I know. I know.

I’m a terrible human being. Let’s just get that out there.

This isn’t a formal update. This is just a notice to say, “I’m not dead!… yet.” It’s been a busy and stressful few months but I’m slowly working on the next volume. I WILL finish this series come hell or high water.

I hope everyone had a great holiday (like… all 5 that I missed), and an excellent Spring. I’m still on track to have this series complete by the end of 2019… hopefully sooner.

Anyway, I’ll post a formal update within the next week.

<3 Cheers!

I completely skipped October, the Goth month...

And I am ashamed for that.

It’s been a little rough these last couple of months… last couple of weeks especially. I’ll be on track to get some writing done this weekend. If I learned anything, it’s that I shouldn’t have any deadlines for these last two novellas. I promised to have Volume 13 done by Halloween and I’m not even halfway done with the first draft. I’ve also completely ignored NaNoWriMo. Hell, I didn’t even get beyond the first two days of Inktober. As much as I could go into the reasons why, I have no one to blame but myself.

This time I’M blaming the Goth girl, and that Goth girl is me.

The most I can do is focus on my current draft and try to get it done by the end of the year.

Stay with me, folks… we’re nearing the end and I promise it will all pay off.

September Update!

Long Beach Comic Con was a blast! I made quite a few connections. Shout out to the Sirens of Horror for inviting me to doing a podcast with them, as well as The Wookiee at Laugh it Up Fuzzball for HIS shout out.

I’d also like to express my pleasure in meeting Dianna Conley, a skilled and exceptional voice over actor who showed interest in doing audio books for my series. So for my fans out there, there’s something you can potentially look forward to.

Also, my partner in crime, A.K. Rivers was the best table companion one could ask for. Her glitter and vibrancy attracted nearly every passerby.

Pictures of the event can be found on my Instagram in the links below.

As for some book updates. Since this event came up, I’ve put a small pause on Vol. 13. I’m also starting a new job next week. Once things get normalized, I’ll resume working on that book. I’m really looking forward to completing this saga for the sake of my mental sanity and those who’ve been following me since the beginning.

You guys are awesome!

  • B

August update! (Yes, Vol. 12 is out!)

Just like the title says, Vol. 12 is now up and available on Amazon. I'm still working out the kinks with Smashwords since I stopped uploading to them. Part of the reason is because of some "grey" text that somehow is in the middle of my book. No matter how many times I fix and reupload, they say it's there. I don't think I've posted any books past 7? on there. Also, they don't do box sets which is fine because I have it up as KDP Select on Amazon which means I get more actual profits because of exclusivity.

I'm already hard at work writing Vol. 13. My last word count was around 8-9k. This upcoming book will wrap up the timeline and the series... technically. However, if you've been paying attention, you'll know that all the goals of Onyx's nemesis and others were about the bigger picture. THAT storyline will be wrapped up by the next generation. The plan was for a 14th book to be the actual end of the series. Depending on how long it takes me to tell that story (since there will be multiple facets) there could be as many as 15.

One of my original goals was to have the climax with Rome (no pun intended) spread out over three books instead of two. Part of the reason was because I knew I'd go into the past to give more of his "truth" and backstory. Since I'd done a pretty accurate job of doing that storytelling in the previous 10 books, there wasn't much left to tell. I mean, I'm sure there is, but for the purposes of this plot... there wasn't. However, it does leave the possibility of the Adventures of Rome or The Adventures of Rome and Melena for future storytelling if there's some serious interest.

Now for some actual news. I'll be at the Long Beach Comic Con on Sept. 8th and 9th. If you're a local in the area, I suggest you stop on by. From what I've seen of the lineup, it'll be a blast. The details are in the Events tab of my page, so come check it out!

Back to this series, I made a soft promise that it would be done by the end of the year. Volume 13 will FOR SURE be done by the end of the year, 14 might be early next year. My goal is to get it done ASAP, but I have to account for real life and potential day jobs.

One last request: if you're reading this and you've enjoyed my series... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave a review. Leave a review for ANY author (especially indie author) you enjoy. Reviews are worth more to us than the cost of a book.

