Monday, August 8, 2016

Mystical Love

Good News travels fast. Isn't that the old adage? Well, I have some good news to share with you and hopefully, you'll share it with others. After all, the internet is the fastest vehicle on Earth that we know. So, what's my good news? Only that my three books, The Kindred, The Sacred Circle and Sanctuary have been bundled together under the name of "Mystical Love"  and that the bundle can now be downloaded through Amazon and most major retailers. Woo-hoo! Give me a great, big slap on the back!

It is a real thrill for me to see Spirit at work, as things on the home front are stressed right now and my time on promoting my books is limited. However, it's at times like this that I realize that we all live "between two worlds"--spiritual and physical--every single day, and we mustn't give up hope ever. Even when things seem at a standstill, The Wheel of Fortune is turning. This knowledge has sustained me in the last few months when my faith in God and the Spirit World has been sorely tested. Can you say let's all get together and have a pity party? Nah, there's no time for such a negative way of life. It's onward and upward.  Damn the torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Book Bragging

I've been away from social media for a long time solving family issues, but spirit has been hard at work promoting my books in my stead.  My first book, The Kindred, is now part of an "Across Time" bundle; my second book, The Sacred Circle, is part of a "Magic & Mayhem" bundle; and my third book, Sanctuary, is being released as we speak in a bundle entitled: "Jinxed by Love". (See Sidebars)

It's been awesome to rely on spirit during this frenetic time and I realize that my blog  theme of "Between Two Worlds" is aptly named. I'm between two worlds as writer and caregiver, while my sister is between two worlds of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Has this new dynamic changed our relationship for the better or worse? That answer is still unfolding, and more than I could cite in a simple blog.

Needless to say, life loves to throw us unexpected calamities--all as part of soul tests. I realize now that how we react to those calamities reveals our character in ways you can't imagine until you're in the midst of the battle and feel yourself "going down with the ship". It raises the question. "Do I sink or swim?". So far, I don't have a sure-fire answer to the question, but I'm hanging in and hanging on, which is probably a testament to my character (something I haven't thought about in years). So...it was a pleasant, exhilarating surprise to see my book taking on a new life with new friends. A nice surprise in a world full of ugly surprises....

Hopefully, if you love paranormal romance as much as I do, you'll go to www.Amazon.com and purchase one of the bundles. You'll be entertained six times rather than once.



Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Intentions

During a recent prayer shawl meeting with the girls, we began swapping stories about our childhood holiday memories. Some of the stories were sad, some sweet, some were totally hilarious, but all were similar because we're all in the same age category. We were all born when the family structure was still intact. Only one of us had "broken home" memories, but all of us agreed it was a MUCH different time back then. We were grateful just to have the love and guidance of our parents.

Why am I bringing this up now? Because it's the last day of 2015, and like millions all over the world, I am making my New Year's intentions--yes, I said INTENTIONS. You see, while we were swapping stories, my friend Cherry confessed that she no longer makes New Year's resolutions, but New Year's INTENTIONS. She said that making intentions rather than resolutions gives a different feel to what she wants to accomplish in the New Year, so that if and when any of her intentions "fail", she doesn't beat herself up the way she used to when her resolutions went bust. (e.g. while dieting, she put on weight instead of losing it).

I thought a lot about her words on the way home from the meeting, and it made perfect sense to me that making a list of intentions rather than resolutions takes the pressure off one's ego/self-esteem. You see, it's impossible for the ego to sabotage an intention because no where on the list did the words. "I will..." ever get written down. Instead, the words, "I intend to" are written, and the ego goes "Oh, she intends to....not a definitive "I will", guess that's okay. I'll leave her alone and let her try".

So, in honor of my self-esteem, here are a couple of intentions I intend to accomplish this year: (1) I intend to be kinder to people--more helpful; (2) I intend to write another novel and have it published; (3) I intend to lose 30 lbs. by eating healthier; (4) I intend to focus more on my spiritual development by hanging out with like-minded individuals.....and the list goes on....

What are your intentions for yourself this year? I hope it's to be the best YOU you can be and of course, being kinder and more helpful to those in need. For at this time of year, it's true that if we aren't our brothers' keeper, who will be?

   

Monday, December 21, 2015

Saving the Best for Last

In just over a week, we'll be welcoming in the year 2016. Some of us will be looking ahead (me included), eager for new opportunities and challenges, and of course, a new story to write and publish. But we'll be looking back too, asking ourselves. "What did I accomplish this past year?" Most years, my reply was "not that much", however, this year, I can look back and know I "done good".

To toot my own horn, I achieved a monumental feat this past year. In the first six months, I wrote and finished my third novel "Sanctuary". In September, my publisher accepted it (with a few revisions). In October, it hit the Amazon site as a E-book only. Now, as December fades away, the book has gone into general release--both in paperback and E-Book formats.

