Category Archives: On Writing

Cover reveal: Yelena Casale and Tina Moss, A Touch of Darkness

OK, here’s a fun new urban fantasy, and one I feel a certain connection to …  among other things, because it’s another book with coauthors. When you’re part of a writing duo, you find yourself looking at other books by writing pairs with a certain fondness of heart. Here’s the duo themselves …

CasaleAndMossSomehow I wonder how they manage the little balancing act that comes when there are two of you, and one book baby. I know how my coauthor Kimbra and I do it; but their process is probably different. I’ve yet to meet a writing duo that handles this built-in tensions in exactly the same way.

So, anyhow, I couldn’t resist the chance to show you the cover. And yeah, it’s a pretty cool cover. Take a look:

TouchOfDarknessCoverBefore you move on, take a look at the blurb and background information.

Title: A Touch of Darkness (Key Series, Book One)
Author: Yelena Casale & Tina Moss
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: March 2, 2015

FIRST PLACE in the Readers’ Crown Award for urban fantasy.
FIRST PLACE in Central Florida RWA’s Touch of Magic contest for paranormal romance.

TouchOfDarknessBlurbPublisher’s blurb:
Cassie Durrett dreams of the darkness. And lives the nightmare. She’s working for a tightwad boss at a pretentious NYC diner, dealing with paralyzing pain that doctors can’t diagnose, and trying to hide her hands that glow purple whenever she …well, whenever.

So, when mystery man, Gabe, walks out of her dreams and into her life to spout some nonsense about her being a mythical creature, she chalks it up to one more crazy thing to add to her it’-s­a­-crappy­-life list. Yet, when his predictions start to come true, she’ll need his help to beat back the darkness­ spawned creatures invading her reality.

Pretty soon Gabe has her running half way across the country in search of answers. As a bond grows between them, Cassie worries not about losing her mind to the paranormal madness, nor her life to hellish monsters. Rather her deepest fear is surrendering her heart to a powerful man fallen from grace.

ARC Giveaway: Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest


I’m collecting quite a collection of advance review copies, and the thought occurred to me that there are other people out there who would probably enjoy getting a chance to read Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest before it comes out in January 2015.

So, I’m going to hold a giveaway contest. Here are the rules:

1. Go to my review of the book.
2. Write a comment AT THAT PAGE (not on this post) in which you recommend three books that you think people who like Holly Black’s previous works would also like to read.
3. Your comment won’t appear immediately; I approve comments as an anti-spam measure. But I’ll review and approve all relevant comments by September 1st, at which time I’ll announce the winner.
4. My decision who to give the book to will be based on your comment and recommendations. I’ll judge which comment was most helpful and had the most interesting book recommendation.
5. When I’ve made my decision I’ll post the winner and contact him or her to get a mailing address. At which point it’ll be on its way to some lucky someone.

Let the fun begin.

Third time’s the trick

My coauthor, K.W. Gish, and I, are busy working on the sequel to Daughter of the Signs.

It’s an odd thing. This will actually be the third time we’ve been at this point — but then, twice, we decided that the first book needed reworking.

It’s a strange feeling now, looking back and seeing the difference between ‘ready’ and ‘we thought we were ready’.

Have a good fifteen pages we’ve both been over, and a whole load of stuff Kim wrote this summer that I’m now doing my phase of the process on.

Coauthoring is a strange process, too. You have to keep your ego out of it, and trust that your partner is working magic.

Usually that’s the way of it round this way. 🙂 So it’s a fun process.

But one that almost always brings surprises … to us. And hopefully (and pleasantly) for you, our future readers ..