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KU & Audio News for Torn in Flames (and other stuff)

Just a couple of quick book updates for you all, followed by tales of my naughty toddler.

First, I pulled Torn in Flames off of all the retailers except Amazon last night. When I checked this morning, it appeared to have cleared from everywhere, so I could go ahead and enroll it in Kindle Unlimited. Yay, I got it done earlier than expected! I didn’t visit every single Amazon country site, but it is definitely in KU for the United States and United Kingdom. My guess is it should be good everywhere else as well. If you’ve been waiting to borrow it, you should have no problem now.

For those waiting on audio, I checked my publisher’s website and found they had listed the expected release date for Torn in Flames as May 23rd, 2023. That has always been accurate in the past, so it should be reliable this time. I know it’s not as soon as you’d probably like, but it’s a quicker turn around than the last book in the Dragon’s Breath Series. As soon as the edits were finished with this book, I sent the manuscript to them right away. They received it ten days before the ebook released.

Still, it takes time to schedule the narrator, for her to do the recording, then handle edits and sound engineering. Plus, they have to do their version of the cover during that time. I’ll let you all know when the pre-order is available.

On a personal note, my youngest son (22 months old) is becoming quite the handful as those in my Facebook Fan group are aware since I relay stories to them occasionally. Last week, I was setting up my coffee maker. While I walked away to dump the coffee grounds in the trash can (located behind a locked gate in the laundry room to keep him from pillaging it), Dean managed to grab the pot and smashed it into the counter. Glass everywhere. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but it certainly wasn’t fun to clean up.

Of course, buying a new pot is nearly the same cost as a whole coffee maker. Mine had stopped letting me program it to brew in the morning, so I chose to get a new one. It arrived a few days later since Amazon’s shipping times seem to be slower these days. We also have a Keurig my husband loves to use, so I made do with that, but I prefer my coffee maker to those pods. The taste just isn’t the same no matter what brand I try.

Two days after breaking my coffee pot, Dean got a hold of his big brother’s glasses. I searched for over an hour for them and couldn’t find them anywhere. Checked again the next morning and then had no choice except to send Adam to school without them. He has an older pair with the same prescription, but they’re chewed up and scratched. Since one of his eyes has almost perfect vision, he can get by without them. It’s the other one that is nearly blind that made me frustrated that I couldn’t find them.

Thirty minutes after I dropped him off at school, I had an epiphany and decided to check the trash can (locked behind a child gate but visible from the hallway). My future baseball or basketball star had thrown his big brother’s glasses into the bin and they were buried at the bottom . I scrubbed them and my hands with anti-bacterial soap very thoroughly and then rushed them to my son at school.

No idea where my younger son got his excellent throwing arm, especially since he’s not even two years old yet. Back when I was in the U.S. Army, I hated when they made me go to the range to throw live grenades. I can aim for short distances, five feet is good, but grenades must be tossed much farther than that. All I had to do was get them over a tall reinforced wall to be safe, but every time I was terrified I’d drop it or not make it over the top. Since I survived these training exercises, you can assume I did get the grenades over the side, but they always sounded like they exploded rather close. Pretty sure it didn’t make it very far past the wall.

Thank God I never had to throw one in combat. As much as I hate to admit it, I throw like a girl in the most cliche sense. My oldest son appears to have inherited that same bad gene from me, but not the youngest one. He’s surprisingly good at a lot of things that can get him into trouble. Hopefully, I survive this toddler period with my sanity intact and most of my stuff!

Other Retailers, Kindle Unlimited, and the next book!

I want to give everyone a quick reminder that if they prefer to purchase their ebooks from sources other than Amazon to please grab your copy of Torn in Flames very soon. On the evening of March 2nd (2023), I will be pulling it from B&N, Kobo, iTunes, and Google Play. It will no longer be available on those platforms, except when it releases in audio (TBA) and then you could get it in that format.

To be safe, I’ll wait twenty-four hours to be sure it has cleared from them before I enroll it in Kindle Unlimited. Amazon gets very testy if they find a book anywhere else once you’ve put it in KU, so I have to be careful. Those who have been waiting to borrow Torn in Flames should be able to do so on the morning of March 4th (or a little earlier than that if you’re in Australia or Europe due to your time zones).

From that point, the entire Dragon’s Breath Series will stay in Kindle Unlimited for about three months. At the beginning of June, I will take them back out of the program and give readers on the other retailers a couple of months to get caught up with the books if they haven’t done so already or missed their chance.

