Cover reveal and news!

This book doesn’t come out until February 17th, 2015, but I love the cover too much to not share it with you lovely folks. Just a Little Nudge is a 40,000 word novella, and the start to a new psy agents series. It takes place in the same world as the Arcadia series, and you will see some characters crossover, but it is definitely not for a young adult audience! Think of it as an adult spin-off series.

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Book description:

Marley Sexton never aspired to be a stripper. She even chose the stage name Misty Showers as a joke, thinking she’d make a few quick bucks and move on to greener pastures. Three years later, Marley’s still stripping. It’s the only job she can land that will put a dent in her mother’s mounting medical bills.

It’s also the only job where she feels justified parting fools from their money with a little talent she calls nudging.

As psychic powers go, nudging isn’t impressive. Marley can’t get people to do anything they’re not already inclined to do. Useful for making a seedy customer grab a larger bill from his wallet, but not strong enough to ditch a drug cartel that’s on her tail.

Marley is in over her head. She’s not big on trusting people, especially a strange man with a gun, a badge, and a story that doesn’t quite add up. JC Moreno figures out that Marley may have taken the nudge a little too far. But how? Whoever the guy actually works for, one thing’s for certain. He has a history with the cartel and an agenda of his own. Although the suspicion between Marley and JC runs both ways, maybe they can work together to both get what they want…if they don’t get killed in the process.

**** Recommended for ages 17+. Contains naughty things like f-bombs, violence and sex. ****

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Want to read it before 2/17/15? Just a Little Nudge will be included in the Psychic Storm bundle with nine other awesome urban fantasy authors, which releases on 2/3/15.

Arcadia’s Choice(An Arcadia Novel – Book 3)


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“In this final installment, Ryan has brought all her characters full circle in a story that will sweep you up, and not let go–not even after the last page. She [Ryan] has seamlessly blended action, romance, paranormal elements alongside a truly tight plot into one helluva story. This is one book (and series) not to be missed!” Shannon Mayer, author of the Rylee Adamson Series and the Nevermore Trilogy

Some gifts just aren’t worth it.

Arcadia is sick of being used and abused for her psychic gifts. It was bad enough to be exploited by a madman, but when the users are closer to home, she must decide how far she is willing to go for others, and when she needs to watch out for herself.

Pre-Order the final book in the Arcadia series, ARCADIA’S CHOICE

Less than two weeks before ARCADIA’S CHOICE will pop onto the Kindles of all who pre-ordered it. Release day is September 30th!!! Get yours today, and tell your friends. (Don’t have a Kindle? It is also available on Smashwords in all formats!)


“In this final installment, Ryan has brought all her characters full circle in a story that will sweep you up, and not let go–not even after the last page. She [Ryan] has seamlessly blended action, romance, paranormal elements alongside a truly tight plot into one helluva story. This is one book (and series) not to be missed!” Shannon Mayer, author of the Rylee Adamson Series and the Nevermore Trilogy

Some gifts just aren’t worth it.

Arcadia is sick of being used and abused for her psychic gifts. It was bad enough to be exploited by a madman, but when the users are closer to home, she must decide how far she is willing to go for others, and when she needs to watch out for herself.


Cover Reveal – NINE BY NIGHT

Another fabulous cover by Damonza! What do you think?

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“From vampires to empaths, to the grim reaper himself, this bundle will keep you on the edge of your seat. I dare you to try and put it down!” SHANNON MAYER – author of THE RYLEE ADAMSON NOVELS and THE NEVERMORE TRILOGY

Nine books. Nine bestselling authors. Nine heroines that take names—and chances—while confronting dark foes, whether by force of arms or magic, that threaten their entire world.
Over two-thousand pages of epic reading await! Let the adventures begin.

From NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author, SM REINE, WITCH HUNT –– Shaman on the run. Isobel Stonecrow speaks with the dead…for the right price. She brings closure to the bereaved and heals broken hearts. But when she resurrects someone for the wrong client, she ends up on the OPA’s most wanted list.

From NYT and USA Today Bestselling author, CJ ELLISSON, DEATH’S SERVANT –– Jonathan Winchester has clashed with his werewolf alpha one too many times. He returns to Virginia to find work and meets a young waitress, Raine. As their relationship progresses, Jon’s embroiled in more intrigue than he bargained for and a danger bigger than he can handle.

