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30 Tips for 30 Days: Kick Start Your Novel and Get Out of Your Own Way. A Guide for Nano and Beyond. 3rd Edition.
While technically not a Topic Workbook, 30 TIPS fits in the “help for writers” category. This little download started as daily emails to writers I mentored during National Novel Writing Month. It’s now a free download on multiple digital channels. If you didn’t start on Nov. 1, you can name any day you wish as “Day 1” and work from there.
Available on multiple digital channels free here.
If you’re interested in the Topic Workbooks, visit their dedicated page, which has direct buy links.
Coventina Circle Paranormal Romantic Suspense
PLAYING THE ANGLES (Book 1)
Witchcraft, politics, and theatre collide as Morag D’Anneville and Secret Service agent Simon Keane fight to protect the Vice President of the United States — or is it Morag who needs Simon’s protection more than the VP?
Witch and theatre professional Morag D’Anneville is annoyed when she’s assigned to dress the conservative Vice President as he makes a surprise appearance in his favorite Broadway show. Even more irritating, she has to teach Agent Simon Keane, part of the security detail, the backstage ropes in preparation. A strong attraction flares between them which they both recognize is doomed, and Simon must also fight his superior’s prejudice that Morag’s beliefs make her a threat to the Vice President. When Morag is attacked, Simon’s loyalties are torn between protecting the man he’s sworn to protect, and protecting the woman he loves.
Released digitally in October, 2017
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THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY (Book 2)
Bonnie Chencko knows books change lives. But she never expected her life to change because she happened to duck into a small bookshop in Greenwich Village on a rainy late November night. She’s attracted to Rufus Van Dijk, the mysterious man who owns the bookshop in his ancestors’ building. A building filled with family ghosts, who are mysteriously disappearing. It’s up to Bonnie and her burgeoning Craft powers to rescue the spirits before their souls are lost forever. $3.99
RELICS & REQUIEM (Book 3)
Amanda Breck’s complicated life gets more convoluted when she finds the body of Lena Morgan in Central Park, identical to Amanda’s dream. Detective Phineas Regan is one case away from retirement; the last thing he needs is a murder case tinged by the occult. The seeds of their attraction were planted months ago, when Phineas investigated an attack on Amanda’s friend Morag. Now, fate is determined to draw them close. But can they work together to stop a wily, vicious killer, or will the murderer destroy them both?
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GRAVE REACH (Book 4)
Lesley Chase fought her way free from an abusive marriage, thanks to Coventina Circle. After her ex-husband’s murder, she took a sabbatical to study yoga, meditation, and dreamwalking in Costa Rica. A passionate affair with Sam Pierce helped her self-confidence and healing, but she insisted they break all contact when she returned to New York. She’s stunned when she runs into Sam, who has an office in the same building as her therapist. He convinces her it’s just a weird coincidence, and he won’t try to rekindle their passion. But when Lesley’s dreamwalking crosses into dangerous territory, and her ex-husband starts stalking her from beyond the grave, Sam is determined to set her free, once and for all. Of course, Sam has a few dark secrets of his own, on both sides of the veil. . .
Digital Release in multiple formats from Bluestockings & Gentlemen Press fo/r $3.99
Universal Buy Link here.
Nautical Namaste Mysteries
SAVASANA AT SEA (Book 1)
Smart. Intelligent. Sexy. Yoga Instructor Sophie Batchelder’s wonderful life gets turned upside down when she’s fired from her job and dumped by her fiancé in the same day. Grabbing the opportunity to assist the yoga instructor on a cruise ship headed for the Bahamas for ten days, she discovers her predecessor’s body, and the rumors that she’s taking over in that predecessor’s blackmail operation put her own life in danger. She must use intelligence, humor, and intuition to clear her name and save her own life.
Along the way, she’s swept up in the frenetic, stressful, life that happens beyond the “employees only” door of a cruise ship, and finds romantic possibilities and disappointments. Can she live a yogic path and survive cruise ship life? Which of the sexy new men in her life should she trust — Sebastian Anger, the engineer, who has secrets, but who makes her heart flutter with either pleasure or rage? Andrew, the nurse who goes out of his way to be friendly to her, no matter what the rumors? Or Detective Duncan Cooke, with the limp, the bedroom eyes, and the five o’clock shadow? Or Dhruv, the head of the Charisma’s security, who might have his own agenda to protect the ship at all costs?
