My lovely sister was kind enough to venture to Lake Union where a pivotal scene occurs in Water's Threshold. Please enjoy the following excerpt:

Job done, she could return to Terran. Relief and anticipation rushed through her along with a strong dose of happiness. She ran along the trail, exulting in the misty drizzle fanning across her face. She breathed it in, enjoying every particle soaking her skin. Two-dinosaur topiary seemed to laugh at her frolics, the glow from their ornamental eyes sparkling as she ran past.
Ahead was a break in the trees, and she ran for it, ready to plunge into the lake. A short trail led down to the retaining wall, and she leapt off.
A vice squeezed around her throat and wrenched her out of the air. The force propelled her against the water’s edge lined with blackberry bushes that scratched and tore as she tumbled. Her body remained out of her control when, once again, she was lifted right before she rolled into the water. An unforgiving energy slammed her onto the boulders hidden just beneath the lake’s surface along shore. The bones in her back crushed on impact. Darkness threatened, pain seared down her spine, and then he stood above her.
With every ounce of power left, she screamed for Nodin to return. Save me.
Now that she'd found her true mate, she refused to die. She blinked against the vacuum of emptiness threatening to overtake her.
Water. Her ravaged body half-rested in the liquid perpetuator of her life force. But was it enough to save her?
What would Quint do now that she was at his mercy?

PictureStanding: Vanessa, Marie, Donya Lynne, Jillian Jacobs Sitting: Lora Ann Russell, Tia Catalina
Shorthand version of what I learned at Queen City Indie Con:
  • Mark My Words blog tours
  • PicMonkey
  • Animoto Trailers
  • PR buddies- combo up Swag expenses/photo site purchasing with pals
  • What are your goals as a writer? What are your motivations as a writer?
  • Marketing- blogs, trailers
  • Use your books as a marketing tool. Include tons of info at front and back
  • Open your book to other authors, add their excerpt to your book.
  • Host street team parties
  • Make your readers feel special
  • Leftover swag? Send to Leena’s Goodie Room or Book Clubs
  • Snapchat for YA readers
  • Rewards for loyal readers instead of free.
  • Add short story to end of book
  • Book bub- use for series only, try in June and September-(off-season)
  • Box sets could hurt individual book sales
  • Kindle Chats
  • Twitter parties
  • Scrivener
  • Connect your Facebook and Twitter feed to your web-page
  • Don’t make your hero perfect (the heroine needs to fix him)
  • Prepare for bloggers by having character interview and author interviews done for each book release. 
  • Send free books to bloggers in exchange for reviews only.
  • Utopyacon.com- Paranormal book event 
  • Delphina Reads Too Much- blogger, reviewer, beta reader
  • Seedlings Design Studio- Book Cover and promotional design

There were over 40 authors signing at the Queen City Indie Con Event. I did not have a chance to meet them all. Tia Catalina, Donya Lynne, and Aleatha Romig were also at the event. Plus I picked up the next books in a series I enjoy by Tia Louise. I also got to reconnect with Vanessa Marie, who has a book releasing on 11-11, also. Yea! If your name isn't on the list and you would like me to check out your books, leave a comment and I will. 

Authors I’m going to check out:
Tara Sivec
Samantha Young
Mia Sheridan
T.A. Kunz
Adam Kunz
Erin Moss Holzman
S. K. Logsdon
Amy A. Bartol
Elizabeth Sharp
J. Laslie
S.J. McGran
Esther M. Soto
Kassandra Kush
Amy Miles
Melissa Toppen
S. C. Russell
M. R. Polish
Bryna Butler
Bayli Lane
Delphina Henley
Misty Provencher
Jayne Rylon

For a complete list of authors go to QueenCityIndieCon.com. I will be referring back to the list for new authors to read, time and again.

