Blog

New Release: Burden of Proof

I’m happy to announce my newest release, BURDEN OF PROOF.

After years of working in the criminal justice field, I thought it was time to show the world the strength that makes up paralegals and created this story with them in mind.

Over the years, I worked with some great attorneys, officers and other paralegals. They helped me to grow as an individual, and I wouldn’t be the author and person I am today without having experienced this criminal justice world.

Justice is blind, but she isn’t.

This paralegal will risk everything to find the truth to save a 13 year old client charged with murder, even if it means facing down the killer herself. BURDEN OF PROOF is a story you don’t want to miss.

Burden of Proof — Winning Cover

My readers are amazing! Thank you, wonderful readers for your input in deciding on a cover … and the winning cover is

With this great news, I am happy to finally announce the pre-order for Burden of Proof. The third story in the Spark Before Dying Series.

Here is the blurb:

Members of his family have been brutally murdered, and Tommy Melancon, a 13 year old, stands accused of the heinous crime. His mother is the sole survivor and is adamant that he wielded the weapon that committed the atrocity. His only advocate is his grandmother, who’s hired a law firm to represent her grandson on the charges.

Emili Jones is a new paralegal, who’ll have to hit the ground running. The thought of a child facing prosecution and potentially even the death penalty for a crime he didn’t commit spurs Emili on to look under every rock to find the truth. Even if it means stumbling upon imminent danger. Emili will need to solve the crime to help Tommy find redemption, or die trying.

Pre-order your copy today!

 

 

 

 

 

Friday the 13th

Although for many the thought of Friday the 13th brings to mind that of a serial killer wielding a hockey mask (talk about branding there), for others this day, often considered unlucky, is the day when innocent animals are tortured due to their coloring, and sacrificed on homemade altars.

For me, well, this day is another one that I look forward to. It’s not a holiday, per se, but it is a day when we enjoy darker themes in fiction, movies, and multimedia. I’d even say that it is a day when we embrace the darkness (but those  who trade in stocks might just notice a lower yield, which is known as the Friday the 13th Effect).

But what about the history of this day? Why are we so superstitious?

I scoured the internet to find the origins, and found three interesting sites for you to check out.

  • According to Snopes: „The reasons why Friday came to be regarded as a day of bad luck have been obscured by the mists of time — some of the more common theories link it to a significant event in Christian tradition said to have taken place on Friday, such as the Crucifixion, Eve’s offering the apple to Adam in the Garden of Eden, the beginning of the Great Flood, or the confusion at the Tower of Babel.“
  • Continuing on that note, the National Geographer makes a point that it could lie with an ingrain fear of the number 13, called  triskaidekaphobia, And in reference to said number, „The taboo against the number 13 spread with Christianity and into non-Christian areas, noted Phillips Stevens, Jr., an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Buffalo in New York.“It became extremely widespread through the Euro-American world, embedded in culture, [and] extremely persistent,“ he said.
  • On the DeutscheWelle site, they have a great article that provides a little more reasoning behind this. The fear of the number 13 has spawned many things including the missing 13th floors in hotels, the 13 Club (where if 13 are together no one can die), the Norse Myth of Loki, to even changing language to depict the madness that the number 13 can bring with it (for example, the German expression, Jetzt schlägt’s dreizehn — which means now the 13th hour has come,“ refers to something surprising or maddening.)

I learn something new everyday! So, happy to share all of this. Well, for me, I choose to embrace the 13th (and I just might have to adopt the German expression).

If you’re looking for something to read, feel free to check out these new mysteries.

New Release: Sticks & Stones

If you’ve noticed the increase in stories coming out, well you are not mistaken. I am happy to announce the release of the first book in The Det. Damien Scott Case Files, called Sticks & Stones.

From my days as a paralegal, I always found certain cases interesting. Researching case law, and discovering the difference facts around crime has always been fascinating.

This is the first in my serial series, which is a  police procedural. I hope you will join me on this journey and together we’ll keep the stories coming!

Here is the blurb for Sticks & Stones:

For GRPD homicide detective Damien Scott, the burnt out car at the Chimborazo Park is more than just another case. The victim’s been located in the trunk, a silent scream still evident on his face. Now, Scott has to use all the tools at his disposal to catch a killer, even if the clues are taking him right to the home of a powerful politician. Time is ticking on solving this murder, for the longer it takes to connect the dots, then the more likelihood that the killer will escape justice. Scott will have to risk it all or face the fallout for failure.

Grab your copy now:

New Release: When the Devil Takes Hold

Welcome to 2017! I’m excited to see what this year has in store … and I can’t wait to share all that I’ve been working on. That being said, I am happy to share with you news of my latest release, When the Devil Takes Hold.

This story is the result of many readers asking for a zombie inspired mystery, and being that I wanted to twist things up, well, I set it for Christmas time. The December holiday season needs some zombies too, right?

Here’s the blurb:

‚Tis the season to … stay alive.

Suzy’s been hired to work the holiday party. Christmas lights twinkle, and being able to help her sister, Quinn, is a bonus. Their relationship has been rocky over the years. This could be the holiday to bring them back together.

But when the party turns into a real life horror experience, Suzy and her group of friends must find a way to escape the ravenous party’s zombie-like behaving guests. The house is on lockdown, no way in or out until the doors open again at sunrise. Things are not always as they seem, and the question isn’t how to escape, but how to survive.

This murder-mystery will keep you guessing until the end.

Within the next couple of weeks, I’ll be launching my Det. Damien Scott serial, and am looking forward to solving cases and revealing him to the world.

Until then, I hope you will give When the Devil Takes Hold a look!

Again, Happy NEW YEAR!

Tina

What does it cost to be a writer?

