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New Year, New Covers

Happy New Year!

I hope you and your loved ones are doing well and staying safe.

I’m grateful to have received warm emails from readers who have enjoyed diving into the Jeweled Woods and the mystical tale in my Dragonfly novel during these trying times.

I’m sure most of us resolved to make 2021 a better year. Despite our rough start, I feel the wind at our backs. This year I will be dedicating even more energy to writing. I plan to release at least two books by the end of the year.

I have a new novel completed, save a few finishing touches. It should be available soon. After that launches, I have a new fantasy title planned. It may become a series, but I’ll wait to make the final decision on that when these new characters share their story.

I’ve decided to give my Sign of Alchemy fantasy novel series new covers. While I loved the original covers, some didn’t convey the series’s mystical high fantasy aspect.

My graphic artist, Amber Stricklin, did an excellent job integrating her beautifully crafted Jeweled Woods background with some new artwork and series branding.

The new covers will be active for both print and Kindle within 48 hours. Haven’t read Niv’leana yet? Check it out on Amazon!

Niv'leana - Sign of Alchemy Book 1
Niv'leana - Sign of Alchemy Book 1 - Print Cover

An (Accidental) Trip to the Druid’s Gove

A dear friend of mine’s daughter is starting what will surely be an excellent career in art. When the new artist, Selphie Brown, started accepting commissions, I decided to get a new perspective on the Jeweled Woods’ beauty.

Selphie and I explored various illustrations, and after a few quick sketches, I decided to have her draw the Jeweled Woods. If it’s been a while since you’ve read Niv’leana, the novel where the beautiful forest is first introduced, here’s the description.

The afternoon sun shimmered through the tall canopy of the Jeweled Woods, scattering multicolored light onto the forest floor. Squirrels scampered across limbs gathering nuts from the vibrantly colored trees, and birds chirped as they enjoyed the bounty of late summer. Green, blue, orange, red, and purple leaves sheltered the grove, creating a mystical haven for its inhabitants. The scent of lush vegetation filled the air, accentuated by notes of pine and the fragrant orange flowers that lined the floor.

from Chapter 1, Niv’leana – the first Sign of Alchemy novel

The Jeweled Woods is unique, and I’ve worked with various artists over the years to capture its wonder. Amber Strickland’s Jeweled Woods graphic is certainly what I consider the authoritative version of the mystical forest.

Nevertheless, Selphie set out to illustrate the woods, Niv’leana’s childhood home. Interestingly enough, what she had drawn was not quite what I had expected. In this case, that’s a good thing!

Inadvertently, she painted, with near-perfect precision in a misty, watercolored aesthetic, the Druid’s Grove from the second book, Olivia. This sheltered, mysterious grove exists in a place just outside of time and features an endless twilight sky over a dense green canopy. Various wildlife, insects, and fireflies bring life to the grove, while a pond of pristine water nourishes its inhabitants.

Niv stood in the grove and soaked in the delectable sights that now materialized around her. Large, thick trees towered to the canopy. Tree houses, nestled in the trunks, dotted the landscape. The quiet forest now came alive with activity—squirrels scurried on the ground, birds sang in the trees, and in the distance, a rabbit gnawed on some greens.

from Chapter 27, Olivia – the second Sign of Alchemy novel

I wasn’t sure exactly what I want going into the art project, but I’m beyond delighted with a new illustration of a never-before-seen aspect from the Sign of Alchemy universe. It is often said, “ask, and you shall receive,” but in this case, the creative vision filled an unmet task in the ongoing growth of this expansive world of magic.

I am grateful to Selphie for her hard work and creative mind and look forward to seeing more from this up and coming artist in the years to come.

The Sign of Alchemy Series - Druid's Grove

Maeva Dedication

I dedicate each of my books to an individual. Sometimes I know from the start who will be named, and other times I don’t know until the day before publishing. I had dedicated Olivia but had not set one for Maeva. As I sit here in relative comfort during these trying times, it only makes sense to name those who are doing so much for us at great personal risk.

Dedicated to all the healthcare workers
first responders, and the people who keep us fed, clothed,
and fully stocked with essentials during these trying times.

Olivia and Maeva Cover Reveals

It’s been a hectic couple of days, but the launch of Olivia and Maeva is still set for April 5th. Lots of preparations are taking place behind the scenes, but I wanted to share a sneak peak of both covers.

Olivia and Maeva Covers

I’m grateful to have the help of Amber Stricklin, an amazing graphic artist, to help bring these covers to life.

Stay tuned for more updates, stay safe, and stay home.

Final Two Novels of Sign of Alchemy Series Launching April 5th

After over a year of blood, sweat, and proverbial tears, the final two novels of the Sign of Alchemy series will be launching on April 5th, 2020. For all you binge readers out there, you’ll be able to dive into two full-length novels spanning a total of almost 700 pages.

The first novel, Olivia, will follow the events immediately after the conclusion of Niv’leana. The second title, pending final name, will conclude the series.

I just wrote The End to the last book yesterday, and it was a bittersweet moment. I’m excited to release the conclusion of this epic saga, but also sad to see it come to an end.

I’ll be revealing the title and cover of the final book by the end of the month, and announcing Goodreads drawings for your chance to win a free copy!

Until then, stay safe, stay healthy, and don’t forget to sprinkle in a bit of magic in your everyday life whenever you can.

Olivia Cover Preview

I apologize for my prolonged absence from my blog. It’s been for good reason, I assure you. I’ve been hard at work writing the last two books in the Sign of Alchemy Series – Olivia and Frasie. Olivia is done, just needs a blurb for the back cover. I’m currently writing Frasie and expect to have it finished and edited by Thanksgiving.

In the meantime, I’d like to share a preview of the cover. I’m so pleased with it, and hope you will be too.

Look forward to more frequent posting here in the Jeweled Woods, and two new books to release just in time for the holiday season!

Olivia Sign of Alchemy Preview Cover

Streamer FemYoga To Review Dragonfly

My dear friend Ruby Calypso arranged for popular Persciope, YouTube, and Twitch streamer FemYoga to read and review Dragonfly on her channel. She announced the review Thursday on her live stream and will be broadcasting excerpts soon.

Haven’t bought Dragonfly for yourself yet? Enjoyed it and want to grab a copy for a friend? Head on over to Amazon and put that Prime or Kindle Unlimited membership to use!

It’s Impossible to Hoard Books

I’m sure you’ve seen the shows where they go into the homes of hoarders and unearth mountains of stuff (OK, usually trash). When I saw this meme I was puzzled by the fact that no one ever gets blamed for having too many books.

In fact, we encourage this by having furniture dedicated to the purpose of holding vast quantities of books. Larger homes have an entire room set aside for the collection and reading of books.

Kindles might help reclaim some space that avid readers gleefully surrender to their ever-growing libraries, but nothing can replace the feel, look, and even smell of a real book.

Start hoarding books today!