HUGE $0.99 eBook Sale

2015April-SaleADRainy Kaye, the twisted mind behind Dimitri (aka the worst djinn in history), organized an ebook sale a few months back. A HUGE book sale. I’m talking with like 130 authors besides me. You should start seeing Thunderclapped posts about it tomorrow, but if you don’t…the books will be featured here:

January Black’s link will go to Amazon, because that’s the link I had at the time. But…times change.

My book is now available for Nook and KOBO as well. And the book will be priced at $0.99 in every location.

IF you read on something OTHER than Kindle, Nook, or KOBO, you can download other formats from Smashwords, which ALSO has a free sample. So, please check it out.


It’s Release Day! (Sort of…) with @LynnRush

ReleaseDaywithSitesThere’s layers to that “sort of” and it’s kind of boring. What’s important is that January Black and the Touch of Frost series are both LIVE, in ebook and PRINT, on Amazon and other fine internet retailers. (Links are posted below.) And we’re celebrating with a giveaway!

Prizes are: #1: $25 e card, #2: Magical Swag Pack from Wendy Russo; #3: Frosty Swag Pack from Lynn Rush.  GIVEAWAY is Open 12/15-12/31/14. You can enter the drawing by clicking on the Rafflecopter link.


And join us tonight on Facebook for a few hours of guest authors, games, fun, and prizes!

January Black’s Links:

Kindle | Print | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | Shelve on Goodreads

Touch of Frost Links:

Kindle | Amazon Print | Kindle UK | Kindle CA | Barnes & Noble | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

Absolute Zero:
Kindle USA | Amazon Print | Kindle UK | Kindle CA | Barnes & Noble | Barnes & Noble Print | Kobo | iBooks

Kindle USA | Amazon Print | Kindle UK | Kindle CA | Barnes & Noble | Barnes & Noble Print | Kobo | iBooks

January Black’s NEW Cover Art

Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn is the son of The Hill’s commandant. As such, he’s expected to conform to a strict, unspoken code of conduct. Small acts of defiance over years—such as walking on the grass—have earned him a reputation for being unruly. When sarcastic test answers finally get Matty expelled from school, King Hadrian offers him a diploma if he can answer a deceptively simple question, and then dismisses the only answer.

To prove his worth to society, Matty wrestles with the king’s word games, the kingdom’s historical record, and laws that don’t make sense. He meets Iris Locke, a street smart gardener,  along the way. After enchanting him at a glance, Iris helps his research, keeps him out of trouble, and finally breaks his heart.

Alone again, Matty finds himself on collision course with a deadly law, one he will have to break to answer the king’s   question. Was Hadrian challenging him, or teaching him a lesson? Without Iris, it won’t matter, because Matty won’t stand down for anyone else.

January Black is the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal winner for YA-Coming of Age.

January Black will be available for pre-order on Amazon 11/28/2014.

About the Illustrator

Liliana Sanches started studying Visual Arts at the age of 16 and soon felt attracted to the Romantic artwork from the 19th century. The Pre-Raphaelites and Friedrich were her biggest inspirations at the time, and she felt compelled to explore this graphic language of desolated landscapes that were the reflection of the painter’s emotions.

After graduating college, specializing Graphic Design, she created her own business under the name of “Princess of Shadows.” Her style had now evolved and had technical knowledge to support it. Intricate concepts with a much better grasp of image composition and visual balance, and also used color and shape psychology to imprint her work on the viewer.

Along the years she has been working with musicians, authors and even other designers who have allowed her to express her creativity, develop visual communication skills and explore different graphic styles to better suit each project.

Nowadays, here personal work has been exploring the human psyche, imbuing it with a dark surreal feeling. Her biggest inspirations are J-Horror movies, dreams/ nightmares and mental health pathologies.

Princess of Shadows on DeviantArt


Wendy S. Russo got her start writing in the sixth grade. That story involved a talisman with crystals that had to be found and assembled before bad things happened, and dialog that read like classroom roll call. Since then, she’s majored in journalism (for one semester), published poetry, taken a course on short novels, and watched most everything ever filmed by Quentin Tarantino. A Wyoming native transplanted in Baton Rouge, Wendy works for Louisiana State University as an IT analyst. She’s a wife, a mom, a Tiger, a Who Dat, and she falls asleep on her couch at 8:30 on weeknights.

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Mosquito Bites (or the Itchy Welts of Rejection)


Photo by James Jordan (CC BY-ND 2.0)

If you’re an author seeking publication, rejection is something we encounter often. It’s sort of like that time of day when walking outside is an invitation for mosquitos to sit down to supper. They will bite. The welts will swell, itch, and annoy you for a few days. And then, the evidence of their presence will go away.

The inclination of reasonably intelligent people will be to stay inside during the hours when mosquitos are out for blood. That, or apply lethal quantities of bug repellent. For authors, the DEET in the aerosol-propelled smelly stuff that allows us to party out of doors at dusk is optimism, perspective, and/or sense of humor.

I received a rejection today from a publisher I admire. Friends are published with them. At least one of their authors has books on the shelf at the local Barnes and Noble, and she’s not local. Of all the recent submissions, I had high hopes for that one.

Still, when I got the email today, I couldn’t be upset at having been turned down. I chose not to be. I’ve been rejected before, after all. Recently for Glitch, by publishers both more and less notable, and in the past for January Black. And I have observed a difference between now and then. All three rejections received thus far for Glitch came with feedback, while January Black was turned down mostly by non-response.

Sure, I could focus on the rejection from an awesome publisher, but why when I choose to see the progress? I, as an author, now warrant feedback from people who read for a living! That’s HUGE! And with feedback comes opportunity.

So arm yourselves with bug spray, lovely readers, because whatever party you’re joining, things will probably start getting interesting right around the time the mosquitos start biting.

