Monday, September 21, 2015

Conference Re-charge, 'Adulting', and 200 Likes Celebration

Here's a funny little meme that is my favorite right now and a reminder that I'm now blogging over on my website. This week's blog post is my effort to extend the weekend writer conference euphoria just a little longer before the 'adulting' begins! If you'd like to check out some of the pics from this weekend, go here.


In other news, I've recently reached 200 Likes on my Facebook Author page. To celebrate, I'll be selecting a random winner from those who comment on the give away post with what their chosen super power would be. If you'd like to participate and be entered for a chance to win a signed print copy of my 3rd Shine novella, The Gilded Cage, please visit my Facebook Author page HERE and leave a comment on the 200 Likes Celebration post!

Haven't checked out my books yet? There are now 3 of Camille's adventures. You can visit my website to check them out HERE!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

#PinFic Fun



I wanted to take a moment and share my newest writing project. In trying to maximize my usage of all types of social media, I've noticed the very popular picture sharing platforms are under utilized in my platform building efforts. To correct this oversight, I've turned some of my short fiction into PinFic on my new Pinterest board, #PinFic Group Board. I'll be adding pins of new and old short short fiction. If you're interested or intrigued by this idea, I encourage you to check it out!!

Sabrina's #PinFic Group Board

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Z is for Zenobia Fox

Ra-ra-ri, I made it to Z!!!! *Cue balloons, confetti, and celebratory trumpets*

It's been a long month. If you've stuck with me through the entire A to Z Challenge, then you deserve a wild round of applause.

To celebrate the letter Z, I'm sharing a character from one of my very favorite steam punk novels.

Z is for Zenobia Fox
from The Kraken King(The Iron Seas #4) by Meljean Brooks

Zenobia is one of my very favorite characters because she's a writer who writes exciting stories based on the exciting adventures of her brother, the legendary Archimedes Fox, but longs for a real life adventure of her own. In The Kraken King, she gets exactly what she's longed for plus much more.

I like Zenobia because she is funny, strong, brave, and lands the handsome Kraken King without the benefit of a beautiful face and body. She's a-typical, which makes me lover her all the more.

Here is the official blurb about the book courtesy of Goodreads:


A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…

After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes.

But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper.

Available Here!
Available Here!
Have you read Zenobia's story? If not, I'd encourage you to start at the beginning of the series. It makes this book that much more satisfying when you finally get to Zenobia's story.
Did you complete the A to Z Challenge today? Congrats! Way to go! You rock!

Don't forget to check out my novellas: Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere, available on Amazon now.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Y is for Yasmeen

The month of April is all about the A to Z Challenge in the bloggy world. This month bloggers near and far have been posting about a theme shaped after the letters of the English alphabet. If you'd like to know more about it for next year, go here.

My theme is Some of my Favorite Female Characters.

Y is for Yasmeen
from Heart of Steel(The Iron Seas #2) by Meljean Brooks

I love strong, kick ass female characters as you might have noticed if you've been following my A to Z posts this month. Yasmeen is the audacious mercenary captain of an airship. I like that she doesn't take crap from anyone and her brash confidence. Despite her ability to be utterly ruthless, she still feels guilty for her part in the seeming death of the irritating, yet charming Archimedes Fox.

I loved getting to know Yasmeen and can't wait to read more in this world.

Here is the official blurb about the book courtesy of Amazon:


As the mercenary captain of the Lady Corsair, Yasmeen has learned to keep her heart as cold as steel, her only loyalty bound to her ship and her crew. So when a man who once tried to seize her airship returns from the dead, Yasmeen will be damned if she gives him another opportunity to take control.

Treasure-hunter Archimedes Fox isn't interested in the Lady Corsair -- he wants her coldhearted captain and the valuable da Vinci sketch she stole from him. To reclaim it, Archimedes is determined to seduce the stubborn woman who once tossed him to a ravenous pack of zombies, but she's no easy conquest.

When da Vinci's sketch attracts a dangerous amount of attention, Yasmeen and Archimedes journey to Horde-occupied Morocco -- and straight into their enemy's hands. But as they fight to save themselves and a city on the brink of rebellion, the greatest peril Yasmeen faces is from the man who seeks to melt her icy heart

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Have you read Yasmeen's story? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? If so, leave the link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to visit.

 Also, don't forget to check out my novellas: Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere, available on Amazon now.




Monday, April 27, 2015

A to Z Challenge: W is for Winter Ihernglass

The month of April is all about the A to Z Challenge in the bloggy world. This month bloggers near and far have been posting about a theme shaped after the letters of the English alphabet. If you'd like to know more about it for next year, go here.

