Blog Tour: The Trickster’s Totem Review and Giveaway

Happy Thursday, everybody!

Trickster's Totem Cover

Today, I’m helping Candace’s Book Blog host a tour stop for THE TRICKSTER’S TOTEM by H.B. Bolton. This adventurous book is the second story in the Relics of Mysticus series, and the sequel to THE SERPENT’S RING. I’m excited to be hosting this stop because we have some awesome prizes for you! One person will win a $25 Amazon giftcard (internationally open), while two readers will win paperback sets of both books (US only). Also, ten readers will win eBook copies of both books (open internationally). Keep reading for more details. This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss! Continue reading

Book Cover, Art Reveal, and GIVEAWAY: The Trickster’s Totem by H. B. Bolton

Hi, guys!
We’ve got a great cover and art reveal for you today from author H. B. Bolton. Her brand-new book, THE TRICKSTER’S TOTEM, is the second book in the Relics of Mysticus series and an awesome MG novel. And the best part? I’m giving you a chance to win an eBook copy of this amazing book today! Continue reading

Magic Mondays: Writing Playlists

Tron: Legacy

Tron: Legacy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People often ask, “How do you get motivated to write a specific scene?” the short answer is, I do whatever I have to in order to prep my mind for whatever scene I’m writing. The long answer, however, is a bit more complicated. How I prepare for a big scene mostly depends on what I’m writing about. Continue reading

Book Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi


UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi is the first in the trilogy of the same name. This dystopian novel is set in our distant future, although the tech makes it sound like it could be just a few years from now. When we first meet Aria, our female protagonist, she’s living in a totally enclosed city (pod) called Reverie, and breaking the rules with some of her friends. But things go terribly wrong that night, and an Outsider named Perry comes to her rescue. Without giving away too many spoilers, Perry and Aria are thrown together on a life-changing adventure, and the two learn that although they’ve grown up in drastically different ways, they may not be so different after all. Continue reading

Magic Mondays: Getting Through the “Dreaded Scene”


Library (Photo credit: JanneM)

It happens to the best of us: we all reach a point in our writing when we hit a wall and can’t figure out how to write our characters out of a situation or we get bored with a scene and don’t know how to move it forward. We might sit for days, staring at the blinking cursor in a caffeine-induced haze, trying to figure out how the heck to get out of whatever we wrote ourselves into.

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Magic Mondays: Changes, Spring Cleaning, and Upcoming Events

Wow, what a spring. With everything that’s been going on recently, it’s hard to believe that it’s been two months since my last post.

I’d tell you about what’s been going on in my life, but that would require me to write another novel, so I’ll spare you the details. Continue reading

Magic Mondays: Buried Treasure

While working on Merrick Maples and the Legend of the Lost Stone, I did a lot of research about pirates and the types of things they were interested in. I asked myself such questions as, what motivated them? Were they all really rum-drinking, buried-treasure-hunting sea dogs as movies and books romanticize them to be? Could I have Jack Sparrow come and captain my crew? Would it be hard for my thirteen-year-old characters to join them? But the more research I did, I kept coming back to the question of treasure and what kind of “treasure” or reward would motivate my characters enough to act. Continue reading