Tuesday, October 8, 2019

New Destruction Cover!

The December People Series is getting all new covers! I'm excited to share the new cover for Destruction, created by Kim G. Design.


Buy the new version in e-book and paperback on 10/15!

Friday, September 13, 2019

December People Series News




Happy harvest moon night! The moon has an important role in book 4 of The December People Series, Harvest. Thus, this seems like the perfect night to share some big news about the series.

As many of you may know, my previous publisher Curiosity Quills Press is no longer publishing new books. Thus, I've had to step away from them to complete my series. It's made a long delay between book 3 and 4 even longer (although I also take some of the blame for moving too slowly). I sincerely apologize to my readers for the long wait. :(

The good news is that I've now signed the whole series with Animus Ferrum, an exciting and supportive hybrid publisher of speculative fiction. I will be re-releasing all the books in the series (with new covers!). The release dates are as follows:

October 15th: Destruction

November 19th: Watch Me Burn

December 17th: A Taste of Death and Honey

January 21st: Harvest

Thank you so much for your patience. I'm hoping that Harvest will be worth the wait and will provide the satisfying resolution that my fans deserve. I love you guys. <3

Here is a moon related excerpt from Harvest:

The next night, Emmy woke to the sound of frantic scratching. Lacie had stayed inside tonight, but she wasn’t asleep. In the darkness, Emmy’s vision took time to focus, and even then, what she saw didn’t make sense.
Emmy turned on the light and Lacie shuddered, holding her hands up to shield the light from her eyes and practically hissed at her. So…a werewolf or a vampire? Or some kind of combo? A rusty red color covered her hands and Emmy’s stomach flipped, thinking blood. But the “blood” shimmered. Bronzer? All over her hands and smudged on her arms and swiped across her face. She had created a giant rust colored circle on the wall. She turned away from Emmy and continued filling in the circle, rubbing and rubbing.
“Lacie?”
She ignored her.
“Lacie?”
“I’m almost done. Leave me alone.”
Emmy watched her, transfixed. The circle had perfect proportions, and Lacie worked on any uneven edges, stepping back to check it for balance. Emmy felt unhappy butterflies flutter in her stomach. This felt wrong.
“Just go back to sleep,” Lacie said, still working on her mural.
“Why?” Emmy asked, unable to articulate her many questions.
“It’s cloudy,” Lacie said.
“What?”

“I couldn’t see the moon,” Lacie said, as if she explained something painfully obvious. She used a ruddy finger to wipe a tear from her eye, leaving a strange streak of battle paint across her cheek.

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The Magic of the Harvest Moon

Historically, farmers would use the light of the harvest moon to continue their work late into the night to prepare for the rapidly approaching winter. The harvest moon is a time to prepare for and celebrate change. In my opinion, the best way to celebrate the harvest moon is to think about the future, ideally while taking a nighttime stroll in the moonlight. Howling may also be appropriate. I mean, if you can't howl at the harvest moon, when can you howl?

The fall is a time of change and preparation for the future. Predicting the future is what fall wizards are best at. Instead of just waiting to be barraged with pumpkin spice and plastic spiders and wondering where the summer went, try to be intentional about fall this year. Try envisioning the future. Watch the trees around your home and notice when the leaves are about to fall. Feel the change of temperature in the wind before the mercury actually drops. Witness fall coming.

Here are some more ideas on how to celebrate the harvest moon:

https://tesswhitehurst.com/12-magical-ideas-for-the-harvest-moon/
https://www.greenmoxie.com/6-ways-to-celebrate-the-harvest-moon-2/



Sunday, September 9, 2018

HARVEST, Book Four in the December People Series

I'm pleased to announced that HARVEST is complete and will release on 9.23.19! For you wizards out there, yes that is on the autumnal equinox. Harvest is the fourth and final installment in the December People Series. I'm excited to introduce you to the darkest season...


After the loss of loved ones, Patrick Vandergraff has been trudging through college in a haze of grief. Plagued with violent visions about his family, he avoids going home. But on Thanksgiving, he decides to visit his siblings at his aunt and uncle’s house. 

However, the only thing he finds is an empty house with a red circle painted on the door. Patrick searches for his siblings, turning to his girlfriend Elena for help. He meets Elena’s family and discovers that she is part of an ancient clan of fall wizards called the Los Segadores, who are responsible for preventing future atrocities. 

Although their mission sounds benevolent, he learns that fall wizards have a dark secret—and the woman he loves and his siblings are on opposites sides of an age-old war. 

Stuck between both sides, Patrick must find a way to protect the ones he loves as they meet in battle on the Blood Moon.



Sunday, March 18, 2018

Check out ROGUE CRYSTAL for only 99 cents! #YA #fantasy


Your family history has a way of haunting you.
Available now on Amazon for 99 cents!
Avery loves the prospect of visiting the country of Scarya with her cousin and boyfriend. Adventure and romance surely await. Instead, war breaks out, and Avery ends up with an ancient sword everyone is dying to possess.

