Happy October, readers! Fall has begun (my favorite time of year), the pumpkin spice lattes are back, and people are prepping for Halloween. I’ve been working hard for the past several weeks to prepare for this month, and as a result, I have four announcements to make.

NEW: Lilly Frank short stories

First Kill: Lilly Frank Short StoriesI’ve written four new short stories that take place in the Lilly Frank world, and they’re now available for purchase! This book of short stories is a companion to the Lilly Frank trilogy.


Longing. Murder. Love. Vampires. Sex.

These four short stories contain everything you’ve come to expect from the Lilly Frank series.

“First Kill” – Lilly’s experiment to see how long she can go without feeding has terrible unexpected consequences.

“Lilly and Étienne” – After fleeing to France with Beth and Jamie, Lilly struggles to recover psychologically and physically from torture and abandonment, and finds that her heart too is on the mend.

“The Organization Begins” – Elias and four other vampires track down Vasily and his Blood Scion, whose decade-long transcontinental killing spree has attracted the attention of vampire hunters.

“Giovanni and Vittoria” – Vittoria has waited long enough to consummate her love for Giovanni. But their perfect night of lovemaking takes a dark turn that will change their lives forever.

Content warning: These stories contain graphic violence and explicit sexual content intended for readers 18+.

Buy First Kill: Lilly Frank Short Stories now on Smashwords or Amazon

Also coming soon to iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

The Complete Lilly Frank Series

If you’re new to the Lilly Frank series, you can start at the beginning of this suspenseful vampire tale with romantic elements read your way through the whole trilogy and the short stories in one fell swoop: The Complete Lilly Frank Series ebook will be available on Oct. 10! (Note: I’m also working on a print version of The Complete Lilly Frank Series, which should be available by the end of the calendar year. Yippee! :D)

The Complete Lilly Frank TrilogyDescription

Longing. Betrayal. Sex. Murder. Love. A story about how far one woman will go to feel safe in a world without guarantees and what one vampire will do to find companionship that lasts an eternity.

The Complete Lilly Frank Series includes the original trilogy and four thrilling Lilly Frank short stories.

In the two years since Lilly Frank’s mother was brutally murdered and the killer set free, Lilly has worked hard to create a safe and stable life for herself. But she’s thrown off balance when she meets Torren Frisk, a handsome stranger whom she finds both irresistible and frightening. Her growing attraction to him, coupled with his offer to help her track down her mother’s killer, threaten to unravel Lilly’s carefully constructed world. Torren’s undeniably different from any other man Lilly has ever met, but what does he really want from her?

A newly made vampire requires a certain amount of time to get used to her new body and heightened senses. But Torren’s worried that if Lilly doesn’t hurry up, she’ll be dead before she ever gets the chance to adjust to life as a vampire. Word among vampires is that someone’s hunting their kind, and it’s not a quick death if you’re caught. This killer likes to torture the victims first, and all signs indicate that he or she is circling ever closer to Torren and Lilly.

Torren needs Lilly to stop fighting him and start trusting him. Maybe he shouldn’t have deceived her…

Nearly fifty years after the events of Awakening 2, Lilly decides to stop running away and returns to Italy only to find the threat of a vampire civil war growing. With the help of Beth, Carrie and Jamie, Lilly learns how to face her feelings about her tragic past and to accept that, whether Torren wants her or not, her heart wants him. But when she finds Torren in Rome, not only is he still with Vittoria, he doesn’t seem to remember Lilly at all.

Can Lilly convince Torren to leave Vittoria to be with her and help the Organization find a peaceful solution to the conflict, or will Vittoria and a vampire war come between Torren and Lilly and their happily ever after?

SHORT STORIES: First Kill, Lilly and Étienne, The Organization Begins, and Giovanni and Vittoria.

Content warning: These stories contain graphic violence, language, and sexual content intended for readers 18+.

(Pre)order your copy of The Complete Lilly Frank Series ebook now on Smashwords, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon

The month of October is the best time to buy books in the Lilly Frank series because…

Vampire Books for Blood

Vampire Books for Blood fundraiser for The American Red Cross and Canadian Blood Services

I’m participating in Vampire Books for Blood again! VB4B, an annual fundraiser for the American Red Cross and Canadian Blood Services, was started last year by my friend and fellow author Scott Burtness. It runs every October, and participating authors (like me!) pledge to donate a certain percentage of their net royalties from one or more of their books to the American Red Cross or to Canadian Blood Services.

As an Oregonian, this fundraiser has particular significance to me this year in light of the recent shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon; the American Red Cross played a significant role in assisting victims, families of victims, and witnesses. Like many Oregonians–and indeed many people all over the world–I’m deeply saddened by this event, and I’m grateful to the Red Cross for its quick response to the tragedy.

In appreciation for their services in times like these as well as for all the other wonderful work they do, I’ve pledged to donate 100% of my net royalties from October 2015 sales of all the books in the Lilly Frank series (Awakening, Awakening 2, Awakening 3, First Kill, and The Complete Lilly Frank Series) to my local chapter of the American Red Cross. There’s no better time to sink your teeth into a horror novel than October, and no better incentive than knowing your money will support a worthy cause.

Learn more about VB4B and find the other participating authors at vampirebooksforblood.org.

2 Book Lovers’ Reviews Month of Horror

2 Book Lovers' Reviews Month of Horror October 2015

I’m also honored to participate in 2 Book Lovers’ Reviews Month of Horror. “The Monster” is this year’s theme, and I, along with twelve other horror authors, have written a guest post about why I write about my chosen monster–vampires. Also on the agenda are zombies, ghosts, werewolves, and many more! So whether you’re a monster-lover or just love to hate monsters, get over to 2 Book Lovers’ Reviews for new posts twice a week all month long.