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What Goes Up Sometimes Comes Down..and then Back Up Again

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Two years ago, serials were all the rage. Lots of writers tried their hands at writing shorter installments of an ongoing story, and I was one of them. The Protect Her serial, when I finally completed it 11 installments later, is a story that I am incredibly proud of.

It has it all. A superhot alpha hero with supernatural powers. A heroine who isn’t a wall flower and truly comes into her own (and is quite badass.) Mortal Danger. Angels. Demons. But a happily ever after when it was all said and done.

I did some things right by Riley and Paige in telling their story, but I also did quite a few things wrong. Now it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start over- which is one of the coolest things about being the one in charge.

For loyal fans of this serial, rest assured: if you made the entire journey with Riley and Paige- this doesn’t impact them (or you) at all. This is really for the rest of the world who never discovered them because I didn’t do a good job promoting them. I never got the covers right and while this has a strong thread of paranormal romance in it, I believe it is ultimately belongs in the Urban Fantasy category. Making these changes gives me a chance to set it all right by launching the complete story the way it was always meant to be.

Here’s what is changing:

  • I am taking the individual 11 installments and 3 bundled box sets off sale on June 15th.
  • I am re-releasing the story as the Protector trilogy with new covers, new branding, and new names.
    • Parts 1-4 are becoming Awaken (Book 1)
    • Parts 5-8 become Atone (Book 2)
    • Parts 9-11 become Ascend (Book 3)

So if you’ve already started the serial but haven’t finished it, either snag your copy of the individual parts you’re missing before June 15th, or just dig into the associated book when these are re-released starting on the 16th. Either way, though, you won’t miss a thing.

Happy Reading!


Protect Her: Part 11 is LIVE!

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It’s official Protect Her fans! Part 11 is available now. It’s all come down to this, and I have to say, I think it’s good. Damn good.

Here’s the set-up:

My name is Paige Matthews, and I am supposed to be dead. Riley thinks I’m dead, and that was the reason that he turned dark. Now I have to find him before it’s too late to ever bring him back. When he does, I’m not sure if he’ll be able to live with what he’s done. But I won’t give up on him. Not without one hell of a fight.

My only allies are Viho and Klein, and they don’t trust me. Not with Benjamin’s invisible leash around my neck. Demons. Archangels. It doesn’t matter. I won’t let anyone stand in my way to bring Riley back to the light, even if it means I end up dead in the process.

One way or another, this is the end.

Snag your copy of Protect Her: Part 11 on Amazon by clicking HERE.

And if you haven’t had a chance to start the Protect Her serial yet (what are you waiting for??), you can meet Riley and Paige and start their epic journey by clicking HERE.

Happy Reading!

Protect Her: Part 11 Gets a Release Date!


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Probably the most frequent question I’ve been asked in the last several months is: When is Protect Her: Part Eleven going to be released?

I felt like a schmuck having to say “I don’t know yet.” and “Soon, I hope!”

I knew the moment I wrote the last bit of Part 10 that it was all going to come to a close in Part 11. I started this serial over a year ago (where does the time go?), and my original intention was always to have it run 4-5 installments. Then I kinda fell in love with Riley (who hasn’t?) and Paige as well, and their story just got bigger and bigger.

The installments I’ve written, particularly since Part 8, I think have been the best ones of the entire serial. If I had stopped everything back around Part 5, we would have missed so much of what these characters could become and the richness of the world they live in. So I’m glad that I didn’t quit the serial earlier and let it play out the way that it needed to.

Which brings me back to Part 11. I always knew how it was going to end. (The final chapter is one that has been in my head since probably Part 3.) I honestly think I blocked myself quite a bit on it. I thought it was going to have to be longer than the other installments (so many loose ends!).I gnashed my teeth about how it could all come together in a satisfying way that fans wouldn’t be disappointed at the ultimate conclusion (that one will keep a writer up nights.) I kept putting it off and procrastinating saying I’d get to it the next weekend. Then I got uber distracted by some werebears in the fictional town of Greyelf, MN.

