You guys.


I’ve mentioned it here and there, but I’m thrilled to officially announce that my favorite thing I ever wrote will be coming out this fall! Ragnarok Publications will release my book Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy this September.

“Run, Star Girl.”

 Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered, but fortunately Fate has terrible marksmanship. In order to survive, she must run as far and as fast as she can. After arriving in Seattle, Bryony befriends a tortured musician, a market fish-thrower, and a starry-eyed hero who is secretly a serial killer bent on fulfilling Bryony’s dark destiny.

 Mercedes M. Yardley’s Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy is a dark, lovely fairy tale with lyrical language and a high body count.  It will be released by Ragnarok Publications in September of 2014.

One of my favorite artists of all time, Galen Dara, agreed to do the cover. She creates some of the most feminine, darkly beautiful art that I have ever seen. If you’re not familiar with her work, run and check her out.

There will also be a special limited edition hardcover that will feature a tip-in insert of Orion Zangara’s work. It’s stunning, and makes a wonderful edition. The pre-order only hardcover will be available in October.

Ahhhh! I’m so excited! This book is the reason that I started describing my work as “whimsical horror.” There simply wasn’t another genre that it fit into. I hope it’s something you’ll read and enjoy, and will hopefully make the world a little bit more magical for you.



Everything floats down here.

So I really like Todd Keisling’s work. It’s dark, solid, varied, and super creepy. I mean, suuuuuper creepy. I know I’ll never read his The Harbinger again. Twisted little dolls? Ahhhhhh!

ANYWAY! He has been releasing short stories digitally online as part of his Ugly Little Things series. Now he has come out with a hardcover edition of the series with tons of cool extras. Seriously, it’s awesome and worth checking out.

You can read about everything that is included here. 

But there’s a catch. This is preorder only, and the preordering window closes on August 16th. If you haven’t ordered your copy by then, then you have lost your opportunity.

This is the preorder link. Have fun! And to get to know Todd a little more, here’s a video Q&A with Todd that I had the chance to moderate. So, uh, there may be a little goofing off. But just a bit. ;)


How many times do you hear people say that?  In my case, it’s truth. Games are how I relax. If I’m not playing, I’m not relaxing. Sometimes I feel like the only woman in the world opening up her calendar to see if she can fit 20 minutes of gaming in there.

When I went to college, I used my very first paycheck from the new job to buy a Super NES and a game from the pawn shop. (Pawn shops in college towns are incredible. I snagged the most amazing CDs there.)Image

The game? Illusion of Gaia. Check out this action. You slide under things. And have a sword. And fall down nearly dead of scurvy. I’m not kidding. That’s my favorite part!


I would come home from school, finish work at 11:00 pm, and play Illusion of Gaia for half an hour. Then I could go to bed.

I realize that I associate specific events with what game I was playing at the time.

Senior year in high school was Tekken  with my dad and brother. The fact that my daughter’s name is Nina? Yep. Tekken.

I was dating my husband while playing Secret of Evermore and Earthbound.

9-11 happened during Chrono Cross.

I moved to Seattle during Devil May Cry.

My son was born during OKAGE: Shadow King. I literally played with his tiny, new body wrapped up on my chest.

And there the timeline stops. Children plus writing plus more responsibilities equals no game time. And this makes me sad. I realize that it is also unhealthy. I need that escape. That respite.

Thanks to my dear friend’s urging, and physically putting the game in my hands, I played BEYOND: Two Souls
last night. And it was incredible. An experience, to be sure. I’ll be making time for it in my life. A simple pleasure that pays dividends.

Plus! Games! YAY!

So what about you? I know I’m not the only one who loves my console. What do you guys play? Any fantastic games you’d suggest?


Littlest reads to the rabbit and turtle. Because, why not?

Happy 4th of July, everybody! I hope you have a blast. (Oh, the puns!)


Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m delighted to say that Nameless: The Darkness Comes and Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy will both be turned into Audiobooks! That contract was inked, and I’m quite excited. I will not be recording them myself. They’ll actually hire a new, amazing actress who has oodles of talent.

I am, however, narrating Beautiful Sorrows.  It’s completely ready except for a few overdubs. The only problem is that Mason and I have a heck of a time getting together in order to finish the final recording. But hopefully it will be soon!

And yes, I’m recording in a closet. That picture makes me laugh.

Recording it has been a dream of mine, and I’m quite happy. I’m also thrilled to hear somebody else narrate my work. This is just cool all around.

Dark Side of the Sun

You guys, this is exciting! Author Bryan Cohen put together a fantastic event featuring sixteen authors with sixteen books, each dropped to 99 cents. My debut novel, NAMELESS: The Darkness Comes, will be included in this.


That’s right. You can pick up SIXTEEN dark fantasy/horror/contemporary fantasy ebooks for SIXTEEN BUCKS. Hello, birthdays and Christmas! Yay!

This is an all-day event, and there will be several giveaways going on. In fact, I’ll be there from 12:00 -3:00 PM Eastern to answer questions, give away my own prizes, (books, handmade items, and a query critique), and just banter, so please stop by! There’s something for everybody, please show up for this online event! It’s here.



Here are the books for the “Dark Side of the Sun” event! On June 27, 2014.

The above book covers are all clickable links. Click on each one of the books above to open the Amazon page in another window. You can also click the links or covers below to buy the books on Amazon. See all the descriptions below.

- Grace Lost by M. Lauryl Lewis
Blade Song by J.C. Daniels
Canes of Divergence by Breeana Puttroff
A Gift of Thought by Sarah Wynde
Rock n’ Roll Heaven by Shawn Inmon
Plague of Angels by John Patrick Kennedy
Nameless by Mercedes Yardley
Dark Bayou by Nancy Duplechain
Celestra Series, Books 1-3 by Addison Moore
The Complete Portal Arcane Trilogy by J. Thorn
Hidden by Megg Jensen
Netherworld by K.N. Lee
What Hides Within by Jason Parent
Cattle by Joseph Duncan
Dying for a Living by Kory Shrum
Plague of Coins by Aiden James
Crimson Night by Marie Hall

I hope you can make it, my friends! This will be a great Friday event! :D


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