Year in Review

Happy Holidays to you! I hope that you have some time lined up to rest, to enjoy life, and to spend time with your loved ones. As I sit here with my morning coffee and a delicious eggnog biscotti baked by my mom, I reflect upon the year and realize how much I need a break. I promise to take my own advice and step back to enjoy the things that matter the most over the holidays.

A lot has happened in my author path over the last year. I took a deep dive into a massive makeover and overhaul of my books, my website, my newsletter…all of it. I now have the rebranded Track Trilogy along with a full ‘author toolbox’ behind it. I love how it all turned out. It reflects my voice, the essence of the books, and the core of what I write. I built a wonderful relationship with a cover design team along the way, and reflected the new look throughout my whole author presence.

With that said, I have realized that my custom designed ‘vintage’ print books also have a place in the world! I attended my first in person event since before lockdown, and was a little shocked but thoroughly excited to find a true audience for these creative projects that I poured my heart and soul into. Heavy Metal Horror has a place, and I’ve started to find it!

The most important thing that came out of this massive makeover, and my first in person event in years, was that found my voice. Actually, that’s not quite right. I had my voice. I just didn’t realize it. It was shining through loud and clear for years as I worked hard on writing and producing my books. All of the time spent on working and reworking covers, my newsletter, my website, and my social media streams came to a place where it all came together. People started giving me feedback, saying how Killers and Demons had such a clear look and feel – they definitely know something comes from it when they see it.

I guess then the biggest thing that came from this year was my awareness and belief in my voice. Thank you to all of you for reading my books, my blog, my posts, and supporting me along the way. Without you, none of this would be possible.

As a direct result of all of this, I had the courage to enter Final Track for an award. It came in as a finalist (Top 5) in the 2022 Kindle Book Awards for Horror/Suspense! It was also a semi-finalist for best cover, and it was included in the Readers Choice. This was a huge boost for my belief in my books. I have now entered books in multiple award contests, and will continue to do so. I didn’t have the confidence to do this before.

After the event, I was pumped up and keen to find other events where my books would be a good fit. I found a holiday market in November that fit the bill. I remember looking at my table after it was set up and realizing that I had more than enough books to fill a booth! This year has also brought author swag with a killer new sign, book bags, and pins!

The biggest highlight of my author year has to be my 80s metal party book launch that welcomed Back Track (the third book in my core series) to the world. It was a true collaboration between artists: an author (me) and a band (Lynx). They killed it! My local supporters had an amazing time, and copies of Back Track found their way into eager hands.

And…it doesn’t end there. I was asked to include a story in a special Halloween anthology from which all proceeds went to the Calgary food bank. It was a huge accomplishment for me to be invited to submit a story. Then, in November, I launched my first self-published novella, Dead End Track. Attached to the track series, this beauty stands perfectly on its own feet, and the entire process of writing and producing it provided massive validation to my entire book production process and how much it has evolved!

Some other great stuff happened as well. I took on a volunteer role as the local regional representative for the Crime Writers of Canada. I was able to facilitate a couple of local events where authors did some live readings and sold some books! It felt really good to see how comfortable I have become doing my own readings, and to support and encourage other authors.

As the year neared the end, I found myself deep into writing mode. Book four the the Track Trilogy is deep in the editing phase, and book five has been written (first draft)! 2023, and I have two more novellas in the works. 2023 will see the the track series continue and become more than a trilogy! On that note, 2022 also saw the birth and a complete revamp of the film script for the first book (Final Track). Who knows what will happen in the new year!

Thank you for tuning in today, and for reading my posts. This has been therapeutic for me, looking back on the year from the perspective of my author life. I do hope that you will do the same – take a look at everything you have done this year and be proud of yourself.

Now, it’s time to tune out and enjoy the holidays! Happy Holidays!

Book Launch Wrap Up

The Back Track book launch is winding down to a close.

The 80s Metal Party was EPIC!
Special thank you to Lÿnx and to the Bon Julie VIP Club! 🤘🎸🔥

As part of the online launch, Final Track and Back Track are still on sale for ONE MORE DAY!

You can still get your copy of the NEW release – Back Track!

SIGNED and GLAM WRAPPED (Local) at the Killers and Demons bookstore.

Or online at the special Back Track LINK!

ROCK ON! 🤘🤘🤘

Book Launch Week Day 5

Let’s talk about the star of the show, Back Track.

Back Track is the 3rd book in the 80s Metal Murder series. I can’t believe my first novel turned into a trilogy!

It’s 1989. The moon is full. Rock is Gothic.

The exsanguinated remains of a young girl are found in a park in big-city Toronto. Her eyes are circled with blood-red makeup. Her lips are painted black. She’s a duplicate demon doll from a case gone cold sixteen years ago.

A case that has haunted Det. Mahoney ever since.

Thrust into an investigation festering with ulterior motives, Det. Mahoney must confront the corpse faces of dead girls whispering of his failure to save them.

The moon is waxing toward full. The killer leaves a trail of bloodless bodies tainted with bite marks and animal hair.

Det. Mahoney goes off the rails into his own investigation. Will he catch a human monster before another victim is bled out? Or will the glam night creature descend into hibernation until the next cycle of kills?

Book Launch Week Day 2

It’s book launch week!! If you missed the first blog post for book launch week, no problem. You can still read it here.

To continue celebrating the launch of Book 3 in the 80s Murder Metal series, today I bring you another sale. Oh yes! Acid Track, book 2 in the series, is on sale for only $1.99 this week only.

Acid Track is a fusion of 70s acid rock, The Doors style, and True Detective. Det. Mahoney finds himself spiraling down a dusty LP path to unravel the Lizard King infused fantasy of a serial killer.

Book Launch Week

Welcome to BOOK LAUNCH WEEK for Back Track!

Over 5 years ago, I decided to see if I could write a novel. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.

Fast forward to today, and I can’t believe that I have just launched the 3rd book in my 80s Metal Murder series!! I have a trilogy, and I am very excited about it.

As part of launch week, there are many activities going on. Stay tuned right here, and you won’t miss a thing.

The first BIG THING is a SALE on the 1st book in series. Final Track is on sale right now for only $0.99. Oh yes, isn’t that seriously cool?

Grab your copy and dig your claws in!

Psychological Thrillers to Chill your Insides

Do you love a book that has you gripping the pages and biting your nails to the bone?

I introduce you to Owen.

A man secluded from the world must fight the urges spawned by his sickness when a milky-skinned, chocolate-haired goddess makes an unexpected entrance into his life, causing new and unfamiliar feelings to emerge.

Is she the answer to his lonely plight against the evil within?

Or will she lead him down a path drenched in blood?       .

Get your copy of Owen’s Terrarium NOW for only $0.99 on Kindle and Kobo. LIMITED TIME

There’s MORE! Check out this carefully chosen collection of psychological thrillers to have you up reading all night.

Discover New Crime Series!

Do you love a good mystery or thriller?

Me too! I love curling up with a good book and a glass of wine. Discovering a book that you love, then finding out that the story continues is always a treat. So, why not start with a book that you know has more to offer?

Check out this great selection of FIRST books in a crime series. Mysteries.

BOOK SALE for CRIME LOVERS!

You know I love a good book sale. The only thing I love more that a good book sale is SHARING a good book sale!

Today I bring to you a killer sale on crime books. This is a great collection for you crime lovers.

The cherry on top is…oh, this is too exciting…IF you have not grabbed your copy of Final Track (the first book in the 80s Metal Murder series), it is on for $0.99 during this sale!

Get your copies now! This sale is only on till the end the week.

Happy reading!