The Woman in the Woods (Tales of Magick)

She gave me a mysterious smile and said “Child, haven't you noticed that you’re different? Not the same as other people?” Again, I blushed. “I know I’m different. My parents...um, foster parents, were scared of me. They didn't understand me.” I paused a moment, then went on in a low voice. “I don't even understand … Continue reading The Woman in the Woods (Tales of Magick)

You Don’t Know Me (Tales from the Woods)

“It was exhilarating, the first time I killed someone. I was young, but I’d been wanting to do it as far back as I could remember.” She was calm. She hadn't been sure she would be. A Tales from the Wood Story She doesn't understand social cues. She is unable to form meaningful bonds with … Continue reading You Don’t Know Me (Tales from the Woods)

Dark Surprises in Bear Wood (Tales from the Woods)

“If you go into the woods today,” said Mrs. Everett. “You’re in for a big surprise.” She sipped her tea and peered out at us from over the rim of her cup. Putting the cup down, she asked, “Do you know what creepy surprises await you in the dark of the woods?” A Tales from … Continue reading Dark Surprises in Bear Wood (Tales from the Woods)

Seeing Things: Part 5 of the Cemetery Hill Series (Tales from the Mountain)

This is the fifth book in the Cemetery Hill Series, a sub-series of Tales from the Mountain. As far as I know, this will be the last book. I hope you enjoy each of the stories! Seeing Things is the fifth story of the #CemeteryHillSeries. In this part, Edgar must go up against forces he … Continue reading Seeing Things: Part 5 of the Cemetery Hill Series (Tales from the Mountain)

Dragged Off (Cemetery Hill Series Part 4) (Tales from the Mountain)

In Dragged Off, the fourth story in the #CemeteryHillSeries, part of Tales from the Mountain, three people are forcibly taken from the township. Can the sheriff and other officers, with the help of the men from Cemetery Hill Township, figure out who or what took them, before it's too late? And who do they bring … Continue reading Dragged Off (Cemetery Hill Series Part 4) (Tales from the Mountain)

Writing & Blogging While Home

Honestly, while I have been blogging and working on other projects during my time at home I have not been working on my manuscript. Not at all. I've tried. I sat down at my desk to write a number of times over the past month, but nothing has come of it. I recently organized my … Continue reading Writing & Blogging While Home

No Aroma Joe’s

That's not 100% accurate. AJ's is still open, but only for drive-thru orders. I have walked up to the drive-thru window twice since I've been staying home from work, after running other essential errands. I need disinfectant every so often. But the dining area isn't open. I cannot go in and sit, enjoy brunch, and … Continue reading No Aroma Joe’s

The Visitors (Cemetery Hill Series Part 3) (Tales from the Mountain)

In this third story of the #CemeteryHillSeries, Willa makes some important decisions about her future and is ready to move forward after her terrifying ordeal the previous year. Little Lavonne has healed, being left with scars and fear. And new people come to Cemetery Hill Township, as something horrifying - something monstrous - makes its … Continue reading The Visitors (Cemetery Hill Series Part 3) (Tales from the Mountain)

A Child is Taken (Cemetery Hill Series Part 2) (Tales from the Mountain)

When sweet little Louisa is taken from Cemetery Hill Township, even the state police get in on the search. And she's not the only child snatched from the peaceful community on the mountain. Will the children be found alive? Find out in A Child is Taken, part 2 of the Cemetery Hill Series from Tales … Continue reading A Child is Taken (Cemetery Hill Series Part 2) (Tales from the Mountain)

The Beginning (Cemetery Hill Series Part 1) (Tales from the Mountain)

The Cemetery Hill Series is part of Tales from the Mountain. In part 1, The Beginning, we are introduced to Willa and her family and friends, who live in a community on the mountain. Willa gets married and leaves the community only to return some time later, after running away from her new home. Her … Continue reading The Beginning (Cemetery Hill Series Part 1) (Tales from the Mountain)

What is My Dream Job?

Can you Guess? You can probably at least come close, right? Obviously, I want to be a famous author. I'd love to be paid to write every day, and publish at least a couple of books a year. I could afford editors, and someone to do graphics for me. And all the other professionals that … Continue reading What is My Dream Job?

Dead People (Tales from the Woods)

This is a stand-alone story from the Tales from the Woods series. (See the excerpt after the description.) A Tales from the Woods story, Dead People offers a look at the forces at play in Bear Wood. What would you do if you entered a bus and came face-to-face with dead people? This is exactly … Continue reading Dead People (Tales from the Woods)

“Do You Know Stephen King?”

I've been asked this a number of times at while at work at The Inn. Or, "Have you met Stephen King?" It's because: We live in the same state. I work in the city where he lives. And, possibly because, I push the Stephen King tour on guests when they indicate they are a fan … Continue reading “Do You Know Stephen King?”

The Woods (Tales from the Woods)

This is a stand-alone story from the Tales from the Woods series. (See the excerpt after the description.) Want to know more about what happens in Bear Wood? The Woods gives you another glimpse at the horrors that live within. Will this little girl and her siblings make it out alive? Find out in this … Continue reading The Woods (Tales from the Woods)

Staying Motivated…

... is not always easy. Except where writing is concerned. I get sidetracked pretty easily in general. This used to be the case even with my writing. I've lost count of the number of books I've started over the years, that still need to be finished because I had such a hard time staying focused. … Continue reading Staying Motivated…

Notes on Creating Characters

Today I am sitting at Aroma Joe's, enjoying iced mint tea as I do my writing. I've already finished a chapter in my manuscript, and have come to a point where I need to think about what is going to happen next. How are these teenagers going to get the adults in their life to … Continue reading Notes on Creating Characters

My A-Z List of Books I’ve Read

I've read a lot of books, so I thought I'd follow along with others who are listing their A to Z lists of books read. There was only one letter spot I was unable to fill. Read on to find out which one, and see if you can make any suggestions. Many of these are … Continue reading My A-Z List of Books I’ve Read

The Camp Series (Tales from the Mountain)

  The Camp Series, a sub-series of Tales from the Mountain, pulls together all of the short stories that have previously been published as single ebooks, diary entries written by Jessica, and other bits of information for the reader to better understand what is happening in the children's world. The horrors that are encountered come … Continue reading The Camp Series (Tales from the Mountain)

What I’m Reading

I have a long to-read list. It's huge, seriously. This year I'm working my way through all of the Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot books I haven't read yet. (Though I have read a lot from both authors.) Switching back and forth between the two. I'm on a series by Kendra at the moment. Here's … Continue reading What I’m Reading

You May Notice Some Changes

So far I've updated my bio, and the books I'm showing in the side bar. I'm planning other changes for the blog this year as well. There's a lot going on, but some of it is behind-the-scenes stuff that may not be noticeable if you're not looking for it. My plans for the blog include: … Continue reading You May Notice Some Changes

Switching to Universal Links

This morning I spent time updating the About page here on the blog. What I'm doing, because it will make things easier for me in the long run, is changing all the book links here on the blog to universal links. What this means for me: I won't have to go in add links to … Continue reading Switching to Universal Links