Wednesday, February 4, 2015



Coming this Valentine’s Day…

Middle Eight, a romantic comedy by Audra Middleton
He’s sex, drugs, and rock and roll. She’s spray bleach, spreadsheets, and check lists.

Will their relationship hit the charts, or break hearts?

When the normal life Ray has always dreamed of unravels, she finds herself falling for a drummer, coming to terms with her unconventional childhood, and inevitably discovering that normal was never really in her best interest




Excerpt:
The loud clanking of a spoon against a cereal bowl roused Ray from her second slumber. Her nausea was completely gone, but it felt like somebody shoved a few dozen hat pins into her skull. She opened one eye, and found herself staring at someone’s bare feet.
Ray had a thing about feet. Feet were disgusting appendages. Especially hairy guy feet. The Birkenstock trend nearly made her mental. She never even let her husband touch her with his feet. But these feet were different. They weren’t hairy or calloused, for one thing. They were clean, for another, and the right one had a dragon tattooed along the side of it.
“Did you clean my kitchen?”
Ray sat up, squinting with the pain of bright lights and hat pins stirring in her cerebrum. She dug into her purse for the ridiculous aviator shades she’d bought at the last gas station and put them on. Looking up, she saw that the feet were attached to the drummer boy from the band in the bar. Wavy brown hair tucked behind his ear, cobra tattoo hissing on his chest, he wore nothing but a pair of faded jeans. Funny, had she seen this guy in the supermarket last week, she’d have crossed the aisle to avoid him. This morning she couldn’t take her bloodshot eyes off of him.
“Sorry about that. I’m psychotic.” She rubbed her temples, the effort of speaking causing more hat pin sticks. “It’s just, I got up to take some Advil, and I stepped on some Cheerios and so I tried to sweep up the crumbs, but the crumbs were stuck because the floor was sticky…next thing you know I’m scrubbing your floor. It just snowballed. It snowballed and thank God I started to feel sick or I would have moved on to the bathroom, started changing sheets while you were still sleeping in them, who knows. I clean when I’m stressed. It’s my process.”
He smiled and shook his head, shoveling another spoonful of Cheerios into his mouth.
“I’m Ray, by the way,” she said, removing a bobby pin that was poking at her scalp near her temple. Holy crap, maybe those aren’t imaginary hat pins in my head.
“Were your parents hoping for a boy or something?”
“Not exactly.”
“I’m Van,” he said, in between bites.
Van. A flicker of excitement stirred in Ray’s stomach. Might she have stumbled upon somebody else whose parents were too high in the seventies to properly name their child?
“Were you conceived in a van or something?”
He did a combination laugh-choke. “Uh, I have no idea. My first name is Jeff, last name Vandermark. Van’s just a nickname. It’s easier since there always seems to be at least three other Jeffs in any given room.”
Ray sighed. A fun nickname given by friends. She couldn’t relate to that.
“You hungry?” he asked, pointing his spoon at his bowl of Cheerios.
“A few hours ago I swore I’d never eat again. Think I’d better hold off.”
He smiled slightly, and got up to pour himself another bowl. Ray sucked in a breath. When he passed by she got an eyeful of chiseled obliques, angled perfectly, pointing toward the Promised Land. What is wrong with me? Escaping lunatic husband, thirty bucks to my name, dead car, remember? Not the time to drool over drummer boys.
“Thanks for letting me crash here last night. I’d get out of your hair, but I have no idea where my car is. I mean, I know it’s at a bar somewhere in Portland…”
He laughed into his spoonful of cereal and nodded as he struggled with a swallow. “Right. Let me finish eating and we can go see about your car.”


 
About the Author:
Audra Middleton was born and raised in Washington State where she lives with her husband and their three boys. She gave up her teaching career to raise her children, and in between diaper changes and baseball games, she began writing books. Once she started, she couldn’t stop, even after she went back to teaching.






For more information about Audra & her books:

 More Books by Audra Middleton:

Hitchhiker
Supernatural abilities haunt her. Brainiac students taunt her. The FBI "Freak Squad" wants her.
Will she abandon her extra sensory talents in favor of freedom, or or will she hone them to help catch crooks?
NOW AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK at Champagne Book Group, Amazon, iTuneiBookstore, Kobo, and  Barnes & Noble.





Watcher
An orphan girl seeks the oblivion of the forest while darkness lures the Chosen Son of prophecy, yet they find each other, and their budding love could destroy the very world Goran, the tormented prophet, is trying to save.
Buy Links:
Available as an ebook at Burstbooks.ca, iTunesAmazon.com, iBookstore, Kobo, and  Barnes & Noble.com. Also available as a paperback Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Champagne Book Group.




