The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear – Huzzah! Let the Joust Begin!


The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear! It’s launch day!

A New Adult Urban Fantasy, The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear is the first book in a new series. And it’s now out! My main character, Hetty, is a twenty-two-year-old stumbling about in an effort to become a full-fledged adult. She struggles with self-esteem, weight, relationships, and making the transition between college and the real world.

Graduation from community college isn’t the magic elixir Hetty Locklear counts on for becoming an adult. Her parents, who work the Renaissance fair circuit, insist she spend part of the summer with them. Hetty doubts pretending to live in the Middle Ages will help her find her way.

 To make it worse, an entity haunts her at her dead-end job, warning her of a dangerous man she doesn’t know. The ghost leads her to a lover who has a lot of secrets. He pulls her farther into peril and into a strange, hidden world of genetic experimentation.

New Adult Urban Fantasy with a contemporary sci-fi twist. Mature content.

Available as an ebook at Amazon / Amazon UK / B&N / Smashwords / iTunes / Kobo

 Other outlets


Lords! Ladies! Knaves and wenches! In celebration of Hetty’s unveiling, we have the first ever blogosphere jousting tournament. Huzzah! Let me hear you cheering! Loudly! Huzzah! Say it with gusto sirs and maidens.


Nine brave knights will battle, risking limb and life, eyes and teeth, for the title of JOUSTING CHAMPION. These are the best knights in all the cyberlands. Huzzah!

Cheer for them and cheer every day this week for their courage and unmatched skill, and for a chance to win a free ebook of The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear. I’m giving away five.

Each knight will earn one point for every comment using their knight’s name. Each knight can score an additional point for every comment using their special Renaissance word/phrase.

Example: Huzzah! Stormy Knight! (one point for Stormy Knight).

Huzzah! Stormy Knight. Wherefore are the other knights running away? (two points for Stormy)

Next Monday I will announce the champion, the knight who has earned bragging rights and the grand prize (brownie pops made by moi, an 8GB flashdrive with a copy of The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear loaded on it, a carrying case for the flashdrive, and a handstamped champion medal).

YOU can award each knight up to two points every day this week by cheering for them in the comments. Each time you do so, you earn another chance in the drawing for a free ebook. I will be posting Monday through Saturday this week.

 Now let’s introduce the brave, brave knights and their words.


Stormy Knight, special word is wherefore (meaning, ‘why’)

Knight of the Whispering Woods, word is S’wounds (meaning ‘wow’)

Ghost Knight, word is hark (meaning ‘hey, listen up’)


Knight of Uber, word is prithee (meaning ‘please’)

Knight McSqee, Protector of Fandom, word is tosspot (meaning ‘drunkard’)

Knight Aidensdein, word is poppet (meaning, ‘child, doll’)

Knight of Fae Forest, word is cutpurse (meaning ‘thief’)

Knight Light, word is pray tell (meaning ‘please tell me’)

Gibberish Knight of the Triangle Ottoman, word is forsooth (meaning ‘indeed’)

Now Lords and Ladies, I ask that you stand back for your own safety. Lances and large horses don’t tickle.


Let the joust begin! Huzzah!



  1. November 11, 2012    

    Huzzah! Good e’en, my lady Mary! I wish you joy and success with your new publication. Tis a grand and magical tale.

    My darling poppet bids me cheer for the brave Sir Knight Aidensdein. Hurrah, Knight Aidensdein!

  2. November 11, 2012    

    Thank you, Lady Christine.

    Huzzah! For Knight of Uber, Ghost Knight, Stormy Knight, Knight McSquee, Knight of Fae Forest, Knight Light, Knight Aidensdein, Knight of the Whispering Woods, and Gibberish Knight.

    Hark! Forsooth what tosspots say. Pray tell wherefore art all the poppets and cutpurses? Prithee, get off my foot. S’wounds thee is heavy.

  3. November 11, 2012    

    Hark, do I hear the Ghost Knight trouncing all others? Huzzah! Victory will be this, just ye wait and see. And greetings to thou, my Lady Pax. I wish ye every fortune.

  4. November 11, 2012    

    Firstly, many congratulations upon you! Huzzah, McSquee, for tosspots the world over!

  5. November 11, 2012    

    Many woots!! Congrats, Mary!!

  6. November 12, 2012    

    My Lady, My Queen, my very best of wishes to thou, on the release of your written word. I am here to pledge to defend thee and all the poppets in this land!! These words are spoken to you by none other than The Knight of Aidensdein!

  7. November 12, 2012    

    Congratulations, Mary.
    Now, go Knight Aidensdein! And keep your butt on that horse.

  8. November 12, 2012    

    Dost thou hear the theme from Jaws? Hark! It be Ghost Knight coming to whip thy noble butt.

    *super-duper double arm pump for you and your book tour*

  9. November 12, 2012    

    How grand! How delightful! Bring on the tournament, m’lady! Forsooth, methinks I must toss my scarf to yon Gibberish Knight of the Triangle Ottoman.

