Monday, October 16, 2017

Quote of the Week


Werewolves howl.
Phantoms prowl.
Halloween's upon us now.
--Richelle E. Goodrich


Saturday, October 14, 2017

10...Wait...25+ Favorite Movies for Halloween

With Halloween slowly getting closer, I started thinking about my favorite movies for Halloween. My list of 10 has grown to a list of 25+, because some of the movies are part of a series.

Here are my favorite movies for Halloween:

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Mummy (all three with Brandon Fraser)
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Hocus Pocus
  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (I think I've seen this every year since I was a child.)
  • Coraline
  • Sleepy Hallow
  • The Craft
  • Practical Magic
  • Halloweentown (all the movies)
  • Monster House
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Dracula Untold
  • Blade 
  • Fright Night (the original...haven's seen the remake)
  • The Haunting
  • Silver Bullet
  • Maximum Overdrive
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Carrie (original with Sissy Spacek)
  • Rose Red
  • The Addams Family
  • Beetlejuice
  • Night of the Comet
  • Cat's Eye
What are some of your favorite movies for Halloween?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Quote of the Week


But I love Halloween,
and I love that feeling:
the cold air, the spooky dangers
lurking around the corner.
--Evan Peters


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fall Quarter Goals

Three months left in 2017!
The year has gone by so fast.

And finally, we are in my favorite time of year...fall and winter.
October = Halloween and DH's Birthday
November = Thanksgiving
December = Christmas
January = New Year and my Birthday

I'm also thinking about my goals for the last quarter of the year. Looking back at my goals for the year, I've accomplished about half of them. Not too bad. Some of the goals have shifted as I started looking at my writing schedule and plans for various books I want to write.

One of the big things for me, is that I'm a plotter. The story has to be planned out from start to finish. I used to write the outline and then start writing the story and taking care of problems as they came along. Now, I write the outline and put it away while I'm working on another project. Then when I'm ready to write the story, I pick up the outline and revise it.

I did this with book #2 in the Durant Brothers series. In fact, just a few days ago, I finished the revised outline and started writing. I did do something I never thought I would do. I used index cards to do the outline revision. (I wrote a little about this in my last blog.) I honestly never thought I would used index cards to do an outline. My first experience with index cards was in high school back during the Dark Ages, and it was not a very good experience. After that, I stayed away from index cards. Even when I started teaching myself how to plot a story, I shied away from them.

But I decided to give them a try when my current way of outlining wasn't working. I laid out all of my major plot points and as I looked at the cards, I immediately saw the problems...an light bulb moment for me. Will I keep using index cards? Probably in some way. I think they will definitely be incorporated into my outline process as I revise the outlines for the next books I plan to write.

So what are my goals for the Fall Quarter?

  1. Write book 2 in the Durant Brothers series. (Wes and Emma's story)
  2. Revise the outline for book 3 in the Durant Brothers series. (Hank's story which will complete the trilogy, though the problem that seems to have followed them will wreak havoc on Bryant Station and the people who live there.)
  3. Revise the outline for Phoenix, Brimstone Heat series book 2.
  4. Finish and/or start initial plots for book 2 in the Undead series, Onyx and Diablo's stories for Brimstone Heat, and Bryant Station Curves book 9.
  5. Jot down all the ideas swimming in my head for new stories and series.

I realize I may not get to all the items on my list, especially all the outlines I want to do, but I will keep putting them on my goals list until they are complete. I have to get them done because they are some of the books I'm planning to release in 2018.  I have general ideas as to when I want to have each book finished and released. The day job and life tends to put dents into my writing schedule, so that's why when I do give release windows, they are "soft" time frames just in case my writing schedule goes off track. My day job is notorious for sucking time and energy from me, but it's needed to help pay the bills. Gotta have coffee and cat food. LOL!


