New Release: Healing My Heart by Aleya Michelle

Title: Healing My Heart

Author: Aleya Michelle

Blog Tour: October 27th-31st
Hosted By: Author Sandra Love

Roxy is in a bind…

Should she stay true to herself or should she follow her wounded heart back to her first love?

Back to the one who left her heartbroken and alone. 

Who will be the one to help heal her heart?

Will it be Dylan, who started as her re-bound, but has become her strength and her life line over the past few months.
Or will it be Kade, the one who stole her heart and showed her the true meaning of love. Then showed her all the despair, vulnerability and pain a broken heart can cause.
Which path will bring her to her happily ever after?

Excerpt 1 –

My eyes can’t help but stare and linger at his toned and tanned arms, his chiselled face, slightly stubbled. I could never forget his ruggedly handsome face that I once loved so much.
Seeing him last night in the darkness, I really didn’t do him one bit of justice.
In the brightness of the day he is a god, one extremely good looking, sexy man and those hazelnut coloured eyes glistening in the sunlight, are doing all kinds of things to my insides.
Excerpt 2 –
As I rub my hands along her body I tell her. “This tanned skin of yours is so clear and smooth; I love the softness, your untouched beauty, no Photoshop of Botox or plastic surgery. Roxy I love you and just you my all-natural Aussie beauty. You are my very cheeky, stubborn, way too independent, hotter than hell Aussie beauty” I state to her as I thrust deep inside her wet core. I glide in with ease; she is so aroused and dripping.

Roxy is a fighter, she is strong and independent. She knows exactly what she wants and is not afraid to go after it, especially when it comes to men. Roxy thinks she has men figured out, that is until she meets Kade. He storms into her life like a knight on a white horse to save her. He makes her question everything she ever thought she knew about life, men and herself. 
With a past that keeps holding her back will Kade be able to break down her walls? Will he be able to prove to Roxy that everything she thinks she knows about men is wrong, or will he prove her right?

Excerpt 1
‘Fuck you make me hot Roxy.
I’ve never been so turned on in my entire existence.
Your curvaceous body, lips made for kissing and skin so soft and untouched.
I am so greedy when it comes to you, so get used to sex morning, noon and night from here to eternity princess.’
Kade – Breaking My Heart
Excerpt 2
Okay well there’s a glimpse of the girl that makes my heart skip a beat, her true emotions, her honesty.
Her walls are definitely up.
Do I want to have to break down those walls?
Will it be mission impossible?
Will I get hurt again? Fuck
I can’t resist this woman!
As irritating, confusing and frustrating as she is, I just can’t resist her!

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Born and raised in Sydney, NSW I am in my thirties and happily married with 3 gorgeous boys.
My first love has always been reading, so the writing side is very natural to me. Favourite books include anything by Abbi Glines, but Fallen too Far is a favourite, Pulse & Collide by Gail McHugh and The Driven trilogy by K Bromberg.
Hobbies of mine are playing netball; shopping and I love listening to music. I add it into my writing frequently.
I am totally enjoying this rollercoaster of being an Indie author and hoping others enjoy my writing as much as I love writing itJ
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Twitter handle: @aleyamichelle
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Guest Post: Self Publishing Tips by John Bryant

Before I get into it, I want to thank Billie for the opportunity of this guest blog post. One of the greatest things about the indie author community is the tremendous support we give to one another. This is just one of those opportunities and I truly appreciate it.

Okay, so with that being said… I wanted to share my experiences from seeing myself as an aspiring author (more on that later) to self-publishing my first novel, THE NATIONAL AVERAGE, and being able to call myself an author (again, more on this later).

The indie author community is insanely supportive, and there’s a lot of writing advice out there. Some good, some not so good. What worked for Franz Kafka may not have worked out for Alex Haley. Everyone is different. As I work on my second novel, I thought about what I did the first time around. I won’t go into the importance of writing multiple drafts, self editing tips or how to format your ebook. There’s already a lot of information out there on those subjects. Instead, I wanted to talk about some of the intangibles.

