Sunday, November 8, 2020

WeWriWa: Time for a New Beginning


No, this isn’t a political post (though it could be . . .). Sorry to have been MIA but I’ve either been in my writing cave trying to force out words on my new project or in front of MSNBC watching the election unfold. I don’t know which has been more distracting except I’m ready to have Steve Kornacki’s love child for his vote graphing expertise. I don’t handle uncertainty well. I like a well-planned path with few if any bumps. Both of the above have held more suspense than my quarantine-brain can process. And such is the case for my heroine in this introduction to my new romantic suspense.

Willamina Redbone stepped cautiously to the edge of the porch, one hand on her shotgun, the other lifted to shade her eyes against the blistering glare of late afternoon going on evening.  She squinted, trying to identify the lone horseman kicking up dust down her long drive. Just the way he sat the saddle told her more than she wanted to know. A low growl rumbled up from the motley-colored dog beside her.  At her stern, “Sit. I’ll handle this,” he parked his rump but lost none of his aggressive tension.

She held her ground at the threshold of her home the way she would an anticipated battleline, jaw clenched because thoughts traitorously jumped to her appearance. With blonde hair wrestled back in an off-center hair band and lean form lost within a pair of dirty coveralls over a sweat-stained A-shirt, she looked far from ready to entertain. But a-body didn’t dress or smell their Sunday best after mucking stalls.

If Jimmy Redbone had expected a picture-perfect welcome home, he’d come to the wrong place.

I’m ready for a new adventure. I’m holding onto my high hopes. More on my project next week with my word count growing now that I’m not glued to the news. I’m ready for good things!

Happy Weekend and Happy Writing, fellow Warriors!!


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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

IWSG: Writing Gives Me Wings


Our Insecure Writers Support Group question for November is: Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?”

I write to give my imagination wings.

The power of imagination can carry you anywhere, can let you become anything, anyone. Words make any dream possible. And from the time I was a child, I flew with them.

How else could a Midwest girl growing up in an average American town in the ’60 and ‘70s fly a pirate flag, ride with Texas Rangers in the 1800’s, fend off lordly suitors at a Regency gala and be mesmerized by a darkly dangerous vampire? While taking English and History classes, I was widening the reach of my dreams. And when I went from daydreams in my head to words on the paper, I could revisit them . . . and share them with others. 


Trapped at home for nine months, my thoughts have been free to visit any where I wanted to go, maskless and unafraid. Imagination is that magic carpet freeing me and my fellow writers from their isolation. Dream it, do it. Write it down and you can relive it. I’ve gone from cheering on a band of shapeshifters down in New Orleans struggling for their freedom to a U.S. Marshal protecting a witness while discovering a whole new future on a modern-day West Texas ranch . . . just in the month of October! I may have been stuck behind closed doors, but I haven’t been locked away from the world of words and the places they take me!

I hope you’ve been having some marvelous journeys between the pages over these past months and will continue them well into the New Year!!


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.The awesome co-hosts for the November 4th posting of the IWSG will be e Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi, L.G Keltner, Tyrean Martinson, and Rachna Chhabria!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Sunday, October 18, 2020

WeWriWa: Under Pressure . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT


Just two best friends walking home from a high school game when their lives were violently changed forever. Charlotte Caissie and Mary Kate Malone, still dark and light, night and day, even after all those years. Cee Cee went into law enforcement becoming an NOPD detective while Mary Kate sought purpose within the church’s comforting embrace. Yin and Yang, whole in their friendship as they find strength in one another in this scene from RISE BY MOONLIGHT, my latest and final release in the “By Moonlight” shapeshifter series.

“There aren’t any more heroes, Mary Kate, just varying shades of villains.”

“Not villains,” her friend disagreed, kind eyes softening, “just people, flawed because of their humanity.”

Cee Cee’s laugh battled the heaviness about her heart as she argued, “Walking upright doesn’t separate men or women from beasts anymore.”

“Does that change who you know them to be?”

“No.” A softly admitted truth that explored, “And I’m wondering why it doesn’t, considering the things I’ve seen, that I’ve learned about myself, that I take for granted when I should run screaming in the other direction?”

Mary Kate chuckled, blue eyes brightening with pride with her claim of, “You’ve never run from anything in your entire life and I so envied that about you, that you never second guessed, just jumped in to do what was right.”