My theme is Some of my Favorite Female Characters.

W is for Winter Ihernglass
from The Thousand Names(Shadow Campaigns Book 1)
by Django Wexler

I love strong, smart, kick ass female characters as you might have noticed if you've been following my A to Z posts this month. Winter is no exception. Though she has tried to remain on the periphery and unnoticed, she finds herself in the spotlight. Rather than cut and run, she rises to the challenge and shows herself to be a quick thinker and a compassionate leader. She risks her own safety to help others and proves that women can succeed in a military setting right along side men.

Here is the official blurb about the book courtesy of Amazon:


Captain Marcus d’Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire’s colonial garrisons, was serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost—until a rebellion left him in charge of a demoralized force clinging to a small fortress at the edge of the desert.

To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice. But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must lead her men into battle against impossible odds.

Their fate depends on Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich. Under his command, Marcus and Winter feel the tide turning and their allegiance being tested. For Janus’s ambitions extend beyond the battlefield and into the realm of the supernatural—a realm with the power to reshape the known world and change the lives of everyone in its path.

Available Here!
Available Here!
Have you read Winter's story? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? If so, leave the link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to visit.

 Also, don't forget to check out my novellas: Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere, available on Amazon now.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

A to Z Challenge: V is for Vin

The month of April is all about the A to Z Challenge in the bloggy world. This month bloggers near and far have been posting about a theme shaped after the letters of the English alphabet. If you'd like to know more about it for next year, go here.

My theme is Some of my Favorite Female Characters.

V is for Vin
from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Vin is just a girl trying to survive in a world that has kicked her over and over. She is naturally suspicious and slow to trust others. I like Vin because she is smart and observant. She is powerful, but remains true to herself and uncomfortable with the attention her power brings. And ultimately, she sacrifices herself for the good of her world. 

Here is the official blurb about the book courtesy of Amazon:


Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn.

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. 

Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

Readers of Elantris thought they'd discovered someone special in Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn proves they were right.

Available Here!
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Have you read Vin's story? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? If so, leave the link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to visit.

 Also, don't forget to check out my novellas: Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere, available on Amazon now.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A to Z Challenge: S is for Scout

The month of April is all about the A to Z Challenge in the bloggy world. This month bloggers near and far have been posting about a theme shaped after the letters of the English alphabet. If you'd like to know more about it for next year, go here.

My theme is Some of my Favorite Female Characters.

S is for Scout Finch
from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Scout is one of my favorite female characters because she is funny, bright and totally real. We've all known or been a tomboyish Scout. This book is fabulous on so many levels, but I truly feel that seeing it through Scout's eyes, makes it magical.

Here is the official blurb about the book courtesy of Amazon:


Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as an e-book.

One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father-a crusading local lawyer-risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

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Have you read Vin's story? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? If so, leave the link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to visit.

 Also, don't forget to check out my novellas: Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere, available on Amazon now.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A to Z Challenge: P is for Pippi Longstocking

The month of April is all about the A to Z Challenge in the bloggy world. This month bloggers near and far have been posting about a theme shaped after the letters of the English alphabet. If you'd like to know more about it for next year, go here.

My theme is Some of my Favorite Female Characters.

P is for Pippi Longstocking
For today's A to Z, I'm going way back to my childhood when the incorrigible Pippi Longstocking gave an angry 8 year old with newly divorced parents an escape from the world around her. Pippi had no parents, no rules, and did exactly as she pleased, including wearing upside down pigtails, shoes too big for her, and letting her horse live on her front porch. Like most children, I fantasized about independence and making my own rules.

I'd go back to being that innocent kid without any real responsibilities in a heartbeat. Being a grown up is highly overrated sometimes.

Here is the official blurb about the book courtesy of Amazon:

The beloved story of a spunky young girl and her hilarious escapades.

Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson. Whether Pippi’s scrubbing her floors, doing arithmetic, or stirring things up at a fancy tea party, her flair for the outrageous always seems to lead to another adventure.








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Have you read any of Pippi's Adventures? Did you have a particular story/character that helped you through a tough time in your childhood? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? If so, leave the link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to visit.

 Also, don't forget to check out my novellas: Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere, available on Amazon now.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A to Z Challenge: M is for Mercy Smith

The month of April is all about the A to Z Challenge in the bloggy world. This month bloggers near and far have been posting about a theme shaped after the letters of the English alphabet. If you'd like to know more about it for next year, go here.

My theme is Some of my Favorite Female Characters.

M is for Mercy Smith
*Note: This is the 6th book in the series and I would definitely encourage you to start with book 1 to get the full effect.

