Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Release by Raven Williams

***New Release***

The Beast & The Sleeping Prince


A long time ago, in a kingdom far, far away, a young prince is born.  When his parents choose not to invite the Ruler of a nearby kingdom to the celebration of the prince's birth, he crashes the party and curses the child; a curse which will bring about his death on his eighteenth birthday.

Luckily for the princely babe and his parents, the Faery Queen had yet to bestow her gift upon the child.  Using her magic, she changes the curse from death to a long sleep.

In the meantime, in the Sorcerer's own realm, a girl is born to a peasant couple.  When they cannot meet their tax burden, the Sorcerer King claims the babe as his own, declaring she will become his bride on her eighteenth birthday or be doomed to walk the land as a beast.

Join James as he, once again, uses magic to twist two of his favorite books, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast, into one story, The Beast & the Sleeping Prince.  Will love and honor prevail or will evil sorcery rule the day?

Available now

Website:  https://ravenmwilliams.com

Universal Ebook Link:  https://books2read.com/TheBeastSleepingPrince

Author Bio

A prolific writer, Raven began her career in 2010, first with a blog, next with non-fiction, then finally moving to fiction in 2014, when she began Elven-Jumper, the first book in the Realm Jumper Chronicles.  Now, she has eleven stories published in that epic fantasy series with more planned, as well as two stories in a new mashup series, Raven’s Twisted Classics, and two novelettes in her new dark paranormal series, Witch Hunter’s Society.
When Raven is not writing, she is creating art in the form of fractal designs and abstract paintings.  She is also a caregiver for a disabled family member and two cats.  She currently resides in the Northwest Florida Panhandle, but the Pacific Northwest is the home of her heart.  She hopes to return there one day.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Character Madness: The Carriage and Silas


Ezra from The Carriage and Silas

Ezra meets Alexis at the most vulnerable time of his life. His brother Amos, hired an assasin to kill him, but his father refused to lose another son, and found a way to bring him back. He wakes up in a stranger's lab, and returns home after a short time of adjustment. He arrives to mayhem, not having known that his brother hired the man who killed him. 

His favorite pastime is walking in the thick London fog late at night where he can easily disappear. On one of these walks, he witnesses Alexis' crash into the Victorian Era. Adjusting to gifts he acquired with his new life as a Prodirari, he is shocked when a light touch shows him her thoughts. The things he sees in her world boggle his mind. He follows, and tries to protect her, even though she's rebuffed him numerous times. When Ezra finally gives up, he finds her facing the local magistrate and life in an asylum.

In Silas, book two of The Passages of Time, Alexis has been kidnapped. Her parents blame him, although he had nothing to do with the crime. Fearing she might be killed any time, Ezra and his friend Alen search everywhere, including Misty Haven, for her. He doesn't find Alexis, but acquires the Sovereign, Khayrie's, help in searching for her.

Read more about Ezra in The Carriage, and Silas. Purchase your copies here
The Carriage is also available on Audible.com, here.

Character Madness: The Carriage and Silas

It's been a while since we've visited characters from The Carriage, and they are some of my favorites. Some of them are also in Silas, so I think I'll merge the two books here.



When the story begins, Alexis is a senior in high school. She's pretty, popular, smart, and she knows it. Her sister Brooke is a bookworm, less pretty, and not popular, She and Alexis don't get along. When Alexis pushes Brooke one too many times, she purchases a potion, and sends Alexis crashing into the Victorian Era.

Alexis faces a world much different from her own. She finds herself in a place where women wear long dresses, big hats, boots, and the damnable corsets she's always read about. Unable to work, she finds herself hungry and poor.

Ezra, a man she met the night she arrived, has been stalking her. When she finds herself facing the magistrate for stealing food, Ezra is her only hope of escaping a cruel future with no way home.

After living in an Era where women have no rights, children work catching rats, or in coal mines, and people die in the streets of diseases long since eradicated in her own time, she finds herself soul searching about the person she was in her former life.

