It starts…

Happy November 1st! The first day of NaNoWrimo, the writing challenge that started it all for me. I think, had I known those five years ago what I’d been able to accomplish with my yammering, I would have started sooner. Am I anywhere near the goals I set out for myself? No, but everyday I’m getting closer, and that’s what I have to focus on.

It seems every year I’m on the fence on if I actually want to jump into NaNo again. It’s a challenge, and I’ve proved to myself that I can write 50k words in a month multiple times, so the challenge isn’t exactly what it started out as for me, so why bother?

This year I’ve realized that’s not the point.

I threw my hat of plot-ideas to one of my friends and let her pick one, not even bothering to set up my story until today. Creating a new Scrivener document felt like a chore, and then I had to name the damn thing. Ugh. That was the hardest part so far. Next step was to set up the outline, go over my notes and begin the long process of turning this prompt into an actual story.

So I wrote.

I passed my daily goal, finished out the scene and off I went to NaNo to update my word count. That’s when it hit me. Seeing that old familiar screen, my daily stats up there so bright and shiny, and the sense of accomplishment that washed through me. I’ve been in editing mode for so long now, I’ve almost forgotten the joy of writing.

“A blank page was nothing but potential, pointless until it was used.” 
~ Brandon Sanderson

So NaNoWriMo isn’t a challenge, but an event. A month of reckless writing where I don’t have to worry about editing, adverbs and punctuation. Where I don’t have to flip back and forth between Ali’s cynicism and Joss’s naivety. That balance between the part of the world he only thinks he can save and the good Ali doesn’t think she can accomplish. I know it’s just me sitting at a desk for hours, working out these problems in my head, but it is exhausting work.

First drafts into a new story, new characters, new places are nothing but pure potential. A fresh journey I can walk with my brand new characters, a vacation a can spend away from TPC, and when I come back to Ali and Joss, it will feel like home.

And then I remember I wrote their POV’s in first person.

Hello Darkness, my old friend…

Anyway. Enough writing for today. If you’d like to follow me on a different journey, I’m trying something a new.. and well.. a little scary. I’ve joined the NaNoWriMo community over at Tablo, and I’m posting a chapter a day of the novel I’m getting ready to release. The title isn’t concrete yet, but what title ever is? (A hint at more scary things to come.)

Join me at Tablo!

Only 47,807 words left to go! Happy Reading!


Stopping by to leave a quick update and an explanation as to why I’ve been missing for the past 6 or so months.

First off, I’ll apologize for not getting this up here sooner. Even though I have hit a huge stumbling block in this chapter of my life, I’ve had time to get a post up, but it felt like I was opening a can of worms. Regardless, it should have been done, but was not. I am only human, as I’m reminded of far too often.

This stumbling block has forced me to choose how I spend my available time, and that meant having to turn away from my blog and social media presence in favor of working on my books. Even though I can’t always keep to the schedule I set for myself, rest assured that I am still devoting time to my stories.

The Walk will be a three book series. The first draft is finished (for the entire trilogy), and I’m currently working through chapter 71 of the 108 chapter manuscript. This has been an undertaking I gravely underestimated. However, having a completely finished story has made the continuity easier to work with, which is an element I often struggle with in The Phoenix Curse.

And working with Edy and her girls in The Walk has been far less painful than putting the words down on paper that will end Dreamland.

So there is my quick update. I cannot promise that you will see me here more often, but I can promise to try.

Happy reading, folks, and in case you missed it. Dreamland – Part Two is now available in paperback through



I feel like I’ve been here before, but this post should have been up YESTERDAY. I guess eating all that turkey has killed off some much needed brain cells. Oy!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and fulfilling Thanksgiving! I was exhausted by the end of the day, but satisfied. The handle to my measuring cup broke off in my hands, half the eggs had gone bad (how does that happen?) and the dough flat refused to rise, but all in all, everything turned out wonderful. I was surrounded by family and loved ones, and that’s what I am thankful for. I love my holidays, and Thanksgiving is one of the best.

Oh, and I’m thankful for stuffing. The stuffing this year was AMAZING! So good it was all gone by Friday, and I made more on Saturday, cuz why not?

Anyway, NEWS! I have news today instead of a review, although I did finish Hero and shed many tears cuz it was the five-star book I’ve been needing from Salvatore for a while now.


First topic. For the whole month of December, the ebook of After – The Complete Book One is on sale for only $0.99!! This is an amazing deal, so if you haven’t started the journey yet, DO IT NOW. That’s all three parts of After wrapped up in one very large $0.99 ebook. Make sure to grab it before the end of the year!

Next topic. Those nifty cover updates! I’m really loving the uniformity of them and can’t wait to reveal the Dreamland – Part Two and Part Three covers. (Yes, Part Three!)

