In the Midnight Hour

My pen name is Katrina VanBuskirk, and here's my new book.  I'm using this pen name to keep the steamy stuff separate from everything else.

How do you like that cover! I am pretty stoked about it, I won't lie.

Remy is a fast-talking genius who solves mysteries with the help of the Trapped Dead and his owl, Hinto. He makes a great living at doing so ... until one of his investigations gets too close to the wrong people.

Sarae is still reeling from the loss of her family. But an owl teaches her how to free the dead, and she finds solace in her work. She's sure she's the only one with this give, until she meets Remy, who's on the run.

Their meeting unlocks a new mystery involving some missing girls, and they're forced to work together -- and the sparks fly. But time is running out for the girls. Monsters are on the rampage in the night forest, and an ancient power is rising ... one that is more powerful than Sarae, Remy, or their owls.

Rural Missouri don't play around ....

The paperback is available right now, while the ebook will go live on September 21. One-click to preorder today!

The second book, BLACK NIGHT IS FALLING, is in progress. I'll have the preorder for BLACK NIGHT up when MIDNIGHT goes live.

Writing steamy stuff is something of a departure for me. My whole self-publishing career seems to be built around "Let's do all the things I said I'd NEVER do as an author!!" Well, here I go again.

The Dragonriders of Skala is a trilogy + prequel now!

USA Today bestselling author Pauline Creedon and I are publishing a Vikings and dragons trilogy, and it is glorious.

THE FLAME OF BATTLE is the first book of the Dragonriders of Skala series.

Here is a chapter from THE FLAME OF BATTLE. Here's another! And another!

In the flame of battle, even the innocent get burned…

Dyrfinna is a born commander. She bests her peers in dragon riding, sword fighting, and battle strategy. So when the Queen calls the people of Skala to battle to revenge her murdered daughter, Dyrfinna outfits a ship and brings a crew.

Once in the field, Dyrfinna leads her troops to victory in a series of hard-fought battles over overwhelming odds. Yet a commander is raised over her, and because of his clumsy leadership, a horrifying disaster decimates a quarter of the Queen’s army. The commander unfairly blames a second disaster on Dyrfinna. She is denied her job as a dragonrider -- the work she's trained for all her life, her heart's desire.

That’s when the wrong stroke of her sword undoes everything that Dyrfinna has ever worked for, earns her the fury of her friends ... and exile to certain death.

But you can't keep a true warrior down. When things are darkest, a flame rises out of the desolation.

Read all about the Dragonriders of Skala here!

The Flame of Battle
A Fire of roses cover

Butterfly Chaos is probably my best book (so far)

Butterfly Chaos is available on Amazon and CreateSpace.

Three months after her cousin Toni died, Cassie is still reeling. Toni’s best friend now ignores her in the halls. Cassie’s cousin is dating the girl who torments her in gym. And Cassie has maybe a teeny-tiny crush on the boy who pulled Toni’s body out of the river.

Then Toni’s ghost visits Cassie and reveals that in two nights, a powerful EF3 tornado will rip into a dance hall, killing those three kids.

Cassie sets out to keep everyone from going to the dance. As she argues and cajoles (and stockpiles illegal munitions to clear the building) she uncovers stories about her friends’ connections with Toni – and all the reasons they refuse to skip this awesome dance. Why does everyone have to be so bullheaded! Despite everything Cassie does to change their destiny, they find themselves directly in the killer tornado’s path....

Fans of Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, or choice-driven games like Life is Strange will love this book.

Eleven books in the Easy-Growing Gardening series

I worked over half my life in horticulture -- but now I work inside in the air-conditioning. You cannot believe how much I love AC. (It's been 95 degrees all week, with a relative humidity of 95%. I'm very happy to work inside, believe me.)

But I still miss my plants and roses, so I've been writing book after book to pass along everything I've learned so far, and people really seem to appreciate reading books from somebody who has actually spent time in a garden. I don't blame them; I'm the same way about gardening books.

 Leave Me A Lawn, and is the seventh book in the Easy-Growing Gardening series. I love writing these books and coming up with bad puns for the titles.

The eighth book is Japanese Beetles and Grubs, and I've dug through archives and scientific writings to find the best control methods for these destructive beetles. The ninth book is Stay Grounded, and the motto of this book is "Feed the soil and the soil will feed you."

The tenth book is called Genius Gardening  Hacks. So watch this space, there will be more ....

Find all my Easy-Growing series here!

 

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