You can read more about Alexis in The Carriage, Book 1. Purchase your copy here.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Mothers Day Poem

Mothers Are a Special Gift by Faye Diane Kilday

Mothers are a special gift sent 

from God above, 

They bless us with their nurturing,

And fill us with their love.

They pick us up when we are down,

And when we're sad they know,

They're always there to lend a hand,

And guide us as we go.

And mothers are like special jewels 

that can't be bought or sold...

A mother's love's more precious 

than the rarest gem or gold.

Yes, mothers are a special gift sent 

from God above, 

And we'll be blessed forever with 

their never ending love!

© Faye Kilday 1996

Monday, May 8, 2017

Character Madness: Haunted by Darkness - Belshazzar, The Legend of Misty Haven


Qwei - Belshazzar's Lovers and Paladin of Misty Haven

Qwei is the closest woman to Belshazzar. She's tried to get Belshazzar to move in with her, and settle down, but worried about the people he protects, he has always refused. It hasn't changed anything. Qwei is always there for him in his time of need. Her relationship with Meylan is strained, although she gets along with Jessandre fine. She does everything she can to help Belshazzar stop aging, but he's been taking his potion for too long, and she soon finds she has an obligation to either help him, or if she can't, to tear him down.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Character Madness: Haunted by Darkness - Belshazzar, The Legend of Misty Haven


Meylan from Belshazzar, The Legend of Misty Haven

Taken in by Belshazzar when Meylan was young, he is a loyal and loving servant, but only to his master. He is a dragon, with an irritable demeanor. He calls Jessandre 'the chicken', to the phoenix' dismay, but won't hurt him because he, like Meylan, is the last of his kind, and Meylan will never do anything to displease his master, even though he puts on airs with that sarcastic edge of his.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Character Madness: Haunted by Darkness - Belshazzar, The Legend of Misty Haven


Jessandre from Eye of the Gods and Belshazzar - The Legend of Misty Haven 

Jessandre is a phoenix, called on of the brethren, who were created to be the eyes of the Gods, With time, humans had no more need of the old gods, so they appointed Belshazzar to guard the natural from supernatural realms, and laid down their lives. In time, the brethren left to sleep with their masters, all except for Jessandre, who asked to become a servant to Belshazzar, so he could continue protecting the people. When Belshazzar's spirit moves on, Jessandre is left alone, until he returns to Misty Haven, where he finds a kindred spirit in Ariantha, Princess of the sea elves, and half mermaid. But Jessandre returned to Misty Haven to join Belshazzar in eternal sleep. Will he stay with Ariantha, and help save her from  the wicked regent who wants to marry her, or fall into eternal sleep with his master?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Character Madness: Haunted by Darkness - Belshazzar, The Legend of Misty Haven


Belshazzar - God of Misty Haven

Appointed by the Gods, Belshazzar is the first Enchanter/Witch Guardian to police the supernatural worlds. He loves all people and creatures, and judges fairly, but now he's going mad. He never aged due to a potion he created to remain young, not for his own gain, but for the safety of others. His closest companions are his servants, Jessandre, the phoenix, and Meylan, the dragon. Both are able to shift into men, but wild in nature. The people that make up the first coven were his closest friends. He will experience the ultimate betrayal. In Misty Haven, he is revered as their benefactor, and one of the Gods.

Read The Covens of Misty Haven, one chapter a month in my newsletter, or on my website.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Character Madness: Haunted by Darkness - Children of the Moon

Mrs. Armand

Mrs. Armand from Children of the Moon in Haunted by Darkness

Mrs. Armand is Kaitlyn's Mother, and a Dark Witch who harasses anyone Kaitlyn feels has crossed her. She torments Raven through her dreams, and no matter what Raven does, she can't stop her. Her mother thinks she's crazy. Her best friend Micah, doesn't believe her, and what would the police think? When Mrs. Armand finds out Micah has a new girlfriend, she starts harassing Cadence too. The world is the witch's oyster, but Raven won't give up searching for a way to stop her.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Character Madness: Haunted by Darkness - Children of the Moon


Kaitlyn from Children of the Moon - Haunted by Darkness

Kaitlyn is Micah's girlfriend and jealous of the long term relationship Raven has had with him. Micah hasn't exactly been cool about it, since he told Kaitlyn he'd rather go to a concert with Raven, not thinking of course, but a gullible best friend with a jealous girlfriend leaves Raven in a dangerous situation.

