Author Archives: Calisa Rhose

Calisa Rhose~Tuesday RoundUp presents~ Chrys Fey #ghosts #mfrwauthor

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Welcome one and all! Grab a beverage of choice, something sweet and sinful. No-no, not the men. What’s the matter with you? You know the hands-on rules… The guest gets first pick! ;) Take a comfy seat for another, or a first, spin in the Round Pen.

I’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Chrys Fey, who is sharing her eBook, Ghost of Death with us!

chrysfeypicPlease show ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Chrys some real Ranch love!

Before I get to the nosy 5-3-4 part of this interview, tell us a bit about you.

My name is Chrys Fey and in case you’re wondering…that is a pen name. Chrys came from a nickname that my oldest friends call me, but I changed the spelling to make it more mystical. And Fey is a nickname used for a person thought to have supernatural qualities. Since the books I’ve been writing half my life all have supernatural elements, I thought Fey was perfect. And that is how “Chrys Fey” was born.

I love how you came up with your name! Okay, I’ll begin with five questions, then follow with three more, and end with four final ones.

My writing area at the moment is a corner of the couch in my living room. What does your writing space look like?

It’s a lot better since I was last at the Ranch and answered this question. It’s in a corner of my bedroom now next to a window with a lovely view of the tree in the front yard of my new house.

I love new houses. I’ll be moving into a new office soon too. For a lot of writers it’s a life-altering event coming up with titles and character names. Others it comes as naturally as breathing. Which is it for you?

It’s usually easy for me, but the title of “Ghost of Death” was originally Diary of a Dead Girl. Since I didn’t write it in the form of a diary and I’m also publishing “Witch of Death” later this month, I changed it. As for my characters’ names, the characters in “Ghost of Death” are named after people, so that was easy. *wink*

What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?

Keep writing.

Keep dreaming.

Keep believing.

The constant shift of the industry makes me often scratch my head and ask ‘what next?’ So, what do you think it takes to be a successful author at the moment?

Do not overwhelm yourself. Stick with a few social media sites you like and stay active on

them, do a little marketing every day or at least a few times a week, and write no matter

what obstacles this ever-changing industry throws your way.

Oh, that’s good advice. Who would you like to meet in the publishing industry- dead or alive- and why?

J.K. Rowling. I’d like to have tea and biscuits with her and to talk about writing, books, and life in general.

It’s time for 3 in 1! I’ll ask the questions and you answer them in one word. :lol:

Favorite animal?

TOO MANY!

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?

Fall

Favorite food?

Italian

Well done! :)

Okay, Flash four. Ready?

What are you working on now?

Well, I’m going to be sending my publisher the sequel to Hurricane Crimes (with fingers crossed) very soon and I am working on book three! :D

I have my copy of both these books and can’t wait to read them (some day). LOL What are you sharing today?

Ghost of Death!

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Jolie Montgomery, a twenty-one-year-old woman, wakes up in an alley next to her corpse. She has no memories of her murder or the night she died. She didn’t even see the killer’s face before he or she took her life. Wanting justice, Jolie seeks answers in the only way a ghost can…by stalking the lead detective on the case.

Avrianna Heavenborn is determined to find the person responsible for a young woman’s death. She gets closer to the killer’s identity with every clue she uncovers, and Jolie is with her every step of the way.

But if they don’t solve her murder soon, Jolie will be an earth-bound spirit forever.

I love her name. Where can we find you and your books?

Amazon US / Amazon UK / The Wild Rose Press / NOOK / KOBO

www.chrysfey.com/

www.facebook.com/chrysfey

www.writewithfey.blogspot.com/

Where will you be next?

Tomorrow I am visiting Julie Flanders. On Thursday, I’ll be stopping by Christine Rains’

blog. And Friday I’ll have fun posts at the blogs of Marlow Kelly, Medeia Sharif, and Kelly Hashway.

WitchofDeath-CFWitch of Death is also available for PRE-ORDER! :)

Detective Reid Sanders doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but when he’s faced with a crime scene that defies the laws of nature, he has no other choice but to start believing. And solving a magical murder involves working with a witch.

