Evening meditation time. I’m releasing several of my scarier stories as we approach Halloween. Sometimes it’s good to explore the dark, to remind us why it’s so important to champion the light. This one should go live tomorrow; it’s set in Sutton. Do you sometimes read scary stories? Do you find it’s cathartic? #namaste
New Release! Ring Ring – When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s rarely good news …
I am tweaking my dystopian cover – currently I have a feeling the main horse looks too much like a cartoon and makes the book look like a young kid’s book. It’s more an older teen book. So the left is the old one. This is sort of subtle but is the right one better in terms of avoiding the straight “kiddie” feel? I like the overall design and am trying to pull the horse away from the cartoon feel I was getting from the left-hand one. I misted him and softened his edges. I don’t want to go too soft, so he becomes a blob … I’m hoping he becomes more skeletal / creepy.
I just received my first official Elm Espionage paperbacks in the mail! They’re live and ready!
Just in time, too – I’m now working on Chapter 2 of the next book in the series, Fir Fiascos. Or maybe Fir Fictions. Fir Flippancies … What are you up to today?
Bob and I just brought another box of my Black Cat Mystery series out to Wicked Good Books in Salem – they had sold out again! Stop by to get yours! If you’re not nearby, you can get book 1 for free online –
Evening meditation time. I just finished the first draft of my new book on planning and running a virtual launch party. This is great whether you’re launching a book, a calendar, or any other product. Let me know if you’re interested in seeing a draft copy of it to offer feedback! The cover is just a rough mock-up for now :). #namaste
It all starts now! Monday, September 25th, 2017 from 8-10pm EST! It’s a virtual book launch party for Elm Espionage, book 5 in the Sutton Massachusetts Mystery Series. There’ll be games and prizes! Grab a drink and come on by!
Autumn is a season for counting our blessings. For realizing just how much we have in life where so many others are without. It can often be easy to take things for granted. Things which millions of people desperately dream of having. By pausing for a moment, and looking around with mindfulness, we can find a new center. Begin with fresh energy.
Artwork takes us on this journey of appreciating the beauty in every day. The shimmering violet of a flower’s petal. The rich glow of autumn foliage. The masterpiece of a luminous sunset.
Poetry shimmers with vision. The delicate parasol of Queen Anne’s lace. The coy flirtations of a luminous moon. The charcoal tears of raindrops in dust.
Fiction draws us in to worlds which could easily be our own. A grandmother whose memories gambol and fade. A woman who relives the fears of a long-distant past. A young man who treasures every day he has left to him.
Non-Fiction invites us into a fellow traveler’s world. A woman meets her adopted daughter for the first time. A brother comes to terms with the untimely passing of a beloved sister. A woman’s life takes a detour which strengthens her courage. A young girl survives a tragic accident and realizes she’s lucky to be alive.
We are all on this big blue marble for the fleetest of moments. A few whirls around a star and our journey is complete. There is so much to treasure in every day. There are so many fellow humans we can gently touch and lift up. If only with a smile – if only with a kind word.
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Book 8 in my zoo cozy mystery short story series is going live! This one’s set at the Tampa zoo; I visited there with my sister. The cutie is a bontebok. Next up in this series will be the trip I made with Bob and James (and James’ girlfriend) to the Capron Park Zoo in Massachusetts :). That’s where Bob took that award-winning snake photo. Hmmm … maybe the plot should feature the snake …
Evening meditation time. I’m just back from an amazing Alaska cruise on the Oceania Regatta. It was full of opportunities for mindfulness. This young bear couldn’t yet fish for himself, so his mom caught him one and “opened it up” for him. We can all use help at times. #namaste