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You know, I just realized how much Katerina looks like Witch Hunter Robin in the previous post.

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Where is Robin?

Going crazy!  But I'll also be at these bookstores over the next few weeks signing copies of THE UNFAILING LIGHT.  I’ll be armed with Russian chocolates and plenty of Katerina swag.

Unfailing Light cover 

October 13, 4-6pm, Bay Books, Bay St. Louis, MS

October 18, 5pm, Square Books, Oxford, MS

October 20, 4pm, The Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis, TN

October 31, 4pm, Lemuria Books, Jackson, MS

November 10, 5pm, Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA

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Where is Katerina?

Today kicks off The Unfailing Light Blog Tour, stopping first at Smitten Over Books. The second book in the The Katerina Trilogy comes out two weeks from tomorrow on October 9! #muppetflails

September 24th: Smitten Over Books

September 25th: Casey’s CrewUnfailing Light cover

September 26th: Much Ado About Books

September 26th: The Streetlight Reader

September 27th: Infinite Reads

September 28th: The Hiding Spot

September 29th: Girls *Heart* Books

October 1st: Mom Reads My Books

October 2nd: Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

October 2nd: The Book Review Club

October 3rd: The Book Review Club

October 4th: Kimba Caffeinated

October 4th: My Life is a Notebook

October 5th: My Life is a Notebook

October 6th: Candace’s Book Blog

October 7th: Reader Girls

October 8th: Bookish

October 8th: Peace, Love, Books

October 9th: YA Bibliophile

October 9th: Reader Girls

October 10th: Wastepaper Prose

October 10th: Imaginary Reads

October 11th: Imaginary Reads

October 12th: Well Read Wife

October 15th: Libby Blog

October 16th: Cracking the Cover

October 17th: A Bookish Libraria

October 18th: A Novel Review

October 19th: In the Best Worlds

October 20th: Tripping Over Books

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Thank you for racing!

The YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes is officially over!

Thank you to everyone who participated, whether you made it all the way to the end or not. We’ve enjoyed all of your comments about the race and we hope everyone had a lot of fun. The Apocalypsies definitely enjoyed it!

Grand prize winners will be posted tomorrow on the Apocalypsies blog!

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The YAmazing Race With MGnificent Prizes!


Welcome to my stop on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes, a crazy whirlwind blog hop featuring over 50 debut authors and prize packs featuring ARCs, gift certificates, swag, and more! If you haven’t yet been to the Apocalypsies website, please click here to start from the beginning and read the complete rules. 

Now on to my part of the race!



St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888

As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue. clip_image004

An evil presence is growing within Europe’s royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina’s strength as a necromancer attracts unwanted attention . . . including from two young men.

The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?


Thanks for dropping in! Ready to move on? Head to your next stop in the

YAmazing Race, the website of Lauren Morrill, author of the upcoming MEANT TO BE!

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Today’s the day!


Katerina is ready to make her debut on bookshelves! You are cordially invited to celebrate with us online…


Gather round the samovar and have a nice cup of tea…


Or try some caviar!


The Russian Red Cross was started by the Romanov family during the Crimean War in 1855. Empress Marie Feodorovna became president of the Russian Red Cross when her husband Alexander ascended the throne in 1881. In 1915, during the First World War, Tsar Nicholas gave his mother, then the Dowager Empress Marie, the Imperial Red Cross Faberge Egg for Easter.


(photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Now, the Red Cross is very near and dear to my heart for several reasons. I take care of pediatric patients that need blood transfusions. I have two family members battling cancer and they need frequent blood transfusions. And of course, there was that one time the Gulf Coast got hit by a hurricane and the Red Cross was there to help us pick up the pieces.

So please help me help out the Red Cross-

1. Change your twitter icon to the cover of The Gathering Storm and use the hashtag #Katerinaparty to let me know!

2. Like the Katerina Trilogy on Facebook!

3. Find a copy of The Gathering Storm in the wild and post a picture!

For every icon change and every Facebook page like, I’m donating $1.00 to the Red Cross (up to $200 total). Be the first to post a photo of The Gathering Storm in the wild, and the Red Cross gets another $5.00 donation!


There will be several random giveaways throughout the day, so stay tuned! Giveaways will be announced on both Twitter and Facebook.



Tomorrow is a very big day for Katerina and for me! To celebrate the launch of THE GATHERING STORM, I’m teaming up with the American Red Cross. On Saturday, we’re holding a blood drive in Bay Saint Louis at Bay Books, where I’ll be giving away Smolny Institute t-shirts to the first 25 blood donors.

Tomorrow, on January 10, we’ll celebrate online! For every new “like” that the Katerina Trilogy page receives on Facebook, I’ll donate a dollar to the Red Cross, and for every Twitter user that changes his or her icon to the cover of THE GATHERING STORM, I’ll donate a dollar to the Red Cross! (Up to $200 total!)

There will be random giveaways of signed books and Katerina goodies on Facebook and Twitter, as well as a special prize for the first person to spot Katerina out in the wild on Tuesday!

Take a picture of THE GATHERING STORM on the shelf in your local bookstore (or library) and post it on Twitter or Facebook, and tell me about it in the comments here. First sighting wins a Class 2K12 swag pack and earns the Red Cross an extra five dollar donation!

It all starts tomorrow morning at 11 am CST! (Or 9pm in Saint Petersburg, Russia!)

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Smolny Institute for Noble Maidens, Saint Petersburg


A large part of THE GATHERING STORM takes place at Smolny, the elite girls’ school for Russian nobility created by Catherine the Great.  (some pictures courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)


Architect Quarenghi’s drawing for Institute, 1806


Music class, circa early 1900’s


Dining hall, circa early 1900’s


Smolny Classroom