 And here is the ‘reveal’ for Dreamland – Part One. I say ‘reveal’ because it’s actually been live on Amazon for some time now, but I haven’t updated it on my website yet, nor officially announced it.

Bam! And what can you expect next Tuesday? The cover for Dreamland – Part Two!

This book has been so long in coming, and this month has been super hectic. I know my editor is currently on chapter nine of ten, so I should be getting all those wonderful words back to correct and polish, and (FINGERS CROSSED) get out by the end of the year! Yes, I’m still optimistic this can be done!
And the reason why November was so hectic? I once again faced the NaNoWriMo mountain and succeeded in ascending all 50k words to complete the challenge for 2016! As promised, all of those words went into Dreamland – Part Three, so I have a good chunk of the first draft under my belt. However, along with that came some more rewrites I didn’t even know I needed for part two, but that makes for a better book.
Man, this year went by fast. Only one month left to go! I will have more news for you soon, so check back next week. I might even be able to sneak another review in before the end of the year. Until then, Happy Reading all! Stay safe and get those Christmas lights up! The holiday season is well underway, now!

Happy Halloween review of Rise of the Horde, By Christie Golden

Okay. So I know I promised to review Maestro by R.A. Salvatore as my next review, except… Problems happened. Ya see, Hero just released and I jumped right on that, and shortly thereafter realized I remember precisely two things about Maestro.

Gromph Baenre touching himself.

Yeah. That last scene stuck with me. My daughter also reminded me of Jarlaxle’s internal monologue quipping about his relationship with the dragons. That was gold. There was also a big demon that needed taken care of, Yvonnel up to something nefarious, yada, yada, ect, ect, but the book was split. One half followed Catti-brie while the other half followed Drizzt. It was not my favorite book of the series, but it wasn’t the worst, either. I am, however, extremely disappointed that Salvatore did not let us know if the carpet matched the drapes, ya know… referring to Gromph and the state of the Dark Elves. Do they even have carpet? I don’t know. Perfect learning opportunity missed if you ask me. For science!

 I think Grom needs a snickers. 

Anyway… On to a book I can remember because I just finished it Saturday. Oy, my mind is split up into too many worlds as it is. Ferelden, Faurun, Tamriel, Westeros, Randland, Azeroth.. just the tip of the iceberg. It’s no wonder I can’t keep track.

Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden is not currently available in ebook. I think this is the reason why I put off reading it for so long. I stumbled across a copy a few months ago, so figured I’d give it a go. Took a while for me to get hooked, as it normally does, then somewhere a little before the halfway point, I was sucked in, did my obsessive read-it-all in one day thing, and the verdict? The book is fucking depressing, and I loved it.

I’m actually a huge Warcraft lore fan, and this is not the first Warcraft book I’ve read, but after some research, I decided to start my journey chronologically. I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to actually start ‘at the beginning’ since I’ve been a fan of the franchise since ’95 when the first game I purchased was Warcraft: Orcs vs Humans. Oy, feel old now. Moving on.

Rise of the Horde is mostly told in Durotan’s perspective, son of Garad, Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan. He is an orc who loves and cherishes their traditional way of life, but he’s caught in a tide of destruction he’s unable to fight against when Kil’Jaeden begins to manipulate the orc leaders. He must obey or risk his loved ones and clan members being murdered for his disobedience. The near complete genocide of the Draenei that follows is absolutely heartbreaking.

Of course, going into the book, I already knew the fate of the Draenei, as well as what’s in store for Durotan down the line. That didn’t change the emotional impact the text had on me once I was absorbed. It was a great start to this journey. I’ve already got my copy of The Last Guardian ready to go. Not sure when I’ll be able to pick it up since…

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow!!

My 5th year of writing furiously. I think all my TPC fans out there will appreciate what I’ve chosen as my NaNo project for 2016. Dreamland – Part Three. Yes! I’m shooting for the next installment to be released early/mid 2017, and I have my last year’s NaNo project ready to be edited. I am in total love with that book and can’t wait to get it ready to present to you all!

One thing at a time, though. Priority still being Dreamland – Part Two, but now the majority of the project is  resting on my editor, BUT NO PRESSURE. He has had some real life shenanigans jump in his way as well. Oh real life. Quit being so silly.

Countdown to the Dreamland – Part Two cover reveal starts tomorrow, so if you aren’t currently following me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you can keep an eye on the webpage. Thar be changes ahead, soon!

Happy reading, everyone!

Bound by a Dragon, by Linda K. Hopkins

It’s about time for another review! I think I’m behind… Well, when am I not, but I actually forgot to get my review up for the last Drizzt book, Maestro, and the next book in that collection is coming out next month! I’ll get a review of Maestro up before the next book is released, I promise. Man, there were some memorable scenes from that book, and I actually can’t wait to cover it.

