Friday, June 28, 2019


June 28, 2019

I can't begin to thank everyone for their suppport over the last two weeks while I was recuperating from surgery. Your prayers, emails and phone calls were very much appreciated and very humbling. The good news is that I am back at work and ready for action. Not writing was extremely frustrating for me because it is ingrained in me. When I don't write, I feel as if something is missing in my life so I am very happy to report that I have made progress on my next book SECRET ROMANCES: A FORBIDDEN THIRST FOR LOVE. If all goes well, that book should be available in January of 2020. So, stayed tuned on those updates.

I often review and edit other author's manuscripts and guide them through the publication process. I get extreme  pleasure in seeing a book come to life. With that said, I also see many errors that authors make and I try to guide them so that they don't make that mistake again. This week was no different as I took on a new client and helped another client through writer's block. I made the suggestion that when an author drafts thier manuscript, the format should be in the size of the finished product. By that I mean that the margin need to be set to industry publication standards and the paper size should be set to the finished book's size. Too many times I receive a manuscript that is not layed out properly. The size was set at 8.5 by 11 inches which in reality reflects a senior high school term paper. If you are serious about writing a novel or a non-fiction book, then you must format your document before you begin writing. Be certain to set your margins and your papersize. There are pleanty of Youtube videos that can walk you through the process. That is my tip of the day.


If you like stories about vampires, then you'll like "I'm Glad You're Dead: The Preternatural Chronicles" by Hunter Blain. Check it now on Amazon.


After helplessly witnessing the execution of his family, John is approached by a strange man that promises the power of revenge, for a price; his life for the ability to walk the mortal plane for eternity. Fast forward several hundred years where John finds himself with an unlikely ally, Father Thomes Philseep. Together, they have the holy mission of doing God’s will by protecting this plane from the nefarious evil that seeks the end of times. After centuries of feeding on mortal blood, if John’s blackened soul can get a little bleaching at the same time, well, all the better. Too bad the warlock, Nathanial Locke, who is a lackey of Satan himself, has other plans in mind for John. Despite his platinum tongue and razer whit, John might need some help from a supernatural buddy who has a hankering for meat and sheds in the winter. Follow John the vampire as he travels through the centuries learning his powers with his teacher, Ulric, and fighting to control his supernatural predatory side to use his powers for good. 


Tuesday, June 25, 2019


June 25, 2019

Where did the month of June go? Before we know it, July 4th celebrations will be in full swing and fireworks will be going off. There is nothing like great fireworks to bring in a celebration. Speaking of celebrations, I have a new author I want you to meet and her series SCARLET OAKS. I came across this series while I was recovering from gallbladder surgery. I can only watch so much Netflix. I hope you enjoy getting to know Michaela James and her new novel SCARLET OAKS AND THE BANISHED WITNESS as much as I have.

Michaela James
Scarlet Oaks and the Banished Witness

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I grew up in a town called Chandler’s Ford, an hour south of London in the U.K. It’s very close to the city of Winchester, which is home to Winchester Cathedral, under which my favorite author, Jane Austen, is buried.  I met my first husband on vacation while visiting the Greek Island of Corfu.  He was from Nevada, and after a year of long-distance dating, I moved to the United States and we married. We were married for seventeen years, and I'm afraid only a couple of them were good. 

What inspired you to author this book?

This is the third book in what  hope to be a long series. I love writing about strong women and incredble friendships. Having grown up on Agatha Christie, I also feel impelled to have a murder or two in every book I write.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

I try to design a cover that hints at its interor while capturing the reader's attention. The majority of this series is centered around San Francisco and enables me to showcase the stunning Golden Gate Bridge.  This book, however, finds Scarlet and company in the beautiful city of Portland Oregon visiting a suspicious wellness facility.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

Personally, my incredible second husband has had the most significant influence.  His unconditional love has given me confidence and inner strength I’d never known before.  As a writer, it’s JK Rowling.  To have young children lining up overnight to read a thick book with complex words and no pictures is just incredible.  I’m currently enjoying her Cormoran Strike series.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

Remembering where I left off with book two.  Note to self – don’t leave too much time between books in a series.

Tell your readers about your book.

