The Anthology, Upcoming Releases & Life with M&M

Good morning, my lovelies! 

It has been far, far too long and I know that I should be getting my ass kicked for my lack of participation in promoting the athology. 

A few minutes a day is all it would take.  

I promise I will try to do better now that things are (sort of) calming down. 

But first I need to tell you, my readers, a few things.  One, is that the anthology came out April 24th! 

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The anthology cover is stunning, no?

 

To date we have sold 52 books on Amazon and 17 on Draft2Digital.  That’s great! but I know that we can do better.  I know that you, my people, love my work and that you’re fans of the paranormal; of shifters; of hot, steamy stories; of wonderful authors.  I know that the idea of an anthology that is 170,000 words big, which is at least 50k bigger than most of the other similar anthologies out there, will appeal to you.

I know that helping out veterans also appeals to you.  American soldiers, yes, which matters a lot to my American and Canadian subscribers and maybe not so much to the others, but the programs that Wounded Warrior Project uses can be used elsewhere to help others. And 25% of our proceeds go to WWP.  

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I got six copies of the anthology in paperback form yesterday (SO EXCITED!!) and since I am THREE subscribers away from three hundred, when I hit that number I will be giving one away, along with copies of HW1 and HW2 to a few lucky winners of a draw. 

Still not sure where to buy the anthology?  FEAR NOT!  I have just the information you need!

The Amazon global link: 

https://getBook.at/AG2-CaSCAntho

Other Amazon Links:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079MHWBZ4
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079MHWBZ4
DE: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B079MHWBZ4
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B079MHWBZ4

Prefer not to buy it on Amazon?  That’s okay, we have links for that, too:

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940155393610
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1339522410
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/…/eb…/a-guide-to-claiming-a-scaredy-cat
Universal: https://www.books2read.com/u/b6r0JM
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38396498-a-guide-to-claiming-a-scaredy-cat

Go, my minions…er…my lovelies…*ahem* you saw nothing… and buy the book!  You will not regret it!

Life outside of writing has been… exciting.  *laughs*  It’s the best way to put it. 

About three weeks ago, I think, water started dripping through my bathroom ceiling vent. 

Really

smelly

water.

After the second time, I called management. They had someone come up and take a look immediately.  They went up to the apartment above mine and it seems that his toilet had been flooding and he’d been leaving pools of water sitting around. 

*shudders*

That’s what had been dripping into my bathroom, close enough to the toilet to drip ON YOU when you’re sitting there, unable to move away.

So they told him that he was going to be responsible for some of the bills incurred and told me the matter was resolved.

We were all, “Great!”

Then we went out a few days later, spending the day here, at the new place, trying to get things set up so that we could start moving things in slowly, since my lease isn’t up until the end of July.  Mike went back to the apartment, opened the door, inhaled and

*GAG*

The entire apartment smelled like wet, unclean ass.  At first, he thought maybe the cats had done a major number on the litter but no, he found a huge flood in the bathroom.

Really, management is lucky it wasn’t me who found it like that. Mike is generally much more level-headed than I am.  He went down there and dragged someone back up to the apartment. 

Turns out the outgoing sewage pipe between the apartment upstairs and mine exploded. It wore out (old copper pipe) and now my apartment is covered in mold. 

We moved out that day. 

Luckily, Girlkid happened to be home for the weekend and she helped Mike and I move two cats, the dog, him and I out, simply taking what we needed most immediately.  I still have to go back and pack but so much of my stuff is wrecked.  Almost everything that is in the bathroom is ruined, my bed, my couches, anything I can’t throw in a washing machine or dishwasher or scrub by hand. 

We’ve been bringing stuff over but we can’t be in there more than 15 minutes at a time, even with P95 masks on (which roughly means they block 95% of particulates in the air). I still have to pack up my books and movies, get the rest of my clothes out, pack up the rest of my kitchen, get my antique furniture out (and pray I can clean it).

