Monthly Archives: May 2012

Cover Art Reveal– The Montmoors 2: The Bastard Returns

I know. It’s large, but I wanted you to see the shadowy guy in here. I got some awesome cover art from Kelly Shorten and the folks over at Musa Publishing. Their first concept was perfect. I had no tweaks. I love it when minds meld like that. Without further ado, here it is, releasing June 29th, following Montmoors 1: The Governess and the Master that is out now.


Enter the Contest Here/Start Here

Hi, folks! Looking for print books for your summer vacation? Well, I’m giving away three signed copies of my books in a contest that runs till June 10th. If you win a copy (or more than one depending upon your entries and number of participants), you can choose from Magnolian, Moonlight on the Palms, or Come to the Tower, Love. See my books page for more about each.

Since I can’t paste the contest entry here into wordpress (Boo), you’ll need to do one of the following to have a chance or chances at winning:

1. Visit my Facebook fan page to get to the contest link. You don’t have to “like” my page to see it, but I hope you will anyhow since that’s another entry in the contest. If you visit the link, you can see the other ways to enter multiple times as well.

2. The easiest way to enter is to subscribe to my newsletter. That will enter you twice into the contest.

I love giving stuff away, and summer is a great time to do it!

Share your Photo Blog or Gothic Image Driven Websites

I’ve been reading several blogs lately with some gorgeous photographs and images in the Gothic realm. These sites made me think about my readers and lovers of the Gothic and gothic romance genres in general.

If you have a blog or website with Gothic photos, images, or book covers, I’d love for you to link to it in the comments. It’s fine if your site  just has a section of such photos and images. Share that page with us! If it’s the whole blog, I want to know about it. A facebook page/group? Link to it below.

I’d love to see your work, and I’m sure visitors here would as well. These images inspire me to write, and I hope they get the creative juices flowing for all artists.

Here’s one of my gothic romance covers just to get us started. 😉 I’ll also post feature some of your shared links over time on the blog. Thanks!

What Scares You?

Since I have a new release today and it’s a spooky, historical gothic romance that kicks off a set of like serials, the idea of what scares people has been in my head. What makes your heart beat faster and your skin crawl? When do you sleep with the light on?

I tried to come up with a short list of things and situations that scare me. Here’s it is, in no particular order:

spiders, snakes, bugs, clowns, ghosts (yes, I do believe in them after coming into contact with more than one), isolated places, the woods at night, empty buildings after dark (alone), being alone (some nights when hubby is traveling), cemeteries after dusk (I love them during the day!), being locked into a mausoleum or other place of the dead.

Now you know I’m nuts. You might just have suspected before.

And then there are life events that scare me like being in an accident that takes away my current ability to live as I do or some harm coming to someone I love. Or death. That one doesn’t scare me these days, but some people have a huge fear of it.

Whew. This is getting a bit deep. Big, scary life events aside, I don’t think it’s surprising that snakes, ghosts, locked mausoleums, and other elements make their way into gothic romance or my gothic romances in general. These are common fears of humankind, and some are quite logical. After all, snakes and spiders can kill, and so can clowns. Joking–sort of. So, what are you afraid of? I’d love to know.

Buy serial 1 from the Publisher (click on the image for Musa’s page) or Amazon and other retailers:


Buy the first serial in the set!

Something New in the Pipeline…

This month marks the start of something new for me in terms of gothic romance. I’ve written a lot of contemporary works in this genre. My novels and stories often have historical threads in them or “double stories” going on.

But the books I’m working on these days are my first real foray into historical gothic romance. The serial set I have rolling out with Musa Publishing takes place in 1830 and beyond and follows the Montmoor family. A spooky estate nestled against the cliffs of Cornwall, a madman, a curse, a nasty ghost, a frightened governess, and dark secrets made this first book fun to write. As the serials progress through edits and first drafts, I keep coming back to one question: how can I include tons of gothic elements and tropes that fans of the genre will love?

The series feels a bit Victoria Holtish but with atmosphere–I hope. That’s always been my pet peeve with Holt’s work. The elements of gothic romance were there in terms of plot setup and characters, but I never felt even a frisson of the spookiness I wanted to experience… in most of her books, anyway. Where were the dimly lit hallways and the strange noises or the threatening Byronic heroes? They make their appearances in some of her works, but many are devoid of such trappings.

My aim is that this serial set will be fun for lovers of the historical gothic romance. The first serial, “The Governess and the Master,” is up for pre-order now in e-book format and will release May 25th. And here’s the gorgeous cover:


You can read an excerpt here. It’s exciting to do something new, and I’m thrilled with my great editors at Musa and that I’m getting the chance to push myself and write in a format I love–the serial. 🙂