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Thirty days

October 7th, 2015 by admin

Thirty days have passed since my husband disappeared.

Each night I pray he is alive somewhere. My heart doesn’t feel that he has passed on, but the heart is a treacherous place.

Meanwhile, I search for the right words to tell my oldest child. My youngest simply points at his picture and repeats his name like a summoning.

My heart breaks for my two daughters as I wonder if they will grow up in a cold, harsh world without the man that cradled them in his arms.

And I?

I continue to pray for a resolution, an end to the question where is he?

God knows.

God doesn’t sleep.

This can’t last forever.

When Things Are Unclear

September 28th, 2015 by admin



It’s been 21 days since the night my husband went missing.


The circumstances surrounding that night are confusing, to say the least.


There are times when the whole thing seems unreal. The irony of the situation cuts deep when others comment that his disappearance sounds like a book or a movie, because though I’m a writer – this is my life.


I had to halt editing Dragon Kin as I have been consumed with talking to investigators, and I’m uncertain when I’ll be able to restart.


I hope this ends soon, that my husband is found, and that my daughters’ tiny, protected worlds are made right again.

Holding Hope

September 15th, 2015 by admin




I haven’t updated in awhile. It’s been difficult to do so with the current circumstances of my life.


My husband went missing 9/7/15, and no one has seen or heard from him since.


I’m hoping that he will be found soon, and that this nightmare will end.


Because of this, it has been difficult for me to focus on writing or editing or anything that doesn’t have something to do with finding him.


Please, keep me in your prayers.

Dragon Kin Blurb!

August 30th, 2015 by admin



So, after much hair pulling and helpless, frustrated tears, I’ve finished the blurb and book description for Dragon Kin. Check it out below!



*A land ruled by the Dragon Queen
*An exiled dragon prince 
*A girl of mysterious origins 
*Division will destroy them


Cecily Burns’ world is ruled by Queen Saranyu, the dragon queen, who devoured her father’s leg. Even though Cecily knows the dark side of dragonkind, she befriends Derek, Queen’s Saranyu’s son. Though such bonds between humans and dragons are forbidden, the two pursue their destiny as true mates.


Their rebellion has a price — an ultimatum from Queen Saranyu to her son: Cecily and banishment, or the throne.


Derek defies his mother and chooses Cecily.


The shock of Derek’s mutiny drives Queen Saranyu into a life-threatening coma that leaves her kingdom in turmoil. In the queen’s absence, humans disappear mysteriously as Sahak, her older son, masterminds a treasonous plot for the throne.


Cecily suffers horrific visions, and not even Derek’s love can protect her from a transformation that might force dragonkind to retaliate. Cecily must discover what her change means for her and Derek before Sahak steals the throne and eradicates humanity.

The Dragon’s Call – New Cover!

August 21st, 2015 by admin

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Here is the new cover for The Dragon’s Call, Cover art and design by Mihaela Voicu!


She’s done an absolutely beautiful job!


I’ve also been thinking long and hard about whether or not to split up the story or publish it as one book. As of right now, the entire manuscript reads over 105k words – and I’m still not finished. Because of this, I decided that it would be a better idea to split the manuscript in half, making Dragon Kin and The Dragon Throne into 50k+ word novellas. I wasn’t certain I should do this at first, but at this point the word count is too lengthy to leave as is for a YA novel.


There are some upsides and downsides to this – the downside being that some readers might actually prefer the thicker novel of over 105k words. The upside is that I’ll be able to edit and publish Dragon Kin much sooner than I had hoped. I might even have it ready for publishing mid-2016.


In any case, Mihaela will also design the covers for the following novellas in the trilogy ^.^


So, here it is.


Dragon Kin has been submitted to IWW for editing and is running the gauntlet.


The Dragon Throne is in the last stages and, like every ending, is difficult for me to write. But I’m getting there.


Wish me tons of coffee, patience, and good luck ^.^


Cornerstone by Misty Provencher

August 7th, 2015 by admin


Misty Provencher has outdone herself with “Cornerstone”, the tale of Nalena Maxwell. Nalena and her mother, Evangeline, live a life separated from others. Evangeline’s obsession with writing stories and never finishing them causes an ever-growing pile of papers to overflow their house. Nalena grows more and more isolated from her peers until she meets Garrett.

He reaches out to her, befriending her and saving her life when she is attacked and nearly killed. From that point on everything in her life starts to change as she develops abilities that she doesn’t understand and has no idea how to control. Everything culminates with the need for Nalena to choose her path: to make the choice whether she will live the Simple Life, or take the path that leads to inevitable danger.

I highly recommend this book.  It was given freely as a gift on Misty Provencher’s blog to all of her dedicated readers.  Her book Cornerstone was an excellent read and she is now one of my new favorite authors.  Cornerstone made me laugh and cry and I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.


