Monday, May 9, 2016

A Taste of Death and Honey Cover Reveal! #coverreveal


The time has come!! I'm happy to present the cover of book three in The December People Series, A Taste of Death and Honey. I'm so thankful to Curiosity Quills Press for their amazing work. I think it's stunning! And just the right amount of creepy. What do you think?


This book will grab you by the throat, challenge your mind, and turn your heart inside out. Sharon Bayliss delivers a powerful, emotional punch with her third book in the December People series. - Amy Bearce, author of  The World of Aluvia Series
When Samantha’s parents died, she lost everything. Her home. Her friends. Her hope. Then a life-loving spring witch at the children’s shelter fills her life with light and joy once again.

But like the springtime, Samantha’s happiness doesn’t last forever. Her friend dies violently in front of her, the victim of a mysterious killing spell. Furious and grief-stricken, Samantha resents her own weak spring magic. She doesn’t need life and renewal. She wants revenge…and death.

Homeless and alone, Samantha seeks shelter with her old friends, the Vandergraff family, and finds an unexpected ally in the powerful winter solstice witch, Evangeline. The girls’ anger and eagerness lead them to cast a killing spell before knowing the truth behind Samantha’s friend’s death or the identity of her killer. 

Once the spell is cast, they can’t take it back, and they must fight to stop their own curse before it takes away everyone they love.


A Taste of Death and Honey comes out on 6/9/16!! If you're interested in reading it early and writing a review, please sign up here. And if you're new to the series, you can get caught up by reading Destruction (Book One) and Watch Me Burn (Book Two), both available on Amazon and Audible. 

Thank you for your support!

  


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sign up for the A Taste of Death And Honey blog tour and release day blitz!



Spring is finally here! And A Taste of Death and Honey (Book 3 in The December People Series) is finally coming on 6/9/16! I need your help to spread the word. I'm having a cover reveal, blog tour, and release day blitz. I'm also interested in recruiting some early reviewers. Because I appreciate your help so much, if you sign up for any of the above, you'll get an exclusive swag pack (first 30 people) and will be entered to win the prizes below.
  • TEN signed copies of A Taste of Death and Honey
  • Bag of lily bulbs
  • Adult Coloring Book: Butterflies and Flowers : Stress Relieving Patterns
  • Burt's Bees Essential Everyday Beauty Gift Set
  • Raw, Unfiltered Texas Honey Bear
  • Lindt Lindor Truffles Milk Chocolate Spring Time Limited Edition




To enter, you just have to participate in the release day activities. You get one entry for every item you complete below, and five entries for every review (of any December People book) posted between 5/1/16 and 7/1/16. You can even win more than one prize! And if you're one of the first people to sign up, you will definitely at least get a Taste of Death and Honey swag pack!

Thank you!!


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

We Must Let Go in Order to Grow... Spring Guest Post from WildCat Magic


In honor of the spring, I'm happy to present a guest post from WildCat Magic!



Sometimes dreams die, and we must recover the creative energy bound up in our regrets in order to nourish the seeds of new priorities. Read about a new magical tool to do this below.

Magical Practice: Look - Feel - Turn - Rise!

Where have you buried your bitter disappointments, failed attempts, missed opportunities, might-have-beens, lost hopes, broken dreams, unfulfilled desires, rejected gifts, unrequited loves, and half-mourned relationships?  We are all mortals, dear ones, and all have shadows in our past.  In order to release the creative power bound up in our regrets, we must dig deep into these dark and dirty places. We must have courage to see our failures for what they are, feel the pain of their consequences, and let the emotion turn (as emotions always do), in order to rise up again and create something new. Tomorrow is indeed another day!  

This magical process -- Look, Feel, Turn, Rise -- is a powerful tool I encourage you to try, and repeat as often as you need to, "a thousand times," to free up your power to create!  

LOOK!

To begin the process, find a mirror you choose to use as a magical tool (or you can use an astral mirror in your imagination), light a candle, and place a second unlit candle nearby.  Listen to the recorded trance journey to visit Persephone, Demeter, and your ancestors, who also suffered disappointment in their lives, and may wish to aid you in rising again. Travel to a sacred place to meet them, look into the mirror, and have the courage to face the truth of the ending of a dream.

FEEL!

Allow yourself to feel as much of the emotions that arise as you are willing to feel at this time. Acknowledge your pain and validate it as a proportional response to your loss.  Persephone and Demeter and your other Allies, both human and Divine, are here to witness and support you.  

TURN!

When you feel the emotion shift, light the second candle.  All is not lost!  While the consequences of our choices are real, it is our attachment to outcomes that causes us to suffer when things don't work out the way we had hoped they would.  Let go... this dream may be dying, but the future is still full of possibilities... Feel the love in your heart that is your creative life force, your own Divine Spirit that is always connected to the Wild, True Love of the gods.  You have much left to create out of LOVE. Feel your sap rising!

RISE!

Celebrate your rebirth!  Listen to an inspiring song, dance, and sing along.  Reach out to your community and be open to seeing new possibilities to co-create.  You may enjoy this song, (re)created as a chant by Amy and Swan for the recent Reclaiming LA Ostara ritual: Rise Up!

It is Spring, and the soil is ready for new seeds to sprout -- it is time to rise up and recreate ourselves, one more time!  

Here's an inspiring quote to get you started on the process ...
It is official. I did not get the life I wanted... Sometimes [our dream and our destiny] are one and the same, and sometimes they're not. Often our dreams are just a path to our destinies. .. While you [have your] head down, sweating, cursing, stressing, furiously working with broken tools [to build your dream], ... [Love] is busy building your destiny. And there is as much beauty in your destiny as there was in your dream. Let go and believe that whatever it is, it will be beautiful.

(Paraphrased from Carry on Warrior by G. Melton)
Love and Magic,

WildCat


WildCat has been teaching magic for many years, working with a variety of goddesses and gods. Trained as a Witch in the Feri and Reclaiming traditions, she is true to her WildCat name, drilling for spiritual experience in the places between charted territories, and her practice and teaching draw upon a number of traditions. She loves the consciousness she has developed and the ecstasy she has felt practicing magic. She gets a kick out of sharing her experience and co-creating new and powerful transformational magic in each class. For her, magic is an important ethical act as well as exciting -- "what we do between the worlds changes us and all the worlds!" Check out WildCat's current offerings on her website:www.wildcatmagic.org, and sign up for her monthly newsletter.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Participate in the Taste of Death and Honey Lily Challenge

It's spring time! Which means flowers are blooming and book 3 in The December People Series, A Taste of Death and Honey, will be coming out soon (June 9th). To celebrate, I am hosting a very special kind of contest, a lily growing challenge. All you have to do is get a lily to bloom using magical or Mundane gardening methods, and you will get a signed copy of A Taste of Death and Honey and an exclusive swag package.



Here is how it works. I send you a lily bulb in the mail. Get it to bloom before the summer solstice (June 20, 2016), post a picture with the hashtag #tdhlilychallenge, and I'll send you your prize!

I don't think I'm allowed to ship plants overseas, so I'll have to restrict this North America, planting zones 3-9. I will close the contest after ten entries.

Thank you for participating! Sign up below:


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Purchase deeply discounted books and audiobooks to support @traviscoccp! #AmplifyATX



Like many authors, I have a day job! And unlike many authors, I really love my day job. :) I'm fortunate to get paid to do something I love to support a cause I'm passionate about--writing grant proposals and impact narratives for the Center for Child Protection in Austin, Texas.

The mission of the Center for Child Protection is to reduce the trauma to children during the investigation and prosecution of crimes against children. Time after time, I've seen our staff take on the most severe and devastating cases of abuse and neglect in Travis County. And time after time, they provide hope and healing in cases that might seem impossible. I am consistently inspired by their courage, patience, and high-quality care.

From now until 3/8, donations made to the Center through the Amplify Austin page will be matched by the St. David's Foundation, so it's a great time to give! You can simply make a donation on my Amplify Austin page, and/or you can participate in my sale below. I'm donating the items, so 100% of the cost of the item will go to the Center for Child Protection during Amplify Austin.

Thank you for your support!!

SALE ENDS ON 3/8!

Signed paperback copy of The Charge $5 (U.S. shipping included!)

Destruction Audible Audiobook $10

Watch Me Burn Audible Audiobook $10

Destruction Digital Book (.mobi, .epub, or .pdf) $3

Watch Me Burn Digital Book (.mobi, .epub, or .pdf) $3

Monday, January 25, 2016

Seeking #audiobook reviewers for The December People Series! #NowOnAudible


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Now on


I'm looking for reviews of the audiobook version of Destruction and Watch Me Burn! If you're interested, please fill out the form below.

If you accept a free review copy, you must be willing to write a review of the audiobook on Audible.com. Book bloggers will be given priority. Otherwise, it will be first-come, first-served. If selected, you will receive your free review copy in the form of an Audible claim code. Codes are limited!

Thanks for taking the time to listen and review!



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A TASTE OF DEATH AND HONEY will release on 6/9/16!


It's the question that people have been asking me constantly for almost a year...when is book 3 coming out??? Well, now I have your answer, although it may be further out than some of you may have liked--6/9/16. But don't fret! I'll be hosting a big spring celebration in March-May with plenty of opportunities to get your hands on an ARC. This also gives you plenty of time to review the series by listening to book 1 and 2 in audiobook! ;)

Just so you know, it only took about one hour after this announcement before I heard a new question..."When does book 4 come out?" Of course, I don't know yet. But my goal is to finish book 4 before book 3 comes out, so it can go in the publishing queue soon after it.

A Taste of Death and Honey:

When Samantha’s parents died, she lost everything. Her home. Her friends. Her hope. Then a life-loving spring witch at the children’s shelter fills her life with light and joy once again.

But like the springtime, Samantha’s happiness doesn’t last forever. Her friend dies violently in front of her, the victim of a mysterious killing spell. Furious and grief-stricken, Samantha resents her own weak spring magic. She doesn’t need life and renewal. She wants revenge…and death.

Homeless and alone, Samantha seeks shelter with her old friends, the Vandergraff family, and finds an unexpected ally in the powerful winter solstice witch, Evangeline. The girls’ anger and eagerness lead them to cast a killing spell before knowing the truth behind Samantha’s friend’s death or the identity of her killer. 

Once the spell is cast, they can’t take it back, and they must fight to stop their own curse before it takes away everyone they love.