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The Murder Hobos – Episode 22 – The Sword Arm of Lathander

Savy flung herself at the stone block, “Rhaine!” Nothing. It wouldn’t budge. Everyone else was on the other side of the massive rock. For a moment, she thought about using Dawnbringer as a chisel. You’re overthinking this. She blinked. “Lathander?” she whispered. I told you both that you would be here on loan only until Jinnaari Althir returned. Your job is done. It’s time for you and Rhaine to come home to me. “She’s in there,” Savy pointed to the blocked corridor. You and I needed to talk first. She will live. Do you really think I would lose my Shield, my Right Hand, so easily? She pouted, “No, Lathander. It’s just…” she couldn’t finish the sentence. It’s just that you have grown, as well...
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Fresh starts to Old stories

Happy Saturday! It’s gaming day in the house, and there’s a high likelihood that a new D&D story or two will be posted between now and Monday. Haven’t read those yet? Swing over to that page and check them out! I took a hard look at the first book I wrote recently. Honestly, I’m not sure how it found a publisher! Or what the editor I had was thinking! Not that the story itself is bad. It’s a good one, and one that’s dear to me. Rather, it’s the way I wrote it out. I’ve grown as an author over the last twelve years. I know more about closing plot holes, introducing back story, and character development. I’m better at keeping surprise reveals to the right time and not giving them away too earl...
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A small bit of car drama

Hey everybody! I’ve been dealing with a little bit of car drama, and I felt you guys might find it a bit funny to hear about. First off, I know how to curse in Cave Troll thanks to an issue we had with my old minivan a few years back. Did you know that someone can try to slim jim your car open, not get in, but make the relays for your door locks go wonky to where they’ll periodically drain your battery overnight? Took me, our mechanic, and a trip to a dealership, several months before that came to light. When you’re trying to get out the door to take kids to school, finding out your battery’s deader than a slug with salt on it is not fun. Hence learning how to curse in Cave Troll. I don’t re...
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A Year in Review

Happy Hump Day! Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving here in the U. S. Despite what certain politicians are saying, there’s no War on Thanksgiving here. Nobody’s telling others they can’t say the word, etc. For some reason, I’ve been in a reflective mood this morning. Maybe it’s because of the time of year. There were a lot of changes in my professional life in the last year. And, to keep things real, I’m pretty thankful that they all happened. Leaving my old publisher was a good thing. Not listening to someone who understood exactly nothing of what genre I write, or the readership I’m going for, was a good thing. Regaining my voice as an author was a good thing. Writing changed me in ways I’m proud of. ...
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Cleaning out the old

Hey! It’s Monday! A rather gray one here, but that’s fine. I have my coffee. I wish I could say I’ll be writing today, but that’s a big nope. When you have an 8 hour retail shift, plus pick the hubby up from the airport, it kills the day. I’ve been thinking of pulling my author page on FB for a while now. I’m going to be doing just that. Not my normal one, mind you. Just the author one I made when I first signed with my old publisher. I rarely post there. Okay, so this blog’s not updated regularly either. LOL. But that page was…well…not doing what I wanted it to do. I want to interact with my readers. Respond to comments. Hear a joke or how your day’s going. The author page on FB wasn’t lett...
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Foggy skies and clear heads

Good morning! I’m knee deep in trying to get my plate cleared before gaming today. Basically, I take the time to enjoy my first cup of coffee and get the laundry started. Once the mug’s empty, though, I’ve got a short list of stuff I need to get done. One thing I love about this time of year is the weather. It’s a gray, foggy morning here. The trees are almost bare of leaves. The naked branches stretch into the sky, and you can’t always distinguish between reality and your imagination. Are they branches? Or bones? Maybe it’s not a tree, but a creature from mythology who has finally awoken after a long slumber. I’m still writing. ‘Tiadar’ is with my beta readers. I’ve been working, slowly, on...
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Book review – Alex McKenna and the Geranium Deaths

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Hey! I read a book! LOL I don’t read nearly as much as I used to. I have a horrible habit of picking up another author’s voice. When I finished up the rewrite of ‘Tiadar’ and sent it off to my beta readers, I decided I needed a break. I picked up a copy of ‘Alex McKenna and the Geranium Deaths’ after a friend recommended it. Wow. Ms. Bush takes on more than just ghosts, murder, and mystery in this book. The well written story reminds everyone that the one thing we want out of life, no matter our personal journey, is to be loved and accepted. By focusing on the action and emotional impact, she helps the reader transition into Alex’s world. Life isn’t perfect for any of us, but keeping secrets...
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Progress!

