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!

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

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

 

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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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Excerpt Time! aka Middle Brother Wants His Time In The Spotlight

Aleksei’s book, DEMONS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND will be released in 2 short weeks! So the middle brother in this crazy demon family wants his say, which means time for an excerpt! Here goes…

Aleksei Chesnokov was a demon with a plan. If there was one thing he’d learned in his two hundred and fifty years, it was to have a plan and stick to it. As the future leader of the Shamat clan, he also knew his time would not be his own. Even though Boris, his father, was entrenched in his role of clan leader, and probably would be for the next several hundred years, it paid to be prepared.

He grabbed a towel hanging off the side of the treadmill and wiped his face, maintaining his stride even as he continued his morning ritual. Earbuds in, he listened to an audiobook. He was all about multi-tasking, so he listened while he ran. This particular book was about project planning.

Imagine a project plan is like a triangle. Point one involves setting objectives. Point two is establishing timelines. Point three includes determining cost. Each side of the triangle is necessary to ensure success.

Which made sense to Aleksei. He wished he could convince others of the importance of planning.

A plan provides balance.

Exactly. Aleksei strove for balance. However, over the course of the past three months, balance had become an elusive animal. It all started when he agreed to run the new Bureau of Demon Immigration. He had seen the job as a training ground for clan leader, a logical step in honing his skills. There were only so many business books he could listen to before he needed practical experience. So when he was asked to run the organization, he jumped at the chance.

Plus, how could he not help bring the demon clans from the realm to earth? The realm was a wasteland, a prison for demons who were being punished for a war their ancestors started a thousand years ago. To play a part in uniting the five realm clans back with the twelve earth clans was a weighty responsibility, and he had been proud to step up and assume the mantle.

Now? Now he wondered if he’d bitten off more than he could chew.

The alarm beeped on the treadmill he was pounding into submission, and Aleksei pushed the cooldown button. Within seconds the speed adjusted, and Aleksei slowed his run to a fast-paced walk. He checked the clock on the wall. In a little less than two hours he would be meeting with the team to discuss the next group of demons who would emigrate from the realm.

Not an easy task, since these demons had no concept of earth and what living here meant. Food, clothes, language—hell, even their ability to change into human form—were all foreign to them. And to make matters even more complicated, the Bureau was now dealing with protestors, demons on earth who weren’t happy about the realm immigration plans.

Once he finished his workout and took a shower, he would review his agenda items for the meeting. The machine slowed further, so Aleksei hit the stop button and stepped off.

Next he strode to the side of the room, entering a long, thin hallway with the bullseye at the far end, used for a special kind of target practice.

He could do this. Be the best damn director of the immigration. But he needed to convince Naya, the realm guard leader, that he was not the enemy. If she wouldn’t disagree with him at every turn, things would run more smoothly. If only he could explain the concept of team-building to the stubborn female, but teamwork was not in her makeup.

Aleksei jerked back to the present and the droning in his ears, unsure how much of the book he’d missed by zoning out. Time to pay attention.

Step one in project planning: Imagine your objectives.

Aleksei stared at his palm. Sparks appeared and coalesced into a small ball of fire. Aleksei focused down the target range before releasing the fireball with a quick snap. The ball hit the center of the bullseye. He watched his hand again, ready to repeat the process as bits of fire swirled from his fingertips.

Practice makes perfect, and he couldn’t afford to screw up—both for his sake, and the sake of his clan.

A bit of a tease of what’s to come. So what do you think??

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When Your Characters Won’t Wait For Their Happy Ending

In one month Misha’s book will release! He is so excited about his story going out into the world. Maybe it’s because he’s seen his teammates Kyle and Jean Luc find their true loves and he’s wanting to find his. And trust me when I say Misha can be impatient.

In the meantime, since it took a while for me to write his story, he was busy looking for love on his own. How did he do it? Online dating of course! So with Misha’s permission, I am sharing his dating profile. See what you think…

Name: Misha Sokalov
Age: 265
Species: Shamat Demon
Where do you live: Cleveland, OH
Languages: English & Russian
Children: None
Divorced: Yes (times 3)
Occupation: Supernatural Detective
Hobbies: Puzzles, matchmaking, eating, computers
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: TV – Anything from the 60’s through the 80’s, and anything goes for movies, from romantic comedies to action flicks. And of course Sci-Fi!
Are you close to your family: They make it hard not to be!
What do you want in that special someone: someone willing to have fun, but also looking for a long-term relationship. And they have to be able to put up with my family (see question above).
Are you willing to relocate: My job and family are in the Cleveland area, so I would like to stay in Northeast Ohio
What would your family say about you: that I can be a bit clueless, (which I don’t agree with) but I have a big heart that is looking for it’s special someone to fill it(which I do agree with).

And the profiles goes on…

Misha didn’t get too many hits on this. I told him it might be because his responses about his overbearing family scared suitors away! But no worries, thanks to me he will soon have his lady love in his arms!

And you will soon have the story in your hands!

Baby Brother Wants His Turn

My previous two blogs showcased a teaser from Misha and Aleksei’s upcoming books in my new Realm series. So you shouldn’t be shocked to learn that Sergei, the youngest brother of the demon trio wants his turn too.

Each brother have hurdles to overcome before finding their special someone. And don’t think their mates will let them get off easy. Heck no! That’s what makes the journey so wonderful.

So here goes… Sergei

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When Characters Demand Attention

So my characters have been talking to me. They want to know why I’m not sharing their stories yet with you. I have tried to explain that publishing is a process. There are edits, proofreads, covers, formatting, etc. And this takes time. Fall will be here before we know it and their stories will be in your hands.

But here’s the thing. My trio of heroes are impatient, alpha demons. So as a compromise, I’m going to share a couple lines from Misha’s book tonight since he can’t wait for you all to get a taste. And then I’m sure Aleksei and Sergei will weigh in on this battle of wills and want quotes from their stories as well.

All in due time, right?

So here goes…

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Looks like Misha’s got himself into a pickle, huh? We’ll just have to see how things play out. If I know Misha, he’ll work it out with the help of his family and friends.

Stay tuned.

 

Time To Take A Spin

As many of you know, I am writing a Mind Sweeper spin-off trilogy based on Misha’s family. What you might not realize is that I am writing them simultaneously. Here’s what I mean…

Misha’s book has been written and edited. Next will be proofreading. In the midst of that, the first draft of Aleksei’s is completed and I am going to be doing some scene edits before I send it to my editor for detailed edits. And let’s not forget that I am also in the process of writing Sergei’s book right now as well. That will be going for content edits the first week of June, and then detailed edits once Aleksei’s book is done.

Have I made you dizzy?

If not, you will be soon – hang on. Because not only is the writing and editing craziness happening all together, but I am also writing some crossover scenes as well. So a scene in Misha’s book might also appear in Aleksei’s book and another scene from Aleksei’s book might be part of Sergei’s. The fun part is seeing the scenes in a different point of view!

Crazy, right? Maybe, but I’m up for the challenge (or maybe I’m too dizzy now to slow down). Either way, I hope you’ll be up for the read!