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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Soup and Writing...

There is a moment, and it happens for me often when I am taken to another time, or another place. Where I witness a glimpse of a story. Scenes dance within my sight, some blurry, some clear, and a yearning to see it all overcomes me.

Yesterday I had a moment. It was a short one, nothing that I could sit down and write an 85,000-word novel with, but it was the start. It was the beginning of a brew, a concoction of sorts that will soon be given a hearty dose of substance any good  story needs.

It is time to make soup.

Yes, my stories are much like soup, a warm cup of bisque that nourishes the soul. Who doesn’t like soup? It has the necessity for anyone to live AND sustains my need to write.

But just like any recipe if you don’t have the right ingredients your soup will become bland and boring, and worse uneaten. You have to crave the flavor, the mixture of spices blended together to entice your senses.

I can stir a pot of flavorless broth for months, with nothing to add to it. I will not lie this perplexes,
frustrates, and yes, you guessed it causes me to drink more than I already do. When there is no base to your soup, you end up with just water, a murky broth that even the dog won’t eat.

It takes patience, and I have none.

I’m Italian for goodness sakes time is something we are not good at. However, these things need to work themselves out…and so I ponder the characters, their conflicts, who, what, where, and damn it, why?

I stoke the fire, heating the broth as I stir some more.

This moment—this soup—will become more than cloudy water. It will become my life for the next three months. I will eat, sleep and breathe my brew allowing it to wrap around my heart and move my fingers to tell the story that has been dormant inside of my soul.

I will write until the pot is empty, until I have nothing left and then…I will make more soup.


Saturday, 3 December 2016

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Lakota Honor Coming Soon in Audio Book!

I never thought I'd get the opportunity to have one of my books published in audio, but it has happened and I have Apparatus Auspicious Press to thank for it! 

Book 1 in the Branded Trilogy!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Why Anne Rice is Awesome!

When SACRED LEGACY was in the editing stages with my publisher, Imajin Books, it was up to me to find endorsements for my new book. This is one of the author jobs I don’t particularly like. I can never get the email right, self-doubt shrouds me, and anxiety sits in the back of my throat waiting to steal my breath and cramp my chest.

Anne Rice was one of the authors I decided to contact. I know she is way out of my league, and I am just a miniscule author compared to her and all of her achievements, but I admire her so much I thought I’d give it a try.

Over the six years I have been a published author, I’ve had the honor to hold small conversations with Miss Rice via her Facebook page. She has even shared one of my blog posts, which I will never forget and will forever be thankful for.

I drafted an email asking Miss Rice if she’d read my new book, SACRED LEGACY, and possibly
offer me a review blurb. This was a long shot I know, but to be honest I didn’t think she’d get my email. I figured a short form letter that was given to all her fans was the response, if any, I'd receive.

So after numerous drafts trying to get the email just right, several cups of coffee later, and a new twitch I'd developed in my left eye, I hit send. I told myself there would be no reply today and went about my routine.

Twenty-five minutes later I received a notification in my mailbox from Anne Rice. It was not a form letter, but a simple note written with kindness by none other than one of my favorite authors, Miss Rice herself.

She did not accept to read my book, and to some of you this may not be good news. However, to me it was everything!
Anne wrote me back!
Yes, she denied the opportunity to read SACRED LEGACY, but she read my email, she read the whole thing, and she wished me luck! I understood why she could not read the book she was suffering from shingles and Bells Palsey at the time to which I wished her a speedy recovery.

Anne Rice is the author I want to be…

You see, Miss Rice does not hold herself on a pedestal because she’s sold millions of books. She does not reek of arrogance, and ego-driven mentality because she’s been a New York Times Bestseller, and is basically known all over the world. She is kind, demure, and genuine. She holds conversations on her page with her thousands of fans. She shares posts, she engages, showing who she is and what she stands for. If comments get out of hand she handles them with the utmost respect for those on the page, and for herself.

I aspire to be the author Anne Rice is, not for the riches and celebrity, but instead the self-effacing, the always knowing where I came from, the one who gives back, the author who emails a small-time author personally to wish them well on their book, to tell them it sounds wonderful…and maybe…had she not been sick she might have read it?

It is people like Anne who make the world a better place, and it is the author Miss Rice is that instills hope in someone like me to believe anything is possible, and no matter what happens within my career genuine heartfelt kindness is what really matters most. 

"Whether you're a writer or a person trying to go on learning from things, you try your best to be charitable to others. Never, never to hurt their feelings. Never, never to be cold. Never to be indifferent. Never to think that your grief or your pain, entitles you to do that to another human being. The words from St. Paul are absolutely true - we must have charity, and we must have love. That's what grief has taught me. It's taught me to love. I think I can love more deeply now than ever. I think God has been very good to me in giving me that capacity. I want to put that into my novels."  ~ Anne Rice

Saturday, 27 August 2016

The month of August is all about my SACRED LEGACY book tour! I've posted all my stops below if you want to follow along. Enter to win a $100 Amazon card or a Kindle HD. 

BeWitching Blog Tour
WIN: Kindle HD Fire

August 1 Guest Blog
Roxanne’s Realm 

August 2 Guest Blog
Bloodthirsty Muses  

August 3 Spotlight
Mello and June, It's a Book Thang!  

August 4 Spotlight 
Whiskey With My Book 

August 5 Guest blog
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

August 8 Spotlight
Zenny's Awesome Book Reviews

August 9 Spotlight and review
Queen of All She Reads 

August 10 Interview
Book Chatter

August 11 Spotlight
Share My Destiny

August 11 Spotlight
A Night’s Dream of Books

August 12 Spotlight
T's Stuff  

August 15 Spotlight and review
Book Boyfriends and Booze

August 16 Interview and review
The Book Junkie Reads . . .

August 17 Spotlight
Books N Pearls 

August 18 Spotlight
More Books Than Livros

August 19 Guest Blog
I Smell Sheep

August 22 Interview

August 23 Spotlight
CBY Book Club

August 24 Spotlight
Sapphyria's Book Reviews

August 25 Interview
Infinite House of Books

August 26 Interview
Fang-tastic Books 

August 29 Spotlight
Lisa’s World of Books

August 30 Review
Fantatical Paranormal Romantical

August 31 Spotlight
Ramblings of a Book Nerd

August 31 Interview
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom 

HF Virtual Book Tours
WIN: $100 Amazon card

Sunday, July 31
Tour Kick Off at Passages to the Past

Monday, August 1

Wednesday, August 3

Friday, August 5

Wednesday, August 10

Thursday, August 11
Spotlight at Book Nerd

Monday, August 15

Wednesday, August 17

Thursday, August 18
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, August 19
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation