Sunday, August 1, 2010

My Books


Rising Book 1: Resistance (Book 1 of 2)

Genre: fantasy/speculative fiction

Summary: All Alphonse wants is a quiet summer at home before his final months at university. What he gets is a half-dead stranger on his doorstep and the task of delivering a package to the leader of his home country. Not long after he boards a train toward the capital, he's attacked by knights, elite soldiers of the neighboring king.

Alphonse is temporarily rescued by Mairwyn, a mechanic with a haunted past and a deep hatred of knights. Together, they attempt to carry out Alphonse's urgent errand, only to learn that if they fail, countless people will die.

And even if they succeed, they may not be able to prevent the war that lurks on the horizon.


 Rising Book 2: Rebellion (Book 2 of 2)

Genre: fantasy/speculative fiction 

Summary: Lachlan's had a rough summer. First, the girl he shares a painful history with didn't remember him. Then Brenna, the woman he loves, showed up after seven years away and wants nothing to do with him. To top it all off, he almost died with the rest of his people when soldiers invaded his country.

Now the enemy could be using Lachlan's people as assassins. When Brenna leaves to find the truth, Lachlan invites himself along.

As Lachlan struggles to rebuild the trust he lost with Brenna, they unravel the dark secret their enemy has worked long and hard to hide—and its consequences for them are greater than they could have known.


Confessions from the Realm of the Underworld (Also Known as High School) 

Genre: YA contemporary fiction 

Summary: Write what you know.

Persephone "Sephie" Benson scoffs when her creative writing teacher throws that little gem out there. Maybe this advice would work for a professional skydiver or a baseball star or a ninja princess. It's not so great for a high school student who doesn't even know what to do with the rest of her life. Add in being the oldest of six girls, having Responsibilities with a capital R, and living in a town the size of a tick, and you've got a recipe for boring soup.

At least, that's what Sephie thinks until her senior year. Now, her grandfather is losing his house. One of her sisters plays a starring role in the local high school scandal. Even things with her best friend Joey aren't the same.

As Sephie deals with the changes in her life, she finds that nothing is quite what she expects—and that sometimes, the most extraordinary life can be the one that seems the most ordinary.


There is also short story that I wrote as a follow-up to Confessions. It's posted on my blog here: Homecoming. It can be read by itself even if you haven't ever read Confessions.

Other Books:

My Kingdom for a Newt (accepted representation with Natalie Lakosil of Bradford Literary Agency)
Genre: MG fantasy 

Untitled YA Fantasy (rewrite currently under review by my agent, Natalie)

Orion's Song (written for NaNoWriMo 2010, in desperate need of rewriting/revision--not sure if/when this will happen)
Genre: YA contemporary fiction

The Restoration series (seven book series, co-written with Faith King). The first book, Awakenings, was published in 2010, but became unavailable after December 2012. At this time, the series is on indefinite hold.


  1. I just finished reading your book Confessions from the Realm of the underworld and I absolutely loved it. I couldn't put it down for the fun and crazy things Sephie would be writing about. I laughed a ton and my husband kept looking at me funny but I wouldn't change a thing. Sadly though I wanted more as usual cause I want to know how things will turn out for Sephie after High School but I can always take my imagination and use it for that. :) Thank you for writing something fun to read. I will have my daughter read it since she is starting Jr. High today.

  2. @Jacob and Bobbie Thank you so much!! It was so much fun to write this story and I'm happy that you had fun reading it. I hope that your daughter enjoys it, too! :D I also did write a short story following the novel, and posted it on my blog. You can see it here if you'd like: Homecoming

  3. Any progress on further books in the Restoration series? I just reread Awakenings (again!) and would love to see more of the story. Please, please, please!

    - Kay

    1. I'm so glad that you liked Awakenings, and I'm so sorry, but I really don't have progress to report. I'm not sure, at this point, what will happen with the series. Right now, my co-author and I are working (individually) with separate agents on other projects.


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