Thursday, June 28, 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018

Riding the Storm Out

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The summer is nearly upon us, Dear Reader, and I, for one, can't wait to bask in the warmth of a sun that seems to have been hiding for far too long.
 It’s a rebirth, of sorts, and one sorely needed when darkness has fallen on the writing community, its decay settling into the word world more and more with each passing day. Each new dawn seems to bring a new issue to light, overshadowing emerging authors and new releases with a cavalcade of authors behaving badly and reactionary outrage. It’s marketing algorithms and legal precedents that push the boundaries of rationale in an avalanche of insane attempts at reaching the top. It’s he said/she said and a dog eat dog mentality that you should never be subject to, Dear Reader. They are apparently out to break our will. They almost broke mine.
 I’ve spent this last month doing some soul-searching, and I believe I’ve come to a decision. I’m not giving up writing. I still have stories to tell and worlds to create, and I cherish each and every one of you who picked up one of my books and lost yourselves in the words you read. Words I wrote.
Maybe I’ll never be a bestseller and maybe I’ll never conquer the insurmountable peaks of marketing strategies, but I made it into your home, Dear Reader. You let me into your world, even for just a little while, and I want to tell you how much I love having you in mine.
We read and write to get lost in a world beyond the one we have to see on the news, on the internet and outside our own front doors. Books are supposed to be an escape, not a war zone and I apologize to all of you who started to spiral downward under the weight of the negativity that has been so prolific.
To that end, I'm happy to say that the next novel in The Tribe Series is finally underway, and I've been able to weather the angry skies in the familiar magic of my piece of the mountain and The River will be coming to you in just a few short months. Lord willing and the creek don't rise, The Mountain won't be too far behind it. For this progress, I thank you, Dear Reader, for giving up your time and losing yourself in my stories. You give me a reason, when my own place in the pattern gets hard to see.
So when you see a storm of negativity erupt on your social media feeds, don’t let it deter your love of reading. Don’t give up on finding new authors and new stories. Because if you promise not to give up on reading them, Dear Reader, I promise I won't give up on writing them for you.
The next time the clouds start to form and you find yourself getting dragged down, come and find me here. It's a place that's still all about the books and the friends, the love of stories and the search for a little piece of happy in the day to day. I’ll have an empty chair on my porch and a glass of strong whiskey ready for you. We can keep each other company until the sun comes out again.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Guess What?

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Come on, you know you were expecting it. This month is going to be a vicious grinder as I churn out words like McDonald's churns out burgers. Between writing two novels, planning two novellas and having a new character for a brand new series breathing down my neck, writing is feeling a little bit like a hostage situation. I'm embracing my Stockholm's Syndrome. In the meantime, I'm working on growing my readers' group and I'll only be giving ARCs out to members from here on out. After finding out that the Spirit has been illegally downloaded 9000 times, I want to be more selective when I give my books out. To be honest, I just with the 9000 people who downloaded would have just left a review. Remember friends, reviews are love.
My mojo is coming back, though, and my head is back into the Tribe world, helped in no small part by loyal readers who want to dive back into the holler with me. I welcome the company, and those hills are getting more mysterious than ever. Some may not realize it, but my fictional town is based on a very real place... a sprawling forest surrounding a tiny hamlet in an undeveloped part of Ohio. McArthur Ohio is my family seat, cradled against the hills by the Zaleski National Forest, it's land dotted with forgotten history and ancient burial mounds from a time that even the Tribe has difficulty remembering. Experienced guides are wary of those woods and even with the new trail that has opened leading to the remnants of the Moonville ghost town and it's haunted train tunnel, walking into the Zaleski forest is like walking into a primitive past. What can I say, my family goes back in those hills for a lot of generations and I'm proud to be from such wild lands. With the new trail came something unexpected... the ghosts of the Moonville Tunnel are being spotted again,
and there's even been a reported BigFoot sighting. Just when I thought Wright's Holler couldn't surprise me anymore, they thrown a new critter into the already dense myths. I have to say, with its proximity to Point Pleasant, I would have expected folks to see the Mothman before they ever found Bigfoot peeking into cabin windows out at Lake Hope. Still, there's just no place like home and I can't wait to get back and trek through those old woods again. I think you should come with me. If you do decide to make the trip, don't be afraid to look for the tunnel and the ghost's lantern light. And if the phantom brakeman pops out to say hello, tell him Harper sent you.
The Moonville Rail Trail     The Ghosts of Moonville


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Marching Right Along...

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See what I did there? Hah!

I'm finally getting my ducks in a row, friends, only they are not ducks and they are not in a row. They are plotlines in a notebook, but the specifics aren't important. What is important is that the Tribe stories are back underway, for those of you who have been waiting so patiently to get back into Wright's Holler. It feels so good to be home.

In the meantime, I'm so excited to tell you that I have the honor of acting as Vice President and Director of Visual Arts for Live Literately, a non-profit organization founded by David Michael. Live Literately is dedicated in it's mission to bring the love of the creative process to our local communities through volunteer outreach, offering mentoring, classes and community service programs. We just want everyone to love books and art the way we do. Our doors officially open on April 14th and Volunteer and Affiliate opportunities are available. Membership has its benefits so if you want to know more, just fill out this form.

And for no reason at all.. here's George, sleeping in my office:



















Until we meet again, Dear Reader.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

New Year, New Stuff... (2 months late...)

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So much has happened in the last few months that I don't know where to begin. At the beginning, right? I lost my beloved dog, Booga, just before Thanksgiving and I'm still not recovered. He was a constant companion.. the man in my life when my husband was away and my partner in so many ways. It's amazing how ingrained someone can be in your life without your ever realizing it and now there's an empty place in my heart and by my desk that no other furry paws will ever fill.

