Saturday, January 16, 2021

Writing Fantasy: The need for Beta Readers

 less than six years ago, I was lying in bed when this story idea played in my mind. I believe it was from God for he gives me the inspiration. As with all my stories it starts out as a draft. When I first shared it with an author friend and another friend, they both said it needs more detail so I was set to work on it. 4 years ago, I worked out the kinks and I had two YA friends who said they would read it. Did they? No and it left me feeling disappointed.

My story? The Yaphe. Serene wants a normal life. She would like to live Oregon and not move anymore, but every time Faith has a nightmare about these strange people called the Yaphe, they move. And why? Who are these people and why do they want their mom?  Serene and her sister Faith soon find out that their mom is from another dimension and their mother fears if they don't stay one step ahead of her people, they will take her from her children. They did.

Serene meets a handsome accountant who is model perfect, but she doesn't take into account that he might be a Yaphe. After all, he has that same kind of perfection that her mom has. Jacob Dresden couldn't hire her, but he helps her move back to Oregon and gets  a house for her to rent at a low price. This sets up a red flag for her mother, but Serene is bent on moving back and staying in Oregon. Little does she know that she fell into a trap. She wakes up and finds herself tied to a bed made for a princess. Here she learns about her mother and why she escaped her people. She also finds out why "her gift lies within her mother."

On spiritual side of things, Serene your typical teen with peer pressure and all. She makes friends with girls who have diverse beliefs. Her first set of friends becomes a bad influence on her, but a phone call saves her from losing her faith altogether. They move again. In Washington, she makes the same mistake of friending girls who also aren't Christians, but she wants to win if she can. Yet she loses them when they accuse her of telling a secret one of them has kept: she has a crush on her female friend.  Through her trials, she does grow close to Jesus and learns to let go of her mom so she could return to her dimension. The overlining theme is sacrifice. Just as Jesus gave up his life so that we may live, Serene's mother does the same for her girls. She agrees to return to her dimension in exchange for her girls' freedom.

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Beta Readers

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Great News of Great Joy!


Here it is Christmas. The bells are ringing and the choir singing (What choir?) People shopping! (Malls are busy) and families are getting ready to open presents, but here is a present you don't even have to open! It is my second chance collection! All three of my books in one ebook and only $5.19! Once the reviews, I will lower the price.

As you can tell, Baby Blues is in the collection and that means you can download the ebook as well. It has a new cover and it is the second edition. I hope you will click and purchase the collection. Or if you rather, click the link below and you can download them individually  because book one and three are on sale. It is my gift to you!

Also if you subscribe to my mailing list, you get A Second Chance at Love for free. And who doesn't love a free book? Click the link in the image to take you to my subscription page.  Also I will enter the new subscribers into a drawing for a chance to win a paperback version of the book below!

Now isn't that great news of GREAT JOY?

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Baby Blues is here!

In just a matter of days, my e-book will be available for download. So what is my book about? It is book 2 in the second chance series written like a sequel. It is a sequel because in book one, a new problem arose: The villain plots his revenge. It is a series because the hero gets a second chance to protect his wife. In book one, she had him arrested for a crime he didn't commit, but gives him a second chance with her when they clear him of murder and he comes for her in California. In Book 2 they are married, but still have to deal with the villain, but together.
Book two is not a feel good story. The heroine becomes a victim of rape. If that is not something you could read, this book is not for you. If you enjoy suspense in a non romance setting, then you will enjoy Baby Blues. If you have not read book one, I encourage you to download it now. The Past Hunter 

 Since Baby Blues is a new edition of the current one, book three is available for download. You can download it here A Man for Beth   A Man for Beth is a light sweet read dealing with romance of two people who came from hurtful past relationships.

Above is my post card that you are welcome to print out.

A note about my heroines on my covers. I liked the praying pose of the model on book 2, but I couldn't find similar images for book one. And vise versa.  The heroine on book one didn't have a hat on and in book 1 she spent of her time in California, not Montana 


Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Coming Soon: The Re-release of Baby Blues.

Less than 3 years ago, I released Baby Blues. It was hardest book to write. I had taken a turn leading away from my original story idea. I should have written a series and not a sequel, but it turned out that way. It was still about second chances. Prior to writing this, I thought writing a continuation would be part of a series. I wasn't thinking about writing a story about one of the other characters from book 1. I haven't even thought about writing a series until I asked my readers if they would like to see a series. When I did, one responded, but she never read book 2. But I wrote it. I asked myself, "What could go wrong in book 2?" My original plan was marital issues. Julie wanted to have children but Eric didn't, but as I discussed that with other authors, this idea didn't work. God then led me to write on a difficult subject: rape. I
read stories that it happens to young woman, maybe ones who weren't experienced sexual partners. In book one there was a villain who wanted to destroy Eric. You would have to read book 1 to find out more and I encourage yo to do so. I plan to make book 1 free the day before I re-release book 2.  Since the villain still has this vanetta against his half brother, I felt in my heart that the major conflict she would face is not will happen to her but her faith on the line. I hope to encourage ad inspire many women as they read book 2. 
Book two is in the last stages of edits. I am putting the details so that readers will not feel disappointed. At first release, readers disappointed me and I had very little support system. I only had one good review on my book and not many wanted to read it. Hardly anyone showed up at my book launch so this year, book two should not disappoint anyone. One person wrote that she hoped to find ranching scenes which she didn't. I fixed that.  I didn't have a good editor last time. She wanted to charge me for each round of edits and I didn't have the money for that. This year I did and I found an editor who won't charge me each time.
In fact, if you are an author and need a good developmental editor, her name is Martha Reineke. Her website is Let her know that I referred you.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The fresh air did me good as I walked down a path, surrounded by trees. I stayed behind people as I carried my backpack. I had a destination in mind and two miles to go, but I would make it.
As I walked, a bench caught my eye. It was a white bench and on it was a gold case. Curiosity got the best of me, and I neared the bench. Upon closer inspection, the gold case had a lock on it as if it had secret information hidden inside.

