the freezer, if it lasts that long.