Mercy is the only female Sentinel of the Dark River pack. As one of the highest ranking members of the pack, she is tough, lethal, and able to take down anyone, even men twice her size. Her sharp tongue and even sharper wit have made her one of my favorite kick ass female characters. If you love the paranormal romance genre, especially of the human/shifter variety, you'll love, love, love this series. The world Nalini Singh has created in her PsyNet, Changling, Human world is amazing and good enough to be in the Fantasy genre if she hadn't centered them all around romances. But I think we would have lost something amazing if she had chosen to take this straight Fantasy genre. 

Here is the official blurb courtesy of Nalini Singh's website:



Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he’s a wolf, she’s a cat, and they’re both used to being on top.
But when a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped from DarkRiver territory, Mercy and Riley must work together to track the young man—before his shadowy captors decide he’s no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it’ll leave them both branded by fire…




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Have you read any of the Psy/Changling Series? Which book is your favorite in the series? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? If so, leave the link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to visit.

 Also, don't forget to check out my novellas: Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere, available on Amazon now.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A to Z Challenge: L is for Lucy

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! If you're visiting from the A to Z trail, please leave the link to your blog so I can return the favor!

This year I am visiting some of my favorite female characters from books I've read. I'm just doing my part to add to your long 'to-read' list! Happy Hopping!

L is for Lucy Pevensie
from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis

Lucy is one of four siblings we follow through the wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia and, I believe, the most important character. Afterall, if her curiosity hadn't made her approach the wardrobe, this story wouldn't exist. As a girl, I identified with her refusal to lie to appease the others and her strong character. She is a favorite of Aslan and witnesses Aslan's sacrifice on the stone table. She is a healer and a perceptive judge of character. As an adult in Narnia, she is known as Queen Lucy the Valiant.

Here is the book description courtesy of Amazon:

Narnia . . . a land frozen in eternal winter . . . a country waiting to be set free

Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, a series that has become part of the canon of classic literature, drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over fifty years. This is a stand-alone read, but if you would like to explore more of the Narnian realm, pick up The Horse and His Boy, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia.



Have you read The Chronicles of Narnia? Which book in the series is your favorite? Are you visiting from the A to Z Challenge?

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon


Do you like YA Fantasy? My novellas, Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere are available now on Amazon. Check them out

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A to Z Challenge: H is for Hazel

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! If you're visiting from the A to Z trail, please leave the link to your blog so I can return the favor!

This year I am visiting some of my favorite female characters from books I've read. I'm just doing my part to add to your long 'to-read' list! Happy Hopping!

H is for Hazel Grace Lancaster

At age 16, Hazel is a 3-year stage IV cancer survivor/fighter being forced to participate in a survivor support group to help with her depression. Through Hazel I experienced the reality of living with cancer and falling in love. Her experience and that of the other terminally ill kids has made them mature beyond their years as contemplating your own death will do. I loved Hazel's sarcastic wit and her I like that she doesn't let her unavoidable fate determine the course of her life. This is a character and story from which we can all learn something.

Here is the book description courtesy of Amazon:


Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. 



Have you read The Fault in Our Stars? Did you cry at the end? Are you visiting from the A to Z Challenge?

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon
Do you like YA Fantasy? My novellas, Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere are available now on Amazon. Check them out!

Monday, April 6, 2015

E is for Evie the Empress

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! If you're visiting from the A to Z trail, please leave the link to your blog so I can return the favor!

This year I am visiting some of my favorite female characters from books I've read. I'm just doing my part to add to your long 'to-read' list! Happy Hopping!

E is for Evangeline 'Evie' Greene

The characters in this series are based on cards from the Tarot deck. Evie Greene discovers she is the big, bad Empress card reincarnated. She's been the evil of all evils, but this time around she plans to change that. Evie is a reluctant hero. She knows nothing about her past life, the battle that began with 'the Flash' or her love/hate relationship with Aric, the 'Death' card. I love Evie's character. She starts out portrayed as the perfect, blond girl, but like many people who seem perfect, she is hiding a major imperfection...that she spent 3 months in a mental hospital and that she isn't necessarily over what put her there.
I thought this series is fun, different, and a fast read.

Here is the book description courtesy of Amazon:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.
She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life—until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, killing everyone she loves, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally trust Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…

In Poison Princess, New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces a dark and intriguing world, full of unspeakable danger and irresistible romance.




Have you read The Arcana Chronicles? What Tarot card would you want to be if you found yourself in this situtation? Are you visiting from the A to Z Challenge?

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon


Do you like YA Fantasy? My novellas, Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere are available now on Amazon. Check them out!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A to Z Challenge: D is for Dhulyn

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! If you're visiting from the A to Z trail, please leave the link to your blog so I can return the favor!

