Another Healing

Another Healing

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Winter Solstice!

Usually to celebrate the solstice, I go for a long walk and reflect on the last time the planet was in this position, but if I tried to do that today, I'd break my neck. We are in the midst of an ice storm predicted to rival the once we had in the late nineties that crippled the state for days. I had to put spiky things on my boots to go to my bird feeders, and that was as far as I went. The trees are already coated in ice, which is breathtakingly beautiful despite its danger. How often things work that way.

I've had a rough year, especially the second half, with too much death and sadness, both expected and unexpected. I don't like change. But there have been lots of hugs and chocolate from family and friends, and that helps so much.

My writing life has been great, though. I've published four pieces -- Night of Ceremony, which is a Varian and Josh story in the Notice series, about what happens when the dragons are caught in an earthquake. Silver Pearl, my tale of a young man recovering from the violence of his past with the help of a unicorn, Finaly Awakening, which is my charity short story offering for this year. And Webs, a story about the commander of a space ship who finds out how much he enjoys not being in charge of everything once in a while. All of my stories have gotten some wonderful reviews and I couldn't be prouder of all of them.

I also had two stories accepted for next year -- Haunted Halls, which is about a freshman who falls for the college ghost, and Another Healing, a novel which has been in the works for a long, long time and I am thrilled that it will finally be published.

I have worked with some wonderful familar editors and some wonderful new ones from three different presses, and I've learned a whole lot from all of them. I've been interviewed, I've been a guest on websites, I've hosted conversations, and I've made book trailers. And being published just gets more and more awesome.

Right now, I'm working on The Dragon and the Palm Tree, which is the next in the Notice series. Guess who's going to Florida? It's going to be hot!

Have a wonderful Solstice everyone! And thanks so much for reading my stories, and my blog, and inspiring me to write more.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Winter Quiet

I went for a walk alone this afternoon in gray, quiet falling snow. The only sound was a pair of hairy woodpeckers working the bark of a maple, high overhead. Until I heard, high above them, geese. It was a big flock, flying in a V, heading north through the falling snow. I know that they are hardy ones who have decided to stay here for the winter, and they are just moving toward the broad lake, away from smaller ponds that have now frozen in last week's below zero temperatures. It was good to see them and know that they're still here, that they think it's worth staying in Vermont through the cold and darkness.

 I feel as though I haven't seen sunlight for weeks. Winter has caught me by surprise this year. A lot has caught me by surprise.

My parents have grown old.
A teenager has died
Now two dogs I love have passed on
Winter comes unexpectedly.

I wonder if the geese, too, have been caught by surprise, if even wild things suddenly become adrift, unaware, and find themselves startled, wondering how they could possibly be where they are now.

We search for safer water.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

First Edits for Another Healing Done

Whew! Just finished a serious bit of intense rewriting and I'm feeling really good about how this novel is looking. Now it's back in the publisher's hands for the next round. I've also filled out the cover art form, as well as the marketing form. A lot is going on and I feel like sometimes just keeping my head above water is quite a feat. Dealing with lots of issues around aging relatives, at the same time I'm still very much a parent.

How do people who aren't writers cope? What do you do if you can't dive into a novel to get away from it all? I think I would go totally insane. When I tell people everything I'm dealing with, and then tell them that I'm editing a novel and a novella at the same time at night, they look at me as though I'm likely to implode. They don't see that the final straw is actually the life jacket.

I'm looking forward to being able to concentrate on The Dragon and the Palm Tree. It's going to be fun!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's snowy out there!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone!

I'm busy editing Another Healing, but I'll make time to eat!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Dragon and the Palm Tree

I've had this idea batting around in my head for a long time, and suddenly, yesterday while I was at school, the idea just took off. I LOVE writing about Varian and Josh. They're effortless.

This one is going to be different. Guess why? It's not set in Vermont! And how, you may ask, are our heroes going to get to Florida?

They're going to fly.

And what happens when you put two dragons in an airplane, close them in tight, and send them into the sky in human form?

It's not going to be pretty.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Another Healing!

I can't believe it, but Another Healing is now on the production clock. I just got a whole bunch of marketing forms to fill out, starting the process. I'm so excited! This will be my first novel in print. I can't wait. Good stuff happening.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

The veil between the worlds is thin tonight!

Watch for dragons!

(Notice I didn't say watch OUT for dragons!)