Okay, so onto Bound by a Dragon, by the lovely Linda K. Hopkins. 
This book was a solid three stars. I didn’t dislike the book, but there wasn’t much of the book for me to fall in love with either. It’s a very mild book. The highs weren’t high and the lows weren’t low. However, I still enjoyed the story and the characters and would recommend this to a younger reader who might want to get started in supernatural romance. 
As I said before, despite the title, this book is very mild. Could I have possibly been hoping for a good ol’ Kathleen E. Woodiwiss bodice ripper? Perhaps. It’s been awhile since I’ve indulged in a steamy, medieval romance and those were always my favs. I did not find it in this book, but the characters still managed to worm their way into my heart. With the book being such a lite and quick read, I will probably pick up the rest in the series at some point. 
Man, I am super behind on my reading this year. Maybe I shouldn’t have binge watched all of Fringe and two seasons of American Horror Story. And Daredevil. And Lucifer. And Once Upon a Time… and the list goes on. Oh well. A good story is a good story however it’s being told. I realize the ‘good’ part of that is relative but leave me my vices. 
It’s the last day of September and the original deadline to have all my chapters turned over to my editor, but I knew that goal was smudged a while ago. However, things are still progressing well for me to finish before November, but I have a lot to get done before NaNoWriMo. October is going to be busy busy busy!
I’ll be back soon with a Maestro review, and until then, here is a snippet of Bound by a Dragon.

Happy reading!!

American Horror Story

It’s time for season six…


I just finished binge watching Freak Show and Hotel, so I’m ready for this to get started! It amazes me how different the characters are from season to season, and nothing beat Dennis O’Hare in Hotel. Just amazing performances all around, but I terribly missed Jessica Lang in Hotel. Gaga was a fantastic addition to the cast, though, and I can’t wait to see what season six has in store!

A short book update… Things have gotten slowed down lately due to the day job. Unfortunately, I lost two weeks worth of editing time for Dreamland – Part Two, but I am now back on track. I wanted to be finished by the end of this month, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Chapters are still going out to editor number one as I finish them, so hopefully it won’t take me much longer to finish than I originally planned.

Short update, I know, but I needed to get something up here! I’m still reading the Harry Potter books, so I’m not sure if I should review per book or after the series is done? I’m only on book two right now, so I’m still undecided!

Also, we have a new Drizzt book coming out next month as well, so another thing that’s making me all jittery!

Man. All these new shows and new season. This is my favorite time of the year!

Ello, Loves!

I just wanted to drop by today to leave a really quick note. This summer has been way busier than I expected with vacations, big birthday bashes, and the release of Overwatch and Pokemon Go. Oy, I am NOT going to hit my reading goal this year, I just know it.

Before I get on to my spoilery fangirl gushing, quick update on Dreamland – Part Two status. Things are moving along pretty well. My goal is to finish all my rewrites and beta edits next month, and send the manuscript off to my copy editor. As I said, this summer has been busy, so my editing time has gotten squished down a bit, BUT the time I do have left to dedicate to the rewrites is actually going smoother than anticipated. So, yay!… I think?



Here is a quick rewind of what I’ve been up to since the last post. Game of Thrones. Oh. My. God. I know the hype has died down since the season finale aired, but man… It was epic. I loved loved loved this last season. It was practically flawless (if we ignore No One) and soooo satisfying. That shot of Young Ned holding his nephew and then the switch to Jon… Not gonna lie, but I dropped my head and just cried for a moment. I was so overwhelmed. I had no idea how invested I’ve been in these books and theories until it was all finally served to me from the TV screen. It was a wonderful moment. Also, my money is on Lyanna naming him Jaehaerys, btw! (I’m probably wrong.)

And Cersei… Oh, you go girl! I have never watched someone go so completely batshit crazy in such a fabulous fashion. I am so excited to see how her story line plays out next season. I am really going to miss Margery, though. Her death was very quick and unexpected. I think I’ll miss her the most, even though Hodor hit me the hardest.

Man… That night was brutal.

After my crazed experience of dealing with the GOT void last year when season 5 ended, I was prepared to distract myself this year. I picked a show to binge watch and dove in, fully committed… and watched all five seasons of Fringe in two weeks. Somehow, I knew I would be watching it someday and managed to make it through all this time without any spoilers. I thoroughly enjoyed the watch and got a new shirt to add to my ever growing collection of fan t-shirts!

I'm not crying. You're crying!

It’s my favorite thing. My very favorite thing.

And now… I don’t know what the hell to do with my life.  Le’ sigh…

Guess I’ll have to keep occupying myself with Overwatch until I find a new passion, — Junkrat of course, because I’ve never been able to aim to save my life — and I have found myself spending an exorbitant amount of time in local graveyards lately thanks to Pokemon Go. Still haven’t found a damn Pikachu yet.

