Welcome to my website, where you can learn a bit about me, my books, upcoming events and some of my ramblings on various issues as they pertain to reading, writing and publishing. You will also find contact information on this website. Please feel free to contact me with any and all questions, and I will be happy to respond.
I'd like to thank the Imperial Valley Press, a newspaper near and dear to my heart where I worked as a reporter for fourteen years—and learned to write—for hosting this website.
The Birthmark Blade is now The Dangerous Legacy
The editing phase is underway for my young adult pirate novel. After consulting with my publisher, Tell-Tale Publishing, the title has changed from The Birthmark Blade to The Dangerous Legacy. And, the publisher has released a mock up draft for the book's cover, which does a great job of capturing the spirit of this fantasy story.
The Dangerous Legacy, was picked up by Tell-Tale Publishing, an independent publisher, early 2015. The contract has been signed and soon work will begin on preparing the book for publication. Look for it in 2016. I’d like to thank Tell-Tale for giving this young adult fantasy a chance. I believe it is a story both boys and girls ages 10 and up will enjoy reading.
I continue to work with Divertir Publishing on my upper middle grade Guardian series. Book two in the series, Hero’s Way, is expected out late this year, so if you haven’t read the first book in the series, Guardian’s Nightmare, check it out. I am well into the writing of the third and final book in that series, which should be completed this summer. Divertir has also contracted a science fiction short story I wrote for an upcoming anthology.
In the meantime, I am continuing my search for a publisher for my young adult novel, The Freak Condition, a story about a young man who believes his genetic disorder makes him a freak, but he might just be a superhero if he can survive long enough to control his condition.
On top of those projects, I am working on book two in my pirate series and planning for a follow-up to The Freak Condition.
So stay tuned.
The writing continues.
My book, Guardian’s Nightmare, was released Sunday, May 4, by my publisher, Divertir Publishing. It is now available on Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com and through my publisher. It retails for $9.95. It will be available on other bookstores and in ebook form as well.
It has been a long-time coming and I am thankful to the editors and staff at Divertir Publishing who have worked so hard with me on the book and have believed in it enough to give it a chance. Now, I am hopeful readers will give the book a chance. While Guardian’s Nightmare is the main book title, the book is part of a series and the series title is, The Last Princess of Latara. Book Two is being edited as we speak, and likely will be released sometime later in 2014 or early in 2015.
I am also looking forward to finding a publisher this year for my young-adult pirate novel, titled The Birthmark Blade.
I am hard at work on other projects, including Book Three of Princess of Latara series, Book Two of the pirate series and a new novel, Recipe for a Hero.
I think 2013 laid the groundwork for my writing career, and let’s hope 2014 proves the breakout year.
About my latest book, Guardian's Nightmare
Charlee Smelton is a thirteen-year-old girl adjusting to her new life in San Francisco. Bullied at school, friendless, she is having trouble just trying to figure out where she belongs. Then, she receives a gift of the most hideous bike she’s ever seen. Despite all efforts, she cannot seem to ditch the heap of scrap metal on two wheels, as if the bike might be something more than it seems. Next come the strange dreams about a princess and a giant knight in some far off mystical land. She soon realizes she has bigger problems than fitting in at school. Ultimately, she will have to discover the truth about who she really is to save herself, her family—the world—from an evil only she can defeat. But will she discover the truth too late?
Welcome to Guardian’s Nightmare the first in a three-part series. The battle has only begun!