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EASTER is going to be a little different this year.

In “Easter Peeps” an Easter egg hunt turns into more than just chocolate and marshmallow goodies in plastic eggs.  You don’t want to miss it.

Add to your Easter gathering with Scary Snippets: Easter Edition available on Amazon. Scary Snippets Easter






Dakota Star’s The Sweet Life is free April 10-14. Pure escapist romance! Find it on Amazon @ The Sweet Life

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Going a little crazy? Check out Asylum, which is full of short stories (including mine) that will help you pass the long hours. Asylum on Amazon

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Only have a few minutes? Check out my Sci Fi flash fiction “Boxes” on the Ripples in Space Podcast at RIS Podcast


Treat Yourself

Ready for something different this Valentine’s Day?

Grab a copy of 💟💟Scary Snippets: Valentine’s Day Edition.💔💔 And check out “A Good Date.” After everything, she just wanted one good date….


You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see. But you can’t close your heart, as it now belongs to me. This book will show you, the horror of our love. Forever and always, now bound by blood. Happy Valentine’s Day!  Pre-Order Now!

New Release! Asylum

It’s here! It’s here! Just in time to pre-order for the holidays. So excited to see my short story “Grave Correspondence” as part of the Asylum antholgy. Please download a copy for .99 from Amazon (links below).

Blurb: The year is 1890. The Barrow Haven Asylum is a private facility in rural England housing some of the country’s wealthiest insane. Some inmates are truly insane, some banished by family members, others perhaps feigning insanity and with questionable agendas. Ten stories of shock and suspense brought to you by ten of your favorite authors.



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Harry Williams searched desperately for the old fountain pen, but only a mass-produced writing implement poked out from under scattered papers on the desk in his private quarters. He needed to find the old pen. Any letter he wrote with it turned out different, as if the prose took on a life. And the pen had a will of its own as well. Foolish thoughts of an insane man, but it was true. Who would have thought letter writing would have paved his way to the asylum? Harry had become a source of embarrassment to his well-off family, and now he was a joke within the walls of the asylum. His family considered some of his activities, including his obsessive letter writing, rather inappropriate, but Harry couldn’t stop. Fascinated by the rebels, the artists and the outliers, his letters helped him gauge humanity. But the pen had other ideas for Harry. When the pen goes missing the same day a resident is found dead, Harry realizes it’s up to him to determine if the pen is possessed by evil or if someone inside the hospital is a murderer. As if solving a murder is not enough, a letter he wrote with the fountain comes back return to sender. Harry assumes evil has come for his soul, but he’s determined to uncover what’s going on at Barrow Haven before death arrives.
Grab your copy today for only .99 on Amazon!

To Watch or Not

Summer is upon us and that means plenty of time to binge watch shows.  Here are a few to consider or not…

Horror/Supernatural/Dark Comedy/Etc.


Yes! Top pick. Really enjoyed the first episode and hope the show keeps up the momentum.  Great casting with Vic, a working class Massachusetts’ teen, who has the supernatural ability to find lost things. This includes evil. Creepy and human in all the right ways.

Lucifer Season 4 (Netflix)

Yes! Netflix did a good job getting this show back on track. I loved season one but then quickly lost interest. Too many new characters were added, especially supernaturals. The plot strayed from the crime cases and love interest between Lucifer and Chloe, which was why I watched. Season four is solid with only a few minor missteps. I hope it continues.

The Silence (Netflix)

Meh++++. Prehistoric creatures hunt human prey by sound. A deaf teenager and her family try to survive and find safety. If you liked A Quiet Place, you’ll enjoy this movie. I thought it had less plot holes but lacked some of the suspense of A Quiet Place.

The Discovery of Witches (AMC)

Meh. I have to say I went in with high expectations, excited to watch the show, but the books are so much better. Read them instead. Weak characters who fall in love too quickly. Diana Bishop is a witch who doesn’t want her powers, but somehow she accesses to a book, Ashmole 782, that all the supernaturals want. Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode) plays a vampire who offers help and more. I like Matthew Goode, but he doesn’t do it for me as an ancient, mysterious vampire.

Dead to Me (Netflix)

Meh. Christina Applegate does a good job as a grieving woman who lost her husband in a hit-and-run accident, but I couldn’t connect with the characters, their over-the-top grief, or the decisions they made. After two episodes I wasn’t invested and called it quits.



90 Days the Other Way (TLC)

Yes! I love this train wreck of a show. I can’t believe what people will do to have a significant other. A sixty-year old woman develops true feelings with a thirty-year old Indian man. Why not move to India with a life savings of only $6000 to be with him? Nothing could go wrong. Marry that man in South Africa with a gambling addiction and criminal record? Why not. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Isn’t It Romantic (Netflix)

Yes! Critics didn’t like it, but I did. I went into the movie thinking I would hate Isn’t It Romantic and turn it off after a few minutes, but I got caught up. Natalie (Rebel Wilson), an architect,  is overlooked on the job. Knocked unconscious during a mugging, she wakes to find herself the leading lady in a romantic comedy. I enjoyed the satire that pointed out the flaws of romantic comedies while also acknowledging why people love them.

Always Be My Maybe (Netflix)

Meh +++. No surprises but worth watching. A cute, feel good romantic comedy. Childhood sweethearts don’t speak for 15 years. Sasha, a successful chef, runs into Marcus, who works with his dad in their heating and cooling business. Sparks erupt but time and career choices keep them apart. Not much substance but the acting by Ali Wong and Randall Park was on target. I enjoyed it.

Bachelorette (ABC)

Meh. I love to hate it. All the characters keep this season moving along at a decent pace. The men are testosterone filled and Hannah is as silly as she is crazy. DVR the sucker so you can skip the commercials and the boring conversations.  

Wine Country (Netflix)

Yuck. A huge fan of Parks and Rec, I had high hopes for this. I was irritated right from  the start at how frumpy all the characters appeared and how cliche the script was from lost jobs to horrible husbands. As a woman of a certain age, I hope this is not my future.