Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Book Signing

Yesterday was a great day. The Book Smith, a local book store, hosted my first book signing and it was almost magical for me. The Book Smith was the first book store I got lost in as I explored the wonderful adventures. It was the store that watered the seed of my love for the written word.

The book signing went well. As expected, not a lot of people showing up on a Monday morning for an unknown local author, but a few books sold and I met some very interesting people.

As someone who would prefer to stay locked up and writing, I was worried about it. People and socializing isn't one of my skills, but I'm happy it turned out to be really fun. And I think it gave me a boost of encouragement to maybe try to attend other gatherings.

A big shout out to The BookSmith staff and the lovely owner for being so awesome!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Projects, Deadlines and Book Signing... Oh My!

It's been busy busy for me. I've dug deep and found my muse for a number of projects that had been resting on the side lines. A great opportunity came up and I'm working to meet self-set deadlines to get that going. And the big news! The owner of a local book store offered me a book signing spot.

The Projects:

The Dreamweaver stories have bubbled back to life and I've been brainstorming and outlining the final story in the set, Noble Intent. These two characters are a pretty independent couple and they like giving me a surprise here and there. The first two stories have also been taking up some time. They need a great deal of editing and a number of scenes that need tweaking and expanding.

A new interactive romance, this one closer to my true love of paranormal, has also been on my mind. What happens when you throw a werewolf, a vampire and a supernatural hunter together. I'm finding out. It's a wild ride.

Meredith and Malcolm have been making themselves known too. While I have an idea, I'm not sure exactly what Malcolm has planned, but it's big and he, of course, is dragging Meredith along the way. A squeal to Just Beyond Daybreak is in the works and I look forward to seeing where it leads.


I can't talk much about the great opportunity, but I can say this: Gaming! I love text games and really really love coming up with game stories. My husband is a gamer and plays a lot of RPGs. We spend hours coming up with different game concepts.

http://penpee.com/members/jrwhite84gmail-com368/Short story deadline. The sci-fi romance I've had on the back burner for a good long while is still there and I hope to get to work on it once the Dreamweaver stories are finished. Until then I've set myself an end of Feb deadline to finish a short story, Symphony of Starts. This story is being posted to PenPee and so far I'm loving the flow.

Book Signing!

This one is really exciting for me. My first book signing is coming up. On Feb 26th I'll be at The Book Smith, a local book store, signing copies of Just Beyond Daybreak. The nerves are twitching and I can't stop smiling when I think about it. Once I started trying to get everything ready for it I realized I was woefully unprepared. Putting myself out there is scary and yet I can't wait.

That's it for today. Just a little catch up.

Peace and Love!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Full Moon New Releases (Jan 2018)

This month I decided to do the new releases on the blue moon. Why? Because you only get one a year and you should make the most of it. So sit back, wrap up in a blanket and find a great new read for this winter.

Image result for Finding Beauty in the Beast by Jessilyn Stewart PeasleePrincess Rose’s fiery temper has kept every potential suitor away—until now. After being spurned and humiliated for the last time, the princess forces every eligible man in the kingdom to present a gift to her under pain of death. The man who brings her the best gift will be chosen as her husband.

When Corbin is summoned to present his gift, he hopes that his simple offering will keep him safely overlooked. All he wants is to return to his quiet life as a common blacksmith, away from forbidding castles and beastly princesses. But love works in mysterious ways, and it all starts with a rose...

Image result for Awakened by Flames Vella Day
The only thing between this werewolf and his destined mate is a portal to a different world.

It's crazy. Finn McKinnon knows dreams can't be real. So why does his wolf shifter side have the overwhelming urge to step through a portal into a mysterious new realm? Is Kaleena Sinclair his mate or just a figment of his overactive imagination?
For years, Kaleena has known that Fate has designated the deliciously hot man from Earth as hers, but she can't reveal she's a dragon shifter—at least not yet. Dream-walking has been her only connection to him, but damn, Finn still thinks she doesn't exist. So what's a girl to do -- especially when Finn is her sole chance at survival?

Before he knows it, Finn is thrust into a dangerous journey—a journey so unique and sensual that the life he's known ceases to exist. The clock is ticking, and Finn must survive impossible odds if he is to save his future mate. But how in the world can they fulfill their destiny as fated mates if some ruthless force is hell-bent on keeping them apart?

