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Release Day! Accident Among Vampires (or what would Dracula do?)

I am happy to announce my next book, Accident Among Vampires or What Would Dracula Do?

It is a standalone novel n the Paper Flower Consortium! If you are a fan of Norma’s Cleaning Service or Immortal House this is the story of the first year of Norma’s existence as a vampire aka her origin story.

Issaquah, Washington, USA 1951

My name is Norma Mae Rollins. I’m fourteen and an illegal vampire. I miss my mom, but new ghoulish appetites force me to remain with my creator. 

Bill didn’t mean to transform me. At least, that’s what he claims. His frightening temper, relentless lies, and morbid scientific experiments makes it hard to know what to believe. However, someone snitched about Bill’s experiments to a nearby coven. Now both of our corpses will burn. 

Bill won’t run. He is curious what happens to a vampire after final death. I don’t want to die again. It hurt so much the first time. Bill thinks his vampire boyfriend might shelter me. I must brave an eternal existence with elder vampires and other monsters who don’t think I ought to exist. Oh and figure out who I am allowed to eat.  

A vampire’s reality is nothing like the movies.

This book is a found family story, clean of profanity and suitable for most. People do get eaten.

EBOOK is only 99 cents at Amazon

SIGNED PAPERBACKS $15.00 on my website!

Paper Flower Consortium: Halloween Special

Tonight I’d like to share:

In this special dramatized episode: Paper Flower Consortium’s historian, Loretta Fabron Onfoy reads from the diary of Norma Mae Rollins, December 5th, 1951. 

Norma is now safe from William, well-fed, warm, and educated via a private tutor, but existence with her vampire-grandpa, Derrik, is quite lonely, especially when his wife and enthralled humans aren’t around. 

After her lesson, she wanders the streets of Georgetown in the small hours before dawn. She hears a sorrowful cry which mimics her own pain and rescues a ghost dog. Thinking she might have a friend, she brings it home, not knowing the danger ghosts pose to vampires. 

Warning: This episode is safe for most.  Mild gore and descriptions of intense sadness, loneliness, and self-hatred. 


Norma Mae Rollins voiced by Stevie Rae Causey
Derrik Miller voiced by Evan Witt
Lady Agata voiced by Jennifer Brozek
Ghost #1 and Workman #2 voiced by Dennis Roberts
Mother Singing voiced by Nikki Burton
Workman #1, Ghost #2 and Lady Loretta voiced by Elizabeth Guizzetti

Opening and Closing music: Loretta by Evan Witt. Learn More at 

Other Sound Effects:
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(Note: No animals were harmed making the sound. Beagle howls on cue.)
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Cover Reveal: Roxanne Kade’s Therian: The Bloody Crescent 1

I am happy to have the opportunity to share author Roxanne Kade’s brand new cover for her first novel which is to be rereleased from 48Fourteen.

Cover designed by Melody Pond
All Amberlyn Darksky has ever wanted is to be normal. But what if normal is everything supernatural and legendary?

Amber has never been ordinary. She has a gift, the ability to see memories through simple touch, and for her it’s a curse. Especially when she has to relive her mother’s death the night she was born, through her father’s eyes. Leading a sheltered life for years under his constant watch has her yearning for freedom and her acceptance into Cyprus Falls University gives her just that.

She is immediately plunged into a world of true love, heartache, seduction, and horror. With a deepening affection for Tayelon Cree, whose sparkling hazel eyes leave her breathless, and the undeniable allure of Lucard Colbaine, who seems to be immune to her gift, can she accept what either of them represent in her life? And what about the steely-eyed vampire who invades her dreams? When the blackouts and nightmares begin, Amber fears the pain that rips into her soul and threatens to destroy her. Before long she is faced with the truth of her destiny as well as the devastating secrets that surround the people she holds dearest; dark secrets that will truly change the course of her very existence. Amber doesn’t know if she has the strength to accept the hand fate has dealt her. She will have to fight as hard as possible to remain human while the beasts inside her rage to take over.

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The very first time I knew I wanted to be a writer was in my 5th grade English class but it wasn’t until 15 years later that I’d finally put pen to paper, or more like finger tips to keyboard, and complete my first novel.My journey began in the concrete jungle of Johannesburg, South Africa, where I grew up in a small suburb until at the end of my high school career I moved with my family to an even smaller town on the south coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal. It was here that I spent the next few years trying to find myself until finally settling in the beautiful city of Durban. A place where it’s warm and sunny all year long (most of the time anyway) but even on the odd occasion when a chilly winter’s day creeps in, not even that can dampen the smiles and spirits of the people living here.

