Saturday, August 20, 2016

Complete Trilogy Edition On Sale For 3 More Days-Urban Fantasy Novels

The Complete Ghost Protector Trilogy is on sale for only $2.99 in the US and only 99 in the UK for another three days

All three novels in my Ghost Protector Trilogy are available in one collection; on sale for a limited time. Price returns to $4.99 end of day 8/23/16.

Amazon UK:
Amazon USA:

Monday, August 1, 2016

Review: What Customers Crave

What Customers Crave: How to Create Relevant and Memorable Experiences at Every TouchpointWhat Customers Crave: How to Create Relevant and Memorable Experiences at Every Touchpoint by Nicholas J. Webb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free arc in exchange for my honest review.
When I first opened this book on my Kindle, I thought it was pretty short. It registered as being I believe 5% in and I was only on the table of contents. Turns out it isn't short; it's just densely packed.
This book breaks down customer service for the new generation; the digital one. It goes through the importance of treating customers not as demographics but rather as types. What a customer loves and what a customer hates are more important than their age, race or creed. My only complaint was I felt it was a little too general in places but this was probably necessary so as to appeal to multiple business types.
I think this would be an excellent book for a small business and useful for bigger businesses as well.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Review: Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh

Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss, #4)Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ARC of this from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. Let me say right off that I've read the previous four books in the series and enjoyed them so I was eagerly looking forward to this one.
It did not disappoint.
For those familiar with the Rock Kiss series, you're already prepared for this final (?) book where the keyboardist in the band gets a chance to win back the love of his life.
The book takes up pretty much where the others left off. We see references to events in prior books but they don't ruin this book. They just pique your interest in reading the previous ones; if you haven't already.
Sarah and Abe were married but Abe was a drug addict and tormented by the death of his sister and he basically ruined everything. Sarah is also portrayed as too timid to stand up for herself or admit her own needs but it's pretty much Abe's fault.
As usual, there were the hot sex scenes for which this series is known.
I have only a couple of small complaints. One, Sarah had a lot of accidental pregnancies. It seemed like stretching things a bit. Two, Jeremy was talked about a lot but never shown. It was all second hand information. Otherwise, a good solid romance and a good solid finale for this series about members of a rock band finding love and redemption. I would recommend the series if you enjoy hot happy ever afters especially with redeemed bad boys.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Writing Prompt: On The Day I Buried My Sister

“On the day I buried my sister, I felt completely numb,” she says. She takes a long hard drag of her cigarette as though trying to pull every drop of nicotine out of it. She leans over and crushes it out in the metal ashtray already overflowing with cigarettes. Her handcuffs clink against the metal table as she draws back. She looks up at the ceiling and lets out the smoke in a long burst.
“Are you trying to say it wasn’t your fault?” the detective asks, looking up from his notebook. One dark bushy eyebrow travels up his forehead as though it is trying to follow his receding hairline.
“No,” she says flatly. “I’m just trying to explain. Listen.” She leans as far across the table as she can. “Have you ever lost anyone you loved? Had them suddenly ripped away from you?”
“I was under the impression your sister was sick for quite a few years before she passed,” the detective says consulting some notes on his pad.
“And you think that means it wasn’t sudden?” she demands. She pushes herself away from the table; scooting her chair back. She starts to rise but the metal chain connecting the handcuffs is looped around a metal bar on the edge of the table and she is jerked back down before she can fully rise. “It’s always sudden.”
The detective nods as if conceding the point and gestures for her to continue.
She drops back down in her seat and puts her elbows on the table. She leans her head down and rubs one hand through her hair. The burnt ends of her brown hair break off in her hand and fall down onto the table in clumps that she ignores. “I drove myself to the cemetery. People offered and the funeral home would have given me a limo but I wanted to be alone.” She grasps her hands together and starts to rub them one over the other. “When it was over, I stayed there staring down at that horrible hole in the ground and I felt frozen. Like there was this wall of ice between me and this horrible thing. I didn’t want to move; didn’t want to crack it. I knew once I started to cry, I wasn’t going to stop. So I just stood there.” She rubs her hands over her eyes; missing the look of pity in the detective’s.
“I’m not sure how long I stood there when this guy came up to me. I didn’t see him walk up. He was just there. I ignored him. I didn’t want sympathy. I didn’t want to be consoled. If he tried to make me feel better, it would just make me feel something and that was the last thing I wanted. So I ignored him. But that didn’t seem to bother him at all. We just stood there until it got ridiculous.” She pauses now; her eyes distant as if remembering.
“What happened next?” the detective asks her.
“I turned around and started to walk away. He came with me. Still not saying anything; just keeping pace.” She goes back to rubbing her hands together. “I got frustrated with him and then I got mad at him for making me feel frustrated. Making me feel anything.” She takes a gulp of air and wipes her hand across her face. “So I turn on him. I’m ready to blast him and I look him dead in the face and I open my mouth to yell but he’s just looking at me. He’s looking at me like he can see straight through my soul. I stopped right there with my mouth hanging open.”

