Tragedy...is it really awful, or do we gain knowledge from misfortune? #AmWriting #AmReading


Tragedy draws us closer to God, to family, to loved ones. We love reading novels and watching movies about tragic events, we cannot impede ourselves from rubbernecking an auto accident, we strain our necks to hear about another person’s calamity.

Why do we crave catastrophes? Oh, we say we don’t, but we certainly do. We desire the roller coaster of life, not the merry-go-round. Who wants to read about a faultless relationship, a perfect existence?


Maybe we read about other people's suffering, so that we can appreciate our circumstances in life.


Readers ask: “Why do all your characters experience such tragedy?”

Answer: See above.

Yes, you'll probably shed a tear when you read my novels, but I'll leave you with a smile. 



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"What makes you think I’ll be on my back?" Excerpt from Creatus #3 Coming Soon! #FREE #PNR


For four thousand years, creatus have concealed themselves from the humans who hunted them almost to extinction. Now, one rogue creatus faction wants the world to know they exist.

This is an excerpt from Book Three in the Creatus Series, which is Coming Soon! If you'd like to start the series from the beginning, you can download the prequel, Creatus (They Exist), FREE here

This week, I decided to take you into a training session... As with all excerpts, I left out the names of the main characters, so as not to have spoilers. Happy reading! J



He brushed her hair away from her face. “He won’t touch you. He knows I’d kill him.”
“As you said...when you’re around.”
“I’m not going anywhere, baby.”
She frowned. “Then why should I be afraid?”
“I’d just feel better if you were prepared for anything. I wouldn’t want,” he made quote marks in the air, “a ‘mistake’ to happen on the street.”
“Okay,” she conceded. “Where do we start?”
He wiggled his eyebrows. “Wrestling.”
“Humph! And you locked us in here, I see.”
“Not because I plan to take advantage of you when you’re on your back...I just don’t want an audience.”
“What makes you think I’ll be on my back?” she sneered.
“Prove me wrong, and I’ll feel better, believe me.” He led her to a thick mat in the middle of the room. “Remember, you’re not trying to tackle me, you’re trying to get away from me. Other than poking out my eyeballs, use everything in your power to get away. In real life, poking out an eyeball is a great defense, but I’d like to keep mine.”
She grinned. “I wouldn’t poke out your eyeballs. How would you undress me with your eyes if I did?”
He laughed. “Ready? Don’t worry about hurting me. Do anything and everything to get away from me. Bite, punch, kick...anything. You hear me?”
She nodded, and he backed up, and then without warning, he charged. He came at her so quickly, he had her on the mat, straddling her hips, his hands pinning both arms above her head. Her breath rushed out of her and she gasped to pull in oxygen.
“What do you do, baby?”
Her eyes welled up, realizing she was helpless against anyone close to his strength. She’d never felt powerless in her life.
“Crying won’t help, Darlin’. If you can’t stop my attack, you need to get out of it.”
She tried to move, but nothing budged. “I can’t.”
“Yes, you can.” He smiled. “I know you can buck your hips. Buck me off you, while twisting those tiny wrists out from underneath my grip at the same time.”
She did as he instructed, but he barely budged. “You’re enjoying that move, aren’t you?” she growled.
     “Not at all. I’m not into BDSM. And I’d rather not think that any man could ever get you in this position.” He bounced up on his feet and extended his hand. “Wanna try again...now that you know you never want to be on your back in a fight?”


The Creatus Series is not your normal paranormal story...it's a realistic twist of the myths you've heard your entire life. Prepare to believe...

Too good to be true? Maybe! But #KindleUnlimited comes with a 30-Day FREE trial! So, I'm in!


I'm not into jumping on a bandwagon, but if I see something that's good, and I don't have anything to lose, I'm in! Plus, if it looks like a great opportunity for my avid-reading friends and a chance to meet new friends, I love sharing the news.

Amazon sent the book-loving world into a tailspin with its announcement of Kindle Unlimited. This service isn't the first of its kind... Oyster has been doing this for a while.

BUT...this is Amazon, so you know it's gonna be awesome. That's my opinion, of course, but I'm very happy with the benefits and service I receive from Amazon. I've had several Kindles, and they just keep getting better and better. 

And now...they have Kindle Unlimited, which gives me an unlimited supply of books for $9.99! Considering that I read three or more books a week, with a price tag up to $9.99 (I don't pay more than $10 for an eBook), this is an awesome deal for someone like me. Oh, and I listen to another two to three books a month on Audible, so I'll be looking at that too!

First Note: Yes, there are a lot of FREE books on Amazon...but...there aren't a lot of FREE second, third, and fourth books in a series free. I know I never put anything but the first books in my series free. After all, I do have to eat. LOL! Now you have a chance to find a series you love and read them all! 

Second Note: Yes, I heard the argument that you want to own your books. Well, me too! But, not all of them. Yes, there are a select number of books that I've read over and over, but mostly, eh...once is enough. Just like Netflix, if I want to re-watch a movie, I can. If I watch it and love it, I can still buy it. 

So, if you like reading as much as I do, why not check it out? It's FREE for thirty days, so you have nothing to lose.


And yes, I enrolled the Creatus Series!


The rest of the series is FREE on Kindle Unlimited
Book Three is on the Way!


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Writing the perfect book, movie, song, play--the perfect anything--is impossible.

But that doesn't mean you should give up!

Writing the perfect book, the perfect male or female character, the perfect movie, song, play...the perfect anything...is impossible. Yes, impossible! Don't believe me... Take a look at some of your all-time favorite movies, books, plays, music...anything that you love. Someone, somewhere, hates it.

But you know what? That's okay!

Variety is the spice of life. If we all loved the same things, it would mean that everything would be the same. How boring would that be?

Very! 

I can't count how many times hubby and I have been discussing an issue, and someone who doesn't know us well thought we were arguing. Hey, we've been married almost twenty-five years...that's how we talk. And we love it! If he agreed with everything I said or wanted, I'd think, 'Man, where's the tough guy I married?' and if I gave him everything he wanted... Well, he'd probably like it for a little while--he is a man, after all--but then, even men would get bored of a woman who agreed with everything they said and wanted.

So...don't worry when a few people don't like what you wrote, said, sung, drew... Look for--and be willing to learn from--the people who offer genuine constructive criticism on what they didn't like about what you did, as those are the only critiques that matter. The honest reviews that will help you get even better at your craft, whatever it is.

That said, yep, I have people who don't like what I write, but that's okay. I know my characters aren't for everyone. I don't write perfect heroes, just perfect gentlemen with a few flaws. I write stories about real people, dealing with real issues, facing real life. And yes, I've learned a lot in the last three years from those genuine reviewers I mentioned above--because I was willing to listen--and I'll keep learning, as long as I can type and read.

So, brush off your backside, get back on the horse, and get back to work, my friends!

Thank you for stopping by my place and reading my musings. Remember these are just my opinions and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section, and I promise you I will answer.  If you’re curious about what I write, please visit one of my author pages, where you can read all about my novels and short stories. And hey, I’ll even give you a free book just for stopping by.



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