Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cyber Monday Book Release: Ghostly Mostly 1

Coming Cyber Monday, December 2, 2013


Ghostly Mostly #1 - Chicago Screams

Mostly Ghostly 1 - Chicago Screams

Twins Ted and Fred Knight carry on the family business – ghost-hunting – with enthusiasm and pride. They've assembled a team of unique ghost-hunters and even started their own show, Ghostly Mostly, to chase their obsession.

One thing threatens everything the Knight twins have built: Damian Rook, host of their own show. Damian is brilliant, dark, and scares more viewers of Ghostly Mostly than the ghosts. The Knights need a new host, but they don't want to anger Damian, especially during a ghost hunt in Chicago.

Damian's made his own plans for Ghostly Mostly. He's decided who the new host will be, and no one – not the Knight twins or even Damian's new recruit, Kat Pojim – will get in his way.

But there's one thing no member of Ghostly Mostly can control – the supernatural. Once the team is locked inside Chicago's haunted Castle, an evil spirit takes control. If the members of team Ghostly Mostly are going to survive, they'll have to work together. If the Castle has its way, no one – ghost or human – will make it out alive.

Author's note: Fans of the Undead Bar Association series will notice similarities between this new Young Adult series and the original UBA series. There's a good reason for that: action in the two series takes place in the same fictional universe. Also, mid-way through the 8 book Ghostly Mostly series there will be a cross-over with the UBA. The ghost-hunting team in search of a ghost conduit will find one among their new allies in the Undead Bar Association.

But, that's down the road a bit. In the meantime, you'll find hauntings, adventure, and hints of romance with the Ghostly Mostly team. The adventure starts in Book 1 - Chicago Screams.

Friday, November 22, 2013

JFK Assassination - 50 Years

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

For many people, today looks back at a pinpoint moment in history. But, for those who lived in that moment and for the city of Dallas, 50 years ago still feels very real and present today. In Dallas, where the assassination occurred, many of the buildings from 50 years ago stand tall today.

I had the privilege of touring locations closely connected to the assassination and of hearing personal stories from people who were eye witnesses. Much of that information inspired Shadowed Demise, the second book in the Undead Bar Association Series.

Shadowed Demise, Book 2 of the UBA

To all those people, and the men and women who curate information about the assassination today, thank you.

If you want to know more about the people, places, and times connected to the assassination, you need to visit Dallas, Texas. Be sure to spend some time at the Sixth Floor Museum, but go to the Old Red Museum, too. The two museums are within easy walking distance of each other, and both are along the route of the JFK Presidential motorcade.

For a sample of what you can see in Dallas today that was present 50 years ago, check out these blog posts:

Dallas Pioneer Cabin
Dallas Criminal Courts building

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Deadhand Control: What's in a Name

The Kickstarter Project for Deadhand Control is well underway. I'm posting regular updates about the project. Video updates are exclusive, only available to backers. But, other updates are available to everyone ... like this update.

Why Undead Bar Association Book #4 is titled Deadhand Control

There are rules for titling books in the Undead Bar Association series.

1. Two word titles
2. One of the words starts with the letter "D"
3. If the book is told from the heroine's perspective, the "D" word comes second. If told from another character's perspective, the "D" word is first.

So, looking at the title, you know the story of Deadhand Control won't be told from the heroine's perspective.

But, why Deadhand Control?

In this story there are bad guys and a good guy with abnormal hands. The evil Vildru sorcerers have rotting left hands; they lose a chunk of flesh each time they cost a spell. On the good side we have Colonel Ranald Mackenzie, who lost two fingers of his right hand during the Civil War, and was nicknamed "Bad Hand" by the Indians.

So, the name fits in part because it refers to multiple characters.

There's also a legal term, Deadhand Control. Here's the definition from Black's Law Dictionary, 8th Edition:

deadhand control. The convergence of carious legal doctrines that allows a decedent's control of wealth ot influence the conduct of a living beneficiary; esp., the use of executory interests that vest at some indefinite and remote time in the future to restrict alienability and to ensure that property remains in the hands of a particular family or organization.

The rule against perpetuities restricts certain types of deadhand control, which is sometimes referred to either as the power of the mortua manus (dead hand) or as trying to retain property in mortua manu.

That's the legal definition and a giant hint about the book's plot.