Morning everyone! I’ve been hard at work. Both the retail job and writing. ‘Inversion of Magic’ is up for sale, and I’ve got a couple events in November where you can pick up copies. I’ll get those dates and locations listed on that part of my site in a few days. Writing wise, I’ve been working on making ‘Mark of the Successor’ and ‘Consort of the Successor’ a single novel. The new title is ‘Tiadar’. I’m over halfway done with the first pass. The stories blended together better than I thought they would, which is nice. I was concerned about that, since the two novels focused on different characters. But the story works well. I’m deep into the second half now, where the focus is on Talin over...
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And I’m back!

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Today, I took a leap of faith. “Inversion of Magic” (formerly titled ‘Arine’s Sanctuary’) has been uploaded as a self-published title. It’s on Amazon as an ebook, print book is coming. I enrolled it in the Kindle Unlimited program as well. New title, new cover, but the story is the same. It’s one I have long believed in. I hope you will, as well.   mybook.to/inversionofmagic   bb Original link
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I’m still here!

Hey everyone! Yeah, I’ve been quiet. LOL. We took a short vacation, and it helped to get out of town. I’ve regained my momentum, my perspective. I’m hard at work combining both ‘Mark of the Successor’ and ‘Consort of the Successor’ into a single, well done novel. It’s good to revisit the story! I found some issues that should’ve been fixed in editing and weren’t, and am streamlining the story. Finding my voice again, adding things where needed. I’m on the fence as to self publishing it or sending it out as a query book when done, though. On the agent search, I’ve heard back from a few. All rejections, which is fine. I want someone who believes in my stories, after all! Two more are still pen...
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Trying hard not to be bitter

Hey everyone! Let’s get real for a moment here. If you’ve read my prior posts, you know that July was a hard month. Bedbug infestation, leaving my publisher, quitting one job. I’m struggling right now. Not with money or the new schedule. But with not being extremely bitter toward the one person who drove me away from my old publisher. It’s under new hands, and I really hope they’re able to make it a good place to be. The bridge between me and the former owner/CEO, however, has gone up in a bonfire of epic proportions. You see, she’s the one who lied to me. For years, she told me things that I believed. Shorter books were the way to go. Concentrate on ebooks. Enter contests. You’re going to b...
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Being a teen is hard enough…

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Today, I’m more than thrilled for my friend and fellow author, Vicki-Ann Bush! Her new book, “Alex McKenna and the Geranium Deaths”, is about to hit the shelves! I came to know Vicki-Ann at my prior publisher. She’s a great author! If you’ve ever read YA, or have one in your life, I recommend her work! “For Alex McKenna, high school is just a distraction from the love of his life, Margaret, with whom he can’t wait to spend more time once they get to college. In many respects, Alex is just an average seventeen-year-old boy…except for the fact he’s a transgender medium born from a long line of Strega witches, possessing the ability to communicate with ghosts.” This book is being released by Th...
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Fresh starts

Okay, folks, I did something big today. I asked for all the rights back to my books with Solstice Publishing. And I resigned my position as their COO. I’ve removed all links to my books for now. I’m seriously considering self-publishing at least a few titles by the end of the week. After that, it’s working to find a new publisher that will take previously published books. This wasn’t an easy choice for me. A lot went into the decision. My family, and my, well being must come first. I’ll be concentrating on finding a publisher who understands the fantasy genre. And job #2 has become job #1. That might help kick start my muse. Watch this space for updates. I may be adding a few short stories f...
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Well, crap!