Read more about Kaitlyn in Children of the Moon, a novelette in Haunted by Darkness, A Collection of Dark Fairy Tales and Legends.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Character Madness: Haunted by Darkness - Children of the Moon


Raven from Children of the Moon - Haunted by Darkness

Raven and Micah have been friends since they were children. Then he started dating Kaitlyn, a jealous girl whose Mother is a Witch. Whenever Raven sleeps she finds the woman waiting for her with threats and humiliation. It doesn't take long before Raven's life becomes a mess. Unable to break the spell even after confronting the Witch when she's awake, Raven seeks another way out. The only problem is if she takes that path, it will cost her life.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Character Madness: Haunted by Darkness - Children of the Moon


Lucien from Children of the Moon - Haunted by Darkness

Lucien's brother warned him about the moon's children, but he didn't listen. A young man in his prime, living in the Victorian Era, Lucien cares about nothing but playing violin, even though it's time for him and his brother to settle down with a wife. Lucien becomes a loner until he meets Raven, a high school girl being harassed by a friend turned enemie's mother. Raven lives in a world of nightmares, and the only thing that can calm her is Lucien's violin. Will he take her under his wing, or leave her to a dark fate she can't escape?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Redshift by AR Declerck - Preorder .99 cents for a limited time

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A mysterious wormhole took everything from Rand Hazen and he found himself wandering the far, far future in the last days of humanity.

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About the Author

AR DeClerck. Wife. Mother. Writer. Food assassin. Reading ninja. Music lover. All-around goofball. Self-proclaimed nerd.

AR grew up in the mountains of Western NC, and currently lives along the Mighty Mississippi in Illinois with her husband, 2 daughters, 2 dogs and a wily cat. She spends her days working with people with kidney failure, and her nights creating worlds of romance and adventure.


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Monday, February 27, 2017

Character Madness: Haunted by Darkness - Hunted


Javan from the novelette Hunted in Haunted by Darkness

Friends with the river fairies, Javan is a dreamer. As Equerry to Prince James, he hopes for a future with the kingdom's darling, Princess Darla. They endlessly flirt, and he does all he can to ensure her pleasure and comfort, until he finally asks her out. Certain she will love the fairies, he takes her to the enchanted river. Darla is delighted, but Javan's pleasure is cut short when she commands him to cage the his magical friends. 

You can read Javan's story in Haunted by Darkness.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Character Madness: Haunted by Darkness - Hunted


Royce from the novelette Hunted

Royce is the hunter that finds Darla in the woods. Her violet eyes and odd color of her coat haunts him. In frustration, he marvels over the attachment he seems to have formed with an animal, an animal that should have been on his dinner table. But he couldn't kill such an exquisite creature. He could swear it talked. He feels like he's losing his mind, but he seeks her out again, determined to kill her this time.

A friend of Prince James, Royce has heard the story of the missing Princess, and witnessed the loss in his friends eyes on more than one occasion. Will he learn the truth about Princess Darla's demise before it's too late, or will he kill her to preserve his sanity?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Character Madness: Haunted by Darkness-Hunted


Darla from Hunted: Haunted by Darkness

I've spent the last month on Misty Haven. There will be more to add later, but it's too soon for some of the characters. So this month we're changing to my newest release, Haunted by Darkness, A Collection of Fairytales and Legends. Haunted by Darkness is a book of short stories I created with Raven Williams. We each have four novelettes. As a treat, I've asked Raven to showcase the characters from her stories too, but in the meantime, we'll begin with one of mine, called Hunted.

