Symbolic Sunday–Why is Kailmeyra’s Moon Purple?

One of the most challenging aspects of making a different world is finding a way to infuse fiction into reality. Readers must be able to navigate through the story without being bogged down by unfamiliar places and lengthy descriptions. Weaving familiar images into fantasy serves as an anchor, giving the reader a visual they’ve experienced. When creating Kailmeyra, I wanted distinctive … Read More

Symbolic Sunday- What’s Up With Oak Trees?

The relationship between humans and trees is symbiotic as we both produce gasses than enables to the other to exist. Tree worship was common among early pagan cultures and have often been given profound and sacred meanings throughout the ages. The Biblical Tree of Knowledge and Tree of Life are part of the Christain, Judeo beliefs. Norse mythology held the … Read More

Symbolic Sunday- Why is Kailmeyra’s Portal in Water?

Since the beginning of time, water has symbolized sanctity, change, and washing away the old. Every ancient culture/religion I studied views water in a similar vein. And so, when Nora pours out her intent and asks for forgiveness, I could think of nothing that would be more appropriate than to have her submerged in water. It only seemed right that … Read More

Fear Blog Hop Giveaway!

Welcome to the first ever Pages of Fear blog hop. It’s a pre-Halloween event celebrating authors who like to fright and delight with their writing. As you progress through the twenty-eight blogs/websites, you’ll learn about authors you may already know and be introduced to some new ones. Everyone loves the opportunity to get something free. All of the authors have … Read More

Social Marketing 101: Four Author No-no’s on Twitter

Most of you know that for the past six years or so I’ve been consulting authors on social marketing and branding. And what I’ve learned is that authors, both traditional and indie, don’t understand how to use social media, nor the power it can have on their bottom line. Here’s the thing: Social networks are designed to build relationships, not sell products.  Let … Read More

Three Recipes That’ll Spice Up Your Life

I love spicy food, almost as much as the sweet stuff. The good news is there are a ton of recipes that have a little kick and are still good for you. Here are a few of my favs. Be sure to click on the pic for the original recipe. #1 One Skillet Chicken with Fiesta Cream Sauce Little Spice … Read More

The Artist’s Heart

I’ve found quality in the arts, no matter what form, have one thing in common–intent is the key to true expression. Those that want glory but aren’t willing to improve might have a level of success, but their art seems shallow and quickly fades. Those that become enamored with the arts are like a star-crossed lover. Their passion only lasts as long as the euphoria … Read More

Suspended in Creativity

The stage lights serve as a barrier; they blind the performer from seeing the audience’s reaction, they protect them from fear. In that moment, they are Mozart’s Fiordiligi or Tchaikovsky’s Joan of Arc. Their mind is mute; instinct takes over, time is suspended in creativity–expression is life. I haven’t performed in years, but on rare occasions, my heart remembers, and I again am … Read More

Let Them Eat Cake

All right, all right. I know there’s a brownie in the featured image instead of a piece of cake. But I happen to love brownies more than cake, and who says “let them eat brownies?” My point is I’ve been sugar-free for a year, and I’m still eating cake … and brownies, as the case may be. It’s one of … Read More

When Words Fail

My great grandmother always said the more we love, the more we grieve. Damned if she wasn’t right. It’s the emotional equivalent of Newton’s third law (for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction). Now, I feel things deeply. Love. Loss. Betrayal. It goes to the center of me, straight through, wrapping around my heart. I used to hate … Read More