Looks like my main character

When I was searching for gifs, I stumbled upon an anime character (looks-wise) that reminds me a lot of my mc in VILLAIN KEEPER and QUEST MAKER – Caden, eighth-born prince of Razzon in the Winterlands of the Greater Realm and currently of Asheville, NC.

First, Caden has an enchanted blue coat with gold and silver embroidery. On the book cover it has white trim…

looks like Caden

Second, if he had to dump water over his head, I believe he’d do it with a similar dignity.

Now, I need to find the rest of my character anime/manga lookalikes. It’s like a quest.

(And I just need to track down this anime and watch it! Although, then the character may look less like Caden, but that’s okay.)

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October Goodreads Giveaway

I ended up with one more Advance Reader copy of QUEST MAKER so I decided a Happy Halloween month October Goodreads Giveaway for it and for a copy of book one VILLAIN KEEPER. Enter here to win book one and here to win book two.

ghosts dancing


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First Review for Book Two…

Yay! It was great to see this from Kirkus for book two QUEST MAKER in my The Last Dragon Charmer series. I’m really excited about the second book so I hope others will be too. Beware, though, spoilers abound in the middle paragraph of the review!


Cover #2

Cover #2

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Books and Bears!

I visited The Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville, NC recently – a cool bookstore in a great town – for the bookstore’s Bookapalooza event. I got distracted by books and fun stuff inside the store and forgot to take pictures, but I got nice shot out front the next day.


Then I had to go get pictures of many of the Hendersonville Bears. For instance, there was the ice cream bear in front of the Kilwin’s chocolate shop:


And there was the baseball bear in front of the bar/grill. I didn’t eat there this time, but there is always next time.


I used instagram to combine some photos of the main street. Like many thing, I’m still figuring instagram out. But look at the shops and the bears! My mom and I are in a few of these too. Mainly posing beside artsy bears.


All and all, I great visit to a great town!

Hi panda

And Goodbye for now!

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UNC SILS Workshop

Click on the slide!I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in May, 2000!  I’m excited to get to come back and chat about writing and my books. Come by the SILS Library in Manning Hall today at 5pm to join us.

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Rearranging things.

I’m considering rearranging my website/blog a bit. Now that I’ve been posting fairly regularly, I feel like things could be divided and organized better. However. If I do that, I may have to add more categories across the top of the page, and that might look jumbled. Mainly, it sounds like it might be a lot of work. Ah well. Decisions, decisions. I’ll do it. Soon. I think. Maybe. I just need to sit at my desk and NOT take a nap on the floor…

Falling over

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Unleashing Readers Guest Post

The wonderful Unleashing Readers blog let me write a guest post for them. It was put up today! Check it out at the link below and read all their great articles and reviews as well.  It’s a site full of good and interesting information and book stuffs.

Unleashing Readers

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Flash Fiction for Fun on Sunday

After a great time instructing the Write-On Camp at the Weymouth Center in Southern Pines earlier in the week, I’ll be doing a condensed version for kids in Asheville at Spellbound Children’s Bookshop this Sunday, August 9th, at 2pm. Come and join us for storytelling and story writing. To celebrate, I wrote the following.

Stories short and often sweet,

some no longer than a tweet,

in a flash write them down, 

tomorrow, 2pm, at Spellbound

NOTE: Don’t worry. That’s the only almost poem I’ll write today.

flash again

NOTE #2: Flash!

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Goodreads Giveaway Two.

To celebrate my box of advance copies of QUEST MAKER: The Last Dragon Charmer #2, I put up two giveaways on Goodreads. The first is for a signed hardcover of VILLAIN KEEPER: The Last Dragon Charmer #1 and is running from August 1-August 7. The second is for an ARC of QUEST MAKER: The Last Dragon Charmer #2. It’ll be up from August 2nd-August 8th.

Was staring at it for like 5 minutes... - Imgur

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The Contents and Acknowledments Dragon is Getting Angry

Content Dragon 2Above is the new art for the Contents and Acknowledgements pages in QUEST MAKER: The Last Dragon Charmer #2 and the dragon is getting a bit riled up!  It looks like it’s ready to eat someone. ROAR!  It’s standing up, wings spread, and reading to attack!Dragon Picture

This is the dragon as it is hanging out in VILLAIN KEEPER: The Last Dragon Charmer #1.  It’s still a bit ornery, but hasn’t spread its wings or turned to hiss at the reader yet. Those contents and acknowledgments pages must make it hungry. And in book two, it must be ravenous.

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