New Releases

Sales, new release updates, and hilarity

Redemption, the fifth book in the Ash Park series, is officially with proofreaders. And that means I have a spare moment to breathe and update you on all the exciting things going on right now! And maybe tell a joke or two. Because, obviously.


When Famished hit BESTSELLER status (16 different lists, and #1 in several categories), I was awed and grateful and SO EXCITED. But I’m even more excited that it is staying high on those lists. This week, thanks to an article about “badass women authors,” Famished hit #5 again–so I decided to extend the sale JUST A LITTLE. You can GET IT HERE FOR ONLY $.99! You should also check out the other authors on that list. Bestseller Kristen Mae is one of my faves, and if you liked Famished, Red Water will be right up your alley.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL. CONVICTION, the second in the Ash Park series is ALSO ON SALE! CLICK HERE TO SNAG IT FOR ONLY $1.99!


Hidden has been kicking butt since its release last month. It almost pains me to wait for the end of summer to release Redemption…but editing takes time. It’ll be here before we know it. Look for #5 in the Ash Park series, due out in September!


What newsletter would be complete without an exquisitely terrible joke?  I could butter you up with the ones my kids like, such as the infamous: “What did the pig say at the beach on a hot summer’s day?” (“I’m bacon!”) But I’d rather do one about lawyers in honor of that Conviction sale. How about one Shannon would hate:

A prosecutor vacationing on the Riviera met an old lawyer friend and asked him what he was doing there. The lawyer replied, “Remember that lousy piece of real estate I purchased last year? Well, it caught fire, so I’m here with money from the fire insurance. How about you?”

The prosecutor replied, “Remember that horrible real estate investment I made in Mississippi? Well, the river overflowed. I made it down here with cash from the flood insurance.”

The lawyer cocked his head. “Wow,” he said, “How do you start a flood?”


I didn’t promise joke greatness…but hopefully it brightened your day just a little.

Thank you for reading. I couldn’t do this without you.




GET HIDDEN HERE (just click through to your favorite retailer)


I could not be more thrilled about the early reviews:

“Riveting, horrifying, and devastating, Hidden is a book you will not soon forget.”
~Kristen Mae, bestselling author of Red Water

“Creepy and haunting, Hidden is a fully immersive thriller. I dare you not to devour it in one sitting!”
~Andra Watkins, NY Times bestselling author of Not Without My Father

I guess I should tell you a little bit about Hidden, huh?

You can watch the trailer on my website HERE, or check out the description below.

From the back cover:


Detective Edward Petrosky has always felt the pain of the world like a razor blade in his gut, even more so when he considers the killers who have escaped conviction. But he can’t let that stop him, not after a grandmother is found murdered on her front lawn, the victim of some machete-wielding psycho.

The case is strange from the outset: no one heard a thing despite the public nature of the crime. An unknown child’s footprints cover the property without a trace of the kid. And a grisly discovery in the basement has the entire police force stunned. Nothing makes sense. Whatever secrets their victim had, she’d taken them, quietly, to her grave.

But when another woman’s corpse turns up with a familiar brand on her ribcage, Petrosky realizes the horrible truth: a killer he’d thought was long gone from Ash Park has remained, lurking in their midst. And who knows how many victims this butcher has collected? For those he’s kidnapped, any day might be their last, imprisoned, unseen, with only their screams and a deranged lunatic for company.

Now Petrosky must risk everything he holds sacred to track the most sadistic killer Ash Park has ever seen, a man whose thirst for carnage extends far beyond mere bloodletting. But saving innocent lives will require an unbearable sacrifice.

One from which he may never recover.


I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on Hidden, but it got a little intense in here, eh? How about a joke? (And if you want between-the-newsletter shenanigans, CLICK HERE to join my book group).

A linguistics professor was lecturing his class. “In English,” he said, “a double negative forms a positive. But in some languages, like Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language where a double positive can form a negative.

A voice from the back of the room replied, “Yeah, right.”

I know, I know. Groan. Thanks for being here despite my jokes, guys.


Happy reading!


Who wants free stuff?

Hey, hey, hey!

It’s been quite a month. From the release of my newest short story, “Alien Landscape,” to “Crimson Snow” sticking at #1 in its category, to getting ready for a new release, time has just flown by. Oh yeah, that’s right…A NEW RELEASE. Hidden will be available May 17th. Just LOOK at that cover. I CANNOT WAIT.  But in the meantime, I have FREE goodies for you to celebrate this upcoming awesomeness! TELL YOUR FRIENDS! Reading is the gift that keeps on giving, so forward this email to any buddies who want to check out a new author. You’ll be super popular. (Trust me, I’m a professional. I know these things.)



If you haven’t read my first three novels, Famished, Conviction, and Repressed, I put free samples of those novels up on InstaFreebie. Go download the first three chapters for free and get a feel for the insanity. Share the links with your friends and travel to Ash Park together. Just click below to claim your sample chapters and get a taste for Ash Park.

Claim your free sample of Famished here

Claim your free sample of Conviction here

Claim your free sample of Repressed here


“Crimson Snow” is still up for free on all platforms from Amazon to Nook to Google Play to iBooks to Kobo to InstaFreebie! Click here for InstaFreebie or find your retailer HERE and snag that one too.


My writing partner has a short story freebie up as well! If you like dark and gritty with a crazy twist at the end, it’s for you–but you have to read it all the way through. Trust me on that one.

Claim “Black-Eyed Susie: A Short Story” here


I’d love to know what you think about ALL of these books and stories, so feel free to drop me a line!

Can’t wait to hear from you!


The Short Story I Never Wanted To Write

This story is far divergent from anything I’ve ever written. It’s sci-fi, different from my usual mystery-thrillers. It’s written in the voice of a teenager, again not my norm, but some things put you in that headspace. My other novels were plotted, scrutinized for ebb and flow. This poured out of me.

This tore me apart.

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The wait is finally over–REPRESSED IS AVAILABLE NOW!

I am so excited to announce that Repressed is NOW AVAILABLE to the public! This book was a labor of love and I adored every moment of the process, from the nitty-gritty research to interaction with readers who just COULD NOT WAIT for this book to hit the shelves. In this newsletter you can find the video book trailer, read early reviews, and check out the back cover copy as well as find links to purchase. Plus there’s a joke down there near the end (because of COURSE there is). And if anyone wants to share the link to the book on social media, you will have my undying gratitude.

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