Another Healing

Another Healing

Monday, March 31, 2014

Big Day Tomorrow

I'm getting ready to take over the Dreamspinner Press Twitter Account tomorrow night from eight to ten, EDT. I'll be HERE

Join me for a chat -- ask questions, get some behind the scenes scoop about Another Healing, and enter a drawing for a free copy.

And considering I'm still very new at Tweeting, this should be an very interesting night!

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Doesn't get any clearer than this! Eighteen degrees, not a cloud in the sky. A perfect January day in Vermont. I mean, March. I'm not complaining, though. A beautiful day is a beautiful day.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Making of the Another Healing Book Trailer

I had a lot of fun making this trailer. But it had its challenges.

I really wanted a shot of a logging truck, but they're few and far between, even in Vermont in the winter, which is logging season. A few years ago, I could have taken all the photos I wanted while our neighbors were logging. But this year, I couldn't find a single truck. I did stop in a rest area on the nearest interstate and photograph a truck that was waiting for its driver (at least, I hope he was in the bathroom and not sitting in the cab wondering what the heck I was doing). Even though I tried to get scary shots of its undercarriage, they just came out looking like a truck parked in the snow. And since Another Healing takes place in the fall, that was just all wrong.

Then I thought about asking my long suffering husband to drive at me in the dark and I take shots of his headlights, but somehow that wasn't feeling like a good idea, either. Kind of like having my daughter throw arrows at me for the Silver Pearl trailer. Then, as we drove on down the road, the obvious finally hit me, and I started taking shots of the vehicles coming at us. My husband kept pointing out that they'd be out of focus and distorted by the windshield, but I knew that was the whole point. When you're on the road at night, that's how you see headlights. I shot for about fifteen minutes as it got darker, and then just started snapping out the windows at anything that caught my eye, like the stop lights and the sunset clouds. The times that my auto-focus focused on the windshield worked well to symbolize the accident itself.

The fire shots are from the same shooting session as the ones I use for Varian's fire in the Notice trailers. (Okay, I probably should keep different books separate, but I wrote them all and I took all the photos and I made all the trailers, so I can do what I want. Right?) I actually took the fire shots a long time ago at a bonfire at our neighbor's house. I have a lung issue so I can't get too close to smoke, so I was sitting on the porch with my camera, and before I even realized what I was doing, I started shooting the fire with my 300mm zoom. And I got some pretty cool stuff. This was long before I knew I would be making trailers for books I hadn't written yet.

The cool white thing floating on the blue background is a milkweed seed on the surface of our pool. It just grabbed my attention one day. The pink flower I took by the lake a long time ago, the storm clouds are from my front lawn, the sky and the tree with the geese in the background is down in Addison, Vermont, at a wildlife refuge, and the rose is one that somebody gave one of my daughters at some point and I thought was pretty. And I think that's it.

Writing the script was interesting because Another Healing is a hard novel to talk about without giving away too much. So I focused on the initial "problem" that the characters face and hinted at the rest. 

Here are some other photos that are connected to Another Healing. I posted them on the Dreamspinner blog the day I hosted it, but here they are again:

This is the marina on Lake Champlain that I used as a basis for the one that James and Ambient visit.

This is our trailer that is pretty much the one I described in Another Healing (except James kept his cleaner). Unfortunately, it came to a tragic end, but that sowed the seeds for the novel. We had many happy memories in it. Damn, I miss that thing!

And this is a rosebud from beside our patio just because it's pretty.

Here's a link to the trailer: HERE

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Facebook and Twitter Links

Whew, what a week! Next time I have a novel release, it needs to be while I'm on school vacation!

Wait, am I complaining? I've just had a NOVEL RELEASED!

Yea, yipppe, celebrate! Nope, not complaining a bit!

So I'm taking up Tweeting now. You can find my home HERE

And on Facebook, I live HERE

And for my next public appearance, I will be doing at Twitter Takeover of the Dreamspinner Twitter on April 1, from eight until ten, EDT.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Another Healing Goodreads chat

Hi everybody, and welcome to my blog if you haven't been here before!

Today, March 15th, everybody who signs up to follow my blog and leaves a comment on this post (so I'll be sure not to miss you) will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Another Healing. I will draw TWO winners late this afternoon. You can join my followers on the right sidebar -- scroll down a ways.

Also, today I'm hosting a live Goodreads Chat today from eleven to one, EST, and if you pop over there, you'll find a coupon code for 25% off Another Healing and "all other paranormal titles" at Dreamspinner Press, good for today and tomorrow! How's that for a deal? You can get there by clicking HERE

You can also follow me on Facebook and now on Twitter!

And there is a link to my YouTube Channel, where you can watch my book trailers HERE

I am absolutely thrilled with the response that Another Healing is getting. It hasn't even been out a week yet, and it's getting good reviews. Overall, people agree that it's an unusual book. I'm totally good with unusual. To me, it's an important book, and  it says some things about people and life and love that I've learned and want to share. It's taken me three years to write it.