Liberty Sawyer embodies the look of your classic evil witch, so, it’s no surprise when she uncovers the murderer is a witch that she becomes Reid’s number one suspect. If she can’t convince him otherwise, more people could lose their lives to dark magic, including her.

Book Links:

Amazon US / Amazon UK

VOTE: Which do you prefer? Ghosts or witches.

I’ll go with ghosts. :)

Thank you so much for playing along Chrys! Wishing you much luck with your book(s) and writing. I hope you’ll come visit again one day.

Thank you, Calisa! I love visiting the Ranch! :D

And the Ranch loves having you, Chrys!

Don’t forget to place your vote of witch or ghost in comments.

Have a lovely day!

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose presents ~ UnCover Monday ~ #May #MFRWauthor #CoverLove

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It’s that time again, time for gorgeous covers to take the spotlight in the round pen here on the Ranch! Enjoy awesome cover art and the super authors, publishers and artists who made them possible for you to gaze upon this month and each month. It would be great if you leave a comment letting everyone know what you think about them and maybe even check out a few author links to meet those behind the books. Or just say hi. Don’t forget to tell your friends to stop by so they can appreciate some greatness too!

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!! This feature is only to highlight the authors and artists (though if you see one you want to buy I’m sure the authors won’t mind :lol: ). Enjoy this months’ covers to ogle and explore. If there is one provided, you can follow the artist links by clicking on the name, if there’s an artist link provided, to learn more about the amazing creators of these beautiful covers. If I have it, I link the cover to the artist, otherwise, it’s linked to the author. I think they deserve fair mention since they helped create the book! I wish everyone a fabulous new year in 2014!

There’s a heat level rating for covers, one through five scale, for your benefit. You should never see a 5* on the Ranch. If there’s anything else you’d like to know about covers being revealed here, please don’t hesitate to let me know. You can leave it either in a comment or by my contact page http://calisarhose.com/say-hey/ with what you’d like to know. :)

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BalladBeauty_LaurenLinwood05.04.15Title: Ballad Beauty

Author: Lauren Linwood

Weblink: www.laurenlinwood.com

Genre: Historical Western Romance

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Cover artist: Ramona Lockwood

Release date: March 25, 2015

After ten years apart, Boston schoolmarm Jenny McShanahan receives a letter from her beloved father that instructs her to join him in Texas. She has no idea that he’s become Famous Sam McShan, the Robin Hood of the West. She arrives to find Sam already gone, but he left instructions for Jenny to hire a guide and rendezvous with him in Nevada.

Texas Ranger Noah Daniel Webster knows Sam personally because his father, Pistol Pete Webber, was Sam’s longtime partner in crime. When Pete is killed during their last big score, Noah requests the assignment to bring Sam to justice. Going undercover, he volunteers to act as Jenny’s escort across the dangerous prairie, using her to track her outlaw father’s location.

As they journey through rough country, love blossoms—but Noah knows the second he arrests Sam, his betrayal will kill Jenny’s love for him. Should the lawman do his duty as a Ranger, or should he let love rule? The choice Noah makes will change their lives forever.

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girlcover_152x228_finalTitle: Fate Accompli,

Aegean Lovers #1 (ver.2)

Author: MM Jaye

Weblink: www.mmjayewrites.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance.

Heat Level: 2- sensual- passionate scenes, closed door sex

Publisher: MM Jaye

Cover artist: George Saliaris

Release date: November 21, 2014

Monica Mitchell flies all the way from Boston to Athens, Greece, not to get a tan but a very specific job. Because besides an MBA, this twenty-four-year old has a mission: to prove to Alex Argiros, the gorgeous Greek magnate, that she has now grown out of the habit of flashing her underwear and looking like a zombie flick castoff … in the presence of hundreds.

The catch? She has to hide who she is. Thankfully, not having seen him since her early teens helps, and soon she gets all she wants and so much more. Not only does Alex not connect his highly qualified new assistant to the disaster magnate of his distant past, but apart from his admiration, he also offers her his heart.

Now, Monica has a new mission: to keep it forever. But first she has to come clean before he finds out her connection to the bane of his existence. Because if he does, he’ll rightfully assume she plays the part of the Trojan Horse, and then he’ll shed the sleek businessman exterior, letting his hot-blooded Greek nature take over.

