Another Healing

Another Healing

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Another Healing Revisited

On September 6, 2016, I'll be releasing my next novel, Another Healing Book II: Depth of Return.

This whole series started with a short story I wrote several years ago for a charity to support Doctors Without Borders. The theme was healing, and so I decided to write about a man who can actually heal just by touching someone. Of course, some conflict was needed, so I decided that the price he has to pay for healing someone is to fall in love with that person. But only until he heals his next patient. And since this story has a contemporary setting, he has to keep his ability, and the curse that goes with it, secret. Naturally, by the time the story begins, my main character, James, is slowly going insane, living a reclusive life in an RV and staying away from people as much as possible so he can avoid healing and the heartache that goes with it. But since he is basically a very nice guy, he can't help healing a man he finds dying in a car that's been hit by a truck. The man turns out to have a lovely rosebud tattoo near his navel which James becomes utterly obsessed with. And to his vast joy, Ambient is more than okay with that, and true love breaks the curse.

I was thrilled that readers seemed to like The Rosebud and the overwhelming response I got was that they wanted more. They wanted to find out why James could heal, how Ambient had managed to break the curse, and simply to see James and Ambient's relationship develop. And I wanted all these things, too, since I had no more idea about any of this than my readers did. So to find out, I wrote a novel called Another Healing. (Yeah, that's the way I work. I have no idea what I'm doing half the time -- I just do it and usually it sort of works out. As my editor friend tells me, I have to write my way into a plot.) By then, the rights to the original short story had reverted back to me, so I worked it into the opening of the novel.

Anyway, that's how my whole concept of witches and demons working together was born. James is a demon and Ambient is his witch, and they've been predestined to work together since before they were born. Eventually, they meet other witches and demons and begin to understand what's going on, and then there are some rogue demons who want to experiment on them, and they end up even stronger and more in love than when they met.

Happily, readers enjoyed the novel. By now, I was hooked on the whole concept, and the idea for Depth of Return was exploding in my head. I hadn't quite planned on it taking so long, but I know the novel has benefited from its slow cooking time. It definitely feels like a major offering to the world, and I have really, really put a lot of work into it.

There will be much more about Depth of Return in future blog posts, but for now HERE is a link to my author page on Amazon, where you can buy Another Healing, if you missed it the first time around, so you'll be all set and ready to go on September 6 when Depth of Return hits the world. (And of course check out my other available works.) Thanks.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Revision to My Summer Schedule

My view with a hummingbird this morning

So I found I needed to tweak my summer schedule just a little.

I, in fact, don't always get up at seven when my husband leaves under the follow circumstances:

a) it's cold out (and hence cold in the bedroom)
b) it's still warm in bed
c) my kitty is still in bed and wants to cuddle.

I defy anyone not to go back to bed under those circumstances.
But I thought I should clarify in case some loyal followers felt obligated to get up, thinking that if M. Raiya could do it, they could to. So please, everyone, go back to bed.

Also, I need to correct the "write some more in the evening" bit. I don't always do that if my older daughter who doesn't live here turns up at camp for an afternoon swim and stays to dinner. Family time is important, right? I don't need to feel guilty about that, too, right?

Well, I really do need to go take my morning swim. I mean, I have to stick to some parts of my schedule. And it looks like it's going to be another beautiful day.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

My Summer Schedule

Okay, it's officially summer now. School is over and my family took a short camping trip to Maine, and now I'm happy to settle into camp writing routine (and nurse my sore muscles from a hike that was waaaay out of my comfort zone.)

This is how a summer day unfolds for me:

Get up at seven when my husband leaves for work
Put camp in order
Go for my morning swim in the lake
Settle in at the computer by the window with a mug of hot chocolate and write
Make some lunch and eat outside at the picnic table with a book
Write some more
Go for an afternoon swim/kayak
Write some more
Cook dinner with my family
Go for a family walk
Have an evening swim/kayak/and watch the sunset
Write some more
Go to bed.

My only interruptions are some volunteer work I do, any interesting bird that flies by and demands I try to photograph it, and riproaring thunderstorms that threaten to blow the camp off its foundations. Oh, and a little time on social media, of course.

Notice there is a complete lack of TV (we have no internet or cable or any of that stuff at camp -- I am coming to you now via a personal hot spot set up with my phone.) I might occasionally watch a movie with my husband at night. There is also no drinking water, an iffy septic system, no dish washer, no washer or drier. And a long hike down a narrow flight of stairs from our bedroom to the bathroom. It's cold and drafty when the wind blows out of the north. What we do have are lots of bugs, particularly spiders. They sometimes drop down onto beds, onto the table while we're eating, and really -- why do they like the bath tub so much? And mosquitoes that can drain you dry and then carry your corpse away.

But nothing compares to the sense of peace that just falls down out of the trees like rain and permeates everything it touches. Four generations of us have loved this place. I mean -- this is the view beside me right now.

So I am now embarking on my second summer here as a full time writer. Last summer I finished a rough draft of Depth of Return and started writing Cricket, both novels in the Another Healing Universe. This summer I am just finishing up the edits of Depth of Return and am going to revise Cricket. My goal is to have it submitted by the end of the summer, and start something new. I plan to be blogging a lot more regularly, as well as posting snippits from my life and sunset photos on Facebook and Twitter. There will be some excerpts from Depth of Return, and a big cover reveal as we get closer to the BIG RELEASE DAY -- September 6.

So stay tuned as I share my summer with you. Thanks!