Wednesday, September 20, 2017

BEAST AND CROWN reviewed by Charlotte's Library

Beast & Crown, by Joel Ross (HarperCollins, August 2017)  is one I was looking forward too (I liked his first book, Fog Diver, lots), and so I was happy when a copy came my way from a friend.  And I was happier to actually read it, finding it fun and fast and thought-provoking.

Ji is a boot boy, toiling away for the privileged nobility.  His mother hopes that one day he'll rise to the ranks of butler.  Ji hopes that he can keep squirrelling away enough valuable shoe decorations to buy his stable hand Sally's little brother from slavery in the city.  But then the son of the noble family he serves is chosen to be a contender for the Summer Crown.  The Diadem Rite will chose the next heir, giving the chosen one the magical power that was gathered from all the people in the land years ago by the first Summer Queen so that she could keep the country safe against monsters.

Read entire review HERE.

Monday, September 18, 2017


Some of you are familiar with my young adult novel, PETALS, that released earlier this year. Unfortunately, as much as I loved the cover, it just didn't communicate the genre and emotion of the story inside. The solution was to give PETALS a facelift.

I’m thrilled to reveal the new cover for PETALS...TA DA!!!

To celebrate this new cover, I will be donating $1.00 from every book sold through the month of September to CASA DE SION, a charity in Guatemala that houses orphaned children and provides food, clothing, education, medical and dental care to local underprivileged families. An additional $1.00 will be donated for every review of PETALS posted to Amazon or Goodreads through the end of October.

My goal is to raise $200!!!

...enough to feed a mother and child for six months!

As many of you know, PETALS is set in Guatemala, the land of my husband’s birth. If you’ve already read the book, please consider ordering a copy for a friend or donating one to your high school or local library. EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS.

PETALS can be ordered on Amazon via this link:

If you would rather donate directly to CASA DE SION, you may do so on their website: 

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