Blurb Help! Cosmic Catalyst is nearly here.

It feels like ages since I last chatted with you. Trying to catch up with things after my fall has sent me into a kind of hermit existence with occasional forays onto Facebook and Twitter. But the good news is that Cosmic Catalyst (sequel to Her Robot Wolf) should be out next week!!! So all my hard work and anti-social behaviour is worth it 🙂

I’m just finalising its blurb and I’m hoping you can help with that. How does this work for you? Any suggestions for changes?

Draft Blurb

Everyone has secrets. But some people will risk the galaxy to protect theirs.

When starship shaman Jaya Romanov and her new mate partner, galactic bounty hunter and robot wolf shifter Vulf Trent, saved the galaxy from the deadly actions of a determined geriatric terrorist, they forgot that old Earth truism: no good deed goes unpunished.

Now, the galaxy is exploding with unexpected aliens, greedy politicians—well, that’s normal enough, it’s what the politicians will attempt that is worrying—and a radically new aspect to sha energy that has the potential to change everything.

And then there’s the mystery of Jaya’s father…who is he? Some big secrets are lurking in Jaya’s past, and to save those she loves, she’ll be forced to risk the galaxy in a shoot ’em up, take-no-prisoners rescue because sometimes there’s no fighting your destiny.

Fortunately, Vulf is always ready for a fight!

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Additional Stories in the Shamans & Shifters Space Opera Series

shattered earth, scifi romance, kindle unlimited, science fiction, space opera,Shattered Earth is Kohia & Nairo’s story – you’ll meet them in Cosmic Catalyst. It’s out mid November.

Then early in December you finally get Ahab’s story. The artificial intelligence who operates the Orion has quite a complicated life, and you’ll get a glimpse of it as he rescues some orphans from Station Gemini in Jingle Stars.

PS You may also get to meet Ahab’s crush.

And now I have to return to my hermit cave. While I was resting up – stupid sprained ankle! – an unexpected story idea came to me. As soon as I can squeeze in the time to finish it, you’ll get a bonus story. Raid. A Futuristic Romance may yet spawn its own Kidnapped Brides series of short romances. Details soon!

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Halloween Books in Kindle Unlimited

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I asked a popular authors group on Facebook if they wanted to share any of their books that are in Kindle Unlimited and which they think are perfect reading for Halloween. Here are the results, books for you to read and enjoy while eating “leftover” Halloween candy.

As always, please check that the books are in Kindle Unlimited before you one-click so that you don’t get over-excited and mistakenly buy them when you meant to borrow them (I’ve done this). I’m not sure what heat and violence level some of the books are, so reviews are your friend for checking that you’re comfortable with what the characters may get up to!

I’m pretty sure there’s something for everyone in this Lucky Dip. Happy reading!

[Authors, if you have a Halloween book that’s in Kindle Unlimited you’re welcome to add it in the comments. Please, only add one book. The auto-spam filter will hide it if you add more than one link. Thanks!]

Purgatory of the Werewolf (The Wolf of Dorian Gray), Brian Ference

A Haunting of Words, Brian Paone et al

Cold Kiss Goodbye, Genevieve Powell

Only Half Alive, Konstanz Silverbow

A Ghoul’s Kiss, J M Stoneback

Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives), Lily Luchesi

Of Cinders and Madness, Nicole Zoltack

The Reapers, Ali Winters

Graveyard Rose, Ginny Clyde

The Grave Run: Dark Urban Fantasy, Adelaide Walsh

Retribution Ridge, Anna Willett

Alchemy Shift, Jenny Schwartz

The Case of the Snow-White Lady: A Sherlock Holmes short story, Liz Hedgecock

Resurrection (Requiem Vampire Knight), Pat Mills

Lockdown (AM13 Outbreak series), Samie Sands

Witch or Treat, ReGina Welling et al

Aoife’s Destiny, Bethany Strobel

Prepared, Courtney Konstantin

Fall Into Magic, Melissa Baldwin

Cookies, Corpses & the Deadly Haunt, Rachael Stapleton

Orpheum: A Dark Fantasy Romance, D S Murphy

Lost (A Ghost Story), Patricia Masserman

On Wings of Steel (A Halloween Love Story), Steve Statham

Dark Heirloom: A Vampire Urban Fantasy, JD Brown

Lizzie Borden, Vampire Hunter, CA Verstraete

To Catch a Spirit, Carrie Pulkinen

When the Black Roses Grow, Angela Christina Archer

Salem’s Embrace, Sherrie Lea Morgan

Only the Dead Don’t Die, A D Popovich

Dearly Departed (Grave Reminders), Rachael Rawlings

Phobic (The Forbidden Doors), Cortney Pearson

The Hunted, Jessica Gunn

Twisted Magic: Raven’s Cove, Claire C Riley

Save Her Soul, Amanda J Evans

Beneath Claire’s House (Mount Herod Legends), Corey J Popp

Under Your Spell (A Romance Boxed Set of Masked Balls, Haunted Gardens, Magic and More), Elana Johnson et al

Shadow and Lies: A World of Gothic, Raine English

DOTTY and the Dream Catchers (A Magical Fantasy Adventure for 8-12 year olds), Emma Warner-Reed

Bump (A Witchlight Novel), Jaime Munn

Veritas, Quinn Coleridge

Smolder (A Paranormal Romance), Lisa Carlisle

Wrath of the Angel, John R Monteith

The Ghastly Gizmo, Tilda Hale

Gotta Be This or That, Renee Conoulty

After Dark (Thoughtful Horror Book 1), Mikey Campling

The Unknown: A Collection of Thirty One Creepy Poems, Silvana G Sanchez

There are so many gems to discover in this list. I hope you have some spooky, fun reading this Halloween!

