Mother's Day: My Favorite Fictional Mothers

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!!
Growing up as the oldest of 4 siblings and 14 cousins, I felt like I got all the baby time I could handle and didn't intend to have any children of my own. Then I met my husband and decided maybe I'd give it a go at least once.

BEST DECISION EVER! I've accomplished much in my life to be proud of, but my son and the amazing person he is will ALWAYS be my proudest accomplishment.

Did you always imagine being a mother or are you like me? Either way, this day is about you and I hope it's an amazing one!

To continue celebrating, I thought I'd mention 3 of my favorite mothers in fantasy/paranormal romance. These women totally kill this mom thing and let me know that I'm not alone in some of the crazy antics I have to put up with from my family.

#1 & #2: The Psy/Changeling Series by Nalini Singh- It's a toss up between Tamsyn and Ashaya.

Tamsyn isn't the MC of Slave to Sensation, Book 1 of the series, but h…

Writing Fantasy: The Market, Publishers, and Agents

This past weekend, I was asked to speak to the members of a local writing group about the business side of writing fantasy. That is to say, the group's members wanted to know about the market, what publishers are the best, and which agents to seek out.

It turned into a pretty good presentation, and while anyone can find this information with a little research, it can be overwhelming for new writers, so I thought I'd share a little of what I covered here. Back when I was new, I would have loved someone to lay it out for me.

The Fantasy Market

What we hear: The Fantasy Market is over-saturated.

Is it true? Yes and no. Fantasy does seem to be the go to genre for aspiring authors. They believe that it must be easy since they can just make up whatever they want, when in all actuality, fantasy is much harder, takes more time, and requires more skill, IMO, than setting a story in the world that already exists. A fantasy writer first has to put in hours upon hours of time and research…

Mythical Creatures: Manticore

Since the second book in my Award-Winning Fantasy Romance series released last week, I thought I'd center this week's magical creatures post around the race of the hero:

the Manticore
Origins: Persia, originally called Martichorus
Appearance: Head of an old man with a long beard, body of a lion, scorpion tail, dragon wings, and sharp claws.
Legend: This beast is said to be a man-eater that lays in tall grasses so it's beastly body is hidden and only the non-threatening image of it's human head is visible. When humans near, it pounces on them, devouring them in one bite, or shoots stingers from it's tail, rendering them helpless while feasts on them. Despite having the head of a human, the beast couldn't talk, but rather had a trumpet sound for a voice. Disappearances were often blamed on this fierce creature.

The Gate Keeper Chronicles: In my series, the Manticore people look a bit more human. They  have lion eyes and thick, lion-mane-like hair with three horns grow…

Happy Book Birthday, Diomere's Healer!!

Happy Book Birthday to the second book in my fantasy romance series!! I'm so excited for you all to read Diomere's Healer and meet Arriana & Treves!

They don't have it easy, and it seems like fate itself is against them, but Arri is determined to not only save her nephew from the magical poison killing him, but also convince Treves that even a curse can't keep them apart.

Diomere's HealerFive Gates. Five Sisters. Five Very Different Men.

Once there were two worlds connected by five gates. Then the Gate Keepers closed the gates and disappeared. The Gate Keepers have returned.

Arriana Quinones failed to save her king from the poison that killed him. Now her nephew is suffering the same malady. When her search for a cure leads her through a gate into a world of magic, she discovers that the gods' plans for her stretch far beyond finding an antidote.

Treves Tourbillon and his people gave up hope of ending their curse. Then Arriana saves his life. While those aroun…

Raising A Next Generation Reader/Writer

As an author and mother, I expected (or should I say hoped? LOL), that my son would be interested in writing...or be an avid reader at the very least. I'm the oldest of 4 book-loving siblings with parents who are also avid readers, so I don't think this is an unrealistic expectation (even if I did marry a man who doesn't understand my love of books).

Then my kiddo went through the learning to read process AND IT WAS HORRIBLE! For about a year, I feared that my son was never going to love reading, never-mind writing.

It was a sad time folks.
But finally, it all started clicking. Then, we found Michael Dahl's Library of Doom books...and
EVERYTHING CHANGED! I will forever be grateful to that author for writing the kind of book that made my boy fall in love with the quirky illustrations so that he WANTED to learn the even quirkier words for himself.

Whew! Crisis averted!! (I know my fellow readers will understand my relief!)
Now let's fast-forward 3 years. My kidd…

Diomere's Exile is on SALE!!!

That's right, friends! To celebrate the upcoming release of Diomere's Healer, I've asked my publisher to put Diomere's Exile on sale for $0.99 for the next couple of weeks.

If you haven't checked out this award-winning fantasy romance, then what better time to do so?! And when Diomere's Healer is released on March 25, you'll be ready!

Be sure to let me know what you think after. I love hearing from readers!

And to make it even better...I'm doing an Amazon Giveaway of 4 e-book copies of Diomere's Exile. Try your luck and if you don't win, click on over to the product page and take advantage of the sale.

Go To Amazon Giveaway

Magic Systems in Fantasy Fiction

I love the Fantasy Fiction genre. The greats like C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Mercedes Lackey, and Anne McCaffrey (just to name a few) introduced me to the wonder of this fabulous genre as a child and other greats like Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson, Anne Bishop, and Patrick Rothfuss (again, there are SO many more) continued to feed this love as I grew older. And it's thanks to amazing paranormal/fantasy romance authors like Nalini Singh, G.A. Aiken, Ilona Andrews, Christine Feehan, Gena Showalter, and Kresley Cole that I've learned a good, happily-ever-after romance makes fantasy even more enjoyable for me.
One of the reasons that the Fantasy genre is my favorite is due to the various types of magic systems. My fantasy romance series, The Gate Keeper Chronicles, has a combination elemental and life force based magic system, but I'd eventually like to have a series for each magic system that exists in fantasy fiction.
Each time I read a new fantasy series, I…