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As Promised, It’s Here!

Hi folks,

Well, my last post gave you an idea of what was coming.  Now you can see for yourself.  Deliberate Love is here, and here’s how to find it.  Give it a read and let me know what you think of the whole concept.

The Book


So, there we are, the second of the (self-help) books. hehehe

On to other news, we’re hoping to have a new installment in the Children of the Wild series soon.  I’ll keep you posted on that.

So long for now


Why Do It?

Hi folks,

I was recently asked ( again) why I continue to write.  I gave a few standard answers, it’s what I do, I’m a writer and can’t stop, etc.  easy stuff.  Later that evening as I sat mulling over that question, I had to admit to myself the real reason.

I’m 68 years old, I could have another 40 more good years, or I could run out of time tomorrow, nobody knows for sure.  When I leave this life for the next one, what will I leave behind?  I’ve always aimed for one main thing in this life, to leave this world a better place than I found it.  I like people, and yet I see people getting more and more stressed as time passes.  There’s the key to the question.

The stories I write have one overriding purpose, not to scare you, not to educate you, not to jerk your emotions around, but to take you away from this stress filled life for a few hours, maybe even offer you some hope.  Join me in a different world, share the adventure, and be assured before you start, you will find a reasonably happy ending, even if the book is part of a series.

That’s why I do what I do, folks.  These stories are my legacy, what I can leave behind to hopefully better someone’s life, if only for an hour or so.  It’s my hope to reach as many people as possible to share the adventure with, so, pull on your PJs, fetch that mug of tea, and curl up in your favorite chair for a while, and let me tell you a story, make you smile.

Speaking of which, keep an eye out, there’s a new one coming in a few days.  Oh, sign up for my newsletter too, more good stuff in there, button’s just a bit further down.


So for now, blessed be


New Direction

Hi Folks,

2015 is shaping up to be a year of changes, some good, some not so much, but still lots of excitement on the go. 
The first big change was going to a publisher instead of self publishing. The plan is to upgrade all my previous work plus add lots of new stuff. Here is the first project:

Frankie is now available in paperback and e-book formats here:

Second big change was a bust. Final score, Scrivener one, Pru zero. I was spending more time buggering around with it than if I just made notes in a book as I have always done.
So, why did I do it? This is the not so good change I face. A couple of years ago I had a bad fall and injured my hip and shoulder. I will now finally admit the results of that, plus my age, have created a fine tremor in my hands. 
Most days I don’t even notice it, but my handwriting is shaky now and I have trouble holding a camera steady enough for a good picture.
On the upside, I am getting faster on the keyboard so I may switch to keeping my notes in Word files.

ROW80 check-in

As you can see, we finally got Frankie under control, however it did eat up quite a bit of my writing time. However, I did manage to get about 4K written, so I’m happy with that.
This coming week we are working on a new project for the publisher, but my goal is to get another five thousand words done on my current WIP manuscript. Wish me luck.

So, drop by and let me know what’s new in your world.


Another Sneak Peak

Hey folks,

Last week I gave you a sneak peek into a new book. Sadly, due to circumstances beyond our control, the launch date has been pushed back to Early December. However, do not despair, the one scheduled for release in November is still on track. So, here’s a peek into that one.


Lungs bursting, eyes bulging in terror, the young thief fled through the marketplace; if they caught him again they would cut off his hands. Fifteen summers would be too short a life; Dale wanted more. Fighting desperately for air, and an escape route, he ran on.

“Stop thief!” came the cry that followed him as he sped through the market town. Dale knocked people down, pulled over carts of fruit, knocked apart stalls, and anything else that he could do to slow his pursuers. Whimpering in terror, he clutched the loaf of stolen bread to his small immature breasts as he ran; ahead loomed the city gate and the promise of freedom beyond. Dale fled toward it.
As Dale neared the gate two burly town watchmen suddenly appeared between him and the freedom it promised. “Not so easy this time,” roared one of the watchmen. “We’ve got you now, my lively young fellow.” He swept his long pike pole toward Dale’s legs in an attempt to trip him up. Dale leaped nimbly over the pike and then dove between the legs of the second watchman. With a forward roll Dale was on his feet and out the gate. In a few moments more he had gained the trees. Once in the trees he easily eluded what was left of the pursuit. Those fat townsmen would never go much farther than the gate.

