Saturday, May 25, 2024

I'm Baaack!


I’m baaaaccckkkk!




Table of Contents

News/MusingsStoryOrigin Swap 1
The TripStoryOrigin Swap 2
Science Fiction & Fantasy AudiobooksFascinating Historical Fiction



Happy Weekend, y’all

Yes, I am back! (Do you remember me?) I am trying to catch up on endless emails, pending projects, vacation recuperation, and more~! 



It’s funky being home. Though it’s weirder when it occasionally feels like I never left. 😝

Hubby and I went on a 25-day cruise! (More details farther down.) Though we’ve been married a long time, it was rare when we took a vacation together. I usually used my vacation days to go to conventions or to write. He took his to play games on the computer. (He’s a homebody type guy.) 😁

Anyway, about ten-plus years ago, we decided to go somewhere together. He’d heard a lot about ship cruises, so he looked into it (even bought a cruising for dummies book), and we took a short one down to the Caribbean on Disney.

He totally fell in love with the concept of a moving hotel. All he had to worry about was getting up on time to go on excursions, and everything else was taken care of by someone else. 

The last cruise we went on was over seven years ago when we went to the Mediterranean. I’d been dying to go back to see Herculaneum now that we’d seen Pompeii (and most of the artifacts had been moved to the Naples Museum). 

With all my back issues and not knowing what other health excitement might be in our future, we decided we should go while we still could. I would also use it as a test run to see how my back did and whether or not I could get back into the convention circuit.

An item on hubby’s bucket list was to cross the Atlantic. And he found a different cruise line that would give us both what we wanted. 

This was the longest vacation we’ve ever taken! Sadly, homeboy doesn’t want to ever be gone that long ever again.  ROFL! 🀣

Writing news

Yes, I actually have some! Bwahahahaha!

Right before we left, The Secret Humankind Audiobook went live!

You can find it at AmazonAudible USAudible UK, and Apple.

I still have some review copy codes for the US and UK, which you can request here. The narrator, Blues Bunny, did a great job!

Cover for The Secret Humankind Audiobook

I’ve also finished the first draft of Book 2—The Secret Aftermath! For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been going through the manuscript again, and my editor has me slotted for early June to work on it. So 🀞, book 2 could hit the shelves in August 2024!



Extra stuff I’ve shoved in here:

1) StoryOrigin Swap 1 (Direct)

2) StoryOrigin Swap 2 (UBL)

3) Science Fiction & Fantasy Audioooks Group Promo

4) Fascinating Historical Fiction Group Promo 

More deets on all of these in their sections. 😊


StoryOrigin Swap 1 (Direct)

StoryOrigin Swap 1 (Direct)

The Unknown Sun

The world of Skyfall will die unless Moira finds the lost immortals.

Seventeen-year-old Moira is haunted by the accidents that claimed her family. When she is attacked by a strange boy who seems to know too much about her past, Moira fears death will come for her a third time. Saved by twins Airi and Bel, she is taken to their world and safety.

Or so they thought.

Skyfall is dying, the land destroyed during a supernatural war. Those who had protected it, the lost immortals, have gone missing and the land has decayed beyond redemption unless their magic can restore it. Armed with a mysterious talisman Moira, Airi, and Bel must find a journal left by the twins’ dead mother that will tell them how to find and free the Immortals known as The Unknown Sun.

Deeper, darker, secrets unravel around them when the journal reveals shocking information…because everything has a price and the price just might be Moira.

A rebellion against the Windwalker kingdom stalks them from the shadows until it threatens their quests and the boy who tried to destroy Moira appears and is determined to seek revenge.

The Trip


Our trip was through Holland America. This was our first time with them. Our other three trips were through the Disney Cruiseline, but for longer trips Holland American has you covered.

We liked some things better with Disney and others with Holland America, and a lot of other things were practically the same. Both have great service and good food, so I would travel with either again.

Our ship for this trip was the Oosterdam (pronounced Osterdam) with Captain Wouter in charge. It’s a mid-sized ship with 768 crew and over 1,900 passengers.

Holland America's Oosterdam

Her double smokestack makes her quite easy to spot. 😁 Their logo is everywhere, from the china to the salt and pepper shakers.

Below is a list of the stops and dates. Several of these we had to bail on the excursions as hubby caught a cold and later got food poisoning or a bug. I didn’t catch the cold, but the other hit me our last night on board (after all the luggage had been put outside the rooms. Made for a fun-filled evening and next day. Whee!)


Sunset in the Atlantic

Stone box from Ephesus


I have a million (okay, not that many, but a TON) of pictures and short videos of the trip.  I’m hoping to eventually add them to my website photo folder. I will also post a picture or video a day on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and MeWe. This should keep me busy for a year or more. LOL.