Monday, October 2, 2017

Quote of the Week


Listen to them--
The children of the night.
What music they make!
  --Bram Stoker


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Random Thoughts: Updates, Writing and Mated Hearts

A weak cold front brought us a lot of rain for a few days. Today is actually the first day it hasn't rained and the sun is shining. I love rainy weather and even more so when it's cold, but the temperatures only went down a little. As much as I like rainy weather, I hate driving in it, which I had to do to get to the day job.

So far we've had no more snakes in the house. Hubby fixed all the doors, getting rid of any possible places one could slither in through. Unfortunately though, one of the kitchen lights has been on every night since last Saturday. I'm leery about walking around the place in the dark.

The fur babies are a little jumpy, but that's probably my fault. They saw the snake as a plaything. i was worried they would get bitten before Hubby killed it. Both kitties are indoor babies. On a lighter note, Smokie did save me from a rather vicious looking leaf yesterday morning. LOL!

Mated Hearts has been out for a couple of weeks. It's the first of three books about the Durant Brothers finding their mates. I'm re-working the outline for the next book which is about Wes and his
mate. I wrote the outline a couple of months ago, but when I read over it last week, I saw some things I needed to fix and/or change. I'm trying a new outlining method.

Actually, it's not a new method, it's just one I haven't used before, though a lot of writers use it. Last night I laid out all my major plot points on index cards and almost immediately saw where I had a couple of issues. The goal for today is to finish re-working the outline so I can start writing tomorrow. I'm also going to set a release date and a cover reveal date. I will post info about the story under the "Current Projects" tab some time this week.

Besides writing book two in October, I plan to revise the outline for book 3 (Hank's story) and the outline for Phoenix (Brimstone Heat, Book 2). My list of stories for 2018 is growing.

With fall weather creeping in, I feel like I'm being re-energized. Fall and winter are my favorite times of the year.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Quote of the Week


A lot of times people look at the negative side
 of what they feel they can't do. I
 always look on the positive side 
of what I can do.
   --Chuck Norris


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Running on Caffeine: Saturday Night Scare and Other News

So far this morning, it's quiet. Earlier this month dove season opened and in the early morning hours, the pop of rifles could be heard from the fields behind us, especially on the weekend. Today is quiet.

It's been a crazy week! And last night I had a big scare...a snake in the kitchen, and not just any kind of snake. It was coral snake. For those of you who don't know about coral snakes, they are the second most poisonous snake. (Red and yellow...kill a fellow; red and black...friend of Jack.) The black mamba is number one.

This one was small, but not what I want to find in the house, especially when I'm turning off lights to get ready for bed. The lights were off in the kitchen, but the light from the living room was on so the kitchen wasn't in complete darkness. I was taking a cup to the kitchen when I saw the cats staring at something in the floor. At first I thought one of them had gotten hold of a colorful bracelet, until the "bracelet" moved and I realized what I was looking at. So glad I didn't walk in there and pick up the "bracelet" like was my first thought. My yelling there's a snake in the house brought Hubby running and he killed it. My HERO!

We think it came in through a very small gap between the door jam and the back door. It was a small young coral snake so it could have fit. Today, Hubby is going to fix the gap and check the other two doors. We're hoping that was the point of entry and there's no gap between the walls and floor that we can't see. We are living in old air force staff housing that was built in the 40-50s at Hubby's work.

Last week while mowing, Hubby killed a small coral snake outside. Now we've had the second one show up. I'm worried there may be more. Needless to say, I'm turning on lights before I walk into a room at night.

Luckily neither cat was bitten. But they were jumpy for a while until they finally settled down.


In other news...

Mated Hearts, the first of the three Durant Brothers stories, released last Tuesday. This is Forrest's story. I'm excited about it!

I'm revising the outline for the next Durant Brothers story which will be about Wes. I haven't set a release date. If my writing schedule holds out, I hope to release it sometime in late November.

As always, I'm continuously working on outlines for other stories in the different series, and have notes for new series too.