There you go: birth of a book title. Later this week, I'll post something about some of the history in the story.

26 days left to pledge to the Kickstarter Project for Deadhand Control. If you want to receive all the updates, particularly the research videos, you need to pledge.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Deadhand Control, Book 4 of the Series - Kickstarter Project launched

Kickstarter Project Launched for Deadhand Control, UBA Book 4



This week, Maryanne Wells launched a Kickstarter Project to fund research for Book 4 of the Undead Bar Association Series, a book she's titling Deadhand Control.

"I'm excited about this launch," said Wells, from her home in Amarillo, Texas. "The plot of Deadhand Control involves a lot of history, so it's the perfect book to invite readers into the research experience. For contributors, I'll be recording video updates of my research trips, sharing the good, bad, and ugly."

Deadhand Control picks up where Book 3, Binding Deceit, left off. But, readers do not need to be familiar with the earlier books to enjoy this new addition to the Undead Bar Association Series. Like each book Wells writes, Deadhand Control is a novel that can stand alone.

The historic focus for the book is the Red River Indian War in  1874 and the immediate preceeding events. Wells plans to send modern characters back in time.

"Imagine a woman in her twenties, an African American man, and a US Army vet who served in Afghanistan, being sent back to the 1870s. Each one of them will face a unique kind of culture shock," promises Wells. "Add in evil Vildru sorcerers and Indian medicine men, and the scene is set for some powerful magic."

Though Wells only recently confirmed the book's plot, she's been thinking about one of the characters for decades.

"I started researching General Ranald S. Mackenzie in high school," Wells reports. "Someone told me the Civil War hero was a distant relative, and I read everything about him I could find. When I moved to Amarillo five years ago, I realized that one of his most significant Post-Civil War campaigns happened just down the road. Mackenzie is a complicated and ultimately tragic figure. As a character in Deadhand Control, he'll bring a lot to the world of the Undead Bar Association."

Contributors to the Kickstarter project for Deadhand Control could receive Undead Bar Association Books, coffee, and the chance to name a character in the book. Product received depends on contribution level. There are a total of 14 contribution levels offered, ranging from $1 to $1000.

"Most of the contribution levels are unlimited, but there's room for only one fan at the $1000 level," Wells explained. "At that level, the contributor has the chance to name a recurring character, plus receive books and coffee.

"The character at the $1000 level is a puppy. Maybe that sounds strange for a book about the undead, but really, it makes sense. One of the historic characters in the book had a dog who had puppies about the time action in the book occurs. I decided to use one puppy in the book, and fans with whom I discussed the plot already convinced me to include the puppy in other stories, too. So, whoever gets to name that character pledges top dollar to be the Top Dog. Pun intended."

To learn more about the Kickstarter project for Deadhand Control, visit Kickstarter. The project will be open to contributors until noon on Saturday, September 7, 2013. Publish date for Deadhand Control is early February of 2014.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Alice in Wonderland and the Undead Bar Association

Many themes run through the Undead Bar Association series. One of the clearest is consistent reference to the works of Lewis Carroll. Symbolism and characters from Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass appear in each of the first three Undead Bar Association books, and I plan for that trend to continue throughout the series.

Here's a sample of how Carroll's work is referenced by the UBA:

Maryanne / Mary Ann - in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the White Rabbit mistakes Alice for his maid Mary Ann. In the Undead Bar Association series, the main character is named Maryanne. The coincidence is not lost on some of her literary minded acquaintances. Consider this passage from UBA Book 3, Binding Deceit:

“Tell me, Maryanne,” the vampire said; “Is Robert your white rabbit, here to lead our little Alice down the rabbit hole of my black soul?”

Smiling grimly, I said, “No, I already met the white rabbit.”

“Are you sure? Robert fit the part so well, I thought.”

“Oh, I'm positive. The white rabbit called me Alice when we met; later he called me Maryanne, scolded me for not shutting a door, and told me to clean up someone else's mess. Proof positive to me,” I said dryly, recalling my first months in Dallas.

Phil / White Rabbit - the White Rabbit referred to by Maryanne is Phil, a court investigator and vampire shadow working in Dallas, Texas. Maryanne first meets Phil in Book 2, Shadowed Demise:

Phil handed me a silver key; pressed it into my palm.