If you’re looking for yet more Kindle Unlimited reading, I share the books I’ve read and enjoyed in Kindle Unlimited on my book review Facebook page, Always Another Great Book. I’d love to see you there.

Related Posts: Kindle Unlimited Bestsellers & Obscure Finds

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A Fall, The Recovery, and Books!

Two weeks ago I did a nifty trick and fell down my own back step. For a single misstep, the results were spectacular: bruises everywhere, grazes, and a badly sprained ankle that still has me hobbling and lying down to rest it. Add in the sore elbow with pain extending to the right hand if I dared try to use it, and I was offline for a week and only now slowly getting back into the swing of things. Fortunately, I can type again, though I won’t be attempting marathon sessions – even if I have two weeks writing to catch up on!

With one tumble, my hopes of getting Shifting Stars out at the end of the month have vanished. Fingers crossed for October!

In fact, my whole publishing schedule is currently up in the air.

I have two more books to write for my paranormal romance series, Old School, but they’re going to have to wait on the novellas I’ve promised to follow on from Shifting Stars in the Shamans & Shifters Space Opera series. I’d love to have Pirate Cat out in November, and Jingle Stars is a special little Christmas tale. Then I’ll get back to Amaranthine Kiss and the wrap-up novel, Shangri-La Spell. I have sadly learned (courtesy of dreaming of aliens when I should have been watching where I was walking while carrying a chair outside) that I am only human, and that when I drop one ball, all the ones I’m juggling fall down, too. Bump!

If you’d like to help, recommending any of my books to your friends is the best thing ever. Word-of-mouth promo beats everything. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, remember that you can read all of my self-published books for free! Yay!

Shamans & Shifters

Her Robot Wolf     June 2017

A starship shaman, a galactic bounty hunter, and more trouble than a sun going nova.


Go Old School with secrets, sorcery and seduction!

phoenix blood, jenny schwartz, pnr, paranormal romance, kindle unlimited,Phoenix Blood     December 2016

He broke her heart, saved her life, and paid in agony for her freedom.




old school, kindle unlimited, fantastical island, pnr, Jenny Schwartz, paranormal romance, urban fantasyFantastical Island     February 2017

Someone is hunting the fantastical creatures of Catalina Island.




Storm Road     April 2017

A weathermage and a former Marine must save a mountain town from a Civil War era ghoul.




paranormal romance, kindle unlimited, new release,Fire Fall     May 2017

Wildfire in the Rocky Mountains, magic and a second chance to save his soulmate.




paranormal romance, kindle unlimited,Desert Devil     August 2017

As one of only three couriers alive, Forrest “Rest” Castillo can travel anywhere on Earth in seconds. However, the price of his rare talent is to be forever alone.


Demon Hunter     December 2014

Magic is real, if hidden, and betrayal is sharper than a demon’s claws.  A novella.



Djinn Justice     December 2015

Fay and Steve’s new relationship is tested by a meddling djinn, a power-crazed villain enslaving weres, and Steve’s family. A novel.



Dragon Knight       February 2016

Gina Sidhe is on a quest for her dragon. Lewis Bennett is trying to survive without magic. A novel.



Doctor Wolf      April 2016

Dr Liz Jekyll has a secret to hide. What she needs is a big, bad wolf to hide behind!



Plague CultPlague Cult     June 2016

In a small Texas town a desire for love becomes a curse that could unleash a deadly plague.



Hollywood Demon, paranormal romance, kindle unlimited, Jenny SchwartzHollywood Demon    August 2016

A demon is stalking Hollywood. So much for Clancy renouncing her magic and becoming ordinary. This means a fight!



Alchemy Shift, jenny Schwartz, paranormal romance, bear shifter, kindle unlimitedAlchemy Shift     October 2016

A woman, her sword, and the bear-shifter who’ll steal her heart.

Thank you!

And now it’s time for me to return to slow typing and even slower hobbling. Everyone, take care – especially when walking out your own back door!

Treasure Hunting

Who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt? Remember when you were a kid and a birthday party included a treasure hunt? Fun times! Of course, it didn’t do the hosting parent’s garden any favours, but what kid thought of that? We just trampled the flowers. 🙂

As adults, the urge to discover treasure doesn’t go away. We stalk it through op shops and flea markets. We attend auctions and study eBay (or whatever). But the treasure we search for isn’t always a bargain or something we can flip for money, although that’s a great feeling. Sometimes finding a treasure means finding one simple, perfect, long sought for thing.