I hate things like this. I want readers to buy books because they want to read them. Because they sound interesting, and the first few pages hooks them. I don’t want to be sitting here, asking you to buy my books, simply because life happened. But it did. We’ve got a bug problem in our house. One that needs to be dealt with. Spent part of yesterday getting quotes. More coming today and next week. Exterminators are expensive. With 1 kid in college and another just a year away (he’s entering his senior year), finances are already tight. So, if you’ve ever thought about buying one or more of my books, I hope you’ll think about doing so today. Or tomorrow. Next week? Because, yeah, bugs. Ewwww. ...
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Wanna hear something cool?

I’m super excited this morning! Not too long ago, I entered a Twitter short story contest. Mine was selected to have a video made, with a voice over actress reading it! Twitter Short Story: YOU CALLED, by KateMarie Collins Seriously…go check it out! I’m awake now, and it’s not the coffee’s doing. LOL BB Original link
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Let’s get real

It’s Saturday. The house is quiet. I should be writing. And by that I mean more than just this blog post. LOL There’s a sense of celebrity that comes with being able to tell people you’re a published author. I can see it in their faces. You’ve done something that they think is special. With that, comes the glamour they believe is part of the job. This job is anything but glamorous most days. Most readers…heck, most of my family members…don’t have a clue about the day to day struggles that go with the job. I had someone comment about my “little writing thing” once. They think all I do is sit here, sip coffee, and type. They don’t see the promotion battle. The days when the words just won’t co...
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New beginnings, temporary goodbyes


It’s Thursday. Outside, it’s raining. Which isn’t anything new for this part of the world, but we were dry (and warm) for a time. It’s been a crazy few weeks since my last post. I haven’t gotten far on either of my wips, which I need to change. I need to stop putting the writing on the back burner. It’s hard, though, when so many other things seem more important. We said a temporary good bye to one of our gaming buds. Ed’s job changed shifts on him, and he wasn’t going to make it to the table on Saturdays because of it. Work does take precedence. Gaming’s great, but it doesn’t pay the bills. So, head over to my page for D&D stories and read up on what Jinnaari’s up to while Ed’s on hiatus. H...
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No two writers are the same

Hi! How are you? I hope things are going great for you. We’ve got a busy few days, so I’m trying to squeeze in some stuff before things get moving. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out the new page on my website: D&D stories. They’re short stories inspired by the D&D game I’m playing in. I started writing them as a way to bring in new characters, add dimension to what happens outside of game time. Sometimes you can’t get things to fit into the actual session, and all the players enjoy my in between stuff. I’m hoping you will, too. On to what’s on my mind. Last week, I was working on rewriting the blurb for one of my books. Updating those every few years isn’t a bad idea. It’s...
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When life hands you a new Star Wars trailer….

I’m admitting it now. Not that I’ve ever hid it, really. I am now, and always will be, a Star Wars fan. I was 9 when the first one came out. We went to a drive in, and I didn’t pull my eyes from the screen until my dad drove us off the lot. What I’d seen was, to me, pure magic. For two hours, I was able to forget everything I was going through and go someplace where there was hope. I even like the prequels! The new movies! I cried for days after ‘The Last Jedi’ whenever I thought of the ending. Simply because Luke has always been my favorite character. I’ve never made it to Star Wars Celebration. Life goals, I know. LOL. Our kids are getting older, so maybe the next one. It’s starting to be ...
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Happy anniversary to my followers!

According to WordPress, I started this blog 7 years ago today. When I began, I was beyond clueless about what to do with a blog. Seriously wet behind the ears! For some people, seven years is nothing. A drop in the bucket. I’ve found that, as I get older, time seems to move differently. What seems like yesterday is years ago, and I can barely remember what occurred this past Monday. I’m not getting senile. LOL. It’s more that the day to day life doesn’t stand out as much as the big things. A lot has happened since I started writing this. Both in my professional life, and my personal one. I have 21 books up for sale. My kids have gone from grade school to high school and college. We’ve lost, ...
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