I am thrilled to show you the new cover for my upcoming young adult science fiction novel, Girl of Flesh and Metal.

Thanks so much to J Caleb Design for the artwork. I came to him with little more than a description of the book and the main character, and he put together this amazingness.

Without further rambling, here it is, followed by the book description. And BONUS: It’s already up for preorder—and at a discount. If you’re so inclined, you can scroll to the bottom of this post for the link to get it now.

It was supposed to help her—not turn her into a monster.

Now, Lena’s stuck with this cybernetic arm, and her friends are terrified of her.

And maybe they should be.

The arm’s artificial intelligence takes Lena’s thoughts to the extreme. It acts when she doesn’t tell it to, even when she’s asleep.

Ever since she got the new limb, she’s been sleepwalking and waking in odd places. To Lena, this is just another example of how CyberCorp—her parents’ company and the manufacturer of the arm—screws up everything.

As the rollout of CyberCorp’s new android approaches, a murderer targets children of the company’s employees. And thanks to her sleepwalking, Lena doesn’t know what she was doing during the murders.

When the evidence points to her, Lena decides to prove her innocence—or her guilt.

You’ll love this fast-paced young adult sci-fi because the twists and turns will keep you flipping the pages.

Grab it now at the preorder price.

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It’s been a while since I published, but here is incontrovertible PROOF that I’ve been busy writing. Among the projects I’m working on is this new Young Adult Urban Fantasy trilogy.

Thanks to Seedlings Design Studio for the amazing artwork.

Here’s the cover art for the first book, Good Luck and Bad Juju, followed by a book description. I hope you’re as excited as I am for its release!

One sister must die.
The others have to live with it.

Hoodoo. Conjure. Folk magic.

Whatever you call it—in Raven’s family, it kills one girl per generation. Raven has two sisters and no plans to lose them. She refuses to become her control-freak mother or her drunk grandmother, who still grieve the sisters and daughter they lost to the curse.

Raven petitions the spirits for protective gifts: empathy for one sister, sight for the other, and Raven gets luck.

When a stranger with a dying son is caught in the petition, his gift makes him unstoppable. The more desperate he becomes, the stronger and larger he grows—and the more he loses control.

In his mind, only Raven, her sisters, and their magic stand between him and his son’s life.

The sisters have survived a hostage situation, a break-in, and countless car accidents, but this man’s uncontrolled strength and obsession are their greatest threat.

Will the girls’ gifts be enough to save them? And if not, is Raven lucky enough to be the one who dies?

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So it’s been over a month since I last posted. My bad.

You know how life gets in the way of things. Lately, my life has included a large influx of work at my day job… and a new puppy. So today, I come to you with puppy photos in hand, because nothing prompts forgiveness for absence better than cute pet pics or kid pics.

You Are Enough!

Basically, he’s super cute. And super sweet when he wants to be. But he also requires a good deal of attention with respect to house-training and play time, and I’m trying to find my new normal.

You Are Enough!

In the meantime, I’ve missed posting about all kinds of awesome sciencey-or-weird stuff that’s happened over the past month. Stuff like the super wolf blood moon, which I totally planned to write about.

This blog post is the beginning of my getting back into a routine in which I continue to write the Johnson Family Curse series, work at my day job, and raise a cute pup, among other things.

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For some people, the holidays are an amazing time for eating indulgent food and spending time with loving family. For other people, the holidays are hard.

Maybe you ended them feeling bad about yourself.

Quick reminder: you are enough.

As we start the countdown to the new year, a lot of you are making resolutions.

How will you be thinner, more productive, more of what all the ads tell you that you need to be?

You are enough.

You can choose, at any moment in time, to improve yourself. You don’t have to do it just because the Earth has made yet another trip around the sun.

You don’t have to do it because everyone else is doing it. You don’t have to do it for the people who focus on your imperfections instead of all the amazing things about you. And you certainly don’t have to do it just because our society is trying to suck money out of you for gym memberships, weight loss plans, hair-removal packages, or whatnot.

You Are Enough!

So get out there and make 2019 the best you can. I believe in you.

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So despite not being a little old lady, I wear hearing aids, because apparently my ears are defective. In other words, I’m a cyborg enhanced with advanced hearing technology.

Those of you who don’t think this makes me a cyborg are probably the same group who don’t think Die Hard is a Christmas movie, and you really need to rediscover your joy.

Okay, I admit that one has nothing to do with the other. But I just read this article about how 62% of people wrongly think that Die Hard isn’t a Christmas movie, even though it obviously is, and I wanted to publicly point out their wrongness.

And it’s my blog, so I do what I want.

Anyway, today is my doctor’s appointment to discuss upgrading my hearing aids. In other words, I will be upgraded with new, improved super-hearing capabilities.

Now, if I could just figure out how to use this super power for the good of humanity…

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