Virus is launching on Smashwords today

It’s time for a launch day, are you ready?

Virus, Book 3 of Station 86, is now available on Smashwords.

When a station goes dark, Sennett is asked to join the last remaining IHP members to investigate. When they arrive, they find so much more than they expected. A terrifying Virusvirus is loose on the station, that they might never escape from.

Meanwhile, Station 86 is having its first free election. Godfrey hadn’t had any intention of being involved, until he isn’t given a choice.

In the meantime, April’s true identity as the first hybrid humanoid is no longer a secret. And there are those who can’t stand that there’s a half Earthian, half Khloe. There are those that will never rest until the little girl is dead. With Sennett trapped, stations away, Godfrey and Mason have to work together to keep April safe.


By the way, it’s also available on Barns & Noble and Kobo. Super excited about that.

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a copy of Virus, now’s your chance. I hope you love it.

Thank you as always for reading. And I hope you’re ready for the end of Station Central. There’s only two episodes left!

We only see one face

So, there’s this school bus driver that I kind of hated this past year. Her route was right near my house and, I’ve got to tell you, she must have had it out for me. She would take corners too wide, causing us to have to back up. She’d come to stops with little to no warning. She would sit at a stop forever, I swear. And any time we made eye contact, she’d go off on us. At least as much as she could, seeing as how we couldn’t hear her. Though I’m assuming you have an idea what I mean. Hands waving, mouth moving in such a way we can clearly see she’s not using language she should be using while driving about a bunch of kids.

I don’t like this woman. I cannot understand this woman, and I don’t want her to be driving children.

At the same time, it’s really hard to have such strong feelings for someone you see for a minute at most. And, a lot of factors play into my vitriol for this woman. For one thing, I see her in one of my least favorite times of the day. I am always anxious I’m going to be late for work, no matter how early we’ve left. And she, well, I’m sure driving kids on a school bus can’t be a stress-free job. Maybe we’re just two women, doing our best.

Or maybe she’s got road rage and needs to get that shit under control.

One way or another, I don’t really know this woman. I see one face of her, and it’s not a good one. I don’t see her when she gets back to the bus depot. Maybe she’s the one who brought doughnuts in. Maybe she waits a few extra minutes for a kid who has trouble getting out the door. Maybe she is the driver that always remembers all the kid’s birthday. Maybe she’s a great wife, mom, aunt, sister.

The same is true for our characters. Especially our secondary characters. We tend to see our primary characters as themselves because we see them through their own eyes.

But what about the nice old man who lives next door? How does his son see him? Is there a reason he doesn’t bring his wife when he visits?

What about the best friend? She’s always happy, always there to answer the phone when the MC needs her. Why is her life so empty that she’s just there for her buddy all the time?

Or, what about the villain?

The reason this is coming up is that I’m working on a companion novel to Woven right now. For those of you who read the trilogy, you might remember a woman named Grace in book two. The one who was an old flame of Victor, who was less than happy to see him in love with Lenore?

Yeah, her story is so much more than just being the old girlfriend. And so is Calvin’s. I was really astounded how I felt about Lenore after writing this. Or more specifically, Victor. I am kind of furious at him now.

I’m not telling you all this to sell a book that isn’t even done yet. I’m telling you because it’s really fascinating to me. No one’s really a pure villain or a pure hero. We all have shades of gray. Things that redeem us, things that we’d rather no one else know about. Why does your neighbor walk alone every evening? Who does your boss go home to? How many of your co-workers are forcing that smile?

We all have stories, and we all have many sides. To write a good character, make sure you explore all of your character’s sides. Even if they don’t fit into the story you’re telling right now.

Station 86 is shocked when a Khloe assassin begins killing members of the all powerful 51fxP9XGG+L._SY346_council. Officer Sennett Montgomery and Councilman Godfrey Anders swear to find the assassin after Godfrey’s wife is falsely accused. But the killer, and the council itself, are not what they seem. Neither, as it turns out, is Sennett’s daughter.

Download the e-book now for free.


Review, Broke Millennial

Fun fact. When you get interested in something and want to learn more, the universe (or probably ads inspired by online spying) will help you. As you may know, I’ve been on a mission for better money management for quite some time now. I have to tell you, though, I’ve been struggling. Food is expensive, you guys. Like, way more expensive than it should be.

So, I listen to this podcast called Bad With Money with Gabi Dunn. And if you do too, I bet you now have her theme song stuck in your head. And she had someone on a few weeks ago who I just fell in love with. Like, started following her on Instagram and bought her book right away love. That person is Erin Lowry, aka the Broke Millennial.