Notice=pun (Hee-hee)

I'm very tired -- been working on my trailer for Haunted Halls. If a hot gay dragon appears and sweeps me off my feet tonight, I shall not hesitate!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Another Nice Review

To read a review of Webs by Top 2 Bottom Reviews, click HERE

It's just so wonderful to get reviews like this!

The feeling of Being Published never gets old.

Haunted Halls is going through round two with the editor. It's getting there.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Getting There!

Okay, I just sent Haunted Halls back to the editor! I know she is going to say "Wow!" Then she is either going to say, "You just made this story amazing," or she is going to say, "What did you do to this poor story?" Honestly, it could go either way. I have completely lost my confidence in knowing if a story is any good or not. Absolutely gone. I just pour everything I've got into it, and then stop. I'm noticing all the time now that reviewers are enjoying things that I didn't remotely do on purpose and overlooking details I agonized over. Writing is a strange, strange business. One needs to supercharge the brain, and disconnect it at the same time. And I suspect that only other writers have a clue what that feels like.

All that aside, I'm excited for Haunted Halls to come out. There's an awful lot of the real me in this story. Whoever that is.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Editing, editing...

Hard at work on Haunted Halls, my next release! It's going to be a good one! Got changes to make, lots of changes, all for the better. Busy, busy.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Nice Reviews popping up!

Here's another link to a nice review from Rainbow Book Reviews:

Click Here

It's really wonderful when people appreciate what means to much to me. Sniffle, sniffle.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I'm Free!

Well, Notice is. Tomorrow morning from 7-8 AM, CST.

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Torquere Press is offering a sampling of book for free, one a day during the month of September. I'm honored to have Notice among all the fine titles.

So if you don't know who Josh is but have been wondering, now is your chance to enter into the Notice series for free. Meet the man who fell in love with a dragon-shifter. Meet the dragon who trusted his heart to a human. It's a wild ride that I'm thrilled to be part of.

(The Dragon and the Mistletoe)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

What I Write...

A review for Webs has already popped up -- yea! SOOO wonderful when someone recognizes what a writer is trying to do. Read the review HERE

And read more about Webs HERE

And if you liked Webs, you might enjoy my very first published M/M story, The Glass Man. It's also about a man who finds himself and love in the more extreme forms that passion can take.

Read more about it HERE

And Ice has got some chilly stuff in it, too. Read more about it HERE

And don't forget my Charity Sip, Final Awakening -- There's a bit of sex under pressure in there. (Or should I say, "sex while being stretched?") Buy it HERE

People comment to me that my writing seems to go in several different directions. But I don't really feel like it does. I don't write any differently when I'm writing a BDSM tale than when I'm not. I just write about characters who touch me. How they express themselves sexually is just part of who they are, and part of what I explore about them. What's right for Jared and his partners would not be right for Varian and Josh (but Justin and Wells, on the other hand... hmm...) Does that make sense?

As always, thank you all for reading! It never ceases to amaze me that people I've never met are connecting to what's inside my head. (Which is a very strange place, believe me!)

Friday, September 20, 2013

More on Webs

I'm just really excited about Webs. To whet your appetites a little more -- it's a BDSM menage story, and the heat rating is over the top hot. Which is like, really hot. It's a science fiction tale that takes place on a spaceship that is fueled by the energy released from orgasms. So that means that there are lot of them.

I wanted to explore what would happen if I took a strong man and stripped him of everything -- his freedom, his memories, and his inhibitions -- and put him in a situation of danger. What happened was a surprise to him as well as to me. Then, half way through, he has the option to have his memory restored, but at the cost of losing his recent memories,

Being inside Jared's head was a very interesting place to be, for sure. He grows in a lot of ways as he explores his relationship with a fellow prisoner and with their alien captor. But mostly, he learns a lot about a part of himself he's never dared to let surface before. Accepting who he really is inside is the hardest thing he's ever had to do.

Get your copy HERE

Oh, and in case you're squeamish, there are no spiders in the story. The "web" is created entirely by the characters.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Webs is Out!

It's official! Webs is available! The buy link is HERE

Here is the blurb:

He wakes nameless, without memory, and in chains. He expects death. Instead, he falls in love. Not once, but twice. The passion that binds the three men will not only change their lives, but change the whole galaxy. That is, if they escape the webs they’re caught in.