It's fun, and it's suspenseful. I do recommend reading books one and two first.  Book one is free, and book two is 0.99 cents for a limited time.  Scarlet, her friends, and family, are people I believe readers will like and relate to. “The Banished Witness” finds Scarlet and her team of amateur sleuths in Portland, Oregon. Scarlet’s boyfriend James has a sister who’s been staying in a wellness facility there named Cedar Acres. When James is suddenly denied visitation rights, and Scarlet receives a call into her radio station about a missing girl, they suspect Cedar Acres is not what it seems.  Scarlet and her friend Tom go undercover as guests of Cedar Acres in an attempt to find James’ sister and the missing girl. “The Banished Witness” is a book that won’t give you nightmares, won’t make you uncomfortable, but I hope will highly entertain, keep you guessing, gasping and laughing.

Who is your target audience, and why?

Readers who invest in characters, and who are in it for the long haul. The characters in my Scarlet Oaks series are real people to me. My hope is that readers feel the same way. People who like a good who done it, enjoy suspense and a little humor.

If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?

They’ll happily lose themselves in the world of Scarlet Oaks.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

At risk of sounding incredibly cheesy, my sons. They've grown to be kind, caring, genrous, and loviing young men.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre

My story ideas.  They won’t remind you of the five other books you’ve read.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

When I walk, I forget about daily stresses and the ‘To Dos.’  It enables me to clear my mind for creativity.

Do you have any other books? Tell me about them.

The Healing Room” is a YA  first POV that has, drama, intrigue and lots of humanity.  “Love me or Die” is my first novel.  While I love the story and the huge twist, I feel my writing has come a long way since then.  “Serial Caller” and “Exposed Photographer” are the first two books in the Scarlet Oaks Series.  They’re fun, suspenseful and at times quite profound.  “The Secrets of Mead” is an English Village Mystery.  It’s a classic who done it with a unique and surprising twist.  I’ve also written five young children’s books under Lambsy La La.

What’s the next book you’re writing?

I’m going to try my hand at Cozy Mysteries.  I love humor, I believe it keeps us all sane.  The cozy mystery genre is all about light-hearted fun, so I think it will be a good fit for me.

What one piece of advice do you have for new authors.

Don’t give up.  Just keep writing.

Tell your readers anything else you want to share.

Can I ask a favor?  If you read my stories or any author’s stories, please share your thoughts with us.  I’ve had thousands of downloads of my free ebook but so few reviews.  Good or bad, authors really want and need to hear what you think. Thank you so much!

Monday, June 24, 2019


June 24, 2019

With each day I grow stronger after my gallbladder surgery. I can't say it was the worst thing I have ever been through, but it certainly wasn't. I think I even surprised myself how well things are going. I am taking it easy and working my way back up to full speed and within a week I think I should be back at full force. Don't worry. I'm not rushing my recovery and I am taking it easy. I have lots of help around me.

With that said, I have plenty of time to read and the current book of choice is Neuro Confinement by Sophie Marie Wright. It is very intriguing and deserves to be on everyone's reading list at least once. But wait, you can't because it is in the Beta reading stages and I am one of the beta readers.

Here is a book you can read,  "Duicinea and the Death Code" by Victoria Ray, which holds promise for all of us science fiction lovers. Here is the synopsis.

If somebody had told you that you were born under mysterious circumstances, that you appeared on Earth as a baby and nobody knew how you were born - grown by aliens, popped into existence by an invisible gravity force, or assembled in some kind of DNA-factory - wouldn’t you find it absolutely frightening? Knowing that you aren’t you, losing your identity and mind, feeling that it isn’t normal for you to be here, because you are part of something else, but still the part of the Universe. I am asking you: WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

A mysterious world.
A girl that had never been born.
A strange crack in the backyard that follows you wherever you go.
Death and disappointment.
The journey through the curved space.

It all waits to be discovered in Dulcinea and The Death Code – an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and reality in a thrilling reading experience. Fourteen-year-old Dulcinea is moving from sunny Sumter, South Carolina to frigid Sweden. She is followed by the glowing crack and the strange gravitational sound that has been there her whole life. What it is and why it follows her is a complete mystery. Through her journey, Dulcinea discovers her abilities, while coming to grips with the fact that she is far from human. This knowledge is very dangerous – not only for Dulcinea, but for everyone she meets during this electrifying trip to the place called A-Ria. 
Dulcinea and her incredible new friends learn that the secret they discover might help those they love… and the Earth itself. 

A spine-tingling young adult fantasy book Dulcinea and The Death Code will be an exhilarating read for teens, adults and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows of the Unknown Universe.