Counting Down the Days

Unspoken_revised (1)Only two weeks until Unspoken will be on bookstore shelves, and everyone will be able to read about Della’s struggle to prove her dad’s innocence (even though it really looks like he’s guilty). The smart-mouthed vamp really has her work cut out for her this time! Not to mention having to deal with Chase and Steve–and even Burnett, who doesn’t seem to trust her to cross the street on her own.

I hope you’ve pre-ordered you copy, so you’ll be able to start reading Unspoken on October 27th. And I hope once you finish it, you’ll remember to write honest reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc.

To get you ready for Unspoken’s release, I thought I’d share some quotes this week:

“Sorry,” Della said. “I think I’m allergic to perverts. I get involuntary knee jerks.” (Are you wondering what she hit with that knee?)

“In the last twenty-four hours I’ve committed breaking and entering and grand theft auto. And assault and battery might be included. I’m at the limit for committing crimes.”  (Man-oh-man Della stays in trouble in Unspoken!)

“No jumping off tall buildings or bench pressing cars.  Keep your fangs in. You understand?”  (Duh, when had Della ever been good at keeping her fangs in?  Who do you think said this?)

“I’m going to bed. I don’t want to commiserate. I don’t want a diet soda.  I don’t want to explain why it feels like the awkward fairy just came down here and pissed all over the room.” (Della tells it like it is!)

“If you hurt Della one more time, I’m going to remove your boy parts, grind them up, and feed them to the hungry rats and scorpions. Is that clear?”(Aren’t you curious as to who said this and who it was being said to?)

Pre-order Unspoken today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

Don’t Forget!

October 24th. I’ll be at Spook-Tacular at the Grand Palace, 314-A Pruitt Road, Spring, TX 77380, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. Books will be sold onsite and you may bring up to two books from home to be signed. There will be lots of giveaways and I’ll be holding a drawing for five ARCs of Unspoken. Costumes are encouraged! For ticket information go to Spook-Tacular.

October 30th, I’ll be at Katy Budget Books, 2450 Fry Rd, Katy, TX 77084, 6:00-8:00 PM. Be one of the first twenty fans to purchase a copy of Unspoken at the book signing and you’ll get a free Born to Read t-shirt. Pre-orders will count towards the t-shirt giveaway, but you do have to be present at the even to receive one. Everyone who buys a copy of Unspoken at the signing will be entered into a drawing where I’ll be giving away five signed ARCs of Almost Midnight. For more information go to Katy Budget Books.

So if you live in the Houston area, come on by Spook-Tacular and Katy Budget Books. I’d love to meet you!


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A Vampire and a Werewolf…

As you probably know, the third and final book in Della’s series, Unspoken, will be released Oct. 27th. I’m getting so excited! But I’m also very pleased about the February 2nd release of Almost Midnight. I’ve gotten so many emails from fans who don’t have e-readers, but want to be able to read my e-novellas. Almost Midnight is a print book that will contain all of my e-novellas as well as one bonus novella about Frederike. But it will also be available as an ebook as well. I just got the cover blurb from my publisher and I wanted to share it with you.

AlmostMidnight[2]A vampire and a werewolf who never fit in. A witch whose spells don’t always work as planned.  And a mysterious new guy who’s hiding something. Together they will discover who they’re meant to be…

Hidden from the human world, Shadow Falls is a secret camp for teens with supernatural powers. But for four very different teens, it’s much more than just a camp—it’s where their destinies will unfold.

Independent and strong-willed Della Tsang didn’t believe in vampires…until she became one. Chase Tallman is the newest member of Shadow Falls, but what made him into the sexy, mysterious vampire he is today? And what led him to Della Tsang? For Miranda Kane, magic has always been something she’s struggled with—until she finally has a chance to prove herself a witch to be reckoned with.  And for Fredericka Lakota, the one guy who challenges her the most will lead her to the life she’s always wanted.

Yes, that’s right! Several of you guessed the bonus novella was about Fredericka. And for a special treat, here is the beginning of her story, Fierce.


