Later that evening, everyone piled in cars and headed to Middle Village. The Christmas holiday didn’t stop patrons from gathering at this little piece of winter heaven. Most of the family enjoyed the sleigh hill, but there were some who preferred the ice skating.

Lauren sat alone on a bench as she watched Annie and Morgan skate on the ice arm in arm. After all these years, they were still madly in love. It gave her hope.

Haunted CastleSuddenly, she felt warmth beside her. She glanced over and saw Nick covered in snow. “You look like you’ve been in a tragic skiing accident,” she chuckled.

“I bit the dust a few times,” he laughed.

Turning her attention back to the skating rink, she smiled.

“Let’s skate,” he said as he started taking his shoes off.

“Oh, I can’t skate,” she said lightheartedly.

“You mean to tell me you have been coming here your entire life and no one has ever taught you how to skate?”

“I always refused to learn,” she answered, turning her face toward his.

“Well, you’re not getting out of it tonight,” he insisted as he bent over to tie the laces of the skates.

“Bennette, I really can’t.”

He sat up again. “You don’t know that. You’ve never tried.”

“I don’t… I…”

“It’s no use,” he said. “Go get some skates.”

She obeyed and came back with skates. He knelt and took her snow boots off of her feet. Gently slipping the skates on, he laced them tightly, concentrating hard on making sure they supported her ankles.

He stood and held out his hands. She looked up at him, still refusing to move.

“Doc, don’t make me embarrass you.”

She knew she didn’t want any part of that, so she grabbed his hands and steadied herself.

With fright in her eyes, she looked into his. “I can’t do this.”

He leaned in closely to her and smiled. “Listen to me. Keep your ankles as straight as you can. Take it slow and hold onto me. I won’t let you fall.”

She felt the blood rush to her face and rapidly her body warmed. “You promise?”

“I promise.”

Guest Post: “Secrets of a Wolf” by Kelly Abell

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12483429_10153792795613959_1671814605_nA tragic event ruins Daphne Valentine’s career as a K-9 cop and department veterinarian in Seattle. Devastated, she escapes to Spirit Rock, South Dakota, to start over as the vet for an animal wildlife rescue park. When she arrives, nothing goes quite as planned—especially when she meets her new boss for the first time and she’s almost stark naked. Not the greatest first impression…or is it?

A confirmed bachelor, Cameron Gray is shocked at his instant attraction to his new employee. He soon learns she carries quite a bit of extra baggage, but even so, his desire to possess the sexy vet ignites him with a need he and his wolf can’t ignore. But all is not what it seems…. What exactly drove Daphne to leave her successful career and move to Seattle?

When dangerous poachers bring the two together in the line of duty, Daphne discovers Cameron’s secret, forcing her to question every decision she’s made since arriving in Spirit Rock. Will the tender new love they’ve found be enough to hold them together or drive them apart forever?

Join the Gray brothers in Spirit Rock, South Dakota. Gifted with the power to shift into their own unique spirit animal, they have been bestowed with the enormous responsibility of watching over their ancestral canyon. Their strength and conviction will be tested…as will the depth and breadth of their heart and soul.

About the author…

41Gmiv1DR7L._UX250_Kelly is an international best selling author with novels with two different publishers. She writes romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance. Her aim is to write about gripping characters intense situations that keep a reader turning the pages. She also spends a great deal of time helping other writers through her Writing Tips on her website and as a member of the Florida Writer’s Association.

When not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband of 30 years and her two college age children, when they find the time. She lives in Florida and enjoys all that living in the sunshine state brings, boating, fishing, beaches, theme parks, and more. Her favorite pass time is reading (what a surprise!) She likes Thrillers, Romantic Suspense, and Romantic Comedy.

Cover Reveal: Cindy J. Smith #IARTG

Cindy and I have been friends since I started my writing career. She and I only know one another on Facebook, but she has always been a huge supporter of my work. So, I wanted to return the favor and rally the masses so you can catch a glimpse of what this lady is about. I want to congratulate Cindy on her accomplishments and wish her the very best!