First, as it’s important to spell check, you have to take their grammatical and spelling suggestions with a grain of salt. Spell checkers arent human, and sometimes they ignore blatant errors an actual person wouldn’t miss. I can’t stress enough how helpful it was to read my manuscript aloud. When you do this, it’s easier to spot those awkward sounding sentences, poor word choices and things that spell check missed. If it sounds weird to you when you speak it, it’ll sound weird to your readers.

Try not to be too smart for your own good, and avoid using big words. I fell into this trap at first. I mean, I’m supposed to be a writer. We’re supposed to wax poetic, right? Don’t do it. Using big words for the sake of using big words will only alienate your readers. Something like, “the individual exited the vehicle” should be “he got out of the car.” It’s all about readability. Newspapers generally write at a fifth or sixth grade reading level not as an insult to its readers, but to make sure their message is comprehended. Only use big words if it’s warranted. There’s an term for the overuse of big words: sesquipedalian (which is a big word in itself).

At my day job, I used to work with a guy who, instead of saying “number sign” or “hashtag,” called it an “octothorpe.” Granted, this is technically the name for that symbol, but all anyone remembers is that he called it an “octothorpe.” To this day, no one remembers what he was talking about, only that he used that word. Don’t be that guy. Don’t let your message get lost in the language of big words.

Get an editor and find beta readers. Self editing is very important, but getting your work in front others is too. You have a personal connection with your work, and that can be a hindrance sometimes. It can be difficult cutting out things that you spent months, maybe even years creating. Editors and beta readers don’t necessarily need to be a paid professionals, friends or family can work too. Get it in front of as many people you trust as possible. You may have thought you were writing a scathing statement on the current political climate, but it may come off as a spy novel parody. I ended up cutting the equivalent of three chapters worth of words after my editor got hold of my manuscript. In the end, the words were unnecessary, and cutting them made the story stronger.

Don’t get discouraged. It’s all about patience and persistence. Waiting for feedback from your editor and beta readers,  getting your author proofs and return emails from reviewers can take time. A lot of time. Don’t spam their inboxes, constantly asking “Hey, did you get my book? Let me know what you think.” It’ll take time. People have jobs and their lives to get on with, so it’ll take patience.

Writing is an exercise in patience, but it’s also about persistence. Writing every day isn’t fun, but it can be rewarding in the end. Writing a book is a huge accomplishment, but you’ve gotta get there. Finding a rhythm or a pattern is important. Personally, I tend not to focus on hitting a daily word count. It’s more about finishing a scene. Find what works for you and stick with it.

As I mentioned before, the indie writing community is incredibly supportive. There are numerous forums and blogs about writing. What works and what doesn’t. There’s no guarantee that their advice will work for you, but be open to input from those who’ve already been there.

Set aside $$ for marketing. Amazon has millions of books. Millions. Every day that number gets bigger. The reality is that it’s difficult to stand out against those numbers. You can use free services like Facebook or Twitter to market yourself, but when’s the last time you bought a book because of a Facebook post or Twitter Ad? While you’re writing, set aside a small amount of money each week for your PR fund. By the time you’re done with your book, you’ll have something to work with. I recently signed on with a friend of mine who owns a PR firm, and she’s been busy setting up author panels and events. PR professionals will have contacts you simply don’t, and the most important thing is getting the word out about your book.

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

I fell into the practice of saying I was an “aspiring” author. It was as if I didn’t feel like I could tell people I was an author until I published something. When that finally happened, it was as if I had been granted some unseen permission to actually call myself an author. No one says they’re an aspiring accountant, so why we do this? You’re either are an author, or you’re not. Be an author.

In the end, it’s about finding what works for you. Be patient. Be persistent. Keep writing.

What are some things that you’ve learned while writing?
Book Blurb:

What if there was a government-run test that could determine whether or not you would become a psychopath?
In 1948, Dr. Noel Everett was fresh out of graduate school with a master’s degree in psychology. While at his job as university researcher, he created a psychological test that could predict if someone would develop violent behavior. When a U.S. senator approached him with funding to develop his test, Noel could never have predicted his work would evolve into the government-run juggernaut is today.
Present day. Shortly after their 17th birthday, twins Marcus and Simone are carted off to the nationalized mental health evaluation known only as the Program. Anyone can be reported to the Program if they don’t conform to the standard of normalcy, THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. Most people consider the twins anything but normal. As children, Simone always protected her brother, but she couldn’t protect him from the test that was coming. Administered by FBI profilers, the month-long test is used to determine the fates of those reported to the Program. The options are few for those that are evaluated. It’s either be enlisted into a special branch of the military or worse, be sent to the Culling Program.
Although their paths never cross, the lives of Noel in the post WWII era and the twins in the present day are inevitably intertwined. Is it possible to predict whether or not someone will become a psychopath? Marcus and Simone are about to find out.