She knows he could destroy her.

She knows, yet she needs just a little longer to savor his searing kisses…

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MythandMagic_MaeClair05.04.15Title: Myth and Magic

Author: Mae Clair

Weblink: www.maeclair.net

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Heat Level: 2-Sensual

Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press

Cover artist: N/A

Release date: June 9, 2015

Love and danger intertwine

AS CHILDREN THEY PLAYED GAMES OF MYTH AND MAGIC…
Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith’s past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.
THEN ONE DAY THE MONSTERS BECAME REAL.
After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?

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perf5.000x8.000.inddTitle: Skater’s Waltz

Book 1 in the MacQuire Women Series

Author: Peggy Jaeger

Weblink: www.PeggyJaeger.com

Genre: Contemproary

Heat Level: 4

Publisher: The Wild Rose press

Cover artist: Rae Monet

Release date: March 4, 2015

Figure skater Tiffany Lennox is busy with rehearsals for an upcoming ice show when the only man she’s ever loved comes home after a two-year overseas stint. She needs him to see her for the woman she’s become and not the child he knew to ensure he stays home, this time, for good. With her.

For all his wanderlust and hunger for professional success, Cole Greer comes home wanting nothing more than to rest, relax and recover. He is delighted in being Tiffany’s hero and has a special place in his heart reserved for her. But faced with the oh-so-desirable woman she’s become, he starts questioning his determination to keep their relationship platonic.

When forced by the television network to go back on assignment, Cole – for the first time in his life – is torn between his career and his heart.

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TheBookOfHoursMariaElenaAlonso-Sierra05.04.15Title: The Book of Hours

Author: Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

Weblink: www.MariaElenaWrites.com

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

Cover artist: Scott Carpenter

Release date: February 12, 2015

For artist Gabriela Martinez, psychopaths do hit twice.

In The Coin, two star-crossed lovers were cruelly used by fate—and now, in The Book of Hours, destiny isn’t done.

Back then, Gabriela almost lost her life to a psychopath hoping to claim her artwork, her career, her body, and her love. If not for Richard, the operative sent to protect her, she would have fallen victim to his twisted vision.  The dramatic showdown pushed Gabriela and Richard together, even in the face of countless obstacles.

With someone new threatening Gabriela’s life, Richard will risk everything to protect the woman he loves.  But with a new villain on the horizon, bent on possessing Gabriela’s latest work no matter what it takes, she is forced to fall back on old friends, including the man who changed her life not so many years ago.

With an even more dramatic threat looming, and far more to lose, if they don’t stay one step ahead of the danger, their lives, their love, and their future may very well go up in flames.

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TheDeadMan'sTreasure_KrisBock05.04.15Title: The Dead Man’s Treasure:

Treasure Hunters Book 2

Author: Kris Bock

Weblink: www.krisbock.com/

Genre: Romantic Adventure

Heat Level: 1

Publisher: Pig River Press

Cover artist: Alan Erickson

Release date: January 25, 2015

Rebecca Westin is shocked to learn the grandfather she never knew has left her a bona fide buried treasure – but only if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. The hunt would be challenging enough without interference from her half-siblings, who are determined to find the treasure first and keep it for themselves.

Good thing Rebecca has recruited some help, in the form of a green-eyed charmer determined to show her that a desert adventure can be sexy and fun. But there’s a treacherous wildcard in the mix, a man willing to do anything to get that treasure – and revenge. In a frantic race across New Mexico, Rebecca will have to ignore caution in a defiant bid for victory. If she fails, she could lose everything.

Action and romance combine in this lively Southwestern adventure, complete with riddles the reader is invited to solve to identify historical and cultural sites around New Mexico.

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TheKissofaRose_AugustinaVanHoven05.04.15Title: The Kiss of a Rose

Author: Augustina Van Hoven

Weblink: www.AugustinaVanHoven.com

Genre: Paranormal Romance.

Heat Level: 2- sensual- passionate scenes, closed door sex

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Cover artist: N/A

Release date: October 21, 2014

A DISTANT PAST

In 1882, Rose Van Buren loved the wrong man and paid for it with her life. Now, more than a century later, the angel Gabriel has granted her another shot at living. In exchange, she must convince a smart, handsome, up-and-coming lawyer to set aside his lofty ambitions.