Have a great day. I'm off to venture into the kitchen for more coffee. Wish me luck!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Quote of the Week


Yesterday is not ours to recover, 
but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
   --Lyndon B. Johnson


Saturday, September 16, 2017

I Love the Sound of....


Rain
I've always loved the sound of rain, especially at night. I don't love the sound of rain on the roof where I'm currently living. The rain hits a plastic layer that makes it sound like its raining inside the house. You can hear the squirrel run across the roof. That was a little unnerving the first time I heard that sound.

Wind whistling around the house
Many nights I've been up late writing to the sound of the wind whistling around the house. It's like having an old friend whispering to me while I write. It's a soothing to my soul.

Crackle of a fire
Sitting outside on a cool evening around the fire pit, listening to the crackles and pops of the fire is another sound I enjoy.

Coffee maker in the morning.
It means coffee is on the way! It's enough to make your mouth water.

Ocean
I've always been fascinated with the sounds of the ocean. It's beautiful and tempting, but hiding a deadlier side behind the pretty sounds. Though I love the sounds of the ocean, I have a healthy respect for the power it has.

Wind chimes
The soft twinkle mixing in with the sounds of the trees swaying in the breeze on a warm evening is another sound I love to hear.

The scratch of a pen on paper as I write...
This is a favorite sound to hear as I create a new story. It's an old sound that makes me feel connected to the writers of the past.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Quote of the Week


Once you replace negative thoughts 
with positive ones, 
you'll start having positive results.
  --Willie Nelson


Sunday, September 10, 2017

School Supplies, Stickers, and Fall

It's that time of year when school supplies are everywhere, and the worst part is the stores are putting them on sale. I know. How can a sale be bad? Well, it's bad because I have a slight school supply addiction, especially when it comes to pens and notebooks. Okay, maybe it's a big school supply addiction.

So far this year, I've managed to stay away from the school supply sales. Honestly, I don't need anymore notebooks than the one I've already bought. I have plenty of notebook paper. But pens? That may be a problem. I love the Pilot pens. They are my 'go to' pen.

There's nothing like having a pack of new pens and the crisp, white paper in a new notebook begging for a story to be written on it.

I've been good about buying school supplies but craft stores are creating whole knew problem especially Michael's. I love stickers and planner stuff, and now they have out all of the Halloween stuff. I love it! I want it...all of it! I was there earlier this week. I just couldn't help myself. I bought some Halloween stickers and washi tape for my planner/bullet journal. It was a difficult choice between the different Halloween themed washi tapes. October in my bullet journal is going to be filled with Halloween stuff.

Yes, I put stickers in my bullet journal. September was my month to experiment with weekly sticker sets. Next month, I'm going to come up with a different weekly spread. Not sure what yet, but I've been looking around Pinterest and Youtube for inspiration.

With visions of Halloween and all things pumpkin, the feeling of fall is in the air and some of my September weekly spreads. The first 'cold' front made it's way here a couple of days ago. We've had cool mornings and nice days in the 80s. Next week, it's supposed to get back into the 90s. The taste of fall was a huge tease. I'm so ready for cold weather to get here.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

What I'm Thankful For and Other Random Thoughts

Thankful for...
With the remnants of Hurricane Harvey still reeking havoc on people's lives, I'm thankful that I made it through the storm. Here in San Marcos, we had lots of rain and wind. Some streets were flooded, but not as bad as it could have been. In my area, several trees were blown down and limbs were scattered everywhere. I've never seen a tree blown over, breaking at ground level but I saw my first one after the storms passed. I have seen trees uprooted and snapped in half but never one that snapped in half at the ground.

I'm thankful for everyone who has made efforts to help the victims of Harvey.

Over the next few months we need to remember that help will still be needed. Homes, schools, businesses and roads will have to be rebuilt. But first, debris has to be removed and disposed of in order to rebuild.





