Apricots and Wolfsbane

Announcing Upcoming Appearances!

I am thrilled to announce three upcoming local author appearances. I hope to see you there!

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On January 27, I’ll be speaking at Murder By The Book – Houston, giving a short lecture about Locusta, who was the world’s first serial killer and the inspiration for my historical fiction thriller, Apricots and Wolfsbane. Afterwards I’ll be taking questions and signing books! The fun begins at 4:30 p.m.

Event Details:

Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 4:30pm
2342 Bissonnet St.
HoustonTX 77005

Brazcon

Join me at BrazCon, February 3! I’ll participating in an author panel (time TBD) about Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) and at my booth I’ll be selling and signing Apricots and Wolfsbane. The event is free with a reserved ticket.Event Details:

Saturday, February 3, 2018
8:45 AM – 4:00 PM CST
Shadow Creek High School
11850 Broadway street
Pearland, TX 77584
http://brazcon.org/


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On March 24 I will be selling and signing Apricots and Wolfsbane at the Galveston Island Book Festival. Stop by for some Tudor and poison trivia!

Event Details:

Saturday, March 24, 2018
  Galveston College
4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, TX, 77550
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Galveston Island Book Festival

Apricots and Wolfsbane, Guest Blog

My novel inspired poems!

@GeorgiaTell is working on a project to write 1,000 poems and two of them are inspired by Apricots and Wolfsbane! In the book, Lavinia dreams of being captured in poetry and now she has!

Check out Georgia’s website, and read her beautiful poems below.


of the same kind

a drop of poison
thief dead on the floor
saw off his finger
he keeps the ruby ring no more


I enjoy

the squeak of a chair
watching their eyes realize
life was draining away

the stillness of the body
when my poison won
taking proof

the silence when it was done
echoing in my head
until confession welcomed God’s voice back

Apricots and Wolfsbane, Guest Blog

The Life and Bizarre Death of “Necro-Entrepreneur” Locusta, the World’s First Known Serial Killer

Dirty, Sexy History

WDM27975 The Love Potion. Evelyn de Morgan, 1903.

Little is known about the world’s first serial killer, which is perhaps why accounts of Locusta’s death are . . . eccentric?

Here’s what we do know: Locusta hailed from Gaul, the outer province of Ancient Rome now known as France. Trained in herbs, she mastered the system of “patronage” and made a name for herself as a reliable assassin – or as Dr. Katherine Ramsland calls Locusta’s business, “necro-entrepreneur.” [1] To Locusta’s benefit, Rome brimmed with wealthy, would-be-patrons, eager to hasten the death of rich relatives. These clients also reliably bailed Locusta out of prison when events didn’t unfold per plan.

In AD 54, Empress Agrippina, the fourth wife—and niece—of Emperor Claudius, grew tired of her uncle/husband. She conspired with Locusta to murder Claudius in order to place her son from a previous marriage, Nero, on the throne. The Emperor, however, proved…

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Apricots and Wolfsbane

On the eve of publication

Tomorrow, my book releases.

(Holy crap!)

Tomorrow, you can dive into the words I’ve fretted over.

Your eyes will scan over them in microseconds, but I assure you, I’ve agonized over each one.

Tomorrow, I become a published author!

I remember making cardboard and wallpaper books in elementary school and I’ve always thought it would be amazing to create a real one. I’m am so proud of this work.

Tomorrow, you can enter the imaginary world I created.

And just like the real one, I know it will be critiqued. I am thrilled at the positive reception I’ve received from pre-release reviews, but I know not every book is for everyone. Some of you may not finish, some of you may despise the plot, or the writing, or the choices I’ve made. And that’s okay. Putting creative works out into the judging world takes courage and I hope you have the courage to be honest with me.

Tomorrow is the result of help and encouragement I have received from so many along the way.

I am grateful to my publisher for believing in me and elevating the piece with insightful editing. (Thank you, Myra, from the bottom of my heart.) I am grateful for all of the encouragement and support I have received from other authors I only virtually know – every time you  hit “like” on one of my Twitter hashtag game lines, you made my day. Thank you to my family who are my rock.

Tomorrow, my book releases.

I am still in disbelief. I am overcome with excitement and a little bit of nerves. I feel so grateful for the support I’ve received and the opportunity. I know there are many  hopeful authors who dream of publishing and I am honored to have made it this far. No matter what dream or crazy idea you have, don’t give up.

Tomorrow . . .

(Guess who is probably not going to sleep tonight.)