As far back as she can remember, Cindy J. Smith has written poetry, and with every experience in life, she has found inspiration. Wife, Mother and Grandmother, she has a myriad beautiful memories to draw from. Never having been good at playing the part of “starving artist”, she has had many careers, but her current one, an over-the-road truck driver with her husband David, has provided amazing opportunities for inspiration in her later years. Cindy has published two of her own poetry books; Voices In My Head and They Won’t Shut Up, and more poems appear in more than five anthologies, as well as several books by fellow authors. Her third book, Rhymes Through Time, will be out within the next few weeks.

CINDY’S OTHER WORKS (all available on Amazon)

Voices In My Head
They Won’t Shut Up

Anthologies:Rhymes Through Time

Cogs In Time (Volume 1)
Cogs In Time 2
Read For Animals #1:  Anthology to help animals
Authors Against Bullying Volume One
Klarissa Dreams

Touched by Shadow, Caressed by Light (as Cie Jae Smith)

Books with poems in them

Novel Desire by Genevieve Scholl
Black Pyramid:  Special Edition (Ancient Breeds Book 1) by A.D. Stewart
Dangerous (WISH(ING) HYBRID SERIES) by A.D. Stewart


The New Face in Social Media: TSU.co

When Facebook began changing its mission and made announcements about how things would change in 2015, I started researching a website that was recommended to me. When my author profile on Facebook was forced to become a “page,” I delved further into researching.

When my profile was converted, I even went out on a limb and paid for a few weeks so that my page would be seen by more people. As of today I have 6279 followers. Most of those were from my old author page merged to the new one. However, since I have decided NOT to pay for another few weeks, I lose a follower each day. Out of the over 6000 followers I have, only an average of 151 of them see my posts. I find that extremely sad and, most of all, I find it infuriating! It has been said and is obvious within the last month that if you do not pay, you remain hidden to the masses. Those very people you are trying to engage are not seeing a thing you post.

The better question is this: Are the “followers” gained from paying BOTS or real, breathing people? I don’t know the answer to that.

tsu-logo-social-networkSo, I’m posting this today, not only to vent my frustration, but to let you know that there is another website for those of us that are trying to engage people. It is tsu.co. From what I can see, it appears to be the new face of social media or at least that is what I am hoping. You actually get royalties for gaining followers. If you would like to get on the wagon, you can friend me there. Once you do that, you can create your own followers, for which you will receive royalties. Here is my link. Follow the prompts to create your own account and there you have it. A way to reach and engage your friends and followers. https://www.tsu.co/Author_Tracee_Ford

facebook-logoOf course you can follow me on my Facebook page, not that you would ever see my posts unless I PAY to let you see them. You can also ask to friend me on my personal profile.




To conclude, I would like to update you on other places you can find me. And I want to send out a big thank you for those that already do follow and engage!

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Back from the Dead

So, it’s been a very long time since I’ve blogged. Life threw me more than a few curve balls this year and as the year comes to a close I am happy to say GOOD-BYE to 2014. This year roared in like a lion and is going out like a lamb, thankfully. I have truly missed writing and blogging and tweeting. So, for now, you can say I’m back from the dead. *takes a deep, cleansing breath*



The business side first, then we’ll get to the personal stuff. This month I am selling all of my inventory as a BOGO deal. If you buy one of my books directly from me, you get the second one free. This goes on until the 23rd. So, if you’re interested, please contact me on my website, traceeford.com


1507958_623459714427272_8892267859603343384_nSo I have brought on some new faces. First, my web designer. My website is undergoing a major overhaul all thanks to this guy, Roger Cable. His brilliant mind is being put to the test as he works diligently on reconstructing my web page. So, he is officially a part of the “Tracee Ford” team. I’d like to welcome him and hope you all will do the same.

