Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thoughts on Cold and Flu Season

Today I would love it if a friend or family member would show up with a box of tissues, a gallon of orange juice and 2k words written and edited. That would be awesome...

I woke up this morning feeling like someone had taken a hammer to my head and sat a cinder block on my chest. I think it's a cold and I'll be okay in a few days. Colds happen, but it does bring up a topic I don't talk about often.You see, I'm a work at home mom. I don't work outside the house because child care costs are damn high (even though it's barely enough pay for care providers) and finding a first shift job that would let me see to all my daughter's needs is really hard.

Like many authors, fiction writing isn't my only job. I've been known to pick up freelance writing work, graphic design jobs and even the rare editing job. I also have a long list of easy lil earners that I do when I have down time and can't be at my desk. So I'm almost always doing something to pad my income. There is no sick pay, vacation time or health insurance. All of that is on me and I knew what I signed up for.

There are lots of low paying jobs that don't offer those things either, so I know those who work outside the house can understand too. Even when we're sick we have to find a way to work. Which brings to mind all the very real problems of working while you're sick. My brain is muddled and I often have to reread pages and pages of writing over and over, because sometimes the words get muddled too.

Before my daughter came along I worked in retail. Going in to work with money while dealing with being sick was not fun. Those were the days I double and triple counted the money to make sure the drawer wouldn't end up short. It was a nightmare.

So to the point. If you have a friend or family member who isn't sick enough to have to stay in bed (or have the luxury of staying in bed), that doesn't mean they aren't suffering. They're probably trying their best to work. With cold and flu season fast approaching remember them my lovely readers. Hand them an orange juice or pick up that pair of socks that was left on the floor.

Well, those are my thoughts for the day.

Peace and Love

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Full Moon New Release (Oct 2017)


The spooks are out and disrupting my whole schedule. Better late than never though. So find a safe space,sit back with a great new book and enjoy the Scary Season!


Heart of Crystal by Lauren D.M. Smith

Heart of CrystalEver since her family was kidnapped, Azara, a woman of fire mage stock, has survived with a warrior's will and the hope of one day finding them. Whispers of their fate have finally led her to the Empire, where her brother and sister are now prized possessions of His Celestial Majesty's court. Unable to immediately negotiate their freedom, Azara reluctantly agrees to the Emperor's suggestion: accompany his devoted magus Jin across their rival's border in search of other fire mages while her siblings remain in the Emperor's hands.

Posing as married tea merchants, Azara and Jin's masquerade begins. For a fierce young woman devoted to a heartening cause, and a man beholden to his duties, it's an uneasy alliance—but one that quickly turns passionate.

It's also a dangerous proposition, for although the attraction between Jin and Azara is real, both the Emperor and Azara have ulterior motives. It's only when Azara explores her unique powers and puts her faith in Jin that their fight for family—and for their very destiny—can succeed. 
 Released Oct 9th by Carina Press


Revelation by Lauren Dane

Revelation
The very magick that brought them together now makes them targets… 

Kendra Kellog may have found her sister, but she's still miles away from bringing down the evil mages targeting her family. Max de La Vega is exactly what she doesn't need at this moment in time—strong, smart and the very definition of alpha.

The next in line to run his jaguar jamboree, Max is used to getting what he wants. Right now, he wants Kendra. More than that, he realizes she needs him—and he'll do whatever it takes to guarantee her safety.

With evil forces out to siphon her magick, Kendra can't afford to keep pushing Max away. And for once, Max's cat and his man are in total agreement: Kendra is his to protect. 

Coming Oct 16th from Carina Press




Tangled in Time by Barbara Longley

Tangled in TimeTo set him free from an ancient curse, she must travel to a time of myth and legend…

Regan MacCarthy’s ability to see ghosts is a gift inherited from her Irish ancestors, but it’s one she’d dearly like to give back. In an attempt to return her powers to their source, she travels to Ireland to harness the ancient magic that still permeates the mystical site of Newgrange. Instead, something far more unexpected awaits her: a strapping, gorgeous stranger who insists he’s a centuries-old Celtic warrior.