“You need a distraction, he tells me. He holds out his hand. It’s just hanging there between us. He doesn’t say anything else. Doesn’t introduce himself. And I look down at that hand and I think what the hell. I put my hand in his and he turns and starts walking away taking me with him.” She gulps now. “That what the hell moment. That one moment of wanting to be anywhere and do anything as long as I didn’t have feel; to hurt. That’s the moment I threw my life away.”

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Putting out a book teaches you a lot about how different people are and how differently they view the world. At least it did for me.

Here are some examples:

My writing prompts book received two reviews on the same day. The first said the prompts were too short and therefore pretty useless. They needed to be longer; to have some meat to them. The second reviewer loved them. They said the quick little prompts gave them lots of room to expand and explore without hemming them in. Same exact book. Two very different reactions.

The first book in my paranormal fantasy trilogy was described by one reader as being a slow exploration of death and family. Another described it as a quick paced fun read. If you read those reviews individually, would you even think they were for the same book?

I had no idea going in how very differently the same book could be received by different people. I don't just mean that some people liked it and some didn't. I mean the reasons, the perspectives.

I guess it makes sense. We are all unique people with unique experiences that color our worlds. I just didn't realize how wildly that can vary.

Even when are all in the same place, we took very different routes to get there.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Review: Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews

Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels, #4.5)Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this short story. I am a fan of the Kate Daniels series so I was already familiar with Jim and Dali. It was wonderful to see them interact. There is another Jim and Dali story called Magic Steals and it will be part of the Night Shift anthology. I recommend you read this one and then go and read that one.

I would say this story would appeal more to fans of the series but it can be read as a stand alone as well. It is set in a world where magic has started to come back and overtake technology. Tech and magic fight it out constantly for the upper hand and people get dragged along behind.

Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)Soulless by Gail Carriger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cute and clever. Paranormal steampunk.
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I have to say I truly enjoyed it. The book is set in an alternate reality Victorian England (about mid 1800s) where werewolves and vampires are a part of society. They exist and so does the etiquette on dealing with them.
And as they exist, so does their opposite; people whose touch cancel out their supernatural powers. These people are known as preternaturals or soulless. Our fearless heroine (and spinster having reach early twenties without marrying) Alexia is such a soulless. This doesn't stop a certain supernatural from being romantically interested in her and it doesn't stop her from getting in the middle of some supernatural troubles.
Alexia is a strong woman who isn't going to let a little thing like having no soul stop her from saving society or setting it on its ear.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Complete Ghost Protector Trilogy Edition Out Today

For the first time the full Ghost Protector Trilogy is available in one edition for a discounted price.

All three books in my Ghost Protector Trilogy have been combined into one ebook edition. You can buy all three books for less than the price of two of them individually.

