A Salute to our Veterans #VeteransDay2021 #VeteransDay

I could not let this day go by without paying tribute to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in wars that can never be won.

In Book 2 of The White Rune Series Jagged Feathers, Vann Noble is a soldier, a wounded warrior. He lost not only parts of his body, but parts of his soul in Afghanistan. I dedicated this book to the men and women who have walked this walk.

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER! RELEASE DATE JANUARY 21, 2022.

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#1000! Premiere and Release Date! #Blogging #Giveaway

I have a release date for JAGGED FEATHERS!!
And I have a brand new, hot-off-the-press Book Trailer Video for Jagged Feathers!
AND, drum roll please…….. I just posted my one-thousandth blog!
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When I decided a few years ago to start blogging consistently, I only had a handful of followers and less than a handful of ideas to blog about. Now, I have a little over 10,000 followers and am never lacking for content. I’ve posted writing tips, marketing ideas, shared new releases from other authors, shared book reviews, supported blog tours, promoted indie music artists, shared personal stories, and incorporated my passion for all things metaphysical into my blog. So, now the process seems almost effortless. I recently experimented with a Facebook Passion Page, only to soon realize I did not have the time or energy to support or build up another page. So, I’ve transferred all of my passions to my blog. I am an avid reader, therefore love sharing reviews for the books I read. I get a thrill of supporting other authors with their new releases or tours. Exploring music history or sharing new music from indie artists brings me joy. But what gets me more excited than anything else I blog about are my Monday posts with a motivational meme, a meditation, either rune or tarot card reading and a beautiful dragon card. My hope is to bring inspiration to someone’s day. We live in tumultuous and challenging times. We need all the help we can get to stay positive. I’ve recently incorporated a regular Wednesday post about gemstones and their metaphysical properties that runs along that same vein. I want to make the world a better place through blogging! So, to celebrate my blogging journey and reaching 1,000 posts, I am going to give away some things. 🙂
$10 Amazon Gift Cards (Two) Tiger’s Eye Gemstone (Two – U.S. Only) Rose Quartz Gemstone (Two – U.S. Only) Ghostly Interference eBook Format (One) Voodoo or Destiny: You Decide eBook Short Story (Three to celebrate Halloween Month)
Here’s how you can enter.
  1. Follow me on BookBub
  2. Sign up to receive my Newsletter
  3. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
  4. Follow me on Amazon
  5. Share my new Book Trailer Video for Jagged Feathers
  6. Follow me on Twitter
  7. Like my Facebook Author Page
  8. Follow my Blog!!
That’s eight ways you can be entered to win!!! Winners will be announced next week! Thank you for coming along with me on this journey! It’s been a fun ride so far!

#CoverReveal – Book 2 The White Rune Series – Jagged Feathers

The second book in The White Rune Series will soon be published, although I don’t have a date yet.

However, here is the cover and blurb!

Blurb:

Vann Noble did his duty. He served his country and returned a shell of a man, wounded inside and out. With a missing limb and battling PTSD, he seeks healing in an isolated cabin outside a small Texas town with a stray dog that sees beyond his master’s scars. If only the white rune’s magic can bring a happily ever after to a man as broken as Vann.

On the run from hired killers and struggling to make sense of her unexplained deadly mission, Nakina Bird seeks refuge in Vann’s cabin. She has secrets – Secrets that can get them all killed. A ticking clock and long odds of living or dying, create jarring risks. Will these two not only survive but find unexpected love along the way? Or, will evil forces win and destroy them both?

Thoughts? Would the cover and/or the blurb compel you to grab this book?

I will announce a publish date as soon as I have it!

What worked? What didn’t?

NaNoWriMo 2019 ended yesterday. Was it a success? I suppose, like most things in life, it’s the perspective with which you look at it, as to the answer to the question.

The original goal for NaNoWriMo was to write 50,000 words in the month of November.

After the second weekend, I realized I was not going to make that goal. So, I reduced my goal to 30,000 words and ended the month with 30,105. At least, then it didn’t look like an epic fail. 🙂 That brought my story to 56,724 words. And I’m now in the wrap-up phase of “Jagged Feathers.”

Here’s what worked:

  1. The motivation to participate was a huge propelling factor
  2. Knowing where my story needed to go (even though I don’t outline, I knew what needed to happen)
  3. Having my characters fully developed, and what each had to hide and had to learn
  4. Finding determination to write as much as I could without verging on the edge of insanity.
  5. Having personal experience with an amputation.

What didn’t work:

  1. I had to stop multiple times and do some research (for instance, what are the residual effects of being shot with an assault rifle wearing a bullet-proof vest, where in Dallas, Texas can you buy a certain kind of ammo, Can you buy live hand grenades in Dallas, Texas, Where is a military clothing store, are there storage lockers at the bus station, etc…) – So, note to self: try and do the research ahead of time. If someone was to look at my search history, they’d probably think I was a terrorist. 🙂
  2. Family events ( I wound up keeping all five grandchildren – three one time and two the next – for several days in a row) That interfered with writing for sure.
  3. Thanksgiving holiday (no matter how much I wanted to kid myself about having all this extra time, Thanksgiving was taken up with quality family time and I don’t regret it one bit!)
  4. Going back and reading what I’d written (one of the proponents of NaNoWriMo is to just write and not worry about sentence structure, plot points, grammar or punctuation. I found that I couldn’t do that.)
  5. Even though I had NaNoWriMo Buddies, there was little communication between us, so I don’t think I quite understood that part.

Will I do it again?
I can’t say yes and I can’t say no. So, I’ll just say, “we’ll see.” 🙂

It was certainly an experience and I’m very glad I did it. At least it got me back to the story that I’d abandoned a year ago.

To everyone who reached or exceeded the 50,000 word goal, my hat is off to you! Congratulations!

My progress – or lack thereof #NaNoWriMo

So, I committed to participate in #NaNoWriMo.

Then life happened in a really big way. And my word count progress is pitiful. But, I am not giving up. Any word count is good, right?

So here’s a snippet from my WIP, “JAGGED FEATHERS”:

Nakina understood more about him than he knew. He was keeping something from her. Something big enough, that he would go to any lengths for it to remain hidden.

Her heart broke for the soldier who took on her fight without hesitation. He’d simply been trying to rebuild his own life and find some semblance of peace. Then she came along with her baggage and disrupted his entire world.

Truth be told, she was happy it was Vann Noble that found her that cold morning. Perhaps there was such a thing as fate or kismet. She couldn’t imagine that anyone else would have so willingly jumped in to rescue her. She swallowed past the lump in her throat. They had to somehow get out of this alive.

So far, my word count for the month is around 7,500, while according to NaNoWriMo, to reach my goal, I should be over 10,000. But, as I said, any progress is good progress. At least I’ve returned to the story after almost a year. 🙂

I hope everyone participating in #NaNoWriMo is having less interruptions and more writing success!