Saturday, December 9, 2017

Coming Soon! Fangs for the Holidays

Due for Release Any Day Now

Seven years ago, Justice Fayhee disappears without a trace. Now, on Christmas Eve, Tristan stumbles across his old lover lying in a snowy alley. Why is Justice back and what happened to him? The chance meeting launches Tristan headlong into a frightening snowstorm where he’s confronted with the esoteric gift of immortality.
It soon becomes clear to Tristan that he must leave to protect Justice from the gang members pursuing him. He goes in search of his father’s ex-bookie, Rocky, to ask for help and discovers too late that Rocky is the head of Pittsburgh’s Brotherhood of Blood. A trap is set for Justice that also captures Tristan and his ailing mother. When a young woman named Morgan, believed to be one of Rocky’s “ankle biters”, is tossed from his moving limousine, she becomes an inside source on fighting the Brotherhood, but can she be trusted, or is she a mole who wants the reward of eternal life? 
Things grow even more difficult when Justice discovers Tristan is bi-sexual. He begins changing drastically, simultaneously claiming Tristan as his rightful property and pushing him away. Morgan suspects he’s in the grip of blood dust, a highly addictive substance for the undead, but despite Tristan’s attempts to reconcile, Justice grows steadily more dangerous. As the New Year approaches, Tristan realizes he’s falling for Morgan, but how can he protect her from Justice and the entire Brotherhood network? Where can he turn for help when the Brotherhood is everywhere? Salvation springs from unexpected sources, leaving Tristan’s heart, as well as his soul, battered. Perhaps the New Year will bring Tristan and Morgan not only love, but hope for the future.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

"Asleep" for a Decade

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I turned 49 today. Growing older used to frighten me, but it doesn’t anymore. I’m the same person I was when I was 20, just more mature and a whole lot wiser. However, younger people often treat me as though I’m ancient and should be puffing out dust with every breath, or I’m stared at as though I’ve sprouted a second head and tentacles. I'm unsure why I get these reactions, but I’m actually easygoing and goofy.

What does bother me is how I feel like I’m always floundering when I’m out beyond my little world here in Hickville. I went undiagnosed for Diabetes for about 10 years and now that I’m on medication and feel better, my mind is clear. It’s like the story of Rip Van Winkle. I truly feel like I’ve been asleep the last 10 years and have been jolted awake to find the world has changed. Sound silly? Well, Diabetes messes with your brain. Sugar is what makes your brain function, so too much glucose, which was my situation, left me in a constant mind fog. Too little sugar, which gives one confusion, can lead to death via sugar shock and cause many other issues as well. Going undiagnosed for so many years has left me with enormous blank spots in my memory that scare the hell out of me.
And now, steadily getting healthier, I look around at the world and realize that there are 10 years that have passed of which I have little memory, little knowledge of what was going on in the outside world. I marvel at how I functioned at all with so many children underfoot during that time. Heck, it surprises me how I cranked out stories like I did. Being in college emphasizes these things to me every day. It leaves me thoroughly rattled at times and I feel very vulnerable. I have this missing decade and suddenly I’m 49 years old. 
But growing old doesn’t really bother me. Not remembering parts of it does. I guess I have 10 years of catching up to do, so perhaps the next couple years of wonderful changes (think positive!) will make up for it!
Oh, one more thing. This is part shameless plug and part campaigning for literacy and great Christmas gifts. I have a new release coming out any day now for Christmas called Fangs for the Holidays, written under my Ana Lee Kennedy pen name, so watch here as well as my Twitter feed (twitter.com/FLBicknell) and my Facebook (www.facebook.com/AnaLeeKennedyFLBicknell) for the cover reveal and release date! It's a Christmas/New Year's novel that will make both readers of MF and MM happy. Also, please take a few moments to investigate my books pages, and remember that the gift of literature and the ability to read are true gifts no matter who your fave authors are or what genres you and your loved ones enjoy reading. Put a few books under someone’s Christmas tree this year. Books are very special gifts.
Love to all and wishing all my peeps a great holiday season!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Agent-Query Dance

Lots of changes happening of late on the Ana Lee Kennedy writing front. I'm returning to the original genres that I wrote years ago. Hindsight reveals that I should never have left women's fiction and magical realism, but I was talked into jumping onto the erotic romance bandwagon. In all honesty, all my most popular works are the ones that are *not* erotic romance.

