Friday, February 16, 2018


A New Quest Is About To Begin!


My latest novel, "Descendants of Avalon," is a middle grade/YA book about four modern-day girls from small-town MN who are swept into the magical land of Avalon after a powerful wish tips the balance of power. An evil magician is doing everything he can to break the veil between worlds and ends up kidnapping one of the teenagers. With the help of some knights, the Lady of the Lake, and Morgan le Fay, the remaining three teens will set out on a quest to rescue their friend and save two worlds in the process. 
If you're interested, please email me at with your name and preferred email address.  My editor will then email you with the specifics, particularly as we get closer to the book's release date. 
Will you take this journey with me?
I hope to hear from you soon!

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Top 10 Reads of 2017

Top 10s are fun, aren't they?  I started writing this list last month, eagerly awaiting the New Year so I could share a few of my favorite things.  Surprisingly, the New Year has been busier than expected.  So after a slight delay, I am finally able to post for you my top 10 list of 2017 reads.

Oddly, I noticed that a majority of this list were books read in September!  Besides being my birthday month, I see its also a time when I have impeccable reading tastes.

Note: These are not limited to books released in 2017, like top 10 movie lists center on, they're simply the books I chose to pick up this year.

So without further ado!...

10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed
Finished reading: January 4

This book is about the characters and how the Rebellion has affected them, a completely new layer in the franchise, which serves to grey the line between the Rebellion versus Empire. The best novelizations contribute to their films rather than just being a shallow money-grabbing tie-in, and this satisfyingly fleshes out and clarifies character motivations & intentions.

9. Raelia (The Medoran Chronicles #2) by Lynette Noni
Finished reading: May 16

Noni builds so much intrigue between the different factions that its hard to put the book down. Her characters are inspired and amusing. They have great chemistry and are a delight to read. The world is expanded in mystical ways, and I can't wait to explore more of in book 3 because that ending was just…holy crap…what a twist.

8. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
Finished reading: September 27

Our main character, Fallon, is what Maas's main character in "Throne of Glass" should have been but wasn't.  Fantastic themes of sisterhood, loyalty, and sacrifice. The plot twists are fairly predictable, but the overall arch of the story line keeps you entertained from beginning to end.

7. Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane
Finished reading: January 22

Fishbane’s historical research is thorough and comes out beautifully in the narrative. Additionally, the spirit of Montgomery’s writing breathes subtly within the pages. It’s a very well-written story about a girl discovering what she wants out of life and love. 

6. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Finished reading: December 14

Carson pulls together great historical elements, spunky and enduring characters, emotional weight and mixes in a captivating adventure.  The historical elements are rich, and I found myself not ready to say goodbye to the cast of characters when the book ended!

5. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Finished reading: May 22

Meyer's Queen of Hearts origin story is stunning. The plot is surprising yet comfortably familiar with its Wonderlandish charm. The characters were uniquely captured and multifaceted. Meyer's carefully crafted story is able to captivate readers enough so that the well-known end result doesn't loom over the pages.

4. The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere #1) by Jacqueline West
Finished reading: September 29

A delightful middle-grade novel with an original concept and fun characters. It’s quirky, spooky, and has an unpredictable mystery to unravel.  The pace is great with many surprises to discover.

3. Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray
Finished reading: September 5

This book beautifully explores the struggles Leia and her family faced as the Rebellion took flight. Claudia Gray digs deep into the heart of emotions and explores the many consequences that could arise from even the most noble of actions.  This story does the original characters credit and is strong in the Force.

2. For the Most Beautiful: A Novel of the Trojan War (Golden Apple Trilogy #1) by Emily Hauser
Finished reading: September 14

What I love about this story is how it illustrates that historical women were able to accomplish great things despite constraints of time and place.  A stirring book with great characters moving within a fast-paced narrative and a beautiful setting.

1. The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green
Finished reading: February 24

Themes of judgment and grace are contrasted thoughtfully and beautifully throughout Green’s narrative.  The real-life situations these colonists once lived through are harrowing, but skillfully and tastefully told through Green’s deft storytelling.  Brimming with impressive historical details, complex characters, and an alluring plotline rich with unpredictable twists and turns, this is a touching novel that I loved.

In this new year, allow me to wish you happy reading in 2018!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Freebies and Festivals!

A Walk Through Time!

16 FREE historical fiction books, but only for a limited time!
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Plus, a $25 gift card.  You don't want to miss this!

Upcoming event:

A day-long celebration of BOOKS!

Per the book festival site: The Twin Cities Book Festival—brought to you by Rain Taxi—is not only the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community. This FREE, day-long festival brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. The festival welcomes ‘rock star’ authors, local literary heroes, publishers, magazines, booksellers—all of whom connect over great books and conversations.
My group, the Rochester Fantastical Women will be there!  So if you're close by, I'd highly recommend stopping by.  Here are a list of exhibitors I'll be rubbing elbows with on Saturday, October 14: Exhibitor List.