I was born and raised in East Tennessee and spent my childhood hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, wading barefoot in creeks, chasing salamanders, fish, and frogs. We loved to tell stories while sitting around the campfire.
Those days of frog chasing sparked my interest in biology. I am a working scientist by day, but I never lost my love of telling stories.
I write contemporary fantasy, fantasy romance, and contemporary romance. My stories feature unlikely heroes and heroines who face a healthy dose of angst as they strive for redemption and a happily ever after, which everyone deserves. I live in Nashville, Tennessee with my husband, two children, three cats, and my very active imagination.
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Upcoming Release for a New Series! Waking the Dead (Soul Broker Novel 1) – Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Suspense
The road to hell begins when the reaper darkens her door.
A chance encounter with a dying stranger opens an empathic connection between down-on-her-luck caregiver Vivian Bedford and the world of spirits. Lazarus Darkmore, a grim reaper in a charming and seductive package, seeks to recruit her as a soul broker. Guardian spirit Ezra and his new apprentice Zeke offer protection from the reaper—so long as she works on their side of afterlife management. But these guardians are no angels, and their methods leave Vivian fearing the price of their protection.
Her ability to channel conscious energy from the living, something no guardian or reaper can do, could be a game changer. If she can control it, she can use this power as leverage. And she needs a bargaining chip, especially when she discovers that incapacitated living mortals can supply energy for the spirit realm, making her disabled sister Mae a prime target for guardian and reaper alike. Can she move from pawn to major player in order to save Mae, and herself, from a horrific fate beyond the simple and fleeting terrors of death?
Waking the Dead finalist in the Grace Notes Books 2011 Discovering the Undiscovered Competition in Book Length Fiction and in the 2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in Novels and Narrative Non-fiction. It was also a finalist in the Georgia Romance Writers 2015 Maggie Award Contest, Romantic Elements Category, and placed second in the 2015 North Texas Romance Writers of America Great Expectations Contest, Mainstream with Romantic Elements Category.
Praise for Waking the Dead
Rating: 5 stars
After surviving a fatal car crash, loans administrator and carer Vivian finds herself experiencing the fears and guilts of those around her, seeing things no-one else can see, and even getting yanked into a strange cold land. Then a spirit appears offering to guide her. But is Zeke what he seems? And how will all this interfere with looking after her paralysed sister Mae?
This well written modern paranormal throws you right into the action and keeps you hooked. Too many stories about a heroine trying to understand supernatural powers thrust on her reveal too much too soon, losing the reader’s interest. But this tale takes a more layered approach, keeping you guessing about the full extent of her powers and exactly what’s going on right until the climax.
It’s emotionally engaging too in other ways too. Vivian’s struggle to care for her sister is very well portrayed, both in terms of the mental drain and the sheer physical effort of feeding and washing someone who can’t control their limbs. I really felt for her situation. There’s also a bit of romance, though don’t expect a conventional ending. In the romance, just as with the other aspects of the story, the author works hard not to fall into the genre rut.
The book has obviously been well edited, so readers who are put off by typos or bad English can rest assured. Personally, I only spotted one oops, which is less than many big publishing house offerings have.
All in all, it’s a good read and I can heartily recommend it.
—Bruce Officer, Goodreads and Amazon ARC review
“In WAKING THE DEAD, there is an emotional, raw honesty in Vivian and her struggles to care for her sister, Mae. It’s so rare to find a heroine, one we root for, who is not a saint but is desperately trying to do the right thing and is not always perfect.”
— GoodReads Reviewer
Firestorm (Southern Elemental Guardians Book 3) – Fantasy Romance
He’s running from the past. She’s running from the future.
Bruce, prince of the American Sylph and guardian of wind and air, loves mixing business with pleasure. An immortal with excessive appetites, he wields his considerable powers to satisfy them so he can forget his past transgressions. But when he discovers a rogue Phoenix on the loose, pleasure comes with the risk of catastrophe.
After nearly a century in hiding, Serafina is forced to fight against a conspiracy to resurrect the Phoenix. Uniting three of her kind could disrupt earth’s elemental balance, unleashing a fiery apocalypse. Can she trust the seductive, mercurial Sylph prince to help her, or will her untested passion and fire doom them both and all they hold dear?
