Featured Character: Darius deCompostela

Is it weird for authors to fall in love with their own characters? I hope not, because I’ve always been a little bit in love with Darius de Compostela. Ever since he swaggered onto the scene in A World Apart and declared he doesn’t get involved with “hokey bullshit”, he’s had a special place in…

September, 2017: It’s Witching Season

September in California means one thing… …Hot, hot HOT. The air gets dry. The hills turn from gold to nearly white. The spectre of wildfire is always right around the corner. Just when everyone in the state is ready to cry “uncle”, the heat breaks, and the Bay Area tumbles into true fall. For me,…

Science and Shades Below, Part II: The Quantum Elevator

Welcome back! Today, I’m continuing my mini-series on the role of science in my Shades Below urban fantasy series. It’s been a lot of fun envisioning a universe where science and magic exist side-by-side. I’m super excited to pull back the curtain, and give you a peek at some of the things that have gone…

August, 2017

The last month of summer… Where I live, August is the last real month of summer. School starts up at the end of it, so the first few weeks are a whirlwind of backpack shopping, trips to the beach and The Boardwalk, and last-minute weekend getaways. My own last-minute getaway took the form of a…

Science and Shades Below, Part I

At first blush, science and magic don’t seem to have an awful lot in common. One is based on observation, one on feeling. One relies on proof, the other on intuition. One deals with things that are tangible, the other with the intangible. I wish I could say I’ve always loved science, but that isn’t…

July, 2017

Summer is winding down… Fall is my favorite time of year. The changing of the seasons always brings a unique, mutable kind of energy, but fall has a special magic all its own. It is a magic of opposites: even as the natural world is dying down and preparing for winter, there is a zip…

The Proust Questionnaire: As Answered by Misha “Puzzle” Kaslov

I was originally introduced to the Proust Questionnaire by my fellow Write Bitch Madhuri Blaylock in her interview series, Getting Proustian (you can find my interview on her blog). As an admitted nerd for self-reflection, I really enjoyed answering the questions. It also got me thinking. Why not put some of my characters under the microscope? Below is the Proust Questionnaire…

June, 2017: The Vacation Edition

Wow! It’s hard to believe this is my first monthly update of the year. So far, 2017 has kept me hopping! Between book releases, my son’s first year of school (kindergarten, gah!), an awesome family vacation, and turning 30, I haven’t been on the Interwebs much lately. While I miss my online friends, it’s felt…

Voodoo, vampires… Emil & Puzzle are back!

“Are we rescuing the Holy Grail from some Nazis? Infiltrating a top-secret loup garou smuggling ring? Do I get to carry my own sword?” – Thicker Than Water (Shades Below Shorts, #2) Emil and Puzzle are back! Vampires, voodoo curses, and one wild New Orleans adventure await you in the newest Shades Below Short. Thicker…

If You Were My Vampire Blog Tour Links Roundup

A fantastic tour… It’s that time again: a roundup of all the stops on If You Were My Vampire‘s blog tour! Like the tours for A World Apart, Season Of The Witch, and The Devil’s Disease, this tour was organized by Roxanne Rhoads and Bewitching Blog Tours. If you’re looking to do a blog tour for your…

The Devil’s Disease Blog Tour Links Roundup

Another fun run! I’m posting this links roundup pretty late (my bad), but it’s been fun to take a peek back at the awesome blog tour for The Devil’s Disease (Shades Below, #2). Like the tours for A World Apart and Season Of The Witch, this tour was organized and run by Roxanne Rhoads of…

IT LIVES – If You Were My Vampire Is Live!

You heard it: the next book in the Shades Below series has landed! Here’s a taste of what’s in store… Sometimes, your life begins the day you die… Asher Evans is a man haunted by history. Turned vampire in the concentration camp that claimed his family, he has never recovered from the loss of his…