Waiting to Exhale


The night before last, I was enjoying a quiet evening with my family when my heart went into ventricular tachycardia. I honestly thought I wouldn’t see another day. While I went in and out of consciousness, it lasted seven-and-a-half minutes.

That was troublesome, needless to say. Scary as hell, honestly. But the biggest problem was getting an appointment with a cardiologist. I almost died in my carport, the hospital said I needed to be seen by a cardiologist asap but my doctors office took all day to call me back just so I could get an appointment with them because they have to refer me to a cardiologist. It kills me that the cardiologist can’t just take the hospital’s word for it. So between now and when the cardiologist finally sees me, I’m more stressed. And the doctor wanted me to free myself from stress. Makes no sense…

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Writing: For whom are you creating the story…


When you lose sight of who you started writing for, it’s not hard to lose your focus and find yourself chained up with a bad case of writer’s block.

There are many days I find myself staring at a blinking cursor. If I wallow in self-pity long enough eventually I ask myself who I’m writing for? If I try to write for me, I tend to get stuck.

When I remember that I wanted to share a story with as many people as possible, that I’m not just writing to entertain myself, the juices start flowing again. I start getting excited and words start to flow.

I also remember not to edit while I’m writing and just let loose. Editing comes later. Write the bones of the story, and add the meat later.

Ever Bound (Cursed 1.5) Release


  • Apart from having some of the most controversial reviews I’ve ever received, Ever Bound has been one of my funnest releases. I loved sharing the origins if the curse, giving insight to some of Grace’s twisted background, and hopefully generating some more sympathy for Cole and Allie, who have to fight a curse through a century to be together.
  • I touched on a lot of upsetting subjects Cole and Allie had to overcome to make it to present day in a very short book. I would have loved to give the 1879 era a full-length novel so that the events wouldn’t have seemed so rushed, but the novella Ever Bound was originally Cole’s journal written in entry form. Every entry was brash, rushed, upsetting to Cole and would also be for a reader. I am so very proud of this work. It gave insight to who Cole was before centuries of suffering overcame him and whittled him down to the tortured soul he’d become in Ever After (Cursed 1).
  • This brings me to the overcoming joy I feel in announcing next month’s release of Ever Tempted Book 2 of the Cursed Series. This book picks up where Ever After left off. Allie waits for Cole to come home, and when he does, he’s changed and his love comes with a terrible price…

Help Me Save my Miracle Kittens


About three months ago, a friend of mine and I witnessed a pregnant cat get hit by a speeding car in front of my house. Long story short, we used motherly instinct to give the recently deceased mama a c-section.

All three kittens thrived after weeks of every other hour feedings. Now, a few months later, Gracie is sick. I took her to the vet, only to have the other two kittens come down with a fever. The vet said Gracie’s temperature was 106.3. He didn’t understand why she hadn’t started seizing. So, you can imagine my fear for Peppy and Tigger.

I depleted the houshold petty cash with Gracie’s vet visit. Now, I DESPERATELY NEED HELP.

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Writing the Perfect Novel


There are many things you could write about, but one thing I’ve learned is that there are areas in which I am not good at writing. I like to write about what I know and what would be fairly easy to research. Not to say that I recommend taking the easy road out, but when you write about what you know and have to do minor research, you take less chance of writing something an expert will pick through and find flaws. And there are experts everywhere.

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When I take on writing a novel, I try to keep within my comfort zones, most times. Sometimes I venture out, but I make sure I research a few different accredited sites so that I don’t sound like a moron. Science fiction is where one could easily take a nose dive.

Modern technology advances like light speed, so make sure the site you research when taking on this genre of writing is up-to-date. If it was published in 1997, then, for the most part, the information you’ll find there is obsolete.

Historical romance has been the most interesting and easy to research that I’ve found yet. There are so many articles that will tell you what one would find in a barn, or inside a house, or outhouse that you can easily find what you need and base a really neat story around it.

I once read a romance novel set inside the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC, Maid to Match by Deanne Gist. Deeanne Gist’s knowledge of the house was such that I thought she either had lived there for years or had to have visited the Biltmore at least 30 times. Her execution and description was flawless. I read the book in a day and never felt so close to a character as I did her heroine. This was the result of awesome researching.

So if you decide to write outside of your knowledge base, be sure you’ve done the homework. There’s nothing like a poorly-researched novel to make a reader put the book down and never touch it again.

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