Sedona O'Hala Series:

Executive Dirt

Dragons of Wendal Series:


Moon Shadow Series:

Ghost Shadow

Now Available:

Soul of the Desert


What am I working on?

I’m quite certain y’all are on the edge of your seats, wondering DAILY what book I might write next. I know I wonder about it all the time…probably a bad sign…but I’ve always written stories by the seat of my pants, never knowing where they might wander. At this point, it’s safe to say I’m working on Fairy Bite, the third book in the Dragons of Wendal series. Yes, that would be the series that was only going to be a short story. Then it was only going to be a stand alone novel.

Well, here we are with me working on the third and final book in the series. Fairy Bite, like the others, will be cozy/fantasy/romance/possibly young adult, but not too young. Notice how this series doesn’t like to leave out a single genre.

The book should be out late April/May 2017. I’ll commence complaining about editing chores on it any day now. Here’s the blurb to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Fairy Bite

Shunned and ridiculed ever since a fairy mistakenly bit her, Ally leaves her village in hopes that once gone, her family can resume their normal lives and be respected. She heads to Wendal, hoping the shifters there won’t care about the little problems associated with the effects of a fairy bite.

Before she is even halfway there, she discovers that the fairies may not be finished ruining her life. If she wants to leave Birk, she’ll first have to contend with the little people, a very ornery gargoyle, more than one prince and, of all things, an enraged dragon.

Dragons of Wendal


Bargain: Fantasy

This might be a cozy fantasy or it could be a thriller fantasy. All I know is that it sounds fun. Warlock’s All and Sundry. Fun cover too. I like it.

Welcome to Warlock’s Bar and Grille, where the Witches, Warlocks, Werewolves, Valkyries, Fairies, Vampire Roofers, and Trolls of New Oslo gather to eat, drink, gamble, and gossip. In New Oslo, anything can happen.

The owners of Warlock’s Bar and Grille, Warlock Abel Crochet, and his Witch-wife Mary Mistral, unintentionally attract the dark magic of a Black Fairy that puts Mary and their daughter Gay in danger.

With the help of the good, magical citizens of New Oslo, Abel must find a way to reverse the curse or he will never see his wife or daughter again.

Posted: February 9, 2017
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Bargains of the Day

Romantic Comedy–this one sounds really great and they used the word “eclair!” It must be a great read!

Size Matters

Sam sometime speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah’s date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancee! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay “just friends,” and make Leah’s family loathe him enough to just call the whole thing off . But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah’s decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren’t going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he’s for real . . . before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.

Looks like the books are all about deception today…

The Art of Deception is another bargain — intriguing!

Niko Hrabanic was once a famous swordsman. But after a scandal-laden departure from his last job at a royal court, he’s now hiding out in a rural inn, making himself useful to his attractive landlady in all sorts of ways that don’t actually involve paying rent…

…until a summons from the mysterious and dangerous White Library shakes up his life all over again. His landlady, it turns out, has secrets of her own. Now Hrabanic and Julia will have to confront both of their pasts – and if they’re going to have any hope of survival, they’ll need both Hrabanic’s sword arm and Julia’s magical training.

It’s time for them to become experts at the art of deception.

Book of the Year – April the Dragon

I’ll be doing a series of “Book of the Year” posts. This book was submitted by April the Dragon as the best book she read all year. Yes she lobbied to be able to list more than one. But, I was cruel. I limited it to one. So she submitted seven!! I had to let Leo pick one from the list. Junior argued with him over it too, so I was the tie breaker.

Maaaaybe I’ll ask for the top three at a later date! But here it is:

savingUprooted by Naomi Novak. April is in good company. This book has won a LOT of awards.

Fast and Furious is the Amazon movie collection of the day (7 movies).

(There’s a paddleboard on sale too–normally a thousand and something–half off!) Buy two. They’re small… 🙂

I’m also now a Google Affiliate so when you buy books, movies or TV from google, if you go through my links, I earn a small commission.

