October releases & sparking creative ideas

Going to reshare my most recent newsletter through here so that I don’t have to repeat the information. The link at the bottom will take you to the web version of the October newsletter so that you can continue reading, including the extra I wrote about.

Under Empty Stars – Ellie Versus Stone

“What makes you think you’re strong enough to take it?”

Again he read her with ease. “I may be the only one.”

She smiled. “So why would I ask for one of them? I don’t want gentle and perfect words. I don’t want obsessed and giggles. I want a beast who knows me inside and out. A beast who can handle what I unleash.”

A look of triumph crossed his face then he kissed her and ensured she wasn’t going to want any of the others.


Hello everyone,

Now that we’re nearing November, the weather is finally getting a bit colder, leaves are falling, and I’ve got a couple releases for you to bundle up with.

I’ve been beyond focused on getting all the Dark Illusions books redone and trying to get them out as fast as I can. Since they hold up the rest of my work, I’d rather get them out quickly, but I won’t sacrifice quality for that. So far the last two have gone a lot faster because I didn’t have as many errors. After this, I will revisit Don’t Go Far before moving into the next two in that series/world.

I also enrolled in a couple creative writing courses to find one that would work for me this past Spring. Ended up sticking with the one which is most in-depth and teaches more about storytelling. It’s the one that has me send in writing assignments (short stories) to a teacher who grades them and offers constructive criticism. I was telling Jeanie the other day how interesting I found it that a lot of the information she provides me in her edits is very similar to what the teacher sent me on my most recent examination. If all goes well, I’ll finish it up in the Spring of 2019.

These past twelve months have been a little difficult for me so I’ve been a bit quieter than normal. I’m just focusing on myself. I lost four of my pets and been dealing with quite a lot in terms of the family. The most recent pet was my parakeet, Khaleesi, who passed in my hands just a few weeks ago. A lot of the smoke from fires in Eastern Washington and B.C. came through here and it was just a few too many times for her small lungs to fight back against. Still pretty hard for me to mention any of their losses. Anyone who knows me will understand how hard it is for me to lose a pet. Anyone who also has known me long enough knows that at times like these I tend to retreat deeply into my own world then eventually come back. Someone once called me the Phoenix because of that. It also helps me with a tip I’m going to share below. On how to spark creation in the creative brain.

I am currently at work on the paperback for The Next Chapter – Extended Edition. CreateSpace merged with Amazon recently and all the books were transfered. Not a big deal for buyers who slowly transitioned over to buying from Amazon or Barnes and Noble (for the paperback that is), but taking some getting used to for the authors who sold their books through CreateSpace and used the site to make them as well. So I’m unsure of the timeline for the paperback to be finished right now. I have to relearn the process so I’m hoping by next month the paperback will be done.

This will be one of my first paperbacks I’m building through Amazon’s new system for paperbacks. I’m hoping that the formatted document I have always used will work well with Amazon. Below I have included a snippet from Dark Illusions: The Next Chapter – Extended Edition.

If you’re interested in purchasing the digital version of DI: The Next Chapter – Extended Version, the live link on where the book currently is available can be found here –

Read the first chapter here –

Enjoy this sweet little moment between Julian and Kat in The Next Chapter. Love his personality. Even at his age, he’s still a stinker – more so when it comes to her. 

Julian warned her with a brief look then swept her off her feet. He pressed a kiss to her forehead and told her, “We’re finishing the conversation later. For now, you need to be dealt with. I’m not putting up with that attitude anymore.”

Kat snuggled into his chest. “Told you your old age slows you down.”

Julian took her into the bedroom and stopped next to the bed. He cocked an eyebrow in challenge when she finished her sentence. Kat’s eyes widened, realizing what she’d just done, then started shaking her head.

“Don’t you dare,” she threatened.

Too late.

He dropped her before she could tell him not to.

She plopped down with a squeak. “Julian!” He stood there, appreciating the view of her lying back on the bed beneath him with her gorgeous smile. A hint of irritation pinkened her cheeks, despite the amusement.

“You shouldn’t dare me, baby girl.”


Continue reading in the most recent newsletter –


Dark Illusions: The Next Chapter – Extended Edition – Chapter One

Chapter One


DAYS AFTER CAMERON AND a few of the other Raaka clan—her clan, she was disgusted to admit—nearly killed Julian, Kat was stunned to find Julian cooking breakfast for her in the morning. Well, what was their morning hour. Because close to a week prior, he nearly died.

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Dark Illusions: the Beginning – Extended Edition – Chapter One

Chapter One

HER FOOT SLAMMED INTO a puddle and water splashed her jeans, making them cling to her legs. From the brief rain earlier in the evening, many were scattered along the pavement, which made it hard not to land in one. None of that concerned her as she barreled her way through the murky streets.

Thwap thwap thwap went her shoes against pavement.

Kat’s breath came in quick gasps. She ran as fast as her legs could carry her, demanding every last ounce of reserve strength from her muscles. Not a hundred percent sure from what she ran, the fear in her belly urged her to keep going because whatever was behind her was not something that needed to catch up.

