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Reconstructionist Series: Cover Reveal

December 2, 2016

A witch. A vampire. A murder mystery.

Even with the best of intentions, darkness will rise.




I preferred it when life came in tidy packages. When it didn’t — when something went awry — I was exceedingly skilled at packaging it back up. It was my job to do so, after all.

I was a reconstructionist.

I collected the puzzle pieces, then I gave those pieces to an investigative team to sort out. I didn’t ask questions. I didn’t offer answers. I saw, I recorded, and I moved on.

I didn’t dwell or obsess. I didn’t hunt down suspects. I didn’t follow clues to find a killer. And I certainly didn’t work side by side with anyone — least of all a vampire who I strongly suspected might turn out to be the major missing component when the case was complete.

Then I saw something I couldn’t forget. It wasn’t the bloodiest thing I’d ever seen — it wasn’t even close — but it haunted me. I didn’t like being haunted.

But I couldn’t figure out how to get it out of my head.

Someone was killing teenaged boys in the Pacific Northwest. Despite my misgivings, if I could help catch a killer, I had to at least try.








*The ebook should be live on B&N early next week (unless they get it uploaded over the weekend).

** Kobo is in a time-out because they delivered the wrong manuscript to a number of readers for my last preorder, then they made it difficult for some readers to obtain the proper version. I will upload the preorder when I have a final proofed copy (around Dec 18).


Read an exclusive excerpt on December 6, 2016 via MCD’s monthly newsletter. Make sure you’re subscribed to get your hands on the first chapter!!

If you’re on my new release mailing list you will get notified by email about the release on December 29, 2016. Just in case you’re worried about missing it over the holidays.

More teasers, excerpts, and giveaways will be posted throughout December.

Advent Calendar 2016

December 1, 2016

Happy December 1st!

Last year we decided – because we really can’t have a tree in our small space – that we would make Advent calendars and fill them with little treats for each other. It took us a couple of months to cobble together all the materials, but last night we blasted Christmas music, sipped hot chocolate, and put the finishing touches on these:


Mine – sneakily filled by Michael – is hung over the gable beside the fridge with a doubled red velvet ribbon (because we didn’t want to nail it up.) I bought the antique frame years ago on Main Street in Vancouver. It usually hangs in my office.


And Michael’s – sneakily filled by me – displayed on our fridge. [Some of the magnets are slightly weak, so we’ll replace them next year].

We are pretty pleased with our efforts and I believe I shall annoy everyone for the next 23 days by posting the contents of mine every single day on Instagram and Twitter.

Our process (in pictures):


And so it begins. Two inch tin containers (Michael spray painted his tops), number stickers, and vintage pictures. [Magnets not shown.]


Close up of the tins and vintage pictures. We bought the PDFs from a seller on Etsy and printed them on thick photo quality paper.


Close up of the number stickers, tins, and inserts. We cut out the pictures, and glued them over the magnets we placed in the bottom of each tin.


Close up of Michael’s tins. He double spray painted the tops, first one colour, then another over the stickers. He then peeled the stickers off (carefully) but left the bottoms the original silver.


My numbering was a much easier process than Michael’s. I just stuck the stickers on the tins.


Close up of my numbers, the magnet board, and the antique frame.

And, finally, all that work for a tasty reward every day until Christmas:


December 1st – dark (53% Belgian) chocolate caramel with almond.

All the pretty paperbacks …

November 18, 2016

This is a purely promotional post suggesting that if you liked the Dowser or Oracle series books, then perhaps someone on your holiday gift list might enjoy reading them as well. 🙂 The eBooks can be gifted, of course, but the novels are also available in paperback if your friend or family member hasn’t yet made, or refuses to make, the transition to an eReader.

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All the paperbacks are available internationally via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Createspace. Links can be found for each of the specific books on their individual book pages (listed in the right side bar) but I’ve included the buy links for the first book in each series below.

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser 1)


I See Me (Oracle 1)


I’ve always been a fan of giving books for Christmas – often spending hours and far too much $$ in bookstores in December – but now I tend to give gift certificates more than anything. Which is undoubtedly lazy of me, but certainly leaves more time for writing. 😀

Oracle Series: Live chat & a paperback giveaway

November 18, 2016

I’m hosting a live chat over on my Facebook page this Sunday, November 20, 2016 starting at 2pm PST (5pm EST) (10pm GMT) where I’ll be answering any and all questions regarding the Oracle series.

After the chat is finished I’ll collect all the questions asked in the comments, assign them an entry number, and use a random number generator to give away these three, autographed Oracle series paperbacks:

If you are unable to attend the live chat you can still enter the giveaway by submitting a question ahead of time. I will collect these early entries, answer as many as I can during the live chat, and assign the questions entry numbers for the giveaway.

To enter the autographed paperback giveaway, comment below with a question about any of the books in the Oracle Series* – plot, characters, anything you’d like to chat about.

*Questions that are specifically about the Dowser Series will not be assigned an entry number. But questions regarding characters that appear in both series – within context of the Oracle books – are fair game.


Notes/Rules: OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. Each comment will be assigned an entry number. ONE winning entry will then be selected via random number generator. One entry per person. Please make sure to fill out a valid email address in the comment form. Email addresses are not collected for any purpose other than notifying the contest winner. No purchase necessary.

If you haven’t commented on the blog before, or you comment from a different IP address, the comments are moderated. So don’t worry if you don’t see your entry right away. I will approve it and it will magically appear.

