Cake Usurper

There is something to be said about tradition, even when it comes to our birthdays. Growing up, I can remember getting my favorite treat for my birthday. For years, my favorite birthday treat was a mocha ice cream pie from a Friendly’s Restaurant in the neighboring town. I can remember when they stopped making that pie. I felt a little bit like a part of my memories and childhood went with it.

From there I moved on to other treats until I landed on a yellow cake with coconut frosting, and it has been my birthday cake for years.

This past week, my father celebrated his birthday and when I asked him what he wanted as a treat, he said that he already had gotten the cake. It was the coconut cake – MY coconut cake. Do I have a patent on this cake, or do I own the company that manufactures this cake? No. Am I being melodramatic when I told him that he needed to find his own birthday cake? Maybe.

Was it over the top when I called him “usurper of the cake” – okay, yeah that was a bit much.

But I think there is something to be said about the small things in life that are tied to important events, like birthday memories.

The same can be said for stories. The ones that resonate with us are the ones that bring up possible memories, or more likely emotions that we can then relate to at a personal level. That make us become part of the story and experience it as a participant rather than an observer. Hopefully you’ve found an author who can provide you with that inclusive feeling – like when you take the first bite of your birthday treat each year.

So this week, we celebrated my father’s birthday, coconut cake and all, and I only called him “usurper” once or twice while enjoying a piece of my…I mean his birthday cake. May you also enjoy your own sweet treats this week, whether it be cake or stories…

In-Between Scenes

I am working on my newest novel and I am always excited when I start writing a book because the brainstorming and idea-generating is fun. The beginning of the book is also fun because I am introducing the characters and laying the groundwork for the story.

And of course the BIG scenes are fun – the first kiss, the first fight, the first love scene, the big battle against evil, the resolution – all wonderful and exhilarating to write.

That shouldn’t be a surprise since life is the same way. We love the BIG life events – weddings, births, anniversaries, parties, holidays.

But what we don’t necessarily get excited about are those “in-between scenes” or day-to-day life events we live. And I have to remind myself of that when I feel like I am slogging through them as I write.

But these scenes are important. They lay the background for the characters and the plot that will take the reader through the book. You can’t only have the larger-than-life scenes in a book. The story needs to be grounded, much like we do in our own lives. And the little things discovered in these scenes become a sweet resolution in the big scenes as well.

What makes the big scenes in books and big events in our lives so special is that they don’t happen every page or every day. In reality, we need the big and the in-between to keep our balance. So back I go to write my next in-between scene. May you find the same balance in your life too!

Clean Sweep

There is something cleansing about starting a new year. You finish out the long holiday season to start fresh with a new year.

For me, I always do what I like to call “the purge” at the end of the year. I go through my house and determine what I no longer need. I pack up clothes for donation, go through my pantry and throw out anything with an expiration date, look through all my things to determine if I really need it anymore, or if it can go into the storage totes I have my annual garage sale items stored in. And of course, there is the annual cleaning of old bills, and other documents.

Once I do all of this cleaning, I feel ready to face the new year and that goes for my writing too. It’s like sweeping the cobwebs out from the corners of my brain as well!

I’ve started working FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF, the fourth book in my wedding planner series and I’m looking at my whole writing schedule for the year – time to plot some of it out now. Sounds crazy, right? But it worked for me last year 🙂 (says the girl who wrote three books).

So many things in 2019 to look forward too. And all because I’ve made a clean sweep of things!

What do you do to prepare for a new year?

Come Celebrate A Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

So the craziness of the holidays has commenced…Black Friday, Cyber Monday that both somehow last way longer than the day of the week they are named after. So as I’ve been jumping from store to store (both brick & mortar and internet stores) I thought to myself…

“Hey self, you should do your own sale. Don’t your readers deserve that?”

And the answer is yes you do. Now to figure out what to call it…Black-Cyber-Every-Day-of-the-Week?

So I am having a sale for you! IN SICKNESS AND IN ELF the first book in my paranormal wedding planner series is just 99 cents for a limited time! If you’re looking for a book to escape the holiday hustle with – this is the one for you!

Recipe for a great read: Take a wedding…add fangs, fur, and fairy dust and stir!

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In Sickness Final Ebook (3)

Release Day: Demons Are Forever

Book Three in The Realm trilogy is heading out into the world today! As usual, I am sharing my release day kickbutt writer princess picture with you! Tah, dah!

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I am so excited to share Sergei’s story with you. Both Misha and Aleksei are larger than life and I love their personalities (and don’t worry, they both play large parts in this book) but there is something special about Sergei.

Sergei sees himself as a disappointment to his family, but they set him straight like good families are supposed to. And that’s another reason why this story is special – yes, it’s about Sergei finding purpose and love, but it’s about the importance of FAMILY.

