Graham’s Resolution has an Ending


The Graham’s Resolution series is complete. It’s a bittersweet realization that you’ve finished a series you love.
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Like naming Sheriff, picking the virus, the position of Hope; everything seemed to fall into place as if it was meant to be there. So too was the finality of the last line I wrote today; it felt right. It’s the end of the Graham’s Resolution series. And, I’m a little crushed.

I’ll move on. I’ve got more ideas. But, I think I’m mourning a little over it all. Of course, I left a little opening to go  back and do a sequel for the next generation at a later date, but it won’t be the same and I know this.

To me, this story was one bursting to life. There were times, I couldn’t keep up. My characters let me know when I went off track. My fan encouraged me to go on. And I did…until it was done and now I’m a little at a loss. I think it will take me a day or two. I’ll clean off my desk and wait for the Beta readers to finish and offer any suggestions, then it’s off to my editor. I’ll implement the edits and then The Malefic Nation will become live, the last in the series of Graham’s Resolution.

I don’t think I could have made the story better. Of course, in the beginning the editing could have been a lot better. But the story itself, it’s what it needed to be and I hope everyone enjoys the ending as well. I believe in human evil and I believe in the human spirit. The battle of good and evil is real in fiction and it’s real in reality. Either can win. My hope is that no matter how evil the world becomes, there’s a way to win it over and strong people willing to make the sacrifice to bring it back at any cost.

Now what? Now, I think I’ll take a long walk and try to let those old ideas flood back in. I’ll let you know. Perhaps a quick sequel to Deception on Durham Road before I start the next big novel? Apparently, I need to blow up the neighborhood on my way out. 🙂 Might be fun.

In any event, I’ll keep you informed.

Lazy Summer Lake Vacations



I had one of the most relaxing stressless vacations last week. It was pure bliss I tell you.


Most of the time when my husband suggests a vacation, I cringe a little. I’m a creature of habit. I like my own surroundings. I’m comfortable where I am. We’ve been on Alaskan cruises, where I became extremely sick, not from sea sickness, but from a virus. We often fly to Texas to visit family and stay in hotels . We stayed in a bed and breakfast once in Virginia near Williamsburg, but mostly we’ve rented homes on the Oregon coast where after a few day, the sound of the see slowly drives me insane. Each time, I felt stressed while on vacation. It’s probably not suppose to be like that.


So, this time when my oldest daughter and her fiancée came up to visit us from Texas, my husband rented a house on Twin Lakes in Rathdrum, Idaho. It’s only 45 minutes away from my home and let me tell you, I LOVED it. The little green house wasn’t fancy. It was built in the 1920s and had only one bathroom, but it was remodeled and it suited us just fine. It had the original indoor siding. I wish I’d taken more pictures, but I was relaxin. I spent most of my time on the deck or fishing on the pier. We also had use of the canoe and floating over the smooth water was a treat. We saw a few cabins reminiscent of Graham’s cabin. And, we also saw an eagle peering down at us while he plucked the little fish out of the lake that we were throwing back. That’s him in the center of the tree. You’ll have to trust me, that was as close as I could get.



I caught a few bass and a small trout, but we were throwing most of them back to live another day.


In the middle of the afternoon heat, the canoe ride towards the shady side was the coolest spot to hang out. There’s no air conditioner in the little charming green 1920s cabin, but who would want to be stuck inside when you have all of this right outside your door.


Here are two of my lovely daughters who attended our vacation. Melanie, on the right, loves fishing. She caught the most. While Wendy, on the left, is more of a catch and release tender soul.


In the evenings, I would sit out there on the dock and watch the ducks swim by while Melanie continued to coax out one last fish from the lake. I could live like this. I dare say, I could write more eloquently if I had such beauty at hand. We’ll return to this lake soon and it will be a vacation like home away from home for me. A place that doesn’t push me around, instead it accepts the simple person that I am. I can relax here.
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Wayward Pines Night!

Today is Thursday. You know that means? Wayward Pines night!

D1JLaCrfAiS._SL250_It’s funny how it’s the little things you look forward to during a repetitive week. I mean, The Walking Dead is out of season, Doc Martin is over for another year, and Downton Abbey is also in a lull. So what a treat it was to find out one of my favorite book series was becoming a TV show!

Tonight is the fourth episode of the series, and although I know what should happen next, they’ve skipped around a little and now I have no idea what’s in store. So it’s fun to enjoy the series after I’ve read it, in a different light. This is the TV producers version of Wayward Pines, and though many things are different, it’s still very entertaining. The one thing that’s a little cumbersome to me is the son. Why did they go with an older teen? Perhaps it’s because they needed to show a really dark side of the school, and they needed a perspective of a teen for that instead of an eight-year-old boy. Who knows?

One thing I do know is that I’ll keep watching. In the meantime, did you know there was a Kindle World’s for the Wayward Pines series? There is, and my friend Steven Konkoly wrote a three novella series highlighting the FBI guy Hassler. It’s really awesome. I’ve read them all.

