Archive | May 2016

A Compelling New Release: Blood Stones–The Haunting of Sunset Canyon by Krista Lynn

What magic is this? Supernatural? Witchcraft? The Shaman’s Curse?
Or…something other? 

BloodStonesFinalWebDeep in the Arizona desert, the love a young woman feels for her mysterious Indian lover grows deeper every year, though her heart stopped beating over a century ago—stilled by the one she loves. What magic could cause this? What ancient Native American witchcraft could hold her spirit captive and make her part of The Haunting of Sunset Canyon? Could the legends of ghost warriors who guard the treasure of the Lost Blood Stones Mine be true? 

When Darcy Peel left Dry Creek, Arizona, to go to graduate school, she thought she had left for good. She never imagined she would come back to the small community nestled in the shadow of Prospector’s Mountain. But now she is compelled to return and find her sister who is lost in the red gorge canyon. On her trail to the truth, Darcy meets Alan Brandt, a young deputy who possesses hidden abilities that link him to stories of ghost warriors. Can she trust him to help find her sister as he promises? Or is she being trapped by the canyon’s magic—seduced by her attraction to a man with an uncanny connection to the deadly legends?

Blood Stones is available now from:

Her eyesight faded while outside the cave the shape of Prospector’s Mountain scraped the skyline and covered the canyon in shadow. The soft pressure of his lips lingered on her ear – this gift of pleasure her last human sensation.

“Emm-ma-line,” he whispered. “There is one thing I can do.”

The timbre of his voice, the voice she loved, soaked into her waning consciousness. His words receded with her into the dark void and replaced the beat of her heart.

“Stay with me…”

— 1911, Sunset Canyon


“The story has a strong and intricate plot, with plenty of fast-paced action, adventure, and suspense. If you love a good chilling ghost story/romance, you can’t go wrong with Blood Stones.”

==Taylor Jones

“Blood Stones combines Native American legends with modern-day mystery and intriguing, complex characters to create a spine-tingling thriller with a little something for everyone. This one is definitely hard to put down.”

–Regan Murphy

About the Author


Krista Lynn is a late-comer to the author’s world, with a long academic career in earth sciences in her wake, instead of years of fiction writing. But wind has filled all the sails this year, with the release of Blood Stones: The Haunting of Sunset Canyon, the first book in The Canyon Series.

It’s no mystery why Lynn writes about the high desert of Arizona. She grew up on a gold mine about sixty miles north of Phoenix. The closest neighbor was six miles or so down the Agua Fria River, or another twenty miles by dirt road. To say it was a gold mine is technically correct, but very little gold was ever mined. It did, however, keep gas in the jeep and food on the table. The real treasure of this placer gold-mining venture was the lasting impressions of living wild in the desert with her brothers and a menagerie of dogs, goats, and donkeys. And experiencing the magic and spirit of a rugged, isolated landscape, where mysteries were carried on the wind and whispered in your sleep. Years later, these experiences are the multi-colored threads woven into her series of romantic supernatural suspense set in the high desert of Arizona.

She now lives in California with her husband and a menagerie of dogs, goats, and one spoiled horse.

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SoCal MWA Presents: From Page to Screen — Adapting Novels Into Screenplays


Sunday, May 22, Noon
(Doors open at 11:30)

Open to the Public, but SoCal MWA members get a discount

Terrill Lee Lankford
Jordan Harper
Elissa Matsueda
Richard Lange

Moderated by Eric Beetner

Join SoCal MWA for a discussion of the unique skills required, and the pitfalls awaiting, as writers adapt material, previously written for another medium, to the screen,
big and small.

Terrill Lee Lankford has written many feature screenplays as well as Amazon’s Bosch, adapted from the Michael Connelly novels


Jordan Harper writer-producer of such shows as The Mentalistand Gotham, sold his first novel, If All Roads Were Blind, and also the screen rights. He is currently adapting it for the screen.


Elissa Matsueda  adapted the non-fiction story “Spare Parts” for the screen and is currently writing other projects for Lion’s Gate entertainment.



Richard Lange  adapted his own novel, Angel Baby, for the screen and lived through all the promise and let down an adaptation can often bring.