That's not to say that I will never write erotic content or romance again. There are occasions in writing where erotic content works well. Also, women's fiction often incorporates romance into it.
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The difference is that the romance isn't the sole focus of the plot.

Thirdly, as well as sadly, I've parted ways with my literary agent, so now I'm back to researching and querying agents, something I haven't had to do for about 15 years. And I'm not a patient person either, lol. After 32 years of experience in this business, it's difficult for me to have to do the agent-query dance again, but here I am.

I'm trying to finish up the latest erotic romance manuscript I have in progress. I'm down to the last 5K to 10K words then it will be in the publisher's hands. Well, maybe. I may just sit on it. Not sure how I feel about this manuscript right now. Lots of sex in it, that's for sure.

I love my Werewolves of Rebellion books, but I think Puppy's story may have to go on a backburner until I struggle through this new and improved but sometimes difficult to handle outlook on publishing as a whole. However, I have started a new women's fiction manuscript, so that makes me happy. It feels RIGHT. :-D

For now, I'm back to peddling one of my works--of which there are four full completed manuscripts--to literary agents and praying for some good news before the New Year!

That's all for now, dear readers. Please take a moment to investigate my books. Until next time! <3

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Perspective


Do you ever feel like you don’t have the right to complain about anything, or even feel bad about upsetting situations in your life when you look around you and see others suffering worse problems? I hate where we’re living at the moment. No space, no yard, no place to go to vent stress…but I have a home, a roof over my head. We have food, water. There are people in Puerto Rico who no longer have homes and none of the things so many of us take for granted. These are matters I look at and say to myself “count your blessings and shut up” because my probs seem so insignificant to those others are suffering through.

I suppose it’s one’s outlook that makes the difference? I try very hard to have the right outlook, but usually have to remind myself to actually *have* the proper attitude. When things are bad, always remember someone out there has it worse. And when things seem insurmountable, remember that there are people out there who are defeating the odds. Then use this to put your life in perspective.

Blessings and white light to all the people affected by the last few hurricanes. May you receive the things you need and may the Lord rattle the brains of those in charge of supplies so the people who need them receive them ASAP.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The WHAM! of Ideas


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I’m often asked—as I guess most authors are—where I get my ideas for novels. Some come to me during times when my brain goes into reboot mode, lol. I juggle a lot of things. I have a big, big family. I care for elderly parents, still have a young son at home, wrangle grandbabies, deal with a hubby, go to college full time, and I struggle with Diabetes that will not level out. As a result, exhaustion sets in like clockwork at 4 pm every day. That’s when I get this odd sensation in my mind that I call white noise and, strangely enough, that’s when ideas for plots hit me out of the blue. Often it’s when I lie down for a catnap and I’m right on the edge of a deep, bone-melting nap and—WHAM!—the new idea rouses me and I’m up and rushing off the bed or recliner for something on which to write my new plot. I have little ideas jotted on the fridge, on pieces of paper, even wrote one on my hand once.

Other ideas come to me from two people. One is my hubby, who will not read any of my books to save his ass, but he’ll discuss them with me. Yeah, I know, it’s a contradiction so I try not to figure out what part of his testosterone causes his literature deficiency. He’ll sit and listen to me tell him about my ideas, then he’ll offer suggestions that really surprise me and gives me a lot of inspiration.

Sometimes ideas come to me from my favorite TV shows. I enjoy a lot of weird stuff from The Strain to Mr. Mercedes, so when I watch such programs, it gets my mental cogs to whirring. When I take these little fits of inspiration and start writing, the hubby swears he sees steam coming out of my ears. He doesn’t say it with humor, either—he’s serious. LOL

As for my latest release, Dreams of Absinthe, the way the novel came about is a rather odd story in itself. It began as a short story for a challenge I read about online. Then it turned into a novella, then three novellas, then finally I just decided to combine the novellas into one novel and develop the entire thing a bit more. Dark humor is part of my DNA, so it fit well into this book. I love a good scare, too, and have a blast whenever I write horror. In Dreams of Absinthe the original sole hero transformed into two heroes where life and the Crimson Bane keep them apart. The MM romance combined with an old fiancée, a woman who…well, let’s just say she’s pretty intense. I think Godzilla would think twice before wrangling with her. This one is a story about two worlds with different races that come together and work as one to defeat evil (something that plays well into what’s happening today), and the two heroes go through pure hell to find each other again.

