Wordless Wednesday: Beatrice and Amor

Posted on May 13, 2015 in apps & e-books, news & muse, publications


An illustration of Beatrice and Amor from the e-book of THE LOVER’S PATH. (Yes, it’s really happening!)

Creativity Friday: Lover’s Path update

Posted on May 8, 2015 in apps & e-books, friends and colleagues, news & muse, publications, the Next Novel


Exciting news: We have a publication date for THE LOVER’S PATH e-book! Pre-order links will be posted soon. To be notified when they go live, sign up for my e-mail list.

(A side note: If you’d like to download the above graphic to share on Facebook, Twitter, or a blog, I’d be ever so grateful. An author can never have too much advance book publicity.)

Transforming THE LOVER’S PATH into an e-book has been a long and involved process. It’s a strange thing to go back into a long-finished project and reinvent it for a new media. The good news: because I’m no longer constrained by the financial considerations of a printed book, I was able to enrich and expand my original vision of Filamena’s journey along the lover’s path. As a result, the book is a much richer, more immersive experience. So hooray!

As I write this, I am immersed in that tunnel vision that occurs at the end of a big creative project. If that isn’t enough, I’m also finalizing the first third of the Next Novel to share with my literary agent. (Yes, I heard back from my beta readers. And they rock—but that’s a subject for another post.) Frankly, I feel like I’m pregnant in a figurative sense with twins. I’m so close to the finish line that it’s hard for me to break away to deal with the Real Life of eating, sleeping, and cleaning.


So, deep breath. Almost there.

Before I head back into my studio cave, I’ve good blog news: next Friday my author friend Lynn Carthage will be here to talk about her new YA gothic novel HAUNTED. She’ll have lots to share about her creative process, and the differences of writing for YA versus an adult audience. If that’s not enough enticement, my daughter Thea will be making her blogging debut reviewing HAUNTED. So far she’s thoroughly enjoying it.

I hope you’ll check back then!

Publishing Monday: The Lover’s Path e-book

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 in apps & e-books, news & muse, publications, publishing

So this is happening, along with other stuff.


Yup, the e-book version of THE LOVER’S PATH is nearly ready for publication! I’ll have more information regarding pre-orders soon, but wanted to share the e-book cover design in the meantime. The lovely portrait gracing the cover is of Tullia d’Aragona, the poet-courtesan whose life inspired THE LOVER’S PATH.

As you might imagine, it was quite complicated to rejigger the print design of THE LOVER’S PATH for the digital world. The print book (below) was one of my more complicated book productions. It even included letters, tarot cards, and other interactive items. Another road block: the squared dimensions of the print book didn’t really translate well for e-readers, which are more vertical.

lover's path print edition

I was about to consign THE LOVER’S PATH to the halls of Beloved Books of Years Past—after all, now matter how exquisitely I designed the digital edition, it couldn’t be the same as that lovely print book. Then I realized: the best way forward was a new way forward. This gave me the creative freedom to treat the digital book as a separate entity from the print.

Here’s how THE LOVER’S PATH has been rejiggered for a new world: Not only does the digital edition sport a lovely new cover, the text has been expanded to flesh out the story. (I had to keep the original text short because of production costs.) Besides including all of the chapter illustrations from the print edition, I’ve also added new “artifacts” from the Museo di Palazzo Filomela in an expanded chapter. Best of all, THE LOVER’S PATH e-book edition will be available to anyone with a e-reader for the cost of a latte.

The e-book conversation is almost ready for submission to Amazon, Apple, and other retailers. If you’d like to be notified when the new-and-expanded THE LOVER’S PATH is available, I invite you to sign up for my newsletter.


Publishing Monday: Goddess Tarot app updated for iOS 8 and giveaway

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 in apps & e-books, giveaways, news & muse, publishing

gtapp-170x300Quick fly by this morning, since I’m eager to get down to increasing my NaNoWriMo word count*: In Art and Words publishing news, the iOS 8 update for the ever-popular Goddess Tarot app was just been approved by Apple. Huzzah!

More about the app: The Goddess Tarot app has been personally designed and adapted by me from the best-selling print edition of my deck. It is available in free Lite and paid Full versions, as well as for Android. The Full version (right) includes four inspiring readings, a journal to record your readings, and more.

If you already own the app on your iPhone, iPod or iPad, the iOS 8 update is a free download from your device. If you don’t, well, what are you waiting for? Learn more here.

Better yet, let’s do a giveaway:  The first three people** to comment on this post will be given a code redeemable on the App Store for downloading the Full version of the app.

So, ready, set, comment. May the fastest fingers win!

ETA: The giveaway is now closed. That was fast! Congrats to those who won.


Photographed this summer in Paris. They do appear to be running a race, yes?

*Note NaNo word count widget in the sidebar. Accountability and all that. 

**US residents only. Sorry! 

Publishing Monday: Goddess Tarot android app update ~ and sale

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 in apps & e-books, publishing, retail therapy, The Book of Goddesses et al

It’s been a big week for the publishing of tarot and oracles and such at Casa Art and Words. Besides receiving first hot-off-the-press copies of the Sacred World Oracle (which is now available for pre-order on Amazon), I’m pleased to announce that the Goddess Tarot android app has finally been rereleased. This update was to address compatibility issues that arose from the last Android operating system update. I fear it was a rather complicated process. That written, my wonderful developers at NewGenApps have done their best to catch every last bug and software conflict. (Can I hear a hearty hooray?)

If you already own the Android app, the update is automatically available for free. If you don’t own it, here’s more good news: to celebrate, both the Goddess Tarot Android and iPhone apps are discounted 50% for the next two weeks, through August 6, 2013; instead of $3.99, both apps are now $1.99. On top of this, I’ve discounted THE BOOK OF GODDESSES, the book that started it all, 50% at $2.99 (regular price $6.99) on Amazon, BN.com, and iBooks. Much of the art from the Goddess Tarot was adapted from THE BOOK OF GODDESSES.

So go forth and get inspired!

download the Goddess Tarot app for $1.99

purchase THE BOOK OF GODDESSES for $2.99

e-book: iPad and iPhone, NOOK ePub, Kindle; 206 pages. Over 130 illustrations.