10K Words reached in new kitty Christmas story!

Whoo! My latest story, A Gingersnap Cat Christmas, just hit 10,000 words! Since I want it finished by Thanksgiving, I’ve been trying to write on it even on days when I’m Not Feeling It™. So far, it’s working! Even on my argleblargle days I’m managing between 700-1400 words an hour. Stay tuned to see if I manage this audacious goal!

New! WHAT THE CAT BROUGHT BACK, a perfect short for Halloween

What the Cat Brought Back (Cover). A terrified cat looks on at something we can't see; grungy text appears over him. A red rip in the image contains the title.

And in a complete mood swing from the last release, we have What the Cat Brought Back. It’s a novelette (think: longer short story) perfect for Halloween reading.

Writing this, I was surprised by the tender friendship between the two women, Katheryn and Mallory. I mean, it’s still a horror story, but there’s some light in the bleakness.

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And please remember, reviews are always welcome!

Now Out: LOVE POTION COMMOTION!

Love Potion Commotion! (Cover). A white French bulldog winks at the viewer over a cauldron that bubbles pink smoke. Behind him, a brindle Frenchi looks on suspiciously.My new feel-good ebook, LOVE POTION COMMOTION, is out! YAAY! *Kermit flail*

I’m really excited for you to meet Vivian Feng, a witch, and her Frenchie familiars, Marty and Leggo. If you love funny feel-good movies (with a light touch of romance), you’re gonna enjoy this novella.

You can read an excerpt here at Pixelvania Publishing, buy it for your Kindle on Amazon.com, or buy it elsewhere (BN, Kobo, etc.) at Books2Read.com. If the store you want isn’t up yet on B2R, just  wait; it will populate within the next few days as the different stores accept it into their system.

Enjoy, everyone!

Cover Teaser: LOVE POTION COMMOTION!

The nose and eyes of an illustrated French Bulldog peeking over a cauldron bubbling with something pink

What could he be looking at?

Coming next week: Magic Fashion Frenchies #1: LOVE POTION COMMOTION! A new family fantasy romance comedy…which is a really long-winded and non-trademark-infringing way to say “This novella’s like a Hallmark movie, but with better special effects.”

I think you’re really going to love meeting Vivian Feng and her family–two-legged and four-legged members alike! I look forward to sharing this story with you soon! Sign up for the newsletter to be the first to find out when it’s released!

Coming soon: a new PG-13 horror story

Happy to announce that my latest novelette, WHAT THE CAT BROUGHT BACK, is finished and ready to be sent off to my proofreaders!

What’s it about? Well, you know those hoarder cats who bring their owners back random “treasures” they’ve stolen? In What the Cat Brought Back, a woman’s pet cat begins bringing her disturbing, otherworldly objects.

And that’s just the start…

It’s disturbing, atmospheric, and going to be released in time for Halloween reading! More news will be posted here as things proceed. And, as always, you can sign up for my free writing newsletter to be the first to know when it’s released!

Have a happy Monday!

A quote on tense, plus horror fiction news!

“Books let you know what tense they want to be written in.” — David Mitchell, from Make it now: the rise of the present tense in fiction

As a writer working on a fantasy story (the greatest Nosferatu love story of all time) that for some reason is first-person, present tense, I found that quote to be hugely reassuring.

In other news, I am preparing a new horror novelette to go out to a proofreader. If you’ve ever had a cat bring you gifts, you will probably like it.

Magic Fashion Frenchies #1: COMPLETE

Finished (read: abandoned) my first draft of Magic Fashion Frenchies #1 and have sent it off to my proofreader!

This novella took so long to write that while I was working on it, I came up with three other ideas for the characters, so I guess this will be my first series!

How long did it take me to write? Well, its working title was My Frenchie Valentine.