And here is an excerpt:

When I woke, I was on the floor beside the table. The bracelet still clasped my wrist. Smashing it hadn’t done a thing except turn my flesh red and puffy and make the band feel ten times tighter. I struggled to my feet and then stood still, cradling my throbbing arm to my chest. Then I noticed new pain. I hadn’t been left alone. Someone had pierced my nipples.

I groaned. Two small silver rings hung from me. They burned when I pulled at them. Like the bracelet, they had no obvious means of opening.

I did a quick check. Nothing else seemed to have happened. My body was healthy, fit, clean. My skin was light in color, I had very little body hair, but what there was looked dark and fine. I was clean-shaven, the hair on my head was short and wavy. My features felt -- average? I had no mirror and nothing to compare myself to, anyway.

I could rip the nipple rings out. But I would bleed, and I had nothing to staunch it with. Still, the idea of just sitting here and letting this happen to me was abhorrent. I could feel my temper boiling, lava beneath my surface. I suspected that being powerless was a new feeling for me.

Still, if I ripped out the rings, I’d draw negative attention to myself. Should I pretend to comply until I’d figured out what was going on, then take calculated action? Yet whatever was going on seemed pretty effective. My chance might never come. My memory could be gone for good.

Gritting my teeth, I took hold of both rings. This was going to hurt like hell. But if I started acting passive now, it would only get easier until my drive to fight would be gone. And that would be the worst thing that could happen.

Just as I started to feel the pain, the door to the room burst open. The light went out at the same time. For an instant, I saw a tall, hooded, cloaked figure outlined in the doorway, but then the door shut and I couldn’t see a thing. I backed into a corner, letting go of my rings and raising my arms in defense. I sensed the person approaching -- I could hear soft footsteps and the swish of the cloak. I crouched, put my right arm over my head, and charged forward, hoping to ram the person in the stomach and dash out the door.

Instead, I hit the corner of the metal table, hard. Something snapped in my forearm. Agony lanced up to my shoulder as the force knocked me backward. I cried out as hands grabbed at me, caught me, held me, and then lifted me onto the table. My ears rang from the pain, and a darker darkness pulsed around me. Through it, I felt someone straighten my right arm. Bone grated on bone. I fought, struggling, kicking, writhing. Then something ice-cold shot outward from the bracelet. Numbness engulfed me. I couldn’t fight what was taking me from the inside out, and after a moment, I found myself lying motionless.

I couldn’t even scream. All I could do was lie there and pant, but I could feel pain washing through me, so intense that it swallowed even my fear.

“We are almost there,” a voice said above me. It was male, cold and yet sensual, worming inside my mind. Instantly, I knew I had heard it before, and that I hated it more than anything.

“We have come a long way in the last few hours, my friend. You have not disappointed me. I knew from the first that you were material I could work with. Now that you have been stripped to your bare essence -- your troublesome mind is gone -- we can finish and you will serve me well. You know in your soul that this is true.”

I drew a deep breath and said through my pain, “I may not be able to remember you, but I hate you!” He laughed, and the sound made me ten times colder. I began to shiver violently on the table.

“Exactly,” he said. “I shall milk your strength until you have nothing left. And it will be beautiful,” he added, his voice falling.

I felt a fingertip in a silky glove trace down the side of my face and across my throat. I shuddered.

He laughed again. “Oh, it would almost be worth it to restore your memory for a moment, so that you could see yourself lying here mindless before me, as I told you that you soon would be. You begged me at the end, you know. You were most pitiful, the things you promised me. Which was quite pointless, since you will do all those things anyway.”

He was lying. I would never have begged this monster for anything!

“Oh, yes you did,” my captor said, “when I took the one thing from you that you would have died to protect, if you’d been able to. But I digress. It is time to move forward.”

He touched the bracelet on my arm. I ignored what he was doing. He’d given me one piece of information. He could restore my mind. How could I get him to do it? Comply? Fight? Beg? Everything at once? He didn’t give me time to figure anything out.

“Sit up now.” He gently pulled me upright. I was so limp that my head fell forward, and I didn’t have the strength to lift it. Nor could I stop shivering. Cold. So cold. My broken arm ached, but nothing like it had even moments before.

“You should begin to feel relief soon,” he said. “I just released drugs from your bracelet that will heal you. But before your strength comes back, I need to take a few precautions. How is your arm feeling?”