Darla is Princess of the kingdom of Levoran, and everyone's darling. She's beautiful, but different with her dark hair, and violet eyes. She is used to getting her way, and tends to manipulate the situation when things don't move the way she wants them to. She's close to her brother, Prince James, and has a crush on his Equerry, Javan. She knows they can't be together, since he has no title, but leads him on anyway because she likes the adoration her shows her. Until one day she pushes things too far, and it isn't long before she finds herself in trouble, with no way of rescue, living in the body of a deer, she is unable to approach her family, or break the spell that's been placed on her by the Fairy Queen.

You can read Darla's story in Haunted by Darkness.

Friday, February 10, 2017

An Interview with Raven Williams

It’s a Celebration

Raven is no stranger to my followers. We market and write together, and in some cases, share the same fans. Today book seven of Realm Jumper Chronicles is finally released. The completion of her first series. So, I decided it was a great time for another interview.

For friends that aren't familiar with Raven Williams, she is a Fantasy Author, who has an anthology called A Horde of Dragons, with five other authors, and a true story called My Brother’s Keeper, a book of poetry and other books, both fiction, and nonfiction. She has hosted numerous interviews and marketed other authors, and is instrumental in the administration of Virtual FantasyCon every year.

Q – Welcome Raven. Wow, seven books. How long did it take you to go from start to finish in this series?

A – I started writing the first book, Elven-Jumper in March 2014.  That one took the longest to write and released in February of 2015.  After that, the words continually flowed, and now, two years later around Elven-Jumper’s anniversary date, I’m releasing the last novel, Elven Blood Oath.

Q – Can you tell us a little bit about the series?

A –  When I started Elven-Jumper, the premise was what happened to Elven souls when the Elves died on Earth or other realms.  The first book delves into this the most.  I had originally planned for each book to focus on one character having memories of an Elven life, but during the second book, the characters had another story in mind and hijacked the series.  In Elf-Witch (book 2) they revealed a prophecy and the beginning rumors of a possible war.  From then on, each book features a mated pair and further steps closer to war, culminating with the final battle in Elven Blood Oath (book 7.)

Q – Which book is your favorite?

A -- I love them all, but I think my absolute favorite is Elven Dreams (book 4).  The mated couple in that book just manifested more fully than the others.  One thing about the Elder species, they are a reserved bunch and don’t always show emotions like we humans do, so getting them to express themselves even a little was like pulling eye teeth.  However, in Elven Dreams, they were quite expressive and I love how the story evolved.

Q –  I really liked the Archangel Michael, and was it Tabris who was his leader?

A –  Yes, Lady Tabris was originally the leader of the Angels of Light.  Of course, things changed as the stories progressed and she stepped down, naming another to replace her.  In the future, there will either be a novelette or novella expanding on why Tabris stepped down.

Q – Okay, I told you my favorite character. Which is yours?

A – I think Damien (one of the Guardians) is my favorite.  Mainly because he appears to be on the side of Dark, but then we learn more about him and that he’s not as he appears.  His journey is something I can really relate to and I think he’s the one that has come the furthest of all the characters.

Q – What was your biggest challenge when writing The Realm Jumper Chronicles?

A – Reigning in the characters.  I would plot something, and then they’d run roughshod over me and I’d end up having to not only replot the book I was working on, but subsequent books as well.

Q – You have some companion stories for the series. Tell us a little bit about those.

A –  Right now, I have two companion novellas published, Mixed Blood and Dragons of Pandryl.  The latter one is part of a multi-author anthology, A Horde of Dragons.  Mixed Blood delves into the history of two secondary characters, Solana of the Elves and Izlal of the Guardians and takes place in the distant past.  Dragons of Pandryl tells the stories of the Ancient Dragons and their evolution to the Dragon-Shifters they are today.  I also have two short stories that are part of a Dark Fantasy Tale & Legends Collection, Haunted by Darkness.  Those two are Fall into Darkness, which tells the origins of the demon, Vaduxach, and Rise of the Dark Witch, which tells the origins of Cassie, the Dark Witch aligned with the demon.

