Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday – Kisses and Blunders

weekendwritingIt’s that time again! Last week I made the unfortunate mistake of scheduling a post for the Weekend Writing Warriors Blog Hop but never adding my name to the official list. Oops! Don’t I feel silly? If you missed that post and would like to catch up, you can find it HERE.

Otherwise, onward and upward! The Weekend Writing Warriors are a group of several authors who come together on Sunday to share 8 to 10 sentences of a current work-in-progress. For the list of participants and details on how you can join in next week’s hop if you so desire, follow this link: http://www.wewriwa.com

I have been sharing snippets of Rise of the Angerroots, a story that I desperately hope to finish before spring. So far, I’ve been making great progress toward reaching that goal and I am eager to share with you a glimpse of my effort.

Max had mixed feelings about discovering his betrothed (Sarah) is still alive but when he confronts her, he realizes she doesn’t remember him. This gives him new hope – and new problems. As they get to know each other all over, bits of her memory return and it isn’t Max she has on her mind. Poor guy. And just when everything seemed to be going so well between them, too… What will he do?


Beautiful couple kissing

She closed her eyes and gave in to it, her body responding with heat and desire, her head unable to process anything except the feel of his lips moving against hers and the touch of his hands sliding down her back. He grasped her firmly as their bodies melded together.

Overwhelmed, Sarah put her palms against his chest as though she wanted to push him away but when the flood of memories came back to her, she resisted. She tipped her head as Max planted kisses along her neck. His left hand moved to cup her breast, teasing the nipple through her blouse.

“Nathanial,” she whispered, lost to the sensation that made her body tremble and her mind come to life.

Suddenly he stopped and let go, putting distance between them.

She looked up at Max in shock. With eyes open, she realized the man she’d seen in her memory hadn’t been the man she’d been kissing.

“I’m sorry,” she whispered, her body still shaking, “I don’t know…”


Thank you for reading! Please feel free to share your thoughts. I look forward to reading them. See you next week…



What’s Up, December 2015

Nano winnerFirst of all, congratulations to all my fellow writers who took the plunge into NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and came out winning on the other side. Whether you wrote 50,000 words or not, tackling the challenge is still something to be proud of and I hope you had fun along the way.

Obviously, NaNoWriMo is one of those challenges I can’t resist because 2015 marks my eight year signing on and my seventh year winning. I now have a 50,000 word “paranormal romance” currently titled Blood Moon. This mess, err, I mean book, will undergo extensive rewrites during the month of December and with a bit of luck, will be ready to submit to publishers sometime early in the new year.

My zombie story is on hold. It stands at just under 10,000 words. Hoping to jump back into that story as soon as the dust settles from my previous writing frenzy.

Rise of the Angerroots is also still waiting in the wings. I have high hopes to submit this one to the Amazon Scout Program in early 2016 and/or simply self-publish. More on that soon.

As the year ends, I look ahead to my goals for a new year of writing. I am happy to have settled into a regular routine and I am excited about having stories to share in the near future, both long and short.

For starters, I have entered the 2016 Short Story Writing Competition. Round one begins on January 22nd. This is my first time participating in this type of challenge and my stomach is in knots.  Stay tuned for details on how you can cheer me on.

I also have a short story in the works for hopeful submission to a horror anthology. I will be carving out some time to get that finished and polished in the coming weeks. There are few other potential anthology submissions I have pegged with deadlines coming up throughout 2016. It’s my goal to submit to at least three of them by the end of 2016.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter for fun in #1lineWed and the #DecWritingChallenge and keep your eyes on the blog for weekly snippets of my works-in-progress via Weekend Writing Warriors.

And… most of all, have a happy December! 🙂


Paranormal Love Wednesday Blog Hop – Wolves

paranormal love imageI’m always looking for new ways to share snippets of my writing so when I came across a link on Facebook to the Paranormal Love Wednesday Blog Hop, I knew I had to enter my link. I love reading and writing paranormal romance so I already feel right at home and I know I will have fun with it.