I opened and closed my hand, tried moving my arm. It worked, almost as though it hadn't been broken.

“Excellent.” He took my arms and pulled them gently behind me. 

What a Week!

Wow, is all I can say.

Final Awakening released from Torquere Press yesterday.
Webs coming out from Changeling Press tomorrow.
And yesterday, I signed a contract with Dreamspinner Press to publish Another Healing! I couldn't be more thrilled.

Another Healing is the long awaited sequel to my 2010 Charity Sip, The Rosebud. People may remember James, the hurting healer who falls in love with everyone he heals, and Ambient, the man he saves after a car accident? I have been asked so many times for more of their story. Why does James have this strange healing talent? Why is Ambient the one who breaks the curse and falls in love with James? And can these two make a life together?

Well, I was as interested as everyone else, and I wrote a novel to find out. I have to say, some of the answers threw me for a loop.

I REALLY worked hard on this novel for most of three years, and it would have been done sooner though not as well if a friend hadn't shaken her head and told me to pretty much start over. One of the most important things she said was that nobody was going to remember The Rosebud. At least the finer details of it. (I mean, really, who could forget someone named Ambient?) So since The Rosebud was long out of contract anyway, I incorporated it into the first chapter of the novel. So don't worry if you can't remember all the details -- you'll get to read them again.

This is my first full length novel since Notice, and it will be my first one in PRINT! That is very cool by itself!

Oh, and don't forget, I have a really neat ghost story novella, Haunted Halls, coming out sometime soon with Less Than Three Press. I love that story, too.

This is what happens when I don't publish anything for a while. A whole bunch of stuff happens at once. It's kind of freaky for a shy writer.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

2013 Charity Sip Blog Hop

Our Bloghop Starts Here: Torquere Press

Welcome to my blog! I'm very excited to be part of Torquere's Blog hop. This is my fourth time taking part in Torquere's Charity Sip Blitz. It's always an honor to be included and to feel like I'm doing something to support the gay community in some fashion or other.

My contribution this year is Final Awakening, a sequel to my story last year, Slow Awakening, the story about the king who visits a cave and has the most incredible night of his life. Then he finds out in the morning that the man who'd been his master for the evening is none other than the new ambassador from a neighboring land, and that two the of them will have to work together publicly.

In Final Awakening, the king visits the ambassador's homeland, which is even less supportive to men of their persuasion than his own. Not only does their love come to the test, but so do their lives.

And what does this have to do with uniforms? As the ambassador finds out, a lot can change depending on which one he's wearing.

Here's the blurb:

Forbidden love and the risk of execution dance together, a dangerous waltz of passion and terror. When the nightmare comes true for the ambassador, the king must use every bit of his cunning and wit or they will both face the sword.

And here's an excerpt:

My lover was gagged and bound to a chair facing the door.

The wrongness of it slammed into me. It was like seeing -- I wasn't even sure what could compare. It was like that day when I was a child when the sun had disappeared at noon and everything turned black and the stars came out, the sun eaten away. The terror that touched me then was like the terror that touched me now. The sun had returned and been the same ever since, but I had never looked at it with the same trust.

My lover met my eyes for the briefest of instants. His blue eyes were full of things I'd never thought to see. Fear, guilt, anger. Then his gaze fell to the floor and I knew in my heart that he was ashamed. Ashamed for me to see him like this. He wore the brown tunic of one in service to this land, instead of the black of a freeman. Anger flooded me -- who would dare do this to him? -- and anger on top of terror was never a good combination. It took all the skill I had to make my face a mask as I turned to another man rising from where he'd been sitting in the shadows. A tall man in a rich, sumptuous brown cloak, edged with russet. Dark haired, dark eyed, fit, commanding, and wearing a gold circlet on his head that was nearly identical to the one that bound my own temples.

King Oban.

Oh, this was a whole lot of not good.

I admit that I had a little trouble coming up with an idea for this call when it was announced last spring. I honestly don't have much experience with uniforms and all that they symbolize, though my father served in WWII and my great-great grandfather fought in the Civil War. And my daughter's fiance is an EMT. But being able to be out and serve seems like a really good idea, so I wanted to come up with something. As usual, when reality is lacking, I turn to fantasy, and my characters from last year were haunting me, and then I suddenly had an idea and soon a story. I hope you all enjoy Final Awakening!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Visitor

This handsome gentleman visited our yard last week, enjoying the apples that have fallen from our apple trees:

And we had some spectacular clouds a while ago:

Fall is in the air in Vermont, for sure. After a hot and stressful summer, this is not a bad thing. I have an overwhelming urge to be snowed in with a cup of hot chocolate and good story.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Webs is Getting Closer!