I’ve had plenty of odd jobs over the years, from waiting tables to promotional work and even a single day stint as a Can Can dancer but I eventually chose a career in financial administration which has led me to my current job at an international shipping company. It was during this time that I forgot my passion for writing and then, two years ago, when a devastating turn of events left me emotionally wounded, writing became an outlet for all that I was feeling at the time and I rediscovered my true self.

When not writing I can be found at the gym or relaxing with family. I’m not married and my only child is of the four-legged, furry kind. My beautiful Labrador, Blade (yes, named after the famous comic book vampire hunter) brings so much joy to my life. My dream is to be an accomplished full time writer and one day retire to a small lakeside cottage in the mountains.

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The Martlet is finished!

I have finished my next novel, The Martlet an epic tale of friendship and betrayal about four assassins who play with necromancy on the side. Though this book does follow many of the tenants of epic fantasy, the story is full of rich characters that the reader will love to hate. I’m sending the novel to 48Fourteen first. While I do not know if they will be interested in this title since it is a different genre than Other Systems. Also it has four protagonists and they are all villains. Still I am curious to see what they say.
The novel opens with Lady Mira on a job to clean up a situation.
“Dressed in loosely woven flax rags and careful to keep my weapons covered, I stepped out of the Expanse into Vodnik Territory, and looked across the dusty port city. While I watched the on-goings of both commoners and nobility, clothed as I was, the populace ignored me. I meandered towards the Great House. I heard no rumors of the scandal I had come to set right.Good.”
She has enough to do, but runs into her uncle Roark who has been drinking blood of the living in order that he might have eternal youth. His presence effects her more than she lets on.

“Though his footfalls were inaudible, I felt his presence leave my side as he walked back towards the banquet hall. Outwardly I was serene, but inwardly confused and fuming. Lost memories inundated my mind. I wanted to laugh and keen at once.

When I was little, Roark used to tell me he read my developing mind in his sister’s womb and loved me before I was even born. Of course, like all members of the Guild, Roark is a born liar. Still I loved my daughter while she grew within my womb, so maybe he’s telling the truth. Part of me hopes he is.

Regardless, it is a mistake to trust him. It always has been.”


Lord Roark and his companions Kian and Eohan, seek life eternal. After all, a Fairsinge only has a thousand years to live and that is simply not enough time. Their latest attempt is to direct the spirit of their  fallen comrade Lady Elana into Roark’s new born niece. When it is obvious that the experiment failed and the babe was nothing more than any other child, it is suggested she should be drowned in the Expanse. However as a Martlet, Roark sees victory even in the darkest failure. In an uncommon fit of remorse, Roark takes the child whom he names Mira and trains her in both the way of the Martlet and the Guild. Mira grows into a gallant warrior, however in their quest for eternal life, Roark and his companions plays fast and loose with Guild Law. When Roark is dishonored and Eohan is turned into a zombie during an experiment, Kian rushes to save them while Mira journeys to Underworld to bring back one of their own before he resurrects.

I’m on a reading rampage! Just read The Human Cure by Tracy Auerbach

As I await my next round of editing for my own novel, I’ve been reading a lot. Part of it was that I had a list of novels both in print and on digital that I have been meaning to get to as well as some non-fiction. One problem with joining the writing group is that I have been reading/editing other people’s work so often, I haven’t had time for reading for pleasure. So with the holidays coming, I decided to focus on reading a book a week. Well–that’s all sounds good except, I don’t take a week to read novels. Especially on days like yesterday: I had a nice long bus ride to contend with and when I got home Dennis was watching a show about  becoming a Ranger. Perfect reading time. So I am on a rampage! A reading rampage.

So where to begin:

The Human Cure is a fun fast-paced paranormal romance. The anti-legends that Auerbach added about vampires and vampirism were awesome. She added a new twist to the world of vampires which was consistent in her created universe. This is the best part for me. I always love seeing people’s takes on vampirism and other old legends.

The book revolves around Kate Plesser–an office assistant  who tends to fall into bad relationships–  as well as the vampire cousins Hunter and Chase. Kate meets Hunter in a bar. They have a one night stand and she is kidnapped. She assumes he is a psychopath until the truth of his existence is thrust upon her.

This is not meant to be a negative comment, though it may sound that way: The vampires are the true main characters of this book. The book becomes alive during the descriptions of Hunter, Chase, Jonathan and the underground village where humans are farmed for feeding and breeding.
Kate is a bit dull in comparison, however, that is just because she’s more of an “everywoman” type of character–which I love! I love that she has true emotional responses to the crazy events that are happening in her life: disbelief, rage towards Hunter for kidnapping her, etc. She cries at times in fear. She is not a superwoman or even idealized. And in my opinion, this made the book worth reading.

Oh one more thing: this is a sweet romance–not a hot romance. Though it was written for adults, I would say this is pretty safe for a young adult audience.

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