Chapter One


Fredericka Lakota slipped the polished hammered wolf pendant on the silver chain, and hung it up.Stepping back, she. . . frowned.She was a better artist in her head than she was in the flesh.But wasn’t that appropriate?She was better at everything in her head—even a better person—than she was in life, too.

Not a good person,but better than most people considered her.But people were like jewelry, the quality depended on what you were made of.She hadn’t come from great stock.

Not that she wasn’t pure-blooded werewolf.Any supernatural could tell that by looking at her pattern.But her parents had been rogue.Or at least her father had, she’d never known her mother.

She stepped back and looked at her ten jewelry sets. At the bottom of the black velvet display case she’d made was her logo painted in silver script:Ricka Lakota Designs.

Ricka because Fredericka was too long.In time, she supposed the nickname wouldn’t bother her.

Was her work good enough to show in a gallery?

In the morning she’d take her entire collection into Fallen, where after viewing her work, Brandon Dee, the owner of the new gallery in Fallen, would either invite her to sell her wares in the new business, or she’d be told to take a hike.

He planned to pick ten individuals’ works to display in his gallery.

However, he’d warned her in an e-mail that he’d already had two other jewelry artists make appointments and only wanted one.

She didn’t know shit about Brandon Dee—she guessed he was human. Was he even qualified to judge her work?What if he didn’t like it?Or didn’t like her?She wasn’t what anyone would call likable.Raised a rogue, always a rogue.So many supernaturals believed it. And she’d given up trying to prove people wrong.

All of asudden she heard footsteps.The workshop located behind Holiday’s cabin was off the beaten path.Fredericka didn’t get a lot of company, which was exactly why she liked it.The only one who’d seen her work was Holiday.Which was another reason the interview frightened Fredericka.

Moving to the opened the window, she pulled air through her nose to see who trotted through the woods toward her.Instead of picking up a scent first, she heard the rush of waterfalls.What the heck?She’d woken up in the middle of the night hearing it, too.

Then catching the scent, Fredericka hurried over to the chair where her long-sleeved shirt lay and slipped it on over her tank top.

She’d barely gotten the shirt on when Kylie, a chameleon, the rarest species of supernatural, knocked.“Fredericka?”

The door swished open.Fredericka shot in front of the display.Her shirt slipped off her shoulder but she snagged it back before Kylie’s gaze went there. “What?”

“Holiday sent me,” Kylie said. “Someone’s at the office to see you.”

“You must have misunderstood.” Fredericka stepped forward, hoping the girl would step out.No such luck.

“I don’t think so.” Kylie made an apologetic face.

Oh, please, no one had come to see Fredericka. Case in point, she’d been here six months and hadn’t had one visitor. On Parents’ Day she always found a place to hide out.The last thing she wanted was for her peers to start feeling sorry for her.That was worse than them judging her.

Kylie remained in the doorway. “Holiday said she tried to call you, but you didn’t answer.She texted me and asked me to see if you were here.”

Fredericka pulled her cell phone from her back pocket.It was out of battery again.

“Then let’s go,” Fredericka said, certain Kylie had misunderstood the reason Fredericka was being summoned, but eager to get the girl out of her private haven.

Fredericka gave another wave toward the door.Kylie leaned to the right.

“Wow! Did you make those?” The girl moved around Fredericka.She touched a necklace.Fredericka almost told her to keep her paws to herself.

“Ricka Lakota Designs,” Kylie read then looked back.“Ricka.I like that.Is that your nickname?”

“No.” Fredericka emotionally flinched.And after hearing the name from someone’s lips, she knew her next order of business was to change her logo.

“Can we go?” She motioned to the door for the second time.

“Sorry.” Kylie backed out.

Fredericka locked the door.Kylie waited to walk with her.Any other person would have skedaddled, especially after Fredericka had been so curt.But Kylie wasn’t just anyone.

Not only was she the rarest of supernaturals, who could go invisible—and yeah, Fredericka had actually seen her do it—but unlike so many of those here, she was the type who tried to see good in everyone.The poor thing had to look long and hard before she spotted any in Fredericka.Especially considering they’d had a rocky start.Like boulder-size rocky.

Kylie had taken the one guy Fredericka had thought she loved.Key word, thought.Not that Fredericka held it against Kylie now.Lucas had been the one pursuing the relationship. Fredericka had come to see that.

