THE ALIGNMENT Free on Kindle (Thank You for the Downloads!)

THE ALIGNMENT is free on Kindle right now and has rocketed to #1 in several categories and into the Top 100 Free. Thanks so much to everyone who downloaded the book. I couldn’t be more thrilled.

It’s free through tomorrow, so tell your friends! And if you read it and like it, please consider posting a quick review on Amazon or Goodreads (or both!). Indie writers rely on reviews from readers and are very grateful for each and every one.

And if you happen to like it enough to continue through the series, thank you! Your support powers my writing. I’ll post a quick update about book 5 very soon.

Here are links to all my books in case you’re on a review writing spree. Books 2-4 are hurting for some new reviews too. :)

THE ALIGNMENT: Amazon | Goodreads
THE TWO: Amazon | Goodreads
THE OAK AND THE MOON: Amazon | Goodreads
THE CATALYST: Amazon | Goodreads

I just got a shipment of bookmarks for THE CATALYST. If you’d like a bookmark for any book or for all four, contact me and I’ll mail you one (or more).

Translations: THE OAK AND THE MOON

Here are the translations of the Irish dialogue in THE OAK AND THE MOON.

If you haven’t yet read TOATM (or THE ALIGNMENT, or THE TWO), desist! There might be spoilers below.

Here’s a photo of a beautiful Missouri autumn as a protective buffer.

Content warning: explicit language


Translation of Irish dialogue from THE OAK AND THE MOON

A chroí, chuir tú iontas go duine orainn. Ní fhacthas dúinn go mbeifeá comh toilteanach seo bheith linn.
My dear, you’ve surprised us all. We didn’t realize you would be so willing to join us.

Is amadán tú.
You’re a fool. (or idiot)

Go raibh do chorp ina fheis ag mic tíre.
May your body be a feast for wolves.

Stad as anois.
Stop it now.

‘S mura stadfad?
And if I don’t stop?

siol fagu
a Welsh nursing shawl (check it out here and here)

Tá brón orm, a chroí.
I’m sorry, love.

cur (mutt, mongrel)

Mise agus tusa?
Me and you?

Dhá anam táthaithe ag trí rún.
Two souls united by three secrets.

Cén mhoill?
What’s delaying you?

shortened/babytalk version of “Amach!” which means “Out!”

Go díreach.
Right on.

Níl tú ag díona’ ro-mhaith anocht.
Not a good night for you.

Tá tú ro-bhog orm.
You’re making this too easy for me.

Tá mé ag iarraidh go dtiúrfaidh tú abhaile mé.
I want you to take me home.

An bhfuil rud eicínt eile uait a dhíona’?
Do you want to do something else?

Is treise dúchas ná oiliúint.
Instinct is stronger than upbringing.



Cén gheis a chuir tú uirthi? Geis lus na meala líomóide?
What spell did you put on her? The lemon balm spell?

Ní dhearna mé tada.
I didn’t do a thing.

Filleann tú ar an mbaile agus éiríonn sí as as a stuaim féin? An-chomhthárlú go deo é sin.
You return home and she stops on her own? That’s a remarkable coincidence.

B’fhéidir nach ea.
Maybe it’s not.

Ó mo cheann, mo cheann.
My head, my head.

A mhuirnín

Faigh suaimhneas trí chodladh. Go gcumhdaí an chré thú go nglaofaidh muid aríst ort.
Find peace with sleep. May the earth protect you until we call for you again.

A bhean

Tá brón orm, a Mháthair.
I’m sorry, Mother.

Tá brón orm, a Aintín.
I’m sorry, Aunt.

A mhic

Cloisim arís uait é.
Say it again; repeat it if you dare.

absolute bitch


theoakandthemoon-ebookAn infant kidnapped by his enemies. A mother plotting an escape. And a favored son torn between family loyalty and forbidden love. The end of an age-old war between two powerful families begins.

THE OAK AND THE MOON, the third book in The Alignment Series, is now available on Amazon.

Sample or buy now: Kindle | Paperback

The Alignment is a contemporary fantasy series about two rival families and the people caught between them. If you haven’t read the first book, the Kindle version will be free on Amazon December 2-6. Subscribe to my blog in the right sidebar to receive notice when my books go on sale!

THE OAK AND THE MOON is a bit different from books one and two. It takes place in a different time; it’s separate yet very connected to the story you already know. It serves to answer all the questions you might have about Trey and the Moores, and will hopefully give you reason to forgive the things Trey does in book four.

Thanks so much to my talented team: editor Max Dobson, proofreader Debra Argosy, and the artists at I’m a perfectionist and bit neurotic, but they all treat me like my nitpicking and freakouts are 100% normal.

I’m beyond excited to publish this book. I hope you like it. It’s being released at $2.99 for the incredibly patient fans of the series. Price will go up soon, so get it now!

Book Three of The Alignment Series

Sloane Bevan and two-week-old Trey are kidnapped by strangers who speak her rare language and know her family’s secrets. She suspects these men are the ones who murdered her husband nine months ago. Now it’s her son they want, to raise as one of them. To keep under their control.

Imprisoned in the Moores’ opulent estate, Sloane cultivates a plan using her family’s ancient magic right under her captors’ careful watch. Escape is one thing. Ensuring the Moores won’t target her family again is another.

What she doesn’t count on is a battle against the Moore brothers: one after her life, one after her sanity, one after her sympathy, and one after her heart. All while her son is being honed into a vicious killer, and it’s up to her to plant the seeds that will one day reverse the evil now growing inside him.

Sample or buy now: Kindle | Paperback


The Oak and the Moon

TOATM: Completion

I’ve just given final approval on the ebook formatting and back cover art.

The Oak and the Moon (The Alignment Book 3) is complete.

Publication happening soon. Very soon.


First Draft: Complete (160,627 words)
My revisions: First round complete, final round complete (161,377 words)
Professional editing: Complete
Proofreading: Complete
Formatting: Complete
Final proofread: Complete
Cover art: Complete

Quick TOATM Update

Here’s a quick TOATM update for all you patient people. I can’t believe it’s been three weeks.

The paperback format is finally done! *cries* We had a few files get corrupted which slowed us down even more.

What’s left: ebook formatting and proofreading (should be way quicker than the paperback), back cover and spine artwork, review of paperback proof (hardcopy).

This will all come together fast, like Liv’s dagger into an assassin’s eye. :)

Paperback and ebook will be published the same day, very soon…

TOATM Update – October 16

We found some boo-boos in the final proofread that must be fixed before finalizing the formatting. It’s going to add some time. One to two weeks is my guess. Sorry, but it has to be perfect.

All that said, I’m working hard to get this book out as soon as I can. We still have a few things to do (ebook formatting and proofreading, spine and back cover art, approval of the physical paperback proof), but they will all happen quickly once these final changes are made.

I hope you’ll find it will be worth the extra wait. :)

First Draft: Complete (160,627 words)
My revisions: First round complete, final round complete (161,377 words)
Professional editing: Complete
Proofreading: Complete
Formatting: In progress, delayed by 1-2 weeks
Final proofread: Complete
Cover art: 50% complete, remaining half starting soon