In mid-November, i realized it had been almost 4 months since I’d left off on Riley and Paige’s story. Not only that, I’d left it on one hell of a cliffhangar. (Riley’s gone dark! Riley’s gone dark!) I needed to stop futzing around and just write it. Even if it sucked in the first draft, I needed to get it done. I owed the characters, myself, and the fans that. So I buckled down over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend and put the words down.

The result was…amazing. I feel a little sniffly thinking about the final scene.

I am just starting to send it out to beta readers now, and I hope to hear in the initial feedback that I did Riley and Paige right. The end is near, my friends.

Protect Her: Part 11… the final installment…hits Amazon on December 11th.

And if you haven’t started Riley and Paige’s epic journey yet, you can do that HERE with Part One.

Happy Reading!!

A Post Chock-Full of Updates


I have been remiss in doing a great job of posting here on the blog about all the updates around my books. (Which is a really good reason for you to join my private FB readers group, Ivy’s Front Porch– I post in there quite a bit with news and teasers. 🙂 )

Here’s the latest on all things around my books and what’s coming next:

Protect Her Part 11: Yes, there will be a Part 11, and this will be it. The end. Maybe that’s why I’m having a bit of a hard time getting it going. There’s a part of me that doesn’t want it to end. I love Riley and Paige, but goodness knows those two could use a break. The saving the world business can be exhausting after awhile. I’m hoping to get this out in October, but there’s a lot of moving parts in my production schedule at the moment. But it’s coming.

Greyelf Grizzlies serial: Lukas and Maren’s story is complete. However, you will get to see snippets of their married life in Billy’s story, Ready to Bear (available now!), and also further down the line in the Urban Dwellers books.

Ready to Bear (A Greyelf Grizzlies/Urban Dwellers crossover): This book just went live today, and I am so glad that I took the time to write Billy’s story. Greyelf Grizzly fans know that Billy became the sheriff of Greyelf at the end of the serial, and he’s still tracking Joshua down. Joshua’s trail leads Billy to Copper City, where he meets Thea Philips and the trio of hot shifter alphas known as the Urban Dwellers. This is a full-length standalone book, and you don’t want to miss it!

The Urban Dwellers Series: The is my brand new shifter series. Each of the three Urban Dwellers is going to get his own book, starting with Kyle Frost in Silence that Sizzles (Urban Dwellers #1). Look for that to come your way in early November 2015.

The Willoughby Inn Love Stories series: Now I’ve been noodling for a couple of years now on writing another book in this series focused on Delaney (who you meet in Grounded By You.) The thing is, as you can see by the above info, I’m stacked to the rafters on my current production schedule. However, I’ll consider moving this one up if there’s enough interest. How do I know that? YOU need to tell me! Leave me a note on my Facebook page, hit me up on Twitter, or shoot me an email at

The Benton Hill Love Stories series: Just like with the Willoughby Inn series, I have a story that’s been sitting on the back burner for Clary. This one isn’t slated until late 2016 right now, but you can move it up if I hear from you. Leave me a note on my Facebook page, hit me up on Twitter, or shoot me an email at

So that’s it! Whew- my fingers are feeling tired already. 🙂 But I love this job, and I’ll just keep writing and hopefully you’ll keep reading.

All my best-


Love Audiobooks? Guess Who You Can Listen To Anywhere?

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Riley Stone. Yep- it’s official. Protect Her: Part One is available now in audiobook form.

I was so lucky to have the opportunity to work with two very talented vocal producers for the production of the audiobook: Angel Clark read the part of Paige, and Robert Neil DeVoe read the part of Riley. So as a listener, you get to experience two unique voices- just like book itself.

When I held the auditions, I landed on Angel pretty quickly. She had a fun, edgy energy that I knew was characteristic of Paige. I gave her the direction of framing Paige’s character up like Buffy in Seasons 6-7. She’s a little cynical and jaded (okay, maybe a lot) because life had been cruel even though she’s still very young. But Paige is a fighter- of course, we get to see her fight (and just how tough she can be!) in later installments.

