Adjusting my Back and my Philosophy – Author Style

Lately I’ve been having some minor back and neck pain, so I went to see a physical therapist to see how I can work on alleviating the pain. When she asked me what may be causing it, I explained that I work on a computer 8 hours a day at my day job and then come home at night and work on a computer writing my books. And she gave me the ‘well, duh’ look.

So every couple of hours I am doing exercises to make sure I help reduce the tension in my back and neck. My physical therapist has been showing me how interconnected things are in the body. That you have to introduce movement, and work on posture, and not let yourself stay in the same position for HOURS…

So a change of philosophy is in order. And I think this philosophy can be used for far more than back pain. I can apply it to my life, whether it has to do with my writing or just my way of thinking. I need to be willing to move, to rethink things, to try new ways of doing things so I don’t let ideas or stories atrophy.

And that is a big lesson to continue to work on, so join me in reworking your own ideas or way of doing things – I could use to company!

 

For Better or For Wolf Release Day! (Added bonus – Tiara Pic)

It’s finally release day, my friends! FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF, book 4 in my paranormal wedding planner series is out in the world. I am so excited to share Connor and Olivia’s story with you. I knew when I wrote TO HAVE AND TO HOWL which was Jack’s story, that people would get to know his twin, Connor, as well.

And boy did you!

So it was only fair that Connor got his own book and his own Happy Ever After, right? Of course, I’m not making it easy for him to get there. I mean, what would be the fun in that?

Release day would not be release day if I didn’t take my ‘kickbutt writer princess’ picture! So as you can see, I have my ‘priceless’ tiara sitting firmly atop my head! I am also going to continue with this fantasy and say that I am sitting on my throne and not the rocking chair on my front porch…

I hope you enjoy the story. Please note that you can read FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF as a standalone, but it’s also fun to read from the beginning – your choice 🙂

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Olivia is a psychiatrist who follows the rules. Connor is a werewolf who breaks them. Polar opposites except for one thing. Neither are looking for a relationship. But Fate decides to intervene in a spectacular way. And there is no fighting fate…

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Book Trailer Time! For Better or For Wolf

Today in celebration of my upcoming release on September 16th, I thought I would share the book trailer with you. Yay!

Now on with the show!

If you don’t see the video, click HERE

Releases September 16th! Preorder:   AMAZON   iBOOKS    B&N    KOBO

And before I sign off, I want to wish a happy Labor Day to those of you in the US and Canada. I also wanted to send out thoughts and prayers to anyone who is currently, or will be shortly impacted by the hurricane.

Writer’s Crossroads

When an author writes “the end” to a story, it’s an amazing feeling. But it also signals the author to gear up for what they are going to do next. If they are in the middle of a series and have obligations to finish that, then it isn’t hard to make a decision to move forward.

For me, I will be publishing books 4 and 5 in my paranormal wedding planner series this fall which leaves book 6 to go. And I will get to that book soon. But right now, I am at a crossroads. Because when I’m done with book 6, I have to decide what I want to write next.

I have some ideas (all possibilities and not certainties, aka – no promises!).

I could write a spin-off shifter trilogy for my Mind Sweeper series and tie up the loose ends for my unattached characters – Doc & Jason for one, and Grffin for another…

I have also been toying with writing a cozy mystery series as well…

I could pull a partially written book I have started that would jump start a new trilogy on some pretty interesting supernatural that I have been playing with…

Or, I could work on a new series that’s starting to form in my brain which would be very different than what I have written before…

See? A lot of options to sift through. And while they are exiting, they are also a bit daunting. So any suggestions (or votes) would be appreciated. I’m writing for my readers after all…

Spring has Sprung! Time for a Book Sale!

Spring is finally, FINALLY in the air where I live. And I want to celebrate. How does an author celebrate sunshine, green grass, and flowers?

With a book sale, of course!

And what better book to put on sale than FROM THIS FAE FORWARD. I mean, look at the cover below – it screams spring!

For the next week, you can get this book for 99 cents. If you haven’t spent any time in my paranormal wedding planner world, you’re in for a treat. Charlie, the hero of this book is a sexy, southern sea nymph who thinks he can sweet talk his way through anything and anybody. Until he meets woodland nymph, Sheila that is.

Sparks fly, sexy-banter ensues, and a mystery is solved along the way. Check it out!

