Drum Roll Please...


And the back is as beautiful as the let's just post that, too.


Every author wants just the right cover for their book. Something they can wrap their heart around. Something beautiful. Something different. Something just right. As a reader, I adore discovering an amazing cover. I will gaze. I will stare. I will look forward to that book with gleeful anticipation. It must be said that we often do judge a book by its cover. And so I was so lucky to have artist Mike Ken Anderson as the illustrator for The Beast of Ten. His breathtaking images were combined with the beautiful typography of Kevin Cantrell, creating a stunning cover I truly love.

I will be doing a blog post of how the cover came to be and the processes involved, but until then, here is how you can see more work by both Mike and Kevin.


Website:   Instagram:  @mikekenanderson 



Website:        Instagram: @kevincantrellstudio

"THIS IS MY SEASON" - Alexander Pushkin

If you've read The Q, you might recall James Arch soliloquizing about Fall. He can't stop from paying homage to the season, a most dedicated acolyte before the alter of harvest and beguiling air and expressions of wild and complex color. Well. James Arch and I feel *VERY* fiercely about this wonderful tumble down season of Fall. Fall! 

In the Emily books, by L.M. Montgomery, the acidic yet wise Mr. Carpenter complains that too much poetry is written because of Spring. {Can there be too much?} He certainly is right in that it inspires verse after verse after verse. And I do not deny those immortal months their due. But I find myself loving in unspeakable ways the decent into color and harvest and mortality. Let it be the Autumn where I find my poetry. The crisp turn of the air. The twisting to dust. The scent that reminds me Euphoria and Melancholy can inhabit the same moment with such complex perfection that my soul is left shaking. Fall. I wish to hold the minutes of the season in my hand, like time worn coins out of the pocket of a favorite jacket, and spend them fully, deliberately. I want to fling myself into the season with utter abandon and yet remain completely conscious, wide-eyed, watchful. I want to LIVE these days, to say nothing of all the poetry I wish to read.

"A scent of ripeness from over a wall."  - Robert Frost

"Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away; Lengthen night and shorten day; Every leaf speaks bliss to me..."  - Emily Bronte 

"How stand the cottages of men In these fair October days."  - Henry David Thoreau

"O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit Beneath my shady roof; there thou mayest rest..."  - William Blake

"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness."  - John Keats

Well. I could go on. Perhaps that is enough reverie for even a dark October night. 


A photograph I took at Rivendell in October 2013

A photograph I took at Rivendell in October 2013

New Swag! aka, Getting Ready for Nashville...

I'm heading to UTOPIA Con {June 22-24} in Nashville. {Anyone around? Come!} I'm looking forward to it, and plan to meet a lot of great people and have fun conversations. I've designed some fresh swag and am finally getting a few things in my shop in preparation! I have buttons from THE Q and THE BOOKS OF IMIRILLIA, and I'm also trying to have some t-shirts, and other fun paraphernalia in my website store within the next few days for all my books!  I also have a  set of designs that I will be posting. 

Here are the designs from my COURAGE, HOPE, & DREAMS set. {The watermarks will be gone. I'm just keeping them on until I can get things squared away in my shop.}  Keep an eye out to see what merchandise and designs follow!