Released November 2017.
Visit the Nautical Namaste Website.
The Gwen Finnegan Mysteries
TRACKING MEDUSA (Book 1)
The re-animation of a goddess. A well-known archaeologist hunting down her lover’s murderer. An historical researcher getting his first chance to prove himself in the field. These elements combine in a thrilling paranormal mystery/adventure/urban fantasy filled with history, witchcraft, long-ranging betrayals, and growing attraction through New York, Scotland, and the Mediterranean as warring factions track the statue known as “The Medusa.” An urban fantasy/paranormal mystery combination of NATIONAL TREASURE meets Preston & Child with a dash of FRINGE.
Archaeologist Dr. Gwen Finnegan is on the hunt for her lover’s killer. Historical researcher Justin Yates bumps into her, literally, on the steps of the New York Public Library, and comes to her aid when she’s attacked, sparking an attraction between them in spite of their age difference. After avoiding a cadre of pursuers at the Met Museum, Gwen impulsively invites Justin to hop a plane with her to the UK. The shy historian, frustrated with his failing relationship, jumps at the chance to join her on a real adventure. That adventure takes them through Europe, pursued by factions including Gwen’s ex-lover and nemesis, Karl, as they try to unspool fact from fiction in a multi-generational obsession with a statue of the goddess Medusa.
Released January 2018
MYTH & INTERPRETATION (A Between the Books Novella, 1.5)
Stuck in NYC when plans for their next expedition fall through, Gwen and Justin accept teaching jobs at different local universities. Adjusting to their day-to-day relationship, and juggling the academic and emotional demands of their students, they are embroiled in two different, disturbing, paranormal situations that have more than one unusual crossing point. Can they work together to find the answers? Or are new temptations too much to resist? For whom are they willing to put their lives on the line?
$1.99 on Multiple Digital Channels Universal Buy Link
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The Jain Lazarus Adventures
HEX BREAKER (Book 1)
Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
To be re-release by Bluestockings & Gentlemen Press in 2022.
OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK (Book 2)
Detective Wyatt East finds himself the primary suspect when hex breaker Jain Lazarus disappears after their romantic weekend in Vermont. In spite of the suspicions, Jain’s boss, Maitland Stiles, hires Wyatt to track her down, forcing him to face aspects of his own painful past and revealing more about hers.
Saddled with two rebellious runaway paranormal teens, he’s embroiled in a shapeshifter pack disagreement, and must learn to work with both a caustic dragon and a cantankerous mermaid to not only find Jain, but help her help an old friend who’s in over his head. Wyatt learns he is not without psychic abilities of his own, although he prefers old-fashioned detective work.
To be re-released by Bluestockings & Gentlemen Press in 2022.
Visit the Jain Lazarus Website.
The Remarkable Adventures of Cornelia True and Roman Gray
“The Ramsey Chase” — A Remarkable Adventure of Cornelia True and Roman Gray”
Miss Cornelia True lives in Bodwin’s Ferry, a small seacoast town, with her sisters Arabella and Viola. Her life changes forever when Roman Gray, a “fixer” from the future and across the seas from the metropolis of Newest Yorkke, lands, naked, amongst Cornelia’s petunias due to a glitch in his Device. Together, they embark on a series of remarkable adventures. In “The Ramsey Chase”, Roman arrives hunting a time-travelling serial killer who preys on young women for their blood.
The Twinkle Tavern Mysteries
“Plot Bunnies” (A Twinkle Tavern Mystery) by Ava Dunne
Someone killed the Easter Bunny – so who’s dancing around the Village Green in his suit?
Welcome to Twinkle, Vermont. When her husband is killed in a car crash after a rendezvous with his mistress, Gloria Dunkirk and her teenaged son move in with her mother-in-law. Gloria goes to work at the historical Twinkle Tavern & Green Gate Inn. When her son and his friend discover the body of the man who dresses up for holiday events, they wonder who’s impersonating him at the town’s Easter Egg event at that very moment? The upside is that Gloria gets to spend time with the sexy Dean Eastlake, Twinkle’s favorite detective. The downside is stopping the killer before he strikes again – in minutes.
