New York Comic Con

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I’m off to New York Comic Con this week. I’ll be participating in a panel called Mirror Mirror, On the Wall. Moderated by my editor at 47North, Adrienne Procaccini, the line-up will include authors Robin Hobb, Rebecca Roanhorse, Emily R. King, F.C. Yee, Mackenzie Lee, and me. We’ll be talking about myths and fairy tales in modern storytelling. One of the coolest things I’ve heard from people regarding The Vine Witch is how it reads like a fairy tale for grown-ups. Love that.

If you’re going to be at NYCC this year, we hope you’ll join us for the panel on Sunday. The talk will be followed by a book sale/signing session.

My first comic con!

Release Day!


October 1st is the official release day for my novel The Vine Witch!

It’s fall, the leaves are changing color, and I’m ready for some late-night reading by the fire with a glass of red wine within easy reach.

Thank you to those who’ve already read and reviewed The Vine Witch as part of Amazon First Reads early access to the novel. I’ve heard from so many who said they’ve recommended it to a friend or relative. Much thanks for your enthusiasm!

Cheers and happy reading!


Amazon First Reads!


The Vine Witch is an Amazon First Reads choice for September. And THIS MONTH Amazon Prime members get to choose TWO free books instead of the usual one. They don’t include fantasy novels every month, so I’m honored they chose mine to be a part of this great deal for readers. So go. Click. Read!

And if you’re not an Amazon Prime member, the book will be released for general purchase on October 1, 2019.

Thanks so much to everyone already reading!


Summary for The Vine Witch:

For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger.

Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel naively favors science over superstition, and he certainly doesn’t endorse the locals’ belief in witches. But Elena knows a hex when she sees one, and the vineyard is covered in them. To stay on and help the vines recover, she’ll have to hide her true identity, along with her plans for revenge against whoever stole seven winters of her life. And she won’t rest until she can defy the evil powers that are still a threat to herself, Jean-Paul, and the ancient vine-witch legacy in the rolling hills of the Chanceaux Valley.

The Glamourist

The second book in The Vine Witch series has been turned in for review. Edits will begin shortly, and then I think we’re looking at a June 2020 release date. And I can update that book two will now be called The Glamourist, which is a rather intriguing title, I think. Excited to see this one come together in production.

A teaser for book two.

A teaser for book two.

While Elena remains the main character, this one leans into Yvette’s backstory more. It was an absolute blast to write. I’m a total pantser (I write by the seat of my pants rather than using an outline) when it comes to finding the story, and this one caught me by surprise in a few places. In some respects this novel is smaller in scale than The Vine Witch, yet it expands the world in ways I hadn’t anticipated when I first sat down to write it. And, as with its predecessor, the sequel is full of women taking care of business via magic.

In other news, I’ll be starting on book three this week as well, so things are busy.