I looked to my left and right. No one seemed to notice or care that a gold back pack sat on the bench. Should I try opening it? And who left it there? I narrowed my eyes as I suspect that someone may have laid a trap for me. But why? Have I done anything to merit this?

A voice behind me said, "Don't take it."
Who said that? I was alone. I saw no form or person.
"Don't take it"
"Who's there?" 
Off in the distance, two boys were walking  through trees. Could they have left it there? Should I call out to them? What if it didn't belong to them?
Forgetting my own pack, and my destination, I sat next to the gold case and I nearly lost my breath when it magically opened. My eyes widened at the stacks of one hundred bills in the case. A note on top read, "If you should happen to find a gold case of paper money, then your life had just change. You have two choices: You can leave the case and money and go your way or you can take it as a gift from me. You see, I'm dying. I really have no one to give it to so I leave it here in hopes that a good person who could find it. I'm hoping he or she would do the right thing. Greed is evil, but giving is good. Signed, an old man with no heir."
My heart broke which usually doesn't. I never have cried, but this brought me to tears. No heir? The old man wanted someone to do good with the money, I couldn't promise that so sadly, I closed the case, and walked away.

Chapter 2

At the end of the path, I sat on a white bench. I came  fifteen minutes late. Would she forgive me or did she walk away as I walked away from wealth. I was undeserving of that money, but my mind imagined all sorts of things I would do that money.
"You're late!" My girlfriend replied. She came out of nowhere and my mouth dropped open when I saw a gold case in her hand. Was that same gold case I saw earlier? 
"Where did you get that?"
"That's not your business." She sat it down and lifted her running shoes to tie the laces. "What is your business is for you to take this to my contact."
No way would I take that case with me! I felt set up! Did she leave it there and wrote a fake note? My blood boiled. "Is this why you wanted me to meet you? Why couldn't you take it?"
"The instructions was to find someone worthy to take it to its destination and you came to mind."
"I have done nothing worthy of anything!" I counted all my sins for which I paid the price, but I am still unworthy of doing anything good.
And as she read my thoughts. "But you have! Five months ago, my grandmother became sick and drove me to see her. You cancelled out your plans for me. A year ago, you help me break my addiction to cocaine and took me to rehab instead of  breaking up with me."
I bowed my head. I did those things because I love her. Love knows no bounds.
"And one more thing. I saw with my eyes. I watched as you sat next to a gold case, deciding whether to take it or not. If you must know, I put it there to see if you would take it or not. And because you didn't, you showed yourself worthy of what's inside."

What she said was true and I had not realized it. I did a good thing, instead of taking it. Sometimes our good deeds go unnoticed by human eyes, but not by divine eyes. God sees all that we do for other people even though we see that no one cares. God cares and he watches over us. You see, I was once a sinner. I still fall short of God's glory, but he still forgives. He has made us worthy because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. So if you think that no one noticed your good deeds, think again. God will reward you for all the good you do, but you must accept his son and invite him into your heart. Isaiah wrote that our righteous acts are like filthy rags. When we think we have done the right thing to gain God's grace, but we have no relationship, it is worthless to him. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

My Birthday Giveaway

Last night, I turned 53. I said last night because at exactly at 6 pm on July 21st, I was born. So what did I do on my birthday? What I did, was create a giveaway in advanced and now I have found out it was a bad idea. Why?  71 entries doesn't mean I have new reviews and new downloads and purchases. It means that  many of them entered doing the easy stuff:following my blog, subscribing to my newsletters and things like that. I have a group of readers, but none of them entered. I thought they would. If they did, I didn't see their names. The winner is someone not in my readers group. I wonder though. Did she really brag about my book when she hasn't offered proof. 
I question my life as an author. I struggled from the start and I still do. How do you get your group active? How do you increase readership? I'm going to take some people's ideas, but I'm going to put aside any future stories I want to publish. I spent so much and received very little in return like a bad investment.
I do have some faithful readers. You'll see their reviews on my books. I would like to thank them for their support, they may. If an of them feels I'm too negative, I don't blame them. I will try to change. 
So congrats to the winner. When I get her address, I will send the book bag goodies to her. As for now, the last book that I will publish is Baby Blues which I'm working on the changes, my editor made. 
One other thing, I now have limited money in my bank account because Governor Newsom closed down schools. With bills and everything to pay and until a small sprout of hope shows up, my writing is on hiatus