Author Bio
John Bryant calls St. Louis, Missouri home. When he’s not writing, he makes ice cream, writes code and enjoys a good bourbon. John’s debut novel, The National Average, was released in September 2014 and he’s currently working on his second novel.

Contact/Buy Links
The National Average on Amazon

Twitter/Instagram: @wordtypes

John F.D. Taff: The End In All Beginnings & Horror Star Contest

First off, thanks to BC for offering to let me do this guest blog.  Second, my latest book, a five-novella collection entitled The End in All Beginnings, is out now from Grey Matter Press.  It’s at Amazon and all the usual places, in all the usual formats.
The End in All Beginnings is a disturbing trip through the ages in five novellas exploring the painful horrors of life, love and loss. Unlimited by the boundaries of time or space, Death will always be with you. Stealing all your hold dear, breaking the heart in your chest, leaving you with the only thing left–your memories. 
Here’s what people are saying about The End in All Beginnings:
“Taff brings the pain in five damaged and disturbing tales of love gone horribly wrong. This collection is like a knife in the heart. Highly recommended!” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of CODE ZERO and FALL OF NIGHT
“Of the current breed of authors riding the wave of digital liberation, John Taff is a standout talent. Literary, affecting, chilling, and indicative of that old-school mentality meets new-school daring, you need look no further than this collection for evidence that not only is horror not dead, there are new proponents of the craft among us more than capable of giving it the jolt it needs to carry it into the future.” — Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Turtle Boy, Kin, and Jack & Jill.
The End in All Beginnings is accomplished stuff, complex and heartfelt. There’s an attention to character and an access to feeling that’s very refreshing indeed. The best novella collection I’ve read in years.”–Bram Stoker-Award Winning Author Jack Ketchum.
So I’ve got a contest going right now.  Interested?  Sure you are!  Would you like to be featured as a character in a horror story?  Sure you do!  Of course you’d like to be featured as a character in my upcoming epic horror novel (that’s not tongue in cheek, there folks!) The book is titled The Fearing and I’m working on it now, with an eye toward publication next year around this time.
I was thinking…  “Gee, John, what could we (the royal ‘we,’ of course. I am the King of Pain, for goshsakes), offer to loyal readers?”  “Well,” the opposite side of my brain answered, “How about the opportunity to be featured in an actual horror novel by an actual horror writer? You know, appear in a published novel with your own actual name, in a plot that certainly wouldn’t really actually ever happen to you. And then read about yourself (or at least a character liberally based on yourself) doing various plot-necessitated things, but managing to look cool and heroic and stuff while doing it.  
Maybe you can die.  Maybe we’ll keep you alive.  Who knows?”
What a frakkin’ awesome idea, both sides of my brain said.
So, we’re gonna do it.  And what better way to decide who gets to be a character in this opus than by having a contest!  A contest to make you,  the reader, a ‘HORROR STAR!’


How do you enter this contest, you may be wondering?  Simple.