Naturally, I've ordered copies so that I can, ahem, set up book signings and toot my horn to anyone who'll listen. Perhaps, I'll even make some noise to those who could care less about reading my book. Either way, I'm like a proud mama, whose baby has finally taken its first steps. It's shaky at first, but building confidence. In the new year, I expect that baby to start running pell-mell into the real world and making a name for itself. By the time it's full grown, I expect it to be rich and successful, and raising a family of its own.

Of course, I'm getting ahead of myself. You can't raise a family without giving birth to a child first. So, it's time to sit down and get the writing mo-jo going again. At the moment, I think the new baby's name will be "The Changeling", but like any pregnancy, that name could change in an instance. So for now, do yourself a favor. Take a break from reality, and escape into the paranormal romance world of the Sanctuary. Join Agent Logan Reed and Empath Sonny Blake as they attempt to solve a murder before a devious predator has a chance to set his sights on killing them.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Years End

It's close to the end of 2015 and how fast this year has sped. A lot has occurred, and not all of it happy. Between the mass shootings and ugly political rhetoric, trying to find something uplifting is nearly impossible. But as always, if you trust, the universe sends you events that uplift your spirit and make you believe in happy endings again.

I found my "uplift" by falling madly in love with the metaphysical arts again. When I first came to astrology, numerology and Tarot, I was in my 20's and the world was a much nicer place. The family was still intact and people were kind to each other without having any ulterior motives. Back then, I dreamed of a writing career that combined the metaphysical arts with a starry-eyed belief in happily ever after. That dream I'm glad to say has never died.  Oh, it altered in size and scope over the years, and though it took fifty years for the dream to come to fruition, the core of the dream never wavered once in all those years.

I realize now that 2015 is ending, the metamorphosis wasn't about writing, the arts or romance, but about remembering that while we're here on the planet Earth, our souls are meant to grow and evolve. We must lose our fear, seek enlightenment, and render service to others by being messengers of light and healing. In the Angel Oracle world, there is an acronym known as BLAH. It stands for "Be Loving and Helpful". Thanks to the written word, (and my best friend Sheila), I'm on the spiritual path of love and healing again. And can you believe it? I feel more alive (and younger) than I have felt in years.

Can I hear an "Amen"?

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Message from the Otherworld

Not long ago, my best friend, Sheila, and I attended a Tarot Conference. It was a last minute trip, inspired by a random E-Mail that dropped into her In-Box. It turned out to be the best thing to happen to either of us in a long time. We have been long-time friends who share a common love--the Spiritual World of Tarot. So, off we went to the 2 day conference.

Needless to say, the experience was up-lifting and life-altering. Sheila found a new direction for her dreams, and thanks to some talented Tarot professionals, I found a new found respect for the art of divination. I also met many new friends from all over the globe, who share the same passion for interpreting messages from the Otherworld.

Interestingly, the conference also coincided with the release of my new novel, Sanctuary. (Coincidence? I think not). My novel  is a murder mystery that houses its solution in my heroine's ability to read Tarot Cards. Again, is it a coincidence that this conference came right at the same time my book was being published? I think not. If I learned anything from the conference, it is that there are no coincidences--just messages that we need to know so our lives can move forward.

Even more interesting, the conference spurred me to take a class in Oracle Deck reading from Marcus Katz, who was the impetus behind the Tarot Conference. (www.tarotprofessionals.com). Through him, I've seen spirit through the eyes of love again.  It's been an invigorating 2 weeks of learning, which has spurred me to pick up my new novel, "The Changeling" and rework it into a wonderful new story. How will it play out?

The answer lies in the Otherworld and I know that if I just quiet my mind and trust in spirit, the answer will appear somewhere down the road. Even more than that, I'm sure that when I least expect it, the message will find me, not the other way around. So, in the meantime, I'll just keep throwing Oracle spreads and wait for my next, big "aha" moment to arrive.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Book Marketing Online Course

I'm in the middle of a book marketing course and it's wonderful how much I don't know about writing and marketing. Why do I  say it's wonderful? Because my ignorance has given me a new perspective on my writing, and a whole bunch of new friends who struggle with the same issues I do. Together we are mentoring and being mentored at the same time. The adage that often the teacher becomes the student and vice versa is currently coming true. More importantly, I see that all of us taking the course have more in common than we have different. That insight will help me down the road--in keeping my characters real and vibrantly involved in their fictional lives. They will be focused, reminding me to be focused on a target audience when the story is completed and finally in print.

As much as I dislike the internet world at times, I must admit that it has its good side. On any given day, it brings together people (from all over the world) to experience the same moment at the same time and be rejuvenated by the connection. I think when you're writing paranormal romance novels like I do, connections are everything, especially between the hero and heroine personally, and the storyline spiritually....So, needless to say, taking an online course I was skeptical about taking at first, has surprised me. But it has given me a fabulous connection to a  group of strangers doing what I love to do everyday--writing stories that help people escape their problems for a few hours, or educating them to a world they've never thought existed. Either way, the goal is to create a highly entertaining story for the reader. Taking this online course proves writers' skills are limitless when it comes to selling the message to a loyal readership.