Saturday, January 6, 2018

2 Reasons You Should Attend the Palm Springs Writers Guild Meeting

Saturday, January 6, 2018
1:30-4:00 PM.
Rancho Mirage Library, 71-100 CA-111, Rancho Mirage, CA. 

1. Donald Maass of The Donald Maass Literary Agency will be the speaker.

Don't miss this rare FREE opportunity to hear Mr. Maass. He is a leading publishing industry insider, and highly sought after speaker and workshop leader. Maass has written numerous books on writing, including Writing the Breakout Novel and Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques For Exceptional Storytelling. 

Books on Writing by Donald Maas:

2. Ariella Moon will be signing and selling her books!

Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman to create magical Young Adult fiction. Her series include The Two Realms Trilogy, a medieval Scotland and Fairy fantasy romance, Two Realms Novellas, origin stories of characters and magic in the Two Realms, and The Teen Wytche Saga, a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances. Ariella’s “Covert Hearts” appears in Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection.

Young Adult Fiction and Fantasy books by Ariella Moon

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dragons and More: An Interview with H. L. Burke

Today's spotlight shines on the wonderfully creative H. L. Burke.

1.     When did you first realize you were a Sparkly Writer Princess? 
       Middle schoolish. That's when I both started to be known as the writer in my peer group and when I kind of came into an awareness of “this is a potential career path I want to pursue.” I've always been a doer rather than a planner or a doubter. It went pretty quickly from “I like doing this and like sharing the things I write” to “I'm owning this as my identity.” The “sparkly” and “princess” parts are partially because I refuse to take myself that seriously… I'm having fun here. I'm sparkling. I also happen to write a lot.
2.     If you had a dragon spirit guide, what color would it be, and what would be its special gift? 
      I feel I have to answer Theodore the Dragon here or he'll get mad at me. He's the smallish dragon I got a few birthdays ago who is kind of our home's official guardian/unofficial mascot. He's gray blue and his gift is mischief and looking permanently offended. 

      I also would not mind having an orange dragon with cat like agility, night vision, and … basically I want a cat-dragon.

3.     You are a prolific author of numerous fantasy books and short stories, and you helmed two wonderful anthologies, Fantastic Creatures and Hall of Heroes. Do you ever sleep? 
       In the morning. I'm not a morning person. I have a hard time getting out of bed before 9am … if it weren't for kids, I'd probably write all night then sleep until noon, then drink a bunch of coffee and write all night again. My daughters tend to be early risers, though.
4.     Dark moon or full moon?
       I can see advantages to both. I'm glad we get both. Would be weird to live in a world with one or the other. I'm more of a stars than a moon girl anyway.
5.     Tiara, fascinator, or mail coif? 
      Being me, my first thought is, two of those sound way too heavy. Comfort first here. Fascinator is the least likely to weigh down on my head, and maybe it could have like a little dragon perched on it. Like a dragon nest fascinator. Plus then when I'm not wearing it, it would be just the right size to put on my cat.

About H. L. Burke
Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

She is the author of a four part fantasy/romance series entitled "The Dragon and the Scholar," the Award Winning (2016 Realm Award for Young Adult Fiction) Nyssa Glass Steampunk series, and MG/Fantasy "Cora and the Nurse Dragon," among others .

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A healing touch. A hideous face. A looming curse.

As the ugly twin to a perfect sister, Princess Laidra lives her life in the shadows—until her parents offer her as bait for a giant serpent.

Her escape attempt leaves her shipwrecked on a secluded island with only one inhabitant: Prince Calen, who lives under a curse. If anyone looks upon him, he turns into a giant serpent. Speaking to him in the darkness, Laidra sees past the monster to Calen’s lonely soul, and she determines to free him from the magic’s hold. 

But if Laidra can’t break the curse in time, Calen will become a mindless creature of scales and fangs forever.

A YA mythology/romance that retells the myth of Eros and Psyche with adventure, magic, and true love.

Cora and the Nurse Dragon
A Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure
Cora's a young girl with two dreams: to be a dragon jockey when she grows up and to own a pet dragon now. She constantly buys "egg packs" at the dragon emporium in hopes that one will hatch into a rare pet-sized dragon, but only gets short-lived mayflies. However, when an unexpected egg does develop into something new, Cora may be over her head.

Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors
A YA Steampunk Adventure
Nyssa Glass is a reformed cat burglar turned electrician's apprentice, settled into a life repairing videophones and radio-sets. However, when her past comes calling, she finds herself framed for murder and forced into one last job. No one has entered Professor Dalhart's secluded mansion in almost a decade, at least not that returned to tell the tale. If Nyssa wants to ensure her freedom, she'll brave the booby-trapped halls and mechanized maids. Nyssa has skills, but this house has more than its share of secrets. As she steps into the cobwebbed halls lined with dusty mirrors, she has to wonder. Is the House of Mirrors really abandoned?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

December's Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to 

Shirley Cochran and Dee Liebl, 

winners of my December Giveaway prizes!

You can enter January's Giveaway Contest at

 January's prize will be a Second Chances tote, 
perfect for carrying books or groceries!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

November Giveaway Winner

I was so wrapped up in SPELL FIRE's recent release, I forgot to post November's Giveaway winners!

So without further delay, the two winners of Amazon Gift Cards were...

Patricia Parsons


Beverley Justice

Congratulations, Ladies!

To enter December's Giveaway Contest, click HERE.  


One lucky winner will win an ebook copy of THE AMBER ELIXIR.

And one lucky winner will win this fun brooch.

May the Giveaway Gods smile upon you.


Friday, December 8, 2017

New Book Release!

Spell Fire

By Ariella Moon

Book 3, The Teen Wytche Saga 

Is Now Available on Amazon!

Can two people forge a future when their secret pasts collide?

As Christmas nears, high school sophomore Ainslie Avalon-Bennett works hard to hide her Crazy Girl past. But as long as her best friend’s disappearance remains unsolved, she can’t shake the obsessive-compulsive disorder that once landed her in a mental ward. Then she meets Thor Grael, a teen dragon shaman who spikes her pulse and calms her OCD.  But will Ainslie lose him once he discovers her past? Or will Thor’s deadly secret be their undoing?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Meet Your Favorite Authors!

You are invited!

Please join Ariella Moon and 23 other authors
at the Palm Springs Writers Guild Book Fair.

Young Adult, adult, children's, fiction and non-fiction authors will be selling and autographing
their books at the ART IS gallery, upper floor, near Macy's.  11AM - 5 PM. November 30, 2017.

Featured books will include (while supplies last):

Monday, November 13, 2017

Autumn Books and Comfort Food

Fall has arrived in the southern California desert! With daytime temperatures dropping 30+ degrees to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, I can finally fire up the stove and concoct one of my favorite comfort foods, butternut squash soup.

I believe my now splotched recipe was originally cut out of an automobile insurance magazine, and contained no attribution. My changes/asides are in orange.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

1 butternut squash (3 pound), peeled, cut into one inch pieces. I totally cheat and buy the squash already peeled and cut up. (54 ounces = 1 pound). You have permission to do likewise.
2 Granny Smith apples, seeded and cut into one inch cubes.
1 medium onion, diced.
1 carrot, sliced.
4 tablespoons butter.
1/2 cup white wine.
3 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock.
1/2 cup heavy cream.
1 teaspoon sea salt. (Add more to taste if you'd like.)
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste.
1/2 teaspoon red pepper. I use half that amount. You may like your soup more spicy.
7 thyme springs, leaves only.
1 bay leaf.
Fresh chives
Freshly grated nutmeg.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large baking dish (I use a bowl then transfer the ingredients to 2 cookie sheets) toss the apples, butternut squash, carrot slices, red pepper flakes, bay leaf, sea salt, pepper, and thyme with 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Roast uncovered for 30-45 minutes or until tender. (If your oven runs hot, check earlier than 30 minutes. Trust me, you don't want to end up with brown, blah soup!)

Heat 3 tablespoons of butter over medium-low flame in a cast iron pot. (I just use my pasta boiling pot.)
Saute the diced onions with a pinch of sea salt until translucent. Add the wine and let it reduce by half. Add the roasted ingredients to the pot, together with the vegetable stock or chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and cook together for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf, and using a hand held blender, puree the soup until smooth. Add the cream and cook an additional 3 minutes.

Adjust the seasonings and then serve hot with a drizzle of cream, snipped chives, and a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg.

Enjoy your soup with friends, family, or a good book!

Happy Autumn!
~Ariella Moon