They started down the path.The cool breeze, scented with wet earth, whispered through the trees and brought with it the sound of rushing water again.

Fredericka stopped and glanced back in the woods. “Do you hear that?”

Kylie stopped and glanced over her shoulder. “Hear what?”

“The water.”

Kylie’s eyes widened as if Fredericka had asked something weird. “You hear the falls?”

“Yeah. Why?Is that bad or something?”

“No, it’s just . . .”

“Just what?” Fredericka asked.

“Usually, when you hear the falls, it’s calling you.”
“Why would it call me?” Fredericka asked.

“Normally, it’s when the death angels are trying to communicate with you.”

“Oh, I have nothing to say to them.”

“I don’t think they call you to the falls to punish you,” she said, reading Fredericka’s fear.

Fredericka’s shoulders tightened.She didn’t like being read.And she sure as hell didn’t want to be called. “Well, if they want me, they’ll have to text me.” And she hoped like hell they didn’t. The death angels were spirits who held supernaturals responsible for their actions.Fredericka had more than her share of negative checkmarks on her conduct card.

Kylie shrugged and they continued on.Before they even got past Holiday’s cabin, the girl spoke again.“Why don’t you want anyone to see your work?It’s amazing.I’d give anything to have talent like that.”

Call it stupid, but the compliment fell like soft rain on Fredericka. “How about I swap you my jewelry-making talent for the ability to go invisible?”

Kylie laughed. “It’s not nearly as cool as it seems.”

“You aren’t gonna convince me,” Fredericka said.

“Seriously,” Kylie said. “That necklace was gorgeous.”

“Thanks.I guess I’ll know for sure tomorrow.”

“What’s happening tomorrow?” Kylie sounded genuinely interested.

Fredericka didn’t have a clue why she did it, but she told her about the interview.

“Oh, you are so gonna get it!”

“I hope so,” Fredericka said, and got a buzz of excitement talking about it.Right then, she realized the reason she might not have told anyone about her work was because she didn’t have friends.Or at least, she didn’t have girlfriends.She hung out with the guys.And face it, those guys weren’t interested in her jewelry making.

Not that she needed anyone to be interested.She simply got along better with boys.Girls could be bitches.

For a while, a rumor spread around the school that she was gay. But nope.She was totally into the opposite sex.In particular, Edward.

Almost if Kylie read her mind, she asked, “So how are things with you and Mr. Kearns?
“Good,” Fredericka said, but they’d be so much better when school was out.Edward Kearns, a full were, taught history at the Academy.Only two years older than she, the guy took her breath away the first time she’d laid eyes on him.Smart and sexy.She’d never been a history fan until now.

He’d acknowledged his attraction to her, but insisted they only be friends until she graduated.The wait was killing her.Meanwhile, they met every day after school, and she’d listen to him talk about all his trips to see historic places—Paris, Rome, Egypt.If it had history, Edward had been there or wanted to go there.Someday she hoped to go with him, too.

“How good?”Kylie smiled in that way girls did when they wanted you to tell them a secret.

“We’re just friends,” Fredericka said.

“Well, think how good it will be when you move it to that next stage.You two will know everything about each other.”

“Yeah.”It hit her that while she’d gotten to know a lot about Edward, he didn’t know much about her.Not his fault.She wasn’t exactly forthcoming.

She’d almost told him yesterday about her jewelry, but had chickened out.He wasn’t like the male were students.But face it, the man got excited about pyramids, about Notre Dame.Her biggest fear was that he’d think her passion for jewelry was silly.And that was the last way she wanted him to see her.

“This is where I drop off,” Kylie said when they got to the main path, obviously going back to her cabin.Her smile came off so real and it made Fredericka wish that she could be like other girls and have close friends.The way Kylie was with her witch and vampire roommates.

“I want to hear how things go tomorrow.Good luck.”

Fredericka nodded, then instantly realized the downside of having shared her secret.If her work didn’t get accepted, everyone would know she’d failed.Why hadn’t she just kept her mouth shut?

Fredericka took off, her pace faster than it had been in the morning.With a full moon coming soon, her strength grew greater daily.