I see people enjoying the series every day via the download graph, but no real feedback on what they loved or hated. I can tell they liked it, because they go on to buy the rest of the books in the series. I'm truly appreciative, but I really want to know how you feel!

Anyway, keep that in mind for the future! Surveys, reviews, feedback, these are all things that many people rely on for their jobs. Trust me, I had a job that was 100% customer survey based. My raises relied on a customer filling out a positive survey. If you've never worked in that environment, I'm letting you know this is how it goes. So take the time! It's invaluable to the person receiving it.

Why I write (Fret not, this is NOT the August update)

This is going to be a simple post and I'll try to be as elegant as possible. I'm not here to change minds or tell a sob story; I'm just writing, now, to give some insight.

Authors will tell you a multitude of reasons as to why they write. The only reason that I know, for sure, wouldn't be on that list would be for the money.

Writing, to me, is an escape. My childhood, while not the worst, wasn't exactly the best, emotionally speaking. I found myself in traumatic situations where I needed a place to be away from people. If you want to take a child who was innately designed to be a people person and cause them to be withdrawn and introverted, emotional trauma is the most effective way to do that. Not that I'd advocate doing such.

Growing up, I was always an oddball. Let's just say, my peculiar antics and mannerisms are more appreciated now than they were when I was a child. No one really encouraged my art until the last decade. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't inhibited from pursuing art overall, but I had mixed feedback depending on which family member was interacting with me at any given time.

But I digress... back to the trauma. I wasn't physically abused as a child... or molested. I'm thankful I never had to go through situations similar to those closest to me, but I was overtly traumatized by distant family members; cousins, etc. Much if it stems from them having their own problems, mainly bipolar disorder. To my regret, these days, if someone tells me they suffer from bipolar disorder... I instinctively run the other way. It doesn't matter if it's a lover or a friend. It didn't help that I dated someone who suffered from the same diseases when I was in my 20s which only exacerbated those lingering feelings of childhood trauma.

My escape during these ordeals was heading to the library. I'd spend hours there, reading, until close. Sometimes I'd even fantasized about "camping" there after close so I wouldn't have to go home and face pure mental anguish.

So now, when I write, it's an escape, but it's also an escape for many others who read my books. I know nothing of the lives behind the eyes of those who peruse my novellas, but I know what it was like for me when I started investing my time and energy into reading.

If I can give at least one person an escape from their personal or environmental turmoil by writing these books, that I'll have considered myself a success regardless of the income that follows.

Whoops! Skipped May.

My last update was done right before I landed a job doing graphic design for t-shirts. Needless to say, it took up much of my time... nearly two months, in fact.

Just over a week ago, I was let go from the job. Disappointing to say the least but what can ya do? Los Angeles is riddled with flippant, over privileged people who view those around them as expendable. Ironically, my former employer was intent on having me take personality tests, assessments, and making me damn near swear a blood oath that I wouldn't just up and leave after a year. Jokes on him, I'm a loyal bunny... HE'S the one who screwed up by letting me go. The reason? "We feel you aren't a right fit here."

Everyone keeps telling me things like this happen for a reason. I often hear how people had good things happen to them after they were let go from a job. I'm still waiting for my "good thing." Until it happens, I'll continue to write. As I mentioned, I'm close to wrapping this series up. This job kept me away for two months and ended up putting me severely behind. So... now that I have some time, I'll make sure to finish it before I start my next job. I promised this book at the end of May, but I wouldn't be me if there wasn't a delay of some kind. The good news is, I had a 3 day weekend in the middle of may and was able to get over 10,000 words done. I also ran a few advertising campaigns while I was employed which helped me get noticed a bit more.

Anyhoo. Just wanted to give a brief update. I'll be sure to post something else before the month ends.




April Update!

I've been looking to redesign this website using a new template. I also want to start having eBook sales directly from here as well.

Vol. 12 is well on its way to becoming a full-fledged first draft. In other words, I've been slacking a little. I could come up with the excuse that I've been busy, but I won't lie. Since I've moved to California, my desire and drive to write has plummeted. But don't worry, the series WILL be completed in the time table I've mentioned previously.