Q – I’m crazy about worldbuilding and cultures. Do you have a favorite culture or creature?

A –  I really love the Elven culture.  So many things that the Elves revealed to me resonate with me and I can totally relate to.

Q – Now that you’ve finished The Realm Jumper Chronicles, what can we expect to see from you in the months ahead?

A – I’m working on a new dark paranormal series, Witch Hunter’s Society.  I’ve already released two short stories, Witch Hunter’s Rise and Witch Hunter Ordained, which are part of Haunted by Darkness.  I’m currently working on the first novel, Witch Hunter’s Prey and have plotted two more novels in the trilogy.  I’m also working on the second novelette in my Raven’s Twisted Classics series, The Beast & the Sleeping Prince.  It’s a mashup of Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty, but with a twist.  For those who’ve not heard of this series, the first novelette, Down the Rabbit Hole, released this past October.

Q – I heard there’s a taste of your next series at the end of book seven; Elven Blood Oath. Is that true?

A –  Yes.  The main protagonists of Witch Hunter’s Society make an appearance in Elven Blood Oath.  Of course, for those who’ve read the series, they also know that Daciana made a very brief appearance in Elven Dreams.

Q – When can we expect the first book?

A –  I’m hoping to release Witch Hunter’s Prey late Spring or early Summer.

Q – Where can readers follow you, or learn more about you?







Sign-up for Raven’s Newsletter here:

Q – Do you sell signed books?

A – I do.  There’s an order form on my website:  http://ravenwilliamsauthor.wix.com/booksandmore

Q – Where can we purchase Realm Jumper Chronicles; Elven Blood Oath, or other books from the Realm Jumper series?

A –  All the books are available in paperback and ebook on Amazon and in ebook on most ebook platforms.  For those who love hard covers, I have those available on lulu.com.
Here is the universal link to order Realm Jumper Chronicles; Elven Blood Oath at your favorite book seller. https://www.books2read.com/ElvenBloodOath

Q – Thank you for joining us today. We’ll be looking forward to seeing what you’re up to in the future. Best of luck on your new series.

A –  Thank you.  It’s been a pleasure.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Character Madness: The Covens of Misty Haven


Leona from The Covens of Misty Haven

Leona has it all. Priestess of her coven, Beautiful and fit, and magical power rivaled by few. But she doesn't have Khayrie. My antagonist, Leona is jealous, catty, and cruel. She hates Brielle, wants Khayrie and the prestige he'll bring her, and ultimate power of the covens. She'll do anything to get it, even if she has to pull down the man she's trying to pursue. 

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Character Madness: The Covens of Misty Haven

Aunt Elsa

From The Covens of Misty Haven

A little bit crazy and a whole lot of maternal, Aunt Elsa adds just the right amount of humor to the story. Witches stay young longer so many don't look their age, Aunt Elsa is Khayrie, Rylan, and Catara's mother's sister.

She visits, cooks, babysits, and cleans, while Khayrie does his best to make sure she doesn't do something serious, like burning the house down.

Aunt Elsa has no qualms about shutting Kitty outside.

It's possible Aunt Elsa knows more about what's going on than she shows us, but who can tell?

To see more of Aunt Elsie, check out The Covens of Misty Haven in my newsletter. You can sign up using the form on the right, or watch for it on my website.

Learn more about kitty here.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Character Madness: The Covens of Misty Haven


As Belshazzar's closest friend, and part of the first coven, Pagan is one of the first werewolves, and honored as a man just lower than the gods. Quick tempered, he has a cantankerous personality, and expects things to be done decently and in order. An ancient man, he is old fashioned, and has no qualms about punishing anyone that falls short. 

