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Rites of Spring – First Sight

Rites of Spring blog hopWelcome to this stop on the Rites of Spring Blog Hop! Read to the bottom for details on how to enter to win a Kindle Fire! For your enjoyment, here is an excerpt from Botanicaust; the first moment Tula sees the hero, Levi.

In an all-too-plausible future where Earth has been overrun by invasive, genetically modified weeds, a doctor with photosynthetic skin risks everything to save a man who refuses to be genetically modified. Together, can they find sanctuary in a cannibal wasteland?

In an all-too-plausible future where Earth has been overrun by invasive, genetically modified weeds, a doctor with photosynthetic skin risks everything to save a man who refuses to be genetically modified. Together, can they find sanctuary in a cannibal wasteland?

Tula jogged up the stairs from Confinement two at a time, headed to the duster pad outside. Heat from the tarmac slammed into her like a fist as she exited the climate controlled building, and she had to lift a hand to shield her eyes from the sudden sunlight. Two Med techs wheeled a screaming woman down the ramp on a gurney. Tula stepped aside so they could pass, assessing the prisoner’s swollen belly and shaking her head sadly. They’d keep the baby. But the woman was another matter.

At the door to the duster, Mo gestured to one of the other techs, hand on his weapon. He saw Tula and smiled broadly. She grinned back and loped across the asphalt.

“Hey, baby,” he said, pulling her close to his side with a one-armed embrace.

Inside the duster, two techs urged a male prisoner to his feet. The big man sat on his knees, palms pressed together as he mumbled. A flash of dizziness passed over Tula, and she swayed.

“Whoa,” Mo looked down at her. “You haven’t even kissed me, yet. Another Burn Op beat me to it?”

He liked to joke that she only stayed with him for the high of his kisses. She smiled weakly at him, glad to look away from the prisoner. “I can make my own drugs if I need to, thank you very much.”

He laughed and planted a kiss on her forehead. “Not if you never come out for air. You need me, baby.”

“What is this?” She indicated the man in the duster. The techs had him on his feet, but he kept his hands together and his lips moving.

“Hey, if they’re not struggling, I bring them in. I’d just as soon flash them all.”

She shuddered, well aware of his position on cannibals. “Do you have any idea how hard it is to prove consent?”

Mo shrugged and handed her a notebook. “That’s your job, not mine. He had this with him.”

She frowned at the book. Paper books were primitive, but cannibals were not known for their literacy. He must have found it in some ruins. She tucked the book under her arm and stepped within reach of the prisoner. Although he was huge for a cannibal, the captive remained incredibly docile. She spoke the Cannibal dialect, similar to, but simpler than Haldanian. “You hurt?”

The man continued his singsong drone, looking at the ground and ignoring her.

“He was with the mother?”

“Standing right over her. Didn’t put up one gram of resistance. Maybe you can convert a whole family,” Mo teased.

Tula pursed her lips in thought. A whole family? What a novel idea. She put a hand on the man’s shoulder. His sing-song grew louder, the cadence familiar in a way that made her tremble. She dropped her hand and backed away. Swallowing to regain her composure, she turned to the tech. “When the mother comes out of labor, put her and the baby in the cell with him.”


“The baby can wait for conversion a few days. We don’t often have a chance to study cannibal family dynamics. If we can better understand them, we might lower the reversion ratio.”

The tech raised his brows but nodded and herded the man across the tarmac. Mo grabbed her hand and pulled her the other direction. “Can you take off, now? Let the techs handle it tonight?”

“I have two children I really ought —”

He halted mid-step and pulled her into his arms, seizing her mouth in a kiss. The euphoric chemicals passed into her in a rush, making her head swim and her body flush with desire. He pulled back and she looked with blurred vision into his tawny eyes. “You really are high, aren’t you?” she asked.

“Want some more?” He kissed her again, running his tongue along her gum line. She swayed in his arms. “You’re a lightweight,” he murmured against her lips.

“Shut up and take me home.”

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And the winners are: Grand Prize: Kindle Fire — Entry #4 – Karl

2nd Place: $50 Amazon gift certificate — Entry #187 – Chum B.

Signed paperback of Botanicaust — Entry #5 Mary Roya!

Congratulations everyone!

Awesome Indies

I’m honored to have Botanicaust nominated for inclusion in the Awesome Indies list. The Awesome Indies website only includes independently published books which have been vetted by publishing professionals. Readers can be assured books on the list are of excellent professional quality. You should check it out.

The Book Boost

I wanted to let everyone know I am a guest blogger at The Book Boost today, so stop on over and say hi! You may even win a copy of Botanicaust 🙂

I’ll be on the road to Fairbanks, AK much of the day, so if I don’t get back to comments right away, pray I’m not broken down somewhere in Denali. (Really. Our truck has 212K miles on it. And we’re hauling a 4-wheeler to go moose hunting.) I’ll log on and respond as soon as we have Internet again.