So what else is on the horizon for an Ana Lee Kennedy book? Before you know it, the Holiday Season will be here. A Christmas novel, perhaps? Hint! Hint! 

I hope you’ll investigate my books, discover a few to snatch up and read from cover to cover and, in doing so, escape into another world leaving your worries behind for a while. Happy reading!
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Quick links to Dreams of Absinthe



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Bookstrand http://www.bookstrand.com/dreams-of-absinthe
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Monday, August 14, 2017

New Release! Something Different!


Officially released August 17, 2017
Genres: MM romance, post-apocalyptic, action, adventure, supernatural.

A bizarre red fog belches from the New York City sewers. Ian, like so many others, succumbs to its paranormal caress. As he lies in the street unable to move, all he can think about is Skorpe, the man who crushed his heart and stole his money. Soon, creatures composed of no more than glowing outlines with eyes like flaming coals begin wandering the streets.
Falling for Ian wasn’t in Skorpe’s plans. To save Ian from the Crimson Bane, Skorpe steals nine grand from him and leaves him to set up a safe haven then returns only to discover that he might be too late.
Struggling to comprehend a world turned upside down, Ian wants only to be with his partner Skorpe at The Castle, an underground stronghold for Parallelans and Earthies. However, Ian’s unpredictable ex-fiancé, Regina, is the residing MD, and Skorpe worries that Ian still has lingering feelings for her. When explosions at the Standoff Point separate Ian and Skorpe, the two lovers vow to find each another a second time, but there’s only one problem. Regina is determined to mend fences and make Ian hers again.
Stuck in the Appalachians, Ian begins a long trek back to the man he loves. However, Skorpe has a problem, too—a very handsome one. Can Ian and Skorpe’s love survive distance, temptation and demons swarming the countryside?







Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Underdogs Have Their Moments, Right?

I hadn’t realized how long it has been since I last posted.

I’ve been off from college since the end of April, thinking I would get so much writing done on my next two novels throughout the summer. Wrong. A week before my last couple of final exams, I was involved in a bad 3-car accident. I have scars on my right shoulder from the glass, but I’m thankful to be alive. My brand new car that I had for only one week wasn’t so lucky. It was totaled. Actually, it looked like a giant can opener had gone all the way down the driver’s side.
Although I’m still contemplating the reasons, I’m uncertain why the accident set me back on my heels. It has affected my writing and my outlook on life, and I became even more stressed about everything in general. Even my motivation to do anything from day to day vanished. I also questioned whether or not returning to school to finish my degree was worth it. This all affected my health, too. As a diabetic, my sugar levels skyrocketed from the stress and it took me about six weeks to get it down to a manageable level again, so feeling awful only compounded my day to day tasks.
One thing the accident made me question was whether or not I should continue with my writing career. Why did I have such thoughts? No idea. It’s one of the many reasons that I’m still pondering. Perhaps it’s just the fact that the wreck made me stop and really consider aspects of my life. If that’s the case, I guess I dwelled too long on some things and it made me question everything, especially my writing career. This business is ruthless and there is much unfairness in it, but I’ve been dealing with that since I entered publishing 30 years ago. Regardless, thoughts such as why should I continue battling the competition when everyone and their little brother plus their third cousins removed are writing and publishing nowadays? Why am I still battling the publication scene when I’m pushing 50 and have been writing professionally since I turned 17? Why am I still battling the publication scene when I’ve been editing professional for nearly 20 years, because I should know the ins and outs of the publishing world, right? Why does it seem I was born 40 years too late for this business? No answers came to me, and I still have no solutions to them now.
As the weeks have passed, more and more seemingly unanswerable questions have struck me. For the last 5 or 6 years I’ve teetered on the edge of saying to hell with writing and publishing. However, one thing keeps me going. It’s a graphic a cyber pal sent to me. I keep it as a desktop wallpaper and as the header of my Book Pals group. It gives me the strength to continue hanging on to the one thing I’ve clung to my entire life—my stories and the joy of writing.
Last night my youngest boy and I watched America’s Got Talent. I enjoy the show because I root for those underdogs who have been scraping and clawing their way to success. Many are often incredible singers who have never caught a break, and most of those have voices that beats the majority of the voices I hear in various music genres today, so why are the wonderful talents of these people seemingly ignored? It makes no sense. But when the underdogs have their moment in the sun, I feel so good for them. It makes me happy to see them gain success. The delight they show, the awe, the pure euphoria will get me choked up for them. AGT inspires me. I’m not a singer or a dancer, etc., but writing is a form of the entertainment industry, so maybe one day I’ll have my time in the sun, too.
Well, that’s what I keep telling myself, lol.
So am I still writing? Yes. Will there be a new manuscript sent to my new agent? Yes. Will there be another Werewolves of Rebellion book? Well, I’ve been working on ideas for book 4 involving the character Puppy.
One bright spot that I’ve had of late is the new novel I’m working on. It’s a genre I’ve never written before so it’s a challenge, a challenge I’m enjoying. I’m 50 pages into the manuscript, so after weeks of stalling and sputtering, the words are finally starting to flow.
I may not have any answers to my questions, and there very well may not be any, but the one thing I do know is that my work is a huge part of me. Without it, there would be a hole that nothing else could ever fill.
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Happy reading!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Strawberry Pie that's Low-Carb and Yummy!