You guys, this woman has some of the most practical advice I have ever seen for money management. Not just budgeting, not just saving. Real, honest money management. And I love it.

Had some great advice about budgeting

While I didn’t agree with absolutely everything in the book, I found the vast majority of it helpful. It went way past the usual suggestions that you see everywhere. Save money, use this method of budgeting, use that method of budgeting. Oh man, this shit gets offensive sometimes. Clip coupons, shop at different stores, shop the sales and forget coupons!

While all that’s fine, saving money doesn’t do you any good if you don’t know what to do with it.

Let me tell you, I’ve learned things from this book that are going to save me money. Even better, I learned things from this book that are going to make me money. Which is awesome.

Inspirational stories

Look, money issues are hard. It’s nice to know they’re hard for everyone. I mean, there’s a reason why I gravitated towards a money advisor called the Broke Millennial. This book did two things in that regard. It told me I’m not alone, and not stupid for not knowing these things. That’s the big thing to remember. We’re not taught this stuff anywhere unless we seek it out. We are not stupid for not knowing how to manage my money.

The other thing this book taught me is that just because I don’t know now doesn’t mean I’ll never know. I can take steps to be better, and I can start right now. And so can you. Which brings me to my last point.

Made me feel like proper money management was an attainable goal

I went through this book with my notebook open, taking notes. I have plans, people, I have big plans! And you know what else? I feel like these big plans are totally, absolutely, one hundred percent attainable.

I think too often we’re just afraid of things like investing or changing banks. I think money, in general, makes us scared. And I get it. Money makes me scared. But not having enough of it to care for myself and my family makes me way more scared.

And for helping me feel more confident about money decisions, this book is worth its weight in gold.



Exciting news about Virus

It’s always an exciting time when I get to announce a book launch. Even though this one isn’t a purely new launch. That’s okay, though. It’s still fun.

Virus, book three of Station 86 will be available on Smashwords on July 30.

So, if you’ve been waiting to complete your Station 86 series, but you’re not a fan of Amazon, I got you. I always love being able to offer my stories on as many markets as I can.

And of course, because it’s on Smashwords, it’s also on OverDrive, Kobo, Apple Books and Barns & Noble. Let me tell you, it is like a literal dream come true to see my books on freaking Barns & Noble!



I love being able to provide my books across as many platforms as possible. I want to make sure that anyone who wants to read my stories can, regardless of what device they have. And I hope that if you haven’t read Virus yet, you grab it now.

Celebrating the sixth year anniversary of Woven

Every single year I do this, and I have no intention of stopping. #Sorrynotsorry. But this is a pretty exciting thing, and I really want to share it with you.

Tomorrow will be the sixth anniversary of the day I started my trilogy, Woven. It’s the sixth anniversary of the day I sat in the middle of the park and prayed for this story not to die on me.

And, it didn’t.

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This is a particularly special anniversary because the first trilogy is now over. And Woven has grown so much beyond that. At least in my mind, it has, and in projects that are in the works as we speak. (Sorry, no launch dates to release yet.)

I always like to take a moment at this time every year to thank all of you. I value all of you who got Missing Stitches to the bestseller list on its launch day. I thank all of you who read it and left a review. I can’t believe that I’m so blessed as to have so many people reading my stories.

For those of you who are authors, don’t quit. It takes work, and it takes time. But you can get there.

Again, thank you. I have every intention of continuing to bring you stories for many years to come.

Stay tuned.

In Devon’s world, magical work is as common as turning a pot or fletching an arrow. 51-OoHU7HkL._SY346_What isn’t common is a man with thread magic. When Devon finds that he is a seer, weaving prophetic tapestries, his family tries to keep it a secret.
But the family can’t hide Devon’s visions after he predicts a devastating plague in the dragon lands of Coveline. He travels there to help the dragon queen save her people.
Meanwhile, Devon’s sister Lenore joins the Church of Singular Light. As Lenore learns to serve, and falls in love with her city, she discovers a dark underbelly to the church.
Lenore fights for her city, and Devon rushes to find a cure to the plague, while an unseen enemy raises an army to destroy Septa from within.

Get it here today!

A review of Good Omens

Sorry for the delay on this review. I actually finished watching Good Omens on Amazon (Not Netflix, hehe) weeks ago. But, you know, life happened, and it took me a while to sit down and talk about it.

Here’s the first thing you need to understand. I love Neil Gaiman. I mean, freaking love his books. I love everything he writes. The first time I read Good Omens, I finished it in one day. This is, by far, one of my favorite books of all time.

