QuirkyGurl Media

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An avid reader, I believe we have much to learn about the world, and ourselves, through explorations of the written word. Books are the threads of timeless human connection, and I strive, at least in some small way, to touch others through my writing.

On a more personal note, I've lived on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for most of my life, though I did spend the first six years of my married life as transplant to my husband's hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. And yes, I did come back with a southern accent! And two tow-headed babies, but I digress.

For fun, I'll give you a few little known facts about me before returning to our regularly scheduled programming!

1. As a teen, I rode horses and showed competitively. My horse was an Arabian named Clyde (as in Clyde the camel) and he had an addiction to Starlight mints and cherry lifesavers.

2. My sister calls me a vampire, and not because I'll read anything with fangs in it. I normally stay up half the night, despite having to get up at the same time in the morning as regular people. Hence why I'm not usually in the mood to talk to anyone until I've at been up at least two hours.

3. I have an absurdly weird fear of crickets. Seriously. And my children delight in chasing me around with their crispy carcasses.

That's enough for now... Perhaps I'll share more later!

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Crow: Episode Two
Series: Crow. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,750. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014 by QuirkyGurl Media. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Episode Two Info: Pia's has had a rough few days. She fainted at work, she's being stalked by creepy black birds, and her dreams are becoming increasingly strange and alarming. Then she meets Beylin, a handsome charmer with ice-blue eyes, and things start to look up. Way up. But he's got a secret. They've met before, and more than once. Will she remember him before it's too late?
Crow: Episode One
Series: Crow. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,530. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014 by QuirkyGurl Media. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Cassiopeia "Pia" Alexander is a typical college student. She can't pick a major, her love life is non-existent and the only thing good in her life seems to be her job as an Animal ER Nurse. Beylin Callaghan is one of the Brotherhood tasked to give souls a winged-ride from one life to the next, but he's keeping a secret, that when exposed, will bind Pia's fate to his own. For better or worse.
Crow: The Prequel
Series: Crow. Price: Free! Words: 10,930. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014 by QuirkyGurl Media. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
He's loved her for thousands of years, but in this lifetime she doesn't remember him... yet. This prequel of the Crow series is focused on giving readers a glimpse into one of Pia's past lives and to show Beylin hard at work as a Memory Stealer and Soul Bearer. If you haven't read any of the Crow series, start here.
The Taste of Lavender
Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 18,440. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2013 by QuirkyGurl Media. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Meet Cindy, a freelance book editor and dutiful wife with the occasional wanderlust daydreams. Watch as two worldly neighbors-- Maribel and Lucas-- move into the house across the street. See how close the women and how relationships shift and realign themselves. The Taste of Lavender is a novella of approx. 19,000 words and contains vivid portrayals of passion and adult themes between women.
Kill Me (A Blood Chord Novel)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,850. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2012 by QuirkyGurl Media. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Three days ago, she was a wife, a mother, and very much alive... then the music called to her. Kill Me, the debut novel from author Alex Owens, is a quirky paranormal fantasy complete with music, magic, fangs and freaks. It is also the first in a planned series, with the second book due out by the Fall of 2012. Be forewarned, this is not your daughter's paranormal.
Strangers on A Plane
Price: $1.33 USD. Words: 11,580. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2011 by QuirkyGurl Media. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Strangers On A Plane is a collection of short stories about women that decide to heat up a boring plane ride with intense erotic moments in mid-flight.
Still Life Paintings
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,430. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2011 by QuirkyGurl Media. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Still Life Paintings is a collection of three short stories, thematically linked by painting. This collection is 10,000 words in length and contains bonus material in the form of an an essay excerpt from the book Reflections on Motherhood as well.
Phone Play: An Erotic Short
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,340. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2011 by QuirkyGurl Media. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Maryanne is bored with her life. She's a mother of two small children and her husband is becoming evermore the stranger. What she needs is a job. Something to pad her bank account for the time when her marriage fails. Against all logic, normal and quiet Maryanne takes on quite the tittilating part-time job. Now, if she can just keep it from Stan. That is, if she really wants to.
Memories for Sale
Price: $1.33 USD. Words: 11,650. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2011 by QuirkyGurl Media. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Memories for Sale - A Novella When Eleanor learns that her time is running out, she reaches out to her estranged daughter and the grandchild she's never met, hoping to make amends. With the help of an elaborate plan, she intends to make memories that will last them a life time, and a legacy that will continue to provide for them long after she has gone. But the one thing that Eleanor has forgot
Reflections on Motherhood
Price: $1.33 USD. Words: 23,640. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2011 by QuirkyGurl Media. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Motherhood
A collections of essays, short fiction, poetry and a novella-- all about the various aspects of Motherhood. Several of the works contained in this collection have been previously published in various formats, from newspaper columns to online magazines.
Skin: Short Fiction
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,130. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2011 by QuirkyGurl Media. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
What do a serial killer, a CNA in a nursing home, and a newly-turned Single-mom Vampire have in common? Skin! Or rather three short stories thematically linked by the epidermis. (2nd Edition, essentially the same as the first, with reorder stories and mild edits.)

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Smashwords book reviews by QuirkyGurl Media

  • The Girl In The Coffee Shop on June 16, 2011

    This short story was an interesting quick read, and the author has a distinctive voice. I found myself irritated at the main character Gertrude (mainly with her religious assumptions) but then the next I just felt sorry for her. There are comedic overtones, bracketed by down-to-the-bone clarity and insight. Marques is bound to be someone you will hear more of in the future. Marquez certainly has a way with words and even if I hadn’t enjoyed The Girl in the Coffee Shop, I would have still given this book Five stars based on the excerpt of The Path Home (to be released later this summer 2011) at the ending. The writing in the excerpt is exquisite, and I will be one of the first people to get a copy of The Path Home when it’s released!