Cee Cee shook her head, wishing she could be so certain. “Right for me. When did it stop being for the greater good?”

( . . . and the rest of the scene . . .) 

“Probably when you found out there was no such thing. There’s only the best you can do to protect those you love and those who deserve better. That’s all any of us can do. And we can do it without a badge, without a crucifix, without guilt.”

Cee Cee bolted upright, wide eyes seeing clearly. “You’ve decided. You’re leaving the Church.” That altered state of being sent her moral compass spinning.

A slightly sad smile. “Just the institution, not the beliefs or the works. I started the process yesterday. I can’t be true to things I stand for unless I accept the things I am.”

“Wow,” was all she could think to whisper.

“Don’t be disappointed.” Features puckering, Mary Kate snatched up the coffee-free hand to confess, “I’ve always been the weak one when you’ve been so strong. I hid inside the strength of religion because I couldn’t face what happened to us, not like you did.”

If she expected to be shamed or comforted, Cee Cee quickly schooled her. “Bull. I was out on the streets hiding my fear under a crap ton of anger. You rebuilt your strength through others, for others, those who understood what it was like to be helpless and alone. We’ve both done the best we could to rise above what was done to us. We did it by not letting it beat us, by defending those who can’t defend themselves. You had God, I had Max Savoie.” That comparison had her friend rearing back as if shocked by a truth they’d both recognized. “Neither of us could have done it alone, and neither of us could stand by and do nothing.”

Mary Kate blinked, skepticism slowly maturing into a future-altering revelation about her world and her place in it as Cee Cee continued.

“We aren’t victims, M.K. We fight for them until they can fight for themselves. I think that makes us pretty damned awesome, don’t you?”

A slow, spreading smile. “Yes, we are.”

One of the best things about writing an ongoing series is having the space and words to develop strong and unique friendships, and I’ve enjoyed revisiting them over the past few posts. Even if you haven’t read the series, they’re all defined in the final book, RISE BY MOONLIGHT


Max and Charlotte return for the explosive conclusion of the “By Moonlight” series . . .

and the stakes have never been higher!


He’s the Promised One
A Mobster’s attack dog turned legitimate business powerhouse, Max Savoie is the reluctant leader of New Orleans’ shapeshifter clan. They’ve kept to anonymous shadows, working and living unnoticed by the human world until their new Shifter King’s past draws dangerous outsiders who threaten all.

She’s the Protector
A fiercely determined NOPD detective, Charlotte Caissie has sworn to defend her beloved city and her unborn child from both criminals and otherworldly factions at war. While standing boldly at the side of her mate/husband, secrets from the past return to shake the foundation of her beliefs.

They have a Problem
Walking a marital tight rope between opposite worlds, Max and Cee Cee’s paths place truth and trust at odds when outside threats force enemies to become allies. The time to take a stand for their family and their future is at hand. Time to rise together for the survival of all they love!

“Every delicious word on the page exhilarates with a sensuous ferocity. Hopelessly addicted.” – NYT bestselling author, Darynda Jones

👻👻👻👻👻
I’m getting excited about Halloween now that the leaves have changed and the temperature has dropped (Frost this morning!). And I’m more than ready to begin celebrating with posts and giveaways during the Bewitching Blog Tours Haunted Halloween Spectacular Facebook Event on Wednesday, October 21st from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm EST! I’ll be (wo)manning the event from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST so drop by to say “WooooooHoo!”, mingle with other authors, and fill up your Trick ‘r Treat bag. And best of all, no Social Distancing necessary! 


I’m also excited to get out and cautiously about for a book signing at the Mitten Word Bookshop in Marshall, MI from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 24th. All authors will be carefully masked at separate tables and eager to see other humans. If you’re in the area, please stop in! I’d love to stick a signed book in your treat bag.

Happy Writing, Fellow Warriors!!


Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

WeWriWa: Blessing in Disguise . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT


I’m taking a look at my favorite couples over the course of my “By Moonlight” shapeshifter series. Some were meant to be together. Some destined to stay apart. My favorites are the ones that end up with one another despite all odds . . . and each other. Dock foreman/ shapeshifter, Philo Tibideaux and Sister Catherine/Mary Kate Malone aren’t what you’d consider “meant to be” but just maybe, they’re a match made in Heaven . . .When these two appeared on the pages of MASKED BY MOONLIGHT, who woulda thought they’d become “a thing.” But in RISE BY MOONLIGHT, they find their way to a happily-ever-after as more than just unrequited soul mates.

