Summer of Skygods

Some of you savvy folk with 20/20 vision might have spotted this gem on a tiny corner of the Hydraulic Level Five bookmarks. I’m excited to reveal it in all its gorgeous, blown-up glory: the Skygods cover! Isn’t this gorgeous?


A glorious crown of water because, well, you can’t really SEE air.

SKYGODS contains a scene in which Kaye foolishly and painfully decides to skydive in the rain. When YOU are the object running into raindrops at terminal velocity? Yeah, ouch! The raindrop on the cover recalls this scene to me. That, and there’s a bit of Samuel Cabral’s more intense writing that alludes to kingship and thrones, which ties into this just perfectly. Well done, Omnific artist Micha Stone!

And when can you get your mitts on Kaye and Samuel’s next story? AUGUST 26, 2014! Mark your calendars, dust off a space on your bookshelf or e-reader, and gear up for another wild ride (SKYDIVING, people, come-on!).

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Extreme skydiving…at home.

Hydraulic Giveaway Winners

Holy cliff-huckers, it’s giveaway time!!!

I imagine you’ll skip straight to the winners lists, so I won’t keep you. But I seriously wish I could have picked all of you, because you have been amazingly supportive as I’ve released my debut novel. If you didn’t win anything, consider buddying up to one of these lovely people:

Gift Tote Winners (Duck Duck Farms tote, signed Hydraulic Level Five copy, bookmark, and The Knew’s Man Monster album):

1. SAnn Cricket

2. Margarette Mullikin

3. Melissa Crisp

4. Christine Keller-Quirk

5. Tiffany Reed

6. Karen Arrowood

7. Tonya Schenck

8. Stephanie Rodriguez

9. Casey Britton

Signed copies of Hydraulic Level Five:

1. Renee Barnett

2. Maria Malaveci

3. Jessica Martin

4. Kathie Spitz

5. Kim Urban

Omnific Publishing Gift Card: Pam Metz

American Airlines Gift Card: Erika Mahonski

Congrats to all of the drawing winners!

Don’t forget, if you review on Amazon or Goodreads and let me know about it, I’ll send you a signed bookmark. I’m putting a bunch in the mail this weekend! When both sites reach 100 reviews, I’ll release a Skygods excerpt to celebrate.

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