I should be back to the regular programming soon.

As to the back test – it was mostly a fail. I can walk all I want, but I can’t be carrying anything, or it sets it off. Bad seats aggravate it. By the time we were done with the flight to Florida, the lines out of the airport, the lines at the port, the line to get lunch, etc.—it was mad. I’d brought a laptop so I could write during any free time, so that went mostly out the window. Luckily, aside from being in a little pain and wiggling in the bus seats, excursions were totally doable. I used hubby as a mule. 😝 I also availed myself of the acupuncturist on board—8 plus years of experience and Japanese—he was fab! My back started behaving again just a few days before we were done. By letting hubby continue to be my mule through all the airport mess on the way back, and using the better seats to recline and sleep, I cut it off at the pass on the way home at least. Phew!


StoryOrigin Swap 2 (UBL)

King of Time

A fake princess. A talking horse. A stableboy who pulls a sword out of a stone despite the hovering harpy. And Time falling for a mortal.

What evil hides amongst us?

Grappling with writer’s block Lila wishes for more time and…gets a hot dude who claims he’s just what she ordered and there to help. Next, she is given a kingdom and a first-hand experience of figments of her imagination taking over her life. As Lila keeps unsticking herself from sticky situations Time – who likes to be called Adam – discovers emotions. With a stableboy, a potential deity and the warrior king all vying for her affections, Lila has to navigate how to keep her friendships and her dignity intact.

A quirky pre-Arthurian romp through an imaginary kingdom, which will have you chuckling. No cusswords, sex or profanity in this fairy-tale for adults. Also suitable for young adult readers.

Optimists and pessimists each get their own ending – because there are moments when the decisions we or others take lead to completely different outcomes.

Fantasy and Science Fiction Audiobooks Group Promo Banner

Science Fiction & Fantasy Audiobooks​ Group Promo – SF and Fantasy stories for your ears.

Fascinating HIstorical Fiction Group Promo Banner

Fascinating Historical Fiction Group Promo​ – stories set in all sorts of locals and different time periods.


I’m thrilled to be back! I hope you are, too! 😝 


Till next time!


Saturday, March 23, 2024

Virtual Tourist 03/22/24


Table of Contents

News/MusingsStory Origin Swap 1
Virtual Tourist – Jedi SurvivorStory Origin Swap 2
Fascinating Places Group PromoMonstrous March Group Promo
Reviewer’s Corner


I swear I tend to overbook my time. But then still feel like I am not getting enough done. LOL. 

However, in April, I’ll be giving you and me a break! Bwahahaha! 

More details about the hiatus on May 17th! (Assuming you still remember who I am by then. 😝)


March is proving to be a handful. Boo! But I did skip catching a cold, so yay! 😁

I had an early birthday lunch with my Mom and others yesterday. This lands on my grandmother’s birthday, so she was there in spirit. The big joke for the day – we met at Gloria’s, an El Salvadoran/Tex-Mex restaurant, and I got Gloria’s Super Special. So Gloria ate at Gloria’s and had Gloria’s special. Three Glorias. Now say the sentence three times fast. LOL. 🀣 I think everyone had a good time. 🀞


Writing News

I’ve hit almost 65,000 words for The Secret Aftermath – Book 2 of the Discoveries of Julia Xero. I have 15,000 to go for my minimum word count threshold, so you get a full novel. (I’ve noticed a weird trend where books are getting shorter and shorter. I’m not going that route. I’d feel cheated as a reader so I won’t do it as a writer if I can at all help it.)

Feeding chapters to the writer’s group as I go, trying to get it as shiny as possible before hitting up my editor. I would love to get it to you by July, so wish me luck! (My hope is to jump straight to book 3 after that.) Eek!

Music of Death Blues has been well received so far, which is awesome! Thank you guys for your awesome support!


Extra content today:

1) StoryOrigin Swap 1 (Freebie)

2) StoryOrigin Swap 2 (UBL)

3) Fascinating Places Group Promo

4) Monstrous March Group Promo



Scroll on down to get all the deets. πŸ˜‰

The Crimson Inkwell

The Crimson Inkwell

StoryOrigin Swap 1 (Freebie)

Magic Exists Where We Cannot See.

Book 1 of the Luella Winthrop Trilogy

If someone gave you a pen that turned fiction into fact, how long would it take you to make a proper mess of things?

I’m Luella Winthrop. I live in Dawnhurst-on-Severn, a small English city that’s teeming with excitement over the print industry. After all, if education has been made available for even the working class, why not enjoy it?