“Hey.” Kylie’s call had Fredericka glancing over her shoulder. “You may want to mention to Holiday about hearing the falls.”

“Yeah,” Fredericka said, but she wouldn’t. She wanted to forget about that.

As she got closer to the office, she wondered exactly what it was that Holiday wanted, because no one could be here to see her.But when she stepped on the front porch, she caught the trace of another were.A familiar trace.

She curled her hands into fists.

What the hell did Marissa Canzoni want?Her gaze shot back to the trail.She didn’t have to face this.Her feet were poised to swing around, when she remembered she’d stopped running from her problems a long time ago.

Bracing herself for whatever shit Marissa had dug up and the emotional backlash that seeing her would bring, she walked into Holiday’s office.


You can pre-oreder Almost Midnight at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

You also pre-order Unspoken at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Kobo. Then you can enter my Unspoken contest. I’m giving away a Kindle Fire HD 8 to one lucky fan who pre-orders Unspoken and I’m giving away three Born to Read t-shirts to three others. All you have to do is pre-order Unspoken, then follow this link to enter: Kindle Giveaway! (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to US residents.)

And don’t forget about my What Would You Do Contest! What would you do for a signed Unspoken ARC?  Send me a video, an email or a picture showing me what you would do, and I’m giving away ten signed Unspoken ARCs.  And the top three contestants will also win $50 gift cards.  You don’t have to make a video to enter, but videos may score higher.  You can post your video to You Tube and send us a link or send it directly to Here’s an example of a video just to get you started: What Would You Do?  (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to US residents.)

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HUGE Giveaway!!

Unspoken_revised (1)Have you pre-ordered your copy of Unspoken, yet? Well, you might just want to do that since I’m having a big giveaway open only to those who have pre-ordered their copies.

I’m giving away a Kindle Fire HD 8 to one lucky fan who pre-orders Unspoken and I’m giving away three Born to Read t-shirts to three others. All you have to do is pre-order Unspoken, then follow this link to enter: Kindle Giveaway!




I’m going to get pretty busy here promoting Unspoken. It will be released in less than a month! To get ready, I’ll be appearing at several book signings in the Houston, TX area. I hope I’ll see you there.

October 24th. I’ll be at Spook-Tacular at the Grand Palace, 314-A Pruitt Road, Spring, TX 77380, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. Books will be sold onsite and you may bring up to two books from home to be signed. There will be lots of giveaways and I’ll be holding a drawing for five ARCs of Unspoken. Costumes are encouraged! For ticket information go to Spook-Tacular.

October 30th, I’ll be at Katy Budget Books, 2450 Fry Rd, Katy, TX 77084, 6:00-8:00 PM. Be one of the first twenty fans to purchase a copy of Unspoken at the book signing and you’ll get a free Born to Read t-shirt. Pre-orders will count towards the t-shirt giveaway, but you do have to be present at the even to receive one. Everyone who buys a copy of Unspoken at the signing will be entered into a drawing where I’ll be giving away five signed ARCs of Almost Midnight. For more information go to Katy Budget Books.

So come on by Spook-Tacular and Katy Budget Books. I’d love to meet you!

New Contest!

What would you do for a signed Unspoken ARC?  Send me a video, an email or a picture showing me what you would do, and I’m giving away ten signed Unspoken ARCs.  And the top three contestants will also win $50 gift cards.  You don’t have to make a video to enter, but videos may score higher.  You can post your video to You Tube and send us a link or send it directly to Here’s an example of a video just to get you started: What Would You Do?

The top entries will also be posted on my blog.  Get a little crazy and have fun. Deadline for entries is October 11th, so get busy!

(Sorry, but I have to limit this contest to US residents only.)

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Unspoken Excerpt

Unspoken_revised (1)Unspoken will be out next month on October 27th. I hope you have all pre-ordered your copies so you won’t miss a minute of Della’s latest adventure. Pre-order Unspoken today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

I’ve been posting teasers from Unspoken the last few weeks, but this week, I have a special treat for you–the first scene from Unspoken. Enjoy!

Chapter One


The sound of the door swishing open filled the small space.Before Della Tsang heard the footsteps, the scent filled her nose.Another vampire.But not just any vampire . . .