Fáelán was one of Fionn MacCumhaill’s elite soldiers before being cursed by a resentful fae princess. The only way to free himself is to fall so deeply in love that he’d sacrifice his life. Not an easy matter when he’s invisible to most. Yet Regan sees him—not just the proud, handsome warrior on the surface, but the complex man beneath. Only when it’s too late does Fáelán realize that drawing this beautiful mortal into his world has endangered them both, and may destroy the happiness he’s waited an eternity to claim…

Coming Oct 24th 


Nightbound by Winter Pennington

Night BoundDreams can be dangerous.

Avaliah, Queen of the Leanan Sidhe, is only tentatively shackled to the otherworld by Zaphara’s faerie magic. Kassandra knows Avaliah’s innermost desire: the freedom to avenge her people. And she knows it’s only a matter of time until Avaliah tests her again. But how far is the Fey Queen willing to go to avenge her people? And is she really so wrong in her quest?

Kass ends up in the midst of metaphysical chaos and struggles to keep her head, her heart, and her relationships in order. Nykela, Countess of Tulsa Oklahoma, asks Kassandra to take one of the wolves from her territory into her pack. But Kass is struggling to accept the responsibilities that come with being an Alpha. Kassandra’s wolf feels differently. Her wolf is certain of what she wants and who she’s meant to be. And she’s intent on securing her power, no matter what Kassandra’s dealing with.

The Fourth Book in the Kassandra Lyall Preternatural Investigator Series

Coming Halloween from Bold Strokes Books



That's the round up for October! Happy Halloween!

Peace and Love!






Thursday, September 28, 2017

Revisiting Stories

Over the summer I had a lot going on. My daughter was out of school and a friend's daughter stayed with us during the day. It was an interesting summer filled with crafts, hiking and a good bit of water fights, but all that distraction pulled me away from my main writing projects. I found myself starting the third story in the dream realm stories I've been working on. I also ended up with an outline for another interactive story.

But I think the one writing project over the summer that I enjoyed working on the most was Smoke Hunt. A follow up short story of the Saving Grace Saga, this story took two side characters from the novels and slammed them together in an attempt to show the world after the big reveal. The two characters are werewolves and end up mated together, but this revisit brought so much back.

In the Saving Grace Saga, the world is filled with werewolves, witches and a Federal Agency that has been dubbed the "Witch Hunters." The witches have their covens and the werewolves have their packs. I still remember and know the characters even though they haven't appeared in any other stories in years. The fact that the only thing revealed at the end of the series was that the Witch Hunters had been disbanded bothered me a little.

So Smoke Hunt is almost a wrap up of that. Yes, the Federal Witch Hunters were shut down, but that didn't get rid of the hate. Rodney and Lizzy see this first hand as they work together to defend a small Native American pack.

I learned from completing this short story that the world is far from finished. Instead it's still evolving, like any great fictional world will. I may never write any more stories surrounding the Saving Grace Saga, but it's nice to know that I can dip in a toe from time to time and check up on everyone.

Peace and Love

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

MidWeek Tease: Witch Hunt

MidWeekTease
It's time for a MidWeek Tease and this morning I've pulled a snippet from my first novel, Witch Hunt. This is Aidan's first look at leading lady, Rei.


Witch Hunt excerpt:

Aidan had only tracked her for twenty minutes before he spotted her fire. The young woman looked like an old-school Earth worshipper with her arms stretched out to the large fire. He was a little shocked to find a witch on the hunting grounds but figured she had trekked too far from the national park bordering the land.

