Another Healing

Another Healing

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014

To sum up my year in one word -- sad.

I can't really use any other word to describe a year that included my father's death. And the death of one of my students. Both from natural causes, and both not totally unexpected, given that one was 94 and the other had many and complex disabilities. But both losses were sad, and weeks apart from each other. And I had the sad honor to help spread the ashes of a dear friend who died the year before into the lake he loved so much. And I spread the ashes of my beloved dog who also died the year before. Three sets of ashes, three times my heart broke.

We continue to mourn the death of a young man who held my younger daughter's heart, and the death of a nephew who only lived a few hours. My mother continues her heartbreaking descent into Alzheimer's.

A lot to be sad for, no matter how one looks at it. My doctor told me that she was amazed I could still laugh. But I just can't imagine life without laughter.

I learned how to give my cat shots to control his diabetes. Twice a day, every day of the week. I've been up at six every morning since August. It's a drag, but worth it.

But there were many, many wonderful times too. My oldest daughter got married, moved into the ancestral farm, and adopted an adorable kitten.

Spending the whole summer at our camp was just fantastic, iffy plumbing and all. That place is just so good for my soul.

There was a great trip to the Bay of Fundy with my husband and daughter.

There were many, many hours spent with dear friends. With lots of great food.

I like to think that I've helped some kids who need help. At the very least, they get a smile and a hello from an adult who cares about them every day. More times than not, I get a smile and a hello back.

I've had some great swims, taken some nice walks, floated in my canoe a bit, peddled my bike, done some birding, taken some photos, read some books, listened to awesome music performed by my family, watched my daughter dance a solo in college, and seen some amazing sunsets.

My health is good.

On the writing front -- I published a novel, Another Healing, which earned back its advance and was a finalist in the Rainbow Book Awards as well as gathering some five star reviews. I also published two novellas -- Haunted Halls and The Dragon and the Palm Tree, which were very well received. I couldn't be more pleased.

Some of my older titles have gone out of print, but I am going to be putting them on Amazon for sale eventually, freshly edited and with new covers. That will be cool.

Looking forward -- next year will start with the release of my novella Natural Instincts a mere eight days from now. I am nearing the end of the rough draft for my next major offering -- a novel named Jai, which I have been working on for many months. Once that is finished, I already have ideas for something new.

We plan to spend next summer at camp, and for the first time, I'm going to cut back on the volunteering I do in the summer and devote myself almost full time to writing for eight weeks and see what happens. My only competition will be the lake, and that I can deal with.

Thank you, wonderful readers, for following me for another year, and I wish you all the best next year!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Winter Brook

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I took this video of my brook this afternoon. Fourteen degrees at the time -- pretty chilly, but a beautiful, sparkling, sunny day. Came in, made myself some hot chocolate, and got back to writing. Yesterday I worked on my guest blogs posts for my Dreamspinner Blog party coming up. Enjoying being on vacation.

Jai had bogged down on me, so I simply sent my guys to Alaska today. Either a brilliant move, or a colossal mistake. Time will tell...

(I love how reviewers comment in positive ways on my plot twists and turns. Ha. Only my impulsive reactions to being bogged down. Don't tell!)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Natural Instincts Coming Up!


Natural Insticts will be released on January 7, 2015, less than two weeks from now! Perfect timing for some after the holidays relaxing and reading. And if you live in the snowy north, think of it as a cheap vacation to warmer climes. Sit in the moonlight beside a quiet lake and listen to a loon call. Or warm up thinking about getting cosy with someone you love inside a sleeping bag. Or think about two hot guys getting up to stuff in a tent that has maybe never been gotten up to in a tent before...

All kinds of excitment coming up -- blog hosting, twitter takeover, and TWO free short stories with Ambient and James from Another Healing.

You can pre-order Natural Instincts HERE on sale!

And warm up watching the trailer HERE now.






Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Solstice!

