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March 4, 2015

UK Tour bus6 weeks from today, The Man and I will be boarding the plane to cross the pond to the UK. I’m so dang excited! We have some extra days to explore London, which is really cool. I’m hoping to glean some new ideas for all the Soul Savers spin-off possibilities I have. The tour itself kicks off in London on 21 April. Here are the stops with dates, locations, and times (you can also find this info on my News & Events page).


Because space is limited and shipping books is difficult, you might want to preorder yours now to ensure you get what you want. Here’s the preorder link:  http://tinyurl.com/nsrzrya  HURRY! I have to get my order submitted for printing by the early next week. If you’ve already ordered, I’ll be sending invoices out this week.


Tour poster


You can reserve your spot for a signing to guarantee you can get in, and also receive a gift bag with some goodies in it, here: http://bit.ly/UKAUTHORTOUR


I can’t wait to see you and meet you in person! Please bring your friends – there are some fabulous authors for all of you to meet!

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February 19, 2015

With a whole three days off work since the 4th of July, I’m way overdue for a break. Now that Faith’s out, I’m gonna do just that. I need to fill my creative well, which is bone dry. So I’m outta here, peeps!


I’m going to make a dent in my TBR pile, catch up on my TV shows and maybe find something new, watch some movies, enjoy some wind therapy on the motorcycle, play some Xbox, go to the beach, spend time with family, and who knows what else. Whatever I feel like. Maybe a road trip. Definitely lots of sleep. Oh, and today’s Alexis’s birthday – as well as my son’s 21st, so I’m gonna celebrate that, too. :)


So have a good couple of weeks. Enjoy Faith. Be good while I’m gone…or not. ;-) And I’ll see ya on the flip side!

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February 18, 2015

FaithsmToday I have the pleasure of introducing the sexy. No, not the characters in Faith, but the real-life models on the cover. I’d never featured the faces of my main characters on a book cover before for many reasons, but I wanted Faith’s cover to be extra-special. And I had a specific pose in mind for it that would require faces to be shown, at least the profiles. It took me a while to make the final decision, especially because I was so worried I’d never find the perfect models, in my price range, in time. I mean, who can be Mr. Beautiful?!


Talented photographer Regina Wamba of Mae I Design & Photography came to the rescue. She helped me find both of the gorgeous models gracing Faith’s cover. Even though they were lovely and beautiful, I hadn’t planned on showing their faces, at least not full-on. I figured with lighting, profile, pose, etc., I could still leave those to the reader’s imagination. But when Regina sent me that picture, I had no choice. I had to break my own rule and use it – it captures their expressions perfectly. And I couldn’t be happier with the sexy, sensual, divine cover for the last book in the series that means so much to me.


Today, I’d like to introduce you to one-half of the sexy: Ripp Baker. Ripp has graced many book covers as well as magazine covers. Choosing the model to represent Tristan was so difficult – there’s just no real person who can be him. But Ripp comes pretty dang close. I mean, look at that body! ;-) He’s more than a pretty face, though. He’s been a pleasure to work with and so gracious and sweet. I had the blessed luck of getting to do a quick interview with him before he ran off to celebrate his birthday weekend. Happy Birthday, Ripp!


dani-ripp-smallMe: I know besides modeling, you’re also a college student. What are you majoring in, and what are you planning to do after graduation?


Ripp: I’m going to school pursuing a degree in Exercise Science, I’ll be graduating this year! After I graduate I would love to move south to a warmer state and escape these cold Minnesota winters; where I can ride my motorcycle year round and go to the beach!


Me: How did you get into modeling, and especially book covers?


Ripp: I was told when I was younger I should try to get into it and would have random people on vacations ask to take pictures with me. So when I started college I started to pursue modeling to a point, while focusing on school first though.


Me: What’s been the most fun modeling job you’ve done?


Ripp: I went to Puerto Rico for a shoot, I got to experience a new area and eat some new foods while making a great new friend the photographer Osvaldo Rivera. Although I have still enjoyed all of my other shoots, for learning experience and getting the chance to make connections and new friends.


Me: You work hard for that amazing body, and it definitely shows. Have you always been health-conscious, or was there something specific that pushed you into it? What keeps you motivated when you just don’t feel like doing a workout?


Ripp-smallRipp: When I was younger I was in football and wrestling; one day I went up to my dad and asked him what I had to do to become a better athlete. As I’ve always been competitive and want to be the best I can. He told me he had never had the intention to push weight-lifting onto me, but when I was ready he would take me to the gym and show me the basics (that was back in 8th grade).Now I go back home over break and teach him things! I have a very strong mentality to do what I need to, whether I want to or not; I owe that to my dad and the fact that I wrestled! Also, people stopping me and asking my advice on things and how to improve their lifestyles. It feels great knowing people recognize your hard work as well as knowing I can help them. Aside from that, it is all about intrinsic motivation; one must do what they want for themselves and give their all. I believe everyone that puts everything they have into their passion can be successful, more importantly happy.