It’s been depressing.

A few weeks ago, Micky (the large puppy I rescued at 4 and a half weeks old), took off after a bird behind me and pulled my left arm behind me, twisting it and overextending it at the same time, all in a real hurry.  We had no idea what she’d done.  Doc H said, “It’s definitely been strained.” 

Which was a really vague term to me.

I finally got into physio and it turns out she’s torn the tricep and tendon right at the elbow.  Allll y’all know that that’s been a lot of fun on top of everything else I deal with.  

However!  Mike, the darling man, recently bought me a bike. It’s a gorgeous bike and a beautiful ride. It’s vintage, too, older than my son. It’s a full suspension GT LTS-3 Deore XT (7005 heat treat aircraft aluminum).  Twenty-one gears. It was made in 1994. 

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Isn’t he a sexy beast?? Gods, I love my bike. There is at least 10cm of travel in the suspension.

Handles like a dream. Shifts like a hot knife through butter. 

 

And I do so much better on wheels than I do on my feet, let me tell you! I love that we love riding together.

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Aren’t we adorable?

We’ve been out three times this week – and he bought me the bike weekend before last, had it in for repairs and again twice more after that.  Yesterday’s ride was 11.7km (that’s 7.3 miles for you non-metric types).  Barely felt it.  Killed most of the hills too.  I only had to walk one and I made it halfway up it the first time I tried it. We even went a little offroad on a single track dirt path running through the trees beside the paved path. 

My bike swallows bumps like Girlkid’s pet dragon swallows crickets at dinner time: fast and smooth. (When he can catch them, that is. ;)) I barely feel a thing.  

My derailers are mismatched now because of a *thing* with the stem and the cables but it still works well enough for me. 

We are finding some beauteous rides throughout the city and it’s amazing to see this much nature in the middle of downtown. Guess it ain’t called the Forest City for nuttin’, eh? *chuckles*

I have to go now. 

Have a wonderful afternoon! And don’t forget to buy the book! 

Muah! 

PS. Damn! I forgot to tell you about the upcoming releases! I am in the middle of editing A Year in the Life of S. Claus and I have a tentative release date of June 30th. That’s barring anything else going wrong.  I will also be releasing HW3 – Ghosts Afire – this summer.  I have that scheduled, also tentatively, for the end of August. 

I am releasing both books in preparation for the Ignite Your Soul Author Event in London, Ontario in September.  I will be attending as an author this year. I will have books available for pre-order as well as books at the table and some swag. I’m nervous and jazzed at the same time and it causes a full on swarm of butterflies to erupt when I think about it. It’ll be fun! Mike will be with me so  he’s going to keep me on an even keel.

Now I’m out. Muah!

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Oh my Goodness!

Good morning everyone!

It’s been a long, long time since I wrote last, I know.

A year, actually, almost to the day, I think.  Many many things have happened since then.  

  • I finished my first year of school in 25 years with a 4.01 GPA.  Yay me!
  • Girlkid graduated high school, with honours.  AND she got accepted to the university program of her choice. Yay her!
  • Boykid moved to Alberta.  It was time for him to make a change and he is doing well.  Yay him!  I miss him horribly.  His visit at Christmas was wonderful but I am very happy he is finding his way.
  • I moved to the city! It’s been great for me.  I’m stronger, more independent, happier.
  • Unfortunately, it was also the catalyst for the break-up with The Boyfriend (P) several months ago.
  • I got reacquainted with an old friend from high school. M was amazing then and he’s amazing now. Lots of history there.
  • I rescued a 4.5 week old puppy after her mother abandoned the litter. P, who drove me out to pick her up, rescued her sister. Micky, who started out at 4.7 pounds is now approx 35lbs and stands 19″ at the shoulder at barely 4 months old. She is a Corso-Rottie-St Bernard mix and will be a support dog for me. I have a blog where I will be talking about her (new post coming very soon). 
  • There was a college strike this fall and I got a in one of my classes! 😦
  • Wolfman is alive and well and we have been getting along brilliantly.  This makes me ecstatic.
  • I have lost weight and am getting stronger (although I have also fallen three times this winter and am struggling with recovery).
  • I have a new man in my life and am super happy about it.  This works, trust me. It’s one of those inexplicable things.