When he saw her standing down there with her pale skin glowing in the firelight, he had decided to settle in and watch for a while before interrupting. She was a rare creature of beauty standing boldly in nothing but the gifts nature had given her. She looked like a golden goddess praying to the stars. Staring down from a low-lying ridge, Aidan, in his shape as a large gray wolf, watched her stretch up from her toes all the way to her fingertips. He lay on his stomach, front paws folded under his muzzle. Her short dark hair drifted lazily in the cool breeze. The firelight caught teasing hints of scarlet highlights in her hair, creating a glowing halo around her face. He was just starting to admire her full, perky breasts and lovely flat stomach when a surge of energy shot through his body like a shock. The energy had the same feeling to it as the explosive energy he had felt the pack shaman call up on occasion. He jumped up to his paws, transforming back into a man, intent on yelling out for her to stop. Just as his hands had cupped around his mouth, the Earth answered her call.

Aidan had only one thought when he saw the nude woman actually manage to call up the Wild Hunt. That crazy bitch! As the woman ran off into the darkness of the forest, Aidan started to quickly move higher up the ridgeline. He dropped his hands to the ground and again transformed into the sleek wolf. The wolf gave pursuit, tracking the woman, searching for the boundary set in place by the hunt. He knew if this crazy woman found the pack’s ceremonial grounds the power she found would eat her alive.



I hope you were intrigued and don't forget to hop on over to the other great blogs! 

Peace and Love 



After the bloody murder of her brother, Rei finds herself on the run from the coven that killed him. A powerful Earth witch, Rei searches for a natural well of magic to avenge her brother’s death, even if it costs her life. However, standing between her and her goal is an alluring wolf.

Aidan never took the time or interest to look for his mate, but when the young witch shows up on pack hunting grounds his solitary life is turned upside down. Now, he must find a way to protect his pack and the woman that fate has handed him.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Full Moon Releases (Sept 2017)






It's been too long. Summer burn out and family obligations have pulled me away from the Full Moon New Releases for too long. So, we're back with some great new reads!



Highland Dragon Warrior by Isabel Cooper


Highland Dragon WarriorLegend claims
When Scotland fell to English rule
The Highland dragons took a vow:
Freedom at any price.

The war may be over, but so long as English magic controls the Highlands, not even a dragon laird can keep his clan safe. What Cathal MacAlasdair needs is a warrior fierce enough to risk everything, yet gifted enough to outwit an enemy more monster than man.
What he needs is Sophia.
Alchemist Sophia Metzger traveled to Loch Arach in search of knowledge. She never dreamed she'd learn to do battle, ride through the stars on the back of a dragon, or catch the eye of a Highland laird. But as her quest turns to sizzling chemistry and inescapable danger, she'll soon discover the thrill of being caught in a dragon's claws...



Released Sept 5th by Sourcebooks




Dark Legacy (Dark Series #31) by Christine Feehan

Dark Legacy (Dark Series #31)
In a thrilling Carpathian novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, a woman fights to free herself from the grip of the vampire trying to possess her...
 
In a beautiful compound hidden away from the world, Emeline Sanchez tries to blunt the pain that has wracked her body ever since her terrifying ordeal in the labyrinth beneath the city—when she was forced to exchange blood with an evil master vampire.

Now, it’s his voice that haunts her...that calls to her in the dark...that never lets her rest. And while the children that she helped to free from his clutches struggle to heal, watched over by their Carpathian protectors, Emeline knows one thing: She must sacrifice herself to keep them all from harm...

For her beauty is irresistible to the vampires, her psychic ability like a drug. Whipped into a frenzy, they’ll never stop coming for her. And only the taste of one Carpathian warrior—the rush of his blood—can save her...

Released by Penguin Publishing Group on Sept 5th.


Grave Danger by S.K. Gregory

Grave DangerSure, she'd summoned a zombie as a teenager, but that was an accident. Only now, as an adult, does the power she's been denying for years finally come in handy, when a fellow citizen of the small town of Stone Marsh asks her to use a spell to bring her straying husband back. Aurelia agrees – and sets a series of uncanny events in motion, a chain reaction that leads to self-discovery, danger, and truly supernatural romance..