Chase Tallman.The guy she was regrettably bonded with.The guy who’d given her his blood to ensure she’d survive a rare second turn into vampirism that had made her a Reborn—a stronger kick-ass vampire who attracted ghosts. Not that she’d asked for it, or would have wanted it—especially the ghost part.

His footsteps brought him into the closet-sized room.The door whooshed closed.Her heart thumped against her breast bone.

She’d been to hell and back looking for him.Had even gone to France to find him, with no luck.

And now he just shows up.


In the ladies’ bathroom at Whataburger.

The door in the stall next to hers opened and shut.Surely he wasn’t . . . He didn’t intend to . . . The sound of someone stepping on the toilet lid echoed.

He did.

She glared up.He peered down at her over the stall wall.His dark brown hair looked a little longer.His bright green eyes were glowing with humor.

“Fancy meeting you here.”He smiled, no doubt at her position—knees bent, locked, her tush hanging two inches above the pot, her jeans down to mid-thigh.Thank goodness her light blue top was long and flared and covered her lady business.

She jerked up and zipped.Never taking her eyes off him, but wishing she had her hands on him.Like her fingers around his throat.He wouldn’t be smiling then.

“No paperwork?” he teased.

He thought this was funny?Seriously?Did the guy want to die?Did he not have a clue how much his deceit had hurt her?

If she didn’t need information, she’d kill him.And she’d make it slow and painful.

But she needed information, needed to find her uncle, the man who’d killed her aunt, and was letting her father go down for the murder.And Chase had that info.Had it from the start, and had lied about it.

She’d recently learned the truth. The man Chase referred to as Eddie, the man who had taken him in when he was fourteen and helped him through his first turn, and bonded with him on the second turn, was Della’s uncle.

Who sent you?She’d asked Chase that a thousand times.And a thousand times he’d lied.

As much as she hated admitting it, she understood Chase’s loyalty to the man.Not only was Eddie his father figure, but she knew better than anybody how a vampire blood bond could mess with your head and your emotions.But Chase’s loyalty to her uncle meant he’d been disloyal to her.He’d made that choice.And she’d be damned if she’d let her own father go to prison for her uncle’s sin.

Bolting out of the stall at the same time he did, she cornered all six feet of him.Her pulse raced with fury.

He held his palms up, shoulders tight, but his eyes exhibited no fear.Instead his pools of green still held a touch of tease.Oh, how she wanted to teach him a lesson.She leaned in, putting her face in his, letting him know she wasn’t intimidated by him.

A move she instantly regretted.This close, his masculine scent all around her, the lure, the attraction, all of which she blamed on the bond, chipped away at her sanity.She fought it.Didn’t want it.

“What are you so happy about?” she growled.

“You,” he said.“Being around you makes me happy.”

She flattened her palm on his chest, ready to give him a good thump into the wall.

“Wait,” he said.

“For what?” she seethed.

His lips twitched into a bigger smile.He pointed to the wall behind his shoulder.“The sign says you need to wash your hands.”

That did it.Her canines came out to play.Her eyes stung, a tell-tale sign that her dark brown irises, inherited from her Asian father, were growing brighter.

“I’m not an employee.” She stared him dead in the eyes.His disloyalty stung.“How’s Feng, my uncle?”

The playfulness vanished and damned if guilt didn’t fill those pools of green.“I was going to tell you.”

“Sure you were.”

“I wouldn’t . . .”He stopped talking as if the words didn’t sound right.It took her about two seconds to realize what he’d been about to say.

“Wouldn’t what? Lie to me?All you’ve ever done is lie.”

“Della?” her name being called from the other side of the door barely registered.The fact that she was in vamp mode hardly concerned her.Or rather, when it did bring on a distress signal, it was too late.The bathroom door swung open.

Chase, in a quick swoop, swapped places with her and used his arm to hide her face from Lilly’s view.However, the way he leaned in, his hand on the wall, his lips inches from hers, gave the impression they were making out—swapping spit—in a bathroom.Oh, yeah, like that was something she’d actually do.Everyone knew what kinds of germs hung out in public restrooms.