Watch for my newest novella Webs on September 20 from Changeling Press. It's been heaps of fun working on this story. It's from my -- ahem -- darker side, to put it gently. New characters, new setting, and an unusual plot.

Here's the blurb:

He wakes nameless, without memory, and in chains. He expects death. Instead, he falls in love. Not once, but twice. The passion that binds the three men will not only change their lives, but change the whole galaxy. That is, if they escape the webs they're caught in.

Here's the link to me at Changling Press. (Yes, this is the same me. Just... a different part of me.) *Blushes*

But please do NOT go there if you aren't an adult!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Very Cool!

I was just offered a renewal contract for my novel Notice for two more years! Very pleased. So Varian and Josh aren't going anywhere in a hurry!

Just got to say, I've always loved this cover. It's so Vermont. I mean, yeah, the dragons are here, and they've got attitude, and you can see them if you just close your eyes for a second...

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Charity Sip Cover

Here it is -- 2013's Charity Sip Blitz cover. My contribution is Final Awakening, a sequel to my last year's sip, Slow Awakening. Coming out in September. Mine is set and ready to go.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Haunted Halls Accepted!

Haunted Halls has just been accepted by Less Than Three Press!

It's so much fun to move stories up from "Works In Progress" to "Forthcoming."

Haunted Halls is a ghost story set on a small Vermont college campus that is a whole lot like where I went to school. I'd describe this story as a sensitive, delicate tale about a young man learning way more than he thought he would when he headed unwillingly off to college.

I can tell that I'm going to be switching from writing hard to revising hard in the near future. A happy thought.

Sunday, August 11, 2013


I've been a terrible blogger this summer, but I have been writing my tail off, and hopefully soon everyone will have lots of new stuff of mine to read.

Starting with Webs! I just signed a contract with Changeling Press to have this story published. It's a BDSM science fiction tale that was heaps of fun to write. Lots more on it later.

I also have two other pieces submitted right now and am waiting to hear back.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Charity Sip Accepted!

Very pleased. My short story, Final Awakening, has just been accepted by Torquere Press for this year's Charity Sip Blitz. This story is a sequel to my last year's story, Slow Awakening. That was the story about the king and the ambassador and the fantastic night they had in the caves... This is the story of what happens when the king goes to visit the ambassador in the ambassador's homeland.

This year's theme is uniforms, and the story will be coming out in September, I believe. Much more on it later, I'm sure!

On other fronts: Haunted Halls, my ghost story novella, is in the hands on my writer's group as of Sunday. My novel, Another Healing, is getting closer, closer to being ready to submit -- I'm at the tweaking and polishing stage, finally. I will be SO HAPPY when this novel is submitted! I have been writing every free minute I have, even when I'm riding in the car some of the time, believe it or not. I don't think I've ever pushed so hard for so long! But it's wonderful to be in such a creative place, instead of being under deadlines and up to my eyeballs in marketing forms. All that will come later. And I can't wait for that, too!

Did I ever say how much I LOVE writing?

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Working in the Rain

My life is narrowing down to revising and rain. And more rain, and more revising, and more rain, and...

Another Healing is finally starting to work with me! This novel is going to be good. Sometime...

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Solstice!

The shortest night of the year. It's beautiful, warm, and clear here, with an almost full moon rising over the tamarack trees. I intend to celebrate by swimming naked in the pool under its light in a little while.

I hope everyone else finds peace and pleasure tonight as well.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Darn RL!

I've had an awful lot of unpleasant stuff going on lately, but that isn't a bad thing for my writing. The worse things get, the more I NEED to write to escape. In the past couple weeks, I've finished a good rough draft of my 2013 Charity Sip. I'm going to sub it as soon as my husband/proofreader gets a chance to look at it.

Next, I'm going to polish up Haunted Halls, my ghost story, and get that subbed as well. Then it's back to Another Healing, which is taking good shape. As always, it seems like I sub a bunch of stuff at once. There must be a way to just write one story at a time. But I haven't found it yet.

Deep breath. Stay calm. I'm good.

