Give Lyons Love

Hydraulic Level Five’s hometown needs some love, y’all.

If you’ve watched the news the past 24 hours, you may be aware that the Front Range in Colorado has been hammered by flash floods and mudslides of “biblical” proportions. sandbaggingSadly, the little town of Lyons is at the heart of this destruction, along with Boulder and the surrounding area. If you have read my recently published novel Hydraulic Level Five, you understand what a blow this is to everyone who loves this quirky, beautiful piece of country.

As of now, the National Guard has evacuated the entire town of Lyons. There is no power, water, sewage system…the infrastructure has been wiped bridge outout. Many of the surrounding areas have not fared much better. I spent the morning clutching my phone and texting with my sister as she described paddling from their farm in a canoe, leaving all of their possessions and animals on a hill, as the Platte River rapidly swelled from its banks and flooded their farm.

It is difficult to do nothing. That’s why, this weekend, Omnific Publishing has generously agreed to give 50 percent of all Hydraulic Level Five proceeds to help with the Front Range flood recovery effort. Saturday, Sept 14—Sunday, Sept 15, for every book purchased, HALF will go to the Foothills United Way Flood Relief fund.

Please pass the word. Please share with a friend, or two, or ten. Give to the Foothills United Way. Let’s let the towns afflicted by this devastation know we’re behind them!

Foothills United Way Flood Relief

Hydraulic Level Five on Amazon

Lots of Goodies Are Crowding My Closet

Man, has my mailbox been getting a lot of action. My mailman is feeling put-upon, I’m sure.  Take a look at some of the things crossing the threshold of my front door.

IMG_134219150805718For those who love tangible paper beneath your fingers, I have bookmarks! Notice the quote we chose? This is one of my favorite scenes in Hydraulic Level Five, when Kaye wakes up to find Samuel watching her…and reeking of sour milk. Best. Prank. Ever.

So here’s how you can get your mitts on one or two of these puppies:

If you review on Amazon, you get a signed bookmark.

If you review on Goodreads, you get a signed bookmark.

If you review both sites, you get two signed bookmarks! Be sure to email me links and your mailing address at We’ll do this until we reach 100 reviews on both sites. And don’t forget, when both sites reach 100 reviews, I’ll release that sizeable SKYGODS EXCERPT!

The Knew_Man MonsterSomething else I got in the mail for the giveaway bags: 10 copies of The Knew’s latest album, Man Monster! It is seriously catchy, y’all. Even if you don’t win a giveaway, consider picking this up. They are a popular Denver-based band with rock sound a bit reminiscent of The Clash—the nicest guys you’ll meet.

And finally, I’ve got a whole stack of paperbacks—isn’t the book gorgeous? Omnific did an incredible job with the cover and fonts, that you just can’t see on an e-reader.


If you haven’t signed up for the giveaway, you still have five days. Go here to enter: Hydraulic Level Five Giveaway

Hydraulic Level Five can be purchased on Amazon and on Barnes & Noble

Blog Tour Sept 3-9: Hydraulic Level Five

Today is the official book release of Hydraulic Level Five!

You can find it here: Amazon Kindle

and other formats (eBook and paperback), here: Omnific Publishing
We’ve got lots of giveaways and blog reviews happening this week. Check out this amazing cloth tote, courtesy of DUCK DUCK FARMS in Colorado, I’ll be using for my blog tour giveaway bags. They have the most adorable logo, and I use this tote when I go to the farmers market.

My new favorite grocery tote:

DDF tote   DDF tote2

The following blogs are participating in the Hydraulic Level Five tour, so look to them for info and goodies!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013 (Release Day)

Kaidans Seduction
The Book Bellas
Babu’s Bookshelf
Reading Is My Breathing

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

My Love For Films And Novels
Wolfel’s World of Books
A Trail of Books Left Behind
Romantic Reading Escapes
Angela’s Smexy Book Reviews
Fandom Fanatic
Martini Times

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Tiffany Talks Books
Stories and Swag
Book Sojourner
Scandalous Book Blog
Once Upon a Twilight!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Owl Always Be Reading
Dear Brighton
Literati Literature Lovers

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Inside the World of Books
Book Fanatic
Bare Naked Words
Falling In Fall

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Niccis Book Blog
Best Sellers & Best Stellars of Romance
Italian Brat’s Obsessions

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fic Talk
Romance Schmomance
L.V. Lewis
Belle’s Book Bag
Literati Book Reviews

Happy reading day, everyone!

