Tuesday, December 19, 2017

New Zoe Grey Novella Available Now

Now Available

Zoe Grey's new neighbor is running, and hiding, from her past. Zoe desperately wants to help, but the terrified young woman isn't talking. 

Can Zoe put the pieces together and help the woman before her past catches up with her?

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Trouble with Greed: Behind the Cover

The Trouble with Greed Book Cover Photoshoot

There is always a challenge to shooting a cover photo—at least one challenge. Sometimes it’s finding a model; sometimes it’s finding a prop. As was the case with this photo, it was finding the right venue.

As I’ve made clear, I know next to nothing about photography. And art—let me just throw that in right now. But I do understand some things can’t be faked. And the whole idea behind my book cover photos is genuineness. It's why we have used real people from the beginning.

When initially doing research for book cover ideas in preparation for making my first book cover, I discovered pretty quickly I did not want a composite image, one constructed from multiple graphic images, tweaked and manipulated through Photoshop. Now, there is a way to do this and make stunning images, and thus stunning book covers. Professional graphic designers do this all the time—for book covers, for movie posters, for album covers. I had to eliminate this as an option because I am not a graphic artist, or an artist of any kind, I did not have access to any of the necessary equipment, and I did not know anyone who could help me. Whatever images I tried to produce this way would look amateurish, and that is the kiss of death for an indie author.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Untitled Zoe Grey Novella - Chapter 3

Untitled Zoe Grey Novella

In case you missed it, read Chapter 1 or Chapter 2.

Chapter 3

I relayed what I’d learned to Ellmann, though not much of it was new. Then he passed me a pad of graph paper.
“Will you sketch the floor plan and give it to Waller?”
I took the pad and began dialing another number from my notebook.
“Hey, what are you still doing here? This is a police operation.”
I looked up to see Officer Daniels marching up to me again.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Untitled Zoe Grey Novella - Chapter 2

Untitled Zoe Grey Novella

In case you missed it, read Chapter 1 here.

Chapter 2
Ellmann arrived and parked his Charger at the mouth of the cul-de-sac, now crowded with vehicles. He made quick work of stripping off his jeans and pulling on a pair of BDUs from his bag in the truck. He stuffed his feet into boots, strapped on his equipment and weapons, and hurried over to the Bearcat.
He squeezed my hand on his way into the Bearcat, but was otherwise all business. I knew he’d noticed my new injuries, but he didn’t even blink. He’d stopped doing that months ago. 
“Give me a rundown,” he said.
Frye, Waller, Tolliver, and Rollins took turns filling in the parts of the picture they had so far. It wasn’t pretty. 
“We know anything about this Devil guy yet?” Ellmann asked.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Untitled Zoe Grey Novella - Chapter 1

Untitled Zoe Grey Novella

This is the first chapter from the Zoe Grey novella I've been working on. This novella currently has no title and no cover, so I'm only missing a few small details! Haha!

This story takes place after book three and probably before book five. As I mentioned, I have gotten edits back from the editor, but I've not been through all of them yet. So here's my disclaimer: The version posted below is unedited. There may be mistakes, and once the novel is published, you may notice changes. That's just an FYI.

One night on my way home from work, a police cruise roared past me, followed by four more--lights and sirens, the whole bit. I wondered if I'd ever know where they'd been headed or what the call was. I made a mental note to call my grandmother the following day and ask if she saw anything in the paper, since I no longer take the paper.

When I arrived home, I was diverted from turning onto my street because five police cars, lights still flashing, were parked in the street in front of my neighbor's house. I circled around and got to my house from the other end of the street, and as I parked in my driveway, I had a very clear view of my neighbor's house.

Update: November 2017

Hello, readers!

I wanted to let you all know what I’ve been up to the last two and a half years. Unfortunately, writing is not my primary source of income, which means it cannot be where I spend much of my time.

But I’ve been working on something else I’m very proud of, and very excited about. During the day, I’m a massage therapist, and I’ve been working to build a holistic healthcare clinic. Running a business of any kind takes a great deal of time, as well as many other resources and energies. It has not been entirely my sole focus these last two years, but very close.

I’ve come a long way and accomplished much since I began, but I’ve a long way yet to go. This last year in particular has seen many victories and many setbacks. Anyone in business for themselves will understand this. As Robert F. Kennedy said, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly,” and I’ve seen that to be very true.

I knew when I began this journey it would be a long, hard road. Only I wasn’t able to conceptualize just how long or how hard. As I’ve learned, it’s impossible to know what you don’t know.

While I have huge goals for the business again this coming year, I’ve also set myself some writing and publishing goals for 2018. I’ve realized that things in my life are slightly out of balance, and that the business will take longer than I’d like to come fully into fruition. It is not realistic or desirable for me to put my writing life on hold while I continue to pursue my business goals.

New work coming!