When I first heard that they were making Good Omens into a mini-series, I had conflicting feelings. On the one hand, many of Gaiman’s stories have been converted to the big or small screen to great effect. Coraline, for instance, is one of my favorite movies. However, I’ve been burned by movies based on books I loved so many many times. We won’t talk about The Giver movie. And you don’t want me to talk about the Harry Potter movies. Or the first X-Men trilogy.

And so, when I sat down to watch the first episode, I did so with reservations. And then I saw that Neil Gaiman was involved with making the show, and I felt a lot better about the whole thing.

Turns out, it was great.

The casting was perfect

That was a big problem I had with the X-Men movies. Not my only problem, but a big one. But the Good omens pic onecasting on Good Omens was fantastic. I can’t imagine anyone else playing Crowley other than David Tennant, and I’m not just saying that because he’s The Doctor. His physical movement really sold the character, even aside from his delivery. And Michael Sheen as Aziraphale was perfect. Of course, every time I saw Jon Hamm as Gabriel, I just started laughing.

The intro was wonderful

Good omens pic threeI know this isn’t the best thing to judge about a show, but an intro means a lot to me. Yeah, I’m weird. Blame it on the Simpsons and Firefly for setting such a high bar. But this intro was a work of art. Hands down.

For the most part, they stayed right to the lines of the book.

Look, I’m not saying that every movie or tv show based on a book has to read the book like it’s the script verbatim. I mean, that would be nice. But it’s not realistic.

But Good Omens got pretty damn close, no lie. I re-read the book a week before the show premiered, and this show was almost line per line for many of the scenes.

There were additions, but they made total sense

Now, of course, they had to add a few things. They had this whole story about Nazies that was really fun. And they did change up the ending. But they changed it in a way that made total and absolute sense. I don’t want to spoil it, because you should absolutely watch it. But the ending, and all of the other additions, make sense.

If you get a chance,check out Good Omens. If you’ve never read the book, do that too. And let me know what you think in the comments below.

51fxP9XGG+L._SY346_Station 86 is shocked when a Khloe assassin begins killing members of the all powerful council. Officer Sennett Montgomery and Councilman Godfrey Anders swear to find the assassin after Godfrey’s wife is falsely accused. But the killer, and the council itself, are not what they seem. Neither, as it turns out, is Sennett’s daughter.

Get it on Smashwords for free

A review of the Chernobyl mini-series by HBO

Here’s something you might not know about me. I was born in June of 1986. So literally, while I was being born, Chernobyl was happening. Well, the fallout of Chernobyl was still being dealt with.

In addition to that, I was brought up and still live in, Butler PA. That’s about three hours from Three Mile Island. It seems that I was meant to have some sort of connection with Nuclear disasters. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to Pripyat.

Even if this wasn’t the case, I think I still would have devoured HBO’s Chernobyl.

For the maybe three of you who don’t know the story of Chernobyl, here’s a basic overview. There was a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, in the Soviet Union. It ran a safety test that went horribly wrong. The core melted, sending radioactive material out into the population. The nearby town of Pripyat had to be completely deserted, and to this day people can’t go there without safety suits. Or they’ll, you know, die.

This was a terrible situation, made worse by a government cover-up, incompetence by the plant’s management, and leaders who were more interested in protecting their secrets than the lives of innocent people.

The HBO miniseries follows the scientists and politicians who worked first to stop the plant from gushingChernobyl pic 2 poison into the surrounding area, and then to make sure nothing like this ever happened again. And, let me tell you, it stayed very true to the story. It largely follows Valery Legasov, a nuclear physicist who was part of the response team. His tireless work to lessen the impact of the disaster saved untold lives. The work he did later was more important.

The last episode was the most impactful. And it’s, again, as true to history as we can tell. Legasov made damned sure that every person he could reach would know exactly how the meltdown at Chernobyl happened, exactly who was responsible (spoiler, there a lot of people responsible.) and exactly how responsible they were. He did this not for spite, not to punish anyone. There were enough people more than ready to punish. He did it because he wanted to make sure that nothing like this ever happened again in the Soviet Union.

Legasov is a hero, no question. And I feel personally attached to this story for several reasons.

carouselFirst off, Pripyat was a company town. It was built to house the employees of the Chernobyl power plant and their families. It was nice, too. One of the most haunting pictures from Pripyat is of the Ferris wheel, that will never run again. My hometown, Butler, was also a company town. It was built to house workers of the steel industry. There are still people here who can remember being paid in company scrip from the mills.

One character from the show really hit me between the eyes. She was a woman named Lyudmila Ignatenko. She was pregnant when the reactor melted. My mom was also pregnant, with me, when the reactor melted. Normally reminders that we’re all citizens of planet Earth are happy and warm. This one wasn’t. How many of my generation were poisoned by this tragedy? No one’s bothered keeping track, so we don’t know and never will know the real number.

