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A Most Tumultuous Time of Year

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Okay, I admit it. As of midnight tonight, there are only 12 twelve days until Christmas. And our tree is not yet up (still sitting in the trailer in the yard). I have not sent a single Christmas card (okay, well, I haven’t done that for years). But I also have not bought a single gift. Why? Brace yourself: here come the excuses. The good? I decided to adopt a lovely baby Persian kitten and get back into showing. We brought him home last night. But I hate to admit this . . . I think he was a bandaid. The bad: My best friend, who has been my soul sister since I was in the first grade (we’re talking over 55 years), is dying of brain cancer. She’s at home with hospice and is within days, perhaps...
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Interview for The Thrill Begins

I've been chosen to participate in an interview for The Thrill Begins.My publisher, Black Rose Writing is recognized by the International Thriller Writers organization and a few months ago I was accepted as a member.Since then, I've been busy making contacts and through the various administrators was offered a place in February's edition.Hy Brasil, Island of Eternity is out on January 3 and is published by Black Rose Writing.http://www.blackrosewriting.com/literary/hybrasil
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December 2018 Giveaway #2


To celebrate the holiday season, each week in December I will be hosting a giveaway. This week is a 2019 Calendar and three Bookmarks. You must be willing to give me your mailing address if you are chosen as the winner of this giveaway. You MUST be on my email list or join my email list to be eligible to win. To enter: If you are already on my email list, simply enter your email address for the first entry in the rafflecopter form below. You will then be offered additional entries. If you are not already on my email list, complete the form on the right side of this page to join. You will receive an email to confirm. After confirming, enter your email address for the first entry in the raffle...
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December 2018 Giveaway #1


To celebrate the holiday season, each week in December I will be hosting a giveaway. This week is two coasters featuring The Lost Savanah and a $10 Amazon gift card. You must be willing to give me your mailing address if you are chosen as the winner of this giveaway.You MUST be on my email list or join my email list to be eligible to win.To enter:If you are already on my email list, simply enter your email address for the first entry in the rafflecopter form below. You will then be offered additional entries.If you are not already on my email list, complete the form on the right side of this page to join. You will receive an email to confirm. After confirming, enter your email address for th...
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A Haunted Southern Mansion . . . #MFRWhooks

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… is the setting for my latest Haunted Voices novel, Civil Hearts. It all started years ago when my husband and I were toying with the idea of moving to rural Alabama. #MFRWAuthor To visit other participating blogs, click HERE! #MFRWBookHooks Property was cheap, my husband had just retired, and I could work from anywhere. A real estate agent showed us vacant land for hundreds of dollars an acre instead of thousands. He also said he had a very nice, antebellum home that was in some need of repair . . . it had been empty a long time. It was within our price range. We visited the home. Wow. The tour of that day, apparently, branded my memory. I’d never been inside a plantation-style home, and t...
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Audiobook Review: The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian

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I have to admit: I almost passed on this book due to the relatively low rating on Amazon. It has a overall review score of 3.2 out of 5 – not stellar. Most of the 1-3 star reviews criticized the ending of the book. So of course, I had to read it–listen to it, in audio, in my case–continuing to the end to see if I agreed with this opinion. As it turned out, I did not. Lesson learned–do NOT judge a book by Amazon’s rating. If anything might discourage a person from flying, the opening chapters of The Night Strangers would. Told from his own viewpoint, pilot Chip Linton describes how his 70-seat regional jet hits a flock of geese shortly after takeoff, taking out both engines and forcing him to...
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All About Covers Part 3

Pre-publication cover of Blind the Eyes
Welcome back to the book cover design miniseries! To recap: Part 1 was all about the different types of covers (D.I.Y., premade, and custom) Part 2 was about the process of commissioning a cover design Part 3 (first published in the Nov. 27, 2018 NL) is about the design for Blind the Eyes specifically. If you’ve been with us for a while, you might remember some of my (D.I.Y.) prelaunch covers, like this one: The last version before the true cover reveal! I did try to get the design as close to story–accurate as possible, but the limitations of stock photos and my Photoshop skills are clear. Thankfully, superstar cover designer Regina Wamba’s mad skills and hyper–organized approach came toget...
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November 2018 Giveaway - One week left to enter

