Short Story: Crime and Superpowers

Chapter 1

Moreen Lee stared down the security camera as it watched her. Then she punched in the code that she’d gotten from the client. A light on the keypad blinked green, and the ornate, iron security gate across the client’s driveway swung slowly open.

Satisfied, Moreen leaned back into her car and closed the window, cutting off the scent of salty sea air. The client’s mansion was right across the street from the beach, a narrow strip of white sand that charged fifteen dollars an hour for parking. The house was three stories tall, with balconies on both the second and third floors. A kitchenette and bar were visible on the second balcony, bringing to mind extravagant parties and guests laughing over champagne. The white railing bore decorations of seahorses and starfish, and the walls were a cheery, pastel yellow that gave it a definite South Florida feel. Moreen could see two garages and guessed the place had twenty rooms at minimum.

But as she drove closer, the perfect illusion faded. Patches of shingles were missing from the roof, and water stains marred the yellow walls near the ground. The fountain that the driveway wrapped around had been turned off, and the stagnant water had gone moldy green.

Moreen killed the ignition and drummed her fingers against the steering wheel. Either the client didn’t care how the place looked—which was unlikely given the millions it must have cost—or money was too tight to fix it.

I’d better get a deposit up front, she thought. Then she got out, strode up the front steps, and rang the doorbell.

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Check out this dark paranormal Valentine’s 99¢ sale

Looking for some darker reads this Valentine’s Day? I’ve partnered with eight other authors to bring you a sale where all books are dark paranormal stories and all are $0.99/£0.99.

It includes Poison and Honey and several other books. Here’s some (but not all) of them:

Check out all the books in the sale and see if there are any you like! Act fast because it ends soon. And happy Valentine’s Day!

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Ghosts, Ghosts, and more Ghosts: an Author Update

First off, a big thank you to everyone who purchased Dead Messages and helped make its launch a success. And an extra big thank you to everyone who left a review. You’re the best!

I finished the second draft of Poison Contact, Dead Messages‘ sequel, yesterday. Draft 1 was a mess, but I tore it apart and made additions and changes in draft 2, which I’m very happy with. I’m going to let it sit for a while before giving it one more read, and then it’s off to beta readers.

Want to join my beta reader team? Fill in the form below and introduce yourself. I’d love to get your feedback on my books before they’re published.

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Dead Messages is in stores now!

Are you in the mood for cozy mystery with quirky characters and a touch of the paranormal? Well, good news! Dead Messages is in stores now in both ebook and paperback. It’s also in library catalogues, so you can ask your local library to order it!

Wait, what’s this book about again? Let me give you a quick refresher.

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She texts dead people…

Sydney Farina, full-time baker and cynic, is having a bad enough week when her boss forces her to go into work on her day off. When she arrives to find her boss’s corpse on the floor, her week gets a whole lot worse.

She’s shocked to learn it was murder—though maybe not too shocked. Her short-tempered boss, Glenda Whitaker, made more enemies than she did sprinkled cupcakes.

Then the texts start coming.

They’re from Glenda’s number, demanding Sydney find out who murdered her. Sydney thinks the messages are a bad joke at first, but when they reveal things only Glenda would know, she’s forced to accept the truth:

She’s getting texts from a dead woman.

Glenda’s ghost wants justice, but Sydney doesn’t know the first thing about solving murders. As she investigates her coworkers, can she find out who killed Glenda? Or will she join her grouchy boss on the other side of the grave?

Dead Messages is a cozy mystery novella with a touch of the paranormal. If you like quirky characters and fun whodunits, then click the button below and start reading today.

Dead Messages is available wherever ebooks are sold. I hope you enjoy it, and as always, thanks for your support!

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5 Facts about Sydney Farina, the sleuth of Dead Messages

Sherlock Holmes. Nancy Drew. Miss Marple. A mystery novel is nothing without a good sleuth.

Sydney Farina, the protagonist of Dead Messages, is nothing like the detectives above. In fact, she compares herself to the bumbling inspector from The Pink Panther because she has no clue what she’s doing.

Since Dead Messages comes out next week, let’s meet the main character. Here are five facts about Sydney Farina.

She’s a pessimist

Sydney isn’t just a “glass half empty” type of person. She’s more “the glass is half empty and the remainder is probably poisoned.” Of course her on-again-off-again boyfriend is an insensitive flake. Of course her job sucks. What else would you expect?

That being said, there’s expecting the worse, and then there’s coming into work to find a dead body. Sydney’s pessimistic outlook doesn’t quite prepare her for murder.

