Thursday, December 31, 2015

Farewell to a great year

I enjoyed the heck out of 2015. It's an overall feeling I've had all year more than any specific accomplishment or development, but there were definitely some high moments.

We got married!

In '14, I got the rights back to the 3 novels that were originally published by small presses, and I republished all of them myself as paperbacks and ebooks in 2015.

We finally had new lighting installed in our front and back yards.

Reveille Men's Chorus has a great Spring show in May. In Sept., we launched a new season of "changing lives through music" at a weekend retreat. Then in December, we had a very successful Holiday Show and shattered attendance records with 1300 people seeing the shows over 3 nights.

2015 Reveille Men's Chorus Retreat

On Holiday Performance

I had my first experience singing in a small group as the baritone of the "Liechtenstein Quartet."

Jack and I took an amazing Central European vacation, visiting Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

Salt mine in Krakow
Attending a Mozart/Strauss concert in Vienna
Architecture in Budapest


Dinner on the Danube



Chopin monument in Warsaw

We had a fun Halloween party with lots of good friends (to make up for the relatively few trick-or-treaters that dared to knock on our door).

And, as I'm sure you've noticed if you've visited this BLOG recently, I published a new release, DAEVA.

Best of all, I enjoyed being home. That's not a big surprise to anyone who knows me personally; I'm a classic introvert and homebody. Still, I remain thankful for my life, my loving husband, our quiet and beautiful neighborhood and home, and our two wonderful rescue dogs, Tripp & Tasia. They're 11 and 15 years old now, but still happy, healthy, active, and loving.

Those are just a few highlights to a great year. I remain very active with my running, weight lifting, singing, travel, writing, reading, and enjoying day-to-day life in general.

To recap: Great year in 2015. Looking forward to another in 2016. I hope all of you are too!

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Download a Demon Week

Today is the shortest day of the year and the day winter officially begins. Happy Winter Solstice! Of course many are also in the midst of celebrating the holiday season, and to you, Happy Holidays! It's a great time of year, but sometimes coping with cold weather, short days, and the demands of a holiday can weigh you down, so I've created Download a Demon Week just for you, and it begins today. You're welcome.

Download a Demon for the Holidays!

  • Wondering how to fill your days when it's too cold to venture outside? 
  • Feel like the holidays have become too routine? Been there, done that? 
  • Need entertainment for a long, boring plane ride to see family? 
  • Want a means of escape when the shopping is done, the cooking is yet to come, and the second eggnog has given you a pleasant glow? 

  • What you need is a demon named Rothsirge to perk up your winter, and your timing is perfect. It's Download a Demon Week, brought to you by For one week, you can buy the Kindle version of Daeva for 1/3 the normal cover price. Here's what you need to know:

    Purchase an ebook of Daeva for only 99 cents
    from Dec. 21st through Dec. 27th

    From now through December 27th, 99 cents will get you the most manipulative demon you're likely to encounter this season, maybe ever. That's right, even if your budget is already shot, you can still afford to download a demon for the holidays. Click the cover above or CLICK HERE to preview and purchase your copy of Daeva, and then cuddle up in an easy chair with Rothsirge. Remember to guard your thoughts though. Rothsirge will be paying close attention.

    If you're in the UK, the link you want is here: Daeva ebook on

    Happy Holidays and Happy Winter Solstice!

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    Horror with Heart for the Holidays

    I'm fond of the advertisement I placed in the program for Reveille Mens' Chorus' ON HOLIDAY performances this year. I went for a little humor and received a lot of great comments about the ad. Now the performances are history, but I still like the ad, so I'm sharing it here. Without further ado...

    And if seeing the ad encourages anyone to consider grabbing a little Horror with Heart for your holidays, an easy way to preview and purchase my novels is through my Amazon Author Page

    Friday, December 11, 2015

    SouthWest Writers interview about DAEVA

    SouthWest Writers interviewed me about my new release, Daeva, and about writing in general. Dare to enter the mind of this writer? You'll be safe if you avoid the deep shadows. And yes, as many have speculated, there's enough empty space in my head to generate some really cool echos. Hope you enjoy.

    Big thanks to author KL Wagoner for doing such a great job with the interview.