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I wish I had an update for you. But I’ve had a stomach bug all week.

I didn’t even get to go out to dinner for my birthday. At least it’s been good for my diet. Wait, I didn’t have one planned.

Until next time…


A Blog A Day ~ A Month Of Random (And Totally Awesome) Blogs To Check Out For June 2017

Great list!

~Plucking Of My Heartstrings~

blog-327072_1280I know a blog a day won’t keep the doctor away, like an apple might. However, blogs help us in a multitude of other ways. A blog can teach us how to do an algebra problem, find information on a medical condition, learn about a new culture, or find a great recipe. With over 150 million blogs and a new one being created every half second, you can bet there is a blog for everything and everyone.

A Blog A Day offers readers a month of random (and totally awesome blogs) that they can check out each day. If a blog is of interest please consider following it.

Here is the list for the month of June 2017:

June 1 – Miss Information ~ “because you have the right to be informed”

June 2 – I Lost Myself In Search Of You!!

June 3 – Life Of An Introvert ~…

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Another Monday, another snippet from The Reluctant Emissary! I hope you enjoy!

An hour later, Eshan found himself sitting in a drab cell, on a metal bench bolted to the floor, waiting to appear before a judge. He’d been questioned by the on-duty detective then photographed, fingerprinted and relieved of all of his possessions other than the clothes he was wearing. Hours drifted by and still Eshan sat, motionless, elbows on his knees, his hands knitted together and his head bent over as if he were praying. Silence his only companion.

There’s a Light at the End of the Tunnel

I haven’t posted in a very long while. It’s not that I haven’t been busy. I got a bug in my bonnet to make myself write a book. And actually FINISH it this time.

A couple of days ago, I got the final rounds of edits back from my beloved developmental editor. And now it’s with the line editor. She’ll have it back to me around May 5th.

I have my cover done by the very talented Christian. (If you want to see my cover, it’s on my homepage. Right here.)

What’s left? Um…since this is my first rodeo with self-publishing, I’m going to shotgun here and list some of the things I think or know I still have to do:

  1. Write a blurb. I suck at these. Like “eighth grader oral book report” kinda suck.
  2. Formatting. I have no friggin idea at this point. I’m hoping the Scrivner gods will deliver me a perfectly formatted manuscript.
  3.  Mailing List. After three hair-pulling days, I was finally able to get the newsletter sign-up thingy working on my website. Now I just have to find people and convince them they need it. (People like YOU! So get on it! Kidding, I’m not going to hunt you down and force you to sign up. Yet.)
  4. Newsletter content. If you think I suck at blog posts, wait ’til you see my newsletter. #cryinginmywhiskey

I think that’s enough pain and misery for one post. Happy Monday, everyone. Now, get out there and be the lion!

Interview with Author Tracee Ford

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Today, I’d like to introduce you to Tracee Ford. What? You haven’t heard of her yet? Ok then. How about a little of her background to catch you up. (Taken from her blog):

“Tracee Ford, better known as “The Smart Mouth Writer,” has been telling stories her whole life. She is an award-winning novelist and the founder of Ozwind Publishing, LLC.

Tracee’s first novel, The Fine Line, won a Five Star Reader’s Favorite Award in 2013 and her second book, Idolum, is also the winner of a Reader’s Favorite Award and was nominated by the Paranormal Romance Guild for Best Romantic Suspense novel of 2013, winning second place. Her third novel, Through Glass Darkly, won first place for Best Paranormal Romance (General) of 2015 and the Between Worlds Series won second place for Best Paranormal Romance of 2015.

Tracee has walked many paths in her life as a playwright, director, and a puppeteer. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and Psychology which she earned from Shawnee State University. Currently, she is an instructor for the SSU Department of English & Humanities as well as the Department of Social Sciences. She also has a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the University of North Dakota.

Tracee’s interest in the paranormal and her life experience has given her keen insight into the shadows that haunt our society, making her a brilliant author of suspense, but she is excited to expand her writing by exploring other genres. Tracee Ford is ready to take your hand and lead you on fantastic and thrilling new adventures.”

Now that we know a little more about our new friend, how about a couple of questions:

1. Is there a story in you that you are having a hard time getting out?
YES! I actually have 4 books that are partially written. 

If so, what do you think is keeping you from writing it?
Time, or lack thereof, is and always will be my enemy.

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5 Questions with Author Shaunta Grimes

This week, I’m trying out something new. I meet a LOT of new writers. I also meet almost as many authors that have been around the block a few times. I thought it would be fun to interview writers in all stages of their writing career. Because you can learn something from each and every one of them.

I can’t remember exactly where I crossed paths with Shaunta Grimes, but we instantly hit it off. The more we talked, the more we realized we had a number of personal things in common. Including loving someone with autism. And, of course, writing. We spent a whole evening PMing each other, giddy as school girls talking about writing and her plans for the future. Continue reading


I sat down to write a blog post Thursday afternoon (2-11-2016) and was immediately distracted by an idea for my WIP. As I’m pretty scatterbrained, I dropped everything and dove into writing. I didn’t stop until it was time to go pick up the kiddo several hours later. This is a very good thing.

And then it was time for the after school chores: snack, homework, dishes, dinner, etc. Looking at the calendar, I realized that it was a four day weekend because the local high school was moving into their new digs and all the kids were off to give teachers the chance to pack and move. Not only were the high schoolers moving, half of the elementary classes were shuffling into the old high school. Yay. Thankfully, Little Man won’t have to worry about moving to a new building until next year. Continue reading

5 Reasons It’s Great To Be A Writer


5. Reading. I horde books. When hubby asks me why I have SO many books, I tell him I need them for ‘research.’ I don’t think he’s caught on yet. It’ll be our little secret.

4. Time Alone. Writing gives me a great excuse to be alone. If I don’t want to do the dishes, it’s because I suddenly thought of a great scene I just have to write down. (Or I needed to check my Twitter or Instagram).

3. Murder. When there’s someone in your life that deserves to meet a particularly horrible and untimely death, but you don’t want to live the rest of your life on death row, you can just kill them over and over again in your writing. (I have a relative, or two, that has a future as multiple victims). Continue reading

Stay Focused


First an update on my non-verbal 9 year old with autism:

Little Man didn’t want to eat what was being served at school Tuesday. His wonderful Para asked him what he did want and he wrote “hotdog” on the whiteboard. THEN HE SAID IT! All the paras and the teacher stopped what they were doing and looked at each other like “did he REALLY just say that?!” Then a loud cheer went up. It’s the little things. Continue reading