May I have a vote please?

Voting is over. Thanks to everyone who voted for either Hatchling’s Vengeance or Hatching’s Mate. Even if they don’t go to the next round, your support was appreciated. Helen


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I am honored to have two of the Dragshi Chronicles in the running for a prestigious RONE award in the science fiction – fantasy category.

Hatchling’s Mate

And Hatchling’s Vengeance.


Voting for the science fiction-fantasy category takes place from May 1st to May 7th at www.indtale.com.

I would LOVE to be in the finals. This is my first ever nomination for any award where you don’t nominate yourself! I’m humbled and honored to have made it past the first selection round to be included with all of the other talented authors whose books have been selected this year. (Best wishes to all!)

If you enjoyed either Hatchling’s Mate or Hatchling’s Vengeance I’d appreciate your vote very much. Because of the number of entries in the fantasy/sci fi category, you can vote for two books. I hope one is for Hatchling’s Vengeance or Hatchling’s Mate. I won’t be greedy and ask for both.

PS –  You MUST be registered at www.indtale.com in order to vote. Once you register, if you haven’t already, click the verification link sent via email. Verification of registration is needed to be able to vote.

Celebrate Romance – No It’s Not Winter Already

When you think romance, usually Valentine’s Day comes to mind.  But there is another month that readers of romance books should keep in mind. August is Read a Romance Month – a time for readers of romance to celebrate the genre.

Read-A-Romance Month was conceived and launched in 2013 by freelance writer and romance advocate Bobbi Dumas after she realized there was no one place where the community celebrated romance all together, at one time, in a concentrated way. She says she picked August was chosen because summer reading tends to be lighter fare, and even eclectic readers tend to pick up more romance.

“Why Read-A-Romance MONTH?! I read romance every day!”
Don’t worry. Think of it more as the month when we come together to CELEBRATE romance! A time when readers and writers can come together and celebrate this joyful, awesome genre.

My contributions to romance this year are Windmaster and Hatchling’s Vengeance. Click on the covers or the title links for more on these fantasy romances.

Fantasy, contemporary, historical and more, it doesn’t matter the subgenre. We all need a little romance in our life. Grab a romance and open the page. It’s Read A Romance Month.

~till next time, Helen

New Book – New Playlist


A scan of authors’ posts show how they use music when they write. It can
trigger a mood or emotion or take you to another place and tiime. It doesn’t even have to be an entire song. Sometimes just a few notes of a reprise brings a character to mind. I admit I don’t always have music on when writing. Jotting notes while at an outdoor concert or sitting in a doctor’s office while waiting for your appointment isn’t conducive to headphones or even worse, playing tunes on a cell phone.

But that doesn’t mean that music is not part of my writing life.

Some of the music that inspired Hatchling’s Vengeance have appeared in other posts regarding the world of the dragshi.

  • Celtic flute and harp always send my mind to a fantasy world where magic rules and dragon fly. On the player now is Celtic Twilight by Gabrielle Angelique.

  • “Desperado” from the Eagles set the title characters, Lord Talann Fitheach and Lady Glynnes Janaleigh firmly in my mind.

  • I couldn’t decide on what song to use for Gynnes as her own. One was Brothers In Arms chosen because Glynnes was as much as warrior as any man… and paid the price. Note, the character featured on the cover of Hatchling’s Vengeance is Glynnes in her alter ego as Glyn, bodyguard to the dragon lord Lady Lexii.

  • One song carried over between books in the series. In Hatching’s Mate, Roger Whitaker’s “The Last Farewell” set the tone for the night before a battle. However, combining it with the “Lonely Man” reprise that was used as the theme for the television series, The Incredible Hulk, brings both sides of Glynnes to mind. The one for the years spent in waiting to be able to love, and the other for the world that threatened to keep her away from him.

Coming up next, the cover reveal for Hatchling’s Vengeance, available for pre-order now. Release date July 15th.

 ~Till next time, Helen

The interviewee is… me

I’m interviewed by Anna Markland. Stop by http://wp.me/p4mO2z-tE to see what I dished or ask a question. She’s a great hostess and the interview was fun.

Teaser: A four-footed guest who used to rule the household made a special appearance.

Till next time ~Helen

Five Rose Review – Hatchling’s Curse

Although the daffodils are up in the yards, it’s not quite time for roses. except for Hatchling’s Curse which has five. 

Here‘s a snippit from the review.

a five-rose thriller/fantasy/romance.

Read the full review at Roses & Thorns.

~Till next time. Helen