Thursday, May 29, 2014

COVER REVEAL and a Trailer!!

So happy I can finally share my book cover with you all!!!! And now that I can, I'm also sharing my BOOK TRAILER!!!

I think my publisher and cover artist did a fantastic job. What do you think??

So what's BYRONIC about, you say? Read on, McDuff:

When the creatures in her dark drawings come to life, Chelsea finds that the mysterious Geoff is the only person she can confide in. But she can't help wondering who she’s kissing: her tender confidant or the dangerous Byronic rebel bent on shocking his detached father.

Starting over in the South Carolina Lowcountry is just what sixteen-year-old Chelsea needs. Unfortunately, moving also means living with her mom's snobbish British novelist employer and his moody son Geoffrey. Knowing that her new home likely used to be a slave holding plantation doesn't make her feel any more at home.

Troubled and reckless after his brother's mysterious death, Geoff often mimics his father’s literary favorite, Lord Byron, acting "mad, bad, and dangerous to know." She's determined to keep her distance and buries herself in her art, though the darkness of her drawings troubles her and others who see them. When people in the Gullah and Geechee community point out that she has been drawing Boo Hags and haints -powerful and terrifying creatures of local legend and superstition- she starts to wonder about her own heritage and her connection to the Sea Islands. She begins to question her own grasp on reality when it seems those creatures start making their way out of her drawings and into real life.

It's clear that Geoff has some secrets of his own, but he might be the only person she can confide in. Chelsea must decide who she can trust, when nothing in the Lowcountry is what it seems.

Available June 24, 2014!!

And now for that book trailer preview I promised you:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Creepy Quickies

I love the way a good horror story can be created with the right tone and just a few words. For today's Web-find Wednesday, here are some creepy quickies, because one can never have too many...

From Two Sentence Horror Stories (reblogged from

Ever hear a kid say something incredibly frightening?

From 20 Creepy Things Little Kids Have Said To Their Poor Babysitters. (reblogged from HYCS)

1. A few years ago, I was putting my friend’s daughter to bed for the night.

She was about 3 at the time, and she was fighting going to sleep. She asked me why she had to go to bed, and I said “Because it is late and it’s time for little girls to get a good night’s rest.” She then pointed at nothing across the room and said, “What about that little girl?”

2. Two years ago, I was looking through my elementary school yearbook with my 5 year old cousin…

When we came to a page with a 2nd grade class, she pointed to a boy’s photo and said, “That looks just like Nicolas!” When I asked who Nicolas was she just said “The boy in my closet,” and kept on looking through the pictures. I almost died.

3. Little kids know stuff, man.

My niece is 4 and talks about her “older sister” constantly. She is always talking to her too. She is an only child and has no idea her mother had a previous pregnancy a few years back that was a mid-term loss. Weirds me out something major.

4. I was heading to the bathroom on the second floor of my aunt’s house when I saw my cousin, April, on the stairs.

April was four and very animated. She was busy making funny faces while sitting on the stairs. I asked her what she was doing. She said, “I’m copying the lady with the braid.”

I looked around, there was no one else but us. I asked, “where is the lady, April?” She pointed to a beam running parallel to the stairwell.

I asked April, “what is the lady doing?”

She said, “Makin’ funny faces.”

I started walking up the stairs again when April said something that stopped me in my tracks.

“Her braids is around her neck.”

I turned back and asked April to repeat herself.

April pointed, “the lady is hanging by her braid… She’s making funny faces.” Then April started making a face which I then realize was it someone gasping for air.

5. I was looking after Jack (A five year old) who said a man named Jacob who dressed like a lumber jack was sitting next to me on the couch.

He must have seen the shock in my face, and said “Don’t worry, he doesn’t have any arms.”


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

An Artsy Fartsy Word Site

Here's a website that's new-to-me for today's Web-find:

One of my students introduced me to the site and now I'm hooked. Similar to Wordle, another great word webpage, Tagxedo appeals to me on many levels. First, I can import text from whatever I'm digging at the moment. Second, it lets me manipulate the text into images of my choice. And last but not least, I can change colors, fonts, etc. in a very user-friendly format. It even lets you see your history just in case you change your mind and decide to return to a previous masterpiece. I found that posting to social media is easy, and you can download without any problems in a variety of file sizes.

Here's my masterpiece…


Lord Byron in text from the description for my YA romance, BYRONIC. 

Isn't he handsome??? (Squint just a lil' bit.)

Have fun with some word art!