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Oracle 2: a second glimpse of a WIP

October 6, 2015

Warning:  the following excerpt is unedited and unproofed.

A black butterfly flitted through my peripheral vision.

My stomach bottomed out even as I raised my head to follow the butterfly’s flight path. It danced along the eaves of the garage, then up over Beau’s shoulder. He didn’t seem to notice as it stopped to kiss his ear.

In fact, he was standing awfully still, staring at something ahead or maybe across the road. I couldn’t see beyond his broad shoulders.

I glanced down at my left wrist. Yep, it was bare, now tattoo-free.

I stepped forward, just until I could see the huge black SUV with dark-tinted windows parked across the street. Beau was gripping the salad Tupperware so tensely I was fairly sure he was going to permanently dent the plastic.

The butterfly flitted across the road as someone turned off the idling SUV and the driver’s side door opened.

Beau was holding his breath.

A slight, tautly-muscled woman in green capris and a goldenrod printed T-shirt stepped out from the vehicle. The butterfly danced about three inches over her green-dyed, shag-cut hair. She lifted her face as if tracking its movements.

No, she was sniffing the air. And possibly smelling the magic of the butterfly?

Kandy, Jade Godfrey’s werewolf bodyguard, was in Yachats, Oregon.

That couldn’t be good. – I See You, Oracle 2, Chapter 2, second draft

James reviews I See Me (Oracle 1)

October 2, 2015

Okay. I wrote this entire blog post, then deleted it because I was boring myself. Ha. Instead, I will leave you with a screenshot of the review that inspired my deleted blog post and let you make your own observations.

James – I hope you don’t mind me sharing this but I loved finding your review over on Amazon today.

James reviews I See Me

I just write the stories that haunt me, then cross my fingers and hope that readers might enjoy them. Thankfully some of you do!

Okay! I’m off to the Northwest Chocolate Festival in Seattle. See you on the other side.

Book sales by country – August 2015

September 8, 2015

I started tracking my books sales by country last May and am exceedingly pleased to have added a bunch more countries in August! I’m getting an education as I add some of these countries to the map. I know the general area of most of them, of course. But pinpointing the exact locations has been an exceedingly cool excerise.


New to the map for August 2015 – Welcome!

Guatemala (reader submitted)
Dominican Republic

Other countries I sold books in this month – you rock, as always!

United States
United Kingdom
New Zealand

<3 Thank you all so, so much for reading!! <3

Previous book sales by country posts

May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015 (above)

Dowser Series: final misprinted paperback giveaway

September 4, 2015

CONTEST CLOSED. WINNER: LUCKY #40! Mariselva from Texas.

Okay! Here we go! These are the final four misprinted paperbacks, and I think it’s time they went to a new home. What do you think?

four misprinted Dowser series paperbacks

Would you like to win all four of these paperbacks? I’ll even autograph them before I drop them the mail.

You would?

Okay then!

To enter:

  1. Comment below and tell me your favourite character from the Dowser series. Pick any character and let me know why they’re your favourite please.

NEW TO THE DOWSER SERIES BUT YOU STILL WANT TO PLAY ALONG? Dowser 1 is currently perma-free on all retailers.

Notes/Rules: OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. Each comment will be assigned an entry number. ONE winning entry will then be selected via random number generator. One entry per person. Please make sure to fill out a valid email address in the comment form. Email addresses are not collected for any purpose other than notifying the contest winner.

If you haven’t commented on the blog before, or you comment from a different IP address, the comments are moderated. So don’t worry if you don’t see your entry right away. I will approve it, then assign it an entry number.

Contest closes TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 at 9 p.m. PDT.

<3 <3 <3

What gave me away?

August 30, 2015

Why yes, I am writing about Rochelle and Beau today. What gave me away?

hot chocolate and oreos

Happy Sunday!!

Oracle 2: A glimpse of a WIP

August 28, 2015

The muttering and fretting of the crowd grew, but it was just a wash of useless noise. Beau had drilled me with contingency plans, over and over again. I was supposed to call Audrey if we got separated. I was supposed to make it back to the pack if anything ever happened to him.

I cleared the crush of the crowd, but stayed nearby on the grass in the shadow of the brick building. I dug my phone out of my satchel and pulled up Audrey’s contact info.

Except … if I went to Portland that meant I had to just let whatever was happening here happen.

Beau would be pissed. But how long would it even take Audrey to get here? And then what?

I scrolled from the As to the Bs. It was a short scroll. A shallow flick of my thumb. I had a dozen entries total, at most.

I stared down at the contact I’d selected.


– I See You, Oracle 2, Chapter 6, First Draft

A writing break on a Monday

August 24, 2015

I’m currently writing the first draft of I See You (Oracle 2). Life has been crazy – we are moving. Yes, again – but I’m still managing to eke out about 2000 words every day.

Writing – as opposed to brainstorming, which I live and breath – needs fuel and focus. Not enough fuel, and I lose focus quickly. So I try to enforce mini breaks when I feel weary or distracted. I could push through, and I do so when time is crunchy. But it’s better if I don’t. An unfueled MCD is not a pretty sight. Such days usually devolve into ranting, then weeping. Generally over things that do not require yelling or tears.

This is my break today. Only two chocolates remain from my second to last forage at Chocolate Arts. They look at little worn – perhaps they’ve been bashed about in the stash drawer – and I can’t remember what kind they are, but I know I’m going to love every nibble.

chocolates from chocolate arts

ETA: The Chocolate Arts website has helpfully reminded me that I indulged in a Framboise (rectangle) – single origin, intense dark chocolate with fruit and acidic overtones – while writing this blog post. And will luxuriate in a Cleopatra – caramel ganache, surrounding a caramel cream with a roasted organic hazelnut in a dark chocolate shell – right after I hit publish.

What fuels you on a draggy Monday?


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