Ready for the beach? Let me send you on vacation in style with a fabulous SUMMER KINDLE GIVEAWAY! I’m giving away a brand new Kindle Fire and a beautiful peach patterned beach bag! SUMMER KINDLE...
Escape to Paradise Giveaway

Escape to Paradise Giveaway

The authors of Escape to Paradise are excited to share this awesome boxed set with you! It’s easy to enter, so don’t delay! There’s no catch – we just want to share the love and let people know about this book. You can earn extra entries by sharing with your friends, so once you’ve entered, make sure to click “Refer a Friend” and use your unique URL to share! Escape to Paradise Pre-Order...
JD Monroe Street Team

JD Monroe Street Team

Hey everyone! I’m really excited to finally be building a street team. I’m looking for a few awesome readers and friends to help me spread the word about upcoming releases. If you’re willing to… *Check my fan page once in a while to like or comment on things that interest you *Share posts/links for releases, preorders, or giveaways *Write short reviews to share on Amazon or Goodreads Then check this out!  ...
Thriller Thursday – Sloss Furnaces

Thriller Thursday – Sloss Furnaces

So I’ve had a (somewhat spotty) tradition of Thriller Thursday over at my Facebook page, but this week’s find turned into a much longer post so I thought I’d try posting it over here as a blog instead. Since I write about Southern monster hunters in my Hell’s Belles series, I often research Southern folklore and haunted locations. I’m also into costuming, so imagine my delight when the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama, turned up on a list of the South’s most haunted locations. Why is costuming even relevant, you ask? Well, one of my talented friends, Matt Nicholson, is the photography genius behind Dim Horizon Studios, and he often does amazing costumed photo shoots at Sloss. (And apparently, he’s braver than me, because the stories are enough to scare me silly!)   So let’s get into the scary stuff. Just a few years after the city’s founding, the Sloss Furnaces were built in the 1880s in Birmingham, taking advantage of the city’s proximity to plentiful deposits of the raw materials needed to produce steel: iron, limestone, and coal. Hundreds of locals were employed there, but employment as Sloss should have been described as “at your own risk.” If you believe everything you hear, a Dante-style “Abandon all hope, ye who enter hear,” might have been appropriate. Pretentious literary allusions aside, Sloss’s heyday was well before the advent of OSHA, and there were no government agencies to enforce safety regulations or indeed, provide any sort of protection for the plant’s employees from its many hazards. On any given day – which could be twelve hours at low pay – workers risked everything from a...
Augusta Literary Festival

Augusta Literary Festival

Want to get your very own signed copy of Sweet Cherry Pie? You’re in luck! I’ll be at the Augusta Literary Festival on March 5th. This growing event always brings a great crowd of authors with book signings and fantastic panels on writing. You don’t want to miss...