It was really important to me though to nail Riley’s voice. The voice had to be young (Riley’s only 28) but with a cocky and self-assured tone to it. Riley is unapologetic, irreverent (hence his love of cursing), and focused on his job. When he meets Paige in Part One, it really does rock him to his core. He’s not used to giving a crap about anyone. Then this strange woman comes along, and he drops everything- even though he doesn’t understand why. He just can’t let her go. His character arc has been a true delight to write.

Here’s a little audio sample to whet your appetite. Then I hope you’ll wander over to one of the retailers that I list below and buy the whole thing. It’s almost 2-1/2 hours of Riley and Paige for just a little bit more than the cost of a cup of gourmet coffee- IMO, well worth the investment. 🙂


Buy the Protect Her: Part One audiobook on Amazon.

Buy the Protect Her: Part One audio book on Audible.

Buy the Protect Her: Part One audiobook on iTunes.

Happy listening!

Protect Her News: New covers and When to Expect Protect Her: Part Eight

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February was a busy month for me. I released Protect Her: Part Seven, and then set about correcting a problem that had been plaguing me for several months: my covers. When I had the cover concept designed last summer, I really wanted it to be focused on the romance element with the couple. So I spent hours looking for just the right couple that I thought embodied Riley and Paige. The other thing that I wanted included was Riley’s tattoo (which readers of the serial know is an important clue to how Riley’s destiny intertwines with Paige’s fate).

My cover designer did a lovely job for me, and I happily went on my merry way. For each new release, we did a different color wash on the cover alternating between cool and warm tones. I loved the branding and felt it was very cohesive. But- and there is always a but– there wasn’t a single thing about my covers that told readers this was a paranormal story.

After receiving some gentle, kind feedback from some of my author friends, I realized that I had created a lovely NA/contemporary-ish cover. But it wasn’t conveying the right vibe to truly draw in the right readers to the serial.

So, I give to you the new Protect Her covers!! I hope you’ll drop me a quick comment and let me know what you think about them. I LOVE them. (How many skulls can you count?) Riley and Paige are badass, and I think that’s conveyed clearly here. Plus- there’s a cemetery in the background. Cemeteries are pretty much Riley’s second home. It came together perfectly, and I’m thrilled.

Protect Her: Part Eight is Coming Soon!

March 20th to be exact. I decided not to do a pre-order for PH8. I’m not sure if it’s because my readers aren’t pre-order folk or what, but I have seen diminishing numbers of readers signing up for the pre-order option with the last three releases. Running a pre-order through Amazon is pretty stressful overall. I haven’t missed a deadline yet, but if I did I would lose my pre-order privileges for a year. So if fans aren’t using it, then it doesn’t make sense for me to put myself through the writing wringer to offer it. (But I would reconsider if enough people tell me they want it back for PH9. 🙂 )

If you haven’t joined me on the Front Porch FB group yet, this is the time to do so because I’ll be sharing behind the scenes news and teasers with fans there over the next three weeks. That’s how you’ll be sure to get your Protect Her fix while you are waiting.

Happy Reading!


Have You Met Riley Stone? He’s Your New Book Boyfriend


Readers of the Protect Her serial might not realize this, but each part begins and ends from Riley’s POV (point of view). That was a very deliberate decision on my part, because everything about this story started for me with Riley. He was the first character in this alternate reality who came to visit me, and he has a lot to say. 🙂

Riley is a complicated character. When we meet him in Part One, he’s dark and lacks any kind of moral compass- and he is completely okay with that. He is a glorified bounty hunter for both angels and demons when he isn’t using his necromancy skills for questionable purposes. As we start to learn more about him through his interactions with Paige, you find out that Riley wasn’t born to be that kind of guy. He made himself that way after one particularly tragic situation that happened five years ago with the demon official, Bruno Proctor. This is the reason it has been such a pleasure for me as a writer to see Riley blossom into a true hero across the course of his and Paige’s journey.