Like most, Philo Tibideaux had thought the rise of the Promised One would bring those good times legend foretold a-rolling in. So far, he’d seen death and threat and fear, and he’d had enough of all three. Only the softening presence of Mary Kate Malone kept him from acting on his worries more aggressively.

The vivacious blonde cheerleader he’d once admired from afar had infiltrated his world while tutoring his brother when they were teens, that one bright spot in their hand-to-mouth struggle to survive. Tito thought Mary Kate was an angel. Philo knew she was. An angel far and above his reach even though he’d occasionally catch her eying him with what he didn’t dare call interest.

What could a gorgeous thing like Mary Kate Malone see in him?

( . . . and the rest of the scene . . . ) 

There must have been something he’d missed because there she was when Tito died, holding his hand, drying his eyes. And there at his door again when her system of beliefs began to crumble. He’d asked no questions, held no expectations. Just seeing her every day, scenting her as she slept behind the closed bedroom door, was enough. Until it wasn’t. She’d taught Tito how to read music. And she taught him how to love again.

Writing romance or otherwise, paranormal or otherwise, is full of couples’ tropes: Friends to Lovers, Woman in Jeopardy, Forbidden Love, Second Chance, Soul Mates, Secret Billionaire, Stuck Together, Enemies to Lovers. Through the 15 books of my “By Moonlight” series, I must have touched upon them all. Let’s see, shall we see? 


This image needs to be updated . . . maybe my project for this afternoon. Like I need another one.

How’s your October going so far? My son and I are working our way through our favorite horror/scary shows and movies. LOVING The Haunting of Bly Manor. Super spooky. Are you watching anything from my list? What’s on yours? 


Stay safe. Keep hands on the keyboards. And Write On fellow Warriors!!


Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

IWSG: Tales from a Working Writer

Our Insecure Writers Support Group question for October is a good one: When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if the latter two, what does that look like?


When my mom asked me what I was going to college to become, I told her I was already what I wanted to be: a writer (of dozens story bits and pieces), and my English major and Communications and History minors would make me a better, more rounded one.

When one of my English professors saw me years later at a local craft show selling stuffed children’s toys, she recognized me as one of her former students and drawled, “So THIS is what you’re doing with your college education?” I told her rather sheepishly that I was also a writer, to which she replied with contempt, “That’s nice.” After I got home, I got mad, marched into my writing area and announced, “That’s it. I’m finishing a book and selling it.” 


Well, that first book, a hefty, hand-typed tome that did get one request, didn’t sell, but it validated my claim to be a working writer. I wrote four more complete manuscripts before submitted the best of the lot. It sold. I got a request for MORE and sold another of them on a multi-book contract. And all the while, I thought to myself, “THAT’s what I’m doing with my college education!”

A working writer is someone who can’t not write. It’s not a chore – it’s a necessity! (Well, sometimes it’s a chore! See: childbirth, sickness, 8-to-5 job, kids’ schoolwork, moving x 4) A writer is someone who never sees what they’re doing as a waste time. I wrote my first six books long hand while my youngest played in the sandbox, received my first two covers while in the hospital after the birth of son #2. Wrote during nap time, school hours and finally at 4:30 a.m. every single morning because that path of least resistance to family needs allowed me to get my words in. I was still a working writer after two huge industry middle list collapses left me without a publishing house and I had to start over. When our household demanded a second income, I went back into the workforce after a 15-year hiatus and still wrote (see 4:30 a.m. above!). My income supported our family when my now ex was laid off, paid for vehicles, a garage addition, hot tub, and vacations. Divorced and working full-time, it paid for utilities and unexpected needs, and paid for itself as far as promo, conferences, and travel. Now retired, it’s supplementing my Social Security and allowing my Keurig coffee addiction. When someone asks what I do with all my time off, I say, “I’m a writer.” And I’m still working. 


This working writer just released book #70 (!) in August, the end cap of a 15-book paranormal series that kept me happily typing for the past 10 years. 
I’m STILL learning my craft, taking Zoom classes on algorithms, playing in Canva graphics, and even talking to an agent while beginning my next book, a Texas-set romantic suspense, while using an organizing planner for the first time. Writing is NEVER a static occupation. There’s always something new to discover, to try, to get excited about.