At last Dale sank to the ground still clutching the bread. Tearing off a piece, he began to eat ravenously. “Too close,” he thought to himself, “far and away too close.” Dale would have to leave this town behind and find another place to ply his trade.

Saving half the bread for morning, Dale set off through the trees. Wary as any deer, he made certain he was not followed. At last he came to his home, a huge hollowed out oak tree. That oak was probably Dale’s only friend in the world. Careful to leave no trail for anyone to follow, he crawled into the hollow of the welcoming tree. “Home at last,” he sighed.

So there it is. Watch for this one to appear next month. 

Now on to ROW80
Okay, time to set the goals and aspirations for this round. If any of you remember, I started out this year with lofty ambitions. Sadly, a lot of everyday life got in the way and messed me up. There were illnesses in the family (including me) as well as lots of unseen outside pressures. So, the year will now be a rousing success as I envisioned.

However, having said that, we do have two new novels to launch this round and I am excited about that. Getting these two launched is the big goal for this round.

On the writing front, I am working on a story just for me. (Yes, I will share it with you all once it is finished. tee hee) I plan to take my time with this one. I’m also going to try something new for me. Plotting. (Ow, it even hurt to say it.) I also plan to do a lot more reading this round.

The goal: Reach twenty thousand words on the new WIP by Christmas. This week, shoot for two thousand words, no more.

Somebody hold me back:

That’s it for me this time folks. Hope you liked the intro to the new story. Drop me a line to say hello.

Bright Blessings

Goals for Round #3 of ROW 80

Hi folks,

Well, this isn’t the story of my humble beginnings in writing as I threatened you with. That will surface on Sunday. This time it’s all about Round #3 of ROW80. Goals.

As I stated in my last post, things well all to hell on me last round, so this round will be different. My writing goal for this round is to pick up the pieces, get my newest novel back on track, fix the broken parts, make it all pretty, and get it published.

I also want to dig up and revise an older one that has yet to be published, and get a start on several new ones. When I say start several I’m not talking about 40-50K words per, I’m talking about notes of about 3-4 hundred words. Just some random stuff to get my imagination working again. I will shoot for high productivity in round #4.

Above that I mean to be cheering you all on to greater things. You are all my brothers and sisters in arms. Let us go forth and conquer the world.

Bright Blessings


It’s all a Plot

Hi folks,

Well, today I confess I am in a bit of a quandary. I’ve just finished up a novella (50K words) and gave it to the editor. Darn good thing too as I have already started on the five book series scheduled for this year. The quandary? Well, all five of them are talking to me at once.

Let me explain. This is how I write a book. I sit to the computer, put my hands in place and say, “All right, somebody tell me a story.” A character comes, often with friends, and so it begins. I have no idea what will happen next until I write it down.

So now I have five sets of voices trying to tell me a story all at once, all are interconnected, and each is unique. Argh. Sadly, I know the answer to the quandary all too well. I fear I must sit down and write an outline for each story. I must plot and plan.  All I can say is, “Wish me luck.”

Last week I set out my goals for this year. This week saw some progress on that march. I have sent the 50K novella to the editor and started on the five book series. I’m about 10K into the first one, but realize I have to stop and outline all five so they can fit together properly.
So, the goals for this week are: get the outlines written plus at least another 5K on the lead book. I also hope to get a cover ready for Frankie. (the novella)
We also hope to get the newsletter out this week. As always there will be a coupon for a free book as well as  excerpts from upcoming books, info and news I don’t share anywhere else, and more. To sign up for the newsletter just go to the top of the page. The link is on my smiling face at the right.
Drop me a line and let me know how you’re getting on. I do love to hear from you.
Until next week,

Launch Day

Hi folks, here we are again. It has been a wild and bust week, but I’ve managed to get lots accomplished. Not as much writing as I would have liked, but I did get some. However, the big excitement this past week is the launch of Empire’s Advance. Today is the official launch day and here’s the links to find the book. Get ’em while they’re hot. 🙂

Tracy and August had won the day on Earth, but the Vorlox Empire was far from finished. Their attack came from an unexpected direction. The Corelians were destroyed and now Tracy finds herself caught between the remnants of the Corelian species and the mighty Vorlox Empire.
Tracy has always concentrated on her own survival above all else. Now she finds herself having to include others in that plan. To top it off she begins to manifest new abilities, abilitles that are as dangerous to her companions as they are to her enemies. 