It is also part of the Kindle Unlimited program to read with your monthly subscription. #kindeunlimited

This trilogy represents a year and a half of my life so it is both a relief and a let down to have it all completed. I hope you enjoy it.

You can find it here:

Friday, June 10, 2016

Suggested Book Club Questions

Each book in The Ghost Protector Trilogy can be read alone. They do have an overlying story arc and are designed to be enjoyed as a set but there are no cliffhangers.

Ghost Of A Chance (Book One)

What character did you like the most? Why?
What character did you like the least? Why?
What did you think of Jenny's mother's behavior? Was she justified?
Did any part of the story make you feel uncomfortable? Which part? Why?
Do you sympathize with Ann?
What do you think the overall theme or moral of the story was?
Did you enjoy the story? Why or why not?
What part was your favorite? Your least favorite?
What did you think of Zhong Kui?
With which character did you identify most?
What if you became the Ghost Protector? Would you accept the role? How would it affect your life?
How did you feel about the ghosts? Did one in particular stand out for you?
What would you say the overall tone of the story was? Optimistic? Pessimistic? Cautionary? Humorous etc?

Ghost Of A Smile (Book Two)

What character did you like the most? Why?
What character did you like the least? Why?
What did you think of Gary's behavior? Was he right to keep it a secret? Do you think Jenny was right to forgive him? Should she have done it sooner? Did she do it too soon?
What do you think the overall theme or moral of the story was?
Do you blame Beth for her part?
Did you feel the Hopi culture played a part in the story?
What part was your favorite? Your least favorite?
Did you like the story? Why or why not?
Who do you think was the most important character in the story?
Did any symbols stick out for you in the book?
What did you think of Jenny's father's behavior?

Ghost Of A Memory (Book Three)

What character did you like the most? Why?
What character did you like the least? Why?
What did you think of Zhong Kui's behavior in the end?
What do you think the overall theme or moral of the story was?
What part was your favorite? Your least favorite?
Did you like the story? Why or why not?

Questions If You've Read The Entire Trilogy

Which character changed the most over the course of the series?
Which of the three books was your favorite? Why that one?
What did you think of the ending of the trilogy? Would you have chosen to end it differently?
Compare and contrast the different villains.
Which villain was the best villain of all?  Why did you choose that one?
Which ghost was your favorite in the series? Why?
Which ghost was your least favorite? Why?
Who was your favorite character of them all? Why that one?
How do you think Zhong Kui feels about Jenny? Can you give examples?

Movie Review: John Wick

Wonderful movie: 5 out of 5 Stars

John Wick [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD]

John Wick
Starring Keanu Reeves
Rated: R-violence and a lot of it

I truly enjoyed this movie. It's rare to find a movie where you want to root for the guy doing all of the killing but I absolutely did. John Wick is a serious badass mafia hitman who goes legit for the love of a good woman. She dies and an asshole with terrible timing comes after John.

This movie had a wonderfully realized world to it. You can tell the writer and director spent a lot of time on getting the details right. The gold coin system for example. They have their own exclusive currency that is just used by the criminal underworld; making them easily distinguishable from ordinary people who might wander into the hotel or club.

The action scenes are very well choreographed. I would especially point to the scene where John is fighting in a car and the one where he is fighting in a hotel room.

There were points in this movie that were truly sad--especially the beginning--and points where I laughed out loud. I would absolutely watch this movie again and I'm delighted to hear they are planning a sequel.

Fair warning: there is a lot of violence in this movie so it's not for the young or faint of heart.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ghost Of A Chance Is One Of The Reviewer Discussion Choices

Ghost Of A Chance has been chosen as one of the read and review books for the Goodreads group: Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Readers, Writers and Reviewers Group

If you'd like to be one of the reviewers, you can find the post here:

It will be open for requests from June 8th until June 22, 2016.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ghost Of A Memory Is Now Out!

The final book in my Ghost Protector Trilogy is out today. 

