Fun Friday: Fireworks


Every other Friday, the novelists of The Society of YA Storytellers blog on a common topic for fun or education, but mostly for fun. It’s called “Fun Friday” after all!


It’s Fun Friday! This week is about FIREWORKS; excerpts that explode with all sorts of feels. Drama…gotta love it!

I thought I’d share with you a scene from my current work in progress, House of Gammen. Oh yeah, that’s right. The FINAL book of the Midnight Guardian series. I love this scene, but it might not make it into the final draft. I thought I would share it here just in case. Continue reading “Fun Friday: Fireworks”

Surviving the Storm

On Friday evening, I arrived home and barely set my purse down before I heard the wind coming on like a freight train. With little warning, a storm with “hurricane-force” winds hit our region and left devastation and dark houses behind.

The miracle workers at AEP (Appalachain Electric Power) continue to work 16+ hour days to restore power under a record-breaking heat wave. I would like to send out a big THANK YOU to these folks. Our power came back yesterday – yeah! no more cold showers by glow stick!!

Seriously though, it could have been much worse than a cold shower. God watches over us, kiddos. I have no doubt about that.

So, back to business as usual. Because of the lack of power, phone, or even cell signal after the storm, I was unable to reveal the teaser trailer for Book 4, Shadows Rising, on Sunday as planned. So here it is…

Easter Eggs: Midnight Child

Happy Easter everyone! As has now become tradition, I present the 2nd annual Easter egg post. This year’s post is all about “Easter Eggs” (those little hidden treasures) in my newest book, Midnight Child, Book 3 in the Midnight Guardian series.

So, here are the stories behind the story. Enjoy!

frog princess ornament & decorating gingerbread men on Christmas Eve – Keira mentions to Brun that her favorite Christmas ornament is a frog princess. This is a reference to a new trilogy that I’ve been working on.

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This week’s YA Indie Carnival hot topic is The Hunger Games. Carnival writers and reviewers were asked to reap a boy and girl “tribute” to compete. Thinking on the Midnight Guardian Series, Brun and Broo Gammen immediately come to mind.

I know what you’re thinking. Yes, brother and sister against each other means big drama. However, these two have never been chummy. They despise each other and only work together when it’s of mutual benefit. They’ve squared off before.

BrooBroo strikes me as more of a Career. She has charisma, strength, and no remorse. Plus, she can shapeshift which would be the ultimate secret weapon in the arena.

BrunBrun would be more of an independent in the games. His fighting skill and speed would make him a fierce competitor, but his acute strategical prowess would put him over the top. He’d play more of a Haymitch thinking game and that smile would be bound to attract many sponsors.

By the way, I was among the insane masses who went to a midnight showing and it was AWESOME. It differs from the book several times. Some things are glaring like Buttercup is black and white. Really? His name is buttercup…a yellow cat named for a yellow flower. What were they thinking? Are there no yellow cats with a SAG card?

So, I still proclaim that the book was better; but the movie doesn’t disappoint. It’s definitely a must see. Violence is toned down greatly, the worst, in my opinion, being at the run for the cornicopia.

See what characters these participating authors would have in the games. And, as always, may the odds be EVER in your favor…

1. Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series 2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self 4. T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5. Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga 6. Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy
7. Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog 8. K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed
9. Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series 10. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
11. Dani Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews 12. Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
13. M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 14. Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind
15. Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls 16. Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler
17. Gwenn Wright, author of Filter 18. TG Ayer
19. Melissa Pearl, Author of The Time Spirit Trilogy 20. Heather M. White, author of The Destiny Saga
21. Roots in Myth, PJ Hoover 22. Courtney Cole Writes
23. Four Seasons of Writing: Variable like the Employment

YA Indie Carnival: Cover Love

This week’s carnival topic is Cover Love. Can you judge a book by its…you know the old song and dance.

First off, I have a group of three to recommend. These are three awesome covers that turned out to be three awesome reads. I bought them for their covers, but recommend them for the story inside.

Second, are three books whose covers have driven me into a frenzy. I’ve gotta read’em.

Third, is a special sneak peek at the cover for Midnight Child, Book 3 of the Midnight Guardian series which debuts in February.

3 Covers to Love with Stories to Match

Fairy Metal Thunder by J.L. Bryan
It’s the story of Jason who’s crushing on fellow bandmate Erin. Trying to impress her, he steals some magical instruments from the fairy realm. A lovable good guy, unexpected danger, and a concert that brings the house down…literally. Rock on!
Every Last Kiss by Courtney Cole
Long before the indie carnival pulled into town, I came across this book on Amazon. I was entranced by the cover and the story is equally intoxicating. Charmian, the handmaiden and confidant of Cleopatra, must sacrifice everything to set destiny straight just as she has done in every lifetime before and since.
The Reckoning by M. Leighton
This is a chilling and creative story. Carson’s transformation into a reaper and the drama and adventure that unfolds makes this a real page-turner.

Three Covers that Look Awesome…Can Hardly Wait to Read

Callum & Harper by Fisher Amelie releases Christmas Eve The Blue Stocking Girl by Gwenn Wright coming soon Existence by Abbi Glines releases December 13th

And now for the moment you’ve been waiting for…. (yes, I’m going to make you scroll for it)





Midnight Child, Book 3, Midnight Guardian YA Series