The search continues… as does the editing! Happy reading, everyone! Will try not to be too long before another update rolls around. Until then… Cheers, love!

Kiss Me Dead, By Dale Ibitz

Hello out there! It seems like it’s been a terrible long time since I last got a review posted, as well as an update. I was able to enjoy a brief vacation at the end of May, ya know… right after I finished the Dreamland – Part Two first draft. Yeah? Is that the crowd roaring I hear out there? Good, good. Enjoy that little bit of excitement there, cuz the editing is already underway!!

So, not only do I have that taking up blogging time, but Game of Thrones just totally sucks me in. This season has been astounding, and I’ve honestly found it hard to think about anything else. With the show surpassing the books, and us long time book readers finally getting some answers, I can think of nothing else! I mean, on one hand I can write a blog post, but on the other, I can read another crazy fan theory how Ned and Lyanna Stark are somehow still alive and hiding in the swamps!! Oy. It’s not even a conscious decision, it just happens. I am looking forward to the end of this season, where I plan on cracking open my post from last year and seeing what theories got shot to hell.

Aside from that, I have still been reading and listening to my audio books. I’ve started Harry Potter (again) and have a couple other indie novels I need to get reviews up on. I’ll get back into the swing of reviewing with Kiss Me Dead, by Dale Ibitz.

I picked up this book after going on a mad search for Angel mythos. I did find a few that dealt totally with our feathered friends, but somehow Ibitz caught my eye with this tale about a reaper-human hybrid. The book doesn’t have many reviews, so if you do pick it up and take a fancy to it, please do a fellow author a favor and smack a review up there on Amazon or Goodreads, or your platform of choice. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, good reviews mean the world to us!

Now, on to this juicy little tale and my three star review.

This book was really delightful. I know that the three star review might seem a little low for a book I like, but it is a really good story, and it is also told well for the most part. There were just a few issues that I wasn’t able to overlook that I hope my review can be constructive on.

As I said before, this is the book I chose to fill the void that’s been deepening for angel lore, and I think it was a taste of what I wanted. It mostly deals with reapers and reaper mythos, which Ibitz gives us enough to really sink our teeth into. There was not a lot to the angel side of the story, just a few bits sprinkled in here and there, but it was well crafted to what the story needed. The two found a really nice balance and fit perfectly together.
The book is structured really well, too. Ibitz grabs our attention right off the bat with two points of view intricately woven together during two separate time periods. We get Christian the reaper from 1938, and Brooke from present time. The chapters alternated between the two, giving us a parallel story until it finally met in the middle. I have to say, the way these two individual arcs lined up and fell together at the end really kept me turning the pages.

The way Ibitz knitted these stories together really showed her skill as a writer and was one of, if not THE, high point of the book for me.

Now, let me explain why some of those stars didn’t get filled in.

My first issue was due to the overuse of flowery prose. Now, some flowery prose is needed and refreshing in a book or manuscript, but there were several instances where it felt the prose went a little bit overboard. Everything was flowery, and it was sometimes hard to decipher descriptions which led to an exhaustive read for something that should have been simple. Prose needs to be changed up some. Highs and lows, ebb and flow. Flowery and simple. A book needs them both.

Never underestimate the use of simplicity. “It was cold.”

Need to be a little bit more descriptive? “It was cold.”

It’s simple, but the emphasis gets it through to the reader. Then the flowery statement of how the MC or POV is handling this coldness can follow. Not every noun needs to be personified with a feeling of its own to describe the scene. Like I said, it got a bit exhaustive. The flowery prose was good, just a little overdone.

The next issue I had was heartbreaking. 

So, as I mentioned before, there were two point of views for this book. One of those POVs had a climactic scene that was building, and building, and building and then… Nothing.
We find out what happened by way of someone telling another character. We didn’t get the fulfillment of seeing the scene play out in front of us, and the culmination to that storyline was extremely unfulfilling. I don’t think it did the characters justice.
I guess this should go along with my first nitpicky review, but I also had an issue with how everything was just so intense for anything the main characters were feeling. I guess this was mostly Brook, but every thing she felt was just mega intense. It resulted in a lack of space for her to crank up the emotion when the really big confrontation finally happened. It left that scene a little bit underwhelming.
This book was good enough that I immediately checked the author’s page to see if I could find out any more information on another book in the series. Unfortunately, there isn’t one yet, but there is one in the works. Yay!

I followed Ibitz on Amazon. Her work is definitely worth it, and a preview of Kiss Me Dead is below for your convenience. Gives it a clicky and see what you think!

That’s it for my review and now I’m only two books behind on reviews! Double yay!! That is, until I finish reading my next book… Oopsie.

Welp, all you Game of Thrones fans out there, hold on to your butts for Bastard Bowl next week, and I’ll be back soon with my thoughts on this season!

Until then, Happy Reading!!! (and… watching?)