Little Dead Red And Other Stories Is Nearly Here!


YES, Little Dead Red and Other Stories is finally at the printers, which means that it will be in your hot little hands very soon! Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement. This collection is so exceptionally intimate that it feels like stripping naked in front of a crowd. I do hope you enjoy the work therein.

If you have not ordered your copy of this limited edition collection, there are still a few left. You can order them here.

Again, thank you, and I’m so excited for this to be out!


The Henderson Libraries Local Author Showcase!


I’m delighted to be attending the Henderson Libraries Local Author Showcase. It’s their fifth year doing this event and my third time taking part. It’s beautifully ran and has a fun, friendly atmosphere.

Please stop by and meet some of the many local authors in the area! We’ll be there to chat, sell and sign books, and enjoy each other. This is such a fun event and I look forward to it every year! I’ll be there from 1:00-2:30, so please stop by and say hi.

Saturday, March 17


Paseo Verde Library

280 S. Green Valley Parkway

I’ll be selling my books at a special discounted price and will, of course, sign them to you directly. Or to “Dear Ebay.” Whichever you prefer. 😀

Pimp A Friend Friday: My Nemesis Matt Betts Has a New Book!

Matt Betts  is the Doofenschmirtz to my Perry the Platypus, and he has a new book out. It looks AWESOME.


A group of treasure-hunters hits the high seas chasing a tip from a mysterious source. If it’s true, it could be their biggest score yet-literally-a massive robot the size of a skyscraper lost since the last war, worth a sizable reward, and bragging rights. But in trying to the raise the Cudgel, the crew of the Adamant accidentally unleashes a beast trapped by the battle machine years ago. The giant monster awakens to complete its war-time mission to destroy the Pacific Northwest.

Using their wits, their experience and a few contacts in the government, the crew sets out to fix their mistake and stop the menace. Can a handful of eccentric sailors resurrect the gigantic robot in time to stop the vicious creature’s assault?

“An ode to pulp adventure, Betts weaves a slow-burning mixture equal parts Pacific Rim and Congo.” – Monster Dear Monster podcast


Matt Betts

Ohio native Matt Betts is a pop culture junkie­­­—sometimes to levels that are considered unhealthy by the Surgeon General. He grew up on a steady diet of giant monsters, comic books, and horror novels, all of which creep into his own work. Matt’s speculative poetry and short fiction have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals. Matt’s first novel, the steampunk/zombie/alternate history adventure Odd Men Out was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award for excellence in independent publishing. He is also the author of the urban fantasy novel, Indelible Ink, and the poetry collection Underwater Fistfight. 


I ordered this right away and you should, too. Matt’s books are always a delight of quirk and adventure. You can pick it up here. Happy reading!

Miss Murder’s Black Philip Eye.

So this strange eye thing happened a few months ago. And it has changed everything. 

You might remember that I was nearly killed in July by a scorpion sting. Since then, I’ve had a few difficulties getting back on my feet. Nerve damage, twinges, mental fog, etc. It laid me pretty flat and it’s taken me quite a bit of time to build myself back up. I’m still not there, and I have an extremely weak immune system. Hooray!

A few months ago I went to the doctor for a red, swollen eye. It was misdiagnosed as allergies. Five days later, I returned and we realized I had iritis, which is inflammation of the pupil. Then the retina became inflamed, as well. My pupil became abnormally shaped, I had a loss of vision, and the pain was a nine on the scale. Youch!

So they gave me some insanely powerful eye drops to use twice a day, and a patch.



And then a patch.


My eyes don’t match. My right pupil is blown and there’s some vision loss. I’m having difficulty looking at phones and computer screens. The change in vision and sensitivity to light gives me blinding headaches. I can’t read subtitles on the TV, or numbers on houses. There’s a bit of a smear across my vision, but it’s improving month by month. I’m still wearing sunglasses in restaurants and in the dark because my future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.

It looks a little strange, but isn’t super noticeable unless you’re close enough to, I don’t know, talk to me or give me change or look me in the eye like humans tend to do.


Thank anyone will notice that my eyes don’t match?