Saturday, June 1, 2013


I kinda sorta made my goal. I finished my story, but it finished before it hit the 25,000 word submission cut off I was aiming for. So I'll just submit it elsewhere. I had a whole lot of real life stuff hit pretty hard and unexpectedly soon after my last post, like the death of my dog. I'm going to put my new story away to rest a while and now I'm working on this year's Charity Sip for Torquere. More on that, later. It's a fun story so far!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Writing, writing, writing...

8,000 words. My goal seems miles away. Between having to shut down for thunderstorms and real life messes that keep happening to me... I'm feeling good, though. I think the only way to write is to stop everything else that's non-essential for a while.

Send me energy!

Friday, May 17, 2013


Lilacs and Apple Blossoms. It smells unbelievable around here.

I have set a goal. 25,000 words by the first of June. I need to create.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Ah, Spring...

Peepers, apple blossoms, and starlight. If this isn't a perfect spring evening, I don't know what is. Going to sleep with my windows open now...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

First Sunset at the Lake this Year!

So peaceful!

And then, just as it got dark, a beaver swam by! Just lovely.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

My Birthday Moon!

Full Moon tonight for my birthday! How special is that?

And here's a short video I took. Listen to the spring peepers in the beaver pond.  This is my favorite time of year, for sure.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Canada Geese

I've been crazy busy writing lately. After two releases in three weeks, you'd think I'd want to take a break from the computer, but I'm in a position I haven't been in for a while with nothing in my forthcoming spot. I do have a novella, Webs, subbed and am waiting for a response, but I feel a little (very) antsy. I'm using this time to work on the Most Abandoned Novel in the World -- Another Healing. I wrote a first draft of it, my trusty editor-friend told me I needed to take a closer look at it, so I instantly decided it was no good and buried it deeply in my files. Now I'm slogging through it again. Shortening and tightening are not things that come easily to me, the Queen of the Run-a-way Novel. But I'm trying. I've worked so long and hard on it that I NEED to get it out of my life. And then... I'm not sure what I'm going to work on. It'll be fun to decide.

Here's a video I shot a few weeks ago of two slightly amorous geese on the beaver pond near my house.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Live on the Torquere Press Live Journal

I'm live on the Torquere Press Live Journal today! Pop over, say hi, and enter into a drawing for a free copy of Night of Ceremony, next in the Notice Series, available on Wednesday!

To go the Live Journal click:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Coming Next Week...

All kinds of exciting stuff coming up! I feel like I just barely got Silver Pearl launched, and here comes another!

It's the next in the Notice Series. Yes, it's about Varian and Josh.

It will be available one week from today, on April 10th.

Yes, I've made a book trailer for it. Watch for it to be posted soon.

I will be live on the Torquere Press Live Journal this Sunday, April 7th. I'd love to have people drop by and chat.

Stay tuned for the blurb and the excerpt and all that stuff!

Saturday, March 30, 2013


I was driving up our road today when I saw something surface in a break in the ice on a beaver pond that was definitely not a beaver. I walked back with my camera, and after waiting very patiently for a long time, I got these shots of a lovely otter. This is the best look I've ever gotten of this shy, illusive creature.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Silver Pearl is Well Launched

Wow, what an experience! Guest Blogging was so much fun. I got many lovely comments and entries in the give-a-way, and many, many blog hits. It was just so cool to come home from work every day and see such positive feedback for my writing all over the place. Thank you so much, everyone, for supporting me and the blog sites and my publisher and m/m fiction and unicorns!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Silver Pearl Blog Tour

I'm on a Silver Pearl Blog Tour this week! Here are my stops:

March 18 – Babes in Boyland Click Here
March 19 – Chaos in the Moonlight Click Here
(an interview)
March 20 – Pants Off Reviews Click Here
March 21 – Joyfully Jay Click Here
March 22 – The Armchair Reader Click Here

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Leave a comment with your email address here between March 18 and March 22 and you'll be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Silver Pearl from Less Than Three Press. Tell me what you're thinking! Ask me anything! I'll announce the winner on Saturday, March 23.

Here is Silver Pearl's official blurb:

Standing in a meadow late at night, not really certain why, Joel is shocked when he encounters a unicorn—one that turns into a beautiful young man. Joel aches to be closer to the unicorn, but everyone knows unicorns only approach virgins. After a brutal attack that left him broken and afraid, Joel is no longer that. 