From bestselling author, LINDSAY BUROKER, TORRENT –– When Delia chose to major in archaeology, she imagined herself as the female Indiana Jones of the Southwest. She didn’t imagine herself stumbling across decapitated bodies in old mine shafts or learning that monsters are real…

From bestselling author, ANTHEA SHARP, SPARK –– What if a high-tech game was a gateway to the treacherous Realm of Faerie? Superstar gamer Spark Jaxley’s life might look easy, but she’s part of an elite few who guard a shocking secret; the Realm of Faerie exists, and its dark magic is desperate for a foothold in the mortal world.

From bestselling authors BOONE BRUX and CJ ELLISSON, DEATH TIMES TWO –– The V V Inn has a ghost problem. New grim reaper, Lisa Carron, accepts the job. She quickly learns the hotel is full of the dearly departed—and she’s working for vampires. Throw in Asa, a young vamp hot enough to melt the Arctic ice, and Lisa realizes she’s way out of her element.

From bestselling author, JC ANDRIJESKI, ROOK: ALLIE’S WAR EPISODES 1-4 –– Like most humans, Allie distanced herself from Seers, a race of human-like beings discovered on Earth. Yanked out of her life by the mysterious Revik, Allie finds out her blood may not be as “human” as she thought, the world is nothing like it appears to be…and she has more in common with Seers than she ever wanted to believe.

From bestselling author, ANNIE BELLET, JUSTICE CALLING –– Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress. Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she’s finally safe. As long as she doesn’t use her magic…

From bestselling author, JESI LEA RYAN, ARCADIA’S GIFT –– Teenager Arcadia (Cady) Day’s family tragedy unleashes a hidden power. After experiencing what can only be called a psychic episode, her home life crumbles. As her emotional control slips away, Cady begins to suspect that her first psychic episode was just the beginning…

From Urban Fantasy author, KARA LEGEND, WILD NIGHT ROAD –– One innocent hex sets off a chain reaction of trouble among the shifters of the Kinraven that threatens war between werewolves, seraphim and witches. Lilith Darke will do anything to be free of her seraphim master. All hell breaks loose when rival packs face off only to discover a new, deadly threat that will take all their magick to survive.

NINE BY NIGHT releases 8/03/2014 on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other e-book retailers.

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Spring is in the air!


Well, not here in Wisconsin it isn’t, but since I am working on my Spring schedule, I’m trying to be optimistic.  :)

Spring has always been a busy time for me as a writer, because it is my convention season. I have three lined up this year, and I’m hoping many of my readers will be able to come out to meet me. If you have never been to a book convention, I strongly recommend it. They are held all over the place, and it is a great place to meet authors, learn about your favorite books, socialize with other readers, make memories. I will never forget playing Apples to Apples with a group of erotica authors. :)

Here my schedule so far this year:

April 4-6:  Odyssey Con – Madison Wisconsin




May 13 – 18:  Romantic Time Booklovers Convention – New Orleans, LA

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May 23 – 26: WisCon (The World’s Largest Feminist Science Fiction Convention – Madison, Wisconsin

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That’s all I have planned for now, but I’ll be sure to let you know of more appearances as they come up. If you see me, please introduce yourself. I love meeting new people!

The Arcadia Series Blog Tour

Happy 2014!!!  January is my birthday month, so I’m celebrating by taking my dog and pony show on a blog tour. Follow along for reviews, interviews, excerpts and more!!!!  




1.January 7th – Promo

2.January 8th – Susan Heim on Writing (Excerpt)

3.January 8th – Pretty Opinionated (Review)

4.January 9th – Jamerican Spice (Guest Post)

5.January 9th – Adventures of Frugal Mom (Review)

6.January 10th – Book Bliss (Interview)

7.January 10th – Tanyas Book Nook (Review)

8.January 13th – Reviewing in Chaos (Excerpt)

9.January 13th – Sunshine & Mountains Book Reviews (Review)

10.January 14 – Nikis Book Corner (Guest Post & Review)

11.January 14th – Reading It All (Review)

12.January 15th – Harlies Books 2. 0 (interview)

13.January 15th – Mommy Reads too Much (Review)

14.January 16th – Evening eBook (Excerpt)

15.January 16th – The Crafty Cauldon (Review)

16.January 17th – Making My Own Worlds (Guest Post)

17.January 17th – A Mamas Corner of the World (Review)

18.January 20th – Adventures in All Things Food & Family (Interview & Review)

19.January 20th – The Edible Bookshelf (Review)

20.January 21st – Second Book to the Right (Excerpt)

21.January 21st – A readers point of view (Review)

22.January 22nd – Mythical Books (Guest Post)

23.January 22nd – Stalked! Reviews by Melissa (Review)

24.January 23rd – We Do Write (Excerpt)

25.January 23rd – Manic Mama of 2 (Review)

26.January 24th – Author Tawdra Kandle (Interview)

27.January 24th – Mamas Got Flair (Review)

28.January 27th – Phaedra Seabolt (Excerpt)

29.January 27th – Lauries Thoughts and Reviews (Excerpt)

Rooting paranormal fiction in realism



I think we can all agree, no matter how cool they sound in theory, that vampires are not real. *Shocked face* Neither are werewolves or faeries or angels/demons (at least not the kind from urban fantasy novels). But what about psychics? Hmmm…just maybe.

