10 Things to Know About the #HoA Trilogy

Now that the entire Heroes of Arcania trilogy is out, I thought it might be fun to share a list of fun facts with you guys!

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  1. Arcania is modeled after my city of Roanoke, VA. While Roanoke is obviously smaller (and much cleaner) than Arcania, I modeled many of the city maps and streets after it. Locals will definitely recognize a few locations such as the Grandin neighborhood, Patrick Henry High School, and Franklin and Williamson Roads.IMG_1464
  2. Cole surprised me by being the romantic one of the Nova/Cole duo. The teen boy being the sweetheart? Guess he showed me, huh?HoA2 Teaser Nova Cole Love
  3. Pop’s, the ice cream shop the trio frequents in Book 1, is a real place. In fact, my neighbors own a killer soda shop of the same name! The s’mores sundae is my fav. I even put Anna, the co-owner, in Book 1 as she talks with the other characters. IMG_1457
  4. If you read closely, there are a couple Donovan Circus Easter eggs. *wink wink* (One egg: In HoA2, Nova asks Cole if they know of any outside help to fight Fortune. Cole recalls his dad is friends with a certain ringmaster, though “he’s got a circus–literally and figuratively–keeping him busy.”)
  5. Nova’s house is the same layout as my brother’s, where I stayed for a summer during a college internship. I stayed in the downstairs basement/bedroom area that Nova stakes claim on in HoA1.
  6. The same bank from the opening scene of HoA1 that Fortune robs, is actually based off a well-known bank in downtown Roanoke. I used to work in retail, and would make deposits there, familiar with the foyer where Fortune takes Starling’s life. Last spring, that bank was robbed at gunpoint. (I’m not entirely sure someone wasn’t secretly marketing for me. JUST KIDDING, RCPD.)IMG_1490
  7. A deleted scene from earlier drafts included a scene explaining that Nova’s dad is an astronomy nut (hence the play on her name and the planetarium tie-in). When her little sister Starling was born, Nova’s dad said, “Our little star” right as Nova’s mother said, “Our darling.” Thus, the name Starling.
  8. Probably not a surprise to anyone, but I watched A LOT of superhero movies and TV shows for inspiration. (The Dark Knight, Arrow, Flash, Daredevil and Jessica Jones come to mind immediately – can we just get #HoA a CW show already?)
  9. Penelope, Cole’s little sister, threw me for a real loop. I do rough outlines of characters and tend to let them tell me their story as we get into the novels. She pretty much refused to tell me her deal–until Book 3. Finally then, I got to understand her better. And to be honest, as a 16-year-old girl with a volatile and powerful gift, she is far more complicated than I ever anticipated. It’s no wonder she’s basically toeing the line of good and evil. She’s still a little bit of a mystery even after all this time with her! PenelopeFriend
  10. You already know I wrote SuperNova like 4 years ago; the original draft was told only from Nova’s POV in 3rd person. The moment I swapped out for 1st POV and adding Cole, it was like everything simply fell into place and I couldn’t write fast enough!



Heroes of Arcania: Unbreakable
Release Day

I can’t believe it – Heroes of Arcania is done. The final installment, HoA: Unbreakable, is out today and now the entire trilogy is ready for everyone to read. You met the #HoA. Then you watched as Fortune turned Arcania against them. Now see what happens when Nova and Cole are pitted against each other in Arcania’s greatest war to date.

And don’t forget about the trilogy’s sweet deal. This weekend only (8/17-8/21), we’re celebrating the third and final release in style:

HoA: SuperNova (book 1) is FREE! Order it here. 
HoA: Fortune’s Favor (book 2) for just $0.99. Get it here.
HoA: Unbreakable (book 3) is $2.99. Get the final book here.

I’m so honored to help you escape from reality, and for all the great things you’ve been saying about the series. I truly hope you love the final chapter in the Heroes of Arcania trilogy. Thank you guys for all your tweets, shares, love and support!


PS: You can order signed paperbacks at HeroesofArcania.com. And you know the drill: review it, send me the link and you’ll get some special swag!

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Release Day: FORTUNE’S FAVOR (HoA #2)

Heroes of Arcania: Fortune’s Favor Release Day


Here we go again! I’m excited about doing this trilogy in such a close release (June, July August) and it’s been fun so far. I love hearing about people being mad about the cliffhanger, followed by the quick relief that the next book is right around the corner! Can I just repeat how happy I am that you’re here to celebrate with me as we release book 2 in the #HoA trilogy?! Thank you to everyone for the shares, posts and support.


You can also check it out over on the Goodreads page in case you want to add it to your shelf for later.

Feel free to learn more about the entire trilogy, including sneak peeks and more at HeroesofArcania.com. Books 1 and 2 are now currently available in ebook for Kindle and you can also order signed paperbacks here. And even better, if you grab your copy and happen to review it, send me the link and you’ll get some special swag full of love from me to you!


Release Day: SUPERNOVA (HoA #1)

Heroes of Arcania: SuperNova Release Day

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Well, today’s the day! I’m so glad you’re here to celebrate with me as we finally release HEROES OF ARCANIA: SUPERNOVA into the reader wild. This release day thing is always nerve-wracking, isn’t it?! Several reviews have been rolling in over on the Goodreads page and I’m thrilled to see so many people loving it so far!

Here’s the skinny on this special release day price: it’s available today only for just $0.99. It’ll go back to the regular price of $2.99 tomorrow, so buy your Kindle copy here for just $0.99!

Want to win some excellent prizes (including gift cards, swag, and books) from myself and other incredible authors? Join our Facebook party and get in on the release day fun!

Feel free to learn more about the entire trilogy, including sneak peeks and more at HeroesofArcania.com. And even better, if you grab your copy and happen to review it, send me the link and you’ll get some special swag full of love from me to you!

I’m excited for you guys to finally meet Nova and Cole – and even Fortune, who is truly my scariest villain to date. I think you’re going to have a lot of fun with this trilogy and can’t wait to hear what you think!