I hope you enjoy this book! It has been a wild and crazy year – especially releasing a new book a month for three months (whose idea was that, anyway?).

Take a look and if you missed the first two books, Misha and Aleksei are waiting patiently…

And before I sign off, today is Veteran’s Day in the States and I have to take a moment to mention the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the armed services. Thank you.

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Halloween Treats (Excerpt) Coming Your Way!

Last week, I celebrated Halloween with parties and costumes! This year, I dressed up as a Minion. What do you think?

I got a kick out of it and the costume was like wearing a warm hug all day long.

I also bought something appropriate for celebrating the Halloween season. In the past, I have had trouble not buying Halloween decorations. This year I controlled myself (for the most part) until I saw this pillow.

Now how could I walk away from that? I am the Queen of Halloween – self appointed – but still true.

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And as the Queen of Halloween, I am giving you a treat today (better than a trick, I think).

Attached below is an excerpt from DEMONS ARE FOREVER, the third book in my Realm Trilogy that releases one week from today on the 12th!

Chapter 1

Sergei Chesnokov was a demon without purpose. A pathetic admission, especially for someone two hundred forty-five years old, but true nonetheless.

The bell sounded, announcing that the plane had taxied to the gate and passengers could leave their seats, and the people around him leapt into action. Always the same–everyone trying to wrestle with bags that were too big and should never have been in the overhead to begin with, then jockeying for position to rush off the plane to their newest adventure, only to have to wait for their connecting flight or ride.

Sergei used to be like them, traveling throughout the world for the past century to experience everything it had to offer, and using his camera to capture it. So much anticipation. Hell, he had been one of the first to cross the ocean on a commercial flight. There was something about being the first that appealed to him. Maybe being the third son played into it. Growing up, he had never been the first to do anything…except disappoint his father.

“Is everything okay, sir?”

The plane was empty, the flight attendant looking at him with concern. “Yes. I’m fine. I’m not in a rush, so I decided to let everyone else get off first.”

She smiled. “It is a bit crazy, isn’t it?”

Sergei pulled his backpack out from under the seat in front of him and stood. “Yes.” He grabbed his appropriately-sized duffel from the overhead as well.

She walked with him to the front of the plane. “Is Chicago your home?”

Chicago. He’d forgotten where he was for a moment. Nonstop traveling did that. “No. I’m not home. Have a good day.”

The teeming crowd of people had him stopping in the middle of the terminal to get his bearings. He hadn’t been in the States for a while now, and it always took a few days to acclimate to the craziness. Next step was to grab something to eat and then figure out where he wanted to go next.

Sergei pulled his phone out and switched out of airplane mode. In seconds, it beeped, telling him he had a voice mail. He frowned at the name—Irina, his grandmother. She insisted that he call her on Sundays if he was in an area that actually had cell phone service.

The call came in an hour ago – five pm on a Tuesday. His stomach twisted. Something had to be wrong.

Sergei hurried over to the wall, dropped his duffel at his feet, hit play, and listened.

“Sergei, you need to come home. Aleksei is in grave danger. Call the following number and talk to Kyle. She’ll pick you up at the airport and explain everything. Please, Grandson. Your family needs you.”

Sergei’s chest tightened. What kind of message was that? What had happened to his brother?

He called his grandmother’s cell, but it went to voice mail. Then he listened to her message again and wrote down the number for this Kyle person before rushing to the ticket counter. Luckily only one person stood in front of him. He studied the flight screens while he waited. A flight to Cleveland left in less than an hour. Stepping up to the counter, he booked a seat on the plane even though the ticket agent said he would have to run to make it.

Ticket in hand, he ran toward the gate and yelled for them to stop before they closed the door. He clambered onto the plane, stuffed his duffel into an overhead, and dialed the number his grandmother had given him. The person answered on the second ring.

“Sergei?”

“How—”

“Irina gave me your number before she left. Where are you?”

“I’m in Chicago, and just got on a plane for Cleveland, so I should be there in an hour.”

“Good. I’ll be at arrivals waiting for you. I’ll be in a black van.”

“What’s going on, Kyle? Where’s my grandmother?”

“Your family is trying to help Aleksei.”

Sergei let out a breath at the use of present tense. “So he’s not dead.”

“No. I’ll explain everything to you as soon as I can, but it would be better to do it in person.”

Sergei gripped the phone tighter and opened his mouth to argue.

A flight attendant stopped beside him. “I’m sorry, sir. You’ll have to turn off your phone now.”

“I’ll call you when I land, Kyle.” Sergei hung up the phone and flipped it into airplane mode as the plane taxied down the runway.

