Sunday, August 2, 2015

Engraven is now LIVE!

Tarrow Rivers is determined to wait on his mate, he scents her in the swamps, can see her in the trees, but he knows she's not ready to meet him. Yet fate has other plans. 

Dahlia Branch has been groomed for an independent life since birth. Clans are something she's always been warned against. She knew she would never be a part of one...until she finds Tarrow, who is not only a loyal clan member but one of their Betas.



Monday, July 20, 2015

Making Concessions (and I'm not talking about funnel cake) & Engraven Cover Reveal

Making Concessions (and I'm not talking about funnel cake.) 

For the last six or so weeks, my husband, three kids, and I, have been going to the local park in the mornings to walk. The track we walk on encircles the park's slides, swings, basketball courts and other fields. The track is also used as a roadway for vehicles to get in and around the park. 

About a week or so ago, I noticed that every time a runner, a fellow walker, a woman with a stroller, anyone would pass by us, my family and I would automatically form single line and make sure we were getting out of the other person's way so they wouldn't be inconvenienced. We even went so far as to walk along the grass so others wouldn't have to veer off course. We were conceding our walking pace and space on the track in order to allow someone else to proceeed unaffected. We were making concessions. Yielding the point, ceasing the argument, so to speak. 

I found that no matter who it was, we moved first. 

So where does concession and kindness become different from one another? Are they different?

It made me wonder if I was that way in all aspects of my life. It also made me concerned about whether this practice was to my detriment in some cases. 

I'm still not sure.

There are people in my life for whom I will always make concessions. For my husband, my children, and my family, everything will be pushed aside for them. I don't even consider that a concession, simply a matter of priority. For friends who have stuck with me through all this authorly hoopla, I will gladly put aside some things to help.

The real question is, where do I draw the line? And for you, reader, where do you draw the line? Are you making concessions in your family life, personal life, and professional life? Have you conceded to the point to your own demise?

Have I put aside writing time to pay attention to something else? Have I wasted good time on nonsense when I could've been reading or writing or spending time with my children?

This all goes along with the #controlyourbubble theme. I want to be a person who makes concious concessions. Yield the point out of kindness. Submit to wasting time in the name of pure wasting time. Prioritize my time and spend it purposefully, and not just moving out of the way of everyone walking in the other direction as not to cause a stir. 

Because sometimes in life and in work, a stir must be caused.

And your time must be made a priority to yourself--no one is going to do it for you. 

What I'm reading: I just finished Law of Moses by Amy Harmon and American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I'm moving onto Stardust by Neil Gaiman now. There's something so vague yet intricate about his writing it's like uncapturable brilliance. 

What I'm listening to: EchoSmith--all the Echosmith. I'm also on a Fitz and the Tantrums kick. 

What I'm watching: I've been adding tons of documentaries to my Netflix list for the kids. We start back to school on August 1. This year, my son starts 6am bible study, M-F. I'm thrilled. Can't you see my thrilled face?

What I'm working on: Engraven (Bayou Bear Chronicle 3) is finished and being edited. COVER REVEAL IS BELOW. Sketchy Love (Daring Hearts Boxset) is done! And Lightning Forgotten is almost finished! Next I'm working on 2 projects that I haven't told a soul about. I'm absolutely terrified of one of them. Like downright vomiticious about it. 

Still insane. Still melting in the Louisiana heat. Still waiting on the release of the Suicide Squad.


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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

An amazing new boxed set!!! And a great giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the Daring Hearts Blog Hop. I'm Amber Argyle, author of the Witch Song and Fairy Queen Series. In the box set, I'm including a prequel for my Fairy Queen Series, entitled Of Ice and Snow. In one line: Otec thought destiny forgot him. Now he wishes it had. 

After the box set releases, the price of my single book will jump up to 2.99, so why not snag 8 brand new books by 8 bestselling authors for 99C? 

