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!
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!
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…
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!
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!
Destruction of Wild Cats – the sorta sequel to Murder of Crows is now available as a pre-order on Kindle, with a release date of October 31, 2016 – yes…Halloween!
What’s it about? Oh, just another little ghost story…but this one takes place in St. Augustine during the 450th Anniversary and requires Liam and Ellie to move ghosts to the safety of the Castillo…not an easy task!
But don’t just take my word for it – watch the trailer and order your copy now!
To pre-order for your Kindle, click here!
A few times a year, I think Kobi tries to see just how much I care about him by getting sick. Yesterday was one of those days. I went out to ride Midnight since Kobi’s allergies are still so bad, and realized Kobi wasn’t ‘right’.
He was drooling this disgusting thick slobber and wouldn’t or couldn’t eat. Every time he tried he would make these bizarre faces, sticking his tongue out and seemed generally miserable. After several attempts to look at his tongue, Les noticed a dark pink spot on Kobi’s tongue – right in the middle- about the size of my thumb.
They say horses are always looking for ways to hurt themselves – Kobi’s no exception. Somehow he scraped his tongue and it was making it painful for him to eat. Having no idea what to do, I consulted Google and about the only thing I could find is that tongue issues aren’t that big of a deal – unless they won’t eat…
I stalked him all afternoon and when he came in to eat his super squishy dinner of soaked beet pulp and pellets, he tried to eat. Broke my heart watching him…
after two hours he ate his dinner and was eating hay! Not sure what triggered his eating response to override his sore tongue, but I’m glad it did. I’m back to having a normal horse. Or at least normal where Kobi is involved!
Since we are still celebrating our 10 years together….I have to plug his book. If you haven’t picked up Kobi: Memoirs of a Mustang yet – please do…many more of our adventures await you there!
When September 1st rolls around, I always feel a sense of relief – relief from the heat and bugs of summer. Don’t get me wrong…it’s still hot and buggy, but I feel the end is in sight!
This year is something special. 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary since a certain mustang came into my life. Kobi and I have outlasted many other relationships! Those of you who know us or have read his book know that it has not been an easy relationship – nothing worth having ever is. But also, as with good relationships, I wouldn’t change a thing…except maybe ease his bug allergies for him!
For those of you who haven’t read Kobi’s story yet…It’s on sale all of September at Amazon – click here! And if you want to follow more of our experiences in Sugar’s story – it’s here! If you would like to celebrate this momentous occasion with us, feel free to leave a review at either link.
Kobi and I appreciate all the well wishes!
Things have been happening fast and furious at the Triple H Ranch the last few weeks – so quickly in fact, I’m having a difficult time keeping up!
School is back in session, which means I’m back to the day job…sort of. I took a different position within the school so I only work 40% now, Thursdays and Fridays, back in the classroom supporting students with special needs.
So that freed up a ton of time that I can spend…writing!
The latest projects include another ghost story which will be released on Halloween – Destruction of Wild Cats. I’ve been busy wrapping up the loose ends and getting a book trailer created (more on that later!)
I’ve also just finished up Into Amethyst Mists, which is scheduled for December 2016 release, and all of the messiness that’s involved with that one!
As for the horses, working 40% also frees up time to spend with them. Kobi and Midnight are happy and healthy (even tho the gnats are making them crazy) and Jasper still hasn’t moved in yet…soon!
And finally, now that I’ve finished my Yoga Teacher Training, I’m filling ’empty’ time by teaching classes at Downdogz studio. Please come visit me there and enjoy the peace and relaxation only a great yoga class can provide!
While I love everything that’s going on, each day is a new adventure – which I’m embracing to the fullest!
As most of you know, I was fortunate to adopt another horse a few months ago – Jasper! He hasn’t come to the Triple H Ranch yet to live or meet his new brother’s, Kobi and Midnight yet, since I wanted to fence off more property for him and the Florida heat (and bugs) haven’t allowed much outside time.
But he’s not being ignored…
I’m helping out at Thompson Therapy’s Horse Camp – which also happens to be held at Jasper’s current home. He is so gentle and amazing with the kids, and was a huge hit at camp! Yesterday was the last day of the camp last week, so the girls painted the horses. Two girls asked if they could paint Jasper!
Feeling Mama Love
The girls felt his face needed more
There’s still some spaces left for next week’s camp – sign up and give Jasper some love!
Before I announce it, I want to thank everyone who submitted their suggestion to me. They were fun, thoughtful, and most of them food related!! There were a few duplicate names (again, mostly food related) and quite a few had thought up ‘Freckles’ which was one of our original thoughts – but still a great one looking at that sweet boy’s face!
Les and I went around and around – trying to find the PERFECT name for him. We tried pulling names from a hat and almost every evening we tried to eliminate one or two. We even tried to follow in the footsteps of naming Kobi (Comanche word for Mustang) and the Nez Perce word for Appaloosa is m’a min, which is not something that flows off my tongue.
My yoga sister, Meaghan Alvarado, won the rights to be mentioned in my next book as she came up with his new name, Jasper, after the stone Dalmatian Jasper. She was even thoughtful enough to include a link to the definition and meaning to the stone. Just in case you don’t feel like clicking on the link – here are a few tidbits I pulled out that I felt had meaning for Jasper as well as us:
- it aids in breaking down areas of protection we have place around ourselves
- release lack of trust in others
- creates child like joy and enjoyment in life, and finally
- allows you move forward in life and find true purpose for being here
So from here on out, I hereby declare the Spotted One to be known as Jasper!