Sci-Fi Anthology FREE today


The science fiction anthology I have a short story in is FREE today and tomorrow. If you like sci-fi and want to check out several authors with no risk, this is the anthology for you. Grab it today at Amazon.

Here’s the book’s description:

Lives submerged in cosmic war… civilizations standing on the brink of destruction…
Technologies that far surpass our own and ethereal beings of untold power…
Immerse yourself in The Expanding Universe.

Worlds collide as nineteen talented authors contribute their best short fiction to expand and explore the Science Fiction genre. Travel dystopian worlds and discover the possibilities that lie within the unknown. Experience the touch of metaphysical occurrences and enjoy the rush that comes from love deep enough to rattle the stars.

With contributions ranging from best-selling authors to debut works, you will fall in love with this exciting new anthology – The Expanding Universe!

Featuring a Foreword by Michael Anderle


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Cover for Fourth Prophecy of Light Book!

Prophecy of Light - FulfilledI just wanted to share with you the cover for the fourth and final book in the Prophecy of Light series.

Fulfilled will wrap up the adventures of Kady, the mage Zygam who’s been chasing her, and her friends Akilah, Jasper and Nigel.

I’ll be putting the book up for pre-order by the end of the month with a publication date in May.

I’ll post more details later, but that’s all I’ve got for now.  Have a great day the rest of the week.

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Lessons Remembered After Deaths

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A family portrait ~ 1984. I’ve got the yellow flower in my hair and am seated in front of my grandmother, Rosetta. My aunt Tracy, who also passed, is two over, the first seated person on the right.

Oddly enough, I’ve thought a lot about death. The subject matter has haunted my books for whatever reason. In Scented, in particular, the main character, Bryan, has to deal with knowing people around him are about to die. And so to get into his head, and to really flesh out that story, I had to get used to thinking of death and what it means to varying people.

Though, I must admit, all my thoughts on death did not prepare me for March of this year, a month that saw my aunt (the youngest of my grandmother’s 10 children) die suddenly of a heart attack, followed only three weeks later by the death of my grandmother.  (We’ve decided that we Craytons will forevermore be wary of March, as my grandfather also died in March [back in 2012]. Not a good month for us.)

So, of course, issues of death, and of course, life, are heavily on my mind again. So I thought I’d share a few random thoughts on the subject.

Stop in and say hello. On many days, we’re busy and running around and we think we don’t have time to stop and say hello to a person we haven’t seen in a while. Yet, we really should. My dad, who was in town visiting his mother, stopped in to see his sister on Saturday, and she died that following Monday. And it was an unplanned visit, but it turned out to be so important in the end.

Fun Beyond Funerals. I actually had a wonderful time when I went to my grandmother’s funeral. Not because funerals are fun or because I was glad she was dead. But more because I got to see so many people I don’t normally see. Rarely are all my aunts and uncles in the same place, and they all know how to tell a story and how make you laugh. So, it was a real joy to spend time with them, as well as my own parents and siblings. But, it just reminded me that we should try to get together more often than at such somber occasions as funerals.

You only get one life. One of the folks who came to my grandmother’s funeral mentioned how he was retiring at 58, and another person there, said “Aren’t you worried about healthcare?” and his response was, “My mom died of pancreatic cancer, and she had stayed at her job longer than she wanted to because she wanted to save up and do all these things, and all she got to do was die. I promised her I wouldn’t do that.”  I found it somewhat refreshing. Of course, I’m not suggesting one throws out all practicality, but I do think sometimes in life we have to make choices that thrust us fully into living our lives in the moment, not putting off for some later time. I do think my grandmother was excellent at that. Though, with 10 kids, you had to be in the moment.  She was also really awesome in deciding what she wanted and going for it. She learned to drive at 50, and she loved to travel, going to Hong Kong and Jamaica. She was a lady who made her moments happen.

Well, that’s all for now. I’m off to write and enjoy life. I hope everyone has a great rest of this week.



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It’s Been Too Long


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I realized it’s been a while since I posted a blog. I thought I’d write a brief update of what’s been going on.

I had a wonderful time at the College Park Book Festival. I met some wonderful people, including a fellow whose children also attend my children’s school. So, a very small world.

I’ve also been trying to finish up the Prophecy of Light series. March was a challenging month for me personally, so I didn’t make as much progress on it was I would have liked, but I anticipate getting it out no later than May 15th. So, that’s the worst case scenario.

I also started working on a new dystopian novel, which I think will be interesting. I don’t want to say too much about it until I’ve gotten the ending figure out. It’s YA and I love my main character, Kenna, who has a lot of spirit. She’s a doer. I’m also liking Kenna’s friend Malina. I’ll share an excerpt from that novel in an upcoming newsletter.