Right now, I'm stuck in a bit of a vicious circle. Not that I'd ever complain about finances (as you all know I do NOT do this for the money), but in an effort to get my work noticed by others, I have to pay for advertising. And in order to pay for advertising, I need a job. And in order to get a job, I have to look for a job and (eventually) work at a job, which means less time to write.

My goal is still to get a companion comic going, but it'll cost a pretty penny... once I find an artist who has enough available time to complete one for me.

At this point, I'm more focused on getting a job so I can get back on track. Moving threw a wrench into my career and if I hadn't finished Vol. 11 BEFORE I left Vermont, it might still be in the drafting process.

So, for the hand full of people reading this, fret not! Just give me a little time.


- B

March 4th: The day the book finally got uploaded.

Volume 11 is LIVE!

You can get it here on Amazon (for the time being... I'm still butting heads with Smashwords on a few things, not limited to book compilations, drama with "grey" font coloring in places, and other random stuff.) 

February was a non-book related busy time for me, so I didn't get a chance to post anything other than on my social media. If you want to check those out, they are located at the bottom of the site no matter what page you're on.

I mentioned before that I'm nearing the end of the series and have 3, maybe 4, more books planned for this series before I move on to other projects. The first of those projects being my Hill series which never got completed even though I'm sitting on a completed draft for the second book. The whole thing needs to be revamped and overhauled as my writing style has completely changed, however, if you've read the book, the core story will not change. You'll just probably notice far less typos and oddly structured sentences along with repetitive words (something my editor tells me I'm guilty of.)

Now that this book is up, I have a few announcements to make on my social media as well as other non-book related things I have to take care of.





Wow I haven't posted since October.

Sorry about that! No really... I sincerely apologize. 

Let's see... Halloween was celebrated by having a really painful ear infection during one of the worst windstorms in Vermont.. November was that plus getting the worst cold I've ever had. It was too cold for flu season in VT (seriously, that's from the doctor's mouth, not mine), so everyone got this really bad cold instead. It ripped through the store I worked at and hit everyone not once, but twice. It was followed up by this nasty, lingering cough. I managed to get the medicine I needed to alleviate it before my insurance ran out in January.

Okay so one of the major reasons I haven't posted... I was told I had to move. Officially, I was broken up with and told to move out and was given 3 months to do so. I spent the next 3 months working and packing all while trying to get at least two books completed. Speaking of books... Vol. 10 it out! And Vol. 11 just needs to be formatted with a couple of tweaks to the cover... but it's essentially ready to go.

Back to the news... between being sick and working, I didn't have much time to myself.

Finally, January 22nd, I was on a one-way plane ride to Los Angeles and this is where I write to you from! So to all of my fans on the West Coast, I'm not only near you, but I'll be looking for book events and signings as far north as Seattle, WA, and as far south as San Diego.

To my New England friends and fans, I'm truly sad and sorry that I had to go, but I didn't have much choice in the matter. I do believe my time there is done... for now. Vermont was the best. If I hadn't moved, I may not ever have gone full force with my writing. Between the quiet environment and the inspiration setting, I finally realized my dream and what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Living in New England made that happen. I look forward to visiting for the occasional book con if my schedule will allow for it.

I'll be sure to post an announcement once Vol. 11 is out and once I get paperback ready versions for 10 and 11.

Thanks for sticking by me!


October Update....

The "Fall In Love With New England" book conference was a success!

I saw at least 4 people I met at the New England Author's Expo which was nice.

Since I'm new to the convention circuit, I'm still trying to sort everything out. One thing that was brought up is how the more conferences, expos, and conventions you go to, the more you see the same people over and over. It's great for recognition, rapport, and familiarity. In other words, it makes things less awkward when you run into an acquaintance (unless you forget their name... then it's super awful.)

I also appreciated the fan-girl who rushed to be first in line to have me sign my books for her. You were awesome!

Now that the conference is out of the way, and I'm probably not going to another one until late Spring at the earliest, so I can resume working on my Blame The Goth Girl series. As you know, I plan on going to 13 or 14 books (someone at the conference mentioned 13 being a fun number considering the theme of the series) at which point it will be done. If I decide to do any spin offs for some of the other characters, I may do it in a comic format. 