I offer a giveaway each month. It could be a book, a gift card, or some other type of swag. You must be on my email list or join my email list to be eligible to win. Hey – I need to get something out of this. :)To enter:If you are already on my email list, simply enter your email address for the first entry in the rafflecopter form below. You will then be offered additional entries.If you are not already on my email list, complete the form on the right side of this page to join. You will receive an email to confirm. After confirming, enter your email address for the first entry in the rafflecopter form below. You will then be offered additional entries.Please note: Some of you may think you ...
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All About Covers Part 2

Welcome back to the book cover design miniseries! To recap: Part 1 was all about the different types of covers (D.I.Y., premade, and custom) Part 2 is about the process of commissioning a cover design Part 3 (first published in the Nov. 27, 2018 NL) will be about the design for Blind the Eyes specifically. What it’s like working with a cover designer While designing my own covers was good practice and the outcome could have looked (much) worse, leaning too hard into a D.I.Y. ethos can be a mistake. I felt it was important to work with experts where appropriate—and design work (like editing) is one of those areas where it makes sense to recognize your own limitations and invest. In this case,...
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All About Covers Part 1

Prelaunch D.I.Y. covers of Blind the Eyes
Thanks to the team of lovely human beings at Kobo for shortlisting Blind the Eyes as one of this year’s top 10 Science Fiction & Fantasy covers! You can check out the full list and vote in the public voting round until Nov. 30. I started drafting a special cover edition of the newsletter and realized there was WAY too much content, so I’m breaking it out into a blog series instead! First of all: shoutout to my amazing cover designer Regina Wamba who designed the published covers for the Blind the Eyes ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook editions. I’ll link out to some of her content within this series to bring in the designer’s perspective, but mostly this will be from the author/publ...
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Overdue Update

So, clearly I don’t update the site often enough. Just a heads-up if you dropped in looking for more interaction: I’m on social media at least weekly and even the newsletter goes out more often than I post here, so stalk accordingly. (links in the sidebar) That said, I’m going to try to get a little more content up on here. Some stuff you mighta missed over the last 4 (!!) months: Hardcovers are OUT!! They look rad, and you can request paperbacks or hardcovers from your local library, indie bookseller, trade bookseller, or shop online at your preferred bookstore. The next release (Under the Surface) has been delayed, but it’s still coming! It’s a prequel novella (assuming I can keep the word...
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The Problem With New Releases


So….this writing thing…it’s hard. It’s a rollercoaster full of ups and downs. When you’re at the top of a really big rise, you feel as if you’re on top of the world, yet you know there’s a big fall coming. You anticipate it…gritting your teeth as you wait for the plunge…Your pulse pounds as you wait for that fall over that edge. It’s everything you never wanted. And yet…. There’s always an ‘And yet…’ That fall…it’s a harrowing ride, one full of self doubt, recriminations, and evil voices in your head. You’re not good enough. You’re not worthy. There are so many YOU ARE NOT’s going through your head… Well, to all my fellow authors, I have this to say…that ride? It has nothing to do with you. ...
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Heart’s Divided

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HEART’s DIVIDED, the highly anticipated continuation of the Angel Fire Rock Romance Series is releasing November 19th! Read Bash’s Tell-All book and fall in love with sunsets. and sunrises and all the moments in-between. Your next book boyfriend is waiting for you! Heart’s Divided Buy Link: readerlinks.com/l/325760 To celebrate the release of Heart’s Divided, the first book in the Angel Fire Rock Romance, Heart’s Insanity is on SALE for 99 cents during release week (November 19-24)!! Heart’s Insanity Buy Link: readerlinks.com/l/325696 If you haven’t started reading about the men of Angel Fire, now is the perfect time to start. Synopsis Bash fell hard for his childhood sweetheart. She was the...
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The Talimena National Scenic Byway


Living in Texas, we don’t get a lot of fall foliage. Our trees do change, but we never see the wonderful colors that appear farther north; however, there is a road just a few hours away from my home called The Talimena National Scenic Byway. We’ve known about this drive for years – just never managed to go. This year we decided it was time. My sister and I often travel together. This short road trip was only a two night stay, but we enjoyed the drive. From my house to the one end of the byway is about 3 hours. The road itself is a little over 50 miles, and the drive back to my house from the other end is 4 hours. It was a lot of time in the car, but we broke up the trip by spending one night...
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Coming November 19th!!!

