Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Writing Workshops & Book Events

Some parts of life are returning to normal, even with my fall events cancelled. I had the chance to participate in an outdoor local author event at Bookish in Fort Smith at their Bakery District location. It wasn't as well attended as they had hoped, but I met some wonderful people and we managed to share stories around our masks. 

Bookish and I are working on getting a couple of my titles on consignment there, so stay tuned for that update. I must get to the main location soon so I can meet Barrie, their store cat. 

I spent a delightful day with the White County Creative Writers over the weekend speaking to them about "Writing for Children" and "Running With Inspiration." It was odd to be in a room full of people again, but masks were worn when we left our table space and distances were kept. They are such an engaged group, striving to make their writing the best it can be. It is always a joy to be invited to hang out with other writers!

Scott & Meg at the book sales table.

Meg speaking to the group.

Meg being distracted by a close-up photo.

If you are still not comfortable or able to attend the conferences you normally do, here's a link to my "Running With Inspiration" or "What-If" workshop that I did for an event that went online. It's much shorter than what I would do in person because I had a time limit, but it might still inspire you to take pen to paper (or hands to keyboard) today. 

Now I'm back to the final steps in presenting my new book, The Tigran Chronicles, to the world. You can already purchase a paperback copy through my website (for signed copies with a matching bookmark) or through Amazon. The ebook is in final editing and should be done by next week, and the hardcover is in the final gasps as well. Almost there! 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Summer Updates, Fall Festivals Cancelled

First of all, if you follow me on social media you may have seen that I tested positive for COVID-19 on July 22nd. While it wasn't pleasant, and I just got my sense of smell back a few days ago, I was fortunate to never feel that I needed to go to the hospital. Besides continuing to tire easily, all is well. I still have no idea where I got it because I've been ridiculously careful. Wear. Your. Masks!! 

Along those same pandemic lines, I can share that the War Eagle Craft Fair and Festival, where many of you may have met me, is cancelled this year. Or "postponed," as they say, which means they don't have to return money for vendors who already paid. My booth has always been over in Sharp's Field, which is really a separate fair, and I have not officially heard from Lucy Sharp that she is cancelling as well, but I'm making that assumption. 

To say that it has been a rough year for makers and artists and writers and all of our sort is putting it mildly. My best and most productive (and most fun!!) events during the year are fairs and festival where I can meet people face to face. They've all been cancelled, and probably rightly so. However, don't forget that people are still out there hawking their wares. Buy from them online! 

Along those lines . . . you can assure you get a first-round copy of The Tigran Chronicles by going to my online store through Square and getting your paperback! That much is already up at Amazon, but the release is not official yet as the ebook versions and hardcover are still in process and many sites have slow tech integration and issues that not everyone who is best at fixing are around to handle. 

I will be speaking at the White County Creative Writers Conference over the Labor Day Weekend, and that will actually be an in-person event because the group is relatively small. Join us!! I may have some copies of The Tigran Chronicles available if they arrive in time. Yay!!

For now we are just moving forward with getting this year's book done and published and into the hands of readers. Hopefully there will be calmer days ahead for the whole world. 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Tigran Chronicles is Coming Soon

I'm super chuffed to share my upcoming novel with you!

Being part tiger and part human should be an advantage—not lead to your extermination. Taliya, a seventeen-year-old tigran, has been forced to flee her country home and go into hiding to escape the Enforcers and the Gathering that began in 2172, orchestrated by President Kerkaw and his corrupt martial law of the United States. But it isn’t long before Taliya is captured and forced into a covert military breeding program. Paired with a magnificent male white tigran named Kano, Taliya is determined to survive, whatever the cost, but she is only at the beginning of her journey. What awaits her is more challenging and life-changing than she ever could have imagined.

Unlike most of my other books, this title is definitely PG-13, so not one for young readers. The official release date is October 1, but this won't be the last you hear of it before then, I'm sure.

The preorder link for paperbacks is already available at my online store, so you can reserve your copy now. Fall events in Arkansas are still up in the air, so it's hard to know what access you will have to getting a copy right from my hands in October. However, you can always order directly from me and have me sign copies however you'd like. Until the schedule is more certain, we just keep moving forward with publication. I can't wait to share it with you!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Redeemed Book Cover Reveal

Just popping in for a second to share a new book with you.

Redeemed, the second book in the Supervillain Rehabilitation Project, 
releases August of 2020!

To celebrate the release of Book 2, Book 1 is 99 cents on Amazon this week only!

Redeemed: Supervillain Rehabilitation Project #2
An idealistic heroine. A reformed villain. A troubled teen.
Can the Supervillain Rehabilitation Project form a family out of this mess?

Still working out her team's dynamic as well as her own fledgling romance with former villain Fade, Prism is blindsided when her superiors order her to take on another rehabilitation subject or risk having her team broken apart. Then her best friend and fellow superhero, Tanvi, foils a robbery but injures a super-powered teen in the process. Guilt stricken, she begs Prism to let the young girl, Alma, AKA Soulbird, be their next project.
Alma fills a gap in the team and works her way into the group's hearts. However, her past stalks her, as the villain who forced her into a life of crime in the first place doesn't want to let her escape into hero life without a fight.
Can Prism and her team redeem Alma from her past, or will the villain life drag the girl out of the SVR and out of their reach forever?


Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

She is the author of a four part fantasy/romance series entitled "The Dragon and the Scholar," the Award Winning (2016 Realm Award for Young Adult Fiction) Nyssa Glass Steampunk series, and MG/Fantasy "Cora and the Nurse Dragon," among others .

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Also, enjoy a free short story prequel to the Supervillain Rehabilitation Project Series: Relapsed.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Sale Ending Soon

Sale Ends June 30th!!

Don't miss out on your last chance to pick up Meg's books at ridiculously low prices. Paperbacks and hardcovers are both available at basically at-cost pricing with FREE SHIPPING. June 30th is the last day, so grab them while you can.

Only through Meg's site from her personal on-hand inventory. Meg will be happy to personalize them "To" anyone you like. 

The ebook sale at Amazon will also be ending on the 30th. Pick up Meg's kidlit for 99 cents each on Kindle.

Enjoy your summer, and keep reading!!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Upcoming Fundraising Anthology: Glimpses of Time and Magic

Today I'm helping to spread the word about a fun 

upcoming anthology for a wonderful cause. 

Glimpses of Time and Magic

$3.99 and all proceeds go to Feed My Starving Children


History is quite a fascinating thing. We know the stories that have been told to us since we were children, but there are secrets…Magical secrets that are desperate to be revealed.

Pompeii was a tragedy the world will never forget, but what really caused the volcanic eruption that ended it all?

Why was the great sword Excalibur really destroyed?

The rolling hills of Victorian England seem peaceful enough, but what secrets really lurk there?

And would it surprise you that there are darker secrets in Ancient Rome than people ever dreamed? If the Great Fog of London isn’t what it seems?

You think you know Harry Houdini, but do you know the man behind all the tricks?

And what if Roanaoke runs deeper than you could ever imagine?

Could Ireland’s potato famine really be caused by a mage gone mad?

What if a ghost ship off the coast of England was more than a phantom?

Want to find out the secrets behind each of these stories? Read nine exciting tales where history and magic collide from authors Michaela Baker, James Quinlan Meservy, Ariel Paiement, Joshua Reid, Alicia Scarborough, Maria Vermisoglou, Joanna White, Kandi Wyatt, and Sara Zagorski.


Release Date:

July 28, 2020

Tell me a bit about this anthology.
Glimpses of Time and Magic was put together by Ariel Paiement and Joanna White. They wanted to have a historical fantasy collection to sell to raise money for a charity. The book covers eight different historical time periods, putting a twist on the history you know. Travel to ancient Rome or Ireland right before the potato famine. Discover what happened to Pompeii and Houdini. The stories you think you know just might have a bit of magic thrown in.

Tell me a bit about the fundraiser and why it matters to you.
The idea behind the anthology was to raise money for a charity. As a group we decided on Feed My Starving Children. The organization provides food for children in impoverished areas by providing them with a “manna pack”. These packs are put together by individuals and then sent out to the children.

I voted for this organization, because they believe in more than feeding the body. They also focus on the spiritual aspect of the children and families. This made me feel comfortable giving to them.

If you could travel in time, would you go to the past or the future? Where would you go and why?
Hm, good question. I’d love to visit the medieval times, but then again, I know it wasn’t the best. Seeing Jesus would be amazing! Maybe travel to a Bible story and witness it first hand. That would be really fun, but I bet my expectations would be blown out of the water—maybe even in a bad way. Often my idea of what something was like isn’t anything near what it was like.

Tell me a bit about your story in the anthology and your inspiration.
I wrote The Apprentice of Amadan Dubh. When asked to join the anthology, I wondered what timeframe to use. As I debated, I was sucked back into the black hole of my family tree. My great-aunt wrote out a book about my dad’s family, and I’ve gained her fascination with discovering our ancestors and their possible stories. There’s one in particular that I can’t find information on. My aunt says that Patrick Maher settled in Westerlo, NY, after journeying here from Ireland. We don’t know when he came over, only that he died in 1863 and had his first son in 1825 while in Westerlo.

So, I thought, why not write my own history of Patrick. I threw in magic and some family health issues and wrote the tale of a young boy who loves the flow of magic under his toes. When the mage takes him as an apprentice, he’s on cloud nine, but when the mage presents a dark magic, Paddy will have to determine if it’s worth losing everything dear to him.

I chose 1820, Knockarley as the setting because I found a census that has a Patrick Maher living there along with a younger Patrick Maher. The townspeople are from that census document. It was fun to explore and dream of what it would have been like to be Paddy. When we created the cover image for my story, I used my son, who loves his Irish heritage, as Paddy.

Monday, May 4, 2020

If She Had Stayed: Book Review

If She Had StayedIf She Had Stayed by Diane Byington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thoroughly enjoyed this story about regret, what we'd do differently if we got a second chance, and learning lessons the hard way sometimes. If you are a fan of Tesla, you will be thrilled at how he is woven throughout the story. I could have done without the detailed sex scenes, however. They felt out of place with the style of the rest of the story, and I kept thinking what a great book it would be for even middle school classrooms (all the fun what-if assignments!) without becoming so graphic. Sometimes fade to breakfast is best. I still enjoyed the read and stayed up to get through the last chapters. Very suspenseful!

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