Volume 10 is undergoing revisions before I write the next draft. After which, it will be off to the editor. I don't want to rush this book even though I know it's overdue. Now that I have more time on my hands, Volume 11 should be out before Christmas (maybe even sooner, but I don't want to make promises I can't keep should something come up.)

While this current volume wraps up some character stories and is basically the "calm before the storm," volume 11 will kick off the insanity that won't stop until the end of the series; sort of how I did volumes 6-9.

Another reason I don't feel quite so bad about this book being delayed, is that I left volume 9 in a "good place."

For those who might dread the end of the series, fear not... I have another short series right behind it. Though not on Amazon, my first book "Falling Up Hill" is actually the beginning of a trilogy. It's on Smashwords but PLEASE don't read it. It need a serious overhaul before I upload a 2nd edition. The good news with that series is that I finished a 2nd draft of book 2 (which also needs an overhaul) and am about 10k words deep into the 3rd book. If I play my cards right, there will be minimum downtime between books when I eventually release them for the summer.

After those, however, it's up in the air. I've been tempted to write strictly horror (at least one book.) I've also been tempted to dive into dystopian military scifi. My Hill series is borderline erotic, and of those aren't your type of books, I'm not going to force them down anyone's throat.

I'd like to hear from my readers... would you like something different or more of the same? I really don't like the idea of beating the same genre until it becomes tired... there's too much of that already. The most important part of my writing are the characters. Take Onyx, for instance. You can put her in a space suit, exploring a new planet while she's also dealing with a tumultuous relationship back on her spaceship. You'd read that, wouldn't you? Or even Rome... in a similar situation... stirring the pot and what not. I find that when you have a character people love, you can tell any kind of story and it would appeal to them.

If my blog entry seems weird, it's because I may or may not have had a few drinks to mourn "Lahey."

As he would say, "The shit clock's ticking for all of us." I'd like to make the most of my time on this earth telling enjoyable stories with memorable characters.

I totally skipped August....

And I wholeheartedly apologize for that. As soon as I got back from the expo, my schedule became ridiculously cramped. Now that Fall is around the corner (for us Vermonters, it's actually here already), I have more time to write, promote, and spend a little time on myself.

First, the big news... I was just pulled from the wait list for the "Fall In Love With New England" conference in Manchester, NH. Details to come, as well as information on my calendar.

If you're in the area (it's a 3 hour drive for me), I highly recommend stopping by. The tickets for readers/non-authors is 89 dollars. It's a tad steep, but it's worth it. You can read more about it here.

Volume 10 was slated to be completed by the end of Summer. While I'm very close to wrapping things up, the completed novella probably won't be out until mid-October. The last minute conference as well as a hellish August saw to that. Fear not! My editor is waiting, and I already have a cover concept and artist in place.

Aside from the late volume, since I have mucho time in October/Early Nov, I'll be working on volume 11 and getting it out before Thanksgiving. I'm super excited about wrapping up this series, and I'm looking at about 4 more volumes left to go (not including 10.) If all goes well, the series should be completed by the end of Spring/Early summer. By then... I hope to have more time to promote the series, work on another series I started years ago, and maybe head up the convention/conference circuit in 2018.

As always... happy reading, happy writing!



The New England Authors Expo was a blast!

Let's just say I learned quite a bit, made new friends, and definitely took notes on what to improve on for next time.

Check out all the pictures I posted on Instagram!

I look forward to the next batch of conventions coming up.

The day after, I ended up going to Salem, MA. I didn't have much time to explore, but I did check out the Witch Museum and a few shops. 

Now the important stuff: News. As mentioned, once the expo was over, I'd start furiously working on my next book. I just need to get back into writing mode. Fret not, the whole trip proved to be inspiring, and I've already come up with ideas for another series following this one.

More updates to be posted in the coming months!

Happy Birthday to me! I have presents for YOU!

Yay! It's my birthday! And to celebrate, I've completed my gift bag!

I'll be bringing a few of these to the NEAE with me to giveaway to some lucky patrons. The rest, will remain behind for a couple of online giveaways!

