I hope that you have all had a safe and Happy Halloween for all those who celebrate.
For everyone who participated in either blog hop I was part of in October, thank you.
Hello to all those who have signed up.
In October I was generously handed back rights to nine of my novels by the publisher. While it was a shock, I am in the works of getting the books back out for everyone to enjoy them. So stay turned on updates about those.
I have finished edits for another book called Follow The Ink: Undertaker Chronicles Book 2. This is a new series I'm exploring about a woman who takes a job as an undertaker's assistant. Here is the blurb for the first one called A Deathly Undertaking.
Darria Savege is an undertaker's assistant. When her boss is killed, she assumes the job of undertaker and all the strange things that goes with it. A necromancer is trying to retrieve an item in her curio cabinet along with the key tattooed into her arm so he can release Medusa and her sister's from limbo.
All the while Darria is learning about her new position, she awakens a mummified hand named Omar who becomes her familiar. She works with a grim reaper named Oliver who collects the souls of the bodies she works on. And she has to do her job all the while trying not to get killed, figure out what the necromancer wants, and how to keep Medusa from escaping into her world.
I do hope you find it as interesting as I do.
The events I'll be at in 2015 are:
MidSouthCon in Memphis, TN from March 20-22.
An Austin Author Affair in Austin, TX May 22-24th
I'm very excited to be a part of these because both will be awesome events.
Gods and Mummies, oh my! is now out once more with Purple Sword Publications. So if you haven't gotten your copy feature Kalli and the feral mummies out to get her, check it out. It's fun and a little light reading. Can't be doing horror all the time.
Come & Yeti - who doesn't love space yetis and bigfoot
Cosmic Shifts ( Hairy & Hung/Come & Yeti) in print
Last month I tried to read The Red Tree by Caitlín R. Kiernan. I made it 80 pages into the book and just couldn't continue reading it. The first person Point of View in this novel was not written in a manner that I could connect with. I'm sure it's fine for other people, but not for me. So I gave it to friend who will love it.
At the moment I'm reading:
Winter's Tale by by Mark Helprin
Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
Throwback Excerpt: Three Fur All
“October, hi. Is everything okay?”
She saw his surprise. “I’m okay. I’m sorry about last night.”
Elliot flashed her a smile. “No apologies needed. You weren’t expecting us to be wolves. At least you didn’t run off in the middle of the night. I expected you might. Not that you wanted to steal Mika’s tiny, beat-up car.” He chuckled. “Are you hungry? Mika’s making waffles downstairs.”
She tried to move forward, but stumbled. Elliot caught her. His warm hand on her shoulder made the breath hitch in her throat. His hand traveled down her shoulder and then across her back. She leaned in closer until she stared into his eyes and saw the barriers breaking down around his heart. It was going to be tough to resist those gray eyes of his that looked out from such a kind soul. She wrapped her arms around his neck and pressed her body into him. He felt the same way that Mika had. Everything was right being in his arms. October brushed her lips along his and waited for his reaction. He returned the kiss in a slow meeting of their mouths and flicked his tongue across her bottom lip until he pulled away and shook his head.
“We can’t do this.” He tried to put a little bit of space between them, but she didn’t let go of his neck.
“Because you’re Mika’s. I can smell you all over him. You made your choice.”
“We can’t have this.”
She placed a hand on his cheek and felt the warmth of his skin seep into her palm. He turned his head into her hand and sighed. “Yes, we can. I never said I was going to pick one of you.”
“It doesn’t work that way among wolves. We choose one mate for life, and that’s it.”
“Hey, October if you’re hungry—”
Elliot and she glanced over. Mika was dressed in jeans and no shirt. Flour was smeared across his chest and his left cheek. It appeared he had made the waffles from scratch. His jaw clenched when he noticed the two of them together. The veins in his neck were bulging. He opened his mouth to respond, when October unwound from Elliot and went to Mika. She slid her arm around his waist and kissed the line of his collarbone. Underneath her hand, his muscles were still rock-hard and wound tight. She flicked her tongue across him, tasting the remnants of the flour on his skin. She stood up on tiptoe and licked the tip of his ear. He quivered and looked between her and Elliot.
She followed his gaze and saw the hair was standing up on Elliot’s arms. His eyes were glowing yellow. He was breathing heavy, and his lips were pulled back in a snarl. His fists were clenched at his side. The testosterone between the two of them was so heavy she could smell it. The fur was about to fly, and she was in the middle of it.
“Whoa! Both of you just need to back off.”
“He had his hands on you,” Mika growled.
She put her hands on her hips. “Now is not the time to get into a fight over me. I might have spent the night with you, but that does not mean that you have the right to claim ownership over me.”
“You said last night—”
“I said no such thing. Both of you stop this. I’m attracted to you and Elliot. Mika, you need to calm that wolf of yours. Both of you, chill.”
Out with Amira Press
Marble Pumpkin Cheesecake
- 1 1/4 cup graham crackers & gingersnap crumbs
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spices
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 packages 8 oz each room temperature cream cheese (Philadelphia)
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 egg
- 1 cup canned or homemade pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spices
- Heat oven to 375°F.
- In small bowl, mix the crumbs with the spices and the melted butter. With your fingers, press evenly on the bottom and the sides of a 9" round pan with removable bottom.
- Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl add the cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar and heavy cream. With the paddle attachment on, stir on low speed until fluffy.
- Add the egg and blend well.
- Reserve 2/3 cup of the cheese mixture.
- Add the pumpkin puree, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spices to the remaining cheese mixture.
- Blend well.
- Pour the pumpkin cheese mixture into the chilled crust. Spread evenly.
- With a spoon, drop dollops of the reserved cream cheese mixture and make some swirls with a fork or knife.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until the center is set.
- Turn the oven off, leave the door open and let the cheesecake to cool for at least 1 hour. Run a knife around the cheesecake for easy removal of the pan.
- Refrigerate for a couple of hours before slicing.