Red Carpet Recap

Guys. Guys. There was a red carpet and I walked on it Thursday. Are you frickin’ SERIOUS?

I met the very cool and talented Brad Meltzer on Thursday night, and he was a doll. Brad is on the right. On the left is author James Joseph Brown, a Vegas author whom I adore.


Look. Flashing light bulbs. We’re famous. :P

As you can see, it was a very serious affair. Elegant and worldly, that was us.

IMG_2140 (4)I’ll admit that I was a bit daunted to meet Brad M. because he always seems SO SERIOUS. Check out that man’s publicity photos. I told my husband that my goal at this reception was to see if I could catch this man smiling.

That took about 20 seconds, and it was a lovely thing.


I spent all day Saturday at the Vegas Valley Book Festival. It rained, and then the sun scalded us, but it was fun the entire time! There was standing-room only at our panel, and it became a very lively conversation. I staggered out of there with far too many books and an offer to submit to a publishing house. I’d call it a successful day. :)

Come To My Panel Today!


So if you’re in Vegas and have nothing to do (because this city is totally snoozy, right? :P) then come to the Vegas Valley Book Festival today! Even if you have several hundred thousand things to do, stop by anyway. It’s the biggest book festival in town. There will be fantastic authors like Brad Meltzer (who I met on Thursday and now adore) and Colum McCann, as well as wonderful local authors and little ole me.  Please stop by. I’ll be on the Industry Insights panel at 12:30.


OCTOBER 17TH, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Fifth Street School, Room 140
401 S. Fourth St. Las Vegas, NV 89101

Pimp A Friend Friday: Glenn Rolfe. BLOOD AND RAIN

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Blood and Rain

The light of a full moon reveals many secrets.

Gilson Creek, Maine. A safe, rural community. Summer is here. School is out and the warm waters of Emerson Lake await. But one man’s terrible secret will unleash a nightmare straight off the silver screen. Under the full moon, a night of terror and death re-awakens horrors long sleeping. Sheriff Joe Fischer, a man fighting for the safety of his daughter, his sanity and his community, must confront the sins of his past. Can Sheriff Fischer set Gilson Creek free from the beast hiding in its shadows, or will a small town die under a curse it can’t even comprehend? One night can-and will-change everything.

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“Music and the Wolf in Me”

I’ve always been one of those writers who creates to music. I tend to listen to songs and albums that I’ve listened to tons of times. Eighties hard rock got the most play during the first draft of the Blood and Rain manuscript. I subscribed to Sirius XM for three months and worked three hours a night on the story while listening to Hair Nation.

If you were to dig through the original draft you would come across Twisted Sister (which survived the final draft), Lita Ford, Aerosmith, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, Europe, and Def Leppard. One of my characters, Ted McKinney, is a radio disc jockey. Ted hosts the morning show, “Wild Ted’s Mornin’ Meds” for the local radio station.  I allowed Ted to host his show on Sunday mornings where he is there to serve the Saturday Night Aftermathers.

Ted also plays in a local band of forty-somethings called the Broken Ex’s.  Obviously, being a musician and music lover myself, I feel a strong kinship with the character. Ted was a lot of fun to create. In keeping the story streamlined, lean and mean, and fast paced, I ended up cutting about half of Ted’s story from the final manuscript. It was hard to do, but I felt dipping too far into his past and bringing in a love interest took away from the main story that I set out to In the end, I feel like the story turned out just right. The main focus is on Sheriff Joe Fischer and former-sheriff-turned-recluse, Stan Springs. But no spotlight superstars are complete without their backing band. So, let Joe and Stan can be your Axl and Slash, but I hope Ted grabs a spot as your Duff or Izzy.

In honor of “Wild” Ted McKinney, I give you the unofficial soundtrack for Blood and

1. Summertime Girls- Y&T

2. Turn up the Radio – Autograph

3. Toys in the Attic- Aerosmith

4. Sweet Child o’ Mine- Guns N’ Roses

5. Photograph- Def Leppard

6. Free Fallin’ Tom Petty

7. Kiss Me Deadly- Lita Ford

8. Of Wolf and Man- Metallica

9. S.M.F. – Twisted Sister

10. Bad Moon Rising – Credence Clearwater Revival

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Purchase Links

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For a chance to win a print copy of Glenn Rolfe’s short story collection, Slush, or a chance to win your choice of any of his titles in e-book format, go to the link below for the Rafflecopter sign-up. Good luck! The print copy is only good for those in the United States.

Questions can be referred to Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook(at)hotmail(dot)com.

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Puppy Love! With Real Puppies!

Do you remember my strange nexus in the back yard? It has magical powers and seems to pull random animals into it. White doves. White rabbits. Four furry little Chihuahuas, and I have to really wonder about that one. How? Why? Did I mention the backyard is completely fenced in?

Love me, human.

Love me, human.

A few days ago a darling little pup came through our interdimensional Puppy Portal. He was locked in the backyard when we got up to feed the chickens, who are not enamored with their new friend.

But the kids and I are enamored.

