The Next Chapter

Hello to my loyal readers. Some of you follow the YouTube re-runs. Others enjoy the Teaser Tuesdays and Guest Posts. No matter what your preference, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my blog. Sounds like a farewell doesn’t it? Rest assured, it’s an “Until we meet again.”

I have been managing this blog since December 2012. I have met some pretty fantastic folks through this medium. The next chapter of my life is beginning, however, and with that comes self-reflection and prioritizing.

I enrolled in a Ph.D. program and will begin classes on April 10th. From what I understand, most of my time will be spent reading, writing, and studying. In fact, I’m told that this will take about 20 hours a week out of my time. It’s basically a part-time job. My grand plan was to finish Between Worlds book 4 and then 5. I think that’s going to have to wait.

I will be finished with my Ph.D. in September 2020, maybe sooner depending on how much work I’ve already completed on my dissertation by that time. After that I will be a “doctor.” My specialization will be in education (e.g., an educational psychologist) with an emphasis in teaching and instruction. My dream and sincere hope is that I am then able to climb in academia and grab a full-time, tenure track professor’s position.

Here’s how I look at the situation. If I lived through all of the turmoil and hardship of 2014, I can accomplish anything. This path I’m about to take will take time and patience. It will take determination. It will take battling against burn out and taking a few hours of time each day to devote to studying and composition. When it’s all said and done, I will be able to check another thing off of my bucket list: becoming a doctor with pretty little letters after my name: Tracy Wilson, Ph.D. (or Tracee Ford as you know me). When someone says, “Hey Doc,” they will actually be talking to me. I can publish research AND fiction.

I do plan to publish a memoir in October, nonetheless. It’s done and simply waiting for me to hit the “publish” button. It’s going to cover a lot of my personal paranormal experiences, but I have much more to add to that. Still, if I still don’t have peace about this project, it may be placed on the back burner as well, seeing publication at a much later date.

I am also anticipating going back to teaching at the local university part-time in August. Spring semester is wrapping up, which is why I scheduled doctoral classes through the summer. So, when Fall rolls around, I will be not only instructing, but I will be a student as well as a mom and a wife. I’m not sure I will have the time I need to be a blogger and a YouTube creator until I get through this journey.

With that being said, below you’ll find the remaining Guest Posts and YouTube schedule below. If after reading this, you decide to get together and send me a boat-load of guest posts, that’s okay. I’ll keep scheduling folks as long as the submissions keep coming in. If not, that’s okay, too.

3/28: B. Ferrante, guest post

4/4: Mary Edwards, guest post

4/7: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Scary Movies

4/11: I. Monique, guest post

4/18: Mary Edwards, guest post

4/21: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Spirit Guides

4/25: C. Zielinski, guest post

5/5: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Orbs

5/9: Mary Edwards, guest post

5/16: W. Luthman, guest post

5/19: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Soulmates

5/23: Mary Edwards, guest post (final Teaser Tuesday post)

6/2: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Divine Intervention

6/16: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Healers

7/7: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Seers

7/21: Freaky Friday YouTube, Spiritus Walking: Faith (final Freaky Friday post)

Again, thank you for always reading my rants and my posts. I won’t disappear completely, I promise. I have too much to give. This might end up being a great place to post my research findings, so those of you who are geeks like me might enjoy my publications.

Peace out.

Teaser Tuesday: Blessing of the Elements

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“Do you realize,” he began, “that what you ask me to do, I could be executed for? You are to be married,” he said, coming to his senses.

“I do know this. But, when we were together today, I didn’t feel hopeless anymore. When you kissed me, I felt the blood warm in my veins and I felt like living again. I felt joy. I felt my heart beating once more,” she confessed.

“Highness, you have been in a very dark place; isolated. I’m afraid anyone could have shown you kindness and you would have latched onto them.”

“You are not just ‘anyone.’ You are my bodyguard. I have no choice but to trust you because you defend my life. So, if you are sworn to protect me, it should be easy for me to trust you. You have asked for my friendship and you have it.”

“But the feelings I… we… you… have are brought about by tragedy. We must be mindful of this.”

“Did you want to kiss me today?” she asked.

“Yes.”

“And you said I was beautiful?”

“Yes.”

“Do you think me kind and deserving of love and happiness?”

“Of course.”

“Then respect me when I ask you to give me your affection. I must spend the rest of my life with a man I do not love. If you are able to share love with me now, it will give me the strength to face what is ahead.”

“Princess, the weight you place upon my shoulders is unbearable.”

Andrew Joyce Guest Post

Molly-Lee-800 Cover reveal and Promotional (1)It is 1896 in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The largest gold strike in the annals of human history has just been made; however, word of the discovery will not reach the outside world for another year.

 By happenstance, a fifty-nine-year-old Huck Finn and his lady friend, Molly Lee, are on hand, but they are not interested in gold. They have come to that neck of the woods seeking adventure.

 Someone should have warned them, “Be careful what you wish for.”

 When disaster strikes, they volunteer to save the day by making an arduous six hundred mile journey by dog sled in the depths of a Yukon winter. They race against time, nature, and man. With the temperature hovering around seventy degrees below zero, they must fight every day if they are to live to see the next.

On the frozen trail, they are put upon by murderers, hungry wolves, and hostile Indians, but those adversaries have nothing over the weather. At seventy below, your spit freezes a foot from your face. Your cheeks burn—your skin turns purple and black as it dies from the cold. You are in constant danger of losing fingers and toes to frostbite.

 It is into this world that Huck and Molly race.

 They cannot stop. They cannot turn back. They can only go on. Lives hang in the balance—including theirs.

