Hello everyone! I posted this on my Instagram page and I thought I’d post it here as well. I thought I’d give an update about what I’ve been doing recently in the literary realm.

Writing has not been top of my list of things to do recently, unfortunately. On the rare moment I do sit down to type, I’ve been working on a lot of different ideas, not anything I’m ready to share yet, though. Honestly, I keep jumping from one WIP to the other so I’m really not getting a lot of anything done, haha.

Recently I made these cute bookmarks and ordered some of them from VistaPrint. I’m excited to see how they turn out. I figured if the writing isn’t coming to me, I could at least do a touch of marketing stuff. I’ll pop these in some of the local shops and see if anything comes of it.😆

Regarding the Trilogy, Danethrall is up to a whopping 29 ratings! It’s sitting quite nicely at 4.5 stars out of 5.😍 Rise To Fall has 3 ratings at 4.6 stars out of 5, and Ashes Remain also has 3 ratings at flipping 5 stars out of 5!!🤩

If you haven’t already posted a review or rating, I kindly ask you to.❤️ Each review/rating helps so much to get the books out there. When each book hits 50 ratings/reviews, Amazon’s algorithm starts promoting and advertising the books, so every rating/review counts.

Anyway, that’s it for now. I’ll post some pictures of the bookmarks when they arrive. Fingers crossed they turn out alright!


Ashes Remain release day TODAY!

Today is release day! Both the Ashes Remain paperback AND eBook are officially out! Feel free to rush off to Amazon and get your copy. 😉 Of course, if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read the entire trilogy for free.


PS – My apologies for not making the announcement sooner – today was a bit more chaotic than usual. -.-

The best-laid schemes of mice and men

Murphy’s Law has struck again! Ashes Remain was meant to be released on the 28th, but instead, the paperback was released today, two days earlier than planned.

When publishing with KDP, it can take up to 72 hours of review time before your book is up and out for purchase. With my previous books, it has taken the full 72 hours, so I assumed that would be this case with Ashes Remain. How very wrong I was. -.-

This time around, I decided to advertise my novel’s release day to try and build a bit of buzz, so, of course, KDP reviewed the book in 24 hours and now the paperback for Ashes Remain is officially out. 😛 I suppose worse things could happen – better to be early than late, right? (Especially considering I completed the book two YEARS later than expected). Fortunately but unfortunately, the ebook is following the original plan and will not be out until the 28th.

As always, thank you for your support, I appreciate you – and your patience – more than you could know!


PS – In other news, I made an Instagram account focused solely on books! Check it out here! I decided to separate my personal stuff and my professional stuff so that I can keep my private life private and so I don’t harass my friends and family with books promos all the time, haha.

Release Day and the Future

Only four days until the release of Ashes Remain! Everything is set up for the eBook to be released on the 28th, so get your pre-orders in now if you want to make sure the book will be ready-steady and in your eBook on the day. 🙂 I’m itching to press the ‘publish’ button for the paperback, but I’ve got to wait until tomorrow for that. (Within 72 hours after hitting ‘publish’, the book will be available. I don’t want to be too eager and have the book out earlier than planned.)

Since I finished Ashes Remain, I’ve been going back-and-forth over what I want to write next. I have a rough plan for another Viking/Norse historical fiction trilogy, a fantasy-historical fiction standalone, a couple of fantasy-romance standalones, and a plan for a six-book fantasy series. At this point, rather than focussing on just one, I’ve been writing a little here and there on each, but I need to calm myself and figure out which one to concentrate on.

Realistically, I think I want to write a couple of standalones. I think having a few 200-page novels a reader can pick up, read, then be done with would be good, rather than making them wait twelve months or more for the next novel in the series. Not to mention, it would be a quicker way to boost my catalogue of work.

Of course, because my brain wants to write a standalone or two, my heart is screaming at me to write another series – I’m particularly leaning towards the six-book fantasy series.

Ashes Remain was supposed to be published in early 2020. I had most of the book written in 2019, but, after a few read throughs, I wasn’t happy with where the book was going and threw out almost everything I had written, beginning again from scratch.

Unfortunately, after making that decision, there were a lot of setbacks and losses in my personal life that affected me mentally and emotionally and I wasn’t in the right headspace to write. Then the pandemic began. Between that chaos, learning to homeschool my kids (who handled the craziness of the pandemic like champions), and trying to navigate the new way of life, there wasn’t a moment I could spare to write.

