COVER REVEAL & Pre-Order: The Demon Duke

Don’t you just love this cover? Thank you a million times over to Lankshear Design for another stunning winner!


The Demon Duke debuts June 6th, 2017 (not quite 6/6/6, but that’s because Damon Blackbourne, Duke of Malford, is not quite the demon everyone makes him out to be.

Here’s the blurb:

Behind every good man is a great secret.

Banished to Yorkshire as a boy for faults his father failed to beat out of him, Damon Blackbourne has no use for English society and had vowed never to return to his family’s estate at Thorne Hill, much less London. However, when his father and brother die in a freak carriage accident, it falls on Damon to take up the mantle of the Malford dukedom, and to introduce his sisters to London Society–his worst nightmare come to life.

He never planned on Lady Grace Mattersley. The beautiful debutante stirs him body and soul with her deep chocolate eyes and hesitant smiles. Until she stumbles across his dark secret.

Shy and bookish Grace much prefers solitude and reading to social just-about-anything. Her family may be pressuring her to take on the London Season to find herself a husband, but she has other ideas. Such as writing a novel of her own.

But she has no idea how to deal with the Duke of Malford.

Will she betray him to the world? Or will she be his saving Grace?


Want to pre-order it for your Kindle now? Find it here: http://bit.ly/TheDemonDuke

Paperbacks available on release day!

RELEASE DAY! A Matter of Time is HERE! + plus short excerpt

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Yes! A Matter of Time is finally here, available today in Kindle and paperback format! Wahoo!!!

Thank you to ALL of you for your marvelous support – you stunned me by pre-ordering 107 copies! I can’t wait to read your reviews on Amazon and GoodReads, to find out what you think of Eliza and Deveric’s story – and of course you may always drop me a personal email to let me know what you think.

Just for fun, here’s a small excerpt, one of my favorite passages, perhaps because of how often my daughter and I watched each Disney Princess movie – especially my beloved favorite, Beauty and the Beast:

If only it were as easy as waltzing one time at a ball, and falling instantly in love. Cinderella didn’t know how good she had it. She’d won over her Prince with one look. The tale said nothing about the Prince having a suspicious mother or a handful of sisters. Much less a recalcitrant son.

Cinderella may have occupied the bottom rung in the world in which she lived, but at least she’d been familiar with all the rules, had known the ins and outs way better than Eliza did, no matter how much she’d thought she’d known before coming here.

Eliza sighed. She’d always liked Belle better, anyway. Belle hadn’t given a fig for what society thought, and ended up with that amazing library of books. After taming the Beast, of course. Ah, the Beast. He hadn’t really been a beast at all, just a wounded man looking for love . . . and acceptance. Okay, maybe he had been beastly, at first, in human form; but it was Belle’s love that had transformed him, had healed him, had accepted him, and allowed him to open his heart again.

Cat had known Beauty and the Beast was Eliza’s favorite story; had she been thinking of that when she drafted Deveric’s tale? Was Eliza Belle, Deveric her wounded beast? And Regency society the mob of angry townspeople she needed to appease?

Only $2.99 on Kindle, or $13.79 on paperback (though Amazon has it marked down to $12.14 – not sure how long that will last!), and FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/AMatterOfTime

*** Please feel free to share – word of mouth is still the best way to make others aware of books you like, and we indie authors need all the word of mouth we can get. ***

I am so very, very grateful to everyone who’s come into my life this year via my books – I’ve met such terrific authors and readers who are now friends, and I can’t tell you how moving that is, to know my book, my writing, touched someone enough to reach out and connect with me. Much love to all of you!

Chase Your Dreams Through A Flop: Sydney Scrogham on her New Release

Debut Author Sydney Scrogham joins us to talk about her new young adult fantasy book, Chase – which premieres TODAY!

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Two worlds will collide under one reigning Promise.

He’s chosen to die.

She’s destined for Snix skin.

Financial strain from her mom’s lost job means Lauren has to sell her horse.  In a desperate attempt to keep her beloved animal, Lauren pursues an escaped genetic experiment worth a ten thousand dollar reward—a bright red horse.

With the red horse in sight, Lauren disappears into Agalrae and comes face-to-face with Chase, a man raised by Alicorns. Lauren wants to return home, but the Snix, Chase’s enemy since birth, has other plans. The Snix confronts Lauren with an ultimatum:  Kill Chase for ten times the red horse’s reward money, or sacrifice the lives of her mother and horse.

Forced to stay in Agalrae until she decides, Lauren wrestles with possible outcomes.  But she can’t hide the truth from Chase forever.

When destiny splits, which path do you follow?


The End of a Dream

Everything you’ve ever wanted can dissolve within a few words.