Pagan holds the Sovereign of Misty Haven, Khayrie to a high standard, and is more hands on than the other Paladin who watch over the world. He has a secret just like Khayrie, but his is out of the bag early in the story, and soon he becomes Rylan's lover.

As part of the first coven and Belshazzar's inner circle, he shares responsibility for Belshazzar's fall, the benefactor of Misty Haven. 

You can read part of Pagan's story in Belshazzar, The Legend of Misty Haven, a short story in Haunted by Darkness, A Collection of Dark Fairy Tales and Legends, and also in The Covens of Misty Haven, posted each month in my newsletter. You can join the newsletter using the form on the right side of the page, or watch for it on my website.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Twenty-one days makes a habit?

21 Days to Make a Habit? Think Again

I've been thinking for a while now that I need to get things in order. Healthier eating, more functional writing schedules, blogs with more output and focus. I have three, along with my website. A friend of mine worked on habits one at a time last year, using the 21 days plan. I was impressed with the idea, so I decided to do the same one day, but I couldn't remember the number of days, so I googled it, and found that the numbers have changed. It is now believed that it takes sixty-six days to make a habit. That's a lot more than twenty-one. What's worse is I told a friend, and he decided it's more like ninety.

I think statistics are based on what the researches see as average. In college we were taught to look at who researchers tested. I didn't do that this time, because like my friend said. It took him longer to quit biting nails, and stop smoking. My guess is that we're all pretty different, we just need to figure out how many days will lock in a habit for us.

My new program will start at sixty-six days. It seems like a good goal for me, and twenty-one days is not that long. If I need more than sixty-six, I can always extend the process. I haven't decided what all I'll be working on, but here's a list of five of the goals I intend to accomplish and why, if that isn't self-explanatory. This year would be great, but if I spill over into twenty-eighteen, I'm okay with that. As long as I get it all done, and form some good habits.

We all have things we could work on.

-- The first goal is writing, because it's what I love, and what I agreed to do. Some time ago, my husband worked a job where he traveled a lot. He liked me to join him, and it was fun, but work gets in the way. So, I agreed to write full-time, but I've fallen off the wagon a couple of times, and I'm not as functional as I was in the beginning. It's time to keep up my side of the bargain.

-- The second goal is healthier eating. This is a strange thing in our house, since my husband and I are diabetic, although he's managed to control his sugar with the Keto diet. He eats fat, with as few carbs as possible. He's lost more than eighty pounds, but it's such a major change for me. I think when the time comes it will be all about chicken and vegetable recipes. We eat some keto recipes anyway, since that's the path he chose.

-- I might flip the third goal with the second. It is to simply be more active. Health club, walks, the beach. It picks up the metabolism, and that will be helpful for any goals I pursue.

-- Next is better control of the finances. We like to play games on occasion to save money, and have a competition of who can save the most in a specific period of time, as I type. There are other things we can do though. Like making a list that will save penny's; turn out the lights, walk or bike instead of taking the car, wear a sweater to use less gas for heat, and so on. We also liked saving all our five dollar bills, but we rarely carry cash these days. Another way to spend less since we both have an aversion to credit cards. I've recently started using e-bates.

-- My fifth goal will be to learn and understand better marketing techniques. Almost everyone has to do some marketing these days, and some of us are better than others. I fall in the 'others' category. I'm a writer, but need to learn how to be a salesperson. I do a few things, but I'm a long way from amateur, let alone Guru. I hope to open an online store this year, where I can sell my books, books from authors I like, and soaps and trinkets. I love to make soap, and would do it everyday if I had the funds and the room. And that takes me back to 'better control of the finances'.

What goals and challenges do you have?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Character Madness: The Covens of Misty Haven


Khayrie is the Sovereign. Ruler of the supernatural communities. He is the most powerful man under the Paladin whose positions are only a little below the Gods. They do tamper with his life on occasion, but usually let Khayrie handle things on his own.