The last episode really brought me to tears. Mostly due to this one line, probably the best line from the whole damned show.

Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth, sooner or later that debt is paid. That is how an RBMK reactor explodes, lies.”

That’s how most things explode or decay. Relationships don’t fail because people were too honest with each other. You don’t stop talking to your family because they were telling you the truth. The truth, no matter how hard it is to speak, is always the best way to handle any situation.

By the way, I still believe Nuclear power is a viable, safe alternative to what we have now. When you look at the numbers, gas, and coal kill thousands of people a year. Nuclear energy has killed less than 100 since Chernobyl. Sorry, including Chernobyl.

I cannot suggest Chernobyl enough. It was believable, gripping, and terrifying at times. If you get a chance, watch it.

And if you’ve already watched it, please let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.

Station 86 is shocked when a Khloe assassin begins killing members of the all powerful 51fxP9XGG+L._SY346_council. Officer Sennett Montgomery and Councilman Godfrey Anders swear to find the assassin after Godfrey’s wife is falsely accused. But the killer, and the council itself, are not what they seem. Neither, as it turns out, is Sennett’s daughter.

Download it now for free.

My second quarter review, 2019

Woo, we are halfway through 2019 already! How, how in the hell did that happen?

Suffice to say it did, and somehow, we’re now staring down the latter six months of the year. And I, I am ready to get it underway.

I hope you are too. Because it’s time to do a quarterly audit and a quarterly update for our 19 in 19 goals.

Spoiler, mine changed dramatically. Many of the things that I really wanted to do have fallen by the wayside. But here’s how I’m doing so far. A crossed out goal has been completed.

  1. Make progress on the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps. I am on step two!
  2. Finish the last draft of Station Central
  3. Finish the second draft of Falling From Grace
  4. Finish the second draft of Wolf Eye. I might not get to this one, because some changes were made
  5. Finish the third draft of Grace and give it to my beta readers.
  8. Write a new novel for Nanowrimo
  9. Finish the third draft of Wolf’s Eye. (This is actually getting moved to next year.)
  10. Write the rough draft of a new science fiction novella
  11. Publish Station Central online and in e-book form. Coming August 3oth.
  12. Strengthen my mediation and yoga practice. This is not something I intend to work on right now.
  13. Read 25 books. So far I have read 14.
  14. Get a literary agent. Still looking for one.
  15. Read Simple Abundance every day. This I’m doing.
  16. Use the Kona Marie method to declutter my life. I’ve decided this just not attainable right now until I move.
  17. Have wonderful holidays.
  18. Grow succulents and herbs.
  19. Find ways to limit my waste. Again, I’ve set this goal aside.

As you can see, there are some big things still on there. But there was a lot of dead weight there too, things that I no longer really cared about. So, removing all the things I’ve already done, and replacing some goals with new ones, here’s what I have. It’s whittled down to 14.

  3. Write a brand new Nano novel
  4. Publish Station Central
  5. Read 25 books. I have eleven left
  6. Get an agent.
  7. Simple Abundance book
  8. Wonderful holidays
  9. Finish Falling from Grace. And I mean completely finish. Like ready to publish finished.
  10. Finish The Oregon facility, my new science fiction novella
  11. Start Wolf’s Eye, draft two. Probably after Nanowrimo
  12. Create 7 income streams. Spoiler, this isn’t going well. I mean, I’m up to five income streams, but most are not making money.
  13. Pay off all my debt.
  14. Create a nest box full of lovely things for the next time we move.

So that’s it. Fourteen items that will have a dramatic impact on my life and happiness. Not like, a life-changing impact. But I’ll feel it if these things are done.

If you don’t have any goals right now, or if you had goals at the start of the year and by now they’ve petered out, here’s my suggestion.

Think about what you can do in the next six months that you’ll feel the impact of. What can you do, big or small, that will leave a mark.

Even if it’s just a dent?

So, what are you going to do to impact your life in the next six months? Let us know in the comments below.

Station 86 is shocked when a Khloe assassin begins killing members of the all powerful 51fxP9XGG+L._SY346_council. Officer Sennett Montgomery and Councilman Godfrey Anders swear to find the assassin after Godfrey’s wife is falsely accused. But the killer, and the council itself, are not what they seem. Neither, as it turns out, is Sennett’s daughter.

Download Seeming now for free.

Book review, Suppose We

Another thing I haven’t done in a while is to review a book. I don’t know why. I’ve been reading books. But I’ve mostly been reading old books, books that almost everyone has already read except me. (I’ve really been trying not to re-read books. Which actually means no re-reading Harry Potter.)

