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American Royalty Series

June 27, 2016

Book 1: Reluctant Princess: (status: complete 89,000 words Read Chapter One)

Sometimes it takes a battle plan to reach Happily Ever After….

The daughter of career Marines, Katrina Williamson was never one to entertain romantic daydreams until she crossed paths with nerdy grad student Christian (C.J.) Höhenburg, second son of Prince Gerhard, sovereign of a tiny European Principality.

As C.J.’s graduation approaches, Kat fears that the invitation to attend a British royal wedding is his way of giving her something special to remember before he returns to Höhenburg. Kat’s walk on the royal side goes into high gear when C.J. proposes and presents her with the ring that belonged to his late mother, American actress Violet St. James.

Kat barely has a chance to process the whole future princess thing. Soon she’s navigating an obstacle course of press encounters gone bad, backstabbing future in-laws, archaic Princely House Rules, and wild conspiracy theories regarding Princess Violet’s tragic death—theories that might not be so wild after all.

After finding the truth the truth behind what really happened to Princess Violet, Kat risks losing her own happily ever after.

Book 2: Prince Charmless (status: complete 75,000 words Read Chapter One)

Sara Williamson dearly loves her stepsister Kat and has always looked up to her. And yet she can’t understand how Kat manages to get everything right on the first try: great education, career, and a prince for a husband.

For the life of her, Sara can’t figure out where she keeps going wrong, especially in the guy department. All she wants is to meet a nice guy who wants her for herself and not beause she has great boobs or father with political connections, or a fabulously wealthy brother in law.

It doesn’t take long for Sara to regret her decision to spend the holidays in “Princesslandia” when those she loves share and receive great news making her feel more alone and like a failure than ever before.

The last thing Sara wants to do is play babysitter to the royal family’s chief bad boy the arrogant Prince Karl who is forced into doing something with his life by taking on a series of public engagements.

It’s a pleasant surprise to see a new side to the now clean and sober Karl and when a New Year’s Eve dance leads to so much more Sara learns the meaning of “Be careful what you wish for…”

Book 3: working title “Prince for Hire”(status: plotting stage)

Prince Johann of Höhenburg picked up the royal playboy life where his older cousin left off. But as new head of the Princely House Family Council, Karl is not about to cut Johann any slack. He takes away the younger man’s stipend and family privileges for the remainder of the year.

It doesn’t take long for Johann to find that his many friends don’t know the meaning of the word. With little more than the designer clothes on his back and an expensive sports car that’s low on gas, the wayward prince has no choice but to rely on the charity of strangers: specifically American grad student Gina Odell.

Gina will never forgive Johann for the way he treated her BFF Sara. And she’s looking for payback for the way he swideswiped her rental and left her stranded by the side of the road. But being raised a (fairly) good Catholic girl, she decides to offer Johann a hand by getting him a summer job with her father Jesse who has little time or patience for “lazyass pretty boys who never worked a day in their life”.

Check out the Pinterest Page to get a glimpse at some of my visual inspiration


Maybe 2015 is the Year for my Royals, too

January 14, 2015

Gave up cable a few months back so I totally missed news of this upcoming show.

Coincidence or cool omen that it debuts on the first anniversary of when I started working on my NA royalty series?

Live! Kenshin

January 3, 2013

Snippet from the live action version of Rurouni Kenshin soon to hit the US on DVD *fingers crossed*

The fight stuff is phenomenal and so how I imagine my Kae from Falling Through Glass would have been when he took on the bunch in the teahouse melee scene.

More Musical Inspiration

February 27, 2012

When I envision a story and start to write it plays out like a movie in my head complete with soundtrack the minute I hear an appropriate song.

For Shadows Fall Away it began with an image of a cute guy, ticked off at the world and everyone in it and riding his skateboard like  maniac to the tune of Good Charlotte’s Misery. I totally saw it as the opening of a movie with the skating cutting away to arguments with mom & dad, getting in trouble with bad news friends and closing out with my Mark standing before a juvenile court judge and hearing the verdict that would propel him into his adventure.

I confess, I’m all about counting the chickens before they hatch so of course I’m pondering the sequel to Shadows Fall Away even before it attracts an agent. Again it began to unfold like a movie. This time Mark had a more positive air about him even though he zipped around on his skateboard wildly enough to make the mother in me cringe. 🙂

A few chapters in, another song from a couple years back hit me as the focal point for Mark’s frame of mind as he watches the girl he thought would occupy his future begin to slip away.


(Carl Bell is a fabulous songwriter and so looks like Mark’s dad to me 🙂 )

Work-in-progress inspiration

July 25, 2011

About a week or so ago I came across the coolest thing– a guitar from 1888 and it got me to thinking about my WIP hero Mark. I imagined him seeing this find as “a little piece of home”  and that led me to think more about him and his relationship with his family especially his dad who’s had just about enough of his sh*t prior to the story’s start.

And I thought that music was probably the only thing they’d managed to agree on to some extent no matter how tense things got between them. So in checking out youtube for various songs I’ve always liked I’ve been checking out acoustic versions of things and this one made me think of Mark and his dad in one of their rare getting along moments and I wanted to share.

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