Snowpocalypse all over again

Jan 2016 snowAfter twelve hours, the snow is still falling but now the winds have picked up. The power of nature screams through the cracks and crevices of my roof and blows the icy snow sideways.

It’s kind of scary out there. Glad I’m not in the middle of it.

Brave, or maybe just stupid, people walk backwards in the middle of the street. The sidewalks aren’t shoveled and the frozen rain cuts their faces. So they make their way by looking where they’ve already been, slipping and sliding through the calf-high snow. I hope their reason for being out there is worth the risk they are taking.

Snowpocalypse 2016, so far, has not been a disappointment.

The high-pitched squeal of the wind and rattling windows woke me early, feeling grateful the power was still on and the heat still functioned. Both cats were much slower to rise than usual and complained when I pushed them out of the warmth we’d made. After breakfast while watching some saved programs on the DVR, I decided there was only one thing to do on a day like this.


I’d better get to it.

Gifts all year long

Valentines dayWhen I look back on 2015, I have to say, the best books I’ve read in the last twelve months have been the ones I read for free, before anyone else got to see them. Whether for a review or to beta read, I can’t help but see the opportunity to read these manuscripts and to help the authors in some way, as gifts, and feel lucky as hell to have been entrusted with the work of such talented people.

Grateful for authors like, DJ Molles, who gave me his latest book, Wolves to provide an early review. It’s an amazing story that will be delayed for publication because a smart publisher decided to pick it up.  Trust me. It will be well worth the wait. Continue reading

Writing Slump

rantI have discovered that I go into a major writing slump right after I’ve finished a book.

I’ve got all kinds of ideas rolling around in my head, but I can’t seem to get them down on paper. This can go on for weeks after I’ve put a book to bed and it frustrates the hell out of me.

I can’t call it writer’s block, because I’m writing things. I’m just not writing anything that really matters and I’m not writing the projects I know I must and will write…eventually. It’s just that, right now, I’m having difficulty.

Which reminds me of a rant I recently read from a writer who will remain nameless. Okay, it was me, but pretend it was someone else who types like me.

So anyway, the below is a true story. Remember, this writer was extremely frustrated at the time this was written and, while we all know swear words are lazy when expressing anger in writing, they were all this writer could come up with at the time. So big warning…if swear words offend you, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER.

If, on the other hand, you don’t mind the occasional swear word…or a whole bunch of them, then read on and let me know if any of these sentiments are things you can relate to. Continue reading

What would you ask DJ Molles?

In just a few weeks, DJ Molles will release his latest book, Wolves, (**Note – I’ve just been told the date of release is to be determined based on some exciting news! More to follow). When burning question markyou crack this one open, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the time to devote to reading it because you won’t be able to put it down and it’s a long one, which is great. It’s worth every moment you spend in the pages.

I had a chance to interview DJ about this book and, as usual, he was more than happy to provide some intriguing answers to my questions. I’ll be posting that interview soon, but before I do, I wanted to make sure I made the most of the opportunity. I didn’t want to walk away feeling as if there were questions I wished I’d asked, but didn’t.

So, if you had a chance to ask DJ Molles a question about his work, what would it be?

Before you send me questions about The Remaining series, he says yes, there may be more books that include Captain Harden down the road. No, he doesn’t have one in the works right now but that doesn’t mean that won’t change. And yes, Wolves is a standalone story.

So, aside from those questions, what would you ask if you had the opportunity?

DJ Molles has a new book!

DJ Molles

DJ Molles

I just read something epic. It’s a book I really want to talk about, something I can’t stop thinking about. The problem is, I can’t say too much about it because it hasn’t been published yet. Grrrr!

One of the things I love about being an indie author is the way we share and collaborate with each other. We may not have some big publishing house behind us with an army of editors and marketing people cheering us on, but we have each other. In the few short years I’ve been doing this indie publishing thing, I’ve made some lasting connections with talented authors who are always willing to do what they can to help or advise.