1). Buy my current release, The End in All Beginnings.
2). Read The End in All Beginnings, and hopefully enjoy it!
3). Review  the collection, and post your review on Amazon before Oct. 31st, 2014.  (I’m not trolling for a 5-star review here.  Be honest.  But, sheesh, five stars sure are nice.  😉  )
4). Post a link to your review in the comments section here on this post at my blog, or on the Grey Matter Press Facebook Page, and you will automatically be entered to win.
5.) Share your review on Twitter using #HORRORSTAR for even more chances to win.
Winners will be chosen by a Random Drawing held at the end of October. Once we receive at least 50 entries, we’ll do a straight-up random drawing for some spectacular prizes, the chief of which will be…
1). Grand Prize. I will use your name as a character in my upcoming horror novel, The Fearing.  It won’t be a major character, but it won’t be a throwaway, one-line character, either.  Prior to creating the fictional you, I might ask a few questions to make sure to get some of the REAL you into the character.  I promise that I will not use the character in a particularly horrid, demeaning or embarrassing way, but one in which I think you’d be thrilled to have featured in a novel. What’s The Fearing  about?  Well, it’s kind of an epic, apocalyptic horror novel, but with my own patented King of Pain twists.  When will it be out?  Well, probably sometime next year, around this time. 
2). Runners-Up.  Oh, and for some lucky runners up, I might also give away some signed things, too. And Grey Matter Press is pitching in with some of their own goodies as well.  So, loot for all!  Well, all winners at least.
So what are you waiting for?  How many authors offer you the chance to be directly involved in their novel by creating a character based solely on you?
Enter the ‘Horror Star’ Contest.  Buy The End in All Beginnings today. Read the collection.  Review it on Amazon. Post your review here or on theGrey Matter Press Facebook Page.  Share your review on Twitter using #HORRORSTAR.
And who knows, I might even sweeten the pot if we get more than 50 entries.  75?  100?  The sky’s the limit!*
*This isn’t entirely true. There is, in fact, a limit to my largesse, and it’s definitely before we reach the sky.  But I promise it’ll be amazeballs!
Author Bio
John. F.D. Taff has been writing dark speculative fiction for 25 years. He has more than 75 stories in publications that include Cemetery Dance, Deathrealm, Big Pulp, One Buck Horror, Horror Library V, Horror for Good, The Hot Blood Series, Shock Rock II, and two Grey Matter Press anthologies—the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror – Volume One and Ominous Realities: The Anthology of Dark Speculative Horrors. Six of his short stories have been selected as honorable mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror volumes in the past. His collection of short stories, Little Deaths, has been well reviewed and named the “No. 1 Horror Collection of 2012” by HorrorTalk. His historical ghost novel, The Bell Witch, was released in April 2013, and the thriller novel Kill/Offwas released in December 2013. You can learn more about John from his blog at or follow him on Twitter @johnfdtaff.

Vaginas and Writing

Vaginas and writing: Is it important to know a #writer is a woman?

This subject has hit home for me several times in my writing career. I’m often immediately confronted with “Do you write romance/erotica?” when I talk about my writing. And while my first book has a heavy romantic element, the rest of my work is just about as far from romance as one gets. I try to describe my work as either fantastic works (such as my paranormal mysteries or fantasy shorts and novel) or slice of life, general fiction (such as several shorts and my upcoming Feather in a Hurricane novella). The fact that my books contain sex or romantic relationships, however, seems to automatically place them in many people’s minds in the “romance” genre.

Don’t get me wrong. Romance writing is valid writing. I enjoy reading #romance books as well, when the mood strikes. And, while #genre definition can be tricky for authors, it is easy to see the character archetypes in a story and simply focus on the relationship aspects, giving way to romantic categorization. The injustice of doing this with all #books with heavy interpersonal character #relationships, instead of focusing on the character development or emotional journey of a story, is profound and a discredit to both the #author and #reader.

I suppose it’s like one of my favorite movie #quotes however: “You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions.” (The Breakfast Club, 1985) Until women who write stand up and say, “I am a writer. I am not my gender; I am not my race; I am not my socioeconomic background,” we will be constantly defined by our #vaginas. #ebooks #amwriting

Original Article that sparked my rant:

BC Brown is the author of three novels and has participated in multiple short story anthologies. Having

committed almost every ‘bad deed’ in the book of ‘How to Be An Author’, she now strives to educate other writers through humor and simple instruction.

Book Promo: Nightcrawler by Candy O’Donnell

Title: Night Crawler 

Author: Candy O’Donnell

Release Day: September 28th, 2014

The past never stays where it belongs!
In Westwood, California, was where John Francis, the town’s priest re-encountered the beast. To his astonishment, horrifying events began unraveling before him. These unprovoked occurrences soon turned to fright when Sister Teresa’s body was found murdered. When Kathy Riego stepped into the Sister’s shoes she showed him a renewed identification for the word love. John began this new relationship with a masked reality as the horrid beast began showing him a long forgotten past that was supposed to be buried long ago.