And finally, the two things I want to talk about.  

One, I am part of an anthology called A Guide to Claiming a Scaredy Cat.  There are ten authors writing short stories about strong female leads, feline shifters, claiming their commitment-phobe Mates and I am privileged to be one.  Here is our Thunderclap, click on over to support us!

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Would love to have your support for getting the word out about this anthology. Click the link, choose which social media platform(s) to support with, then make this post famous! 💖💖💖

#anthology #scaredycat #authors #paranormalromance

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/66656-revealing-a-scaredy-cat

 

The second thing I wanted to talk about terrifies the snot out of me while making me very happy at the same time.  Here it is:

I am now an official attendee for Ignite Your Soul 2018!!

Soooo much work to do.  

Write and edit the story for the anthology.  Finish editing A Year in the Life of S. Claus and HW3 for publication, finish this term at school, figure out swag and signage and a look.  Plus the promo work for the anthology.  And Micky’s training.  And, you know, life. 

What’s happening with you?

I have homework to do. 

Muah!

Changes!

Hello!  

How are you?

I am doing better since my last post.  

I came through Term 1 with a 4.0 average and I look to be going that way again this term.  Mid-term grades come out next week, just before Reading Week.  I don’t know what I will do for reading week, I do know I will not be making a trip.  

Perhaps, just perhaps, I work on some research for these changes I’m about to show you.  

In Demon Plague, HW2, there came a visitor to the pack home, a large African Jaguar shifter by the name of Sentwali.  He wanted Anna, Liam and company to go to the Congo to save them from a witch stealing their shifter magic.  Anna and Liam agreed, though they stated they couldn’t go until after they’d helped find justice for those massacred at Glen Coe so many years ago.

I was struggling with the research because there is little available (that isn’t government or scholastic) information that would help me gain a feel for what it’s like to be in the jungle and on the waterways that run through it.  I was determined but it still wasn’t happening.  

I argued with myself for months about making Sentwali  from somewhere else.  I didn’t want to change the book, especially one that’s been published.

Now, I have to say a couple things:

  1. If you purchased the book already, the copy you have is now special.  Out of print.  
  2. I am much more excited about HW4 now.

Sentwali is now Damir, a Sabre Tooth Tiger shifter from Belarus.  The premise remains but the locale differs.  He’s still a large man, but almost as pale as Sentwali was dark.  

The new edition has gone out on Kindle and Createspace and will be available in print on Amazon in the next few days. 

I am satisfied with the arrangement and more eager to begin the research.  It’d be cool if I could go to Belarus to do the research (a terrifying prospect for the Congo!).  A brief search already yeilded much in the way of visuals and links to locations.  Maybe I will narrow down which part of Belarus he is from while on my short break from school.

There you go!

Today, it is hovering just around freezing.  We’ve had freezing rain, snow, wet snow and general dampness.  I saw some photo ops and went to see if I could manage any decent ones.  I did get the most perfect shot.  I am going to share it with you.  

I have to go.  Have a wonderful week!  And remember that Valentines Day isn’t just about your romantic partner, it’s about the people you love.  All of them.  

Muah!

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Good Riddance 2016

Hello!

I know it’s been quite a while, again, but school has taken dominion over all else.  I want to discuss the year with you though.  It’s been…bi-polar at best.  Wild swings up and down.  

There have been 130+ worldwide celebrity deaths.  The American battle for president was between H. Clinton and Trump and Trump won.  I don’t care to follow politics but what the fuck was America thinking? 

