Sunday, March 18, 2018

Character Introduction: Doc, Anise Hayward, Mr. Willis, and Kira Millard

As a sort of "lead up" to the release of Tarragon: Dragon Bane, I'd like to introduce/re-introduce you to the characters of this series. There are a few new ones and I hope to include new information on the ones you may already know and love. I will post at least one a week until the release of Dragon Bane on May 5th. We'll start with the less seen and go from there.

 For those who have not read the previous books, there will be spoilers ahead.


Today I'd like to re-introduce you to Doc and to introduce you to Mr. Willis, Kira Millard (who only shows up briefly), and Anise Hayward.


A doctor living and practicing in the Village of Lindwyrm. His real name is either unknown or never used as he goes by the nickname of "Doc" with everyone. He tends to be a bit scatter-brained but is an accomplished practitioner and can be quite observant. While you only see him briefly, he has a part to play in the whole of the story.

 Anise Hayward (deceased)

Anise Hayward is the many times great grandmother of Courtney Willis. A dragon mage, she did not follow the teaching of the Mage Circle and was ostracized by her family. They even changed their last name to distance themselves from  her. She died an honorable death serving Tarragon and the dragons who dwell therein.

Mr. Willis 

Mr. Willis is the father of Courtney Willis. While the blood of the dragon mage runs in their family, he did not inherit the ability to use its abilities. He is, however, an accomplished businessman, taking over the Dridi Inn at the end of the battle against the Mage Circle. He is kind, considerate, and tends to look out for the welfare of others.

Kira Millard (deceased)

Kira is the identical twin of Daphne Millard. Though she did not grow up in the Village of Lindwyrm, she has strong ties to it through her aunt. She is deceptive and finds nothing beneath her, be it using others or betraying them. She is manipulative and calculating, but can act with the best of them. And above all else, she seeks power.

Generally, she wears whatever fits the role she's chosen to play, though she likes cloaks. She has black hair and dark eyes, is build like a model and has a decided sense of confidence in everything she does.

Brief history: Kira was separated from her family at birth due to the suggestion of her aunt, Matilda Millard. She was raised apart from the others but knew of the existence of her twin and would often sneak into the Village to watch her in the off chance she needed to copy her. She quickly went up the ranks in the Mage Circle and served as Madame Millard's secret right hand, until she discovered the Revenants and was absorbed by them. She then became a tool in their arsenal of weapons against the dragons while still maintaining some autonomy. Her attempts to steal the soul of the acting Kaida (Margo Pack), resulted in the revelation that she had become a lesser Revenant, whereupon she was destroyed by the dragons.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tarragon Book Tour

Hey folks!

I just wanted to let you know that I have added a few "in person" events to my Tarragon: Dragon Bane Book Tour. All events associated with this are posted below.

  Official cover reveal March 21

 North Texas Book Festival on April 7 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Denton, TX

Online Blog Tour starting April 30 - May13

Official Launch Party Online on May 5 from 6 PM - 8 PM MST

Frisco Arts Author's Corner at Half Price Books in Frisco, TX on June 2 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Random Musings for a Wet March Day

Hey everyone!  It's been a long time since I last posted anything, especially anything not related to my books, so I decided it was time to do so. Okay, maybe I'll mention something about them further down. :D

This past year has been an interesting one, as has this one so far. I've quit my day job - again - and will hopefully never have to work a 9-5 ever again. As much as I have loved working and teaching in a preschool, I think it's time I move on and get back into the groove of all things writing, baking, and just being me.

For those who don't know, last year was a difficult one for me. There were a lot of ups and downs and I felt like I was stuck on a fast-paced roller coaster that had no end in sight. I am happy to report that I have finally gotten off that roller coaster and traded it in for a more tame version, which will hopefully allow me to get back on my proverbial feet.

So, since Spring is just around the corner, I'd like to share some happy thoughts. Spring is a season of renewal and growth, and happens to be my favorite season. Christmas may be my favorite holiday, but Spring is by far my favorite time of year.

We've had a TON of rain over the last week or so, which is awesome, but also keeps me cooped up inside because I somehow managed to lose my umbrella. Oops. But hey, we just bought a ginormous one at the store that can easily allow me and my husband to walk under it without getting wet, so long as the rain doesn't decide to come down sideways!

Spring is the time when flowers bloom and I love flowers. I love their colors, the vibrancy, and yes, even the bugs that come with it all. I love seeing the bees, who usually leave me along so long as I leave them alone. Gotta have the bees, right?

Also in the Spring comes a plethora of fun holidays and outdoor activities, warmer weather, more rainbows, and just a general sense of excitement as we all brush off our winter cocoons and get outside and moving. I really need to do that myself. (I've put on some winter weight.... but who hasn't?)

But I think my most favorite part of Spring is being able to walk down the street and see the stream teeming with ducks and other water birds, even some geese. It's just amazing how many different varieties there are! I love it so much. And even though the grass makes  me itch, I love it when it turns that vibrant green, making me wish I could just roll down a steep bank full of it. I don't because I really dislike hives, but I can still pretend.

And Spring means new opportunities, like the book fair in Lewisville on March 10th, which I will be a part of. I also hope to soon become a part of the Frisco's Program for the Arts' Summer Reading Lineup. We'll see on that one.

So many opportunities, so many ways to grow. May we all grow like the flowers in Spring, and turn out just as nice.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Getting Close

Hello my fellow readers!

We are getting closer to the release of Tarragon: Dragon Bane, which happens May 5th. I hope you are as excited as I about this!

To help lead up to the release, we are having a few online events, about one a month.

January, we have a book blitz for Tarragon: Key Keeper, and the ebook version is only $.99 US for the entire month! So if you haven't gotten your copy, get it now!

In February, we will have another book blitz but for Tarragon: Dragon Mage. This will occur on February 23rd. You can still sign up to help spread the word either via blog or facebook. The ebook version of Dragon Mage will be $.99 US during the month of February.

And then, finally! You will have the opportunity to see the cover for Tarragon: Dragon Bane in this lovely cover reveal, which you can also sign up for here.

And this all leads up to the release and online blog tour for Tarragon: Dragon Bane on May 5th! Event links will be shared at a later date so keep your eyes peeled!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Who's ready for Christmas?

I admit I'm not really ready for Christmas, at least as far as having everything done, T's crossed, I's dotted and all that. I have a big list of things I want to get done, though I somehow doubt that will happen.

Just as an idea, here's what I'm hoping to get done before Christmas.

Finish preparing a presentation for the Preston Royal Branch Library in Dallas, TX. (Presentation occurs January 9, 2018)

Finish current edit of Tarragon: Dragon Bane, along with basic formatting

Clean the entire house, top to bottom, including decluttering

Edit more scripts for my radio drama production (non-profit, more kicks and giggles than anything)

And get ready for the holidays

How about you guys?  What kinds of things are you hoping to get accomplished for the holiday season?