If you are looking for someone to do an affordable web design and maintenance, he’s your guy. You can learn more about him by visiting my newsletter link. http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5bc5d60f88eea0a290711f7dc&id=06375fca4f

10849941_623456221094288_6060308575024654254_nI also assigned Krista Cable, a lifelong friend, to be my PR rep. She has been working hard on my YouTube videos.

Krista and I go way back. We went to high school together and over the years we have lost touch and then reconnected and then lost touch again and then finally reconnected. She is more like a sister to me than a friend. So, of course I’m going to let her be my PR person! She’s phenomenal at it. So, I’d like to welcome her aboard this crazy ship, too!


Yes, more business, but I promise there’s personal testimony in this blog, too. Just wait for it…

Did you know that Amazon has changed their system? Well, they have. There are no more “likes.” It’s all about “follows.” The awesome thing is that you can go to my Amazon page and “follow” me. When you do that, you will be notified when my latest novels publish, which will be quite soon. Between Worlds (book 2): Through Glass Darkly is going through its final edits. Soon it will go to formatting and production. So if you want to be in the loop when it comes out, visit this link http://www.amazon.com/Tracee-Ford/e/B00AXL5538/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1418653415&sr=1-2-ent



After six months, I attended my first author event in November. With me was sister author, Greta King. It was held at the Garnet Wilson Library in Waverly, Ohio. The turn out was a little less than expected, but it was certainly nice to be engaging with other authors again.



As I said, this year has been filled with curve balls. I suppose I could write a book about the love story between my husband and I. It has certainly not been a bowl of cherries, which makes for great reading. We met in 2006. We married (for the first time) in 2012. We have had some major ups and downs, but this year topped them. So, we divorced in January 2014. We stayed together, so to speak, but when I lost my job in April we both sort of checked out. We officially separated in September even though we were basically living under two separate roofs anyway. However, all it took was a busted pipe to wake us up and show us what really mattered.

I was actually seeing someone else, in fact (see, great plot line, right?); going on with life as best I could, I suppose. Then I came home from the movies one Sunday night to a huge puddle on my kitchen floor. The water was running from underneath one of the kitchen cabinets. So, who better to call than my ex-husband? He walked me through turning off the water. That was that. So, the next person I called was the guy I’m seeing because he knows everything about houses and pipes… right? He comes to my house Monday morning to tell me he thinks the leak is in the concrete because I live on a slab. That’s about a $10,000 job.

After feeling like I might have a heart attack, I’m left to my own devices to process this news and wait for a plummer. In my mind it was just the cherry on the crappy ice cream scoop that has been my life since April. But, anyone that knows me also knows that I can’t just sit around and wait. So, I called my ex-husband and told him the diagnosis. I asked him to come to see if he could figure out what was happening behind the walls or under the floor or something like that. And like magic, there he was. I must say it was the best $17.00 I ever spent; that was the cost of the materials to fix a simple leaky pipe. And after fixing my pipe and my day, he won the day. And here we are.

11076_10204702049104960_1116612701942167875_n20141121_144840-1 (2)2014120695153035We married again on November 21st. This year has certainly changed us and, believe it or not, for the better. I’m sure followers on Facebook are sick of seeing our smiling faces, but after the year we’ve had that’s just too bad. Things have been rough for a very long time and the crescendo that was 2014 pushed us over the edge. But, somehow, as we fell off the side of the mountain, one of us, or even both of us, threw up a life line catching some solid piece of our relationship we thought had disappeared. I’m saying all of this because sometimes “over” doesn’t really mean “over.” Sometimes it just means we need to step away from the situation or the person to be taught what matters or who matters. It also may take walking away from something or someone to realize how we can put the crumbled, broken pieces back together again.