Then hunters appear, determined to take down the unicorn, and Joel will have to overcome the horrors of his past in order to save his chance at a future. 

Here is the excerpt:

Moonlight lay silver over the meadow, catching beads of dew in sparkles like tiny stars balanced on each blade of grass, except where the shadows of trees made soft patches of shade. A barred owl soared down from a tamarack tree, a silent glide low over the grass, and then stroked the luminous air to vanish into a fir tree.

The young man standing in the shadows followed the owl’s flight with his eyes. Otherwise he stood as motionless as the barely breathing trees, a silent sentinel, nude but for a quilt around his shoulders. Waiting. Nervous.

Joel wasn’t even sure what he waited for. He just knew that sometime tonight, the moonlight would be answered. He swallowed hard, heart racing, hands clenched. Part of him wanted to run back home.

Perhaps he was finally going crazy. There was no logic in hiking up to this clearing behind his house, naked, in the middle of the night, wrapped only in a quilt. Just an urge to do it, and a feeling that at last, finally, everything that had made him different, set him apart, would be explained. Tonight was the night he’d been waiting for. And fearing. Something would happen. He wasn’t sure—

Warm breath caressed his shoulder. He was no longer alone.

Do not move.

The words were in his mind, clear, forceful, not to be disobeyed. Terror filled him, the familiar terror, far too ingrained to be ignored. Invaded! His mind this time, not only his body!

Oh, God, why had he come here? Why hadn’t he run? He wanted to be left alone; he was all right when he was alone, safe, alone—he whirled around, bringing one arm up to shield his face, clutching the quilt closer with the other.

A unicorn stood behind him.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

It's Silver Pearl week!

All kinds of exciting stuff going on! I'm on a Guest Blog Tour, stopping in a new place every day, tomorrow through Friday. Check back here on my blog after midnight tonight for a list of where I'll be and when!

AND if you leave a comment on my guest blog post, you'll be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Silver Pearl. The drawing will be on Saturday the 23rd.

Silver Pearl itself will be released on Wednesday, which is also the first day of spring! What a perfect way to celebrate! One of the characters, Laburne, would be especially appreciative of that fact. He is very attuned to to things like the vernal equinox, believe me.

Have a wonderful week, everybody!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Coming up...

I'm writing posts for my upcoming Silver Pearl Guest Blog Tour, the week of March 17. Does anybody have any ideas for me for me to blog about? Deep, dark secrets you've always wanted to know? I'm open to questions.

Friday, March 1, 2013


It's Silver Pearl month!

I'm very excited -- I haven't had a new release since Slow Awakening, my Charity Sip, came out last September. Well, The Dragon and his Knight came out in December, but that was a re-release of an older story. Which was cool in its own way.

Silver Pearl is a brand new novella. I changed gears a little bit from dragon shifters to unicorn shifters. When I first got the idea, I asked a friend if she'd ever heard of a story about m/m unicorn shifters before. She didn't think it had been done because of the whole virginity thing. Well, that solidified my idea. The whole virginity thing is certainly addressed in my story! Believe me.

So get ready for Silver Pearl on March 20 from Less Than Three Press. I'm working on a book trailer with all my own photographs the way I did for for Sky Full of Wings. It's going to be amazing. Watch for it when we get closer!

Here's that pretty cover again, just because I like it so much:

Friday, February 22, 2013

Red-bellied Woodpecker

I saw this guy at my mother's farm today. Quite an unusual bird for our area. I saw him from inside, grabbed my camera, and ran out. I took about thirty photos of him. Standing ankle deep in snow in my sneakers, without a jacket. Brr. But this shot made it all worthwhile. I hope he keeps coming back.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Common Redpoll

Isn't this a cute little guy? I had a snow day yesterday, which meant I got to spend time sitting and looking at the birdfeeders during the day for a change. I know that snow days mean we have to go longer in the spring, but they always feel like such a gift, especially to someone like me who REALLY dislikes winter driving. To be able to go back to bed instead of out on the roads... Yeah. Nice.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

My Darn Car

I don't normally complain about things too much (I hope) but my car has been driving (ha!) me nuts for the last couple weeks. First I lost the heat when it was like fifteen below zero and I had a wild trip home in a snowstorm with my windshield freezing up. It turned out that I was leaking radiator fluid from some little thing that sits near the radiator. Apparently when there is not enough fluid in your radiator, your heater does not work. (Who knew?) After several days of constantly adding more fluid and cleaning up my garage floor, I got it fixed yesterday after the part arrived at our local garage. I thought I was all set when I went to pick up my car last night, but the driver's door was frozen shut. I pulled it open and hopped in, only to find that my door wouldn't stay shut after I closed it. No amount of banging, poking, and swearing would get it to stay closed.

