Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Soundtrack of Suspense

With the launch of the final book in the Secret Keeper series, I thought it would be fun to post about what I call, the soundtrack of suspense. Music and a good story go hand in hand, both evoking a feeling, an emotion that let us connect in a very unique way. Today, I want to share with you the songs that I've connected with the very suspenseful, paranormal Secret Keeper series.  In fact, I often play these particular songs before writing to feel what my character feels. Today, I want to share the Secret Keeper soundtrack with you!

Here we go: Belakane is the prequel of the series and the song that fits best is Unsteady by the Ex Ambassadors. I chose it because the main character Belakane always seems to be fighting her crueler nature, leaving her feeling unsteady. Check it out here: UNSTEADY

The Secret Keeper is the first book in the series.
 The song I associate with this book is Dark Horse by Katy Perry. Winter, the main character of the series, unwittingly ends up tangling with a force and power so much bigger and more dangerous than she expected, or understood. This song kind nails that emotion, but from the perspective of the mysterious secret keeper. Enjoy.


The second book in the series, In The Dying Light is tragic because Winter has become something she thought was horrible. Monster by Skillet is angry and self-loathing capturing some of the heavy emotions Winter fights within herself!

 Listen to Monster Here

Finally, In Under The Broken Sky, after all the characters have been through, caught up in the personal struggle of a powerful enchantress and the curse she created centuries earlier, Believer by Imagine Dragons is the perfect vibe. The lyrics aren't right on, but it captures the emotion. Each character is definitely a believer by the end of the series! Check out the video Here

So here is the best news of all...You can download The Secret Keeper, book 1 for FREE right now. Grab your copy and find your own songs to capture the mood of the series. Most of all, happy reading! 
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 Until next time...thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Awesome giveaway!

Hi all,
I wanted to do a quick post about a giveaway that I am running. With the final book in the Secret Keeper series (Under the Broken Sky) coming out on October 6, I'm giving away ten digital copies of the first book in the series through an Amazon giveaway. It's like a super simple two click entry and you are in the drawing. If you haven't started the series, here is your chance to score book 1 for free!

 Enter HERE and fingers crossed, you win:) I hope you all have a good week...and...may you never need a Secret Keeper.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

In Less Than a Month....

I can't believe it is coming so fast. On October 6th, just in time for the season that celebrates all that is paranormal, Under The Broken Sky will be released! For those of you just discovering The Secret Keeper series, this is the final book in the series and fans are excited to find out how it all ends for Winter, Liam, and Belakane.Oh yeah, throw the confetti!

Because it is the end of the series, in this book Winter and Liam embark on an ill-fated journey to find the creator of the Secret Keeper Curse. Their sojourn will take them from the bottom of the United States to the top of the US and even beyond. In this post(without giving away the plot line) I thought it would be fun to show you some of the places they will pass through. See if you recognize any of these landscapes. If you guess right and leave me a message with your email, I'll send you an Ebook version of Under The Broken Sky.

Gook luck, and may you never need a secret keeper!

Monday, August 14, 2017

My Prince Charming

Hi all!
Today I get to take a little break from talking about book stuff and share some happiness with you. 

Before I continue, I will tell you though, the final edits on the last book in the Secret Keeper are done and it is in the hands of the printer! Watch for release date info:)

So the happy thing I want to share is that today is my 24th Wedding Anniversary with my sweetheart Matt. The above pic was taken awhile ago but captures my family in all its imperfect glory. The fun thing about our story is that it was not love at first site. He and I were both doing missionary work for our church when we met and in our faith, you dedicate yourself to helping and teaching other people completely while you are on your mission which means, no dating, working, or other activities that a typical twenty something might do. In fact, one day, when our paths crossed, Matt accidentally made me cry and I am not a cryer! We still laugh about that.

So we were friends first and after I was done with my missionary service and back to typical life, I drove to Utah for a friend's wedding. In North Carolina, Matt had given me his number and told me if I came through Utah, to give him a call. While in Utah, I wanted to check out some colleges and it started snowing--A lot! I took Matt up on his offer, and as not to terrify all of Utah with my lack of snow-driving skills, I asked him to drive me around to look at the colleges. 

Long story short, we married nine months later and have had an amazing life together. We think this is miraculous because growing up, we were kids of repeated divorce. Our trick for staying together? We follow one simple rule. BE NICE...even when you don't feel like it. 

I write stories, often with a happily ever after and they are a lot of fun. But, I wonder if we should really call our Prince Charmings, Prince Nice-guy or Prince I'll-show-up-even-when-it-gets-hard, because really anyone can be charming for a minute. The real princes are the guys like my husband that love you even though you're imperfect and just show up everyday willing to make life the best it can be. 

Thanks for letting me share a bit of our story and Happy Anniversary my love:) Here's to twenty four more.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Big News From the Writing Cave

You might ask...what's been going in the writing cave to keep me from posting for so long?  

Well,  I’ve been writing like crazy, completing two books, Five Days, Five Kisses and now I’m excited to announce that I am done writing the eagerly awaited third book in the Secret Keeper series.  The concluding book to this paranormal drama is called Under The Broken Sky!
In this book, several new characters are introduced including Agni, a man who is forced to live on an island for ten years with Belakane(the enchantress who created the Secret Keeper curse....and you can read her story in Belakane, the prequel for the series) 

I want to tell you about Agni tonight, because his love for Belakane changes everything in the final book. Of course, we follow Winter and Liam and their latest struggles because of the Curse and I don’t want to say too much, except to tell you that things get very intense for them, and Liam surprises us in this book with a good twist. 

Belakane might look like this: 

In the spirit of the old TV show, Bewitched, Belakane is fair and blond and her cat, Sprite, is pure white is kept alive by the witches power. For you animal lovers, here is Sprite (which by the way is an old name, not just soda)

And finally, I want to introduce to you Agni. At a hateful period of Belakane’s existence, she abducted him a punching bag for her anger and took him to an island created entirely by her magic and cloaked from the world. It was in this dismal environment, that Agni, over many years changed Belakane’s view of mortals.  Here is what I picture Agni to look like. Yeah, he’s a cookie!
 The publication date for this book is late September, early October just in time for Halloween and I'm so excited to share the final chapter of this incredible story that has changed the way I look at secrets. Watch for snippets in the next few weeks and a cover reveal. If you haven't started the series yet, several of the books are only .99! buy here

Thanks for stopping by and, may you never need a secret keeper!