I’ll admit, I didn’t buy a Kindle until sometime last year. And I’m a fan. But my first eReader was a Barnes & Noble Nook. I still have it, although these days I have to pry it out of one of the older kids’ hands if I want to use it!



I’ve gotten several requests from readers to release Daughter of Oreveille beyond Amazon, so today I’m making Daughter available in ePub format, just for you!

It will go live on the Barnes & Noble and Kobo websites early next week, but I wanted to give you a chance to grab it just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend – and at a discount that’s only available here in my very own indie bookstore. Click the images above to check it out!

And while you’re there, don’t forget to grab your copy of Lady of Gaia – a FREE Oreveille novella!


I admit, I’m completely fan-girling over this cover reveal!

Karri Klawiter (who also designed the covers for Daughter of Oreveille and Defender of Oreveille) has a selection of pre-made covers available, and I’ve had my eye on this one for almost a year. I don’t know if it was sitting there in my subconscious when I started writing Lady of Gaia, or if it’s just luck, but I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect image to illustrate this story.


Lady of Gaia




There’s a new novella in the Oreveille Cycle. It’s sitting right here on my hard drive. If you’ve already subscribed to my newsletter, check your email to see the gorgeous cover and a little bit about why I had to stop and write this story, in the middle of editing Defender of Oreveille.

If you’re not on the list yet, you’re going to want to fix that ASAP. The next email I send out is going to include a subscribers-only early download link for Lady Of Gaia. Drop your name and email in the form over there in the sidebar —>

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 🙂

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!

Have a great 2014!

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 chapters of Daughter of Oreveille. Inside you’ll find the words that lead to a hidden page here on my website; but be warned… this quest is not as simple as it first appears. You must venture through the mists of the Faeland, visiting the six magical locations on the map located within to discover the clues that help you unscramble the magic phrase.

Are you the cunning adventurer who will discover the clues, uncover the magical phrase, and recover the lost Jewel of Oreveille?


As you seek the Lost Jewel, you will visit 6 locations. Each holds a clue to the thing you seek:

A Fanciful Twist

Echoed Whisperings


Indigo Seeds

Disney with Babies

The Dreamer’s Emporium

When you have deciphered the clues, use the mystic phrase to gain entry to a hidden location at http://www.TriciaBallad.com/____(HiddenPhraseNoSpaces)_______

Official rules here.

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. A fan of more “grown-up” fare? Then you can win a gift certificate to go towards a bottle from Plagido’s Winery or a cool product from Curvy Bride NJ. From now until December 11th you can enter to win these great products and even a giftcard for $100!

DragynAlly wants to help you find the hottest, coolest, and sexiest gifts for the holidaze season in time to make your shopping list before Black Friday even rolls around. Now you’ll know what to ask Santa for this year or have the perfect idea for a gift to make a special someone’s wish come true! So come on over to the Dragyn’s Lair to see all the fun!

Thank you:

The Fronkensteen Lounge



Pursuing the Magic

Magical Mouse Schoolhouse

Jackie’s Magical Moments

Return to Disney

Tricia Ballad Author

My Pixie Dust Diary

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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 meaning to pick up a copy of Daughter of Oreveille, or you’re just looking for something good to read this weekend, head over to the Clean Authors website to browse around and find your next favorite author!


I’m hanging out today with “writer, storyteller … explorer of truths” (LOVE how she describes herself!) Shauntelle Hamlett of Being is a Verb. This started as your typical author interview – “Tell us about your book…” and rapidly (de?)evolved into giggling and silliness. So if you’ve been dying to know what’s in my purse or how many books I can stack on my head, you have to check out my YouTube Debut, in which we cover Princess in the Making and six more popular tags.

When you’re done, go browse through Being is a Verb. You will not stop thinking “oh very cool….” Trust me.

Daughter of Oreveille


How much will Brianna be forced to sacrifice to protect the life – and the man – she has chosen? She has never been afraid to break the rules, but when she rejects yet another fine young man from a powerful House, she risks more than disapproval: since her father’s death in the jotnar wars, the House of Oreveille has been without a Defender. Her mother’s second husband has neglected his duties, and allowed the estate to fall into decay. Rumors are flying that Oreveille, which has stood on the border between Gaia and the Faeland for thousands of years, may soon fall. Brianna does not intend to repeat her mother’s mistakes, but to save Oreveille she must weigh the fate of her people, and the safety of the Faeland, against the desires of her heart.

Brianna is young, rebellious, and spoiled. But when she is forced to choose between a life of power and luxury, and one of her own design, she doesn’t hesitate.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Daughter of Oreveille! Leave a comment here, or a review on Amazon. And now that this book is finished, I have a lot more time to  hang out on Goodreads and chat with readers there too.