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I always have such ideas in my head

for blogging every day, and then I sit down to write and *poof*. Ideas disappear. Too much in my head. Brain isn’t working and I have to edit so posting this and going back to editing Dark Illusions: The Next Chapter – Extended Edition.

So freakin tired so that’s adding to it. Have a great Thursday.

War of Lycaens coverToday’s word count for War of the Lycaens

Started today at – 52,922

Ended today at – 54,612

Total word count for today – 1,690

Toasting my lil bottums

We’ve had a steady warm streak here. It’s toasty. Some of the Shih Tzus are a little sick in the mornings because it’s pretty stuffy. The featured image is the picture that I took yesterday while Lucy came to hang with me and Mila. Mila was just in front of Lucy. I tried having the window open and it was a nope. lol It’s 90 here and I have my curtains closed (the light still comes in, but they’re from my grandmother’s house and old so they’re all thick and pretty looking) and a fan on. It’s pretty cool in my room. Mila is lucky in that way. Her hair is so short that she rarely pants unless she’s been running around in the heat outside. Otherwise, it doesn’t bother her much at all. If anything she likes it since we got her from a place over 90 (Cali).

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Random chat

I have a lovely headache that is not going away, even with Aleve. That’s usually my last resort because I learned last year or so that if I allow the headache to reach a certain point in a pain way, and I do nothing as I used to prefer, that it’ll develop into a migraine. And then it’s basically have fun on the rollercoaster.

I haven’t had these type of headaches until this year. Not much I can do about it. I’d like to consider it being the fault of the heat wave we’re in, but other than being dried out (I am clearly a mermaid as I suck up LOADS of water) I’m not too bothered by the heat. Although trying to use an old razor (Wahl to be precise) that warms up during this warmth? Not so good as I was sweating last night. Not sure if the newer ones warm, if you have one, I’d love to know in the comments, but this one is pretty old so it does. Granted, I was using it for a while too. Been trying it out on the Shih Tzus. Chewbacca never had issue with it (when we first got him, he tolerated it more than scissors as he was PETRIFIED of scissors near him) so I knew I could use it on him. Like trying to cut Sasquatch last night. He’s just got thick hair and even though he was bathed not too long ago, the boy is a BOY so he’s already grimy, lol.

Anyway, Kona was one I tried it on last night and he did well. I doubt Kendra will have issue I mean lord, the child doesn’t care if I vacuum her. Maybe she’d be better with it than scissors. There was this one vet we took her to a long time ago who I think used force to cut Kendra’s hair around her face and ever since then Kendra has been a struggle to work with. It’s been years of reconditioning her to be okay with scissors near her face. I swear, I don’t know what the woman did, but Kendra was fine with her face being worked on until a vet visit. Think it was when Kendra was spayed. That vet was always like that. Any animal that went to that vet would come home acting as if they’d survived a war or something, it was just nuts. I won’t go into it because even thinking about that ticks me off. It’s just a vibe that I hated seeing coming from the dogs when they’d go down there.

This one we have now they come home happy as heck. Shoot, I think they’d stay and hang out all day with that vet office if we let them, lol.

Anyway, today I’ll be trying out Lucy or one of the others with the razor. Although I am also trying to get the floor vacuumed in the hall so I can steam wash it, and vacuum under the freezer. Glam life of a writer.

Technically the dog’s hair isn’t that long so they don’t NEED the haircut (I do puppy cuts on them) but I am trying out the razor to see if it’d work easier to maintain the cuts for them that way. I have to get a longer comb for the winter haircut though. Probably a 3/4″ or 1″ would be a good length. Lucy especially, with her eye issue now, we do have to constantly keep her hair trimmed. I keep saying we, but it’s me. Kim takes care of all the animals, hair cuts, feeding, bathing, etc. lol And if I had a large property, I’d take in more who needed it. Wouldn’t matter what kind. I found this one girl on Youtube who I love watching because it’s basically me and the way I’d be with a property, haha.

This is her channel –

She’s fun to watch.


*featured image is my view when I was trying to write. Does that Doberman LOOK the same size as the Shih Tzu? She sure thinks so. lol (Cheyenne is on the left, Mila the right side.) Why they have to touch me when it’s so hot, i’unno.

War of Lycaens coverToday’s word count for War of the Lycaens

Started today at – 48,549

Ended today at – 49,720

Total word count for today – 1,171

I pretty much have no clue

where this is going. I didn’t plan for this one bit. Kylarra and Sean are doing their own thing. Although Sean pointing out that she may have the ability to tap into the ability to have visions? May just turn this back to a path I know.

That path I formulated and understand. This one is off road and I’m holding on like the rest of my readers would. Like . . . where one EARTH are you two going with this?

Story flow is going well though. Fingers don’t want to type properly so I keep having to fix weirdness. Even typing this up, my fingers have a mind of their own. Weird.

War of Lycaens coverToday’s word count for War of the Lycaens

Started today at – 44,083

Ended today at – 47,313

Total word count for today – 2,604