Happy Solstice everyone! Shortest day of the year. First day of winter. And most important to me, the days start getting longer now. I really don't mind the darkness -- I love starlight and being much more aware of the phases of the moon than I am in the summer -- but I like the whole cycle of it all, the knowing that spring will follow winter the way it always has and I all have to do is open myself to it happening.



I actually took this photo yesterday morning. The sun didn't come out all day today, so this is as close to a solstice sunrise as we're going to get.

I saw a beautiful Barred Owl sitting on a power line near our house this afternoon.

Today I sent the second of my two short stories based on writing prompts to Dreamspinner. I have had so much fun writing them! It was great to be back in James's and Ambient's heads and have a little peek into their future. They will be posted as free reads on the Dreamspinner blog in January to coincide with the release of Natural Instincts. So keep all that in the backs of your minds as a little something to look forward to after the holidays.

Kind of like spring.



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tough Week Over!

Whew! Last week was rough -- a road trip to Boston in a horrific snowstorm, and coming home to two feet of wet, heavy, icy snow and no power for two days, which meant no lights, heat, or water. Fortunately, everything came back on last night and today we're getting our house ready for Christmas!




Monday, December 8, 2014

Pre-order Natural Instincts and Trailer

Okay, Natural Instincts is now up on the coming soon page at Dreamspinner Press, and is available for pre-ordering! Click HERE for more information. It will be available on January 7th.

And, HERE is the link to the book trailer I've been sweating over for the last few weeks. I mean, the link to the trailer I thoroughly enjoyed making! (I really did!) I hope everyone enjoys it, too. I'll do a "making of" post shortly.

I've got all kinds of release events planned. I'll be hosting the Dreamspinner Blog and doing a Twitter Takeover. And I'm writing two short stories based on prompt words I received last week. The stories will be posted on the Dreamspinner blog a few days after the lucky winners received their copies. I'm having a lot of fun writing them.

I'm really excited about Natural Instincts. It's my first release since Haunted Halls and Another Healing last spring. It was a fun story to write. The main character's voice came to me very easily and quickly, and I found myself in his head quite effortlessly. I especially love his sense of humor. No idea where Kyle got it from, since I, of course, have absolutely none. Ha! And don't get me started about loons. I LOVE loons. They haunted me last summer while I was working on this story. It was amazing. Of course, it helped that I lived on a lake, but... It's a kind of everything story. It's set in a campground in northern Vermont (if you're ever expecting a story from me set in a big city, forget it. Not happening.) And it's got a canoe. And just maybe a tad of BDSM. (And what may be a first in the genre -- BDSM in a tent? Not sure if it's a first or not, but you can make up your own minds about how hot it can be inside a cosy tent at night with two strong young men who are not intent on sleeping! Ha -- pun intended!)

Anyway, Natural Instincts is on the way. As always when a release is in sight, I'm excited, nervous, scared, thrilled, and very happy.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cover Reveal: Natural Instincts!

And here it is! Created by Brooke Albrecht, who also did the cover for Another Healing. Every time I look at them, I still see subtle details that I never noticed before. I very much appreciate the artist's patience in working with me and coming up with such lovely covers that really capture the books.




Here's the blurb:

Most people would consider near perfect recall, an ability to crunch numbers that rivals a computer's, and an uncanny knack for predicting the stock market to be remarkable gifts. But for Kyle, those abilities also curse him to recall every moment of his horrible, abusive past. Searching for an escape, he takes his therapist’s advice and leaves his finance job behind for a weeklong camping trip on a remote lake in Vermont. He’s not sure how a week in seclusion with nothing but his own thoughts for company will be the reprieve he needs. Then he stumbles across a man engaged in a pagan ritual and is drawn into mysteries he never dreamed existed, and realizes nature is more distracting than he thought.

Natural Instincts will be availible from Dreampinner Press in January, 2015.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Busy, busy...

Working on the book trailer for Natural Instincts, which is coming in January! Watch for the cover reveal, coming up soon!

I got my short story prompts yesterday, and I'm hard at work. Two stories about James and Ambient on the way! It feel so good to be back in their heads. Something is whispering, "Sequel, sequel..." We'll see.