I know, it’s been two weeks without a post. October has been, without a doubt, busier than I anticipated. And it’s not slowing down any time soon!

Renton City Comicon is coming FAST! 11 days and counting! I’m excited, nervous, and about 20 other different emotions. I want to make a good first impression because this is my first guest slot at a con. And I want to be invited to more!

So, last week something happened that was both big and small at the same time. October 11th would’ve been my parents’ 48th wedding anniversary. I’m sure they celebrated, in their own way, in whatever afterlife they’re in.

To commemorate the day, I released a new book. ‘Amari: Three Tales of Love and Triumph’ is now live.


Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MCRZ9H7

Go forth and conquer!


Everyone give author Casey Knight a warm welcome!

1. What’s the title of your latest release? Link?

Supernatural Games

https://www.amazon.com/Supernatural-Games- Casey-Knight-ebook/dp/B01G5QB3BW

2. Why do you like writing in this genre?

I love escape fiction. I grew up with Tolkein and the Tales of Narnia. Curling up with a great book is the ultimate get away.

3. What do you like to read?

I read fantasy, crime fiction, and murder mysteries.

4. Favorite movie?

A Rumor of Angels with Redgrave

5. What are your writing habits?

I usually write in the early evening and I listen to instrumentals and though I like to be routine I write when I feel a spark. Music or silence? Daily regimen or spurts of creativity?

6. What was the most surreal moment you’ve had as an author?

The first rejection letter I received addressed to Dear Author. I knew persistence would net an interested publisher.

7. How can readers find you?


8. What do you know now about being published that you wish you’d known before submitting?

I wish I’d understood how hard it is to find an audience. The work to market, Tweet, Facebook etc.

9. Favorite snack/drink while writing?

Usually nothing, I get absorbed and don’t want a distraction.

10. Look at your writing area…what’s the item you keep to inspire you (piece of artwork, figurine)?

I have my favorite beach sunset directly over my computer screen.

Thanks for stopping by, Casey!


Hey everyone!

I have a short story in a new anthology! Check out all the info below!

From castles to forests, humans to animals, bards to the rainbow bridge—journey into magical lands, imaginations, and adventure with seven talented Solstice Publishing authors.


Cats prepare for one of their kind to cross the rainbow bridge. A minstrel assists in protecting the kingdom he serves. A queen is in hiding… and other stories that will fire the imagination of all who enter this realm.




Realms of Fantastic Stories Vol 1 features K.C. Sprayberry, Stephen St. Clair, Rocky Rochford, Rick Ellrod, KateMarie Collins, Debbie De Louise, and Margaret Egrot with tales sure to delight and please.






Back to the grind

Hey! It’s Monday!

Had a great weekend! Went to Portland with my hubby to attend Rose City Comicon. To be honest, it was the first time we’d been without our daughters and not around other family in a long time. Spent way too much money, but I’ve got a great outfit to wear to Renton City Comicon now!

‘Emile’s Blade’ is with my editor at Solstice Publishing. Just heard from her this morning, in which she declared it to be ‘riproaring’. This is a good sign, I think.

Oh! And the cover’s done already!


I’ve gotten the three transition chapters done for the combo book. Waiting for ‘Emile’s Blade’ to be done with edits and proofread, then I can insert it and get the process started on that one.

So, what’s next? Well, I’m going to return to Lily, Talin, and Kade’s world. That’s right, I’m doing a follow up to ‘Mark of the Successor’!


Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had an excellent Labor Day yesterday! We spent part of the day at the ocean. Even witnessed Poseidon being denied a sacrifice!

By the way, if you have a small car (like a Mini Cooper), don’t drive on the beach.  And, if you do, don’t park near the surf. Because you will get stuck as the tide is coming in. Which leads to needing a team that specializes in pulling cars out. And the state park Ranger taking note. That last one is the kicker, since it’s now known you ignored the ‘do not drive on the beach’ signs.

That’s not really what I want to talk about today, though. One thing I’ve noticed about authors is that a good number of them really don’t know how to talk to their publisher. It can cost you future contracts.

First off, most publishers have more than one author in their stable. And several hundred, if not thousand, titles that they have the rights to. If you’re emailing them and expecting your title requires their immediate attention, you’re probably going to be put off to the side. Why? Because no one likes being dictated to. It’s human nature.

Publishers have a lot they do, most of which authors don’t see. They juggle hundreds of authors, thousands of titles, a day. Add to that new submissions, cover art requests, making sure editors and proofreaders are working well with the authors they’re paired with, uploading new releases, marketing the brand, etc. It’s rarely about a single title.

So, don’t threaten. Don’t be demanding. Be polite, acknowledge that their time is important. Thank them for taking the time to deal with your problem at their convenience.

Oh, and unless they tell you they never said something, don’t forward them their email as ‘proof you agreed to this’. Especially over a weekend when they’re not at work.

My writing mentor, Nick Pollotta, said it the best. He taught me that this business is ‘incestous, in that everybody knows everybody else – and they talk’. He was beyond right in that assessment. One pushy email will make publishers remember your name in a bad way. One that makes them think of how you present yourself to them when reading your next manuscript.

You got your foot in the door. Don’t shoot it off.



Everyone give a warm welcome to author S. C. Alban!

1. What’s the title of your latest release? Link?

My most current release is A Life Without Living. A paranormal romance, it’s the first book in The Strega Series. The second installment Barely Living Alive is currently in contract and undergoing edits. It will be released later this year.