He lives in Misty Haven with his brother Rylan, and teenage sister, Catara. As Lord of the family, their safety and welfare is his responsibility. This is something, Kitty, a black panther he found in the rain forest, helps with.

His strength lies in his silence, and he takes on many projects himself simply to see they are done correctly. He has a secret only he and Kitty know, and he guards it carefully. His best friend is the Lord of Vampires, Yvain. 

The highest covens are separated male and female, and the two parties are arguing over who should have the final authority under the Sovereign. Khayrie has declared a period of separation between the two until the matter is solved, except in the case of family members. But when he comes upon a Brielle, surrounded by wolves in the forest one night, he finds himself struggling to honor his own edict.

The Covens of Misty Haven is released a chapter a month on my newsletter. You can sign up for it using the form on the right side of this post. Or watch for the chapters on my website a month after their release.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

My Biggest Distractions and How I fight Them

Writing takes determination, courage, and focus. There are so many distractions around us. These are the worst for me.

1 - Noise Noise Noise. I made this number one because it's my biggest challenge. My husband likes to watch TV constantly, and there is nowhere to go to get away from the cacophony of sound. For him, it's static in the background. For me, it's total distraction. I've tried earplugs, but don't really like the way they feel, and they don't block everything. He says to tell him and he'll wear headphones, but why do I need to tell him what he already knows? And the bottom line is that this is his home too.

How to combat the situation?
The only thing I've found to help is listening to instrumental music while wearing headphones myself. This can actually be helpful, if I find something that suits the mood in the story I'm writing. It needs to be loud enough to block the other sounds, so you might be courting a headache if it's loud.

I try to write while he's asleep or working. It might not be the best situation, but it works.

2 - Social Media. Facebook, Instagram, Google+. As Authors, marketing is a necessary activity, but how much is too much? When it keeps you from writing for more than a day at a time. I'm tired of the cliche, 'writer's write.' While it's true, we all need to find a way to keep ourselves focused and moving forward, especially when we're dealing with tough edits. And call it like it is, it's easy to get caught in posts and conversation in these places.

How to combat the situation?
There are programs that allow you to schedule your posts. Buffer, Hootsuite, Pluggio, and many others. It isn't one on one, so I use it to post my ads, and sometimes uplifting quotes or excerpts. After that, I don't need to worry about the marketing side too much. I visit for short periods when it's convenient, and interact with friends, family on fans at that time. Most the time they understand when you need to cut it short, especially if they are waiting to read your next book. Limit your time, and don't allow social media to take over your life.

3 - Moods and Attitudes. Moods can affect your writing, especially if you argue with a friend or Colleague and need to write an endearing scene. Maybe you're in a romantic mood, but the story calls for some kind of battle. This happens to me all the time. The writing gets done, but the emotion is siphoned out.

How to combat the situation?
The only thing I've found for this is music. I've created playlists on Youtube to combat the issue and it's worked really well. I also have them in Itunes, Playlists focused on breaking up, love, anger, cheating, there are songs that focus on any emotion you can imagine.

4 - People running around the house. This kind of falls under noise, but not exactly, since noise can be as simple as hitting the off switch sometimes. We can't turn the husband and kids off.

How to combat the situation?
First I have to say that I'm a big advocate of family first. There are some things you just can't replace once they are gone. When there are people you love around, time is precious. So make sure you set time aside for them, but also for you and your writing, and don't let them cross the line unless it's important, which sometimes happens. You can write when the kids are sleeping or off playing too.

5 - There's so much to do. Housework, yard-work, meals, parent/teacher conferences, or even friends stopping in. Most of us are busy these days. I look at the house and sigh constantly. Most of the other issues rarely show their head.

How to combat the situation?
Make a schedule, and keep it. Tell friends to call before stopping by. If you're on a roll, this will help you finish, and stay focused.

