It's here! The book of my heart, my debut middle grade novel, is finally out and on shelves today!

The description:

There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital--the mirrors that reflect the elegant rooms once home to a princess, now filled with sick children. Only Emmaline can see the creatures. It is her secret.

One morning, Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens and discovers something incredible: a white horse with a broken wing has left the mirror-world and entered her own. 

The horse, named Foxfire, is hiding from a dark and sinister force—a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep him from finding her new friend, she must surround Foxfire with treasures of brilliant shades. But where can Emmaline find color in a world of gray?


What people are saying:

“Emmaline's narration is unreliable, flawlessly childlike, and deeply honest; her faith in magic brings her solace and, possibly, healing. The magical realism is reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia, Elizabeth Goudge, or a child's version of Life of Pi...Readers will love this to pieces.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred review

"Endearing characters, metaphors for life and death, and a slow revelation of the horrors of war give this slim novel a surprising amount of heft."—Booklist, Starred review

"Dramatic and sorrowful" -Wall Street Journal

"Magical, terrifying, and full of heart. Open these pages, and ride true."-Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor-winning author

"A remarkable book. Astonishing!"-Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse


Where to Buy It:

THE SECRET HORSES OF BRIAR HILL is available in hardback book, ebook, and audiobook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and all major retailers.

And of course, I always encourage you to buy a copy from your local independent bookstore. Independent bookstores have been incredible supportive of this book, and let's thank them for all they do in our communities by supporting them with our purchases!

Want a signed and personalized copy? You can order them from:
     Malaprop's Bookstore, Asheville NC
     Highland Books, Brevard NC
     Spellbound Children's Books, Asheville NC



The book's website has all kinds of fun things, like an Author Q&A and these downloadable coloring pages from the interior illustrations!


And be sure to check out my events page for full information to see if I'll be coming near you! Here's the official launch party information:

Malaprops Bookstore
Asheville, NC
Thursday, Oct 13, 7-8pm
Please join me for a fun evening celebration of The Secret Horses of Briar Hill! I'll be reading from the book and showing off the beautiful interior illustrations. Catered by Green Man Brewing and French Broad Chocolate Lounge!

THE GAUNTLET cover reveal!

Tomorrow my first middle grade novel, THE SECRET HORSES OF BRIAR HILL, hits shelves! But today I have a special treat for my young adult readers. Behold the just-revealed cover for the final book in THE CAGE series, THE GAUNTLET!

And here's what you can expect!

Cora and her friends have escaped the Kindred station and landed at Armstrong—a supposed safe haven on a small moon—where they plan to regroup and figure out how to win the Gauntlet, the challenging competition to prove humanity’s intelligence and set them free. But Armstrong is no paradise; ruled by a power-hungry sheriff, it’s a violent world where the teens are enslaved and put to work in mines. As Nok’s due date grows closer, and Mali and Leon journey across space to rescue Cassian, the former inhabitants of the cage are up against impossible odds.

With the whole universe at stake, Cora will do whatever it takes, including pushing her body and mind to the breaking point, to escape Armstrong and run the Gauntlet. But it isn’t just a deranged sheriff she has to overcome: the other intelligent species—the Axion, Kindred, Gatherers, and Mosca—all have their own reasons to stop her. Not knowing who to trust, Cora must rely on her own instincts to win the competition, which could change the world—though it might destroy her in the process.

THE GAUNTLET comes out May 23, 2017, and you can preorder it here!

You can also visit Young Adult Books Central to win a CAGE prize pack including the first two books in the series and lots of custom CAGE swag and stickers!

Let me know what you think of the cover! Are you excited for the final installment???

Pics from the Dangerous Ladies 2.0 tour!

The Dangerous Ladies 2.0 has officially concluded! I'm home with my dog, husband, chickens, and wonderful memories. Last year was the inaugural Dangerous Ladies tour, which took us across the Southeast to some fantastic bookstores, and this year we headed up to the DC/Virginia/North Carolina area. Each stop was special; we had readers, bloggers, longtime friends, and fellow book geeks gather to chat with us. There was much fun & merriment!

If you came to one of our events, thank you! If you missed us, you can still get signed copies of our books. We left signed copies (along with some fun swag) at Hooray for Books (Alexandria VA), One More Page (Arlington VA), Fountain Books (Richmond VA), and Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill NC). 

And now I'm taking the month of August off from travel, so I can work on some very exciting upcoming projects!