“What . . . ?Della?” Lilly, her former human friend, blurted out as if shocked.The girl rose on her tiptoes to see over Chase’s shoulder.“Is that . . . you?”

Della glanced to the side to hide her eyes and canines.“Yeah.”

“Oh, my,” Lilly said.“And who are . . . you?”

No doubt the question was meant for Chase.Della didn’t glance up at his expression, but she knew he’d put on his charm:all smiles and good ol’ boy innocent eyes.“I’m a friend.”His voice still held on to the tease.

“Looks like you’re a good friend,” Lilly said in a playful tone.“Are you the notorious Steve?”

Chase’s shoulders tightened.His gaze shot to Della, the humor in his eyes fading to hurt, maybe even jealousy.

Not that he had any right to feel it.

Della forced her fangs in, and attempted to calm her inner vamp.“No, he’s just someone I know from Shadow Falls.”

Feeling under control, she nudged Chase back, giving herself a couple of inches, but no more.Not enough room for him to slide out.She focused on Lilly and motioned to Chase.“We need to talk. Can you give us—”

“No,” Chase said.“I just wanted to say hi.I’ll swing by your place later.”

“No.” She cut him a cold glare.He was not getting away.Della grabbed his arm, her grip locked around his bicep.“I’d prefer to chat now.”She slapped a smile on her face for Lilly’s sake.

“Don’t be silly.It’s a girl’s night out.” He gently pried her fingers free with ease.

Then before she knew his intent, he’d planted a quick kiss on her lips.His tongue swiped across her bottom lip, making her knees weak.That taste . . . That quick taste of him had her breath hitching.Her body humming.Her heart wanting.And she hated her own weakness.

She inhaled, fighting the bond while at the same time resisting the urge to go full vamp on his ass again.But before she could figure out her next move, he’d moved out the door.Gone.

Lilly, whom Della hadn’t even thought about in a year, leaned against the wall.She stared in shock at his quick exit.“Wow, he’s fast.”Then she giggled and shook her finger at Della. “Now, now, Miss Tsang.I think you’re keeping secrets.”

Ya think? Della wanted to scream.The first secret was a real doozy.Della was no longer human.Hence the reason she lived at Shadow Falls, a boarding school for supernaturals.If not for the trouble at home, she’d still be at school—with friends who understood and didn’t judge her for downing a glass of blood every now and then.

She didn’t even understand why Lilly had just shown up tonight.If her mom hadn’t overheard Lilly’s invite, and insisted Della go, she wouldn’t be in this jam.But since her family didn’t know her secrets, it was kind of hard to explain why she couldn’t maintain old friendships.

“No, no secrets,” Della lied. “That wasn’t at all what it looked like. He’s just . . . a guy.”

“He didn’t look like just a guy.”

“Looks can be deceiving.” Della walked out.She moved down the hall and inhaled to see if she could still lock on to Chase’s scent.She let go of a deep gasp of air.Only the smell of hamburgers and fries scented the air.Still, her gaze shifted left then right, hoping for the off chance he was still around.Nope.

Chase was gone.Why the hell had she let him get away?The answer bumped into her back.Literally.Lilly.If Della had used force to detain him, her old friend would have freaked.Then she might have mentioned it to Della’s parents.And with all the crap going on with her dad’s murder charge, the last thing she wanted to do was give her parents something else to toss and turn about at night.

She faced Lilly, but someone called her name.

“Della Tsang?”

Della turned and saw Mrs. Chi inching closer.She was an older neighbor who co-owned a small jewelry store with her husband, just a couple of blocks away from Della’s house.“I have not seen you in forever, young lady.”

“Hi,” Della said and noticed her neighbor glance at Lily.“This is my friend Lilly Shay.”

“Hello,” Mrs. Chi said.Lilly barely nodded.She hadn’t even met the woman’s eyes and was already pulling her phone up.Had her mother never taught her manners?

“How is Chester?” Della asked.Before she’d left for Shadow Falls, she’d cared for the Chis’ cat when they’d gone on vacations.

“The same.He brought me dead rat yesterday.I call exterminator out and they say I have no rats in my home or the store.Where does that cat go to find them?”