A FUTURE PRESENT

Stephen Winship is headed straight for the governor’s chair. He has a brilliant career, solid allies, and a seemingly perfect girlfriend. But night after night he finds himself dreaming of a heavenly beauty, a luminous but long-dead girl. Like some altered Ghost of Christmas Past, she shows him her own tragic tale in order to “save him.” And he’s beginning to see Rose is risking her heart as much as baring her soul. Yet falling for her will cost him everything—and open him up to a happiness he never imagined.

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marquess cover.inddTitle: The Passion of a Marquess

The Sisters of the Aristocracy, Book 2

Author: Linda Rae Sande

Weblink: www.lindaraesande.com

Genre: Historical

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Linda Rae Sande

Cover artist: KGee Designs

Release date: January 6, 2015

They say you learn from mistakes … but what if they’re not your own?

After four Seasons and no prospects, Lady Samantha is resigned to life as a spinster. Her aunt, Caroline Fitzsimmons, Viscountess Chamberlain, insists they set sail to Italy for a tour she hopes might allow her charge to meet and marry a European aristocrat.

His mines having suffered a multitude of disasters, Ethan Range, Marquess of Plymouth, needs to secure an Italian invention to help alleviate fires.. He’s none to happy to discover Lady Caroline traveling on the same ship as he is to Rome. He knows her secret and is rather incensed she’s been able to hide Samantha’s true past from the ton.

While taking a late-night stroll on deck, Samantha is confronted by the scowling marquess. Incensed by his assertion that Caroline is really her mother, Samantha barely has time to slap the man before a sudden storm sends a wave of water onto the ship, washing them both overboard.

Forced to save each other, the two end up as castaways on a deserted island in the Mediterranean. Although they face perils a plenty during the week they’re stranded, they have far more to fear from one another than from hunger, weather, and pirates. Can the two realize the mistakes of the past are not their own? Or will their week on the island lead to more turbulence? The heart may be the best life preserver in “The Passion of a Marquess.”

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Title: To Save A Life (A’yen’s Legacy #3)

Author: Rachel Leigh Smith

Weblink: www.rachelleighsmith.com/

Genre: Science fiction/paranormal

Heat Level: 2-Sensual

Publisher: Rachel L. Smith

Cover artist: Laura Gordon

Release date: May 4, 2015

A’yen’s loved ones are under attack. To save them, he’ll risk everything.

Half the Lokmane are free and the resettling of Lok’ma is in progress. A’yen is crowned king, but it isn’t stopping his enemies. Someone is after Ro, and the woman he’s falling in love with is caught in the middle.

When Fae is injured in a cave-in at a dig site, A’yen knows who’s to blame. Proving it is the hard part. Things get worse when he walks into a political trap, and Ro is framed for murder. Saving his reputation is easy compared to saving Ro. Ro’s demons come for him, taking him back to a life not worth living.

A’yen races to save Ro before he can act on his deepest desire: killing his tormentor. Happily ever after can’t happen if Ro is dead.

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Willpower_AnnaDurand05.04.15Title: Willpower

Psychic Crossroads, Book 1

Author: Anna Durand

Weblink: www.annadurand.com

Genre: paranormal romance

Heat Level: 2 flames; sensual

Publisher: Jacobsville Books

Cover artist: Lisa A. Shiel

Release date: December 18, 2013

Grace Powell awakened one day with no memory of the previous eight months. Now a relentless enemy hunts her, but she has no clue why. Terrified to trust anyone, Grace has no one to turn to. Except for the sexy stranger who appears out of thin air—literally.

David Ransom sacrificed his freedom to protect Grace, yet now he’s a stranger to her. If he can’t stir her memories, and the secret power buried inside her, they may both fall prey to an invisible foe. The passion flaring between them gives him hope they might save each other. But will unearthing the truth about Grace’s past destroy them both?

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I want to thank all the authors who submit and make this a special place to share their work!

To see YOUR cover here visit my UnCover Monday page for detailed instructions.

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Special Note: Some covers might suggest more heat than the actual content of that book. Please take note of the heat level rating on those.