Writing...
I'm waiting for Forrest's story to be returned to me so I can start what is hopefully the last round of edits. I have the cover and plan to have a title and cover reveal as soon as I set up everything for pre-order. I had to change the original title because another book was recently released with the same title I had planned to use. It happens. Yes, I could have probably used the same title but I decided to come up with a new title for my story. I didn't want any confusion, or at least as little as possible.




Pumpkin Spice...
I need a recipe for pumpkin spice coffee. I absolute love the stuff, but I have to find something low to no sugar. The other problem is that it can't have sucralose or aspartame in it. I have reactions to both of the artificial sweeteners. So far stevia and monk fruit are the only two "no calorie" sweeteners I can tolerate, but I always have to make sure they don't have anything mixed in with them.

I've started looking on-line for a recipe, but I'm always leery about trying new stuff without recommendations. I want something that tastes like pumpkin spice but doesn't have a long list of ingredients.

Fall Fever is hitting me.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Books and Hurricanes...What a Combination!


Forrest's story is finished and in edits.

Over the last two years, Forrest Durant, the youngest of the three Durant Brothers, has watched the bond grow between Ivy and Ben Anderson. He's not jealous of their love, but he is definitely envious. He wants a mate and a family of his own, and it's making him and his bear cranky.

This story is the first of three books in the Durant Brothers series. You met the brothers in Surviving Ivy (Bryant Station Curves, book 8). Each brother has issues which tie back to what happened to their family.

With Hurricane Harvey unleashing its fury on Texas, it looks like this weekend I will be staying home.  It is always better to be safe than sorry.

It's not quite midnight, and it's already raining here in San Marcos. I'm luckier than most. I think the worse I will deal with is maybe not being able to get to the day job Monday due to flooding.

I hope everyone stays safe and dry. Please remember, if there's water over the road, don't driving through it. Risking your life is not worth it.





Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Quote of the Week


There are worse crimes than burning books. 
One of them is not reading them.
--Ray Bradbury

Friday, August 11, 2017

Ideas to Nurture or Recharge Yourself

I don't know about you but when I get busy with a project, the day job, and life in general, I sometimes forget to take care of myself. We all do this from time to time, though some of us may do it a lot more often than we should.

Here are some ideas that may help when you need to recharge or just take some time for yourself.

Wear comfortable clothes.
As soon as I get home from the day job, I change into comfortable clothes. In warm weather, it's usually shorts and an oversized t-shirt. In cold weather, it's some type of leggings or sweatpants and an oversize long sleeved shirt or oversized sweatshirt. Thank goodness for the men's clothing section where I can find the oversized shirts and sweatshirts I like to wear around home.

If you noticed, I said warm weather and cold weather. There have been many a Christmas that I was in shorts and a t-shirt or jeans and t-shirt because the weather was warm instead of cold. And there have been cold fronts in March that had everyone in long sleeves. But that's Texas weather.


Sip a cup of your favorite hot tea or coffee.
I honestly bounce back and forth between coffee and tea, and I drink it either hot or cold depending on my mood or the weather. It's nice to just sit in front of a window, sip my drink and watch the hummingbirds dance around the feeders. At first, we had only one coming to the feeders. Now, we have five. I love watching them.




Read a book.
It's nice to get lost in another world, even if it's only for a few minutes. (Shameless plug here. LOL)






Listen to music.
Classical, jazz, rock and roll, pop music...whatever is your favorite put it on and let it sweep you away.



Take a nap.
Sleep is the biggest problem I have. I just don't get enough. I used to feel guilty about coming home from the day job and taking a fifteen to thirty minute nap. But not anymore. Hours at the day job, and then work at home along with writing full time takes its toll. Most nights I don't get enough sleep. My body will just shut down on me when I get sleep deprived. A good example was last night. I was up alone writing. I woke up two hours later and I had only writing one paragraph.  Sleep is essential. If it takes a nap after work to get you through the evening, then that's what you have to do to take care of yourself.


Pick up your favorite take-out instead of cooking.
There are days when so much is going on that I just need a break from cooking. There is nothing wrong with indulging in take-out. I just try not to do it too often.