Eric Beetner is the author of more than a dozen novels. He lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts the Noir At The Bar reading series and serves as MWA SoCal’s Treasurer.

2980 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles 90039

Paid valet or free street parking available

You will place your food order at the Tam.
No need to pre-order.

The menu choices will include their famous Prime Rib,
plus chicken or fish, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Members $20
Non-members $30

You may pay at the door by cash or check, but PayPal is preferred.

New Release: DIE FOR YOU by Michele Mills

The science-fiction romance, Die for You, by Michele Mills (Samhain Publishing), is now available. This debut novel of hot SF by Mills is the first book in her Catastrophe Series.

Love, in a hopeless place.

Catastrophe Series, Book 1

Two months after a virus took out civilization, Rachel Donnelly is the last living soul in California, as far as she can tell. Until she runs into a Marine sniper, battle-hardened but alive and healthy.

Adam Sanchez would love nothing more than a slamming session of I-can’t-believe-we’re-alive post-apocalyptic sex in the back of his Hummer. But Rachel’s fragility, inexperience—and much younger age—hold him back from exposing her to his raw, aggressive sexuality. If anything, Rachel needs protection. Especially from himself.

As they band together with other survivors to battle feral animals, violent ex-cons, and motorcycle clubs jockeying for power, Rachel grows stronger in mind, body, and spirit—strong enough to give the dangerously sexy Marine what they both crave.

The power of their passion rocks Adam’s world, bringing him to his knees—which, he discovers too late, is the worst possible place to be when danger springs from the shadows.

Warning: Contains a sexy Marine, a tattooed ex-con, a girl who blossoms into a sexually assured young woman, laughter despite the pain, m/f/m ménage, hope, love, and more bad language and violence than are strictly necessary.  

DIE FOR YOU is available in eBook and Trade Paperback formats:

Excerpts of Sample Goodreads Reviews:

“This is my first book by author Michele Mills and has really nailed it with Die For You. Real characters and believable story line filled with action keep this story rolling along fast. The only thing I hated about this book was that it had to end and I don’t have the next in the series yet. Ms. Mills is definitely an author to watch.”

“As far as she can tell, Rachel Donnelly is the last living soul in California until she runs into a battle-hardened Marine sniper that is not only alive but very healthy indeed in this sizzling and thrilling post-apocalyptic romance.”

“Michele Mills created a life like experience in her post-apocalyptic world that frankly gives it a chilling as well [as] sizzling feel…”

“WOWZA! What a fantastic post-apocalyptic romance that is stunning, passionate, sexy, defiant, and with some super HOT guys that will make you glad to be the last woman on earth!”

Find Michele Mills at:

And as a writer of some outstanding reviews at Dear Author.


Online Workshop: You Are What You Say

  • AdobeStock_91900864Instructor: Kat Duncan
  • Dates: May 9-27
  • PRICE: $20 YRW members/$25 non-members 

This workshop examines the elements needed to reveal character through dialogue. Using character development techniques you already know such as goals, motivations, and backstory, learn how to reveal strong characters through their words and connect those words to other elements in your story. Successful novels have an increasing amount of dialogue over narration, forcing dialogue sequences to do more and more of the work of telling the story. Learn how to reveal important information about characters, turning thoughts, appearances, and actions into spoken words. Workshop includes lessons on using dialogue to build tension and anticipation, reveal story secrets, enhance setting and hit readers in the gut with emotion. Includes lessons on dialogue tags, and blending dialogue with narration. Examples from bestselling novels offered as models.

About the Instructor:  Kat Duncan is a creation extremist who is doing her best to identify human creativity and free it from captivity, one student at a time. As a young child, Kat once tried to confess the telling of her stories to her parish priest because she thought they fit the definition the nuns gave for telling a lie. With her lies fully sanctioned and blessed by church authorities, Kat writes stories to entertain and enlighten. She is a Fulbright Scholar who spent a year in West Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Kat has a Master’s Degree in Education and over a dozen years of experience teaching students from elementary through college and beyond. Her stories span a range from realistic historicals to quirky suspense.

For more information or to register: yosemiteromance