Our wedding was simple. My son was the best man. My best friend, Krista, was the matron of honor. Roger was the camera man. And my mother was a witness. Our mayor married us. We had a reception at our home on December 5th and Krista baked the most beautiful cake. My son made a speech that put us all in tears. It was the best day of my life, or at least one of the best days of my life. I’m sure there are many more to come.


20141206_132316Since marrying my husband, again, I was given the brilliant chance to stay home and do what I love. Write! I also became a substitute teacher and have already been called to help at my son’s school. Right now I am looking into getting my alternative certification to actually teach full time. For now, nonetheless, I’m relaxing, listening to Christmas music, and working with my husband in his business. Given this wonderful chance, there will be a lot more books coming!

HOUSEHOLD PET: Prayers & positive thoughts requested
10849824_365837986923929_2902787034172429948_nI am placing this into the blog because I know a lot of you who read my blogs and/or my books are believers in the power of positive thinking and/or a high power. Many of you pray or meditate. Either way, consider this a prayer request. The family pet, Chance, was diagnosed with cancer in late August. This has been devastating to all of us. It was yet another obstacle to deal with in 2014.

He had a fifteen pound mass removed from his abdomen. Biopsy results told us that we were dealing with Carcinoma. His prognosis was three months. But, guess what? We’ve passed the three month mark and look who’s still here?

We have decided not to put him through chemo. He appears to be happy and pain free. He still runs about the yard chasing rabbits and as long as he is doing that, as well as eating and drinking, we’re keeping him. At this point his quality of life is awesome for an animal who has terminal cancer.

He goes for ultrasounds every month or so. There are two tumors right now, fairly small, and there is fatty tissue left that we are told is cancerous. If anything ruptures, he won’t last10624588_363769483797446_4126797090098062900_n but a few hours. So the request we have is this: pray he goes in his sleep. We do not want him to suffer. We are enjoying every single moment with him and we will be there to hold his hand when he crosses over on that rainbow bridge. He has been and is my protector as well as my son’s. He’s saved our lives more than once and probably more than we even know. Letting him go will be one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. His contract isn’t up yet; we are sure of that. So, keep us in your hearts and prayers. Thanks in advance for that!


Yes, I’m back from the dead! I can breath again and smile again and relax even. The plans for 2015 are no quite carved out yet, but as long as it’s better than 2014 I think I’ll be alright. There were times this past year that I wasn’t alright; far from it. If it hadn’t been for my parents and my son and my best friends, I am not sure I would have made it. Some “friends” simply walked away. It’s those testy times in your life that you see who will stick and who won’t.

Most of all, if it hadn’t been for my faith, I KNOW I wouldn’t have made it.

In January I will be co-hosting The Paranormal Hour again with Willow Cross. I’ll be embracing this new found freedom to do what I love: teach and write. I will be enjoying the responsibilities of being a stay-at-home mom and an accountant for my husband’s business. Needless to say, life is good.

For now, I wish you love and light and Happy Holidays wherever you are in this great big world! See you again soon!

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: Brenda Franklin

Tonight’s featured author is Brenda Franklin.  She enjoys writing fantasy and paranormal romance. Thank you so much Brenda for sharing a little about yourself and your work with us.  Enjoy the read everyone!


Brenda Franklin was born and raised in Louisiana where she lives with her loving family and two cats. She’s been writing since she was little starting with her first horror story in Elementary school, but wasn’t serious about becoming a writer until middle school.

Now married, and living out in the country, she spends most of her time writing Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. But when she’s not writing she can be found drawing, painting, reading a good crime novel or enjoying long walks in a cemetery.