Author Bio:
 Candy O’Donnell was born in Carmichael, California. At the age of twelve, she wrote her first mini book. Filled mostly with what took place with her mother and her long tedious bout with leukemia. It was a short story told as extra credit when she suffered a sprained ankle and had to be out of school for over two months. School officials refused to believe a word of what she had written until her grandmother, her guardian back then, entered the school with the truth. Everything she had written down was exactly what took place. Unfortunately her mother succumbed to the disease. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Culture. After living with her aunt and uncle for over five years she wished to explore her uncle’s Native heritage and did so with vigor. She also has 6 Grad units in Criminal Justice.
Twitter: @Candyodonnell

Promo: Blood Line by John J Davis

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Enjoy Happy Geek Media’s Virtual Book Tour of John Davis’ debut novel, Blood Line


Blood Line , A Granger Spy Novel (Book 1)
by John J. Davis
Publisher: Simon & Winter, Inc.
Genres: Action, thriller
254 Pages
Release date: October 14, 2014

“Sharply written, with characters that readers will be happy to see again.” —Kirkus Reviews Blood Line is a high-voltage spy thriller that redefines rogue—the Granger Spy Novel series introduces a loving family with lethal issues caught in the crosshairs of global arms dealers. When a simple home invasion turns out to be not so simple, Ron Granger must put aside his quiet rural life and return to the Central Intelligence Agency. Aided by his brilliant wife, Valerie, and resourceful teen daughter, Leecy, Ron must quickly decide who to believe among the calculating opportunists, shrewd criminals, and power-hungry rival agencies racing to possess the technology that will change modern warfare forever. But when Leecy is kidnapped, Ron and Val must choose between the mission and a rescue. With time quickly running out, Ron only knows one thing: When you can’t trust anyone else, trust your family.


Purchase Links for Blood Line

Amazon/Goodreads/B&N/Indie Bound/iTunes



Author John J. Davis will be making personal appearances at bookstores while the virtual book tour is in progress. If you live in the areas he’ll be visiting and would like to meet him, here are the locations he will be at throughout October and November:

Thu Oct 23 – Charlotte NC7:00pm – 8:30pm Charlotte NC Park Road Books – 4139 Park Road Charlotte, NC C 28209 Wed Oct 29 – NYC6:30pm – 8:30pm NYC Mysterious Bookshop – 58 Warren St, New York, NY 10007 Fri Nov 7 – Chicago12:00pm – 1:00pm Chicago – Barbara’s Books Willis Tower – Willis Tower Chicago – Lower Level 233 S. Wacker Drive Chicago Nov 8 – Burr Ridge, IL1:00pm – 2:00pm Chicago – Barbara’s Books Burr Ridge – 810 Village Center Dr, Illinois and Michigan Canal, Burr Ridge, IL 60527 BLOOD LINE - ABOUT THE AUTHOR JohnJDavis-Photo copy (2) John J. Davis is the author of the Granger Spy Novel series, including Blood Line and the soon to be published sequel, Bloody Truth, available Spring 2015. Davis grew up in the Southeastern US and after university traveled extensively in North America during his career as a regional sales rep and independent broker for leaders in the transportation, shipping and pharma industries. His years sitting in lobbies and airports honed his skill for human observation and fed his talent for writing fast-paced, character-driven stories. His inspiration for the Granger family-of-spies comes from the people he has known and his family roots in the Carolinas–the extraordinarily strong and gentle women and men, whose lives are defined by the love, trust and respect for family. Currently at work on the third Granger Spy Novel and a screenplay, Davis lives near Atlanta with his wife, daughter and two dogs.BLOOD LINE - SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS



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Excerpt from ‘Bloody Truth’ releasing Spring 2015. To learn more about the Grangers and the Granger Spy Novels visit John Davis’ Official website 