Me: When you’re not studying, working, and working out, what do you enjoy doing?


Ripp: I love spending time with my family and friends, very family orientated; most important and influential people in my life. I also love riding my motorcycle and traveling.


Me: How was working with Dani and Regina? Anything fun or interesting happen during the photo shoot?


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Dani & Ripp listening to photographer Regina Wamba give direction for their pose for Faith’s cover.


Ripp: Dani and Regina were great to work with, I’ve never worked with Dani, but she has a lot going for her. As for Regina, always a pleasure to collaborate and see her brilliant ideas.


Me: Who is your idol/hero?


Ripp: My dad has always been my hero, having me at 19/20 I only have the slightest idea of how much work and effort he had to put in. As well as doing it with a smile, pushing and helping me excel in life and athletics. Not only a hero, but my best friend.


Me: Most proud accomplishment?


Ripp: My most proud accomplishment would have to be helping my buddies in the weight room and always being in a good mood, it’s contagious! I only surround myself with positive people and love bringing others up as well. Not only that, but always trying to improve myself, always going to the gym and attending school. No one can take away your knowledge and time you put into yourself; this is truly priceless and what I live for.


Me: Most embarrassing moment?


Ripp: I don’t really get embarrassed, I’m a pretty open comfortable person.


Me: Favorite book?


Ripp: I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books more than once, so I would have to go with that series as a whole.


ripp2-smallMe: Favorite movie?


Ripp: I really like the movie Amityville Horror, I’m kind of a horror movie fanatic.


Me: Favorite food?


Ripp: I love when the family gets together and we make a nice prime rib, along with some potatoes sliced thin and thrown on the grill wrapped in tin-foil with sliced onion and garlic as well as butter, maybe some corn, and stuffing as well, as some crescent rolls.


Me: Dogs, cats, or fish?


Ripp: Dogs, hands down.


Me: Bonus question: You just celebrated your 23rd birthday. Happy Birthday! So the 2/3 of my readers who are older than you want to know –  Cougars? Yes or no? ;-)


Ripp: Thank you! HA! What a question, raised a smirk on my face as some dirty thoughts crossed my mind… Definitely into cougars! ;)


Yes, ladies, he said that. Yay for me! Er, I mean, us! Thank you so much, Ripp, for joining us today and being such a good sport. Ladies, if you have any questions for Ripp, feel free to ask in the comments. And don’t forget to clean your screen and keyboard. *off to grab a towel*


 

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February 17, 2015

It’s hard to post a teaser for Faith without giving any spoilers. If you aren’t caught up through Torment, you might want to quickly click on to something else. If you are, enjoy this little tease…


“Oh, dear,” he said, and now the longer he spoke, the less monstrous and more human he sounded. “I’m afraid I’ve gone and offended you. I am very sorry, Alexis. I’d so wanted to start off on the right foot.” A hoof and a leg shaped like an ox’s, but with the same skin tone as the rest of him, appeared briefly before hiding behind the blackness again. Deep laughter ensued. “Pardon my humor. Maybe this is better?”


Before me, a bright light shone, and I had to blink and squint against the sudden brilliance in the thorough blackness. As my eyes adjusted, the full body of a striking man with white-blond hair and cerulean blue eyes, broad shoulders, and wearing a black suit with a thin, red tie came into focus, looking as though a spotlight illuminated him, but from within. Although his coloring was like Lucas’s, Victor’s, and, I assumed, other descendants of Jordan, their attractiveness paled in comparison. He was breathtakingly beautiful.


But still a far cry from Tristan.


The sound of a deep growl rumbled around me.


“I was the most beautiful of them all,” Satan said, his voice a mesmerizing song that I wanted to ignore, but could not possibly. “Still am, in any of my forms, if you ask me.”


The beautiful man disappeared, replaced by the horned beast with red and orange skin, glowing eyes, a tail with a barbed end, and huge wings with claws on their tips. Like hot coals, his skin lit up, glowing in the colors of flames, and I lifted my arm to shield my eyes from the glare, so much more intense than before. Darkness instantly surrounded me, but when I lowered my arm, the attractive man stood before me.


“I will hold this form for you.” He sounded as though he were doing me a great favor. “I don’t particularly like it. It’s quite uncomfortable, but my comfort matters not. I’m more concerned about yours.”