To celebrate the release, Ghost Of A Memory ebook is on sale for only 99 cents until June 5th. Book one, Ghost Of A Chance, is free on all Amazon sites for that same time period.
Ghost Of A Chance Book One
Ghost Of A Smile Book Two
Ghost Of A Memory Book Three
Ghost Of A Memory
It's been a lot of work but it's finally here; the final book of my Ghost Protector Trilogy. I'm working on batching all three books into one complete trilogy edition but the hard part is done. All three books have been written and edited. (Oh the editing!) Covers have been made and all the other little and not-so-little things that go with producing a book. I'm thrilled and a little lost, honestly. Time to find something else to write about.

Free Ebook June 1 to June 5

My ebook, Ghost Of A Chance, is free on all Amazon sites for the next five days-- June 1, 2016 to June 5, 2016.

Do you like urban fantasy? Here's your chance to check out a new read at no cost to you.

Ghost Of A Chance

If you like paranormal fantasy, don't miss this ghostly read. 

No one told Jenny Chang she is descended from a long line of supernatural protectors. When her father is murdered, the mantle of Protector passes to her. Suddenly thrust into the world of the dead and beholden to Zhong Kui, the King of Ghosts, Jenny struggles with new powers and new responsibilities. As she tries to find her way, Jenny must face an old evil that is loose in the world and uncover a secret buried in her family’s past

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Why Would I Do That?

I don't consider myself a reviewer. I review some things--mostly books on Goodreads. I do put some reviews up on Amazon but I'm hardly a top reviewer. I think my reviewer rank is around 350,000.

Despite this, I just got an email from a company that makes virtual reality headsets asking me to review their headphones. They'll even give me a discount code to get them 40% off. So I should buy your product for $16.99 plus tax plus shipping and then write you a review?


There is nothing in the email that suggests any benefit this product would give me. It's not being offered to me for free in exchange for the review. It's not a product I have demonstrated any interest in. So why would I give you my money to do you the favor of reviewing your product? There is also not a single please or thank you in the email; something I think should be present in any request for assistance.

I would consider looking at something offered for free in exchange for my honest opinion. (I offer most of my books as free ebooks in exchange for honest reviews.) It would have to be something that I was interested in anyway or could use. You would get my honest opinion--good or bad. I'm not going to consider buying something and yet owing you a review. That's not how buying things works. If I give you money and you give me the item, our interaction is done. If I choose to review it beyond that, it is entirely up to me.

I'll give them this. They are bold. And sometimes you have to be bold to get ahead. Just go be bold some place else.

Friday, May 27, 2016

New Prompts Book Now Available

The sequel to my writing prompts book is now available at Amazon and Smashwords. It is pending approval at Google Play, Apple, Kobo and Barnes & Nobles.

Do you want to write but don't know where to start? Are you looking to break free of writer's block? This book is for you. 
With a unique writing prompt for every day of the year--including leap day--this book provides hundreds of chances to stretch your creativity and write more. 
Get in touch with your inner author and get those creative muscles flexing with these prompts

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I Couldn't Resist Making This

I couldn't resist making this. I was looking through a friend's pinterest boards and it suddenly hit me. Nothing about books! But the books! And the shiny words! <Shaking my head sadly.>

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Win A Free Copy Of The Upcoming Release Of Book Three Of My Paranormal Trilogy

Ghost Of A Memory by EJ Divitt

The Goodreads giveaway of my upcoming release of Ghost Of A Memory started today. 

You can enter to win it here: 

If you win, you'll get a free paperback copy of this new release. This is book three of my paranormal trilogy, The Ghost Protector Trilogy. Books one and two are already available as ebook and paperback.

Contest runs until June 10, 2016.

You can also enter to win an ebook copy at

There are a lot more ebook copies so your chances will be better there. They don't have a convenient direct link like GR does but you can find it under the Member Giveaways. 25 copies are available and the contest runs until May 29th.