Scarya isn’t just a foreign land – the longer Avery is trapped there, the more she learns about her past. Her ancestors lived in Scarya, and one of them brought an enchanted crystal from space. She never expected an alien to ruin her vacation, but sometimes the past has a way of reappearing. 

ROGUE CRYSTAL is a fantasy for young adults.  This young adult novel is filled with elements of history and romance, published through CHBB, and is now available for purchase. 


Check out ROGUE CRYSTAL on GoodReads for fabulous reviews!
Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, can often be found exploring historical ruins and imagining what life would be like with magic.  You can contact Jordan via her website, JordanElizabethBooks.com.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Visit me at the Texas Library Annual Conference! #txla17



I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in San Antonio this Thursday, April 20th!

Where to find me:

I'm participating in the Independent Authors Strut Your Stuff panel on April 20th from 10-11am in Room 301A, Ballroom Level.

I'll be signing books in the Authors Area at Table 13 on April 20th from 1-2pm.

In honor of this occasion, I have three special offers!

1) From now until midnight on 4/23, librarians (from anywhere!) can get a free Kindle or Audible copy of any of my books. All you have to do is request one on the form below.

2) Librarians attending the conference can request a free signed paperback! All you have to do is request one on the form below before midnight on 4/19, and THEN pick it up from me at the Conference in the Authors Area on Thursday between 1-2pm.

3) At my table, you'll have the opportunity to draw to win a free signed paperback then and there.

If you forget to sign up in advance and the luck of the draw isn't in your favor, I'll be selling signed paperbacks for $10 in the Authors Area.

I hope to see you there!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Celebrate the #springequinox with a FREE copy of A Taste of Death and Honey! #GIVEAWAY


Happy first day of spring! To celebrate, I'm giving away free digital and audiobook copies of A Taste of Death and Honey, the spring-themed, third book in the December People Series.

All you have to do is sign up below between now and midnight CST on 3/20/17. I'm not asking for anything in return, but reviews are very much appreciated.

Happy free reading/listening!







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 - New Character Spotlight

The spring book in The December People series released on 6/9/16, and with it came some new characters. If you haven't read it yet, this will give you a little preview of who you'll meet in book three. If you have read it, this will tell you a little bit more about your new friends.

In a lot of ways, spring wizards are the "Hufflepuffs," of the December People world. They are generally kind and harmless flower children. But other types of wizards would be well advised not to underestimate the spring, as they are far more powerful and dangerous than they might appear. I've loved getting to know the new spring wizards in book three. They are brave, kind, and and difficult to corrupt (and I really tried).

IMOGENE GREY

Seventeen year-old Imogene Grey spent most of her life hopping from foster home to foster home. When she was very young, both of her parents and her two brothers were murdered in front of her. The gruesome murder remains a mystery to the Mundane police. The killers were never caught, and the police never understood the motive for the killing or why Imogene alone was left unharmed, especially since the killers didn't spare Imogene's newborn brother. This mystery may be solved in book 4...

The extreme trauma caused selective mutism in young Imogene and she didn't speak for many years. However, at seventeen she has begun to open up to the world. Despite her dark life, she smiled and laughed with abandon, as described here:
"Even when she grew up, she never lost the smile she had as a little girl―a smile of complete abandon. She had never once tried to hide a smile or stifle a laugh." - Zander

ZANDER COLTER

Twenty year-old Zander Colter suffers from an unfortunate father--Whitman Colter, a very evil man from book one. You wouldn't usually call a child lucky to end up in foster care, but Zander might have been. He had the pleasure of never meeting his biological father. Zander doesn't like to talk about his mother either. His friends assume that his mother is dead, but that's not the case. Zander was placed in foster care when his mother went to jail. She promised she would come for him when she was released, but she never did.

Through all this, he managed to grow into a good man. Perhaps, one of the nicest people in the entire series. On occasion, he might make impulsive, and questionable choices, but it's always a product of following his heart. And yes, he really is that handsome.
"Despite the fact he advanced on her, he didn’t seem frightening. He might look frightening if she didn’t know better, but he had an overpowering goodness radiating from him." - Samantha

LEONA PRESCOTT

Fourteen year-old Leona has been strangely absent from her family for the last two years. The youngest member of the prominent summer wizard family, The Prescotts, Leona appears to have had an idyllic family life. However, Leona didn't quite fit in with the rest of her family. She is a siren, and at twelve years-old she accidentally caused the death of a friend. After that, she was sent away to live at a secluded "school" for troubled young wizards (which we get to visit in book 4).

As a siren, she can alter the moods and perceptions of the people around her, even if she doesn't intend to. Traditionally sirens attract, and Leona can do this well. But she can also repel, sometimes violently. Although she has some strong contenders, she might actually be the most dangerous wizard in the entire series. However, Leona would give anything to just be normal.
"He felt a sting on the back of his neck and grabbed the spot. The back of his skull and his shoulders filled with poison, contracting and throbbing. Clutching his neck he turned to see a ghostly girl standing on the red-brick path. She made his hair stand on end. Something felt so wrong about her." - David

Discover more about these characters in A Taste of Death and Honey!




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.