Hold that thought! I have two book promos (one with a gorgeous giveaway) to share with you today – and a favour to ask. I’ll leave that till the end of the post. The first promo is the Unlock the Secret Worlds Science Fiction & Fantasy Sale which has nearly 100 novels at 99c, September 2-3.


Okay, back to treasure hunting! The treasure can be as mundane yet awesome as discovering a never-fail cake recipe. Off-topic: my mum’s chocolate cake recipe comes close to this. I’ve baked it in a wood oven without a thermometer and it was delicious. Or the treasure can be finding your soul mate or a cure for a disease or buying a worn-out old house and renovating it back to glory because you saw the possibilities in it.

Treasure hunting is both hard work and pure gift.

Second interruption! The September Kindle Unlimited Book Blast where a few of us authors get together to promote our books is also running now. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, dive in! If you’re not a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, there are still gems you can buy…  But most of all – there’s a chance you could win a Kindle Fire! Woohoo! Good luck 🙂

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Kindle UnlimitedIf you do find a treasure, sometimes you share it and sometimes you hoard it. Searching through Kindle Unlimited (Amazon’s subscription library) feels a bit like hunting for treasure. So many books, many of which don’t appeal to me, but when I discover a gem, read it and love it, then I share it on my Facebook page devoted to Kindle Unlimited books, Always Another Great Book. Sharing the treasures I find works for me – it encourages the authors to write more!

But other treasures, I’m not so sure whether it’s responsible to share them. Like wildflowers. When you find a rare orchid, do you share its location on social media so others can find it and appreciate it, or will that risk the orchid itself? This is a real dilemma in my corner of the world, take the Queen of Sheba orchid as an example.

Writing a novel is about telling the story of a hunt for treasure, a quest. A romance is about finding love. Adventure stories can be about saving the world, rescuing someone, almost anything. Mysteries are driven by the need to discover whodunnit. 😉 I believe a novel has to have a treasure buried in it or it’s cheated its readers. Who knew that years and years after childhood treasure hunts I’d be the one hiding a treasure – and making sure that everyone who searched for it found it!

So what do you go treasure hunting for? What treasures have you found, especially one that surprised you?

P.S. The favour I wanted to ask is directed to anyone who subscribes to BookBub’s daily book recommendations. Would you mind following my author profile over on BookBub? I’m trying to build my profile so that BookBub might agree to include one of my books in their newsletter one day. Thanks!

Lemon Cornbread Muffins & Books! Such Great Books!

Yum! Those of you who’ve been reading my blog/newsletter for a while will remember my rapturous discovery of cornbread. Cue angel music and golden light. I love the stuff. Well, the other day I looked at all the lemons in a bowl on the kitchen counter (the tree is in over-production mode) and thought, “hmm, lemon cornbread?”

I decided to experiment and the results were yummy. Of course, because I was experimenting, my measurements are rough. But muffins are always forgiving – that’s why I love baking them.

I used a mug instead of a cup, so add a mug of finely ground cornmeal, a mug of self-raising flour, half a mug of sugar, a pinch of salt and half a teaspoon of baking powder to a bowl and stir well with a fork. Then add the zest of two lemons and stir again. Melt about four or five ounces of butter (cut a chunk not quite as big as your palm), leave it to cool a bit (or don’t – cheat like me and add a splash of milk to cool it), then add a teaspoon of vanilla essence to it and about two teaspoons of lemon juice (I like LEMONY flavour). Pour this mix into the dry ingredients. You’ll probably need to add more milk. You want a spongey not quite pourable consistency. Spoon this into a muffin tray that you left in the oven while the oven was heating to 200C (390f). Bake for twelve minutes. My muffin tray is nonstick, so I didn’t grease it. The cornmeal was still a bit gritty when the muffins were ready. Twelve minutes of a hot bake maybe didn’t give it enough time to soften/cook through, but I quite like the grittiness, so I’m calling this a success!

Books by Fabulous Authors

I’d like to thank the following authors who supported the release of Desert Devil by sharing it with their readers. I’ve posted their names and one of their books. If the book has KU after it, then it’s in Kindle Unlimited and free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Alicia Montgomery, Killian’s Secret  KU Paranormal romance!

Shona Husk, Servant of the Forest Fairytale retelling

Mary Brock Jones, Torn, (I hadn’t heard of an ecological thriller before)

PG Forte, In the Dark (Children of Night series). Gorgeous vampires as you might never have imagined them.

Kallysten, Exiled. A Dragon Shifter novel

Tara Benham, Falling (The Soul Collectors)  KU

Thank you all, so much!

From the Garden

Nemesias have to be one of my favourite flowers. They pretty much look after themselves, self-seeding each year and coming up with some stunning colour combinations.

Why I Write the Books I Write

I was thinking about the question of why I write what I write the other week and came up with an answer that goes wider than my books. I guess it’s a life philosophy. I added it to my bio page and shared it on Facebook, but I should have shared it here, too.

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Finally, I’ve given my English romance (with a suspense twist) a new cover, and to celebrate, I’ve dropped the price of Sky Garden to 99c. If you haven’t read it, now’s the time to remedy that! And don’t you love the new cover? I think it has a Beauty and the Beast vibe. Buy link:

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