If you'd like to receive a free digital copy of book one, Ghost Of A Chance, in exchange for an honest review, please send me an email at Please specify what type of file you would prefer (i.e. mobi, pdf, epub) and I will email you back the book. I am looking for reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

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The Ghost Protector Trilogy

Ghost Of A Chance, book one
Ghost Of A Smile, book two
Ghost Of A Memory, book three

Friday, May 13, 2016

My Interview With "Shh I Am Reading"


I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Leticia of Shh I Am Reading. If you'd like to read my interview, you can find it here.
It includes the usual things: favorite kind of chocolate, ghost kings, villainous capes, upcoming projects and favorite books.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Cover Reveal: Ghost Of A Memory

I have the final draft of the cover for the June release of book three of my paranormal fantasy trilogy, The Ghost Protector Trilogy. Barring any final tweaks, here it is:

What do you think?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Top 10 Best Paranormal/Supernatural Authors

The Top 10 Best Paranormal/Supernatural Authors

10--Carrie Vaughn-Kitty Norville series

9--Rob Thurman-Cal & Niko Leandros series

8--Kim Harrison-Rachel Morgan series

7--Kelley Armstrong-Otherworld series

6--Neil Gaiman-Sandman, Neverwhere

5--Kevin Hearne-Iron Druid Chronicles

4--Nalini Singh-Psy-Changeling series, Guildhunters series

3--Patricia Briggs-Mercy Thompson series

2--Jim Butcher-Dresden Files, Codex Alera, Cinder Spires

and the winner for best paranormal author (in my opinion) goes to:

1--Ilona Andrews-Kate Daniels series (aka Magic series)

Honorable Mentions:

Jeaniene Frost-Night Huntress series (aka Cat and Bones)

Charlaine Harris- Harper Connelly series

Jennifer Estep-Elemental Assassin series

Faith Hunter-Jane Yellowrock series

This list was surprisingly difficult to whittle down. I had no idea I liked so many paranormal and supernatural series.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Book Review: Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Wedding Cake Murder (Hannah Swenson, #19)Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

That is my over all opinion of this book. Meh. I didn't hate it but I certainly would never pick it back up to reread it.
The characters spend ridiculous amounts of time discussing things like how people knock or the history of cardamom. In all fairness, Fluke has always been a fan of giving us lessons on grammar or spices or whatever piece of history she thought was entertaining, by having her characters go on and on about them. I just feel like the last few books have been more and more stilted and this makes those idiosyncrasies stand out.
The recipes are still there. They are dumped into the middle of chapters so you have to break from reading the story to look at them or bypass them. Please put them at the end of the book so they are a) all together and b) not in my way when I'm reading.
If you've seen my prior reviews, you also know I'm not a fan of the new groom. Why have a love triangle for about 17 books and then give her a completely different fiancée? The obvious answer is because the author didn't want to choose or didn't want to upset people by choosing the "wrong" one. The triangle went on way too long and then you just ignored it. Not cool.
I seriously doubt I will ever read another book in this series. If I do, it will be because it has been long enough that I've forgotten my annoyance and it will be because the library had it sitting around. I won't spend another dime or waste space on my bookshelf.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Dead In The Water by Hailey Edwards

