Note of Encouragement For 2018

Note of Encouragement For 2018

Note of Encouragement For 2018 Hey! Happy 2nd Day of 2018! I was looking through my old Amazon purchases and some of the first things I bought on Amazon were books. Want to know what I bought? One book on perfection and two books on procrastination.   That says a lot about me!   I've come a long way since then. And 2017 was a big year. Not only did I finally let other people read my work, but I also published a novel! The first serious novel I wrote was back in 2009, but I could never bring myself to publish it or let anyone read it. It needed so much editing, at least in my mind, and I didn't know where to begin.   Fast forward to 2017 and I finally have a novel I'm proud of. Having my name splashed across a book cover is a big deal for me, and I don't take it lightly. Is my novel perfect? No. I accept that it...
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Special Announcement!

Special Announcement!

Special Announcement! Let's break out the champagne! It's time to celebrate! Shattered, my YA speculative thriller, is now available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback! I am beyond thrilled to have Marris’ story sent out to the world, and I truly hope readers fall in love with the story like I did. So, what’s it about? Here’s a little description: Only through death… do you learn the truth. Marris Sheffield, a fifteen-year-old orphan living in a late 21st century academy for unwanted children, is just three years away from phasing out of the program and becoming a valuable member of society. Until then, she’s stuck within the confines of the academy’s heavily fortified grounds. All is going as expected… until the kids become sick with an undisclosed illness and then a series of deaths occur, deaths which lead Marris and others to question the academy’s agenda. Rumors have made the rounds. Rumors about the screams coming from the basement. Rumors about what the academy does inside...
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Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places

Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places

Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places Where do story ideas come from? I just finished editing my novel last week which I’m super excited about. It's a young adult speculative thriller set in the late 21st century at an orphanage where things are not what they seem. I’m sad that the story is over, but now I’m getting the nagging feeling that the building in my story wants another role. That got me thinking about ideas for a sequel, a story spookier than this thriller. So, yesterday afternoon, I turned to a book on haunted buildings and other places called Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones. I’ve had this book on my shelves for the last fifteen years, but I never really gave it more than a quick look-through. (It’s safe to say I have a book addiction. Have I read all the books on my shelves? Ah, nope. But I’m working on it! :)) Anyway, I don’t have any solid ideas...
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