The Alignment on Indies Unlimited

Today THE ALIGNMENT is featured on Indies Unlimited, a source for high-quality indie books. The feature is permanent, so even if you’re not reading this the day I posted you can still link to it here.

They also have a Bookstore with so many great finds I blame them for adding pages to my TBR list. You’ll see THE ALIGNMENT on the first page of the Platinum Club.

If you’re hesitant to browse independent books because, let’s face it, there’s a lot to wade through before you get to the good ones, Indies Unlimited is a great place to start.

Giveaway Ends, Countdown Deal Begins

The latest Goodreads giveaway of 3 paperbacks of THE ALIGNMENT has ended. Congrats to the 3 winners! Your autographed books will ship tomorrow. To all the losers (wow, that kind of sounds mean): thank you for entering! I wish I could send a copy to all 1,013 of you. Subscribe in the sidebar if you’d like to receive announcements of upcoming giveaways.

But! If you lost the giveaway, you can get a Kindle copy of the book for $.99 today!

An Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal starts today for THE ALIGNMENT. Grab a Kindle version for $.99 today or tomorrow. The price increases after tomorrow by a buck a day for a final sale price of $3.99 on April 10.

Buy it, read it, be prepared for THE TWO when it’s released this summer. Right now THE TWO and I are in Editing Hell. I’ll post a status on that later. (But for the record, Editing Hell is awesome in that being-tortured-yet-kind-of-loving-it way. And the food is great.)

Translations: THE ALIGNMENT

For anyone curious about the translations of the non-English dialogue in THE ALIGNMENT, keep reading. If you haven’t read THE ALIGNMENT there could be some spoilers here.

Beware. Spoilers below.

Yes I said spoilers.

Stop scrolling if you don’t want spoilers!

Here’s a nice picture of Missouri wine country as a protective buffer.

Content warning: explicit language



Translation of Irish Dialogue from THE ALIGNMENT

A nia, le do thoil,
Nephew, please,

A mac,

Ní ba chóir dhuit í a thabhairt anseo.
You shouldn’t have brought her here.

Má leagann duine ar bith láimh uirthi, maróidh mé sibh uilig.
If anyone touches her, I’ll kill you all.

Focáil leat.
Fuck you / Piss off / Bite me / Go to hell. (You pick. The direct translation doesn’t really work here, but this is basically what it means.)

A chroí
love (a term of endearment similar to “dear” in English)

Amhail is nach ndeachaigh am ar bith isteach.
As if no time has passed.

A Mháthair,

Bhur fíorghrá.
True love.

Is neamhbhuan cogadh na gcarad; má bhíonn sé crua, ní bhíonn sé fada.
An argument between friends is short lasting; even if bitter it is never long.

Tá mo chroí istigh ionat.
My heart is within you.

Máistir na nDúl
Master of the Elements

A leanbh na páirte,
My dear child,

Ni heolas go haontios.
There is no knowledge without unity.


In January, my book made it onto a site called ShelfBuzz, where books are chosen solely for their covers.

Handpicked Free Kindle Books Judged by Their Covers


I didn’t know it was there until yesterday, when someone sent me a link without explaining what it was. I click, scroll down, and whoa! Pretty cool. Thanks, ShelfBuzz! I love being judged by my cover!


Two months have passed yet I’m still not over it: four years of mental grind has taken tangible form. This box arrived last November.


Opening this box is my favorite part of the publishing process and must be one of the most rewarding moments of being a writer.

It’s like being handed your newborn baby for the first time. The car keys to your dream car. A college diploma. The hard work to achieve this prize is over. You’ve dusted off your hands and opened a new door. And there’s a sprawl of endless possibilities right at your feet.


Author Interview on Indie Author Land

Head over to Indie Author Land for my author interview that went live today.

Indie-Author-LandAnd while you’re there, be sure to check out their other interviews and the page of free and discounted books. You might find something you like!

Now here’s an update on book two for the mob outside my house carrying torches and chanting something about book one? And cliffhangers? And something involving a pair of pliers and my fingernails?

Sunday night I started working at 9:30 PM and worked for four hours straight. When I checked the clock at midnight, I decided I needed to wrap it up (my alarm clock goes off at an agonizing 5:55 AM). I took a “few” minutes “wrapping it up” that ended up being a full hour and a half. (What?! LOL)

But! The great news is I got 25 pages farther! All worth it! :)

I was able to do a bit more since then, bringing my book two progress to…

Progress of THE TWO
First Draft: Complete (126,180 words)
My revisions: In progress (33.8% complete)
Professional editing: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Cover art: Not started

Book Two Progress as of January 4

Progress of THE TWO
First Draft: Complete (126,180 words)
My revisions: In progress (26% complete)
Professional editing: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Cover art: Not started

It’s still planned for release in the summer of this year.

The free Kindle promotion of THE ALIGNMENT ends today, so if you haven’t grabbed a copy already there’s still time.

THE ALIGNMENT has made it to #15 in the Top 100 Free of the Kindle eBooks > Romance > Fantasy category and #635 Free in Kindle Store. What a thrill!

I plan to do another paperback giveaway on Goodreads soon. Sign up with your email address in the sidebar if you want notification when the Goodreads giveaway begins.

And to all the awesome people who purchased THE ALIGNMENT on Amazon this week, happy reading! I hope you enjoy it!


The Alignment
A cataclysmic love story. Mountains, magic, and an assembly line of stealthy killers. A millennium-old spell that thrusts two people into the heart of danger.

THE ALIGNMENT is now available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback format.

It’s the first book in a new series about two rival families and the people caught between them.

Sample or buy now: Kindle | Paperback

Here’s the full description.

Book One

He’s killed three men in the few days she’s known him. Yes, it’s self-defense. But when he tried to kill her, it wasn’t. Her peaceful mountain refuge has been invaded, her inexplicable nausea linked to his physical presence. She’s captive in his house for her “protection,” with a churning stomach, his bad attitude, and no safe way home.

All that changed the night the stars aligned.

Now he’s talking about ancient bloodlines and celestial alignments…and other things she only believes because of what she’s seen him do. He’s heading out for revenge against the family who wronged him, and he needs her help. All she has to do is ingest one homemade dissolving tablet to allow him into her mind—to train her to be just like him.

The answer would be a definite no if she had anything of her world left. If she hadn’t fallen in love with him.

THE ALIGNMENT is a new series that blends modern fantasy, action, and romance.