 If you'd like to try one of my ebooks for free, I'd love to send you one! Simply tell me where you'd like the email sent

Together with RaShelle Workman, Christine Kersey, Lila Felix, Elle Strauss, Cindy Hogan, Julie Alexander, and Rebecca Ethington, we are offering two grand prizes: a Kindle White and a Kindle Fire, plus 20 other great prizes. Simply fill out this rafflecopter giveaway. The more times you enter, the more chances you have to win. 

Open internationally 
• If you win, you must claim your prize within 48 hours or the prize will be re-drawn
• You must be 16 years or older, or have the permission of a guardian to enter

• Only entries submitted through the rafllecopter will qualify as an entry.

• No purchase necessary. Bloggers, please feel free to copy and paste this post for your own blog! 

In addition to the great prizes above, each blog is offering an individual prize of your choice. You can have a character named after you (I'll 'fantasize' it to fit my High Fantasy genre), your full name in the acknowledgements of my book, a signed paperback of any of my books (US only), or a handwritten letter. You choose!

And don't forget to head to the next stop in the blog tour,

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cover Reveal: Lightning Kissed

Colby Evans can leap from one country to the next in a heartbeat. She can see every sunset in every time zone in the same day. She can travel across the world in a flash. She defies gravity and physics with every breath she takes. She’s tested her abilities and found them limitless.
She is the lightning. She is Lucent. And nothing can stop her.
Except him.
Theodore Ramsey isn’t supposed to be able to flash like Colby. The power of travel is passed on from mother to daughter in their people. Except once in every hundred generations.
Theo is the one.
He can flash like Colby. And it makes him a target to their enemies and to himself. His abilities change everything he knows about life and throws his future into an uncertain tangent. In fact, the only thing certain in his life is the love he feels for Colby.
Their love defies time and space and has been the only constant thing in their lives since childhood. But even their infallible love will be stretched to its limits.
She will risk her life to protect him. But he will risk everything to protect them all.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Burden On #Sale Until Sunday 99cents

In the depths of the Louisiana swamps, clans of bear shifters roam freely. Hawke Turnclaw, the Alpha over all of his kind, is drowning in the legacy left to him by the Alpha before him, his own father. When he goes on a rescue mission to save a rogue Black bear from the clutches of a Grizzly clan, he finds more than just a Black bear, he finds his mate.

Echo has always been told she's an anomaly, a fluke. She's the only bear of her kind and that makes her a hindrance to her clan. She's tried to run away, but they keep her tethered through guilt and a shock collar around her neck.

And then someone shows up claiming he's her mate.
Now belonging to a new clan, will she ever be able to understand that she's so much more than just a burden?


Monday, June 22, 2015


My new mantra, documentary love, and ghosts.

I must be having some 36-year old mid thirties crisis.

Either that or I'm *whispers* growing the hell up. 

Shhh...don't tell anyone. 
 I've discovered that I’m one of those people. There’s something truly self-destructive inside of me. She’s like a Gremlin. Just a few drops of water and some cookies and Her Gnarly Highness comes out to play. She doesn’t take no for an answer. She doesn’t play nice.

And she hates me. She wants to chew on my guts, hates me.

She’ll take any opportunity she can get to prove it.
I have to keep her at bay. Otherwise there’s a month’s long war of attrition and I always lose.

I always lose IF I let her out.

I could say it’s because of the mother who reminded me of how easily she could’ve aborted me or how I brought a halt to her life—and her dreams. Her seething voice still takes my breath away in the middle of the cold night every once in a while. Which is why she and I lost our battle to keep some kind of relationship a long time ago.

I guess we could all blame our idiosyncracies on a lot of things.

Blaming it on someone or something doesn’t make it go away.
And let’s face it, I’m almost forty years old. Blaming Mommy Dearest doesn’t quite hold the same fury it once did.

I’m simply one of ‘those’ people. The emotions and attitudes of others doesn’t just affect me, they sink down into my core and my soul sops it up by the gallon. Music drags me up or down on its whim. TV shows and movies trap me in their snares and sometimes it takes me days to recover.

It affects everything I do. My work progress. My attitude. My sleep. Everything.

Call me senstive. Call me what you will. Just don't call me complacent.

But I’m going to change that—the only way I know how.