Strawberry Yum Pie—silly name for a pie, but I didn’t know what else to call it. Besides, food is just like stories and books—the same plots have been done repeatedly so it’s *how* one can make a plot new. The same, I believe, goes for recipes.

I’m diabetic. It’s a disease that is a major pain in the ass, too. There are times I feel like I might as well starve because I have to watch every damn carb I put in my mouth. Also, I grew up with a family that can cook up a storm. Anyone from the mountains of West Virginia knows that when a family sits down to eat, it’s an incredible meal followed by one or two different amazing desserts to choose from (my oldest daughter always talks about Aunt Elma’s butterscotch pie) and food is canned in so many delicious forms for the winters, too…

Anyway, now that I have to count carbs and watch my glucose levels, I’m learning how to cook all over again. I save the recipes out of Diabetes Forecast (there are yummy ones in that publication!) and I’m always on the lookout for a great diabetics’ cookbook but so far I haven’t found one that I consider truly helpful. So, this has led me to my own methods. My youngest dau has been finding some great recipes online in short videos that have been so helpful too. I’ll share those soon in another post.

All right, you’re probably wondering about the strawberry pie. Bear in mind I’m still tweaking this recipe. I also believe it can be done with other low-sugar berries and fruits. Each diabetic is different. For example, I can’t eat apples without it shooting my glucose to the moon, but I can eat strawberries, raspberries and blackberries without any problem. Another diabetic might not be able to each peaches, but can eat apples. So, tailor this recipe to suit your needs.

Another problem for diabetics (and dieters too!) is anything with flour in it. Whole grains even boost my glucose to high levels so I’m forced to eat very small portions such as one slice of bread for a sandwich. Pie crusts are always calorie-packed, but nuts are low in carbs and almonds can be used for so much. I like almonds but I noticed that they’re used as filler nuts in products just as much as peanuts are so I ended up with a zip bag full of them. I ground them and used them for my pie’s crust.

This makes a large pie. You will also need a coffee grinder or a food processor that will grind/mince nuts finely. However, you might be able to find almond flour in your area but check the ingredients for added sugar.

Ingredients

Almonds ground finely. You will need 2 to 2 ½ cups of ground almonds.

Flour

Splenda

Almond extract

Real butter

1 regular size box of sugar-free strawberry gelatin

2 to 3 pints of fresh strawberries

Large tub of light whipped topping

Crust

Almonds

¼ cup of butter cut into pats.

One teaspoon of almond extract.

3 tablespoons of white all-purpose flour.

¼ cup of Splenda.

Use a fork to cut the butter into the mixture until it looks like cornmeal then press into your pie dish and along the sides to the rim. Bake for 10 minutes on 400. Then let it thoroughly cool. If you’re in a hurry, 30 minutes in the freezer works.

Filling

Mix your gelatin but use only half the hot water and half the cold water then let it set up, about 20 minutes in a nice, cold fridge.

While that sets, wash and top your strawberries cutting them in halves or smaller chunks or slices to your taste.

