New Series Update – March 21

I was wrong about this book not having dogs in it.

I was right about it taking forever to get the first draft out.

7,438 words added since the last update is about half what I hoped to do. But it is progress though, so… yay?

Progress of New Untitled Series Book 1
First draft: In progress (23,338 words)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

New Series Update – February 13

Current progress is 15,900 words and a two-year-old lab/cattle dog mix.

Wait, progress? Who said that? I’d call her more of a hindrance to writing. Because she’s so darn sweet, and desperately needy in the way shelter dogs are when they aren’t quite sure you won’t dump them somewhere like their last person did.

But yeah, the book. I think I’m going to love this book, and hopefully so are you.

There are no dogs in it (yet?), but there are some dog-sized…things.

I think I have a title, but it seems too soon for a title so I’m going to keep it to myself for now.

New Series Coming Soon

I’m about a thousand words into a new book I hope to release in late 2018 or early 2019. This a completely new series with new characters in a different world than The Alignment. It’s still our world, but with fantasy elements that draw from different myths.

This early in the writing I’m also doing a lot of research, dividing my time between pounding out words and reading non-fiction to help build the story. I can’t tell you what kind of non-fiction because that would be spoilers. ;)

It’s still fantasy though, so anything goes. I might take that research and turn it upside down. But here’s what you can expect: A broody, haunted heroine who breaks all kinds of rules. A guy-next-door hero who might just be too wholesome for her. Strange corpses under beds. Unquiet spirits. A building underground war. Cool cars. And a love story that complicates everything.

The best way to follow along is by subscribing in the right sidebar or following me on Goodreads.

If you’re looking for something to read while you wait, check out my Recommended Reads.

Thanks to all my wonderful fans who WANT MORE. I hear you, and you mean a ton to me. Consider me ON IT. :)

Translations: THE WARRIOR

Here are the translations of the Irish words in THE WARRIOR.

Stop here if you haven’t yet read THE WARRIOR (or any other books in The Alignment Series). These translations could be spoilers.

Here is a very amateur photo of the total solar eclipse we experienced here last summer as a protective buffer. This was taken during the short moment of totality, when shadow covered the land like dusk in the middle of a sunny summer day.

Translation of the Irish Words and Dialogue in THE WARRIOR

Le do thoil


Aon scéal?
What’s up? (A casual greeting. Literally means “Any news?”)

Dúile daoibh
The elements to you (a Bevan/Moore/O’Dowd way to say hello)

Black magic

A dheartháir

Cén t-am é?
What time is it?

Máistreás na nDúl
Mistress of the Elements

Oíche mhaith
Good night

Claí Mór na Réaltaí
The Milky Way (literally “Great Fence of Stars”)

An Láir Bhán
The Milky Way (literally “The White Mare”)

Póg mo thóin
Kiss my ass

Imeacht gan teacht ort
May you go without coming [back] (This is a harsh insult, comparable to “Fuck off” in English. There’s an element of wishing the person dead in it.)

Le do thoil


Raised as enemies, trained as warriors. Alone they must battle each other. Together they will end the war.

THE WARRIOR, the fifth and final book in The Alignment Series, is now available on Amazon.

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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 29th through January 2nd. This series is very sequential so the books should be read in order. Subscribe by email in the right sidebar to receive notice when my books go on sale!

It’s hard to believe this story has come to an end. I don’t know if it will ever turn off in my head, but for now it’s being pushed aside for different characters and new stories and worlds. I’ll probably be forever haunted by the voices of TB, Liv, both Sloanes, and now Rex. It’s very hard to say goodbye to them, not to mention Christian, Martin, Tara, Winnie, Will, Shawn, Aaron, Marcas, Rosemary, Paul, Eleanor, Fran, Órlaith, and Inis. And River, Trib, Friend, Buzz, Nicky, Ali, and all the coyotes. And dare I say Dillon? I can’t consider him a villain. Not completely, anyway.

Thanks so much to my wonderfully patient and talented team: editors Debra Argosy and Max Dobson, formatter Colleen Sheehan, and the artists at This book is beautiful inside and out because of them.

Signed copies are available. If interested please fill out this form. If you buy the whole set you’ll get a little discount. :) And they all come with matching bookmarks.

I hope THE WARRIOR is a satisfying finale. It’s being released at $2.99 as a thank-you to the fans who’ve been waiting years to finish this story. Price will go up soon, so get it now!

Book Five of The Alignment Series

Captive in the Moore estate, Sloane Bevan sees an image that evokes her grandmother’s warning: When the moon aligns with the oak, a danger will come for you. To her family she’s a warrior. To the Moores a destroyer. But she holds knowledge of magic the Moores lost, knowledge they want to extract before they kill her.

Rex Moore is out of patience. He has trained his whole life to battle and end Sloane Bevan. Now she’s in his house and his family has ordered him to wait. This is the first order he’ll defy, the last order they’ll give. Once he kills Sloane, the Bevans will fall and he will claim his birthright as king.

To end the age-old war between their families, one must destroy the other. Sloane and Rex understand their destiny, but no one predicted the larger battle they walk into. The mutual enemy they unveil. And the impossible allegiance necessary to survive it.

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