Happy Halloween. I thought I'd share my new little writing friend. I have a bunch of these cute little creatures due to my yearly visits to the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. 
In case I hadn't mentioned it before, I have an awesome paranormal coming out on 11-11-14. I'd like to thank Tia Catalina and Donya Lynne for helping format and prepare, Water's Threshold for your reading pleasure. 
In preparation for my first release, I'm contemplating all forms of marketing. I've been in advertising since graduating college so you would think my path would be straightforward. Nope. Although, some very kind writers have agreed to host me on their blogs. So look for those blog visits coming soon. 
Also, for your viewing pleasure, a group of Indiana writers have gathered together on various occasions to shoot videos. Visit the Juicebox Dialogues on YouTube. Donya Lynne, Aleatha Romig, J.J. Devine, Lisa Caviness, Tia Catalina, LaNora Mangano, Ava Cuvay, and I star in this fun videos.

As a prelude to Halloween, enjoy this excerpt from Quint, my dark matter villian. Be careful, he's looking for human hosts. Could you contain him? 

With a not-so-gentle mental nudge, Quint used his powers to compel his host’s mind. “Sit down. It’s time for me to explain your situation.”

Crowder crumpled into the accompanying chair, hand at his throat, eyes wide as he stared at Quint.

“I will fix this problem for you, Crowder. Although not in the way you may wish. You see, I must take on many different personas to accomplish my goals. I could stay as I am for a few more months, but I tire of looking at the same face day after day and signs of strain are beginning to appear.” He sniffed and straightened the cuff of his jacket. “Plus, I find your position, and of course, the fact you’re worth millions, extremely appealing. Your status in life is conducive with my future plans.” Quint sighed and reached into his jacket pocket for his vibrating phone.

Interruptions during playtime irritated.

He read the text then took his time responding.

Attention once more on Crowder, he inquired, “Do you know what dark matter is? No one really does. Does it repel or is it a gravitational force
? Never seen, never detected. You see, Crowder, I cannot exist without coming here and grasping what I can of this world, of its people. I stay on this plane to be acknowledged. To live. You humans act as if you are the center of the universe, but you don’t even make up five percent.”

Quint laughed upon detecting a pitiful wave of resistant energy flowing from Crowder as he tried to escape the dark prison of mental and physical control.

Pinching the bridge of his nose, Quint continued, “And yet I have to debase myself with humans in order to breathe. I suffer to endure your skin. I find regular human hosts aren’t enough, but I’m getting there. Very soon, I’ll have the one who can sustain me forever. No longer will I have to feed off weak tits like you.”

More to come: 11-11-14

Water's Threshold a paranormal-contemporary with suspenseful elements, caused by a very desperate villain.

Available November 11th, 2014.

Who wants to win a Green Moose T-shirt, fridge magnet, and $25 Amazon card? Just leave a comment with your email address and I'll pick a winner on Saturday, October 4th.

Here's the blurb: What happens when a lonely water-girl finally finds her shore? 
In a tourist town at the base of the Tetons, Maya Conway, a mythical being known as an Elemental stands at a crossroads. On her current path, she is content using her life force-water- to protect humans and the environment. Her direction is altered when Mother Nature taps her to guide Terran Forrester, an analytical scientist, on his journey to become the next Elemental-Earth. If Maya crosses into his world, will her lonely heart find a partner or will his rational mind reject her otherworldy existence? When an ancient evil evolved from dark matter shadows their steps, which path will they choose- logic or love?

Here's an excerpt:
A low beat of classic rock came from the backyard as Maya stood on Terran's front porch. Always one to forge her own trail, she fought the notion that this pull toward him was predestined. Hadn't she, so many years ago, left behind her birthplace to begin a new life? At eighteen, she had traveled across America by train to California. Forever frozen at age twenty-one, she fought the notion this relationship was chosen for her. Fate did not have her at Terran's doorstep-hope did.
At the door's threshold, indecision raced through her mind. Should she cross into his life and get release for this pent-up need, or should she walk away? If she left, could she keep him safe and ignore the pull attempting to anchor her in place? Could she stand still, neither in, nor out?

Find out if she takes that fateful step, November 11th. 

A quick shout out to Tia Catalina, LaNora Mangano, Sherry Weir and Shelby Bertsch. Thanks ladies!
Cover by www.shelbybertsch.com