New Book: Out of the Mouth of Babes

​I am SUPER excited to announce a BRAND NEW book!!!! Out of the Mouth of Babes!

crunched coverHere’s the blurb:

Gina won’t have anything to do with that guy who played with her heart the night of her sister’s wedding—he’s a heartbreaker—no matter how much her niece and nephews adore him now. The two come from different worlds–Gina’s a workaholic career woman; he’s the irresponsible flirt. Whenever they meet, there are fireworks–and not the good kind.

​That is, until her sister wins a cruise to the Caribbean, and Gina is thrown in the path of that frustrating “player” to share the responsibilities of watching her niece and nephews for 2 weeks.

​Everything goes topsy-turvy when their two worlds collide, but considering how much each of them turns the other’s life upside down, could they actually be RIGHT for each other?

Purchase it here:

I’d LIKE to thank Jacqueline Fowers, Kristi Linton, and THESE fabulous leg models for this cover!

And a special shout-out to Shannon Cooley my editor; my sister Lucinda for her Facebook Posts that inspired this AND for being my ARC reader; and to my sister Jacqueline for being my Alpha reader and asking for her daily “chapter”; and then for ALL of my Beta readers this time around:  Candace Fowers, Rachel Hancock, April Rudd, Sandra Barton, Amy Bawden, Jonathon Timothy, Kelsey Hancock! You made this possible!!!


Jane and Austen — on sale for 99 cents

Hello everyone! I’m excited to announce that I’m doing a 6 day promotion with “Jane and AustenJane and Austen crunched cover” and it has been going well so far. If you haven’t read this book yet…then what are you waiting for? Haha, I love this book. Come check it out here:


Thanks again!


glimpsesWell….I had a bit of fun lately! The amazingly talented Craig Nybo has gotten me out of my creative stupor for a bit and invited me to write lyrics for his album “Glimpses,” in which he asked about 13 local authors to write lyrics for their books (or upcoming books in my case) and then he put music to it and Voila, we’ve got an album!

And let me tell you I am SO SO VERY HAPPY WITH MY SONG! I wrote lyrics for my upcoming dystopian novel “Doolittle Saves the World,” based on the Pygmalion tale of a flower girl in a steampunk world who is recruited by Higgins (lead singer of a band of musicians who are slave to the queen’s EVIL EMPIRE) to uncover an evil plot hatched by few half-robots to…save the world as we know it!

So in case you’d like to hear it for yourself, pre-order a copy here at Craig’s kickstarter, “Glimpses” and take a listen to the other songs as well. You won’t be sorry 🙂


Let’s celebrate October! Jane and Austen 99cents for 4 days!

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Jane and Austen
Stephanie Fowers

Regular Price $3.99
Bargain Price $ 0.99

Jane is an irrepressible optimist who will settle for nothing less than
a fairy-tale romance. Austen is a type A financial consultant who lives
by the book. When this mismatched pair teams up to plan a wedding, they
find themselves playing out a novel by Jane’s favorite author…
Perfect for fans of Pride and Prejudice!

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Young Adult Fantasy sale!



SALE Price $.99

Regular Price $2.99

FREE for Kindle Unlimited members

What if the greatest weapon in the age-old war between good and evil was inside of you? 

Crystal Scott has always felt different but tried hard to blend in. Now that she’s scored the lead in the school play, has a boyfriend she adores, and a best friend she can’t live without, she finally feels like she belongs. 

A few days before prom, a mysterious young man appears and suddenly she has to figure out how to use the weapon of Light she has inside her or mankind is doomed. 

Demons are determined to tip the war in their favor no matter what the cost and they’re hot on Crystal’s trail. With danger around every corner, she doesn’t know if she can save herself, never mind anyone else. When things look darkest and there’s nowhere to turn, Crystal must find the strength to use her newfound gifts against the tide of evil threatening all of them–or die trying.

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Ring on Her Finger

Lisa Swinton


What happened in Vegas should stay there, not follow Amanda home, newly wedded to the man who broke her heart.

After celebrating college graduation with her friends in Las Vegas, Amanda St. Claire wakes up with a terrible hangover and a ring on her finger. Her day gets worse when she finds out she’s married to rich playboy Blake Worthington—the guy she has loathed the past four years.

Amanda convinces Blake to legally terminate the marriage and they both return home like nothing ever happened. That is, until Blake shows up on her doorstep and Amanda has to come clean with her family.

 Together for better or worse while the legalities are cleared, Amanda reluctantly plays along, but then the unthinkable happens—she finds herself falling in love with Blake.

Can they overcome the past? Or will it end their future before it even starts?