That is about it for the moment. I hope everyone is having a good April and no one got duped too badly on April Fool’s Day. The one thing I like about Facebook nowadays is that they show you memories from previous years. Back when my son was five, he tried to trick me on April Fool’s Day by telling me my butt was on fire. I didn’t fall for it. 😉

Tata for now.

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College Park Book Festival Saturday!

The College Park Book Festival is tomorrow. The festival is a chance for people to meet authors who are local to the Washington, DC, area.

I’ll be there, as will several other authors. And I always have candy at my booth, hoping to lure unsuspecting readers and keep them with book talk.

Here’s an image of the flyer (as it looks good on a blog post):


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Thanks to the great reviewers out there!

Just a quick shout out to all of you who take time to write reviews of my books. I really adore you for sharing your thoughts. It really helps an author when someone says great things about their book. I’ve been sharing reviews on my Facebook page, just to give a shout out to those who have taken the time to leave them. But that’s a bit scattered and random. So, I thought today I’d just post some great reviews here in one spot that I’ve gotten over the past few weeks. If you haven’t checked out any of these books, be sure to.


Concealed_FC_BNG5 Stars – A Book Any Reader Would Enjoy “RJ Crayton writes an amazingly touching young adult book that takes in coming of age along with surviving in a strange, hostile world.”

5 Stars – Five Stars “Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Makes you want to keep reading.”

5 Stars – Good Read “The concept is good as well as the characters. I hope the secrets will come to light in the next book…exposed.”

5 Stars – Excellent Writing, I enjoyed this series of books “I really enjoyed this story a lot. The author had great timing, and knew how to keep the story moving to make you want to continue reading.”

4 Stars – Great start to a YA apocalyptic thriller! “Concealed keeps you guessing from the get go! The virus is a great twist on the genre. The story line pulls you in and whets your appetite!”

Life First

01_Life-First_darkjacketpants_reduced5 Stars  – Great Story “I thought this was a great start to a series…  I was anxious to see where the story went so got the other two in this trilogy as soon as I finished this one.”

5 Stars –  I enjoyed this Trilogy from start to finish “The characters were quite well developed by the end of the series, without any of their features feeling trite. I did not feel like this series was predictable, which made for a welcome adventure!”

5 Stars – Life First is a fast paced and exciting story. …  “A definite eye opener for what happens then a fanatical idea becomes the law of the land. I can’t wait to read Second Life”

4 Stars – Excellent – definitely worth reading!  “The setting of this story is terrifying – and especially so because it’s so darn believable. The author does an outstanding job of presenting her (VERY well thought out) dystopian future culture, where living organ donation is mandated by the state, and only the sociopathic criminal would dare to attempt to avoid their ‘obligation to society.'”

Prophecy of Light – Trapped

01prophecyoflighttrapped_2003005 Stars – A Delightful Story Appropriate for All Audiences “Her main characters live and breathe in color and movement, as does her scenery. This book contains no violence or sex. It’s a well-written, delightful story appropriate for all audiences.”

4 Stars – Magical story “This story is about the war between good and evil. This is the beginning of a story arc about a little girl and her magic.”

4 Stars – A great story with twists “A great story with twists, adventure and … wait for it … No Romance! As much as I love the romance in most stories, this one is actually better without it.”

Thanks again, to all the reviewers. I’ve so enjoyed reading the reviews!

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More than 130+ FREE books


Like FREE books? There are 130+ FREE books involved in this promotion. All the books are available on InstaFreebie, and will continue to be available through Feb. 12. Book genres included range from fantasy to sci-fi to romance. You can click here or the image above to see all the books. Happy hunting!

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Life First Featured on Ereader News Today!

Life First01_Life-First_darkjacketpants_reduced is being featured on e-reader news today. The book is perma-free and follows the travails of Kelsey Reed, whose government wants to take her kidney and give it to someone else. Life First is a stand-alone book, and the first in a three-book series.

The remaining two books in the series, Second Life and Third-Life: Taken, continue Kelsey’s journey, as well as that of her friend Susan. For those who like book one, books two and three are free reads for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. For those wanting to save a touch of cash on the series, a boxed set is available, too.


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Clean YA Books for FREE


Do you like young adult books that are generally free of sex and cursing? Well, a new promotion I’m participating is offering clean YA  for FREE via Instafreebie. The cool thing about this promo is, in addition to the FREE book, you can get an additional book by the author for just 99 cents.  I’ve got two books in this promo, book one of the Prophecy of Light series, which is FREE on Instafreebie, and book two in the series, which is only 99 cents on Amazon. There are tons of great books in this promo.

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Speculative Fiction FREE on InstaFreebie







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