When the gelatin is ready, add half a tub of whipped topping to the gelatin and mix thoroughly by hand. You can also use a mixer if you prefer the poofier texture similar to mousse. Fold in the strawberries and mix thoroughly. Add the mixture to your pie shell and spread evenly then add the remainder of the whipped topping to the pie. It can be eaten right away, but make sure the pie is kept in the fridge. (My pic doesn’t show as much whipped topping on the pie, but we added more to our individual slices).

My family flipped over this recipe. It’s easy and it will make a great dessert for those hot, humid days.

I checked my glucose an hour after eating a big slice of this pie and I was quite pleased with my glucose level. It spiked very little. However, every diabetic is different so this recipe may work for some diabetics and not others.

Enjoy!






Saturday, May 6, 2017

How Do Readers Feel about Promotions?


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I’ve been in publishing now for…sits a moment to add up the time…31 years (good Lord that’s surprising!) and one thing that myself and all other writers complain and cry about is promotion of our books. If one is not a writer then it’s difficult to explain to you what a time consuming, pain in the ass, tedious, expensive task promotion is for an author. Sure there are free ways to promote books, such as using one’s Facebook or Twitter account to spread the word about new releases or to remind readers about backlists, but placing ads is a whole different story. One, it is expensive. Even the little $5 ads add up over time, and they’re tiny ads so the author prays readers see them. Two, the larger ones are fought over like a flock of vultures because an author wants that prime spot for that cringe-worthy fee where readers will, without a doubt, see that big glamorous book ad.

In my case, most of my promotion is the free stuff from my Facebook, my website, and even blogging on other sites. What do I believe works? Honestly, I think my social media sites and my website have done the best jobs and have netted the most sales. To me, book conventions only work if the author has been around for a while and has established his or her brand to a decent degree.  I’ve done the blog tours, too, to no avail. I’ve placed ads to no avail either. However, for some odd reason, the freebie way of promotion works the best for me.

So, dear readers, I have some questions for you. Do you pay attention to book ads? Or is it the author who is always posting his or her work out there on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. that captures your attention? Do you find various book ads annoying and if so, what kind of ads and why? Also, what book ads grab your attention and make you click on them to learn more?

Please share your thoughts with me in comments, but you’re welcome to email me privately with your responses, too.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Out of One’s Comfort Zone


Now that I’m done with college for the summer, I plan to concentrate on two things. One is the 4th
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Werewolves of Rebellion novel, but even more so is my new novel I hope to send to my agent before school starts again.

I’ve talked to several authors who say they don’t like to step out of their comfort zones when it comes to writing. One might insist he will never write anything other than horror. Another may insist she will write only paranormal romance…then I hear complaints about declining sales when the market shifts.

Publishing is a fickle business. Just as there are trends in movies, music, and fashion, there are trends in fiction.

Paranormal romance is fading. I’ve realized this, so I am now making a big change. I’m going out on a limb and writing something brand new.

The thing with me, as a writer, is that I’ve always rolled with the punches and changed things up over the years, so trying something new in fiction isn’t really new to me after all. Heck, I got my official start as a paid writer by writing for national men’s hubba-hubba magazines. I didn’t like writing such material, but it paid the bills as well as buying a mountain of school supplies and clothes for my kids. As time went on I left that market (free internet sites forced it to disappear) and moved into short fantasy fiction for a while. The internet pushed that market to dry up, too, so I shifted into penning erotic romance novels and from there into paranormal romance…

So what is this new endeavor? Sorry, (grins sheepishly), I never announce what I’m writing unless it’s a series in progress like The Werewolves of Rebellion. This new novel, however, is a genre and a theme that I’ve never ever considered before. But you know what? I’m looking forward to writing it, exited actually. It’s new. It’s a challenge. It’s going to be so damn hot readers will have to keep a fire extinguisher in their laps while they read.

{rubs hands together} Now to get started on it. Free! Free for an entire summer! Mwahaha!

Before I go, peeps, investigate the book tabs at the top of the page or click on the covers to the left and read samples of The Werewolves of Rebellion. Also, I would sooo appreciate it if you would spread the word about my site and my books. <3 And lastly, if you would, become a follower of my site. By doing so, each new post that I publish will be sent to your email (I do not have time for a newsletter, lol). Leave me comments. I’ll respond!

Happy reading!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Are You A Reading Zombie?


Do you read or do you read?
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What I mean is whether or not one reads just to absorb the general plot and characters or if you read and therefore catch the subtle nuances of a character’s behavior. Do you read and catch the foreshadowing, the ties to things that don’t seem to mean anything in chapter four but suddenly make brilliant sense in chapter fourteen? Do you notice the symbolism an author may use or the recurring themes throughout the novel?

