Devon Ellington


September 2017

PLAYING THE ANGLES will release digitally on October 2, 2017, distributed via Pronoun. Pre-order links are available on the Bazaar page here on this website, and on the Coventina Circle website.

I've posted some of my experiences working on Broadway on the Coventina Circle website.

Are your PR dollars hitting? Find out with "Tracking Your Banged Buck", live now on WOW-Women On Writing.

July 2017

"The Ramsey Chase" will release on July 10, 2017.  It's a Delectable Digital Delight.  Buy links, media kit, and excerpts will go live on the release day.  It will be only 99 cents, via Smashwords and distributors including Kobo and Nook.

October 2016

"The Possession of Nattie Filmore", a Jain Lazarus (short) adventure) is available for free download from Oct. 28-31. It includes excerpts from other work, and a coupon for another free digital download, good until Nov. 2.

June 2016

"Plot Bunnies" (a Twinkle Tavern Mystery), under the Ava Dunne name has released from Smashwords.  Check out the Delectable Digital Delights Page Ava Dunne page, the Bazaar, or the Media Room for more information.

My comic mystery radio play "Broken Links" will be broadcast by the On The Air Radio Players on June 7 & 8 in Virginia.

May 2016

My science fiction/western/horror short story "Severance" has been re-released on Smashwords, for only 99 cents!  Check it out on the Delectable Digital Delights page here, or in the Bazaar.

April 2016

My short radio play "Broken Links", a comic mystery, will be performed by the On the Air Radio Players in June in Virginia.

I'll keep you updated with more links/information as I get them.

As of March 30, Amber Quill Press shut its doors.  "Lake Justice",

"Elusive Prayers", "Severance", KILLER QUINTET, and TRACKING MEDUSA are temporarily unavailable.  I am in discussions for re-releases of the digital shorts, and also in discussion to move the Gwen Finnegan series to another publisher.  I will post updates as contracts are signed.  Thank you for your support.

March 2016

I am no longer taking on private students.  I am finishing up the current contracts.  I am also only accepting manuscript editing jobs from publishers, not individual writers.  I continue to accept script editing, doctoring, and coverage work from individuals.

On March 16, 2016, I will be the guest speaker at Cape Cod Writers Center Writers Night Out, at the Conference Center and Resort in Hyannis, at 5:30 PM.  The topic is "Point of View."  Cost is $25 for CCWC Members, $30 for non-members.  For more information, visit

February 2016

Amber Quill Press closes its doors on March 30, 2016.  You can get copies of the following until March 29:

TRACKING MEDUSA -- the first Gwen Finnegan Mystery





The rights will then revert back to me; I am in discussions with other publishers about re-releases, and will post information as soon as contracts are signed.

There will be at least six months between the close of Amber Quill and a re-release.

Thank you for your support!

August 2014

I will be at the Cape Cod Writers Conference from Aug. 7-10, 2014 in Hyannis, MA.  I'll be on a panel on Friday night the 8th, and then read from TRACKING MEDUSA.  TRACKING MEDUSA, HEX BREAKER, OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, and ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT will be available for purchase in the Conference bookstore.

When Riker Cain walks into Linn Shek’s bar, he kills the man sent to assassinate Linn by her enemy Tarank. At that moment, Linn knows Riker’s past as Eidolinn Sheekagh, the Annym Roosteyr (dispatcher of souls), has come back to haunt her.

Digital purchase from Amber Quill Press here.

Brother Joseph wasn’t planning to stop in Tickweed, Missouri. He’s on leave from his monastery in Vermont to take care of some personal business in Iowa Territory before spending the rest of his life inside its hallowed walls. But now he’s unwittingly found himself smack dab in the middle of a bitter land dispute.

Digital purchase from Amber Quill Press here.

Note:  Brother Joseph was a supporting character in the serial THE WIDOW'S CHAMBER several years ago.  He got such solid fan support that he's now the center of his own novella!

May 2014

TRACKING MEDUSA was released by Amber Quill Press, in various digital formats.  The buy link is here.  The paperback version will be available in mid-June.  Make sure you visit the website for the Gwen Finnegan Mysteries here.

April 2014

My ghost story novelette "Lake Justice" released from Amber Quill Press as a digital download on April 28, 2014.  Buy link here.  More information on the book on the Bazaar page!

