Another Great Review for FROM THE GRAVE

Children’s author, Beth Anderson, had this say about my new middle grade fantasy

From the Grave:

Why I like this book:

First, a disclaimer. I know Cindy as a critique partner and admire her writing skills. However, I hadn’t seen this story until I received the advance copy for review.

Cindy had me at the first chapter. Immediately, the text became a movie in my head. The incredibly humorous and endearing characters came alive with all their misfit idiosyncrasies.

Pale blue neatnik Frank does his best to pretend to be “normal,” but he just can’t deny the good feeling that comes with slicked back hair, neatly trimmed nails, a buttoned down collar, and tucked in shirt tail. His misfit buddies include a mummy who trails his loose wrappings, a gargoyle with two heads that nag each other, a dragon who spews water, a witch who fears flying, and a one-eyed diva ogre. Any child who has ever felt like a misfit (let’s face it, that would be all of us) will connect with these maligned monsters, each one so full of heart.

One of the great joys of writing is word play, and, clearly, Cindy had a blast with this story. Slobopatamus and beezle bugs. Moanday and Frightday. Barfeteria and unsocial studies in a school guided by the principles “No Monster Left Behind” and “Mayhem When Appropriate.” Exclamations of snotfargle and dingle rot. The totally fun language is irresistible and, no doubt, will inspire young writers’ creativity.

What has always amazed me about Cindy’s writing is her ability to imbue each character with such heart, allowing the reader to connect on a deep level. While I love the action filled plot, humorous take on the world, and word play, I am drawn to the themes of acceptance that really hit home. FROM THE GRAVE is a monster hit in every way.

Due to a transition period for Jolly Fish Press, production of FROM THE GRAVE was temporarily suspended, but it is still available for order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or any Independent bookstore and should be back in print shortly. The monsters appreciate your patience–keep calm and scary on!

To read the Beth’s entire entry, click on the link above.

FROM THE GRAVE Is Unleashed!!!

nn-ftgThe monsters are officially on the loose now, although a bit side-tracked.

My apologies to any readers who are eagerly awaiting their copies.

“Monsters paths aren’t always straight,” according to Witch Picklepuss. And she is so right. FROM THE GRAVE’s publisher ran into some difficulties last week, but the outlook is good for books–and monsters–to be overtaking the world very soon!

Decay wasn’t built in a day!

So I ask you to please be patient as we remedy this. In the meantime, I’m sharing shots from The Launch Party at The Novel Neighbor on Saturday. Check back for updates and as always-

Monster on!

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October 18–A Month of Monsters: BOOK No-RELEASE DAY!

Warts and Wattles!!!

So SORRY to say that 

Today is NOT the DAY!

This is no bad joke.


is NOT releasing today

because Jolly Fish Press is no more.

Hopefully FROM THE GRAVE will find a new publisher

and the monsters will see the light of day.

I greatly appreciate all the wonderful support from family and friends!

Monster on!


Today’s Monsterism: Looks can and should be deceiving!