This past weekend, I was happy to be a part of the Written Word Festival for Chesterfield County, and in doing that, I had the opportunity to meet so many aspiring and novice writers. They exuded so much energy and had hopes for their future, but there was one thing that bogged them all down: not finishing their story.

It’s too simple to say that writers write. We do more than that. We bleed on the page. Our tears are sacrifices to the gods to breathe life into mere figments of our imaginations. We sweat and bear within our bones the cinder to start a spark — through our words we convey emotions and hopes — and if we are lucky, at the end of a story, we’ve entertained.

But to be a writer, it still comes down to the task of writing. It doesn’t matter on the genre, the beats, the tropes or themes used. Nor does it matter if one is successful or not, for success is not a standard but an achievement based on perception.

Writing a book is no small feat. Hours spent in front of a glaring monitor, and as life in this world continues on, we reveal to the world that which we understand behind closed doors, and in the recesses of our minds. Each word put upon the paper reveals a little more about us, the authors, and each scene carries a little of our souls.

So, at the conclusion of our greatest tome, we do a jig and wait, hoping that our imaginary friends will play with the reader, and that they will enjoy the tales that we’ve crafted. We stand there metaphorically naked, and bask in that it means to have accomplished a dream, but also to be on display.

For the books  we’ve created carry pieces of our souls; our heartbeats, our dreams and goals. Each character represents a part of us, through the darkened glasses often colored in varying tints.

What does it cost to be a writer? Writers write, but we do more than that — we tap into human emotion and offer an escape for the wearied soul. We teach — through hours spent doing research, and entertain. We counsel, console, and introduce concepts. We create bridges to cultures, and people, humanizing them in an often inhumane world. We reveal the nuggets of truth, and at the end, if we’ve done our jobs correctly, we’ve inspired someone, and made their lives a little bit better, a little bit brighter, a little bit more enjoyable.

This calling of writing is no easy task. It is filled with its own struggles, self-doubt and negativity, but it is knowing that our words have power that make writing such a great responsibility and reward.

I write because  I can’t imagine a world without stories, and I love the research. So, if you want to be a writer, the first thing you need to do is just simply, write; place your butt in your chair, and finish your story.

Find your dragon!

When I started working on A Dragon’s Destiny, I never thought about the category. To be honest, it was the first time that I started a story using first person POV, but Jasmine just appeared. And this new adult, time travel fantasy romance was born.

And the more she talked, the more I started to realize that this young woman has a story to tell, and she’s chosen me to bring it to life.

I like Jasmine (Jaz), and she reminds me of how I’d question everything but also be quick to believe anything that offered a glimmer of hope. She’s sort of touch, a cynic sometimes, but she is searching for a better way to experience life, and trying to crawl from under the existence she’s been able to create.

Well, throw in a handsome man that wants more than a friendship; a mother who can somehow or another perform magic tricks, and tons of people talking about the supernatural and pantheons filled with Norse deities, and that is the path this story took me on.

When I started this book, I thought I was crazy.

The idea seemed to be too big — Norse Mythology, add a dragon, a necromancer and some theology in there to mix it all up. I thought for sure I was biting off more than I could WRITE.

Writing mystery is different from romance and fantasy. For mystery, it is about making sure the clues are there; but for romance, it is about the emotions. I needed to make these people in my head come to life. How could I do that?

I was inspired by the character of Alistair from Dragon Age. You see, Alistair, although a hero, is quite tortured. But at the end of the game, if you play it correctly, you might just end up falling in love with the character you’ve spent hours getting to know.

When I finally typed the end, I realized that I wasn’t ready to let these people and their world go … I want more, and so I’m starting on the second book in the series — A Dragon’s Desire. You see, I feel that if I keep writing these two people (and creating their time traveling tales, filled with Magic, Norse mythology, dragons and a lot of emotion),m you too might get a chance to fall in love with them too! So, download your copy of the excerpt (the first 4 chapters), which is around 50 pages!

I hope you will enjoy this story as much as I enjoyed crafting it. Not only because I’m a hopeless romantic and believe that in all of us a dragon is waiting to be unleashed, but also because I’d like to think that part of growing up is embracing hope, and letting go of life’s curse to reach one’s true destiny.

 

Monday Magic: All about the research

Today, I’m starting a new blog series about my research. I’m quite hands on, and to help make A Dragon’s Destiny pack a punch, I wanted to make sure toe include some church history. Don’t worry — what’s coming up is not a sermon, but some interesting facts from Church History and how magic was regarded in the Middle Ages.

„Monday Magic: All about the research“ weiterlesen

Flash Fall Giveaway

dragons-destiny-large-banner

In conjunction with the pre-order for A Dragon’s Destiny, I’m happy to be a part of this amazing Flash Fall Giveaway! It’s only happening this weekend!

streetteam-builderLove reading & reviewing? Like finding new authors? Wanna join a review team/street team?

We have 23 authors of varying genres who would love to find new readers! Why join a team? (Or lots of teams?) There are so many perks…like FREE books, advanced notice of sales, giveaways, and new releases. Let’s not forget the swag and signed books so many authors give to their team as a reward for the support.

Give it a try!

Join some teams

and be entered to win

$220 in Amazon Gift Cards!

Participating Authors:

A.D. Ellis | Amy L. Gale | Amy Lamont | Avery Price | Bethany Lopez | Brinda Berry | Demelza Carlton | Eva Winters | Heather C. Myers | Anne Stone| Kelly Collins | Kacey Hamford | Lena Mae Hill | Lexi James | Mari Brown | Mary Abshire | Noelle Greene | Sydney Aaliyah Michelle | Tina Glasneck | Tmonique Stephens | Tracey Pedersen | Tracy Ellen | Kaiden Klein

Enter to win here:
http://lovekissedbookbargains.com/join-a-team/