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Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

If you drive through your town, around 6pm-8pm, I’ll tell you what you’ll find. Passing by each house, 50 percent of your view will be of mothers inside their kitchens, washing the dishes, or a father clearing the dining room table from the evening meal. It’s a simple life, one worth repeating day after day. It’s the dream – to grow a family, to raise them and care for them. To make your house a home is the highest of honors you can reward yourself. But, as you’re living the same routine and watching those who are as well, do you think to yourself, “this can’t be the rest of my life,”?

It’s a “lather, rinse, repeat” cycle. I am guilty of once having this feeling, and I’m positive I’m not alone. There was a time in my life where all I wanted was to be a mother and a devoted wife. I wanted that happily ever after . . . and I got it. But as human-beings, it’s natural to want something more, to crave it. It is also normal to not. For those that do, we scramble to find that thing that’ll feed our soul and give us a sense of purpose beyond family. It took me a long time to realize what I wanted from myself.

For a long time, I followed my husband’s lead, helping him achieve his goals, bring light into his life, while at the same time, allowing my children to be raised as respectful, aspiring young people, mothering them the best way I know how. But as I washed the dishes my husband would hand me, as I folded the laundry my husband would put away for me, I felt . . . lost. Empty. Hallow. Like the missing puzzle piece that’s been stuck under the couch for years.

Reading had been my escape. Diving into someone else’s created world had satisfied me for a short time. Until it didn’t. Stories started forming in my own head while driving to daycare, characters started gathering personalities as I worked my day job, and plots started forming as I cooked our evening meal. I was tired of lathering, rinsing, and repeating.

One night, I sat down and demanded my dreams, my thoughts, my “free time,” have a purpose. Without a second thought, I began writing. And writing. And writing. A few months later, my first book came out. And a few months after that, an entire series.

This was a dream I didn’t know I was capable of. I feel accomplished, though I have much more to gain, learn, and achieve. I challenged myself to a duel, and I won. There is no greater prize than seeing my dream sitting a computer screen, on a library shelf, or on a book store stand. My thoughts, my characters, that thing that fed my soul, is now available for others.

It is my hope, for those that are reading this, to never subject yourself to the “lather, rinse, repeat.” You have so much more to offer yourself, so much more to gain. You can dream big, because you lack absolutely nothing. You, and only you, are the key to your own success. If you want something, work like hell to get it. March toward that finish line, learn along the way, slay the dragons that spout fire in the attempts to stop your goals, and take your prize.

Because you’re worth it. You deserve it. And you are no quitter.

 

Now! On to a little update. Rise of the Realms, Book One has a title: Reborn. If you haven’t read the last book in the Cloven Pack Series, you may want to. Just to make sure you don’t feel entirely lost as you begin reading my next series. I am still making my cover and will reveal that within the coming weeks.

Reborn, Rise of the Realms (Book One), is a complicated little number. I’ve never read a book the way I am writing it. I had an idea, and I’ve stuck with it. Being as this book is being told by half a dozen characters, it is taking a while to finish. But I do believe it is over half-way done. My hopes is to have it out in December, but we shall see.

Pretty soon here I will give you a little snippet! I promise!

Other works: I wrote a short story the other day and entered it into a Halloween boxset contest. It’s of a true story, and a scary one at that. Please, keep a look out for more info coming soon!

For now, that is all! I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far!

OH! and if you’re looking for a binge-worthy T.V. show. . . Salem on Netflix – you can’t go wrong.

Tootles!

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The Black Void of Writing

Writing can just as easily suck you into a void like reading will. You get so caught up in your story – your beloved characters – typing away until your eyes bleed. The world fades around you. . . And it can be terrifying, to loose track of time like it never existed in the first place.

I’m a thrill seeker, an adrenaline junkie. Adventure is what I grab by the horns and jump on the back of, holding on for that 8 second ride. I dutifully check off things from my bucket-list like it’s my last week to live. I spend time with my kids, watching as they play, frolic, and grow. I breathe every breath for them. I snuggle with my husband, as if it’s my last day to take him in, to feel him, to smell him. I greedily drink in the moment.

So when I get lost in my own make-believe world . . . It terrifies me, because I lose track of time. I step into a black void. Time does not exist there. You feel no hunger pains. You forget to drink water – to nourish your body. And the Sandman leaves you to your thrills, never knocking down your door, demanding you succumb to his will. At least, for me it doesn’t.

But as it frightens me to my bones, that sucking void, it also brings me a thrill, an adventure. It’s an adrenaline rush. It’s a passion, an addiction. And I’ll never give it up. This is my thrill, this is my passion, my adventure, my adrenaline rush, my calling. Only by death, will I part with my words.

Do you feel the same? Are you familiar with this?

And I’ll leave you with that . . .

Before you go . . .

I read an amazing book this week. Touched By Death by T. L. Martin.

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That book held me captive, I was it’s slave, for two days straight. And it’s a long book, mind you. Here, you can find me review: Click Here

Up and coming by my favorite authors:

Nefarious, Volume Three by Lucille Moncrief will be out August 21st! This is a series I highly recommend. I’ve read her first two, and I have yet to be disappointed. Click here for Preorder.

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Relaunch Date & Cover Reveal

Here it is! RELAUNCH date & the first cover reveal. (see below)

Makenna Goldwin’s Story has been renamed: A Gifted Curse.

Now – for those of you that have read it, please go to amazon (click here) and leave your review. This will help me draw in more readers during my relaunch. Speaking of . . .

The RELAUNCH date will be August 25th

 

Here’s what will happen August 25:

Makenna Goldwin’s Story will be remained (A Gifted Curse) with this new cover photo.

Kelsey Rylend’s Story (prequel) will be remained (Caught in the Crossfire) with a new cover, to be revealed soon!

– Out of the Darkness, the second book in the Cloven Pack series, will be PUBLISHED. Cover reveal will be soon!

– All three books will be edited, new covers, new blurbs — It’s going to be AWESOME. Book one and Prequel of the Cloven Pack Series will contain the same contents as they do now, but fully edited versions. They are still out on Amazon, if you wish to read them before relaunch day.

 

Check back soon for more reveals!

 

NEW COVER:

A Gifted Curse Sleeve

A Gifted curse (The Cloven Pack Series: Book One)
If you had an extra sense, would you consider it a curse . . . or a gift? What if it stood in the way of everything you’ve ever wanted?
Makenna Goldwin has spent her life knowing she’s different. She was born cursed with a gift and blind to the true meaning of it. Alone and distrustful, she’s determined to survive in a world where she has no one, except herself.
As Alpha to the Cloven Pack, Evo Johnson has a duty to protect his wolves. He has every intention of keeping their race a secret, even if that means hunting down the deranged Rogue shifter who is threatening to expose them.
When Evo and Makenna meet, the sparks fly, but neither one is ready to accept the truths that lay in front of them.