Hydraulic Level Five is Here!

So, Amazon beat us to the punch. Hydraulic Level Five Release Day is, I guess….now!
After a year’s worth of rewrites and polishing, Hydraulic Level Five is now available for your reading pleasure, a day early:
Hydraulic Level Five on Amazon Kindle
Hydraulic Level Five (n.): A whitewater rapid classification hl5indicating large waves, continuous rapids, large rocks and hazards, potential large drops, where precise maneuvering is required. Often characterized by “must make” moves, i.e. failure to execute a specific maneuver at a specific point may result in serious injury or death.

“Kaye is an extreme sports addict with a kind heart and an axe to grind with her childhood sweetheart and ex-husband, renowned writer Samuel Caulfield Cabral. While Samuel enjoys a celebrity life in New York, Kaye remains in their hometown of Lyons, Colorado, running her PR agency and chatting daily with Samuel’s family, the beloved Cabrals-first-generation Mexican-Americans who have embraced Kaye as their own. But when Samuel returns home for his sister’s wedding with a new love interest, stunning editor Caroline Ortega, the gloves are stripped off. Kaye is determined to unearth the reasons behind the death of their marriage and why two people who lived to love each other were driven apart, all leading to startling revelations about Samuel, about life, and about herself. She soon realizes that maneuvering the tumultuous waters of her relationship with Samuel will prove as dangerous as any outdoor adventure she might attempt…at least where her heart is concerned.”

I believe many women can connect to Kaye because they have felt the joys and pains she has felt. The book also deals with real life issues society tends to shy away from, and shouldn’t. Because of this, I am proud Hydraulic Level Five is my first fiction on bookshelves. I’m very happy with the end result, and I think readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the story will be, too!

I’ll let you know where to find the awesome GIVEAWAYS and blog tours tomorrow. For now, happy reading!

Bands You Should Know About: Seattle’s Hey Marseilles

I devour music and books like organic salad. Okay, Toblerone bars. I’m guessing if I don’t have something particularly pertinent to share in a blog, a lot of my blogs will be about bands I adore.

If you haven’t already found the group Hey Marseilles through Hydraulic Level 5’s previous incarnation, at Seattle’s Bumbershoot, or at your local music venue, I’d like to introduce them to you. A rising star from the Seattle burbs, Hey Marseilles has this unique, eclectic sound that takes bits and pieces from all sorts of musical genres—folk, rock, orchestral. They are so stinking fun in concert, with their array of percussion and accordions, strings and brass.  What really drew me in, though, is they connected to my little writer’s heart. A couple of years ago, I had the chance to chat briefly with lead vocalist Matt Bishop at Seattle’s Sausage Fest (how awesome a festival is that?), who commented that he failed his college poetry class. To that professor with their head up their tush , I say “boooo.”  Their lyrics are pure poetry, vivid imagery, thoughtful, an eloquent use of rhythm and sound:

I am leaving harbor if you cannot remember
Take me where you’re going in the light shade of December
The plains I see are floating, the grains I see are growing
Take me to the only place I see you’re going

[excerpt from “Café Lights”, Lines We Trace]

And they know how to tell a story—through lyrics, and also by creating both nostalgia and suspense in the music itself with swells of strings, unresolved chords, and building percussion. Then, at the end, they bring sweet catharsis by resolving that tension. It’s just one big musical climax, so awesome.  Case in point, from their first album, To Travels and Trunks, is “Calabasas” (which is on the Hydraulic Level 5 playlist):

So, I’m having a baby Monday (by the time this blog goes up, baby will probably already be here!) Imagine my delight then instant sorrow when I saw that Hey Marseilles was finally coming to D-town (that’s Des Moines, not Detroit)…three days before baby’s arrival. But, like the dedicated music aficionado I fancy myself to be, I’m heading out to Vaudeville Mews with the lovely Linzk78 and our husbands, 40-week watermelon tummy in tow.  Call it a last hurrah before I hole up for a while with my precious but exhausting little one. Thanks, Hey Marseilles, for the send-off.