The Man Who Invented Christmas

I finally got to see The Man Who Invented Christmas yesterday. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I think I was hoping for something more like Stranger Than Fiction, which is one of my fave movies ever, so that was probably too much to expect.

But at its heart, this tale about Dickens was entertaining, it felt period-authentic, and whether it was an accurate depiction of Dickens’ life or not, I don’t know. But they made me believe it! I liked that Dickens wasn’t painted as a saint, but rather a talented man with flaws and demons of his own.

Just like in A Christmas Carol, the ending of this movie made it all worthwhile. To discover that this single book influenced how people perceive the poor—as humans in need of help—and that this in turn caused an increase in charitable giving was amazing. Good job, Charles Dickens! Thank you for making an impact on our culture and for opening our eyes to those who have less than we do.

The 12 Days of Christmas begins with a Giveaway

Updated: Congrats to the winner of my giveaway, Anthony! And thank you to everyone who entered the contest!

In honor of my upcoming release, Fairytale Christmas, I’m hosting the 12 Days of Christmas. It all begins today. (Hurrah, cue cheering and confetti!)

Fairytale Christmas is a tale centered around ancient Celtic folklore. Outlander meets Sleeping Beauty in this historic, mythic tale with a dash of swoony romance.

Three thousand years ago, a war began between the immortals and the mortals. It’s a war that continues to this day…

Before history began, a legendary queen battled a foreign army, braved the death of her husband, and faced betrayal at the hand of someone she trusted. This is the story of Eire, Queen of the Faeries, the Immortal One, and the leader of the Tuatha de Danann.

To this day, her homeland, Ireland, bears her name, and this is the story of the war that drove the Immortal Ones into exile. It’s also the tale of how she found help from an unexpected place, leading her to a love like she had never known before.

Fairytale Christmas is a story that spans thousands of years. It’s also the beginning of all of our fairytales and legends; it’s where mortals and immortals survive because they love one another, proving that love is the greatest gift of all.

This is the first installment in the Saga of the Fair Folk, a journey that lasts until the end of time.

And to get this Christmas party started, I have a giveaway!

Chatting about books, plus some upcoming events

Hey, kittens!

Today, I’m chatting with Kester about books and writing over at LILbooKlovers. Here’s a link. Also, here’s a snippet from our convo…

6. As a veteran author with ten novels and three art books under your belt, how has your writing process evolved from your first book to your current book?

I’ve learned to accept my process, which at best is chaotic. I no longer criticize myself for not outlining or for hitting a blank wall or for throwing out thousands of words. If that’s what it takes to get to the heart of my story, then that’s what it takes.

[Yikes, I think I told him all my secrets…]



If you’re a local writer and you participated in NaNoWriMo2017, you might want to attend the upcoming panel on Dec. 2, in Orange, California. Here are some details about that event and I hope to see you there! [Whoa, I have to figure out what to wear, go over my notes, but wait I have a magazine to send to the printer this week and… this is the life of a writer!]

Thank Goodness It’s Over… Now What?

Join us for a panel featuring local authors who have participated in NaNoWriMo and have gone through the publishing process speaking on what happens after the first draft. We’ll be discussing revision and the different publishing pathways (self, indie, and traditional), as well as establishing writing habits and other “life of a writer” topics.

Panel featuring authors Sara Elizabeth Santana (The Awakened Duology) and Merrie Destefano (Lost Girls), hosted by Amber Morrell (NaNoWriMo North Orange County Municipal Liaison).

City of Orange Public Library Foundation

407 E Chapman Ave, Orange, California 92866


10 am – 11 am: Author Panel
11 am – 1 pm: TGIO Potluck Party

This event is a potluck! Please bring snacks to share.

Also, I wanted to remind everyone that today is the last of my Black Friday – Cyber Monday sale. If you want to grab one of these books at .99, today’s the day!

Please note, I have books featured in all of the below events.

And there are some other cool events going on that I’m participating in, as well. Here’s a link to the Book Blitz below. Today is the last day for this event.

Celebrate November by taking an adventure! This carefully curated list of Kindle Unlimited SciFi/Fantasy books is perfect for losing yourself in another world. Here’s a link to this event.

Looking for some new SciFi/Fantasy? You might discover a new world and new author to fall in love with in the event below. Link here.

Black Friday Cometh

Yikes. My first post on my brand new blog. Can you say starting over again? Ha. I’ve had soooo many blogs over the years, what’s one more? Well, I wanted to tell y’all about my current Black Friday-Cyber Monday and say, “Hi!”

Right now, every book on my website home page (HERE) is on sale for .99 each.

Short and sweet and to the point. But later, I’ll have some longer posts. So stop back!

Meanwhile, I’m off to do more Black Friday shopping myself…