The bottom line is taking hold of your life so you can control it. It's not always easy, but determination helps too. Nothing compares to being excited about your story, but some days we're just tired. Like I've said before ... you can always write two-hundred words, and work from there. One of my teachers said that even if you only wrote a paragraph a day, you would eventually finish. That's true, but I don't have the patience for such a small amount. There are occasions when I've found it necessary though.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Character Madness: The Covens of Misty Haven


I always say story ideas come in a myriad of ways. Misty Haven was initially meant to be a love story, and it is, but it's so much more. This week I would like to introduce you to my Heroine, Brielle.

Brielle is a young woman ready for medical school, until she awakens from a dream to find her Aunt and Mother, kneeling before a wolf that becomes a man. She learns she is a witch. A witch with very little power, but witches must be taken to Misty Haven and be trained in the covens that police the balance of the natural and supernatural worlds,

The wolf is a Paladin. A Witch from the first coven, and friend to Belshazzar, He was also one of the first werewolves. While Brielle's Mother argues she has no power, Vaden, another Paladin gifted with sight, has given a prophecy that indicates Brielle will be an important part of Misty Haven in the days to come.

Against her will, she goes to Misty Haven to find a Priestess who hates her, werewolves that want to kill her, and the Sovereign of the supernatural communities who is very much attracted to her.

The Covens of Misty Haven is released a chapter a month on my newsletter. You can sign up for it using the form on the right side of this post. Or watch for the chapters on my website a month after their release.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Character Inspirations

This was initially meant to be a character blog. Musings was added later. I think it added a subtle balance, but lately it seems to have more musings than characters. It's time to get back to it's roots. I have some interviews out and I hope they will eventually come in, but in the meantime, I'll be showcasing my own characters, one day a week. Today I'm kicking it off with a few animal creatures you'll be seeing in the future, and where you can find them.

Kitty from The Covens of Misty Haven

Characterization is different for all of us. This is just about the things that inspire me. Most of my characters are simply what the story called for as it came to me, but sometimes there are special circumstances.

When the idea of Misty Haven began to form, I wanted to add a cat to the story. Most witchy stories have some kind of a cat after all. My main character is guardian to his thirteen year old sister, What would be the most aggravating type of babysitter? An eight-hundred pound panther. Catara can't get anything past her to her dismay, and Kitty adds a good deal of humor to the story.

Kitty has a story of her own to add a bit more spice to the story, but that might be a short story. I haven't decided yet.

To see more of Kitty, I'll be posting The Coven's of Misty Haven in my newsletter, a chapter a month, When the next chapter comes out, the first chapter will be posted on my website. You can sign up for my newsletter on the right side of this post if you're interested in joining.

Screech from Hunted

Screech is an owl that debuts in Hunted, a short story in the Haunted by Darkness Fairytales and Legends book I wrote with Raven Williams. Screech wasn't originally part of the story, but I felt the character needed some kind of mentor to urge her forward. We have an owl that hunts in the area where I live in the evenings. He was after my little dog for awhile. I'm happy to say the dog died at the age of eighteen, never becoming Screech's dinner, but Screech still hunts the area. I talk to him when he screeches right behind me to make me jump. I'm convinced it's his or her, favorite game. In the story, Screech is a lovable owl that tries to help Darla find her way.


While Gabby doesn't have a place in my stories yet, in time, she will. In the meantime, I have a character named Achavoust who is half man and half hawk. He is from Denbria's Betrayal, a story that's been on the back-burner indefinately, since I need to deal with some issues. Achavoust's personality is much different than Gabby's. He's a wild creature with a cruel edge, while Gabby is loving and fun, with an edge of wild. Where does she come from? There are numerous red tailed hawks that fly over and through the area where I live. I've always loved the sound of their call, but most are relatively quiet. Gabby is not. She loves to hear her voice, and she calls for hours sometimes, sitting on the telephone pole, or in the tree beside our home. I talk to her all the time, and she seems to like that too, Watch for her in a future story.

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