None of that affects me personally though. I know what’s going on, for the most part, but my concern is my family, immediate and extended.  And we have had some pretty major events.  Here are some of them…

The Ups:

I published Highland Wolves 2.  I will be making a change to it though, one that has a major impact on book 4.  If you have a copy of the current one, it will become special in the next few days. I will keep you appraised. 

The government finally agreed that yes, I am fucking disabled and they should help me. 

That enabled me to go back to school.  I got through the first half of term one (I can only deal with 3 courses at once, not six, so I am doing half a term at a time) with a 4.0 GPA.  I start the second half of term one on the 4th.

Girlkid got accepted to the equestrian program at the University of Guelph, one of the top schools in North America and one with a world reknown reputation for vetrinary care training.  It is the only school on this continent or in the UK that offers her the science and other types of training that she wants to get her on the career path she dreams of.  

Boykid has the love of his life with him again.  

I am able to do yoga regularly and enjoyed a small remission in some of my symptoms.

The Lows:

Boykid was assaulted in September and he took the assault in order to protect his girlfriend.  Now he’s dealing with PTSD.  

My health has not changed, despite the remission.  I got bonchitis right before Christmas, capping off a flare in symptoms that started in September.  

My maternal grandmother died on Christmas day.  

Four days later… I don’t know that I should talk about this but…Well, I’m sitting here fighting tears so I will talk about it.  Damn those who would keep me silent.

Normally, I wouldn’t bring up something so personal but this is important.  It has lessons that I hope will help others. 

Wolfman has suffered from depression for years, and had some major ups and downs.  This year he had a couple of major blows that I won’t talk about here.  He took some time for himself to try and get it together.  It didn’t seem to help.  

Then I made a catastrophic mistake and he felt like I betrayed him.  Part of it was that I didn’t listen to him enough.  I didn’t close my mouth and stop telling him what he should do enough.  I didn’t stop trying to impose my will on his depression.  I can see that now.

I love him, I have forever and I will forever.  I only want to see him better and happy.  

It’s not my job to do anything but listen to him.  I should have shut up.  I know that what he did is on him but I can’t help but shoulder some of the blame.  

On the 29th (Girlkid’s 17th birthday), Wolfman made a very good attempt at suicide.  He was found by his family and his sister told me what happened.  She promised me that she’d tell me if he didn’t make it.  She blames me, blames all of us connected to him, but told me I deserve to know.

I went to bed, exhausted by my tears and fear, and was terrified to check my messages in the morning.   Since there was nothing, I’m assuming he still lives.  And I’m assuming he’s getting the help he needs.

And part of that is me separating myself from him and giving him time. If he’s ever ready to talk to me again, I’ll be here.  Still loving him.  

The reason I wanted to talk to you about this, on the final day of 2016, is this:

If you know someone suffering from mental illness then shut up and listen.  Close your mouth and open your ears.  Support, don’t dictate.  Help however they need you to; if that means listening, listen.  If that means sitting there with them silently, do that.  If it means helping them remember to take their medications or make their appointments (and they’ve asked for help), do it.

But for Gods’ sake, stop telling them what you think is best.  Step in if there’s a danger but mostly, your job is to support, listen, love.  That’s it.  

I pray that 2017 gives him time to heal and helps him find some peace, even if it’s without me.

And I pray that 2017 is a much better year for everyone.  I pray for those who lost loved ones.  

For me, changes are coming.  A move.  More school.  A shift in how I treat myself.  I have plans.  Dreams.  Goals.  And I will follow them through.  

I am posting this unedited.  I can’t bear to read what he did again.  My pain is for him, for me, for his daughters.  It’s about loss, fear, the thought of what was almost permanently gone.  I am heartbroken but there is a kernel of hope because Wolfman is one of the strongest people I know.  If he comes back to me, I will welcome him with open arms and beg forgiveness.  If he doesn’t, well, that’s what’s best for him.  

Much love and light to you and yours, dear readers.  Have a wonderful new year.

