Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hello Poppets!

It's DONE!!!!  THE FAERIE QUEEN - Book Four and the final book in THE FAERIE RING series is done! And I couldn't be happier with the overall story.

When I started writing THE FAERIE RING, I had no idea I would write a series - I was just writing the book I felt like reading. I wasn't published at the time. It was only the second book I'd ever written. But when I finished  - I realized the story was far from over - in fact, in a way it was just beginning. So I kept writing.....and here we are.

Four books in four years and THE FAERIE QUEEN will release on September 23rd, almost to the day that THE FAERIE RING released (September 27th.) And I can't wait for you to read!! Here's the short summary:

The Winter King has ordered Tiki's death and hunts her in both the Otherworld and London. War looms ever closer and the mysterious Four Treasures of Faerie seem to offer the Seelie Court their only hope of stopping Donegal from claiming all of Faerie. The ever-enigmatic Larkin issues a threat regarding Clara that forces Tiki to choose between a child and a kingdom.... 

A ruthless opponent, a powerful treasure, an unforgettable decision....

Hope you love it as much as I do!

Happy Saturday!

Monday, April 28, 2014

To London with Love, Chapter Two

Come close Dearies, we're on to Chapter Two of our Great Adventure....

Here's a little selfie of my daughter and I in front of our hotel. We got to London about noon and by 2 pm we were in Covent Garden which dates back to 1654 as a fruit and vegetable market, the same function it served in the Victorian Era as well as in THE FAERIE RING series...

If you've read my books you might remember from THE TORN WING that Covent Garden transforms at midnight...but no spoilers now... we visited during the day, and while there were no goblins about, there were all sorts of strange and fascinating characters...

Though this guy kind of has a nose like a goblin...

I'm not sure if you can tell from this picture but the escalators in the Underground in London are practically vertical - this is going down

Of course, everyone recognizes this shot...

I've learned it is IMPOSSIBLE to take an attractive selfie of yourself, but it is half the fun of proving you've been places, now isn't it? So here is yours truly at Westminster Abbey which is a place near and dear to Tiki's heart...

and here is one of my favorite buildings in South Kensington- do you recognize this building?  

Don't you think this TOTALLY looks like Gringotts Bank - except without the leaning pillars??!!!

All right, Poppets, that's probably enough for tonight.  Hope you're enjoying our grand adventure. Sweet dreams! I'll post again soon!


Friday, April 18, 2014

To London, with love.. our Great Adventure

Hello Poppets,

My daughter and I recently went on a Great Adventure, (Yes, those words should be capitalized) so I thought I would share some of it with you. We went to London (my favorite place in the world) and Paris. And it was mahvelous, dahlink!  We went to all those places in THE FAERIE RING books and then some new places... so take a peek at the photos below and check in every few days because I'm going to share our Great Adventure with you! :-)

Oh! I guess that one isn't from my book, is it?  :*) But since we found ourselves in King's Cross....

But we also went here....

and of course.....

and for those of you who thought I made up the Birdkeeper's Cottage where Mamie - it is very real and situated at the end of St. James Park:

I'll post again this weekend (because I actually have time!) and then every couple of days for a while until I bore you to death or run out of things to say.  Have you been to London or Paris? If yes, what is your favorite memory?


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Snow! How I love the magic of snow!

Our first good snowfall of the year! Keep your fingers crossed it snows all night! :-)

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Seahawks Parade - 700,000+ 12's strong! #GoHawks

The 12th man packed downtown Seattle today to peacefully celebrate the Seahawks in their Superbowl win:  #GoHawks!!!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Two new releases today you can't miss!

Two of my writing friends are releasing books today!  Looking for some GREAT reading?  Check these out:

ICE DOGS by Terry Lynn Johnson. Here's the summary from Goodreads:

Victoria Secord, a 14-year-old Alaskan dogsled racer, loses her way on a routine outing with her dogs. With food gone and temperatures dropping, her survival, and that of her dogs and the mysterious boy she meets in the woods, is entirely up to her.

Author Terry Lynn Johnson is a musher herself and her crackling writing puts readers at the reins as Victoria and Chris experience setbacks, mistakes, and small triumphs in their wilderness adventure.

I just started ICE DOGS last night and I love it! I have been plunged into  another world of dogsleds, danger and adventure!

Also releasing today is CRESS by Marissa Meyer, the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Here's the Goodreads summary:

 Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

So if you're looking for something new to read - check these out!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Faerie Ring at MidWinter ALA

Agent / Author Suzie Townsend just posted this picture of the Tor Books Booth from MidWinter ALA going on in Philadelphia right now......that book in front looks vaguely familiar....

Happy to be in such good company! :-)

Happy Saturday! #joyful #thankful!

Friday, January 17, 2014


It's Blue Friday here in Seattle (where we all wear our Seahawks gear in support of our awesome, fantastic team) as we get ready to demolish the 49er's in the NFC Championship playoff on Sunday, which is one example of keeping the faith and #alwaysbelieve but I'm actually writing today about something else.

I had a Twitter conversation last night with a friend of mine, Kristin Rae, who is an author in Texas, and it made me smile and be thankful for a number of reasons. But let me back up a minute....since I've started writing I've met *so many* people who dream of being a published author. Like, half the world.  And I always have the same message for them:  Ya gotta believe. Never give up. Keep trying, keep writing, keep improving on your craft.

Well, two years ago this April I was at the Texas Library Association conference where I was fortunate enough to be on a panel with some awesome authors and do a book signing etc. It was there that I had a conversation with Kristin, who at the time was querying for agents.  Anyone who has attempted to get an agent or to get published knows this is a TOUGH business.  She was feeling a bit down about the process and her prospects and so we had an #alwaysbelieve conversation.  And guess what? Kristin did get an agent. And she sold her book which comes out this May.

And now, only two years later, SHE is going to be doing a book signing and other exciting stuff at the TLA conference this April. Click HERE to read about Kristin's book on Goodreads. 

So you know the moral of this story, right? If you have a dream, of any kind:  #ALWAYSBELIEVE!

Make your life what you want it to be!

~Kiki  #joyful and #thankful