With the help of local sheriff Brody Clarke (the man who's loved her since high school, who would do anything to protect her), and an experienced witch and psychic named Sabine Blyth, Aurelia must learn to master her new abilities as a necromancer, solve the mystery of a string of bizarre deaths that are plaguing her beloved town, and ultimately battle a Shadow Mage – a wizard cursed to live between worlds – who's determined to destroy them all.

Aurelia hasn't a clue how to use her power, and a world of trouble and true love is heading her way. Can she cast a spell that will give her and her sheriff the happy ending she's always wanted?

Coming Sept 15th from Winlock Press


Night's Caress by Mary Hughes


Night's CaressWhen artist Brie Lark left her vampire ex and her straitjacket of a hometown to breathe free in New York City, she promised herself two things: she’d never go back to Meiers Corner, and no more vampires. The last thing she expected—or wanted—was to be sent back home on an assignment. But her boss at the FBI needs her undercover on a murder case, working with a black-haired, black-eyed giant god of a man who’s her idea of perfection, except for one thing—he’s a vampire.

FBI Special Agent Seb Rikare is an ancient vampire hardened by loss. He’s cut all emotions to protect himself and leads a deliberately steady, almost sterile life. The brash young woman forced to pose as his lover irritates him, with her jangling bracelets and colorful hair. But as much as she irritates him, he finds himself drawn to her lively spirit and he’s tempted to make fantasy a reality.


Coming Sept 25th from Entangled Publishing, LLC




Those are the new paranormal romance releases I've rounded up for this month. As always if you know of a great new paranormal romance coming out let me know! 

Peace and Love!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Genre Confusion

Romance, erotica and erotic romance. Touchy subject, but let's be clear: One is not the other and each have their places and I don't feel anyone should be judged for reading any of it. Read whatever you want! It's a free country and no one should judge you on your reading habits.

Anyways, onward...

Over the last few years I've had people tell me all romance is just porn. For those folks, romance is a story about emotions and building a relationship between character. If the story focuses on the relationship more than the sex, it's romance, graphic scenes or not. I've had people say the romance of today is just fluffy erotica or, yep, porn. Again, romance is about emotions and relationships. Deal with it. You don't have to read it if you don't want to, but at least understand it before trying to talk about it. 

Now, on to erotica. Erotica is a story that is meant to arouse the reader. It puts them in a sexy fantasy style of story. There is nothing wrong with reading erotica, but if it isn't your cup of tea it's just not for you. I have found some erotica stories that were really well written. They took the reader into the fantasy and euphoric bless was achieved. With that said, at least learn the difference between the genres.

Finally, erotic romance. This is an odd ball in my post. Erotic romance is defined differently by different readers, authors, publishers and whoever else may feel like defining it. Some people will say it's just really steamy romance. That could work for a nice definition. So could the definition that it's a story that focuses on emotions, the relationship and graphic sex helps that relationship move along. I've read books that do this. Some of them good some of them not so much. Personally, it depends on the author's ability and style. 

These are blurry times we live in. A genre could prove to sell really well and you have authors that rush to take advantage of that genre. This leads to some great books and some crappy books. However, no matter how popular a genre becomes that does not, REPEAT, does not change the genre. Learn the differences before jumping into a conversation, because a romance author may not enjoy hearing romance novels being called erotica. And an erotica author may not enjoy the ranting a raving of a reviewer who grabbed up their book expecting a Happily Ever After.

Peace and love! 


PS: Just Beyond Daybreak, my steamy witchy romance novella, is now available on Amazon!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Cover Reveal Just Beyond Daybreak


Here it is! 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073XSQKVS


Just Beyond Daybreak

When the source of her family’s magical energy and life force is stolen, Meredith Blackburn is left with little choice, but to search out the best magical tracker she knows. Unfortunately Malcolm Blackwood is more than just a tracker, he is also a man who captivates Meredith’s thoughts.

She strolled into Malcolm’s life with a job that he didn’t want, but instantly he regretted turning her away. Now, with his own family relics in danger, Malcolm finds himself unable to leave Meredith behind.