I’m Nancy Gideon aka Dana Ransom, Rosalyn West, Lauren Giddings, and I’m a working writer. And I can’t wait to find out more about YOU! 


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.The awesome co-hosts for the October 7th posting of the IWSG will be Jemima Pett, Beth Camp, Beverly Stowe McClure, and Gwen Gardner!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Sunday, October 4, 2020

WeWriWa: Divided We Fall . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT and a Spooktacular Event!


It’s tough being a friend . . . but it’s even worse to lose one, especially when something or someone is the catalyst forming that impossible-to-breach wedge of distance and silence. One side has to make the first move. And in today’s excerpt, that’s Philo Tibideaux who has let pride and hurt get between him and his bestie, Jacques LaRoche.  

Philo Tibideaux rarely visited Cheveux du Chien, not since he’d punched out his best friend, intent upon severing all ties forever. Though a call from Rico Terriot was the reason for his presence, tonight he wanted to see if that link was irreparably broken.

He and his baby brother had saved Jacques LaRoche when he’d been dumped in New Orleans without a name, a memory, or a friend. They’d taken him in, given him shelter and purpose, helped him rebuild his life into a good one. Until a female from the North arrived to reclaim the past they’d shared.

 At the time, Philo reacted as if betrayed, as if Jacques had assumed his Northern bodyguard persona to have Susanna Duchamps and the child they shared, turning his back on their friendship. In truth, the pain of being replaced at his side, first by Savoie’s promises, then by the lovely outsider, had forced that regrettable fracture. Whether encouraged by the passage of time or finding his own soulmate, Philo needed to make amends. If possible. 

Can time heal all wounds? Words of apology rescind statements made in anger? I guess he’ll find out next week when we find out what pushed him to make amends.

In celebration of my favorite month and holiday, RISE BY MOONLIGHT and I are participating in Bewitching Blog Tour’s Haunted Halloween Spooktacular again this year. Ring bells on the blog stops listed below to enter chances for some delicious prizes, including my offering of “By Moonlight,” the over-sized three-book collector addition containing the first three books of the series, Masked by Moonlight, Chased by Moonlight and Captured by Moonlight, personally signed for the winner. 

October 1 ➤ Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
October 2 ➤ Pine Enshrined Reviews
October 5 ➤ Roxanne’s Realm
October 6 ➤ The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
October 7 ➤ Jazzy Book Reviews
October 8 ➤ Sapphyria's Books
October 9 ➤ JB's Bookworms with Brandy Mulder
October 12 ➤ Midnight Musings with Bertena
October 13 ➤ Simply Kelina
October 14 ➤ The Book Junkie Reads
October 15 ➤ T's Stuff
October 16 ➤ Supernatural Central
October 17 ➤ fundinmental 
October 19 ➤ Lisa’s World of Books
October 20 ➤ Fang-tastic Books
October 21 ➤ Paranormalists
October 22 ➤ I Smell Sheep
October 23 ➤ Bewitching Book Tours
October 26 ➤ Serena Synn
October 27 ➤ Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
October 28 ➤ A Bewitching Guide to Halloween
October 29 ➤ Celia Breslin
October 30 ➤ Other Worlds of Romance - Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romances

While enjoying this safe, socially distant way to Trick ‘r Treat, take a minute to sharpen the ole faculties by putting together this extra treat, a piece at a time, to soothe the jigsaw puzzle junkie in us all.

Haunted Halloween Spooktacular 2020
While still stumping for RISE, I’m back in the saddle with my new project, a romantic suspense with a U.S. Marshal hero set in Texas. Yee Hah! Now, back to binge watching Longmire and Yellowstone while breaking in my characters . . . as soon as I visit your blogs!

Happy October and Happy Writing, fellow Warriors!


Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts.

Spread the word, share the love, warriors - Hashtag #8sunday.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

IT’S HAUNTED HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR MONTH!


It’s time once again to trick-or-treat your way through the month of October in search of goodies and giveaways with Bewitching Book Tours’ Haunted Halloween Spooktacular!! Visit my hosts on these sites below for a chance to win a collector’s edition of “By Moonlight” personally signed for the winner. This over-sized special edition includes Masked by Moonlight, Chased by Moonlight, and Captured by Moonlight, the first three books in the series that just concluded with Rise by Moonlight (see a special treat at the bottom of the post!).