This year I am visiting some of my favorite female characters from books I've read. I'm just doing my part to add to your long 'to-read' list! Happy Hopping!

D is for Dhulyn Wolfshead

I like kick ass female protagonists and Dhulyn definitely fits the bill. She is tough, can wield a sword as well as any man, and she's wicked smart. I mean, really, you can't ask for more. These books are fun reads and I liked that each one followed an adventure of the duo and could stand alone.

Here is the book description courtesy of Amazon:

Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane are members of the Mercenary Guild, both veterans of numerous battles and missions, each a master of martial arts. And more than that, Dhulyn and Parno are Partners, a Mercenary bond that can only be broken by one or both of their deaths. Their past lives are supposed to be irrelevant?but Dhulyn and Parno have histories and secrets that may make all the difference between success and failure in the mission that awaits them...




Have you read any of Violette Malan's Dhulyn and Parno novels? Which is your favorite? Are you visiting from the A to Z Challenge?

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon
Do you like YA Fantasy? My novellas, Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere are available now on Amazon. Check them out!

Friday, April 3, 2015

A to Z Challenge: C is for Camille

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! If you're visiting from the A to Z trail, please leave the link to your blog in the comments below so I can return the favor!

This year I am visiting some of my favorite female characters from books I've read. I'm just doing my part to add to your long 'to-read' list! Happy Hopping!

C is for Camille Leon
from Shine 7: Lost Haven by Sabrina A. Fish

I couldn't compile a list of my favorite female characters and fail to mention the female protagonist from my own books. That would be irresponsible! *wink*

When I was little, I was once asked what superpower I'd want if I could choose. My answer was always: Invisibility. When I was asked to write a novella length story in the Shine world, I knew my main character had to have this ability.

Camille is Shine, one of the young women blessed or cursed with an ability that makes her different from others her age. Her Shine interrupts the relay of information from the retina to the brain and manipulates it so that her target's brain believes it saw what she tells it. Her ability becomes very useful as she attempts to save her best friend's life and those of other Shines being targeted for their abilities.

Here is the book description for Lost Haven, the first part of Camille's story:

Available on Amazon
In the near future, a few young women manifest extraordinary abilities called "Shine." Each girl's ability is different. Some develop extraordinary mental abilities. Some become physically strong. Others have powers that defy description. But the world does not embrace these Shines. It fears them. 

Camille’s life hasn’t been the same since her parents' traumatic murder-suicide. In the aftermath, an intruder breaks into her home. Camille discovers a mysterious thumb drive hidden in her father’s office and realizes the unwanted changes in her life are just beginning. Caught in a spider's web of politics and conspiracy, betrayal and abduction, Camille is about to discover that the world is changing and hiding is not an option. Not even for Shines. 



Have you read any of the Shine series? Which Shine would you choose? Are you visiting from the A to Z Challenge?

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 If you enjoy Lost Haven, don't forget to check out Camille's next adventure in Road to Nowhere, available now on Amazon.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A to Z Challenge: B is for Beatrice

Welcome to day 2 of the A to Z Challenge! If you're visiting from the A to Z trail, please leave the link to your blog so I can return the favor!

This year I am visiting some of my favorite female characters from books I've read. I'm just doing my part to add to your long 'to-read' list! Happy Hopping!

B is for Beatrice 'Tris' Pryor

I like Tris because she is brave, determined, and intelligent. She knows she is the underdog, but doesn't let that get in her way. She knows that the mix of traits makes her different and is dangerous for her, but again, she doesn't let it stop her. She makes the list as one of my favorite characters because she is a strong protagonist without being perfect.

Here is the book description courtesy of Amazon:

This first book in Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy is the novel the inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. This dystopian series set in a futuristic Chicago has captured the hearts of millions of teen and adult readers.

Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series, Divergent and its sequels, Insurgent and Allegiant, are the gripping story of a dystopian world transformed by courage, self-sacrifice, and love. Fans of the Divergent movie will find the book packed with just as much emotional depth and exhilarating action as the film, all told in beautiful, rich language.

One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior's society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she's determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.

Have you read the Divergent Trilogy? Which faction do you most identify? Are you visiting from the A to Z Challenge?

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon
Do you like YA Fantasy? My novellas, Lost Haven and Road to Nowhere are available now on Amazon. Check them out!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Welcome Back A to Z!!! A is for Aura

Welcome back, fellow A to Z'rs!! I missed the theme reveal day, so I cannot wait to see what everyone has decided to theme their A to Z around. Please be sure to leave the link to your own blog so I can be sure to visit!

