New Release!

Minions and Magic is now available on Amazon.

Glenda’s magic might be in healing, but she’s more proud of her non-witch talents. When it comes to crafting culinary delights, everyone inside and outside of Accident knows that Glenda is the best.

So when Xavier, a sexy crossroads demon, challenges her to a contest, Glenda doesn’t think twice before accepting. But fun and flirty goes straight to hell in a picnic hamper when her catering clients become horribly sick and Xavier is the only one who had the opportunity to tamper with the food.

Can Glenda win against Xavier, or will she lose and forfeit her body and soul to the demon who already has her heart?

Imp Series now in Kindle Unlimited

For the first time EVER, the entire Imp Series is available exclusively to Amazon and on the Kindle Unlimited program. Get started with A Demon Bound, and get ready to binge read!

Light, fun, cozy paranormal romance

The Accidental Witches Series is rocking with book 4, Hell and Hexes, set to release May 2nd. This is Sylvie’s story, and I think you all are going to love Ophelia’s twin and her rather unorthodox love interest!

If you’re an audio listener, then you’ll be thrilled to know Brimstone and Broomsticks is now available on audio. We’re working on book 2 in the series – Warmongers and Wands – and intend to have the whole series available in audio. The talented Angela Rysk is narrating – yes, she’s the voice of Sam from the Imp Series audio, and she’s doing a great job on these quirky little romances.

For those of you who like my more traditional Urban Fantasy novels, Royal Blood (The Templar, Book 5) is set to release June 7th, and book 6 will also release this year, most likely around Thanksgiving.

AND there are two more books in the White Lightning Series coming your way. Book 5, Trouble Boys, is in revisions and will most likely see a June/July release date. Book 6, the as of yet untitled finale to the series will come out later this year.

I’m also planning a Sam novella about Amber’s wedding that will be absolutely, disastrously hysterical. I’m not sure exactly when that will be coming your way, but it’s in the works!

So basically that’s a whole lot on my plate. When I set out my release schedule for this year, I knew it would be hectic, but I didn’t quite realize HOW hectic. It’s like I went to the buffet and just piled a huge tower of food and now I’m back at my table wondering how I’m supposed to eat all this. One bite/word at a time!

I hope you all are enjoying these new books! Outside of the White Lightning Series, I’m very much feeling the humor from my muse right now, so whether it’s light or dark, expect that quirky laugh-out-loud stuff that you folks know and love to continue on through next year.

My goal is to make my readers laugh in very inappropriate places, so read on!

Death and Divination

Ophelia Perkins faces death’s reapers every day—she never thought she’d fall in love with one of them.

As an oracle, Ophelia divines the future—and sometimes there is no future for the people she fights to keep alive in her job as a paramedic. Those countless lives she’s saved never seem to outweigh the devastation of losing a patient.

One night, one patient she can’t bear to lose, and Ophelia makes a deal with a reaper—save this life, and in return she’ll trade him her own. With the deal struck, Ophelia walks each day with a reaper by her side and waits for the scythe to fall, only to find out this reaper is more than just an agent of death, he’s the man she wants as he happily ever after.

Ready for a laugh-out-loud, paranormal romance?


Warmongers and Wands is Here!

The second novel in the Accidental Witches Series (part of the Love Spells brand) is now available. If you’re looking for some quirky, light, laugh-out-loud funny paranormal romance for your weekend, then head on over to Amazon. Right now the series is only available there, and thus is part of their Kindle Unlimited program. Not an e-book reader? Paperback print on demand copies are also available, and audio editions will be coming soon.

Bronwyn Perkins has given up on love. She’s got a great job as a welder and a farrier for centaurs, unicorns and satyrs. She’s got a close-knit family of six sisters, all of them witches in the town of Accident. In her spare time, she enchants objects and creates art from metal. It’s a fulfilling life. She doesn’t need love, maybe just a cat. Or two. Or three. Nope, she doesn’t need love at all.

But a mishap on a mountain road, is about to bring Bronwyn everything she’s always wanted—everything she’s been afraid to hope for. All she needs to do is go over a cliff and down into the woods.

Ghostwritten Books

Twitter blew up yesterday with Courtney Milan’s post that a reader had found significant evidence of plagiarism of one of her bestselling novels. Further digging revealed that the novel had complete paragraphs lifted from Milan’s work, cut and pasted into this new novel, and that she wasn’t the only author plagiarized in this way.