Oh, and if you are in the Fairbanks area on Thursday, don’t forget I’ll be at Gulliver’s Books from 6-8pm!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic day!

School has Begun – Time to Write

SeptemberNotice the new look? I’m generally not a fan of white letters on dark background, but I thought this looked pretty good. I need to figure out how to put those small button icons for Facebook and Twitter and email follows in my sidebar, so they take up less room. I might move into a premium WordPress theme to make this website look the way I envision.

I’ve been working on promotion the entire month of August – hope you’re not sick of me yet. I have a guest post with The Book Boost September 10th, a book signing at Gulliver’s Books in Fairbanks (the northernmost, full service bookstore in America!)Location of Fairbanks, Alaska September 13th, plans to participate in Alaska Book Week October 6-13, and a blog tour set up to begin October 23rd. I have been contacting reviewers to read Botanicaust, with several takers already. I entered one Indie author contest with plans to enter another, plus I’ve been on Facebook and Twitter.

The need to actually write is beginning to really itch.

So I’ve joined the September Writemotivation challenge. This month I had to include some real life items on the list, because, hey, it’s September, and we only have a few days of “work outside” weather left.

1. Write 15K words on next manuscript by month’s end. This is by far the most important item on the list. One reviewer is already looking forward to the sequel to Botanicaust, so I need to get cracking.

2. Contact 5 (minimum) review sites to ask for reviews of Botanicaust.  If you have a review blog or paper, feel free to contact me and we’ll work out a complimentary copy of the book.

3. Harvest the garden and shut it down for winter. Why am I so gung-ho in spring, but in autumn I barely want to look at the garden? Oh, yeah – that ugly word “cleaning” is involved. That must be it.

4. Read and critique 4 (minimum) stories on SFF.Online.com. I have developed some wonderful author relationships via this website and I’d like to maintain the relationships.

5. Hunt moose (1 week.) Like I said – it’s September.

6. Read and critique CP partner’s manuscript. My local critique group keeps me sane.

7. Butcher pigs 1 week. By October, we’ll be working in snow, which sucks for butchering.

8. Post a blog a week (minimum.) ‘Nuf said.

9. Eat lots of #writemotivation cookies. *big smile* If you would like to join us, use the hashtag #writemotivation on Twitter.

Which of these items are you most interested in being updated about? I’d like to know. That way I won’t bore you with promotion.

Botanicaust Book Trailer

In an all-too-plausible future world where the Earth has been overrun by  invasive, genetically modified weeds, humanity has survived, but at what cost …

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Botanicaust is now available at Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Smashwords, All Romance eBooks, and Createspace. Try it now!


Botanicaust Proofs Are Here!

Chapter Twenty-five

I received the paperback proof for Botanicaust. *Gulp*

I approved it for publication. *Bigger gulp*

The paperback version should be available on Amazon next week, and the Kindle version is available NOW. *Fainting spell*

I can’t believe I’m holding a copy!

Holding a physical copy of the book in my hands is amazing. And opening it up on my Kindle is pretty awesome, too. For those of you with Nook or Kobo or Sony eReaders, Smashwords has the ePub format available. The digital book should be available at Barnes and Noble etc. next week, as well. Smashwords allows me to offer digital versions of the book to libraries for free, and two libraries have already picked it up.

Section breaks

I spent a lot of time formatting the inside of the book to look as good as the outside. My chapter headings and section breaks have small graphics. The artistry of the book as a whole has been very gratifying work.

If you get a chance, please stop by Amazon or one of the other retailers and “like” Botanicaust, leave tags, buy a copy – or best yet, read it and leave a review.

What I’m harvesting and cooking:

I’ve been formatting and publishing a book. The garden is obscured by weeds, and the family tells me they are starving. Buy a copy of Botanicaust so I can order them pizza delivery – lol!

What I’m reading:

While formatting, I’m still listening to The Lies of Locke Lamorra. I love audio-books. Anyone have suggestions about self-publishing Botanicaust on audio?

Cover Reveal

Drum roll, please …

Thank you to everyone at RWA Nationals in Anaheim who voiced their honest opinion and helped me modify my original cover during the week of the conference. I’m excited to be so close to publication!

While I was gone, the garden went crazy. The dill is flowering, well over my head, rather like the amarantox in Botanicaust, now that I think of it. Zucchini the size of small children are lurking beneath the leaves. And robins have cannibalized my strawberries (I wish they would eat the whole berry instead of half before moving on to the next morsel!) But I now have ripe tomatoes and juicy cucumbers, and the apples are plumping up on the trees. As soon as I do my allotment of proofreading edits, I’ll give a little love to all my plants.

Botanicaust will be released at the end of the month, so watch for it. And I got some hopeful news yesterday – my favorite Indie author (big name, but I don’t want to jinx it by telling you) agreed to read and give me a cover blurb! I’m so excited, I can hardly breathe.

Until next time, keep your fingers on the keyboard!