Contest closes SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. PST (then opens on Facebook for an hour or so).

Grammar tips from the editor

November 14, 2016

So as I worked my way through the multiple drafts of Catching Echoes, Reconstructionist 1, I highlighted every instance of ‘effect,’ ‘affect’, ‘past, and ‘passed’ that I came upon. I did so because I invariably use one or more of these words incorrectly at least once in every book. Yes, no matter how many times I go over the sentence, no matter how many rules I recite in my head and apply, I always get at least one wrong.

After editing over thirteen of my novels, and I don’t know how many of my screenplays – ten? fifteen? – my lovely editor, Scott Fitzgerald Gray (aka SFG)(who you can find on his Insane Angel website), suggested I might want to jot down the following rules on a Post It! note, then attach said note to my computer screen.

I did one better. And then thought I should share with you all.



Please feel free to share (I’ll also post these separately on Twitter and Facebook for that purpose). And it’s back to writing for me!

Avoiding Editing

November 3, 2016

I’ve taken my capacity to avoid editing to an entirely new level with Catching Echoes, Reconstructionist 1. A sampling of the avoidance techniques I’ve employed in the first three hours of my day are as follows:

    1. Completely mapping out the ending of Dowser 9 in my head while taking a shower and blow drying my hair. I have at least four more books to write between R1 and D9.
    2. Discussing the fine details of the song Michael is currently writing, including the musical ‘makeup.’ And, yeah, I know nothing about music. Not. A. Thing.
    3. Making a wish list of small fruit I’d like to add to the orchard NEXT SPRING, including researching optimal growing conditions for a Meyer Lemon.
    4. Social media posts. Including posting a picture of my cats on Instagram. Because what could possibly be a better way to waste time?
    5. Listening to music to ‘get me into the head space,’ then writing large random chunks of Reconstructionist 2.
    6. Coming down with a head cold. This is an amazing feat, because I never leave the house so I have no idea where I could have picked up a cold. So therefore, logically, it’s self-generated. Like a reverse superpower.
    7. Blogging.
    8. This post needs a picture, let’s see … hmmm … chickens?


So now that my shame is out there, and everyone knows the lengths to which I will go to avoid editing, I will now be forced to edit for the remainder of the day … and for all the days between now and my deadline to get R1 back to the editor.

Oh! But first, a hot chocolate. [That’s not an avoidance tactic, it’s a fundamental need].

Monthly Newsletter Giveaway: I See Me (Oracle 1)

November 1, 2016

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. LUCKY #28 has been emailed. 🙂 screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-10-35-07-amI’m publishing my monthly newsletter today (about 10 minutes after this post goes live). Each newsletter features a giveaway, along with some exclusive content (a recipe, Q&A, etc).

The giveaway for the 5th edition of the newsletter is an autographed paperback of I See Me (Oracle 1).

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I’ll include the postcard and tattoos in the giveaway, but everything else belongs in my office. 🙂

To enter the autographed paperback giveaway, comment below and let me know:

  1. What is your favourite ‘thing’ about yourself? What is your greatest strength or asset or ability? What are you good at?

Notes/Rules: OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. Each comment will be assigned an entry number. ONE winning entry will then be selected via random number generator. One entry per person. Please make sure to fill out a valid email address in the comment form. Email addresses are not collected for any purpose other than notifying the contest winner. No purchase necessary.

If you haven’t commented on the blog before, or you comment from a different IP address, the comments are moderated. So don’t worry if you don’t see your entry right away. I will approve it and it will magically appear.

Contest closes THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2016 at 8 p.m. PDT.


In which I get bamboozled.

October 28, 2016

I just wandered into the kitchen to find Michael playing Tetris with the fridge freezer.

“Wow,” I said, seriously impressed that he’d taken the time to divide the turkey mushroom casserole into individual meals and portion out the turkey pot pie filling.

“We have a lot of food,” he said, grunting with effort. “I’m trying to get it to all fit.”

“Oh,” I said, blindly walking into his trap. “Maybe we should take something out.”

“Good idea. How about this?” Michael grabbed a green Tupperware container, popping it open to reveal the very last Clarity in a Cup*. “Oh,” he said, utterly blithely. “Only one left.”

So yeah. That’s how Michael just tried to steal the last cupcake in the house.

I got the final word though. Just as I was exiting the kitchen and dashing out to the office, I said, “we’ll halve it at coffee break.”


*Clarity in a Cup will release in my newsletter, Cupcakes, Chocolate, and Other Magical Musings on November 1, 2016. If you aren’t a subscriber yet, you can sign up here.

Oracle 3: paperback proof

October 24, 2016

This pretty thing was waiting by my front door when I got home from driving Michael to the optometrist this afternoon.





Everything looks to be in order – yay! – so I’ll finally be able to order some paperbacks and fulfill my terribly belated preorder giveaway. Oh, also the paperbacks will be available to purchase online in the next couple of days.



A cupcake sneak peek …

October 23, 2016

It starts with gourmet apples that are high in acidity.


Core, peel, and chop …


Cook down into applesauce with a dash of cinnamon …


Spoon apple sauce-infused batter into a lined muffin tin …


Bake for 20 – 25 minutes …


Add some honey to the butter and icing sugar …


And what do you get?

Find the recipe in my next monthly newsletter on November 1, 2016. Not signed up yet? Pop your email into this form to get my monthly missives directly in your inbox on the first Tuesday of every month.

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