He leaned against the headrest and rubbed his hands on his jeans.

“Are you okay, son?”

He hadn’t been paying attention to anyone when he boarded, and he turned to look at the older human female next to him who’d made the comment.

“I’m fine.”

“Are you afraid to fly?”

He shook his head. “No.”

“Are you traveling for work?”

He wanted to ignore her questions, but he had been taught to respect elders, even though he was older than she was by at least a hundred years. “I’m visiting my family.”

“Ah. Families are both wonderful and stressful. I hope your trip home is a happy one.” She picked up the book in her lap and thankfully began to read.

Home. He didn’t have a real home anymore. And now the family he had for all intents and purposes abandoned was in trouble. His grandmother had been telling him for a while now to come home, but he always made excuses. Now he didn’t know what awaited him.

He hadn’t spoken to either of his brothers in a long time. He had little in common with his older brother, Misha, and the last conversation he had with Aleksei had ended in an argument. What if those were the last words they would ever speak to each other?

Sergei ran his hands over his face. He had a lot to make up for. He just hoped he wasn’t too late.

So did that entice you??? The Queen of Halloween hopes so!

Releases November 12th – PreOrder:  Amazon  iBooks  Nook  Kobo

Halloween – Come Party With Me!

In two short days my favorite holiday will be upon us! Halloween. Are you shocked? I wouldn’t think so since I spend a large amount of time with supernatural – in my head of course…

Last week, I had a Halloween celebration for my co-workers. We had yummy food and a blood-thirsty game of Halloween bingo where prizes were won. This past weekend, I had my annual party where my neighbors come decked out in Halloween outfits hoping for a coveted trophy. This year’s trophies were of the “liquid-variety” making them all the more special!

And my party always has a theme. Can you tell from the picture what this year’s was about?

Witches! Which is funny considering my fall is all about demons 🙂 (sexy, brooding, demon brothers that is).

Let’s face it, my stories are Halloween come to life, right? I get to celebrate my favorite holiday all the time. With my Realm trilogy releasing in September, October, and November, I get to celebrate for three months straight!

So feel free to join the celebration. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this writer likes to PAR-TAAY.

Over the next week, I’ll be sharing a fun chance for you to win books and learn about other paranormal and sci-fi writers too. I guess, I’m not the only one who knows how to have fun!

And of course, my Halloween costume will be on display for you as well. Stay tuned!

 

 

Baby Brother Wants to Be a Movie Star

Hello my friends! Hard to believe it has been one short week since Aleksei’s book released! And in a month Sergei’s story will be in your hands as well. In honor of that, I have a book trailer for DEMONS ARE FOREVER.

Since both Misha and Aleksei had book trailers, of course baby brother doesn’t want to be left out!

So here comes book three’s trailer – teaser – however you want to think about it, I hope it gives you something to look forward to!

Click HERE or watch below

 

Releases November 12th – PreOrder:  Amazon  iBooks  Nook  Kobo

Release Day: Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend

It’s release day, it’s release day! DEMONS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND is available for your reading pleasure.

I am so happy to celebrate with you and Aleksei today. And of course, Misha plays a part as well in the story (as does Kyle – she wouldn’t have it any other way). Plus we finally get to meet baby brother, Sergei too. Which makes sense after all since in less than a month, his book will be coming out as well!

But enough about Sergei. This is Aleksei’s day and he is expecting me to spread the word. He tried to give me a project plan for release day, but I told him I had it under control! I did agree to color-coordinate my outfit with his amazing cover. There needs to be compromise in a relationship, right?

As usual, here is my release day tiara pic.

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Aleskei is looking quite dapper if I do say so myself. See that little smirk on his face? He’s obviously up to something, but then, when isn’t Aleksei up to something?

Thanks for joining the celebration today, we appreciate it!

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Even Authors Fall in Love with their Characters

In one week, DEMONS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND will be out in the world. I’m super excited for Aleksei’s story to release for several reasons.

For one thing, it is a story of seeming opposites. A high-powered, over-thinking, OCD, male paired with a gut-following, fearless female. How could opposites attract??

Because they compliment each other and teach each other to take a risk! Hee, hee, I love it when that happens.

I also love creating powerful female characters and Naya is definitely one of those. What makes it cool, is that Aleskei is also a strong male. Tempers flare and sparks fly. Are you intrigued yet?

And there is something special about Aleksei. I think it’s because when we  first met Aleksei in the Mind Sweeper series he was a bit pompous. And even though Kyle quickly put him in his place (and continues to do so) he evolved into a wonderful character. Which made me want to write his story.

I love when characters surprise us and make us root for them, right?

So I’ll stop here, since I could keep going and going. But I want to save something for the release!

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