“What's this?” I asked.

“Let's call you Alice, and say that Dallas is Wonderland. That's your key to the rabbit hole. It's a green metal door in the Kirby's basement, past the laundry room.”

“And who are you supposed to be, the white rabbit?”

“Oh, sure. All white rabbits with hats are named Philip or Thomas. You didn't know that?”

He turned abruptly and walked away, leaving the courtroom.

“Wait, when am I supposed to go down there?” I asked.
 
Phil was already gone.

The Rabbit Hole - In Binding Deceit, "rabbit hole" is bartender Robert's pet phrase for "weird stuff is going down". That phrase and other Lewis Carroll references it calls to mind form the beginning of Robert and Maryanne's friendship.

Dr. Bricks and Robert / The Mad Hatter and the March Hare - Maryanne declares in Binding Deceit that Dr. Bricks is the Mad Hatter and his son Robert is the March Hare. It's not the nicest remark she could make, but given the secrets Maryanne knows about the Bricks, it makes sense.

Jabberwocky / Inceput vampire - A new vampire is introduced in Binding Deceit, one who presents a very real and personal threat to Maryanne. Being the Texas panhandle gal she is, Maryanne doesn't back down easily:

“Maybe you are the jabberwocky,” I said with deadly calm; “If I ever take your head off, snicker-snack, with a vorpal blade, we'll know it's true. You'll sure as hell know. Now, get off this damn train of nonsense and back to the subject at hand: sfi vows.”

White kitten - This is the most subtle Carroll reference in the series thus far, and it's in the first UBA book, Matriculated Death.

At the beginning of Alice Through the Looking Glass, Alice says: "One thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it ..."

The same holds true in Matriculated Death - the white kitten had nothing to do with it. Nothing at all.

So, be on the lookout  for more references to the works of Lewis Carroll in the Undead Bar Association Series. You're sure to find them. After all, in the words of a certain cat,

"We're all mad here."

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Growing Collection

Books 1-3 of the Undead Bar Association series. Big announcement about Book 4 coming next week.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June 2013 Update

Keeping with my original pledge to publish two Undead Bar Association books per year, I'm currently working on Book 4, Deadhand Control. The plan is to publish Book 4 in early December. Out in time for Christmas shopping.

The Undead Bar Association is a fiction series where law, history, and the supernatural collide. Some books have a strong supernatural element, like Books 1 and 3. Others, like Book 2 and work-in-process Book 4, pack in a lot of history.

Book 4 is ambitious. There's a lot of Texas history in this one. Don't worry; there's supernatural too. Imagine pitting evil modern magic against the ancient magic of the Comanche and Kiowa Indians. But the sheer amount of the historic research...wow.

I beleive in doing the best I can, with given time and resource constraints, to thoroughly research the background of every UBA book. For Book 4, that means traveling througout the Texas, visiting museums and battle sites.

It's a lot to take on. Because of the scope, I'm taking a new step in the writing process. I'm launching a Kickstarter project for funding.

Look for details about the project in the near future. For now, I'm up to my elbows in 1870s Army, Pioneer, and Indian autobiographies.

Until then, read on!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What's in a Name

Names carry emotion. Think about the first person you met named Mary, John, Katie, Jason...the next time you met someone with the same name, you compared them to the first person you met with that name. You may even have transferred some of the emotional attachment of the first person to the second, because of the name.

I generally like men named Sam. Why? I've got a cousin with that name, and he's a great guy. I can be distrustful around women named Kate or Katie when we meet, because the first two bullies in my life were both named Katie. Guys named Rob are heavily scrutinized by my family because, in the words of my mother, "We've known too many Robs."

What does this have to do with the Undead Bar Association? It explains Maryanne's attitude about names. With three books in the series published, I can finally say that, and give examples.

Maryanne never calls Matthew Califf by his first name. She always refers to him as Califf. (See books Matriculated Death and Shadowed Demise). Why? Matt Hawthorne. Maryanne has serious emotional baggage where he's concerned, baggage so heavy, she can't bear to call anyone else Matt (see Binding Deceit).

Likewise, Maryanne refers to her boss as Mr. Drake, never Sam or Samuel (see Binding Deceit). Why? Sam, from the book Shadowed Demise, holds a special place in Maryanne's heart.