Riley’s exactly the type of guy you’ll want to snuggle up with as you escape into your next story. He’s still going to make mistakes, and he’s definitely flawed, but he’s finding redemption through his relationship with Paige. He’s well on his way to being one of the ‘good guys’ in a really big way.

And it all starts here…

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“You can’t make me tell you anything,” the apparition said to me. Its dark, grainy voice was defiant. “I’m already dead.”

Things had been slow around the office lately, so I kind of got a sick thrill knowing that the apparition was sorely mistaken. That meant that I was going to get to do what I did best.

“You must not have heard of me then,” I said, crossing my arms. “Which surprises me considering the scumbag circles you ran in while you were alive.”

The apparition, a hundred year old Klybor demon, hissed at me. The ghostly mist that resembled his inhuman image hovered about a pile of ashes, the last remnants of his earthly form. Klybor demons were able to appear human in order to stalk their prey, but in death those abilities fell away. They were ugly motherfuckers in their true form. All horns and scales. It was almost hard to look at him.

“You’re lucky that I’m dead. You think you are my equal? You are nothing but a measly mortal man with a life span that is barely more than a fly’s. You aren’t worthy to lick the soles of my boots. I’d enjoy eating your bones for breakfast if I lived,” the beast snarled.

I had no doubt that he would. Klybor demons had a particular affinity for thighbones. I really did love this part of the game. Demons were so cocky and self-assured that they forgot that not every human cowered before them. Especially not humans like me.

I rocked back on my heels, feigning that his empty threat meant something to me.  This was where things got fun. I put up my hands in mock defeat. “I think we got off on the wrong foot here. Let’s start with proper introductions. You’re a filthy, scumbag Klybor demon named Jerico Hopper. My name is Riley Stone.”

I enjoyed the shocked look that appeared on the demon’s face. I waited for it to sink in. The only reason he was here was because I called him up from Purgatory. His ass was officially mine. I controlled him, and he knew it. We’d see how tough the beast wanted to play it now. I truly hoped that he was still going to play hard to get.

“The Necromancer.”

It wasn’t a question, but a statement. It was common knowledge how to conjure up a spirit from the dead. Anyone with even an echo of magical talent and the right know-how could whip that kind of spell together, although avoiding the consequences of touching that kind of magic was a whole other story. What I did though was entirely different.

I grinned. “So you have heard of me. Excellent. Let’s start back at the beginning then. Why were you poking your nose around Calamata Island? You know its off limits to all demons, so it must have been something pretty important for you to risk it. Benjamin doesn’t tolerate trespassers well.”

Benjamin was the archangel in charge of this region of the country. He wasn’t known to be big in the ‘let bygones be bygones’ sentiment. It amused me that humans automatically assumed angels were benevolent. I had yet to meet one that I considered a true good guy.

“I don’t remember,” the demon said, avoiding my eyes. “I must have forgotten when I died. That happens you know.”

He was going to play the game. That made me happy. It had been awhile since I’d been able to flex my true talents.

I clucked my tongue. “I’ve met a lot of dead demons in my day, so actually I do know better than most what happens when you kick the bucket. Losing your memories is a line of bullshit. Whoever sent you sent you on a suicide mission. You realize that, right? Calamata Island is rife with demon traps. I’m not surprised your dumb ass walked right into one. You just need to tell me who and why. That’s all. And I’ll let you get back to rotting in Purgatory until you get dumped back into Hell.”

“You can’t make me tell you something I don’t remember,” he hissed again.

It was all bluster, and both of us knew it. He would fold. It was just a matter of how painful it would be for him before he did. That was how my talents were different than any sideshow witch. What I did, my prisoners felt even in death.

Working with ashes is a little bit trickier than working with a corpse. Like most necromancers, I needed to be able to physically touch the remains of the person or thing that I’m interacting with in order to make the kind of point I was about to make.

I pulled a small baggie out of my hip pocket and displayed it to the demon. “Does this look familiar to you?” It was a small amount of ash.