I’m going to control my bubble.

Wait—what in the hell does that mean?

She’s going to spout some hippie shit. I can just feel it in my soy sandals.

What I mean is, take control of your environment. Claim it. Make your time use intentional-always.

Here’s what it means to me: Know your tribe. Recognize what inspires you. Cling to pure artistry. Harbor truth. Emit love. Do away with the remains. Be purposeful in your time usage. (It is finite whether we would face the fact or not) #ControlYourBubble

This is just the cusp of what it means for me. Since my mind is a virtual emotional sponge, I have to take control of the forces around me. I have to make sure that my music is upbeat most of the time (except when I’m writing something to the contrary). I only watch TV shows and movies that won’t completely wreck my day (or at least watch them at night). I have to control my time on social media and get a handle on scrolling. Scrolling is a deal-breaker for me.

Note: This is totally a work in progress and I still fail more than succeed.

There’s a lot more, but I’m not willing to divulge them all yet.

I started this process about two weeks ago. It’s working. Like a bag of gris-gris, it’s protecting me from all the negative influences in my life.
(Gris-gris is a Cajun/Creole term. It’s a bag of protecting herbs and items that some people, who practice voodoo, wear around their necks. I don’t, but I use the term loosely)

The miracle is—it’s working.

I’m back to me.

I’m writing faster. I’m happier. I’m exercising. I’m not eating out of displaced havoc or absorbing other people’s truths.

I live by my own truth.

There's still days where the Gremlin gets out, but I try to microwave the hell out of her when she does. 

For now, she's still cute and cuddly-but mostly silent.

How about you? Do you control your bubble? Or are you one of those people who can brush those things off?

Someone tell me I’m not alone here.

What I’m listening to: 30 Seconds To Mars (writing shifting scenes), The Doors (for the unadulterated chill) and The Ramones (for the rebel in me). On the side, I’m introducing my kids (or re-introducing) to the 80’s music. Middle Stooge loves it. The others, not so much. Also, I've got a BeHappy playlist on Spotify that I'm consistently updating. Totally open for suggestions. 

What I’m watching: Artifact (the 30 Seconds To Mars documentary / Netflix), The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Documentary about the creator of Howl’s Moving Castle / Netflix), Tracks (Netflix). I can’t help it. I’m a documentary geek. With Vikings and TWD finished for the season, I revert back to Netflix.

What I’m reading: I’m re-reading Friction by Jamie Magee (awesome book). I’ve restarted the White Aura series by Felicia Tatum. New on my TBR is a book about urban homesteading (get out your soy sandals again)

My last newsletter revealed the cover for His Haunted Heart and the first chapter. I hope you loved it and it’s now LIVE!! Buy links are at the bottom. 
Still writing. Still reading. Still hopelessly in love with all things breakfast.


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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Forced Autonomy Spotlight

“From start to finish Forced Autonomy had me at the edge of my seat. The unique story line is unlike anything I've ever read. It's absolutely gripping and thought provoking.” A.M. Hargrove, Author of Edge of Disaster and Exquisite Betrayal

"Lila Felix has knocked it out of the park with this completely unique and original dystopian series. I'm hooked and cannot wait for the next one." Sawyer Bennett, USA Today Bestselling Author of Off Sides and Off Limits

“My one and only issue with this spellbinding story is that I didn't want it to end. Law stole my heart!” Jamie Magee, Author of the Insight Series

The United States has collapsed. Those citizens who are left are in one of two classes. One: Citizens who have undergone forced lobotomies, as mandated by the United Nations. Two: Those who fight against their tyranny.
Petra Kingsley falls under both classes. She falls in line with the drones, pretending her procedure worked. Four years she’s existed among their ranks, hiding in plain sight, being worked to the bone and starved almost to death.
Lawson is a bounty hunter of sorts. His target isn’t the guilty, it’s those who are lost in the folds of a broken society.
When he spots Petra working in the masses, he stops at nothing to help her escape.
But he has no idea who exactly he’s helping—and who will now be hunting them both?

Phase 5 Coming Soon