His little fur-brother, George, tries, though, even taking his brother's place in my office while I work. My Booga might be gone, but it won't be for long. Even the spirits have a home in the world of The Tribe, and Booga will be there soon.
Until then, I have George to keep me in line. See? He's already yelling at me.
In the meantime, I am refreshing myself and my work, so you'll be seeing lots of changes in branding and in my newsletter. You'll also see more activity from me on my Facebook page, Tumblr and on Goodreads as I try some new things. I know. Change scares me, too.

On to writing world news!

I'll be putting out AT LEAST The River and The Mountain this year, in time for my appearance at Readers & Writers Tampa. In a perfect world, I'll also have a novella for you and we'll start really diving into the Tribe world.
You guys have all been so patient and I can't thank you enough for standing by me and not only do I promise more of the Tribe, but there's a brand new series headed your way in the future.

Bastian's story will be the first in my new world series... and that's all I'm telling you for now.

Be sure to check out my newsletter for all the stuff I forget to mention here!  Until next time, be good to yourselves and each other.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Savage Hearts - A Paranormal Romance Anthology for Charity

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Savage Hearts:
A Paranormal Romance Anthology

Release: 10/31/17

Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Anthology, Collection, 
Publisher: Satin & Stone Publications, LLC.
Cover Artist: Dark City Designs
Blurb
Dracula, Quasimodo, Dr. Jekyll…they are the monsters that stalk your nightmares. Haunting the pages of books for centuries, they are the embodiment of all that emerges from the shadows when you close your eyes. They are the deformed, the hated and the incomprehensible, fated to walk in the darkness alone forever.

Or are they?

From twelve amazing authors, come twelve new tales, stories that go beyond the blighted surface to see into the heart of the beast. They are stories of acceptance and redemption, love and passion… and chance encounters that forge the love of a lifetime.


Stop running. Stop hiding. See past the monster. Look into the face of fear and you might just find the soul of a man.

HELP US BRING LOVE TO SCARY PLACES

 THE STORIES:

"Sanctuary" by Harper L. Jameson  Inside the hallowed bell tower of Our Lady, a monster was hidden by the righteous meant to protect him. Seeking help from the almighty against the furor of a crazed priest, Esmerelda found more than a monster inside the church...she found salvation.


"Bander Snatch" by David Michael Charlie has a secret - a centuries old secret - which has forced him into a life of solitude and lonliness. In order to rid himself of his curse, he has to give up the first piece of normal he's ever had. Will the Jabberwock win again?


"Beyond the Shallows" by Kristy Nicolle  When English beauty and avid poetry lover Ophelia is holidaying with her two sisters in 19th Century Blackpool, she finds herself unmistakably called to the water. Will she flee in horror at what lies beneath the waves, or can she learn to look beyond the shallows?


"He Calls" by Alice K. Wayne 
When the Master of the new world summons you, will you surrender your body to Cthulu's call, or choose to be fractured by madness?

"Yielding to Temptation" by Jess Raven Skyla had one job. Get in, get the prize, get out. The house had other ideas. When she finds herself trapped with too many secrets and a man who claims the impossible, can she stay strong enough to fight the darkness for a man who captivates her, or will she become prey to the Portrait of Dorian Gray?


"Holding the Devil" by Stephanie Farrant Hell isn't a game. A night of passion and a promise of her heart's desire seems too good to be true for Evelyn Church. The price is high and the road dark. But can she trust the devil? 


"Hyde and Seek" by Katie H. Weill Gabriel John Utterson is drowning in law school debt, so when a lucrative employment opportunity as a guard for a handful of mental health patients presents itself he accepts, and commits himself under the hands of Dr. Jekyll. But who is Ms. Hyde?


"Behemoth" by D.M. Earl Trying to find that rare woman to share his heart with, Francis N. Stein- Aka Stitch - struggles to live detached, battling his honorable and dark sides.  His ‘special powers’ further complicate his ability to exist in society, searching for something he has never thought possible- a kindred spirit.


"Night Music" by Desiree King On a fateful night, a young songstress finds herself in the wrong place at the worst time. A shadowy figure seems to fall from the darkness to save her, but who is actually the monster?


"Wickedly Ever After" by Stephanie Ingram 
Somewhere over the rainbow, good and evil struggle for power. But in a land of magical possibility, can the wicked get a happy ending?

"Immortal Devotion" by Lou Tenn The Father of Vampires has lived in solitude, believing that she didn't exist. After she finally made an appearance, her family business proves to complicate things.


"Loving the Hound" by Mila Waters When death comes, so does he. He's the hound, the messenger no one wishes to see. But when Emmaline 'sees' past the omens, he's given the chance at something he's never known before.




Monday, July 31, 2017

And the Prism Award Goes to...

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"The Spirit" by Harper L. Jameson:
Best Erotic Paranormal Romance of 2017!



It was a long road, but on July 31st, the Romance Writers of America Fantasy, Futuristic and SciFi Chapter declared "The Spirit" the winner in their Erotic PNR category. I was online, watching/listening to the awards (though technical difficulties made it difficult) so the announcement and my instant response of excited vomiting was broadcast through the event. Not fun, but so worth it.
Hopefully, with the close of the summer and now being settled in the new house, I can use the momentum of this amazing win to get my creativity flowing again. It seems so long ago that I wrote "The Spirit" (it was) and "The Holler" (it was forever), but the writing bug is back in full force. Let's hope it lasts.