The author responded, apologizing to Courtney Milan as well as the other authors, saying she’d immediately removed the offending book(s) for sale and was trying to make amends to save her career. She claimed that the novel was purchased from a ghostwriter off Fiverr, and that this ghostwriter had since vanished.

There are all sorts of other dark alleys in this tale, such as questions about the authenticity of the author’s other works. I’m not going to go into the weeds of all this. If you want to check it all out, grab some popcorn and a few beers and head over to Twitter where the hashtag #copypasteCris will provide hours of train-wreck entertainment.

Instead I’m going to talk about the offending author’s claim of ghostwritten content, and why that set off a firestorm of fury among Romancelandia and other genre fiction writers.

A couple of years ago I joined a Facebook group of writers that was geared toward marketing tips, collaborations, and working to make a living writing full time.  The e-book market was (and still is) maturing, and writers who’d been in the gig for 5-6 years were finding it hard to maintain their previous levels of sales and income. New writers were finding it almost impossible to gain a readership with the speed they’d come to expect based on all the “Get Rich Writing Novels!” online courses, books, and YouTube vids. One of this group’s big take aways at that time were:

  1. Hire ghostwriters as inexpensively as possible and publish their work under your name.

This tip addressed a situation in the e-book market, particularly at Amazon. Both the algorithms (recommendation and search engines) and book rank favored authors who released “rapidly”. As in once a month, rapid. Actually, if you could put a book out every couple of weeks, that would be best. Many, many authors find writing at that speed near impossible and the solution was to hire ghostwriters.

First, I don’t believe there is anything wrong in doing “work for hire” in the writing industry. Ghostwriting is common in non-fiction and in autobiographies. Sometimes the ghostwriter gets credit. Sometimes they don’t.

A few years back I considered this business model. I thought about what criteria I might use to hire a ghostwriter, how much direction I’d need to give them in terms of plot and tone. I thought about what a fair wage might be. And when I ran the numbers it didn’t make sense for my business. First, in order to ensure the quality of the work I’d be putting MY NAME on, I’d need to pay a high enough rate, that if the book were a flop it would mean a serious dent in my cash flow.

Secondly, MY FREAKING NAME would be on this book. I’d need to read it. I’d need to revise it. I’d probably need to spend weeks on it making it to the point I felt confident to call it part of my “brand”. There was a risk I might pay for this book and find it completely unusable, not because it was bad, but because it wouldn’t fit in with the brand I’ve developed and what readers expect from me.

And I also felt ethically squirmy about putting my name as a solo contributor on something I didn’t completely write myself, even if the plot/characters/world were my brain child and even if I did significant revisions. I’d need to credit the ghostwriter as a co-author if I went that route. I decided any toe I put in the water in this direction would be as a collaboration or co-writing, instead of ghostwriting.

 So I initiated a co-written series with another author I know, respect, and admire. We worked together on plots, outlines, and series arcs. He writes the drafts and I revise, and the end product is something we feel proud to put BOTH our names on.

My time savings on these co-written projects? About 2-3 weeks of work. So much for speeding up my release process! Luckily I’m a very prolific author and my novels aren’t 1000 page tomes, so I’m able to release 11-14 novels per year if I hustle and eat a lot of take-out food.

So please don’t assume that every author releasing a book a month or more is using a ghostwriter. Perhaps they’ve written those novels and saved them up for a rapid release. Perhaps they just write fast. Perhaps they’ve gotten the rights back on some traditionally published books and are happily making them available again through a re-release. Don’t jump to conclusions.

DO let an author know if you see something you think is plagiarized. Courtney found out because a sharp-eyed reader let her know. We’ll thank you, check it out, and handle it if there is indeed a copyright infringement. Sometimes the other book just has similar tropes, and that’s all part of being an author, but it’s better to have a head’s up than have years go by and never know someone has stolen our work.

And for you writers who are using ghostwriters—be careful. At the very least run the novel you’ve just purchased through a plagiarism checker. Personally, I feel you should read and revise any ghostwritten novel to make sure it’s in line with your brand and something you can confidently put your name on. You owe it to your readers to provide the highest quality work—work that’s consistent to your brand in tone and style. If you’re just buying stuff and throwing it up on Amazon…well, I think you need to take a hard look in the mirror and figure out how the hell you’re calling yourself an author.

But that’s just me.

I’m back into the writing cave for now, working on the next Accidental Witches novel as well as Royal Blood— Book 5 in the Templar Series, so read on, my demons!