Wednesday, May 16, 2018

This is my most badass soundtrack yet.

I just published my newest release, DEAD HEART, a prequel to my vampire book DREAMS FOR THE DEAD that tells Branek's story (links go to Amazon). Naturally, I had to put together a soundtrack JUST IN CASE my book ever becomes a movie (don't laugh).

Since this is Branek we're talking about—a psychotic vampire who loves corpses just a little too much—I had to make this soundtrack special. With some help from my friend Nenia, who suggested Depeche Mode's "In Your Room" as one of the songs, I managed to put one together and I LOVE IT.

So here it is, my shortest and yet most badass soundtrack to date!

"Detention Home" - Dead Boys
"Dead" - Pixies
"Goo Goo Muck" - The Cramps
"Blitz" - Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
"Ring Me, Elise" - Dag för Dag
"In Your Room" - Depeche Mode (thanks, Nenia!)
"Down to This" - Wire
"Gonna Raise Hell" - Cheap Trick
"Again and Again" - Lowlife
"The Sky Is A Poisonous Garden" - Concrete Blonde
"These Evil Things" - Meteors
"Animal" - Def Leppard
"Xiola Blue" - The Priests



Note: "Xiola Blue" is such a dark and sexy song, but it isn't available to listen to online anywhere that I can find. If you like punk and/or psychobilly, you'll have to hunt down a hard copy of The Priests' self-titled album, which isn't on Amazon! (I inherited a digital copy from my brother-in-law.) This album is, however. Just don't get this band confused with the actual priests who sing, or The Priests with a female singer.

You can buy DEAD HEART for 99 cents on Amazon, where it's also available on KU. Be sure to check it out on Goodreads as well!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SEA AND SKY Cover + Soundtrack

I'm happy to announce that my upcoming fantasy romance, SEA AND SKY, finally has a cover! I had a lot more trouble than usual deciding on a design and then making my ideas actually work, and I'm pleased with the result.

SEA AND SKY is a romance story between a mermaid princess and a human prince (who is super beta, FYI). This is the culmination of yet another of those ideas I've had in my head for like 15 years, so it's really satisfying to finally have it completed. I'll be making some adjustments in the coming days, but I hope to have it released this month. In the meantime, you can add it on Goodreads!


She was mer, one of the ghastly creatures that lurked beneath the waves. He was human, brilliant as the sun. Forced into an unwanted marriage, they never expected to find passion in each other's arms.

Isolde knows she must murder her new husband to fulfill her father's hunger for revenge. She has every intention of doing so, even if her husband is painfully beautiful. Even if he's the only one who ever made her feel something approaching happiness.

Nishad knows never to trust a mer, but he is arrogant enough to believe his docile wife incapable of betrayal. He allows himself to succumb to forbidden desire with her, never suspecting that any moment could be his last.

With illusions shattered and long-held secrets laid bare, the unlikely lovers struggle with truth as tensions rise between their realms. Their fragile bond will never survive unless they come to see that love is more important than duty, and that magic can happen when sea meets sky.


The soundtrack was a little difficult to compile, since this is fantasy and not a modern setting, but I managed to gather some songs I love that I think represent the story well.

"Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping" - Grouper
"Crystalised" - The xx
"Into the Depths" - Soft Moon
"Write in Water" - Love Spirals Downwards
"Absolution" - Gary Numan
"Low Red Moon" - Belly
"Possession" - Sarah McLachlan
"Tether Beat" - Twin Shadow
"Human Desire" - Gypsy & the Cat
"Because The Night" - Patti Smith
"Live For Today" - Lords of the New Church
"The Water" - Wild Cub
"All Eyes On Me" - Goo Goo Dolls
"King" - The Romanovs
"My Love Paramour" - Cocteau Twins
"The Blue Dress" - Wild Nothing
"Love Never Dies" - Theatres Des Vampires
"I Will Not Eat the Darkness" - Over the Rhine
"Awake" - Finch




Happy reading/listening!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Current projects

Hello! I thought I'd do a post about my current WIPs since I haven't said anything about them. I'm actually working on two at once, which I never do, because then I would never finish anything. But only one of them is novel-length, so I figured I could pull it off. And if I tell people about them, I really have to finish.