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flatlineTitle: Flat Line (Pulse Trilogy book three)

Author: Brenda Franklin

Genre: Paranormal Romance


In my World of Reading and Writing: http://beefranklin.blogspot.com/

Social Media connections:

My Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/brenda.franklin.5811

Author Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorBrendaFranklin

Twitter account: https://twitter.com/BeeFranklin613

Release date:

May 1st

Where to Buy:

Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Brenda-Franklin/e/B009TAXHI4

Smashwords Page: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/111454

Pulse Trilogy:

A Steady Pulse (Book One)

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Steady-Pulse-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0099U5U02/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/111454

Barely Beating (Book Two)

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Barely-Beating-Pulse-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00AA2F9UE/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/158741

Free Short ghost stories on Smashwords:

Drowning with Problems: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/248010

Lady with Blue Lips: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/248010

This is a conversational piece between Virgil and Garrison in BARELY BEATING (book 2 of Pulse Trilogy).

“How is Elizabeth doing?” Garrison asked leading Virgil in to the kitchen.

“She is endearing the pain better than I thought, but…”His eyes shifted anxiously. He wanted to do more to help ease her, but there was nothing he could do. It was a frustrating feeling to be so useless.

“That’s only natural. Every human turned is different.  But she seems to be doing well.” Garrisons said.

Virgil filled up a glass of water and sat it on the counter. Pinching the bridge of his nose he refocused.

“The first one is always the most difficult, but your body will adjust. It wasn’t so easy for me when I turned my first either.” Garrison assured him.

“But I thought when you turned William—”

“I am much older than you give me credit for Virgil. William was not my first. Even if he was my tolerance levels are much higher than yours by leaps and bounds. Turning is a painful process at times, but you can grow and learn to coop with it like I did.”

“I just hope she will be okay. No matter what I have to go through I wish I could do more for her.”

“You have done a lot more than you already know.” Garrison comforted giving Virgil a light touch on his shoulder before heading off. “Don’t forget to drink something yourself.”

“Garrison?” Virgil hesitated. “Your first turning how was it?”

Garrison paused. “The first person I turned didn’t survive.” Garrison spoke solemnly. He continued down the hall and disappeared into his room.

1)      When did you first start writing?

I wrote my first horror story when I was in Elementary. I began writing fantasy in Junior High (all of which I still have and want to rewrite). Then I wrote the first Pulse book one summer between school grades. I found it and read it back in 2010. It needed a redo. I threw out the old and rewrote the whole thing ending up with the one we now see today as A Steady Pulse.

2)      Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

When I was a little girl I first wanted to me a mother, then a singer, and then by middle school I was set on being a writer.

3)      What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up?

I love writing Paranormal Romance, but that’s not the only genre I want to work in. I have projects I’d like to have completed within the year, one of which is a Middle Grade book, another is a Dark Young adult, and a fantasy based one that I’ll probably polish over the course of the next year, but will probably be considered for publishing in 2014. For the moment, at least, PNR is my favorite to write. I wonder if it has anything to do with the number of PNR books I’ve been reading this past year.

4)      Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from?

My inspiration has come from not only my love for reading PNR books, but this story specifically started with a woman who could feel other people’s “pulses”. Though I did a lot of cutting back on what to give her ability wise, I started with this question, “what if you could feel someone before they entered a room?” Than the question became, “what if they felt different?” Add vampires into the mix and it made for a good recipe.

5)      What has your publishing experience been like?

Very rocky. I guess I should clarify that the start was very rocky. I didn’t prepare myself ahead of time; build up any kind of supporters. I just dove in without so much as a compass. All I knew was how to correctly lay out my books for Smashwords and Amazon. It was pretty easy to follow a guide and submit my books, but that was it. It’s easy to publish, but the real work is getting people to want to buy what you have written. Thankfully there are many groups out there who can give you great advice, help you with any question (no matter how silly), and many other things.

6)      Do you have a certain routine you do for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

Okay, I get up with Shawn in the morning around four and tell him good bye for work. I’ll than grab a cup of coffee, Dr. Pepper, or Cinnamon Apple Spiced Tea and a snack before returning to my bedroom where my small desk is set up in the corner for me to work. I always tie up my hair and find my glasses, before turning on my music. I have several premade playlists. When my character needs a little pick me up or is struggling internally I have been listening to Mumford and Sons. Or for a fight scene I play Linkin Park. After enjoying my music for a few minutes it’s time to start writing.