I dropped my arm completely, my hand landing in my lap, and stared at him. My throat felt thick and dry, but I managed to form together a few words, because now he made no sense.


“You just said I’d receive no mercy here, but you’re concerned about my comfort?”


 


Faith is available now! Find Buy links here.

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February 16, 2015

O.M.G. I can’t believe the day is finally here! Faith, the last book of the Soul Savers Series, is LIVE! It’s a bittersweet day for me. Actually, the past week or so has been pretty emotional. I’m feeling sad to say goodbye to Alexis and Tristan (and everyone else), guilty for everything I’ve put them through, and yet excited and happy for you to read this last installment. I hope you love it. Early readers say it’s the perfect ending. I hope you agree. Without further ado, here are the links:


iBooks | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Kobo | Nook | Google Play


Pre-order a signed paperback edition here: Signed Paperback & Merchandise


FaithsmWhen her eyes see only darkness, her soul must uncover faith’s light.


Evil reigns the world. Earth’s been ravaged. Only supernaturals roam the surface, while anyone else who escaped the fallout remains hidden deeply underground. The only signs humans survived at all come from those who serve the Daemoni. To finalize his conquest of humanity, Lucas prepares to rip down the veil between Earth and the Otherworld, opening the gates of Hell into the physical realm.


So why do the Angels insist on Alexis fighting a war that’s already been lost? Defending a world that no longer exists?


With a soul that’s been battered and beaten by both Heaven and Hell, Alexis holds onto a single conviction—her love for her family. Her only mission now is to save her husband’s and her son’s souls. Once she does, she’ll plead with the Angels to allow them off this world God has obviously forsaken.


But has He? And can she give up on her people so easily? On the souls of all humanity? Or will she find the faith she needs to defeat the Daemoni and win back the world? Just how far will she go to save the souls she loves . . . and those she does not?


This epic finale of the bestselling Soul Savers Series will break readers’ hearts, put them back together, and leave them demanding more.


 

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February 14, 2015

Yesterday, I posted the playlist I listened to a lot while writing Torment. As I mentioned then, there was a lot of overlap between Torment and Faith, both in time spent writing and the music that “got me in the mood.” Faith‘s playlist is extra-long. Partially because it’s my longest book, and also because there were so many emotions wrapped up in writing it. Not just the emotions of the scenes and the characters, but my own, as the author finishing up a big part of her life. And admittedly, there are probably more songs I listened to over the last few months because I’ve been working out a lot more. Ha!


The playlist for Faith, somewhat in order:



Hello by Evanescence
Waiting for the End by Linkin Park
Empire by Shakira
Guilty All the Same by Linkin Park (feat. Rakim)
Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch
Without You by Breaking Benjamin
Into the Nothing by Breaking Benjamin
All of Me by John Legend
Iridescent by Linkin Park
Until It’s Gone by Linkin Park
The Good Left Undone by Rise Against
Help Is On the Way by Rise Against
Glory and Gore by Lorde
Battle Cry by Imagine Dragons
Conquistador by 30 Seconds to Mars
Keys to the Kingdom by Linkin Park
Birth by 30 Seconds to Mars
End of All Days by 30 Seconds to Mars
Do or Die by 30 Seconds to Mars
The End by Kings of Leon
Better Days by The Goo Goo Dolls
Tomorrow Will Be Kinder by The Secret Sisters
Your Love Is a Song by Switchfoot

I still feel like there’s something else to wrap up the ending, but haven’t quite found the perfect song. What suggestions do you have?

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February 13, 2015

I’m a little slow in posting this, but hey, I’ve been busy! Writing and publishing two books back-to-back has kept me from doing the fun stuff. While writing those two books, Torment and Faith (Books 6 & 7, respectively, of the Soul Savers Series), I listened to a lot of the same songs over and over. Because these books are about war and evil, defeat and victory, most of the songs were pretty heavy in both sound and lyrics. What can I say? They put me in the mood.


Torment’s playlist (somewhat in order with the story):



As You Go by Red
This Is War by 30 Seconds to Mars
My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark by Fall Out Boy
Indestructible by Disturbed
Evil Never Sleeps by Above Only
Where Did the Angels Go? by Papa Roach
Lights Out by Breaking Benjamin
Blow Me Away by Breaking Benjamin (feat. Valora)
Warriors by Imagine Dragons
Cry for Help by Shinedown
Rebellion by Linkin Park (feat. Daron Malakian)
Final Masquerade by Linkin Park
Hopeless by Breaking Benjamin
Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
Hold Me Now by Red
Together Again by Evanescence

Have you read Torment? What songs would you add to the playlist?