But, after interviewing Geoff Nelder during the Spring Author Series, I had to pick up his new science fiction novella, Suppose We.

It starts out similar to a lot of other science fiction stories. We have a team of people on a spaceship, seeking another planet for human habitation.

They reach a planet they call Kep. Previous exploration has told them that this planet is considered possibly habitable by humans.

Our cast consists of Gaston, the science officer and main character and the trigger-happy ship’s captain Penn. It’s rounded out with Em and Delta. Together, their mission is to see if humans can survive.

As it turns out, they sort of can. The food is edible, and in fact, is described as familiar and tasty. The air is mostly breathable, though apparently not quite as breathable as on Earth.

The only real issue seems to be that the Kep people, and by people, I mean floating purple cloud-like creatures, don’t really seem to find the humans worth their time.

I honestly could have lived without Gaston, the only Frenchman on the ship, using random French words in every single sentence. But honestly, that’s about the only complaint I have.

I loved the world, though. It’s really unlike most of the science fiction I’ve read. The Kep are not capable of killing, and neither is anything else on the planet. It is completely devoid of predators. (Are you just a little worried about humans on this planet? I am.) But this is so unique! I’d never considered how society might evolve if nothing kills each other.

One of my favorite parts of the book was the AI from the ship, who calls itself Can, as in Suppose We Can. It’s sarcastic but hopeful. It’s constantly working behind the scenes for its crew. And I live it.

I also really love this butterfly that takes a liking to Gaston. It’s just the right amount of whimsical to add some fantasy to a science fiction story.

Another thing I apricated, and it’s something I aspire to, is the detail the science fiction has. The characters are in cryogenic stasis for years, thousands of them, before they reach Kep. When they wake they’re groggy, it takes hours to recoup, and they’ve quite covered in wax required for the process. I love this! I don’t think of things like this.

Suppose We is the first book in a series. I fully intend to pick up the next one when it comes out.

If you want to check out Suppose We, click here. And let me know if you like it.

My experience with Fussy Librarian

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. That means that if you click on a link I might make some money back. That doesn’t mean I don’t really love what we’re talking about today. I will never tell you about anything I don’t love and use myself.

Pretty exciting day, here. It’s the first day of July, the first day of Camp Nanowrimo, and the first day of the Smashwords Sale. Exciting day.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a new fun thing to tell you about. But, as my writing and promotion skills improve, I hope, new tools become available. Or, maybe I just find out about them long after everyone else does.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you about the Fussy Librarian today.

The Fussy Librarian is a daily newsletter that lists free or discount e-books. As I’m sure you can imagine, this is a decent set up for both authors and readers.

I discovered Fussy Librarian while I was looking for a new way to promote my books. I had heard of a newsletter sent out to readers looking for bargain books. I won’t say which one, but the first one that I found was $100. That’s a lot of money to promote a book for free. That’s more than my whole promotional budget for my next book launch. Like, twice what I was planning to spend.

So I kept looking, and I found Fussy Librarian. The price was a lot more reasonable, and I considered it worth it. I scheduled Seeming, the first book of Station 86, just to see how it would do. The plan was to use Seeming to test the system before Missing Stitches came out.

Now, I don’t have a ton of time to spend on setting up promotions. I’m busy, we’re all busy! But setting up the Fussy Librarian took just a couple minutes. I chose the genre, provided links, wrote a blurb, and was ready to go.

Once it was submitted, I got a confirmation right away. I expected that, of course. I didn’t expect the occasional check-in emails to make sure everything was going alright. I didn’t expect that, when I only set this up on Smashwords, that I’d get a polite email asking me if I was sure that was correct. (It was. As I said, this was only a test.) I was really touched by how helpful everyone was.

Of course, all the sweet emails in the world don’t matter, when compared to the big picture. How did it go?

Well, let me share some real numbers with you. I’ve promoted two books with Fussy Librarian so far. The first was Seeming, as I said, for a test. Seeming was on Fussy Librarian on Monday, January 28th. My free downloads for that Sunday were two. My free downloads for that Tuesday were also two. In the past month, Seeming has been downloaded 64 times. But on January 28th, it was downloaded 104 times!

After that success, I scheduled promotion for Missing Stitches during its launch. Now, I don’t have a specific download number, because they were free and Missing Stitches goes through my publisher, Solstice Publishing. But however much it was, it was enough to put Missing Stitches at number two in New Adult and College Fantasy on Amazon, and number three in overall free fantasy.

I’d consider that a pretty damn decent result. I’d sure never had a Woven book go that high before.

So what do you think? Have you ever used a promotional newsletter before? Let us know in the comments below.

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