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I want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who spared a part of their Day to attend my book signing at Jan’s Paperbacks The signing was very successful, and it was a thrill to see your smiling faces and share the moment with you. I also want to thank Jan’s Paperbacks for being an avid supporter of local authors. You’re the best!

Oceans of love,


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Hello everyone!

Just adding a quick post to fill you in on what’s going on with the new release.

  1. Book Signing at Jan’s Paperbacks July 19th, 1-4pm (aloha, Oregon)
  2. Shades of Virtue Selected by SPLASH magazine for their Book gifts guide. http://www.lasplash.com/publish/Entertainment_Gift_Guides/book-gifts-above-15-2014.php

  3. I will speaking at Orycon 36th (Nov 7-9th). The actual panel and date TBA.


      5. Shades of Virtue listed on START WITH CHAPTER ONE


       6. BITTEN BY BOOKS will be running interview/chat even online for SHADES OF VIRTUE. Tentative date: July 17th


I hope you are all enjoying your summer!


Oceans of love,


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ImageThe blog tour will be underway soon. At the bottom of the post is the list of sites that will be hosting the SHADES OF VIRTUE blog tour. Other sites will be added as the month progresses.

Release Dates

Kindle/Nook: March 15th

Paperback: April/May


Blog Tour Dates

March 14 – Fantasy Book Lane
March 17 – My World 
March 19 – A Little Bit of R&R
March 23 – Too-Clever
April 2 – Chasing Steampunk 
April 29 – All Things Romance
The sequel to the award winning, Shadow of Kings continues with Shades of Virtue. While the Hugue recovers from the devastation, the Order of the Secret Throne resumes their agenda. Lord Yannic and his armies march the breadth of the Vol Thaldane to rally the divided Human fiefdoms into the new realm of Shyrlandia, while engaging the Braug tribes and Harhn Hordes still plaguing the region. And like so many wearing the heraldry of the Dragon, he must confront the Order’s agenda, and question the sacrifices to be made for the greater good.

In the Hugue, a jousting tournament is about to commence that will determine who wins Lady Basina’s hand in marriage. With the tournament Champion also foreseen to have an impact on Shyrlandia’s future, the Council of Whispers dispatch Lady Lucia and her two apprentices, Dragana and Tallya to oversee the event. But the Order is not the only party interested in the tournament. From her tower in Kethalon, Rizela, the Darkfey sorceress, conspires and schemes to manipulate the tournament for her own ends. Amidst the spectacle of pageantry and martial prowess, Lucia must uncover the dark powers wishing to thwart the Order’s agenda, while supervising her headstrong apprentices. There is more at stake than winning a lady’s hand, for whoever wins the tournament will set events in motion that will forever impact the future realm of Shyrlandia, the Vol Thaldane, and the Hugue.


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November passed in a blur of caffeine and nicotine. Thirty days of relentless writing to meet the 50k goal was quite the endeavor. I would love to brag and say…”Ah, it was no sweat.” But that would not be the case, despite my longing to brag until I’m breathless. Be as that may, I did achieve my goal with flying colors, and now I have a project on the shelf that I will return to in good time. I am not going to disclose any info in regards to this project, but I will give you one hint…E L V E S. And no…not the kind that are molested by the fat man in the red suit. Sorry…that was so wrong. Oh, but I digress. The point of this article is simple. If I can do it, anyone can. I have written prior articles in regards to the use of discipline when it comes to writing. It’s a muscle that requires constant flexing. 50k words in one month is extreme. You can be just as productive at 1/3 of that level and still produce a piece of work in a timely manner. The key word being “produce.” Sit down and write that novel. Your muse is waiting.

Now…Back to my Dragon Rising Series.     


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I guess I wasn’t so scary afterall. Jan’s Paperbacks has invited me back for another signing. This time I will be teaming up with Bryan Gregory as he promotes his new release, Lord of the City. And of course, yours truly will have plenty of copies of SHADOWS OF KINGS.


1-4 PM


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There are moments in movie entertainment when one looks at the cast and says…”You were born for this role.” That was my immediate impression when I heard Angolina Jolie was going to be cast as Maleficent. Disney’s makeover of the classic includes changing the title to Maleficent – the antagonist in Sleeping Beauty.

Robert Stromberg is making his Feature Film Directing Debut after years of being a leader in Visual Effects and Production Design. With creative credits from Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, I believe Maleficent is a perfect transition from his former endeavors.

Sleeping Beauty has always been my favorite Disney film, but the anticipation I have for Maleficent is exponentially increasing by the day. Though my characters in Shadows of Kings were inspired by an amalgamation of people, events and personal inspiration, I have to admit that shades of my arch-villain, Rizela was inspired by the original Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty. And wouldn’t you know it, when daydreaming of an actress to play Rizela, the first star that came to mind was Angolina Jolie. But Stromberg beat me to the punch. That’s ok, Angolina…you can still be Rizela…Call me!


Credited cast:
Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie
Elle Fanning Elle Fanning
Juno Temple Juno Temple
Miranda Richardson Miranda Richardson
Sam Riley Sam Riley
India Eisley India Eisley
Sharlto Copley Sharlto Copley
Imelda Staunton Imelda Staunton
Brenton Thwaites Brenton Thwaites
Young Prince
Peter Capaldi Peter Capaldi
King Kinloch
Toby Regbo Toby Regbo
Lesley Manville Lesley Manville
Marama Corlett Marama Corlett
Kenneth Cranham Kenneth Cranham
Jamie Sives Jamie Sives

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Greetings Everyone!

I will be signing copies of SHADOWS OF KINGS, Saturday, October 20th at Jan’s Paperbacks. Joining me will be Minnette Meador, Romance author of the Gladiator Prince.

In a period of four hours, you will have our undivided attention. There will be some snacks and perhaps some prizes for some of the Lucky Fantasy Lovers out there.

Jan’s Paperbacks

18095 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy

Beaverton, Oregon 97006

October 20th, 2012

1 -4 pm

Oceans of Love,


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