7)      How do you come up with character names and place names in your book?

I have worked on pieces of my family genealogy and every time I find a name that is interesting I write it down. I have a whole list of names and ideas on what they were like which helps to build my characters. So in a sense, the majority of the characters are named after someone from my family line. Now when it comes to locations I have used real places at times. What doesn’t sound better than, Iron Spring, Ashland, Small road, ect.

8)      In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why?

In my most recent work Lucas would have to be my favorite character thus far. He isn’t the leading character to Flat Line, but who doesn’t like a bad boy on a motorcycle? He has a bit of an attitude issue which can keep up with Bethany Jean, Elizabeth’s best friend. He’s a good counterpart for her and isn’t as easy to jump in feet first to save Elizabeth as Bethany is, but for her he’s willing–though very frustrated–to do what it takes to keep her from getting killed. I could go on about him! I really love working on him.

9)      Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?

The overall thing I learned while writing my book was, sometimes research is necessary. Don’t write a scene that makes absolutely no sense. Haha it’s the little things. What motorcycle is he driving? What is the correct pronunciation of that in French? Where are the cops? What’s his past? What War did he fight in and where was he stationed?

10)   How did/do you market your work?

Get connected with Twitter, Facebook, blogs, ect… Join groups, set up release dates, plan out a monthly schedule to keep up with all the things that are going on with not only yourself but other people. Stay as connected as you can with your audience as you begin to build yourself up.

11)   Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?

Fear! I suddenly realized that people would be reading my book. The first day I couldn’t get over my fear of someone hating my work, but after that first day (and my loving husband keeping me calm as best he could) I was excited. I was more than excited. I was beaming with pride that I had something published.

12)   Favorite authors?

Lynsay Sands with her (vampire) Argeneau Series, Sherrilyn Kenyon with the Dark-Hunter series, and Diana Nixon with her Love Lines Series

13)   Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?

Oh yeah! I’ve sat in front of my computer and read the same paragraph over and over trying to force the next sentence, but nothing comes out.

What I have found is that when the situation occurs it’s best to either take a nice, long, hot bath or go on a long walk. I like the second one. Get yourself out of the house and get the blood pumping! Sunlight does the body good. We have a cemetery not too far from the house that my husband and I walk to. And if all else fails, it’s a sign to open a good book and set aside the writing for the day. J

14)   What piece of advice would you give to a new author?

Top things you can do is:

1.) Edit your story to perfection and then let someone else look at it (editor)

2.) A good cover goes a long way (Ashley Wied has done all three of my books for the Pulse Trilogy)

3.) Get social (Join Facebook and Twitter and be a part of the writing community)

4.) Advertise (you’re work isn’t going to sell itself when you first come out of the gate).

15)   Are you working on anything new? If so, can you tell me about it?

I am working on another book called “Guardian, A Fated Pairing” which will be coming out around the end of March.


Vampires are on the brink of disappearing.  After years of searching for the cure to turn humans into their kind, one vampire believes he has done it. But in creating the cure he has started a bloody hunt. A race among animals, vampires and Wolves, to find the cure and either destroy it or use it.

It is up to Alice Chambers to keep her sister safe as they try to out run one of the strongest vampires in search of what they are hiding, but is what she protects worth the life of the one man she is destined to be with? And can he get over the fact that she is everything he hates long enough to realize she’s just what he needs? Or will the sacrifice in the end be too great for either of them?

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: K.R. Morrison

To start off the month of May, K.R. Morrison’s interview is tonight’s feature. She writes in the mysterious world of the paranormal filled with suspense, horror, and inspiration.  Seems she and I have very similar interests. So, thank you K.R. for participating and everyone enjoy the interview!