Then after book 7, Cast by Flames, is released, I’ll put the whole series back into KU. For those who are wondering, the expected release date for that installment is currently late July. I have already begun writing it and have scheduled the cover to be designed in mid-May. It will be the last novel focusing on Bailey and Aidan as the main characters. There will be a book eight titled “Galadon” that features him, contains stronger romantic elements, and covers the aftermath from book 7.

Feel free to ask questions below if you have any!

Torn in Flames is now available!

It’s finally release day for the sixth novel in the Dragon’s Breath Series (in ebook format). Torn in Flames was probably the most fun and intense to write for the series so far, and I loved every minute of it. I had not expected it to be quite as long as it turned out, but it ended up being almost 109,000 words (over 10k more than the last novel). Of course, there was a lot of ground to cover literally and figuratively. I’m truly excited for you all to read this one! Not to worry, there is no major cliffhanger this time.

If you missed the details from my pre-order announcement, I’ve got the book summary and retailer links below. Also, for those who haven’t already, be sure to download, print, or screenshot the companion maps should you wish to track the characters’ journeys in this installment. They’re in my last post here.

Also, for those using non-Amazon retailers, please be sure to grab the ebook no later than March 2nd. I will need to pull it after that to enroll it into Kindle Unlimited. My apologies for the inconvenience, but a large portion of my audience prefers reading their books in KU, so I’m doing my best to accommodate everyone.

Since I know this is the next question, audio will be coming as well. I turned in the manuscript to my publisher about ten days ago. They are working to get the recording process started so that it can be available soon. I’ll update you all once I know more.

Hope you enjoy Torn in Flames!


What’s a dragon slayer to do when she comes home from battle and discovers her four-year-old son has turned into the creature she hunts? While Bailey Monzac knew it might happen someday, nothing could have prepared her for this challenge without her shifter mate, Aidan, by her side. 

After fleeing for her life from Oklahoma five years ago and leaving him behind, she’d begun working for the New American Coalition on the east coast. While it has been a haven, the people are not fond of anything that can breathe fire. On top of that, she’s just received a mystical “call” telling her that grave danger is approaching the home she left, and she must return. That means crossing nearly a thousand miles of treacherous territory in a post-apocalyptic world and potentially facing the same threat that made her leave.

Meanwhile, Aidan has his own troubles. He’s paid a heavy price for helping Bailey escape his clan while she was pregnant with their child. It was the only option for them at the time, and he’d do it again, but now the pendragon has given him a deadly mission to search enemy territory. With dark magic permeating the area, sapping the life force of those who cross it, most have never returned. If Aidan wants to provide a secure place for his mate and their son when they arrive, he must face it and so much more. Only by choosing the right path will they survive the evil forces coming their way.







Maps for the Dragon’s Breath Series

Based on an earlier post, enough readers showed interest in the series map for me to share it, along with a companion Oklahoma map. I downloaded plain ones through Shutterstock to use as a baseline and then modified them for the story. Admittedly, I am no artist, so it’s not professional, but it does the job.

The large map is only going to reveal the territories and features pertinent to Torn in Flames, though a few clans you’ll see along the coasts are in my notes but ended up not being mentioned in the book. Also, territories have shifted over time during the series due to various wars and battles. This map shows what the characters “know” to be true for this installment. Keep in mind some borders may change in the future. The book seven map will be expanded with those alterations, and I will share it when it gets close to Cast by Flames releasing later this summer.

For the Oklahoma map, it has details that include points of interest from past installments as well as the upcoming book. I know some people re-read the series and might find those helpful. I admit my lake drawing leaves something to be desired, but if you were to look at a real map of Oklahoma you would see that only a truly skilled artist could replicate their strange shapes. Some of them look like monsters from Stranger Things. Also, the dashed line across the state is purposely not labeled to avoid a spoiler, but you’ll get what it is once you’ve started reading Torn in Flames. It will be useful as a reference. Otherwise, I’ve tried to avoid including anything that would give away too much about the upcoming release.

I hope everyone finds the maps helpful. You are welcome to download or screenshot them to use for when you are reading. I may also create a page on this website at some point for the maps so they’ll be easier to find.

Books 1 & 2 of the Dragon’s Breath Series on sale!

As part of a Kindle countdown deal, Stalked by Flames and Dancing with Flames are only $0.99 in the U.S. from February 15th to the 19th, 2023. They are also £0.99 in the UK for the same dates. If you don’t already own copies of these books, now is your chance to get them for a much lower price. Also a great time to tell your friends if they enjoy this genre. Links are below.


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