So I ask again—do you read or do you read?

Before I go any further, this post is NOT directed at anyone. The following musings I’m about to share with you are just that—my observations of late that lead to wonderings and ponderings about fiction writing, the reading of fiction, and how I apply what I notice in today’s publishing field to my own work.

With the e-book market inundated by e-pubs that pop up then disappear like corner quickie marts, combined with the fact anyone who wants to write anything can self-publish as easily as breathing, I find myself considering the fact that the actual art of composing a story is vanishing. It scares me, scares me for the future readers just learning their ABCs, and it frightens me for the future of language and writing in general. This leads to the question—are readers truly focusing on their reading material? In the romance writing/reading communities I see comments such as “Oh, the hero is sex on legs!” or “I was disappointed that there wasn’t more sex in the book.” What about the plot? The actual story line? The climactic scene? Etc.? 

It makes me wonder, too, if authors are writing more fluff just to crank out books and earn more royalties. Sure writers want to make money and support themselves or use royalties for a supplement income, but is there a line where creativity is sacrificed for some extra dough?

Do readers pay attention to character development, settings that serve the scenes well, the subtle hints that a character really isn’t who he or she presents him or herself as, that maybe, just maybe there’s more to Aunt Geraldine’s story of murdering Uncle Ray in self-defense than meets the eye? And what about catching those big blunders such as a character being in the chapel on the south side of town, when he is already shopping for Wonder Bread on the north end of town? How about when
Tonya’s eyes are green on page ten but suddenly blue on page ninety-two? Are writers not checking their work, leaving it strictly for an editor’s weary, blood-shot eyes (coming from an editor of nearly twenty years who has only recently rid herself of the weary, blood-shot eyes syndrome). 


Is true reading dead? Or, as the photo to the left indicates, is true writing dead or, if not dead, its on its way to being passé? Has the utter enjoyment of absorbing and enjoying each word of a novel become a carcass of bleached bones within the human mind? Analyzing fiction as one reads is becoming a lost ability—or is it? For me, fluff reading is fine in the doctor’s office waiting room or the long drive to Grandma’s house, but when I want to read a book, really read a book, I want it to be entertaining as well as sexy. Gripping and poignant. I want a novel, whether romance, sci-fi, or horror, to make me think, to make me cry, to make me go “OMG, I hope to write something this good one day.” My writing is not fluff. Sometimes there are fluffy moments in my work, usually unexpected humor, but I strive to write material that’s everything I want to read.


I don’t want to be a reading zombie.


Do you?



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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Persephone's Beastly Lover


Book three now available!

Persephone Jones is part of a paranormal investigation team out of Detroit. She manages all the information the team gathers on cases, but everyone suspects there’s more to Seph than she’s letting on—she’s a medium, a powerful one. When the team is called by Jack Henessy, a member of the Werewolves of Rebellion MC, to investigate disturbances in his new home, Seph and Jack are possessed by the entities and inadvertently participate in a kiss that rocks them both with its intensity and sets them on an intertwined path.

Jack finds that he will do anything to protect Seph, anything to claim her. However, he’s uncertain if she feels the same way about him. Seph’s past is shrouded, even from her, and she’s hiding something buried so deeply that it takes an explosive night of sex to unlock the secret. However, someone has a bone to pick with Jack. A stalker targets him, then goes after Seph. Between bags of weed planted in his home and a shooter taking pot shots at him, Jack must learn who has a vendetta against him and why. When Seph is nearly killed by a few Wraithkillers, it plunges the Werewolves of Rebellion into the path of the most unexpected culprit of all.

It will take Seph’s mysterious past and the kindness of an abused spirit to save Jack and his MC family. Once Seph’s true identity is revealed, there’s no turning back.



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Friday, March 10, 2017

An Innocent-Looking Poison


It’s hard to believe that we’re already nearing the halfway point of March 2017. I’m in my second semester of college as a history major (after two semesters part time at a different college) and looking forward to it being over as this semester isn’t as engaging as the first one. Frankly, I’m quite bored.