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Heart’s Divided is the fourth book in the Angel Fire Series. Alpha Men. Steamy Scenes. Heart Pounding Romance, ~ANGEL FIRE has it all!~ (each book in this series can be read as a standalone and is about a different couple with a HEA.) You can grab your copy now: readerlinks.com/l/346736 Here’s one of my favorite quotes from Bash’s book, Heart’s Divided. ~Bash~“Frayed nerves practically crawl out of his skin. They seek the frenzied beat he can’t lay down fast enough. Feverish music pours out of him, a manic flood of sensation, turbulent and wild, demanding an outlet. Heart pulsing in time with the beat, music pumps through his veins. He’s close… close to piecing together the bones of this son...
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Thank you, Veterans!


Some people will be off work or out of school tomorrow in observance of Veterans Day, but today is the actual holiday. It is one of the few holidays in the U.S. that is the same date every year. I will be enjoying a day off tomorrow, but I wanted to take a moment to thank all who serve or have served. Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars, and Veterans Day 2018 occurs on Sunday, November 11. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day th...
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Release Day - Dead in a Pickup

When Leah Norwood finds the body of Brandy Perez in a pickup parked outside a house for sale, she is once again drawn into the hunt for a killer. Brandy was a party girl with a questionable reputation. She dated a lot of different men including local bad-boy Marcus Cantono. At the time of her death, Brandy claimed to be in a relationship with a wealthy businessman, and there are only a few men in Reed Hill who fit that description.Marcus is already dealing with vandals trying to close down his restaurant, his mother’s sixty-fifth birthday party, and family members restarting their drug dealing operation. He doesn’t need lead murder suspect added to the list. The evidence against him is stron...
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Leah Norwood Mysteries


I know I just recently posted about Dead in a Pickup. This is a gentle reminder that it will be released this Thursday. It is currently available for pre-order, and I’m discounting the first book in the series, Dead in a Dumpster, to $0.99 for this week only. When Leah Norwood finds the body of Brandy Perez in a pickup parked outside a house for sale, she is once again drawn into the hunt for a killer. Brandy was a party girl with a questionable reputation. She dated a lot of different men including local bad-boy Marcus Cantono. At the time of her death, Brandy claimed to be in a relationship with a wealthy businessman, and there are only a few men in Reed Hill who fit that description. Marc...
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You’re Reading . . . What???

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As most of you might know, I am a high consumer of the written word. I zoom through eBooks on high-speed click. There’s always a paper- or hard-back on my writing desk and nightstand. I’ve worn out two pairs of earbuds this year alone listening to audiobooks–and I have Bluetooth in my car! Mostly, they’re mystery, thriller, suspense–the genre I write in. I prefer when there’s a supernatural plot line, and a strong romance element as well. I like stories that grab me by all of my senses, and my heart as well. Lately, though, the science side of my brain has been doing a little exploration into the field of . . . brace yourself: Quantum Physics. Yikes, you say! That’s pretty heavy reading for ...
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November 2018 Giveaway

I offer a giveaway each month. It could be a book, a gift card, or some other type of swag. You must be on my email list or join my email list to be eligible to win. Hey – I need to get something out of this. :)To enter:If you are already on my email list, simply enter your email address for the first entry in the rafflecopter form below. You will then be offered additional entries.If you are not already on my email list, complete the form on the right side of this page to join. You will receive an email to confirm. After confirming, enter your email address for the first entry in the rafflecopter form below. You will then be offered additional entries.Please note: Some of you may think you ...
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