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Z is for Zoo~ #atozchallenge #MFRWAuthor #zoo

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Zoo. Tuesday was Andee’s end of the year field trip for her fourth grade class for which I was a chaperone. She was thrilled that her mom and little sister were able to join us for a day of fun even though it was raining most of the morning. That didn’t hinder the animals or us! I hope you enjoy this peek into our day.

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Peacocks were out in force among the crowds, proudly strutting their stunning beauty. One let Andee get almost close enough to pet.

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The kids wanted a fun picture, then a nice lady offered to take a photo of my little group in the pachyderm house. Baby Mackenzie had fun at the elephants.

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It was an awesome experience to pet the stingrays! They feel like catfish to me; soft and velvety. It’s interesting that you simply put your hand into the water and they come to you and brush against your hand for a pet.

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Obviously, I can’t post all the pictures taken, but here are a few I like. Those catfish in the picture right above with the geese were crazy! We fed the geese and those things made the water boil with their feeding frenzy. The baby elephant was born in December, and the animal in the next picture is a bat-eared fox. The pink flamingos were spectacular, but the red and green macaw didn’t have a spot of red on it, that I could see. :)

Thank you for joining me on my first complete A to Z Challenge. Today brings it to a close, but feel free to browse back through posts to see how my April 2015 went. You can click the top logo to visit blogs of other participants or to find out more about this fun journey you might like to join next year. It’s not just for writers, but bloggers of all kinds.

Until next time,

Dodadagohvi~

Y is for Yellow with a side of remodel~ #atozchallenge #MFRWAuthor #yellow

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Yellow. This past weekend we painted our new bedroom and it made me think about when I was ten and how yellow was my favorite color. I had the only (mismatched) yellow plate that the family knew was ‘my’ plate. I cried when it got broke one day when I was doing dishes. For years I’ve loved yellow. I still do, even though green and burgundy top it these days. :)

I always wanted a sunny yellow kitchen when I got my own house. That never seemed to happen in the other homes we’ve owned, until we bought this house four years ago. The whole house is pale, boiled-egg yolk, yellow inside, except for the three bedrooms which were pink, burnt orange and purple. The purple is the only one still that color and it will get a new green coat soon, as my office. The pink is Andee’s room and now in her favorite color blue as of two summers ago, and the burnt orange was painted a lovely beige over this past weekend with a clean white trim. I’m thinking about some deco-painting in there to break up the beige, since I’m a fan of color and hubby is not. :D

The living room will be beige one day, with a pale green accent wall or wainscoat all round, I haven’t decided which yet. Oh, and the bathrooms are white, not yellow. The downstairs one will be aqua blue and golden sand to accentuate my ‘fish’ theme, not sure what we’ll do with the upstairs one yet, but probably the generic beige with white trim too. I might consider leaving yellow in the kitchen, but a brighter shade and only in moderation to bring out the red already there. Not the whole room, I’ve had my fill of yellow these last four years! LOL

All in all, I can’t wait to get to painting the rooms in colors that make me happy!

What do you prefer for your home, color or not? Which makes you happy?

Join me for tomorrow for the letter Z, which will be a lot more exciting, I hope.

Hint: Andee had her class end of the year field trip yesterday. ;)

Dodadagohvi~

X is for~ #atozchallenge #mfrwauthor #no clue

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X15 is for~

What? Honestly, my mind is a total blank. So, I’m taking the easy way out and not saying anything. LOL

I’m sorry, but I don’t have a clue what to say for ‘X’. I’ll be back tomorrow, hopefully with a more creative post. :)

Dodadagohvi~

W is for~ #atochallenge #MFRWAuthor #Wishes

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Wishes and prayers. It’s one of those “I can’t talk about that here” days, weeks. I wish I could and one day maybe I can, but for now… I apologize for this post being a little late.post being a little late.

I’m wishing something painful wasn’t, and praying for someone so very special. If you’d care to, we could sure use your prayers, too. Good wishes, whatever you believe in as a higher power, we could use lots of right now.

Thank you.

