It's here! And I'm not talking about Spring, but if the sunshine, the new leaves and chorus of birds singing outside my window are any indication, that's here, too. What is here is my short story Turned at Dark, which introduces my new YA paranormal romance series, Shadow Falls. Turned at Dark is Della's story. She's a secondary character in Born in Midnight, which is Book One of my Shadow Falls series. The best part is that it's free! You'll find it at the Born at Midnight page at my publisher's website on March 15th. As if that isn't cool enough, it'll be available at all online retailers for free download on March 29. While you're there, check out the beginning chapters of Born at Midnight, which is due to be release in two weeks. Yikes! Time flies when you're biting your nails. Yes, I always bite my nails when counting down to release day. Oh, the blurb and cover for Turned at Dark are below.

Also, I wanted to give you a heads up on a new contest I'll be running to celebrate the release of Born at Midnight called "Tweet my Book and Win a Kindle." The contest runs from March 22th through March 29th. In addition to the Kindle, I'll be giving away some other prizes. Click here to read all the details.

Just so you'll be looking for it, I'll be sending out a new newsletter update about the release of Born at Midnight in a couple of weeks. I'll have links in there to the "Tweet my Book and Win a Kindle" contest, too, since that will be your last chance to enter.

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Turned at Dark
St. Martin's Griffin
Available March 15, 2011

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Also available at online retailers 3/15

Independent and strong-willed Della Tsang hadn't believed in ghosts until she saw her dead cousin darting into the shadows of an alley. She hadn't believed in vampires until in the dark of that same night she is turned into one. Introduced to a strange world of supernaturals, she struggles to accept this new reality. Unfortunately, the boy she loves senses something different about her and can't accept her. Should she follow her vampire cousin's lead—walk away from everything she's knows and loves—and fake her own death? Or should she set her pride aside and ask for help from the camp leader of Shadow Falls -- a camp where supernaturals go to learn how to cope with their powers. Either way, her life as she knows it, will never be the same.

What's Next?


Born at Midnight
St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 978-0312624675
Available March 29, 2011

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"Born at Midnight is addicting. Kylie's journey of self-discovery and friendship is so full of honesty, it's impossible not to fall in love with her and Shadow Falls... and with two sexy males vying for her attention, the romance is scorching. Born at Midnight has me begging for more, and I love, love, love it!" – Verb Vixen

Don't miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams, Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen...

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls -- a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren't just "troubled." Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie's never felt normal, but surely she doesn't belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn't complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek's a half-fae who's determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin' hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn't be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs...

Awake at Dawn
St. Martin's Griffin
Available October, 2011


For My Houston-Area Readers:

If you live in the Houston area, please come join me at Katy Budget Books on April 1st from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for the launch party for Born at Midnight, the first book in my new Shadow Falls YA paranormal series. I'll be reading an excerpt from the book and answering questions. There will also be snacks and an opportunity to get your copy of Born at Midnight autographed. For more info, please contact Katy Budget Books, 281-578-7770.


On a Personal Note:

Some of you may have seen the pictures of the latest addition to my household. If you didn't, I've included them. Rex's mom was Lab, his dad we're thinking is Tasmanian Devil. And a very big Tasmanian Devil at that.

How did this....

Turn into this?

Happy Reading, guys! And Happy Spring!

All best,




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