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I’m relieved to tell you that I’m no longer plodding through Prisoners of the Wailing Tower. At last, the story has begun to drag me along with it, instead of the other way around!

My typical writing week is Sunday to Thursday. On Friday evenings we have a regular gaming group. Saturdays I keep free to run around with my husband, and we usually watch anime or a movie on Saturday nights.

So far this week, I’ve got almost 4,000 words in on Prisoners. I finished a long sequence of Alemin coming face to face with the revenant of the Larder. Now I need to switch gears and do a sequence with Lorrah, who is on her way to try and rescue Alemin.

Lorrah just found out that her mean older sister is in charge of the Larder. I got about 450 words for her yesterday (Thursday), but she was all distraught about facing her sister. It was going slowly, and after I called it for that day I realized her response was simply too juvenile. Three quarters of the way in, Lorrah needs to be more forceful and ready to defend herself.

So while I’m on my writing weekend, I’ll consider alternative approaches. Most likely I’ll use much of the same dialogue that I have, but express it with different actions. If it continues going slowly, I can spend more time thinking about their past relationship. Parts of my time need to be focused on setting up blog posts for Queen Titania’s Court, anyway.

I hope you’re all keeping safe, and that you’re able to get some writing done, too.


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Cover to The Ice Witch of Fang Marsh
The Ice Witch of Fang Marsh

Yes, it’s the “book birthday” for The Ice Witch of Fang Marsh. Usually my pre-orders don’t release on a blog day, but this time I got lucky. So this is where I beg — uh, ask nicely for all of you to help me spread the news.

If you know anyone who’s being ordered to stay home and just doesn’t know what to do with themself any more…

If you know anyone who’s interested in fresh takes on fantasy…

If you know anyone who just loves to read…

Then please tell them about my book!

Thanks, you’re all so amazing!


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Cover to The Ice Witch of Fang Marsh

This Friday is the official release! The Ice Witch of Fang Marsh will be available for your reading pleasure on May 15th. There’s even an advance review on Goodreads this time!


Meven is a renegade, hunted by the cruel regime of master mage Dar-Gothull. Her desperate desire is to lose herself in the treacherous Fang Marsh. Only there can she live the life she wants, in freedom and safety. To reach the marsh, Meven must sneak through the town of Eshur, where her old enemy, the wicked Countess Ar-Torix, commands dozens of spies and guards. It should be no problem!

What Meven doesn’t know is that she’s already being tracked. Ozlin was thrown out because of his emerging magic. Now he’s starving on the streets of Eshur. Caught stealing, he’s about to be imprisoned in the brutal temple school.

Until Meven recognizes his power and intervenes. Suddenly she has a new, desperate desire — to save this mageling boy, and maybe save herself as well.

Pre-Order from Amazon or in alternate formats through Draft 2 Digital!


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The main work is done on The Ice Witch of Fang Marsh. I know, I’ve been harping on that. I have until May 11th to make any last tweaks to the text, but I feel pretty good about it, honestly.

Currently, my job is to set up images on web sites, so a few people will actually SEE this book. There’s my own web site, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and so on. Unfortunately, I’m having some frustration with Dropbox. It keeps telling me it can’t upload my cover shot to Instagram. Doesn’t say why, just that it can’t. Dropbox also won’t download the image to my photo gallery, where I could send it directly to Instagram.

Ah, the joys of a writer’s life!


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Pre-Order now!

Yes, you heard right! The Ice Witch of Fang Marsh is now available for pre-order, with an official release date of May 15th.


Meven is a renegade, hunted by the cruel regime of master mage Dar-Gothull. Her desperate desire is to lose herself in the treacherous Fang Marsh. Only there can she live the life she wants, in freedom and safety. To reach the marsh, Meven must sneak through the town of Eshur, where her old enemy, the wicked Countess Ar-Torix, commands dozens of spies and guards. It should be no problem!

What Meven doesn’t know is that she’s already being tracked. Ozlin was thrown out because of his emerging magic. Now he’s starving on the streets of Eshur. Caught stealing, he’s about to be imprisoned in the brutal temple school.

Until Meven recognizes his power and intervenes. Suddenly she has a new, desperate desire — to save this mageling boy, and maybe save herself as well.

Pre-Order from Amazon or in alternate formats through Draft 2 Digital!


Have you read one of my books? Then it would be great for you to leave a review! Meanwhile, if you’d like to learn more about me and my work, check out my web site, Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.

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Thank you to everyone who commented on the cover layout for The Ice Witch of Fang Marsh. I’m still working on that tricky title color, but I know I’ll get it done soon. One other very small quibble is that the illustration clearly shows palm trees. Do you think anyone will notice that there are no palm trees in the story?

In addition to that, I’ve spend the past few days in a close read-through of the text. I fixed a few typos that I suspect my grammar-check put in. The final version cut about 20 words from the 35,000 so it’s time to call that good. I will absolutely, positively, NOT go back in to add any palm trees!

My next step will be to format the novella as an e-book. I have that process down fairly well. After that, I begin the actual publishing. Assigning the ISBNs through Bowker. Uploading text, deciding what my tags should be, and so on. Those of you who self-publish know how picky it all can be.

But in the end, you’ll all get to read this novella that I’ve been hinting and fussing about for almost a year!


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Cover of The Ice Witch of Fang Marsh
Coming in May 2020!

After talking about the cover copy for The Ice Witch of Fang Marsh, how’s about I share the cover itself? This is still a work in progress. I’m looking to make the title stand out more, without being too garish.

As always, I’d love to hear your suggestions!


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