Dead in the Water (Gemini #1)Dead in the Water by Hailey Edwards
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'd have to say 3 1/2, maybe 3 1/4 stars?
I read this book through KU and I had planned to give this book four stars right up until the ending. I enjoyed the character of Cam. Being a gemini was an unusual choice in the world of paranormal fantasy and I enjoy variety. There were a lot of different types of fae presented which made it feel like a fully realized world--though a bit overloaded with creatures at times. Cam's grief over Lori gave the book a depth and gravity to it right from the beginning. (Not a light hearted read.)
There were a few editing mistakes in the book "so" instead of "no"; "me" instead of "be". They were minor.
I was not a big fan of this romance subplot (and I usually enjoy romance subplots) because I'm not a big fan of having the love interest behave the way this guy did. I don't think he crossed a line they can't come back from but I do think he went too far.
I was not happy with the resolution of the story because I don't really feel like it had one.
I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger because our heroine was not left with a gun to her head but major things were left unresolved. A character (one I liked) is missing under bloody circumstances. Cam believes the bad guy they caught was just a vessel and this is confirmed by two murders after it. I would have felt better about the ending without those last two murders. If she just suspected it wasn't the guy, it would be more of an ending. Being given proof it's not the guy and he's still killing and then ending the book anyway? That seemed like a bad way to do it. That left the major case open. An ending needs to feel like this chapter of their life is closing and that just didn't happen here. Cam is getting on a plane to go continue working the same case and find the missing character. How is that not cliffhangerish? How is that a resolution?
Overall, a good story. Understand that to resolve this, you must be prepared to read the next one which comes out 4/26/16

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

Orphan X (Evan Smoak, #1)Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting spy thriller. I'd read another one.
This is the first in a new series about a former black ops government assassin/spy. He breaks loose and spends his time trying to help the desperate and helpless. Some one comes after him though and he has to use all of his skills to fight someone just like him.
I liked the overall book. I was wrong about who the bad guy was and happy to be. I found it got bogged down with too much detail and overly describing parts but over all entertaining and worth a sequel read. There were some parts that were truly convoluted but I liked the main character and I like several of the supporting characters. A decent start to a new series.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Win A Free Copy Of My Writing Prompts Book
Win A Free Copy

Amazon Giveaways this month include my writing prompts book, Daily Writing Prompts To Spur Creativity: 365 Writing Prompts To Help You Get Started. You can enter to win a free ebook copy here. No purchase necessary. (April 8th through May 8th, 2016.)

You do not need to own a Kindle to read the ebook. Amazon has a free cloud reader app that you can use on any computer or smartphone.

Sample prompts include:

Write a scene between a young man and his sentient car after he decides to take a cab on a date.

Your character shifts into a chicken but can't control it.

Zombies come out to society and fight for equal rights.

You come home and find your spouse in bed with a pigeon, a bowl of spaghetti and your favorite shirt. Describe the conversation.

You find a red hair in your bed and you are blond.

Good luck. Enter here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Frustrated Today

I'm having a frustrating day. Work, family, technology; it's all frustrating me. I can't seem to buy a break today.
I'm working on telling myself to let it go and get past it but it's like trying not to think about something. The more you tell yourself, "Don't think about it," the more you think about it.
Ultimately my problems are minor--unless work really blows up--but they are consuming my mind right now.
I should be editing and I have some ideas for a short story to work on but no, I'm just fuming. Any advice on how to get past it?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


I'm listening to the audiobook version of Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz and I heard a line I particularly liked. I don't think Hurwitz is the first person to say it but it really touched me.

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."

Everyone has pain in their life. Physical, mental, emotional.Everyone has something. How you choose to face it is up to you. It is such a powerful statement.

It is, of course, also overly simplistic. Some pain blindsides you. Someone dies, something breaks. There are some diseases that ravish the body with pain.

In some cases, ignoring pain could lead to bigger problems; like not getting a broken bone set properly.

So while the statement may not be wholly true or wholly doable, it is absolutely something to which I can aspire.

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."

Something I'll think about.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ghost Of A Smile (Book Two of The Ghost Protector Trilogy) Now On Sale

Ghost Of A Smile-Book Two

Ghost Of A Smile (book two of the Ghost Protector Trilogy) is officially on sale as of yesterday on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. The paperback version is making its way onto other book sites. It will probably be another month before it shows up on Barnes and Nobles. Both this book and the first book, Ghost Of A Chance, are available on Kindle Unlimited to read for free.

Book two finds Jenny Chang facing a Suicide Spirit; an entity that taps into the emotions and convinces its victims that life is hopeless. In her quest to find and defeat it, she travels from Massachusetts to a Native American reservation in Arizona with the help of the Hopi. A certain Native American legendary figure makes an appearance as well Jenny's boss, Zhong Kui, King of Ghosts and Demon Queller.