Can they save the Blackburn bloodline? Or will family ties tear them apart?



Check out a teaser here!
Now Available for Pre-Order on Amazon!

Peace and Love

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Just Beyond Daybreak Teaser



As promised, here is a tease from my up coming novella, Just Beyond Daybreak. The story starts with Meredith, the leading lady, searching through Magic Town.





Magic Town was a dingy maze of alleyways tucked away in a section of Atlanta that never made it to the travel guides. It was crawling with some of the lowest members of society and if a person had to be honest it also had quite a few members of high society slinking around from time to time. It was a place that Meredith Blackburn despised venturing into. After four nights of searching questionable bars and occult shops, the young witch found herself standing in front of a small Chinese shop called Heavenly Herbs. Flexing her fingers, she could feel the flow of magic in her veins cycling painfully slow and it only reminded her how important it was for her to find the man she was looking for.
Meredith despised the man just as much as the area she knew she would find him in. Malcolm Blackwood was one of those high-society brats who had slunk down to Magic Town after displeasing his family. At least Meredith liked to think that he slunk, but entered with a cocky stride would fit his character more. Malcolm had been the second-son playboy that every family dreaded, but for some reason he held a type of charm that made everyone want to be near him. For all her detest of the man, Meredith was no different. Just like every other woman, she’d been drawn to him too.
But the Blackburns and the Blackwoods had been at each other’s throats for more than a millennium. It was family bickering left over from their roots in the old country, and that left little room for feelings besides distrust. So Meredith ignored the attraction and focused on the man’s arrogant attitude.
Nonetheless, he was one of the best magical trackers on the East Coast, and that was what she needed.


That's your tease! Hope it caught your interest. Stop back by tomorrow for the full cover reveal and to find out the winner of the giveaway!

Peace and Love

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cover Reveal Giveaway!

Just Beyond Daybreak is set to come out August 15, 2017!

And we're running a giveaway to celebrate the lead up to the cover reveal this Friday!

For a chance to win a velvet choker and turtle pendant just follow the instructions below!

Peace and Love!

Friday, June 30, 2017

New Release Coming

I've teased you with it. I showed you pictures that helped inspire it. And now it's finally on its way! 

Just Beyond Daybreak will be hitting the virtual shelves August 2017! 



When the source of her family’s magical energy and life force is stolen, Meredith Blackburn is left with little choice, but to search out the best magical tracker she knows. Unfortunately Malcolm Blackwood is more than just a tracker, he is also a man who captivates Meredith’s thoughts. 

She strolled into Malcolm’s life with a job that he didn’t want, but instantly he regretted turning her away. Now, with his own family relics in danger, Malcolm finds himself unable to leave Meredith behind.

Can they save the Blackburn bloodline? Or will family ties tear them apart?
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MidWeek Tease

MidWeekTease
So, I've been really really busy with everything and things have gotten behind, but never fear! Here's a MidWeek Tease to wet your tongue. Enjoy!

Just Beyond Daybreak snippet


Something was tickling her nose. Brushing it aside, Meredith nuzzled deeper into the comfortable pillow. She still felt the heavy tug of sleep, but another tickle traced over her ear. Meredith groaned and tried to swat it away, but was instead greeted with a man’s deep chuckle. “Come on. It’s time to get to business.”

The sound of his voice made her eyes shoot open. Meredith didn’t sit up at first. She just stared at her surroundings. The bold red comforter with black vines was definitely hers and so was the lamp on the night stand. “Malcolm, what are you doing in my bedroom?” she asked, finally rolling over to look at the man leaning over her.

He was close. So close that she could make out the golden flakes that dotted his blue eyes. Strands of blond hair brushed downwards, trying to hide the merriment that danced around those golden flakes, and a grin graced his full lips. “I’m trying to wake you up, Sleeping Beauty,” he answered, sitting back a little further away from her. “You’ve been asleep the better part of the morning.”


