Another Healing

Another Healing

Sunday, September 25, 2016

My Jade Necklace

People who have already read Depth of Return will know exactly why I am posting a photo of a jade necklace.

So here's some trivia about the novel that didn't make it into my blog tour. Originally, the dog in the book was trapped in another object. My editor at DSP suggested I change the object, and since I'd already named the dog Jade, we decided that a jade necklace would be appropriate. (Yes, I came up with the name first and then the object, whereas the characters had the object first and named the dog after it. One of those weird things that made writer's heads explode sometimes.)

The problem was that I didn't own any jade. I looked at lot of jade on the internet, but I really needed to see a piece to describe it. So that meant a research trip to a jewelry store. I knew of a perfect one in downtown Burlington that specializes in imported jewelry. I may or may not have bought a lot of presents for myself and others there over the years. Suffice it to say, when my husband and I came in, the owner headed right over with a big smile.

I browsed around a little while my husband and the owner chatted. My husband loves to talk, and I wasn't paying any attention to what they were talking about. Until the owner calls me over with a big grin and announces to the whole shop that he has some nice demon possessed jade right here.

Of course, I was ready to kill them both. Of course, I ended up buying a jade necklace. I mean, I needed to have it to study, right? Heck, maybe it can count as a tax deduction. And yes, everyone in the store ended up knowing I was a writer and I was writing a book about a dog trapped in a...

As soon as we got on the sidewalk, I informed my husband that the dog was not in fact a demon, but a demon had trapped him in the necklace. There was a huge difference. My husband just rolled his eyes.

But I will pay him back. My next novel will have a dog trapped in a diamond necklace.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Blog Tour Winding Down

Okay, the Depth of Return Blog Tour is winding down. I'm still looking for Susana, my final winner. If anybody knows her, tell me to email me at

Thanks so much to everyone who followed the tour and left great comments and made me feel warm and fuzzy. I'm always here if anyone wants to ask me anything. And thanks to everyone who bought the book, of course.

Whew. I am feeling frizzled and tired, but happy. The book is launched, the first reivews are good, and it's time to start looking ahead. Now to get Cricket polished up and subbed. I'm a bit hindered at the moment because my very old laptop crashed last week. I bought a new one this weekend and am in the middle of the laborious task of getting it set up.

But when it's ready to go, look out, because I am all inspired and ready to do it again!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Guest Blog at Love Bytes Reviews

I'm HERE at Love Byte's Reviews today, chatting about new cars and how technology can leave us behind. Pop in and be entered in the drawing for a free book from my backlist. Thanks!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Guest Blog at My Fiction Nook

Today I'm at My Fiction Nook on my Depth of Return blog tour, talking about my pets. There's a dog in Depth of Return that becomes a major character, and I had such fun writing about him. Drop by HERE and tell me about your pets, or ask me anything. You'll be entered into a drawing for a free copy of your choice from my back list.


Monday, September 5, 2016

Release Day!

Depth of Return is available for sale, right HERE right now!

It's so wonderful to be type those words!



Sunday, September 4, 2016

Lovely Review of Another Healing

HERE is a lovely review of Another Healing, the first book in the Another Healing series, just in time for Depth of Return's release tomorrow. The review is from the same site that is hosting me right on my blog tour.

Thank you so much, Prism Book Alliance!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Getting sooo close!

Two more days before Depth of Return is released! I can't believe the summer of waiting for it is almost over. My blog tour is underway and I'm getting many wonderful comments on my posts. It's so much fun hearing from new readers and old fans.

Two posts are up: click HERE and HERE

Three more posts to come -- two next week and one the week after. Then I'm probably going to go into a serious let down, especially since we'll be thinking about moving home from camp and I'll have to admit that the cold white stuff that falls out of the sky that I won't name right now is on the way.

I'm anxious as I always am before a release -- will people like it? Will it get horrible reviews? Will people get what I was trying to do? Will anybody even buy it? Should I have done this, that, or the other? I have the eBook version, but I can't even look at it because I get a sick feeling that I should have gone over it one last time before I sent it back to my editor. I know I'll see things I NEED to change. But it's too late. My print copies should be arriving shortly. (Though I expect that might be delayed -- my publisher just got hit by a hurricane. They're okay, but caution us that things are running slowly.)

It's a tough thing to throw characters I've been nurturing for over a year out to the world to be picked apart by reviewers. I try to remind myself that it's my book that's being reviewed, not me. But the bottom line is that the two are one and the same.

And the strangest part is that since I write under a pen name, I can't even talk about the fact that I've just published a novel with most of the people I know. (I work in a school and need to keep my other life private for obvious reasons.) I'll have to pretend that nothing much happened over the long weekend, that I didn't just do something that most people don't do. I have published young adult fiction under another name, so my students know I'm a writer and my work is in the school library, but still, it's hard.

But what I try to remember is that I'm doing what I love and I'm having success at it, and I'm have a new novel coming out on Monday and I AM SO EXCITED!