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Exactly Like You Cover Reveal!

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With our Cupid’s Cafe series re-releasing with Inkspell Publishing in the fall, that includes brand new covers! Join the Facebook Group, or add it on Goodreads!

An invitation to Cupid’s Café will change your life.

Former social worker Roxie Fisher believes she’s cursed to never find happiness and an invitation to Cupid’s Café isn’t going to change her situation. All the same, against her better judgment, she gives it a try. What else does she have to lose?

After the death of his wife, accountant-turned-firefighter Aidan Craig, can’t stop taking ridiculous risks and never turns down a dare. So an invitation to Cupid’s Café is an offer he can’t refuse. What he doesn’t expect is to meet the social worker who helped him through the darkest days of his life. Now she’s the one struggling, and he’s compelled to help.

The two experience an immediate attraction, but Aidan swore to never become involved in another relationship, and Roxie can’t imagine daredevil Aidan being interested in a boring, cat-rescuer like her.

Can Roxie find the simple joy of taking a risk? Is Aidan willing to risk his heart? Or will they both lose out on a chance at true love?

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Inspiration for Rising for Autumn

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Buckle up, guys. This is about to get personal.

So, back when I started writing the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, I knew I wanted to write Alanna’s story. I mean, strong female leader of an entire Coven is right up my alley. And while characters like Jev who are loud, crude, and optimistic come naturally for me, I wanted to write a different sort of strength, the quiet, serious type. I’ve seen plenty of guys written that way, but not as many women in positions of leadership and what burdens they might bear. So from the start, this wasn’t going to be a lighthearted romp but would have a more serious bent to it. Since I’m a pantser, I never know what the story’s going to be about completely until I set about to writing it and inspiration leads the way.

And then, last year around this time, a friend of mine committed suicide.

As I was going through my own grief, I began to write Alanna’s story, working through some of that complex mesh of feelings through her character. They always say write what you know, right? Alanna was strong, the responsible one, and as a big sister, I could empathize with her a thousandfold. But worse than all the weight of the Coven depending on her, of all the deaths on her conscience, one hit her the most–when her brother took his life the year before. Through Alanna, I wove my way through my own tangle of feelings, and did my best to honor the memory of the friend who had passed. Of what he might’ve been feeling when he reached that crossroads.

Alanna and Sam’s story is one of two broken, guarded individuals finding a way to trust again. Finding a way to heal. They’ve both been doled terrible hands, and as they come together and coax each other out of their shells–well, their love was a beautiful thing to behold. Sam, the djinn who’s had control wrenched from him every time his lamp found a new owner, meets the biggest control freak of them all, Alanna. And if anyone can empathize with the powerlessness that dwells beneath that neuroses, it’s her. Even though real life often isn’t as kind, I needed the hope of a happy ending for these two, and in the end, that’s what I love about the romance genre the most.

To those who’ve contemplated suicide, who have hit that brink of desolation, this is my love letter of compassion. Please, reach out, even if it seems too much to bear. (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255)

To those who have lost someone to suicide, my heart is with you.

To my friend Glenn, this story is for you.

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A New Sort of Snow White

While working on the Poisoned Apple manuscript for Decadent Publishing, I fell in love with the main character all over again. For me, a lot of what’s kept me at a distance from the Snow White story is the passivity of it. Snow White’s stepmom’s a bitch! Sucks to be Snow. Snow White’s life is threatened by said evil stepmom! Damn, still sucks to be Snow. When she does find some solace with the dwarfs, the stepmother ruins it again, to the point where she’s comatose! Man, shit just rains all over Snow, doesn’t it?

What’s never covered in these fairytales though is the massive amount of damage that level of tragedy does to someone’s psyche. This isn’t just your average let’s place a Snow White veneer over a romance story. This is plunging into the depths of all the hell she’s been through and how her mind ticks. This is plowing through the pain, the loss, the grief, and still finding a girl willing to fight. Neve’s not just some tough girl–she’s a survivor.

We’ve been told time and time again, poor, poor Snow White. But hey, writing’s all about showing, not telling, right? I wanted to show the side of her that isn’t covered in the fairy tales–the anger, the hurt, and most of all, how she blames herself. Because when a child grows up feeling that unwanted, there’s a lot of self-hatred involved. Yet despite all that, she still musters up enough strength to keep going.

Needless to say, I’m really excited to share this story.