Conspiracy of Silence Galley

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One of the most thrilling times for an author–besides seeing a cover and receiving author copies–is getting the galley of an upcoming novel. This means that the book is heading into the final stage before printing. We’re allowed one more pass through the novel before it heads off to the printers. And today, lookee what showed up on my doorstep from UPS – the galley of Conspiracy of Silence!! All 410 pages of adventure and Toxness. 

Accelerant Cover Reveal + Pre-Order Special

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I’m sooooo excited to share with you the cover for Accelerant!!! HERE IT IS!!       BACK-COVER COPY: He’ll destroy the world. But first he has to save it. The Nine Kingdoms bleed. Leaderless, ravaged, the land awaits deliverance from Poired Dyrth’s devastating campaign. But what if one blight can only be cleansed by another? The promised Fierian is known by many names. Judge. Destroyer. Scourge. And now one other: Haegan, Prince of Seultrie. Once a cripple, now a gifted Accelerant, Haegan can no longer run from the truth. But neither can he be reconciled to it. He knows only one thing for certain: as the only able-bodied heir to the Fire Throne, he must return to the Nine …

Influencer Call!

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Well, Rapid-Fire Readers – You might remember that Operation Zulu: Redemption came out in digital format two years ago, and y’all told me you LOVED it!! And then we were all discouraged because there wasn’t going to be a print edition. BUT THEN!!! Then in January, I got the email that Zulu was finally going to print!!! What I didn’t expect was to get author copies for influencers. SO! That’s awesome for you!! Curiouser & Curiouser? Here’s the blurb for OZ:R – They never should’ve existed. Now they don’t.     Zulu, the first all-female special ops team, was set up to take a devastating fall. Fearing for their lives, Zulu members vanished with new identities. Isolated and haunted by their past, …

Printing Process – Trip to Bethany

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On May 17th, I had the extreme pleasure and honor of visiting my new publishing home, Bethany House Publishers, in Minneapolis. Putting faces to names and voices proved invaluable and wonderful. I knew from my experiences with BHP that there were a solid team, but after sales, marketing, and editorial meetings over the course of two days, I came away more convinced than ever that I made the right move. In fact, I wrote my agent, Steve Laube, while standing in the BHP foyer: “I love love love my Bethany family!” Bethany Press International, independently owned and just around the corner from BHP, is where the book printing is done–but not only for Bethany/Baker Publishing. Many of the publishers use BPI, …

Falcon & Embers – Shortlisted!

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I’m honored to discover that both Falcon (Shiloh Run) and Embers (Enclave) are on the 2016 Inspy Award Shortlist!! Thank you to the many judges and coordinators–and for you amazing Rapid-Fire Fiction fans who voted these books onto the long list in the first place!!

Dead Reckoning – Re-releasing this summer!

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I’m so excited!! About a  year ago, I got the rights back to Dead Reckoning, my debut novel. It released March 2010. But since I wrote that story in late 2008, that means it’s been EIGHT YEARS and whole lot of growth in me as an author since that puppy made it to bookshelves. In light of that, I’m going through and cleaning Dead Reckoning up and adding NEW CONTENT! I’m very excited to re-release it this summer, though I don’t have a definitive date yet. Stay tuned!! Super fun news: Last summer, I knew I’d be re-releasing this novel, so I hired design genius, Kirk DouPonce to create a new look for Shiloh and Reece. What do you think? …

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #30

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  Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 33 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes! The hunt BEGINS with Stop #1 at Lisa Bergren’s site. The hunt is BEST VIEWED using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer) It is open to INTERNATIONAL entrants. PRIZES include 3 sets of all 32 books, $500 in Amazon gift cards and many authors are offering additional prizes! There is NO RUSH to complete this hunt—you have ALL WEEKEND. So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that …

COVER REVEAL – The Warrior’s Seal & Giveaway!

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HOOAH! I’m having some serious fun with the AWESOME covers for The Tox Files, and the cover for THE WARRIOR’S SEAL, A Tox Files Novella (October 2016) is proof! A hundred-thousand thank yous once again to Kirk DouPonce of DogEared Designs for his creative genius. THE WARRIOR’s SEAL will provide a brief introduction to Tox Russell and his team in a digital-only format (or in other words–I’ll tease you like crazy with what’s to come in CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE). Without further ado…     A Special Forces team is thrust into a war with the past after an artifact unleashes a deadly toxin.   Special Forces operator Cole “Tox” Russell and his team are tasked in a search-and-rescue—the U.S. president …

David Baldacci Won My Reading Heart

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It’s official. David Baldacci has edged into First Place as my favorite author. The last two books of his that I’ve read have launched me onto a journey of discovering WHY his books are so un-put-down-able. I’m sure there’s more to it than these “simple” elements, but these are what resonated with me, both as an author myself and as a reader. CHARACTERS – Baldacci’s expertise in this area is nearly criminal. I’ve tried NOT reading one of his, but then I think…oh, I’ll sample a chapter…and WHOOSH. 100 pages later and I can’t stop reading. It’s like a crack addiction to his memorable but oh-so-flawed and/or broken characters. He’s master at making me care. In my own writing, I start with characters. …