A few of you have already managed to buy a copy and I thank you for your diligence and patronage. I love you all and truly hope you enjoy the story. J  

As soon as we get the Christmas season under our belts I will be working even harder to bring you new and exciting stories in the new year.

What else did I do this week? Sign up for our newsletter and find out. Tee hee.  Here’s the link.

We publish one every four to six weeks and it contains material you won’t find anywhere else. For example: my adventures putting up the Christmas lights. There is also a coupon for a free book in each one. Back issues can be had, just drop me an e-mail and we’ll send one along.

Sadly, this week was another shortfall, but not a total loss. I did manage six thousand words on my WIP. That is well short of the ten thousand I was shooting for, but every step is a step forward towards the goal. The WIP now stands at 30,000K.
So, for next week I’m taking another run at the 10K mark.
Now, drop me a line and let me know what’s up in your world, I do love to hear from you.


Guard Cat

Hi folks,
Well, another week has run away from me and here we are again. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in Canada and I do have a lot to be thankful for; I enjoy a wonderful life.

I should also mention that we are well protected from evil spirits at night by KC (Kathy’s Cat) For instance; it was clear to me this morning that, sometime in the night, an evil spirit possessed a roll of toilet paper and tried to strangle the whole sleeping family, dogs and all. However, it was obvious KC had intercepted the evil doer and dealt with the situation accordingly. I could tell by the smug look on her furry face and the shredded body of the spiritual invader.

On another note, the weather has been a gift these past few days and we have been enjoying it to the hilt.

On to ROW80

As you can guess by the sunny weather, I fell a bit short of my goal this week. The goal was 15K words, but I only managed 11K. Ah well, here comes a new week and another shot at the elusive 15K.

I do check in on some of your blogs as often as I can. Here’s hoping you’re all doing well and reaching your goals. Drop me a line and let me know how you’re getting on. I love to hear from you.

So, until next week,
Bright Blessings


At Last It’s Here!

Hi folks,

As promised, Claimstake is here and available on Smashwords and Amazon. This is book four in the continuing adventures of the Nova Witch and her crew. Here are the links; I hope you enjoy the story as much as I have.

I will confess this book took a while to get finished. A big piece of the problem was to let it finish and to keep it confined to the few main characters. There were many other stories and plot lines that started in this, but they are for future books. For now, it’s time to let this little bird fly on her own. Enjoy!

Okay, for the check-in I have to confess it was another week of no real writing. I put all my efforts into the final touch ups of Claimstake. This one has been in the works for a long while and I am well pleased with the results.

I have set myself some tough goals for the upcoming months. I have spent far too much energy on home improvements over the summer and it is time to get back to writing. My goal is to produce 15K words per week for the next round of ROW80. Wish me luck. (Feel free to crack the whip if I start to slack off.)

Well, that’s my big news for this week folks. Remember to sign up for my newsletter to catch snippets of what I’m writing. (And other news from the island)

Drop me a line to let me know what you’re up to. I love to hear from you.

Beaver in the Backyard

Hi folks, yes it does look like a beaver has set up shop in my back yard. In truth it is a pile of branches from dead trees we had to cut down. It will soon be manufactured into firewood for next winter’s pleasure.

As you can see the addition to the studio is ready for paint on the outside. Now we need the electrician before we can insulate and finish the inside. All in good time.

Now for the ROW80 check-in.

I managed another five thousand words this week as well as reading and commenting on several blogs. My goal for the last session was 10K per week, but that’s not realistic for me over the summer. I’ll drop that goal to 5K per week for this round. 

I’ll also try to up the blogs to reading and commenting on at least two each day. As they say around here, “Let’s git ‘er dun!”

I now have to get some new material together for the newsletter. Don’t forget to sign up for that one. The link is at the top right of the page. See you there!