News! Bound in Smoke

February 9th, 2020

Hello! I have sent Bound in Smoke to a trusted reader before it goes back to my editor.

You can read the new chapter 1 here.

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Leaping Birthday Lizards?

February 1st, 2020

Happy February 1st in a leap year and congrats to everyone born on February 29 who can have their birthday celebration on their official birthday.

This leap year month at Jewel HQ we are having a party for the big dog. We don’t know her actual birthday but we subtracted her age (~8mos) when we got her from the shelter and arrived at February.

She needs a new collar. What would you get a dog for its birthday?

Below is a picture of Bella with her BFF Tiger the cat.

Bella The Birthday Dog and her best friend Tiger the cat.
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Risen From Ash – Cover

January 17th, 2020
Cover of Risen from Ash, Southeast Asian woman with sword against red smoke and fire background including Golden Gate Bridge
Cover of Risen From Ash, Street Witch Series Book 3

And. . . here is the cover for Risen from Ash, Book 3 in my Street Witch series. I love the covers and I hope you do, too.

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Born in Fire – Cover

January 17th, 2020
Cover of Born in Fire, Street Witch Series Book 2

Here’s the cover of Born in Fire, Book 2 in my upcoming Street Witch series. I’m so excited!

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Adieu 2019

December 31st, 2019

As I write this, it’s the last day of the Gregorian Calendar year 2019. I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe 2020.

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Street Witch Series

December 19th, 2019

I am going over the MS for Bound in Smoke before it goes back to my editor. I’ve been going through the “Action Items” list I use to keep track of details or items I need to double check.

Also, today I saw the comp for the cover of book three in the series.

I can’t wait to show it to you!

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Progress Report

December 10th, 2019

I do have a progress report on Bound in Smoke, which is that I have four chapters to edit before I send it back to my editor.

It’s been slow going. 2018 was a challenging year for me. I needed a lot longer than I thought to recover from a long period of disrupted sleep while I helped care for my ill mother. And, as many of you know, I’ve been on the Board of RWA since 2014 and am currently the President, and that takes quite a lot of mental energy, so things are slow.

But Bound in Smoke is really truly coming soon! I hope to have the updated Chapter 1 posted soon, and an expanded excerpt in the members only section of my website. If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’ll get access!

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Happy Thanksgiving to All

November 28th, 2019

To all who celebrate, a Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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Gentle Reminder

September 1st, 2019
A Dahlia that is just barely opening.
The Future
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General Updates

September 1st, 2019

A few updates for everyone.

I am in the final, final stages of editing Bound In Smoke. I expect to post the new chapter 1 shortly and send this version to my editor. It seems like forever that I’ve been working on this, and I know that the initial versions went slowly for a lot of reasons, including my mother’s illness and then her passing.

The current version is, in fact, a ground up rewrite and that has been going very quickly, all things considered.

Here’s the cover, just so you can see again and get as excited for the series as I am!

Cover of Bound in Smoke, Book 1 in the Street Witch series. Cover features a tough looking witch admd a fiery, dramatic, urban gritty background.
Cover of Bound In Smoke

It’s fitting that on the weekend the US celebrates Labor Day, I am laboring on writing this awesome story.

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