Glancing away from the target, I saw Val. There was something emanating from her. Maybe the thrill of being on mission again after sixteen years of being a mom ignited something inside her, because she was glowing. She was exquisite in her little black dress–all beauty and grace. Moving through the coach with such ease and composure, her presence alone was enough to cause the men to blush and the women to fume. She’s exactly what she needed to be tonight. She was irresistible, and I was the envy of all the men. “Like mother, like daughter,” I said as Valerie eased up next to me. “You look amazing, and you still take my breath away.” “Thank you, dear,” Valerie said, and kissed me full on the lips. “Hmm…salty. You taste good,” I said. “I’m starving so I sampled the caviar in the dining car. We haven’t eaten since this morning,” she explained. Leecy, interrupting our private moment, said, “Okay, you two, this isn’t date night. The target is at my twelve o’clock. Time to station is fifteen minutes. Ready?” Valerie and I sipped from my flute of champagne and said, “Ready.” Copyright @ John J. Davis

The Duality of A Writer

*This post sparked by a Facebook Meme and the resultant comments. The meme stated: “Writers literally create worlds from scratch… What is sexier than that? I don’t know why every person out there isn’t dating a writer.” by Rachel Bloom. This article is a hybrid of ideas presented about the nature of ‘being a writer’, the thoughts they led me to, and the further expansion of thought/comments from Facebook, Twitter, and private messaging.*

Duality (from the Pinacoteca Central)

Few understand what it means to be a writer. 

Yes, they know about our love of words, our fanatical need to perfect a sentence, and our frenzied creative bursts. But grasping the reality of what it is like to be a writer is a concept so foreign it makes others feel uncomfortable or rejected.

There are only two worlds that exist for writers. 

Time Writing and Time Not Writing
The Time Writing world is where we want to live. We are ever seeking a means to get back to this magical place where stars are born in the space of a breath and everyone is known and knows as intimately as if they’d shared the same womb.
The Time Not Writing world is hell, a infinite distraction, that we walk in, trying to puzzle out how to get back to our Time Writing world.

The rub is that our Time Not Writing world is where people live. Family, friends, jobs, obligations to non-writing. Genuinely, we love these things. Most of us wouldn’t trade them for anything. Except Time Writing. Which riddles us with guilt. Guilt for walking in the Time Not Writing world, and guilt for not being in the Time Writing world.

The most difficult part often is the social ramification. We love our family and friends. They love us. They don’t want to hear (as was best put in the Facebook conversation on this matter) “Of course I want to spend time with you, but…” This leads to feelings of rejection.

The non-writer who loves one reads this and thinks I’m not that way; I want them to have as much time as they need to write. And you do; bless you, you really do. Until you realize Time Writing and Time Not Writing has nothing at all to do with time.

With a full blessing the non-writer in love with one gives the writer leave to work on whatever project they are enraptured with dealing with at that point. “I’ll give you as much time as you want. How about a month of no distractions to finish that project?” Non-writer says. It’s kind. And pointless.

Time Writing has no time. It is timeless, eternal and fleeting. One month becomes two months;
Conversations with No One

becomes six months; becomes a year. A year of not interacting, not being distracted, not participating in anything but Time Writing. No one’s patience is that infinite. But a writer’s need of Time Writing is that expansive. Suddenly the need for detachment is unhealthy, although a writer has never been happier. The desire for the writer to rejoin the Time Not Writing world becomes pressing, and we rejoin it, with reluctance and an outright bitch-fest but understanding.

Then the non-writer is left knowing we are with them, but also just want to get back to Time Writing. The writer is there and not there, part of their mind, soul, in the Time Writing world. And any time we’re in the Time Not Writing world one hundred percent, not distracted at all by Time Writing, we are some of the most miserable, sorriest, least organized and functional lots ever.

So, yes, the premise of being in a relationship with a writer is sexy. What writers do is stimulating. Anyone would want to be constantly stimulated by exposure to that. But, resoundingly, we’re also alien to the point of being unfathomable. Who wants to be in a relationship with someone you have nothing in common with and can’t understand the very basics of their existence?


BC Brown is the author of three novels and has participated in multiple short story anthologies. Having committed almost every bad deed in the book of ‘How to Be An Author’, she now strives to educate other writers through humor and simple instruction.

Anthologies: Fracas: A Collection of Short FrictionQuixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court

She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.