Things get ugly in Your Fame Will Destroy You

When we last left the band, they were the opening act at Madison Square Garden. Your Fame picks up there, with the band settling into their new found fame. And that’s where the trouble begins…

Family issues, personal problems, and the scandal-loving media are about to interrupt the lives of Amy, Rob, Nick and Aidan, and the people they care about. Amy is trying to sort out her role in the band and in life itself. Rob and Nick’s families are about to draw them into some drama. And Aidan is questioning his identity. And that’s only the beginning. Will the members of Our Lady weather the storm, or will all of the drama be too much to handle? Your Fame Will Destroy You will be available at the end of November.


Sample from Novocaine


Hello everyone. Here is a sample from my latest book, Novocaine. Enjoy!

10. The New Erin
Mom really wanted me to look into going to school, but I convinced her, it would be better for me to get a job. We needed money. I made a list of all the things I knew Mom needed to pay for, such as insurance for her car, gas, our prepaid cell phones, metro cards, food, and the storage unit in Georgia. She couldn’t do it alone. So, I started putting in applications again. A few places were a little skeptical of even considering me, because of my age. I reminded them, I would be turning eighteen in January.
Finally, I applied at a bookstore called The Strand. On the application, I was asked to match the titles of classic, well-known literary novels with their authors. It was child’s play. Three days later, I received a phone call, to come in for an interview. During the interview, the manager asked me which books I’ve read. I told him all about my childhood love of books, and listed some of my favorites. The manager mentioned it was interesting to meet someone my age, who had read more classics than “fluff”. The interview ended with the standard, “I’ll give you a call”, so I went home and waited. Thankfully, the following day, he did call me, to say I had been hired.
When I got off of the phone with the hiring manager, I screamed like an idiot. I immediately called Mom at work to give her the good news. She said she was proud of me, and working in a bookstore would be good for me. I’d be surrounded by the works of my favorite authors. Plus, I was happy I’d be working in a place where I didn’t have to dress up; I could come to work dressed as myself. My new self.
My first day at The Strand, I realized, I really didn’t have to wait to change my hair. In fact, changing it now would help me blend in a bit more. There wasn’t much of a dress code at The Strand; employees were either dressed in renaissance-style clothing, or punk, or Goth, or grunge, or…whatever. My first day consisted of a tour of the store, learning where each section was located, and watching one of the cashiers run a register. One of the managers said I probably wouldn’t be on the register very often, according to my application and my knowledge of literature, I’d be more useful at the customer service desk or on the floor.
After work, I stopped by a drugstore, and bought a box of black hair color and a bleaching kit. My plan: dye my hair jet black, and bleach my bangs. I’ve been wearing my natural color (dark brown) my entire life. The new Erin required a new hair color.
I followed the instructions to the letter. After dying, shampooing, conditioning, then blow-drying my hair, I had achieved the results I wanted: black hair with bleached bangs. I had also bleached two locks of hair in the front.
“I didn’t think I was going to like it,” Mom said, when I was finished. “But I have to say it looks nice.”
“Thank you,” I said. “I like it, too. I needed a fresh start.” It was a pleasant distraction from the house we were currently living in, and the lop-sided bed I had to sleep on. I know, I’m being negative, and I should be more grateful…I am grateful. But I’m also pissed off at my family, for putting us in this position. Perhaps, I can channel that anger into something positive.
I decided to walk up to Main Street, to the 99 cent store. Mom came with me. I needed some supplies: notebooks, pens, a sketchpad, and the cheapest colored pencils I could find. Roaming the aisles of the store, made me miss a familiar place in Hampton: Paul’s Arts and Crafts. I loved that place. I should stop thinking about it, though. Thinking about it makes me miss Virginia.
I figured, I’m a nerd of sorts, but just being smart doesn’t classify you as a nerd. Liking very specific things, is what makes you a nerd. In my mind, I made a short list of what I liked: punk rock (thank you Green Day and My Chem), art, books (good books, not “fluff”) and science fiction. So, I decided the new Erin needed to devote more time to the things I (she) liked. I used to draw when I was younger; I needed to start drawing again. Mom and I were going to change our driver’s licenses over from Virginia to New York, which meant I’d be able to get a library card and do more reading. And as far as music was concerned, I needed to get into more bands.
During one of my days off I spent the entire day in the library up the street from Aunt Ella’s house. I gathered every book and magazine they had on punk rock, past and present, and started reading and taking notes. I wrote a lot of poetry when I was in school; maybe I could give song writing a try.
I wanted to absorb everything. Gilman Street. Green Day’s beginning. My Chemical Romance’s New Jersey roots. Patti Smith. London punk rock. The Who. The Clash. The Smiths. The Ramones. How punk wasn’t just the way you looked, it was a state of mind. All of it. This would build the new Erin. This would build the new me.
Mom and I agreed to save as much money as possible. In between saving, since I had a job, I was permitted to make small purchases here and there. Nothing major. If I saw an inexpensive band T-shirt, or a magazine, I could buy it with my own money. It made me feel normal, or at least, next to it.


Erin of Novocaine, and other W.E. Leading Ladies

Greetings, everyone. Here’s the  Monday Blog from  This week’s blog will be brief.  I’m focusing on the leading ladies of the W.E. books.

If you’ve read the W.E. books, then you may have noticed most of my lead characters are female.  The Fortune’s Wing series is the only exception, but even Haverdy Oyama deserves a little more credit.

Erin Michaels of Novocaine

She starts out as something of an indifferent teenager, and as the story develops, becomes a semi-mature adult.  Not to ruin your enjoyment of Novocaine with spoilers, but the event s that unfold in Erin’s life shape her into a wise, and more responsible person.  Also, the people she encounters, mainly her boyfriend Gerard and rick star Amy Edwards. I didn’t want Erin to be the average, “angry at the world so I’ll hurt myself” teenager.  That’s a bit clichéd. Instead, she’s smart, well-read, and openly sarcastic.

Amy Edwards of Our Lady of Righteous Rage

You meet her as a 12-year-old in the beginning, and then you get to watch her grow into an adult.  Much like Erin, Amy uses music to help her find her place in the world.  This is especially important since she becomes part of the music industry. I wanted her to be an example of “girl power”, without making the story too sugary sweet and fluffy.  Ultimately, she gets a happy ending, but there are speed bumps along the way.  If you learn anything from her, its that women can do anything, be anything, and you should always be true to yourself.

Val Entienne of Valentine

What’s better than a young badass with a pair of guns, doing her best to protect her family? Val is the embodiment of girl power: she’s strong willed, fearless, and will do anything to defend the ones she loves.  She’s not the kind of girl who sits around waiting to be rescued…she’ll rescue herself if need be.

These aren’t the women who sit around feeling sorry for themselves, when things don’t go their way.  They won’t lose their minds when a relationship ends, or hope that a problem will simply resolve itself.  I like to base my female characters on the strong women I have known, the primary one being my mother, who raised me single handedly.  I wanted to present female characters who don’t back down, or run and hide when things turn ugly.  These are the women who hold their heads up, go forward, and keep pushing.

Until next week…

To Swear or Not to Swear

BookCoverPreviewTo Swear or Not to Swear: Our Lady of Righteous Rage gets Extended and Uncensored

Warning: if you’re a bit of a prude, then this new version of Our Lady is not for you.  The first time I made this book available to the public, I removed all of the profanity. I did this in order to make the book appeal to a wider audience.  However, it lacked that extra KICK I felt was necessary to help the story stand out.  So, I republished the story, with all of the original profanity. I have been asked, where I stand on using profanity in writing.  I believe it depends on the author, the story itself, and the audience.  This is a story for older teens (16+) and adults, so in this case, the profanity works.  If this book was meant for middle school children, obviously it would remain censored.

Our Lady of Righteous Rage: Extended and Uncensored is currently available on


NovocaineCover Erin Michaels gives us a peek into her life and her journey to New York in a punk rock loving, profanity-infused narrative.

Erin Michaels’ ordinary life changes for the worse when she and her mother decide to take her Uncle Nikos’ advice and move to Georgia. Within weeks, Erin and her mother find themselves struggling to survive, and they’re not sure how they’re going to make ends meet.  Then a miracle happens: they receive an opportunity to move to New York, where Erin discovers the power of music, and meets a little band known as Our Lady of Righteous Rage….

Much like Our Lady of Righteous Rage, Novocaine is told in first person.  The only difference is, instead of several narrators, Erin is the only one telling the story.  If you’ve read Our Lady (and I hope you have) then you may recognize some of the overlapping scenes.

Novocaine is available on for $6.99