Drink plenty of water.
I've always heard that if you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. That's a scary thought, especially if it's hot outside. I always know when I don't drink enough water because my body tells me. Make sure you drink plenty of water.



Monday, August 7, 2017

Quote of the Week


The world always seems brighter 
when you've just made something 
that wasn't there before.
--Neil Gaiman

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Clothes Shopping is Such a Pain

I had to do one of the things I really, really hate to do this week. I had to go shopping for jeans. I'm going to be honest with you.

I HATE clothes shopping. Even as a teenager I hated to go clothes shopping.

I'm a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl. At the day job, I wear jeans with dressier tops.
I have found myself wearing more t-shirts and athletic bottoms or leggings at home and on the weekends, especially when I curl up to write.

One of the biggest problems I have is that the sizes are not consistent. They are not consistent from store to store, brand to brand, or even different lines inside a brand. And I think jeans are even worse about this. I started with the size I know I wear and it was too big. So I had to grab a size smaller and it fit. Yes, I have lost some weight, but not enough to drop a whole dress size in jeans. The other problem is the waist. I don't need low riders, or mid-waist fits. I'm plus size and they don't work very well on my shape. I don't want jeans that fit below my belly button.

I managed to find three pair of jeans and a pair of crops that fit and have a "classic" waist that comes to just above the belly button. I saved the tags so that I can go on line and order a couple more pairs when I need them. Hopefully the sizes won't have changed.







Monday, July 31, 2017

Quote of the Week



Sometimes you will never know
 the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
--Dr. Suess

Saturday, July 22, 2017

My Fall Bucket List

Hi guys!

The weather here in Texas is HOT!
The high today was 103℉.  🌞

Harvesting has started. The maize (sorghum) is being harvested and it's playing havoc with my allergies. It looks like the corn fields are ready to be harvested.

I don't know about you, but I'm so ready for fall and cooler weather. And that gets me to thinking about the things I want to do in the fall.

So here's my Fall Bucket List...

Drink pumpkin spice coffee.
I love pumpkin spice coffee. It's a treat to go to a coffee shop and order one when they start serving it. This year, I really need to find a recipe so I can make it at home.

Wear sweaters.
I love sweaters and flannel shirts. I tend to buy the long or over-sized sweaters, and I have no problem buying them out of the men's section.

Sit around the fire pit.
We actually cook on our fire pit. On cool nights, its nice to be able to sit around it.

Open windows and not need the air conditioner.
Cool fall days is the first chance after summer to open windows and air out the house, or our fifties military housing that we are currently living in.

Make fall recipes.
Stews, chicken and dumplings, casseroles. I use the crock pot a lot for stews. It's nice to come home from the day job and open the door to the wonderful smell of a beef stew with a loaf of warm, buttered bread on the side. An easy dish for fall and winter.

Burn fall scented candles. 
I've actually have a couple of fall candles that I'm using up. I went a little crazy last fall and bought a bunch of fall scented candles. So throughout summer, I've had that teasing scent of fall in the house.

Cuddle up under soft blankets.
Normally the soft, cuddly blankets don't come out until fall. Yes, I said normally. Since I've started having cold flashes, the soft blankets are on the bed and in the living room. So I'm already cuddling up with them. The fur babies love them too.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Quote of the Week


Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
--Confuscious


Friday, July 14, 2017

Random Thoughts: Updates

Today I thought I would give you some updates on some of the things that have been going on in my life. So here they are...


Swimming

I'm still taking some swimming lessons, though they will be coming to an end when I run out of sessions. I did take about a month off from swimming and my aquatics class so that the sockets from the wisdom teeth extraction could heal. I didn't have any stitches. I was probably a little too paranoid about anything getting into the sockets.

I'm still having trouble floating face down. I've made some small steps, but it is something I need to work on. I am definitely more comfortable in the water than I used to be. Using a kickboard and short fins, I do laps in the pool and really enjoy it. When I first started, I wasn't able to even do that.