That's it for right now, but if all goes according to plan, I'll have some great news to share soon! Don't forget to hop to the other blogs for more MidWeek Teases.
 Peace and Love!


 

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Handmaid's Tale

I just recently found myself watching The handmaid's Tale Hulu special and while I grew up reading dystopia novels and wondering what if, I have to admit this series hits a button. The thing is I see similarities between the Handmaid's Tale and the Saving Grace Saga.

https://www.amazon.com/Witch-Hunt-J-R-White-ebook/dp/B00E89LE9UYes, the Saving Grace Saga is about witches and werewolves. Very far from the more than real reality in The Handmaid's Tale, but they are close still. In the Saving Grace Saga the U.S. Government passes a law banning all non-one God religions. This leads to the persecutions of pagans and atheists. It's also used as a cover to hunt down the more supernatural element hidden from societies view.

While in The Handmaid's Tale the government has become completely and utterly controlled by the religious extremists, in the Saving Grace Saga it is smaller and doesn't affect the day to day lives of average Christian people. This hidden control is what scares me the most.

https://www.amazon.com/Fox-Hunt-J-R-White-ebook/dp/B00NAJ9R3E/In The Handmaid's Tale there is little hidden. It seems clear thus far that the signs leading to the take over of the people was coming. Signs that most people would see in today's world. I promise there are too many people in the country who disagree with the subtle changes in government shown in The Handmaid's Tale to let that happen.

And if we can't stop it, we can fight it. I have no disagreement with any religion really. As long as it is treated fairly. As long as it is kept separate from government. That's not just an opinion. It's written into the Constitution of our country.

https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Hunt-J-R-White-ebook/dp/B010GZXUQY
When writing the Saving Grace Saga the world was a little more crazy for me. My daughter was running around being a happy child. People told me this lifestyle and that lifestyle was wrong for raising a child in. Not because I was neglecting my child or harming my child, but because I was exposing her to life. To people who love her who also happen to have different religions and different sexual orientations than them.

That influenced the world in the Saving Grace Saga. Instead of an upfront take over like in The Handmaid's Tale, it was just an act of law that changed things, targeted groups that were different that threw the country into a downward spiral.

The stories are vastly different and yet play to a similar fear that people have. Thankfully it also gives us hope that we'll see something like this coming before it's too late.

Peace and Love!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Full Moon Releases (May 2017)




Last month was hectic and I missed the Full Moon release post. Sorry! I'm a day or so late this month too, but here are a few of the hot new releases. Enjoy!


A Fire in the Blood by Amanda Ashley

A Fire in the Blood“I see a man. He is old. Very old. He will come into your life in a moment of danger. He will watch over you and protect you.” The gypsy’s hand gripped Tessa’s tighter. “He will bring you death,” she whispered, her voice like the rustle of dry leaves. “And life.”

Ten years later, when Andrei Dinescu saves Tessa from a vicious attacker, she has no idea that the handsome stranger the gypsy fortune teller predicted is not a hunter but a seven-hundred-year-old vampire. Darkly powerful, unbelievably compelling, he is obviously pursuing Tessa, but is it her love he's after or her blood?

Released April 25th by  Kensington







When Danger Bites by Heather Long

When Danger BitesButtoned-up Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is dangerous on every level. As a human, she poses a threat to Marine Captain Jax Raymond’s special Force Recon unit. Though the team has a reputation among the other recon units, only their commanding officer knows their secret. As a woman, the danger posed is entirely different. Jax can survive the temptation for only so long before his wolf takes over and pursues what it wants.

Military intelligence specialist Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is the first woman in the Marines to be assigned to a recon team. And everyone’s watching her. Her mission? Not only prove herself worthy of her place in the group, but uncover the mystery of why Bravo Team is so successful. A mission that gets more difficult every time she’s near Jax...

 Released May 8th by Entangled Publishing


Soul Mates: 6 Ghostly Romances

Soul Mates: 6 Ghostly RomancesCursed wedding gowns, haunted houses, and mischievous ghosts wreak havoc as romance brews in this value-priced digital bundle.

