Saturday, December 31, 2016

Newsletter is (hopefully) out for the New Year/Happy New Year's Eve


Happy New Year's Eve to you all.

I just approved the January newsletter. It should be going out any minute.  I've been sorting through paperwork and doing important stuff, but I decided to take a break to have a little fun before I lost my mind.

Above is a picture of me from a couple of years ago.  I put it in just to see if the picture ad function worked for me.  I've lost a lot of weight since then (and of course gained some back).

Okay.  Enough loafing.  Back to the paperwork.  UGH.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2016


Tempus fugit.

Time flies.  Whether or not you are having fun.

Fortunately, this week is a good one.  I have the week off and have been doing stuff around the house and WRITING and doing other business stuff and WRITING SOME MORE.

The Celia book is coming together.  WHEW!  I love that rush when you know EXACTLY what you're trying to accomplish and it starts to come together.

Pages are flowing. YIPPEE!

And now I am off to do more of the other business stuff and then get back to writing.

Wish me good luck.

Oh, and folks, the hack affected my newsletter list.  If you haven't received the newsletter, my guru has put up a new link on the website: where you can re-sign up.  I'm still trying to work out the link here.



Monday, December 26, 2016

Holly Happydays

Wishing you all happiness.

My brother is doing better.  This is wonderful.  My son is doing well.  This is wonderful too.

I am writing.  A lot.  And it is going well.

In fact, I got a call last night that lifted my spirits considerably.  ALL YOUR WISHES has been on the shelves for a while.  I've caught some crap from a couple of readers who are very angry that I killed one of the main characters.  Had a long, heartfelt letter from a reader who swears she will never read my books again because of it.

I have to say, it's been hard.  Between one thing and another, I've even considered finishing this contract and then throwing the towel in altogether.

But then I decided that I would do a novella for my Mom for her birthday.  She's wanted me to write a mystery since I started.  So I did.  For her.  And I started having fun writing again.  (THANKS MOM!)

And last night my friend Pam calls.  I had given her a copy of ALL YOUR WISHES because she and I were together on the vacation to Treasure Island that I used for research purposes for the book.  I thought she might like seeing how that turned out.  I wasn't even sure if she'd ever find time to read it because BUSY LADY.  But I wanted to give it to her just the same.  (Besides, most of my friends and family don't read paranormal.  They love me enough to have picked up a couple of the books, but they have been very disappointed that I don't write what they love to read).

WELL, she called me and SHE LOVED IT.  She said she thinks it's the best book I've written.  She can't put it down.  And she gave me crap about the loss of sleep involved.

And I needed to hear it.  Badly.  Because I'm writing the next one and the echoing silence with regard to my newsletter and the book has shaken my confidence.

AND so, today, I've written seven pages so far.  I'm taking a break to post this, then I'm back at it.

Thanks to the readers.



Saturday, December 24, 2016

It's a Mystery

Hi Guys.

Okay, here's the thing.

I have always loved reading mysteries.

So I wrote one for my mother for her birthday.  It was a novella.

And writing it was like falling off of a log.  No worldbuilding.  Regular reality, just add a dead body.

Holy crap.

So I'm working on the book for the contract, and it's going well enough. And I will do more if they want them because I do love the characters, and I do love paranormal.

But I'm going to do mystery novellas direct to Kindle for $.99 too.  Because I can.  And they're fun.  And I really hope people will buy them.

I figure to do one per quarter for the first three quarters of the year--and an omnibus for Christmas.

It will be secondary to the contracted novels.  And they will be novellas--around 30,000 words.

And another joy of the whole thing.  I HAVE LOTS OF THEM mostly finished that just need wrapped up, edited and polished.  WOOT.

And playing with Photoshop to do the covers has been fun too.

But today, for now, I am off and running, back to put Celia Graves in jeopardy and then make her fight her way out of it.  I am SO mean to my characters.


Saturday, December 17, 2016



I'm hacked off because I was one of the millions/billions of Yahoo users who was hacked.  I started my yahoo email account when Yahoo was brand new.  I've done all of my personal stuff through it since.  I'm now having to migrate all those years of contacts, emails, etc. or delete them and lose the archived information.


This is so not what I needed.  I have other things to do with my time.  It's going to take a major effort AND I will be risking virus infection by going there because my computer at work got infected while there.



But I'm determined to look on the bright side.  At least I will get a fresh start.

But I will never understand why some people get their jollies by hurting total strangers that they're never going to even meet.  What's the fricking point?