Between you and me, it's better for Maryanne to keep a line between Sam and Mr. Drake, since the two are such total opposites (plot hint).

So, what names conflicts are coming up? You could help me decide. For book 4, there will be opportunities for readers to name characters.

Stay tuned. Details tomorrow.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Binding Deceit - Exclusive Information on the newest Undead Bar Association Book



Binding Deceit, Book 3 of the Undead Bar Association Series, is now available through Amazon and Kindle.


The Kindle edition is on sale for $2.99, through May 1.

The Undead Bar Association (UBA) was scattered. Some members hunted the undead, cheerfully taking on supernatural cases. Others turned resolutely to new careers and fresh relationships. One member, Maryanne, tried to escape the supernatural and her friends. She moved back to the one place where she thought nothing strange could happen, her hometown - Amarillo, Texas.

You can run from the undead, but you can't hide, even in Amarillo. It doesn't take long for Anthony the ghost to find Maryanne, and drag her into an adventure that's too much for her to handle. Conjoined ghosts, evil sorcerers, undead professors, zombie cows ... what's a gal to do? Good thing Maryanne's got the rest of the UBA to turn to. Of course, getting help means she has to call them, and risk them learning the secret she's kept hidden since law school.

For more details about Binding Deceit, including exclusive information about how Book 3 fits into the master story arc of the Undead Bar Association website, visit www.undeadbarassociation.com

And now, for you UBA blog readers, the inside scoop on the series from the author.

M.M. Wells says:

Binding Deceit is the first UBA book set in Amarillo, Texas. It won't be the last. This is Maryanne's hometown, and it becomes a focal point for the series. Roughly ever third book will be set in or near Amarillo.

Why have a home base, and why in Amarillo? Three reasons. One, there are great UBA characters in Amarillo, characters from the original blog stories that I want to keep. Two, travel is about to ramp up for this series, and we all (readers, author, and character), need a home base. Three, Amarillo is a little messed up, and that makes it perfect for the UBA.

In addition to the reasons for having a home base, there's an added advantage: a bonus story line. There's a new monster in the series, living in Amarillo. What is it? Hmm. I'm not telling, not yet. Not for several books. There will be clues scattered throughout the series, in the Amarillo books in particular. The amount of information will build and build, leading up to single book that will feature the monster.

Though I'm not saying what the monster is now, I will tell you this: the individual was introduced in Binding Deceit. Want another hint? Right now, there are four possibilities. I'll keep them all in play until near the end. Then, I'll narrow it down to two. Maybe by then, you'll have it narrowed down to one.

The next book in the series, Book 4, will shake things up a bit. Courtesy of our new found enemy, the Vildru, three of the UBA characters will be taking a trip back in time. What happens to them in the past will shake the all, Maryanne in particular. The book will be told from Robert's perspective. The history of Texas is in play. One wrong move, and the UBA may change the outcome of the Red River War and the face of Texas.

Book 5 will be set in New Mexico. In Binding Deceit, there's some marked tension between Maryanne and a member of the original UBA, and that will come back to haunt them both in Book 5. And, they're not the only ones bothered by it. How can Tanya and Charles have a happy wedding, when their best man and maid of honor won't speak to each other? Of course, that becomes the least of the UBA's problems, once the Vildru and ghosts arrive.

Expect an announcement about Book 4 soon, hopefully in the next week. There are big things coming.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Binding Deceit: making a book cover

Binding Deceit, the 3rd book in the Undead Bar Association Series, publishes April 22, 2013. Today I'm revealing the cover art, and more. I'm sharing the background of how the cover is made.

First, the press release cover art:


In the foreground sits the mascot and cover boy of the Undead Bar Association, our darling skull, Skully. Wrapped around Skully, in full attack mood, we find a bindweed vine. Bindweed figures prominently in the Binding Deceit story, to the point it inspired the final title.

So, how did we get Skully and the bindweed on the cover? We started with a photoshoot, one of the resulting photos being this:


 
 

That's the beginning of the cover's foreground.

Next, the background. Several book scenes are set in historic Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas. So for the view of the cemetery through the broken window, this photo was used:

The stained glass window posed some challenges. It would have been great to use a photo of some of the stained glass at Llano Cemetery for the cover, but we couldn't get a good closeup photo that worked for digital art. In the end, the easiest antique glass to take a photo of was the piece hanging on my living room wall:
Now we've collected the pieces. Let's put them all together in Photoshop, add a large dose of imagination, and make it work.