Still, even if a woman can read, write, or reign as sovereign, my editor assures me that we don’t sell stories very well. Personally, I think he’s just protective. After all, he is also my fiancΓ©. Why assign me exciting stories when he can tuck me into safe, non-controversial articles about table napkins?

But, I didn’t become a writer to write about table napkins. I dreamed of covering dashing detectives, murders on the cobbles, and unexplained phenomena.

So, when a strange carnival worker offered me a pen that could turn fiction to fact, I took him up on it. Before I knew it, I was suspended in between reality and magic.

Now I have no idea who to marry, what it takes to impress the critics, or how to put my world back together. But, I’d better hurry, because I think I woke up something dark and dangerous.

Jedi Survivor

Yep, still doing this one. I FINALLY figured out how to get the UI to disappear for the photos. But whether you’ll see those this time around is not yet determined. I try to upload 30 pics at a time, then try to pick the best ones to show, so you could get lucky? 😁

You can see all the currently uploaded pics here.

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Such funky rock formations. The level of detail is awesome!

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Signs of Imperial and other presences on Koboh close to the miner town.

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Skoova, one of the many people you can recruit to the town during your travels. He’s a hoot! You will find him and his boat in the most unusual of places as he hunts for fish to add to the tank behind him, which is in the bar.  Every time you find him, he will catch a fish at that location and continue with the whopper of a tale of his adventures. 1 more fish to go!

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This is a far view of one of the ancient temples scattered throughout the planet Jedah. Cal gets several unexpected surprises here.  (You can find a gardener for the roof of the bar on this planet.)

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Entrance to one of the many temples on Jedah. 

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View from the lab at the broken moon orbiting Koboh. The ship is the Mantis. Yu could change the colors in the first game, but we’re stuck with these this time around. The ship has seen better days. πŸ˜›

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Still at the lab on the broken moon. The maintenance droid is still functional and is hundreds of years old. Bad things happened here.

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Remains of ancient life on Koboh. There are a couple of giant species still alive there. (And some evil bugs that love to jump on you out of nowhere.)

Grace in the Wings

Grace in the Wings

StoryOrigin Swap 2 (UBL)

A ghost from her past. Her sister murdered. Is a Broadway star facing her final curtain call?

New York City, 1920. Grace Michelle has everything she wants: a home, a family, and a future career as a costume designer for the famed Ziegfeld Follies. Pretty good for a girl who once lived on the streets of New York City. But when her sister, the star of the show, is murdered, Grace’s sheltered life is shattered.

To catch the culprit, the junior designer is forced to give up her dreams and replace her dead sister as the Follies’ star. It’s not long before she realizes she’s a pawn in a series of publicity stunts that put her life at risk—and into the path of a dangerous man from her troubled past—a man she thought she’d left for dead.

If Grace doesn’t find the killer fast, it’s certain she’ll be taking her final bow.

Grace in the Wings is the gripping first book in the Grace Michelle Mystery series. If you like historical mysteries dripping with 1920s swagger, unfettered ambition, and plenty of murderous twists, you’ll love Kari Bovee’s riveting tale.

Buy Grace in the Wings to lose yourself in the glamorous, and sometimes dangerous, world of Broadway’s golden age!

FascinatIng Places Group Promo Banner

Fascinating Places Group Promo – Immerse yourself in real-world places!

Monstrous March Group Promo Banner

Monstrous March Group Promo – monsters of all kinds at your fingertips

🌟 Shout out to Reviewers Corner! πŸŒŸ

Thanks this month go to:

Black Jade – Kerry

Jacques – Carol

The JOY of Murder – Est

Music of Death Blues – 
kerriem3, janelit43, Kuzlin, oldshortfatbroudonwh, geraldinelopez11, Teresa,, Kuzlin, TRL, Ana Luisa Santiago, Patty, Teresa Collins, Kerrie McLean, Eventplanr, WhiteQueen45, Shane Wreight, DVH, Geraldine Lopez, Est, Kat Taylor, Mrs LIR Linda, Patricia Wong, Teresa Collins, Sue Loncaric, Sandy, Tania, Jane Litherland, LizzyLa, Bekki’s Books, and Kerrie

The Prince and Dai
 – LizzyLa and P.D.R. Lindsay

The Secret Humankind – Dana Ferbrache-Darr and AVG9


A great big THANK YOU to all the reviewers!

(Do you want your name in here, too? All you need is to post a one or two-sentence review at Bookbub, Goodreads, Amazon, or send me a link if it’s posted elsewhere and I will add you here next round!)

They are calling for cold fronts and rain. Stay indoors! Stay warm! 

​Until next time!



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