So I had to drive home, holding it shut, which was frustrating, cold, and probably dangerous, especially because I couldn't get the dome light to go off. Fortunately it was only less than a mile on a back road, but still! My husband thought that maybe it would work when it  warmed up. We went downstairs several times throughout the evening, but no luck. So, for the third time, we went into carpool mode, which involves getting up forty-five minutes earlier, rearranging after school plans, and a whole lot of more frustration.

But when I went downstairs this morning, prepared to drive back to the garage holding my door shut, the door opened and closed perfectly. Both my husband and I stood there and opened and closed it for a while, just kind of marveling at it. Then we headed off to work, separately. Sigh. It was kind of nice carpooling.

But it's good to have my car again, with heat and no puddle.

Monday, February 4, 2013

I'm on Facebook

At last!
I'd be honored if you'd friend me.
I'm M Raiya Author.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Cold, Cold, Cold

This is what happens to waterfalls when the temperature drops to the teens below zero for days on end. They freeze in midmotion, creating beautiful ice sculptures of frozen water.

I bundled up and took a walk this afternoon. It seemed good  to be outside for fun, as opposed to the mad dashes from car to buildings I've been doing all week. The day I bought groceries, I seriously considered abandoning them in the cart, it was so painful to put them into the back of my car. But winter is part of Vermont, and one deals with it. The days are getting longer, and when I turned my face to the sun, I could feel just a little bit of warmth. It was good.

Inside, I've been putting the final touches on Silver Pearl and making a video trailer for Night of Ceremony. I want to make one for Silver Pearl as well. I'm also in the middle of two other writing projects... Sigh.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Speaking of Covers...

How's this one?

I took the photo for this one -- it was one of those lucky sunsets when I was in the right place at the right time with the right lens and the right filter. And it was made into a beautiful cover by Brandon Clay.

Night of Ceremony -- coming out in April. Josh and Varian and Baby Jenny, and Huntington, and Justin and Wells, and a major disaster. It's going to be epic.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Silver Pearl Cover!

Isn't this a lovely cover? Guess what this one is about? Not dragons, but close!

I just finished the edits on this novella this morning, and I really enjoyed working through them. Silver Pearl has been through a lot of permutations, and I really love how it's turning out. It will be released in March. Can't wait!

Just found out that this cover was designed by London Burden.

Monday, January 14, 2013

January Thaw

We always get one. Nobody knows why. Snow lovers find them annoying. I enjoy the break from the cold, and I love the way bare ground smells, and it's nice to walk around the yard and remember green grass and flowers and swimming.

Three days of near fifty degree temperatures, and our brook went from this:

To this:

And our road went from this:

To this:

Vermont's weather has a well-earned reputation of constant change and our seasons are dramatic. All you can do is love it. (And wash your car a lot.)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Winter Twilight

I think it's funny how some dogs get all excited when their person goes for the leash. Because we live so far out in the country, we don't need a leash. My dog gets excited when she sees me go for my camera.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Dragon and his Knight

It's officially out!

Buy it HERE  Read about it HERE

And a little bit of trivia -- the college in this story is loosely based on the University of New Hampshire, though the inside of the lecture hall is at Johnson State College. I am an alumna of both.

Yes indeed, there used to be a bagel cart outside the English Department at UNH, and I hope for the current students' sake that it is still there, for it sold the most wonderful bagels I've ever eaten.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everybody! Just think, a whole new year to read and write in! How exciting is that?

To celebrate (okay, it's just a coincidence, but still) I have a new, old story coming out tomorrow! The Dragon and his Knight, previously published in the Mine Anthology, will be available as a stand alone story. It's the first time Justin, one of the original dragons to take human form, and Wells, the knight whom he chooses to be his human guide, appear. They are also in the Notice Series in A Sky Full of Wings, and become important characters in the forthcoming story, Night of Ceremony. And they have another story of their own in the Shifting Steam Anthology, called Origin.

So watch for The Dragon and his Knight! I'll put up the buy link here tomorrow.