Posted: December 5, 2016
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There Be Dragons


If you’re out and about the web today, keep your eyes open for dragons today. DragonKin and Dragons of Wendal are both fantasy/romance novels.



DragonKin at Kobobooks. (Check this page for coupons that may work on the kobo site.)

DragonKin at BearMountainBooks store

and finally! I apologize for the wait. There was a glitch in the system and it had to be cleared by B&N support. But! It is now at Barnes and Noble.

DragonKin Book Description
Dragons of Wendal Book 2

Drissa needs a place to hide, and she needed it yesterday. Wendal, with its rumors of inhospitable shifters, unknown terrain and wild magic, is not a territory many want to explore, making it the perfect place to disappear. Now, the last thing Drissa needs is to adopt more trouble, but what can she do when it hatches at her feet and then insists she drag it and a half dead stranger to safety? But she’ll do whatever is necessary to survive, because her younger sister can’t wait forever to be rescued. Of course, Wendal and its inhabitants aren’t necessarily interested in her long term plans or her survival.

About the Author

Maria saw her first dragon while gardening. She asked the gnome to take pictures, but dragons are shy and very fast. One of the fairies finally snapped a shot, but just as she handed it over, the dragon came by and flamed it to ashes! Neither of us wants to get our fingers burned a second time so, sadly, there will not be pictures any time soon!

Reviewers, there is still time to request a copy of DragonKin or Dragons of Wendal (Book one: At Kobobooks, At Amazon, and B&N).

If you have read either book, feel free to post the review! And don’t forget to add the book to your goodreads shelf. Thanks to everyone who already has added the book to their shelf.

Review: Brown River Queen by Frank Tuttle

BrownRiverQueen72sm Okay, you know I loved Brown River Queen. There is nary a work by Frank Tuttle that I don’t love. He builds his worlds and characters with great care and Brown River Queen is no exception. Markhat’s detecting continues in Brown River Queen. It was delightful to see his interactions with his new bride. She is a great addition to his arsenal of weapons; smart, pretty and quite willing to do her share of sleuthing. 🙂 All my favorites are back in this book: Mama Hog, Banshee, Elis the vamp, the niece, trolls, a surprise appearance by one or two others…awesome. The mystery plot(s) in this one was quite intricate and I did not guess the whodunit. I didn’t even SUSPECT the culprit. Wonderful! I love a multi-layered plot with lots of action and lots of scenes with favorite characters. This series is absolutely magical. If you like mysteries, fantasies or anything in-between, give Markhat the Finder a look.

The first three are in one volume in paperback.

They are also sold stand alone as ebooks and you can’t beat the prices! Here are the titles:

The Mister Trophy
Dead Man’s Rain
The Cadaver Client

For those first three, the order isn’t terribly important (I read them: Dead Man’s Rain, Cadaver Client and then The Mister Trophy). After that order becomes more important and you’ll want to be sure to follow the characters along as they grow.

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Sage – Anthology

sage_halfSage: Tales from a Magical Kingdom – Now available for download to your Kindle, iPhone or iPod-touch via Amazon.

Amazon UK
(It’s available at all the Amazon country retailer stores, including Germany, Spain, Italy and France).
Barnes and Noble

If you have an e-reader that supports ePUB, I will be uploading the ePub files for sale from my own website soon. In the meantime, try here:


Sword and Sorcery meets Agatha Christie. Three novellas introduce the Kingdom of Sage and those who protect its boundaries.
Sometimes it takes a more experienced hand to save an entire Kingdom.

The first of these stories, Toil, Trouble and Rot, was published in Coyote Wild Magazine; the other two are all new, original stories. In Dungeons and Decay find out just how far a mother will go when her child is in danger–and how much magic it takes to keep him safe. In Call to Arms, its a family affair; every hand is needed when a ghost invades the kingdom demanding old wrongs be righted.