Those who enjoy What Happens in Vegas and The Prince and Me will find a kindred spirit in Ring on Her Finger.

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Begin Again 
Brittney Mulliner
SALE $.99
Escaping her past, Aubrey Tate moves to Southern California for a fresh start with her older brother, Brandon. Starting over at a new school seems easy with her cousin, Mckayla, and her two best friends at her side, but handling the new guys is another matter. Aubrey ends up in the middle of three rivals that each wants her to themselves. Mike claims her first and declares himself her friend and protector. Luke is the school heartthrob that stops Aubrey in her tracks, speechless. Gage is the mysterious, dark outsider that Aubrey can be herself around. 

How will she navigate her new life while she’s still haunted by her past?
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The Ninth Chosen: The Shadow Prison
K.A. Parkinson
SALE $.99
Sixteen-year-old Macy is not your average teenager–she’s a member of the Chosen, an elite group of gifted and magically talented children responsible for protecting the humans from the monsters of the Hidden race. Seventeen-year-old Tolen Parks wants nothing more than to be average, but life for the Ninth Chosen is anything but normal. 
Amidst monsters and Radia Warriors, the pair must discover who they really are and face the heart of darkness in order to achieve victory….

With a Kiss
Stephanie Fowers
SALE $.99

Faerytales. They’re real . . . they just haven’t happened yet. Halley Starr finds out the truth when she loses her heart with a curse. Now she has to get it back from that cute faery guy who stole it from her.

*”With a Kiss” is the first book in the Twisted Tales Series.

(Also included in this edition: A glossary of faery terms, Map of the Sidhe, and a List of Fae Creatures)

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First world problems : if cars were computers and other horrors

2015My steering wheel is gone—it must be the new Ford updates.

So I restored the oil in the system, but it still didn’t make it come back. I uninstalled the new tires and the paint job, but still no dice.

That’s when I dialed car support. After a few days of call waiting, I got through to a tech who asked me a series of questions: “Did you put the keys in the ignition? Did you turn the key? Is there gas in the tank? Did you press on the gas? How many miles do you have on it?”

“Seriously, I just bought the thing!” I answered. “That’s my problem! I just don’t get the new updates, alright? I can’t even find the code for the childproof locks!

“Do you have your license?” the bored tech slurred. “Did you open the door to get in? Are you sitting down?”

“Yes,” I replied.

“Okay, here are a few things that might fix your problem.”

And I listened carefully as I was instructed to take out the engine, dip it in hot sauce, strap it to an electrical contraption resembling the one that gave Frankenstein life, crank it about 390.5 degrees, do a dance, and back-spring away–all while singing “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

After all that, I still didn’t get my steering wheel back—though there were a few “almost breakthroughs” where I thought I got it back, but it just turned out to be  the airbag. I drew the line at human sacrifices and got disconnected when the tech tried to transfer me to the whack-it-with-a-hammer department.

After a week of wrestling with my missing steering wheel dilemma—and a box of hohos and a gallon of chocolate milk later—I read on a forum that the steering wheel might be stashed in the glove compartment under a secret panel—I’m watching some how-to videos right now and ordering a special cat burglar bag so I can get past the lasers, piranhas, and hexes to fix it.

Until then, I’ve figured out that the radio starts the engine and the volume controls the speed. The air-conditioning is the heating and the heating is the passenger eject button.

Don’t even get me started on the updates for my set of cold steel knives




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Plagiarism Case Exposes Imminent Threat to Self-Publishing E-Book Authors

The case of Rachel Ann Nunes shows how indie authors are easy prey for plagiarists. This is the story of how one self-publishing, e-book author plans to win the fight against plagiarism: Rachel Ann Nunes, self-publishing indie author’s story.

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Rachel Ann Nunes, Self-Publishing, E-Book Author, and Victim of Plagiarism.

“She stole my life’s work—my book—added sexually explicit scenes, published it as her own, then bashed me and my work using real school children’s names, and there is nothing I can do about it.”

In the past, if someone plagiarized a novel, the perpetrator could expect a speedy lawsuit brought by a publisher with deep pockets and a powerful legal team. “No one would try to plagiarize Harry Potter or The Firm,” says Farland, “because if someone did, their publishers would sue. The books’ authors, J.K. Rowling or John Grisham, wouldn’t have to lift a finger. But in the indie world, the cost of protecting a copyright is borne by the author, and the legal cost is far higher than most authors or small publishers can pay.”