Here we see everything layered, color added, and the first piece of glass broken out of the window.

Next, we broke out some more glass, strategically, so it looked like the bindweed vine was responsible for the damage. This revealed the cemetery on the other side of the window. Also, we added toothy maws to the open bindweed flowers.


Now, for the fun part and some little touches. We went crazy with creepy color, added shadows under the skull and bindweed leaves, and cleaned up some of the glass and foliage.


There you are! Cover art from photos, directly inspired by the book.

Look for Binding Deceit on April 22.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dallas County Criminal Courts Building - Dallas and Kennedy, Part 2

This post is part of a series tracking buildings of Dallas, Texas, as they were fifty years ago when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and how they stand today. The post series is inspired by research for the second book of the Undead Bar Association Series, Shadowed Demise.

Dallas County Criminal Courts Building.

Location: corner of Main and Houston streets. On the JFK motorcade route, near the Texas School Book Depository.
In this picture from the Warren Commission Report, the building is labeled #4. The Texas School Book Depository (now site of The 6th Floor Museum) is labeled #1.

Other connections to the assassination of JFK: This is the building where police intended to bring Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of shooting President Kennedy, on the day Oswald was shot. Had Oswald lived, he would have been interred in the jail and tried in one of the building's courtrooms. Instead, Jack Ruby, the man who shot Lee Harvey Oswald, was interred, tried, and convicted in the Dallas County Criminal Courts Building.

The Dallas Criminal Courts Building was built in 1913. The building housed courtrooms and offices on the lower floors and the county jail on the upper floors. At the time the building was built, the jail was thought to be extremely secure. After all, no one would dare break out of a jail on the upper floors of an eight-story building. Right? Wrong. Many people escaped from the county jail. There was even a break-out during the Jack Ruby trial, on March 6, 1964. One of the escapees took a hostage and walked right past the crowds waiting to hear arguments in Ruby's case.

You can see a newsreel preview video of the prison break / hostage situation here. As fake guns made out of soap and colored with shoe polish go, that one's dang good.

Here's a second video of the jail break; raw footage. The woman wearing a white dress and dark glasses at the beginning of the video is Little Lynn, one of the dancers from Jack Ruby's Carousel club, a witness in Ruby's case. Little Lynn was being escorted to the courtroom when the jailbreak occurred.


Today, the building is used for Probate Court cases and the storage of county records. The jail on the upper stories is not in use, and is not open to the public. The courtroom where Jack Ruby was tried is used for storage, and is also not open to the public.

When I clerked in Dallas, one of my co-workers suggested the Ruby courtroom be reopened and put into active use. He thought it could be dedicated to guardianship cases, which fall under Probate law in the Texas legal code. There are a lot of good points to his suggestion, but I don't know how it was received by the county. It certainly stuck with me. In fact, it was part of the inspiration I had for pulling a guardianship case and Jack Ruby into the same novel.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Pioneer Cabin of Dallas - Dallas and Kennedy, Part 1

This post is the first in a series tracking buildings of Dallas, Texas, as they were fifty years ago when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and how they stand today. The post series is inspired by research for the second book of the Undead Bar Association Series, Shadowed Demise.

Pioneer Cabin: Main Street, near the Old Red Courthouse Museum and the JFK Memorial.

Dallas Pioneer Cabin in 2012
Visit downtown Dallas today, and you'll find a little cabin resting between courthouses and museums. It sits very near the JFK Memorial, along a section of Main Street President Kennedy traveled in the final moments of his life. But, President Kennedy never saw the cabin. Where was it in 1963? Why is it significant enough to preserve? And, who owns it?

 
The first question is fairly simple to answer. According to this photo from the Warren Commission report, in 1963, the Pioneer Cabin was located at the corner of Houston Street and Commerce Street, next to the Old Red Courthouse (Courthouse is labeled 5; cabin is short structure to immediate right of courthouse).
 
From research performed Mr. Kerry Adams, Curator & Exhibits Director of the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture, the cabin was rebuilt on the grounds of the Old Red Courthouse about 1936, for the Texas Centennial. It was still on that spot in 1963.

