2020 – Fire and Ink

Fire Award Finalist

I’ve learned to celebrate the small victories in life, which seem even more pronounced in the midst of a global pandemic. Today, I’m exceptionally appreciative to the staff and judges of the 2020 Fire Award Speculative Fiction Novel Competition for progressing my fantasy manuscript “Sook” to the final round. The idea of the main character, BRIKKA ARDENSOOK, came to me several years ago. She has several quirky character traits shared by my two (real life) teenage daughters. Sook has been a fun character to explore.

I’ve often heard authors lament about their “writing journey”. The highs and lows. Thrills and tears. I get it now and I’m thankful for my village of people who have kept me writing: The Circle Girls, a group of fellow authors who encourage, pray, and keep me real. Kelly and Deb my editor and beta reader respectively who are my faithful friends and literary cheerleaders.

I’m loving this journey and thankful for the experience, growth, and God’s grace.

The Fire Award Winners for Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Other Speculative will be announced in September.


Sook – Book One of The Purge War

I’m thrilled to have completed the manuscript for “Sook” – book one of The Purge War trilogy. Winner of the 2017 BRCWC First Impressions contest and finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest. What a journey!

Back Cover – Hatred for the Kelph has festered over generations. Like prey that runs from savage wolves, she is hunted. Always hunted. The repercussions for an untrained Kelph maiden are dangerous and exhausting.

A Purge War wages to obliterate BRIKKA ARDENSOOK’S people, the Kelph. Pure maiden blood makes her equally desirable and vulnerable.

Each day since her seventeenth birthday her “scent” grows stronger. In her quest to escape from crazed Landers she discovers more of her own kind, but the Kelph want her blood too.

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