Start ringing doorbells on these dates below:

October 1 ➤ Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read

October 2 ➤ Pine Enshrined Reviews

October 5 ➤ Roxanne’s Realm

October 6 ➤ The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

October 7 ➤ Jazzy Book Reviews

October 8 ➤ Sapphyria's Books

October 9 ➤ JB's Bookworms with Brandy Mulder

October 12 ➤ Midnight Musings with Bertena

October 13 ➤ Simply Kelina

October 14 ➤ The Book Junkie Reads

October 15 ➤ T's Stuff

October 16 ➤ Supernatural Central

October 17 ➤ fundinmental

October 19 ➤ Lisa’s World of Books

October 20 ➤ Fang-tastic Books

October 21 ➤ Paranormalists

October 22 ➤ I Smell Sheep

October 23 ➤ Bewitching Book Tours

October 26 ➤ Serena Synn

October 27 ➤ Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess

October 28 ➤ A Bewitching Guide to Halloween

October 29 ➤ Celia Breslin

October 30 ➤ Other Worlds of Romance - Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romances

Make sure to check back with these wonderful blog participants each day to see what other author goodies are up for grabs!! Enjoy this extra treat for the kid in all of us!
preview49pieceHaunted Halloween Spooktacular 2020
And make sure to stop by to visit me at the Spooktacular Facebook event on Wednesday, October 21 from 10 AM EST to 10 PM for games, prizes, and chats with authors!! 


Have a safe and happy Halloween!!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

WeWriWa: Big Dumb Animals . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT


Lifting heavy things – from a body to a heavy conscience - has always been one of my favorite characteristics in a male of the species and Giles St. Clair is all male. He started out in the “By Moonlight” world as one of Jimmy Legere’s obedient thugs but stepping up to support Max after Legere’s death elevated him to someone more . . . interesting. My inquiring mind wanted to know more about this massive Cajun (who is studying for his law degree when not out backing his boss’s play) who comes up with some of my best dialog i.e. this convo with Cee Cee from new release, RISE BY MOONLIGHT

He’d been waiting at her desk when she’d finished with Atcliff, there to shuttle her from the responsibilities of her job to the obligations of her conscience, then to take her home, ready to provide anything she needed if asked. Until she did, he remained a quiet, unobtrusive bulwark, ready to support or carry heavy things . . . like her conscience. 

Apparently, he believed that time was now. 

“She’d want you to finish this.” 

Denial stiffened her spine. “How do you know what she’d want?” 

A small chuckle. “Because I’ve been around strong, righteous women all my life, and the last thing any of them would want is for a wrong thing to go unpunished. And what these creatures are doing is a very wrong thing. If anyone has a chance of stopping them, it’s you, Charlotte.” 

(. . . and the rest of the scene) 

“Max doesn’t agree.”

He snorted at the tartness of her tone. “Yes, he does. He just can’t make himself say it yet. We’re big, dumb animals, Detective, who can take on the villains of the world with an attitude and a toothpick to protect those we love. He just wants you to know that. Sometimes strong, righteous women give us the idea that they don’t need us, that we’re in the way, or that we think they’re not every bit as smart and capable as we are. We know you are, Charlotte, but that doesn’t make us any less inclined to act the hero on your behalf. And I won’t mind a’tall if you happen to share that piece of news with a certain redhead I know.”

Cee Cee turned away from the window to thump her palm against his broad chest. “You’re gonna make a damn fine attorney, Giles.”

“Hopefully before I’m retirement age.”
 
Giles St. Clair needed his own book. BETRAYED BY SHADOWS became one of two e-only books in the “By Moonlight” series and definitely was the most fun to write. Pairing the big Cajun with Silas MacCreedy’s spoiled ice queen sister as they’re pursued into Giles’ beloved bayou by her enemies makes for some of the best scenes I’ve ever done, and his backstory reveal is a shocker. Here’s a taste of what readers can expect.


Giles continues to have a big role in the “By Moonlight” finale proving that a simple human can hold his own in an unnatural battle for the city of New Orleans and the survival of all their kind in RISE BY MOONLIGHT


Sorry I missed every one last week but I escaped for a week of R&R. For more on that, check out my post at Paranomal Romantics


The one thing I accomplished during my hiatus was deciding my next writing move after a Zoom meeting with a potential agent. More on that next week . . . in a new month with a new direction. Until then, Happy Weekend and Happy Writing fellow Warriors!!


Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts.

Spread the word, share the love, warriors - Hashtag #8sunday.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

WeWriWa: A Deal with the Devil . . . MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT $0.99 SALE (just 2 more days!!) #Sale99


Long before my shapershifters tore their way through New Orleans, a different breed of dark hero haunted and hunted those streets. “Vampire” was the threat that whispered on the cold night mist. The “Touched by Midnight” series was my first foray into the supernatural, and MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT was the book the brought the initial trilogy back to life (so to speak!) as the sleek, deadly villain in those books is unearthed (pardon the pun!) after hiding to regain his strength . . . only to be threatened by a mere mortal – his solicitor! - who will expose what his is unless he agrees to an unholy bargain. Marry the man’s sister and thus, share access to his fortune with the schemers or be exposed for what he is. Obviously, Gerardo Pasquale does not take kindly to threats.


Through carefully parted curtains, he watched the cunning little solicitor’s scrambling climb over his front gate, and it was with supreme command of will that he didn’t swoop down with all the supernatural power of his kind to end the pompous presence of one sly mortal who dared—DARED!—impose conditions upon him, but caution and the strong will of self-preservation held him helpless for the moment. 

He, with all his abilities, was not without weakness, and the nasty little lawyer had thrust cleanly through that Achilles heel without being aware of it. 

Ordinarily, he would have laughed in the face of the man’s ploy to extort his fortune and would have gleefully drained him to death for his impertinence. But to act now in a fit of rash retribution would expose him to unnecessary dangers, forcing him out of the hiding place he’d made for himself in the gloomy mansion, because he didn’t know whom Cristobel had entrusted with the evidence against him or how to stop it from gaining public attention. That was the real hazard he sought to avoid. 

He heaved a sigh of reluctant resignation, a weariness centuries deep. True, he could leave the city without a trace come nightfall and foil Cristobel’s clever plot, but in doing so, would sacrifice much. Despite his dramatic show to scare the meddling human, he was weak, his powers at an ebb. He’d crept into New Orleans to recoup what he could and to shield himself from outside jeopardy while yet in a vulnerable state, and here in his moldy isolation, he’d wallowed in remorse, suffering for the foolhardy arrogance that had led him to this low. His only wish was to be left alone, to become inconspicuous among those who provided what he needed to survive as he grew stronger.

(. . . and the rest of the scene) 

His recovery was slow because his will to go on had been crippled almost as badly as his human form. He merely existed now, mourning his losses, chastening himself for his follies, separating from those who would care for him because he didn’t deserve their love and refused to endanger them. As long as he laid low and kept to himself, he was safe, but to have his presence announced, even in some tawdry tribune, would let those who believed him dead know they’d been deceived and that he could not afford. 

Feeling the discomfort of approaching dawn, Gerard let the curtain fall. There was nothing he could do except seek his rest away from the reach of his relentless enemy, the sun. Come dusk, he would rise up, full of vengeful purpose to meet with Cristobel and his scheming sister, and he would bow to their demands to keep his secrets secure . . . for the moment. But he would be watching, waiting, for them to make their first mistake, which would also be their last. Then he would make them suffer for their arrogant greed.

And he would enjoy the feast.

Though long-suffering Louis Radman who seeks to regain his humanity is the hero of the series, morally ambiguous, sleekly dangerous, and wearily amusing Gerardo Pasquale has always been my favorite. He’s the perfect antihero badboy who seems to have met his match in the witchy sister of the fool who dared poke a monster. MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT is on SALE for $0.99 through September 15th (just two more days!!) so grab it up and sink your teeth into some deliciously dark enjoyment.


While not soaking up late summer sunshine with two of my fur friends, I’ve been feverishly putting together outlines for a couple of contemporary series in anticipation of meeting virtually with a potential agent – my first since I went self-pub. Wish me luck that it’s a good fit and just the push I need to beat the Corona Blues and become feverishly productive again. 


Enjoy the grill weather while you can and happy writing, fellow Warriors!!



