Sunday, March 26, 2017

New Non-Fiction E-Book Out Today!

Being a medical professional by background, and one taught to look at the holistic picture, I find it fascinating to look at how the different facets of our lives impact one another. One issue that is near to my heart is that of mental illness in creative types, having suffered from anxiety and depression... and an inate need to CREATE for most of my life. Below is an essay I wrote on the topic.

If you are interested in the interplay of mental health and creativity, and how healing yourself can impact your work, please check out my non-fiction book Love Letters To Myself, created from a journal I used while healing.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Proof Copies and Bad Hair Days

My proof copy of Darkness and Light, the third book in my steampunk fantasy romance series, the Earth and Sky saga,  arrived in the mail today. Of course, being the geek I am, I stroked the glossy cover for a moment, picked out all the flaws, then rushed to take a photo of myself with my new baby.

As I looked at my proud picture, I realized my hair was a mess and my makeup had long since fled my eyelids. I thought how many people would probably have went and did their hair and makeup to perfectly pose with their book.

And I decided I'm not one of them.

Why? Because the photo of me with my book says more clearly than any words what it is like to be a budding author. I had emergency surgery two weeks ago and only just returned to attending medical appointments with my patients for work this week, working increased hours at a stressful job to make up for the time I lost when I was in the hospital.

I'm tired. I have a family. I have to squeeze writing, and blogging, book design, marketing, networking, developing my skills in the craft of writing, photoshop, audiobook recording, and a million other things I need for my bag of tricks into the "spare" time between a full time job, raising a kid (who also has medical issues BTW), and life.

But what makes it all worth it is holding that book in my hand. No my hair isn't perfect and I look like I've had a hard day. That's because I have. That's real.

It doesn't make me less excited. If anything it makes the accomplishments that much sweeter. Writers work hard. And I think that writers, as with many other people, want to look like it's all just a breeze. Like we are so talented and wonderful and magical that the books just fall out of our brains fully completed and dripping critical acclaim.

If you are a writer and that isn't how it works for you, please don't beat yourself up. Slip on your sweatpants, put your hair in a messy bun and do what you love. Maybe by being yourself, you will inspire those around you to be more authentic in what they do as well. The gods know the world could use more authenticity these days!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Random Book Review: Broken

I just finished devouring the third book in Jex Lane's Beautiful Monsters series, Broken... and it was amazing.

These books are not my usual fare. Full of blood, violence, torture, sex, and pain, they draw you in to a world where vampires and incubi/succubi are at war. And Mathew, an abomination of an incubus turned vampire is caught right in the middle.

At times I hate the characters. I want to slap them. Scream. Put the damned book down as Mathew endures progressively worse heartbreak and physical pain with every installment.... but I just couldn't put them down. And this latest book  is the best one so far.

The only complaint I have about this book is I want more of Hiroto, fox spirit turned incubus-employed-vampire slayer.

This seems to be a  series that grows in strength with every installment, and  I can't wait for the next one, promised for 2018.
Broken: Beautiful Monsters Vol. 3 by [Lane, Jex]

New Audiobook: Wyvern!

My short story Wyvern is now available in audiobook! 

An unlikely romance between a fiery lady dragon and a feisty fairy. Part of the Come Love a Fey Collection of stand alone fairytale romance. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Audiobook out today! Crow, Come Love a Fey

My newest adventure in self publishing has led to audiobook! Check out my first ever audiobook  release of my short story, Crow, available now at Amazon.
Myra's job is to help humans live alongside their fey neighbors. But what happens when one of them claims her life in exchange for those of the humans she is trying to protect?
Come Love a Fey is a collection of stand-alone novels and short stories involving fairytale creatures, not of the Tinkerbelle variety. The common elements tying these stories together are magic, romance, and a whole lot of fey. Enter my world and you'll meet a sexy man-eating waterhorse, a shape-shifting goblin, a mischievous merman, a commanding crow, a beautiful male fairy, and a fiery lady dragon, just to name a few. Come, love a fey!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New Release- Darkness And Light, Earth and Sky Book 3

I've just released the next installment of my steampunk romantic fantasy saga, Earth and Sky! Book 3, Darkness and Light, is available now on Amazon, and coming soon to Smashwords for all other e-book formats. Check it out!

Caron is the strongest preternatural in the world. Or, so he thinks. Divine like himself are balanced, empathic, and semi-prophetic. He can manifest spirit wings, perform magic, and shift to any form, human or animal. Why then, is he so powerless to help those he loves? 

Yun is a broken Shifter. Unable to control his powers, he puts everyone around him at risk as he loses himself to his beast more and more every day. What’s worse, he is doomed to love a man he can never have, one who loves him back but can only suffer as he watches Yun self-destruct. 

Sylvi is a Fallen Angel with no powers. Her stunted wings and lack of magic make her a burden to her aristocratic family and a target for the stronger preternaturals around her. She has long been convinced she has no place in the world, whether among her own kind or the powerless humans—until she meets a beautiful Divine who insists she is missing part of her soul. And he knows how to find it. 

Caron struggles to unite two opposing forces and re-unite two halves of a fractured soul. If anyone can succeed, it’s him. He is a Divine after all. But he soon runs afoul of a monster more powerful than anything he has ever seen. The creature Is the deranged result of a madman’s sick experiments. And he has plans for Caron and his friends that will make Caron question even his own place in the world. 

***Books in the Earth and Sky Saga are stand alone novels, complete by themselves. Subsequent books center around different characters in the Earth and Sky world.***