I’ve run into problems, too, as I’m a diabetic recently diagnosed last June. Apparently I’m sensitive to all bodily changes as well as becoming immune to my last medication. The last two months have been rough as my glucose has played the yo-yo game from extreme highs to extreme lows. When I saw lows, I mean lows for me. When one is accustomed to running on a sugar level of 360—yes, you read that correctly—then getting it under semi-control in the 150 range, the problem is that 120 or lower seems like sugar shock and I become very ill. It's amazing how sugar is an innocent-looking poison.


It’s also extremely frustrating as a sensitive diabetic. All diabetics are different, however. Each person’s body reacts differently to various foods. Where one can eat apples, I can’t. Where I can eat strawberries, another diabetic cannot. Apparently I’m one who can’t have anything other than a few veggies and meat, period. Very, very frustrating and irritating to say the least. Now that I’m on a new medication, I’m feeling better, so I hope I can concentrate on school work and my writing, too. It’s frightening how much this disease affects the mind when glucose is too high or too low, very frightening indeed. Hell, I wrote a paper that I thought was horrible, remember very little of what I wrote, actually, because I felt so terrible I could barely function, then was quite shocked when I got a 95 on it.


So, here’s to praying that I can focus more on my writing. I have ideas and details in progress for The Werewolves of Rebellion book 4. This one will involve the character Puppy and two love interests. It will also investigate a new motorcycle slant that I’m looking forward to doing.


In the meantime, I’m revising an unpublished novel I wrote 12 years ago and quite surprised at how good it is, lol. Once it’s done I’ll send it off to my agent, possibly in the next couple of days. Additionally, I have the basis for the plot of a brand new novel for a brand new genre I’ve never written seriously before. I’m excited about that, too. And lastly, I’m researching for a new MC club romance line that will be quite shocking, quite intense.


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Monday, February 27, 2017

Rebellion, Home of the Werewolves' MC

Most readers aren't aware that Rebellion is a real location. I just changed the name to use in my books. Rebellion is the home base of The Werewolves of Rebellion Motorcycle Club. It’s a small town, but since the bikers are lycanthropes, they stay in a rural-like region to prevent any problems from arising, especially when they want to hunt. What most readers don’t know, however, is that Rebellion is actually my hometown of Woodsfield, Ohio. Landmarks are used in my novels, actual town names, too, and even the history of the area. Founded in 1814, Woodsfield has a lot of wonderful history.

SE Ohio is a beautiful region set in the Appalachian foothills. I could have based the series in Pittsburgh or on the opposite side of the map in Washington State, but one hard and fast rule in writing is “write what you know” (otherwise, you have to do tons of research to be accurate).

In The Werewolves of Rebellion, you’ll find little villages and towns such as Laings, Sardis, Barnesville, Graysville, and even the bigger places such as St. Clairsville and Wheeling mentioned. The Ohio River runs through the area, dividing Ohio and West Virginia where so many of the industrial plants lie. I’m even thinking of making a page for my website that will have photos of some of the landmarks, such as Foraker Covered Bridge, just something for readers to view out of curiosity and can use as references as my books are read.


Who knows? Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of a werewolf in one of the photos? LOL. Join me in The Werewolves of Rebellion. Nightshade's Flame is book 1 and you can get a great preview  of the novel there to your left. The Devil's Russian Beauty is book 2. Coming soon—Persephone’s Beastly Lover, book 3. The books are available at many various distributors and you can learn more on my new releases page.




Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Next Couple


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As I draw to the end of writing book 3 of The Werewolves of Rebellion, I find myself brainstorming for book 4. I’m uncertain whether to create a romantic plot around the character, Puppy, or create a set of new romantic characters. Everyone loves Beastman and Luella. Beastman is a giant of a man and bursting with crazy fun with unexpected bouts of humor from him. His mate, Luella, is more or less the matriarch of the MC, but the bantering between her and Beastman endears them to readers. I’d like to write a story about them, but I’m stumped on ideas that would make their romance fresh. However, I supposed I could come up with a subplot that involves them. I’m still thinking about that one.

There are many, many other minor characters I could draw from such as the Stellarmi boys, but the oldest is only 18. Plenty old enough for a serious romance, but I’m not sure I want to deal with the hormones of a young guy, LOL.

Yet I still turn to Puppy as the heroine of my next Werewolves of Rebellion novel. She’s barely old enough to drink yet she plays a big part of managing the main house of the MC. Puppy is Filipino, brought to the US when her parents immigrated. She’s bubbly, sweet, and gets her nickname because she has big, deep brown, expressive puppy eyes.