His bravado was starting to falter. I’d interrogated enough apparitions to know it. It was the same song and dance and the same routine every time. The only difference was how far they pushed me to push them before they broke. And they always broke.

“It was strictly intel,” he sputtered. “That’s it. I wasn’t doing anything wrong.”

I opened up the baggie and poured a few of the ashes, about the size of a dime, into the palm of my hand. This always encouraged them to keep talking.

“Intel on what?”

“It was stupid. I was supposed to find a human and report back. That’s it.”

I grazed my thumb over the ash pile, and the demon in front of me squealed. “What the hell, man? I’m telling you what you wanted to know.”

“Tell me everything I want to know, and tell me quickly,” I said as I stroked the pile again. The demon screamed this time.

“A dame. I didn’t even know her name. I just had a picture. Eckland told me to do a pass through town because he heard she was supposed to be here, and he’s been looking for her for a while. Report back. That’s it.”

Eckland Rainer was a high level demon who was well-known for his backstabbing, vicious methods of climbing the demon chain of command ladder. It wasn’t any of my concern, but I did pay attention to demon politics just in case it ever interfered with my own self-interests.

“Where’s the picture?” This was going sideways. If the demon didn’t know the name of the person of interest, then I was going to be at a standstill yet again. Eckland wasn’t the only demon official who was looking for a girl on Calamata Island. The Klybor demon was the third demon I had interrogated in the last week, and all three of them were sent by someone different and said the same thing.

There was a picture and instructions to find a woman who was believed to be here. That was all. The level of secrecy was surprising for the demon community. They weren’t known for their tight lips.

“I don’t know. It was in my pocket when I stepped into the demon trap,” the demon replied. “I’m assuming it went up in smoke just like the rest of my body.”

I sighed. He was likely right. This was another dead end. Sheriff Halpren was not going to be pleased.

“Thank you for your time, scumbag. Unfortunately, you had little information of value to me, and I’ve had a long night.” I turned sideways so that he could see the small stack of materials in the corner behind me.

A panicked look crossed his face as he realized what it was. “I told you everything I know. You can’t do this,” he stammered.

I didn’t answer and blocked out his pleading as I shook the ashes from the baggie onto the floor in a straight line from where I stood to the pile of ashes underneath the demon’s feet. He tried to swipe at me, but he was an apparition, and I was corporeal. It made me chuckle. Then I walked over to the corner and picked up the container of consecrated salt and the blowtorch that I brought with me. No matter what happened during my interrogations of demons, they always ended the same way. Leaving them to return to Purgatory was too risky.

“I know that if I just leave you here, your essence will eventually find its way back to Hell and you’ll join all the other scumbag demon essences waiting for a new body. And at some point in the future, some stupid human kid will be getting his or her goth on and think it’s cool to conjure a demon. You’ll be free and have a spankin’ new host to infect for another life cycle. Then maybe you’d think it would be a good idea to track me down. I can’t have that. Besides, the last thing we need is another reincarnated demon wreaking havoc in the world.”

Then I intermingled the salt with the ashes. I watched as the demon’s apparition began to spasm and then a trickle of white foam appeared in the corners of his mouth. I stepped to the end of the trail of ashes and ignited the blowtorch, then set the nozzle on it.

Instantly, the ashes caught fire and in a haze of blue flame the trail burst up into flames and set the apparition on fire. Two seconds later, the fire burned itself out leaving nothing but a smoking patch of black smudge on the floor.

“May you never rest in peace,” I said to the air.

I had just gathered all my equipment back into my bag when I heard a high-pitched scream in the distance. I looked at my watch. It was 3:10 am and I was in the middle of an isolated crypt at the edge of a graveyard. As I heard the shriek of distress again, I detected that it was definitely female.

Grabbing my knife out of the side pocket of my kit, I moved quickly out of the crypt and listened again. A burst of movement off to my left caught my attention. I dashed off in that direction. Demons were crawling all over Calamata Island for the first time in a decade. Somebody had to make sure that the humans didn’t suffer for it.

Continue the story by picking up your copy of Protect Her: Part One on Amazon.

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