To see the contents of the bag, check out my Instagram. You can also find all relevant information about the goodies inside in the comments section. Be sure to check out and patronize all the listed shops. There's some real talent behind these creations.

Volume 10 status updates to come after the expo!


- B

June Updates

I'm still on for the New England Author's Expo. Check out my calendar of events for more info.

As for the current status of my upcoming book, I've had a little time to myself (actually, I injured my shoulder and was taken off the work schedule for Saturday), and I cranked out a few thousand words. I plan on writing more today, but the current volume is up to 6k words, and I plan on it being a book on the smaller side, mainly because of the content.

The other thing I hope to get done BEFORE this book comes out, is a companion comic or short story about what happened between volumes 9 and 10. I plan on putting this on my patreon page and tiered reward content. Don't worry, I'm not going to charge a billion dollars for patrons to see it. It's a bit of spoiler content so it'll probably be in the $5-10 tier. I'm going to try and get as much artwork crammed in as I can. Right now, I'm working on concept art with a new artist on getting depictions of Vago as well as other side characters in the book (especially since the story pertains to him and his parentage).

Back to my original point, my goal is to get the first draft of volume 10 done before my trip to MA, and hopefully a completed copy out before the end of August.

In related news, the gift bag contents are coming along nicely, and right now, I need to work on getting print ups of bookmarks. Also, I plan on FINALLY getting my fan art page going. I was waiting on a few more pieces, but since there's been some delay on the artists' end, I'm just going to get it started now... because Pam Montes worked so damned hard on her pieces.

That's all for now!


Tiny blips....

I'm here at 2am with a small update. Since I've been working like crazy, as you know, I haven't had much time to write. As luck would have it, I've had today, and possibly tomorrow, off. My goal is to get to at least 10k words by the end of the week.

I also forgot to post this: shortly after I published my last book, I had an interview with Marc Laton, who has started a new series on self-published authors.

You can check out the video here.

Along with that, I'm still publishing How-To videos for future self-published authors who are looking to get into the game, and who may be lost on the little technical details of the process. It was a lot of information and a little grueling to lock it all down when I started, so I figured I'd try to help by giving back. I'm still trying to get about 70+ more subscribers so I can get a custom YouTube domain name. If you or anyone you know is interested, please subscribe to my channel.

You can check it out here.

That's all for now!

It's here!

Volume 9!


And only two weeks late.

Sorry about that. There won't be much of an update since I'm super busy at work, and working on some youtube videos. As stated in my last post, Vol. 10 will be out at the end of summer. I have a lot on my plate for the next couple of months, and I won't have much time to write. With this book, I set a deadline for myself and ended up missing it. This is why I don't do deadlines! All I can guarantee is a general time frame. I'm still working on my other projects: videos, podcasts, and audio books; and I feel this is a good place to pause in the series so I can work on those things. If I end up with a spot of time, you can guarantee I'll be using it to write Vol. 10. I want nothing more than to get this series completed. All future books have been outlined, and I can tell you, with confidence, that there will be no more than fifteen books in this series. While I've had requests to do character spin-offs, comics, and other things, the core series won't be any more than fifteen. One, I don't want to drag it out (I really hate that), two, I have other books and ideas I want to tackle, three, there's more investment to be made in what exists already; hence the audio books.

A couple of things on the immediate agenda: I'm being interviewed for a youtube video tomorrow. I'll post the link and details once it's completed. I also have an expo I'll be attending in late July. Check out my calendar of events tab at the top of this page. I want to try and focus on getting myself out there, promoting this series. I have some really awesome and dedicated fans, and I feel this is a series more people would enjoy if they just knew about it.

If all goes well, the core books in this series should be wrapped up by next summer. Hopefully by then, I'll have a few signings/conventions/expos under my belt!

And if you'd like to support me throughout this next year, please check out and contribute to my Patreon!


Okay... May Day was the 1st, I'm a little late.

I'm also a little late with my book. DON'T HURT ME! I'm sorry. Things got a little backed up on my end, but the book is currently going through edits and the cover is DONE. So right now, we're just waiting on the editor.

I've received multiple requests to submit fan art. Since they all came at once, I've decided to collect them then dedicate a page on the site specifically for fan art submissions.