Her favorite flavor is double chocolate

And since she works at a bakery, it’s hard not to snack on it all the time. Double chocolate cake, cupcakes, cookies, brownies–the list goes on. She loves baking and would love her job if her overbearing boss didn’t make it miserable.

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Read the First Chapter of Dead Messages

Dead Messages, a paranormal cozy mystery with a hint of the paranormal, hits stores in less than a month. Check out the first chapter below to see if it’s something you’d like.

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Chapter 1: People are trash, especially Glenda

Sydney was cooking dinner when her phone dinged. Turning down the heat on the stove top so her tomato sauce wouldn’t splatter everywhere, she picked up her phone and glanced at the new message.


I need you to come in tomorrow at 7.

Oh heck no. Sydney’s muscles clenched tighter than when she’d gotten her first body piercing, and her thumbs darted across the screen as she typed a reply.


Tomorrow’s my day off, remember?

I requested it a month ago. You approved it.

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Read The Ghost Machine on Radish Fiction

Long-time blog followers are familiar with the saga of The Ghost Machine, my gothic steampunk novel that is possibly cursed. It’s had some rough luck on its publication journey, but I’m happy to announce that it’s found a new home.

Radish: Premium Fiction Serials

Radish is a mobile app for serial fiction, and The Ghost Machine has joined the ranks of its many, many stories. Nine episodes are out now, and new ones release every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12 EST.

The Ghost Machine Serial

A tale of gothic castles, snowy mountains, and deadly iron automatons…

Ella Rosenfeld can’t see ghosts. Her visions are obviously hallucinations, which is why she doesn’t argue when her family sends her to the remote Auttenberg Asylum for treatment.

But the longer she undergoes the doctor’s torturous “cure,” the more gruesome her visions become, until Ella discovers she really is seeing ghosts—and Auttenberg’s doctor knows it. He doesn’t plan to cure her; he wants to study her ability by dissecting her.

But Ella refuses to die without a fight. She assaults her captors, scales the asylum fence, and finds sanctuary in the castle of Baron Viktor Szarka. Young and arrogant, the baron offers her protection, but he’s rumored to have locked a woman in the asylum to hide his dark past. Unable to trust him, Ella must uncover the conspiracy surrounding the asylum, her visions, and the baron’s secret… or join the rest of Auttenberg’s ghosts.

If you don’t have Radish on your phone, you can download the app from Google Play or the App Store and find The Ghost Machine by searching or clicking here.

Happy reading!

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Any Paranormal Cozy Mystery Fans Out There?

I’m going to be releasing two new series next year. (Two!) One is The Shadow Journals, an urban fantasy series I’ve already mentioned a few times on the blog. The second is Texts From Beyond, a paranormal cozy mystery about a woman who gets text messages from dead people.

The first book was originally released as a chat story, but I’m revamping it into a novella. It’s called Dead Messages.

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Here’s the current blurb:

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The Dark and Otherworldly Omnibus is in stores now!

Were you waiting for the right time to read the Dark and Otherworldly series? Well, the right time is now. The omnibus edition hit stores today, and you can get the entire trilogy in one ebook for a cheaper price than buying all three books separately. It’s also available in paperback.

New books not in your budget? The omnibus is available in library catalogues, so ask your local library to order it today!

Leigh Morgan has one mission: to stop the fae who abducted her sister from ever kidnapping another human again.

Dredarion Rath wants one thing: to disgrace his older brother and prove himself the worthier heir to Otherworld’s throne.

When their paths cross, it changes everything, and neither Otherworld nor the human realm will ever be the same.

Three romantic urban fantasy novels; one darkly enchanting volume. The Dark and Otherworldly Omnibus includes:

Poison and Honey

She hunts the fae. The last man she should fall for is a cunning fae prince.

Sting of Thorns

She’s been cursed by the queen of Otherworld. Now the only one who can save her is the man she betrayed.

The Cruelest Curse

When dark forces threaten Otherworld, she’ll have to join forces with her enemies to save the kingdom… and the prince.

Read Dark and Otherworldly and enter the captivating realm of Otherworld… if you dare.

Rejected Book Covers for the Dark and Otherworldly Omnibus

Last week I posted the cover reveal for the Dark and Otherworldly omnibus, and I’m super happy with how the cover turned out. But designing it was a process, and I made a few less-than-stellar book covers along the way. Here’s a glimpse at some that didn’t make the cut.

Book Cover Attempt 1

This is my first attempt, and you can tell I was thinking of glowing blue flowers from the beginning (taking inspiration from the scene with the star blossoms in Book 1). I think this is a perfectly respectable book cover, but it’s not anything special. I wanted something with more of a wow factor.

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