Goodbye 2017

Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s nearly time to say goodbye to 2017. It really was a year full of exciting events for me as a writer.  From working with first-time authors to get their book ready for readers to enjoy, to branching out into new and exciting ventures, 2017 has been an interesting year indeed.

for facebookI wasn’t able to finish any new books of my own this year, but I was thrilled when my Christmas Novella, Saying Goodbye won GOLD for its beautiful cover. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend you get the FREE download on Amazon. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

As the last hours of 2017 tick away, my heart fills with hope for the coming new year. I have several books waiting for me to finish writing them. The second installment of Dragon’s Blood Key, Return to Walandra has been patiently waiting, as well as my paranormal thriller, 4.  I had started working on a new series titled Malora Danning which is the story of a woman from a secret real with magical powers. I must admit it’s going to be a lot of fun writing this one. Then as the Christmas Spirit took hold of me, the idea for another Christmas Novella popped into my mind.  It’s a shame I just can’t plug my brain into a laptop and have it write the stories swimming around in there. LOL

So, as we enter the new year I wish you all nothing but health, happiness, and success in everything you do. I also pray you have a wondrous 2018, and may all your dreams come true.

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It’s Christmas Time!

I LOVE this time of the year with the bright and cheery decorations, the yummy baked goodies, and of course, all the feel-good Hallmark Christmas Movies.  As I look back over this year I can’t believe everything that’s happened.  Our children and grandchildren are all happy and healthy, we added two little rescue pups to our family, we had to say goodbye to two loved-ones, and my hubby is still the love of my life and writing muse.  Yes, I truly am blessed.

for facebookI do have some exciting news to share.  My novella, Saying Goodbye: The Christmas Gift won GOLD in the 2017 AUTHORSdb cover contest.  How cool is that?  I’ve never entered any competition for my writing, so this was quite exciting for me.  If you haven’t read it yet, you can get it as a FREE download on Amazon.  It’s received a handful of rave reviews, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. 

I’m currently working on another Christmas novella. I don’t know if I’ll have it ready for this year, but it’s going to be a great story that will make you cry tears of joy and sorrow.

So, decorate your tree, bake those favorite yummies, and spend this magical season with those you love… MERRY CHRISTMAS!

bob and me rockin tree

What happened to Christmas?

Where has 2017 gone?  It seems like it was just yesterday when I was taking down our Christmas tree and packing up all the decorations.  When I went to the store the other day the shelves were filled with decorations for Christmas, alongside those for Halloween.  Whatever happened to letting each holiday have its own time???

I long for the days when Christmas did not officially begin until the day after Thanksgiving.  We all enjoyed the playfulness of Halloween.  Then we moved on to Thanksgiving and beloved family gatherings.  Then and ONLY then it was time for the Christmas season.  Yes, the Christmas season.  Not this watered-down, several months long thing the retailers have created and forced on us.  I understand businesses want to make money.  I have no problem with that. However, I believe putting Christmas items out WEEKS before Halloween is a bit much.

How are we supposed to enjoy each unique time?  None are allowed to stand out, to be thoroughly experienced before moving on to the next.  Call me old-fashioned, but I enjoyed the feeling of magic and wonder during December.  I loved shopping for gifts and seeing the decorations lighting up homes and stores.  I miss feeling the excitement in the air as each day brought us closer to Christmas eve and day.

I don’t know if I’m the only one who feels this way, but I’m sure I’m not.  I, for one, refuse to allow those grinches in merchandising to steal my Christmas spirit.  So many have forgotten or never experience the true wonder of the Christmas season. I only pray we can find the magic again.

Now that Halloween is behind us, we move on to Thanksgiving…

The Thirteen Nights of Halloween-Night 13

Night 13

On the 13th Night of Halloween out my window I did see;

YOU running for your life, twelve witches flying, eleven vampires glaring, ten red eyes glowing, nine zombies shuffling, eight mummies marching, seven skeletons dancing, six ghosts a haunting,

A FIVE-HEADED DRAGON!

Four evil clowns, three demons laughing, two snarling werewolves, and a black cat sitting in a tree.

Happy Halloween

The Thirteen Nights of Halloween-Night 12

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On the 12th Night of Halloween out my window I did see;

twelve witches flying, eleven vampires glaring, ten red eyes glowing, nine zombies shuffling, eight mummies marching, seven skeletons dancing, six ghosts a haunting,

A FIVE-HEADED DRAGON!

Four evil clowns, three demons laughing, two snarling werewolves, and a black cat sitting in a tree.

The Thirteen Nights of Halloween-Night 11

Night 11

On the 11th Night of Halloween out my window I did see;

eleven vampires glaring, ten red eyes glowing, nine zombies shuffling, eight mummies marching, seven skeletons dancing, six ghosts a haunting,

A FIVE-HEADED DRAGON!

Four evil clowns, three demons laughing, two snarling werewolves, and a black cat sitting in a tree.

The Thirteen Nights of Halloween-Night 10

10 eyes

On the 10th Night of Halloween out my window I did see;

ten red eyes glowing, nine zombies shuffling, eight mummies marching, seven skeletons dancing, six ghosts a haunting,

A FIVE-HEADED DRAGON!

Four evil clowns, three demons laughing, two snarling werewolves, and a black cat sitting in a tree.

The Thirteen Nights of Halloween-Night 9

9 zombies

On the 9th Night of Halloween out my window I did see;

nine zombies shuffling, eight mummies marching, seven skeletons dancing, six ghosts a haunting,

A FIVE-HEADED DRAGON!

Four evil clowns, three demons laughing, two snarling werewolves, and a black cat sitting in a tree.