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Best Indie Novel of 2014 – Daughter of Oreveille Nominated!

Daughter of Oreveille book cover


Exciting news – Daughter of Oreveille has been nominated for the Best Indie Novel Award for 2014! The winner will be chosen by you, the readers, so please take a moment and vote:

If Daughter wins, I’ll run a $0.99 sale – because I can :)

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Congratulations to Giveaway Winners!

Happy New Year everyone!

I’m completely overwhelmed at the response to last week’s Goodreads giveaway – 850 of you entered to win a signed copy of Daughter of Oreveille, and over half added the book to your To-Read shelf!

Daughter of Oreveille ready to ship

Congratulations to Moriah and Heather – your books are signed and ready to ship. :)

If the Goodreads Fairy didn’t pull your name out of the hat, the book is always available on Amazon, and I’ll have more signed copies available later this month. I’m also working on some exciting new stuff for 2014, including Book 2, Defender of Oreveille.

Are we friends on Goodreads yet?

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In early 2014, I’m going to start sending out short stories and snippets from longer works to my newsletter. Make sure you’re on the list!

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Search for the Lost Jewel of Oreveille

Brianna, Fae daughter of the House of Oreveille channeled her faerie magic through her pendant, the fabled Jewel of Oreveille. Now the Jewel is missing, hidden in the misty borderlands between the worlds of the Fae and Humans. The only clues to its location are shimmering words in a dusty manuscript and the map included in its pages.


To celebrate the release of her debut romantic fantasy, Daughter of Oreveille, author Tricia Ballad is hosting a treasure hunt — the Search for the Jewel of Oreveille! Follow the trail through the mists of Faeland to uncover and decode the clues that lead to the fabled Jewel for your chance to win the giveaway: a signed copy of the novel and a beautiful geniune silver and moonstone replica of Brianna’s necklace.

Click this link to download special sample chap...

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Dragyn Holiday Giveaway and Gift Guide

It’s the middle of November – already! Time to start thinking about holiday gifts. I’ve teamed up with my blogging friend Dragyn to bring you the #DearSantaLoveDragyn Holiday Giveaway and Gift Guide!


DragynAlly has been really good this year and she’s sharing her wish list with the world in the “Dear Santa…Love Dragyn” holiday gift guide. Featuring over twenty giveaways from brands that are good for guys, dolls, adults and kids. The Dragyn’s Lair is coming at you with fun and exciting products for all ages! Products from the likes of Safari Ltd, May Designs, and Playmates Toys.

Starting today you can have the chance to win books toys and personalized gifts. There’s even a resort stay at the Valley Forge Hotel and Casino...

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Review: Scandal’s Heiress

I have known Amelia Smith for a few years now. We bump into each other in the same writerly circles now and then, so when she posted that her Regency Romance, Scandal’s Heiress, was finally available on Amazon, I picked up a copy. What can I say, I like a good Regency now and then!

Scandals Heiress by Amelia Smith


This is the story of Miss Hyacinth Grey, a young girl who has grown up managing her father’s household on Gibraltar. When circumstances send her to live in England, she discovers a world she is not wholly prepared for and not entirely certain she wants any part of.


Miss Hyacinth Grey is a girl with both a spine and a brain. She’s not going to let anyone, from her father to her socialite aunt, tell her what to do...

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Death Cannot Stop True Love

There a only a few days left before the veil between this world and the next thins, and the distinction between what is real, and what is more than real, becomes merely a figment of your imagination. To celebrate, I am partying like it’s October 31 with not one but TWO magical bloggers:

The Wicked Faerie Queen:

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and Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist.
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All month I’ve been giving you a sneak peek at my first yard haunt. It didn’t go exactly according to plan, but I’m still pretty happy with how it looks!


And of course, a graveyard is just a field without a story. I’ve got a fun little flash fiction story for all you trick-or-treaters:

La Bruja

“I will have him, Brother.” Rosa hissed. Her venomous tone clashed with the quiet peace of June twilight.

Alejandro handed his sister a glass of wine...

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Perfect Haunted House

It’s October! The month starts out innocently enough, with colorful leaves and a breeze that’s just a little cooler than September’s. It lulls you into thinking October is nothing more than a time of quiet after the chaos and heat of September. But wait . . . the breeze will bite you soon enough, ripping those pretty leaves from their branches. As October builds, the veil between worlds thins, and you never quite know what is real and what is more than real.

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Haunted House By Harald Hoyer from Schwerin, Germany [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been watching shows on haunted houses, and I realized something. I don’t hate horror and fright...

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Yardless Yard Haunt – Attack of the Styrofoam!

Last week, I wrote about my latest insanity…er…project: The Yardless Yard Haunt. The madness has officially begun! Sure, on the outside, the house still looks like a boring suburban townhouse, but in my office….well, you can see the carnage for yourself:

Yard Haunt Attack of the Styrofoam

Attack of the Styrofoam!

That was my office! For the weekend, I had an extra table set up so I could create full-sized templates while my assistant cut the styrofoam. So far, the gravestones aren’t looking too bad!

Yardless Yard Haunt gravestones

Gravestones, ready for engraving.

This weekend, I’ll do the detail work and carve out the engravings. Which means I’d better get to work composing epitaphs! These will be how I’ll do my foreshadowing so guests will get a hint of what’s to come in the story.

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Clean Authors Promotion

Clean Authors

Who says Friday the 13th is unlucky? I’ve joined up with a great group of authors to

offer you free and $0.99 books TODAY, Friday, September 13, 2013, only.

What do we mean by “Clean” authors? We’re defining “Clean” as no explicit sex, minimal violence, and no swearing. For me, this really speaks to one of the reasons I wrote Daughter of Oreveille in the first place. I’ve loved the fantasy genre since I was a teenager, but I was really more interested in the relationships between the characters than in a graphic description of exactly what a broadsword would do to a man’s head. Unfortunately, I ended up skipping whole chapters in some books because I just didn’t need those images. I get it – a medieval battle is a messy affair. I don’t need to smell the drying blood.

So – if you’ve been m...

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Halloween Yard Haunt – Before

I’ve always had this love-hate relationship with Halloween. On one hand, it’s the one night of the year when even the most rational among us (you know who you are!) can feel the magic in the air, and avoids those haunted places full of spirits he doesn’t quite believe in. On the other hand, I have vivid and cringe-worthy childhood memories of coming up with wildly creative costumes only to be met by hostile stares and the Worst. Question. Ever: “What are you supposed to be?”

I spend most of October watching those shows about over-the-top Halloween decorations and haunted houses, and I keep telling myself, “I can’t do that – I don’t have a yard.” or “I don’t have time.” This year, I’m calling my own bluff. I’ve wanted to do a really cool yard haunt forever, so…why not?


There are...

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