  10. Melissa Bradley Melissa Bradley
    November 12, 2012    

    Tis a fine day in all of literature with the release of the Lady Hetty. I pray she will bring thee much success. I am here for the Knight of Aidensdein. No finer knight there is to keep all poppets safe.

  11. November 12, 2012    

    Huzzah Knight of Light! Pray tell that she does not lose.

  12. Stephen Tremp Stephen Tremp
    November 12, 2012    

    Where’s the grog and beer tent?

  13. November 12, 2012    


  14. Stephen Tremp Stephen Tremp
    November 12, 2012    

    I am here for the Knight of Aidensdein !!!
    She just rubbed that poppet’s head for good luck!!
    More grog please!

  15. Stephen Tremp Stephen Tremp
    November 12, 2012    

    I’m here for the Ghost Knight. Hark, she’ll kick thy armored butt.
    More grog (hic) please.

  16. Sherry Parker Sherry Parker
    November 12, 2012    

    Hark!! I hear the victorious throng cheering for the magnificent Ghost Knight riding to victory. She will trounce all others under her might and strength!! Fear her, for her blade is wicked and swift!

  17. November 12, 2012    

    Lady M, thank you for the honor of competing. Huzzah for your new book!

  18. November 12, 2012    

    I shall cast my lot for she of untold bravery & mischief: STORMY KNIGHT FTW! :-D

  19. November 12, 2012    

    And HUGE congrats on the release MP. Very excited for you! :-)

  20. November 12, 2012    

    (Sir Allan, Knight of Uber salutes the fair Lady Mary)

    May fortune smile upon you and your ward, Hetty Locklear. And rest assured that the scurrilous rumor of sleeping gas secreted in the tip of my lance is totally unfounded!

  21. November 12, 2012    

    Prithee, amazing weaver of tales, Lady Mary, may I offer a favor to the gallant Knight of Uber? Methinks him the most worthy of knights participating in yon tournament!

  22. November 12, 2012    

    What a fine showing, Lords and Ladies. I know the cheers mean much to the knights in that hot, cramped armor. Huzzah Shannon, Lynda, Carolyn, Alex, Huntress, Katy, Melissa, Diane, Stephen, EJ, Cherie, Sherry, Tyrean, Doug, and Raine.

  23. November 12, 2012    

    This tournament is so creative and clever, Mary! Good luck to all the Knights! I am giving a special cheer to Fae Forest simply because I love a good thief haha.

    Congrats on your release!

  24. November 12, 2012    

    Hark! Methinks the Ghost Knight approacheth! :D

    Fun, awesome contest, Mary! Hooray for Hetty’s unveiling! I’m suddenly craving a doughnut… :D ((hugs))

  25. November 12, 2012    

    Huzzah! The joust is finally here! All the knights are deserving, but I’m going for Knight Aidensdein. Poppet. Congrats on the book release MPax!

  26. November 12, 2012    

    Hark, all other Knights beside Ghost Knight, ye might as well withdraw. Huzzah for the Ghost Knight, truly worthy of victory!

  27. November 12, 2012    

    Congratulations, my dear M! Will be posting a link to your blog on mine shortly!

    And we will be downloading Hetty onto our Nook, tonight. :)

  28. November 12, 2012    

    Huzzah, Knight of the Whispering Woods! S’wounds, I prithee that you do not get wounded by these saucy adversaries.

  29. November 12, 2012    

    Hark! Ghost Knight approaches and will trample the competition.

  30. November 12, 2012    

    Milady, ’tis a bonny row you’ve sparked. I throw my huzzah Ghost Knight’s way since “hark” is what I be sayin’ all day to the young squires and lasses in my keeping.

  31. November 12, 2012    

    Excellent, Lady Julie.

    Anytime is a great one for a donut, Lady Leigh.

    Lord Maurice! You look very fetching in those velvets.

    Lord Ing will shout himself hoarse. But for a worthy cause.

    What marvelous tidings you bring, Lady Suze.

    It is a great wish for a great night, Lord Jay.

    Lovely maiden, Sheena, what a lovely cheer.

    Lady Leslie, welcome to the joust. It is wise words you’re saying.

  32. November 12, 2012    

    Lady Pax , fair dame of all lands, from Backwords to the Renaissance Faire. Ghost Knight cometh, bowing before thee in humble thanks for this chance to joust among the best of the best of the best of the best (Men in Black movie watchers probably got that lol!!!)

    May The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear enjoy robust heights in this celebration.
    Back to the field I go to fight! Huzzah!!1

  33. November 12, 2012    

    I’m here to cheer on the tosspot McSquee. May she sit her saddle straight…for at least one joust.

    And congrats on the release!! It’s everywhere today!!

  34. November 12, 2012    

    I would have spotlighted this today had I remembered. I’m so scatterbrained. If it’s okay with you, I’ll post it on my blog tomorrow. Congratulations on your release, Mary.

