Release Date for The Lioness and the Spellspinners

Lioness Cover - SmallI am slightly superstitious about announcing a book release date too early…but with the fall fast approaching, I think it’s time!  The next novel in my Beyond the Tales series, The Lioness and the Spellspinners, will be available October 14th!

You could mark your calendar…but I’ll be sure to remind you! 🙂

In the meantime, read an excerpt here.

Cover Reveal: The Lioness and the Spellspinners

Regular readers will have seen me reference the next novel in my Beyond the Tales series (and occasionally offer an excerpt).  Today I’m delighted to present the cover for the first time on my blog.

Lioness Cover - Small

This is the lovely Karina (but don’t call her lovely, she won’t like it), the Lioness of the title.  I actually found this image over a year ago, while I was still doing revisions.  I liked it so much, I changed some book details to make it fit!  So just between you, me and the other blog readers, Karina’s eyes used to be a darker blue, and her cloak used to be gray.  But the expression–I knew that was pure Karina.

Stay tuned for a release date, coming soon!

Blog Banquet: Guest Post with A Library Mama

PFF Orange Grove Cover - SmallToday we’re on the final course of my blog banquet, celebrating the release of The People the Fairies Forget.  Today I have a guest post on A Library Mama, blog of Katy, “public librarian, bookworm and mother of two, among other things.”  Katy and I share a love of retold fairy tales, which is exactly what my book series is all about.

Katy suggested I write a post for her blog about either the inspirations behind the novel, or other retold fairy tales I recommend.  And I realized…those are kind of the same thing!  So check out my guest post for a few favorite books and stories that helped inspire my particular retelling.


Blog Banquet: Interview on Little Lion Lynnet’s

PFF Orange Grove Cover - SmallToday we’re heading to my third stop on my blog tour for The People the Fairies Forget, with an interview on Little Lion Lynnet’s.  That’s the online home of Lynn E. O’Connacht, who you will have seen on here a few times with interviews about her awesome writing releases.

The interview today explores some inspirations for the novel and discusses major characters…and Lynn asked after her favorite character of the series too!  I won’t give away who that is, but will tell you that he’d no doubt consider it his due. 🙂

So head on over to Lynn’s blog for the interview!

Blog Banquet: Interview on Lynn’s Book Blog

PFF Orange Grove Cover - SmallToday is our second course in my “blog banquet” for The People the Fairies Forget!  Today you’re invited to Lynn’s Book Blog for an interview with questions ranging from the writing process to pitfalls of publishing to what to expect from this new book (and beyond).

Lynn is another book review blogger who I “met” during Carl’s awesome seasonal reading challenges.  More than one book she’s reviewed has landed on my To Be Read list, and I always enjoy her Top Ten Tuesday posts too.

For today, check out my interview about The People the Fairies Forget!

Blog Banquet: Guest Post on The Bookworm Chronicles

PFF Orange Grove Cover - SmallToday is our first stop (first course?) in my Blog Banquet book tour for The People the Fairies Forget.  Today you’re invited over to The Bookworm Chronicles, where hostess Jessica blogs.

Jessica posts frequent book reviews, and is a dedicated responder to comments from lovely readers!  She frequently participates in the Tough Traveling meme, looking at fantasy tropes.  So for my guest post, I wrote a bit about the fantasy/fairy tale tropes I made use of in my novel–characters especially.

Head over to The Bookworm Chronicles to read the post and find out more about my Sleeping Beauty, Prince Charming and Fairy Godmother. 🙂

Launch Day: The People the Fairies Forget

PFF Orange Grove Cover - SmallIt’s Launch Day for my third novel, The People the Fairies Forget, another volume in my Beyond the Tales series.  But don’t worry if you haven’t read the first two–you can pick this one up first, if you’re so inclined.  🙂

Here’s where you can find it: Paperback, Kindle and Smashwords (for other ebooks)

There will be interviews and guest posts coming up in the next few weeks answering more questions about the book and the inspiration behind it.  But for the moment, in case you missed it earlier, here’s the back-of-the-book blurb to tell you a bit of what it’s all about…

Tarragon isn’t your typical fairy. He scoffs at gossamer wings and he never, ever sparkles. Plus, he’s much more interested in common folk than in anyone wearing a crown. All he wants to do is enjoy good food and good parties, but he can’t quite resist sparring with his cousin Marjoram, a typical Good Fairy if there ever was one. Against his better judgment, Tarry becomes the reluctant defender of the ordinary people Marj is trampling underfoot in her efforts to help the royalty.

That includes people like Jack, a goatherd stuck on the opposite side of a mass of thorns from his true love Emmy, a maid in Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Or Catherine, who has no desire to marry a very un-charming prince just because her shoe size matches some girl he danced with. Or Anthony, whose youngest sister Beauty got involved with a great and terrible Beast.

Tarry has to set down his supper, brush up on his magic and his arguments, and try for once to wrangle some kind of Happily Ever After out of the mess.