Abomination
A sequel to Watcher.
The seeds are planted. Which will take root, change or destruction?
Buy Links:
Available in paperback and as an e-book on Amazon, and now available on Barnes & Noble and iBookstore.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2015





Pucked HTML Cover Reveal January 15, 2015 Available this February, Rachel Walter is releasing her YA Contemporary Romance, Pucked. A novel that takes you back to your first love in high school, while gaining an education of what it's like for people who suffer from Parental Alienation. Today we are revealing this amazing cover designed by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Photography be on the look out for this book!



Synopsis

Does life get in the way of love or does love get in the way of life?

Riley Silk doesn’t know the answer to this.  He loves.  He lives.  But he can’t figure out how to merge the two together.
Audrey Jacobs doesn’t believe there is an answer to the love versus life debate.  She believes life can’t be lived without love.  But even she has difficulties with how to access her own feelings.
Riley and Audrey have been friends for years, best friends.  But lines cross and blur.  Their functional relationship turns into an unconventional mess, and they both want to fix it, to go back to the way things were.
Stress, memories, and heartache thrash them both into different directions.  Can Riley cope with everything’s that happened?  Can Audrey overcome her insecurities? 

Who keeps the puck?  

**Trigger warning- abuse topics - Parental Alienation. Mild - alcohol abuse and drug abuse **
Release Date: February 2015 



Add Pucked on Goodreads HERE


About Rachel Walter

Rachel is a wife and mother from Central Pennsylvania. Her favorite season is fall, for hockey, changing leaves, pumpkin everything, and bonfires often. She’s also a coffeenista with an insomnia problem. When Rachel isn’t playing with the people inside her head, making her family believe she belongs in the loony bin, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, species confused cat (he believes he’s part dog, love him), and finding new books and music.

Regarding writing, her first love is Young Adult Paranormal, but she’s venturing outside of her comfort zone and opening up to writing more genres. Be on the look out!
Stalk Links:
Facebook  | Blog | Twitter |

More from this Author

True Connection (The Soul Mate Series) #1
Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Available on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iBooks

Soul Promise (The Soul Mate Series) #2
Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Available on  AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iBooks

A Message of Flowers (A Pocono Valley Romance) #1
Adult Contemporary Romance
Available on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iBooks


COME, THE DARK

Coula Killed Me
Thanks for stopping by to view this quick announcement on Rebecca Hamilton's latest release, COME, THE DARK, book 2 in the Forever Girl series. Although this book is the second in the series, it is a complete standalone following a completely new set of characters. And you can grab your copy today for only $0.99! Still apprehensive about reading the second book in a series? Well, you can grab the prequel, HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL, off kindle--Always Free--and on January 9th, THE FOREVER GIRL will be free also, for the first time ever! Worried you might forget the date? Join the mailing list using the option on the Rafflecopter below and you'll receive a reminder on January 9th to download your free copy anytime between January 9th and 13th!
***

COME, THE DARK

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton
Come, the Dark 2Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.
The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.
Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.
A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.
TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.
***
***

THE FOREVER GIRL

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton
NOW OPTIONED FOR FILM!
Beautiful blonde with dandelionsAt twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.
Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she'd settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous. One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor's hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him. The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampires, ghosts, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.
***
***
a Rafflecopter giveaway
***

About the Author

BeccaRebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on twitter @InkMuse

What is a Forever Girl?

Being a Forever Girl Means

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 1, 2014

FREE in December


December Specials
 FREE on Amazon

December 1st thru 3rd 



Dekram can't help feeling like an outcast. She's the only mixed breed fairy running around her secluded home realm of Wandermere. She loves her parents, but part of her wishes she could just be like everyone else. That sentiment only intensifies when she begins overhearing strange conversations the adults seem to be having about her and her future. Something isn't quite right in Wandermere and Dekram seems to be at the center of it. 






FREE on Amazon December 3rd thru 5th
 The Purgatory series
Forget Me  #1 in the novella series, PURGATORY which takes a doppelgänger through a number of female hosts in search of love and stability in a world where it doesn't exist.

The doppelgänger: a myth, a night fright, as singular as an individual's nightmare—a demon's blunder. It has no name, no sex, no flesh, and no identity unless it wears one of you, a human.