In fact…(I’m saying this quietly; almost a whisper.) I’m working on a novella outline for one of the Wayward Pines characters to submit to Kindle Worlds too. Of course, this is on the side as I finish up Malefic Nation. It may be a few months before that becomes a real thing and I’ll be certain to announce it when it does come out.

 

 

Author Introduction – Alex Shaw

I’ve known Alex Shaw for nearly as long as I’ve been an author. We met on Twitter and shared each other’s book links and then one day a fan asked if he was my spouse. Uhmm….nope. Alex lives in England and even though we share the same last name, we’re not related. Don’t get me wrong he’s a great guy, as far as I know in a virtual sense.

What I do know for sure is that Alex is a great author. He’s got the thriller James Bond style down tight. So when I became involved with the Perseid Collapse group, he was interested too and wrote a novella for the cause. I just finished reading Blackline by Alex Shaw and I can say without a doubt it’s a fast paced, heart thumping, experience. He takes a guy on vacation and turns his down time into an action packed catastrophe, Perseid Collapse style. It’s a great intro into Alex Shaw’s gritty, never-boring, humorous writing that his fans abroad adore.

Here are a few of his mainline novels.

 

Perseid Collapse Kindle Worlds Novellas

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This world keeps growing. That is, Author Steven Konkoly’s Perseid Collapse Kindle Worlds is now 15 authors strong. Many of the novellas like The Amsterdam Directorate and The Pilgrimage by Tom Abrahams are in a series. With the additional books the total comes to eighteen novellas so far and there are more scheduled to be released. I know when I joined the ranks of the Perseid Collapse Kindle Worlds with Deception on Durham Road, I had no idea they would be so popular.  It was an honor to write in someone else’s worlds and I hope to go back to my contribution and extend it into another novella.

So if you’re looking for a short read and you’ve read Steven Konkoly’s Perseid Collapse series, give these Kindle Worlds a try. It’s a great way to discover a new author or two. I’ve read many of them and they are all quite impressive.

Author Introduction ~ The Stone Collector by Eitan Olevsky

Meet my new friend Author, Eitan Olevsky. He was born in 1981 in Lima, Peru. His knack for story-telling began at the early age of four, pestering his parents with sleepless nights of fairy tale readings. At five, he was reading Brothers Grimm and La Fontaine, fables imbued in wisdom and magic that would come to show his early fascination for the fantasy genre.

His first attempt at writing a novel was at the age of eight with The Legend of the Magic Wand, which he managed to finish three years later.

In 2002, Eitan won first prize at UPC’s “Juegos Florales”, a literary contest from the university where he was studying, with a satire that mocked university life itself.

Later, in 2005, he published the satirical novel, El Gran Maestro. Olevsky’s Gran Maestro shows a crazy collection of individuals, portrayed with dark humor galore, their lifestyles in Peru during the estranged decade of the 80s and 90s.

His book, The Stone Collector, has an intriguing description.

Some things are not meant to be stolen. That is what Hexus Thorne, vicious hitman for the mafia realizes when he unsuspectingly takes possession of a powerful Stone with legendary powers. And yet- this is not the only stone hiding among the ancient ruins of the Island Meylach… the question is, who is The Stone Collector?

I’ve purchased The Stone Collector, and added it to my To Be Read Pile. I plan to review it as soon as I’ve finished and I’ll post an update here.

You can connect with Eitan on his FaceBook Page here.

Random Musings

I’ve got a lot on my mind lately. Most of it is personal. It’s one of those times in your life after forty where you look at your past and reflect on what’s transpired; all the good and all the bad. I typically think of memories in this way…using a net analogy. Scoop through your pond of memories, keeping all the good and letting the rest waste away.

Unfortunately, I’ve seen the hard side of life early on and I don’t mean divorced parents or unfortunate financial woes. No, I mean seriously difficult times… I do intend to write a fictional version of those times at some point. I certainly draw from my past in my writing. All of the dreams Rick has are mine. It’s unlike a story I’ve ever read.

However, I’ve never used those experiences as an excuse for failure. I’ve never held those unfortunate experiences as a hallmark to say, this is why I behave badly. It’s a choice you make at some point, or at least it was for me. As soon as I was able, I persevered. I fought for normality, safety and stability and I got it.

Love, came along with it as well. That was an unintended bonus. A family grew out of it. And finally, last year something wonderful, something I suffered for over 27 years, came back to me. I never thought it possible.

Through it all, I’ve been blessed. My advice to anyone who goes through a hell like existence is to put it behind you. You’ll never be able to forget, I don’t mean that. I mean, shove it away at a distance, far enough away so that you don’t ever reach for it as an excuse to make bad decisions. And, never stop moving forward…the best things come to those who fight for the best parts of life.

It’s your life and it’s fleeting from the day of your birth…fill those days with the best of actions and you’ll come to appreciate every breath because you’ll know their worth.

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