  35. November 12, 2012    

    Congrats on the release. This jousting looks fun. I’m not up on the lingo, but I’d like to post about your book on Wednesday.

  36. November 12, 2012    

    I’m gonna go for Ghost Knight! Ride on, mi’lord!

  37. November 12, 2012    

    Congrats. I’ve been looking forward to this release.

    Hark! Ghost Knight for the win!

  38. November 12, 2012    

    Ghost Knight is slaughtering the field. Wow. What a show!

    Sir Lady Ghost Knight, you’re prowess is impressive.

    Huzzah! Lady L. G. Thank you for the kind wishes and points for McSquee.

    I’m with you, Michael. It’s lucky I remembered… :D Thanks for any help. I’m not picky that way.

    Awesome, Lady Medeia. I will take you up on that.

    What a pleasure to see you at the match, Lady Nancy.

    And you, Maiden Southpaw. How regal you look today.

  39. November 12, 2012    

    “Hark! Do I hear Lady M approaching …. No, it be Lady Locklear … A story you have to tell, me Lady … Your champion, Knight of the Whispering Woods is hear to listen.”


    “Huzzah, me Lady …. S’Wounds …. please continue …”


    All the best Lady M. Should be a must memorable tournament.

  40. November 12, 2012    

    Huzzah, fair Lady M! Prithee, may I offer a token ribbon of support to the gallant Knight of Uber? Methinks him a worthy contender in this fine field of knights!

  41. November 12, 2012    

    S’wounds! What a wondrous thing it is to celebrate your new book with a jousting tournament, milady. I warn thee, best to keep a close eye on the grog, though, lest the thoughtless tosspots wreak havoc most foul on your fine festivities. Prithee, raise my huzzahs to the fearsome Stormy Knight. I hear tell he is lightning fast.

  42. November 12, 2012    

    Pray tell, how could I cheer for anyone but Knight Light? Oh how I swoon for a clever play on words.

    Congratulations, fair Mary!

  43. November 12, 2012    

    Woe is me, the fair lords and ladies of this land know not what they do when they champion the Ghost Knight. The Ghost Knight will disappear before this is o’er!

    Congrats Mary, on the release of TROHL! Your launch is brilliant- this is so much fun!

  44. November 12, 2012    

    HARK! Is that the Ghost Knight? Get thee to safety or she will surely knock thee from thine trusty steed! Go Ghost Knight – win the championship!!!

  45. November 12, 2012    

    Huzzah for that tosspot, Knight McSquee!!!!

  46. November 12, 2012    

    Knight Light. Pray tell, how’d you come up with that one? ;)

    What a fun way to celebrate your release–congrats!

  47. November 12, 2012    

    Oh, and what happens when I want to cheer for more than one knight? Eek!
    Hark the heralds, Ghost Knight cometh!
    Cheering for McSqee too!

  48. November 12, 2012    

    yeah, I’m afraid I’m a fan of Ghost Knight, too; he just sounds so …ghostly and interesting!

  49. November 12, 2012    

    I come to thrill, not to steal, though my ghostly form giveth me option to fill the field with fear with my ghostly prowess. To arms knightly foes, for we shall have cheers of great joy for us and for Lady Pax and The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear :-)


  50. November 12, 2012    

    A hearty congrats, Lady Mary! Alas, my confusion grows as to which knight I should cheer for. Go, everyone!

  51. November 12, 2012    

    Go tosspot!

    I love this hop! It is so fun and the code names are awesome. Congrats on the launch!

  52. November 12, 2012    

    What a fine day of jousting it was. Soon it will be time for day two.

    It’s been a blast so far, Lord Michael.

    Lady Gae-Lynn, the Knight of Uber is most pleased to have your favor.

    I agree about the grog, Lady Susan. Tosspots and grog could ruin the whole thing.

    Knight Light is quite swoon-worthy, Lady Elson.

    Ah, you do the tournament proud Knight Light.

    The Ghost Knight is giving a formidable showing today, Lady Susanna.

    lol Lady Lisa. Knight McSqee will appreciate that.

    Thanks for joining me at the joust, Lady Laura. Fine weather for it.

    You may cheer for more than one knight, Lady Lynda.

    The Ghost Knight most suredly is, Lady Hatch.

    You have won much favor today, Ghost Knight. The day has been yours.

    Understandable, Lady Laura. They all look so fine on the field.

    Another fine cheer for McSquee. Thank you for your cheer, Lady Jess.

  53. November 13, 2012    

    Huzzah! Go knights and Hetty!

  54. November 13, 2012    

    Huzzah! Methinks the Knight of Uber requires another worthy nod today. Prithee, consider this another token of my esteem.

  55. November 14, 2012    

    Methinks I must at last add my cheers for Ghost Knight for tho I have stood upon the sidelines it is time to add my allegiance