Gaire: the doppelgänger's wicked attraction, an anomaly, a wendigo-aswang half-breed; he's a rogue hiding from a race that wants him dead. He can't fight what he is—they won't let him forget what he's done.

Born into lives where hope leads to disappointment and wishes lead to disaster; could two very different creatures find love in each others arms? Maybe, but they will have to fight all that is Down Under before they find out.

FREE on Amazon

December 6th thru 10th 

The Dark and Deadly series

 A demented mind? Or a mind with dementia?

Viola Fisher may be in her eighties, look a bit zany, and pop out with an amusing rendition of a favorite song in the middle of a sentence. But tread lightly, because if you happen to resemble the antagonist in her last murder mystery or television show, or sound like a suspect in a recent news article, you may end up her next victim.


FREE on Amazon

December 8th thru 12th

The Dark and Deadly series


In the small town of Reed City, Michigan there are secrets well-kept like any other small city in rural America. But in the community surrounding the town common a dark secret begins to bleed from basements and attics onto the streets. One murder after the other takes place, and soon it becomes clear someone is trying to break the wicked circle of miss doings that have carried on from generation to generation in the heart this city.




FREE on Amazon

December 10th thru 12th


The Grateful Undead series


Susan is 58-years-old and bored with life. Middle age is a daily drudge of sagging body parts and aches and pains. Her fervent prayer that she could somehow recapture her youth comes true one night during a chance encounter with a child-like vampire. As soon as the other women in her family see the transformation they waste no time in sticking their necks out, hoping Susan will share this new-found fountain of youth.

Suddenly, this newly born group of hot-bodied vamps find themselves thrust into a world controlled by an ancient order of vampires. A world with rules, all of which the ladies pretty much break within hours of becoming immortals. And the little matter of the accidental epidemic of vamped out wildlife isn't exactly endearing them to the powers that be, either.

They're So Vein is a hilarious and irreverent new twist on the paranormal/vampire romance genre.


FREE on Amazon

December 17th thru 19th 

The Dead Girls series

Toni's grandmother is a psychopath.
Her sister is a ghost.
Her boyfriend is possessed.
And she has no idea who she is.


Summer vacation is ruined when Toni's twin sister, Sara, dies. Instead of walking into the light, Sara stomps directly away from it, totally pissed she didn't die in her skinny jeans. That's when Sara finds out their grandmother has a gift for talking to dead people, and two spritely spirits and a nasty soothsayer named Bartholomew are all working their angle with Toni's future caught in between.

Dear old Granny's determined not to be the last necromancer in the family, but with the death of her promiscuous granddaughter, her only option is Toni, who must remain a virgin until her eighteenth birthday without any ghostly interference from Sara.

Sara's not having any of it; especially since the guy Granny's conspiring with is the same guy that assisted in Sara's demise. Toni needs help! But protecting her sister is complicating all the ghostly fun on the other side!

Can death stop a twin? Maybe not, but Granny knows Dead Girls Never Shut Up.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=susan+stec&x=14&y=23

Monday, November 3, 2014





 I'm very pleased to have the author of one of my favorite young adult series, DelSheree Gladden, here to answer some questions about WICKED GLORY in the Someone Wicked this Way Comes series. I've read all three novels and am looking forward for the release of book 4, which I hear, Mrs. Gladden is now working on. You can see all three of my reviews for this series on Goodreads and Amazon. 


Author Interview 

DelSheree, what was the inspiration for your story?

The inspiration for this particular book in the series really grew from Zander’s need for redemption and Van’s struggle to find out who she really is on a personal level. This book, even more than the others in the series, really focuses on the siblings’ personal conflicts and their attempts to correct past mistakes and find their inner strength.

What kept you going throughout the writing process?

Ketchup’s fans, LOL! Not every reader loves Ketchup, but he tends to be a fan favorite. I got requests that he become a prize in a giveaway, readers asking to “borrow” him from Van for a while… I love that readers are enjoying him so much and asking for more. The reader support really kept me going even when I struggled to get any writing done on Wicked Glory.

Who is your most meaningful character and why?

In Wicked Glory, I felt like Zander really developed from his initial self-centered, somewhat egotistical character into someone who truly begins to understand what it means to love someone so completely it almost hurts, and what true sacrifice not only requires, but demands.

Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?

Definitely! There will be at least one more book in the series (which will feature Ketchup on the cover this time, yeah!) and possibly a fifth. I’m not sure yet, and probably won’t be until I write “The End” on book four. I’ll keep everyone updated though!

How has this story touched your life?