2. Why do you like writing in this genre?

I like writing paranormal because I love the unexplained. I am a huge believer in the improbable and am fascinated with the realm of the unexplainable. I love how this genre pushes one’s imagination past everything that is known to be true in the current world.

3. What do you like to read?

I am a huge Anne Rice fan. I love her witch series and, of course, her vampire stuff. I love Richelle Mead, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Stephen King, but mostly, if it’s a good book, I’ll read it. This includes YA, SciFi, mystery, contemporary fiction, and straight up romance (including historical).

4. Favorite movie?

I am a HUGE movie fan and I love everything from slapstick comedy, to documentaries, to horror. But, there are two movies that I can watch over and over and over again. The first is Chocolat (2000), and the second is Cousins (the 1989 film). When it comes down to it, they’re both really about relationship intricacies, so, I suppose I’m really drawn to those types of films that focus on that.

5. What are your writing habits? Music or silence? Daily regimen or spurts of creativity?

It really depends on how I’m feeling. Sometimes, I pop on the headphones, crank up the music and just flow. Other times, I need total silence. I try to write something everyday. When I’m trying to finish a novel, I give myself a word count goal. When I’m working on a script I give myself a scene goal. It really just depends on what I’m doing that day and where the deadlines are.

6. What was the most surreal moment you’ve had as an author?

I think that would definitely be when I was scheduled to do a book signing at a pretty popular bookstore in my area. When I arrived, there was a huge sign out front that said “Author Signing Today.” My first thought was, “Great. I’m supposed to be signing here today, too. Why would they put two of us here on the same day.” I was a bit bummed. Then, the friend I was with informed me that I was the author, that the advertisement was for me. It all kind of hit me at that moment. I realized that I was an author, and everything that went along with it. It was definitely surreal.

7. How can readers find you?

Readers can find my all over social media. I also have a website. The links to my contacts are below:





8. What do you know now about being published that you wish you’d known before submitting?

The number one thing I wish I would have known before embarking on this journey was to start a blog way before I actually did. It would have given me such a better understanding of how things work and I wouldn’t have felt that I was learning it at the same time as I was trying to get my book to publication.

9. Favorite snack/drink while writing?

Actually, I often have to be reminded to eat when I’m working, and I work with a water bottle by my side. But, occasionally I’ll have something crunchy like popcorn or pita chips. Nothing too greasy though, I like a clean keyboard.🙂

10. Look at your writing area…what’s the item you keep to inspire you (piece of artwork, figurine)?

I always have a candle burning while I write, I don’t know why, it just is nice. And, lately, I’ve been keeping a few crystals/stone within reach as fidgets…. Something for my hands to do when I’m thinking about how I’m gonna write myself out of the mess that I inevitable create.

Thanks for stopping by, S.C.!


Closing a door


It’s Wednesday, not Monday. And I haven’t exactly been on the ball each week with posts here.

I did a big push and wrapped up “Emile’s Blade” earlier this week. It’s with my beta readers now, and should be under contract/with my editor at Solstice Publishing shortly after the first of September. Now I’m starting to connect all three Amari stories (Fin’s Magic, Alaric’s Bow, and Emile’s Blade) into a single book that we can release in both ebook and print formats.

I’m working with two different cons now! I’ll be a guest at Renton City Comicon in October, and a panelist at RustyCon in January. Love that these new opportunities are starting to open up to meet readers. And help authors.

There’s been other things going on, though, beyond the books. I’ve had some real issues lately with feeling like I have too many balls in the air. Work, writing, house, college (oldest heads that way in a few weeks), high school swim practice for the youngest, promoting, doctor and dentist appointments, vehicle maintenance, and about a dozen other things. It’s led me to spend more time just sitting and not wanting to participate in much of anything over being excited for the future.

A lot of this is related to my parents both passing away within seven months of each other. My dad’s death hit me really hard. When I was there the last time, I brought home one of his sweaters just to have something that still had a bit of his scent on it. My mom was morbidly obese. So am I. And I won’t die the way she did, so I’m looking into having surgery.

Our insurance won’t cover it, so I need to sell some books. LOTS of books. We’re looking at $20,000 to get this done.

So, yeah, things haven’t been the best. I never set out to lie to anyone reading this blog. If anything, I wanted to be brutally honest. To live past the age my mom was, I have to do something now. And current book sales aren’t going to get me there.

Still, it’s moving forward with the planning. It’s getting the preliminary testing and visits done now so, when the money is there, we can do this.

Oh, and I’m going to take a dream trip to Scotland when it’s done and I’ve recovered from the surgery.

Ever so slowly, the door on my past is closing. In some ways, I’ve kept it open for far too long. I don’t think I’m done grieving, which is one reason why I had to force myself to finish up ‘Emile’s Blade’. When you read it, and I hope you will, you will understand why. I’m probably going to have bad days ahead of me. When the desire to call him and give him some exciting news will remind me that he’s not able to answer any more. And there will be days where the juggling act I do will want to come crashing down. But I hope, and feel, that those days will be farther and farther apart. That the good will outweigh the bad, the memories give me more smiles than tears.

The stories that still need to be written will come to pass. The surgery, and Scotland, will eventually happen as well. And maybe, possibly, hopefully, the future I want won’t be as far away as it seems.