Best selling author Vella Day believes in a feel-good story where the hero loves his woman passionately and unconditionally and will do whatever it takes to keep her happy and safe; and where magic adds a bit of spice to every encounter.

Image result for Past of Shadows by Colleen ConnallyKela Calledwdele was born with a destiny, a Euchoun with only one purpose in life...to protect. Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both. Now she must find the courage to face the destiny, fate has dictated to her.

Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. Half Witheleghean, a passive, peaceful race where magic runs freely and the other half, Sordarin, a valiant warrior race of hawkmen who rule the sky, she knows well her parents gave the ultimate sacrifice to give her a chance to live. Yet, in so doing, they have left Kela unprepared to face the danger that awaits her—an evil like no other—Asmeodai!

That's it for this super awesome blue moon! Remember if you're a paranormal romance author and have an up coming release send me a message and I'll include it in the Full Moon New Releases.

Peace and Love!


Saturday, January 20, 2018

My Short Story Adventure

Hello lovely readers! I was just sitting here getting over the flu and thought I'd get a little work done. So, here's a bit from my writing life.

2018 has started out with some big goals. One of the big things I want to tackle this year are my short stories. I normally focus on my novels, but in between stories I work on shorts that don't normally ever see the light of day. Wanting to find a home for these lovelies I started looking around and found a website that not only offers a place to showcase my shorts, but it also pays a little bit for each read.

Penpee.com is a UK website that brings readers to authors. Short stories are featured on the site and readers "pay" 3 credits for each chapter of the story they read. Credits can be earned by logging in everyday and by inviting friends to join. 16 credits are also earned just for signing up.

Authors, you can sign up and post shot stories for readers to find. After signing up as a reader, authors can choose between three plans. Starter, Basic and Premium. As you can see from the image the Basic and Premium plans cost money. (Roughly $10 for the Premium) The nice things is this covers 6 months. The free choice, Starter allows you to only post one story a month and authors earn less per read.

For the first six months I gambled with $10 and gave it a try. The Premium plan allows me to submit as many stories as I want and I am able to qualify for the leaderboard bonuses. If it doesn't pay off I can let it expire and I'll end up with a Starter plan where I'll still earn at least a little bit for every read the stories get.

So, you might be asking how quality is controlled if authors can just post whatever they want. Well, that's answered with a rating system. I've pulled this from the sites "How it Works" page:

"We classify works based on standard and grammatical context. We will apply quality standard filter to every work from A, A+ to D. With an A+ rating indicating the top most level of professionalism and quality of the writer’s work. So if you are not comfortable reading works of a C or D rated writer, you can use the filter. We rate each story and not each writer."

And so you have it. Penpee.com seems to have their bases covered and I've given them a try.

http://penpee.com/short-story/a-lord-for-the-duchess/I've already posted a short story I've been holding onto for a while. A Lord for the Duchess, a sweet contemporary romance.

Simone Noir is a romance novelist who just wants to finish her latest story before her deadline is up. Her eccentric aunt, however, has other plans. Invited to a murder mystery weekend getaway, Simone learns that not everyone is who they seem to be.

This story is 5 chapters long, which can be covered by those 16 free credits you get for signing up ;).

So, this year I'm giving Penpee a try and I'll be adding short stories there and I'll be sharing them here and on my social networks, if I can remember to keep up with them. If you decide to give it a try feel free to friend me on the site and comment here and let me know how its going for you.

Peace and Love!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My Origin Story

 So I joined a great group recently. The DIY MRA Book Club. I've been wondering around the DIYMFA website for a while and when the chance for this Book Club came up I felt it could help me dedicate more time to my social profiles and to my blog all while working to improve my writing craft.

Anyways, yesterday I received a prompt asking what my origin story is. How did I become a writer?

I've touched on this before, but I'd like to offer a little more to the story.

It all started when I was little. Before I could really write or read I was telling stories. I was four when my little brother was born and I remember sitting with him and "reading" the Mother Goose book to him. I couldn't read the words, but I saw the pictures and created stories around that for him. he would laugh and giggle in his baby way.

By the time I was in school and should have been reading and writing my teachers and parents knew there was a problem, but back then they didn't understand what. Later I would find out I was dyslexic, but that didn't stop my stories. I drew out the adventures of Art Girl and a number of other characters in a really silly comic.

