Upcoming Appearance— MileHiCon

Upcoming Appearance— MileHiCon

I love to work shows and conventions in my home state of Colorado! Thanks in advance to MileHiCon for having me. I get to see some friends I haven’t spent time with since before the pandemic. Yay!

I’ll have loads of books to check out and for the first time, I’ll be selling eBooks in person. That should be interesting. 🙂

MileHiCon 54 in 2022 will be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center

4900 S. Syracuse St. Denver, CO

Here’s my schedule:

Marie Whittaker
● Fri 3p, Evergreen B: Writing a Good Query Letter
● Sat 11a, Conifer 3: Blind Slush Panel
● Sat 12p, Pint’s Pub Back Area: Wordfire Press Signing
● Sat 2p, Evergreen B: How to Handle Rejection
● Sat 3p, Conifer 3: Writing Flash Fiction and Short Stories
● Sat 7p, Evergreen B: Crowdfunding your Project

For SF/F and speculative fiction lovers, it’s a weekend not to be missed. The convention will feature authors, artists, speakers and programming on every aspect of the science fiction and fantasy genres.

For more information head on over to the official MileHiCon website. 

I hope to see you there!

 

Read on next time because the stars have finally aligned and I get to go to the Emma Crawford Races right here in Manitou Springs!

Look at this awesome animation for Embers & Ash! You can find the book on Amazon. If you pick it up, please leave a review? Thanks! (Sorry it’s ginormous. It’s the only way I could get it to stick!)

Change.

Change.

I love autumn. It’s always been my favorite time of year. Something about the temperature dropping to a chill in the mornings and the bronzing of colors on the hillsides… yep. It’s gorgeous. I’ll spare you of enduring the long list of why I love pumpkin spiced everything. 

I’m not the only one digging fall! This cutie hangs out in the trees next to Penfield where I live.

These deer put on thick coats and the bucks antlers are covered in velvet. It’s a sure sign that autumn has arrived.

I get it. I mean, I’ve been wearing a lot of sweaters lately. Although, none of them are velvet. 😉

Embracing change can be tricky. I promise, if I didn’t do yoga everyday I’d be too bunched up to get much done. Yoga helps bring down the tension a notch and I can stop and consider rather than panicking about another year going by.

I also ordered myself an undated bullet journal. This was a great decision because I can create blocks with checklists. That’s the thing with me. It’s not what I do on the daily, it’s the boxes I check off a list. Once one list is complete, I build another.

Here’s another photo of this bashful sweetheart. See the velvet draping from his horns?

I’m in love!

There aren’t that many around after it starts snowing. They’re nearly as common as red squirrels this time of the year. 

 

 

The arrival of autumn signifies another change— the kids are back to school! Here’s a link to my anti-bullying picture book series for kids. Click the green box below.

Happy Book Day to Me! Embers & Ash is Live!

Happy Book Day to Me! Embers & Ash is Live!

In 2021 I founded Eldros Legacy with four other authors who have become good friends. If they were good friends before, they’re even better friends now. Founding Eldros Legacy has been a lot of fun and a lot of work. Each minute and milestone has been a blessing. 

What is Eldros Legacy? It’s a multi-author, epic fantasy universe of sheer wonder. Each of us founders has a continent. Mine is Pyranon. If you know anything about my writing, you know I got my start in horror, and Pyranon reflects that. 

You can take the girl out of the horror, but you can’t take the horror out of the girl. 

That sounds odd and dramatic, but it’s true for me as a writer. I’ll always love gothic themes and elements. Embers & Ash, the first of the stories told on my continent on Pyranon, is dark fantasy.

So, what’s it about?

 

 

Game of Thrones meets Lord of the Rings in this gothic epic fantasy saga of captivating court intrigue, deadly, reigning evil, and a young queen’s determination to free an empire.

Princess Mahaela Bellagrave nearly escapes her fate as queen, but murder accelerates her ascension to the throne of Pyranon. Denying her birthright is no longer an option; she must embrace the magic she’s possessed since birth but hidden out of self-preservation.

Banu Liin, an immortal demon construct and ancient palace knight, lives on as the royal advisor. He’s ruled Pyranon through its queens and their magic for centuries. He’s hidden truths and kept the loyal kingdoms of Pyranon in the dark about life-and-death threats that imperil the mortality of every living soul on the continent.

Banu sets his trap for the new queen. He refuses to lose his long-lived and lasting power over the fiery continent of Pyranon and the reigning queen of the empire.