Fifty years later, that spot is the entrance to an underground parking garage. How the cabin moved from it's 1963 location to where it is today...that gets complicated.

Construction on the underground parking garage and the Kennedy Memorial began around 1969, so it's likely the cabin was relocated then. That's the date I used when I wrote Shadowed Demise.

It's important for a writer to know when a building is relocated, if she's stashing a fictional corpse there to be discovered at a later date.

Years after the underground parking garage was built and the cabin relocated, someone had an idea...let's build another underground parking garage! This was in 2006, the year I was in Dallas for my judicial clerkship. Turns out, the cabin was in the way again. It was moved, again. This gave me a turn, because when I returned to Dallas in 2012 to finish research for Shadowed Demise, the cabin was not where I remembered it. I don't know about you, but I'm not used to my landmarks moving.

The second big question is, why is the cabin significant enough to warrant preservation. It must be important, since it's been moved multiple times instead of being torn down. But important why?

Some people refer to the cabin as the Bryan Cabin or the John Neely Bryan Cabin. If those names are accurate, then we're dealing with one significant cabin. John Neely Bryan was the founder of Dallas, helping to plat the city, organize Dallas County, and make the burgeioning city the county seat. He played a critical role in organizing aid for people after the flood of 1866. His home served for a time as the local courthouse. Sadly, the founder of Dallas had diminishing mental capacity. He was admitted to the Texas State Lunatic Asylum, where he passed away in 1877.

Is the Pioneer Cabin Bryan's original Dallas home cabin? Some assume it is. Others say it is a replica of the original Bryan cabin. According to Mr. Adams, the Pioneer Cabin was a Bryan cabin, but not the first one. If the cabin is a Bryan home, it's likely the third one the pioneer lived in while in Dallas.

If anything's clear from all that, it's that the origin of the cabin isn't clear. So, we'll call it the Pioneer Cabin. At the least, it stands as a symbol of the pioneer spirit that helped make Dallas the city it is today.

Personally, I like to think it really is a Bryan cabin. The Old Red Courthouse nearby, which is now an excellent county museum, has among its exhibits the Neely family bible. It's nice to think the bible is preserved in a building that sits close to the cabin where the bible lived before.

Finally question: who owns the Pioneer Cabin today. According to Samantha Dodd, Research Associate for the Dallas Historical Society, in 1980 Dallas Parks and Recreation transferred ownership to Dallas County. This means, I think, that the last move of this historic city / county landmark was overseen by the county.

There you have it, the recent history of the Pioneer Cabin. It may well be the oldest structure in downtown Dallas, and in the last fifty years, it's certainly travelled the most.

Thank you to Kerry Adams, Curator & Exhibits Director of the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture. Mr. Adams worked with colleagues at the Dallas Historic Preservation Office on the Pioneer Cabin research. Thank you also to Samantha Dodd, Research Associate for the Dallas Historical Society.

Monday, January 7, 2013

2013 - Books 3 and 4 to publish

Books 3 and 4 of the Undead Bar Association Series will publish this year, 2013.

April 22 - Book 3, Undead Bar Association Series. Maryanne escapes the Dallas law firm and moves back to her hometown of Amarillo, Texas. In this quiet, proud, eccentric little city, she feels safe. But, safety's just an illusion. The Inceput vampires aren't done with Maryanne yet, and there's a new enemy on the scene, one with ruthless means and dark desires. Readers of the original Undead Bar Association Series will recognize plot pieces from some of the serial stories. Zombie prairie dogs and Love on the Run are back! So is Nick, one of the founding UBA members from Book 1. And it's a good thing, because there's too much in this adventure for Maryanne to handle alone. Too see which other characters from the blog stories are back, check the tags for this post.

December 2 - Book 4, Undead Bar Association Series. This novel picks up where Book 3 left off. Maryanne's worried the enemy will seek revenge, and she should be. It's never a good idea to anger someone with magical powers. New friend and ally Robert is just worried about the vampires. he's about to learn that when you're around M. M. Wells, vampires are just the beginning. A slice of the wild west, told from the perspective of Maryanne's friend and ally, Robert. This book is alternative history meets supernatural. I've been researching it for months, and lovin' every minute of it! I'll be planning my trips to historic battle sites soon. Look for photos on Twitter as research progresses.