That’s the thought I originally had when I had the idea to write my young adult, paranormal novels Arcadia’s Gift & Arcadia’s Curse. I’ve always been fascinated by psychic phenomena. Unfortunately, I don’t have an ounce of psychic intuition, but that doesn’t stop my generally skeptical mind from wondering about the possibilities of a paranormal story that is rooted in reality. Sounds like an oxymoron, but I rolled with it, and my character, Arcadia (Cady) Day, psychic empath, was born.

“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.” — C. JoyBell C.

Early in my research, I stumbled upon the above quote, and I decided to base my entire fictional world on it. In my series, the soul senses were once common in early humans, but over time, as verbal and written communication flourished, these senses devolved out of the gene pool…mostly. Now, a very minor percentage of people have the recessive genes for these soul senses, and each soul sense corresponds to a psychic ability.


Soul Senses Intuition Peace Foresight Trust Empathy
Corresponding Psychic Gift Telepathy, Dream Walking,

Clairvoyance, Clairaudience

Medium, Spirit Handler Future-Teller Charismatic, Telekinetic,

Hydrokinetic, Pyrokinetic

Empathy, Healing


Usually, the soul senses manifest themselves during puberty, but in Cady’s case, hers became active after a traumatic event. I chose to write about a psychic empath because I hadn’t read about one before. Lots of paranormal books have telepaths, mediums and telekinetics, and sometimes an empath is a side character or it is a secondary ability for the main character, but I had never read a book with a main character who was primarily an empath. (I know there are books out there with empathic characters, but I make a point now not to read them for fear they may influence my work.)

I spent a lot of time doing Google searches on empathy, and didn’t come up with a lot of useful information. However, I did stumble upon a suggestion that an empath may have a larger aura field than most people, and maybe this is how they can feel the emotions of others who step into their aura. Sounded good to me, so I ran with it.

Taking a “normal” sixteen year old girl and turning her into an empath overnight was a bit tricky. I wanted her to have the ability there all along, lingering just below the surface of her personality, so when the triggering event happens, the empathic abilities made sense. The first thing I did was make Cady a naturally compassionate person.  She gives people the benefit of the doubt, tries to get along with others and has a huge soft-spot for animals. Secondly, Cady is an identical twin.  There is lots of research on the psychic bonds between twins, so *SMALL SPOILER* when her twin sister is killed, their auras would naturally reach toward each other, thus stretching Cady’s aura field so out of shape, it never snaps back.  Ta da! A psychic empath is born!

Along the course of learning to use, grow and control her abilities, Cady meets several other psychics with varying gifts.  To read about Cady and her friends, you can purchase the books at the links below:

Arcadia’s Gift:

Amazon (e-book & paperback)

Audible (audio book)

iTunes (audio book)

Arcadia’s Curse:

Amazon (e-book & paperback)


New release paperback – ARCADIA’S CURSE!!!

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Arcadia’s Curse is now available in paperback! Makes a great stocking stuffer for the teen reader in your family. 

“The build of the story is a slow burn, like a fuse curling through an empty storehouse ONLY to find out that the fuse is attached to ten tons of fireworks. Holy Climax, Batman!” ~ Shannon Mayer, author of Priceless and The Nevermore Trilogy

Think high school sucks? Try being an empath who has to experience everyone else’s suckage on top of your own. (Literally.)

 In the months since her family life imploded and her psychic gifts began to arise, Cady has struggled to figure out how she can fit into her normal life without going crazy from the constant presence of emotional energy. Her grades have tanked. Her best friend is afraid of her. And she begins to have doubts about why her boyfriend, Bryan, is really keeping her around. But a chance meeting with another gifted girl online opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Unfortunately, this new world comes at an awful price.


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ARCADIA’S GIFT now on audio!

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I’m so excited to announce the release of my very first audio book!  ARCADIA’S GIFT, narrated by the talented voice actress, Ashlyn Selich, is now available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Never tried an audio book before?  They are perfect for listening to in the car, while cleaning the house or hanging around the house relaxing.  With a completed length of only five hours and forty-two minutes, ARCADIA’S GIFT is the perfect introduction to the world of audio books. Check it out today!