Praise for Firestorm
D.B. Sieders has done it again! Though I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this series, Firestorm became my instant favorite. Bruce is everything I want my heroes to be: humorous, powerful, kind, but with enough dark shadows to keep my angst-addiction satisfied. He also has a bit of sexy androgyny happening, a la David Bowie, and that totally works for me. Sera is a fascinating heroine, simultaneously vulnerable and strong as Bruce helps her discover the depths of her power. Sieders excels at world-building, and the mythology alone is worth the read. (But hey, I’m really here for the sexy bits, and Firestorm does not disappoint!)
—Stephanie Moore, Amazon Customer
Crosscurrents (Southern Elemental Guardians Book 2) – Fantasy Romance
Sure, she wields plenty of mermaid magic and has a winning personality, but responsibility? Not her thing.
So instead of embracing her role as river royalty, Ilsa opts to extend her holiday in the New World. Frolicking with mortals is her M.O.—until she answers a distress call from an endangered species in the waters near Chattanooga. After her close encounter with a motorboat threatens to expose the world of elemental guardians, Ilsa partners with biologist and unlikely ally, Paul Pulaski, to cover her tail.
Worlds collide and sparks ignite between Princess Ilsa and her diamond-in-the-rough mortal, Paul. But can they survive monster hunters, a rival scientist with a grudge, and a dark force that could destroy mortal and elemental alike?
Praise for Crosscurrents
Ilsa, the stunning, free-loving sister of Lorelei is on the run—cavorting with human males in her typical love ’em and leave ’em fashion. But in a wonderful twist of mermaid lore, she’s rescued from drowning by a human male, Paul Pulaski. And her life is never the same as she finally stops running from her royal responsibilities and falls for a mere mortal lab tech at the Chattanooga Aquarium, and who is eons beneath her in the pantheon caste system.
But Paul has a few surprises of his own. His love and acceptance of Ilsa helps her learn to stop running from her fate.
The world-building of the series is expanded and the reader is introduced to other types of elementals. I look forward to more and more books in this inventive series!
—Debbie Herbert, Award-winning author of the Dark Seas series (Siren’s Secret, Siren’s Treasure, and Siren’s Call)”
A spoiled Princess consumed of wanderlust and a quirky, geeky, SEXY scientist of a man clash not only attitude and words in this book, when they get to the clashing tongues, so-to-speak, it’ll leave you with all sorts of breathy-sighs… Seriously, take my word for it. If you’re looking for a smart, funny read, that has a warm sensual side with adorable characters, check this book out, after you read the first in the series, of course!
—Krystle Watts, The Booknatics Reviews
Book 1 in the series
Lorelei’s Lyric (Southern Elemental Guardians Book 1) – Fantasy Romance
Her beautiful voice once cost a life. Still, music is her passion. What’s a mermaid to do? Run off and live vicariously through mortal musicians!
Unfortunately, gorgeous rocker Vance Idol almost succumbs to her siren call after his show in Nashville. Not that Vance cares—not since his girlfriend’s fatal overdose left him with a supersized death wish. Lorelei makes it her mission to undo the damage and help this talented and charismatic man on the eve of his band’s big break.
But saving a mortal man is a dangerous proposition. Lorelei could far too easily lose her heart, and quite possibly her immortality, during her American holiday. Bad boy Vance might be worth the risk.
Can their love survive his attitude, her fins, and an evil Pixie with a grudge against them both?
**Winner of InD’Tale Magazine’s 2016 RONE Awards for Best Paranormal Novel**
Praise for Lorelei’s Lyric
Lorelei’s Lyric is brilliantly clever with its unique blend of Southern humor and poignant mermaid mythology. Modern-day Siren, Lorelei, traveling to The Music City of Nashville? One helluva great premise that hooked me at page one! I fell in love with this shape shifting Siren and her romance with aspiring rocker Vance Idol. One of those rare books that will have you laughing and sighing and crying, touching your heart just as great music touches your soul. A must read!
—Debbie Herbert, USA Today bestselling author of the Dark Seas series (Siren’s Secret, Siren’s Treasure, and Siren’s Call)
Lorelei’s Lyric made me swoon! A perfect blend of mermaid magic and rock-star grit, Sieders’ charming, irresistibly sexy tale gives us a love story to believe in. I can’t wait to read more!
—Jeri Smith-Ready, Award-winning author of Requiem for the Devil, the WVMP Radio series, and the Shade Trilogy
Five Star Review from InD’Tale Magazine
The siren/mermaid mythology is given new life and other fascinating mythological creatures inhabit this world, but it’s the fragile relationship growing between Vance and Lorelei that takes center stage. This slow-building emotion-filled tale will make one’s heart sing!