As I worked on this story, I spent a lot of time considering what it takes sometimes to find your own inner strength. It’s not an easy thing to do, and at times it takes and external force or situation to make a person realize how strong they really are. During this time my husband and I listened to several nonfiction audio books like the Louis Zamperini story, which is an amazing account of personal strength and endurance. So much of his story will shock you, but his determination to survive a Japanese prison camp and the torture they put him through was inspiring. Listening to his history really impacted me and helped me while writing this book and trying to understand the topics I was writing about.

What motivated you to start writing?

I loved reading when I younger, and still do, not just for the escape it provides, but for the connections I get to make with characters. That connection and understanding was special to me as a child and I wanted to be able to create that for someone else.


You can get your copy of Wicked Glory and the rest of the series here: 
Wicked Hunger is FREE on most platforms.

Kindle/Amazon: Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wicked Glory
B&N: Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wicked Glory
Smashwords: Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wicked Glory
iTunes: Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wicked Glory
Kobo: Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wicked Glory


About the Author

DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn't speak a single word for the first three months of preschool, but she had already taught herself to read. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting and perfecting it before having it published.

Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her husband spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family again. Their two children love having their cousins close by. When not writing, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing and trying not to get bitten by small children in her work as a dental hygienist. DelSheree has several bestselling young adult series, including "Invisible" which was part of the USA Today Bestselling box set, "Pandora." The Date Shark Series is her first contemporary romance series.  

Connect with DelSheree Online


Sunday, October 5, 2014









What happens to love, when trust is betrayed?
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Jeanne+Bannon What’s a girl to do when she falls in love with the man whose mission it is to bring her down?

With the murder of her only sister, Sara, just a few months past, Lily Valier—a woman of beauty and substance—tops the sheriff’s list of suspects in small town Maine, and for a very good reason. Dear old Dad had willed his fortune to Sara and only Sara, leaving Lily to fend for herself. However, with no murder weapon or witnesses, the evidence against Lily is only circumstantial.

Enter P.I. Aiden O’Rourke, black-haired and blue-eyed, charged with gaining Lily’s trust and learning her secrets, all to finally get the goods on her. Things move fast and feelings run deep, yet when Lily discovers the truth about Aiden, everything begins to come apart.

Aiden’s torn. Despite his feelings for her, Lily is the most logical suspect, with a great big fat motive. Except something’s not quite right. Aiden trusts his instincts and they’re screaming at him to have a look at a former suspect with far more to hide than first appeared. With little left to lose, Lily decides to stand her ground, and staying put has its consequences when the murder weapon finally turns up—and it’s Lily’s gun.



Jeanne Bannon has worked in the publishing industry for almost 20 years. Currently, she works as a writer and freelance editor. Her first novel, Invisible, published by Solstice Publishing, has been optioned for film. She is currently working on Incarnate, a paranormal romance.

Come visit her blog at http://beyondwordsblog.blogspot.com/


 


http://www.amazon.com/Nowhere-Run-Jeanne-Bannon-ebook/dp/B00NU9GF2K/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412530001&sr=1-1&keywords=Jeanne+Bannon 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blog Tours

GUESS THE TRUE STATEMENT & WIN JESSICA BELL'S THRILLER, WHITE LADY! (Statement #16)

To celebrate the release of Jessica Bell's latest novel, WHITE LADY, she is giving away an e-copy (mobi, ePub, or PDF) to the first person to correctly guess the one true statement in the three statements below. To clarify, two statements are lies, and one is true:

Sonia ...
a. has a tattoo of a bloody knife on the inside of her left arm.
b. owns a tea towel printed with the periodic table.
c. sells illegal weapons to support her family because the income of a teacher isn’t enough to pay off all her husband’s debts.

What do you think? Which one is true? Write your guess in the comments, along with your email address. Comments will close in 48 hours. If no-one guesses correctly within in 48 hours, comments will stay open until someone does.

Want more chances to win? You have until October 31 to visit all the blogs where Jessica will share a different set of true and false statements on each one. Remember, each blog is open to comments for 48 hours only from the time of posting.

If you win, you will be notified by email with instructions on how to download the book.

Click HERE to see the list of blogs.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

*This novel contains coarse language, violence, and sexual themes.

Sonia yearns for sharp objects and blood. But now that she's rehabilitating herself as a "normal" mother and mathematics teacher, it's time to stop dreaming about slicing people's throats.

While being the wife of Melbourne's leading drug lord and simultaneously dating his best mate is not ideal, she's determined to make it work.

