Backlist Bonus: Stepping Into the Light

Backlist Bonus: Stepping Into the Light

Once upon a time, I had a vivid dream and woke up embroiled in a medieval-ish time period. The scarred heroine in my dream lived on the outskirts of a kingdom and worked in a pub-type place where weary travelers could stop for a meal, spend the night, and share the gossip with the villagers. Everyone was talking about a neighboring prince coming to their kingdom to claim a bride. But something strange was going

To Win Her Heart – Exploring Life as a Child of the King

To Win Her Heart – Exploring Life as a Child of the King

It’s a book birthday as To Win Her Heart releases today! This second installment of the Within the Castle Gates series is different from the first book…and yet the same as both explore what it means to live life as a Child of the King. First, let’s recap. Stepping Into the Light, book one of the series, was set in the medieval Scottish Highlands and featured two scarred and overlooked individuals who discovered what it

Stepping into the Light – Researching the Scottish Highlands

Stepping into the Light – Researching the Scottish Highlands

There’s a saying among writers to write what you know, but quality research can fill in the gaps. So when I started to write Stepping into the Light, I knew that I would have a lot of gaps to fill, starting by researching the Scottish Highlands. Although, I should probably back up a bit first. My original idea for this book started with a dream that contained elements of Snow White along with a wicked

Stepping into the Light – Why I Choose To Write About Castles

Stepping into the Light – Why I Choose To Write About Castles

There’s just something about a castle to fire the imagination and make every girl dream of being a princess. And with several semi-recent royal weddings in England, there has also been a rise in novels featuring royalty from fictional countries. So why would I choose to write about castles too? Over the years, I’ve collected a folder of story ideas that percolate on the back burner of my brain until one rises to the top

Stepping Into the Light – Sometimes the Most Heroic Live in Plain Sight

Stepping Into the Light – Sometimes the Most Heroic Live in Plain Sight

The seeds for the first book in the Within the Castle Gates series started as a dream that quite honestly had a bit of a Snow White fairy tale twist. I woke up thinking about a heroine whose scars were actually a blessing instead of a curse. In fact, having already survived the worst life had to give, she embodied the fact that sometimes the most heroic live in plain sight. Overlooked. Scarred. Judged. Belittled.