“He gets around,” Della said, remembering she’d seen the cat snooping around her dad’s shed three nights ago when she’d gone out late to the supernatural blood bar.

Mrs. Chi patted Della’s arm.“I will go and grab dinner for Bojing.He is at store . . . closing.”She glanced at Lilly.“Have good night.Be careful.It is dangerous for two girls to be alone.The neighborhood is not safe as it used to be.”

“We will.”Della watched the elderly woman move to the counter.Then plastering on what she hoped was a friendly expression—but still irritated by Lilly’s rudeness—she faced the blonde.“Did you finish your hamburger?”


“Then maybe you can drop me back home.”She didn’t know if Chase had been serious about coming by or if she could add that to his list of lies.Probably a lie, but she should be there, just in case.She wouldn’t let him get away this time.

“But we’re going over to Susie’s to watch a movie.”

“Yeah. Sorry, I’m just not up to hanging out.It’s that time of the month.”She pressed a hand low on her abdomen.It was of course another lie—Aunt Flow had already come and gone.But Mother Nature had plagued women with the monthly curse, and Della figured that meant women had the right to use it as an excuse whenever needed.

Lilly frowned.“But your mom already. . .”She shut her mouth and even curled her lips as if wanting to pull the words back in.

“My mom already . . .what?” Della asked, sensing Lilly had her own secrets.

The girl rolled her green eyes, and Della remembered she’d never really cared too much for Lilly.Even before she’d gone off to Shadow Falls, she and Lilly had drifted apart.“Spill it,” Della snapped.

“Your mom paid me to get you out of the house.”

Della stood there, mortified and furious that her mom had paid someone to be her friend.Della had friends.She had the two best friends in the world back at Shadow Falls.

Right then she wanted nothing more than to go home, grab her bags, and get back to where she belonged.Where she didn’t feel like a monster.

“It’s not like I didn’t want to see you or anything.But I wasn’t going to turn down twenty bucks.”

“Take me home.”Leaving the stench of grease and beef behind, Della hurried out of the restaurant, fighting the temptation to fly home herself.When the cold Texas air hit her face, she inhaled and swallowed the tears down her throat.She might be hurting on the inside, but she’d be damned if she’d let Lilly know it.


I’m going to be doing a HUGE giveaway very soon, but you have to have pre-ordered Unspoken in order to enter. I’ll be giving away a Kindle Fire and Born to Read t-shirts. So, pre-order Unspoken today and look for more details on how to enter in next week’s blog.


The winner of last week’s giveaway of a signed ARC of Unspoken is Kaitlyn Cox. Congratulations! Please email your mailing address to

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Unspoken Giveaway!

Unspoken_revised (1)Okay, I know you’re excited about the release of Unspoken on October 27th. I know because I’ve been getting lots of emails and comments on my blog from you. I’ve also been giving you teasers these last few weeks, and you seem to really enjoy them too. So, why change now? Here are a few more things that happen in Unspoken:

In Unspoken, Chase has to eat crow not once, but twice for Burnett.

In Unspoken, every attempt to prove her father is innocent leads Della to more evidence that he’s not.

In Unspoken, Perry returns to Miranda, but a certain FRU agent refuses to be forgotten.

Pre-order Unspoken today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.


This week I’m giving away an ARC of Unspoken to one person who leaves a comment. Why do you think Chase has to eat crow? Who is the FRU agent who refuses to be forgotten? (Sorry, but I have to limit this giveaway to US residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must go to my blog and leave a comment in order to enter.)

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October 27th is Coming!

Unspoken_revised (1)I hope you’re getting as excited as I am about the October 27th release of Unspoken! Are you telling all of your friends about it? Have you pre-ordered your copy? I have been giving you teasers for Unspoken the last few weeks, and you all seem to like it, so this week, I’m giving you a few more. Enjoy!

In Unspoken, Kylie must use her healing powers to save someone Della loves.

In Unspoken, Perry is confronted by one of his long lost family members.  Too bad Burnett had to arrest him.

In Unspoken, as Della attempts to get her father off on a murder charge, she becomes a murder suspect herself.

