The Ending, Shifter Chronicles Prelude – Ever In The After Lift For Anthology Fundraiser

The Ending, Shifter Chronicles Prelude – Ever In The After Lift For Anthology Fundraiser

 Last Friday I completed The Ending and submitted it to the publisher! It’s the first short story attached to the bestselling Shifter Chronicles series and is a prelude to Sanctuary.

Last year, around the time I published Sanctuary, I was approached to be part of a charity anthology. When I heard that it was for Lift 4 Autism, Authors in Action for Autism, I jumped at the chance. My 20-year-old nephew, Nic, has autism and though he’s high-functioning, there are so many challenges faced by my sister. Nic is amazing. His favorite things are My Little Pony and PAW Patrol, which means he gets along great with my 5-year-old daughter. He’s fantastic at playing with children, well most kids. He and my six-year-old son don’t always get along. I think they might have a little too much in common, like wanting everything their way. lol

Having an autistic member of our family means our family gatherings have to be sensitive to loud noises, surprising people, and even sleeping arrangements. We often moderate environment to make things a little easier for Nic. He is such a blessing to our family and such a sweet young man. Even though he will always remain a child in many ways and will always live with my sister, he is such an important member of our family teaching us to be considerate of others and warming our hearts with his warm smile.

2017 Writing and Publishing Goals

2017 Writing and Publishing Goals

My Awesomest Author Year Yet!

I love January. After November, my birthday month, it’s my favorite month of the year. The excitement and slow days of December – the quiet time with family – are gone and we get one long month to set ourselves up for success in the new year. In my case, this means: prepare and deliver on my publishing goals. [Read more…]

My Pioneering, Glass Ceiling Breaking, World Record Holding, Person of Color, Immigrant, Pilot, Military Officer, Veteran Mom

My Pioneering, Glass Ceiling Breaking, World Record Holding, Person of Color, Immigrant, Pilot, Military Officer, Veteran Mom

hette-amade2Every Veterans Day I give a shout out to my mom, Hette Amade, who is 82-years-old and a huge fan of YA Fantasy books. In fact, I JUST mailed her a printed copy of Sanctuary, Shifter Chronicles Book One, and I’m nervous as all get out about how she’s going to respond. (I told her to be kind. )

My mom served as a First Lieutenant from 1953-1962 in the Royal Netherlands Air Force.  She had immigrated to the Netherlands from Indonesia, where she was born in Surakarta on the island of Java in 1934. When she joined the Royal Netherlands Air Force, she was 19-years-old – an amazing teenager! She had always known she wanted to be a pilot, so it was an obvious choice for her. [Read more…]

November Free YA Books

November Free YA Books

I have had such a warm reception to giving away part of Sanctuary both on Instafreebie and on Amazon, that I wanted to make sure readers still have the opportunity to receive free books and get to know new-to-them authors.

Amazon Free Books

Shearwater: A Mermaid Romance by D.S. Murphy

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November YA Urban Fantasy Book and Writing Giveaways

November YA Urban Fantasy Book and Writing Giveaways

A bunch of my author friends are offering readers the chance to win a ton of awesome prizes. I’ve collected a few of my favorite ones here for you to enter and (crosses fingers for you), hopefully win!

20 Free Urban Fantasy | PNR | Dystopian Books and a $1,000 Amazon card!

Who doesn’t need $1,000 to spend at Amazon? And, on top of the opportunity to win $1,000, everyone who enters gets 20 books for free!

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Write your next book in a castle

This is my personal favorite. Set up by CreativIndie, it makes a BIG STATEMENT about the future Derek Murphy and so many other authors are working towards… Living in castles and writing novels. Spectacular vision. Even if you don’t write, yet. Consider this your invitation to start writing!

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Be Immortalized as a Shifter in my Next Book!

Be Immortalized as a Shifter in my Next Book!

Picture yourself as a character in a YA Dark Urban Fantasy!

We love to read and escape into a fantasy world… fall into characters lives and emotions; live out their trials and passions with them. But, what if you actually could be one of those characters? What if you could be in a book? Well, now you can be!

There are multiple ways to gain multiple entries in the competition.

  • 1 entry – Download Sanctuary Part 1 (free on Instafreebie) (If you have done this and have not unsubscribed, you automatically have one entry.)
  • 1 entry – Click the link below, answer the question, and enter your email address.
  • 3 entries per referral – After entering for yourself, you will be shown a page where you can share this giveaway across multiple platforms. You will get 3 more entries for every friend you refer.

>>CLICK HERE TO ENTER<<

I can’t wait to see who wins this giveaway and who my new character will be!
 Thank you so much for being part of the Shifter Chronicles story.
October Free Fantasy Book Giveaway

October Free Fantasy Book Giveaway

Dark Urban Fantasy Giveaway from The YA Bookshelf

The YA Bookshelf community is close to my heart and you can specifically credit Derek Murphy (who I secretly call ‘the Castle Guy’) with giving me the kick in the posterior to get my work out in the world. To celebrate the release of the Fallen movie, The YA Bookshelf has a book giveaway that includes 28 amazing dark fantasy and supernatural thrillers (including Sanctuary), a feather bracelet and a pair of black wings – just in time for Halloween! Take a look and sign up for the giveaway. =)

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Talking with J.A. Culican Bestselling Author of Keeper of Dragons

Talking with J.A. Culican Bestselling Author of Keeper of Dragons

What does it take to write a bestselling novel?

I had the good fortune recently to speak with J.A. Culican, the bestselling author of Keeper of Dragons. I admire J.A. for a number of reasons, one is that she writes killer stories, but she also does it in her sparetime while being a working mom (of FOUR kids!) J.A. has published one novel and is avidly working on her second novel now.

Q: Where do you get the ideas for your books?
A: Most of my ideas come from my kids. They love fantasy stories. Harry Potter being their favorite. So, at night I started telling them stories….that’s how my first novel The Keeper of Dragon’s came to be.

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1,000 YA Book Downloads in 10 days!

1,000 YA Book Downloads in 10 days!

Diving into the Indie Book Market Face First

I am sick and ecstatic today, all at the same time.

What that looks like is I woke up at 4am coughing and singing Bruno Mars. I hacked and shimmied all the way to my jeep as I headed into the office at 5am. “Make a dragon want to retire, man.”

A little over a month ago I decided to take the plunge into self-publishing with no idea what that would look like. But, having written my whole life, had critique groups, professional editors, and a year of rejections… I knew it was time, time to just put it out there. [Read more…]

Download Free Shapeshifter YA Fantasy Novel Part One

Download Free Shapeshifter YA Fantasy Novel Part One

Debut YA Dark Urban Fantasy Novel, Sanctuary, Available from Instafreebie

No time like the present.

Fire. Ready. Aim.

Just do it. (I probably should credit Nike with that. They’ve no doubt trademarked it.)

Insert other cheery motivational slogan that gets you going, here. =)

This is not the easiest thing for me. I was the girl in film class who sat in the back with my head under the desk when my films were shown. I lay cringing on the floor (literally), spotting all the mistakes, when my thesis film was shown to 50+ of my closest friends and family. [Read more…]