First, I'm writing a romance novel with a mermaid heroine. She can shift to have legs, which is convenient as most of the story takes place on land. She's a princess who has to marry a human prince in order to secure an alliance between their two realms, but everyone has a hidden agenda... And, of course, the two leads don't expect to fall in love, but they clearly don't know they're in a romance novel.

I haven't read any mermaid books that I truly enjoyed, so I decided to write the one I want. And the one I want turned out to have a sharp-toothed mermaid suffering from possible depression who desires her aloof prince husband even though she's supposed to kill him. You know, the usual things.

Source

Second, I'm working on a prequel to Dreams for the Dead. It doesn't have a title yet, but it will tell Branek's back story. I've been thinking about this ever since my friend Nenia asked for (well, demanded) it, and today I got a burst of inspiration. I just have to make sure I write Branek as the sadistic asshole he is while still making him somewhat likeable.

Whatever happens, he's hot.


Back to writing!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

GIRLS LIKE YOU is live!

FINALLY. Amazon pulled a fast one on me and now the time to go live is longer than 10 hours—up to 72 hours they say! I should have listened to my instinct and made this available for pre-order. Oh well. As it went live at 10:41 p.m., technically this was still a Valentine's Day release!


I really love the soundtrack I made for this book. Basically all the songs make me feel like a girl in an indie music video. When listening to these songs, suddenly everything you do becomes super cool and film-worthy.


Bonus song: "Defeatist" by Cameras, which is not on Spotify. You can listen to it (and watch the weird but interesting video) on Youtube though. And thanks to Karly for "I Found" by Amber Run! <3

Happy reading! (And listening.)

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

GIRLS LIKE YOU Cover + Release Date


She wore her heart on her sleeve…

Eighteen-year-old Allison has never had to worry about anything in her easy, privileged life. But when an ordinary summer night spirals out of control, nothing will ever be the same for her again. She finds herself hiding out with the two men who saved her life and wants only to forget the pain of her recent past.

He had dangerous secrets…

Allison is everything Fox has always despised—rich, shallow, pretty—and yet he finds himself reluctantly drawn to her bright personality. Their growing attraction is powerful, but a normal relationship isn’t an option. There are people who want Allison dead, and Fox isn’t telling her the truth about why he saved her.

Together, they face a perilously uncertain future, and their love might not be enough to save them…


I had a lot of fun writing about Fox and Allison (and Hugh too). This story was inspired by some casino gossip I heard from my mom when I was a teenager. Allegedly, a janitor found thirty thousand dollars in a bathroom. However, my mom doesn't even remember telling me this so I have no idea what actually happened or if I just made it up. Anyway, although this story has undergone quite the transformation since then (can you believe it was originally going to have vampires? Oh wait, you probably can), certain things remained the same: Hugh's contentiousness, Allison being a shallow rich girl, and Fox's red hair.
 
I plan to release this on Valentine's Day (because that's adorable and I'm a nerd).

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Author Interview at Chaotic Array

So I did my third ever author interview today with the awesome @JinxMyRide! I talked about my research, inspiration, my earliest attempts at writing, AND my next book, among other things.

Check it out at Chaotic Array!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

PSYCHOPOMP is live! + book soundtrack

I actually published Psychopomp on the 6th, but I haven't been motivated to even try to promote it until now, except for a brief tweet. And mostly this is me procrastinating on picking up another book, since the last one I finished was so dull. And I'm starting a buddyread tomorrow. So.

Anyway, you can buy it on Amazon. It's available for free if you have Kindle Unlimited. Be sure to add it on Goodreads! You can also request a review copy from me at any time. :)

As always, here is the book soundtrack. The theme for this one is "a little weird and possibly futuristic."

"How To Be Invisible" - Kate Bush
"Some Velvet Morning" - Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra
"Nocturnal Me" - Echo & the Bunnymen
"All We Ever Wanted Was Everything" - Bauhaus
"Sahara Dream" - The Bewitched Hands
"Love Song" - 311
"Keep the Streets Empty For Me" - Fever Ray
"Do Your Best" - John Maus
"You Can Take Care of Yourself" - Erasers
"22: The Death of All Romance" - The Dears
"Wires to Flying Birds" - The Veils
"Dance Me To the End of Love" - Leonard Cohen
"Lancer" - Cities
"The Needle" - To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie
"Magnetic North" - Fin Fang Foom
"Slight Night Shiver" - M83
"Bathysphere" - Smog
"They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhhh!" - Sufjan Stevens
"Intro" - The xx