The Bride’s Curse: Three brides in a row return a gorgeous vintage wedding dress to Kelly Andrews’s Wedding Bliss store, claiming it’s cursed. Kelly thinks it’s nonsense, but these returns are bad for business, so she’d better get to the bottom of the problem. Researching the gown, she meets Brett Atwell, the handsome nephew of the dress’s original owner, and a mischievous spirit sends the two of them on a goose chase for a groom who went missing decades ago. Will love get its due at long last?

Always and Forever Love: Lacy Aegar is comfortable living with her husband’s ghost as they raise their son and run her PI business. That is, until Jackson Carter, the son of powerful and influential business tycoon, starts siphoning her business. But he has an ulterior motive along with his sexy smile, and soon Lacy will have to come to grips not only with her business plans but her feelings about love as well.

The Kindred: When it comes to being psychic, Janice Kelly is the best of the best. But she didn’t foresee falling in love with Adrian while fleeing the anger of thwarted ghosts in a haunted house.

His Lass Wears Tartan: Independent Rogue Bruce enjoys running a Scottish bed-and-breakfast with the ghosts that walk the halls. Then Bruce MacKenzie, the local heartthrob, suddenly begins hanging around while roguish Jonathan Olson arrives at the castle to teach a writing seminar. With two men after the heart she’d thought safely locked away, Rogue is torn. But when things start to take a sinister turn, only true love can save the day.

Jennifer by Moonlight: Lucy Dorset came to Moorgate as the happy bride of a dedicated young doctor. But she soon discovers that the old stone house is inhabited by a pale and lovely ghost, a victim of a fatal romantic triangle long ago. It’s possible the unhappy spirits of Moorgate are pushing Lucy toward a reenactment of a violent, century-old tragedy—and she alone must rid the house of the menacing presence threatening her marriage.

That Ol’ Team Spirit: Someone’s haunting the Sharks’s stadium and creating some major league mischief. So psychic Peg Noonan and her granddaughter Trish are determined to discover who’s menacing their concessions stand. With the help of Trish’s high school love, sportswriter Rob Hanks, they just might have a ghost of a (second) chance.

 Coming May 29th from Adams Media



Burn For Me by Cynthia Eden
Burn For Me
Eve Bradley was undercover looking for a story, not a cause. But something about the man they called Subject Thirteen got her involved. The scientists said he was a devil, and they had a decent case: Terrifying power. A bad attitude. And looks that could lead anyone to sin. . .

Cain O'Connor knows the minute he catches her candy scent that Eve could drive him wild. But she's a threat--in a way no one has been for him in years. She's safer away from him, too. But with a powerful conspiracy determined to shut Eve up for good, there's no time to argue. All they can do is trust their instincts--and their hearts. . .

 Coming May 30th from Kensington




That's it for this month's new releases! Hope you find something you love.

Peace and Love!






Friday, May 5, 2017

Life After Camp

Winner 2017 

I did it! So did a lot of other great writers. Even those who didn't reach their goal accomplished something. Any little bit added to a story is worth it's weight in gold. Of course, now that I have a draft (almost a complete draft) for Shadow's Fall there's lots more work to do.

Last Friday when I reached my goal I promised myself a little time off. Read a couple of books, tease out another plot for a completely different story, play a video game. Anything that would give my brain a rest from these characters and let me go back with a fresh vantage point in a few weeks. That didn't happen.

There is one scene left in the draft that needs to be typed. I know the scene and I've just been putting off (trying to give myself a vacation) typing it. My brain doesn't like leaving things unfinished though and I've obsessed over it all week. Today I'm sitting down and I'm going to type it. 

But what about the rest of the work? If the other campers are anything like me they're going to have to revise and edit, revise and edit, revise and edit. So once this scene is typed I'm going to set Shadow's Fall aside and give myself some much needed personal time. 

That's all for today.

Peace and Love.