Dodadagohvi~

V is for~ MFRWAuthor #atozchallenge #visualize #writing

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Visualize. It’s what we all want readers to do with our writing, but it’s one of the hardest parts of writing there is, for me, at least. How can I help readers ‘see’ what is in my head as I write? It all comes down to showing vs telling. Don’t just tell the story. I’ve heard non-writers say “I can write a book. I’m good at telling stories.” Oh if they only knew. Yes, almost anyone can tell a story.

My ten year old granddaughter can tell a story, but can she write a story that will pull me in? Not yet. It’s about digging in, knowing your characters and portraying them on paper, or screen, so readers also know them as the story progresses. It’s more than sharing the key points. It’s showing how a character reacts to a point, how they perceive it and get through it. It’s feeling like you are in the story, living it.

Have you ever seen Inkheart with Brendan Fraser? Talk about living the story! But that’s how I feel when I read some authors books and how I strive to write for my readers. Well, maybe not exactly like that. I don’t think I’d like getting stuck in the story I’m reading and having to find someone to write me out again!

Writing a visual story, struggling to do so, can be enough to kill a writer’s dream or make them give up before they finish the story.

It’s damn hard. Anyone who says otherwise hasn’t written a story that I’d want to read. It’s painful, unnerving and, at times, depressing. It’s what, in the end, makes me glad I’m a writer who doesn’t give up before the heart of a story is revealed and put out there for others to live.

Would you rather read a book that makes you sad it’s over, or miss the characters when you close the book? Or would you want an author to tell you a story just so you know what happened? What is it in your favorite books that the author(s) do to help you visualize every nuance and close the book feeling like you’d just lived it?

I hope you’ll join me Monday for the letter ‘W’, as I near the end of my first successful (so far) Blogging A to Z Challenge.

Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

Dodadagohvi~

U is for~ atozchallenge #MFRWAuthor #unrestricted

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It’s been three years since I sold my first book. It’s been three and a half years that my fil has been living with us. That’s how long it’s been since I was able to go and do what I needed or wanted without restrictions, a time line for returning home. See fil couldn’t be alone very long at any given time, so any time I went out, whether to go shopping, visiting or with hubby, I knew before I left that I had about two to three hours before I’d need to be back. Just in case. In case something happened, he had another stroke, he wanted to cook on the stove, in case of any number of reasons, I had to be home.

It’s strange now to go somewhere with anyone and not have that restriction to hurry back. I didn’t mind the restrictions for the most part, I was glad hubby had that special time with his dad that I didn’t have with my own. But it made it hard to go anywhere over night, like to visit our daughter when they still lived in Colorado, or to my brothers’ in St. Louis. Now I find myself thinking I need to get back soon, when I don’t. It’s a good feeling, yet strange, and a little sad.

Youngest daughter and I went to see fil this morning and we were both relieved he seems to be integrating into his new home, making acquaintances with other residents and the staff. He was in a light mood, laughing and chatting with us. No, we didn’t always understand what he was saying (he lost his speech with the first stroke), but he was trying to interact. He gave us the in depth tour of the game area today. Board games, puzzles, books, pool table, computers, and even stopped to tease one of the directors in her office. That’s a very good sign.

So for today’s letter I have to embrace and learn how to be free and Unrestricted, and plan my days around that again. I plan to make the most of this as soon as the current remodel is done in a week or so.

Dodadagohvi~

T is for~ #atozchallenge #MFRWAuthor #teasers

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Osiyo~

(waves to Lisa)

T15is for Teasers~

I wasn’t sure about this post. But…

I was thinking about how we put teasers for our books out everywhere for people to read at no charge, yet dislike pirate sites that give our books away. I get why we (I) like to share teasers. We spent a lot of hours sweating blood to write it and want people to read the damn thing when we’re finished. I mean, I wrote it for others to enjoy! Didn’t I?

I recently saw a pirate site that had upwards of 1200 downloads of my current book, and that pissed me off. Why? Wasn’t that the point of writing it? Yes. But that’s a grand I won’t ever see a penny of, when I’ve yet to see a hundred from my publisher for the same book. That’s why.

Then again, those people must have wanted to read it, so isn’t that a good thing? We put teasers up with the expectation that others will read it…for free. In a one month book release tour, how many teasers do you generally share? How long are each of those? How many of us put whole chapters on our blogs, or our publishers allow on some sites, for a free read? Or write a short story for the same reason?

