Cover Reveal: BURNED, A Donovan Circus Novel

This is a big day for me because it’s the official cover release day for BURNED, A Donovan Circus Novel. Designed by the talented Caroline McKean, I am beyond lucky to know such talented people like her and my BFF Erica who are willing to take on the challenge of book covers.

Make sure to grab your copy of GIFTED, only 99 cents for a limited time to celebrate the release of the second book! BURNED will be released on Amazon Thursday, Dec 19th. Once you’ve seen the incredible cover, read below for the plot synopsis and what to expect from the new Big Bad!

And now…*drumroll here* (where’s Sheffield’s big ringmaster voice when I need it?)… the cover for Burned, Book 2 in the Donovan Circus series!

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Official Synopsis:

“Tell Sheffield that Medved is hunting him…the Bear is coming.”

Nearly a month after Lucy Sullivan saved the Donovan Circus from certain death, she discovers that Dr. Felix Hardy wasn’t the only bad guy around. When Lucy is attacked on home ground, Sheffield Donovan reveals that there are bigger foes in their world, gifted that use their powers to kill others – including her own family, as she learns from her ringmaster mentor. Medved, a Russian thug and powerful Shapeshifter, is intent on outing the gifted world and will stop at nothing to succeed.

In order to survive, Lucy and her friends must travel to another show, the Grayson Circus, for help. The uneasy alliance with owner Albert Grayson comes with potential new friends and dark secrets about their competition, including a troublemaker named Mel and an old flame of Lucy’s father. Lucy must also contend with her feelings about Keegan and Gabriel, as well as learn how to contain her rampant emotions or risk setting the entire place ablaze.

Will Lucy be able to save the Donovan Circus again? Or will Medved and his men slaughter everyone in their path on the way to gifted domination?

The Best Writing Advice Ever: Write What You Want to Read

We can all be picky readers. We know what we like, what genres we prefer, and are often cautious when picking up a new book outside the realm of our usual pages. I know what kinds of plots I love or what sort of romances drive me up the wall.

Four years ago, I set out to read a story that would stick with me.

I wanted to read a story about a strong girl who didn’t need to be rescued, who put logic ahead of emotion and thought things through. I wanted to read about a supernatural group of misfits who weren’t necessarily vampires or werewolves. I wanted a story full of mystery, one that would confuse and worry me as much as the main character when she discovers the information. And I wanted a little bit of romance, but not so much that it takes away from the plot or consumes the heroine’s thoughts.

I couldn’t find a story like that, not one that I truly thought had all those parts. So you know what I did?

I wrote it.

When I wanted to read a story with witches and murder and raise the hairs on the back of my neck, I bet you can guess what I did.

Yep. I wrote it.

One of the best pieces of writing advice I ever read was to write what you want to read. I know – it sounds simple. But really, isn’t that why we set out to write the story we did?

With my stories, I knew that these were the kinds of books that I would pick up in a bookstore for a closer look at the cover, that the back cover blurb would be enough to draw me in and at least make me give it a chance. And right now you’re probably rolling your eyes and thinking I’m only saying these things because I’m the author, but hand to heaven, these are the kind of books I’d read. But since they’re not out there, I took matters into my own hands.

If you think you’ve got a story full of interesting characters and a dynamic plot, WRITE IT. Short story, flash fiction, full on novel, whatever – readers who are tired of the same old thing will  want to read it. A few of my key compliments to GIFTED was that it was “a breath of fresh air” and a “unique story” because it’s unlike anything else on the market.

Turns out, other people are looking for those kinds of stories too. They’re giving me a chance because I wrote what I wanted to read. I’m proud to be an author of that kind of story. I think you will be, too.