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January 25, 2015

Over on my author Facebook page, we’ve been having some fun with Soul Savers trivia in celebration of reaching 7,777 Likes and the upcoming release of the last book in the series. There will be an amazing giveaway for participants in the trivia questions, so check it out if you haven’t already.


Anyway, yesterday’s trivia question required a lengthy answer – practically a novella. :) So why not post it on my blog for longtime keeping? Here was the question:


New trivia! I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this exact detail anywhere, but I know I’ve talked/written a few times about how the first scene ever that came to me for the Soul Savers series was a woman discovering her husband was alive when she’d thought he’d been dead for several years. As if that wasn’t shock enough, he was telling her she wasn’t exactly normal, but a descendent of angels. The second scene that came to me actually took place before that one, and it was that same woman, an author, being attacked by a vampire who told her to stop writing stories about him and his kind. Those two scenes were the impetus to what became the Soul Savers.


So, the question is… How old do you think Alexis was when I first started writing her? (It’s not the same scene now, so the current storyline is irrelevant. Which is why you might have to guess unless you remember me mentioning it somewhere.)


The short and easy answer: She was 38.


And here’s how it all began:


In late 2008, I started thinking that I wanted to play around with writing fiction again. I hadn’t really thought about writing fiction for about 5 years and hadn’t actually written anything for fun besides poetry since I was a teen. But at this point in my life, I really missed it. Not that I expected anything to come of it, just something fun. I was tired of TV, I sucked at World of Warcraft and was getting frustrated, and I wanted to create again. I read, but couldn’t find the story I really wanted to take me away, so why not play around with my own? Every year, we closed down our business for the week between Christmas and New Year’s, and that year, 2008, was when my muse took hold of me.


The angel/demon idea had been stewing in my mind on and off for many years, so I thought more about that. At first, I just had a brief glance of a grown woman sitting on a roof at night, looking over a valley below, and feeling change in the air. Her grandfather was a preacher, which was all I knew about her family. She knew there was more to their lives than she’d been led to believe, but didn’t know what. I thought she was an angel. That’s it. Not a real scene – just a glimmer of a woman. I might have written a paragraph about her, or maybe it all stayed in my head. I don’t remember anymore.


Also during that week, while browsing book forums, I came across an online discussion about Twilight where teenage fans were practically crying (well, they were actually crying, according to their posts, but I figured they were exaggerating, as teens do) because the characters weren’t real. And that made me wonder, “What if a bestselling, famous author, such as Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, or Dean Koonz, was attacked by the supernatural creatures they wrote about, because the underworld was mad for revealing their secrets? Would the readers still be wishing they were real?” And so it began…


The first scene I wrote consisted of a grown woman and man in a dark living room. They had no names yet. She was an author, 38 years old with 18-year-old boy/girl twins who were getting ready to leave for college. He was a newly hired handyman at her house – or so she thought. He didn’t look the same, but turned out to be her husband she’d lost in a “car accident” when she’d first become pregnant with the twins (because she’d been told it had been an accident, she drove a Volvo, one of the safest cars on the road – something that sticks in the final version). He was telling her that she wasn’t quite normal but a descendent of angels and protector of human souls, and she’d soon be experiencing a big change in her life. That was the scene.


So how did they get there? I wondered. Next, I envisioned and wrote a scene that she was in her kitchen alone and a vampire suddenly appeared, threatening to kill her if she didn’t stop telling the world about him and his kind in her books. They fought. He threw her through a glass window, cutting her up and with blood everywhere, tempting the vamp. The newly hired handyman slept in his truck in the driveway and heard her screams. He broke down the door to get to her, and the vamp inexplicably feared the man and ran away. She obviously had tons of questions, so after cleaning up, they arrived in the dark living room scene above.


From there, I had to work my way backwards through this couple’s story, constantly asking, “How did they get here?” and discovering new things about them. I realized 18 years was too long for him to have been gone – she was pretty and intelligent and surely would have remarried by then, or at least have dated over the years. I couldn’t justify her holding on for that long (7 years was stretching it in many readers’ eyes – I’m sorry they don’t know true, soul mate love). However, during his absence, she had to have aged enough for the Ang’dora to show a drastic change in her. So she had to be late 20s/early 30s by the time he came back and she went through the Ang’dora. Once I worked my way to their first meeting, I knew she couldn’t have started out older than 18, otherwise, her naiveté and virginity would have been too outlandish.