Maybe it’s me maturing in this business, or-dreadfully- becoming desensitized, but it doesn’t bother me as much as it did even a week ago; piracy, I mean. I can’t explain why, it just doesn’t. Sure it bothers me, I’m human, but not as much. Then again, that may just be how I feel today. :) It might have something to do with the low number of sales I’ve gotten in the last two years with a publisher, but I’ve come to realize that I’m not a writer for the money (obviously), so why get all bent out of shape over money when it’s the book, the story I want others to enjoy? I don’t think I could write if I let this huge problem get me down to the point it becomes a main focus. That’s me. But, why aren’t more people buying it instead of ‘stealing’ it if they really want to read it? I guess that’s why I, or any of us get mad. The thought of someone taking from us what we’d gladly give away if asked. :)

Maybe there aren’t as many aware of this fact about most authors (at least most of those I know) as we’d like to think. It just occurred to me in the last couple of years that asking gets some of us somewhere. Not always, what would be the point of selling books at all if that was the case, right? :)

But I have to think there is still a lot of good people out there. Lots who aren’t out to screw anyone they can. I have to believe in the goodness of people. So, I’ll continue putting teasers out there, regardless of how many choose to go through pirate sites. After all, I want people to read my stories, even if that’s a few paragraphs at a time, or a whole chapter or book. I write because I have too many voices in my head not to, not because I have expectations of rolling in a bed of money soon.

I don’t like that others feel good for stealing, but I’ve decided not to make a fuss over it…for now. Maybe when I’m as big as James Patterson or SK or Nora I’ll feel the need to fuss. Right now, I can’t afford to get worked up because someone is reading my book. I don’t have to like it, but I don’t have to raise my turbulent blood pressure over something I have no control over either. It’s gonna happen. Period. There isn’t enough laws yet to prevent it happening, so until there is…

Teasers. At least I have control over that much.

Dodadagohvi~

S is for #Success #atozchallenge #MFRWAuthor

A2Z-BADGE-000 [2015] - Life is Good

Osiyo~

S15 is for Success~

Success comes in many forms. As a writer I had a goal to get published and I succeeded with my first book, an ebook novella, Home sold to the Wild Rose Press in 2010. My second book sold to Lyrical Press, Inc. and released in 2013, then again in 2014 when LPI sold to Kensington Publishing and they bought my book.

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Station 32 pendant and brooch gifted to Vonnie Davis in honor of her Wild Heat firemen series.

As a jewelry artist I’m still working toward the goal of selling my work on Etsy. I have a store there, but nothing in it yet. I’m hoping this year will change that. But I’m making jewelry, along with other items I call totems, and trinket things. I’m in a year-long project with polymer clay artists Lisa Pavelka and Katie Oskin this year called the Pavelka Project. I’m learning to do things I only wished I knew how just five months ago. Today I decorated the top of a Carmex jar lid–you know those little 1.5 inch diameter jars of lip balm– with a tiny polymer clay spring flower garden! With a butterfly and a dragon fly!! And lady bugs! How cool is that? I’ll be posting it on my clay blog, Fanciful Allure, this week (maybe tomorrow since it’s baking at the time of writing this post, which I totally forgot to post earlier). If you want to take a look, (and believe me, you do! LOL) I’ll be posting a link here later.

I’ve succeeded in raising three wonderful daughters and am feeling very accomplished as a grandmother these days. I’m a wife of almost 32 years, a sister, an aunt and great aunt. I was the second daughter to two wonderful parents, and though I can’t say how great I was at that role, I hope I was a good one before they passed.

I have friends I try to support in their ventures with my blog, critiques and, when possible, Beta reading. I may not always be able to get to everything I offer to do, but unless something happens (like the flu last week, ugh) I usually do what I set out to do.

Though my writing is suffering some now, I can’t let that drag me down. I keep at it, keep trying. I don’t expect more of myself than I am capable of doing, but I do tend to try to do more than I might know I can. LOL Still, I have to believe I am still successful in my life these days.

Now it’s your turn. How do you measure your success?

Dodadagohvi~

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