Book Signing Event!

Next month Kyra and I will attend a book signing hosted by our local library. We will sell and sign a number of our published works, mostly focusing on children’s books. All these titles have beautiful new covers! Here are the books that will be available:

Spunky and the Wizard’s Chair
Spunky and the Dolphin Palace
Where’s My Kitty?
Hunting Vampires with Grandma
Tales of Mentara: Book One: The Portal

The Portal is my newest release about a group of children who become stuck on another planet. The first in a series, this fantastical adventure story is aimed at middle grade children ages eleven to thirteen, although my older readers have already left wonderful reviews about it.

We’ll be doing something different with the two books in the Spunky’s Magical Adventures series this time. We will have the regular color version available, but we will also have a limited number of Special Edition grayscale copies available for purchase. These copies are perfect for coloring. Here’s the fun part: if you or your child colors a page in the book and emails me a picture of it, I will post it with your name on my blog! So, let’s see those coloring skills.

If you are in the Grifton area of North Carolina (Near Greenville, home of East Carolina University) on that day, drop by and get a signed copy of an Uzzell book!

Location: Grifton Public Library, Grifton, NC
Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm


Book Signing!

Hello, everyone. I just wanted to pop in and let you know that Kyra and I are having a book signing at our local library.

On Saturday, September 16th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Grifton Public Library in Grifton, NC, we will be celebrating the release of book two in the Spunky’s Magical Adventures series by signing copies of both books.

book signing

Stop by to purchase your copies of Spunky and the Wizard’s Chair and Spunky and the Dolphin Palace, or bring your own copies to get our signatures and a personal note from the co-author and illustrator, Kyra Uzzell.

Hope to see you there!

The Summer Indie Book Awards are Here!

Hello, fellow book lovers. I’m excited to announce that it’s that time of year again. The Summer Indie Book Awards are here!

Every year, readers nominate their favorite indie books in a variety of categories and at the end of the summer, it’s voting time. Voting for the 2107 SIBA, hosted by Metamorph Publishing, starts tomorrow, September 1st and ends on September 11th. You can vote in each category once a day.

We are super stoked because three of our books have been nominated this year! In Romance is the quirky fantasy with a happily-ever-after everyone can love, Once Upon a Pastry. In Children’s is book two following our favorite feline on his magical journey, Spunky and the Dolphin Palace. In Short Story is the hilarious tale of grandmas that can still kick fang, Hunting Vampires with Grandma.

2017 SIBA nominees Ashley

Please stop by and vote for our books! While you are there, check out the other amazing indie authors whose books have been nominated this year. Vote for your favorites and discover some new-to-you authors.

For more information about the awards, and voting links, visit Metamorph Publishing’s website or find the awards on Facebook.

Indie Pride Day

Hello everyone!

It is Indie Pride Day, and I am proud to support my fellow indie authors from around the world. Indie authors, musicians, and artists may have a bad reputation because they are not with a big-name company, but I say that is bologna! Many of us choose not to go with such companies so we can have the freedom of doing things our way. That does NOT make our work sub-par!

indie pride

We are passionate about what we do and put 100% into our work, so show your favorite indies some love and share their Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, websites, blogs, etc.

Let’s get the word out and show everyone just how great indies truly are. Use the #indieprideday or #IndieBooksBeSeen hashtags on Twitter today! Visit the Facebook event for Indie Pride Day and discover some new-to-you authors!

Thrills and Chills Await You!

Are you ready for Halloween? Plaisted Publishing House, Ltd. certainly is! On October 31st, they are publishing an anthology that you won’t soon forget.


Twenty-six indie authors from around the globe come together in this chilling anthology to bring you stories of terror and woe. Ghostly Writes Anthology will be a yearly anthology of scary stories written by indie authors with a taste for fear.


This will be an eBook on all major distribution sites (Perhaps late to Amazon) and it will be FREE! That’s right, folks! This big book of ghostly terrors costs you nothing. So please enjoy these horrifying tales on the night when the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest.


My story in this anthology is called “Spools of Thread”. It is about two teenage girls who decide to visit a supposedly haunted house one October night. Will they make it out alive? Nothing is what it seems in this twisty tale.


Here is the link to Plaisted Publishing House’s blog post about the anthology:

I also created a video about the anthology on my Marie Youtube channel. You can check that out here:

Here are some teasers from contributing authors of the anthology. Enjoy!


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Summer Indie Book Awards

Spunky and the Wizard’s Chair was nominated this year for the Summer Indie Book Awards hosted by Metamorph Publishing. This event showcases indie authors of every genre and their fabulous books. During the event, there is voting in each category for your favorite book. Here is the link to the website with the information about the awards.


Our book won an award!

Kyra won an award for being the youngest author to participate in the Children’s category this year. It is so exciting! She won a free book of her choosing from the list of those who donated, and a beautiful ribbon that we can display on the cover of Spunky and the Wizard’s Chair.


Thank you Metamorph Publishing for hosting a fun and entertaining event. I certainly saw some book titles that I want to check out! I also want to thank everyone who voted for our book. You guys are awesome!

I hope that next year we will have a new book or two for this event!

Indie Pride Day


It’s that time again! Indie Pride Day is about appreciating those of us who work hard to entertain the world on a smaller scale. Authors, artists, musicians, etc., we love you guys!

Go browse Smashwords, Amazon, B&N, or any online retailer for some amazing indie books. Many authors are having special sales and I for one know that there are some incredible books out there just waiting for you to enjoy them.

But why have just one day to appreciate indie authors? Every day should be Indie Pride Day! Wave your indie flags high, my friends!

Come visit my Amazon author page for our own indie books.