In a world plagued by centuries of evil possession, can a determined young queen embrace inherited magic and free Pyranon from a throne long tarnished by a deadly legacy of deceit?

You can find it here in eBook, trade paperback, and a gorgeous hardcover.

Thanks for checking it out!

 

Wednesday Book Deals

Wednesday Book Deals

Happy Wednesday! I’m sharing three excellent book deals and a boxed set sale this week. Urban fantasy, a touching young adult tale, sword and sorcery fantasy, and a collection of stories featuring strong female leads— all on a special sale for you!

One of these deals is a set of three books for just 99 pennies!

In cooperation with my friends in publishing I’m proud to present the following titles on a special discount. Check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

Deals for Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Being Noah

 by Cheryl Hardy

Ten-year-old Noah has a gift beyond the natural gifts of humans.

This ability allows him to hear the thoughts of the family therapy dog, Ozzie, and to see visions of the future, which go unnoticed by the people who should love him and trust him the most. Noah’s brother Sean is on the autism spectrum and receives more attention from their parents, at least more than Noah gets…which causes him to feel angst, sadness, frustration, and jealousy. Noah wants what all children want, love and acceptance. He needs his parents and grandmother to trust him and help him gain confidence in himself.

Being Noah is a story of a boy believing in himself, even when others don’t, and finding a way to use his gifts so he can affect change in the world and lives of those around him.

Being Noah is Margaret Cheryl Hardy’s first and only work, written in the MFA program at Western Colorado University.

“A thoughtful book that is well-paced and includes enough realism to balance the mystical and spiritual content. A great book for introspection and discussion after reading.”—School Library Journal

 

Revenant Files Complete Series Boxed Set

by D’Artagnan Rey and Michael Anderle

Among ghosts and breathers, there is a saying…

“There is always something going down in New Orleans.”

A city as old and as violent as New Orleans is filled with ghosts. They aren’t a hidden phenomenon anymore. They are as real as any living person and capable of causing just as much trouble.

Fortunately, there are unique bounty hunters like Johnny Despereaux to hunt them down.

Grab this boxed set and step into a new world where ghosts and breathers walk the street together.

Fairmist (The Whisper Prince Book 1)

by Todd Fahnestock

Within the Thiaran Empire, citizens put on jeweled masks and turn away from those who are taken. As long as one child is sacrificed each month to the Slinks and nobody interferes, their society will thrive.

But seventeen-year-old Grei’s mind is alive with treason, and he plunges into the heart of a prophecy that will drive the Slinks back to their fiery dimension. All he must do is travel to the capitol city and sacrifice one last innocent.

​As Grei wrestles with the prophecy and battles those who would kill him, he hurtles toward his final decision: save the empire, or save his own soul.

We Dare: No Man’s Land: An Anthology of Strong Female Leads

Edited by Jamie Ibson and Chris Kennedy

Fifteen outstanding authors. Fifteen outstanding female leads!

Ripley facing down the Xenomorph Queen. Sarah Connor fighting the Terminator. David Weber’s Honor Harrington. Science fiction novels and the silver screen are full of badass women kicking butt and taking names. Sometimes it’s the momma bear persona stepping up to defend her young, but, other times, she’s just the meanest one standing—bionic arm or not!

Edited by Jamie Ibson and Chris Kennedy, “We Dare: No Man’s Land” is a collection of 15 all-new stories with female leads. Whether it’s changing an engine on the outside of a spaceship’s hull or chasing SimNACs through the jungle, these heroines have only one goal in mind—to win at all costs! From defending asteroid bases to searching giant space stations, these women get the job done!

What makes female leads great? Does it matter—these women are incredible! Be warned though—they may be referred to as the “fairer” sex, but don’t cross these ladies, or you’re gonna get what you have coming! The authors dared write about these awesome women; will you dare to join them on their adventures? If so, step inside. But beware…this is No Man’s Land!

With stories by:
Marisa Wolf
Rick Partlow
A.K. DuBoff
Jamie Ibson
Marie Whittaker
Griffin Barber
Joelle Presby
Chris Kennedy
Sarah A. Hoyt
Quincy J. Allen
Melissa Olthoff
Jonathan P. Brazee
Rachel Aukes
Josh Hayes
Kacey Ezell

Happy Reading!

Cover Reveal!

Cover Reveal!

Cover Reveal!

Embers & Ash is gothic fantasy, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres to write in. 

Game of Thrones meets Lord of the Rings in this gothic epic fantasy saga of captivating court intrigue, deadly, reigning evil, and a young queen’s determination to free an empire.

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