Nina Bell mysteries
“Too Much Mistletoe”
A Nina Bell Mystery for the holidays!
Nina’s college friend Winter disappears after a bad ending to an affair with her professor. The former college friends join forces to figure out what happened to her, while Nina juggles a new job backstage, and every man she meets seems to want to kiss her under the mistletoe. Soon, Nina’s not sure which is the bigger mystery — her friend’s disappearance or her complicated love life!
New edition releasing soon. Stay tuned!
Tumble: A Nina Bell Mystery
by Devon Ellington
When Nina discovers the body of a co-worker in the theatre’s dryer on New Year’s Day, , she knows she’s tracking down someone she knows. Juggling her responsibilities on her own show, her dead colleagues, and a handsome actor courting her, can she ferret out the killer before she becomes the next victim?
New edition releasing soon. Stay tuned!
“Personal Revolution” — a Cabot’s Crossing Short Mystery by Devon Ellington
When a man is hanged from the oak tree in a Redcoat uniform at an historic house just before the Independence Day program, Glenda is determined to both solve the murder and protect the newly-opened museum. What she finds is much darker — and more personal — than she bargained.
Re-release June 28, 2022. Only 99 cents:
Just Jump in and Fly by Ava Dunne
Samantha Wright has a problem. The attractive Kris Teague crash- landed his sleigh and eight not-so-tiny reindeer in her driveway. His uncle Nick happens to be THAT Nick – as in Claus – and they need Samantha Wright’s help to turn back the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse at one of the Universal Gates not only to save Christmas, but keep Earth turning. A fresh, romantic comedy turn on Yuletide myths and traditions! A novelette of just over 10,000 words.
New edition releasing Nov. 30, 2020. Only 99 cents!
Severance by Devon Ellington (science-fiction/western/horror)
When Riker Cain walks into Linn Shek’s bar, he kills the man sent to assassinate Linn by her enemy Tarank. At that moment, Linn knows her past as Eidolinn Sheekagh, the Annym Roosteyr (dispatcher of souls), has come back to haunt her.
The Ghost of Lockesley Hall by Devon Ellington
When a dark, mysterious stranger arrives on Edwina’s snowy doorstep on Christmas Eve, is he the answer to saving her beloved family home, or another threat?
Edwina Lockesley is desperate to save her family home from a conniving neighbor who claims the house –and her — in payment for a debt. When Theobold Vertingras shows up on the doorstep in a Christmas Eve blizzard, will he help Edwina coax the hall’s ghost to give up her secrets in order to save the manor? Or is Theobold there to complicate matters even more — especially since Edwina finds him so attractive?
New edition releasing December 15, 2020. Stay tuned!
DIXIE DUST RUMORS
a YA horse racing mystery, available from eTreasures Publishing.
Who could be luckier than a young girl whose father trains racehorses? That is, until false accusations could cause the loss of not only their livelihood and the horses they love, but their dreams. Due to the belief that horse racing is a crooked sport, even unsubstantiated rumors can be fatal to a trainer’s career. Twelve-year-old Rose Olen is determined to find out why a journalist printed innuendos that make her father’s business practices sound unethical without checking facts. Aided by her friends Maya Sanchez and Libby Kim, and her younger brother Simon, they investigate the charges and come up with a scheme to foil the reporter. They juggle responsibilities at school, the contempt and ridicule from other students, and responsibilities at the track as they search for the truth behind the Dixie Dust Rumors.
Available Digitally for $1.50 here.
Five essays under the Christiane Van de Velde name appear in this anthology.
Amazon Link here.
New Legends: Mercenary, Engineer, Captain contains my steampunk short story “Loyalty Strata” featuring dirigible Captain Tamlyn O’Hara.
Print edition only here.
My essay “Exploding the Myth of the Jersey Girl” (by Devon Ellington) is included in this must-have for any lover of Stephanie Plum.
Amazon link here.
My essay in included in this collection of essays about Anita Blake.
Amazon Link here.
Horror, mystery, fantasy and more! So many ways to die . . .
My science fiction/mystery hybrid “Sea Diamond” is included in this terrific anthology. Amazon link here.