Indie author Rachel Ann Nunes discovered ‘how costly’ when a plagiarist stole her popular Christian romance, A Bid for Love. The thief added explicit sex scenes, changed the title, and tried to publish the stolen work under a pseudonym. Book bloggers discovered the theft and alerted Nunes, but the plagiarist refused to back down, instead engaging in a cyberwar of threats, harassment and sock-puppetry against Nunes, the true author. The alleged thief, Tiffanie Rushton of Layton UT, who at the time was an elementary school teacher at nearby Farmington Utah at Eagle Bay Elementary in the Davis School District, even used the names of her third-grade students to promote her self-described “smut” and attack the real author.

If a plagiarist had done this with The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks or The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, people would be up in arms. If it had happened to Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, her publisher would gleefully rush to make an example of the plagiarist. But Rachel Ann Nunes is left to fend for herself.

Nunes has already spent over $20,000 pursuing the case, and she expects to spend tens of thousands more. “She’s stolen my book,” Nunes writes. “Do I let her steal my financial future by getting into huge debt to pay for legal fees to make her stop? If I don’t, I might as well just email her all my future manuscripts, because there will be nothing to stop her from plagiarizing them as well.”

Unfortunately, authors like Nunes have no protection. The legal system considers plagiarism to be a civil matter rather than criminal. So indie authors and small publishers are at an extreme disadvantage. While being a plagiarist might not be a criminal matter, the harassment happening to Nunes is.

“There are a lot of writers groups,” says Farland, “like the Romance Writers of America, and the Author’s Guild, but they are not set up to help indie authors who need to defend themselves against theft. The only way we can stop this is to unite as authors. Helping Nunes is only a first step. If we don’t show this new breed of book pirates that this stops now, the number of thefts will spiral out of control!”

Nunes is in deep financial trouble. Most authors don’t make much money. “I’ve helped Rachel set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise the estimated $100,000 required to sue this plagiarist,” says Farland. Rachel cannot prevail without your generous help. Sites like GoFundMe are the indie author’s salvation when attacked by these plagiarists. To read the whole amazing story of this plagiarist (and please make a comfortable donation while you are there), go to The Rachel Ann Nunes Story of Plagiarism on a Self-Publishing, Indie, E-Book Author.

Bloom where you are planted–don’t hide your talents!

2014-08-31 18.24.22God gave us our talents for a reason–to serve others. We also learn and progress through our talents–I believe that talents are another way that God touches our lives. Artists, inventors, engineers, teachers, designers–just name the occupation or activity and it takes passion and talent to persevere and progress in it. Because of what we and others do; our lives our full of light, color, and hope. Now imagine what kind of world we would live in if haters succeeded in tearing these talents away from us? What if these people managed to shut everyone up? I’m not talking differences of opinion and honest feedback; I’m talking road-raging/ Simon Cowel bullying that rips dreams from those who are doing their best to share their talents with the world.

Recently, a writer friend of mine got attacked with a round of damaging book reviews. Already in pain because of health issues, plagued by nightmares; she woke up to see someone had read her book and hated it…not just hated it, but the reviews (one after another) made things very personal–basically, the reviewers forgot that there was a real person behind this book–my friend seriously considered giving up. For a morning she forgot all the good that she had done with her talent and she felt worthless. This is a tragedy–not just for my friend, but also as a reflection of our society.

And no, this isn’t the first time this kind of thing happens. I’m sure ALL of you have experienced something like this–anyone who has put themselves out there has. I’m a writer, and I’ve had my share of bad reviews and bad reactions to them–I HAVE to let these harsh words slide over me; I have to learn from them; I have to turn to God for comfort; I have to reevaluate why I do what I do. The years have taught me–they still will teach me. My weaknesses become strengths. But…what if I didn’t keep going? Life would be a little less…well, less happy, less bright–for me and for those my life touches. Sooo, If I could reach out to anyone who feels like giving up, I’d like to encourage you to keep trying; ignore the voices telling you that you’re not good enough. Share your talents with the rest of us–keep progressing. Spread the light, the color, the hope! And then on the flip side; to those faced with the choice of either encouraging or tearing others down–choose to encourage! Let’s lift and strengthen those who are working on their talents. Help them to grow. Let’s learn to be more civil. I’ll work on it too.

Now for the whole reason I ended up writing the above: another writer friend of mine got fed up after what happened to our mutual friend. and so she decided to write about this new trend of bullying artists online on her blog, and so I’m sharing the link of this below (but I’ve realized as I wrote this “rather long” post that it isn’t JUST about not being a bully; this is about NOT letting the bullies get to you. My writer friend gathered her courage and she’s not going to give up…and neither should any of you).

Here’s Tristi’s blog link:

Thank you for listening!