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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Positive Thinking?

August 10th, 2019

Hello! The RWA National Conference is over, and I’m recovered from the jet lag since the conference took place in New York and I am in California. Next’s year’s conference is in San Francisco, so that will be a no jet-lag conference for me. I’ve been really busy, but believe it or not, I am getting a lot of work done on Bound in Smoke.

You said Positive Thinking!

Yes, I did. I will get that that.

My editor had a suggestion for Bound In Smoke that was spot on and the strangest thing happened when I started working on that issue. Which was that I switched from third person to first person, and the entire story just broke open for me in a way it just hadn’t while it was in third person. I’ve done this before with a story and have found it a useful exercise for a chapter or two, but this is the first time I’m going to leave an entire novel in first person.

Every book is different with a different set of challenges and approaches to the writing of the story, and I am definitely going with the approach that made this story open up to me in a way it hadn’t. It’s the same plot, the same story line and character arcs, but now it doesn’t feel like a slog.

Where is the Positive Thinking Bit?

Right here! About a month ago or so, I decided I needed to personally celebrate my successes, small or large. Nothing huge, just a mental note to myself that hey, you did three things on your to-do list! Mental star for passing up a dessert when I felt like stress eating. The times I did not aren’t the point. What I found was that those small personal celebrations reinforced that behavior and improved my mood in general.

I recommend it unhesitatingly. Give yourself credit for your successes the moment they happen. Reflect back on the things that went well for you.

Carry on.

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Happy 4th!

July 4th, 2019

To all who observe, happy Fourth of July.

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