 

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What if Romeo and Juliet were paranormal…

Exiled from her woodland nymph clan, Sheila Hampton works as an exercise instructor for stressed-out paranormal brides—until her father tries to force her to marry as part of a political power play. Her unlikely hero/fake fiancé? A sexy-as-sin sea nymph from a rival clan. She should hate him, she really should…

Charlie Tucker has protected people in the past. It’s just a job—until it’s not. Not when it comes to a beautiful and headstrong woodland nymph. Now he’s posing as Sheila’s loving fiancé and planning the biggest fake nymph wedding of the century with her. He should hate her, he really should…

But when Sheila’s life is threatened, can this paranormal Romeo and Juliet find a way to change their tragic ending to a happy ever after?

An Author’s Sweet Treat

There is an amazing bakery in my town that I visit every Saturday. I walk in and study the case of goodies. The fascinating thing is that each week the desserts change. Different cakes, and cupcakes, and cookies grace the counter.

And I walk back and forth and ask about the different treats to see which one will be coming home with me this week. Some have an ooey-gooey center, some a crunchy outside, some a surprising mix of flavors.

I only buy one. I can justify one treat a week, especially when next week will be a chance for something new and exciting.

I think that the sweet treats at the bakery are similar to a good story. Each book I pick up offers a new world and characters for me to fall in love/hate with. Is there something ooey-gooey for my heart to enjoy, or a a new twist (flavor) to a plot for my curious mind?

If the story is good it’s a treat to savor. And unlike the bakery, I can’t stop with just one!

The End is Hopefully The Beginning

This past weekend I finished writing the first draft of the fourth book in my wedding planner series.

Cue the marching band, and the choir of angels, and the fireworks.

Because it was (and is) a big accomplishment. Every idea that is turned into words then sentences, then paragraphs, then scenes, then chapters, and finally stories is a big deal.

For me, when I’m writing a story, the characters become a part of me and they want their stories resolved and their endings written. It becomes a mission for me to complete the book so that my ideas find a home and I can then move on to the next characters and their evolution.

Good stories are about evolving the characters – emotionally, mentally, whatever they need to grow and become the people, we the readers (and writers) want them to be.

Ultimately, when I type THE END, I actually want it to be the jumping off point for the rest of my characters’ lives because we’ve become that invested in them.

 

 

Celebrating the Holidays with your “Framily”

On this Christmas Eve, it’s time to celebrate traditions with family and friends. And the amazing thing that I’ve learned the longer I live on this earth is that traditions are as unique as the wonderful people who surround us. Even more astounding, they can change and develop as new people become a part of our lives.

Family isn’t just the people who share our DNA (although they are pretty darn special in themselves). Family is who we chose to open our arms to bring into the fold. I have referred to these special people (friends) in past blogs as “Framily”.

So during these very special days, take a moment and remember what is really important (and I’ll give you a hint, it isn’t what’s under the Christmas tree).

Tell them you love them and hug them a little tighter. And make your own traditions!

 

Celebrating the Holidays – Writer Style

It’s hard to believe that half of December is already gone and the holidays are upon us. I have been wrapping presents, decorating, watching holiday movies, and eating cookies for a while now. This past week I invited my coworkers over for a party. Appetizers were devoured and games were played – they are a competitive bunch!

But the holidays are about friendship and family and frivolity too. Instead of getting stressed out about the holidays, we need to embrace them and what they mean to us, right?

Last week, I was at the store with a friend and we found the Santa hat I’m wearing in this picture. But it’s not just any old hat, no sirree. It is Santa with some bling! For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that I don a tiara to celebrate my kickbutt writer princess book release days. Well, when I saw this hat, I couldn’t pass it by.

I mean, can’t we all celebrate our kickbutt princess status at any time? I think so. Plus,  the Santa hat is appropriate since I am still offering IN SICKNESS AND IN ELF, the first book in my Paranormal Wedding Planner series, for 99 cents. Ho, Ho, Ho!

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It’s Never Too Late To Be Thankful

Last week I lost track of days. Maybe it had to do with only having to work three days  before Thanksgiving. But Monday came and went last week and I didn’t think about posting my Monday blog. And when I woke up Thursday morning and turned on the Macy’s day parade for some reason that jogged my memory that I hadn’t posted anything!

I had planned on writing about being thankful – very appropriate for the holiday. And I realized that it is NEVER too late to talk about being thankful. I think it is something we should think about every day of the year, not just on Thanksgiving.

I am so thankful for my family – my dad, especially. And my friends who have been with me for years and those I have met recently as a writer.

And I am thankful for my writing. It has opened up a world for me. I have met amazing people and readers! I am so thankful for my readers – you jump into my world and understand my characters and keep reading! How blessed and thankful can one writer be?

Very, very thankful!