Title: “Be Not Afraid”
Author: K R Morrison

Genre: Paranormal suspense/horror/inspirational

Blog:  kathyree.wordpress.com

Social Media connections:

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Facebook author:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/K-R-Morrison/316522281747349


Facebook book reviews:  https://www.facebook.com/KittyMuseBookReviews


Facebook editing page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Every-Crooked-Nanny-Editing/587888887903846#!/pages/Every-Crooked-Nanny-Editing/587888887903846

Release Date: April 2011
Where to buy: 



Reviews: see above

Other Work: Two books will soon be published by Mountains Springs House Publishing.  One will be a prequel to “Be Not Afraid (also being re-published by MSH), entitled “UnHoly Trinity”.  The second is a sequel, and it is called “Resurgence:  The Rise of Judas”.

Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

Lydia spun around, still on her knees.  Vlad was halfway up the aisle of the church, slowly and deliberately making his way to where she was.

She scrambled up and ran towards the altar, diving under it as Vlad got to the bottom of the steps leading up to where she cowered.  But he did not venture any further; instead he paced back and forth in front of them, staring at Lydia as if she was an animal in a cage.  Finally, he spoke.

“I can understand how you would be able to get out of my house, had you been in any shape to move.  I did leave the door open.  But how did you get the strength—and how did you get here?”

Lydia kept silent, not knowing if he could still read her mind.  Somehow, she felt that he should not know about the beings–who she now knew were angels–that had transported her here (wherever “here” was),  and that they were even now hovering above them.

He glanced toward the floor in front of the tabernacle.

“And you brought the child as well.”  Then he glared back at Lydia.  “Did you really think that hiding in a church would do you any good?  I tell you, your pathetic devotion to this—whatever it is—is useless.”

It was apparent to Lydia that Vlad could come no further than where he was in front of the altar.  She was protected in this area.  It was sacred ground, and the demons that had such free rein over the earth still could not approach it.  God was worshiped here, and the Body and Blood of Jesus was miraculously present on this very altar at every Mass.  No wonder Vlad could not come up and take hold of her!

Empowered by this realization, Lydia came out and stood up in front of the altar.  She looked him in the eye.  And she felt—nothing.  No weakness, no loss of consciousness, no being drawn into his thrall.  He no longer had control over her!

Book cover (2)Vlad, in turn, noticed that Lydia’s skin was as smooth and clear as on the first day he saw her.  Being who he was, there was no room in his mind for the idea of divine intervention as the reason for this miracle.  He believed himself to be more powerful than any other force in the universe, or beyond.  Such are the allures and lies of the ways of evil.

Instead, he said, “Well, you do heal quickly.  Good.  You were running out of fresh areas for me to feed on.

“Now—I thirst.  Come down from there.”

He smirked as an idea came to him.  “Actually, this is an ideal place to get, shall we say, reacquainted.  At the feet of your plaster Savior!”

Lydia stood her ground.


Mini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing?

I didn’t write to be published until “Be Not Afraid” took hold of my mind and wouldn’t let go.  Before that, it was the annual Christmas letter, and that was about it.

2      Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

I wanted to be a lot of different things, but math always seemed to be a part of what I wanted to do, and math and I do not get along.  Words have always been my strong point.
There was a time when I wanted to be a veterinarian—couldn’t bear chemistry classes, though.  Psychologist—until I realized I’d have to deal with people a lot more than I was comfortable with.  Missionary, English major, administrative assistant—nothing ever really worked out.  Wife and mother?  Never thought that would be a choice, but here I am, married 27 years, with a 23-year-old son and a 21-year-old daughter.

3      What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up? 

What I’ve done so far was not my choice per se.  I don’t think I have a favorite genre to work in—most of what is circulating in the whirlpool between my ears is a mix of genres and age levels.

4      Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from?

This question is always difficult.  It brings back feelings and memories that I have tried to stay away from, but I know it’s an inevitable question.