Even after my lessons end, I will still be in the aquatics class and doing the laps.




The Office

Several months ago, I told you that we had to cover the ceiling with plastic because the powers that be decided the roof of the unit we're renting had to be replace. As a result, a lot of things had to be moved, and things were piled onto of stuff. I couldn't even see the top of my desk.


The plastic came down and some things were moved, but I could only see a small portion of my desk.  Sorting stuff was moved down on the priority list.

I can now use my office like I should. It is not perfect. I have sorted and tossed some stuff, but I have more that I need to go through as you can see from the piles. The room is smaller than what I had in the house we sold, but I'm making it work.

Yes, I have a Barbie collection. What you see is not all of them. There are more behind the ones you can see.

Stuffed animals are scattered around the shelves.

You can see the piles I still need to work on and reduce even more. I haven't put anything up on the walls. The main wall is the one you see below. The wall to the left has a closet and behind me is a wall of windows. The closet is full of boxes and more boxes are piled under the windows by the closet.



DH bought the desk unit for me a couple of years ago. He found one of the market listings he looks at. It is used, but the desk is large enough to spread notes out and have the laptop going too.

The desk chair likes to go down on its own. Any ideas how to fix it so that it will stay up? It's annoying to be typing and suddenly start sinking until the chair can't go down any more.



New Story and Writing Stuff

Forrest's story is coming along. I've set myself up a due date for the complete draft and I'm working to get it finished by that date.

The past year and a half life has thrown a lot at me that I was expecting or ready for. Selling the house and moving were life changing, but DH's new heart issues was the biggest curve ball and later this year the cardiologist may have place more stents.

I'm not ready to set any dates for publication other than general time frames. I have to see if I can keep the writing pace along with the day job.

I'm working on outlines too. The outline for Phoenix is almost finished.

I'm staying busy. My "To Do" lists are long and stuff does get carried over to the next day. Some of the things on the list are actually my goals for the month. Keeping them in front of me is the best way I could think of to get them done.



Monday, July 10, 2017

Quote of the Week


As my father used to tell me, 
the only true sign of success in life
 is being able to do for a living that which makes you happy.
--Al Yankovic

Friday, July 7, 2017

Random Thoughts: Changes and Other Things

Change is inevitable. Sometimes it happens even when we don't want it to happen. And sometimes it happens because we need it to happen.

Personal Changes
The last two months, DH was going back and forth with his cardiologist. One of the tests revealed his heart was functioning below normal levels. It was functioning on such a low level that his cardiologist told him no exercise of any kind and definitely no lifting or other such activities until they could figure out what was going on with DH's heart. The cardiologist was worried that DH could have a heart attack at any time. Long story short...DH went into the cath lab and ended up with two more stents to open up arteries/veins that had collapsed. We then had to go back for another test. The good news is that his heart is once again functioning at a normal rate for his heart.

As a result, diet, exercise, the push to lose more weight, as well as making more us time has changed. Neither of us knows what the future holds, but we do know that we don't have the time that we thought we had together, so we have to make the most of what we do have.


Blog Changes
I've made some changes to the blog. Hopefully they are changes for the better and will make it easier for you to navigate the site.
I've thought about changing the color, but I'm having trouble picking. Black seems to be my 'go to' color, but some may think it's too macabre, but then Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.

Writing Changes
Since Surviving Ivy came out, I've been working on outlines. I have three complete which are for the Durant Brothers series. It will be a three book series and it takes place two years after Surviving Ivy. I've just started writing the first book and this morning finished the first chapter. I've updated the Current Projects section with a place holder cover and a tidbit of information. Sometime in August, I will have a cover reveal and more information about the book.

I'm almost finished with the outline for Phoenix which is book 2 in the Brimstone Heat series. My goal is to finish the outline this weekend.

