Vegas Strong Panel/Signing Update!



Tim Chizmar, Mat Kaufman, and me!

It was a very strong, emotional panel. The creators and authors of the Vegas Strong anthology discussed our reactions to the tragedy. Mat Kaufman (who wrote the foreword) was just going to sleep when he received the message that they needed all EMTs and personal for an emergency. He got dressed, drove in, and saw body after body. I was home with my kids. I had been down in that area earlier that day. Other authors had family there. It was insane.

The audience had some wonderful questions and we did our best to answer them. Then we had a signing and it was a wonderful experience.




All works were donated and all proceeds go to benefit The Code Green Campaign. If you are interested in picking up a copy, you may do so here.


Happy Scorpion Anniversary!

It’s a year to the day since I was stung by a scorpion while doing dishes. A lot has happened since then. Today Miss Murder seeks her revenge. To celebrate, I made a Youtube video. Happy Scorpionversary!




I’m Speaking at the Henderson Writers’ Group Today!

HRMER3706 (1)I’m very much looking forward to it! The Henderson Writers’ Group asked me to speak on “Writing and Marketing for your Personal Niche.”

Community Lutheran Church
3720 E. Tropicana Las Vegas, NV

Speaker Mercedes Yardley will speak on Writing and Marketing for Your Personal Niche.
Once upon a time, there were young boys and girls who liked things that nobody else seemed to like. They were either teased for liking comic books, horses, and video games, or they kept these unpopular loves close to their hearts. The End.

Well, not anymore! Not only is it all right to embrace your inner self, but you can make money from it. Mercedes M. Yardley will teach you how to identify, write, and market for your own personal niche. Join us for a spirited conversation and learn how to use your strengths to your advantage.

Mercedes M. Yardley is a Bram Stoker and Stabby Award-winning author who wears poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of Beautiful Sorrows, Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, and Pretty Little Dead Girls. Y

You can find more information HERE. Hope to see you there!

WIP Wednesday

wipIt has been forever since I’ve done one of these! But not only is Work in Progress Wednesday useful to let you guys know what I’m up to, but it also reminds me. My head is like a huge tornado with things flying around it all of the time, like flowers, bits of houses, and happy cows. Sometimes I need to write it all out so I can concentrate. 🙂

I just: signed a couple of contracts. One for a podcast, a breast cancer charity anthology, a dark fiction anthology, a re-release (but with a new story from me), and another re-release. So that’s three reprints and two new stories. I’ll share as soon as everything is announced. 🙂

I was a guest judge for a short story contest and a poetry contest. I also submitted two new stories to super cool venues.

I am actively working on: a short story/novelette called “Last One Awake” that I started a few years ago. It gnaws at me. I’m also writing three short stories for three anthology invitations, and working on a Super Sekrit and AWESOME project that’s out of my normal wheelhouse. I am so excited and nervous and sure I’m doing everything wrong! But I want to do everything. I want to learn how to do it all. Baby steps, yeah?

What are you working on? I’d love to hear about your WIP!


Print Date for Little Dead Red!


The publisher assured me that Little Dead Red and Other Stories will be printed by June 29. That’s this week, you guys! That’s this very week! I have a very scary sedation appointment for my sweet son the day before (Williams Syndrome/autism make everything difficult) so holding this hot little number in my hands will make it all worth it. I hope you enjoy, and that it ships to you soon. If you’re interested in pre-ordering the limited edition, you can do so here.  This is a special limited edition print run, so when it’s gone, it’s gone. ❤


The Wolf is roaming the city in this Bram Stoker Award-winning Psychological Horror novella, and he must be stopped.

Grim Marie knows far too much about the wolves of the world, a world where little girls go missing.  After all, she had married one before he showed his claws, and what that wolf did to her little girl was unforgiveable. Grim Marie isn’t certain if she can ever forgive herself for putting her Little Aleta in harm’s way.

When Grandmother becomes ill, Aleta offers to take the bus through the concrete forest to Grandmother’s house to bring her some goodies. She knows the way. What could possibly go wrong?

In this modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf takes to the city streets to capture his prey, but the hunter is close behind him. With Grim Marie on the prowl, the hunter becomes the hunted.

Wolves pad through the darkest kind of fairytale: one that can come true.

Join Us for the #VegasStrong Book Signing!


Do you remember where you were during the mass shooting as Las Vegas? I do. A week before that, we had taken my 10-year-old down to that area for a concert. The morning of the shooting, I was in that area with my parents. I was participating in a book reading and it was their first time watching me. They were so proud.

While the shooting happened, I was on social media and the phone, checking in with people I love. Everyone was affected. Everyone knew somebody who had been shot. It was a horror. My kids’ classes at school were missing 2/3 of their children because people were grieving and lying low for a few days. Ever go to school on a normal school day and see a nearly empty playground at recess? It’s chilling.

19 authors, including me, got together and created the #VegasStrong anthology. All proceeds are donated to the Code Green Campaign. Please join us Monday, July 2 at 7 pm at the Clark County Library for a discussion and signing. Much love.

Free Day! Read a Free Short and Download Nameless!


What do you do when someone you love goes truly dark? I have a free short story titled “Waves and Darkness” up at Pen of the Damned. Why don’t you stop by and give it a read?


Also, today is the last day to pick up my first novel Nameless: The Darkness Comes for free. Want a fun and creepy summer read? This is the one for you, and you can download it here. Happy summer!


Download NAMELESS for Free!


So once upon a time my friend Nisa had a bad day, so I wrote her a novel. I literally sent her about a chapter a day. This fun little book became my first published novel titled Nameless: The Darkness Comes. 

It’s fun, crazy, snarky, creepy, and has a healthy dose of the paranormal and hard, grueling reality. It’s my best seller, and I have two sequels mostly written for it. Luna’s past? It will hurt your heart, but she keeps trucking.

Luna Masterton sees demons.

She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.

Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’

After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together…even until the end.

Nameless will be available for free ebook download from June 14-16! Please pick it up and see what you think. Enjoy!

Miss Murder’s Easy Asparagus Tart (Three Ingredients!)

This might be my new favorite summer meal, and you can get it done in about half an hour. Serve it aside a salad with sliced strawberries or raspberries, poppyseed dressing, and feta cheese. Or maybe simply with chocolate chip cookies. However you do it, you’re golden. 🙂


You will need:

1 can of pizza dough, refrigerated pizza crust, or homemade pizza dough (I just used a can for convenience.)

1 package of spreadable cheese (I used Alouette Garlic and Herbs cheese)

1 bunch asparagus

(Do you want salt and pepper? Use salt and pepper. Otherwise, it’s three ingredients and you’re done!)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet and spread the dough out on it. Spread the cheese over the wet dough.. Cut the tough ends off the asparagus and then arrange on top. Bake for about 20 minutes or until crust is golden.  Enjoy!