But who to pair her up with…decisions, decisions…

What do you think, dear readers? Who would you like to see as the next main characters for book 4?

**Also, I’m doing research for a new book outside the Werewolves of Rebellion. I’d love to hear from readers about what type of man your dream man is. What makes him your fantasy dream man? Is it his job? Etc.? I need more than just a description of a ripped, hunk of a man. You can email me HERE or IM me on Facebook. Again, I’m just doing research, so any help is appreciated.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Daffi and Phil of Book Two


As I near the end of writing book 3 of The Werewolves of Rebellion, I’ve been thinking about some of the reviews book 2, The Devil’s Russian Beauty, has received. Honestly, fiction is subjective, so I seldom get my feathers ruffled by a mediocre or bad review (unless it’s obvious someone is deliberately being mean). Where I love a book, someone else might not and vice versa. Some readers love one author regardless of what he or she might write; whereas another reader might be more objective and feel that the author is lacking in one area but excels in another. See? Subjective.

However, in The Devil’s Russian Beauty, my heroine, Daffodil, is a sweetbutt who has been excessively abused. She’s sold from one MC to another and lands in a really scary situation with Ezra as the River Rebels’ “temporary” president. There’s only one problem—Ezra is not human. He’s a creature—I’m not going to spoil it for those who haven’t read the book—that thrives on sex. For Ezra, sex is a power and energy high, the way he amps up his own powers, and he’s especially “fond” of Daffodil whom he abuses every chance he gets. In fact, as I wrote a couple of the sex scenes between Ezra and Daffodil, the content weirded me out a little. Daffi feels trapped, and sex with Ezra is physically destroying her.
Now in walks Phil, the hero of book 2. Daffi falls for Phil. He pays attention to her, not how she looks (although he loves his lovely, leggy blonde) or what she can do for him sexually should he demand it, it’s about her, who she is. Book 2 centers on an inner strength that we all don’t realize we possess until we need to draw from it. Now, reviews so far have applauded the book except for one thing—the lack of sex between Phil and Daffi. There are erotic scenes, but the focus of this book is inner strength and how meeting the right person can help amplify that strength, and the other half of the focus is how love can conquer all. Phil and Daffi are special to me because they defeat the odds that were against them—they defeat evil through their love.
But the lack of sex between them, you say? Again, there are erotic interactions between Phil and Daffi, but here’s the thing—Daffi is sexually abused, so is it logical for a sexually abused woman—and I’m talking by a paranormal creature of sex—to want to jump into the sack with a new man every chance she gets? On one side, it would seem logical to Daffi if her self-esteem is at rock bottom. It would be a way she might feel needed. However, in this case, she knows that Phil doesn’t want to force anything physical on her because she has something she has never had before.
Respect. Especially respect from a man.
Now book 3, OMG sex, sex, sex… You’ll see why once you read it, lol.
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

New Release! The Devil's Russian Beauty

Book 2 of The Werewolves of Rebellion.

Magic springs from unexpected sources.

In the second novel of The Werewolves of Rebellion series, Phillip Andrews, second-in-command of the Werewolves of Rebellion, bumps into Daffodil, a leggy blond, and falls hard for her. There’s only one problem—she’s the River Rebel’s branded property.

But Daffodil has even worse problems and finds herself in a dangerous, abusive sexual game with Ezra Smith, acting president of the River Rebels. Upon meeting Phillip, Daffodil can’t get him out of her mind. He gives her hope and strength, things no man has ever inspired in her before. If she tries to leave the River Rebels, Ezra will surely find her and murder Phillip. And when she foils one of Ezra’s human-trafficking shipments, Daffodil is forced to escape the MC and go into hiding in Phillip’s arms.

As Halloween approaches, the Werewolves of Rebellion are faced with bizarre deaths in their MC. Men are found drained of everything, leaving only mummified husks behind. Demon-women tantalize dreams and frighten everyone in the MC. Bernadette, mate to club president Frank Nightshade, is now an apprentice witch, but although she keeps trying to protect the MC and Frank’s clan from evil, now she must save Phil and his new woman, Daffodil, too.

The only way that Phil and Daffodil can be together is to vanquish the demons, but in doing so, how many will lose their lives, and will it be worth it for their love?

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