I need to start a new ideas book. I've thought about taking my Happy Planner (classic) and turn it into an ideas book but I also have a lot of composition books (non-spiral) that I need to use.  Almost all of them have pretty designs on the covers. (I have a slight office/school supply addiction.) I use a disc-bound notebook for my current projects and other material and love being able to easily move things around. Decisions. Decisions.

My office is still a disaster area. I've decided that some how I need to purge the stuff I have again. I did this when we sold the house and manage to cut the stuff I had in my office in half. Now, as I look at everything I still have, I realize I need to do another purge.


Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Backlist Blitz: Joy's Forever


Joy's Forever
Bryant Station Curves series
Book 7


Joy Anderson is different from the other shifters in Bryant Station. She and her cave bear have died and been reborn more times than she can count.  In each life, she has longed for her mate and a family, but lies and her insecurities have kept her running from her mate.

There is only one woman Theo Willis wants and that woman is Joy Anderson. She is his mate, but she has been running from him for centuries and he doesn’t know why. 


They need each other, but will that need be enough to bring them together? Will they be able to discover who is behind the lies that has kept them apart?





Available at:


Excerpt:

Joy stared at Theo. Hunger and need swept through her. Over the years she had gotten really good at avoiding him because she couldn’t handle the thought of him not wanting her the way she wanted him, but since he had taken up residence in Bryant Station, she hadn’t been so lucky. Every time she turned around, Theo was there. She told herself to just ignore him because he had made a family with someone else, but her body refused to listen. Her heartbeat sped up until she thought it would pound its way out of her chest. Her body warmed and it wasn’t because she was blushing with embarrassment. She wanted him. There was no way around that fact or the fact he was her mate and the only man sent her desire into overtime with just a look.

“How are you doing, Joy?” asked Theo.

Joy bit her bottom lip as his deep voice swept over her leaving a burning desire in its wake. She hated the fact every shifter in the room, including her brother, could smell the desire and need radiating from her. Joy plastered a smile on her face. “I’m fine.” She felt her cheeks grow warm.  “I’ll be right back with a cup of coffee for you, and then I’ll take your orders.” She turned without waiting for either man to say anything and retreated to the counter.

Theo watched Joy walk away. Yup, she was still trying to avoid him, even though she wanted him as much as he wanted her.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Wishing You a Happy 4th of July.

Photo by nirots at freedigitalphotos.net.


I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July.
Happy Independence Day!!!



Monday, July 3, 2017

Quote of the Week


All our dreams can come true, 
if we have the courage to pursue them.
--Walt Disney


Friday, June 30, 2017

Random Thoughts: Second Half of the Year and Other Stuff

It's actually a pretty morning here in Texas. There's a breeze and the birds are singing, and yes, I hear both of these over the hum of the air conditioner. Turn off the air conditioner and the heat would take over. Summers in Texas, gotta love them. LOL!

DH is outside getting one of his BBQ pits ready. Yes, you read that right. After years of competing in BBQ competitions, he has several pits. I'm lucky. He likes to cook. Today, he's making beef jerky. Last night he prepared the meat and got it to marinating (two new recipes), and today, he's going to smoke the meat. It's a real tough job being his guinea pig.

This is just a start for the Fourth of July...aka...Independence Day in the US. He's planning to BBQ pork ribs and probably a brisket too. I've already been asked to make my "rich" banana pudding, a request not only from family but from some of the friends coming over. I have two different banana puddings that I make. One is just the regular pudding, bananas and vanilla wafers. The other one is a much richer version because of several additions I make to it.

Tomorrow is July 1st.
Wow!
The year is half over. It's something how fast time flies.


Surviving Ivy came out on June 14.  I really enjoyed writing Ivy's story, but now I need to look at the rest of the year and decide what I want to do.

For the last two weeks, I've worked on outlines. I have finished the outlines for a three-book series. Now, I'm working on the outline for Phoenix, book 2 in the Brimstone Heat series. I'm looking through partial outlines and notes for other books, and in some cases. I'm also trying to better organize myself. My office is a complete disaster. I still have boxes that I can't unpack because I don't have any place to put the stuff. I have less bookshelves than I used to have.

