Happy book birthday to me!


Cloth & Stone #1
by PJ Friel & Saffron Hart

A world-weary deacon and his gargoyle protector risk their forbidden love to save a poverty-stricken teen caught in the crosshairs of a ruthless drug lord.

I can’t believe release day is finally here!

The Cloth & Stone Trilogy has been two years in the making, and it never would have seen the light of day without my wonderful writing partner, Saffron Hart. She’s an inspiration to me. I’m so grateful for her friendship. And I’m extremely proud of the books we’ve created. Gideon and Cordero have an amazing love story. I can’t wait for you to read it.

Cover & Blurb Reveal!

SERVING HIS PENANCE – Cloth & Stone #2

Releasing on Amazon KU – November 13th!
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Can their relationship survive the journey to redemption or will their penance be the end of their love?

Deep in their fight to protect the people of Cleveland from Dane Stevens’ criminal empire, Cordero and Gideon are convinced their cause is just.

Until Cordero sees the human cost of their crusade—a failed bust that nearly kills the target and a young girl whose life has been thrown into chaos.

Gideon sees Cordero’s change of heart as a threat, not just to their relationship, but to the chance at redemption for his own past.

As the fight against Stevens turns into an all-out war, Gideon and Cordero find themselves on opposite sides, and their fledgling love gets caught between what is right and what is just.

Goodreads Gargoyle Giveaway!

Sparks fly when Cloth meets Stone

You probably already know this, but in case you didn’t…for the past two years, I’ve been working on a paranormal romance trilogy with my friend and co-author Saffron Hart. It’s called The Cloth & Stone Trilogy, and it’s about a young deacon who falls in love with the gargoyle who looms atop his church. (Complete blurb is below.)

The first book-Taking His Confession-is being released on November 3rd, 2020!

In celebration of that, Saffron & I are sponsoring a Goodreads Giveaway! By clicking the below button, you’ll be taken to Goodreads where you can enter the Taking His Confession giveaway. We’re giving away 100 ebooks, so get clicking! You just might win!

We also have 20 ARCs up for grabs on Story Origin! Register for a review copy! (Winners will be notified by Story Origin.)

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Taking His Confession by P.J.  Friel & Saffron Hart
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Can a man of the cloth and a creature of stone save a troubled teen caught in the crosshairs of a ruthless drug lord?

Gideon Fawkes longs to meet the handsome young deacon who teaches at St. Anthony’s Boys Academy. There’s just one problem. Gideon is a gargoyle, and he’s pretty sure Deacon Cruz only dates humans.

Cordero Cruz knows a lot about forgiveness. It’s the cornerstone of his calling. Too bad he can never offer it to himself. Because of him, people died, and there’s no redemption for that kind of mistake.

But a lack of humanity and a heart filled with guilt are nothing compared to a young man’s life. When a merciless criminal threatens Cordero and one of his students, Gideon will have to risk more than his stony hide to protect them. Cordero must do the unthinkable to prove he’s deserving of the gargoyle turned guardian angel. But when their road to hell is paved with good intentions, they must learn only trust and redemption can pave the way for love.

Publisher’s Weekly Reviewed A TWIST OF WYRD!

On March 19, 2018, I published A TWIST OF WYRD on Amazon. On the advice of a friend, I also submitted it to BookLife.com for a review (Thanks, Tal!). BookLife.com is the self-publishing arm of Publisher’s Weekly. Obtaining a review from them looks really good for an author.

When I sent my submission, I was hopeful but wasn’t counting on anything. According to their website, they receive over a thousand requests per MONTH for reviews. Obviously, they can’t review them all and they state on their website, “If your book is chosen, know that it truly stood out.”

Flashforward to September 3, 2018. Publisher’s Weekly (BookLife) reviewed A TWIST OF WYRD!! Click here for the full review, but below is a snippet of what they had to say.

“Romance blends with Norse mythology in this fast-paced debut. […] Readers looking for plenty of steamy love scenes and a strong heroine who refuses to be a damsel in distress will appreciate this humorous, action-filled paranormal.” – Publisher’s Weekly

 I am ecstatic! And feeling very blessed right now. Thank you to everyone who leaves a review for a book. Mine and anyone else’s. We appreciate each and every one of them.


Norse Mythology for Smart People

When I decided to write “a story about a Valkyrie,” I had no idea that I’d end up with a completely different heroine, plus be planning (very loosely) a 10 book paranormal romance series steeped in Norse Mythology. Needless to say, I’ve ended up doing a lot of research about Norse Polytheism and still am.

One of the sites that I stumbled upon on the WWW during my quest for knowledge was a site created by author and scholar, Dan McCoy. It’s called Norse Mythology for Smart People.

Norse Mythology for Smart People provides reliable, well-documented information on the fascinating mythology and religion of the Norse/Germanic peoples.

What I love the most about NMfSP is that the information is intelligent, well written, and referenced. Dan McCoy truly is a scholar. I consider this site a trusted, dare I say gospel, resource because it’s obvious that Mr. McCoy has done HIS research.

The information I’ve gained from Mr. McCoy’s articles has inspired so many fun little twists and turns in my story world. I can’t really share those right now, but you’ll read about them.  I will give you one hint, though.  One of my favorite articles is “The Parts of the Self.” *wink*

So, if you’re interested in Norse Mythology, be sure to check out Norse Mythology for Smart People. Just make sure you carve out a few hours of free time first.

Source: Norse Mythology for Smart People – The Ultimate Online Resource for Norse Mythology and Religion