And Henry… If you’re reading this, I’ve need of you.  You know how to find me.

A Spider, an Event and a Freebie

Good morning!

On Saturday, I did two things and I’ll talk about about the second one first because it’s really cool and really creepy.  

Talk?  Nah… I’ll show!

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Isn’t he wonderful?

He’s creepy, yet fascinating.  

Okay, mega-creepy.  I do not like spiders anywhere near me, which totally does not explain why I got so close to that one.  Zoom is a wonderful feature for a camera too. *laughs*   The lighting and his position were just perfect and I needed it.

Just like I needed this one:

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Beautiful, busy bee.

It amazed me that I managed to catch him, he was, well, busy.  I love the detail in these two pictures.  A friend of mine suggested that I enter two photo contests.  One is the Lambton County guidebook cover contest and the other is a macro contest for National Geography, I think.  I might use one of these two for that NatGeo contest and this one for the Lambton County contest.

The other thing I did was attend an author signing called Ignite Your Soul Author Event 2016.  It’s the third year they’ve been in London (mine, not England’s) but the first time I’d heard about it.  And the only reason I heard about it is because my friend Sue – a bestie from high school – told me she was attending.  We hadn’t laid eyes on each other in 21 years so what was I to do?  

I spent three hours getting toxed stupid, laughing my ass off and meeting some wonderful people.  I have several new books to read, a lead on a couple of publishers and a call to submission that could prove incredibly lucrative if I’m accepted.

I’m not going to talk about that last one though.  It’s my secret until I actually make that submission. 

What else have I done recently?  Why, I started school on the sixth.  I started out with a full load because I’m home and I’m smart, right?  

Pfft.  Thanks to Fibro and MCS I no longer learn like I used to.  I don’t learn as easily and I don’t learn the same way.  I take copious notes to prove to myself that I get it and because it’s easier to remember if I read it and write it.  So it’s taking me 2 or 3 times as long to get through everything.  I’m down to 3 courses per term now and it’s better.  I’m enjoying what I’m doing better.  And I’m not missing anything anymore. 

I’d rather succeed more slowly than not at all.  My business idea has huge market potential and I want to do it and do it well.

What’s your dream?  What are you doing to make it a reality?

I gotta hit the accounting book again.

Oh, wait!  I almost forgot!

Because I’m so damn happy with Saturday’s event, even though I was there as a consumer, not a creator, I decided to put Witch Hitlist up for free again!  If you didn’t manage to grab it last time, now’s your chance!

GET IT HERE!

Enjoy your day, folks!

Muah!

 

A New Number and the ROM

I gotta do a happy dance, ladies and gentlemen, for two reasons.

One, my day in Toronto with the kids went beautifully.  There were a couple negatives that came out of it: I got toxed and I got hurt; and  my son didn’t realize the extent of my disabilities and it hit him hard.  The bonus of that is, now he knows.  If he wants to understand what happened on Wednesday better, he needs to come talk to me.  If he does, it won’t be so big in his head.  Mortality is big on his mind right now and I hesitate to think what he is thinking.   As for me getting toxed and hurt, well, we knew that would happen going in and prepared for it so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

The really big things were good, great things.  We laughed, talked, dove into history – dinosaurs, Canada’s native people, tattoos.  Oh, the tattoo one was so impressive.  

Check it out:  Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession.

I didn’t get very many pictures in there because there was no way to do any of it justice but this one I took because I cannot imagine the patience and talent it took to do these things.

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Aztec Princess and Zombies, Artist Unknown

Paños, Prison Handkerchiefs, were expressions of Chicano identity, one of the earliest.  Chicano is the cultural identity of Mexicans living in the U.S.  In the 50s and 60s, prisoners would tear up their sheets and draw prison experiences on them.  Prison officers started giving them white handkerchiefs.  

This particular one is from the 2000s, in California.  

Can you imagine the patience and talent it took to draw something like that?  Now imagine what it took to draw on the handkerchief?  It blows my mind.  

