Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Y'all have no idea how excited I am to post this.  ^_^

Rena and I have been friends since 1998.  We met back in college, in fencing club, proving that hitting each other with swords is highly underrated as a bonding experience.  Along with moving across the country twice and spending untold hours lost in tabletop gaming, we've both been writing and chasing the dream of publication for many, many years.

And now, I am both ecstatic and ridiculously proud to help reveal the cover of her first published novel:

Allyson fights acne, not trolls. As an inhaler-carrying member of the asthma society, she just wants to meet the father who turned her mother into a paranoid, move-across-the-nation freak. Now she’s trying to fit in at yet another school, but for the first time in her life, she has a best friend, Beth. When Allyson accidentally spits fire at kidnappers in the mall, she realizes why her father isn’t in the picture: she’s half dragon. Her acne? Emerging scales. Her asthma? The side effects of her dragon’s fire breath. Instead of freaking out, unflappable Beth reveals her own troll heritage and explains how things work with the supernatural creatures hiding within the modern world of smartphones and skyscrapers.

When trolls kidnap a unicorn, Beth gets blamed. Allyson is determined to prove Beth’s innocence and keep her friend off the unicorn chopping block. When they start looking for the kidnappers, they get a call from the last person they expect: Allyson’s father. He tries to warn them off, but he’s been put under a spell by the kidnappers to keep the victims from escaping. Nothing short of death can stop him. Now Allyson must choose between killing the father she’s always dreamed of, or letting her best friend die for a crime she didn’t commit. 

Like most mad scientists, Rena Rocford’s early works were largely met with scorn and mockery, but she bided her time. After all, what did her fellow kindergarteners know about literature? From that day forward, Rena kept her writing on the mythical back burner as she pursued more logical goals. Today, crayons. Tomorrow, the world. She moved on to essays and egg drops, followed by experiments in shady laboratories. She tried her hand at everything, learning from anyone who would teach her. She even moonlighted as a horseback riding instructor.

 Admittedly, living as a muggle brought Rena some levels of success such as completing her master’s degree, but always the stories returned, calling her to the keyboard in the dark of night. Now, having built armies from words, Rena has set her sights on world domination, one book at a time.

From her secret base in the wine country, Rena has enlisted the help of her cats, her loyal dogs, and her family―who can be relied upon to hide the launch codes at a moment’s notice. You can find Rena at her blog, follow her on Twitter, GoodReads, or find her on Facebook. Her debut novel, Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon comes out November 23rd, 2015.


  1. Thank you, Mason! I'm so excited I stopped making coherent sentences hours ago!

  2. Great cover, Rena! It sounds like a fun book. :)

  3. I'm thinking about reading this one soon, but still wasn't sure. Thanks for helping me make up my mind. :)

  4. Such a funny and clever title, plus a really cool cover.

  5. Yay, Rena! I am so stoked for you. The cover is AMAZING and will definitely sell the book. Yippee!

  6. What a beautiful cover! I love the scales. SO powerful. They add a bit of sparkle to the image.

  7. Congrats, Rena! That's a lovely cover. Wishing you much success!