THE STONE GOD Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to show off the gorgeous cover for The Stone God, book one in my new Indulgence Series. Cover design is by Story Wrappers, and she blew me away with what she created. (And just wait ‘til you see what she did for books two and three!)

The Stone God (Indulgence Series 1) ebook and print releases May 24 and is available for pre-order now. Or, add it to your GoodReads shelf. Excerpts, contests, and goodies coming soon. Links below.

A god seeks vengeance for a love cruelly stolen. His weapon is a mortal named Terah Crane.

Terah Crane knows not to tempt the gods. A happy life—or at least an uncomplicated one—involves no gods at all. And since her loving grandfather bought her an Indulgence that exempts her from their service, she can focus on her other problems—the fact that her recent divorce has left her broke, unemployed, and reeling.

Seeking a fresh start, Terah packs everything she owns into her beat-up car and moves to her family’s empty country cottage—never mind that deadly firedrakes occasionally wander into the garden. When an unlikely flood carries a cracked pillar of stone from a nearby shrine right to Terah’s doorstep, it seems the gods demand her service after all.

The man trapped inside the monolith is still alive, and Terah’s reluctant task is to resurrect him, his godkiller of a sword—and his fury for vengeance.

The gods’ awesome powers are matched only by their careless, capricious whims—and vulnerable mortals are often the ones to suffer and die. Now, the gods are watching Terah, making her a pawn in their savage game. Her survival depends upon navigating a new world of peril and treachery, taking up a weapon, and making a fateful move of her own…

Coming home

So…I had the idea of an angry, vengeful man trapped in stone for centuries clear in my mind, but when I first sat down to write, it was the heroine of the story, Terah Crane, who spoke to me. I never considered starting the story in any other point of view.

She’s young—twenty-five—and has already made some wrong turns in her life. She has come home to start over. It’s not a spoiler (it happens on the first two pages) to reveal that a flood brings the stone man to her doorstep.

I saw her little house. She inherited it from her grandparents, and it still feels like them. It’s home in the way that smells and memories of younger versions of yourself are home. Also, the sense of family history is such an opportunity to reveal character: who Terah was then vs who she is now. And obviously, time (along with change and stasis) is a theme in the story.

My grandparents (mis abuelos) had a similar little two-bedroom house I visited many times throughout my childhood. The layout of Terah’s house is different, but the sense of close rooms filled with things from my grandparents’ life has always stuck with me. And my grandfather (Abuelo) had a tool shed out back, similar to how this little house has a tool shed. (Note: This is a fantasy world, and Terah doesn’t speak Spanish. But it felt weird to refer to mis abuelos as “grandparents.” My family on my mom’s side is Uruguayan.)

Anyway, the flood and the stone man were not the life restart Terah envisioned for herself. She was already at a low point, and this makes everything so much worse.

First, there’s the problem of the glut of water and all the damage it has done. Then, of course, there’s the man trapped in stone. (I do seem to torture my characters, don’t I?)

But far worse is that one of this world’s gods caused the flood.

I had so much fun creating the gods of this world, and next week, I’ll introduce the god of passion and fury. Do you have memories of a childhood home? Can you recall a sense of the space and the distinctive smells? The foods?

It started with an idea

In my mind’s eye, I saw a warrior frozen in time for so long that bits of debris and dust collect on his body and slowly encase him in stone. I saw the upright misshapen monolith of him clearly. I saw the seasons shift around him. I knew that he was not asleep and that he could somehow perceive the loss of each moment. I knew that time, the perfect weapon, would slowly take everything from him and leave in its inexorable wake only rage.

That’s it. That’s all. That was the initial idea for The Stone God (coming this May!).

But it left me with wonderful, juicy questions: Who did this to him? Why? And how would he get his vengeance?

I remember discussing the idea with a critique partner. And I drafted a few chapters so I could see the world, and I even sent those pages to beta readers. But other projects kept pulling me away, and I left him standing there, angry and alone.

Until one day, I rediscovered him. I frowned reading through the chapters. Scrapped most of what I had. Salvaged some.

And then I sent a flood to carry the stone man from his long-time standing place to the front steps of a small country house owned by a young woman, who just moved in and is trying to start her life over.

That woman is Terah Crane, my heroine. I’ll tell you more about her in the next post.

I’m Back!

I have a new book cover—for a brand new series—and I love it. The cover is up on my desktop so I can peek at it whenever I want. Which is often. Because I’m so excited. And terrified. Damn, it feels good to be putting stories out into the world again.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

I’ll slow down, back up, and start over. I’m back. Obviously. What was I doing all this time? Health stuff mostly. However, I’ve found my new normal, and with the help of my sweet husband Matt, my supportive and encouraging kids, and my tyrant of a dog, I’m writing again.

Correction: I’ve been writing because the first book, The Stone God, is coming out next month. It’s got gods and monsters and a slow-burn romance. I’ll tell you all about it once I have pre-order links, which will be soon. (Cue heart attack.)

And I’ve got a second brand new urban fantasy series (co-authored) coming out this summer. I can’t say more yet except that every time it’s my turn to work on it, I find myself grinning, or laughing, or cackling.

And I’m freshening up my backlist, starting with my Shadow Series books. They are getting a light revision and new covers, and they will be re-released this summer. I’ll send a newsletter when they are live, but you can see the new covers on my website now.

Speaking of which, I’ve got a smashing new website! It comes courtesy of Matt, who happens to be a web developer. It’s very handy having a tech person at home. Except he keeps fiddling with it.

I’m also opening my ARC team. Members get an advance copy of upcoming books for review. If you’re interested, look for a signup in an upcoming newsletter. If you were on my ARC team before, you should be getting an email from me this week.

Finally, I’ll be posting on this blog. I’ll make the same announcements here that I do in the newsletter, but I will also be more talky (writey?) about what I’ve been working on.

Harlow, laying at my feet, just grumbled at me. She has an impressive vocabulary in grumble. Her dictionary is titled The Trials and Tribulations of Harlow. Right now she’s saying, You’re done, Mom. I deserve a treat for all your hard work. We went through training school with her (twice! she failed the first time), but somehow, she ended up training us. How foolish of us to think it should be the other way around. 😉



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