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Sunday, September 6, 2020

WeWriWa: Dirty Deeds Done by Moonlight . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT


I’m concluding my visits to the villains of my “By Moonlight” world with the two you love to hate. NOPD police commissioner Warren Brady was the iconic hero - a stoic widower who raised young twin daughters, espoused philanthropic endeavors,hosts a wall of commendations, and carries his city’s respect . . . until his dark underworld belly is exposed. A medal-tarnishing arrest is just the start of a plunging fall. Genevieve Savorie can no longer pretend to be anything but a power-hungry unnatural evil from the North. Using Brady as her hammer to conquer New Orleans and crush her nephew Max Savoie who is the supposed savior of its shapeshifter clan, she runs a tight ship and Brady finds himself in choppy waters when she surprises him with a visit.


“Hello, Warren.”

Startled by the familiar voice at his ear, Warren Brady’s distracted aim nearly ruined his expensive shoes. Genevieve Savorie was the last person he’d expect to encounter in the men’s room at the Old Absinthe House where he’d been absolving his guilt with a potent drip of 136-proof Pernod in a heavily shadowed corner of the 200-year-old bar.

Growling his displeasure, he pushed past her, heading to the sinks to wet paper towels for damage control. The sight of his daughter guarding the door didn’t lessen his annoyance . . . or his fear.

“This is a new low, even for you, Genevieve.”

“I recall we’ve met in less savory places than dark rooms on Bourbon Street.”

Her censure didn’t improve his mood. “Why are you here?”

“I want to know what possessed you to make such a colossal mess of all my hard work,” Genevieve purred, adding, “so please explain how being neck deep in a criminal investigation encourages my faith that you’ll be of any use at all.”

(and the rest of the scene . . . )

“They have nothing,” he snapped. “Just manufactured and illegally obtained evidence. I’ll be cleared of all charges.”

“That’s supposed to absolve my misgivings?”

He spun to glare at her. “What do you know about what goes on here in my city?”

“Why, Warren, I have eyes and ears everywhere.”

A chill rode through him, turning his response into an attack. “You think that priest is helping you?” His laugh provoked a tightening of her exquisite features. “He’s in their pocket, Genevieve. He has no loyalty to you or your plans.”

Her inhale held a poisonous hiss. “What’s between me and Michael isn’t your concern. His isn’t the face on every news channel with a caption of corruption beneath it!” A deflating sigh. “We had plans for you, Warren.”

Had. The connotation drained his arrogance.


An angry boss showing up without warning is never a good thing, especially when you’ve failed her miserably and have run out of excuses. How do you think this situation is going to be resolved? I wonder what kind of retirement plan she offers.


If you need more paranormal excitement to sink your teeth into this looooong weekend, one of my favorite historical vampire books from my “Touched by Moonlight” series is on SALE until Sept. 15 for just $.99!!


I’m hoping to spend the rest of the long holiday weekend (wo)manning our new grill. Sending out a big “THANK YOU!” to all those workers who stepped up to keep our country running!


Hope you’re enjoying the holiday with friends and family either in person or virtually!

Happy loooong Weekend and Happy Writing!!


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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

IWSG: My Dream Beta Partner and a $.99 SALE!

Our Insecure Writers Support Group question for September is “If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?”

Let me start off by saying I have FANTASTIC Beta Readers, some who’ve put up with me for the better part of a decade! I wouldn’t replace their insight and spot on suggestions for anything. Buuuut, if I had one wish to share my pages with anyone, it would be Stephen King. His depth of characters and gripping prose has everything I’d aspire to offer as an author. Admittedly, I devoured the mammoth Outsiders in just two days (so I’d be finished before the mini-series started and now wish I hadn’t because I would have enjoyed the series much more without making constant comparisons to the gripping prose). The Stand is the gold standard as my favorite read. I love every moment spent between those pages and can’t wait to see it come back as a new mini-series. Admittedly, Stephen fell off my revered pedestal for a time, but he’s back on top again and in eerily feisty form. Advice from him would be my manna from author heaven!



The one thing I learned from Mr. King was the power of writing the BIG story. Lots of characters, tons of drama and danger twisted about the supernatural. But characters always first. So I can credit him for my two biggest efforts – my “By Moonlight” 15-book shapeshifter series and my “Touched by Midnight” 9-book vampire series. Both have come back to life this month with a new release AND a sale.

My “Touched by Midnight” series came first and has been resurrected three times through different publishers, covers and reprints. The 9-book series follows Louis Radman and family as his sworn enemies pursue them through the centuries as he searches for a cure to his unwanted affliction, appearing as the never aging main character in several of them. The first book takes place during the Regency period and moves progressively into modern times (to the delight of the history buff in me!). MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT, which places Louis’s half-human, half-vampire daughter in post-Revolution France is one of my favorites and is on SALE for only $.99 through September 15!