I want to take this opportunity to thank some folks for their help: 

 My editor Liz at Dreamspinner (for untangling the plot) the artist Brooke Albrecht (who created the beautiful cover) and everyone else at Dreamspinner who has been so kind and patient. I also want to thank the one and only Kate (for trying to control my runaway imagination) the ELFS (my on-line writer's group) Brian and Aaron (for being such wonderful example of love) Dogan in Turkey (for inspiring me with the way he's not afraid to risk his life to stand up for love and peace) Deb (for always being there) my family and friends (for putting up with me always being on the computer and being distracted for no apparent reason) and Whisper and Pumpkin (who ALWAYS know when I need a furry kitty cuddle).

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Dragon and the Palm Tree Cover

A lovely cover from Brandon Clay
I could so curl up in the sun on that beach right now!
Coming in May

Goodreads Chat

Okay, quick reminder!

Tomorrow morning, eleven to one, EST, I'll be hosting a Goodreads Chat HERE

It's my first time. Very excited and hoping I do it right!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dreamspinner Release Party Thank You!

I had a wonderful time yesterday hosting the release party on the Dreamspinner Press Blog. Since I knew I would be at school all day, I set my posts to go automatically every few hours. I checked the blog from my phone during lunch and was thrilled to see that I was getting comments. It's always so hard to know what to make posts about, so when you realize that people are actually interested, it's a wonderful feeling.

As soon as I got home, I jumped onto my computer and pretty much spent the evening there, responding. Some people were new to my writing, some had read me before. Believe me, writers really do care what people think about them. At least, I do.

Four years ago, I entered the publishing world with The Glass Man. Now I can't imagine what my life was like before -- it's fundamentally life altering. Scary as hell, but worth every second.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Another Healing -- Today!

Buy it HERE

Watch the book trailer HERE

Join me on the Dreamspinner Blog today, March 10, starting at 6:00 A.M., EST HERE

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Tomorrow's the Big Day!

Another Healing, almost here!

People have already reserved copies of the novel! I'm so thrilled! Thank you!

The first twenty people to order a paperback will get an autographed copy. And you'll have the good feeling of knowing you have a copy of M. Raiya's first novel in print! How cool is that? I confess, I can't wait to get mine! (Can you tell I'm a little excited? There really is something about a novel being released that just isn't like anything else in the world.)

Tomorrow, Monday, I'll be hosting a release party on the Dreamspinner Blog. Pop in, say hi, and read my babbling about why this story is deeply personal to me, a kind of healing in its own right. There will be a give-a-way drawing. I'll be posting some photography and an excerpt and all kinds of good stuff.

Here's a link that will take you there tomorrow (well, it will take you there today, too, but I won't be there yet):


Here's a link to where you can preorder your copy so it will be heading your way as soon as possible:


Can you tell I'm really, really excited?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Another Healing Getting Closer!

Next Monday is the big release day! This novel has been part of my life for so long that it's really scary seeing it about to take wings. I keep comparing it to my daughters leaving for college. Subbing it a publisher was like sending them to Kindergarten. That was the point where other people who weren't family really became part of their lives, which took us all some getting used to. But when they're off to college, especially in another state, you know it's never going to be the same again. Another Healing is truly out of my hands now, and that really freaks a writer out. I keep reminding myself that Another Healing has been very much fussed over by me and a lot of people, and I'm giving it a nurturing send off -- on Monday, I'll be hosting the Dreamspinner Blog all day, and on Saturday, March 15th I'll be hosting a Goodread's chat from eleven to two, EST. That'll be a great chance to come and ask anything you want to know. More details soon.

And, I'm pleased to announce, I finished a rough draft of my next novella, Natural Instincts, last night. I wrote it in just over a week and had an absolutely wonderful time doing it. It's a little of everything -- canoeing, camping, nature, and BDSM. I couldn't be more different from my main character (he's actually good at math) but getting to know Kyle has been amazing. Looking for himself, he finds Jon, who is a whole lot more than he ever expected. If you like loons, this story is for you.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Notice -- The Book Trailer!

Finally, after all these years, I got around to making a book trailer for Notice. I figured with all my new and improved trailers going up on my YouTube Channel, I'd probably better make one for Notice.

To watch it, click HERE
I think it's really pretty.

And click HERE to see the trailer for A Sky Full of Wings

And HERE for Night of Ceremony.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

It's Another Healing Month!

Only ten days away! March 10 is the big day!

I'm celebrating by having a release day party on the  Dreamspinner Blog that day, and hosting a live Goodreads chat on the 18th. More details on both to come.

In the meantime, you can preorder your copy  HERE

Watch the book trailer on YouTube HERE

The first twenty folks who order print copies will get a special, autographed edition!

I'm doing a little happy dance right now!