My theme this year is female characters. I thought I'd share a bit about the female characters I love or that I've read recently. I love contributing to fellow readers' to-read lists.

A is for Aura

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the first female character of the multi-author Shine series in which I'm a contributing author. Aura is the first Shine and the reason that all other Shine exist. She is strong, snarky, and a natural, if reluctant, leader. Aura has the ability to save all Shine, if she can manage to live long enough to figure out how. I like Aura because she doesn't do as the other Shines locked in the rehabilitation facility and just accept being locked up, being tested on, and the disappearance of their friends.

Shine 1: Childhood's End is the first novella in this non-traditional series and you can download and read it for FREE from William Bernhardt's website here. Our hope is that you'll love it and want to read the rest, including my own contributions to the series. So far there are 14 of them. Bernhardt wrote the first 5, and the other four contributing authors have written the rest. Our intention is to publish one a month. They're all available in e-book format. Some are also available as audio and print books.

Here is the summary courtesy of Bernhardt's website:

In the near future, a few young women manifest extraordinary abilities called "Shine." Each girl's ability is different. Some develop extraordinary mental abilities. Some become physically strong. Others have powers that defy description. But the world does not embrace these Shines. It fears them.

Aura was only trying to use her healing powers to help a small child. But when she Shined, something went horribly wrong--and Seattle was destroyed. In the aftermath of this disaster, the government institutionalizes Shines in "rehabilitative treatment centers." Aura is sent to the Transforming Your Light island rehab--but to her it seems more like a prison. The other Shines hate her. The people running the place are out to get her. And she feels certain more is going on here than "group grope" and twelve-step programs. But when she tumbles onto the horrible secret beneath the rehab--she realizes just how great the danger to her and all the other Shines really is. Aura resolves to escape before it's too late. But she can only do that if she organizes the Shines, persuades them to work together, and overcomes the deadly opposition she only barely understands.

Have you read any of the novellas in the Shine series? What'd you think? Are you visiting from the A to Z trail? *waves* Welcome! I hope you'll leave the link to your blog so I can return the favor!! Happy hopping!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Paranormal Romance/Fantasy?

I remember the day I picked up my first romance novel. It was one of the 'those' novels. You know the ones. Cheesy plot line, cardboard cutout characters and tons of sex scenes. I was 11 years old and filched it from my mom's stack of library books. I'd read my own pile and wasn't due to go back to the library for 2 more days.

My young, voracious reader self may have been desperate...

That fateful day started a habit that lasted all of 6 months when I realized all of the stories were basically the same, the authors had just changed the hair color, the sexual position, and the setting. (Yes, 6 months! I was only 11. I spent the first few months just getting past the forbidden feeling of what I was doing.*blushes*)

These books left me with a negative view of the "romance" genre and a low opinion of my mom's reading preferences. Then the inevitable happened. I ran out of books...again! (Thank God today for e-readers and e-books.) My mom's stack of books beckoned to me, but wary from my previous experience, I tried re-reading my own books. Very few books are good enough for me to enjoy re-reading them and I soon turned to my mom's stack with a resigned sigh.

Instead of a repeat of my last experience, my mind was blown thanks to the books by Nora Roberts, Christine Feehan and Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz that happened to be in that fated stack of my mom's library books.

Has anyone else noticed how amazing some of the worlds created in today's paranormal romance genre are?

Authors like Nalini Singh, Meljean Brooks, Evangeline Anderson, G.A. Aiken, A.W. Exley and many others have created worlds that are well developed enough to belong in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section of the book store with that added bonus of a steamy sex scene or two(or 10).

Yet despite my current appreciation of these romance authors, I still find myself uncertain of the paranormal romance novel I've been working on. I'm afraid of being pigeon-holed as 'just a romance author' if I go ahead with publishing this one.

Until the last few years, I didn't even admit to the guilty pleasure of reading romance novels because of people who think like this:

Peer shaming of any kind is just wrong, by the way!

You see, my dream has always been to be published in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre. It was my first love. The genre out of which was born my love of books. My first 3 published novellas are YA fantasy. I have an epic fantasy I've been working on for the last 5 years, and plans to publish another YA fantasy series and an urban fantasy novel.

Then this idea for a paranormal romance came to me one night in a dream. It's a really good idea and I REALLY want to publish it.

Am I worried for nothing? Has the romance genre come far enough to negate the old stigma that used to be associated with it? Should I publish any romance novels I write under a pseudonym? These questions plague me with uncertainty. I'm hoping some of my writer bloggy buddies will give me their perspective on the issue. I want all of my writing to be published under my name, but I can't help my worry. What do you think?