Calling All Indies

As I prepare for the upcoming release of The Witches' Rede: Alight, I've been brainstorming all the ways I can celebrate what is a momentous occasion for me. (More on that in a future blog post.) I am leery of Facebook parties (with the hope my feelings toward them may change with subsequent book releases) and I reluctantly admit the unfortunate limitations of Twitter (primarily being a tweet's shelf-life is under 20 minutes long, plus my sneaking suspicion that all but 10 of my followers have me muted). I wanted to do things differently from when I released Rays of Sunshine. I was young, I needed the money--no, sorry. That's a different scenario. Does this mean no blog tour? No enormous give-away? No interviews? Maybe, maybe, no. I welcome those who'd like to host me on their blogs, I'd be thrilled with any interviews anybody would like to conduct with me. The give-away thing? Well, just keep in mind that hubby and...
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Fun Facts About Animals

This week in 1880 ... I begin with crabs and lobsters.  If Mr. Crab or Mr. Lobster loses a limb, and wants another in the place of it, the process is easy enough;by waiting, the loss is repaired by nature, for a new limb grows out in due time.  If, on the contrary, a man loses a leg, the best he can do is get an artificial one.  Suppose our legs and arms hung on so tenderly as those of the lobster--a terrible state we should be in, unless we could get new ones as easily as he does; for the report of a cannon will sometimes dismember a lobster. The starfish parts with a ray without regret, and feels the jaws of a codfish chewing off his legs, without a sigh; for he knows that kind nature will soon replace them.  Now and then, on the beach, you may find starfish, four of whose legs have been amputated by the surgical cod. ...
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I’m a 7th-Level Cleric . . .

. . . And I cast upon this website a resurrection spell to recall it from the doom I unwittingly unleashed upon it early this afternoon. I called to the interweb spirits, I called to the deceased sites, let me see my dear Jewel Writes Romance again. I called to thee come to me to be online once more. I wished to read blog posts I wrote that I miss . . . so may it be. All geekery and magic aside, I'm pleased to announce I was able to bring back my website to its (more or less) former glory (and implement a few nifty new goodies while I was at it).  I have learned a valuable lesson about tinkering with that which I don't understand and not getting rid of back-ups even when I'm super sure I'll never need them again. I still haven't accomplished what I initially set out to do but I think I'm going to take a different approach (that...
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Epic Romance-Lovers Giveaway

PROCEED WITH CAUTION: THIS GIVEAWAY IS BAD NEWS FOR YOUR TBR LIST! My next book release is coming October 8th and in preparation for the big day, I'm starting the big celebration a wee bit early! There will be 3 separate giveaways with one winner each, beginning with the most fabulous prize package first. If you follow me on Twitter, you've already seen my schedule for the giveaways. For those who aren't on Twitter or who somehow missed the Tweet in the massive stream of consciousness on that platform, here you go: This giveaway starts today (Sept 19th) and runs through Sept 28th. The next with a smaller (but still fabulous) prize package will run Sept 28th through Oct 5th. And the last with fabulous electronic prizes will run Oct 5th through book release day on Oct 8th. Because I've taken a vow not to belabor things . . .   Here's what the winner of the Epic Romance-Lovers giveaway will win:   Can't quite make out the items in that...
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Cover Reveal!

Chances are pretty good if you're on any of my social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook or Instagram) you've already seen the cover of my next book. I teased it last time I updated and then (much to my embarrassment) I forgot to actually reveal it here. I beg your pardon but things have been a bit crazy in my neck of the woods. SO without further ado, here it is, my precious, my own:   Rays of Sunshine is a compilation of the Tales by Rails novella and its sequel short novel Smiles by Trials. So for those of you who wanted a physical copy of Tales by Rails, here it is! For those of you who purchased Tales by Rails and are peachy keen with e books, the sequel story Smiles by Trials will be available for purchase on its own in e-format. Release date for the Rays of Sunshine book and the Smiles by Trials ebook is October 8th! In the coming weeks I'll share a bit of info about Smiles by Trials...
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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

  Those who follow me on Twitter may have seen the announcement Friday before midnight local that I would be taking a weekend-long hiatus from the social media platform in order to finish up work on what will be my next book release. I've been hard at work all summer long fixing the sequel to Tales by Rails (aka making it readable). Writers know first drafts are seldom presentable for the eyes of others--often not presentable even for our own! I'm pleased to say that with a final burst of hard work (and willpower to stay off Twitter) over this last weekend, the sequel to Tales by Rails was completed, formatted for paperback publishing and a proof has been ordered. I will not be setting a release date nor cover reveal until I have the book in hand and have a better idea how much work I have ahead of me still. I also have yet to format the sequel for ereader consumption and understand the plethora of unanticipated...
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Gave Him the Knife

WILD WEST WEEKLY WEDNESDAY This week in 1889... Several nights ago Col. Jerry Spillers, of Kentucky, went to see Coquelin, at McVicker's theater.  The colonel had never heard of the great French comedian, and expected to see a performance something after the style of the minstrel shows which visit country towns.  The Kentuckian secured a seat near the stage, and, shortly after the performance began, began, in an annoyed way, to scratch his head. "Licker in this blamed town is no good," he muttered.  "Blamed ef it don't take a man's understandin' away from him.  My friend (addressing a man who sat next to him), what is that fellow sayin'?" "I don't know." "Then it has the same effect on you, I reckon." "What has?" "The whisky in this town." "I don't drink." "Huh, I don't understand this business.  Say, what's the matter with that feller?  Talks worse than anybody I ever seed.  Why don't they make him get down offen that platform?  Why, dang him, he can't talk...
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