Final ARC Giveaway!

Zhinus Borumand, come on down! Or at least send me your address,
so I can get your prize to you, because you won an ARC!

For everyone who didn’t win, don’t despair! Final copies are coming
this summer, and as soon as Penguin loads me up, I’ll have another
contest to give ’em away. Thanks for playing!

Last Trivia Question

Cara Phillips, looking at you! You won an ARC! Send me your snail mail stuff
and I’ll put it in the post for you.

All right everyone: last question, last chance. Let’s make it both easy and
fun this time. Dory loves magic and buys a ton of it. Name three of her
more memorable purchases.

As before, please send your answers to rather
than posting them here. Let’s keep the ARCs in the family, okay? Thanks,
and good luck!

Second Trivia Question

Congrats to Jennifer Cui, winner of the first Shadow’s Bane ARC!
Send me your snail mail, Jennifer, and I’ll get it right out to you. ūüôā

For the second trivia question, how about an easy one? What was the name
of the old man who accompanied Mircea to Venice, and was Dory’s
teacher/babysitter/nemesis as she grew up?

You know the drill: please send the answer to
to be entered into the contest. Please don’t answer it here. I am using
trivia questions to weed out the filthy casuals, so that the people who
win will really enjoy the books (rather than sell them on ebay).
Thanks, and good luck!

First Trivia Question

It’s here! The first day of the Shadow’s Bane book giveaway! Just send your answer to the following trivia question (can be from the books or shorts) to After midnight EST, I’ll do a random draw from all the correct answers and one lucky person will get it! ‘Kay, the question for today is:

What were the first words Dory and Marlowe ever said to each other?

Good luck!



Guess what came in the mail today? Mmhm, that’s right: ARCs of Shadow’s Bane! Imma give some away. Starting tomorrow, for three days, I’ll post a trivia question for the Dory series. Questions can come from the books, novellas, or short stories. I’ll do a random drawing from all the correct answers submitted, and that person will get a gorgeous ARC! Seriously, they’re really cute–they even put the cover image on them, instead of one of those generic ARC covers. So see you tomorrow!

Cover Art Contest!

So, the entries are in for the cover art contest, and they are wonderful! A huge thank you to everyone who took the time and aggravation (and believe me, I know how aggravating this stuff can be) to help me. I really appreciate it.

Now, on to the entries!


I think we can all agree that I have very talented readers! More importantly, I have a bunch of people willing to help a gal in need out, and I appreciate it more than I can say. As a result, I decided to give everyone a prize,¬†to say thank you for your hard work and generosity. Everyone who entered will therefore receive a signed copy of Ride the Storm as soon as I¬†get my author’s copies. Just please send me your snail mail address, so I know where to send it. And thank you for helping!

I couldn’t decide on an overall¬†winner, so I did a random drawing for the $75.00 gift card. The winner was Elaine Murphy. Thank you Elaine!

So, which one will be the book cover?

Um, so¬†here’s the thing. You guys sending in all these great entries inspired me to do some Photoshop work of my own, for¬†the next Dory novella,¬†“Dragon’s Claw”. I had a cover, but didn’t like it much, and thought I needed to punch it up. And in the process of trying to find a better background image,¬†I¬†came across a photo I liked and¬†started fiddling¬†with it and . . . well. By the time I was finished, I had a cover.¬†Which wouldn’t have been a problem, except that it was for “Lover’s Knot”! And that, you know,¬†I really sort of like this one.

Awkward, right? But I thought it went really well with the previous novella’s cover, “Zombie’s Bite”, and with the next one, “Dragon’s Claw” (which I¬†finished revising, btw. It’s in the previous blog entry). Anyway, since¬†all these novellas are connected, I thought it made sense for the covers to be as well. But I¬†would never have gotten here without you guys, so thank you¬†very much. You can expect the newest freebie either at the end of this month or early next (probably the latter, you know me.) I think you’ll really like this one. ūüôā

Cover Art

Hi all,

I am finishing up “Lover’s Knot”, the new Dory freebie, and have decided I don’t like the cover art I did for it.

It doesn’t seem to go very well with the other two covers (see below), which are more Dory centered and just came out better.

If both Dory and LC were going to be used, I was thinking something more like the image below, which I created for a story (TBA) with Pritkin and Cassie:

But I’m open to anything, really. It just needs Paris, LC, and Dory, or just Paris and Dory. So I decided to open it up to a contest, if anyone is interested. Winner gets a¬†$75 B&N or Amazon gift card, plus a signed copy of Ride the Storm whenever I get my author’s copies. That may be before everyone else gets to read it, it may not; I never know when they are going to send them. Anyway, if your cover is used on the novella, you’ll also receive acknowledgement as the artist. I plan to publish the story end of this month or first of next, so let’s make the deadline Sept. 25. And, remember, if I don’t get a better pic from you guys, I’ll use the ugly one, lol!

Audiobook Winners!

The winners in the audiobook contest are: Liv. W., Dorthe Laursen, and Tierney Shaver! Congrats! Please send your snail mail addresses to to claim your prizes. And have a great day!

Audiobooks for Reap the Wind


I was just informed that audiobooks for Reap the Wind are headed my way. I don’t know how many, but I usually get three. If you’d like one, send an email to and I will do a random drawing on the 10th.

Congrats to the Winners!

Got a big box of books in yesterday, more than I expected. So I drew 2X the names for the website contest. Congrats to: Nicholas Pyron, Duca Jolic, Susie Armstrong, Tom Sims, Sanna Sjoberg and Maheneen Alam! Please send your addresses to and I will get your books right out to you. If there’s something special you want in the inscription, please include that, too. Thank you to all who took the time to enter. I hope you enjoy the book!