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Saving Beauty...Beauty and the Beast

I love those classic Disney happily ever afters. But these stories are more than the wedding day and marrying the prince. I love that Cinderella never gives up, even when she is kneeling in the cinders in a tattered old dress, forgotten and unloved by the rest of the world; even though her stepmother hates her, she sings a song and still smiles. I love that silly, sweet Snow White takes care of a house of grumpy little old men and that her kindness to them never wavers. I love that Belle loves her father so much, she is willing to do anything to save him, and she won't cower or bow to the Beast's anger and abuse.

I fell in love with the story of Beauty and the Beast as a child. The Beast was rather frightening—yes, he certainly had a bad temper. Belle had a knack for getting into trouble by being just a little too curious for her own good. She craved adventure; she wanted more. She wasn't deceived by appearances: Gaston was handsome, but inside he was a cold and cruel beas…

PreOrder Special!

For readers of epic fantasy, comes another book in the Crown of Stars retellings. An action-adventure romance retelling of the little mermaid.

Today is the day for my announcement on preorders for Crown of Stars: Finding Mera, my little mermaid retelling! I spent the weekend finalizing my manuscript and book cover for the printers and the proof is in the mail on its way to me. I cannot wait, and I wanted to extend my celebration special to include all of you, dear readers.

Every time I release a novel, I always make sure I have a supply for my own author bookshelf I have reserved here on the homestead. It is lovely to see those perfect thick spines all lined up in rows with my name on them! It reminds me that I have conquered and emerged victorious from the battle of word counts, editing, stubborn characters, and aggravating scenes. And it encourages me that as I have been victorious in the past, so I can continue to be so in the future. There are always more books to be written, and…

The Truth Behind "The Little Mermaid" Original

I was in the midst of writing my little mermaid retelling, "Finding Mera", when I looked up the original story on Wikipedia. Now, I was already familiar with the Disney version, and that it is completely different in its conclusion, compared to the original Hans Christian Anderson tale. Actually, the original is considered more a tragedy than "happily-ever-after", although there has been some debate on that.

Here is the truth: (Spoiler alert for those who only know the Disney version)

In the original tale, the little mermaid does not gain the love of the prince, and throws herself into the ocean and dies. Yep. Not very Disney, is it? I much prefer a happily-ever-after ending.

However, reading through the original story and Anderson's comments, as well as a comment by P.L. Travers (author of Mary Poppins), about the meaning behind this ending, I was struck with some new insights. Shockingly, the idea behind the original strongly mirrors my own story. I had not e…

When the Choice is Feed the Mind, or Feed the Body...

It has always been my heart's desire to support authors by buying their books. Especially when, for many authors including myself, writing is more than a passion but the means of a much-needed income. Yet, very often, the budget simply will not allow for the kind of support I strongly wish to give. My book wish-list grows longer by the day, and sometimes I have to pick and choose based on how far the money will go, and sometimes that means no spending at all.

So, the question is: What are ways I can support my favorite authors even when I cannot afford to buy their beautiful new book off the shelf for $10-$20?

Authors put a lot of heart, dedication, time, sweat, and tears into writing and editing and polishing their stories. The passion only feeds us for so long. The process of bringing an idea to a ready-to-publish, complete manuscript can be downright brutal! So much of the time, these authors do not see a return of even half of each book sale made because everyone else takes th…

Monday's A Beast - So Read a Book Instead

Monday is coming, and Captain Garren knows the struggle to not lose your mind and let loose the monster when the craziness begins. We all need an antidote. Grab an extra mug of coffee, turn up the radio in your car and sing at the top of your lungs, or travel away from the stress with a book into another world. So, ONE DAY ONLY, August 14, my book Saving Beauty will be nearly half-price from $8.99 to ONLY $4.99! What?!? Find it on

So, escape your Monday with a trip into a land of monsters and men—and the beauty that tames the heart of a beast. What gets you through a Monday? include #MondaysABeast on social medias like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and let me know!

Book Sales!

Well, my Goodreads giveaway for Chasing Cinders is over, but there are a few other offers to take advantage of yet! Specifically, a discount sale on the kindle version of this second book in my Crown of Stars series.

Before I get into that, I want to thank everyone for participating in the giveaway. I wish I could have given out more copies and made everyone winners! Unfortunately, this author has to feed herself and pay bills and I simply cannot afford to print and ship 600+ books on my income.

Therefore, I am offering the next best thing to free—which is a huge discount on the kindle version of the book. Giving those of you who entered the giveaway but did not win (or those who missed out on entering completely) the chance to still take part in this deal: Chasing Cinders is $4.99 (discounted from $8.99!!) through August 5th ONLY! Please, please don't miss out on this amazing deal! One of my favorite parts of being a writer is sharing my stories with you, dear readers, and seeing…


Happy Birthday to me! Today, July 3rd, is my birthday and to celebrate, I'm giving the gift this year—1 signed copy of my newest book in the Crown of Stars series: Chasing Cinders! Just click the caption on the photo in this post to follow the link to the giveaway page and enter for a chance to win!

Giveaway ends August 3rd! In the meantime, I will return to my CampNaNoWriMo writing of Finding Mera, book #3.

Cover Reveal!

As July approaches, I am plugging away at my next Crown of Stars retellings book. I will be participating in CampNaNoWriMo's July session this year, working to finish this novel. As promised with the release of the 2nd book in the series "Chasing Cinders", I am here to reveal the cover and title for the 3rd book!

While I was finalizing my first book "Saving Beauty" for publication, I was also working out the idea of turning it into a series. As other characters in the story presented themselves for future retellings, I developed the titles and ideas for the rest of the series. But I'm only revealing them one at a time! 6 books in total, for those who are wondering, with a possible companion novel for two of my favorite, lesser-known characters in the series. ;)

All my books can be found on, including the newly released Web of Time series in kindle ebook format and my first book in the Haak Brothers Trilogy (currently only available in ebook forma…

Book Release

So, I haven't posted here for a few months. Last entry, I was in the midst of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) working hard on my first draft of book #3 in my Crown of Stars series, while editing book #2. Since then, much has been happening.

I wrote the first part of book #3, and succeeded in reaching the 50k word count goal of NaNoWriMo. Wohoo! As well as finalizing the cover for the new book.

My beloved cat of thirteen years passed away, which as those of you who have lost a dear pet can understand was overwhelming and difficult. This put my writing energy into a downslide for a time.

I picked up my final editing of Chasing Cinders, book #2 with several great sessions with my editor. Enjoyed my visits with her, spending time pouring over the book and just catching up on life.

Now, after much hard work, late nights, and long days, the book has been published! I just found this morning that it is live on! I'm so thrilled to share this next installment with y…