March 2012

Fearless Ink has added an "Author Services" page, and I will be providing services including critique, line editing, and helping authors with submission packages and media kits.

The Query Clinic runs on March 23 -- line-by-line support on your query letters, and tips how to make them less painful in the future.

Prose/Stage Adaptation runs in two sections from March 18-March 31 -- by application only, and applications close on March 13.

OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK released!  The second Jain Lazarus Adventure is out -- make sure to stop by the Hexbreaker website to read an excerpt and buy it!

Topic Workbooks available on Smashwords:

Series Bible:  Creation and Maintenance

Setting Up Your Submission System



Creative Stimulus

December 2012

The December newsletter is available here.

There are some new workshops starting in January.  Info on "When Words Align" here and on "Sensory Perceptions" here.

OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, the second Jain Lazarus Adventure, has a release date -- March 4, 2013.  For an excerpt and more information, go here.

HEX BREAKER is about to go into print.

There are some delightful holiday shorts available digitally -- two Nina Bell shorts, "Too Much Mistletoe" and "Tumble".  For excerpts and buy links, go here.  The other is an Ava Dunne romantic comedy, "Just Jump in and Fly", a reworking of Yuletide myths.  Excerpt and buy links here.

October 2012

Applications are open for the Playwrighting Intensive, running from January 2 - April 2, 2013.  Deadline:  November 1.  More information here.

The Death Sparkles Anthology has released, containing nine short stories based on "The diamond necklace dangled from the dead woman's hand".  My story is  the science fiction mystery "Sea Diamond", featuring the kick-ass, take-no-prisoners Fiona Steele.

June 2012

Hex Breaker released from Solstice Publishing.  It's available on Amazon Kindle and on the Solstice Publishing website.  Visit the Jain Lazarus website for excerpts, free downloads of short story tie-ins, and more.

I'm teaching in-person in June at Three Fish and a Ram Community Art Center -- a tarot workshop and a workshop that's a writer/performer collaboration.  Visit the webpage for details.

April 2012

I'm teaching a 1-Day online Dialogue Seminar on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  Right now, this is the only online dialogue class I'm teaching all year -- check it out here and sign up!

I'm teaching several 1 and 2 day seminars throughout the spring and summer.  More information on the Workshop page.

HEX BREAKER will release from Solstice Publishing shortly. Check out the Jain Lazarus website here.

Sign up for the newsletter at devonsrandomnewsletter at gmail dot com.

March 2011

Upcoming workshops are listed on the Workshop page here at this site -- a lot is going on.

An additional workshop, "The Confident Freelancer" is a one-day online seminar, hosted by Lori Widmer and I.  Nine courses, an e-book, networking opportunities, and a chance to win free critiques.  For more info and sign-up, click here.

My article "Making the Leap:  The Transition to Full Time Writing" is in the February issue of WOW- Women on Writing, here.

My latest "Literary Athlete" column is up at THE SCRUFFY DOG REVIEW, and it deals with applying for grants and residencies.  You can read it here.

August 2010

I am excited to announcethat I've just signed a contract with Champagne Books for a romantic suspense novel currently called ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT, to release under the Annabel Aidan pseudonym in July 2011.

Stay tuned here and to the Annabel Aidan page for details as they become available.

I am also teaching workshops deconstructing a fantasy romance novel from Sept. 13-19, and a steampunk adventure film from Sept. 20-26 at  Visit them for more information.

October 2009

OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK will not be released by FireDrakes Weyr.  As soon as the new negotiations are finalized, I will post the information.  Thank you for your patience.

May 2009

DIXIE DUST RUMORS, the first YA horse racing mystery under the Jenny Storn name is set to release any minute!  Visit the Jenny Storm page for excerpts and more information.

OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, the second Jain Lazarus Adventure, will release this summer.  Visit the Jain Lazarus website for excerpts and updated information.

I am guest-blogging all over the place.  Visit my blog, Ink in My Coffee for the latest links!

February 2009

I've joined Sole Struck Fashions as a contributor on the 13th of each month, starting with February.  Come by frequently for great tips on style and fashion from this roster of contributors!

The YA horse racing mystery, DIXIE DUST RUMORS was contracted by eTreasures Publishing for a late summer 2009 release under the "Jenny Storm" pseudonym.  "Jenny" will soon have her own page on this site and on MySpace.  Stay tuned for excerpts, cover art, release date, and more!