Now, y’all have had some great comments and guesses these last few weeks. Of course I can’t tell you if you’re right, because you’ll just have to wait till October 27th to find out. So, any guesses this week on who Kylie has to heal? Or why Burnett arrests Perry?

Pre-order Unspoken today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.


If you are anywhere near my upcoming appearances, please come by. I’d love to meet you!

September 15, 2015, I’ll be a guest speaker at the Houston Bay Area RWA ( meeting.

November 7, 2015, I’ll be appearing at the Fort Bend Library (

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Ready For More?

Unspoken_revised (1)It’s September! Unspoken will be out next month! Are you ready? Have you pre-ordered? Don’t you want to read Unspoken the moment it’s released? I’m sure excited for you to read it. I hated to say goodbye to Della, but I loved the way Unspoken turned out.

Okay, I have given you Unspoken teasers in my last two blogs. So, I thought I’d give you a few more. Here goes…


In Unspoken, two people Della loves get shot.

In Unspoken, Della tells two guys she loves them. Guess who they are?

In Unspoken, readers learn exactly why Burnett is so overprotective of Della.

Who do you think gets shot? Who does she tell I love you to? And Burnett? Well, he may be the strong silent type, but there’s a lot going on.

Pre-order Unspoken today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.


The winner of last week’s giveaway of a bag filled with goodies is Wynne McGrath. Congratulations, Wynne! Please email your mailing address to


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More From Unspoken

I promised you some more teasers from Unspoken this week, so here goes.

Unspoken_revised (1)In Unspoken, Della sits by the bedside of someone she loves as they waver between life and death.

In Unspoken, on a full moon, Della rushes in to save a human girl only to find herself surrounded by a pack of werewolves.

In Unspoken, Hannah Rose James, says her first word—and man is her daddy in trouble!  Can you guess why?



Unspoken comes out on October 27th, but you can pre-order it today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. Don’t miss out and pre-order now!


IMG_0948I’m giving away one bag of Shadow Falls goodies to one person who leaves a comment. Tell me why you think Burnett might be in trouble because Hannah says her first word. (Sorry, but I have to limit this giveaway to US residents only.)




The winner of my Born to Read t-shirt is Sonja. Congratulations! Please email your mailing address and t-shirt size to

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Unspoken Teasers

The release of Unspoken is getting closer! I just thought I’d share a few teasers with you, so you can start thinking about it.

  • In Unspoken, Della can’t count on privacy anywhere—not even in the ladies room at Whataburger.
  • In Unspoken, Della gets caught breaking and entering. You’ll never guess who gets her out of hot water.
  • In Unspoken, Della confronts a ghost that even scares Holiday.

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I’m giving away a Born to Read t-shirt to one person who leave a comment. Good luck!

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Inside Unspoken

It won’t be long until Unspoken comes out on October 27th. I’m getting super excited! I can finally share the cover blurb with you, too.

I love reading about Della’s journey of self-discovery in this amazing, heart-pounding romance.” –Bookish Antics

Unspoken_revised (1)Unspoken truths will be revealed—and they will change everything–in this dazzling final chapter of the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy! 

Della Tsang is facing the toughest fight of her life—and the most personal.  In her new role as an elite paranormal investigator, she’s assigned a twenty year old murder case…and the accused killer is none other than her own father. 

Making matters worse, since she was reborn, she’s been bound to the mysterious and infuriatingly gorgeous Chase Tallman—a vampire with his own hidden agenda.  Della still feels betrayed by all the secrets he’s kept from her, but she’ll need his help to find out the truth about her father.  But what about Steve, the hunky shape-shifter who she can’t seem to forget? 

The quest for answers will lead them into the darkest, ugliest supernatural gangs in town… and into the scariest reaches of their hearts.

You can pre-order Unspoken now at Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.

For my Fort Worth Fans!

AuthorRUAugust 15, 2013, Join me at the Fort Worth Library for stories and a book signing. I’m heading to the Worth Reading Program at the Central Library, 500 W. Third St, Fort Worth, TX 76102 for their Author Round Up. Come meet me and other local authors, and ask us your questions from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Books will be available for sale. For more information call the library at 817-392-6012 or go Fort Worth Library.

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