Something else that totally blew my mind was the Chihuly exhibit.  

Check it out here:  Chihuly

It was absolutely amazing, I can’t even begin to tell you.  If you have a chance to see an exhibit of his, take it.  We got the total ROM experience when we went and I have to tell you, it was worth the money.  

I did take some pictures, and a couple videos.  I’ll share one of the pictures, my favourite.  I loved the Persian ceiling installation and the seascape he did.  But this, the picture I took, is the very first thing you see when you walk into the exhibit.  

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Chihuly Exhibit, the ROM. 

Isn’t it fabulous??  Enormous glass balls that evoke thoughts of Christmas, planets, solar systems, the elements.  It’s an amazing exhibition by an incredibly talented man and his team.  

And a pretty awesome picture, taken by me.  That’s my son, he’s about 6’1″ (around 182.5cm), just for scale.  

And the other reason I’m so happy?

I am now a college freshman!

Amazing, eh?

I am going to challenge my poor MCS/FMS soaked brain to complete Fanshaw College’s Business program.  I am doing it online and I am having certain measures taken to allow for my disabilities so that I can actually succeed and achieve the diploma this program will give me.

Why am I doing this?  

Well, because I have a business in mind, one that has already attracted people even though I’ve not yet gone past the building an idea stage.  I think that in owning a business, one should be able to run it.  And for me, that’s a daunting task.  Learning at Fanshawe will help me do what I want to do in the best way possible.  

I am disabled but I’m not incapable and it’s high time I got that through my head, eh? 😉  

I will still be writing, of course.  I’ve started editing A Year in the Life of S. Claus.  I’m going to send it in to Sterling & Stone to see if they’ll publish it.  I need at least a first edit done.

Have a great evening, folks!

Muah!

A Glimpse

Welcome to the world of 19th century building remodels.  This building was built around 1895, I think.  There’s a shop downstairs and three apartments above.  My landlord doesn’t appear to care too much about it.  

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Super steep stairs no one cares about.  

 

These are how I, owner of body with a degenerating SI joint and DDD in the lower back, (AND FMS), get in and out of my home. 

They’re a challenge and I’m always up for a challenge. 

Right?  

*laughs*

And speaking of challenges, I mentioned before I am working on a brand new kind of project for me: a video blog!  

This  vlog will be me talking about living with chronic pain, as I’ve said.  It is NOT about the effects, because we know and… I’m repeating myself.  I want to help people build lives worth living and I want them to understand that they are not alone with their pain.  

I will be talking about: 

  • Acceptance.  This is forgiving; being at peace with who and what you are, what you’ve been given; and it means that you understand right here, right now, that your body is flawed, NOT YOU.  
  • A technique called Turning the Mind.  This is a technique I learned in DBT that was pivotal in helping me learn to deal with my pain.  And it was something I seemed to know instinctively.  And I will talk about DBT. 
  • Goals, dreams & a Life Worth Living.  I capitalize Life Worth Living because I think it’s extremely important.  People with chronic pain forget how to live.
  • Chronic pain.  What it is; chronic vs acute.  I will touch on the effects on sleep, family and the mind and emotional state of the one its afflicted.
  • MCS, FMS, Osteoarthritis, Nerve Damage, Degenerating Disc Disease  
  • I will talk about whatever my viewers want or need me to talk about.

The first video will be an introduction to me and why I’m an authority on these subjects.  Why I have the audacity to think I can help people.  

I want that first blog to go out on June 1st.  That’s six weeks from now.  I am working my butt off at understanding YouTube and doing the research for the first few blogs.  I can’t promise quality, given my *cough* equipment but hey, I consider the content more important than any high tech options.  

So far, I’ve had everyone I talk to about it say something along the lines of “I’d love to see that” and that gives me impetus and motivation.  

And now, I am going to give my brain a rest with daydreams and fiction.

Muah.