Even though the book is being released two years later than originally planned, it’s finally finished, the Danethrall Trilogy is complete, and I’m content with where it’s ending. I look over the trilogy and I’m surprised to see where it all begin and how it’s ending – in a good way, of course. Even though Aveline was a character of my imagination, I feel like I watched her grow from a child to an incredible woman and mother, and I’m proud of her. She was dealt a rough hand, life wasn’t fair nor was it easy, but she struggled through adversity and overcame every obstacle she faced. It’s sad to say goodbye to her, but I’m happy her arc is complete.

Aveline might just be an imaginary person I conjured up at my desktop, but I was attached to her – as crazy as that might make me sound. It’s strange to try to move on to a new person, a new world, a new story, but I’m excited to see what the future holds.

If you’ve already pre-ordered Ashes Remain, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. To everyone waiting for the paperback to be out, I appreciate you, too. When you’ve finished the book, please let me know what you thought, either by posting a review on Amazon or Goodreads, or sending me a comment/message here, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.



This evening the celebrations for Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) begin, ending tomorrow 1st November at sunset.

Anglo-Saxons called November Blōtmōnaþ (blót month – blót means ‘blood sacrifice’) for that was the month they slaughtered their livestock in dedication to their gods.

An entry in the Menologium seu Calendarium Poeticum explains that “this month is called Novembris in Latin, and in our language the month of sacrifice, because our forefathers, when they were heathens, always sacrificed in this month, that is, that they took and devoted to their idols the cattle which they wished to offer.”

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of harvesting seasons and the beginning of winter, the ‘darker half’ of the year. Rooted in Irish and Scottish paganism, modern Wiccans and pagans consider Samhain a sabbath to honour their ancestors. Similar holidays include Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Latin holiday honouring dead loved ones, and, possibly the most mainstream, Halloween.

Norse people did not celebrate Samhain, but they did have many autumn time celebrations, including Álfablót, Dísablot and Vetrnætr.

Álfablót (Elf Sacrifice) took place at the end of autumn when the leaves started to fall and harvest had ended. It was celebrated privately in the homestead and was administered by the lady of the household. Much like Día de los Muertos, ancestor worship was a big part of Álfablót.

Unfortunately, due to the secrecy of the holiday, not much else is known about the celebration. The Norse people were usually hospitable to strangers because there was a possibility the stranger might be the Allfather, Odin, seeking a night’s respite on his journey across Midgard in search of knowledge. On Álfablót they wouldn’t open their doors to a soul.

Álfablót couldn’t be observed by strangers or people who didn’t belong to the family because it was a celebration for the ancestors of the family. In the poem Austrfararvísur by Sigvatr Þórðarson, Sigvatr mentions Álfablót. While on a diplomatic mission, Sigvatr and his companions struggle to find a place to rest for the night, turned away by every house they approach.  

Álfablót was not just about honouring family but was also dedicated to honouring elves and landvaettir (land spirits). Elves were seen as spirits closely connected to the fertility of the land but also in contact with the dead. Landvaettir were spirits who cared and protected the land.

Dísablót (Dísir Sacrifice) was a public sacrifice held during Vetrnætr honouring the female spirits or deities called dísir.

Vetrnætr (Winter Nights) was a three-day-long holiday celebrating the end of the summer half of the year and the beginning of the winter half. Celebration of Vetrnætr varied from region to region but was unanimously a three-day event. Some modern-day heathens celebrate Vetrnætr on 31st October.

According to it lands between the 19th and 26th October on the modern calander:

“Since the Old Icelandic/Old Norse calendar was kept on a lunar basis rather than solar, the dates of things such as seasonal changes had more variation than they do by our modern reckoning. As Winter Nights was held at the onset of winter, we can use this information to better pinpoint the timing. The beginning of winter on the Old Icelandic calendar was said to occur in the month of Gor (Innards), which began on the Saturday after the 26th week of summer. Since summer ends on a Wednesday, this leaves a gap of two days in-between, and this gap would most likely be the time of Winter Nights, making it a three-night long festival. On modern calendars, this lands between the 19th and the 26th of October.

Andreas Nordberg claims as well that all major sacrifice days were observed 28 days after a solstice or equinox event, which would place Winter Nights 28 days after the Autumnal Equinox in modern reckoning.[iv] This lines up as well with the timing based off of the old calendar. Most modern Winter Nights celebrations, though, will usually be held on a Saturday during that time frame, due to work schedules and other factors.

[iv] Nordberg, Andreas. Jul, disting och förkyrklig tideräkning: Kalendrar och kalendariska riter i det förkristna Norden. (Uppsala, 2006). Available from:

However you intend to spend this evening, I hope you have fun and stay safe!


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