Cornerstone: 4 out of 5 stars:

Creating Emotions

August 7th, 2015 by admin


I’ve been doing a lot of contemplating lately on how art, music and writing affect us emotionally and physically. As a writer, I want my readers to connect with what my characters feel. The Editor’s Blog discusses several techniques for causing readers to feel what the characters feel, but I wanted to understand what causes the connection.


Have you ever read a story and cried because what happened hurt you as though you were living the character’s experience? Have you ever listened to a song and goosebumps rose along your arms because the song touched something unnameable within you? Have you ever looked at a painting or watched a scene in a movie and inside, some part of you said, yes, this.


I think this reaction within us happens because the creator, writer or artist has touched something innate to human existence. Whether joy, pain, or rage – that creator has touched on a fundamental truth.


Those moments are so precious and difficult to attain because, in the end, how do you articulate emotions that most people don’t have the ability to verbalize?


Not only that, everyone is unique, so the art that might touch one person, might not translate to another.


For me, that moment happened this week with Taylor Swift’s song Bad Blood. I especially loved the line Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes. So true ^.^


Now, I’m left trying to analyze how to translate those same goosebumps onto paper in a way that readers can experience viscerally.


So, back to the drawing board.


Wish me luck.

Sunny Days ^.^

August 5th, 2015 by admin


So, I’ve had a bit of a vacation from writing ^.^ I was in South-Beach Florida over this weekend, and I have to say it was wonderful. The beach was gorgeous, the water clear and warm, and the weather humid and hot. I could have done without the humidity, but the beach made it all worthwhile ^.^


It was so beautiful that I began seriously thinking about what moving to Florida might be like. Then I realized that working every day in that kind of heat and humidity – with few, if any, trips to the beach would probably not be so fun. So, I decided not to move to Florida. But I will be planning another vacation there in the future.


Now I’m back at home, and slowly trying to get back into the grind of writing again.


Wish me luck ^.^

Beta Readers! #amwriting ^.^

July 23rd, 2015 by admin



So, I’m looking for beta readers for the first part of the sequel to The Dragon’s Call. I’m in the process of refining the plot and picking out plot holes to correct, so I’m nowhere near finished with editing. This is literally just the beginning. Hopefully this process will go quickly. I’m completing the very last end of the second part of the sequel, and I hope to have it complete soon.


The ironic thing, at least for me, is that the end of a book is always the hardest for me to write. Not because I don’t know the end, but because I do. Writing the end of a story is always hardest for me because I’m ending the my time with the characters that I’ve spent so much time with. They become real to me in a way that’s hard to let go.


Writer’s block usually hits around this time in a bad way. I know what I need to write. I know what the scenes look like. I know what the characters say…


I don’t want it to end, and I know that it has to.


So, right now I’m eeking out word by word, scene by scene, struggling to write this and finish it, to end it.


Wish me luck.

Zero Returns by Sara King

July 16th, 2015 by admin



Before I start this review, let me state that I read the two prior books in the series and enjoyed them alot. Feel free to check out my review of Forging Zero and Zero Recall.


Now, I have to admit that I read some negative reviews of Zero Returns before I went ahead and read it myself. I probably shouldn’t have done that since negative reviews can sometimes negatively affect my reading experience. The review I read stated that the reader absolutely hated Joe Dobbs.


After reading the third installment of Zero’s series, I could see why.


Joe Dobbs in Zero Returns is not the Joe Dobbs of Forging Zero and Zero Recall. The Joe Dobbs in this book is suicidal, horribly negative and, seemingly out-of-the-blue, has decided he hates Congress. The author does mention some exciting sounding adventures that probably led up to this change of character and emotion – but the reader is completely left out and hears about it after the fact. This is not only disappointing, it left me – the reader – feeling disconnected from the Joe Dobbs in this book. Joe, in the first and second book had major flaws as well as likeable qualities.


The Joe in this book has Zero. (Pun intended – sorry!)


His story line throughout the book seemed contrived and his interactions and hardships with Twelve-A left me feeling as though the writer had run out of adventures and came up with a unimaginably obtuse character (Twelve-A), with the sole purpose of plaguing Joe. In this book, Joe Dobbs actively contemplates beating the crap out of his love-interest. He would never have done that in the first and second installments of this series. He also talks about sexual subjects in front of a child in this story – something I doubt he would have done in the first two books, either.


In fact, the secondary storyline focused around his brother Sam Dobbs a.k.a. Slade a.k.a. Ghost, is much more interesting. Which I found ironic because Slade has always been and still is an exceedingly despicable character in the series. Slade is so disgusting that only the act of sex moved him to change his ideas surrounding cannibalism and the forced slavery of women. But I digress.


While the book held my attention effectively – I was able to complete the book at least – I was truly disappointed with this installment and I hope that the author invests more into the characters of said characters in the upcoming book Zero’s Redemption.


The book held my attention, but left me with a slightly icky taste in my mouth.


2.5 out of 5 stars