The other day, DJ Molles, the author of the bestselling, The Remaining series, asked me to read his latest book—something completely new, something very few people have read. After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I told him, absa-f’ing-lutely. Continue reading

What a crazy week!

Prez at Fort MeadeThis has been one of the craziest weeks I’ve ever had. So many notable things happened.

First, when I released The Limited Partnerships series a few years ago, I was never crazy about the covers. They just didn’t seem to fit the stories and, since it was a new genre for me, I didn’t want to invest too much into them. I tried making the covers myself but, if you know me at all, you know I have zero skill with graphics. Continue reading

The Bonding Spell is almost ready

CoverFinal-TheBondingSpellLike children, every book gets the loving care and attention they require, but try as you might, sometimes you can’t help but have favorites. Maybe it’s because some are easier to deliver than others, or maybe, with each birth, your latest becomes the favorite.

Whatever. I’ve never had children so I have no idea what I’m talking about!

What I can say is, I love The Bonding Spell.

I love all of my other books, but this one … well, there’s something about it that makes me feel some extra pride. I love the world, I love the characters and I love the potential for this series. There are so many places this storyline could go I’m having a hard time deciding where to take it next. I’m sure wherever it goes will be just as interesting as this first one. Continue reading

Every book, every emotion

NH Cabin rewritesEvery book I’ve written has had its own set of ups and downs. The initial idea, the first attempt at getting it on paper, the hair-pulling brain obstructions that seem to stretch to infinity, the first reaction from readers, the close editing and rewrites and the horrifying look of cover designs that eventually turn into something that will reflect the pages inside. At some point you smack an ISBN and other book matter on it and after checking off a bazillion more items off the task list (like a marketing plan, mustn’t forget a marketing plan) you hold your breath, cross your fingers and hit publish. At each stage, you can’t help but feel a jumble of emotions that tumble like balls in a bingo drum. Continue reading

Lucas Kana – Princess Eyes

PrincessLucas Kana hoped to be part of the first group of Lei Crime KW authors who launched their books last April. Unfortunately, Lucas couldn’t make the deadline so his book had to be put on hold for release. Seems he thought getting married was more important than finishing his novella on time. You gotta love a guy who has his priorities straight!

The good news about the missed deadline is, now that he’s released his story, he’s done it in two parts, Princess Eyes I and Princess Eyes II, giving us lots of material to sink into. Somehow he found some time between getting the book done, getting married and going on a whirlwind honeymoon to far flung reaches of the world, to answer a few questions about the Lei Crime experience.

Here is the blub for his Lei Crime novella Princess Eyes I:

Geeky Honolulu Lieutenant, Michael Stevens, teams up to investigate a series of homicides with Jenna Brooke, a streetwise psychologist for the FBI, which leads to the mysterious disappearance of a local beauty queen known as ‘Princess Eyes.’ 

Timeline: 10 years before Blood Orchids in a semi-alternate universe where Stevens starts out as a nerd.  Continue reading

An interview with author AJ Llewellyn

coffee and kalua nutsI haven’t read AJ Llewellyn’s latest Lei Crime KW novella yet, but I’ll tell you why I’m looking forward to it. My first Lei Crime KW story, Hidden Poppies, was about Ken Yamada, one of Toby Neal’s characters in the Lei Crime world. Ken Yamada, is an FBI Special Agent, a former partner to the series main character, Lei Texeira. Ken Yamada is also gay.

In my story, I link Ken up with someone he knew and loved from years past – a soldier, Major Charles Mathews, who because of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, could have been discharged from the service if anyone found out that he was carrying on a homosexual affair.

Hidden Poppies was the first book I’d ever written that explored a gay love story and I frankly fell in love with Ken and Chuck’s relationship because they are both such interesting men and deserve the love they share. My next Lei Crime story … right now with the working title UNDERTOW, I hope to have out in October and it will feature Ken and Chuck again. Continue reading