“Be Not Afraid” (an ironic title, by the way, because some people have told me they cannot finish reading it) was spawned by a nightmare I had.  In it, I was attacked by a vampire.  And it was one of those dreams that one experiences completely, with all of the senses.  And it was not pleasant, I can assure you.  When I woke up, the dream continued circulating in my mind, constantly, with each cycle putting in more detail and more storyline.  Inevitably, I had to write it down, and when I did, it finally left me alone.

5      What has your publishing experience been like? 

I originally had the book published by Xlibris, a print-on-demand company.  They fulfilled their part of the bargain, after I paid them a lot of money, then I was on my own.  Now it will be re-published by Mountain Springs House Publishing, and I hope I have much better luck   with them.

6      Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

When I wrote my first book, I merely sat on the living room couch and wrote for hours at a time.  But then we gave the couch to our son, who needed furniture for his duplex.  The second/third book (it was one manuscript until it got too big), was written in the dining room, and the one I am working on right now doesn’t have a particular place yet.  I am only five pages into it.  I really don’t have a routine, although if I have to write something particularly horrific, I’ll have a couple of beers first.  Numbs the brain—I am not comfortable with writing that stuff.  But I have to get through that part to get to where the good guys win.

7      How do you come up with characters’ names and place names in your books?

With the more common characters, I try to find names that do not belong to anyone I know, or are so common that no one would think the character was fashioned after himself/herself.  There are definitely names in the book that are real, and the characters attached to those names are, in fact, those people.  Place names—didn’t really have any in the first book per se.

8      In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why?

That would be Toby, a two-year-old who is a mystery in more ways than one.  His father disappears, his mother is close-mouthed about who the dad is, and Toby shows powers and talents far greater than his age.  He will figure primarily in the fourth book, “Enoch’s Return”.

9      Did you learn anything from writing your book?  What was it?

I think I have solidified and clarified to myself what was just a vague awareness before, and it is the message of the book:  God created all, and wants all to return to Him.  Therefore, He makes Himself known to all through any way He can.  But it is up to us to turn to Him—He does not impose His will on us.

10   How did you/do you market your work?

Social networking, such as Facebook, Goodreads, Wattpad, and others.  I spend a lot of time on the computer, blogging and participating in events.  I think I spend 20 hours a week on the computer, hoping something will happen to propel my work to the heights.  Don’t we all…

11   Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?

I remember it well.  The box came, I took it into the dining room, and set it on the table.  When I opened it and saw the books for the first time, it took my breath away.  I was LEGITIMATE!!   I was PUBLISHED!  My words were on paper, just like Thoreau and Hemingway!!  It was almost like the first time I saw my children after they were born.  But without all the hospital stuff…

12   Favorite authors? 

Oh, where do I start?  I have a constant list of books I want from Tamara Myer, Jasper Fforde, Rita Mae Brown, Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Winspear, and so many others.  My library is so full of books to be read that I think I will have to carry them with me into the afterlife to finish them.

13   Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?

Not  really.  Usually the chapter wants to get written so badly that it practically jumps out of the pen before I can put it to paper.  I am trying to get going on the fourth book, but it isn’t writer’s block that stops me (I have it half-written in my head already).  It’s the lack of time.

14   What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?

Do not lose patience.  Check all avenues, seek advice, do not go with the first publishing outfit that you see.  E-pubbing your books is a great idea, but you don’t get anything for public author signings.  Make sure your offering is crisply and perfectly edited.  You want the audience to love your book as much as you do, so make sure it is understandable and not awkward.

15   Are you working on anything new?  If so, can you tell me about it?

The fourth book in the series “Pride’s Damnation” is called “Enoch’s Return”.  In Genesis, it is     said that “Enoch walked with the Lord and was seen no more”.  That leads one to believe  that, like Elijah, Enoch was taken away to fulfill his role in another time.  This book works off that idea, and involves the demons and saints from the previous three books.