When the school system finally caught up with me and the dyslexia I had already learned to cope with flipped letters and mixed up words. I was reading everything that caught my interest and my story telling had evolved. At that point there was no stopping it. I wanted to be a writer and would face down every challenge that came my way.

My husband and I married almost ten years ago and in a show of support he agreed that I should be a stay at home mom and work on a writing career. At first I freelanced as a writer and honestly still do to help keep the ends tied, but every year I'm able to devote a little more time to my fiction. Today I've written and published five books and have a stack of unfinished and "needs to be polished" stories just waiting for my attention.

And that is my origin story.

Peace and Love!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year ... New Me... Kinda

The blog always gets away from me. It never fails. Life starts leaking into my wonderful land of fiction and something has to get pushed back. Most of the time it's this blog and my social sites. Facebook and Twitter have been deeply neglected as well. It's shameful really and I can make no real justifiable excuses.

So instead I'm going to pull up my big writer panties and try to fix that. A New Year means a New Me... I hope.

This year I'm going to set myself out a schedule... cause crazy writers really have to follow a schedule. It's a rule written somewhere that I always get in trouble for breaking. Anyway, this year, starting with this post, I'm dedicating myself to at least one blog post a week and daily Facebook and Twitter posts.

The Full Moon New Releases will be coming back and I will get back into the habit of posting those, because honestly, who doesn't love hearing about new books? Fellow authors if you have a new paranormal romance book coming out let me know. I'll add it to the list.

I love blog hops and hope to get back into the swing of those. They've helped give you, my lovely forgiving readers, sneak peeks at stories I've been working on and published. So, those are coming back too.

There is also a pet project in the works for me. I've recently found a site Penpee.com that allows writers to post short stories by the chapter. Readers pay a small price to read the chapter and the author gets part of that. I'm heavily thinking about giving it a try as I have a few short stories stocked away at the moment. I'll post more about that later.

Along with all that I'll be sharing more about writing life and the crazy that goes with it, but for now that's all.

Peace and Love!

Monday, November 6, 2017


It's November again and once again I'm taking on the challenge of writing 50k words in just 30 days. With so many projects already started and a real need to finish at least one of them I'm going Rebel this year and working on the Dreamweaver stories.

Two of the stories are complete and just need a lot of revision and some extra scenes added, but the third and final story in the trilogy is far from complete. Instead of just focusing on the one story I'll be working on Noble Intent (story #3) and on the extra care Sweeter Dreams and Shadow's Fall (story #1 and #2).

The game plan is to write on story #3 as much as possible and on the off days when my muse just doesn't like me I'll be working on story #1 and #2. That should lead to 50k by the end of the month and hopefully a finish trilogy!

Anyways, here's a bit about the stories.

Sweeter Dreams

The only thing Karlee Bolt has on her mind was her upcoming beach vacation, but her plans are derailed by dark shadows and a knight with a brilliant bright light. Karlee is suddenly thrown into a battle she has no way of fighting.

A Watcher by right, DjinnShay Court is a warrior that protects the balance between the realms. When the Dreamweaver is suddenly dropped into his lap Court must change tactics. No longer a warrior that standing between the realms, he must lead Karlee through the Dream Realm and show her there’s more to dreams than fantasy.

Shadows’ Fall

Running from an arranged marriage, DjinnRa Jade is hiding out in the Waking Realm and performing the duties of a Watcher. When she crosses the path of a lonely child without family she must put her own interests aside and return to the Dream Realm.

Stuck in the shadow of his enemy, Kree is left with nothing more than his voice to fight back with. He’ll soon find that warring clans and nightmares from the Realm Beyond are the least of his worries inside the Djinn Clan’s royal line. Can he and Jade come together and protect the destiny of the Dreamweaver child.

Noble Intent

Searching for a place to belong, Morgan finds herself leading a group fellow lucid dreamers in a fight against the Realm Beyond. Stumbling across an outcast member of the Djinn Clan, she’s faced with the choice of trusting him or turning him away from his last hope.

Lukous is desperate to fix his mistakes, even if no one trusts him to do it. He never thought his best chance at redemption would be from the very people he betrayed and the beautiful woman leading them into battle.

That odd looking cover there is just something I threw together to help my muse come around. Images help me work through stories.

Peace and Love!