Another thing I'm getting closer to working out is a comic. I might strictly do an online comic. (I don't know much about the print comic process to even tackle that, but fret not... it'll probably be something I do down the line.)

These comics will most likely be on my patreon ONLY, for a short while, before officially being posted on my website. Oh... yeah... btw I have a patreon now! https://www.patreon.com/bettina

If this works out, it'll pave the way to having a swag store, an online comic feed, and other stuff.

Don't worry, I'm not gonna shill cheap t-shirts and other crap (unless you seriously want that stuff.) It'll mostly be focusing on the art of my books, as well as links to local crafters and artist friends of mine who are contributing to my gift bags. The only "cheap" thing I might have on the swag page will be buttons. I fucking LOVE buttons. My purse is covered in them. Rather than go the "cheap" route, I might look into companies who do custom-die cut buttons. (If you have anyone in mind, please send me names through the submission form.) Maybe they can include the Blame The Goth Girl logo, the necklace, some symbols... who knows.

Things I'll be getting prints of for sure, mainly because they are a part of my patreon, are bookmarks and posters. My first book cover, to me, is iconic. It sets the tone for the series, and represents my main character through and through. I don't plan on ever altering that first cover. If by some grace of whatever, a publisher decides to pick up my series, it'll be contingent on the fact that the first cover will NEVER change. *slams foot down.* But that means I'll be doing posters of my first book cover. They will be included in the patreon contributions, but they'll also be available here. I'm not sure on the price yet... but I'm not looking to make a buck off posters, I can tell you that much. They'll probably be "at cost" and cost of shipping. Otherwise, I'd be giving them away at signings, conventions, and expos—like the one I'm going to on July 26th! Don't forget! (I'm not telling YOU not to forget, I'm telling MYSELF not to forget.)

Anyway, please keep the submission train going. It really makes my day when I wake up to see site submissions and comments about people interesting in furthering my little series. You guys are so boss.


- B

Another brief update....

Volume 9 will be off to the editor tomorrow, and I'll be hunting down another cover artist meanwhile. May is shaping up to be a really busy month for me at work. I won't have much time to work on the next book which is why I'm crunching so hard to get this completed before hell month begins.

Fret not! Things will calm down a bit in June and I hope to have Volume 10 completed before I go to the New England Authors Expo in Danvers, MA on July 26th. Worst case scenario, the book will be available shortly after the expo.

I plan on doing some signings, as well as giving away free copies of my books. But the cherry on this sundae is the gift bag I'll be giving away.

As the day comes closer, I'll reveal what's in the bag (it's gonna be good), and do one online give away as well as a few more at the event.

Another thing I plan on doing while in MA, is visit the Witch Museum in Salem. What better way to celebrate the content of my book than by paying homage to those who lost their lives over greed, religion, fear, and good 'ol fashioned misogyny.

If any of you are near the area, please stop by. The event is free to the public!

More info can be found here: http://www.newenglandauthorsexpo.com/

April April April!

Here's a recap: Volume's 1-7 are now in a box set as well as available in paperback. Volume 8 will be in available in paperback around the time that Volume 9 will be released (end of month.)

My youtube channel is up but there aren't any videos. I have one that I made a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn't happy with the result (I was also starting to get sick at the time), so I've decided to make a new version. Since I'm free for the next week, I should have something completed by Monday. My goal is to make a few How-To videos for anyone interested in self-publishing. Some of the videos are simple things like formatting a document, to uploading a file to Amazon.

Aside from the channel itself, I don't have a personalized youtube domain UNTIL I get at least 100 subscribers. So if you keep track of this blog, please please please subscribe to my youtube page. I'm not trying to whore out subs for money, I'd just like the custom domain.

My mailing list campaign was sketchy at best, and I might not do another one until after I set up a second NoiseTrade advertisement. Something I've seen other writers talk about is including a short story or companion files with each newsletter. It's something that you'd find on patreon, except there's no donation required. If and when I do another newsletter, I'll be sure to include something extra. Otherwise, whatever short stories I write... I'll probably end up uploading here.

Anyway, that's all for now. Ta-ta, tater tots.