He’s not microchipped. He has no collar, isn’t neutered, and he’s a friendly little guy. According to the laws in Vegas we have to search for previous owners for 30 days before we can claim him as our own.

I’d really, really like to claim him as our own. My poor practical husband wordlessly pointed out the bunny, turtle, and chickens. Personally, since the hamsters and bird passed away, I say we have vacancy. But we’ll talk about it later if we can’t find his owners. I’m looking earnestly and in good faith. I’m also being careful. They’ll have to show proof that they belong together. I won’t just give him to any weirdo in Vegas.

Meanwhile, Middlest calls him “Midnight.”  “Littlest” calls him “Sunshine,” which is the complete opposite of Midnight. I tend to call him “Pretty Boy Blue” and “Loverboy” and “King Derp.”  Perhaps you can see why.


Who put the derp in the derp de derp de derp?

I love him even though he makes me break out in hives. I’m allergic to cats and dogs.


I will suffer scritches and itches for puppy love.

So worth it.

That’s a fun little gift the universe tossed our way. We’re enjoying him immensely for as long as we can.

Now I’m all nostalgic and want to see your pets. Do you have any pet pictures to share?

Frontier Girls and Williams Syndrome


My daughters are members of Frontier Girls, which is similar to Girl Scouts. They earn badges, do activities, and apparently surprise their mother.

This summer Niko and I came to two meetings and taught the girls about Williams Syndrome. We shared this short video. 

We talked about several of the WS characteristics. The girls asked Niko and I questions. It was exceptionally sweet. And then the Williams Syndrome badge was created. Girls all over America can now earn this badge. The troop all received the badge at their Court of Honor, and Niko and I received a special surprise.

Our Troop Leader wrote about it and it was sent out in the Frontier Girls August Newsletter. Once again. it brought me to tears. Please take a second to read about how two very dear things came together for me.

Have a wonderful day, all. Do something kind for someone else. <3

Pimp A Friend Friday: George Cotronis

What do these book covers have in common?


namelessApocalyptic MontessaThey’re dark. They’re mysterious. They’re exceptionally striking. They’re also work by George Cotronis. He did the covers for my books Apocalyptic Montessa, Nameless, and the covers (yet to be revealed) for books 2 and 3 in the Bone Angel trilogy. Trust me when I say they’re killer. In fact. I bought several covers from him for books I haven’t even written yet! I just saw them and needed them deep in my soul.

George sells his covers at He has exclusive ready-made covers, stock covers, and will also create a cover for you. Check him out.

Miss Murder Easy DIY: Easy Ice Pops For Chickens!

IMG_4731People are telling stories of something called “Autumn” and “cool weather” and “pumpkin spice.” I know these things are all lies. In Las Vegas, we’re still wearing sun hats and sunglasses. I burn my feet on the pavement at least once a week, and my hands on the steering well about as often. So we’re still concerned with keeping our chickens nice and cool.

My friend turned me onto the easiest treat for them! Delicious corn ice pops! Aren’t you so jealous?

Don’t be. That’s weird. You can eat them as well, if you wanna. My daughter does.


You’ll need a muffin tin, frozen corn, and water.


Fill the tins about 3/4 of the way full with corn, and then fill it the rest of the way with water. Stick it into the freezer and freeze for a few hours. Voila! Delicious treats that will help cool your chickens down. They’ll have to peck through the ice to get to the corn, thereby saving themselves from dying out in the extreme heat. Plus they’ll love you forever. That’s always a good sign.IMG_4730Happy summer! Er, fall. Whatever it may be in your part of the world. ;)

And for those who have been asking, I do have a novel in mind where the main character raises chickens. These little ladies have clucked their way into my heart.

Join Me at the Vegas Valley Book Festival October 15-17

VVBFOne of my favorite events here is the Vegas Valley Book Festival. Last year I attended and met B.J. Novak as well as one of my favorite writers of all time, Aimee Bender. It was a genuine pleasure, and Aimee was everything I had ever hoped she would be, and more. She’s the type of woman who waves at you from across the buffet table, and that pretty much made my life.

This year the headliners are Brad Meltzer and Colum McCann. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say. I’ll also be on a panel titled Industry Insights: The Art and Business of Blogging. Come by and say hi!

WIP Wednesday


Working hard! This week I turned in two short stories. They both need polished, but we’ll see what the respective editors have to say. It was good to see forward movement on them.

My focus this week is staring down the very Mouth of Hell in one novella, with a poor sweet boy that keeps getting more and more thrown at him. It sucks to be born nearly divine.

I’m waiting to hear on the status of one story, which may or may not fit the editor’s bill. It’s a beautiful, sad thing, and I’m quite proud of it.

Also, Crystal Lake and I have set a tentative time to publish the sequel to Nameless next year. I’m very excited to do so! More on that as it’s confirmed.

Meanwhile, I was talking to an old friend about my very first novel that I ever wrote. I also wrote a sequel to it, both which have never seen the light of day. I’m thinking of revising them, especially because they feature my favorite character ever, Ray the Vampire. He has his own short story, here. That story was one of my very first sales! <3

That’s what I’m up to! What are you working on?