Okay, so it’s pretty noticeable. My eyes look like Black Phillip. If I ask you if you wouldst  like to live deliciously, then flee. Just run.

It’s been difficult. It’s been frustrating. It makes me feel vulnerable. Not being able to see is kind of a big deal. Last week I sewed straight through my finger because I couldn’t see what I was doing. It was pretty metal.


The inflammation moved to the other eye as well, so we’re running a few blood tests to look for underlying causes. It’s most likely the scorpion sting, however. Harrumph!


Hooray! I’m a heartless monster! 

It’s uncomfortable to look different. People stare and I try not to let it get to me, but sometimes it does. Still, I have a pretty good sense of humor about it most of the time, and I appreciate the random pirate hats that have arrived in the mail. They make me laugh. You guys are dorks and I love you.

So that’s the eye thing! It’s weird and random and seems to fit in with everything else in life. And like everything else, it’s an experience. Love you guys! If you have any questions, just shoot.


The Darkness Dwells Podcast Interviews Me!


Jason White and Michael Schutz from The Darkness Dwells Podcast are such cool guys. They have their fingers on the pulse of horror, they’re knowledgable, and they’re also kind. They consistently run one of my favorite podcasts, and I’m so delighted that they invited me on to discuss Women in Horror Month.

This is what they have to say about the episode:

To celebrate Women in Horror month, Jason and Michael talk with Mercedes M. Yardley where they discuss the unfortunate need for a month dedicated to women in horror, what makes a strong female character, voodoo dolls, the ever intrusive unsolicited dick pick (seriously dudes, don’t do this!), advice for young women horror writers, and so much more. Then Michael and Jason Netflix and chill with the Adam Neville adapted novel The Ritual.

You can listen here, and I hope you enjoy!



My Six-Year-Old Demonstrates what to do in the Case of an Active Shooter.

No parents should ever have to listen to this. No child should ever have to learn it. But this is the world we live in, and no matter how uncomfortable it is, we need to do what we can to keep them safe.

This is Littlest, my baby, explaining what to do if an active shooter comes to her school. I took this video, praised her for being such a great learner, excused myself, and cried.


Welcome to the Family, Marsh Cat!


Two years ago I met and fell in love with this beauty.  He’s a gorgeous, skinny, fearful-yet-friendly rag doll cat whom the girls named Marsh. Because he’s fluffy, like a marshmallow, but he’s also a boy, and Marsh is a manly name, they explained.

We also call him Mystery Cat. Murder Cat. Mom’s Boyfriend. Mr. E. Murder Paws. Baby. I call all of our animals “Baby.” Rush, the hateful turtle, secretly likes to be called that, but if she tells you, she’ll kill you.

My husband is allergic to cats, so I fed and loved on Marsh outside. For two years.

He started out skinny and afraid, but as you can see, he’s fluffed up considerably. My trusting beauty.

Last week Luke was gone for work, so I took Marsh to be examined, vaccinated, neutered, and microchipped. He stayed inside to recuperate, and then he ran free to the outdoors that he desperately craved. The house was sanitized so my sweet husband could, you know, breathe and stuff. I was afraid Marsh would be wary of coming back, but he still shows up like clockwork, three times a day, for food and snuggles.

Anyway, he is my love. He is literally the reason I got up  in the morning during this last difficult summer. His loud, Siamese-style meow wouldn’t be ignored.

Welcome to the family, Marsh Cat! Do any of you have pets who wandered into your life and chose you as their human? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

I’m Teaching A Class This Week!


If you’re going to be in Las Vegas, why not stop by? I’ll be teaching at the Las Vegas Writer’s Group, which is a fun meeting where we do trivia, network, and learn a little something-something along the way. I’ll be talking about writing and marketing for your own personal niche, and I hope it will prove useful.

It’s a casual meeting in the back room of a bar that has great fish and chips. Writers of all ages and levels are absolutely welcome. My job is to support you and cheer you on, and hopefully help you attain some of your dreams.

The meeting costs $5 at the door. I’d love it if you could join us.

 Tap House

5589 W Charleston Blvd · Las Vegas, NV

In the doors, down the hallway to the right. The meeting room is non-smoking.