 Resolution: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure

Teaser Tuesday: “Blessing of the Elements”

Blessing of the Elements

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Nevin shot up out of bed screaming. Natia and Shay-Fong rushed into the room. He was still shouting when Natia sat down and grabbed his shoulders, shaking him to consciousness.

“Nevin,” she shouted, “Wake up!”

Coming to himself, he looked around. “Mother,” he said as he threw his arms around her. “Oh, Mother. Something terrible is coming! I saw Ziltra standing before a Royal Court. She was pleading for her life. Jyson must resist the proposal of the Queen of Buscom. It will be the end of our kingdom. It will be the end of everything! It’s a trap. War is a much more promising proposition! I swear it!”

Shay-Fong, who was sitting on the side of the bed, stood up and walked toward the open window. “Your gifts are becoming stronger, Nevin. Tomorrow I will begin teaching you how to channel. You must learn to control this or it will overtake you.”

He turned back around and walked to the bed. “Son, you cannot put any stock in your visions yet. It’s too soon. You aren’t a master.”

“Father, please… Plead with Jyson. He will listen to you. I know he is entertaining this horrible offer from that despicable old woman! It will be our undoing.”

“What Jyson decides is up to him, my son. I can advise him, but the decision is ultimately his,” Shay-Fong said.

“He trusts you with all of his heart and all of his soul. Please, Father. You know this is wrong.”
Shay-Fong sat down on the side of the bed once again. “Nevin, try to rest. You’ll be of no use if you are not well rested. Ziltra needs an advisor-in-training who is fully functioning.”

Nevin sighed and nodded as he sunk back onto his mattress. He closed his eyes and heard his father and mother leave the room. Left with his worries, he tried his hardest to find sleep again but was haunted by the images of his nightmares.

Nevin knew that Osatam was frightfully evil. He could feel it. He knew her youth was false also. In his mind’s eye, he saw Osatam as an old woman.

Another woman with black, silken hair and beautiful blue eyes stood behind Osatam. The woman waved her hands around.

A ball of fire appeared in the woman’s hands and the glow of the flames bathed her. Osatam’s head fell back and she opened her mouth. She swallowed the flames and her physical form grew fairer and younger. Then the tall woman changed, becoming short, with frizzy black hair.

Nevin knew instantly as he reflected on his dream that Osatam was advised by a witch powerful enough to change human appearance. He was untrained but knew enough about Transformation Spells to realize that the witch must have deep roots in evil to cast such a spell.

His concern turned to fear. He didn’t know what was ahead. What he did know was that the Queen of Buscom and the witch were a real threat to the people of Kaycon, the Royal Family, and to Ziltra, the person he cherished most in the world.

RELEASE DAY! “Blessing of the Elements” is live!

release day posterIt’s here! Release day! Blessing of the Elements is available for download on Smashwords and Amazon!

Thanks for sticking around for the last two weeks as the date approached. I hope you liked meeting some of the main characters and reading some of the snippets!

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If you’re the kind of person who has to have the book in your hand, the paperback is due to release very soon!

Below is the synopsis for the book. If you grab a copy, please review it. If it was terrible, say it. If you loved it, say it. Reviews mean so much to an author! It’s how you show the love to a writer.

Princess Ziltra lives a blessed life in the Kingdom of Kaycon until Queen Osatam of Buscom fixes her eyes upon the prosperous nation. To avoid taking up arms and ending decades of peace, Ziltra’s father, King Jyson agrees to a treaty. However, Ziltra’s innocence is the primary condition of the agreement. She becomes a sacrificial lamb.

3-dHer world shattered, and her faith in her father gone, Ziltra finds solace among her small group of friends, especially her handsome bodyguard, Silwan. As their forbidden love affair blossoms, she suffers more betrayal and is banished from her own kingdom. She is forced to wander the wilderness seeking answers.

In a twist of fate, she discovers an ancient prophecy and becomes a powerful Shadow Knight, learning to wield the elements. She vows to take back everything that belongs to her, promising to avenge all who have been destroyed by Queen Osatam’s curse. When Ziltra realizes her destiny, she finds more strength within herself than she ever thought possible.

Snippet from “Blessing of the Elements”

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Silwan opened the door and stepped inside. Nevin was sitting at a large table in his room. A book was opened and he was scribing something on a parchment. He looked up and smiled.

“Oh, to see a friendly face,” Nevin said as he dropped the pen, stood, and walked to Silwan. Nevin took Silwan’s hands. Silwan felt intense warmth in Nevin’s touch. The heat was so concentrated that his skin burned. Unsure of what was happening, Silwan pulled away.

“Oh, my. I’m so sorry,” Nevin said as he walked away.

“What is wrong? Are you ill?”

“Come, Silwan.”

They sat down at the table.

“I have discovered that I have a gift. I can touch someone and see what they see. I could see that you have been with Ziltra all day. She has confessed herself to you.”

His mind raced, but silence is all he offered.

“I am a wizard. I am more powerful than my father. I have been learning everything I can about the craft and these gifts. Being her advisor will be simple with such an ability, but my power must remain a secret. I will use it to keep her safe.”

The Evil Prince…

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teaser4hojePrince Hoje of Buscom is much like his mother, Osatam. He is ambitious and controlling. He looks like a young man, but he is ancient. He is determined and he has no regard for Princess Ziltra. She a means to an end. The things he asks of her are unorthodox, but he feels that he deserves all Ziltra has to offer.

He is a drunk and he is reckless, nonetheless, and it is long before many of the inner circle realize this. Even his mother knows how inept he is.

Before the princess is even out of the way, he has latched onto Iana. They have a dream that they will rule Kaycon, Buscom, and Tonkipe together. Will they? How will it end for them? And what of this prophecy?