“By Moonlight” follows a shapeshifter community living and working in New Orleans under the occupants’ radar. Their way of life is threatened by a warring clan from Nevada and with subjugation from an elite branch of scientists in Chicago. Legends foretell of the arrival of a savoir for the kind, “The Chosen One.” That title sits uncomfortably on the head of Max Savoie, an orphaned outcast raised by a mobster and now the head of his vast enterprises, bringing unwelcomed attention from the NOPD . . . with the exception of unwitting love interest Detective Charlotte Caissie. Their volatile relationship as their worlds and hearts collide carried me through a decade of adventure finally coming to an end with newly released RISE BY MOONLIGHT which ties up the drama in a way that even a first-time reader can enjoy.


Go big or go home! That’s the motto I learned from Mr. King and I’m sticking with it.

Loving the cooler temperatures and the crisp evening scent of fall to come to put me in the mood for snuggling under the blankets with a good book. Thankfully, you, my friends, have provided me with plenty to keep me busy!!

Write on and Happy Reading!




Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.The awesome co-hosts for the September 2nd posting of the IWSG will be PJ Colando, J Lenni Dorner, Deniz Bevan, Kim Lajevardi, Natalie Aguirre, and Louise - Fundy Blue!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Sunday, August 30, 2020

WeWriWa: G vs E . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT

Squee!! It never gets old no matter how many books you write!! 


Forgive that giddy moment. Now on to my post . . .

Good versus Evil. A plot device from the beginning of time – literally. This week I’m continuing to explore the villainous aspects of my latest release with this scene between our shapeshifter hero, Max Savoie and Carmen Blutafino, the criminal cornerstone in New Orleans now that Max’s mentor is no more. Manny Blu owns The Sweat Shop, a French Quarter strip club where high stakes gambling and dark deeds are done in the rooms upstairs. Above pudgy manicured hands and corpulence stuffed into a gaudy suit are a shark’s hard stare and a survivalist’s quick mind as Max grills him about his knowledge of an attack upon his mate, Detective Charlotte Caissie. 

“I’m supposed to just give you that information out of the goodness of my heart?” 

“If you want it to keep beating.” 

“Don’t insult me, Savoie. I’m not afraid of you.” 

Max bared his teeth, earning Manny’s rapid blink as if doubting the reality of those sharp points. “Yes, you are, because you’re not a fool, and you don’t want an until-the-end-of-timeshare out in the swamps with (your rival) Petitjohn’s bits and pieces.”

“That was you.” 

The booming laugh relaxed Max’s threatening pose. “Not me, personally, no,” he drawled, “but with you, it’d be personal.”

(and the rest of the scene)

Ergonomic leather groaned as Manny leaned back to contemplate his next words the way he would a poker hand. Music pounded up from the matinee show in the ensuing silence until finally he offered, “Were I a betting man, I’d put my money on Brady. He has an old friend in town he’s rather desperate to impress, and from what I gather, she’s no friend of yours.” 

Genevieve.

“A shame one can’t depend upon one’s friends . . . or family,” Max drawled, “but then you’d know that, wouldn’t you?” 

The cool jab at the mobster’s wife’s desertion earned a twitch of pressed lips. “No, you can’t,” Carmen gritted out, “but you can shut ′em up.” 

To me, a great villain is one who doesn’t quite look the threatening part . . . until he has a gun at your head . . . as one of our other nefarious characters will discover. From Hans Gruber and Hannibal Lecter to The Usual Suspects and Fight Club, misdirection enhances the danger once the truth is revealed. And I love a good surprise. RISE BY MOONLIGHT is filled with unexpected moments and reveals which is why I had so much fun writing it, and hope you’ll have just as much reading it! Who are the fictional villains who took YOU by surprise? 

I had all sorts of fun during my RISE BY MOONLIGHT blog tour. A BIG thank you to those who hosted, visited, and shared. The winner of my $20 Amazon gift card is . . . Rachel G! 


This summer has disappeared into a haze of isolation and anxiety. Thanks for helping me stay sane(ish), fellow Warriors! I, for one, am glad to get August behind us and to hopefully move on to more positive things!

Happy Writing!!


Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts.

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