I enjoyed looking into the traditions and myths of the Native American culture. The many tribes have such fascinating histories and beautiful cultures but it was the Hopi that drew me.
Ghost Of A Chance-Book One

I'm working on the draft of book three, Ghost Of A Memory. It is due out in June so I need to have the final draft ready to be submitted by May. It's been quite a ride putting out all three in a year.

The cover of GoM is in the early stages of being mocked up and will probably change several times over. All I can say for certain is it will be the same model as the prior two. Jenny loves the color red (she thinks it's lucky) so we may well go with her in the red shirt this time. (She's going to need all the luck she can get.) I'll post a copy once I have the final mockup.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Relieved? Not yet.

Ghost Of A Smile comes out tomorrow (3-15-16). I wish I could say I'm relieved. The book is done and it's live. I can wipe my hands and call it a day.
It seems like the quest for marketing and reviews is never over. You can't sell books without reviews and you have to get your book into people's hands before they can possibly review it. Plus you need to have a good amount of reviews before the popular promo sites will take you.
It's kind of a vicious cycle. I need reviews to get sales but it's hard to get reviews until you've had sales.
I've been contacting tons of review sites and bloggers/reviewers to get them to look at Ghost Of A Chance (book one). I must have it out to fifty reviewers.
Then I also have book three to finish-Ghost Of A Memory. (I do seem to love punny titles.)
I guess I'm going through one of those time periods where I feel like I'm slogging through mud trying to get anywhere.
No way past it but through it.
So I'll trudge on and hope to find some high ground.
Wish me luck.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Discount Book Site

I recently came across a website called

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If you are looking for a newsletter of free and discounted ebooks, check it out. You may find your new favorite book.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tax Season Is Here

It's almost tax time again. If you missed my earlier posts on tax brackets, you can find them here: (Part One: Filing Single)

These are tax brackets from two years ago but the idea is the same. Multiple people at the time had been saying to me that they didn't want a raise because they didn't want to be in a higher tax bracket. That is not how it works. Getting a raise will still give you more money even if it does put you in a higher tax bracket.
These posts explain how the progressive tax brackets work and how ending up in a higher tax bracket is not going to make you poorer.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Status Update

I'm done with the first draft of book three of The Ghost Protector Trilogy. Book two has been back from the beta reader for awhile now but it was sitting on my desk in a lonely pile waiting for me to finish the draft of book three.
Now that I have, I can spend some time editing book two while book three goes off to the beta reader. I've got about three weeks until the final edits are due on book two for its March release date.
I've done a mock up for the cover for book two. Here's a sneak peek:

I wanted it to be similar to book one so that people would recognize it as a series but I didn't want it to be so close that it seemed like the same book. I got the same model and plan to use her for book three as well. The background is Arizona as a portion of the book takes place there.
I did a little work on the blurb for it too.
I've also been fiddling around with a sequel to Daily Writing Prompts To Spur Creativity. It's oh so originally titled, More Daily Writing Prompts To Spur Creativity. It's only about two-thirds done as I am in no rush to finish it. I mostly use it as a way to get in the mood for writing and then go work on the trilogy.
No, I've definitely been immersed in the world of the Ghost Protector for the last six months trying to juggle book one coming out with finishing book two and getting book three done as well.
When I finally finish book three--edits and all, I'm treating myself to a night out at the hibachi restaurant.
I love eating fresh hibachi fried rice and watching them build onion volcanoes. Yum.
Mind you, I may be the only person over the age of four who actually gets sad if they skip the onion volcano. It happened once and I had to keep myself from pouting. (The people at the next grill over got an onion volcano.) What can I say? The heart wants what the heart wants.
Mine usually wants chocolate.

P.S. Book two is now available for pre-order at Amazon. Pre-order price only $0.99.