Free Day! Read a Free Short and Download Nameless!

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What do you do when someone you love goes truly dark? I have a free short story titled “Waves and Darkness” up at Pen of the Damned. Why don’t you stop by and give it a read?

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Also, today is the last day to pick up my first novel Nameless: The Darkness Comes for free. Want a fun and creepy summer read? This is the one for you, and you can download it here. Happy summer!

 

Download NAMELESS for Free!

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So once upon a time my friend Nisa had a bad day, so I wrote her a novel. I literally sent her about a chapter a day. This fun little book became my first published novel titled Nameless: The Darkness Comes. 

It’s fun, crazy, snarky, creepy, and has a healthy dose of the paranormal and hard, grueling reality. It’s my best seller, and I have two sequels mostly written for it. Luna’s past? It will hurt your heart, but she keeps trucking.

Luna Masterton sees demons.

She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.

Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’

After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together…even until the end.

Nameless will be available for free ebook download from June 14-16! Please pick it up and see what you think. Enjoy!

Painted Stories. Check Out This Art!

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The reading was a wonderful experience. I went in to it pretty worn out and exhausted, but I felt rejuvenated by the time I left. Wonderful organizers and a warm, receptive audience really made for a good time.

But the art. Oh, the art! I read a section from Nameless: The Darkness Comes while two intriguing artists with wildly different styles painted live. I’ve never seen anybody simply create like that before, and it took my breath away.

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Meegan Boiros did this gorgeous painting while we watched.

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The broken girls in the House of Horrors by Charlotte Fox.

I can’t create art to save my life, although I wish I could. It was such a pleasure to watch these two women paint this scene in under 30 minutes.

I loved reading. It was a wonderful time. They do this program often, and I hope to eventually be invited back. What a great experience!

Come To A Free Reading This Sunday!

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You guys! I am super excited to be a part of October’s Painted Stories event! It’s one of the coolest things going on in Vegas. Two authors go onstage and read while artists illustrate their work right in front of you. I can’t wait for this!

This month’s theme is “Spooky Autumn” and I’ll be reading from the House of Horrors section of Nameless: The Darkness Comes.  Fellow author Paul Atreides will be reading from his book Marvin’s World of Deadheads. 

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Meegan Boiros and Charlotte Fox will be our artists. How incredible is that?

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Please come by the Clark County Flamingo Library at 2 pm. The address is 1401 East Flamingo. We’ll be in the Jewel Box Theater, which is lovely. Please come and enjoy some art and literature! I can’t wait to see you there. To learn more, come check out the website here.

 

Barnes and Noble B-Fest Follow-up!

 

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We had the best time! It was super cool to talk about writing with four other local authors. I enjoyed them so much! Then we had a signing and a chance to chat with each other and the readers who came to visit. It was such a pleasure.

It was also a dream come true to see my books on the Barnes and Noble wall. That whole row behind me? It’s full of Nameless and Pretty Little Dead GirlsI kept turning around to look at them. When I was a child, I dreamed of having my books in a real book store and maybe even (gasp) signing there. Now I realize one of my favorite dreams has come true. It’s a fantastic feeling.

Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated B-Fest all across the nation. It really was a fantastic time.

The Best DIY Present For An Author!

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This gift is so insanely thoughtful, I can’t even tell you.

My Angry Ginger made these beautiful shadow boxes for my birthday. She took her favorite passages from each book, printed them out on gorgeous paper, and put them inside a shadow box she bought at a craft store. Then she put the corresponding book cover on top with a foam inert to give it some depth.

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Beautiful. Meaningful. Simple. I teared up when I opened it, and I can’t wait to hang them on my wall. She promised to do the same to the rest of the Bone Angel trilogy when it comes out. Won’t that be a thing of beauty?

I know many authors who frame their book covers and hang them, but this is the first time I’ve seen these shadow boxes. I adore them. Please let me know if you make one for yourself or the author in your life.

From the Vein to the Page: Harnessing Your Personal Demons

namelessPeople used to ask me how I’d write. Was there a magical formula? Did I have the writing room set up just so? Was there a special snack or drink or set of pajamas, or something specific that made my Muse lay a hand on my shoulder and unfurl her wings?

“It isn’t like that,” I’d say. “I simply open a vein and let it seep onto the page.”

This, of course, is when I get the funny looks and that cool one-raised-eyebrow thing. Then they usually take a step back. Perhaps two steps. Then they’re simply running full-tilt away from me.

Screaming.

The “bleed onto the page” metaphor is one that is often used, and there’s a reason for this. It’s truthful. It’s powerful. And it captures the grit of using your personal demons in order to strengthen your work.

I wrote a novel called Nameless: The Darkness Comes. This book was exceptionally fun to write. The characters are quirky and quite flawed. Yet despite those flaws, they struggle to do their best for each other. They pull themselves together as best they can while facing the most awful of adversity.

What most people don’t know if that I lost two children while writing this book. I was carrying triplets, and while all three were in peril, one of them managed to survive. (She’s currently a powerhouse toddler with wild curls and an even wilder personality.) Her sisters were lost. Two identical little girls, one lost in utero while the other lived for five hours, long enough for me to become lucid after the delivery and hold her in my arms.

She was a perfect being. They both were.

It was difficult, to say the least. It hurt my heart and my soul. Thank goodness I was writing. Thank goodness I had somewhere to channel the grief and pain.

A child goes missing in this book. Gee, I wonder what inspired that event. The characters, who are rather hapless, drive themselves crazy trying to get her back. They fall apart. They can’t deal with it. They pick the pieces back up, sometimes. They move on. They break. They carry on with humor, supporting each other as best they can. They work through emotions that I hope seem realistic and true-to-form for somebody dealing with loss. I know they felt true while I wrote them. While I certainly never would have chosen this experience, I took the personal demons that I was dealing with and bled them directly onto the page. Not only did it help me, but I’m hoping that it helped to create a stronger, more realistic novel.

Everybody has something that turns their life inside out. Our emotions are beautiful things, and we can’t keep them under wraps all of the time.  We shouldn’t. As writers, it’s important to let those feelings flow onto the page. Maybe we’ve had a terrible day. Write it into your book. Perhaps something so remarkable happened that you’re absolutely giddy. Let the excitement infuse your writing. By letting your personal demons claw their way into your work, you’ll be giving your readers a more well-rounded experience with characters who feel developed. After all, you’ve instilled your emotions into them. This will help them sparkle. It will help them shine.

Pre-Orders Are Up! And A Reading.

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Oh, my friends! I’m so excited! Pre-orders are up for Nameless: The Darkness Comes. You can pre-order it now for 99 cents, and it will automatically be delivered to your Kindle on Friday. If you share your order with me (email me or tag me on Twitter or Facebook, etc), then I’ll send you an e-copy of my novella Little Dead Red.

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“Mercedes!” you say. “Could this be two stories for 99 cents?”

Why, yes, dear reader!  That’s precisely the case.

“And is it nearly Christmas?” you wonder, ever so concerned about giving your friends and family gifts they would adore.

It is nearly Christmas! You may pre-order books and give them away! That means your shopping is done for somebody with a dollar. Yay!

But the 99 cent price is only good for pre-orders and for Friday. After that it goes up to $3.99, so you might want to grab it while you can.

There’s also a Nameless Book Release Facebook Party going on all week. Join us and have some fun!

Thank you so much!