It does work. Until Mia, her lover's daughter, starts exchanging saliva with her son, Mick. They plan to commit a crime behind Sonia's back. It isn't long before she finds out and gets involved to protect them.

But is protecting the kids really Sonia's motive?

Click HERE to view the book trailer.
Click HERE for purchase links.

Jessica Bell, a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, is the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the director of the Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. She makes a living as a writer/editor for English Language Teaching Publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, MacMillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

Connect with Jessica online:

Monday, September 22, 2014




Toni's grandmother is a psychopath.
Her sister is a ghost.
Her boyfriend is possessed.
And she has no idea who she is.

Summer vacation is ruined when Toni's twin sister, Sara, dies. Instead of walking into the light, Sara stomps directly away from it, totally pissed she didn't die in her skinny jeans. That's when Sara finds out their grandmother has a gift for talking to dead people, and two spritely spirits and a nasty soothsayer named Bartholomew are all working their angle with Toni's future caught in between.

Dear old Granny's determined not to be the last necromancer in the family, but with the death of her promiscuous granddaughter, her only option is Toni, who must remain a virgin until her eighteenth birthday without any ghostly interference from Sara.

Sara's not having any of it; especially since the guy Granny's conspiring with is the same guy that assisted in Sara's demise. Toni needs help! But protecting her sister is complicating all the ghostly fun on the other side!

Can death stop a twin? Maybe not, but Granny knows Dead Girls Never Shut Up.




Let the evil cackling commence! 



Today Antoinette Maestro (Granny), the villain of Susan Stec’s novel,

is my guest.





1. What is your ultimate goal?
I'm a necromancer and my ultimate goal has always had the best interest of my granddaughters--front and center--to carry on the family gift of talking to the dead. Unfortunately, my younger grandchild was a casualty early on, so my only option was Toni, my daughter's oldest twin.

2. What makes you so driven to accomplish this goal?
Well, that's a simple question. When I die it will the end the family's legacy if Toni does not accept the gift of necromancy.

3. If you could choose anyone from the literary world as your partner in crime, who would you choose and why?
Why, Edgar Allen Poe, of course. The man knew the underworld, the value of my gift, and with his knowledge and assistance I could have stayed at my condo in Florida, and sipped sherry and watching the sun set on the Atlantic. Then again, with my ability to conjure ghosts, we would have made quite a team; Poe and I.

4. Describe yourself in three words or less.
Focused. Capable. Determined. (I really should add OLD)
 


http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Girls-Never-Shut-Up-ebook/dp/B00BFXZ1LO/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1411402343&sr=1-4&keywords=susan+stec
From USA Today Bestselling Author Susan Stec,
I love laughing with my daughters, class B scary movies, fine cuisine and hamburgers from Wendy's. I'm addicted to electronics, dark chocolate, vintage eyeglass frames, warm socks, and would kill for a really good cup of cappuccino. I'm a wannabee gamer--Zelda is my fave, but I'll play Nintendo with my grandson for hours.
My favorite all-time television series are Twin Peaks and Dark Shadows. Best movies ever, 1943 A Christmas Carol and Soylent Green.
There isn't just one thing I'm passionate about. I'm married to a wonderful man, have two adult daughters, three grandsons, and three dogs. I live on fifty acres and hunt and fish. I will get up in the middle of the night to listen to the coyote sing, sit under a tin roof in the middle of a rain storm, stare at barren trees and revel in the white show surrounding them. I sew, do stained glass, paint watercolors, make jewelry, but most of all, I write. I write because I have to, and because it amuses me to live vicariously through my characters.

One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead~~Oscar Wilde

Meet the characters--view the trailers:
http://thegratefulundead.blogspot.com/

Connect with Susan Stec on:
Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, Google and @Suesan0814 on Twitter

Find all of Susan's books on Amazon.

About Me

My Photo
I've always been weird, even as a child--might've been influenced by all those fairies and trolls living around Grandma's house. Could've been because my mother had dreams that came true, and Grandma read tarot cards. I don't know, but I don't think it's because I'm two different people (my family loves them both) and one of us talks to ghosts. After driving a food wagon onto construction sites during my hippie days (peace, love, and a sparkling marijuana induced smile) to investment banker--a plethora of 'career moves' in between--I've finally found my niche, writing what I love to read, fantasy and horror. I live with my husband (who is perfectly normal) and three King Charles spaniels (also normal) on 50 acres of woods, fields and streams in upper Michigan.