I'm a guest blogger on Susan Johnston's blog, The Urban Muse, on February 19.  Give it a read!

I hope you'll join us in working to achieve your goals, dreams, and resolutions on the GDR blog.

Happy 2009!

December 2008

There's a new holiday story available for free download from December 24, 2008-January 6, 2009.  It's a Congress Corners story featuring Liza O'Brien, her ward Lucifer Tempest, Aunt Doris, Doris's much-younger lover Cassio, and various animals and eccentrics who people Congress Corners. 

Go to the Ava Dunne page to download.

October 2008

The new Jain Lazarus ghost story, "The Possession of Nattie Filmore" is ready in time for Halloween.  To read an excerpt and get the free PDF download, go here.

Old-Fashioned Detective Work, the next Jain Lazarus book-length adventure, is contracted with FireDrakes Weyr for a Spring 2009 release.  Visit the Jain Lazarus website for more information.

Sensory Perceptions, the new ebook for writers, is available.  Over the course of seven weeks, create seven new short stories using exercises enhancing the use of sensory detail.  And it's only $1.29.  Visit the Bazaar page to purchase.

September 2008

The crew of  "The Merry's Dalliance" has set sail.  Visit them at New Myths

Note::  This story is under the Cerridwen Iris Shea byline.  Please visit Cerridwen's Cottage for more information.

Coming soon:

A website dedicated ONLY to the Merry's crew!

Coming soon:  A brand-new Jain Lazarus adventure to download!  Stay tuned to the website for the Jain Lazarus Adventures for more information.

If you haven't purchased your copy of HEX BREAKER yet, why not?  ;) 

August 2008

Hex Breaker releases August 1, 2008.  Digital version is $4/US.  CD version is $6/US.

Visit Firedrakes Weyr Publishing to purchase!

Visit the Hex Breaker website to read an excerpt and get more information!

June 2008

There's lots of good news to share!

My novella Hex Breaker will be released on August 1, 2008 by Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.

It's the first Jain Lazarus adventure, set behind the scenes on an independent film complete with zombies, ceremonial magicians, the messenger of the gods, and more.

You can keep up with the Jain Lazarus adventures here.

A comic noir mystery play of mine, currently called Sidekick, but about to be re-titled, will open Cloverleaf's January 2009 season on Long Island.

New Myths will publish my action/adventure/pirate fantasy "The Merry's Dalliance" in their September issue.

Once again, I covered the Triple Crown races this year.  You can read my articles on Femmefan.

 July 2007

Full Circle:  An Ars Concordia Anthology will be released on August 1.  My horse racing story "Pauvre Bob" is included.  It's a joint publication between Smashing Press and Lulu.  The e-book will be free; print version cost is not yet listed.  Check back in early August for more information, and the chance to win a copy!

My articles on The 32nd America's Cup Challenge were a success on FemmeFan. Check them out -- if they're not on the front "features" page, click Archives, and you'll find them.  It was very exciting, and I'm looking forward to more opportunities to cover sailing.

I also have new articles on the NHL 2007 Draft and the latest on thoroughbred racing on the same site.

Perfectly Plum is selling wonderfully -- thank you!  If you haven't bought a copy yet -- why not?  Also, stay tuned to this page -- I hope to have a contest where you can win a copy soon!

The Summer issue of The Scruffy Dog Review is available here.  I hope you enjoy the latest installment of my column, "The Literary Athlete."

June 2007

My series of articles on the Triple Crown (The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes) are running on FemmeFan.  Come and check them out!

In addition, the anthology Perfectly Plum is out, published by Ben Bella/Smart Pop books. This fun volume honors Janet Evanovich's endearing Stephanie Plum.  Look for it at your local bookstore, or order it from

Watch this site and the newsletter -- there will be a contest coming soon in the Bazaar section where you can win a copy of the book!

January 2007


The Winter issue of The Scruffy Dog Review is out!  My column, "The Literary Athlete", deals with the topic of ending the book, and contains interviews with Chaz Brenchley, Tim Cockey, Tess Gerritsen, Jack Getze, Jonathan Maberry, agent Jacky Sach, editor Kristen King, and bibliophile Costume Imp.

My essay on Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum character was accepted by Smart Pop books for their new anthology.Stay tuned for more information.

I’m contributing an article or two every month to the fantastic publication, FemmeFan, for women who love sports.