I was up before the sun – a usual morning balancing horse work and college classes.  This is the only time of day to make sure everything is good in the realm of email, and maybe I’ll get lucky and have a cancelled class.  Oh, wait, there’s a message from (my small press at the time, whose name I won’t mention).

“Dear Ms. Scrogham…”

That can’t be good.

Indeed, it wasn’t good.  It was the email that knocked me off of platform I’d been wobbling on, claiming, “I’m an author.”  With one single email, not even a written letter, I was informed Chase was no longer scheduled for publication. 

This news was even more devastating after preparing three and a half years for publication.

Make a Decision

There comes a point in our lives where we have to decide if we’re going to honor the desires that cry out within our souls.  I call those desires dreams.  I lost Chase’s traditional contract a little less than a year ago, and it created an identity crisis, but I’m at a point now where I can say I’m glad it happened.

Why?

Because I needed that flop to force me to decide whether or not I was going to follow my heart and be a writer.

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I decided to fight for Chase by rewriting it from scratch.

That was a long National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for me.

But about three months later, I had another book deal.  This time, I had a hybrid offer with Koehler Books.  If you’re unaware, that means I’m splitting the cost of publication with the publisher.  The best part about this for me is that I get to be molded into a professional.

The small press I’d previously been with wouldn’t’ve offered me that kind of experience.

Why Should You Care?

If you’re reading this right now, you’re breathing.  (Duh, right?)  But there’s a cliché phrase that really applies to this moment.  Put your hand over your heart.  Feel that?  It’s called a purpose.

Even though it’s Chase’s release day, I’m not shoving it in your face with the expected, “Buy my book!” plea.  (Although it’d be awesome if you nabbed a copy.)

Right now, in this moment, it’s more important to me that you allow yourself to dream again.  I’m standing in a place where the impossible became possible.  The same thing can happen to you.  Dare to hope.  Dare to fight for the desires deep in your heart. They are there for a reason.  You are still on this earth for a reason.

There’s more for you.  It’s calling.  Will you answer?

August 1, 2015

Today is the day Chase meets the world.

There was a time when I never thought it would happen.

But it’s happening.  Right now.  And I’m consumed with the strangest mix of terror, euphoria, and “WHEW, it’s done.”

If you get the chance to hold this book, feel the weight of its struggle sink into your hands.

But there’s more to the pages than that.  Chase is a story that takes off from the first chapter.  You won’t be bored for a second as you’re whisked away into Alicorn (also called a “pegauni”) culture, seen through the eyes of a young man named Chase.  His knowledge of the world crumbles around the edges when he meets another human being for the first time.

You get a front seat for every moment in the scheme for Chase’s murder, the bareback gallops through the sky, and innocent first love.


Want ChaseFind it here!:


Sydney ScroghamSydney Scrogham has been a horse owner writing novels on the side for the past ten years. She actively writes for Flash! Friday and Porsche Club of America e-Break News. When she isn’t writing, Sydney can be found at the barn with her horse Snowdy.  Apart from Snowdy, Sydney’s inspiration for writing includes spending time with God, watching ABC’s Castle or Marvel movies, Breyer model horses, Bionicle Legos, and taking long walks in the middle of nowhere.  Sydney’s driving passion is to see people revive and chase after their dreams.  To learn more, check out her blog at http://www.sswriter.com or tweet @sydney_writer.

It’s Official Release Day! A Man of Character is HERE!

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It’s here. Official Release Day. *deep breath*

A Man of Character is available RIGHT NOW in both Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon.

It’s a life-long dream come true, people.

I hope you’ll check it out, give it a chance, spread the word, let me know what you think.

If you’re willing to share this link, http://bit.ly/AManOfCharacter, on social media today, this week, next week, whenever, my racing little indie author heart thanks you from the very bottom of, well, itself.

If you read the book, thank you.
If you tell anyone about the book, thank you.
If you leave a review on Amazon or GoodReads, thank you.

I can’t say enough how much the support I’ve already received from my amazing family, friends, and writing community means to me. Knowing y’all are rooting for me makes all the difference.

I hope you love Cat’s story.

Here’s the blurb:

What would you do if you discovered the men you were dating were fictional characters you’d created long ago?

Thirty-five-year-old Catherine Schreiber has shelved love for good. Keeping her ailing bookstore afloat takes all her time, and she’s perfectly fine with that. So when several men ask her out in short order, she’s not sure what to do…especially since something about them seems eerily familiar.

Caught between fantasy and reality, Cat must decide which—or whom—she wants more.

Blending humor with unusual twists, including a magical manuscript, a computer scientist in shining armor, and even a Regency ball, A Man of Character tells a story not only of love, but also of the lengths we’ll go for friendship, self-discovery, and second chances.

Margaret Locke A Man of CharacterThank you.