Last Hurrah of 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be in Lake Wales, Florida  selling books and talking with the wonderful people there. The turnout and sales were great for the two latest books: Destruction of Wild Cats and Into Amethyst Mists.

Reflecting back is bitter-sweet as I realize it’s the last big book event of 2016. So what’s next? Believe it or not, I’m not 100% sure. I’ve got some irons in the fire: editing the screenplay for The Vortex (based on the first 3 books of the crypto series) and editing/releasing my first adult (gasp!) book, Rebel Yell. But only two projects in the works – does this mean I’m slowing down? Again, I don’t know…

Maybe if I’m a good girl, Santa will give me a clue to what 2017 will hold!

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Impermanence of Life

Impermanence of life, or the lack of anything remaining permanent, has been at the forefront of my mind since I took an amazing yoga workshop with Christopher Baxter last year. When he first mentioned the idea – I was nearly paralyzed by fear. I wanted to run home to my happy place (the front porch) and hold my loved ones close (Les and the horses).

Then my world shifted – while I was in the class battling my fears. Instead of being afraid of change, I needed to embrace it. Life WILL change, the good times as well as the bad time – NOTHING will be the exact same today as it will be tomorrow or even as it was yesterday.

I became liberated. If life is on an upswing enjoy the moment – it will change. If life is on a downturn, don’t despair, it will change.

It’s been months since I’ve taken that class and apparently I fell back into my same rut and needed a refresher. My life has changed tremendously in the past year (some for better – some for worse), but the negative way of thinking had returned. Until yesterday…

I heard that a friend and co-worker had died suddenly. She was only in her early 60’s, she ate well, exercised 3-4 days a week, and had been coming to yoga. No one saw it coming.

What had she left undone, thinking she had all the time left in the world? What was still on her bucket list? I’m sure it wasn’t teaching at a public school two days a week (we job shared). What would she have made sure she did – for the first time or the last time?

Who wants regrets?

I’m going to try to get back to a more positive and proactive way of thinking – life is by no means permanent…we gotta make the most of this very minute…who knows if the next minute won’t arrive.

In loving memory of Debbie Hoefer…

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Book Brigade – Help Wanted!

Ever wondered how to help out your favorite author? Become a part of the Book Brigade. It doesn’t cost you a thing – and imagine the satisfaction you have from knowing you helped launch a book!

All you need to do is be willing to share images and posts with your friends via e-mail or social media – that’s it! If you’re interested in helping out  – let me know…you can just comment on this post. I’ll take care of the rest!

The next book release is Cyber Monday, November 28th, for Into Amethyst Mists – Book 5 of the Crypto Series.

Be a part of the Brigade and help launch this book into success!

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Can’t Stop – Won’t Stop!

Ahhh, fall is finally here – the temperatures have cooled slightly and the time change has happened. So, what do I do with an extra hour? Sleep? No, Cuzzin wouldn’t allow that! How about release a new book trailer? That’s more like it!

A little over a week ago, I released the latest ghost story: Destruction of Wild Cats. It’s a sort sequel to Murder of Crows, but this one takes place in St. Augustine during the 450th birthday celebration as well as the Second Seminole War.

Not able to slow down one bit – the 5th (and I believe FINAL) book in the crypto series, Into Amethyst Mists, will be released on November 28th – Cyber Monday! This one takes all the kids back into the fairy realm to rescue Aunt Tabitha! Check out the trailer!

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Inspiration

What a funny word – inspiration…it’s even a little awkward to say. Inspiration – it means so many things to so many people. You find your source of inspiration from many different areas and different walks of life.

I am inspired daily by thoughts of my grandmother. She was the kindest, hardest working woman I know. If I can be half the woman she was, I’m happy.

I’m inspired when I see talented horses and their riders, read good books or even watch a good move. I’m inspired when I see people pick themselves up day after day to push themselves through another tough time. I’m inspired by – well, you get the idea.

But to BE an inspiration? Never! Or so I thought…

Last week I released my 8th novel, Destruction of Wild Cats,  and was working hard at pushing the release. I talked to numerous classes of students, posted on social media all of the release happenings, and generally pushed myself to a new limit. Was it worth it? You betcha!

Within a 24-hour period, I had four people tell me that I was THEIR inspiration! What?!

The first was a 5th grade girl (and not one of my students) who when all the other kids were raising their hands to ask about Destruction, she raised hers to tell me that I was her inspiration to write – it brought my heart to my throat and tears to my eyes to hear that.

#2 and #3 were at the book release/launch party. One was a fellow author who told me that my perseverance and drive to put out 8 books has helped her keep writing when she wants to quit. Another was a ‘wanna be’ writer who hadn’t found her angle until we talked about where I draw ideas from.

#4…Another writer…I’ve been close friends with her for years. She gets up the same time I do, writes just as much, just as hard as I do – someone I look to in my darkest writing hours for that push to keep going…told me I was her inspiration to write more and just get it out there!

Ahhh, inspiration…you never know where it will come from or who it will go to. Like everything (positive and negative) inspiration can take on a life all its own. People can be inspired by you every day, even without you knowing.

Take a deep breath and keep going – be that inspiration…who knows where it will lead?

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Watch Trailer for Destruction of Wild Cats!

Hard to believe that book number 8 is ready to meet the world tomorrow. When I first released Murder of Crows a few years ago, I had no idea what was in store for me. Here I am, years later, releasing my 8th book…8th – and it’s another ghost story…Life does come full circle.

Check out the trailer and come see me at the Vintage Warehouse St. Augustine from 5-7 to raise your glass with me!

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Blood, Sweat, Tears, and a Book Release

The older I get, I realize the less I know – especially about myself! In a little over a week, I’m celebrating the release of my 8th Middle Grade novel – Destruction of Wild Cats!

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8th novel…wow! When this journey began all those years ago (I’ve honestly lost count) my goal was to create a book that my students could read, would enjoy and maybe even learn something from – Murder of Crows. Since then, I’ve shared Kobi’s story, along with Sugar’s, and the four book Cryptozoology series of what really happens in the wilds of the Florida swamps.

Destruction of Wild Cats will come out in time for Halloween and then the fifth and final book of the Crypto series, Into Amethyst Mists will be out in December.

What then? I honestly don’t know. There is one more ghost story rolling around in my head, at least one more horse story (maybe two) – and I’m kicking some ideas around for a historical romance (gasp!) as well as turning the crypto series into a screenplay…But enough about me…what would you like to read next? It only takes a little blood, a lot of sweat, and some tears to get the next one out!

 

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Book Release Info and Trailer

The countdown is on! In less than two weeks the latest book, Destruction of Wild Cats will be coming out!

The big day is Friday, October 28th. Come out to the Vintage Warehouse in St. Augustine from 5-7 to buy your signed copy…or order on Amazon!

Check out the trailer here…

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October Release!

What a better way to kick off October than with a ghost story? Destruction of Wild Cats will be available this month and pre-orders starting now!

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10 Years Ago…

10 years ago (today) – I went to ‘go see a man about a horse’…

Guess who?! My life changed forever – and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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