January Black is Coming Back!


If you have been looking for January Black at the usual locations (Amazon and Barnes & Noble, mostly), you may have noticed that she’s not at either location. I apologize for this. The winds shifted for a time, but that time has come to an end.

Some very lovely writers will be helping me reveal a brand new cover on November 10th, and the newly formatted ebook will be available for pre-order on November 28th. (That’s Black Friday!) The book itself will be available for purchase from Amazon on Christmas Day in Kindle and Print formats.

One Dark Secret on Darkly Delicious YA

I didn’t publish my first book, but not for lack of trying. I boxed a trilogy, bound, with cute little labels on each of six parts, and mailed it to Bantam Spectra in 1999. I felt I owed it to my then-boyfriend to submit it after the two years I spent working on something that had ZERO chances of being picked up. It was, after all, Star Wars fan fiction.

If you’d like to read the rest, head on over to Darkly Delicious YA.

Happy Anniversary January Black!

After five months of writing, a year of editing, a year and a half of querying agents and publishers, and another 9 months of editing, my debut novel January Black was released on January 15, 2013. It’s been an exiting year of promotions, giveaways, and an AWARD!

But it hasn’t all been roses. Quarter 2, 2013, sales were rather disappointing, and while I anticipated that Quarter 3 would be better, I learned just yesterday that it wasn’t. I didn’t publish to make money. In fact, I went into 2013 with the thought I was was going to spend a lot of money and I was going to have fun. And I did both! But, the $8.57 Q3 royalty report convinced me that that a choice I made a while back was the right one for my career as an author.

I bought the Cassandra Clare books for a 100th Amazon Review Giveaway. Up to now, I’ve managed to acquire reviews from 51 awesome readers. But, when I decided that January 15 was the date I would halt most publicity for January Black, I decided to include the books in the anniversary giveaway. I still hope to get to 100 one of these days, but I don’t want these fabulous books sitting on my bookshelf collecting dust in the meantime. I bought them for a January Black fan. Readers who love my book (though seemingly few) are engaged right now. It seems a tragedy to keep the books to myself just because I’m 49 reviews short of my goal.

Today, I am turning my attention to future releases. Two are series that share an altered timeline (one YA Paranormal, one NA scifi). There is suspense novella that is currently with beta readers, and a two volume epic high fantasy that has been sitting on my shelf for 14 years. I hope to publish one or more of these pieces this year. I also hope that they will help draw to January Black the attention I believe with my whole heart that it truly deserves.

Now, without further ado, the winners of the January Black Anniversary giveaway.

According to the drawing rules that I posted on the main page of my blog, the winner of The Infernal Devices needs to have completed one of two tasks: purchase January Black OR post a review on Amazon. Names drawn would be checked against the report from Rafflecopter for completion of one of those tasks, and the lesser prizes would be awarded until Rafflecopter offered up the name of a grand prize eligible entrant. As it happens, there are 4 prizes, and the fourth name drawn was on the reviewer list.

The January Black prize pack goes to:

Shamara Catama


The $10 Amazon Gift Card goes to:

Donna Reynolds


The signed paperback of Toni de Palma’s “The Devil’s Triangle” goes to:

Francis Hernandez


And, finally, the signed, hardcover copies of The Infernal Devices go to:

Charitini Neofotistou

Charitini posted her reviews of January Black on Goodreads and Amazon on January 12, 2014. I promised that I would award the prize if the review were rave or scathe, but I’m happy to hear that she liked the book.



Congratulations ladies. I will be emailing you today and you will have 24 hours to respond to me with mailing addresses, or new winners will be drawn. Happy New Year, everyone. I hope to get in some productive writing time soon, so continue following my social media posts for updates on my new work.

My Anniversary Giveaway – January 15



To celebrate my 1st anniversary as a published author, I am giving away SIGNED, hardcover copies of Cassandra Clare’s “The Infernal Devices” to someone who has either purchased or reviewed January Black.

Click here for the rules and Rafflecopter Link.






January Black is STILL on Sale!


January Black (Kindle format) is available on Amazon for $2.99.

This price could go up at ANY time. In fact, the sale ended on the 17th.

If you would like to read my book, NOW is the time to grab it, before the price returns to $7.99.

January Black Christmas Sale – Kindle $2.99 – One Week Only


Giveaway Details

A rafflecopter will be open December 11-January 14, with the usual tasks (liking FB pages, sending tweets, and sharing posts.)

There will also be special tasks worth more points for:

  1. reviews of January Black posted on Amazon
  2. reviews posted on Goodreads/B&, and
  3. purchase codes from this Christmas sale (If you have purchase codes for an Amazon purchase prior to the event, that’s cool too.)

There are three prizes to be drawn on January 15th.

  1. A January Black prize pack.
  2. A $10 Amazon gift card.
  3. Grand Prize: A SIGNED, hardcover set of Cassandra Clare’s “The Infernal Devices.”

The first name drawn will be checked for special tasks #1 (amazon review) or #3 (Amazon purchase code), one of which is REQUIRED to win the books. If #1 or #3 is not complete, the name will receive the January Black prize pack.

The second name drawn will be checked for special tasks #1 and #3. If one is not complete, the name will receive the $10 Amazon Gift Card.

After that, names will be drawn until an entrant that has completed task #1 or #3 has been selected and verified.

Note: This prize was purchased by me. Cassandra Clare is not connected with this event in any way.

The winners will have 24 hours to respond to notification emails. If a response is not received within that time frame, another winner will be drawn.

This giveaway is International. If you purchase January Black or leave a review of 20 words or more, I will happily send you the Cassandra Clare books, wherever you are in the world.

This event is subject to change. Updates will be posted here.