What will be the next story I write? I'm not sure. Which story do you want to read next?

Have a wonderful weekend and a safe holiday!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Excerpt: Surviving Ivy



Ivy hummed to herself as she waited for the barista to make her drink.

She looked around the room. She was going to miss the place. She hoped Bryant Station had a coffee shop. “If they don’t, I could always open one myself.” She smiled at the thought of opening her own business. Once she was moved and settled into her new home, she would have to look into the possibility of opening her own business.

Change was definitely a good thing.

Now, she just had to find her mate and keep him alive.


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Monday, June 26, 2017

Quote of the Week


In the end, 
it's not the years in your life that count.
It's the life in your years.
--Abraham Lincoln


Friday, June 23, 2017

Random Thoughts: Texas Heat, Surviving Ivy, and Outlines

Summer is definitely here! Where I'm at in Texas is HOT! The current temperature is 98F, but it feels like 102F. The air conditioner is running. Even with the a/c going, I can hear the birds and cicadas singing. Right now, there are dove in the backyard. I live on the backside of the staff housing on what used to be an military base, so my backdoor open up on to a field.

DH put out several bird feeders and over the weeks there has been a variety of birds visiting. Dove, mockingbirds, blue jays, cardinals (mated pair) are just a few. It's interesting to watch them. I've even seen a roadrunner hanging around the area.

There's other wildlife out here too. The trees are home to squirrels, woodpeckers and owls. Coyotes live in the area. I haven't seen them, but I have heard them late at night. It's kind of eerie to sitting up late and to suddenly hear the lonesome howl. I've seen a couple of deer, and DH tells me there is a fox living under the building where he works. Of course, we have the deadlier critters too. Workers have killed several rattlesnakes and copperheads already this summer, and a couple of the snakes were definitely not small either.


Surviving Ivy is live in ebook form at various vendors. Though it took me longer to write, I really enjoyed Ben and Ivy's story. If you have read it, leave a review and let others know about it. On Facebook, I have promos you can share. If you have a blog and want to post a cover, blurb, interview etc. just send me an email.

I am on Instagram and Facebook, if you want to follow me.

The paperback version will be available soon. The formatting is not finished, and the cover needs to be done.

I haven't started writing another book yet. Instead, I've been working on outlines. There are several books I want to write--for the series I already have out and for new series. I also have several ideas for series that I want to develop. So far I have two outlines ready and am about halfway through a third one. Ideas are flowing right now, so I'm trying to take advantage of it.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Excerpt: Surviving Ivy

Surviving Ivy
Bryant Stations Curves, book 8


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Book Summary:
He is a bear shifter. 
She is a witch. 
They shouldn’t be mates, but they can’t live without each other.

Ivy Braxton has almost no magical skills. She is a klutz and has a curvy figure. Her parents ignored her and deemed her not good enough to be an active member of the Braxton Coven. But when Ivy starts having nightmares about her mate being killed by a demon, she is willing to risk everything to protect him, even if he rejects her because she is a witch.

Ben Anderson never expected his mate to be a witch. But the curvy little witch is his and he will do whatever it takes to protect Ivy Braxton from the demon that is after her, even if he has to give his life in order for her to live.




Book Excerpt:
“Are you okay?” The deep, rich male voice was right next to her ear.

“Double hockey sticks!” Ivy realized she was lying on top of a man. The man who had just saved her from planting her face into the cement. “You shouldn’t have done that…I mean...thank you for saving me. But now, I’m squishing you.” She tried to get up but the man wouldn’t release her. “You have to let go of me so I can get off of you. I don’t want to hurt you anymore than I already have.”

The man chuckled, causing Ivy’s whole body to shake with his. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. The sweet scent of peppermint and musky male odor filled her nose. Desire rippled through her body. She no longer wanted to get up.