Monday, April 24, 2017

CampNaNoWriMo: Last Week Jitters



It's been a rough three weeks. My lil girl had spring break from school, my hubby had oral surgery and I've completely abandoned the house work. Somehow I've managed to stay more or less on track with my camp goal of 50k. Only 10k left to go as of this post, but it's had its ups and downs.

Last week it was all I could do to get just a few hundred words typed for this story. Shadow's Fall has proven to have characters that have a mind of their own and the plot went completely twisty turby. It kind of looks like a pretzel when I look at it. In the last stretch now I know there are parts I'm going to have to go back to and work on. I've left a couple of half chapters with vague dialog and actions. Defiantly going to have to fill those in.

But I always get a case of the jitters at this point of any NaNoWriMo challenge. (When I've made it to this point anyway). I also get these jitters when I'm getting to the last few chapters of any story. I know I'm going to have a lot of work ahead of me even after I type in "The End" and that's okay.

For those writers struggling to meet their word counts here's a shout out: You Got This! 

You do. Even if we don't meet the challenge we've got a lot accomplished. Whether it's 2,000 words or 40k words, there has been something added to the stories that keep us awake at night. So keep going. Keep telling those stories and don't quit.

Peace and Love everyone and keep the stories flowing.

Friday, April 7, 2017

CampNaNoWriMo : Break Time


I love camp. I love writing, but sometimes I go into writing overload. I just write and write and write and the life going on around me goes a bit ignored. My husband keeps me balanced as best he can and my daughter knows how to grab my attention. So my family is still there, but my brain doesn't always know when to take a break.

To fix this I cut time out of  my writing schedule for me time. This past week my me time has been all about an anime. Fairy Tail is a great way to let the mind rest and recharge. The characters are rich and the stories are enjoyable. While watching one of the later story arches I realized it was the characters I loved more than anything. They are proof that fictional characters can make you cry, laugh, fall in love and want to kill them. (Any reader already knows fictional characters can do this.)

I'm pulling one of my favorite characters out for a bit of character study. This is a great way to look at how an already complete character is setup and can help an author give some depth to their own characters.


Cana

She is a drunk with daddy issues. And I mean a drunk. In the anime she can turn up a barrel and drain it. Thankfully she's a functioning drunk. This means that even while three sheets to the wind she can walk out into the middle of an arena and pull off one of the most powerful spells of the Fairy Tail Guild.

Cana is loyal to her guild members. She is strong enough to fight off enemy guilds and still deal with her own emotional stuff. Cana's mother died when Cana was very young and the small child wondered around until she found the guild her father was apart of. She had never met her father, only heard about him. Then she sees him and realizes he doesn't recognize her as his child. So Cana decides she's not going to tell her father about anything until she's become a super strong wizard. She joins Fairy Tail and suffers watching her father paying attention to all the children.

I think this is what led to the drinking. Is it a healthy way to deal with emotional issues? No, not at all, but it's her crutch. As you'd expect from a person basically raised by a group of adults in a guild, Cana is very lively. She believes in living life to its fullest and that's just how it is. No ifs ands or buts about it.

Her daddy issues come to a head and she fails to get the title she wanted before she told him. Her father still loves her and wants to be with his 'little girl' as much as he can to make up for lost time. It's kind of smothering, but Cana keeps getting stronger. She keeps reaching for that goal, I believe in part to make her father proud.

In the current story arch that I'm watching Cana proves that a drunk with real daddy issues can save the day. When everyone in the guild is knocked out of the fight, Cana takes charge, issues orders and in a way leads an attack to save everyone. This is her true bad-ass moment and it was a journey that would make any father proud.

This is a complete developed character with a personal story line that made her real. Looking at Cana's development helps me work on my own characters.

Why does Kree have that weird tick? What's behind Jade's irrational fear of returning to the Dream Realm? Developing these details and others fills in a character and gives them personality that may otherwise read very flat.

That's all for today. Take time for yourself and happy reading/writing!

Peace and love!