So…that’s how we get to where Alexis starts the story at 18, and she’s 27 (and looks even older) when she goes through the Ang’dora and Tristan returns – enough time for her and their babies to age without making the in-between time too long to be ridiculous. I think it’s because of this roundabout way of uncovering their story that I didn’t see the similarities to Twilight that some readers see. I’d started the story at a much different place and everything that happened in the beginning was to lead to the point where Tristan returns and she goes through the Ang’dora. That’s also why I consider Promise to be a kind of prologue to the rest of the series.


Side story: When I’d shopped the books for agents back in 2009, I had positive response to the story, but was told, “I can’t market this. Nobody wants to read about a college-aged character. Make her older for Adult or younger for YA and resubmit.” But because of those reasons above, I just couldn’t change her age. And I didn’t think I was the only one who loved college and would want to read about characters that age, so I gave a stab at the self-publishing thing.


Anyway…after some brainstorming and character exploration, I started writing the actual story on January 30, 2009. I finished the first draft – 180,000 words (I had no idea how long that was for a book!) – six weeks later on March 13. Much changed between that first draft and what became Promise and Purpose. Notice how I said “babies” above? Yes, Dorian had originally had a twin. The question many readers want to know is … Does he still have a twin sister? You’ll have to wait for Faith to get that answer. :)

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January 23, 2015

If you haven’t noticed until now, my blog has gone through a makeover. Actually, my whole site has, including moving back to being a self-hosted site. This actually happened quite a few months ago, but as with all relocations, there’s been some snags and important stuff to learn about my new home. So this post is simply a test to see what’s in working order. Hopefully everything, because there’s been TONS of news to share with you and more to come.


For now, if you see this, I wouldn’t mind a quick comment just so I know someone’s been here. :) Thank you!

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November 23, 2014

If you’ve been dying to know about the next Soul Savers book (I hope everyone who has told me this doesn’t mean it literally!), I have news for you! And not only about Book 6, but also for Book 7! Check this out:



Want to know more? Here are the details promised in the video. Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce to you


Torment – Book 6 in the Soul Savers Series


Coming January 9, 2015!


The book will be available on all ebook retailers in all countries by then. For now, pre-orders are exclusively available at iBooks.


Torment


He’ll torment her soul until she breaks…and humanity until it falls.


When the Daemoni expose their existence to the human race, all Hell breaks loose. Literally. Not only do they walk the world freely, attacking at will, but they’ve infiltrated the highest levels of power in the human world. World War III erupts between countries and species, with Lucas, leader of evil on Earth, orchestrating it all. He even possesses direct control of thousands of human soldiers’ minds, putting himself in position to take over humanity.


Alexis, still young and inexperienced, must lead the Angels’ army to war. But every step she takes is trumped by Lucas, who single-handedly turns the humans against her Amadis. When Alexis and Tristan top every country’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists, they are forced to go underground to fight this war. And their first mission is to free the human soldiers by breaking the link that allows Lucas to control them.


But the Four Horsemen have apparently arrived, bringing the world into the apocalypse. Can Alexis and the Amadis prevent Lucas from taking over humanity? Or is he truly the Antichrist, and the events tormenting the world part of an age-old prophecy that can’t be stopped?


This highly anticipated sixth book of the Soul Savers Series will leave readers in shock, begging for the final installment, Faith.


Preorder yours exclusively at iBooks


And now, I give you


 Faith - Book 7 (the last one!) of the Soul Savers Series


Releasing February 2, 2015


The book will be available on all ebook retailers in all countries by then. For now, pre-orders are exclusively available at iBooks.


Faith


When her eyes see only darkness, her soul must uncover faith’s light.


Evil reigns the world. Earth’s been ravaged. Only supernaturals roam the surface, while anyone else who escaped the fallout remains hidden deeply underground. The only signs humans survived at all come from those who serve the Daemoni. To finalize his conquest of humanity, Lucas prepares to rip down the veil between Earth and the Otherworld, opening the gates of Hell into the physical realm.


So why do the Angels insist on Alexis fighting a war that’s already been lost? Defending a world that no longer exists?


With a soul that’s been battered and beaten by both Heaven and Hell, Alexis holds onto a single conviction—her love for her family. Her only mission now is to save her husband’s and her son’s souls. Once she does, she’ll plead with the Angels to allow them off this world God has obviously forsaken.


But has He? And can she give up on her people so easily? On the souls of all humanity? Or will she find the faith she needs to defeat the Daemoni and win back the world? Just how far will she go to save the souls she loves . . . and those she does not?


This epic finale of the bestselling Soul Savers Series will break readers’ hearts, put them back together, and leave them demanding more.


Preorder yours exclusively at iBooks.


If you have a question for me to answer in the next Q&A video, click here and fill out the form.

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