Welcome! This week I will be sharing a snippet from my current work-in-progress, which also happens to be my NaNoWriMo project, Blood Moon. If you’ve been following my blog already, you have had a couple glimpses into the werewolf story that I’m creating. If you haven’t, I hope you enjoy today’s introduction. I look forward to your thoughts either way.


full moonShe studied him as he drank. Despite the dirt and dried blood that covered him, she imagined he would be a rather attractive man probably in his late twenties or early thirties. He looked up at her as he handed her the glass and wiped his mouth with the back of his hand. She shivered a little.

“No doctors,” he said, breaking the silence between them.

“You are hurt.”

“No doctors.”

“What happened to you out there?”

He looked down at his feet and then shifted his weight to lay back on the bed. She began to think he wouldn’t answer.


Chills rolled down her spine as Caleb’s words echoed through her mind.

“There are no wolves in these woods,” she insisted.

He cocked one eyebrow as he returned his attention to her and seemed to consider his words carefully.

“I can assure you, there are monsters in these woods that you could never begin to comprehend.”


Be sure to return to the Paranormal Love Wednesday Blog Hop Main Page and check out the links to the author participating author pages. Thanks for reading and I will see you next week!

Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday – Answering the Call of the Moon

weekendwritingHappy Sunday! Another week has disappeared through our grasp and I am happy to say that I spent much of that week absorbed in writing. I’m excited to share another little snippet of my NaNoWriMo project in all its unedited glory and I’m very grateful to the Weekend Writing Warriors for giving me the excellent opportunity to do this. Be sure to check out the official page at http://www.wewriwa.com. It’s a friendly blog hop where several authors gather to share 8 to 10 sentences of a current WIP and all are invited to join in the fun.

Last week I introduced my male protagonist, Hunter. This week, it feels only fair that I share a few sentences that feature my female lead, Elise. After a fitful sleep, she is drawn to the woods. What will she find?


And yet, somehow the moon called to her and soothed her racing heart. As if in a trance, she opened the front door and stepped out into it’s soft light. Immediately, she felt at ease. Without even bothering to turn around and grab her shoes, she began walking toward the woods, drawn to some unseen force that she couldn’t reconcile.

“Maybe I am still dreaming”, she thought. She closed her eyes and felt the chilly autumn air caress her hair. The silk of her nightgown was not enough of a barrier but she didn’t notice the cold or the dampness of the earth as mud sank between her toes. Elise walked, knowing she had a purpose without knowing what that purpose might be.


She heard his voice but the darkness under the umbrella of skeleton trees with their dry leaves bristling overhead kept her from locating him.


I hope that you have enjoyed my snippet and I look forward to your feedback. Be sure to check out the other participating authors at http://www.wewriwa.com Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Weekend Writing Warriors #8sunday – Discovery

weekendwritingWhen I sit down to a blank page and conquer it, I feel like a warrior.

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors blog hop where several authors converge to share snippets of their current work. I’m excited to have discovered this blog hop and to be participating in it for the first time, especially while knee deep in NaNoWriMo, because it’s a wonderful way to share what’s growing on the page. If you are interested in participating or checking it out, visit the official page at http://www.wewriwa.com.

My ten sentences come from my project tentatively titled “Blood Moon, a paranormal romance. Hunter is determined to get his life back to ‘normal’. His roommate Jake is the only one who can help him. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s about to meet the woman who will turn it all upside down again.


Jake sat at the breakfast table eating a jelly doughnut, white powdered sugar all over the front of him. With a sigh, Hunter grabbed the roll of paper towels and tossed them over at Jake before pouring himself a cup of the steaming, hot liquid.

“I swear you are a two year-old trapped in the body of a thirty year-old.”

Jake grinned showing off the doughnut stuck between his teeth and Hunter shook his head.

“Any news?” Hunter asked as he grabbed one of the chocolate glaze donuts and settled into the seat across from Jake. Jake leaned back and brushed his hands together sending a shower of powdered sugar fall down across his lap. Hunter resisted the urge to reach over and clean him up.

“Yes, we’ve managed to track him into the eastern hills. I’m planning to scope out the area later tonight.”

“I’m coming with you.”

“You’re staying here,” Jake corrected, “Need I remind you what happened last time you insisted on tagging along?”


I look forward to your thoughts.

Now be sure to hop over to http://www.wewriwa.com and follow the links to the other author blogs. Happy reading!