Sunday, October 27, 2013

Release Day! My first YA Paranormal - Showdown at Evil High

Hi Everyone,
Am super excited that my newest book and first YA has been released! It is through Black Opal Books and I am very proud of it.
It's about a young Australian American named Killara Jones who lives in a small town in North Dakota. He meets a fallen angel named Sullivan and discovers that his town has a pact with the Devil that goes back one hundred and fifty years. With his friends he must try and break the pact and save his classmates while preventing a Showdown at Evil High.

Check out a few of the reviews:

And here is a quick excerpt:

He wanted to run, but he knew he had to stay and fight. If he didn’t, they would all die…

Killara closed his eyes and thrust his sword forward. He felt the blade pierce the priest’s chest. The man let out a loud bellow and fire erupted from his mouth. Killara scrambled back in horror, his injuries forgotten for the moment.

He looked toward the open rectory door and then back at Adam who had begun to fight the first of the townspeople, the chief of police, or what used to be him. This version was dripping blood and had spikes coming out of his arms. If Killara ran for the door, he would be leaving Adam at the mercy of the demons. If he didn’t do it now, his only chance would quickly slip away.

“Adam,” he yelled. “We can’t win this one. You have to retreat!”

Judging by the fury with which he waved his sword, Adam had made peace with trying to take out as many of them as possible. He seemed impervious to the throng of people surrounding him. Killara grimaced and ran to help his friend. They could still beat a retreat if he could lure the townspeople away.

Killara raised his arm and started slicing his way through the crowd. Everyone around him seemed to die in a different way. Some exploded in a flash of fire while others oozed to the ground as if their bones had dissolved and only flesh was left behind. He looked around for Adam, but could only see more Khalija residents—the owner of the liquor store to the right of him and his sixth grade teacher to the left. He was in the center of the mob now with everyone focusing their attack on him.

From all angles he could feel the blows. He smelled blood and knew that it was his own. The smells and sights nauseated him, making him feel claustrophobic and alone. All he could think about was getting away. He had to see what was behind that door. What was this town hiding and why was it so important that he find it?

I actually posted part of the first chapter on Goodreads, a few years ago, hoping I would find a publisher and now it is published and available in print and as an ebook.

Another example of the Law of Attraction at work...and all in the world is good!

If you like what you see it can be found on

and UK, as well as Barnes and Noble and my publishers website:
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Keep Moving Forward

                   "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
                                                                                    ~ Walt Disney

For those of you who know me, are aware of my fondness for the Law of Attraction. I firmly believe that if we keep our eyes open, try to live in the present and stay vigilant the Universe will send us signs showing how to follow the best path. 
For months I have been struggling with what I would call was writers block. If dodging my laptop, finding excuses to watch television for hours on end or starting and stopping alternate stories is writers block, then I had it bad. Key phrase here: had. There is nothing wrong with the current book I am writing. I love the stories and the characters. I started it last Christmas on a lark and found it soon began to write itself. A grand adventure with a dashing hero and a fiery heroine that must unite to save the world hopefully fall in love in the process....
Then as life does it throws other things in our paths and what was once important falls to the wayside. For those of us that are grand starters but not great finishers we find reasons to embark on new adventures, try new things and conveniently look the other way when someone asks "So hows that( fill in the blank) going?"
( cue the cartoon character with his hands behind his back, glancing up at the sky and whistling as he tries to dodge the question)
Then two nights ago I was flipping channels when one of my favorite and least favorite movies came across my screen. Disney's Meet the Robinson's was on TV.
Favorite because I love the message and the charm of Lewis, its main character. Least favorite because it's message becomes muddled in the shenanigans of the futuristic family that Lewis visits to a point where it starts to grate on my nerves. 
Released in 2007, I don't think it was one of  Disney's more popular movies and doesn't rank in the top fifty of top grossing animated movies but none of that matters to me.
I love the message of the movie! For all of us who have struggled with self confidence,failure and some belief that we are not good enough, Meet the Robinsons tells us that we are wrong. It celebrates our failures and reminds us that without failure there is no success.
When we feel like we are alone, believe that we can't possibly see our way though a situation or feel that we are the biggest loser in the world, this movie challenges that belief and reminds us that we are all special, unique and here for a purpose.
Not unlike Walt Disney, who was turned down by over fifty banks when trying to finance Disneyland, the movie reminds us that if we keep trying, keep working through the failure of today, we will definitely succeed tomorrow.
To the actor who failed an audition - keep moving forward. To the author who's manuscript has been rejected...again - keep moving forward.  To the student who lost out on a scholarship - keep moving forward. To the professional turned down for a promotion or a raise - keep moving forward!
Only by standing still and allowing circumstance to win do we fail. 
So take a page from Disney and Lewis and learn from your mistakes and failures. Get off that couch and get back out there. Resubmit, reapply or reinvent yourself if you need to. 
Two nights ago the universe visited me through this wonderful movie and reminded me of what was important in my life... to finish books that I start and keep moving forward.